Christmas and New Years Day

We can confirm that we are running events at 09:00 on Christmas Day and New Years Day.

For those interested in the double Crewe will be running an event at 10:30.

The list of all Christmas Day and New Years day events can be found in the link below.


Christmas 2017 and New Years Day 2018 Events

You will be pleased to know that the Congleton parkrun team have decided to run the events on Christmas Day and New Years Day, both starting at our usual time of 09:00.

We need volunteers for both days.

For those keen park runners, the Hanley event starts at 10:00 on New Years Day so the double is on.


Volunteering Opportunities Still Available

The volunteer roster for August is looking a little thin. Without a full roster we can run the event.

The event only works if we all take our turn volunteering, generally 3 times a year is sufficient.

Please contact us and volunteer for a week over the summer. See the roster page for the available roles.



CREWE junior parkrun

JUNIOR PARKRUN: The good people turning the wheels behind the scenes to bring junior parkrun (Sundays, 9am, 2K, for 4-14 year olds) to Crewe are on the look out for volunteers!

If you might be interested in getting involved a little or a lot, please get in touch by emailing Like all parkrun events they only get started and keep going by harnessing the power of the volunteers – so please help if you are able.


Holiday Period Congleton Park Runs

There will be two extra opportunities for parkunning at Congleton parkrun over the festive season (volunteer numbers permitting):

Christmas Day (25th December 2015): 9am start
New Year's Day (1st January 2016): 0am start

We hope you can join us to run or volunteer. If you've got friends and family visiting, why not bring them along. If you're away, you may still be able to get your parkrun fix. Check out the list of extra seasonal events Christmas Compendium on the parkrun website. The information is being regularly updated as more parkruns make plans, so do check back nearer to Christmas/New Year.
We'll also be running as usual on the 19th December 2015 (our 3rd Anniversary Christmas fancy dress run), the 26th December 2015 (Boxing Day) and 2nd January 2016. All will be 9am starts as usual.

Please note, The car park and toilets will be closed on Christmas Day, please park near the watersports centre / Nobano car park or park responsible in the estate roads.The car park and toilets will be open as usual on all the other days.
Remember, Congleton parkrun relies completely on volunteers. If you'd like to volunteer at any of the runs, you can get in touch via email or by having a chat after your run.


Why not volunteer the day before a Race

Hi all,

Are you running on the 6th September in Sandback 10K, or Gawsworth 10K on 13th September or Macc 1/2 on 27th September or Congleton 1/2 4th October ??

If so why not rest your legs on the saturday before these events and volunteer at Congleton park run. The volunteer roster shows what positions are available. Drop us an e-mail and earn yourself 100 volunteer points.

You know it makes sense.



Volunteers Needed

Over the last few weeks we have been struggling to get enough volunteers to run the event, when asked we get a simple No I do not want to volunteer, ignored or I will have to check my roster.

Park run asks people to volunteer a minimum of 3 times per year to take the event work for that you get 100 points per event. WE understand that volunteering means it is up to each individual and their view of life.

A run at Hampstead Heath was cancelled recently due to a lack of volunteers, this could happen at ours over the summer unless we get some new volunteer coming forward.

Positions needed for the next few weeks:

Saturday 30th May
Now Full

Saturday 6th June
Finish Token Support
Funnel manager

Saturday 13th June
Run Director
Finish Token Support
Barcode Scanning
Funnel Manager

Saturday 20th June
Run Director
Timekeeper x 2
Finish Tokens
Finish Token Support
Barcode Scanning
Funnel Manager
Tail Runner



Cancellation of 17th January

Todays Parkrun was cancelled due to the course having a number patches of ice making it dangerous to groups of runners running round the course. As well as the round being slippy there were patches of ice around the track that looked like water but were ice and were very slippy.

Thank you to all those you turned up to run or volunteer for being so understanding.



T-Shirt Update

If a runner has qualified and ordered a t-shirt before the ordering system was pulled at the beginning of December they will have made it on to the definitive back-order list. 
The back-order list has been passed to Tribe Sports. Once those 5,000+ Club t-shirts have been made they will be sent in bulk to parkrun and redistributed to event teams to hand out as before.

If they have not ordered a Tshirt but have qualified for a club then we ask that they be patient with us while we switch to a new system.

When we receive our new club t-shirts into stock we will enable the order process from their parkrun account.
We hope to take delivery of the first batch of club t-shirts in March and the minute these are entered into stock then we will open the order processes.

We will email them (assuming you are subscribed to receive emails), alerting them to the fact that they are now able to select and make your order.



Record holders return – Event 99

The last Congleton parkrun in double digits took place on Saturday and both male and female course record holders returned to Astbury mere and finished first and second overall.
Chris DAVIES of Telford AC finished in a time of 17:40, Allen BUNYAN of Macclesfield Harriers was second male 18:47 and David MORRIS of South Cheshire Harriers was third in 18:51.
Olivia WALWYN of City of Norwich AC finished in 18:24 followed by Amanda DAVIES of Telford AC in a new PB time of 18:58 and third was Sharon JOHNSTONE of Wilmslow RC in 19:40.
These 6 were joined by 171 other runners which means the highly coveted Golden Bear award is shared this week between Sarah RICHARDS (176) and Gavin BROOKES (178).
34 runners were celebrating with new PB times – well done to all of them. Special mention to Laura JELF who went under 26 minutes for the first time finishing in 25:40 and to Kevin STONE who dipped under 27 minutes taking 29 seconds off his previous best time finishing in 26:57.
Fourteen different clubs were represented and 25 runners were taking part at Congleton for the first time including Graham TRACEY who finished 18th overall in a time of 21:25 representing Vegetarian Cycling & AC – Well done Graham.
It was great to see 10 juniors out on Saturday and four of them excelled themselves with new personal bests a big well done to Ella KENNERLEY who took an impressive 50 seconds off her previous best time, Mia DONATHY who went under 24 minutes for the first time with her 23:43. Isaac BROOKES with a fantastic 27:17 and Thea GARFIELD going under 29 minutes for the first time with her 28:55
A huge ‘Thank You’ to the 15 volunteers that made the parkrun happen this week and as always we are looking for more so if you haven’t volunteered yet this year – then now is the time to give something back and get your name down!
The 15th November will be the 100th Congleton parkrun, if you’re lucky enough to have a 10, 50 or 100 t-shirt please wear it and turn up early so we can arrange/herd you in to the number 100 for a photo
## Also for this week only – please wear a run number pinned to your top – more details will follow ##
On the 13th December we will be 2 years old! We will mark the occasion with fancy dress – so get raiding the back of your closets!

Stats Corner

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Bryan CASEY (Unattached) 3398 pts.
Frank MANNING (Biddulph RC) 2707 pts.
David BETTELEY (South Cheshire Harriers) 2651 pts.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Michelle Louise MATTHEWS (Congleton Harriers & AC) 4033 pts.
Jackie Anne MOSS (Congleton Harriers & AC) 3688 pts.
Kate HEATHCOCK (Unattached) 3292 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Amanda DAVIES (VW40-44) was graded 82.34% for the time 18:58 (5th overall)
Olivia WALWYN (SW30-34) was graded 78.03% for the time 18:24 (2nd overall)
Chris DAVIES (VM35-39) was graded 76.13% for the time 17:40 (1st overall)

Congleton parkrun started on 15th December 2012, and since then 2,547 different runners, including participants from 205 athletics clubs, have completed 12,581 runs covering a total distance of 62,905 km, and there have been 3,118 new Personal Bests.

The women's record is held by Olivia WALWYN who ran in a time of 00:16:58 on 2013-02-09 (event number 7).
The men's record is held by Chris DAVIES who ran in a time of 00:15:20 on 2013-04-20 (event number 17).
The Age Grade course record is held by Victoria Ann PERRY who recorded an 89.86% run (19:53) on 16th November 2013 (event number 47).

Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Congleton parkrun Results Page

Paul Birdsall

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