Run number 364 – 27th July 2019


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

 
 

parkrun report - by Dany Robson

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Dany crossing the line
 

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

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

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

 
 

Roll of honour

(Full results here)
This weeks rapid runners are -

Overall

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

 

Ladies

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

 
 

Milestones


 

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

 

 

Facebook Page

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

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

 
 

Latest photos

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

 

New Year’s Day Parkrun at Burnley

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

 

Run number 311 – 7th July 2018


(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