When we started Crewe parkrun, almost two years ago now, we were nervous about many things: would we get enough participants, would enough marshals turn up, would the watches fail, would all the data disappear into the cloud, would we fail at some aspect or other basically? Quite a lot of doubt and uncertainty really.
I think that we have had a few close shaves with some of those early anxieties and some may yet happen but now, we think, or I imagine we do, does it matter? Because what is it that matters?
- What matters is that everyone is welcome;
- What matters is that everyone feels safe and included
- What matters is that we gather every Saturday morning;
- What matters is that we don't take ourselves too seriously;
- What matters is that we have a fantastic team of volunteers who make it happen.
The parkrun Code
There is the parkrun code and we must all strive to adhere to this.
Simple is Beautiful
Really, and I have written this before but I cannot emphasise it enough, parkrun is beautiful because of its simplicity. We started our parkrun to bring people from all walks of life, of all levels of experience, of all shapes and sizes, together in order to walk, jog, run, volunteer or cheer and it happens.
The one thing that astounds me is that our volunteers and participants transform Queens Park into this pop-up community centre for about two and a half hours every Saturday morning; that's beautiful and it is so simple.
Remember to thank this gent too because if it wasn't for him none of this would be happening! He's on twitter: @paulsintonhewit
some of today's achievements
441 - Our second highest turnout - well done and thank you everyone!!
45 people complete their first parkrun and 24 others walked, jogged or ran at Crewe for the first time.
Wendy Shore completed her 100th, with 60 being at Crewe, parkrun. Congratulations Wendy!
Eva James who had to undergo surgery in 2019 finally completed her 50th parkrun! What an achievement! Of those 49 have been at Crewe and one other at Aberystwyth! Eva is a Crewe loyalist par excellence and her sole 'away' parkrun holds a very special place in the heart of one of our run directors.
Shaun Jones, another Crewe parkrun loyalist was first finisher with a new PB! Great effort Shaun! Well done to everyone else who achieved a PB at Crewe.
Couch to 5k
The local running club - South Cheshire Harriers - is organising a Couch to 5k course for all. There is more information here: SCH Couch to 5k. It takes place around Queens Park from 10:15am every Saturday.
Saturday 11th January - This is a pacer Saturday with pacers at 20, 22, 25, 30 and 35 minutes.
Saturday 18th January - this is a foodbank collection day. All food collected on this day will go to the foodbank at St Paul's in Crewe.
Saturday 15th February - this will be our second anniversary!
Event number 102
4th January 2020
This week 441 people - our second highest turnout - ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 69 were first timers and 63 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:
Ruth BEACH • Ivor TWISS • Amy GRACE • John PUTT • David MORRIS • Harry WARDLE • Suzanne BUCKLEY • Peter RATHBONE • Simon COOTE • Claire KIVLIN • Karen RATHBONE • Roy WILLIAMSON • Gail PRINCE • Anthony PRINCE • Maurice FITZGERALD • Pam SAUNDERS • Nicola MARSHALL • Ray SWEENEY • Robert PARTON • Chloe WILD • Karen WILD • Neil COE • Eva KIVLIN • Nicole BRANDRETH • Steve CROWE • Rachel ASTON
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Crewe parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Matthew MCCORMACK who recorded a time of 16:08 on 16th February 2019 (event number 55).
The female record is held by Chloe LEATHER who recorded a time of 18:25 on 28th December 2019 (event number 100).
The Age Grade course record is held by Pam DAVIES who recorded 88.96% (23:51) on 5th October 2019 (event number 88).
Crewe parkrun started on 17th February 2018. Since then 5,317 participants have completed 29,981 parkruns covering a total distance of 149,905 km, including 6,704 new Personal Bests. A total of 437 individuals have volunteered 2,642 times.