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

 

Cancelled

Unfortunately due to a pesky chap called Guy Fawkes this Saturday's run has had to be cancelled. As most of you know this is always an absolute last resort with our last cancellation being the Boxing Day floods almost two years ago.

We have been informed that the council and the fair people will need to access the site from 8:30am and this means that the path from the gate at the side of the park right through to the football fields will have tragic and heavy plant machinery using it between 9 and 10. The safety of all our runners and volunteers is of paramount importance which is why we have taken the decision to cancel. We have been assured that next year the bonfire will take place on Monday 5th November so we will not be affected again

Thank you to everyone for your understanding and if anyone does decide to go for a run in Towneley on Saturday please could you apologise to anyone that is not aware of the cancellation and e plain the reason why we could not officially go ahead

Karen