The lost run reports #21 aka parkrun #4

It was the very early days of Birkenhead parkrun

When T`pau were still only 1980`s powerpopsters

And not James Hurley`s middle name

Oh that nickname will always remain

No pink wellies had been worn on our grass finish funnel

And I`d not even thought to mention Sally Gunnell

Stu`s shorts were still just an item of functional summer sportswear

It was a Shenton of a date,the 8th of the 8th,back in 2015

It seems so long ago but it wasn`t a dream.


Hello and welcome to the second series(!) of historical run reports.

Previously on historical run reports - Er,there were historical run reports covering parkrun 48-67.Anyway this time,its parkrun numbers 4,5,7,13,14,45 and 46! I know, calm yourselves with a biscuit.

After the last report was in freezing November,we were warm as a central heating convention on this August day,176 of you joined us and the narrow grass finish funnel was in place.


Our first finisher (male) was Andrew Gawne in a time of 17:04,followed by first timers Ashley Crawford in 17:13 and David Brockway of Wirral AC in 17:32.

Current Leicester City and England footballer James Maddison was in 4th.Or it was James from Victoria Park Harriers and Tower Hamlets AC,one of them.

Our first finisher (female) was first timer Maggie Cooper of Wirral AC in 20:02 (16th),then Katie Bagley with a pb of 20:53 (27th) and Caroline Hall of Wirral AC in 21:35 (38th).


Today`s random historical date was 20:02,or slightly after 8. The world cup was held in South Korea and Japan,Mount Nyiragongo Volcano erupted in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Switzerland joined the United Nations for an undisclosed fee.


Congratulations to all our first timers,indeed everyone who was there that day as everyone was still very new to it all. We hope you enjoyed your very first parkrun with us,whether it was your first ever parkrun or you were visiting us for the first time.

Our amazing first timers were James Da Costa,Helen Sweeney,Paul Howarth,Dan Lodge,Andy Bush,Alex Cowen,Beth Hallsworth,Matthew Cowen,Charlie Cockram, Christopher Green,Rachel Doyle,Catherine McNee,Jennifer Davies,Debra Gallivan, Teoman Forshaw,Sarah Briscoe,Andy Stewart,Duncan Redpath,Claire Marsden, Samuel Forshaw,Rukiye Forshaw,Richard Bargh,Roy Morris,Helen Simpson,Amy Chalmers,Freya Brabrook,Paul Cunningham,Sara Morris,Steve Cowen,James Maddison,Sue Rimmer,Rachel Salem,Emily Jacques,Paula Cowen,Michele Alty, Carol Bannon,Michael Stone,Keith Brand,Ethan Brady-Jones,Raul Mur,Sean Dyer,Caitlin Chapman,Jo-Anne Harrison,Kayleigh Salem,Paul Collins,Lornsa Quigley,Louise Marsden,James Chapman,Joseph Chalmers,Maggie Cooper,Russell Jacques,Keith Wood,David Nalder,Claire M Williams,Ian Reid,Kevin Charleston,Michael Brockway, Andrea Brabrook,Daniel Kelly,David Brockway,Robin Kingsbury,Paul Chapman,Ashley Crawford.


PB awesomeness from Matthew Gawne 18:39,Les Kennedy 18:41,Andrew Soutar 18:57,David Taylor 20:14,Philip Williams 20:28,Mark Redman 20:36,Jack Poland 20:48,Katie Bagley 20:53,Matt Routledge 20:55,Stephen Bromley 20:58,Chris Murphy 21:07,Stephen Cole 21:11,Alan Mellor 21:31,Matt Kerrigan 21:32,Jim Fedigan 21:43, Ian Stevens 21:47,Andy Jones 22:32,Liz Danson 22:36,Malcolm Davies 23:50,Conor Grealis 24:00,Ashley Newnham 24:16,Martin Donaldson 24:26,Stephen Roberts 24:38,Kerrie Moore 24:41,Keith Marsden 24:46,Gareth James 25:26,Matthew Dingle 25:38,Mike Kemp 25:41,Richie Smith 25:45,Katharine Robertson 26:25,Marie Grealis 26:28,Ian Jones 26:34,Melanie Dirom 26:41,Diane Grimmer 27:18,M Kennedy 27:48, Vicki Costain 28:25,Pamela Topham 28:37,Jan McArd 28:39,Susan Frowe 28:39, Patricia Wright 29:07,Amanda Green 29:12,Peter Edwards 29:16,Nick Flynn 29:19,Ann Holmes 29:39,Darren Tam 29:42,Mia Ellis 29:46,Ian Ellis 29:47,David Byrne 29:56, Olivia Denman 30:04,Suzi Keating 30:40,Alison Jackson 30:48,Sam Newns 30:58,Mark Newns 30:58,Benjamin Lindfield 31;15,Liz Donaldson 32;06,Heather Jones 32;27, Rachel Langley 32:50,Dawn Crawford 33:48,Sharon Candeland 34:17,Gareth Davies 36:55.


Congratulations if you had a milestone today!


Historical Shenton for Andrea Brabrook 32:32.


Our marvellous volunteers on this day were Steven Armstrong,Joseph Boden,Matthew Green,Mike "One Scoop" Green,Mike Griffiths,James "China in his hands" Hurley, Sharon Lamont,David McAlister,Colin Palmer,Rob Pearse,Kareen "Numbers" Porschke, Mary Rees,Stuart "Shorts" Rickers,Steve "Captain" Smith,Phil "Number 1 Welsh volunteer" Stanley,Helen Stansfield,Rolf "Wolfie" Westrum.


We are on the facebook,the instagram and the flickr "Birkenhead parkrun" and the twitter "@bheadparkrun"


Look after yourselves and thanks for reading!