Friday stuff

Parkrunday tomorrow!

Hello!! Good morning/afternoon/evening!

The run director on Saturday,she wasn`t going to say no to the honour,is Ruth Byers!

Please have a look at the latest runners and walkers guide with regards to covid guidelines.(On our website and social media)

and if you are a new parkrunner have a look at the post about our parkrun (also on our website and social media)

Everyone has responded very well to what we`ve asked in the past few weeks and please continue with that.This is what we need you to do.We really do appreciate your co operation.

- If you are unwell or displaying any covid symptoms please don`t come along to take part,volunteer or watch.

- Be aware and respectful of other people at all times.

- Don`t congregate at the start area until just before we start.Please spread out. We won`t start until you are ready.Also a watch pb is just as good as a parkrun pb. So please be sensible about where you stand at the start.

- Don`t forget your barcode (#DFYB),do your run or walk,put your hand out flat for the finish token people to give you a token,then queue up and hold your barcode then the finish token out in front of you for the scanners to scan safely. If its a bit busy for you then there`s plenty of room on the grass for you to wait until the queues are quieter.

- Go home safely with a big smile on your face.

A few other points.

Giving the first timers briefing at 8:50 by the sign at the start is Paul "Pinky" Bradley!

Formation wise for the barcode scanners,finish tokens and timekeepers we`ll be playing a 7-3-2 formation so strong at the back,hopefully width down the flanks.

Thank you very much for another excellent response to our volunteer appeals this week!

Please check out the roster and email us at Birkenhead@parkrun.com if you can help in future weeks.

The weather forecast says sunny,light winds,temperature around 13 degrees Celsius,low chance of precipitation or a lion turning up.

That`s it. See you in the park tomorrow!

 

Jon (On behalf of the core team)

 

 

Friday stuff (Full disclosure,done on Thursday)

Hello! Another week closer to Christmas! Too soon?

The run director on Saturday is Jon Rumley who has been practising trying to be brief in the pre run briefing although if you`ve read his run reports......

Please have a look at the runners and walkers guide which I`ll post again (its also on the website). Everyone has responded very well to what we`ve asked and please continue with that.This is what we need you to do.

- If you are unwell or displaying any covid symptoms please don`t come along to take part,volunteer or watch.

- Be aware and respectful of other people at all times.

- Don`t congregate at the start area until just before we start.Please spread out. We won`t start until you are ready.Also a watch pb is just as good as a parkrun pb. So please be sensible about where you stand at the start.

- Don`t forget your barcode (#DFYB),do your run or walk,put your hand out flat for the finish token people to give you a token,then queue up and hold your barcode then the finish token out in front of you for the scanners to scan safely. If its a bit busy for you then there`s plenty of room on the grass for you to wait until the queues are quieter.

- Go home safely with a big smile on your face.

A few other points.

Giving the first timers briefing at 8:50 by the sign at the start is Andrew Hughes!

And the council covid mobile testing (no symptoms) unit will be at parkrun Saturday.

Thank you very much for another excellent response to our volunteer appeals this week.Please check out the roster and email us at Birkenhead@parkrun.com if you can help.

The weather forecast says light rain showers and a moderate breeze,16 degrees Celsius.

That`s it. See you in the park tomorrow!

 

Jon (On behalf of the core team)

 

Covid 19 Walker and Runner code

Hello! Remember us? Birkenhead parkrun? No? The one with the volunteer who wears shorts all year round? That`s the one!

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ONE WEEK TILL WE RETURN !!!! (Or 6,5,4,3,2,1 days depending on when you read this).

Parkrun Uk have issued their Covid 19 walker and runner code which they`d like you to follow when you come back.It has already been posted across our social media.

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We thought we`d go through it on here and make it a bit more human and relevant to us.

1. Distance yourself (whenever possible). This is just about being sensible.We know you might not have seen other runners for a while but try and resist the urge to give them a hug.At the start of the run,the briefing will be shorter and at the end after you cross the finish line you will enter the funnel,receive your token from the finish token people then go off onto the grass and be directed by the funnel managers to the barcode scanners who will be spread out so you`ll have plenty of room.If the queues are a bit busy for you then you can wait for a bit on the grass (there is plenty of room,I may have mentioned that) then go and get scanned when the queues are shorter. We know you won`t run off with the tokens as you won`t get a time.No Barcode no time btw,that`s still the same.

2.Be quiet (at the pre event brief and start line). We know most of you always were but we also know that some of you didn`t bother listening and carried on your conversations.You really need to listen as there are changes at the end of the run and if you don`t listen you`ll really annoy other parkrunners and we might be perturbed as well. We will be posting a run briefing on our social media Friday evening or Saturday morning as well.

3.Position yourself (at the start according to your estimated finish time). We aren't asking you to assume a specific pose here but you`ll have an idea of the time you run and so just be sensible when lining up to start. If you`d like to "strike a pose" as Madonna used to,feel free. Also in the first few weeks of being back,please have a think about the importance of pb`s. A pb on your garmin (or any other gps based watches,stopwatches or sundials) is just as as valid a pb as a parkrun time. We need you at the start to not group together like you used to so because of that there might be a few more seconds on your time as you approach the start line. We need you to not all congregate closely together.Spread out a bit.Don`t worry,we won`t start without telling you.At the end of the day if you start and stop your watch as you start and finish the run and do your quickest ever time it is a pb.

4.Minimise amount of time (spent in close proximity to others) This is covered really by the first three points but these codes like to have 10 points in.

5.Respect (other people`s space). See point 1.Be sensible.We know a lot of you will be nervous about coming back so please respect others and their personal space.If you are nervous about coming back and feel you can`t, don`t feel bad about that.We`re going to be here every Saturday and when you can come back please do.Don`t feel you have to come back if you aren`t ready to.We understand.

6.Support your children (to socially distance). Kids are way smarter these days than us adults. Make sure you are as aware as they are and they as you are.The usual rule about keeping younger children close to their parent or responsible adult still apply.

7.Observe local covid 19 guidelines (On your way to and from the event) Another obvious one.Oh and please park sensibly.People living around the park will notice we are back and won`t hesitate to complain if you park badly.Respect other park users. There`ll be dog walkers,fisherpeople and squirrels who`ll be a bit surprised to see you all back.

8.No spitting or high fiving (Or any other non essential contact). Please don`t otherwise we`ll spray sanitizer all over you (No we won`t but please don`t anyway)

9.Show your barcodes (from a distance). Please hold your barcodes out in front of you. We`ll be scanning on our phones from now on so if you have them attached to you please position them so its easy to scan. Please also be sensible in how you approach the scanner. Please be patient whilst your barcode is scanned as some phones do this quicker than others.

10.Stay home if you or anyone in your household is unwell.Please don`t come and infect anyone. That`s just stupid.

11.Finally,one from the core team at Birkenhead.We look forward to seeing you back next Saturday but it will also be both an exciting and nervous day for us all. We will do everything we can to make our parkrun as amazing and enjoyable as it ever was but please don`t be offended if at some points we back off as you approach us.We`ve all spent the last 16 months backing away from instead of going towards people so getting back to normal will take time. Please be patient with us as we adapt to the new way of doing things.

 

Thanks for reading.Be Sensible.Be Safe.We`ll see you Saturday!

 

The Core team.

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The answers to the quiz part 6 – yes I forgot about them as well

Answers to part 6!

 

1,The Steve Smith question. Steve has run 46 parkruns as you will know very well now but is that number more or less than the Australian Steve Smith managed with the bat in the first test against India which finished a few days ago?

More,the Aussie Steve scored 1 and 1 which in my book makes 2.

2,In parkrun 221 what was the time difference between core team legends Mike Green and John Armstrong?

Mike ran 18:06,John ran 18:43. 37 seconds.

3,And was the time difference in question 2 quicker or slower than Sally Gunnell (of the finish funnel fame)`s 400m hurdles time when she won the 1992 Olympic gold medal in Barcelona.Please show all your working.

Slower.Sally,of run report fame ran 53:23 to win the gold medal.

4,The Hampshire question.In parkrun 226 Luke ran 17:53 but was dad Peter`s time ahead of Mike Green`s 19:25?

Yes,Peter ran 18:56,29 seconds ahead of Mike.

5,Also in parkrun 226,Joe Johnson ran 19:13 but he wasn`t the only namesake of a world snooker champion to run that day. True or False?

True,Cliff Thorburn,Dennis Taylor and Stephen Hendry all ran that day.

No it was false.

6,Another Mike Green question. Spoiling you today. One of Mike`s run report nicknames is "Jolene". Who had a hit with that song?

Dolly Parton.

7,One of our well travelled core team volunteers is James "T`pau" Hurley. We know he want to China but which other country far far away has he run a parkrun in? Don`t say Northern Ireland,that`s close. I`m talking far far away.

South Africa.

8,More nickname matching.

Steve Smith                     -                   G`day

Ultan Mulhern                  -                   No A

Kareen Porschke             -                   Numbers

Gemma Cloney                -                   Runner up,best selfie at Chester half 2019

Richard Jacobs                -                    David

Peter Humphreys             -                    Father of Jet`s dad

Margaret Whitfield            -                   June

Paul Bradley                     -                    Pinky

Alex Holland                     -                    Van Hoijdonk

Michael Armstrong           -                    Baywatch

9,Who is the King of the Shentons,with a whopping total of 7?

Nick Laing

10,Which cycling Olympian has been lucky enough to have a photo after parkrun with Stuart Rickers?

Chris Boardman

 

There`ll be another quiz or something else along next week.

Keep safe and look after yourselves.

 

Jon

 

 

 

The Birkenhead quiz part 6!

Hello and welcome to the 6th week of this special Christmas edition of the quiz.I`ll be honest the only festive thing about it is the word "Christmas".

 

1,The Steve Smith question. Steve has run 46 parkruns as you will know very well now but is that number more or less than the Australian Steve Smith managed with the bat in the first test against India which finished a few days ago?

2,In parkrun 221 what was the time difference between core team legends Mike Green and John Armstrong?

3,And was the time difference in question 2 quicker or slower than Sally Gunnell (of the finish funnel fame)`s 400m hurdles time when she won the 1992 Olympic gold medal in Barcelona.Please show all your working.

4,The Hampshire question.In parkrun 226 Luke ran 17:53 but was dad Peter`s time ahead of Mike Green`s 19:25?

5,Also in parkrun 226,Joe Johnson ran 19:13 but he wasn`t the only namesake of a world snooker champion to run that day. True or False?

6,Another Mike Green question. Spoiling you today. One of Mike`s run report nicknames is "Jolene". Who had a hit with that song?

7,One of our well travelled core team volunteers is James "T`pau" Hurley. We know he want to China but which other country far far away has he run a parkrun in? Don`t say Northern Ireland,that`s close. I`m talking far far away.

8,More nickname matching.

Steve Smith                     -                   Pinky

Ultan Mulhern                  -                   Van Hooijdonk

Kareen Porschke             -                   David

Gemma Cloney                -                   Baywatch

Richard Jacobs                -                    G`day

Peter Humphreys             -                    No A

Margaret Whitfield            -                    Numbers

Paul Bradley                     -                    Father of Jet`s dad

Alex Holland                     -                    June

Michael Armstrong           -                    Runner up,best selfie at Chester half 2019

9,Who is the King of the Shentons,with a whopping total of 7?

10,Which cycling Olympian has been lucky enough to have a photo after parkrun with Stuart Rickers?

 

There`ll be another quiz or something else along next week.

Merry Christmas to each and every one of you,keep safe and look after yourselves.

 

Jon

 

 

 

The answers to the quiz part 5

Hello and welcome to the quiz ,the fifth week of it.Like a wet winter day,we are back.10 questions.

1 - The Steve `Lionel` Smith question.Who is taller? Our Steve Smith or the Australian Steve Smith.

The Australian Steve is 5ft 9,no idea on our Steve but he`s taller than that.

2 - Apart from wanting people to know there is no A in his surname and being a member of the best folk duo connected to our parkrun,our joint best Irish core team volunteer Mr Ultan Mulhern is a well travelled gentleman. How many countries has he parkrunned in?

A 2 B3 C4 D5

D5 Northern Ireland,Ireland,Germany,Wales and England

3 Name the countries from question 2

See above.

4 Which is the nearest sporting venue to the start of our parkrun?

Birkenhead park rugby club. Anyone who answered the squirrel athletic track, that`s incorrect,

5 The Hampshire question.In parkrun 224,Luke Hampshire was our first finisher in a time of 17:38 but how far did he finish ahead of his dad,Peter (Sorry Peter)?

C,Peter ran 21:01 that day.

A 1:23,B 2:23,C 3:23,D 0:23

6 Parkrun #50.We had 258 of you lovely people taking part. How many finishers did we have between 20 minutes and 25 minutes?

71

7 And as a comparision,in parkrun #230,we had 793 runners. Again,how many were timed between 20 and 25 minutes when they finished?

127

8 Below are 9 volunteer names and 9 volunteer nicknames which have featured in the not yet award winning run report.Can you match the correct name with the correct nickname?

Sue Sturgeon                                  Cowbell queen

Lorna Hughes                                  OMP

Dave Bibby                                      Double Dave

Phil Stanley                                      Number 1 Welsh volunteer

Shelagh Hearty                                Russell

Mike Green                                      Jolene

Gemma Cloney                                Pink welly lady

Andrew Hughes                                Punmaster general

Andy Everett                                     Marvin`s dad

9 Club list maths - Run in Wirral + Chorlton Runners = ? Then divide that answer by Tavistock AC and multiply that answer by Northwich Runnng club.What answer do you get?

Run in Wirral 18 + Chorlton 9 = 27 divided by Tavistock 3 = 9 x Northwich 18 = 162

10 What was the name of the doggy who finished 2nd in one of our parkruns? He ran a time of 17:05. That`s a woof estimate.

Stanley!

 

Thanks! Merry Christmas!

 

Jon

 

 

The Birkenhead quiz PART 5!!

Hello and welcome to the quiz ,the fifth week of it.Like a wet winter day,we are back.10 questions.

1 - The Steve `Lionel` Smith question.Who is taller? Our Steve Smith or the Australian Steve Smith.

2 - Apart from wanting people to know there is no A in his surname and being a member of the best folk duo connected to our parkrun,our joint best Irish core team volunteer Mr Ultan Mulhern is a well travelled gentleman. How many countries has he parkrunned in?

A 2 B3 C4 D5

3 Name the countries from question 2

4 Which is the nearest sporting venue to the start of our parkrun?

5 The Hampshire question.In parkrun 224,Luke Hampshire was our first finisher in a time of 17:38 but how far did he finish ahead of his dad,Peter (Sorry Peter)?

A 1:23,B 2:23,C 3:23,D 0:23

6 Parkrun #50.We had 258 of you lovely people taking part. How many finishers did we have between 20 minutes and 25 minutes?

7 And as a comparision,in parkrun #230,we had 793 runners. Again,how many were timed between 20 and 25 minutes when they finished?

8 Below are 9 volunteer names and 9 volunteer nicknames which have featured in the not yet award winning run report.Can you match the correct name with the correct nickname?

Sue Sturgeon                                  Jolene

Lorna Hughes                                  Punmaster general

Dave Bibby                                      Pink welly lady

Phil Stanley                                      OMP

Shelagh Hearty                                Double Dave

Mike Green                                      Marvin`s dad

Gemma Cloney                                Cowbell queen

Andrew Hughes                                Russell

Andy Everett                                     Number 1 Welsh volunteer

9 Club list maths - Run in Wirral + Chorlton Runners = ? Then divide that answer by Tavistock AC and multiply that answer by Northwich Runnng club.What answer do you get?

10 What was the name of the doggy who finished 2nd in one of our parkruns? He ran a time of 17:05. That`s a woof estimate.

 

Thanks! Merry Christmas!

 

Jon

 

 

The answers to the quiz part 4

Hello and welcome to part four of the quiz no one is calling the new tipping point.

Question 1 - Also known as the Steve Smith question.As you will be very aware by now ,our Steve has run 46 parkruns. How many times though has Steve Smith the Australian cricket behemoth hit a 6 in test cricket? And is that number higher or lower than 46?

Steve Smith the Australian has hit the ball for six mate,42 times in test cricket so our Steve wins this week.

Question 2 is the Stuart Rickers question so its a short one.How many volunteers did we have at our first birthday parkrun on July 16th,2016?

We had 23.

Question 3 - And what % of the surnames of those volunteers were Green,Humphreys, Armstrong and Mulhern? Bonus point for the first names of the surnames.

Mike and Sarah Green,Mark and Peter Humphreys (Not counting Jet,sorry).Cathy,John and Michael Armstrong,Ultan and Helena Mulhern.So 9 of 23. 39%.

Question 4 - CRM,or club representative maths as I like to call it.If you add all the participants from Mersey Tri,UTS run club and Warrington RC together,do they total more or less than Wallasey AC? Show your working please.

Mersey Tri 76 + UTS 34 + Warrington 35 =145. Wallasey 132!

Question 5 - According to our website,how far away is Ellesmere Port parkrun?

10.5 miles.

Question 6 - What is the time difference between our fastest female runner, Sarah Howard and the 20th best female time of Vicky Unsworth? This information is on the website,you don`t have to guess.

Sarah ran 17:12 and Vicky ran 19:09 so that`s 1 minute 57 seconds or 117 seconds in old money.

Question 7a - Where does Birkenhead rank among the following parkruns in quickest female pb terms?

Croxteth park,Princes park,St Helens,Warrington,Delamere and don`t forget us.

Birkenhead Sarah Howard 17:12

Croxteth Hall Kirsty Longley 16:46

St Helens Hannah Oldroyd 18:20

Warrington Lauren Heyes 16:41

Delamere Holly Weedall 17:29

So we are 3rd out of the 5.

Question 7b - And rank the 6 parkruns in order of number of pb`s achieved.

Birkenhead 15056 in 236

Croxteth Hall 11950 in 248

St Helens 13153 in 298

Warrington 21057 in 329

Delamere 16532 in 353

So we are again 3rd out of 5. Although we do have games in hand.

Question 8 - What is Jon Rumley`s middle name? (Just realised I had 7 a and b as 7 and 8 and as I want my tea I`m not thinking up another question)

Karl.

Question 9 - What number parkrun did Paul Martelletti set our fastest ever time evs?

Event 43,14 May 2016

Question 10 - How many corners does the present course have? And I`ve included the  turn around by the gate as a "corner" so that`s three for you to start with.

27.Counted the turnaround at the gate as 1. Judges decision is final etc.

 

The multiple choice questions will be a,back next week,b,never,c,in 2 weeks,d,next year. And the Hampshire question as well.

Thanks!

 

Jon

 

 

 

 

The Birkenhead quiz PART 4!

Hello and welcome to part four of the quiz no one is calling the new tipping point.

Question 1 - Also known as the Steve Smith question.As you will be very aware by now ,our Steve has run 46 parkruns. How many times though has Steve Smith the Australian cricket behemoth hit a 6 in test cricket? And is that number higher or lower than 46?

Question 2 is the Stuart Rickers question so its a short one.How many volunteers did we have at our first birthday parkrun on July 16th,2016?

Question 3 - And what % of the surnames of those volunteers were Green,Humphreys, Armstrong and Mulhern? Bonus point for the first names of the surnames.

Question 4 - CRM,or club representative maths as I like to call it.If you add all the participants from Mersey Tri,UTS run club and Warrington RC together,do they total more or less than Wallasey AC? Show your working please.

Question 5 - According to our website,how far away is Ellesmere Port parkrun?

Question 6 - What is the time difference between our fastest female runner, Sarah Howard and the 20th best female time of Vicky Unsworth? This information is on the website,you don`t have to guess.

Question 7a - Where does Birkenhead rank among the following parkruns in quickest female pb terms?

Croxteth park,Princes park,St Helens,Warrington,Delamere and don`t forget us.

Question 7b - And rank the 6 parkruns in order of number of pb`s achieved.

Question 8 - What is Jon Rumley`s middle name? (Just realised I had 7 a and b as 7 and 8 and as I want my tea I`m not thinking up another question)

Question 9 - What number parkrun did Paul Martelletti set our fastest ever time evs?

Question 10 - How many corners does the present course have? And I`ve included the  turn around by the gate as a "corner" so that`s three for you to start with.

 

The multiple choice questions will be a,back next week,b,never,c,in 2 weeks,d,next year. And the Hampshire question as well.

 

Have a good week,miss you all loads!

 

Jon

 

 

 

 

The answers to the quiz part 3

Hope you enjoyed last week`s quiz. Here`s part 3.More of the same but also a bit different.Not the same questions though.

Question 1 - We all like to recycle or re use so I`ve recycled this question.....again. Last week I asked you whether the number of parkruns our event director Steve Smith had run was a bigger number than Australian cricketer Steve Smith`s one day international batting average. Unfortunately it wasn`t but is it bigger than Steve Smith`s t20 international batting average?

YES!!!!!!!! Steve has done 46 parkruns as you will know by heart by now and the other Steve`s international t20 average is 27.42.

Question 2 - You may remember last December,when Stu Rickers sang his run director briefing. But what song did he sing?

Driving home for Christmas by Chris Rea. The squirrels still talk about it now.

Question 3 - True or False club names represented by participants at our parkrun.

1 Cain RC,2 Concord Runners and Pedallers,3 Gemma Collins centre for kids who can`t run good 4,North Devon RR,5 Itchen Hurricanes Running Club,6 Long Eaton RC,7 Circuit of Wirral 36.7,8 Busrungroup,9 Stragglers,10 RunScotland

1 False,Caine 2 False,Concordia,3,False,its Derek Zoolander not Gemma Collins, 4 True,5 False,Spitfires, 6,True,7 False,33,8 True,9 True,10 False,Jog Scotland

Question 4 - Maths.If you add up the number of runners Liverpool Running Bugs + Kirkby Milers AC + Pensby Runners have had at Birkenhead,is it more or less than Wirral AC? (Must show your working)

Liverpool RB 40 + Kirkby Milers AC 37 + Pensby Runners 107 = 184

Wirral AC 196 So the answer is no,the difference is 12

Question 5 - How many times has Sally Gunnell been mentioned in the run report?

A,Under 25,B 26-50,C51-75,D,Far too many.

D or C or B.I`ll be honest,I didn`t count them but it definitely wasn't A.

Question 6 - Thunder Runners have provided more participants at Birkenhead than Liverpool University AC. True or False

True ,2 to 1.

Question 7 - On he 21st of December last year,Daniel Jarvis ran our second fastest time.What was it and how far off the fastest time ever evs was it?

Daniel ran 14:39,the course record is 14:38. Soooo close!!

Question 8 - More runner placename true or false. As usual the Hampshire rule applies.

1,Angela Oldham 2 Reece Oxford,3 Jessica Salisbury,4 Michael Mansfield 5 Luke Hampshire 6 David Hebden-Bridge 7 Jon Rumley 8 Kate Walton 9 Alan Walsall 10 Mary Worcester

1 True 2 False,he`s a footballer,3 True,4,False.He`s a QC I think,5 TRUE! 6 False,made him up 7 True. Rumley,Texas, 8 True 9 False,10 False

Question 9 - What is our average number of finishes per participant?

8

Question 10 - What connects 80s popster Carole Decker with our joint best Irish core team volunteer James Hurley?

T`Pau obvs.Carole with in the band and James had a holiday in China.

 

 

 

 

 

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