Unlike his cousin Elizabeth,James knows how to use safety pins wisely
And as far as I know,he`s never been to Guiseley.
He`s volunteered 200 times at the world famous Birkenhead parkrun
One of the first to arrive each week and one of the last to leave
He was deserving of the applause and he took a bow
But the numbers today unfortunately didn`t include any members of T`Pau
The threat of Storm Dennis was in the air
But we are hardy souls at Birkenhead,we didn`t care.
Next Saturday is allegedly a storm free week*
Oh a windless parkrun,that we do seek.
*Still wet and windy but who cares!
One note before I start.We are always on,unless we`re off. Obviously if the course was blocked or under water or was iced over then yes,we`d be off.We keep our eye on the weather forecasts and members of the core team did check the course out during the week.We will let you know as soon as we can if we have to cancel,just keep your eyes on our social media.We are very fortunate that the park is well maintained and looked after.We`ve only had to cancel for the lake by the benches (which has never flooded since) and the ice on the roads a year ago. Fingers crossed we never have to again.
Hello and welcome to the run report. Thankfully Windy Uncle Dennis didn`t get an earlier train and missed out on the activities at the park this morning, There was a mild breeze and a little shower but we`ve had worse. Thanks to all 563 of you for coming along and taking part,you are all legends for today!
Our first finisher was Ethan Brady-Jones of Wirral AC in a new pb of 16:36,then William Strickley,also of Wirral AC,in 17:21 and then Keira Brady-Jones,again of Wirral AC,our first lady home ,in a new pb of 17:24! Congratulations all three!
Our next three finishers (male) were Steven Leslie of Village Road Runners in 17:41, Jay "Olaf" Walker of Wallasey AC in 17:59 and Jamie Dumbarton of Wirral AC with a new pb of 18:05.
Our next three finishers (female) were Meg Hoshiko who ran 19:52(21st),then Alison Cole of Ellesmere Port RC with a new pb of 20:43(26th) and Jodi Bemand of West Cheshire AC in 20:49(29th).
An even bigger congratulations to all our first timers today who saw the weather forecast and decided that it was,in the words of Adam Ant "Nothing to be scared of". Kudos to you all.We hope you all enjoyed your first Birkenhead parkrun experience whether you were parkrunning for the first time or visiting us from afar. I know from facebook we had several tourists this week.We look forward to seeing you next week or the next time you`re in the area.
Our amazingly awesome first timers this week were Sam Crowe,Josh Quigley,Nicola Seller,Craig Hebden,Harry Warrell,Zach Craze,Colette McGrath,Claire Baccino,Martin Barker,Sean Grey,Jenny Paton,Grace Paton,Steven Webb,Robin Wingate,Beth McLean,Holly Wright,Judith Mitchell,Stephanie Warrell,Innes Robertson,Joe Carlsen,Eve Bentley,Coral Hobbs,Jane Davies,Kathryn Graham,Erin Gelling,Niall Hayes,Jayne Rogers,Nathan Palmer,Phil Hayden,Sarah Schofield,Sharon Scanlon, Jonathan Spain,Charmian Abbott,Neil Schofield,Shaun McDonnell,Wendy McDonnell, Alan Wilcox
Pb klaxon sounding fantasticness from Ethan Brady-Jones 16:36,Keira Brady-Jones 17:24 (only 12 seconds off our ladies course record),Jamie Dumbarton 18:05,Henry Timewell 19:20,Alison Cole 20:43,Toby Lemon 21;11,Todd Humphreys 21:24,Fred Lucas 21:40,Debra Bemand 21:52,Zac Lincoln 22:32,Keith Lincoln 23:29,Lloyd Fisher 23:36,Benji Hatch 23:42,Rachel Nolan 23:52,Sammy Harwood 23:53,Steve White 23:55,Michael Pickstock 23:57,Andrew Noon 23:57,Amy Heron 24:17,Haley Barnett 24:37,Jade Edmonds 25:12,William Thompson 25:39,Emma Smith 25:42,Paul Davies 26:21,Daniel Smernicki 26:23,Gemma Carolan 26:56,Anna Holsgrove 26:56,Helen Beddow 27:04,Eryn Murphy 27:32,Emma Weyman 27:36,Daniel Batchelor 27:37, Kathy McDonald 27:48,David Forrester 27:50,Phil Chan 27:52,Jennie Grocutt 27:53,Craig Luukas 27:53,Aiko Hoshiko 28:49,Suzie Murray 28:49,Emma Harrison 29:02,Kirsty Walsh 29:18,Caroline Feeney 29:22,Tony Sullivan 29:23,Catherine Court 29:30, Pete Marland 29:31,Helena Grimwood 29:34,Rose Hindley 29:40,Elizabeth Madden 30:11, Lucy Barrett 30:13,Jack White 30:16,Thomas Kerrigan 30:24,Jane Callaghan 30:34, Joanne Pugh 30:34,Harry Grey 30:35,Gill Lightfoot 30:46,Rebecca Hughes 31:03, Alexandra Williams 31:21,Isobel Hughes 31:31,Margaret Davenport 31:51,Amy Green 32:07,Lucy Ball 32:07,Joshua Green 32:07,Catherine Thursby 32:08,Andrew Green 32:09,Kelly Ogley 32:35,Mike Yassin 32:42,Lisa Cooke 33:00,Sue Bearman 33:09,Nick Wilde 33:14,Kate Grey 33:19,Ashley Lee 33:26,Nicola Thomas 33:38,Ammi Lee 33:41, Amy Pemberton 34:03,Victoria Savage 34:42,Emily Willett 35:24,Claire Stranger-Ford 36:05,Nicola Mays 36:08,Patricia Breen 36:45,Donna Downey 36:52,Paul Suckley 38:21,Leigh Weaver 40:22,Libby Hall 42:02,Grace Vesey 42:51,Claire Hamilton 42:58, Abi Trott 43:01,Andrea Borrer 44;33,Jess Weaver 59:35.
Marvellous milestones this week!
Joe Johnson ran his 50th parkrun
Sharon Scanlan ran her 50th parkrun
Paul Cowdray ran his 50th parkrun
Brian Lawless ran his 50th parkrun
John Harrison ran his 100th parkrun
Warren McNally ran his 100th parkrun
Paul Franklin ran his 100th parkrun
Congratulations to Joe,Sharon,Paul,Brian,John,Warren and Paul on their fantastic achievements!
Patrick Hadfield 25:25,Josh Quigley 27:27,Emily Daly 29:29,Kay Standing 30:30,Clare Pennington 31:31,Isobel Hughes 31:31,Mike Holbrook 32:32,Louise Shields 33:33, James Roberts 34:34,Graham 35;35,Gemma Cain 59:59
Our pinkslightlysoddenbutstilloudinsomecasesveryloudtastic volunteers were led by run director James "200" Hurley,Timekeepers were Stuart "The Shoes" Rickers and Gemma "Have you finished Jon?" Cloney.Barcode scanning was done by Mike "Jolene" Green,Peter "Palms out" Humphreys,Andrew "Punnyman" Hughes and Dave "Double Dave" Bibby funnel managed (I presume when the scanner wouldn`t work).Finish tokens were dished out by Kareen "Numbers" Porschke with help from Lorna "OMP" Hughes and Graham "& Lyle" Tate.Tail Walker was Lisa "On course puddle inspector" Ost.The first timers briefing was done by Rolf "Wolfie" Westrum who also funnel managed along wth Ruth "PC" Byers,Amanda "The Voice" Curtis-Wilson,Robert "Tokens" Perry,John "The beard" Armstrong and Kevin "Give this man a goal Tranmere!" Gorry.Our marvellous marshals were Ben Willis,Kerry Ashcroft,Kirsty Greenwood,Mark Hyland,Jane Good,Don Scotton,Alison Sait,Malcolm Davies,Derek Holcroft,Helen Keay,Robert Deller,Francesca Taylor,Judith Barnes,Mylo Williams and Rennel Smith.Chloe Byers was our photographer and Alex "Koeman" Holland and David Lilley paced for us.
Thanks to them for their efforts today.If you would like to join them in looking good in pink hi vis,please take a look at the roster on our website and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
We are on the flickr,the facebook and the instagram "Birkenhead parkrun" and the twitter "@bheadparkrun"
Thanks for reading and see you next week!