Christmas Day and New Years Day Events

We are hosting our Christmas Day and New Years day events at 09:00 as usual this year. For those interested in carrying out the new years day double we have teamed up with Crewe who are starting at 10:30, plenty of time for the drive between the 2 events.

If you want to volunteer please let us know as we can only hold the events with your support.


Christmas Day Report

This Christmas Day we had a new christmas day attendance record of 170 people who ran and jogged the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

We had a course record in the VM80 category with Harry NEWTON setting a new record of 28:01.

A big thank you to today's volunteers, especially as the run director forgot to call them out.

There were tourists a plenty from Norwich, Dogellau, Scotland, Surrey, Cambridge, Hertfordshire, Sheffield, Shropshire, Great Yarmouth and even as far afield as Hanley. Thank you for visiting us.

Well done everyone and thanks for turning out on Christmas day.


Event Cancelled

Todays event, 16th December was cancelled due to the paths being Icy and unsafe to run on.

Please follow the congleton parkrun facebook page where updates are posted in the event we need to cancel an event.

In the event of a cancellation the facebook page is updated at around 08:00.


Congleton Christmas Plans

Hi all,

The festive period is a time to get in some extra runs towards the next shirt milestone. The schedule at congleton is as follows:

23rd December - Christmas Fancy Dress Run - 9am start
25th December - Christmas Day extra run - 9am start
30th December - Last Run of 2017 - 9am start
1st January 2017 - New Year's Day extra run - 9am start. Please note: New Year's Day is the only day where you can run two separate parkruns - our nearest neighbours at Hanley will be starting at 10:00am on New Year's Day.

We need volunteers to make the events happen, so please drop us a mail if you want to volunteer on any of these dates.




Missing Tokens

Did you run off home with our finishing tokens last week, 11th March 17 ?

We lost numbers 84, 111, 183 and 184. the runners were not scanned and I therefore can not trace you.

They are not a souvenir, our replacements may not scan as well meaning in future runners may not be given a time as they were not scanned correctly.

Please check you pockets and cars for any finish tokens and return them to the run director.


Christmas and New Year

We plan to host parkrun events at 09:00 Christmas Day and New Years Day. On New Years day you will have time to run in Congleton and then drive to Hanley whose event starts at 10:00.

These are in addition to the regular runs on the Saturday.

We will need volunteers on these days as well, please e-mail us if you fancy volunteering on one of the 4 events over the holiday period.



If you are arriving after 08:45, please do NOT try and park in the Visitor centre car park or Sandy Lane as these areas will be full. Please consider parking at the local shopping centre (10 min walk) or near the Watersports end of the mere.

We need to be considerate to the local residents who still want access to Ennerdale drive.


Christmas Day

Thank you to all those you turn up to run in the usual Christmas day weather. To see 96 runners was brilliant and that many runners makes it all worth while putting the event on. There were 6 first time congleton runners, welcome. But where were the under 11's today, not a single runner, perhaps they had other things to be doing ?

Big thank you to all the volunteers.

See you all same time on Boxing Day and New years Days.



Christmas Day and New Years Day is ON again

Hi all,

You will be please to hear that we are on again for Christmas and New years day. Both events will start at 09:00 as usual, the normal saturday park run will happen the following days as usual.

Last Christmas we had 62 brave soles who fronted up to the the sleet, snow and driving rain to run of enough calories to be able to overindulge for the rest of the day. It can not be that bad again, can it ?

On New Years Day why not go for the double, by running Congleton and 09:00 and driving to Hanley for their event starting at 10:00

See you there



Event 128 – Run Report

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.
Stats Corner

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

Paul Birdsall

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