Alderford Lake parkrun is cancelled on 18 July 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

#28, 14th March 2020 – Mud Glorious Mud

Alderford Lake parkrun #28, 14th March 2020, Run Report by Frankie Wellings

Mud, Glorious Mud

After all the week ends of rain and wind we’ve had recently, it was nice to have dry weather this morning and see the sun peeking through the clouds a little bit.

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I am a tourist from Basingstoke in Hampshire, so how did I get to write the run report? I am visiting my in-laws who live in Shrewsbury as I am running the Shrewsbury 10k tomorrow. As I have done Shrewsbury, Henley Wood Oswestry and Telford parkruns, I wanted to run a different one today so Alderford Lake was the obvious one to do. As you do, my husband and I were having coffee after parkrun and we got chatting to some other tourists from Bromley, Kent - more on them later. As we were just about to leave, someone (sorry, I didn’t think to ask your name!) came over to us and said “sorry for interrupting but would any of you like to write the run report?” I offered and that’s why I am now sat here at my father-in-law’s laptop on Saturday afternoon writing this! Funnily enough, I have also written the reports for Shrewsbury and Oswestry in the past. I think it is great to write about the run from a tourist’s point of view and compare it to your home run. I am on the Core Team of Basingstoke and am often Run Director too so it’s great to see how other events are run.

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Whenever I visit a new parkrun, I study the course, number of participants, fastest and slowest times, parking, toilets, café and how to get there. So I knew it would take me about half an hour to get there this morning and I knew I’d need trail shoes! Parking was super easy compared to Basingstoke. At my home run, if you’re not there by about 8:10am, you won’t get a parking spot. As soon as we parked, we started chatting to another participant doing his second Alderford Lake parkrun. His advice to us was…….expect some mud. Chatting to others is no different to other parkruns I’ve been to – everyone is friendly and we all have that one thing in common so it’s easy to get chatting.

There were 68 of us running, jogging, walking and slip sliding around the course. This included 12 visiting Alderford for the first time today. At Basingstoke, we regularly have 500-600 participants which means you can get hemmed in which slows you down. That’s my excuse anyway and I’m sticking to it! So what slowed me down today? Oh yes, it was the sticky mud. Well, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it – no pun intended! At the First Timer’s Briefing, Natalie explained it was muddy and there were one or two slight inclines. I would describe the course as varied, interesting, scenic and with a little rally track part way round. I expect you know the part I mean, the very uppy downy bit that you could quite easily mistake for a roller coaster track! We were advised to tie our shoes on tightly and when we got to the boggy bit on the far side, I realised why. No point trying to run around it, best thing was to squish squelch through it and judging by all the mud splattered legs at the end, that’s exactly what everyone did.

Mud washes off so just go for and have fun getting splattered!
Leading the men home was Paul Parkinson (20:17), followed by Matthew Dowsett (22:17) and Adam Clay (22:35). First lady home was Karen Asquith (26:55), followed by Gemma Park (28:01) and Amy Biggar (28:18). Amy bagged herself a shiny new PB along with 15 other people. Congratulations to you all, PBs are impressive at any time and even more so on a muddy course. I’ve only seen it at a few parkruns but I love the bell at the end that those who have worked really hard get to ring to let the rest of us know they’ve got a PB. It’s been a good few years since I’ve been able to ring the bell but I’m working on it!

So, back to that coffee I was having after completing the 5k. Walking into the café past the roaring fire my first thought was “what a lovely place”. My second thought was “ooooh which cake shall I have?!” It was then that my husband and I got chatting to the tourists from Bromley. Looking through the results, I now know we were speaking to Elizabeth and Geoff Manley. They said they were going to look out for the run report so hello Elizabeth and Geoff, we really enjoyed chatting to you! Although I have been parkrunning since 2012, I have only recently started actively touring. I have done 216 runs and today was my 17th different location. Elizabeth and Geoff have done 222 and 220 runs respectively. That’s not so different to me but what is different is they have done 102 and 104 different parkruns respectively. That is VERY impressive and you can definitely call yourselves tourists. It turns out we have done 9 of the same parkruns but I have a very long way to go to catch you up!

The Token Sorter was sorting the tokens in the café and with only 68 runners today, they were back in order and ready for next week in about 10 minutes. That’s another difference to my home run - I sorted the tokens for Basingstoke last week and we had almost 600 runners so it took considerably longer!

As we all know, parkrun simply cannot happen without volunteers so I would like to finish this report with a huge thank you to all the high-viz heroes. The marshals were very encouraging today and I always try to shout a cheery thank you as I go by but by the 2nd lap I had resorted to a hand wave as I focused my energy on getting my feet through the mud.

A special mention to Katie Prince and Janice Owen who both completed their 25th volunteering occasion today and Duncan Meredith who ran his 51st parkrun, not realising that he did his 50th last week.

Just 7 sleeps until our next parkrun fix – unless of course Coronavirus puts a stop to it. Keep healthy everyone and happy running.

This week 68 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 8 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Fiona LEATHAM • Laura TURNER • Jonathan MORGAN • Willow LEWIS • Mimi OWEN • Joe TURNER • Lisa DALE • Sheridan LANE • Katie PRINCE • Lindsey JONES • Janice OWEN • Peter HOLMES • Nicola ROGERS • Natalie STEVENSON • Denise LONG • Stuart LONG • Tullis MATSON • Luke MEREDITH • Jo FORD • Alfie FORD

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 1,874 participants have completed 4,359 parkruns covering a total distance of 21,795 km, including 782 new Personal Bests. A total of 150 individuals have volunteered 617 times.

 

International Women’s Day 7th March 2020

Our research tells us that women are much less likely to participate in parkrun, and we are taking steps to change that. As part of these efforts we are taking part in a global female-focused parkrun celebration on Saturday 7 March 2020, the day before International Women’s Day.

In England this will support the This Girl Can campaign created by our partner Sport England.

At Alderford Lake parkrun we hope that all our regular parkrunners will bring along a female friend who may be new to parkrun and we will try and fill the roster with as many female volunteers as possible too!

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Event #25 8th Feb 2020 – Sticks runs 50

At Alderford Lake on the 8th Feb 2020 we were pleased to celebrate local legend and good friend 'Sticks's' 50th parkrun, here's what he had to say:

"It was my 50th parkrun at Alderford today I love this course I have run it many times most of the time with my son. It is a challenging course but enjoyable one. What made it special today was when we ran past the start/finish line they where playing Madness for me which are my favourite band. Well done all"

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Well done Sticks, it was great to see you back home at Alderford to celebrate your 50th run.

We also had visitors from far afield, Kathleen from South Africa possibly being furthest from home today, while a birthday celebration from Delamere and other visitors from Northwich and Woodhouse Moor also joined us.

This week 146 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Fiona LEATHAM • Kathy LING • Jonathan MORGAN • Liz RANKIN • Gillian FOWLES • Paul EVANS • Duncan MEREDITH • Lee DALE • Katie PRINCE • Janice OWEN • Peter HOLMES • Nikole SHINGLER • Sue EVANS • Natalie STEVENSON • Denise LONG • Christine NIXON • Luke MEREDITH • Hayley PROUDFOOT

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 1,829 participants have completed 4,115 parkruns covering a total distance of 20,575 km, including 737 new Personal Bests. A total of 145 individuals have volunteered 558 times.

 

Event #24 1st February 2020

A bright, breezy but very mild 9 deg C greeted the 120 runners at Alderford lake for event number 24 this morning, the course was well marked out and watched over by very friendly marshals, conditions under foot were good for the most part but we did have some muddy sections to spice it up a little.
Representatives of 14 clubs were present and 33 people were first timers at this venue, 18 people recorded course PB's and 15 Hi Viz heroes looked after us all and made the event possible.
Thank you for making us tourists welcome, we will return at some point and push for our own PB'S
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This week 120 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Fiona LEATHAM • Kathy LING • Ian SCOULER • Sheridan LANE • Katie PRINCE • Martin LANE • Lindsey JONES • Janice OWEN • Peter HOLMES • Nikole SHINGLER • Sarah GILL • Denise LONG • Rhodri ROBERTS • Heather PITCHFORD • Isabelle HARMAN

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 1,787 participants have completed 3,969 parkruns covering a total distance of 19,845 km, including 698 new Personal Bests. A total of 143 individuals have volunteered 540 times.

 

Event #23 25th January 2020

Alderford Lake parkrun
Event number 23
25th January 2020

This week 150 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Dean RICHARDS • Kathy LING • Thomas PHILLIPS • Robert INGHAM • Paul EVANS • Alison BIRCH • Mimi OWEN • Jodi BEAVER • Sheridan LANE • Martin LANE • Lindsey JONES • Luke SMITH • Eva SMITH • Peter HOLMES • Sue EVANS • Sarah GILL • Narg HARRIS • Nicola ROGERS • Megan OWEN • Hridayagita BURBIDGE

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

The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 18:50 on 5th October 2019 (event number 6).
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 1,754 participants have completed 3,849 parkruns covering a total distance of 19,245 km, including 680 new Personal Bests. A total of 139 individuals have volunteered 525 times.

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