Run number 374 – 5th October 2019

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Event number 374

346 Runners

Welcome to 28 First Timers

Well done on 53 Personal Bests

Note: If you are new to Burnley parkrun please be aware that there is a £1.50 charge for car parking. The pay stations only only accept coins and do not give change.

What does parkrun mean to me? Antoinette's story

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What does parkrun mean to me? Everything. I love it. In fact, I think I am addicted to it!

Why do I feel this way? 8 years ago, at the age of 48, I had a stroke following a road traffic accident. It affected my right side and I was in hospital for 5 weeks. I was off work for 9 months and my life had suddenly changed. I became frustrated with how things were as I had always been quite active. Not a super athlete but I enjoyed walking and aerobics. I wasn't able to do the things I used to do but I knew I had to start doing some kind of exercise, so I chose running as I could manage to run straight. The stroke had affected my balance and my right arm and leg were weaker so aerobics was a no no. I had no confidence in exercising any more.

I started training to complete my first parkrun in 2012. A friend introduced me to a book called "Running Made Easy" and I completed my first parkrun in Walsall Arboretum on November 5th 2012, whilst visiting family.

Since then I completed parkruns locally, on and off, until 2016, always considering Burnley to be my home run. Not for want of trying I never seemed to make great progress. I started to put weight on and generally didn't feel well. On one occasion in 2016 I went for a run with my husband and felt very unwell. I lost co-ordination, felt very weak and could hardly walk. After visiting the doctor and lots of investigations I was found to have a benign tumour in my pancreas - called an insulinoma, which caused my blood sugars to drop dangerously low. It had to be removed, so I underwent major surgery in March of 2018.

When I recovered I decided that I had to try and do parkrun as I had gained over 2 stones in weight and needed to get fit. "Running Made Easy" came out AGAIN and I completed my first parkrun in 2 years on 11th August 2018 with my husband, sister and some friends completing it with me. I have to thank Graham, (husband), Jackie, (sister) and friends Bev and Gill for their encouragement and being my running buddies.

I have lost weight, got fitter and made new friends, and grown in confidence.

Today I completed my 60th parkrun and am planning to run the Rochdale 10k next Sunday.

This is my parkrun story. So many other people have their stories to tell and I know it has changed peoples lives for the better.

A massive "thank you" for being there each week. It means so much to so many people, hope you realise just how much

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Antoinette Edge

 

Burnley parkrun #374 summary by Josh Hall

It was a fresh, crisp morning this Saturday which was perfect for setting new personal bests unlike last week when the poor gazebo lost its legs due to the extreme weather conditions . Luke Turner was the first finisher of this week’s run in a fantastic time of 17:41 followed in by close second Darren Shackelton in a time of 17:50. A special mention to Thomas Pickering who completed his 100th Parkrun today.
This week 349 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 53 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Jill LONGSHAW • Dany ROBSON • Marion WILKINSON • Karen HOLLAND • Gary MOORE • Darren HOLLAND • Peter BLACKLEDGE • Kevin DAVIES • Andrew HOLLAS • Andy BRADLEY • Antoinette EDGE • Anthony HUDSON • Jack MCGUIRE • Craig HOLDSWORTH • Jo OLIVER • Peter HAYLER • Andy LAMB • Pam BUCKEL • Michael BYRNE • Josh HALL • Julie BITHELL • Mark WALSH • Andrew PORTER • Colin BOWERY • Jonathan ENGLISH • Denise SYKES

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Burnley parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Laura HESKETH who recorded a time of 17:01 on 9th September 2017 (event number 272).
The male record is held by Chris HOLDSWORTH who recorded a time of 15:16 on 6th October 2018 (event number 324).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sue PRENTON who recorded 95.46% (20:55) on 25th March 2017 (event number 248).

Burnley parkrun started on 2nd June 2012. Since then 10,956 participants have completed 94,755 parkruns covering a total distance of 473,775 km, including 18,115 new Personal Bests. A total of 569 individuals have volunteered 6,117 times.

Roll of honour

(Full results here)
This weeks rapid runners are -

Overall

  • 1st Luke Turner (Clayton Harriers) 17:41
  • 2nd Darren Shackleton (Todmorden Harriers) 17:46
  • 3rd Daniel Flemming (Clayton Harriers) 18:01

 

Ladies

  • 1st Amanda Stirling (Keighley and Craven) 21:50
  • 2nd Eve Hartley (Pendle AC) 22:03
  • 3rd Leila Smithirst (Trawden AC) 23:11 Junior

Milestones


 

Congratulations to Linda Jones, Gillian Camm, Marcus Greenwood, Andy Nuttall and James Austin for completing 50 parkruns last Saturday.
A warm welcome to the 100 club goes to Thomas Pickering who also bagged a PB.

 

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

 

15 years of parkrun

As parkrun celebrates turning 15 at the start of October we ask what does parkrun mean to you.

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Karen and her husband Darren have been with Burnley parkrun since its humble beginnings, she reflects on what it means to them
 

So what does it mean to us?

As many of you know when Marion Wilkinson asks you to do something there are not many people who will say no. So when Marion asked us to help out every now and again on a Saturday morning to help get new people running in Burnley we both agreed. Who knew where that simple request would lead to?

We had both been at the start of the SOS running group which was and still is a running group which is formed of runners of various abilities that run socially together and is formed of various club and none club runners so we were both very comfortable with the concept of various abilities running together. We had however never heard of parkrun so had no idea what we were letting ourselves in for.

From thinking we would be making ourselves available every now and again parkrun had an immediate unexpected effect on both our lives, we were suddenly in charge of a free weekly event that was happening every Saturday at 9am. The laptop was given to us and we had a core team to make it work, Marion, Gary, and Paul as well as ourselves. Basically get on with it, you will be fine and surprisingly we were and Burnley is now a hugely successful event for the size of the town. Since then every town around us has set up an event after runner attending Burnley parkrun.

Suddenly organising volunteer rosters, checking the route, processing results, answering emails and then dealing with the social media aspects became part of our daily lives not just an hour or so now and again on a Saturday morning which is what we were expecting but looking back we would not change this, it has been an amazing journey to be part of.

It has been a fabulous experience for both of us, the start of parkrun happened around the same time that our son was leaving home to go to university so we had more time on our hands than we had previously and it gave us the opportunity to meet some wonderful people. People that have since become friends and we have seen that happen amongst many, many of our parkrun family.
Since we started the very first event on the second of June 2012 over ten thousand different people have joined us to run around the beautiful Towneley park and gardens with many of them returning time and time again covering in total 470,950km and achieving over eighteen thousand PB’S.

So many of our runners started unable to run 5k but have since completed every distance imaginable from 10k right through to Marathon’s and beyond. They have joined clubs and raced all over the country, some prefer the social side and just run for fun and personal achievements but everyone is welcome at parkrun.

We both genuinely love being part of the Burnley parkrun family but it is hard at times, there is at least one time every winter when we wonder why we do this. The core parkrun volunteer team genuinely believe that Towneley is the coldest place on earth in winter. When it is sub-zero with the wind chill factor freezing you to the core those two hours setting up the course and then cheering the runners/walkers on and then trying to be just as enthusiastic at 10am when the last runner comes through it is really tough. The next time you sit in your car until ten to nine and then dash to the start then finish and go for your coffee or back to your warm car spare a moment’s thought for the marshalls still out on the course.

Of course we do love it and it is so much fun to be part of, we have had so many memorable days at Towneley, lots of silly fancy dress, one of our favourites was our 118th run when we dressed lots of people up as 118 guys. We celebrate our runners every year on our anniversary but as parkrun turns fifteen we reflect what parkrun means to us and ask you to share what parkrun means to you?


So what does parkrun mean to you? why not tell us your story? We really want to hear it.

You can contact the Burnley parkrun team by sending an email to burnley@parkrun.com

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

Facebook Photo Album(Here)

Flickr 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 369 – 31st August 2019

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Event number 369
 
372 Runners
 
Welcome to 24 First Timers
 
Well done on 23 Personal Bests

 
 

My running journey - by Julie Bithell

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Read Julies account of how parkrun helped her on her running journey
 

My running journey started in April 2016 after being inspired by the London Marathon. My daughter encouraged me to register for parkrun and have a go, so I registered and turned up at Towneley parkrun the following week feeling very nervous, wearing leggings, t shirt, sweater, with a waterproof in a backpack, along with a banana and a bottle of water! I was equipped for a day’s walking, not running twice around the park!

I stood at the back and after we started running and I had run(staggered) half way down the avenue, I was desperate to stop and catch my breath! I couldn’t believe how difficult this running lark was! But I was hooked. It took me at least 3 months to run the 5k without stopping.......a massive achievement and a real cause for celebration. I told everyone who wanted to listen – “I’ve run it all without stopping”.

I talked to anyone who was a runner and got loads of hints and tips about running and read tons of books. When I first started parkrun my time was 46.44 but I can now, on a good day, run a sub 32, just about. I’m not a fast runner, but I’m not the slowest either, and the amazing support from the running community has been, and continues to be, incredible.
In the last 3 years I’ve run 142 parkruns, lots of 10ks and 4 half marathons, but more importantly, made lifelong friendships along the way.

This year I celebrated my 60th birthday, and felt I wanted to mark it in some way, besides the usual party/drinking/dancing thing. So I set myself the challenge of completing the Pendle and Burnley Grand Prix – 14 races from April to August on road, trail and fell. Never having run fell before, I thought, how hard can it be! Well...........it was hard, bloody hard! Running up hills!!Yes running up hills, or in my case staggering and walking, being battered relentlessly by the wind and rain!! Stopping to wipe my glasses every 2 minutes, loosing my footing and swearing.....a lot! Telling myself, I’m never doing this again. But, like they say on Mastermind, I’ve started so I’ll finish......and I did. All 14 races on road trail and fell, and I became a Grand Slammer.
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Julie completed all 14 races which make up the Pendle and Burnley Grand Prix
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Running is hard. Running is wonderful! Running is life enhancing. The people you meet whilst running are supportive, kind and generous. But the most important thing for a runner is cake and lots of it, and also coffee! And having a laugh with your friends on a Saturday morning who were strangers to begin with, and who, for me, are now some of my best friends.
The parkrun family welcomes everyone, whatever your ability, be you a runner or volunteer; you can take from it what you want and also give to it what you can. And so it ticks many boxes for many people at many levels and is therefore, to my mind, the most perfect way to spend Saturday mornings, you won’t regret it! And you may challenge yourself in ways you never thought possible, I know I did!
Julie Bithell

 
 

parkrun - the next generation

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Whilst Julie Bithell is fyling the flag for the verteran runners this young fellow is just starting out on his running career. Dylan Cox took on his first parkrun along side mum Rachel who completed her 100th run on Saturday 24th.

Approaching a significant milestone, I wondered how the best way would be to celebrate. My 7 year old who started Burnley Junior parkrun last year had been asking about doing the 'big' parkrun so we decided he would do his 1st when I did my 100th.

One of the things I've always loved about parkrun is how this amazing free event brings together people of all ages. Babies and toddlers being pushed along in running buggies, children, teenagers, young adults, parents and grandparents to name a few. Out of a field of 367 runners at this week's Burnley parkrun, 11 children under 11 completed 5k with 3 of them running for the very first time. I used to love cross country running at school, but I'm not sure I would have been out of bed for 9am on a Saturday morning when I was the same age. Each and every one ran superbly on a day when the sun beat down and we all craved the shade.

It's rare to find a sport where adults and children can take part together but parkrun has definitely provided this brilliant opportunity. And the fabulous volunteers at Burnley make sure it happens week in, week out. My son was really excited to recognise one of the regular Junior parkrun marshalls on the course. I made sure he learnt one of the most valuable parkrun lessons; to shout 'thank you marshall' every time we went past.

I was pleased to see regular runner Richard Lawson, so I could introduce my son to the person who first got my interested in running over 30 years ago. Mr Lawson (as I feel more comfortable calling him) was my junior school teacher who also trained the cross country team. We spent many winter lunchtimes running up Crown Point in the cold and rain, a far cry from today's beautiful weather. Frustratingly I consistently finish behind him most weeks, and today was no different. I hope my son is just as inspired by him as I always have been.

I loved our run together, making my milestone all the more special. Predictably in the last 20 metres he dug deep to sprint off and leave me in the dust. I'm hoping the parkrun seed has been well and truly sown. Seeing as he has already asked me if he can do it again, I'd say the next generation is already in the making.

Rachel Cox

Roll of honour

(Full results here)
This weeks rapid runners are -

Overall

  • 1st Marc Hartley (Barlick Fell Runners) 17:38
  • 2nd Ian Beresford (Barlick Fell Runners) 17:46
  • 3rd Unknown Runner

 

Ladies

  • 1st Helana White (Clayton Harriers) 20:04
  • 2nd Rachael Gavin (Blackburn Harriers) 21:20
  • 3rd Joanna Hooker (Unattached) 22:45

 
 

Milestones


 

Congratulations to Marc Hartley on completing his 50th parkrun and to Mark Whittaker, Gary Dawes, Jacqueline Shaw and Catherine Wormleighton on joining the parkrun 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

 

Run number 366 – 10th August 2019

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Event number 366
 
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.
 

 

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 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

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