Burnden Road Runners Takeover 10 August

Before this weekends takeover event we caught up with Paul Christie who gave us the low down on the club.

so Paul, tell us a bit about Burnden Road Runners

In 1983, Vince Regan, a former international runner approached John McGovern (manager of Bolton Wanderers) to run in Bolton’s own Adidas British Marathon. John rose to the challenge and invited others to join him. Many responded and completed the marathon as members of the Wanderers Lifeline Team. Following the event a small nucleus decided that the group should continue to run and raise money for local charities, thus the Lifeline Running Group began. In 1985, the group became a fully-fledged athletics club whose name was a nod to the then home of Bolton Wanderers, Burnden Park; the ‘roadrunners’ part being inspired by one of its early members renowned for his participation in events dressed as the original roadrunner with feathered tail flowing and klaxon blaring.

What a great history, how many members does the club have now?

At the moment we have a membership of 133, with ages ranging from 20 years old to 76 years young!

Quite a mix, when do you get together?

We train on a Monday evening from Smithills Sports Centre and a typical summer session would include an off-road run of between 5 – 8 miles or an interval session up at Smithills Hall or the nearby Moss Bank Park. Sometimes the faster guys (and girls) will do a fast road run instead. We also train on a Wednesday evening up at Leverhulme Park with the ‘1 foot on the track’ team (usually Gareth or Howard).

And how do new runners get involved?

Anyone is welcome to join us on either night you don’t need to be a member. Twice a year we also run a 10-week beginners group were people new to running, or those returning after a long break, can build up to eventually completing a local parkrun; or as in some case doing much further distances.

What type of runners does the club have?

Within the club we cater for runners of all abilities. It is no surprise when one of our members wins a prize, especially in the vet categories or our ladies team. It’s also quite common for our members to be bringing up the rear of a race as well. But first or last there is always a cheer from our travelling supporters (usually injured members).

You have a well known local race and we see plenty finisher t-shirts at Bolton parkrun, tell us a bit more

Burnden host a testing 5 mile trail run, usually the first Sunday in March, on the paths and roads around Smithills Hall.

Thanks Paul, and thank you to all the members who have filled our volunteer roster for your takeover event. See you Saturday

 

***Winter Weather Checks***

As we've been well and truly hit by winter weather this week, we wanted to give you notice of our process when we have a forecast that may cause us to cancel the event. Ice being the most significant issue.

The safety of both runners and volunteers is our primary concern and all decisions will be taken accordingly.

We will take notice of the forecast and updates from Leverhulme locals on a Friday and will have volunteers checking the course by 8am on Saturday so we can make a decision as quickly as possible.

We aim to notify you of a cancellation as early as we can to prevent unnecessary journeys, but depending on the situation we may have to cancel close to the start time if conditions deteriorate.

Cancellations will be advised on our FB page https://m.facebook.com/Boltonparkrun/  and will show in RED on our homepage http://www.parkrun.org.uk/bolton/

We will have a volunteer in person to advise anyone who hasn't seen other messages and would appreciate your help in sharing information particularly if you know someone who doesn't use social media.

If a cancellation is declared it is parkrun's policy NOT to reverse that situation even if the weather conditions improve, this is to ensure there is no confusion during the process.

Please note, for safety reasons and to support with any tweaks we make to the course we may also need additional marshals on the day and would appreciate your flexibility (bring your big coat, hat and gloves in case we need you).

As ever, we ask for your patience and support and if you are in a position to support with course checks or as an extra marshal on the day please let us know by emailing boltonhelpers@parkrun.com

 

A day in the life of a parkrun tourist visiting Bolton

85 – Better Soon

 

Bolton parkrun #383

Nigel Harding visited Bolton parkrun on 15th September. Nigel, home run down in Poole, gives his account of his day and visit - thanks for stopping by Nigel, hope you enjoyed your visit.

‘Things will look better soon.’ The label catches my eye. Several hundred messages are tied to the barrier. As I realise the flyover doubles as an unlikely shrine, the lights change to green.

 

I had a slight spasm in my back as I loaded the car. I’m not sure I’ll be fit to run when I arrive. Am I doomed not to run this parkrun? I came here in April, but everything was wrong during warm-up so I didn’t start.

 

It was clear when I set out, but now there’s heavy rain - so stereotypical of this area.

That message might be right, though. Within minutes of reaching the park, drizzle is clearing.

 

Warming-up gingerly, I come through a steep descent to a river and a stiff climb through woodland without ill effect. I cross a grassy clearing, called ‘Our Back Field’. This was a drift mine in the 1800s. A long, but finally successful campaign has prevented it becoming a car dump. Beyond allotments, I spill out of the park into cobbled streets of terraced houses. How far is Weatherfield? I glance at my watch and double back. I mustn’t miss the start.

 

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‘Bolton United Harriers & Athletic Club – Running, Jumping and Throwing since 1908,’ proclaim banners surrounding the running track. I’d rather run further than battle for position. I stand in the outside lane halfway round the bend. The run director catches me unawares. I fumble with my watch. I have missed the start!

 

I ease down the back straight, conscious that I mustn’t begin too quickly just because this is my first parkrun on a running track. Running anti-clockwise feels like a warm-up. Conventional racing is clockwise - ‘left hand inside’ as the rule book prosaically puts it.

 

Gradually I move inwards. By the bottom bend, I’m neatly tucked into lane two. A lady in pink adeptly squeezes past on my right, scarcely infringing the coned-off inner lane. The local ‘keep left’ rule can’t be intended for the track. Mental arithmetic seems strangely taxing, but 2:06 for 400m is close to 25 minute pace. It’s unsustainable on this course, but I’ve started well.

 

The surrounds of the gateway are padded, but it chicane barely impedes my flow. I turn right onto tarmac. Curving left beyond five-a-side soccer pitches onto a narrower stony path, I’ve switched from track to road run, then to cross-country, all within a hundred yards. The purple figure-of-eight flowers could be Himalayan balsam – very pretty, but highly invasive. Small sycamores and hawthorns laden with bright-red berries hem us in on the right. I can’t avoid all the puddles.

 

Our route darkens beyond a chicane of bollards swathed in high-visibility yellow. There’s a silver birch among taller trees shading us. After ducking beneath an arching hawthorn branch, I begin overtaking as the path widens and steepens. There are a few purple rhododendrons left near the bottom.

 

A right turn at a T-junction and suddenly, we’re in the open. On the right there’s a bank with more purple flowers, nettles and a rowan tree. The left is dank grassland with dock leaves and spiky clumps of drier grass. An orienteering point and a post with Run England 3,2,1 logos mark the corner. We turn left and take the left-hand track. A right fork makes for the strong, stone buttresses and delicate-looking metal span and railings across Bradshaw Brook.

 

I dodge the larger stones in the rough pathway. Past some metalwork which might have once been winding gear for a sluice gate, we emerge into a second field. The brook, at its highest level for months, meanders off behind willow trees to the right. We run past a metal bench, crossing the base of a triangle of grassland. We skirt to the right of two aspens and a sycamore. Two oaks are screening a narrow pond.

 

The stream along our left is barely a trickle after the long summer. A green-painted, metal railing guards a steep drop where the meandering water has returned from our right. The River Tonge, which Bradshaw Brook has joined beyond the trees, plunges loudly over a weir.

 

Tall beech trees dominate the track as I sense the turning point is close. A marshal in blue and yellow directs us.

 

‘Careful on the steps. They’re slippery.’ There are a handful of wooden-faced risers. The last, highest and most hazardous, is painted yellow. Out onto a tarmac track, there’s a brief glimpse of six cottages in a terrace and the massive stone piers of a viaduct. A tall, redbrick factory chimney scarcely seems to reach from the valley floor to the top of the plateau. It has survived Fred Dibnah. The steeplejack and demolition expert is interred in Tonge Cemetery, just north of here.

 

I lurch to the left and continue the sharp climb. I hug the left-hand gutter. Runners spread across the wide tarmac track. Overtaking is difficult for those few who can find the energy. More than half-way up, the road through the woods turns right. At last I can see what’s passing for daylight near the top of the climb. A lady in a red 50 club shirt resumes her run after a walk to catch her breath.

 

Nearing the top, the trees open out. Smaller bushes line the lane. A number of different species demonstrate a wide spectrum of colours. The top leaves of a maple have turned purple, while lower ones remain green. A century from now this will be a magnificent avenue. Though the gradient is easing, we’re still climbing. Looking left, beyond the redbrick village I reached during warm-up, I view a distant Pennine ridge, slate gray against a slightly lighter sky.

We turn left at a cross path, then curve right just before the lane reaches a more mature avenue of trees. Darcy Lever Hall, a half-timbered sandstone building dating from about 1641, stood at the other end, where the car park is now.

 

Lever has been both a place and a family name in this area since the Middle Ages. William Hesketh Lever was the son of a Bolton grocer, who with his brother James, diversified into soap manufacturing and founded the model village of Port Sunlight on the Wirral.

 

As Lord Leverhulme, he bought land to form the park as a gift to the town just before the First World War. In 1919, he was co-opted as Mayor of Bolton and opened the initial 68 acres. Thomas Mawson was engaged as landscaper and garden designer, but not all his plans had been completed when the benefactor died in 1925.

 

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Ash trees front the solid woodland on our left. Horse chestnuts dot the open parkland to our right, where there’s a slide and a climbing frame. A marshal yells for us to keep left. We’re overtaken by a swift stream of pink-clad cyclists on a charity ride.

 

Almost back at the track, we turn left and plunge downhill. The lane is narrower between beeches on the left and sycamores right. I make up a few places down the right before we emerge near the brook to start our second loop.

 

A white logo shows we’re on the Kingfisher Trail, which extends 14 miles from Salford to Jumbles Reservoir, five miles north of here. The blue and orange birds seem to be having a lie in today. One hawthorn is a mass of berries, but the next has scarcely any at all.

 

The 30 minute pacer passes me. Have I been taking it too easy? I’m not having that.

 

‘Come on, Lass, make him work,’ the marshal encourages. The lady in black responds. The man in blue falters on the top step. I almost run into the back of him. The climb is even more gruelling and relief at the top is short-lived.

 

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‘The third hill is the easiest,’ he told us at briefing. In theory, that’s true. Up through the woods to the five-a-side courts isn’t as steep or as far as the long drag by the viaduct. With the first two climbs still in my legs, though, it’s every bit as demanding. Several people I’ve overtaken downhill surge back past me. One brave lady I catch has her rhythm affected by a plaster cast on one arm.

 

Some of the footballers remembered by names on the courts, Moore, Pele and Best, have gone. In contrast the endurance athlete whose feats dominate the honours board in the leisure centre will turn eighty in ten days’ time.

 

I remember a BBC television report of the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games Marathon, which Ron Hill won in his career best 2:09:28 ahead of Scotland’s Jim Alder. No pictures in those unsophisticated days. It seemed miraculous when they patched through a reporter in a telephone box beside the course. Maybe a seed was sown that one day I’d try that.

 

I barely ran within an hour of Hill’s fastest marathon, but he continued to race into old age, so I beat him on both our encounters: Dorset’s equivalent of a fell race and the memorable day in 2011 when the English National Cross-Country Champion of 1966 and 1968 turned out for one final championship appearance.

 

Hill celebrated running every day for 50 years by completing Heaton parkrun on 20th December 2014, finally breaking his sequence at 52 years and 39 days. He has 66 parkruns to his credit, his best was 25:11 at age 73 and his sole visit here took 29:12.

 

Hill wasn’t just a role model as an athlete. His alter ego, a materials technologist, determined what we wore, pioneering synthetic fabrics for running gear; and helped keep us safe with reflective strips developed initially for his personal use.

 

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The final stage would be enjoyable if I had anything left to give. Turning left across a bridge we aim for a rocket-like spire, its base hidden by trees. Reaching a bowls pavilion after a few hundred yards, we retrace our steps, now with slower runners chasing us.

 

The grandstand gradually comes closer. Through the gate and onto the track, I’m trying to hold on, but a lady in the black and grey of Ramsbottom Running Club outsprints me.

 

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Walking the course afterwards, I realise the viaduct is caged in as if it has a walkway. Exploring the south edge of the park I follow a lane along the edge of the old Bolton-Bury railway cutting. Beyond ‘Top o’ th’ Gorses’, a couple of isolated terraces, I find my way onto one of England’s oldest lattice girder bridges to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the park. From here I can see stone stepping beside the weir which was used for washing and bleaching some of the cotton from three adjacent mills.

 

No wonder it was my third slowest parkrun. I climbed to this height twice from way down there. As an opener for my cross-country season, though, things do look better from here.

© 2018 Nigel Harding

 

The Beaumont Hospital Takeover

So, this Saturday, 3rd March 2018, Bolton parkrun will see its first health takeover of the year, as The Beaumont Hospital celebrate their 35 years of service and take the helm for the first time.

For those of you new to this game, takeovers involve a group, typically a local running club but this time a health organisation, helping out with various volunteer roles, running in their club colours, and providing information about who they are and what they do.

The takeover was the brainchild of Sales & Marketing Manager Alice Halfpenny. We caught up with Alice to find out more about The Beaumont Hospital.

First and foremost - who are you and what do you do?......

Hi, I'm Alice Halfpenny, Marketing Manager - BMI The Beaumont Hospital. I promote our services to the local community, this includes GP’s and potential patients.

And what does BMI The Beaumont Hospital Offer?......

Located just off Chorley New Road, The Beaumont Hospital offers orthopaedics, general surgery, women’s health services, cosmetic surgery and much more. Patient care is supported by our on-site diagnostic imaging and physiotherapy suite, both of which have recently been refurbished. Whether you choose to use private medical insurance or fund your treatment yourself, as a patient at The Beaumont Hospital you will benefit from fast access to treatment and experienced consultant care throughout.

 

Where can we find you?.......

Old Hall Clough, Chorley New Road, Lostock, BL6 4LA

On our website www.bmihealthcare.co.uk/beaumont
Or our Facebook page www.facebook.com/BMITheBeaumontHospital

What are you celebrating?.........

BMI The Beaumont Hospital is celebrating 35 years of service.

At our Bolton parkrun takeover we will be handing out refreshments and dishing up birthday cake to celebrate our 35th anniversary.

Make sure you say hello to the BMI team to grab yourself a free water bottle.

There will also be a photographer out on the course snapping parkrunners, make sure you wave!

 

A regular run says “Thank you Mick and the other volunteers”

All the volunteers at Bolton parkrun are awesome; that goes without saying. Without them, we wouldn’t get to do our weekly parkrun. A lot of them give up their chance to run so that the rest of us can take ours. And the remaining volunteers who either don’t or can’t run give up their time to make the event work smoothly and safely. We shouldn’t  forget that if we as runners look out the window on a Saturday and think “I don’t fancy it. It’ll probably be cancelled anyway”, the volunteers all turn out regardless

But I want to take this opportunity to highlight one particular individual who for me epitomises parkrun in general, and Bolton parkrun in particular. And this appreciation is even more deserved since I read in the 2017 Review that he topped the appearances table with an amazing 41 out of 49 events

My favourite bit of the Bolton parkrun course is the flat section between the bottom of Cinder Hill and Cruella. It gives me a chance to settle into a regular rhythm and enjoy the view of the meadow and the river on my right. After a while we come to a signpost which to my reckoning is about half way round the 5k run. The green space between the path and the river narrows away to nothing and is replaced by a metal railing fence. Right at this point I can hear him shouting at the top of his voice, encouraging all the oncoming runners regardless of their progress. “Keep going, you lucky people. It’s a beautiful day for running. PB’s are there for the taking!” or perhaps “Watch out for this muddy bit. Take care on the steps, boys and girls”. I’ve developed a routine whereby I move over to the right beside the railings and take a wide curve to the left towards the steps. He always spots me coming, mainly when I shout “Miiiiiiiiiiiiick!!!!” and we exchange horizontal fives

On my second lap he’s still going strong. “You lucky lucky people. You can’t fool me, you’re loving it! I can see it in your faces” etc. I’m usually too tired to even acknowledge him but he still makes me smile and he always encourages me by name

The wooden staircase is his chosen Marshalling station. He never gets to see the start, as he needs to be there before the speed merchants arrive. That means he never gets to hear the applause for the Volunteers that we give every week at the end of the Run Director’s Briefing. So I just want to say to the legend that is Mick Entwistle: Thank you. Your efforts are greatly appreciated by this runner, and I’m sure by every single person who has passed by your station

I’ll even forgive him for occasionally calling me Marcus. It’s a pity about that hat though. Shouldn’t someone tell him that’s not how you spell Bolton?

Martin Smith

83 completed Bolton parkruns

Bolton parkrun footnote - Martin is not averse to volunteering himself, with half a dozen stints in 2017, thank you too :)

 

Bolton parkrun Event #346 – 2 December 2017

Bolton parkrun – Run Report for Event # 346

Greetings from Witton parkrun.

This Saturday we were cancelled due to another event on in our Park, so we decided to come and pay you a visit.

Our last Witton on Tour bus had about 60 people, so I was expecting a bigger turnout, however, with one thing and another there ended up only being 13 or so of us. Still we all enjoyed ourselves and even got a bit of volunteering in too.

Good old Alan was marshalling at the entrance to the track, Alan is a regular Witton volunteer and has marshalled for us 66 times and 9 at other events. Not bad considering he had never heard of parkrun a few years ago, until his son Matthew started. Great job Alan.

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This week we saw 25 1st timers and 10 of those have never run at a parkrun before, so welcome to the parkrun family, we hope you enjoyed it and that you will come again?

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Not many faces at the 1st timers briefing. If you are new to a venue, then please come and see the volunteer who delivers the briefing, we do this to explain the route and talk you through the safety bits and bobs.

Huge thanks to Mike, who was Run director this week, here he is on his stool about to deliver the welcome brief

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A sea of high viz this morning, huge thanks to: Alan VERNON • Ali MCARTHUR • Amy Y STONE • Andrew PATTERSON • Cheryl DUNLEAVY • Christine PENDLEBURY • Craig LEATHERBARROW • Dave HITCHEN • Eileen HARTIGAN • Emma DONALDSON • Gareth ALLMARK • Jeffrey PENDLEBURY • Kathryn DAVIES • Malcolm PITTOCK • Martin SMITH • Michelle PATTERSON • Michelle SEARBY • Mick ENTWISTLE • Mike GREGSON • Pat SMITH • Rowan ARDILL • Vince ASHTON Take a bow guys, you are amazing!

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Did you know, ANYONE can volunteer! We have loads of different roles available, so I am sure that there is one suited to just about everyone out there. Just give the team a shout via email boltonoffice@parkrun.com and let them know what you would like to do and when you would like to do it.

Now than I suppose I’d better get to the nitty gritty stuff. Apologies if Barry Stat Shackleton has spoilt you in the past, I will do my best with what I have. (insert smiley face here)

1st over the line was Bolton regular Tom Carson, with an amazing time of 18:07. Tom has run 18 out of his 21 at Bolton, only missing 3 because he was at Burnley and Pennington Flash.
Hot on his heels in 2nd place was Belgrave Harriers, Paul Freary. Smashing time of 18:32. Paul has been here, there and everywhere it seems with 16 different locations in his portfolio (including 4 times at Witton).
3rd place was taken by Bolton Stalwart Thomas Fletcher of Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners, in 1 second over 19 minutes. Thomas has never run anywhere other than Bolton. How about that for being faithful.

Now the ladies.

In 1st place for the ladies we had 1st timer Alice Ball, great run of 21:51, we hope to see you back again for parkrun #2.

In 2nd place and in 22:53 we have Katherine Baines. 146 out of 189 runs have been at Bolton with a whopping 36 different venues under her cow cowel! Well done Katherine.
3rd place we saw Burnden Road Runner Sarah Louise Watton come over the line in 23:04. Sarah who joined the 50 club a few months back has run 56 of her 64 here at Bolton, she has run at 2 other venues.

Huge well done to all 6 of you and of course to the rest of you running, jogging or walking on Saturday.

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This week we had FIVE people who are all members of the 250 Milestone Club.
Hats off to you:
Dave Carroll
Paul Andrew Johnson
Ian Riggs
Paul McGreavy
Judith Bonnar
Between you, you have run and impressive 1435 parkruns! Wow wee
We also had FIFTY people who are sporting the FREE black 100 parkrun t-shirts. My my that is a whopping amount. I’d love to add up all of your parkruns but it is going dark and I have things to do (insert laughing face here) Top notch though folks, well done.
Not forgetting those lovely red 50 t-shirts, we had 35 of you this week. totally awesome. How much love for parkrun is there?

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My favourite category, the juniors. I love seeing young people out on a Saturday, really loving the parkrun experience. This week we had 9 junior t-shirts on display. In total though we had 25 young people running/jogging or walking. This is very impressive guys, I hope you are really proud of yourselves.

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I think it’s also wonderful that the ONE AND ONLY milestone achieved this week was Alzbeta Borkova who of course is a Junior and is now ( or will be soon) the proud owner of a White Junior 10 run T-shirt. Round of applause please. (insert many smiley faces here)

All aboard the PB Express this week were THIRTY SEVEN people! Wowzas that is awesome, well done people. Keep up the great work.

Well, I think that is about it from me. I hope you have enjoyed my little Run Report.

It may be awhile before we get back to Bolton, so I wish you a fond farewell.

TTFN

Michelle Searby
Witton parkrun Event Director
#loveparkrun

 

BOLTON PARKRUN REPORT #331 – 19th AUGUST 2017

The front runners took advantage of favourable weather this morning by running very quickly, with the first four finishers all achieving Personal Best times. The first two had a battle royale with just one second separating first placed Tommy Harrison and Lukas Siska. Tommy (Bolton United) running for the 55th time at Bolton removed 3 seconds from his time of April last year and the last seven times he has appeared at Bolton he has been first across the line. His time today is the 14th fastest time ever seen at Bolton. Lukas (Horwich) has run 22 times at Bolton and took 9 seconds from the time he set earlier this year in February, and his time today is the 16th fastest ever seen here. Joseph Howe of Blackburn Harriers finished in 3rd position in a new Personal Best time of 17:46, taking almost 30 seconds from the time he ran the last time he appeared at Bolton which was over 18 months ago. Jon Evans finished 4th after taking 22 seconds from his time of 14 weeks ago. Jon has run 22 parkruns, all of which have been at Bolton.

The first lady to finish was Paula Pilling of Burnden Roadrunners who has been first placed Lady at Bolton on 43 occasions, almost twice as many first placed finishers of any other runner in Bolton parkrun history. Sarah Watton (also Burnden) finished as 2nd placed Lady, just missing a Personal Best time by 7 seconds, with Rebecca Suckling coming home 3rd.

In all there were an incredible 51 runners who managed to run a Personal Best time, taking advantage of the weather. All aboard the PB Express everyone. At Bolton parkrun the average number of Personal Bests achieved per week is 38 so we were well above the average number this week.

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

119 runners were ladies and 181 were men, and there were 28 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 at Bolton of which 29 were running a parkrun for the very first time and joining the ever growing parkrun family. They were 29 of the 11,956 people who became parkrunners for the very first time last weekend. At Bolton we average 24 First Timers every week, so again, well over the average.

On Saturday there were 20 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. 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 9,731 and I think they should see that milestone on either the 13th or 20th October. Who will it be?

Those celebrating milestones with us this week.

Timothy Green - 175 runs

Anne Rustidge (Darwen Dashers) - 75 runs

Suzanne Williams - 75 runs

And those who are knocking on the celebration door include:

Ian Riggs - 274 runs

Tony Wall (Burnden Roadrunners) – 174 runs

Rachel Howarth (Burnden Roadrunners) – 124 runs

Nicola Bennett – 99 runs. If she runs next week, Nicola will get herself a Jet Black 100-run T-shirt. She has done 96 of her 99 runs at Bolton, starting in June 2014 with our event # 169. This week she ran a Personal Best time of 33:30 which took 15 seconds from her time from October last year. This week there were 333 runners in the UK who joined the 100-club and there are over 32,000 members.

Philip Glassbrook (Burnden Roadrunners) 74 runs

Graham King (Ramsbottom Running Club) 74 runs

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

Number of Commemorative T-shirts on show today:

Junior White (10 runs) – 9 runners

Cardinal Red (50 runs) – 47 runners

Jet Black (100 runs) – 49 runners

Green (250 runs) – 8 runners

Blue (500) – 0 runners

The top 5 attendees this week were:

Barry Shackleton (Darwen Dashers) 321 runs

Samid Al-Kamil (Bramhall Runners) 285 runs

Ian Riggs 274 runs

Paul Johnson 273 runs

Karen Shackleton (Darwen Dashers) 267 runs

These five runners have completed 1,420 parkruns between them.

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

Twitter: www.twitter.com/boltonparkrun

Facebook: www.facebook.com/boltonparkrun

Flickr: www.flickr.com/groups/bolton-parkrun

There are some brilliant photos on Facebook and Flickr 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 I speak with some authority here. This week, we had a 25-minute pacer and while I knew staying with him the whole way was a bit of a stretch, it was only on the out-and-back that I fell back, and finished in 25:19, which was my fastest time at Bolton since New Years Day 2015. So why not give something back to someone who could use a bit of help, 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 33 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 7,948 different runners on the course, representing 360 different running clubs, and they have completed 72,255 runs. The average attendance is 218 every week and there have been 12,837 Personal Bests. Our attendance record is 448 which was set in June, and Bolton parkrunners have completed 361,275Km and have been running for 3 years and 359 days, so closing in on 4 years of parkrunning. If we keep up our average, we should pass 4 years in two week’s time!

And that’s it for the report for run #331. 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 NHS Health Trainers Takeover

On Saturday 5th August Bolton’s NHS Health Trainers completed a 'takeover' at Bolton parkrun and gained much more than they could ever have expected. Health Trainer and regular parkrunner Zoe Chadwick explains…

After almost a week of torrential rain, it was a huge relief to wake up to a dry and bright Saturday morning- the perfect conditions for the Health Trainer parkrun takeover. We were arrived bright and early and were given a warm welcome by the regular volunteer team who set us to work covering roles such as timekeeping, barcode scanning and marshalling.

Shoulder to shoulder, 17 Health Trainers stood alongside patients, NHS colleagues, friends and family nervously anticipating the 9 o’clock start.
 

Health Trainers

 
Our job as Health Trainers is to engage the people of Bolton to lead active lifestyles so we were extremely impressed to see the sheer amount of people who turn up every week to participate in Bolton parkrun. Marvin took to the microphone to introduce the team, promote the work that Health Trainers do and set off the 340 runners, joggers and walkers. It was the first time Marvin had ever spoken in front of so many people and he found the experience totally exhilarating.  
 

Marvin's Briefing

 
We’d hardly had chance to get Dave Spikey out of the bag and set up our information stand before the first finisher was whizzing across the finish line.

 

Health Trainers - Dave Spikey

 
In the build up to our takeover, our team of Health Trainers across Bolton had been encouraging patients to come along and give parkrun a go, safe in the knowledge that we would be there to support them every step of the way of their first 5K run, jog or walk.

 

Health Trainer Takeover - Patient & Health Trainer

 
Some managed to jog the whole 5K for the first time ever, some jog-walked and some simply walked but all were determined to complete the full route. I think I can speak for most when I say, despite the difference in their goals, everyone felt a huge sense of achievement.
 
Eamon Giblin from Farnworth was one of those who came along to parkrun for the first time after being encouraged by his Health Trainer Rebecca, he said “I very much enjoyed my first experience of parkrun, everyone was very warm and welcoming and I will definitely be coming back next week!”    
 

Eamon - Health Trainer Takeover

 
For us as a service, parkrun gave us a great opportunity to showcase one of the most important aspects of our job- The ‘NHS Health Check’. Having our display board conveniently located next to the post-run tea and coffee allowed us to chat with lots of participants and get our health messages across. So in case you slipped the net…. If you’re aged between 40 and 74 without any existing disease, contact your GP for a FREE NHS health check to help prevent heart disease, diabetes and stroke.
 
Our time volunteering has opened our eyes to just how much work goes into keeping the parkrun cogs turning every week. Even more surprising though, is how many Health Trainers have been gripped by that parkrun magic and themselves intend to be on the start line at 9am in the weeks to come. The Health Trainers have officially become The Health Trainees!
 
We'd like to say a big thank you to all the parkrun family for making us feel welcome, we hope to see you at Bolton parkrun again very soon.

 

BOLTON PARKRUN REPORT #309 – 18th March 2017

It had been raining almost constantly for 36 hours before Saturday morning but the parkrun Gods looked favourably upon us at 9am so we got a dry start and run. There were some scary photos on Facebook about an hour before the run started showing the state of the park close to the river and those who saw them knew that there was no point trying to tip toe around the huge lakes. The mindset had to be to plough right through them and ignore the wet feet.
Across the UK, there was just 1 cancellation this week so the weather, although bad, didn’t stop the 99,275 parkrunners who ran today. And part of that huge total, on the track lining up for the start at Bolton this week, were 274 runners.

The first runner home was Robert Short of Burnden Roadrunners who is one of a number of our regulars getting close to joining the 250-club. He finished in 19:19, which was almost a minute in front of second placed Marcus Chester (also of Burnden Roadrunners), and Robert’s time was the only one under 20 minutes on the day.

The first lady to finish was Liz Proctor of Bolton United Harriers who finished just outside the top 10 positions in 11th overall with a time of 21:16 which was 2 minutes in front of 2nd Lady Rachel Hancock. Rachel was running her 84th parkrun, all of which have been at Bolton, and her time today of 23:14 is her new Personal Best, taking 10 seconds from her time which has stood since April 2016.

Michael Kenyon who finished in 8th position recorded the best Age Grading of the day with 74.35%, followed by first Lady Liz Proctor with 73.98%.

There were an incredible 20 runners who managed to run a Personal Best time even with the watery conditions at the bottom of the park 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 well below average, making the achievements of the 20 even more commendable.

CATEGORY RECORDS: There were no Category records broken this week.

105 runners were ladies and 169 were men, and there were 23 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 at Bolton of which 22 were running a parkrun for the very first time and joining the ever growing parkrun family. These numbers were helped by the 13 Darwen Dashers Graduates who this week completed their 10-week training by running their parkrun. At Bolton we average 23 First Timers every week, so just above average.

On Saturday there were 14 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. Also, just a reminder that one of the Unknown runners produced their barcode as a photograph on a mobile telephone which is not one of the many official ways of having your time recorded.

108 runners today were attached to running clubs and there were 152 unattached runners.
The running clubs providing the most runners were the Darwen Dashers with 40, Burnden Roadrunners with 34 and Bolton United Harriers with 9.
The Darwen Dashers are once again proudly sitting at the top of the table of the running club providing the most runners. Their graduates today means that 233 runners have appeared from the Darwen club, one more than Burnden Roadrunners on 232, and Bolton United Harriers are in 3rd position with 191.
The Burnden Roadrunners are a long way ahead with completed parkruns having seen their runners finish 9,028 times. Next is Bolton United with 3,006 completions and the Darwen Dashers have had 1,683.
Tom Lucas of Bolton United Harriers who finished in 17th position in 21:44 is the 3,000th runner from the club to finish a parkrun at Bolton. This is Tom’s 42nd parkrun, of which 41 have been run at Bolton with one visit to Worsley Woods. His personal Best at Bolton is 18:25 which was set in April 2016 when he recorded over 70% Age Grading for the only time. He has finished in first position on 3 occasions, and in the top 3 places 12 times.

HALL OF FAME
Those celebrating milestones with us this week were:
Kenneth Warner 275 runs
James Orchard (Burnden Roadrunners) 175 runs
Chris Mann 150 runs
Debra Hennessey (Burnden Roadrunners) 125 runs
Ben Knight (Burnden Roadrunners) 100 runs. Ben has run 92 times at Bolton with 8 visits to Heaton Park to make up his 100. He ran his first run with us in June 2011 and has broken his Personal Best on 10 occasions, the last time being in September 2014 with a time of 21:36. His highest finish position was 15th place in September 2014.
Sharon Cocker (Darwen Dashers) 75 runs

And those who are knocking on the celebration door include:
Barry Shackleton (Darwen Dashers) 299 runs
Karen Kitchen 199 runs
Frances Johnson 199 runs
Marcus Chester (Burnden Roadrunners) 149 runs
Harry Harper (Chorley Harriers) 99 runs
Kath Rothwell 49 runs
Sarah Watton (Burnden Roadrunners) 49 runs
These runners are just 5k short of their personal milestones.

Number of Commemorative T-shirts on show today:
Junior White (10 runs) – 5 runners
Cardinal Red (50 runs) – 48 runners
Jet Black (100 runs) – 50 runners
Green (250 runs) – 5 runners
Blue (500) – 0 runners

There are just 5 Bolton-based 250-runners and all five of them were there today for the first time ever.
The top 5 attendees this week were:
Barry Shackleton (Darwen Dashers) 299 runs
Dave Carroll (Bury AC) 279 runs
Kenneth Warner 275 runs
Ian Riggs 257 runs
Paul Johnson 255 runs
These five runners have completed 1,365 parkruns between them.
Karen Shackleton is just four 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. Judith Bonnar is only 7 weeks after her.

Keep in touch with the latest goings-on at Bolton parkrun using one of the following media:
Twitter: www.twitter.com/boltonparkrun
Facebook: www.facebook.com/boltonparkrun
Flickr: www.flickr.com/groups/bolton-parkrun
There are some brilliant photos on Facebook and Flickr 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 marshals who give up their time on a Saturday morning. If you want to get involved, email boltonhelpers@parkrun.com. This week, we had 29 credited volunteers 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 445 parkruns, 1 cancellation, and the total UK senior parkrun population was 99,275.

A few more stats from parkrun central which may interest you:
49,625 women and girls have completed their first parkrun in 2017
Midstream parkrun (South Africa) had their inaugural run when 1265 runners turned up
Millom parkrun has 6 runners at their parkrun this week (the lowest in the UK)

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 7,135 different runners on the course, representing 326 different running clubs, and they have completed over 64,500 runs. The average attendance is 209 every week and there have been 11,576 Personal Bests. Our attendance record is 384 for the Darwen Dashers Takeover Day in March 2016. Bolton parkrunners have completed 323,470Km and have been running for 3 years and 199 days.

And that’s it for the report for run #309. 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 next week when (all being well) I will be the first Bolton-based runner to reach 300 parkruns. The chase is on.

Barry Shackleton #loveboltonparkrun

 

Bolton parkrun #297 – 17 December 2016 – Run Report

Doubles all round – it is Christmas after all!

Picture the scene back in September 2010 and something called parkrun had just celebrated it’s 6th birthday atBushy Park. A young man intent on improving health and wellbeing around the Bolton community made an enquiry into starting a parkrun event here in Bolton.

Having been approved, the wheels were set in motion and Bolton event number 1 took place in Leverhulme Park with 60 runners and 8 volunteers turning up on 5th February 2011. 2 names stand out on the short list of volunteers on that day as the founding team, Rowan Ardill and Ali McArthur.

Fast forward to event 297 this week and so very fitting that these 2 same people should celebrate together on the event of their 200th volunteering stint at Bolton. In this time Rowan has also taken part in 99 runs and Ali 60.

Since the start 6,813 runners have taken part completing 61,180 runs, which have been supported by an average 19 volunteers per event. I am sure each and every runner, volunteer, spectator, child in buggy and dog would like to show their appreciation for Rowan and Ali, who do like to try and avoid the limelight. Their efforts and impact on all participants is exemplary and an achievement that should be celebrated in style.

Cards were available to sign at the end of Saturdays run to give a chance for all to pass on their thanks and give Rowan and Ali a fantastic memento of their achievement. Thanks to all that took the time to leave a comment.

As we are all well aware, any event cannot go ahead without the support of a team of volunteers and this week was no different with 22 other volunteers joining our duo.

David ALLEN, Rowan ARDILL, David ARDILL, Gareth DOHERTY, Dawn EVANS, Darren EVANS, Marisa FROT, Gary FURNESS, Louise GEOGHEGAN, Mike GREGSON, William Andrew HARGREAVES, Dave HITCHEN, Peter KEARNEY, Ali MCARTHUR, Alannah O'BYRNE, Andrew PATTERSON, Christine PENDLEBURY, Ruby PILLING, Siobhan PIMLOTT, Malcolm PITTOCK, Tony RANDFIELD, Christine SWEATMAN, Shirley TULL, William L VICKERS

Can you lend a hand at any of the forthcoming events? Not sure what the roles are and how you can help? Have a look at the support page for a quick overview of each role:

https://support.parkrun.com/hc/en-us/articles/200566523

Email: boltonhelpers@parkrun.com to get your name on the roster.

This weeks runners

This week 241 runners immersed themselves in the fog that had descended over Bolton and around the course at Leverhulme. Other than the fog, the condition were ideal for a run in the park, dry, cool, but not cold and no breeze. Conditions like this regularly deliver a plethora of personal bests and so it proved, with a staggering 46 runners improving their own times – well done every one of you.

We also welcomed 3 brand new runners to the parkrun family and a further 8 who were taking part at Bolton for the first time. Thanks for coming along, we hope you enjoyed the course and support and look forward to welcoming you all back again.

Martin Oldfield of Drawen Dashers was the first through the finishing funnel in his first visit to Bolton since January 2015, followed by junior runner Robert Seddon of Horwich RMI who had been a little longer since his last visit in December 2014! Ed Ashton of Burnden Road Runners rocked up in 3rd with his 3rd PB is his last 4 visits, smashing 20 minutes for the first time and then some at 19.40 .

Paula Pilling of Burnden Road Runners is no stranger to being first lady and so it proved again this week, followed by Erica Booth of Howich RMI on her first run at Bolton. Katherine Baines representing British Military Fitness was third lady home on her 151st parkrun, 123 have been with us at Bolton.

Daniel Hillman joined the 50 club this week, with 49 runs at Bolton stretching back to event 33 in September 2011 and a sneak trip to Worsley thrown in too. The only other milestone run this week saw another double century, with Olivia Kearney of Bolton United Harriers marking her 200th run as the 4th lady and just 2 seconds off a PB. Olivia started on Bolton’s first birthday, event 50 on 4th February 2012 and has been a familiar face most weeks. No wonder she is so quick and consistent, she has taken to flying round the course!

PB Corner

Following Ed in PB corner is David Chrystal, who’s 3rd PB in the last 4 runs and 8th in his 21 visits to Bolton saw him hit 20 minutes dead. Junior runner Matthew Smith came home in 10th place in a new best of 20.11, 2 minutes 16 quicker that his first of 53 runs since starting in November 16, 13 months that have seen Matthew miss just 3 events. Ged Turners 24th run saw him break 23 minutes for the first time, 22.59 shaved a full second off his last run – every second counts! Louise Oldfield wiped over a minute off a 2 year old PB and Mark Kenny improved by 8 seconds in 111th place. Simon Wrigley has shown steady improvement since fist coming to Bolton in February 2015 and broke 29 minutes for the first time in 28.42. Sheila Garewal is knocking on the door of 30 minutes, her 30.05 is almost 4 minutes improvement on her first run in May 2015. Kate Holden marked her 100th run at Bolton (116 in total) with a new best – a first since March 2014 and a massive 8 minutes better than her first runs dating back to May 2011 at event 17.

Massive congratulations to everyone who smashed a new PB this week – awesome work.

Christmas Schedule

Just a reminder of the events happening over Christmas – Christmas Eve we will be running as normal at 9am. New Years Eve will also be a normal run at 9am. We have an additional run on New Years Day at 10am to give you a little more recovery time, or a chance to take in the Junior event at Queens Park at 9am. We could do with a few more volunteers over the festive period – if you can help out, please email boltonhelpers@parkrun.com

See you in your very best Christmas fancy dress outfits on Christmas Eve – the standard was set last year, can anyone challenge Father Richard Lord and his flock?

Have a very Merry Christmas.

Mike

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