25.09.2021 Alderford Lake parkrun event 37 Back on home ground/ up, up and away!

Not being 100% sure on being at parkrun this week I decided that if I made it there, I would run this week rather than volunteer. Having returned from Canada the day before and jet lag setting in I was surprised to wake up in plenty time to make the start, the body clock must know what’s important!

Not having run the course since the change of direction I thought I’d check out Adam’s first timers briefing which also give a great chance to see who else is there for the first time and get an idea of where they have travelled from. As always, Adam did a great job, fully explained the course before then explaining the finishing process and finish funnel/token system to those who were brand new to parkrun. It didn’t take long to find out that one of the people listening to the brief was originally due to take part in the now cancelled Triathlon which was due to take place this weekend, we hope you enjoyed your parkrun instead, much less cycling and swimming involved...

Any new visitors to Alderford Lake parkrun should check out the first timers briefing which is held at the first timers and tourists post which is straight in front of Admissions. We start this at 8:50am each week.
Liz was the RD this week and had worked hard in the week to make sure that all was well organised and that we had enough volunteers to go ahead safely, we have put extra marshals in place on over the busy summer, so we really have really appreciated all those who have come forward to help out. Parkrun cannot happen without volunteers.
After last week’s appearance by the hot air balloon, I am sure it was quite a surprise to find this week it was back, maybe next week they’ll stay and run? But this week, as the volunteers had made the course ready, it was up, up and away, being waved off by Duncan who was fresh from laying out the course.

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Straight after the first timers briefing it was time to make our way to the start and Liz to give the full run brief. As we took off, she announced the milestone that Adrian Kent was running his 50th parkrun and applause arose from the runners as we left the field. Another celebration this week for the Grandfield family as they ran together to celebrate a wedding anniversary.

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It was my first running on the new course and it was nice to see all the marshals around the course, Natalie, Kathy, Jill, Jane, Janice, Julie and Sue on the first part of the course leading into the woods, on approaching the end of the woods I could hear the cowbells ringing out, (I’d better not stop now), and there were Connie and Adrian, Connie ringing her bell to encourage us all around the last section of the field (well we had to do it all again) but there she still was, the second time around, still ringing her bell loudly as ever! Thanks Connie.

Julie and Sue 2 of our marshals:
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Normally being on the volunteer side of the run, it was great to see it all happen, the smiling volunteers turning into high viz heroes as they put on those fetching pink jackets, and once more it was all like clockwork.
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Turning into Hi Viz heroes!!

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We had two new timekeepers this week in Mandy and Carol, and a great job they did too. I think Keith Cotton may have welcomed a second or two off his time as he missed a pb by just one second, oh so nearly… well there’s always next time..

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At the finish area we also had Aaron, Jon, Linda, Pete, and Jack ensuring we all got our tokens and barcodes scanned and Paul was last over the line as tail walker.

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We think we've finished!!

All chill out at the finish!!

All chill out at the finish!!

4 People did their first ever parkrun at Alderford Lake this week, Darren SAYNOR, Oliver DURKIN, Peter KEOGH and Evelyn TROW, while Nicola COLLINS and Oscar ADAMS returned for that all important 2nd parkrun.
This week 82 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

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The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Fiona LEATHAM • Kathy LING • Jonathan MORGAN • Liz RANKIN • Mandy LEWIS • Linda CALLAGHAN • Adam RICHARDS • Paul EVANS • Duncan MEREDITH • Aaron ASHTON • Janice OWEN • Peter HOLMES • Sue EVANS • Carol FOWLES • Julie HOLLINS • Natalie STEVENSON • Louisa Jane KAY • Jill SHAKESHAFT • Adrian SWABY-BOAG • Connie SWABY-BOAG • 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 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 2,300 participants have completed 5,611 parkruns covering a total distance of 28,055 km, including 1,023 new Personal Bests. A total of 183 individuals have volunteered 860 times.

 

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.

 

#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.

 

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 #23 25th January 2020

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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.

 

18th January 2020 Event #22 Thanks to the Volunteers

Event 22 – Thanks to the volunteers on a Cold and Frosty morning

Event 22 saw a cold and frosty start to the morning to the extent that the van carrying the equipment had frost on the inside and I wondered if clearing it would make me late.

There was a nice crunch to the ground around Alderford Lake on the morning of 18th January for our 22nd event. As the first volunteers arrived, the sun came up over the far side of the lake and told us it was going to be one of those lovely crisp cold winter mornings.

This week the marshals on the first part of the course set out their own cones and arrows, this worked well so we’ll keep moving towards this happening every week which will save time in the mornings. Natalie Stevenson did a great job setting up the second half of the course while Jon Morgan set off to check the course
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I was on First Timers briefing today and we had a good number of first time runners, lots were doing their first ever parkrun, we hope they enjoyed it and that they will return for more! We also had a good number of tourists having travelled from South Manchester, Worcester, Oxford, Birmingham, Northwich, Denby, Ryton, Oswestry and as far afield as Shrewsbury.

I gave the usual talk, explained the course and talked about the mud which was sure to be encountered and let the tourists go so that I could explain the finish procedures to the first time park runners, with an important emphasis on ‘please only go through the funnel after 2 laps’ and ‘please don’t take our tokens home’.
The run briefing proper was soon underway with the lovely Sarah Gill making her debut as RD this week. I think all will agree that she did a great job. We celebrated with Eva Smith, a junior completing her 10th parkrun and once the runners had listened to Sarah’s pre run messages we were soon on our way.

This week the local running club Whitchurch Whippets (of which I am a member) were using the parkrun for the 3rd round of their winter handicap. They predicted their run times before the run, and ran without any watch or timing device, the closest to their predicted times over 3 out of 4 runs wins the handicap. I went for 32:20, a little faster than I’d run there before but as I am just (hopefully) getting over an injury I was hopeful I’d predicted somewhere in the right area.

As we set off we were soon past the café and into the the first field, Lisa Dale was on Kathy’s corner today where our regular volunteer Kathy Ling is usually cheering us on. Soon past Lee Dale on Rabbit hole corner and into the rollercoaster wood, all good so far! A quick wave at Katie Randles on tight turn corner, and the lake side stretch was there, a little slippery in the mud there after the rain we’ve had all week, but steady as you go and soon we duck around the little patch of trees into another muddy patch. Guided past the trees by Felicity and Lottie Ashton I prepared for what I had been referring to as the BOG OF DOOM…. However someone had been hard at work and cleared a path through so were were able to run and keep our feet dry today.

Not much further on and we are at the Gate and here’s Kathy Ling, not at her usual corner today but cheering us all on just the same. Into the 2nd field and the first finishers were heading out already! Here’s Denise in her normal spot enthusiastically marshalling and giving us encouragement.Soon we negotiated the 3rd small field passing 3rd field marshal Janet Loughlin and then the tail walkers Sheridan Lane and Paul Evans with a bit of friendly banter and in no time it was back to the start for the second lap. Here we go again  This time around what was so noticeable was just how noisy that finish area was, I could hear it around both 2nd and 3rd field, so much shouting and cheering I just couldn’t wait to get there.
Overtaken by a young lad on the finish straight (no surprise) and Fiona Claxton and Martin Lane clicked me through the finish. As I turned back to the timekeepers wondering about my time, funnel manager Janice Owen made sure that I kept moving and didn’t get out of position. I was soon greeted by Pete Holmes on tokens who was supported by Katie Prince. Token in hand I was soon at the scanners, which today were operated by Thomas Price and Claire Scaiff. A quick barcode and token scan and I dropped the token in the bucket, another parkrun completed, what a way to start the weekend.

Lot’s of participants were milling around chatting at the finish while we cheered in the rest of the finishers. Another fab morning at Alderford Lake. Just a few things to pack away and into the café for results processing with Sarah Gill and Simon Phillips. No problems at all with results today and token were being expertly sorted and put back in order for next week by Katie and Thomas Prince.

I hope I’ve managed to mention every volunteer, it really is easy, fun and so much appreciated by the runners and walkers. For those still reading this really long run report, the description of each role can be seen by clicking on the role on the volunteer page.

For those new to us we hope you had fun, please tell your friends and maybe mention that trail shoes are a good option when they come 

A massive thank you to the volunteers each and every week, this run report was for you!

Event number 22
18th January 2020
This week 181 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 60 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Fiona LEATHAM • Kathy LING • Jonathan MORGAN • Paul EVANS • Fiona CLAXTON • Lisa DALE • Lee DALE • Felicity ASHTON • Sheridan LANE • Katie PRINCE • Martin LANE • Katie RANDLES • Janice OWEN • Peter HOLMES • Sarah GILL • Thomas PRINCE • Lottie ASHTON • Natalie STEVENSON • Denise LONG • Claire SCAIFF • Janet LOUGHLIN • Megan OWEN

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 1,711 participants have completed 3,699 parkruns covering a total distance of 18,495 km, including 644 new Personal Bests. A total of 137 individuals have volunteered 505 times.

 

Event #21. The resolutions continue with a great turnout

Alderford Lake parkrun
Event number 21
11th January 2020

This week 164 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 48 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Fiona LEATHAM • Liz RANKIN • Simon PHILLIPS • Keith COTTON • Thomas PHILLIPS • Andy COWARD • Libby DUDLESTON • Mimi OWEN • Fiona CLAXTON • Joe TURNER • Brian WOODALL • Rebekah TEE • Aaron ASHTON • Kirsty FISHER • Lindsey JONES • Ruth CLAYTON • Janice OWEN • Peter HOLMES • Andrew ASHTON • Natalie STEVENSON • John ROBERTSON • Tina DOXEY

Don’t forget it’s easy to volunteer, we’re friendly and full training is given. We are always welcoming new people to the team whether it’s once in a while or more regularly, just email alderfordlakehelpers@parkrun.com

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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 1,651 participants have completed 3,518 parkruns covering a total distance of 17,590 km, including 597 new Personal Bests. A total of 134 individuals have volunteered 483 times.

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