Run number 366 – 10th August 2019

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Event number 365
 
329 Runners
 
Welcome to 21 First Timers
 
Well done on 36 Personal Bests

 
 

parkrun people - by Nina Kewin

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Thank you Nina for your refelctions on Burnley parkrun people
 

Following the completion of Parkrun number 366, the majority of the 329 runners or walkers (21 of whom were first timers) went on to dry off and get on with the day in hand – as we all know we never ‘regret a run’ and it ‘sets us up for the day’. Having enjoyed the usual post-run chatter this morning, I began to realise that at some point, many of us tend to adopt the following characteristics once we become part of the parkrun community:

1. We become expert weather analysts.
If we haven’t already checked the forecast before we arrive at Towneley Park, you can be pretty sure that we’ve made a mental note of the temperature, the wind and whether we realistically feel like we will be able to breathe on the second lap. Following on from Karen’s tongue-in-cheek announcement this morning that it ‘couldn’t possibly’ be raining, we accepted her typical and infectious optimism and duly splashed our way around the route. It then occurred to me as I was running: how many times have I bored someone to sleep by describing the direction and speed of the wind on the far field? How many times have I attributed my perfectly-acceptable-yet-not-pb-worthy performance on the fact that the wind wasn’t behind me? parkrun is the same fantastic parkrun whatever the conditions, and rightly so.

2. We begin to recognise one another by pace.
When we run at Burnley consistently, we all know that we should ideally be on the heels of one person, and side-by-side with another. In addition to the sounds of fast footsteps and the familiar panting and breathlessness, the most typical noises we hear as we are running are the reciprocal shouts of encouragement from both marshals and runners. I can often tell who is somewhere near me without even looking, and it’s all because of the polite, enthusiastic and friendly nature of the people who run.

3. We become more aware of niggles and injuries – other people’s, not just our own.
We often notice when someone has been absent from parkrun for a few weeks or when someone has decided to volunteer for a while. When they return to running, we cannot help but let them know that they were missed. We often empathise and lift other runners up. On the few occasions where I have rolled my ankle or something similar, there have always been people there to welcome me on my first run back into the family, as it were.

4. We become ‘parkrun Preachers’.
In our day-to-day lives, if someone mentions that they are thinking of taking up running, obviously they need to give parkrun a try. Why would they think of an alternative? Yes, there are hundreds of people there. No, no one will notice them unless they want them to. No, they will absolutely not be the last one to finish. No – they do not have to pay. I have lost count of the number of times I have tried to convince someone that it is the only place to be at 9am on a Saturday morning. In a few cases, it has worked. I’ll keep on going…..

‘parkrun people’ make up the parkrun family. I’m proud to be a member.

 
 

Roll of honour

(Full results here)
This weeks rapid runners are -

Overall

  • 1st Nicholas Hennessey (Clayton Harriers) 17:13
  • 2nd Jon Williams (Unattached) 19:11
  • 3rd Mathew Laverty (Rossendale Harriers) 19:20

 

Ladies

  • 1st Helana White (Clayton Harriers) 19:43
  • 2nd Fran Pearson (Trawden AC) 23:16
  • 3rd Sarah Longhorn (Rossendale Harriers) 20:42

 
 

Milestones


 

Congratulations to junior parkrunner Eliena Lusty on completing 10 parkruns.
 

 

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Run number 365 – 3rd August 2019

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Event number 365
 
377 Runners
 
Welcome to 39 First Timers
 
Well done on 72 Personal Bests

 
 

parkrun report - by Dany Robson

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Thank you Dany for this weeks report
 

There was an American invasion at Burnley Parkrun on Saturday as Carol Glover brought over her husband-to-be and friends ahead of their wedding that afternoon.
Carol, who turned 34 the day after on Sunday, previously held the female course record in a staggering time of 18.01.
And, on her return to Towneley, she won the ladies field again on the morning of her wedding with 19.37, coming home in 10th place overall.
Carol used to go to St Stephens Primary School, Walshaw High School and then St Theodore’s Sixth Form before moving to American to Charlottesville in Virginia where she takes part in research into inter-corrosion at the university.
She met husband Matt Dixon in America but they returned to the Burnley Parkrun and married at Towneley Hall that afternoon.
“I love the parkrun,” said Carol. “I have been running since I was six and this was always my local run.
“I love coming back and it was great that my family and friends could take part as well.”
American Matt, who didn’t finish too far behind Carol in 13th place in 20.35, admitted: “Towneley Hall is one of my favourite places. I didn’t push myself too hard to try to beat Carol as I needed to be able to speak in the afternoon!”

Carol Glover and friends pre wedding parkrun

Carol Glover and friends pre wedding parkrun

Clayton Harrier Gary Shaw ran his first parkrun since 2014 and continued his streak of being first over the line in every outing. His time was an impressive 17.34 despite recently returning from injury. Adrian Cheetham came second in a new personal best of 17.56 followed home by Jon Williams in 18:31.

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Gary Shaw making it look easy!

 
 

Roll of honour

(Full results here)
This weeks rapid runners are -

Overall

  • 1st Gary Shaw (Clayton Harriers) 17:34
  • 2nd Adrian Cheetham (Unattached) 17:56 PB
  • 3rd Jon Williams (Unattached) 18:31

 

Ladies

  • 1st Carol Clover (Unattached) 19:37
  • 2nd Catherine Marks (Pembrokeshire Tri Club) 20:41
  • 3rd Emma Bailey (Barlick Fell Runners) 20:42

 
 

Milestones


 

Junior parkrunner Charlie Parkinson celebrated his 10th run with a new PB and 6th place finish in a time of 19:03, great runnning.
 
Congratulations to Janet Lord and Sam Abdoollah on clocking up their 50th parkrun.

 

Facebook Page

Burnley parkrun has an offical Facebook page why not take a look at https://www.facebook.com/burnleyparkrun
 

Keep up to date with all the latest news and photos with our new Facebook page

 
 

Latest photos

We now have photos on our official Facebook page as well as our Flickr album please see below for links to these pages

Flickr Photo Album (Here).

Facebook Photo Album(Here)

Many thanks to those of you who contribute, please keep doing it as it really helps us keep the website going.
 

Keep up to date

 
Don't forget - as well as the website www.parkrun.org.uk/burnley you can keep up to date with the latest information about Burnley parkrun by following us on Twitter @Burnleyparkrun or visit our Facebook Page

 

Run number 364 – 27th July 2019


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Event number 364
 
359 Runners
 
Welcome to 30 First Timers
 
Well done on 67 Personal Bests

 
 

parkrun report - by Dany Robson

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Dany crossing the line
 

Whether you are super-fast or not quite up there with the leaders, achieving a parkrun personal best is always a special high-fives moment.
We don’t all run for pb’s, some of us just run to get round, to keep fit, to socialise or to just enjoy all that parkrun has to offer.
But a special well done to regular Burnley parkrunner and junior Nick Hennessey who celebrated a new best at Burnley last weekend.
Nick is in the age group 15-17 category, is a Clayton Harrier and has been doing the parkrun since January 2016.
108 of his 110 parkruns have been around the Towneley course and Nick is a popular member of the parkrun community.

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Nick Hennessey 2nd runner back
He only got a new pb of 17.15 a couple of weeks ago but this week smashed it with 16.52 and finished second overall.
It puts his age grading into over 80 per cent which, while not everyone know what it means - in simple terms, he is running well compared to runners all around the UK in his age category!
Just on this, there were three speedy ladies who are strong in their age categories.
Sue Burns’ age grading, in the 60-64 women’s category, was 88 per cent with her 21.57 on Saturday; Gail Brierley in the 65-69 category was 86 per cent with her 24.18 while Marie Christian, in the 70-74 category, ran 29.38 to put her age grading at 79 per cent. Wonder women!

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Super Vetran Sue Burns showing the men a clean pair of heals!
At parkrun, though, we know it’s not all about times and age gradings, it’s about progress, enjoyment and satisfaction whether you are near the front, middle or back.
After the heatwave however, it must have been perfect weather for running on Saturday as, despite the drizzle, out of the 359 runners who finished, over 70 celebrated new bests.
We also had quite a lot of first timers at Burnley – 30 in fact turned up to make their Towneley debut - and a number of these were runners who were doing their first ever parkrun.
We hope they return as parkrun is for club runners like Nick and also for runners who want to get a Saturday morning work-out, test themselves a little, see their friends and then have a well-deserved latte after among a close-knit community. PB’s are great but not essential!

 
 

Roll of honour

(Full results here)
This weeks rapid runners are -

Overall

  • 1st Callum Davidson (Ribble Valley Harriers) 16:38
  • 2nd Nicholas Hennessey (Clayton Harriers) 16:52 PB
  • 3rd Unknown Runner - Don't forget your barcode!!!

 

Ladies

  • 1st Amanda Stirling (Keighley & Craven) 21:52
  • 2nd Susan Burns (Unattached) 21:57
  • 3rd Rachel Holt (Burnley Athletic) 22:20 PB

 
 

Milestones


 

Congratulations to Carol Reilly and Bill Duff on reaching 50, runs keep up the good work, next stop 100.

 

 

Facebook Page

Burnley parkrun has an offical Facebook page why not take a look at https://www.facebook.com/burnleyparkrun
 

Keep up to date with all the latest news and photos with our new Facebook page

 
 

Latest photos

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Flickr Photo Album (Here).

Facebook Photo Album(Here)

Many thanks to those of you who contribute, please keep doing it as it really helps us keep the website going.
 

Keep up to date

 
Don't forget - as well as the website www.parkrun.org.uk/burnley you can keep up to date with the latest information about Burnley parkrun by following us on Twitter @Burnleyparkrun or visit our Facebook Page

 

New Year’s Day Parkrun at Burnley

Burnley Parkrun will be hosting a run on New Years Day at 10am so you can start the new year as you mean to go on.
We look forward to seeing you there

 

Run number 311 – 7th July 2018


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Event number 311

 
358 Runners
 
Welcome to 11 First Timers
 
Well done on 44 Personal Bests
 

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My parkrun family (by Ian Enticott)


 
There’s something about the camaraderie at parkrun that makes us feel like one big family. Familiar faces turn up regularly, and some healthy rivalries develop. We can even have a laugh over the announcements: “Remember it’s a race, not a run … I mean a run, not a race”. Well, maybe that was last week – the events begin to blur a little. The temperature was already climbing to 18° C by the time we got underway, rather too warm for running. It reminds me of some of the runs I have been on when working in East Africa – but there I would start before the sun came up to make sure I was finished well before the heat of the day. There was a welcome water station at the end, though - which spurred at least one runner on to the finish.

I guess like many people I got back in to running about seven years ago when the doctor tut-tutted over my cholesterol levels and high blood pressure combined with a bit of excess weight and told me to deal with it by diet and exercise or go on statins. Well, I had been a keen runner at school, especially once I found out I could do a six-mile cross-country run instead of standing around on a football field! I even got the school record for the 10,000 metres. So, running it was. It gets easier as you carry on, believe me – yes, even the First-timer who at the end of the run this week, when I asked them how they felt now said, “Awful”. It is the health benefits that keep me motivated to keep up with the running.  It isn’t that long since I was puffing along at the back of the group, so I usually try and offer some encouragement to those jogging and walking the route, especially those who are managing to stay just ahead of our Tail Walker Anthony Hudson.

I did my first parkrun in Leamington in 2013, but never really got into it until moving to Accrington four years ago and coming along to Burnley parkrun the week I arrived. I seem to have developed a bit of a rivalry with Zahir Mohammed – we both got a PB a few years ago, but his was one second ahead of mine. It has been a long time coming – but we finally spurred each other on to both set a new PB a few weeks ago, and I have a few seconds on him now as I also broke 22 minutes. He has passed me on the number of runs completed though. In my head I come every week – but it has taken me four years to get to my 100th parkrun today. 

The last few years have also seen my own parkrun family grow. My daughter, Mairi English comes along with husband Jonathan English, and now his brother Robert, mum, Susan, and more recently his dad, Andrew English. My sister-in-law Kate Wilson has also joined us on several occasions. The group at Hyndburn parkrun have tried to get me to transfer my allegiance there – it is closer after all, but Burnley still feels like my own parkrun family. I might not know many of you by name, but I do recognise many of the regulars.
 
 

Roll of honour

(Full results here)
This weeks rapid runners are -

Overall

  • 1st Danny Collinge (Burnley AC) 18:04
  • 2nd Daniel Bennett (Rochdale Harriers & AC) 18:06
  • 3rd Courtney Smyth (Unattached) 18:17

 

Ladies

  • 1st Helana White (Clayton-le-Moors Harriers) 19:29 PB
  • 2nd April Thorpe (Unattached) 20:12
  • 3rd Helen Armitage (Sale Harriers Manchester) 20:42 1st Timer

 
 

Milestones


 

Congratulations to junior parkrunner Euan Logue on completing 10 parkruns and to Jonty Taylor on reaching 50 runs.
Well done to Ian Enticott and Andy Quinn on becoming the latest Burnley parkrunners to join the 100 club.

 

Facebook Page

Burnley parkrun has an offical Facebook page why not take a look at https://www.facebook.com/burnleyparkrun
 

Keep up to date with all the latest news and photos with our new Facebook page

 
 

Latest photos

We now have photos on our official Facebook page as well as our Flickr album please see below for links to these pages

Flickr Photo Album (Here).

Facebook Photo Album(Here)

Many thanks to those of you who contribute, please keep doing it as it really helps us keep the website going.
 

Keep up to date

 
Don't forget - as well as the website www.parkrun.org.uk/burnley you can keep up to date with the latest information about Burnley parkrun by following us on Twitter @Burnleyparkrun or visit our Facebook Page

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