20th November 2021 Event # 45

So..parkrun 381 and my 214th different one…decided to travel a bit farther form home(100 minutes to be precise) and take in Alderford, which Id heard was interesting
As a seasoned tourist, I immediately felt at home when I saw the bespoke tourist welcoming post, complete with a cow cowl logo! That’s a first, and a really nice touch!

We had to sign in at the venue on an iPad at the admissions desk, which was a first, but clearly parkrun have a real presence here as evidenced by the bespoke signs.

The first timers briefing was an enthusiastic affair, he clearly loves the course.

Now, I don’t really *do* off road..I'm a tarmac girl but to be fair, even though we had quite a few loops around grassy fields, the event was low key and friendly to the point that this didn’t matter. All speeds are genuinely catered for, a 2 loop course meant I only got lapped by 4 people and if you have a doggie…definitely come here..its a VERY dog friendly course!

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As well as the fields, ( missed the maze), we got to run by the lake for a while plus up into some really pretty leafy woodland trail. Plenty to see, plenty of photo opportunities.
Shout out to the lovely marshal who told me twice there was a “slight incline” as I went into the woods. Ok..a walk break it was!

There were apparently only 107 finishers, this really is a low key yet extremely friendly parkrun.
Despite my off road aversion, Id be back as this parkrun for me epitomises the early days of parkrun.
The first time briefing chap summed it up by saying "It's a day out with friends you haven’t met yet…enjoy”(he also said we would love and loathe the course in equal amounts …hahahaha)

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I had to dash off after, but the coffee shop looked really good and there seem to be a lot of other activities to do at the venue if you turn up with kiddies.

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Now, I may have ben slower than a slow thing on slug pellets, but even on this of road course we had some super performances and records!
Shout out to Rachel Parker with a time of 21.01 in the 30 to 34 age cat, plus…well just wow, Freya Kellett with 25.29, and Adam Bentha m 19.17 in the junior 11 to 14 cat!!. Flipping well done!

Thank you!. I'm sure I will be back!

This week 107 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Ruth BENZIMRA • Paul NOLAN • Kathy LING • Liz RANKIN • Steve X NEWELL • Mandy LEWIS • Willow LEWIS • Adam RICHARDS • Kathryn MARTIN • Duncan MEREDITH • Brian WOODALL • Aaron ASHTON • David THORNTON • Janice EASTWOOD • Sarah GILL • Lisa DAMS • Valerie SMITHER • Natalie STEVENSON • Denise LONG • Stuart LONG • Louisa Jane KAY • Jill SHAKESHAFT • Michael DEWSNAP • Phoebe LAWRENCE • Louise RAFFERTY • Lucas DAMS

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 Jack GRAY who recorded a time of 16:34 on 23rd October 2021 (event number 41).
The Age Grade course record is held by Rosemary SYMMS who recorded 84.25% (25:11) on 23rd October 2021 (event number 41).

Alderford Lake parkrun started on 31st August 2019. Since then 2,490 participants have completed 6,417 parkruns covering a total distance of 32,085 km, including 1,195 new Personal Bests. A total of 205 individuals have volunteered 1,046 times.

 

Event 44 – 13th November 2021

by Cara Meehan

Grey and overcast for this week's parkrun, event number 44 - the course is still holding up and hasn’t descended into a mud fest (just yet!).

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Well done to the 110 parkrunners who turned up for themselves this morning. We had 25 first timers who are new to Alderford and of those 5 were completely new to parkrun - welcome to the family! Saturday’s will never be the same again…..

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15 people got PB’s today which is super impressive on the course so well done to them.

We had a large age range with two people running in the 65-69 category and we had two under 10’s as well - just proves that parkrun is really for everyone.

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42 parkrunners identify as female and Carol Fowles of Whitchurch Whippets lead the way for us Women.
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We have an unknown number one with David Owen of Tattenhall Runners coming in second position.

Benjamino Gregory ran today and notched up his 417th parkrun which is super impressive!

Alderford Lake regular Rebecca Lewis celebrated her 25th parkrun with a pb this morning in the junior 11-14 category.

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We had a visitor Elliot Line today who is a serial tourist and runs an awesome parkrun statistics website which can be found on Facebook if anyone is interested in more stats.
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Thank you to all the volunteers as always - super well organised and always cheery!

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See you again next week and DFYBC!

This week 110 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Fiona LEATHAM • Cara MEEHAN • Kathy LING • Simon PHILLIPS • Gillian FOWLES • Thomas PHILLIPS • Adam RICHARDS • Laura WILLETTS • Duncan MEREDITH • Aaron ASHTON • Kirsty FISHER • Gail JAZMIK • Katie PRINCE • Nikole SHINGLER • Natalie STEVENSON • Louisa Jane KAY • Jill SHAKESHAFT • Phoebe LAWRENCE • Jack GRIFFITHS • Paul TRUMAN • Tim REYNOLDS

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 Jack GRAY who recorded a time of 16:34 on 23rd October 2021 (event number 41).
The Age Grade course record is held by Rosemary SYMMS who recorded 84.25% (25:11) on 23rd October 2021 (event number 41).

Alderford Lake parkrun started on 31st August 2019. Since then 2,471 participants have completed 6,310 parkruns covering a total distance of 31,550 km, including 1,159 new Personal Bests. A total of 201 individuals have volunteered 1,020 times.

 

Another great parkrun morning! Alderford Lake parkrun #43

by Eve Taylor

I paid a visit to Alderford Lake parkrun this week alongside my husband, Ian and son, Tom, travelling over from Macclesfield. We are all passionate about parkrun (well, perhaps I’m verging rather more on the obsessive) but suffice it to say, it’s a major part in our lives. It’s always a joy to turn up to another event; the same formulae but they’re all so subtlety individual. We are keen tourists when we have the opportunity but we’re also part of our home parkrun team and love volunteering as well as running.
Some of the initial excitement is trying to find the parkrun itself. There was no problem today as the information on the website was tip-top which meant that there was no mad panic at the last moment in finding the start plus there was plenty of parking only a few minutes’ walk to the start area.
Before we knew it, your lovely RD, Sarah had done the run brief and we were off. We loved the course, quite different from Macclesfield which is rather hiller but one of the many wonderful things about parkrun, is the huge variety in courses. I had been warned about the mud but there was little sign of it and the terrain and surface were nice and varied. The marshals were brilliant, all so encouraging and cheerful. If you are reading this and have never volunteered before or haven’t for a while, parkrun would not happen without volunteers and I feel very strongly that we should all give something back to this wonderful community. So give it a whirl – it is great fun and very rewarding.
It was super to have a café right by the start/finish area which meant that it was a hub of post parkrun chat. The breakfast and coffee were lovely, Sarah had processed the results by 10:10am (super speedy!) and all in all, we had a great parkrun morning.

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A huge welcome to the 11 parkrun absolute first timers – welcome to the parkrun family but be warned, it’s addictive! Congratulations also to the 19 of you who had pbs today and once again huge thanks to today’s 24 volunteers.
Alderford Lake parkrun has everything and is definitely one to recommend to fellow tourists. Thank you so much for having us. What a fabulous parkrun morning but aren’t they all?
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This week 104 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Eve TAYLOR • Kathy LING • Liz RANKIN • Gillian FOWLES • Adam RICHARDS • Paul EVANS • Duncan MEREDITH • Lisa DALE • Lynn NORTON • Aaron ASHTON • Sheridan LANE • Martin LANE • Janice OWEN • Peter HOLMES • Sue EVANS • Sarah GILL • Carol FOWLES • Nicola ROGERS • Natalie STEVENSON • Denise LONG • Stuart LONG • Ted LAWRENCE • Millie SCRASE • 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 Jack GRAY who recorded a time of 16:34 on 23rd October 2021 (event number 41).
The Age Grade course record is held by Rosemary SYMMS who recorded 84.25% (25:11) on 23rd October 2021 (event number 41).

Alderford Lake parkrun started on 31st August 2019. Since then 2,445 participants have completed 6,200 parkruns covering a total distance of 31,000 km, including 1,144 new Personal Bests.

A total of 197 individuals have volunteered 999 times.

 

New Years Day parkrun

We will be holding parkrun as normal at 9am on New year's Day, please let us know if you are able to help out by volunteering.

 

Christmas Day parkrun

We will be holding our Christmas Day parkrun at 9am on Christmas Day. Pease note there is access for parkrun purposes only, the venue is otherwise closed to the public on this day.

Please let us know if you are able to volunteer. Festive fancy dress encouraged!

 

Halloween parkrun 30th October 2021

The warning signs were there, a strange logo of a circle, triangle and square on the normal parkrun signs. Just before the start the PA bursts into life playing The Blue Danube music, pulled along by guards with black masks and red jumpsuits. The music is interrupted by the announcer who asks for our attention and to make our way swiftly to the start area. She repeats the instructions. The music continues, but stops for another announcement. The parkrun is two laps and those who fail to complete two laps will be eliminated. She repeats her message, but clarifies that it's only elimination from the results, phew!

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Luckily it wasn't a horrific episode from Squid Game, but the Alderford Lake Halloween parkrun. So no 45.6 billion won to the first finisher, but instead lots of parkrunners in spooky and scary fancy dress ready to walk, jog and run 5K.

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The full photo album can be found here:

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Well done to Robert Weston and Emma Jefferys as first finishers. Also well done to the thirteen parkrunners who managed a new PB and the five who completed their very first parkrun. It was great to see so many parkrunners and volunteers in fancy dress.

This week 97 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Fiona LEATHAM • Kathy LING • Nicki TROW • Simon PHILLIPS • Gillian FOWLES • Sarah PHILLIPS • Thomas PHILLIPS • Adam RICHARDS • Duncan MEREDITH • Janice OWEN • Peter HOLMES • Nikole SHINGLER • Sarah GILL • Carol FOWLES • Valerie SMITHER • Natalie STEVENSON • Evelyn TROW • Louisa Jane KAY • Jill SHAKESHAFT • Tullis MATSON • Phoebe LAWRENCE • Jack GRIFFITHS

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 Jack GRAY who recorded a time of 16:34 on 23rd October 2021 (event number 41).
The Age Grade course record is held by Rosemary SYMMS who recorded 84.25% (25:11) on 23rd October 2021 (event number 41).

Alderford Lake parkrun started on 31st August 2019. Since then 2,417 participants have completed 6,096 parkruns covering a total distance of 30,480 km, including 1,125 new Personal Bests. A total of 194 individuals have volunteered 975 times.

 

23rd October 2021 Event #41

25th Volunteer and a cheeky run too!
Arriving shortly after 8.40 this morning it felt strange not being in the thick of the setting up buzz, normally you'd find me setting up the finish area and then taking to my timekeeping post, but today I was on the other side of it running Alderford Lake parkrun for the first time since parkruns COVID hiatus.

The funnel had already been set up, the volunteers being given their instructions by the volunteer coordinator which today was Liz Rankin, who also was looking after my usual timekeepers post along with Louise Rafferty.

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After a quick chat and a catch up it was onto the starting area for the run brief shortly before 9, and before I knew it we were on the move out of the field and onto the gravel, the sound was quite amazing!! I was also told afterwards there was someone running today in bare feet! Well done, that first bit must have stung!!

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Now the last time I ran this course it was the other way round, so moving into the 2nd field so early felt strange to begin with but actually on both laps it was nice to be running past fellow parkrunners in the opposite direction. Many giving waves/smiles and words of encouragement to each other. It really shows what a lovely community parkrun is and I’m proud to say I’m part of it.

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Everyone can get involved it doesn’t matter where your level of fitness is, everyone gets the same level of encouragement. Today’s field saw a vast range of people with the first finisher completing in 16:34 taking the new course record (well done Jack Gray) and the tailwalker finishing at 1:08:41, so if your thinking of doing parkrun but are worried for whatever reason, please don’t be, we’d love to see you. We had 5 people come and complete their very first parkrun today, joined by 14 tourists and 69 regulars, of those there were 19 personal bests, 1 course record broken and 1 age record (well done Rosemary Symms!).

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Now where was I? Oh yes after the 2nd field and Maize field (now newly grassed) it was time to go round the lake. I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw the path was dry and not churned up mud, the bog of doom a distant memory before saying hi to Marshal Adam round the back of the trees to the woods where Tom was waiting to greet me before the steep short climb into the woods. Now I also found this weird, it felt longer this way round than previously but equally quicker as I felt you could really have fun going weeee down the undulations. Then back to the start... kind of... this time you get to do a lap of the field before going round the route again! But the next time you see that field you get to do that final lap of honour before heading towards the flags which mark the finish.

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Today there were 25 volunteers, and I may be biased but they are a terrific bunch! Three were completing their 25th volunteering stint. Jon Morgan (Number checker and pre course set up today) Simon Phillips (one of today’s photographers) and okay so the other was me. Well how was that when you turned up and ran it today? I hear you ask. Well one of the things some people don’t realise is there are some volunteer roles you can do which will allow you to run too. One of those roles is rounding up the events of the day in this here run report, so if you’ve enjoyed reading this and fancy giving it ago one week let us know! We like to read everyone’s different experiences at parkrun it’s what makes us unique and a community.

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Another volunteer mention is Kathryn who got to wear her 10 volunteer t shirt with pride today, she’s quickly become a regular on the scanners and one of our youngest volunteers, Good luck on getting your 25 parkruns in the near future!

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We would love to add more faces to our volunteer core team so if you wanted to find out more, please talk to our Run Directors!

 

Alderford Lake parkrun report – 16.10.21

By Cara Meehan

A big well done to the 94 parkrunners on this grey Saturday morning.

With car’s parked and briefings done they are away!

21 first timers showed up to see what parkrun is all about and I really hope they enjoyed it. I’m sure they went away feeling the Alderford parkrun community made them welcome and we hope to see you back soon!

Impressively Pete Hayns who came first in the results was a first timer himself! Very impressive on the course - really hope he realised it was a two lapper!

Emily Grandfield was the first Women in the funnel in position 11 - well done Emily.

21 people parkrunned in a personal best time for them which is super impressive! Stephen Roberts from Oswesty Olympians ran in the male 65-69 category and finished with a time of 24.05 which pops him at the top of the age grading with a ridiculous 70.93% - well done Stephen.

Female athletes were out in force today with 47 parkrunners identifying as Women. Unknown was the most popular name with 9 of them competing.
11 Whitchurch Whippets were out in force today making them the most popular club, 8 Shawbury Joggers and one Chorlton Runner Danielle Hardy. Whatever race I enter there is always a Chorlton runner! They literally get everywhere!
Phillip Moore was the oldest parkrunner this morning and ran in the 70-74 category.
There were 4 under 10’s which is great to see!

25 volunteers made today happen - thank you everyone!

See you next week - DFYB

COMING SOON -Fancy Dress Spooky as possible 30th October…

This week 94 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Cara MEEHAN • Kathy LING • Thomas PHILLIPS • Elizabeth FEATHERSTONE • Linda CALLAGHAN • Adam RICHARDS • Duncan MEREDITH • Lynn NORTON • Jonathan BLISS • Sheridan LANE • Katie PRINCE • Martin LANE • Janice OWEN • Peter HOLMES • Sarah GILL • Carolyn BLISS • Natalie STEVENSON • Nia PRICE • Michael DEWSNAP • Luke MEREDITH • Jack GRIFFITHS • Ffion PRICE • Tia SCRASE

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 2,374 participants have completed 5,911 parkruns covering a total distance of 29,555 km, including 1,093 new Personal Bests. A total of 190 individuals have volunteered 928 times.

 

Alderford Lake parkrun – Event #39 09-10-21

Cool and still conditions greeted the 108 participants at Alderford Lake this week, ideal for running a PB, which an amazing 26 people managed, so well done to them. We had competitors from as far afield as Barnsley, and also some uber tourists in attendance, 2 of the top 20 on the UK most events list in myself and Mark A Jennings who was resplendent in the blue 500 shirt.

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Around the lovely course the autumn colours tantalisingly appeared and I am told that the maize field has lost all its maize but it did allow for a good forward view. The wooded section was especially pleasant and the view across towards the finish may have made it look closer than it was but I’m sure on the second lap that was the carrot we all needed!

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There were some Sterling efforts towards the rear of the field with real determination even if everyone did not finish I am sure that they will be back and making progress week on week which is what parkrun is all about. A great mix of young and old, from 7 to 70, and there was a battle royale at the head of the field as Christopher Larkin and Robert Weston were stride for stride round the whole course, with Christopher just prevailing in what must have been a sprint finish. Our First Lady was Ruth Pryce in 23rd place. It was especially great to see 9 people complete their first parkrun today, hopefully the first of many…
A huge round of applause to all the volunteers who worked like a well oiled machine to ensure the event went smoothly, and did so with a smile and a warm welcome. Special thanks to Janice Eastwood for keeping me company on the way round, hope you are back in marathon training soon!
I hope everyone’s feet have dried out and hope to see you back on the start line next week!

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This week 108 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Leon FOSTER • Kathy LING • Steve X NEWELL • Thomas PHILLIPS • Adam RICHARDS • Duncan MEREDITH • Lisa DALE • Rebekah TEE • Jonathan BLISS • Sheridan LANE • Martin LANE • Janice OWEN • Peter HOLMES • Janice EASTWOOD • Carolyn BLISS • Carol FOWLES • Mischa STARKEY • Julie STARKEY • Natalie STEVENSON • Emily GRANDFIELD • Louisa Jane KAY • Jill SHAKESHAFT • Adrian SWABY-BOAG • Connie SWABY-BOAG

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 2,353 participants have completed 5,817 parkruns covering a total distance of 29,085 km, including 1,072 new Personal Bests. A total of 187 individuals have volunteered 905 times.

 

2nd October 2021 Event #38

Thank you to Nathan Troon, who wrote this account of his run with us this week, please don't be shy about about coming forward to write us a paragraph or two for a run report, it is always interesting to hear from our parkrunners. If you have any milestones to include, then also get in touch and we can include them:

This parkrun came after a week of nearly non stop rain!
Despite this the course was not too wet, but the grass was slippy in parts.
Surprisingly I did not have mud splattered up my legs once I finished, which is not like previous times!

At the start of my 2nd lap it started raining, but that wasn't so bad, as I was already getting hot!

It was so good to see all the happy marshals cheering us on all around the course!

Bailey (Age 14) the youngest, finished well ahead of myself (Age 19 ) and my Dad (Age unknown), Last Saturday my Dad did the Cannock Chase Half marathon!, So he did really well considering that!
Although I could never say the course is easy, it is beautiful to run through the forest and around the lake. With 98 runners today!
So please join us if you are ever in the area!

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We had visitors this week from as far apart at Inverness and Portsmouth, as well as Cannock Chase and Stockport along with a few visitors from our neighbours at Shrewsbury.

This week 98 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Fiona LEATHAM • Kathy LING • Simon PHILLIPS • Jo GRANDFIELD • Mandy LEWIS • Keith COTTON • Thomas PHILLIPS • Linda CALLAGHAN • Duncan MEREDITH • Aaron ASHTON • Paul TROON & Nathan TROON • Janice OWEN • Peter HOLMES • Carol FOWLES • Denise LONG • Emily GRANDFIELD • Jill SHAKESHAFT • Hayley PROUDFOOT • Louise RAFFERTY • Jack GRIFFITHS • Catherine CALDECOTT

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 2,322 participants have completed 5,709 parkruns covering a total distance of 28,545 km, including 1,046 new Personal Bests. A total of 186 individuals have volunteered 881 times.

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