BOLTON PARKRUN REPORT #356 – 10th MARCH 2018

 

BOLTON PARKRUN REPORT #356 – 10th MARCH 2018

 

Bolton parkrun have had more than their share of cancellations during this dreadful winter when nature seems to be reserving its worst weather for Friday night/Saturday morning, so although it was pouring down at 8:30 am, there was some relief that it was 6℃ and the course wasn't covered in snow or ice. The rain actually stopped about ten minutes to nine which was welcome, but the course was still under a little water in places, especially straight after the track and along the bottom.

 

Among the announcements at the start we had a presentation to Dave Hitchen who has volunteered over 200 times (did I hear that right?) and travels every week to do his duties at Leverhulme Park from York (did I hear that right too?) Anyway, even if I have got those wrong, what I haven't got wrong is that Dave has been recognised as Volunteer of the Month by parkrun UK and Vitality. Well done Dave. Well deserved.

Among those running anniversary runs (more of them later) there were lots of First Timers from the two Darwen Running Clubs (the Dashers and Running Group).

 

We don't know the time of the first placed runner this week but I know he was fast. When you are running at 37-minute pace (as I was) you get to see the front people as you are running down from Cruella for the first time (and they are running downwards for the second time) and I can confirm that the leader was moving very quickly. Josh Birmingham was inspired to run a Personal Best in second place taking 28 seconds from his time of last week in his 12th parkrun, half of which have been at Bolton. James France was one of the 45 Darwen Dashers who ran and he finished in 3rd position, his 3rdtop 3 finish in 15 Bolton parkruns.

 

The first lady to finish was Vicki Hamer of Burnden Roadrunners who was running at Bolton for the 79th time.

 

There were 15 runners who managed to run a Personal Best time, taking advantage of the weather improvement. All aboard the PB Express for Josh Birminghan, Simon Taylor, Mick Taylor, Kirk Webster, Robert Pilling, Neil Wharmby, Matthew Connell, Jane Wardle, Leslie Greensitt, Jan Taylor, Karen Johnston, Daniel Guest, Natalie Waite, Hugh Williams and August Aldred.

 

CATEGORY RECORDS: There were no new Category records set this week.

 

129 runners were ladies and 182 were men, and there were 30 juniors. Don't forget that while we love the youngsters running with us, if the junior is under the age of 11 they MUST be accompanied at all times during the run by an adult, which doesn't have to be a parent, but should ideally be someone they know.

 

There were 43 First Timers who joined the parkrun party at Bolton of which 31 were running a parkrun for the very first time and joining the ever growing parkrun family. Now you have done that first run why not come back next week and set a new Personal Best time. At Bolton we average 24 First Timers every week, so well over the average this week.

 

On Saturday there were 14 runners who were shown as 'unknown'. It's terrible to have a brilliant run, maybe get a Personal Best, maybe even finish in FIRST PLACE (!) and then fail to have it recognised because you have no barcode. PLEASE .... Don't Forget Your Barcode. Need a new barcode? Or would you like your result as a text? Follow the link to your profile from your latest results email. And remember please don't take home the finish tokens. They are not souveniers ........  DON'T BE A TOKEN MAGPIE. Also, just a reminder that you cannot produce your barcode as a photograph on a mobile telephone which is not one of the many official ways of having your time recorded. There are not many rules at parkrun but due to the nightmare of administrating people who don't have a barcode, there are no exceptions: no barcode – no time.

 

HALL OF FAME

 

The Burnden Roadrunners are closing in on having 10,000 finishers at Bolton parkrun, far more than any other running club. They are currently on 9,775 and I think they should reach that milestone by mid May. Who will it be?

On Saturday the Darwen Dashers became the first and only running club in Bolton parkrun history to have more than 250 different appear at Leverhulme Park.

 

Runners celebrating milestones with us this week:

Brendan Connaughton - 175 runs, of which 160 have been at Bolton. Brendan ran at Bolton for the first time in March 2013 and has broken his Personal Best 13 times.

Louise Geoghegan – 100 runs, of which 94 have been at Bolton. Louise gets herself a jet black 100-run commemorative T-shirt for this milestone. She first ran at Bolton in October 2013 and has broken her Personal Best on 12 occasions, the current PB set almost 4 years ago.

Helen Varnom – 50 runs of which 44 have been at Bolton. Helen gets herself a Cardinal Red 50-run commemorative T-shirt .

Daniel Guest – 10 runs with all 10 having been run at Bolton. Daniel gets himself a junior white 10-run T-shirt and has got the bug having completed his 10 in the last 15 weeks. To celebrate his 10th run he ran a Personal Best (his 8th in 10 weeks) taking 3 seconds from his time of 2 runs ago.

 

And those who are knocking on the celebration door include:

Neil Bonnar – 274 runs

Brian Mather – 199 runs

Timothy Green – 199 runs

Vicky Spencer – 124 runs

Ethan Wallace - 99 runs

Joanne Larke – 74 runs

These runners are just 5k short of their personal milestones.

 

Number of Commemorative T-shirts on show today:

Junior White (10 runs) – 10 runners

Cardinal Red (50 runs) – 51 runners

Jet Black (100 runs) – 64 runners

Green (250 runs) – 10 runners

Blue (500) – 0 runners

 

The top 5 attendees this week were:

Barry Shackleton (Darwen Dashers) 353 runs

Kenneth Warner 309 runs

Ian Riggs 298 runs

Karen Shackleton (Darwen Dashers) 298 runs

Paul McGreavy 286 runs

These five runners have completed 1,544 parkruns between them.

 

Keep in touch with the latest goings-on at Bolton parkrun using one of the following media:

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There are some brilliant photos on Facebook and Flickr, mainly taken by Dave Hitchen so if you are on one of them, feel free to copy it for your personal collection.

 

Want to give feedback? Have anything to say or want anyone mentioned in future run reports?  Are there any corrections needed to this report? Please e-mail boltonoffice@parkrun.com

 

IS IT YOUR BIRTHDAY? We have an "It's my Birthday" bib which you can wear on the way around the course so that the marshalls and other runners can shout nice things as you run past. And you're certain to get your photo taken and a mention in the report. So, if it's your birthday, make it known to the Race Director before the run starts.

 

FANCY being a pacer? We have a range of waistcoats if you wish to do a service to some fellow runners by getting them around the course in a certain time. And get yourself a volunteer credit at the same time?

 

VOLUNTEERS – REMEMBER that parkrun can only take place weekly because of the volunteers and marshalls who give up their time on a Saturday morning. If you want to get involved, email boltonhelpers@parkrun.com. This week, we had 32 credited volunteers so thank you all, and we hope you enjoyed the less cold atmosphere.

And potential runners remember that to officially take part at Bolton (or any other parkrun anywhere) you need to be registered at www.parkrun.org.uk but you only need to register once and the barcode they give you will be needed each week when you have finished the run. DON'T FORGET YOUR BARCODE.

 

Bolton parkrun started on the 5th February 2011 with 60 runners and 8 volunteers. The course record was set on 22nd April by Michael Cayton in 15:46, and the female course record was set by Elizabeth Greenwood in March 2012 at 18:22. There have been 8,686 different runners on the course, representing 392 different running clubs, and they have completed 79,720 runs. THIS MEANS it is almost certain that the 80,000th finisher will cross the line this weekend. The average attendance is 223 every week and there have been 13,747 Personal Bests. Our attendance record is 448 which was set in June last year, and Bolton parkrunners have completed 398,600Km and have been running for 4 years and 153 days.

 

And that's it for the report for run #355. If you fancy writing a run report, and putting your slant on it, get in touch. We would love to hear from you. See you all again in a few weeks.

 

Barry Shackleton

#loveboltonparkrun

 

Bolton parkrun – 2017 A Year In Review

Bolton parkrun - 2017 A Year In Review

2017, what a year for Bolton parkrun. 3,025 different runners completed 15,394 runs covering 47,721 miles - or almost twice around the Earth! All this supported by a team of volunteers 326 hi-viz strong. Wow, absolutely amazeballs – a huge Bolton parkrun THANK YOU to every single one of you for making this such a fabulous event.

Along the way a number of records were broken too, with the 400 mark being smashed not just once but 3 times in the year and the new highest attendance standing at a whopping 448 runners. For the first time ever we also broke 50 volunteers at a single event and the course record was smashed to smithereens with a sub 16 minute finish, just 3 minutes off the World Record for 5k which of course does not include 2 trips up Cruella!

A huge 2,285 new Personal Best times were set in 2017 you speedy bunch and we welcomed 1,535 first timers – welcome to you all and hope you enjoyed your visit. 976 runs were completed by the unknown runner, including 7 first placed finishers – Don’t Forget Your Barcode!!!

January

So, the year started with our usual New Years Day event, also coincidentally our 300th event before January’s schedule was hit by the weather and we had to implement an alternate route during the work on Cruella.

73 runners tried Bolton for the first time in January with 12 still looking to complete the difficult second appearance – hope to see you all again sometime soon. A first timer was also the first lady home in January with Lindsey Brindley of Horwich RMI Harriers also taking the accolade of first lady on all 4 visits to Bolton this year.

Given the conditions, post-Christmas blues and excess shedding, 62 PB’s across the 3 events was a fine effort

February

February, as it generally does brought about our anniversary and the 6th birthday for Bolton parkrun, with 350 runners and 23 volunteers came together to celebrate along with 31 first timers and runners keen to get to the cake setting 52 PB’s.

Here we can see many of the core team in high spirits just before 9am on a Saturday morning! How can we celebrate this year’s 7th birthday?

Paul Johnson became the latest member of Bolton parkrun to hit the 250 run milestone at our birthday event, come the end of 2017 we have 12 members of the 250 club.

We also had our first guide runner volunteer helping a visually impaired runner take on the course in February – parkrun is all inclusive and if you have anyone who needs any help or support to take part please shout up and we can support where possible.
117 first timers took part in February including 2 visitors from Hyde Park Harriers who have amassed over 800 parkruns between them and now counting Bolton in their 122 different events completed!

March

In March we welcomed a great bunch from 1 Foot On The Track who provided a team of pacers every 2 minutes from 20 minutes up to 36 minutes helping runners in their quest of a new benchmark time. The pacers included Gareth, Linda and Mark who all went on to complete 100 runs in April.

We also had a large team of Darwen Dashers joining us to celebrate Barry Shackleton’s 300th run.

The Dashers have a group of new starters join us every 10 weeks as part of their graduation of couch to 10k. In fact, 19 Dashers made their Bolton debut in March as part of a total 115 first timers at Bolton.

April

The course record of 16.06 had stood since October 2011 and was on the old course too. Step forward Michael Cayton on event 314 on 22nd April 2017 not only to break the record, but to smash it out of sight. 15.46 is the new benchmark. Michael’s only other visit in 2017 was in February when a 16.09 may have given an indication of what was to come!

Siobhan Pimlott had a great milestone in April, having volunteered at parkrun 100 times. A regular helper at both Bolton and the Queens Park Junior event, Siobhan is also a keen volunteer at a number of other local events and is always one of the first to arrive at Leverhulme to set up.

Paul McGreavy became the newest Bolton runner in the 250 club.

3 of April’s 5 events are in the top 12 attendance of all time, including event 315 on the 29th which equalled the then record of 384 runners. There were also more first timers (209) and PB’s (a massive 384) in April than any other month.

April also saw the introduction of the run/walk pacing looking to encourage new participants by offering support and a 1 minute run 30 second walk to get around the course in around 40 – 45 minutes. We will look to put more of these on in 2018.

May

On 6th May Josh Birmingham ran his 3rd run, finishing in 3rd place and setting a new PB, the 12,000th PB set at Bolton since we started.

New records were set for number of runners, with the 400 barrier being broken for the first time as 416 of you took part at event 318 on 20th May, a record that stood for only a couple of weeks! Can you guess the recipient of the then first use of token 416? Answers on a cowbell or horn please :)

We also set a new record for volunteers at an event the very next week with an astonishing 51 hi-viz heroes supporting you around the course, thanks in large part to take over event by the guys from 1 Foot On The Track.

Brian Tull joined the 250 club in May – a regular runner who’s wife Shirley is your regular barcode scanner – Team Tull, parkrun legends.

June

We started June with the sad news of the passing of Eileen Royle who ran with us at Bolton 174 times and volunteered 27 times, dating back to event 13 in 2011. 39 members of Radcliffe AC attended on the 3rd June for a fitting tribute.

This was the day that the new attendance record was set with 448 runners attending, a record that will take some beating but we are sure it can be done.

2 more Bolton regulars joined the ever growing 250 club, congratulations to Peter Johnson and Judith Bonnar, Judith having the additional distinction of all 250 runs being completed at Bolton.

134 newbies joined us and an impressive 232 PB’s were set.

July

The Gremlins came out to play on 1st July with the results needing some TLC to fathom out – it can sometimes take real time, effort and dedication from the core team to sort the results and we do appreciate your patience and support on the rare occasions there are issues.

It was a nice coincidence that a Bolton United Harrier, who’s home is Leverhulme Park was the 70,000th finisher at Bolton parkrun, with junior runner Harry Aldred taking the honours.

Our Founder Rowan Ardill was one of the many Boltonian’s who competed in the Ironman in town in July, along with brother David, another of the core team.

We were also privileged to receive our very own event defibrillator, courtesy of AO. We will be forever grateful.

Neil Bonnar joined the 250 club, just following his wife Judith by a couple of events – a great family achievement.

July ended with a slight variation to the route when we had a tree down blocking the route to Dave Hitchen’s corner. Rumour has it that Dave could be heard shouting “Starjump” at the tree with little impact!

August

The first event of August was a take-over by the NHS Health Trainers who turned up in their droves and spread the message of their work:

Zoe Chadwick, a Health Trainer and regular parkrunner said: "One of the main aims of the Health Trainers is to prevent heart disease, strokes and diabetes and one of the ways we do this is by offering free NHS health checks to people between the ages of 40 and 74. Checks are free and can be booked at your GP surgery.”

133 newbies joined us and 205 new PB’s were set.

September

We saw the latest entrant to the Bolton 250 club, really keeping it in the family, Anthony Johnson helped this collective bunch well over 1,000 collective runs – keep up the good work guys!

Our old friend “Unknown Athlete” completed an unwanted double in September, claiming the Number 1 token in consecutive weeks – what a timely reminder – DFYB!

October

The 13th anniversary of the first parkrun when 13 runners turned up at Bushy Park and the now global phenomenon began! It was International parkrun day!

We also celebrated Restart A Heart day on the 16th October safe in the knowledge that Bolton is included in the over 97% of UK parkrun events with a defibrillator – the goal is every event will have one by the end of 2018.

We saw our first timers dip below 100 for the first month since January and also the first month since January without a single event topping 300 runners.

November & December

The Gremlins were back with a stopwatch failure and major problems in connecting the second stopwatch meaning Rob Short lost most of his Saturday sorting through results in between the small matter of the cross country event that followed us at Leverhulme! Cheers Rob, above and beyond!

Although it seems to surprise us each year, November really is the start of winter and the conditions start to change, which we saw more so towards the end of the month as Jack Frost paid his first visit to the park.

As always, please keep your eyes peeled on social media in times of inclement weather conditions – the event may be cancelled even right up to the start should conditions changes. We do make the decision as soon as possible to allow runners to head to another local event if possible.

We finished the year in fine style, despite a couple of cancellations, with our annual Christmas fancy dress event, which this year we also doubled up with our first collection to donate to the local foodbank. You guys really delivered on both fronts, with some fantastic efforts on the outfits and a truly astounding 36 full bags of food, demonstrating once again that Bolton parkrun really is THE place to be on a Saturday morning. THANK YOU!

Taking advantage of the additional Christmas Day run at our neighbours at Worsley Woods, Rob Short became the final Bolton entrant into the 250 run hall of fame.

Facts Figures And Other Points Of Note

Volunteers

Let’s start with our wonderful volunteers, without whom we cannot make any event happen. We need a bare minimum of about 15 volunteers to make a Saturday morning go ahead, which means each year we need to fill about 800 positions.

In 2017 we averaged 30 volunteers per event but all too often have to put out appeals for help and on odd occasions even have to ask during the run brief. We have been as low as 19 and as high as 51 this year.

We are lucky to have a good core of volunteers, with 14 volunteers who would have earned their purple 25 tee this year alone! These guys filled over 450 of the 800 positions needed.

Can you help fill one of these lovely highly desired hi-viz bibs in 2018? Drop us a line if you can.

Huge thanks must go to those volunteers who turn up regularly just to volunteer, never running – the likes of Mick Entwistle, Dave Hitchen, Malcolm Pittock, Shirley Tull, Marisa Frot, and Team Allmark, the father – daughter team of Gareth and Heather. 194 volunteer credits to this amazing bunch in 2017 – thank you guys and gals, you rock!

Mick Entwistle tops the charts in 2017, having been at 41 of our 49 events this year – dedication personified. Siobham Pimlott (38) and Shirley Tull (37) make up the top 3.

151 people volunteered for just one event, thank you – if every one of 2,679 runners who have completed more than one run volunteered just once a year we would average over 50 volunteers per event!

38 volunteers came and helped out as tourists from other events, an amazing gesture and our appreciation is immense.

We averaged 12 marshals per event in 2017 – it would be great to give these guys some more company in 2018.

Runners

Maurice Halliwell takes the accolade for being the only ever-present runner at Bolton in 2017 with a full house of 49 events. The last event Maurice missed was back in October 2016. A New Years Day 2018 PB was fitting reward!

Nigel Smith missed just 2 events, Ethan Wallace and Judith Bonnar just 5, with Judith volunteering on 2 of those occasions.

The average time to complete the course in 2017 was a very respectable 30.08 – a time delivered by 20 runners at 18 events in 2017.

A massive 1,036 of you delivered at least 1 PB in 2017 – great work! The average time for a PB was 26.36 – wow, much quicker! Jenni Partington led the way with a huge 14 PB’s, closely followed by Adrian Walker with the unlucky 13.

Our First Timers smash out a decent effort of 32.07 – great work from everyone giving it a go and taking on Cruella for the very first time. If you are attending for the first time, please make sure you attend the first timers briefing for course and vital information

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parkrun remains all-inclusive, with the recent change of the final volunteer position to Tail Walker reflective of the drive to attract participants of all abilities and encourage more people to join us in walking the course. The average finishing time of our Tail Walker in 2017 was 57.30, so please bring along friends and let them know they will not be last or too slow – come and give it a go (hey, see what I did there!).

Club Runners

163 different running clubs were represented in 2017, with 956 of our participants attached to a club and 2,090 of you who are not.

Burnden Road Runners lead the way with 153 members running a collective 1536 times with us in 2017, Darwen Dashers had 93 runners complete 436 runs and Bolton United Harriers 77 ran 436 times between them. In their first year as a club Ramsbottom Running Club had an impressive 51 members complete 283 runs – superb achievement.

79 of the clubs represented only had a single participant – spread the word around your club and remember we always welcome a club takeover!

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed this and look forward to seeing you all back at Leverhulme in 2018 for more records, fun, running and volunteering.

Cheers

Mike G

 

Bolton parkrun Event #319 – 27/05/2017 – Run Report

 

The One Where 1 Foot On the Track Took Over!

 

Event 319-8

 

For the first time ever, “1 Foot on the Track” took over at Bolton parkrun, we covered all the rolls from setting up, time keeping, bar code scanning, marshalling to tidying up at the end. We even had a team of pacers!

 

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1 foot on the track are a running group who meet every Wednesday at 7pm at Leverhulme Park track. All abilities are welcome. More details and information about our club can be found on our Facebook page, you can find it by searching for “1 foot on the track”. Our fantastic coach is Andrew Henderson who goes out of his way to encourage everyone, from newbies to seasoned runners. He’s supported in this role by myself, Linda O’Byrne and Gareth Doherty; as well as Team Leaders – Sarah Woodiwiss, Michael Caine & Joel Callaghan. There’s also a children’s track session which Andrew runs which takes place on a Wednesday; also at Leverhulme Park; at 5pm. So feel free to bring the kids down for lots of fun!

 

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So back to parkrun takeover and 1st over the line was Tom Carson of HRMI with a fantastic time of 17.25. 1st female was our very own 1 foot on the track star Paula Pilling of Burnden Road Runners with a great time of 21.01 and 16th overall. Tom and Paula really are two unbelievable runners.

 

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1st female junior was Melissa Thompson coming in 90th place in a time of 26.06. 1st male junior was Lewis Wilkes of HRMI coming in 5th place with a time of 18.59. Of the 326 runners this week we had 38 PBs, 28 1st timers and also, unfortunately, 28 unknowns. (Please don't forget your barcodes).

 

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Special runs to mention this week were James Robinson and Jackson Pierre doing their 10th run. Michael Kenyon, Matthew Ellis and Paul Sedgwick all did their 50th and a special mention to Siobhan Pimlott who ran her 100th parkrun.

 

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This takeover day couldn’t have happened without one guy who organised everything and that was Gareth Doherty who took on the role of getting as many people involved from 1 foot on the track as possible. We had 51 volunteers on Saturday and at least 40-45 were from our group, which is unbelievable. We had a set of pacers doing their bit with David and Jack Broadhurst, Steven Bate, Michael and Sandra Caine, Ben Callaghan, John McCawley, Stuart Waldram and Julie Corrie all running at different times so others could try beat their time if they wanted to or at least try.

 

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I for one never knew how much goes on behind the scenes of parkrun, I just turned up each week and ran, went home and waited for my time. But things don't always run smoothly as I found out doing my timekeeping on Saturday when Louise Geoghegan said 3,2,1 go and my watch didn't work, OMG I looked over and Louise ran towards me as hers didn't start either. Ali McArthur was around to reset one of them and, don't worry guys, we sorted it in the end and all results were bang on. It goes to show how much work goes into organising a parkrun and we should all appreciate everyone who volunteers or run the event. Without these people we wouldn't have our treasured Bolton parkrun.

 

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Another thing I have noticed over last couple of weeks is how much parkrun means to people. Some fly around trying get a PB, some jog and enjoy the experience and some walk the course. At the end of the day we all have our own reasons and I loved seeing everyone come in at the end whatever your personal time was – 5k is 5k!

 

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Last thing, I hope 1 foot on the track can do another takeover day soon as we all thoroughly enjoyed it and I would like to thank Bolton parkrun on behalf of our group for letting us takeover for the day. Hopefully see you again soon.

 

 

Mark Jackson

 

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BOLTON PARKRUN REPORT #318 – 20th May 2017

BOLTON PARKRUN REPORT #318 – 20th May 2017

 

When I got up on Saturday morning and saw the late spring / early summer sun pouring in through the window, I thought this would be day for a high turnout, but I couldn’t have guessed that there would be a new attendance record, and that we would smash through the 400 barrier for the first time ever. But that is what happened as 416 parkrunners gathered on the track just before 9am to enjoy a very dry trip around Leverhulme Park.

 

We had a couple of Unknown runners finishing in 1st and 2nd position ahead of Rhys Francis of Bolton United Harriers who was running with us for the first time in  his 11th parkrun.

 

The first lady to finish was Sarah Cumber of Halifax Harriers who has been first placed Lady at Bolton on 25 occasions, and there are only 3 athletes in the history of Bolton parkrun who have finished first more times than that. Vicki Hamer of Burnden Roadrunners was 2nd Lady with Cath Fox of Darwen Dashers finishing as 3rd Lady.

 

Sarah Cumber also had the highest Age Grading on the day (81.25%) with Geoffrey Cumber (80.03%) being the only other runner to manage 80%+ and keeping it in the family.

 

There were an incredible 72 runners who ran a Personal Best time, taking advantage of the warmer and drier weather. All aboard the PB Express for them. At Bolton parkrun the average number of Personal Bests achieved per week is 38 so we were almost twice the usual average.

 

CATEGORY RECORDS: There was a new Category Record broken with Geoffrey Cumber breaking the Mens Vet 70 category, resetting it at 22:02. This follows on from last week when Beryl Arnold smashed the Ladies Vet 75 record when she ran 33:20.

 

175 runners were ladies and 241 were men, and there were 45 juniors. Don’t forget that while we love the youngsters running with us, if the junior is under the age of 11 they MUST be accompanied at all times during the run by an adult, which doesn’t have to be a parent, but should be someone they know.

 

There were 37 First Timers who joined the parkrun party in the sun at Bolton of which 16 were running a parkrun for the very first time and joining the ever growing parkrun family. They were 16 of the 13,947 people who became parkrunners for the very first time last weekend. At Bolton we average 23 First Timers every week, so well over the average.

 

On Saturday there were 29 runners who were shown as ‘unknown’, including the runners finishing in 1st and 2nd place. It’s terrible to have a brilliant run, maybe get a Personal Best, maybe finish first (!), and then fail to have it recognised because you have no barcode. PLEASE …. Don’t Forget Your Barcode. Need a new barcode? Or would you like your result as a text? Follow the link to your profile from your latest results email. And remember please don’t take home your finish tokens. They are not souveniers ……..  DON’T BE A TOKEN MAGPIE. Also, just a reminder that you cannot produce your barcode as a photograph on a mobile telephone which is not one of the many official ways of having your time recorded.

 

137 runners today were attached to running clubs and there were 250 unattached runners.

The running club which brought the most was the Burnden Road Runners with 39, followed by the Darwen Dashers with 35 and Bolton United had 11 runners.

Since Bolton parkrun started Burnden Roadrunners have seen 234 of their runners cross the line a record breaking 9,335 times, with Bolton United seeing 3,098 finishers by 192 different runners, and the Darwen Dashers having 1,772 finishers by 242 of their members, which is more than any other running club.

 

HALL OF FAME - Those celebrating milestones with us this week.

 

14 runners joined the 250-club including:

Brian Tull (Darwen Dashers) 250 runs. Brian becomes only the 8th runner in Bolton parkrun history to reach 250 runs, and 236 of them have been at Bolton. His Personal Best is 24:06 which was set in September 2012.

There are now 1,341 runners in the 250-club.

 

318 runners joined the 100-club including:

Rebecca Keight 100 runs. Rebecca has run 47 of her 100 runs at Bolton and has a PB of 30:30 which was set just 2 weeks ago when she also registered an Age Grading of 49.34%, coming agonisingly close to beating 50% for the first time.

Adrian Merrit (Burnden Roadrunners) 100 runs. Adrian has run 70 times at Bolton and has a PB of 20:39 which was set 7 weeks ago. On that day he finished in 11th position which is his 2nd highest placing, having finished in 10th place in December 2014.

There are now 28,733 runners in the 100-club.

 

809 runners joined the 50-club this week including:

David Foster 50 runs. David has done all but two of his runs at Bolton, only straying a couple of times to visit Worsley Woods. This week he celebrated reaching 50 parkruns in style by running a Personal Best time of 26:04, which took 10 seconds from his time of August last year.

Gillian McGowan (Burnden Roadrunners) 50 runs. Gillian has run 49 times out of her 50 parkruns at Bolton having visited Worsley Woods on one occasion. After running 3 Personal Best times in the last 7 weeks she opted to coast around and enjoy her 50th by running 11 minutes slower than last week.

Steve Cartmell 50 runs. Steve is our joint Passionista of the week having run all his 50 parkruns at Bolton. Steve has a PB of 24:02 which was set in November 2014.

Paul Roberts 50 runs. And Paul is our other joint Passionista of the week having also run all his 50 parkruns at Bolton. Paul’s Personal Best was set in October last year in 23:12.

There are now 63,706 runners in the 50-club.

 

Raya Carrigan (Darwen Dashers) 10 runs. Raya has completed her 10th parkrun to get herself a Junior White 10-run T-shirt. She has run 3 times with us at Bolton.

 

And those who are knocking on the celebration door include:

Siobhan Pimlott - 99 runs

Paul Sedgwick (Burnden Roadrunners) 49 runs

Matthew Ellis 49 runs

Michael Kenyon 49 runs

Matthew Connell (Darwen Dashers) 9 runs (Junior)

James Robinson (Harriers) 9 runs (Junior)

These runners are just 5k short of their personal milestones.

 

Number of Commemorative T-shirts on show today:

Junior White (10 runs) – 13 runners

Cardinal Red (50 runs) – 68 runners

Jet Black (100 runs) – 59 runners

Green (250 runs) – 8 runners

Blue (500) – 0 runners

 

The top 5 attendees this week were:

Barry Shackleton (Darwen Dashers) 308 runs

Dave Carroll (Bury AC) 288 runs

Vincent Alcock (Spectrum Striders) 274 runs

Ian Riggs 266 runs

Paul Johnson 264 runs

These five runners have completed 1,400 parkruns between them.

 

Keep in touch with the latest goings-on at Bolton parkrun using one of the following media:

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IS IT YOUR BIRTHDAY? We have an “It’s my Birthday” bib which you can wear on the way around the course so that the marshalls and other runners can shout nice things as you run past. And you’re certain to get your photo taken and a mention in the report. So, if it’s your birthday, make it known to the Race Director before the run starts.

 

VOLUNTEERS – REMEMBER that parkrun can only take place weekly because of the volunteers and marshalls who give up their time on a Saturday morning. If you want to get involved, email boltonhelpers@parkrun.com. This week, we had 39 credited volunteers so thank you all, and we hope you enjoyed the warmer, sunnier atmosphere.

And potential runners remember that to officially take part at Bolton (or any other parkrun anywhere) you need to be registered at www.parkrun.org.uk but you only need to register once and the barcode they give you will be needed each week when you have finished the run. DON’T FORGET YOUR BARCODE.

 

Bolton parkrun started on the 5th February 2011 with 60 runners and 8 volunteers. The course record was set on 22nd April by Michael Cayton in 15:46, and the female course record was set by Elizabeth Greenwood in March 2012 at 18:22. There have been 7,461 different runners on the course, representing 345 different running clubs, and they have completed 67,878 runs. The average attendance is 213 every week and there have been 12,188 Personal Bests. Our attendance record is 416 which was set ……….. THIS WEEK!!!! Bolton parkrunners have completed 339,390Km and have been running for 3 years and 266 days.

 

And that’s it for the report for run #318. If you fancy writing a run report, and putting your slant on it, get in touch. We would love to hear from you. See you all again in a few weeks.

 

Barry Shackleton #loveboltonparkrun

 

BOLTON PARKRUN REPORT #307 – 4th March 2017

 

BOLTON PARKRUN REPORT #307 – 4th March 2017

 

What a difference a week makes in parkrun world. It was calm, dry with blue sky and quite mild this week, although there had been a lot of rain the day and night before so for sure it would be boggy conditions on certain parts of the course, which all adds to the fun. Across the UK, there were just 8 cancellations this week as the weather picks up and the ravages of winter has less effect.

 

On the track lining up for the start at Bolton this week there were 332 runners which is our 10th highest attendance ever and lots of runners celebrating milestones which we will get to a little later.

 

The first runner home was Lukas Siska of Horwich RMI Harriers who finished in 17:39, which was almost two minutes in front of second placed Paul Trainor of Bolton Metro Triathlon Club, with Craig Kenny finishing in 3rd place and making up the trio of runners to break 20 minutes on the course today. This is the 18th time Lukas has appeared at Bolton and he has managed a top 3 finish on all but one occasion.

 

The first lady to finish was Lesley Heyes of CSSC Sports and Leisure who was running for the 22nd time at Bolton. Rachel Hancock finished as 2nd Lady running her 82nd parkrun, all of which have been at Bolton. Cath Fox of Darwen Dashers was 3rd Lady.

 

Lukas (73.65%) and Lesley (73.55%) were two of only four runners who managed to exceed 73% Age Grading with Dorothy Jackson (73.58%) of Acre Street Runners and Michael Kenyon (73.58%) being the other two. There were 6 runners in total who managed better than 70%; 3 of them men and 3 of them women.

 

There were an incredible 40 runners who managed to run a Personal Best time even in the testing conditions so well done to them. All aboard the PB Express. At Bolton parkrun the average number of Personal Bests achieved per week is 37 so we were just above average this week.

 

CATEGORY RECORDS: There were no Category records broken but since I last ran at Bolton we have seen a new record in the Mens V35 Category (4 weeks ago) when Michael Cayton ran 16:09 which was just 3 seconds outside the course record. Maybe when the weather gets better the course record, which has stood for over five years, might fall.

 

134 runners today were ladies and 198 were men, and there were 34 juniors. Don’t forget that while we love the youngsters running with us, if the junior is under the age of 11 they MUST be accompanied at all times during the run by an adult, which doesn’t have to be a parent, but should be someone they know.

 

There were 31 First Timers who joined the parkrun party of which 23 were running a parkrun for the very first time and joining the ever growing parkrun family. If you can complete your first parkrun in those tough conditions then it will be easier to come back next week and beat your time. At Bolton we average 23 First Timers every week, so again, just above average this week.

 

On Saturday there were 17 runners who were shown as ‘unknown’. It’s terrible to have a brilliant run, maybe get a Personal Best, and then fail to have it recognised because you have no barcode. PLEASE …. Don’t Forget Your Barcode. Need a new barcode? Or would you like your result as a text? Follow the link to your profile from your latest results email. And remember please don’t take home your finish tokens. They are not souveniers ……..  DON’T BE A TOKEN MAGPIE.

 

104 runners today were attached to running clubs and there were 211 unattached runners.

The running clubs providing the most runners were the Burnden Roadrunners with 34, Darwen Dashers (pictured) with 29 and Bolton United Harriers with 13.

Since the event started the Burnden Roadrunners have been represented by 232 different runners, which is the most from any one club, with Darwen Dashers 216 runners and Bolton United Harriers 190 runners.

The Burnden Roadrunners are a long way ahead with completed parkruns having seen their runners finish 9,055 times. Next is Bolton United with 2,967 completions and the Darwen Dashers have had 1,638.

 

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HALL OF FAME

Those celebrating milestones with us this week were:

Ryan Kitchen - 150 runs

Vicky Spencer (Darwen Dashers) - 100 runs. Vicky gets a Jet Black T-shirt having run 37 times at Bolton in her 100 parkruns. She ran with us for the first time in March 2014 at event #158 and has a PB of 32:58 from April last year.

Lynda Devenport - 100 runs. Lynda gets a Jet Black T-shirt having run 99 times at Bolton in her 100 parkruns. She visited Wythenshawe on one occasion. She ran with us for the first time in June 2014 at event #171 and has a PB of 27:10 from April last year.

Don Kuczer-Clarkson (Darwen Dashers) - 50 runs. Don gets a Cardinal Red T-shirt having run 18 times at Bolton in his 50 parkruns. He ran with us for the first time in August 2014 at event #180 and has a PB of 32:02 from August last year.

Steven Bate (Burnden Roadrunners) - 50 runs. Steven gets a Cardinal Red T-shirt having run 37 times at Bolton in his 50 parkruns. He ran with us for the first time in November 2015 at event #243 and has a PB of 22:09 from June last year.

James Thomas - 50 runs. James gets a Cardinal Red T-shirt having run 43 times at Bolton in his 50 parkruns. He ran with us for the first time in January 2015 at event #201 and has a PB of 21:43 from July 2015.

James Sedgwick - 10 runs. James gets a Junior White T-shirt having run all his 10 parkruns at Bolton. He ran with us for the first time in September 2012 at event #81, then went a whole year before completing his 2nd parkrun. He got to 7 and then there was a gap of almost 3 years before he ran his 8th, 9th and 10th parkruns in the last three weeks. He has a PB of 33:27 from November 2013 and was just 20 seconds from beating it this weekend.

Ibrahim Ali - 10 runs. Ibrahim gets a Junior White T-shirt having run 8 parkruns at Bolton. He ran with us for the first time in February 2016 at event #253. He has a PB of 28:56 from April 2016.

Jake Partington - 10 runs. Jake gets a Junior White T-shirt having run 8 parkruns at Bolton. He ran with us for the first time in December 2016 at event #298 and has only missed two parkruns since his debut. He has broken his PB on 7 occasions in 10 runs and currently it stands at 27:21 from last week.

 

And those who are knocking on the celebration door include:

Karen Shackleton (Darwen Dashers) 244 runs

Alyson Lamb (Middleton Harriers) 96 runs

Linda O’Bryne 96 runs

Abigail King (Bolton Metro Triathlon Club) 48 runs

Emily Howarth 9 runs

Louise Goodgroves 9 runs

 

Number of Commemorative T-shirts on show today:

Junior White (10 runs) – 12 runners

Cardinal Red (50 runs) – 61 runners

Jet Black (100 runs) – 52 runners

Green (250 runs) – 4 runners

Blue (500) – 0 runners

There are just 5 Bolton-based 250-runners and four of them were there today (only Dave Carroll was missing).

 

The top 5 attendees this week were:

Barry Shackleton (Darwen Dashers) 297 runs

Kenneth Warner 273 runs

Ian Riggs 256 runs

Paul Johnson 253 runs

Karen Shackleton 244 runs

These five runners have completed 1,323 parkruns between them.

Karen Shackleton is just six runs away from becoming the 6th Bolton-based runner to reach 250 parkruns and she will be the first of our females to own the Green 250-run T-shirt.

 

Keep in touch with the latest goings-on at Bolton parkrun using one of the following media:

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There are some brilliant photos taken by Core Team Member Ali on Facebook so if you are on one of them, feel free to copy it for your collection.

 

Want to give feedback? Have anything to say or want anyone mentioned in future run reports?  Are there any corrections needed to this report? Please e-mail boltonoffice@parkrun.com

 

IS IT YOUR BIRTHDAY? We have an “It’s my Birthday” bib which you can wear on the way around the course so that the marshalls and other runners can shout nice things as you run past. And you’re certain to get your photo taken and a mention in the report. So, if it’s your birthday, make it known to the Race Director before the run starts.

 

VOLUNTEERS – REMEMBER that parkrun can only take place weekly because of the volunteers and marshalls who give up their time on a Saturday morning. If you want to get involved, email boltonhelpers@parkrun.com. This week, we had 40 credited volunteers which is our second highest total EVER so thank you all, especially given the conditions. And potential runners remember that to officially take part at Bolton (or any other parkrun anywhere) you need to be registered at www.parkrun.org.uk but you only need to register once and the barcode they give you will be needed each week when you have finished the run. DON’T FORGET YOUR BARCODE.

 

This week’s UK Stats: There were 437 parkruns, 8 cancellations, and the total UK senior parkrun population was 99,875.

 

Bolton parkrun started on the 5th February 2011 with 60 runners and 8 volunteers. The course record was set in October 2011 by Michael Aspinall in 16:06 (although this came within 3 seconds of being beaten 4 weeks ago), and the female course record was set by Elizabeth Greenwood in March 2012 at 18:22. There have been 7,071 different runners on the course, representing 322 different running clubs, and they have completed over 64,000 runs. The average attendance is 208 every week and there have been 11,496 Personal Bests. Our attendance record is 384 for the Darwen Dashers Takeover Day in March 2016. Bolton parkrunners have completed 320,340Km (which is about how far light travels in 1 second!) and have been running for 3 years and 185 days.

 

And that’s it for the report for run #307. If you fancy writing a run report, and putting your slant on it, get in touch. We would love to hear from you.

 

I will hopefully see you again in three weeks when (all being well) I will be the first Bolton-based runner to reach 300 parkruns.

 

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The chase is on.

 

 

Barry Shackleton

 

#loveboltonparkrun

 

 

Bolton parkrun Event #298 – 24th December 2016 – Run Report

 

The One That Were Rate Festive

 

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24th December 2016 was the first Christmas Eve event we’ve hosted since our inaugural year in 2011. The festive fancy dress event has become a staple for us, with some rather unbelievable efforts on show every single year.

 
 

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That said, the last two years’ Christmas fancy dress events (2014 and 2015) ended up being complete wash outs, with heavy rain putting a real dampener (no pun intended) on things. For that reason, we’d been holding our breaths not really sure what to expect for 2016.

 
 

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See? Just look at the suspense on their faces...

 
 

Low and behold, it stayed dry: Huzzah! Not only did this mean the fancy dress was collectively on point, we also recorded our highest ever Christmassy event attendance, boasting 311 runners (84 more than 2015’s event) and 39 volunteers: more than double last year’s and our second highest volunteer turnout of this year. Incredible efforts all round.

 
 

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Pete Kearney: eye-shuttingly amazed by these numbers...

 
 

I’m not the biggest Christmas fan (*ducks to avoid various baubles, mince pies and sprouts thrown as weapons), but I think this may have been my favourite event of the year. There was just a fantastic atmosphere of people coming together, having a laugh (Tony Foster leading the way with his part Christmas, part terrorist, part mental outfit…), having a chat, and all the while with a lovely brass band playlist courtesy of the Rivington and Adlington Brass Band (Faye Fairweather, Dylan, Daniel and Janet Taylor and Kathryn Jones - you absolutely legends). Thank you also to everyone who brought along bits and bobs for the drinks table so that people could stay behind for a sweet treat or two!

 
 

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It really encapsulated everything this event is about, and this was only possible through all of you sacrificing a lie in to come and volunteer or plod round 5k! Long may this continue J

 
 

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NYE and NYD

 

Weather permitting, you can get a back to back dose of your Bolton parkrun fix on the 31st December and 1st January! On New Year’s Eve we start, as usual, at 9am sharp. On New Year’s Day we’ll start one hour later than normal (you deserve a little bit of a lie in, right?), with the run kicking off at 10. We hope to see you there!

 
 

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Phil and Tom showing us exactly how many times you could run next weekend…

 
 

Bad weather snookered our attempt at a double-header at the start of this year, after ice forced us to cancel our NYD event. PLEASE keep your eyes peeled on our socials on the morning of both events where we’ll post any cancellation info, should Jack Frost get the better of us.

 

Our little sister event, Queen’s Park junior parkrun is taking place on New Year’s Day, at their usual start time of 9am. If you think you could volunteer there before dashing over to run at Bolton, please drop them a line on the longest email address in the UK (queenspark-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com) or via their Facebook page.

 
 

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Them Lot In ‘i-Viz

 

39 volunteers made this event possible. With people normally so busy in the run up to Christmas, we were absolutely delighted to see so many helpers! Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you.

 
 

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“What were their names, in alphabetised surname order?” I hear you shriek: brace yourself –

 

Rowan Ardill, Gareth ‘most Bolton name of the day’ Bradshaw, Mark and George Butler, Dave Dalton, Simon Darby, Gareth Doherty, Emma Donaldson, Andy and Cheryl Dunleavy, Rachel Gandy, Louise ‘head elf’ Geoghegan, Phil ‘Mr G’ Glassbrook, John ‘All, Vicki Hamer, Dave Hitchen, Kate Holden, Anne Larkin, Diane Morrison, Michelle, Hollie and Andy ‘ALL THE MINCE PIES, NOW PLEASE’ Patterson, Christine and Jeff Pendlebury, Siobhan Pimlott, Jess Sammon, Rob Short, Robert Smith, Martin Smith, Christine Sweatman, Don ‘brackets, The’ Taylor, Shirley Tull and Alan Worthington.

 
 

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What a team!

 
 

Our quest to fill the volunteer rota for Saturday January 7th has commenced – do you think you could be an absolute legend and put your name down? Email BoltonOffice@parkrun.com, send us Tweet (MUST contain a GIF) or hit us up on Facebook!

 
 

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This Week’s Results

 
This week at Bolton parkrun there were:

 

  • 311 runners
  • 21 first timers (hiya!)
  • 24 new PBs
  • 28 different athletics clubs were represented

 
 

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Sarah Cumber was the first female over the line in a time of 20:15 (two seconds than her finish time at the 2015 Christmas event!), followed by Paula Pilling (21:24) and Lesley Fisher (22:36). Junior runner Lewis Wilkes was the first bloke over the line in a time of 18:36, followed closely by Owen Mitchell (18:42) and Danny Stones (18:49).

 
 

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Lesley Fisher (82.30%), Sarah Cumber (78.44%) and Anne Ferguson (77.13%) scored the day’s highest age gradings. “What the heck’s an age grading?” you ask, puzzled. Find out right here!

 
 

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parkrun UK is ending the annual points league process at the end of February 2017 (read more on this decision right here), this means our own annual points league will finish when we celebrate our sixth birthday on 7th February! In the meantime, here’s how both the male and female points tables look right now:

 

Men’s Table:

  1. Matthew Smith (Horwich RMI Harriers) - 3,931 pts.
  2. Nigel Smith - 3,451 pts.
  3. Ian Riggs - 3,280 pts.
  4. Brendan Connaughton - 3,243 pts.
  5. Robert Mwelwa - 2,755 pts.

 

Women's Table:

  1. Olivia Kearney (Bolton United Harriers & AC) - 3,930 pts.
  2. Judith Bonnar - 3,635 pts.
  3. Helen Harper (Chorley Harriers) - 3,418 pts.
  4. Kath Vickers - 3,169 pts.
  5. Helen Bury - 3,111 pts.

 

 

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Bolton parkrun started on 5th February 2011, and since then 6,834 different runners, including participants from 311 athletics clubs, have completed 61,491 runs covering a total distance of 307,455 km, and there have been 11,168 new Personal Bests.

 
 

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Results processing after the event…

 
 
 

Milestone Mentions

 

Norman Cookson and Bolton parkrun Run Director Ann Butler completed their 50th runs on Christmas Eve (Norman running his over at Cuerden Valley parkrun).

 

Co-event director and close friend of mine (maybe replace ‘close’ with ‘forced’) Rowan Ardill completed his 100th parkrun just 2,401 days after he ran his first parkrun at Heaton parkrun back in May 2010! If he maintains that same pace, I’m already looking forward to November 2023 when he completes his 250th run…

 
 

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Well done Ann! (and Rowan)…

 
 

In near-milestone news, Ian Riggs completed his 249th run on Christmas Eve, so stands to make it to the amazing 250 mark if he runs on either New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day!

 
 

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Rob Short: completely cool about being 26 runs away from 250…

 
 
 

PB Shout Outs!

 

Runners with 20+ runs at Bolton who scored a new PB for Christmas were Mark Kenny (27:46) and Stephen Bonney (19:40). For both gents, that was two PBs from two consecutive appearances here! Top job, lads.

 
 

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Tourists Ahoy

 
With the holiday season upon us, we welcomed 11 tourist parkrunners who took part with us for the first time in their parkers careers, as well as at least that many visiting us for at least the second time.

 

Shout outs to Rachel and Chris Harrod and Colin Bickerdike (from faraway Worsley Woods parkrun), Aaaron Wright (Norfolk area parkruns), Laura Cowen and Andrew Taylor (Winchester parkrun) and Ian Rutson (Pontefract parkrun).

 
 

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Ian Rutson what of Pontefract parkrun infamy…

 
 
 

Photos

 

As usual, you can find photos from Event #298 (and since the dawn of time) over on our Flickr Group! It’s this group where most of Shouty Dave’s star jump specials reside…

 

Follow this link to see them all.

 
 

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That’s a Wrap

 

Ok, as ever, that’s more than enough of your time wasted reading these ramblings.

 

Merry Christmas to all of you. Peace.

 

Ali McArthur

Bolton parkrun Co-Event Director

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Bolton parkrun Event #293 – 19/11/2016 – Run Report

 

BOLTON PARKRUN REPORT #293 – 19th November 2016

 

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We are coming towards the time of the year when cancellations can happen at a moments notice. Traditionally, January is the worst month of the year, with December not far behind, but if can happen in November as well, and around the North West region there were a few venues which were conducting course inspections on Saturday morning with flooding and icy trails a possibility. But even though the Bolton course is already starting to show signs of becoming a bog this early into the winter, run #293 went ahead without too much worry.

 
 

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Across the UK, there were 24 cancellations this week as the weather took its toll, and even thought the course was runnable, when the weather is poor, it becomes very easy to stay in bed. On the track lining up for the start at Bolton this week there were 164 runners which is about 40 under our average and we have to go back to December last year to find a Bolton parkrun with fewer numbers.

 
 

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It was almost sunny for the first 20 minutes of the run before the heavens opened and we enjoyed rain, sleet, snow and other goodies, so OK for the speedy runners ….. not so OK for the rest of us.

 
 

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The first runner home was Tom Carson of Horwich RMI Harriers who finished in 18:04, which was over a minute in front of second placed Daniel Knight, with Robert Short of Burnden Roadrunners coming home in third place. Tom was running for the 10th time at Bolton, and he has finished first on 9 of those occasions, finishing in 2nd place on the other one. Daniel worked hard for his 2nd place, running a Personal Best time of 19:25 which took 26 seconds from his appearance in October last year. Robert was just 8 seconds behind him, running for the 219th time at Bolton.

 
 

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The first lady to finish was Pamela McCrossan of Clydesdale Harriers who was running for the First Time at Bolton in her 45th parkrun. One of our regulars Olivia Kearney of Bolton United Harriers chased her all the way to the finish and was 22 seconds behind her at the end. This chase gave Olivia a Personal Best time of 22:30 which was 7 seconds quicker than she ran a fortnight ago, and this was her 195th time running at Bolton. Another Bolton regular, Katherine Baines of British Military Fitness finished 3rd on her 121st run at Leverhulme Park.

 
 

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A good day out: Tourist runner Pamela on her first visit to Bolton parkrun...

 
 

First Lady Pamela McCrossan was the only runner able to pass the 80% Age Grading on this very difficult day and she registered a superb 80.72%.

 
 

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There were an incredible 11 runners who still managed to run a Personal Best time, so well done to them. All aboard the PB Express for Harvey Kenny, Olivia Kearney, Daniel Knight, Antony Sutton, Iain Taylor, Dave Law, Andrew Carson, John McCawley, Thomas Webster, Julie Morrison and Jared Lyne. At Bolton parkrun the average number of Personal Bests achieved per week is 37 so we were well below average this week, obviously due to the weather.

 
 

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CATEGORY RECORDS: You would expect there to be no new category records set today, but you would be wrong. Despite having to drag herself through the mud, Olivia Kearney ran the fastest time ever seen by any Lady in the SW18 category. And this followed on from Maureen Laney who last week set a new Category Record in the VW60 category. The girls are doing good.

 
 

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POINTS COMPETITON - The Bolton parkrun points competition runs from birthday to birthday and we are well over half way through the year so the tables are indicating the main contenders. You earn points by being loyal to this parkrun because you can only get points by running here. Volunteers can earn 100 points (up to a maximum of 300 per year). The current leaders of the points competition are:

 

Male:

 

  1. Matthew Smith (Horwich Harriers) - 3,479 points
  2. Nigel Smith - 3,120
  3. Ian Riggs - 2,947

 

Female:

 

  1. Olivia Kearney (Bolton United Harriers) - 3,638 Points
  2. Judith Bonnar - 3,330
  3. Helen Harper - 2,961

 
 

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48 runners today were ladies and 116 were men, and there were 17 juniors. Don’t forget that while we love the youngsters running with us, if the junior is under the age of 11 they MUST be accompanied at all times during the run by an adult.

 
 

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There were 10 First Timers who joined the parkrun party at Bolton of which 4 were running a parkrun for the very first time and joining the ever growing parkrun family. On this dreadful day they deserve their own mention so well done to Ali Khalid, Tim Slymon, Richard Blake of Burnden Roadrunners and Jan Hayhurst. If you can complete your first parkrun in those conditions then it will be easier after that so come back next week and beat your time. At Bolton we average 23 First Timers every week, so way below average this week.

 
 

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On Saturday there were 8 runners who were shown as ‘unknown’. It’s terrible to have a brilliant run, maybe get a Personal Best, and then fail to have it recognised because you have no barcode. PLEASE …. Don’t Forget Your Barcode. Need a new barcode? Or would you like your result as a text? Follow the link to your profile from your latest results email. And remember please don’t take home your finish tokens. They are not souvenirs …….. DON’T BE A TOKEN MAGPIE.

 
 

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72 runners today were attached to running clubs and there were 84 unattached runners.

 

The running clubs providing the most runners were the Burnden Roadrunners with 21, Darwen Dashers with 16 and Bolton United Harriers with 9.

 

Since the event started the Burnden Roadrunners have been represented by 218 different runners, which is the most from any one club, with Darwen Dashers 217 runners and Bolton United Harriers 192 runners.

 
 

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#dab

 
 

The Burnden Roadrunners are a long way ahead with completed parkruns having seen their runners finish 8,257 times. Next is Bolton United with 2,816 completions and the Darwen Dashers have had 1,662. The only other running club which have seen their runners finish more than 1,000 times is Radcliffe AC with 1,052.

 
 

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HALL OF FAME

 

Those celebrating milestones with us this week were:

 

  • Neil Bonnar 225 runs
  • Judith Bonnar 225 runs
  • Andy Dunleavy 80 runs
  • Roz Webster (Chorlton Runners) 60 runs

 
 

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Holly Turner (Darwen Dashers) 50 runs and the junior runner swaps her white T-shirt for a Cardinal Red 50-run T-shirt. This was the 16th time Holly has run at Bolton and she has a PB of 25:13.

 

Codyleigh Caldecott 10 runs and gets a Junior White 10-run T-shirt. She has run all her 10 runs at Bolton with a Personal Best time of 26:38.

 
 

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And those who are knocking on the celebration door include:

 

  • Kris Worsley (Burnden Roadrunners) 124 runs
  • Harry Harper (Chorley Harriers) 89 runs
  • Mark Jackson (Burnden Roadrunners) 79 runs
  • Nigel Smith 49 runs
  • Matthew Smith 49 runs

 
 

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Number of Commemorative T-shirts on show today:

 

  • Junior White (10 runs) – 5 runners
  • Cardinal Red (50 runs) – 39 runners
  • Jet Black (100 runs) – 37 runners
  • Green (250 runs) – 2 runners
  • Blue (500) – 0 runners

 
 

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There are just 3 Bolton-based 250-runners and two of them were there today (Kenneth Warner and Barry Shackleton) but as Dave Carroll was volunteering, it means we still haven’t managed to get all three Green shirt wearers running there on the same day!

 

The top 5 male attendees this week were:

 

  • Barry Shackleton (Darwen Dashers) 280 runs
  • Kenneth Warner 259
  • Ian Riggs 244
  • Paul Johnson 241
  • Peter Johnson 229

 
 

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These five runners have completed 1,253 parkruns between them.

 

Ian Riggs is just six runs away from becoming the 4th Bolton-based runner to reach 250 parkruns and if he runs every possible chance his 250th run will be on Christmas Day. We wish you a Merry Christmas.

 
 

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The top 5 female attendees this week were:

 

  • Karen Shackleton (Darwen Dashers) 227 runs
  • Judith Bonnar 225
  • Olivia Kearney 197
  • Karen Kitchen 183
  • Eileen Royle 180

 

These five ladies have completed 1,012 parkruns between them. The chase is on to be the first Female Bolton-based runner to reach 250 runs, and it should happen around Easter time next year.

 
 

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Keep in touch with the latest goings-on at Bolton parkrun using one of the following media:

 

  • Twitter: www.twitter.com/boltonparkrun
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There are some brilliant photos taken by Core Team Member Ali on Facebook so if you are on one of them, feel free to copy it for your collection.

 
 

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Want to give feedback? Have anything to say or want anyone mentioned in future run reports? Are there any corrections needed to this report? Please e-mail boltonoffice@parkrun.com

 

IS IT YOUR BIRTHDAY? We have an “It’s my Birthday” bib which you can wear on the way around the course so that the marshals and other runners can shout nice things as you run past. And you’re certain to get your photo taken and a mention in the report. So, if it’s your birthday, make it known to the Race Director before the run starts.

 
 

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VOLUNTEERS – REMEMBER that parkrun can only take place weekly because of the volunteers and marshals who give up their time on a Saturday morning. If you want to get involved, email boltonhelpers@parkrun.com. This week, we had 22 credited volunteers so thank you all, especially given the conditions. Right now we don’t have enough helpers to make the next two events happen so if you would like to help to keep the magic flowing, please get in touch.

 
 

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And potential runners remember that to officially take part at Bolton (or any other parkrun anywhere) you need to be registered at www.parkrun.org.uk but you only need to register once and the barcode they give you will be needed each week when you have finished the run. DON’T FORGET YOUR BARCODE.

 

This week’s UK Stats: There were 406 parkruns, 24 cancellations, and the total UK senior parkrun population was 78,380.

 
 

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And as for guessing the numbers, the low turnout of 164 caught everybody out with all 28 people who had a go on Facebook choosing to guess higher. Leanne Evans was closest with her guess of 180 but she didn’t manage to get to the event herself so the closest actual runner was Gareth Doherty who was listening to the wind and rain on his bedroom window when he predicted a “below par 185”. Gareth runs for Burnden Roadrunners and has run 82 of his 83 parkruns at Bolton with a very impressive Personal Best time of 20:27, set in August this year. Good guessing Gareth.

 
 

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Bolton parkrun started on the 5th February 2011 with 60 runners and 8 volunteers. The course record was set in October 2011 by Michael Aspinall in 16:06, and the female course record was set by Elizabeth Greenwood in March 2012 at 18:22. There have been 6,771 different runners on the course, representing 308 different running clubs, and they have completed over 60,000 runs. The average attendance is 205 every week and there have been 10,971 Personal Bests. Our attendance record was set earlier this year at 384 for the Darwen Dashers Takeover Day. Bolton parkrunners have completed 301,350Km (which is ¾ the way to the moon) and have been running for 3 years and 107 days.

 
 

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We should see a parkrunner complete the 11,000th Personal Best time seen at Bolton NEXT WEEK – it could be you!

 

And that’s it for the report for run #293. If you fancy writing a run report, and putting your slant on it, get in touch. We would love to hear from you.

 

Barry Shackleton
 

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#loveboltonparkrun

 

Bolton parkrun – Event #291 – 5th November 2016

 

Bolton parkrun Event #291 - 5th November 2016

 

 

Well that was a crisp one! It may have been freezing cold, but the skies were blue and the course looked great in the sunlight. We welcomed numerous visitors from South Manchester parkrun, who were off for a week due to another event in their park. Thanks for stopping by, guys!

 

With a full roster and Louise Geoghegan dolled up in the blue run director jacket, we were good to go!

 

 

Volun-cheers!

This week’s parkrun only happened because of the tremendous volunteer efforts of these guys: Katherine Baines, Carolyn Barker, Jackie Birks, Ann and Mark Butler, Ethan and Richard Clegg, Emma Donaldson, Mick Entwistle, Leanne Evans, Dawn and Daz-laa Evans, Anne Ferguson, Marisa Frot, Amelia and Louise Geoghegan, John Hall, Dom Harasiwka, Thomas Heyes, Andy Laycock, Berny Marsden, Don Nichol, Jeff and Christine Pendlebury, Siobhan Pimlott, Malcolm Pittock, Liz Thompson, Shirley Tull, Mark and Grace Williams, and Frank Wood.

 

Feeling inspired by this lot and want to do your bit? Get in touch! You can reach us on email (BoltonOffice@parkrun.com), Facebook (@Boltonparkrun), Twitter (@boltonparkrun), carrier pigeon (grab the nearest one, look into its soul and say “Bolton. parkrun.” really slowly*,**)

 

 

Stats and Facts

This week there were:

  • 275 runners
  • 16 first timers
  • 38 new Personal Bests
  • 26 athletics clubs were represented

 

Tom Carson, Andrew Henderson and Marcus Taylor were the quickest three blokes of the day. Janine Fallon, Olivia Kearney and Sarah Watton were the quickest three females.

 

Eileen Royle (80.81%), Kath Vickers (74.67%) and Tom Carson (74.42%) achieve the highest age gradings for the day.

 

Bolton parkrun started on 5th February 2011, and since then 6,748 different runners, including participants from 305 athletics clubs, have completed 59,915 runs covering a total distance of 299,575 km, and there have been 10,938 new Personal Bests.

 

 

Milestones

  • Junior runner John Ainsworth completed his 10th run this week. Boom.

 

  • Keith Harper completed his 50th run this week – all 50 of those have been at Leverhulme Park!

 

  • Phil Gerrard completed his 100th parkrun: 94 of those were at Bolton, with visits to our neighbours at Heaton and Pennington Flash to boot.

 

 

PB Shout Outs

Christine Fernon (a run director at our fabulous little sister event, Queen’s Park junior parkrun) ran under 32 minutes for the first time in her Bolton career. Her time of 31:49 was 42 seconds than her last PB, and is her eighth PB overall.

 

Nadia Raza scored a new PB of 27:20. This is almost 60 seconds of improvement for Nadia since her first run with us in deepest darkest December last year.

 

Birthday boy Jonny Barker toasted the day with a new PB of 26:03. That’s now four consecutive PBs rom his last four appearances at Bolton – great job! (and happy birthday good sir).

 

And finally: take a bow Olivia Kearney! On her 193rd run at Bolton, Olivia ran home with a shiny new PB of 22:37 - her first new PB since 2012! A mainstay of our event since our inception, we all know how hard Olivia has worked at this, so we’re absolutely delighted for you.

 

 

Weird Bit at The End That Feels Like it Needs a Title..

Right, that’s enough of my ramblings. Have a great rest of the week, folks. We look forward to seeing you next Saturday for event #292.

 

 

Ali M

 

 

 

*cannot guarantee results.

**please don’t actually assault a pigeon.

 

Bolton parkrun Event #290 – 29th October 2016 – Run Report

 

Bolton parkrun Event #290 - 29th October 2016

 

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Stats and Facts:

 
This week there were:

  • 245 runners
  • 26 volunteers
  • 20 first timers
  • 36 new PBs,
  • 26 different athletics clubs were represented.

 

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This week’s spooky run saw Martin Reid (Bolton United Harriers & AC), Matt Driver (Holcombe Harriers) and Mark Jackson (Burnden Road Runners as the day’s fastest men. Sarah Cumber (Halifax Harriers & AC), Helen Harper (Chorley Harriers) and Julie Hodgkiss (Swinton RC) were their female counterparts.

 

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Sarah Cumber (80.69%), Martin Reid (78.01%) and Kath Vickers (74.62%) scored the day’s highest age gradings.

 

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“Give us a recap!” I hear you cry. “OK!” I cry back: Bolton parkrun started on 5th February 2011, and since then 6,732 different runners, including participants from 303 athletics clubs, have completed 59,640 runs covering a total distance of 298,200 km, and there have been 10,900 new Personal Bests.

 

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Green Army!

 
Like every other week, Bolton parkrun took place only because of the kindness/madness of a whole bunch of people willing to stand around in a one-size fits all hi-viz waistcoat.

 

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This week’s bunch of total legends were: Dave Allen, Richard and Ethan Clegg, Geoffrey Cumber, Dave Dalton, Gareth Doherty, Leanne Evans, Dawn and Dazza ‘TIME MASTER’ Evans, Clare Fairclough, Erynn Fogg, Marisa Frot, Louise and Amelia Geoghegan, Abbie and Mike Gregson, John Hall, Dominic Harasiwka, Thomas and Lesley Heyes, Paula Hopkinson, Isabella Merritt, Christine Pendlebury, Siobhan Pimlott, Janet Thurlbeck and Mark Williams.

 

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Thanks to all of you!

 

 

Milestones

 

This week Sara Green completed her 100th parkrun, and Dave ‘Davos’ Pearson completed his 50th parkrun! Together, they’ve ran 141 times at Bolton.

 

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On the volunteering front, thanks to his efforts with us and our little sister event (the wonderful Queen’s Park junior parkrun), Ken Warner has now joined the 25 volunteer club! Purple tee will be on its way soon.

 

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PBs For Breakfast

 

36 new PBs were set this week – well done to everyone! Here are some highlights:

 

  • It was clear Mark Jackson was giving it some gas by the way he powered through the pain barrier on the final 100 metres. His PB of bang on 20 minutes was his third consecutive PB in as many weeks. That’s an eight minute and 29 second improvement on his very first time back in February last year!

 

  • The Joanne Horrocks PB train continues at a pace – she notched up her fourth consecutive PB this week, running home in 26:39. That’s Jo’s 15th PB at Bolton.

 

  • To mark her 30th parkrun birthday, Shaowen Tan completed the course in a new PB time of 31:44. That represents an improvement of more than seven minutes since Shaowen’s first run with us in February this year! Awesome.

 

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This Girl Can (and did!)

 
We have to give a special shout out to Jess Sammon on making her first appearance at Bolton since a nasty roadside collision at the start of the year. Jess walked the whole course in 1:03:04, setting herself a goal of slowly digging away at that time as she makes a patient recovery.

 

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Extra points to Jess for having to listen to boyfriend Rob the entire way round…

 

 

Bolton parkrun Event #289 – 22nd October 2016 – Run Report

 

The One With Them Lot What Did Stuff

 
Another week, another parkrun.
 

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It’s been a LONG time since I picked up a pen to scribe a report (well, the laptop and Microsoft Word equivalent of that), so I’ve been looking forward to writing this one! (*listens to exasperated sighs of readers who’ve been delighted at the gap in this ‘journalism’).

 

 

Them Lot What Wear Hi-Viz

Let’s jump straight in with some praise for this week’s volunteers! 23 of you picked up a hi-viz and made the magic possible.

 

We had Mick Entwistle, Ethan and Richard Clegg, Dave Huddleston, Dave Hitchen, Siobhan Pimlott, Louise Geoghegan, Mick Entwistle, Mike Gregson arrived super early to get the course and finish equipment set up.

 

Abbie Gregson assigned roles to each of the volunteers, and Christine Pendlebury tried her best to convince new runners to Bolton that the hills were in their minds…

 

During the run, Leanne Evans, Dominic Harasiwka, Jackie Oakes, Malcolm Pittock and Mark Stokes (as well as Christine and Mick) marshalled all of the runners safely round the course, with Hannah McArthur and Mike right behind the pack as our tailrunners.

 

At the finish line, Mark Butler and Jeff Pendlebury beeped you over the line, before Ann Butler and Jocelyn Chadderton handed out your finish tokens. To cap it all off, Marisa Frot and Shirley Tull were there to scan your barcodes, along with Andy Parker for support with any pesky non-scanning print outs!

 

#squadgoals

 

Could you help out next Saturday? We’d love to have you along! Tail running, pacing, marshalling, timing, token-giving-outing, whatever you’d like! To get involved, just hit us up on email at BoltonOffice@parkrun.com, or at our Facebook or Twitter accounts.

 

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Them Lot What Run

So what did this week’s results look like? Well, this week there were:

  • 265 runners
  • 14 first timers
  • 77 new Personal Bests were taken home (mint!),
  • 23 different athletics clubs took part.

 

Paula Pilling (Burnden Road Runners), Isabella Merritt (Horwich RMI Harriers) and Lesley Fisher (Burnden Road Runners) were the fastest three females of the day, while Tom Carson (Horwich RMI Harriers), Lukas Siska (Horwich RMI Harriers) and Paul Thompson (Bolton Metro Triathlon Club) were the first three blokes to complete today’s run.

 

Lesley Fisher (82.72%), Eileen Royle (VW65-69) and Steve Nolan (78.22%) achieved the day’s highest age gradings.

 

By way of a recap: Bolton parkrun started on 5th February 2011, and since then 6,712 different runners, including participants from 303 athletics clubs, have completed 59,395 runs covering a total distance of 296,975 km, and there have been 10,864 new Personal Bests.

 

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Them Lot What Did a Milestone

This week we celebrated tiny Mr Harry Jenkinson completing his 10th run (while mum Sarah completed her 60th run!). He looked very pleased with himself at the end of the run as he promptly demolished a donut. We look forward to seeing you model your new white 10 club t-shirt soon, Hazza!

 

Other lovely rounded milestones were hit by Mark Swindell (30 runs); Joseph O’Connor (40); Ani Das (70); Dave Huddleston (80); and riiight at the other end of the scale, Mr Phil Worsley completed his 200th parkrun this week – 191 of those runs have been at Bolton.

 

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Them Lot What Were Rate Quick

77 new PBs were set this week: that’s just shy of 30% of the field! Some highlights to call out:

  • Katherine Baines smashed a new PB of 22:27 this weekend – her first new PB since her last PB of 23:07 in May last year when she has since run 39 times here. Great work!

 

  • Linda Haines achieved a new PB of 29:45 – her first sub-30 minute time in 19 runs at Bolton.

 

  • Joanne Horrocks has now managed three PBs in three consecutive appearances at Bolton. In six weeks she has now achieved PBs of 27:37, 27:21 and 26:43!

 

  • Anthony and Peter Johnson both waltzed home with new PBs this week, on their 206th and 217th appearances at Bolton respectively. Epic work, gents.

 

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Them Lot What Were New

12 of our registered first timers were running their first ever parkrun! A big ‘Hello!’ to Andrew Carson, Damian Calderbank, Matt Kearsley, Stephen Edge, Kian Sixsmith, David Catterall, Darren Jones, Catherine Charnley, Clare Jones, Heath and Helen Kershaw and Olivia Whittaker. We also welcomed Selina Russell from Canterbury parkrun and Bianca Bennett from Burnley parkrun.

 

Thanks all for stopping by – we hope to see you again soon!

 

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We’re not far from Halloween now, and we haven’t done any fancy dress events for MONTHS! Therefore net Saturday, 29th October will be a spooky Halloween fancy dress special. Whether you’re planning on running or volunteering, we’d like to see your finest array of fancy dress of suitably spooky things. You can go whole hog and make a paper mache pumpkin costumer, or just don a witch hat – every little helps!

 

In long-standing Bolton parkrun tradition, there’ll be a suitably rubbish prize on offer for the very best outfit!

 

If fancy dress isn’t your thing, how about helping us put on a spooky feast of treats for the end of the run? Cookies, sweets, cakes, anything you might be able to contribute would be fantastic!

 

 

And finally…

We’re in touching distance of hosting 300 parkruns in Bolton soon. The fact that we have such fantastic, committed runners is one of the main reasons we’re still here! More importantly though is the work that goes on unseen to many between each Saturday. This includes results processing, sorting tokens, managing emails and getting volunteer rosters filled.

 

In the last few months, runners Ann Butler, Louise Geoghegan and Mike Gregson have stepped up their involvement and taken on many of these responsibilities, as well as acting as shiny new (and frankly brilliant) run directors. They have thrown an awful amount of their spare time at getting up to speed with the work and they deserve a huge amount of recognition for this.

 

Both Rowan and I want to say a huge personal thank you to the three of you for your hard work, your passion for parkrun, and for continuing to make managing this event such a laugh!

 

MikeAnnLou

 

 

 

Okedoke, enough of my voice. Have a great rest of the week and we’ll see you soon for Bolton parkrun Event #290!

 

Peace out.

 

Ali McArthur

Bolton parkrun Co-Event Director

 

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