Lots of hot air! Event number 36 18th September 2021

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Firstly thank you to all those who have made a donation towards our recent appeal for a storage solution for all our equipment, any donations towards our parkrun fund can be made on our ‘about us’ page on the website, and will be used wisely by the team. Hopefully we’ll soon be able to store more of our equipment on site which will help the volunteers enormously, it is a big task to take everything home and then arrange it to be passed to the next volunteer team each week. There are also always small running expenses such as first aid stocks, course lay out equipment, storage equipment, we are hoping that we can purchase a shed with some security locks really soon, so your donations will help this happen.

Those who arrived very early this week were greeted with a sight of a huge red hot air balloon in the start and finish field. Luckily they were due for take off so we were soon clear to set up the course.
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Simon was RD this week, it was his first time in the RD seat and he did a fantastic job, thanks Simon.
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Adam was in what is fast becoming his regular spot (when he’s not touring) giving the first timers and tourist briefing.
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In all we had 24 volunteers this week, thanks go to each and every one, we couldn’t have parkrun without you. Please do let us know if you can also volunteer in the coming weeks.

We can’t mention everyone but here are some of the achievements this week:

Christopher Nightingale ran his 50th parkrun. He was visiting us for the first time after normally running at Crewe and Congleton.
Two people ran their first ever parkrun with us this week, Nicola Collins and Myles Fisher, we hope you’ll be back.

Nine people ran their all important 2nd parkrun this week! David Berrisford, Lucy Berrisford, Toby Hassall, Emily Ritch, Helen McCabe, Danni Hassall, Mick Sturland, Simon Clutton and Bev Adams.

Zoe Hodge returned for her 3rd parkrun and Abi Pomerantz returned for her 4th, both with an impressive record of a PB every week since starting.

When looking at the PBs for this week it couldn’t go unnoticed that out of 22 PBs, 4 of them went to people with the surname PENNEY, is this a record in itself?

We also noticed that John Davies completed his 299th parkrun while visiting us this week, John has completed many different courses, congratulations in advance for your 300th soon.
Annie Dale joined the Junior 10 club running at Northwich this week.

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This week 97 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Daniel MILES • Sarah MACKNESS • Yvonne RICHARDS • Jonathan MORGAN • Liz RANKIN • Simon PHILLIPS • Heather CAMPBELL • Thomas PHILLIPS • Elizabeth FEATHERSTONE • Robert SHARAM • Adam RICHARDS • Duncan MEREDITH • Aaron ASHTON • Steven RICHARDS • Sheridan LANE • Janice EASTWOOD • Sarah GILL • Carol FOWLES • Denise LONG • Louisa Jane KAY • Jill SHAKESHAFT • Andrew COX • Kate COX • Kerry FOSTER
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Alderford Lake parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Donna SHERWIN who recorded a time of 20:09 on 7th December 2019 (event number 14).
The male record is held by Matt HALL who recorded a time of 16:39 on 28th December 2019 (event number 18).
The Age Grade course record is held by Rosemary SYMMS who recorded 80.61% (25:32) on 30th November 2019 (event number 13).
Alderford Lake parkrun started on 31st August 2019. Since then 2,282 participants have completed 5,529 parkruns covering a total distance of 27,645 km, including 1,000 new Personal Bests. A total of 182 individuals have volunteered 839 times.

 

Alderford Lake parkrun run report – 11 Sept 2021 By Laura Tang

Another tourist special this week! My home parkrun is Billericay parkrun, Essex but myself and my husband Kai also enjoy a spot of parkrun tourism (have managed 55 different locations to date), and since the return have also got our 2 year old involved in the buggy (Kai normally pushes!). We have spent the last week holidaying in Cheshire and so of course had to check out the nearest parkrun before we returned home the next day. Alderford Lake turned out to be a short 12 minute drive and looked like a great place to spend the rest of our morning afterwards.
We were lucky to have perfect running conditions in the morning, dry with a bit of sun, but not too hot. Given the grassy nature of the course I was a little concerned about the mud with the rain over the previous days but didn’t have any issues during the run – might be a different story in a few more weeks though. It was a smallish field this week so very easy to park and get to the start (via a quick loo stop) as we had registered online the night before. Plus this meant there was plenty of space during the run, which is always appreciated – especially for Kai with the buggy.
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After a short run brief we were off – I managed to overtake Kai early on as despite being flat the soft surfaces made buggy running a bit tougher for him this week. The route was easy to follow, lots of friendly marshals marking the way and cheering us on. I normally run listening to music and shortly after the start I realised I had accidentally selected my toddler’s Spotify playlist – oops! I didn’t want to have to stop and sort it out so the soundtrack to my run ended up being a mix of Disney and random nursery rhymes – however it proved to be good motivation and I managed to be the first lady across the line!
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I had bought my wetsuit with me and it was great to follow the run with a dip in the lake, a lovely way to cool down after all that running and a beautiful setting for a swim. We finished off our visit with a delicious lunch in the café. A really fab morning and I hope to have the chance to return again soon.
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This week 131 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 38 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Kathy LING • Laura TANG • Liz RANKIN • Simon PHILLIPS • Jo GRANDFIELD • Katie WEBSTER • Sarah PHILLIPS • Thomas PHILLIPS • Mimi OWEN • Kathryn MARTIN • Duncan MEREDITH • Lisa DALE • Mike FOSTER • Janice OWEN • Peter HOLMES • Nikole SHINGLER • Michael STARKEY • Mischa STARKEY • Julie STARKEY • Jordan SHINGLER • Nia PRICE • Alex FOSTER • Louisa Jane KAY • Jill SHAKESHAFT • Ali HUNTER • Adrian SWABY-BOAG • Connie SWABY-BOAG • Audrey Jean BANCROFT • Louise RAFFERTY • Ffion PRICE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Alderford Lake parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Donna SHERWIN who recorded a time of 20:09 on 7th December 2019 (event number 14).
The male record is held by Matt HALL who recorded a time of 16:39 on 28th December 2019 (event number 18).
The Age Grade course record is held by Rosemary SYMMS who recorded 80.61% (25:32) on 30th November 2019 (event number 13).

Alderford Lake parkrun started on 31st August 2019. Since then 2,264 participants have completed 5,432 parkruns covering a total distance of 27,160 km, including 978 new Personal Bests. A total of 180 individuals have volunteered 815 times.

 

Alderford Lake parkrun event number 34 Touring from Telford

Tourist parkrun today - special treat as been patiently waiting to run at Alderford (well wimped out during winter months for fear of mud lol). With my local Telford parkrun cancelled it seemed like the perfect opportunity to tour. I also volunteered hubbie to barcode scan earlier in the week seeing the volunteer rota shout out.
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So with my own personal chauffeur - aka the hubbie it made the journey there stress free - I always worry about finding the location totally trusting sat nav and where will I park. Needn’t have worried as easy to find and ample parking spaces. Just allow a little extra time to get through admissions - much quicker though for those visiting again once registered. Shout out to the two lovely ladies who were experiencing technical issues this morning - a huge queue building but they kept there cool and got everyone through.
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A lovely warm welcome from the core team and loved the first timers briefing too- excellent advice to just follow the person in front - seriously though, the event is well sign posted and marshalled.
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Great to see fellow runners and marshals from Telford too. I met my running buddy Claire and today was our 40th different parkrun location. We do volunteer lots too but yes are total parkrun addicts.

The course is a fab one - I always say it’s as hard as you want to make it and in true parkrun style the pink hi viz volunteer army were most supportive and encouraging. Huge thank you to everyone who volunteered enabling us runners to get our fix.
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Two laps of the lake, which I felt went quite quick. Loved the open sections, the corn maze, lake and wooded area and the field into the finish helps you see the end unlike some events where the finish just springs up in front of you.
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Then the most important bit - post run cuppa. Again didn’t fail to disappoint- excellent service, choice and quality. Scone with cream and jam for me - admittedly not the healthiest of breakfasts but I’d ran 5K - that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.
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Alderford - thanks for having me, you’ve got a great parkrun and I will be back

PS - confirmation email received before I left too of my run

This week 181 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 84 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Sarah MACKNESS • Victoria ADDISON • Kathy LING • Jonathan MORGAN • Gillian FOWLES • Elizabeth FEATHERSTONE • Adam RICHARDS • Paul EVANS • Marie MASON • Mimi OWEN • Duncan MEREDITH • John MASON • Sheridan LANE • David THORNTON • Martin LANE • Janice EASTWOOD • Sue EVANS • Sarah GILL • Narg HARRIS • Carol FOWLES • Julie HOLLINS • Kieran STARKEY • Mischa STARKEY • Julie STARKEY • Adam HOLLINS • Denise LONG • Ali HUNTER • Robin FOX

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Alderford Lake parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Donna SHERWIN who recorded a time of 20:09 on 7th December 2019 (event number 14).
The male record is held by Matt HALL who recorded a time of 16:39 on 28th December 2019 (event number 18).
The Age Grade course record is held by Rosemary SYMMS who recorded 80.61% (25:32) on 30th November 2019 (event number 13).

Alderford Lake parkrun started on 31st August 2019. Since then 2,226 participants have completed 5,301 parkruns covering a total distance of 26,505 km, including 951 new Personal Bests. A total of 172 individuals have volunteered 785 times.

 

Wacky Races at the Lake – 28th August 2021

Clockwork behind the scenes at Alderford Lake parkrun
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At my first parkrun in Shrewsbury, I recall waiting by the bandstand in Quarry Park, wondering if we were in the right place, but then, the magic happened. At 8.50, the marshals appeared, the first timers were briefed, and with very little ado, we all set off. Run over, we wended our way back to the car, buzzing at being members (finally) of the Parkrun family. Since then I've clocked up a few more parkruns, mainly in Denmark and Poland (Yes, I got my Z!), the fields of runners varying between 5 (Vejen, Denmark), and 800+ (Krakow, Poland), but until now, as a first time parkrun marshal, I hadn't really appreciated the largely unseen graft behind the scenes that makes sure these fabulous events happen - regardless of the size of the field.

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"Get here by 8.30" said Run Director Fiona. I rocked up on time, to find that even then, the lions' share of the work had already been done: course marked out and checked for safety, finishing funnel constructed, start marked, Parkrun banners fluttering in the breeze. Marshals were briefed and assigned their locations, hi-viz jackets and radios issued as they arrived.
As the runners started to congregate, I moseyed along to my post. The first timers'/tourists' briefing was already under way, and shortly after 9am the radio crackled with the message that the run had started.
It being a two-lap run round the very scenic Alderford Lake, as a marshal, you really get to appreciate the effort that the participants put in. Whether they're at the front, pushing to be the first over the line, one of the back markers challenging themselves to break the hour, a parent pushing a buggy (tough that, off-road), or a runner with a dog that's less intent on taking the shortest route than the human on the end of the lead, everyone's a winner. And happy ones at that! "Thanks marshal!", "Good morning!", "Gosh it's hot!" "I wouldn't have worn this if I'd realised how warm it is!" "I like your sign!" (Mine read "Every step, is a step closer to the finish"). There were the fancily dressed runners, the Parkrun veterans with their 250 run t shirts, children, new runners, first timers, all of them just glad to be there, out in the sun, doing something that's free and fun.

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Eventually the end of the pack tail-end walkers dressed as the Wacky Races Slag Brothers passed by, so we returned to the finish to see the final runners coming in. Just what is it about a finishing line that guarantees there'll always be a bit of a sprint at the end? All received (and deserved) a good round of applause from those who had stayed to the end.
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And then it was over. The event QR code was scanned seconds after the last of the 193 participants crossed the line, and like clockwork, everything was gathered in, checked and put away, and signs newly zip-tied to stakes (ready for next week).
I can't wait!

Photo album can be found here
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A Special Mention this week to
Maisie Bennett who completed her 10th parkrun today.
Simon Terry on completing his 50th parkrun today and Sarah Gill (one of next week’s RDs, completed her 25th Volunteering Day on our 2nd birthday.
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Event number 33
28th August 2021
This week 193 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 69 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Fiona LEATHAM • Dean RICHARDS • Kathy LING • Yvonne RICHARDS • Simon PHILLIPS • Gillian FOWLES • Thomas PHILLIPS • Elizabeth FEATHERSTONE • Adam RICHARDS • Mimi OWEN • Steven RICHARDS • Sheridan LANE • Martin LANE • Paul MARTIN • Janice OWEN • Peter HOLMES • Nikole SHINGLER • Sarah GILL • Michael STARKEY • Lisa DALE • Carol FOWLES • Julie STARKEY • Louisa Jane KAY • Jill SHAKESHAFT • Andrew COX • Louise RAFFERTY • Kate COX

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Alderford Lake parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Donna SHERWIN who recorded a time of 20:09 on 7th December 2019 (event number 14).
The male record is held by Matt HALL who recorded a time of 16:39 on 28th December 2019 (event number 18).
The Age Grade course record is held by Rosemary SYMMS who recorded 80.61% (25:32) on 30th November 2019 (event number 13).

Alderford Lake parkrun started on 31st August 2019. Since then 2,142 participants have completed 5,120 parkruns covering a total distance of 25,600 km, including 917 new Personal Bests. A total of 168 individuals have volunteered 757 times.

 

parkrun returns to Alderford Lake!! Event number 29

Alderford Lake parkrun team were delighted to be able to bring back parkrun to Alderford Lake this week.

A few changes to the course welcomed the regular runners, as we ran, walked and jogged in the opposite direction than we used to. We had 53 first timers to Alderford, we hope that you all, whether regular face or new to us, enjoyed your morning with us.

A special mention to Rob Weir who has been a regular volunteer with us since the very start, completing his final run with us before leaving the area for pastures new, thanks Rob for all your help and support.

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31st July 2021
This week 129 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 53 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.
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The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Fiona LEATHAM • Sarah MACKNESS • Dean RICHARDS • Kathy LING • Liz RANKIN • Simon PHILLIPS • Gillian FOWLES • Steve X NEWELL • Elizabeth FEATHERSTONE • Adam RICHARDS • Leah LEONARD • Mimi OWEN • Kathryn MARTIN • Sheridan LANE • David THORNTON • Martin LANE • Janice OWEN • Peter HOLMES • Janice EASTWOOD • Nikole SHINGLER • Sarah GILL • Julie HOLLINS • Natalie STEVENSON • Denise LONG • Stuart LONG • Jill SHAKESHAFT • Luke MEREDITH
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Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Alderford Lake parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Donna SHERWIN who recorded a time of 20:09 on 7th December 2019 (event number 14).
The male record is held by Matt HALL who recorded a time of 16:39 on 28th December 2019 (event number 18).
The Age Grade course record is held by Rosemary SYMMS who recorded 80.61% (25:32) on 30th November 2019 (event number 13).

Alderford Lake parkrun started on 31st August 2019. Since then 1,927 participants have completed 4,488 parkruns covering a total distance of 22,440 km, including 807 new Personal Bests. A total of 152 individuals have volunteered 645 times.

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