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.


50 runs and counting…

Chester parkrun has now completed its 50th event, and that gives us a chance to look at a few statistics.

Our total attendance is 11646 (average 232.9 runners every week) with a high of 301 and a low of 135.


We have had 3109 unique runners, and in total all of our runners have completed 58320km of running around the Countess of Chester Country Park - that's nearly 36 thousand miles.


Our male/female splits are:

Male total 5802 (49.8%)

Female total 5007 (43.0%)

Unknown 837 (7.2%)


On average we have seen 62 first timers turning up every week and there have been a total of 2851 PBs, a weekly average of 57.   Special mention goes to Gail Hargreaves and Peter Harrison who have both set no less than 12 PBs at Chester!


We get lots of returning runners, some more than others:


Brian Beattie 41

Malcolm Roberts 38

Darren Allen 37

David Irving 37

Gwenda Jones 36

John Mallon 34

Ian Coward 33

Chris Hughes 31

Meg Connor-Scahill 31

Shirley Hennessy 31


Our Under 11s have always been well represented with a total of 533 attendees, averaging 10.7, and our total juniors has been 1281 - an average of 64.0 per week.


With that in mind, our most popular age groups are:


1. VM45-49 847

2. VW45-49 788

3. VM40-44 682

4. VM35-39 677

5. VW40-44 670


Special mention should go to our top Age Grade performers:

Angela Oldham VW60-64 89.28%

Duncan Harris VM50-54 83.10%

Jan Moffett VW60-64 82.99%

Jeff McQueen VM45-49 82.91%

Christian Prior VM35-39 82.37%


We have very good links to local running clubs and our biggest clubs in terms of volume of runners are:


Chester Road Runners 652

West Cheshire AC 451

Chester Triathlon Club 364

Deeside Orienteering Club 124

Helsby RC 80

Ellesmere Port RC 60

Deestriders RC 29

TXR Runners 28

Wirral AC 26

Buckley RC 24

Pensby Runners 24

Weaver Warriors Tri Club 24

Wrexham AAC 24


Finally, we can't do this without our volunteers.  In our 50 runs we have filled 879 volunteer slots at an average of 17.6 per week.

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