Run number 311 – 7th July 2018


(Apologies for the late appearance of this post)



Event number 311

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

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Burnley parkrun 311 07 July 2018  Enticott parkrun family

 

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

 

Run number 304 – 19th May 2018


Event number 304

 
377 Runners
 
Welcome to 21 First Timers
 
Well done on 80 Personal Bests
 

 
 

A spectators view

One of the joys of parkrun is the positive support and encouragement our runners get from the spectators. The spectators and volunteers help create the special atmosphere that keep our runners motivated and coming back week after week. We often get reports and stories from our runners but this week we have a report from one of our regular spectators Rachel Hollas. Rachel is at Burnley parkrun most weeks supporting her husband Andrew and daughter Chloe, and of course everyone else who runs.


Chloe Hollas
 
Notching up her 141st run

 


 


When my husband announced 6 years ago, that he was going to go to Towneley for a parkrun, at 9am on Saturday morning, I was not particularly enthusiastic. I’ve watched Andy running for many years but races ususally start at about 11am (messing up the whole day!) The first few times he went I stayed in bed but he kept coming home raving about this ‘parkrun.’ Of course – in true Andy style – part of his enthusiasm was due to the fact that it was free! The rest, he insisted, was due to the atmosphere, camaraderie and organisation – all of which was coordinated by volunteers. So I went down to see what the fuss was about.
 
In six years, the parkrun has grown immensely with more and more people taking part, including our daughter Chloe. I myself have never actually done a parkrun. I know that this is probably the wrong forum to admit this but running just isn’t for me! I have done a few Race For Life runs in my time but I never got the ‘buzz’ that everyone talks about from running. I never got that urge to go for a run – and worse still – I never lost weight from running. In fact, when the consultant looking at my knee announced that there must be no impact sports, I’m not going to lie, I sent up a quick prayer of thanks!
 
However, what I do get a buzz from is being a parkrun spectator. Each Saturday, I stand at the bottom of the avenue. Us spectators have our own little routines which most of you runners are completely unaware of. We generally start by commenting on the weather, then we squint up the avenue and speculate about how many runners there are and whether or not the attendance record will be broken. As the runners swarm towards us, we look to see who is running this week and who is in an early lead. Then I start scanning the hordes of runners to spot Chloe and Andy. Of course, there is a strict rule, set by Gary Moore, that you can’t say ‘Well done’ to people at this point of the run, as they have only just started!
 
Once all the participants have passed through this first stage, the comedy duo that is Andy Bradley and Gary Moore, spring into action to undertake the task of setting out the cones. Gary is meticulous in his duty of putting the cones in an extremely straight line, often stopping part way through to crouch down and check they are in the correct position. This task is complicated by Andy, who follows behind nudging the cones out of line. Well, we’ve got to entertain ourselves somehow whilst we’re waiting for you runners to emerge from behind the changing rooms.
 
Then the real fun begins. As crowds of runners pass, we begin cheering, clapping, congratulating and encouraging people on their effort so far. Some people say thank you, some give a thumbs up, some smile and some grimace – which I like to think of as a smile! Then I start taking note of who is actually passing and judging from them when Chloe and Andy will be coming through. There is an exchange of banter as they pass and then more shouts of congratulations and encouragement to everyone else.
 
Watching 400 plus people running through the beautiful setting of Towneley Park is quite a sight to behold. The effort, enthusiasm and determination from everyone involved is fab.
 
I might never have run a parkrun but I still love it!

 
 

Roll of honour

(Full results here)
This weeks rapid runners are -

Overall

  • 1st Callum Holmes (Clayton Harriers) 17:33 PB
  • 2nd Ryan Bradshaw (Clayton Harriers) 17:52 PB
  • 3rd Jonathan Pye (Worsthorne Runners) 18:09

 

Ladies

  • 1st April Thorpe (Unattached) 20:01 PB
  • 2nd Rebecca James (Todmorden Harriers) 22:58 PB
  • 3rd Amelia Halstead (Clayton Harriers) 23:08 PB

 
 

Milestones


 

Congratulations to junior parkrunner Sam Guest on completing 10 parkruns and to Mark Walsh and Gabrielle Feltell on reaching 50 runs.
Well done to Neil Worthington on becoming the latest Burnley parkrunner to join the 100 club.

Whilst not strictly a milestone, a special mention goes to junior runner Annabel Wilcock on recently completing her 200th parkrun, all of them at Burnley.

 


Annabel Wilcock - then and now!
 

Run number 1 in 2013 (left)
 
Run number 200 in 2018 (right)

 

 

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 301 – 28th April 2018


Event number 299

 
400 Runners
 
Welcome to 35 First Timers
 
Well done on 105 Personal Bests
 

 
 

The life of a pacer

With pacing week coming up how appropriate that we should receive this insight from regular parkrunner and pacer Carl Carey.

 


 

Burnley Parkrun- Life of a pacer!

Seeing how its coming up to 100 park runs since I first started doing the Burnley park run in July 2014, which was also my first ever run, as it was for Judith my wife, I thought it would be interesting to do a report from a pacers point of view, what we think of, how we prepare and the highs and lows of a Saturday morning!

When I did my first run in 2014, I did it in a time of 33 minutes. I thought I was going to die! First words I remember on that blurry day was of our beloved race director Karen. “Did you enjoy that?”
My reply was nearly unintelligible as I could hardly breathe!
After that, we were away the following Saturday, but came back after that, with a determination on our part to get better! Which we did, i’m pleased to say, and we’re still trying to do even better!
Fast forward a few years, having knocked minutes off my time, I tentatively volunteered to pace, wanting to help Burnley Parkrun as much as it had helped me, and hoping to not let anyone down with a wrong time. Having enjoyed the experience, I now try to volunteer whenever I can, and enjoy seeing peoples faces when they realise they have a shiny new PB!
So, to the present: Preparing to pace! When the email comes, I try to reply straight away and get a pacing time thats easy to set my watch to! Also, that pesky Paul Marsden usually gets in there early, so have to get my name in quick!
Email fired back to Karen, yes i’m available to pace, can I do 28 or 30 etc and then wait for the reply. Now, whoever the race director is during that week usually doesn’t answer the emails until Thursday, so I also try to remember to ask which time i’m confirmed to be doing so that I can set my trusty watch. And then to be patient. We all have day jobs after all!
Yes! Confirmed! 30 minutes pace it is! Now to set my watch , lets see, 5k, thats 6 minutes a kilometre (checking on google in case i’m wrong..) just a few days to go before Saturday.
Friday night checklist: Watch, check. Trainers, check. Running top, check. Barcode (mustn’t forget that!) check. Socks, check. Buff (also known as comfort blanket) check. But what if it rains? Running jacket just in case, check. Think thats it. Going through my list, checking my alarm is ready, check. Somethings missing. Looking at the list again… Shorts! Or if its cold and raining, running pants. That would’ve been embarrassing…
The morning of Parkrun comes, i’m up earlier than I would be, getting myself ready go. Trying to rush my wife, gets greeted with a stern look as its only 8am. Ok, I’ll make sure everything else is ready (this was all pre daughters by the way) then finally, we (Judith) are ready to go!
We set off from home, I switch on my trusty Garmin watch to make sure it gets its signal before we get to Towneley otherwise lots of waving arm in the air/panic/switch-off/switch-on, and then we’re there. Check watch, its working, remembered to put Car Park pass in so not to get a ticket, off to the team briefing and to pick up my number!
Gets the number, decides to warm up a bit and get ready to go. At the start, this seems strange to everyone but I like to get as close to the gate as possible when i’m pacing, otherwise my timing will be off by the time i’m finished. So if I start further back, the distance will be longer (sometimes it can take 15 seconds to get through the gate) so my projected time of 6 minutes per Km will be inaccurate. Cue the strange looks and comments as i’m going down the avenue in front of some of the faster pacers! But i’m calm, checking i’m doing my 6 minute pace, assuring people it’ll sort itself out, theres 5K to do yet. Lets get past this runner, he’s doing really well but he’s holding me up. Don’t want to have to speed up to maintain time! By the time i’m down by the river, the faster pacers have overtook me and everyone is in their natural order. Sorted! Now to keep in time!
The 2Km marker comes up and I check my watch. About 15 seconds too fast. I slow, not wanting to lose people watching the number on my back. There, steady now. Constantly asked if i’m on time, to which I reply yes, well done, keep going! Remembering to encourage people, as it makes them feel good (well, it does me) and then I get to the crossroads. Shouts of encouragement from the marshals and spectators always encourages me to speed up, but I can’t on this occasion, I need to keep the pace! Its around this distance that I tend to find myself either catching people who set off too fast, or being on my own for a bit. Depending on what time you pace at, it can be a bit lonely being a pacer, until the end, when everyone suddenly sees the end in sight and goes for it! Even then it’s hard to resist the urge to sprint to the finish!
Back down to the river, looking at my watch and nearly run into someone who’s dog is going to the toilet, about 10 seconds slower, need to bring it back to 6 minute pace. Runner with dog passes me, and I remember when our dog could run with us….pushing my sad memory aside, I concentrate on doing my job, getting to 30 minutes on the time required. I finally get to the bottom of the avenue for the last time, going up and passing people who are now feeling it and slowing, but still pushing on! Shouts of well done and nearly there almost go unnoticed as they concentrate on trying to breathe getting up this beast of an avenue (i’m sure it gets steeper as we go up it for the last time) I start having doubts about whether i’m speeding up the avenue as I seem to be passing a lot of people...a quick glance at my watch reassures me the pace is the same, its the other athletes who are slowing down, making me seem quick. Going down towards the bandstand for the last time, I steal a glance behind me to see if I can see people who has stayed with me. There’s 3 or 4, and I quickly look at my watch to see what time i’m at. 20 seconds quicker. Arrgghh! I slow down a bit, but not too much to make it obvious, but making sure i’m still on time. The trick I pull here is to let them catch me, then quietly speed up, unknown to them, so that they stay with me, and they then try to keep in front of me. It works! I’m shouting that i’m catching them so don’t slow down, there’s the finish line! They speed up, thinking they’re just in front of the 30 minute pacer when in reality they’re 30 seconds or more quicker by the time I finish! It works, and 4 people have shiny new PB’s! One of the cheeky timekeepers suggest I need to go around again as I don’t look tired, but thats part of the fun.
The best thing? When other runners come up to you and thank you for getting them there. But really, they’ve done all the effort, so well done to them! Parkrun has done so much for me and Judith, the least we can do is give a bit back. All i’m doing is what I enjoy, and thats whats good about Parkrun. All of us who volunteer, whether we run, marshal, scan your barcodes or hand out the finish tokens in all sorts of weather, we enjoy seeing people achieve, whether they’re doing it for the first time or the hundredth time, quick, slow, it doesn’t matter. Theres no last places at Park Run, only finishers!

 

 

Roll of honour

(Full results here)
This weeks rapid runners are -

Overall

  • 1st Luke Turner (Clayton Harriers) 17:10 PB
  • 2nd Danny Collinge (Burnley AC) 17:12
  • 3rd Callum Holmes (Clayton Harriers) 17:44 PB

 

Ladies

  • 1st Helana White (Clayton Harriers) 19:37 PB
  • 2nd Rachel Villiers (Barlick Fell Runners) 20:01 PB
  • 3rd Sophie Ashworth (Clayton Harriers) 22:56 PB

 
 

Milestones


 

Congratulations to Keith Parkinson and Gareth Berry on completing 50 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 299 – 14th April 2018


Event number 299

 
435 Runners
 
Welcome to 48 First Timers
 
Well done on 88 Personal Bests
 

 
 

Saturday was a great warm up for our upcoming 300th Burnley parkrun. We had a massive turnout of 435 runners which is our 3rd largest attendance since we began, there was also stunning run by Callum Davidson of Rossendale Harriers who blasted round the course in 15:49 which is the 2nd faster time recorded and new personal best for Callum. We suspect he was keen to get to the Co-op van to get his box of goodies! So after a great warm up and a fantastic weather forecast for Saturday lets make our 300th run Red Hot. We also had a couple of great runs from 2 of our juniors girls, Sophie Stanworth and Sophie Answorth finishing 1st and 3rd ladies across the line.
 
 

A quick word from the boss!

 


 

My name is Karen Holland and most of you will know me as the bossy lady who shouts a lot at parkrun. I have been involved in Burnley parkrun now since the very start which is very close to six years ago and on the 21st April we will celebrate our 300th Run when we will return for one week only to the very first route that we ran.

We are constantly having people join the parkrun family so I thought it was an appropriate time to talk to you all about what it is all about and what makes it work so well. parkrun is purely run by volunteers at every run throughout the country but what does that mean for Burnley parkrun?
 
Every single week myself or Tom sends an email out to anyone that has agreed to be on the volunteer mailing list, this email is the initial cog in the wheel for the week that starts the process to make the run on Saturday work. We then rely on enough people responding to this email and kindly agreeing to join the volunteer team for the coming Saturday. We then go through the replies and put a roster together for the approaching Saturday, this is then sent to all the volunteers that have agreed to help. Regular runners are asked to consider volunteering three times a year to help support their local parkrun, this does not necessarily mean giving up the run, you can help set up, write the run report or pace so there are a number of options.
 
Once we have enough volunteers there is the equipment prep, charging the barcodes and the sound system, checking the times, washing the volunteer vests and pacing tops and answering all the emails that have come through. We also try and keep on top of the Social media pages with the help of Darren who works hard to reply to all queries and comments.
 
On Saturday the team are all on site from 8:15 walking the course and putting out all the KM markers and sign posts throughout the course. The volunteer brief takes place at 8:45 and then everyone gets into position to support everyone throughout the run safety being of paramount importance to all the marshals. Scanning and timing are always the roles that people are initially nervous about as they seem the most technical but we are constantly inundated with volunteers to scan once they have done it once and it is the most popular job at parkrun. This is because you get to speak to every runner and find out their name although many of you will never remember who scanned you as everyone’s brains seem to fail for that brief time following the run.
 
The volunteers always stay until the tail runner comes over the line showing as much enthusiasm for the last finisher as they do for the first three hundred, it is definitely the taking part that is most important at parkrun. They then put everything away and the results are processed and photo’s uploaded on to the face book page. Any queries regarding times or places we try and deal with as soon as possible as we know how important this is to everyone.
 
So come and join us please week after week and enjoy your run, whether it takes you 20 minutes or 60 minutes take a few seconds to think about the team of volunteers that have given up their time for no better reason but to see you all run, smile and participate in a fabulous community event.

 

 

Roll of honour

(Full results here)
This weeks rapid runners are -

Overall

  • 1st Callum Davidson (Rossendale Harriers) 15:49 PB
  • 2nd Luke Turner (Clayton Harriers) 17:22 PB
  • 3rd Jonathan Pye (Worstthorne with Hurtswood) 18:17

 

Ladies

  • 1st Sophie Stanworth (Trawden AC) 21:58
  • 2nd Michelle Abbott (Clayton Harriers) 22:48
  • 3rd Sophie Ashworth (Clayton Harriers) 22:56

 
 

Milestones


 

Congratulations to Ian Clough on completing his 100th parkrun all of them run at Burnley!.

 
 

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 298 – 7th April 2018


Event number 298

 
323 Runners
 
Welcome to 42 First Timers
 
Well done on 57 Personal Bests
 

 
 

This weeks reports comes to you from Ed Lee

Chasing that PB

Almost four years to the day since I first ventured down to Burnley parkrun, I thought I'd have another go!

Most weeks I am to be found plodding around at the back of the field at Pendle parkrun, volunteering as tailwalker in a role fulfilled so admirably at Burnley most weeks by my old friend Anthony Hudson.

There were a number of reasons I decided on a change of venue for a week.

My mate, gym buddy and fellow Trawden AC runner John Thompson was clocking up his 100th parkrun, so I decided on a show of support.

Secondly I knew it was pacers week and I had a target in mind as my old PB needed sorting out.

And thirdly, and probably most importantly, by brother-in-law Steven Taylor needed putting in his place, having run a very respectable time on one fluky morning last year.

John duly got his shout out for his 100th run and congratulations should also go to Helen Nolan for her 50th.

Then it was time to get on with business!

My previous PB, which was on the current course, was exactly 26 minutes. I decided to find the 25 minute pacer and stick with him as long as possible: making sure I never got more than 100 metres behind him would ensure a shiny new PB.

Confusingly, after the second bend the 25 minute pacer was in front of the 24 minute guy, but they soon sorted themselves out and we settled into some fairly metronomic running.

Brother-in-law Steven was so close to the pacer that I thought they would have to get married before the end of the race, but I stayed in touch until just before the top of The Avenue the second time around when a niggling glute injury slowed me up for 20 paces, but then we were off down the hill and when we got to the final corner Steven and I were shoulder to shoulder with PBs in sight.

We drifted past the pacer and I joked with Anthony Hudson that I had lapped him for a change, meaning that it I am the person usually getting lapped as tailwalker across at Colne.

"Not yet you haven't" was his reply and set off like a four-year-old after an ice cream van. I managed to stay with him right to the line, clocked in at 24-40 for an 80 second PB and a nine second win over Steven who helped himself to a 24-49 PB. A well-paced effort that left us with just enough to nip in ahead of the pacer.

Typically I picked just about the only week that David Belshaw missed so there is no photographic evidence of my endeavours, but going sub-25 is one of those landmark runs you'll never forget.

It was really good to be back at Burnley for a change, friendly, well-organised welcoming and so, so busy.

In total 57 of us chalked up PBs and I can, in all honesty, tell you that I run at Pendle with less runners than that.

I usually try and turn up for some of the landmark events at Burnley and in a couple of weeks it is the 300th with a return to the original route: The Avenue three times, not unless someone buys me some new glutes beforehand!

Smashed it!
 
Ed Lee returns to Burnley parkrun to break 25 mninutes.


 
 

Roll of honour

(Full results here)
This weeks rapid runners are -

Overall

  • 1st Richard Stevenson (Clayton Harriers) 17:54
  • 2nd Daniel Fleming (Unattached) 18:45 PB
  • 3rd Michael Goodlife (Blackburn Road Runners) 19:51 PB

 

Ladies

  • 1st Phillippa Barrett (Wharfedale Harriers) 21:17
  • 2nd Michelle Abbott (Clayton Harriers) 22:22
  • 3rd Sarah Angelone (Clayton Harriers) 23:03

 
 

Milestones


 

Congratulations to Helen Nolan on completing her 50th parkrun and to John Thompson on becoming our latest parkrunner to join the 100 club.

 
 

Thank you pacers

A big thank you goes to our pacers who ran on Saturday, Burnley parkrun have a paced event on the first Saturday of the month.

We are are always after some help with the pacing, so if you are an experienced Burnley parkrunner and fancy having a go at being a pacer please get in touch.

To find out more about our pacers (Click here)

 
 

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 293 – February 24th 2018


Event number 293

 
360 Runners
 
Welcome to 18 First Timers
 
Well done on 76 Personal Bests
 

 
 

Thank you to Andrew Higson for this weeks report, telling his story of getting to 50 parkruns before reaching the age of 50.

50 before 50

On 21 January 2017 I set myself the challenge to complete 50 Parkruns before turning 50. It seemed like a reasonable challenge, one for the dim distant future.
Today I would be taking part in my 50th Parkrun; how time flies when you are doing Parkrun almost every week. Remembered the first: felt like an asthmatic snail crawling up a steep hill while carrying several bags of heavy shopping.
360 runners, which included 18 first timers, made their way to the start line. I took my place alongside Chris, he’s the one responsible for getting me running and coincidently was also doing his 50th Parkrun.
Go! Chris set off like a rat up a drainpipe. There was no way that I could match his cadence, so I mingled into the crowd to find my own pace.
The pack wended its way down the avenue, through the gate and towards the river. The ten layers of thermals and woolly hat were not enough to fend off the freezing wind.
An average pace, for me, was being sustained as 1K came and went. Trip, trap, trip, trap; over the bridge and down towards the crossroads.
The incline up the avenue towards Towneley Hall is always a test. It’s a good idea to try and focus on something else. Time to concentrate on the scenery and count the trees, branches and leaves. Obviously got too distracted as a gaggle of runners sprinted by.
The short downhill stretch offered some respite before the wind hit again at the end of lap one. It was great to hear shouts of encouragement to keep going.
Through the gate and towards the river, déjà vu; the path looks familiar. That’s 3K already. No idea of the time, forgot to set the watch at the start!
The legs aren’t moving as quickly at this stage. Thankfully no trolls appear as the bridge is crossed for the second time.
Great! - Test time again. A tractor invading the avenue is certainly a novel distraction technique. At this stage a lift would have been welcome, sadly he was going in the wrong direction.
Onward and downward, not far to go now. Time to try and increase the pace.
The final straight, nearly there. The finish line in sight. A competitor launches a sprint for the line. “Not today”, I think and counter-attack. Enough momentum is gained to win the duel. Finish line crossed. Missioned accomplished, 50 runs by the age of 50 with two weeks to spare.
Thanks to the organisers and volunteers who make Parkrun possible. Here’s to the next 50!

Mission accomplished!
 
Andrew Higson completed his 50th run on Saturday.


 
 

Roll of honour

(Full results here)
This weeks rapid runners are -

Overall

  • 1st Danny Collinge (Burnley AC) 17:25
  • 2nd Charlie Harding (Rochdale Harriers) 17:28
  • 3rd Nicholas Hennessey (Clayton Harriers) 17:42 PB

 

Ladies

  • 1st Helana White (Clayton Harriers) 20:29 PB
  • 2nd Nichola Moynihan (Hyndburn AC) 21:14
  • 3rd Lucy Pick (Rossendale Harriers) 21:36

 
 

Milestones


 

Congratulations to junior runner Freya Culbert on completing her 10th parkrun and to
Pete Jones,Dexta Thompson,Neil Holt,Christian Stevenson and Andrew Higson on completing 50 parkruns.

 
 

Pacers next Saturday

Don't forget Saturday is the first run of the month and therefore our pacers will running.
Following a pacer is great way for runners to improve their time so why not give it ago.

We are are always after some help with the pacing, so if you are an experienced Burnley parkrunner and fancy having a go at being a pacer please get in touch.

To find out more about our pacers (Click here)

 
 

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 291 and 292


Event number 292

 
275 Runners
 
Welcome to 18 First Timers
 
Well done on 36 Personal Bests
 
2 bromances in the air

 
 

Wet Wet Wet

I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes.

I'm currently injured so putting my name down to volunteer give me a chance to give something back to the regular runners and volunteers that make Parkrun so enjoyable. The title says it all the last 2 weeks have been Wet.

Roll back 10th February and this must have been one of the wettest and wildest days I can remember since i've been doing parkrun. I left the house with my youngest son Rhys who once he got out he turned around and said he wasn't running in the weather. Leaving me to drive down as I couldn't let anyone down. Walked up to the cross roads and joined the merry band of volunteers. The weather was relentless one runner turned up and asked if it had been cancelled to his dismay it hadn't. I was given finish tokens along with Diane so gave us a bit of time to give people encouragement. Down came the runners 205 hardy soles braving the conditions one in a vest and short shorts well thats brave. Buffs seemed to be the order of the day with a lot covering faces as the wind was so cold. The rain was nearly horizontal and the drag past the finish line must have been one hell of a drag. Caught a glimpse of a few regular runners and I think Chris O'brien had got himself confused with a number of laps he had to do due to the amount of fingers he kept holding up as he went past.

Right finish tokens lets try them with gloves on, not a chance. As the song by Wet Wet Wet goes “I FEEL IT IN MY FINGERS I FEEL IT IN MY TOES”, well yes we did and with the constant rain and wind I did also feel it in my toes. Diane did the first 50 I took over as she was very cold, one glove off one on, people coming across the line not slowing to chat like normal weeks, smiles all around high five to some of the kids pats on the back all round keep moving guys get warm, was my advice. Wrapped up and waterproofs were on and I did feel for some of the runners who crossed the line, one lady had been sick as she finished, on a day like this the weather conditions not only played a part with the run but everyone was looking out for each other, this was weather where someone if they were not careful could have started to suffer from hypothermia luckily no one did, I did think as I was wrapped up as I voluntered even though it was cold I wasn't soaked to the skin.

Take a bow every single runner and volunteer who took part in the event today, Karen posted on facebook she was extremly proud of everyone who took part.

Love is all around me, it's everywhere I go.

Move on 7 days and the weather the day before was fine and dry, I thought yes this is going to be better, Saturday morning walking home from work at 2am it was dry, great nice and dry, woke up at 8am yes it was raining well waterproofs on and wrap up again, Rhys even managed to get out this time. Walked up to the cross roads met up with the volunteers Tom gives me the job of scanning, a quick demonstation and a reassurance it will be fine. Again gives us plenty of time to give encouragement to the runners who came down and past.

This report is about some of the regular volunteers who you may or may not know. Andy Bradley, ususally on the flat bit just as you hit the corner. Gary Moore he's the guy at the bottom of the hill giving everyone encouragement and trying to talk to everyone at once. Tom Cosway one of the regular Run directors and Darren Holland he just gets around everywhere under the orders of his better half Karen.

As the title of this says Love is all around me its everywhere I go , now then I can see 2 bromances forming here, firstlty there is Andy and Gaz, they are clearly well suited with each other both can be seen stood together at the bottom arguing about how staright the cones are when they put them out and the constant banter between these 2 is very funny.
Past go the runners on the second lap I go over to the finish line and get another quick lesson from Darren in how Tom didn't show me correctly how to use the scanner. This brings me onto the second Bromance Darren and Tom, well it was like working with the Chuckle brothers on speed, firstly Darren was giving him grief regarding how wrong he had taught me and then all Tom wanted me to do next week was bring my handcuffs and handcuff Darren. This was the order of the morning constant banter between the pair. No one was safe from the pair but they saved most of their comments to abuse each other.

So watch this space when you go past them on your runs firstly look how straight the cones are and ask who put them out give them a score, and when you finish and Tom and Darren are together look for the cheeky boyish grins on their faces but just be prepared for a bit of mickey taking. When you are running now you can always sing the Wet Wet Wet song to them.

Seriously though the volunteers are great the banter and laughs they have between them make volunteering more enjoyable, I will be volunteering until my injury is healed. Now where are those handcuffs.

Well done all the runners who ran this week and it was good to see that there were more first timers which shows the popularity of Burnley parkrun.

Inseparable!
 
Darren and Tom enjoying quality time together away from parkrun.


 
 

Roll of honour

(Full results here)
This weeks rapid runners are -

Overall

  • 1st Matthew Mckay (Rossendale Harriers) 16:29
  • 2nd Benjamin Coop (Bury AC) 17:31 PB
  • 3rd Jonathan Wright (Todmorden Harriers) 18:14

 

Ladies

  • 1st Rachel Gavin (Blackburn Road Runners) 20:47
  • 2nd Charlotte Corrigan (Hyndburn AC) 21:14
  • 3rd Lucy Pick (Rossendale Harriers) 22:21

 
 

Milestones


 

Congratulations to Martin Taylor and Janette Hall on completing 50 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 290 – 3rd February 2018


Event number 290

 
345 Runners
 
Welcome to 45 First Timers
 
Well done on 59 Personal Bests
 

 
 

Much more rewarding!

Dany Robson is sidelined from running at the moment so decided to try her hand at volunteering for Burnley parkrun.

Thank you Dany for this insight into the highlights of volunteering.

I will admit, I prefer to run but I have go to say volunteering for a parkrun is so much more rewarding (well a PB time excepted!)

I am not allowed to run at the moment so decided to give something back. It was my third stint at volunteering but, for the second time, I was given the responsible job of 'scanning'. Eek. This means I am partly responsible if all you runners who flogged your way around to a good time don't have it recorded (I may get a pat on the back if I 'lose' any bad times though!) It's a big job - but some one has to do it.

It was great to see everyone set off down the hill and there were so many - there was even a pram race within the run itself.I just look and admire each and everyone who is doing it for their own reasons - everyone deserves so much credit for firstly getting up at such a ungodly hour on a Saturday morning.

The weather was mild, the supporters were cheery and the runners were superb.

The best thing with the scanning job is putting names to faces. Last week I had the excitement of scanning the barcode of world-wide opera singer Sean Ruane. Who knew they were running against (and maybe beating) someone of international fame? This week I spotted former Burnley player Phil Malley putting himself through his paces - but each and everyone who does it are heroes. Some can't talk at the end, some muster a smile and some are far too chatty - they need to try harder! It's also amazing where someone can hide a barcode - I won't go into that!

The Parkrun is an amazing event whether running or volunteering and, having stood back for a couple of weeks, I would urge people to have a go at all aspects of it to get the full all-round experience.

Just being part of it is a privilege.

 

Roll of honour

(Full results here)
This weeks rapid runners are -

Overall

  • 1st Calumn Holmes (Clayton Harriers) 18:09
  • 2nd Marc Hartley (Barlick Fell Runners) 18:19
  • 3rd Luke Turner (Clayton Harriers) 18:19

 

Ladies

  • 1st Lucy Pick (Rossendale Harriers) 22:13
  • 2nd Vanessa Hamlet (Rossendale Tri Club) 22:36
  • 3rd Pauline Beer (Unattached) 22:56

 
 

Milestones


 

Congratulations to Justin Birtwistle and Glen Parry on completing 50 parkruns.

Sprint finish!
 
Justin Birtwistle (In red) on his way to 50 parkruns.


 
 

Thank you pacers

Thank you to those who helped with the pacing on Saturday, we have pacers at the first run of the month and we can always do with a little more help.
Pacing is a great way to combine running and volunteering so why not give it a go.

To find out more about our pacers (Click here)

 
 

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 266 – 29th July 2017


Event number 266

 
356 Runners
 
Welcome to 44 First Timers
 
Well done on 58 Personal Bests
 

 
 

One and a half tons

On Saturday 22nd July Chris O'Brien completed his 150th parkrun and in his usual self-deprecating style relates the tale in the following report

Its official, since my 1st parkrun in June 2013, my stature has increased, and I am now a 1 and a half Ton runner. And I couldn’t be happier to be honest. Sounds like a lot?? Well it is a lot. 1 and a half Tons of anything is a lot, and it takes a lot of energy and commitment to get to 1 and a half Tons I can tell you!
 
But before you call the fire brigade and have me air lifted out of the house via the roof, don’t panic, my rotund profile is still just slim enough to squeeze out of the front door every Saturday morning, so I can drive to Towneley Park, where I can admire other Park Runners with significantly more Tons than I have!
 
And to think, I almost didn’t even run my 150th Park Run last Saturday. A niggling hamstring, bad back, and a bottle wine, convinced me that my 150th anniversary would have to wait for a week (maybe 2). So as usual, when not running (remember it’s a run not a race!) , I attended to volunteer instead.
 
As I approached the organisers, the look of disgust on the faces of Karen and Darren when they saw me was similar to the look I got from Julie Hargreaves when as a 15yr old yoof I turned up to our first (and last) date, with an unlanced boil right in the middle of my forehead. On this occasion it was because I was wearing a volunteer vest, and the look made me shiver!!
Karen “what do you think you are doing?” Myself “volunteering to marshal Karen. It is after all very important to give something back to the event, after all, if we all ran every week, and never marshalled, the whole process would fail, and we would have no more parkruns. The ethos of parkrun is one of a community spirit. We can only get out of the run, what we put into the run. Why did you ask?” Karen “we have brought cupcakes for you to celebrate your 150 runs”
Myself “Ok, I will go and put my shorts on!!!”
 
Clearly cupcakes are far more important than community spirit. They are after all, a cure for hamstring niggles, bad backs and hangovers!!
And so to the run…… well to say I took it easy was an understatement. I didn’t want to ruin my appetite after all……
I recall clearly the feeling of my ego swelling, as several people were pointing pointing at me on the way around, their smiles and laughter was, I thought clearly due to my status as a 150 runner. This proved not to be the case, when on lap 2, Jack the marshal pointed out to me that I had left my Nike festival hat on, and for 2 miles looked like I was on the run from a Stone Roses gig. At this point the hat was removed!
 
The cupcakes were delicious by the way……
Was I the only 1.5 ton runner?? Not by a long way!! In fact, this week I was overshadowed by some seriously tonnaged runners.
Anthony Hudson (our regular tail runner, and statistically the worst parkrunner of all time) for instance completed his 219th Run
Jonathan Pye (Mr parkrun!) completed his 217th run which includes 11 1st place finishes! Impressive indeed.
Other regulars include
Christopher Greenwood 194
Ian Stansfield 193
Peter Hayler 185
John Wilcock 182
Peter Blackledge 181
Austin Kelly 176
Deborah Stevenson 175
Amongst others.
 
These are all runners who have shown incredible commitment to a community based sporting event, and besides them, I feel positively humbled. 9 runners with around 1700 park runs between them. Incredible commitment.
But wait….. however impressive and awe inspiring those figures look, Saturdays run turned out to be an impressive week for committed runners.
Barry Shackleton and Karen Shackleton were both running on Saturday, and have completed between them an incredible 580 parkruns!!!
And Towneley virgins Simon and Sally Moran a brilliant 386 runs between them. So for all you new runners, who are contemplating your very first parkrun, or any of you that have only just taken the first steps along the parkrun journey, remember that a few years ago, all of the inspirational people (for that’s what they are) that I mentioned in this report, started out on the very same journey, by running their first ever parkrun.
 
As for Paul Marsden…….. taking a short cut over the mounds a gravel at the side of the changing rooms may have looked impressive, but is in fact still a shortcut……. And is therefore cheating. Please see me at the parkrun gazebo on Saturday morning for your random blood testing procedure!

 

 

Roll of honour

(Full results here)

Overall

  • 1st Tom Brewster (Clayton Harriers) 17:25
  • 2nd Nicholas Hennessey (Clayton Harriers) 18:13
  • 3rd Jonathan Pye (Clayton Harriers) 18:28

 

Ladies

  • 1st Michelle Edye (Clapham Chasers) 22:13
  • 2nd Pauline May (Todmorden Harriers) 22:41
  • 3rd Cassandra Smedley (Clayton Harriers) 22:51

 
 

Milestones


 

Congratulations to junior parkrunners Adam Peters and Rhea Kellar on completing 10 runs and to Wendy James on completing 50 parkruns.

A special shout out goes to Ann Mcintyre on joining the parkrun 100 club.
 

50 parkruns up
 
Wendy James


 
 

Return of the pacers

Don't forget Saturday is the first run of the month and therefore our pacers will running.
Following a pacer is great way for runners to improve their time so why not give it ago.

We are are always after some help with the pacing, so if you are an experienced Burnley parkrunner and fancy having a go at being a pacer please get in touch.

To find out more about our pacers (Click here)

 
 

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 265 – 22nd July 2017


Event number 265

 
374 Runners
 
Welcome to 44 First Timers
 
Well done on 78 Personal Bests
 

 
 

parkrun and the grumpy teenager

This weeks insight into Burnley parkrun comes in the form of an open letter to parkrun from Annabel Wilcock (171 runs and counting!)

Annabel

Dear parkrun,

After nearly 4 years of unjustifiably early Saturday morning Parkruns down at Towneley Park, week after week, I kindly ask you to consider my appeal to abolish Burnley parkrun.
 

As a teenager, I sincerely value every minute of sleep I can grasp, no matter how much I have managed to accumulate throughout the night. With regards to this, the thought of waking up at eight o’clock to a chorus of my Dad shouting “Morning parkrunners!” will sound utterly grim to the majority of the teenage population (and probably to a large proportion of the adult population). Unfortunately for myself, this is not merely a thought, but a reality. I’m not alone either, as I have met several peers who suffer in the same way. I see them every Saturday as we greet each other with yawns and empathetic smiles, seeing as words are too difficult to muster at this ungodly hour.

 
Disregarding the teenage runners, another observation I have made through my relentless parkrun journey is the overwhelming positivity of the other runners who take part. The level of encouragement I am faced with each time I run from the insane people who go on their own accord is far too intense for nine o’clock on a Saturday. Furthermore, the optimistic attitudes shown by all participants so infectious, it is dangerously close to making me feel slightly positive about running parkrun every single week - which would never do.
 
The weather can have an impact on most things, particularly things such as an individual’s mood, day plans and motivation to run 5K. I am appalled to say that parkrun is not weather-influenced, and has been known to still operate in below zero temperatures, blistering sun, hurricanes, sandstorms and monsoon-type weather. Throughout my part-taking, I have only noted two run cancellations when weather conditions have prevented runners from participating. This means the public are expected to run over 50 runs each year on average, with no breaks or holidays whatsoever, which I can only describe as inconsiderate.
 
Finally, I know many people consider this to be a ‘fun’ event, but speaking from experience, there is no element of fun about it. What could possibly be enjoyable about waking up early with the intention to run among the beauty of Towneley Park, surrounded by inspiring athletes and dedicated volunteers, in a non-competitive and friendly environment? If you can challenge this, do not hesitate to correct me.
 
Once again, I ask you to consider this request in order to preserve the sanity of the town's teenage population.
 
Yours faithfully,
 

Annabel Wilcock

 
 

 

Roll of honour

(Full results here)

Overall

  • 1st Scott Stirling (Falkirk Harriers) 16:59
  • 2nd James Tingle (Barlick Fell Runners) 17:53
  • 3rd Jonathan Pye (Clayton Harriers) 18:13

 

Ladies

  • 1st Helen Walton (Unattached) 19:38
  • 2nd Emma Wood (Rossendale Harriers) 20:17
  • 3rd Jasmine Aherne (Trawden AC) 22:33

 
 

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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