International Women’s Day parkrun on Saturday 7 March

iwdparkrunJoin us for a celebration of women at parkrun on Saturday 7 March.

International Women's Day parkrun is all about celebrating female participation and we would love to welcome as many women and girls as possible to Chester parkrun on Saturday 7 March, ahead of International Women’s Day the following day.

In England #IWDparkrun will be supported by This Girl Can, a campaign created by our partner Sport England.

We would love you to join in the celebrations by bringing along a female friend, colleague or family member and walking, jogging, running or volunteering at your local parkrun. You could even just come along to watch or cheer. We'd like encouraging as many women and girls as possible to participate as walkers, joggers, runners and volunteers with a suggested purple dress code for the day.

Read more here


New Year

Good News.

You can get your first parkrun of the year in at Chester parkrun on 1st January 2020 at 9am sharp. Then get yourselves over to Wepre for 10:30 am and make it a New Years Double.

The cafe at Wepre will be opening especially for parkrunners, so you enjoy your your first, well deserved, cooked breakfast of the year after the parkrun.

How's that for a brilliant way to start the new year?


Chester parkrun #151

Saturday morning saw near perfect weather conditions as we congregated at the top of the hill for the start of parkrun 151. Nicola, our Run Director for parkrun 151, talked some of the 55 first timers to parkrun at Chester through the course and everything that Chester parkrun has to offer.

After the run briefing, were we all ready to go. In total there was 405 of us who made our way around the course… our 10th best ever attendance at Chester parkrun! A bumper turnout this week, considering that some of our regulars were resting for the Deva Triathlon on Sunday.

Saturday marked the first Birthday of the parkrun practice initiative. It was hoped that this special day will raise awareness of parkrun across the health sector and help promote sustained participation by those who are least active or have health conditions. We had some local GP’s at our parkrun on Saturday… the parkrun message is spreading far and wide! You can read more about it here.


We also had a visit from Wonky Bear Junior. Lucky Wonky Jnr has the fantastic job of travelling around the country visiting a different parkrun every week and saying hello to all the people he meets along the way. His host for the week, Jude, introduced him to all our marshals and made sure he had celebrity treatment!


Thanks to Karen Murphy who has posted over 200 pics on the Chester parkrun page here. Why not see if you can spot yourself?


Congratulations to the 69 people who recorded Personal Best performances this week.




Congratulations Matthew DUNFORD on 50 parkruns

and your massive 30 second PB!



Chester parkrun wouldn’t have been possible without our volunteers, this week they were:

Edward AUSTIN • Elinor JONES • Gaynor HARPER • Helen DOLBY • Helen HUGHES • Ian WARRELL • Jackie HUGHES • James THOMAS • Joy WILKINSON • Karen MURPHY • Keith IVENS • Kyla PARK • Malcolm ROBERTS • Mark GALLAGHER • Michael G WARING • Nathalie REES • Nicola PERRINS • Ronnie SUMNER • Sarah CURTIS • Steven HUGHES

It is national volunteer week this week, (1st-7th June)

If you would like to do some volunteering with us, Chester parkrun has roles for you. Please don’t worry, all roles are straight forward, whether that be an on the course marshal, or if you’d like to be closer to the finish line, we have roles in timekeeping, barcode scanning and finish funnel support. Our friendly run directors will answer any questions you have and give you advise before you begin your role. So please don’t hesitate if you can spare us an hour or two on a Saturday morning.

We don’t have any roles available for next week, but we do have roles for the rest of June and into July, you can find out more by clicking here.

Finally, we had a bit of an issue with the parking behind the Little Owl again this week. Please, please don't park on the road behind the Little Owl, and don't move the bollards, they are there to maintain access to the rear of the pub which is needed for bin collections and delivery. Unfortunately their bin collection was unable to be made on Saturday due to cars parked in the way which, as a commercial premises, costs them money.

Our next parkrun at Chester is Saturday 8th June 2019 at 9.00am

Please don't forget your barcode.
From all at Chester parkrun


New Year’s Day parkrun

Once again the Chester parkrun team will be putting on a New Year's Day parkrun.

This year we will be starting at 10:30am to allow you all an extra hour in bed, or for a much better start to 2019, head over to Wepre parkrun for 9am and make it a double.

We will have tea and coffee on the finish line, and maybe even left-over mince pies and other goodies. We'd love to see as many as possible and start the New Year with a blast.
Remember, you can run, jog, walk, and volunteer, everyone is welcome - just don't forget your barcode!

If you are keen to do the double Wepre & Chester parkrun please stay safe, don't rush between venues.

Hope to see you there,
Chester parkrun.


Volunteers – some information

Following a misunderstanding at parkrun last Saturday, I wanted to give you a bit of information about volunteering at Chester parkrun.

Firstly, we need volunteers.  We are always looking for people to help out and, even better, to join our Core Team.  We cannot exist without volunteers and their goodwill, and we are eternally grateful for the help we receive.

On occasions we may make a decision that seems slightly at odds with the notion that all volunteers are welcome.  There is normally an explanation for this.  For example, we cannot admit volunteers who are not registered with parkrun - volunteers must be identifiable.

Sometimes we receive offers for volunteers on the morning of the parkrun itself.  Unless there are extraordinary circumstances we will always say 'no'.  This may seem ungrateful, but in fact it is a very practical response.  Here are a few of the reasons:

  • When our roster is full we do not need any more volunteers and we would much rather people enjoyed cheering people on without the pressure of additional duties - if we've got it covered then you can run, walk or just watch.
  • If the volunteer is under 16 they cannot volunteer alone.  Therefore we would be taking on a last-minute responsibility to ensure the safety of a junior volunteer which should really have been planned for in the week leading up to parkrun.
  • The Run Director on the day normally has a lot to arrange and a lot to organise within a short space of time.  Adding additional activities into that can cause confusion and delay which can have a knock-on effect for all of the people present (in Chester's case this is upwards of 300 people).
  • Volunteers who have amassed 25 stints are entitled to a free parkrun volunteer shirt.  We are wary of not loading up our roster unnecessarily and placing a financial burden on parkrun.
  • We have different Run Directors who can be organising parkrun and it is important to be consistent so that there is no confusion between members of the team.  By having a single approach this keeps things as simple as possible.

Please do not be offended if we turn down your offer, and please do not get frustrated with us - we are truly grateful.  We hope that this explanation makes sense and so we suggest the following:

  1. Get your volunteering dates in EARLY.
  2. Make sure you are registered with parkrun and that you give us your A-number.
  3. Let us know any particular role you would or would not prefer to do.
  4. Let us know if you will be bringing along any children or animals as this may affect the role you can do.
  5. Tell us about any issues, or physical challenges you may have so we can place you appropriately within the set of roles.  We will always do our best to accommodate you but we understand that not all roles are for everybody.
  6. Make sure you get there early on the Saturday morning.
  7. If you can't make it, tell us soon as humanly possible.
  8. Stick around and have a cuppa with us and maybe see how the after-parkrun processes such as results processing is done.

I hope that gives you some useful information.

If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact us directly.

Many thanks,

Mat Dowsett - Event DIrector


Update – New Year

Please note that on New Year's Day we will be holding our parkrun at 09:00.

This will allow those keen runners to take part in Chester's parkrun and still manage another later in the morning e.g. Wepre at 10:30.

See you there.


Chester parkrun #74

Firsts are not always a good thing.  Last week we suffered our first ever cancellation due to ice on the paths.  In the past we have faced icy challenges before and have come close to cancelling but somehow managed to get by.  I guess our luck had to run out eventually.  We are sorry that we had to do this, but the safety of our parkrunners and volunteers is our primary concern.

Thankfully our first parkrun of December was met with light rain and warmer conditions meaning that the paths were clear.  There were also no floods to contend with though the cross country was boggy.


So clearly the rain put off a few people and we had a turnout of 167 - the rest were probably out Christmas shopping.

Those that stayed away missed the fun - we had another takeover day as The University of Chester Running Club managed the event with minimal support from the core team.  They did a great job too, and we would like to extend our warm thanks to Alannah and all of her volunteers for getting stuck in, providing sweets and encouragement and doing a great job of organisation.

30 more first timers at Chester.

Congratulations to:

The 23 parkrunners who,got a PB.

Tom Ardrom for your 10 milestone.

All the runners for joining us.

Finally a big thanks to the regular volunteers and The Little Owl.

See you soon and DFYB.


Chester parkrun – New Year

Hello Chester parkrunners.

We are pleased to announce that we intend holding a parkrun on New Year's Day at 10:00am.  You will all be welcome to join us in starting the new year with a 5k bang!

Please note we will NOT be holding a Christmas Day parkrun.


Chester Core Team.


Chester parkrun #60

Another lovely Saturday morning in Chester was made even more entertaining by us being joined by Sabrina Fortune.

Sabrina, from just over the border near Mold, is a GB Paralympic Athlete who competes in the shot putt.  In 2016 at the Rio Paralympic Games, Sabrina threw a PB 12.94m to take bronze for Paralympic Team GB.

We were naturally delighted to be have Sabrina join us and the other runners for the 5k trip around the Countess.

Here's your results:

Male placings:
Will WOODCOCK (SM20-24) of University of Wales Aberystwyth Harriers, was first over the line in 16:56 - 13th time in 16 appearances.
Andrew CLAGUE (VM45-49) of West Cheshire AC, was second over the line in 18:40 - was first to finish once before.
Iain WEDGE (VM45-49) of Tattenhall Runners, was third over the line in 19:14.

Female placings:
Martha OWEN (JW15-17) of Deeside AAC, was first (8th overall) over the line in 19:59 - 5th time in 6 appearances.
April CAUFIELD (SW20-24) of Halifax Harriers & AC, was second (10th overall) over the line in 20:08.
Anna HARRIS (JW11-14) of Deeside Orienteering Club, was third (29th overall) over the line in 22:37.

Congratulations Tony Kennedy and Ian Bullock on reaching your 50 parkrun milestones.

Thank you very much to our superb team of volunteers, including Sabrina, without whom we could not keep going.

See you all again very soon and DFYB!


Hang on! My time is wrong!

Saturday lunchtime and you get that satisfying buzz on your phone telling you that your parkrun result is in.  You take a look and smile, happy with another good bit of Saturday morning work.  But just once in a while you might stop and look again, wondering why there is a difference between your official time and your sports device time.

Well, before you go ranting to your parkrun team it is worth considering that there are a few reasons why this can happen:

1. Did you press your start/stop at exactly the same moments as the Timekeeper?  The chances are you will never be 100% in sync, and this, with any rounding taken into consideration, can easily account for a difference of 1-2 seconds.  So you should be prepared for small differences like this on a regular basis.

2. Did you start your device only when you got to the start line?  If you started your run further back in the pack but want to record your "true" time then the Timekeeper will already have started the official watch some seconds before. It can take as much as 20 seconds to get through the start on busy runs, sometimes more.  If you only start your device when you cross the line you are naturally going to be out of sync by quite a large amount.

3. Have you looked at the right data on your device?  Many modern devices show you both "elapsed time" and "moving time".  The moving time is an artificially generated estimate of the actual time you were moving and cuts out any pauses or stops, even if short.  An example would be at a bottleneck or where the run doubles back on itself.  Your device may think you have stopped and not count that bit of time.  This means that the moving time will show up as being less than the elapsed - this is deceptive.  Only ever look at your elapsed time to represent your actual run.

4. Did you start or stop your device too soon?  It does happen.  You may have been a bit keen or stopped your device just a fraction too soon before the finish line.  It all adds up and can account for a few seconds of difference.

5. Did you get out of position at the finish?  You've bust a gut, you've crossed the line and you've recovered, but a sneaky runner comes past you and takes your token and you end up with a slower time while they get yours.  Our Funnel Managers will always try to keep the runners in the correct order but you need to play your part and keep moving through the finish area.  Stay  in order and only take YOUR token.

6. Are there any funnel duckers?  Runners who don't want to take a token and duck out after the finish can cause problems with the times and positions.  Once again, our Funnel Managers will always try to spot this and prevent it, but it can happen.

7. Did you get the right token?  There are rare occasions when the tokens have been placed in the wrong order and you get the wrong one.  Our teams always try to carefully arrange the tokens and thankfully this is not often seen.

Technical issues can happen and sometimes do happen.  On the rare occasions when that happens we will try to manage it as best we can and will correct any errors.  Please keep in mind that we are normally able to spot a technical issue at the time.  Unless there is a clear and obvious error that can be verified then the times will stand.

So, if you feel you have an incorrect time you can contact us.  We would just ask you to keep in mind all of the above and if you're just a few seconds out then it is unlikely to be changed.


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