191 people took part in the latest Congleton parkrun at Astbury Mere this weekend, which meant for a second week running the virtual Golden Bear remains in the safe keeping of Michelle Matthews after she guessed 186!
There were 23 first time visitors to Congleton parkrun and 10 of those were participating for the first time ever, we hope you enjoyed the experience and continue to keep coming back.
Nineteen different running clubs were being represented including visitors from Brighton and Northern Ireland, Jon BOWDITCH from Arena 80 AC (Brighton) was 6th overall and Harry ARMSTRONG (Ballymena Runners, NI) and Elaine MONTGOMERY (Springwell RC, NI) were 92nd and 96th respectively.
An amazing 60 personal bests were recorded on Saturday including one for James ANDERTON getting under 24 minutes with 23:48 and one for Tracey HALE, the Sandbach Strider finishing in 30:45 well done James, Tracey and the other 58 of you, great effort.
In the men’s results first was Gareth BRIGGS of Wolverhampton & Bilston AC, who finished in 17:19 second was James AINSWORTH of Vale Royal AC in a new PB time of 17:43 and third was Alistair THORNTON of Manchester and District Orienteering Club in a time of 18:11
In the women’s results first place went to Melanie WORTHINGTON of Congleton Harriers in a time of 23:08, this was her 15th PB in 26 parkruns, great running. In second place was Tracey BROWN of South Cheshire Harriers with a time of 23:28 third was Mia DONATHY in a time of 23:30
We had 29 juniors taking part in the full 5k event with five first timers to Congleton, well done to Joseph THORNING-JENSEN(JM10), Jacob WILLIAMS(JM11-14), Thomas HOLBURN(JM11-14), Oscar HOLBURN(JM10) & Luke TUNNICLIFFE(JM10).
Twelve celebrated with new fastest times, congratulations to; Matthew FELLBAUM(JM15-17). Jack Lewis FARRALL(JM11-14), Elliot DARMON(JM11-14), Joe STANIER(JM11-14), Matthew DONATHY(JM10), Will BROCK(JM11-14), Sammy WILLCOCK(JM10), Callum WAIN(JM10), Nathan LEE(JM10), Lydia BROWN(JW11-14), Rebecca FAULKNER(JW11-14) and Isabel LEWIS(JW11-14).
A huge thank you to the volunteers who made this event possible, Jack ALLAN, James ANDERTON, John BARBER, Jonathan BEAUMONT, Isobel BENNETT, Graeme BURNS, Rachel CHALONER, Rose CLARKE, Paul M. DOWNING, Steve EVANS, Judy FIELD-ABRAHAMSE, Jason JONES, Gareth JONES, Ian MOORE, Steve RICHARDS
Please consider being part of the fabulous volunteer family and make yourself known to one of the volunteers one weekend and they will roster you in. Do it enough times and you’ll qualify for a t-shirt.
Speaking of t-shirts – parkrun HQ emailed everyone registered regarding progress of t-shirts, Milestone T-shirts are expected to arrive in the UK at the end of June, the fulfilment process will start with those who have reached a milestone but not yet had a t-shirt. Details will be added to your parkrun profile as will the ordering process.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Martin HULL (VM50-54) was graded 83.02% for the time 18:21 (4th overall)
Gareth BRIGGS (VM55-59) was graded 80.65% for the time 17:19 (1st overall)
Russ COOPER (VM55-59) was graded 77.22% for the time 20:25 (15th overall)
Congleton parkrun started on 15th December 2012, and since then 3,222 different runners, including participants from 246 athletics clubs, have completed 17,418 runs covering a total distance of 87,090 km, and there have been 4,156 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 jointly held by Chris DAVIES & Alex BRECKER who ran in a time of 00:15:20 on 20/04/2013 (event number 17) & 02/05/2015 (event number 125)
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
The parkrun takes places every Saturday, 9am at Astbury Mere and is free timed 5k event more details can be found at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/congleton/