In a world where you can be anything, be kind….

Crewe parkrun
Event number 108
22nd February 2020

This week 383 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 57 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

Well done to everyone who took part this week, both runners and volunteers.  It was a blustery day - we just hope the wind was blowing in the right direction (especially up those hills!!).  Huge kudos to our first timers and to anyone reaching milestones this week - you're all awesome!

One of the things I personally love so much is the kindness and positivity that exudes from Crewe Parkrun each week.  Everyone is friendly, kind, supportive,helpful and upbeat.  There really is no place I'd rather be at 9am on a Saturday morning!!  In light of recent events in the press this week, it really has made me reflect on the importance of being kind to one another and I think Crewe Parkrun is a perfect example of exactly that.  Let's be proud of what we all bring to one another and our community as we come together each Saturday morning and let us always continue to be kind xxx

This week, we asked one of our regular volunteers, Joe Scott if he'd be willing to write a few words about his feelings on Parkrun and how he got involved.  So in Joe's words, not ours.... thank you Joe, you're awsome xx

'Hi All,

I have been asked to give my feelings on the Crewe Parkrun.

I'm Joe, one of a team of volunteers who marshal.  I'm the one at the end of the lake in the valley just before the hill.

I was somehow coerced into it by my Son, Greg, who runs every week, but I have to say, I'm completely hooked on it now.  I get so much pleasure out of seeing you all and having lots of banter with you, not to mention the high-fives I get!!  I hope my encouragement to you helps a little - and some of you now recognise me in town, which is great!

I'm so glad my son got me involved, as I feel I've made quite a few more friends and to be involved with something this good, I have to say, I think you are all brill for taking part and it must be a wonderful feeling when you get to the finishing line.

I would like to thank everyone for making me feel so welcome, it makes an old man very happy and long may it continue.  Thanks again to all, see you soon.

Joe

PS - I would recommend anyone to come and join us, you won't find a more friendly group of people anywhere'

It's wonderful to see the impact Parkrun has on not just the runners who take part but also on those who volunteer.  So next time you pass Joe down in the valley, be sure to give him a high-five!

See you all same time next week?

Have a great week and stay safe.

Crewe Parkrun Team xx

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Jack HARRISON • Megan HARRISON • Peter RATHBONE • Simon COOTE • Ian ROYLE • Harry WARDLE • Karen RATHBONE • Roy WILLIAMSON • Maurice FITZGERALD • Cathy LEWIN • Dennis MARTIN • Pam SAUNDERS • Nicola MARSHALL • Ray SWEENEY • Matthew MARSHALL • Angela SHENTON • Chloe WILD • Karen WILD • Andy WILD • Karen WHITEHEAD • Nicole BRANDRETH • Joe SCOTT

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Crewe parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Chloe LEATHER who recorded a time of 18:25 on 28th December 2019 (event number 100).
The male record is held by Raif SERIF who recorded a time of 15:58 on 8th February 2020 (event number 106).
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 5,639 participants have completed 32,460 parkruns covering a total distance of 162,300 km, including 7,142 new Personal Bests. A total of 448 individuals have volunteered 2,797 times.

 

Storm Dennis was no match for The Sweeney….!!!

On Saturday we celebrated our 2nd birthday with over 300 runners, walkers and volunteers surrounded by cake and during the first whispers of Storm Dennis! Dennis was no match for Crewe parkrun, our army of volunteers and….. The Sweeney!
Ray Sweeney has never missed a Saturday parkrun in the two years we have been running (excuse the pun)! This in itself is an achievement but it’s the rationale behind it that demonstrates Ray’s commitment to the running community. Ray along with ‘partner in crime’ Roy Williamson was an avid runner in his youth (and even has a marathon PB of 2:36!!) and likes to show his appreciation to previous race marshals by paying back the running community through parkrun.
I am sure we are all familiar with Ray (and Roy) and their enthusiastic high fiving at the war memorial – and who could forget Ray’s debut in the inflatable Santa costume last Christmas!?
Crewe parkrun would be nothing without its loyal army of volunteers and the fact that, no matter rain or shine, we are always bombarded with offers to help is real testament to the community that we have built around the parkrun and the enjoyment that it brings.
A huge well done to everyone who braved the rain to finish the undulating 3 lap course and we look forward to celebrating many more birthdays with you all!!
This week 300 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 45 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Ruth BEACH • Natalie HOLMES • Lana DAVIDSON • Harry WARDLE • Claire HARRISON • Danielle KENNY • Suzanne BUCKLEY • Steve HARRISON • Megan HARRISON • Karolina AYERS • Rebecca COOTE • Benjamin AYERS • Liz PRESTON • Di COOKE • David HOLMES • Sadie PRINCE • Rosemary COOKE • Roy WILLIAMSON • Joshua AYERS • Maurice FITZGERALD • Dennis MARTIN • Nicola MARSHALL • Peter ROBINSON • Ray SWEENEY • Juliet CARTER • Chloe WILD • Karen WILD • Lorraine COWAN • Paul YOUNG • Joe SCOTT
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Crewe parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Chloe LEATHER who recorded a time of 18:25 on 28th December 2019 (event number 100).
The male record is held by Raif SERIF who recorded a time of 15:58 on 8th February 2020 (event number 106).
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 5,600 participants have completed 32,077 parkruns covering a total distance of 160,385 km, including 7,085 new Personal Bests. A total of 448 individuals have volunteered 2,775 times.

 

Not a ‘jog’ standard Parkrun…..

Crewe Parkrun
Event number 106 - 8th February 2020

This week 438 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 58 were first timers and 95 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

And.... the BIG news of the day - Crewe Parkrun has a new course record holder - Raif Serif who broke the current record with an incredible time of 15:58 - Huge Congratulations Raif!!!

We had visitors from various parts of the UK today and a visitor from New Zealand, Nigel Milius.  Not only did Nigel help with post-run close down but he's also written the content for this week's run report.  A really informative and interesting report.  Enjoy....

'' Living in New Zealand, February is not a time of year I would generally come to visit the UK, but sometimes things crop up and you do what you feel you need to (think elderly parents over here and you’ll get the idea). A plus about this impromptu trip has been the chance to sample a couple of new (to me) parkruns, and yesterday I visited Crewe. I had been planning to run in Invercargill (southern NZ) with my wife and some friends, and by a remarkable coincidence that parkrun is also in Queens Park and they were celebrating their 2nd birthday which Crewe does next week. “Parkrun twinning” anyone?

Given that the town was built on the railways and for the railways, it was perhaps fitting to arrive by train, though having flown half way around the world, I’m not going to claim my visit was exactly environmentally friendly! Walking from the station to the park as it was getting light didn’t leave me with high expectations for the park so I was very happy to be pleasantly surprised. Queens Park is described as Crewe and Nantwich Boroughs “Jewel in the Crown”, which seemed to me apt for a very attractive and well cared for park which made for an extremely enjoyable parkrun.

The history of the park itself goes back to 1887 when Sir Richard Moon dedicated the site on behalf of the London and North Western Railway Company to mark the Golden Jubillee’s of both Queen Victoria accession and the opening of the Grand Junction Railway (basically, the reason for the towns existence!). The 45 acre park was opened a year later on 9th June 1888 by HRH The Duke of Cambridge KG, and to this day more or less retains the original Victorian layout as designed by Edward Kemp and Francis William Webb at a cost to the LNWR of ₤10,000.

The course is 3-and-a-bit laps taking in most of the main features of the park, and it’s well worth taking an hour or two after the run to explore it in a bit more detail. The start is by the war memorial, the long list of those fallen being sadly all too familiar a sight in parks as well as other sites all around the country. From there, it heads up to the clock tower, donated by railway employees in 1888 and unveiled by James Middleton, who, 50 years earlier, had driven the first train into Crewe. Just beyond that are two stone and timber lodges dating to the same period, the red sandstone used in their construction providing a further link with the railways as it came from cuttings that were dug on the line to Liverpool.

Turning left again, at a corner where it was nice to see yellow and purple crocuses flowering in the early February sunshine you head down Coronation Walk. This was developed in 1937 to mark the coronation King George VI and this wooded valley leads you to the 4.5 acre boating lake. Home to Canada Geese, Mallards and Black-headed Gulls, a feature with a varied history. Originally 5 feet deep, for a while the western end had been extended to ten feet, with swimming permitted and a diving board erected, though this was removed in 1936. In 1913 the railway works provided something called a wormscrew which helps with controlling the water levels and is still in use today over a century later, whilst during World War 2 it was drained andcovered in greenery as it was thought the Germans may use it as a landmark to direct air raids at the railway installations in the town.

After circumnavigating the lake you’re soon back at the start and it was here on my first lap I was passed by Raif Serif on his second and on his way to a new course record of 15.58. Well done to Raif, one of an incredible 95 people to set new PB’s today, all of whom also deserve congratulations. February must be the month for running fast at Crewe, the old record, 10 seconds slower, was set in February last year. Let’s give a shout out also to all 437 people who followed our speedy teenager home which included 57 taking part here for first time (and visiting from several parts of the UK including Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Warwick, Northwich and doubtless several other places, apologies to those not mentioned). Of those 57, 19 were at their first ever parkrun anywhere, welcome to the family, may it be a long and happy association.. Tony Barnett (1st time at Crewe) reached the 100 milestone, while David Tanswell and Dave Lowe both celebrated 50. Well done to you three.

As always though, the biggest THANKYOU AND WELL DONE goes to Run Director on the day Nicola and her team of hi-vis heroes. Remember folks, without volunteers parkrun doesn’t happen. It’s easy to sign up, there’s a variety of jobs with full training given, skills learned are transferrable to 2,000 venues worldwide and after just 25 appearances you get a free T shirt. Best of all, you can feel even more a part of the amazing community which is parkrun, both globally and locally. It seems there is an amazing team of regulars at Crewe, but remember that many of them like to run too, so by volunteering once in a while you can help facilitate that. Put your name forward now!

Personally I would like to thank all at Crewe parkrun who made me very welcome, the team in the café where I enjoyed a delicious breakfast (even if it took a while to arrive, though it would be fair to say they were very busy!) and I wish you all a very Happy 2nd Birthday for next week''.

Nigel Milius

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Ruth BEACH • John PUTT • Selina HOOK • Nigel MILIUS • Rebecca COOTE • Evie COOTE • Simon COOTE • Andy TWISS • Harry WARDLE • Sadie PRINCE • Stephen SECRETAN • Norman HINDLE • Roy WILLIAMSON • Gail PRINCE • Anthony PRINCE • Maurice FITZGERALD • Dennis MARTIN • Pam SAUNDERS • Nicola MARSHALL • Ray SWEENEY • Chloe WILD • Karen WILD • Robert JOHNSON • Nicole BRANDRETH • Joe SCOTT • Sam SWEENEY

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Crewe parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Chloe LEATHER who recorded a time of 18:25 on 28th December 2019 (event number 100).
The male record is held by Raif SERIF who recorded a time of 15:58 on 8th February 2020 (event number 106).
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 5,565 participants have completed 31,777 parkruns covering a total distance of 158,885 km, including 7,040 new Personal Bests. A total of 446 individuals have volunteered 2,745 times.

 

Crewe parkrun #105

Saturday 1st February 2020 saw a number of parkrunners acheive some amazing milestones.  Steve Petitt completed his 50th, Paul Nichols completed his 100th, Steve Harrison completed his 200th parkun.  Finally the fabulous Ben Duncalf at just 6 years old completed his 50th parkrun.  What fantastic acheivements. Huge congratulations to you all!

This week 418 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 67 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

Huge thanks to our high vis heroes and heroines this week, who were;

Susan POOLE • Harry WARDLE • Claire HARRISON • Jack HARRISON • Danielle KENNY • Peter RATHBONE • Simon COOTE • Liz PRESTON • Sadie PRINCE • Barry HOUGH • Roy WILLIAMSON • Maurice FITZGERALD • Pam SAUNDERS • Karen KENNY • Nicola MARSHALL • Kimberly SMART • Ray SWEENEY • Matthew YEOMANS • Mandy YEOMANS • Chloe WILD • Karen WILD • Neil COE • Caroline MORGAN-PETERS • Paul YOUNG • Nicole BRANDRETH • Joe SCOTT

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 5,507 participants have completed 31,339 parkruns covering a total distance of 156,695 km, including 6,945 new Personal Bests. A total of 442 individuals have volunteered 2,719 times.

 

Milestones and Mindsets

On Saturday, Crewe Parkrun was proud to host our biggest event yet with 465 people taking part; running, jogging and walking the event powered by pacers, pushchairs and puppies, with around 15% of these being first-timers! This not only takes some organisation behind the scenes (especially when we experience a hiccup with the results :') ) but it takes a lot out of our dedicated cohort of volunteers each and every week too.

Here's a little insight as to how volunteering has changed the mindset of one of our stalwarts, Gail Prince:

I have this wonderful family who support me ‘no-matter-what’, despite that, I had come to the realisation that I’m not the person that I was or that I could be. Over many years I had gradually put on weight and in May last year I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. So the time had come for me to shake myself off and do something about it.

My daughter, Sadie, spoke so often about the parkrun and the wonderful people she had met there. She tried talking me into going for months but I always said no because I just loved my Saturday morning lie-ins, no alarm = bliss.
However, one week I decided to set an alarm and go over to the park as a volunteer and to see what the fuss was about. Feeling very nervous, I headed over with Sadie by my side. When we arrived I could feel an energetic buzz in the air, a feeling of excitement and community spirit. I was made to feel really welcome and I loved it from the word go.
For the moment I have mostly done barcode scanning which I love to do. I get to see everyone cross that finish line and I completely respect every single one of them. I have seen people start their journey and continue to see them on that journey and all of the time I applaud them.
I remember having many conversations with Sadie about running and I have to admit that it was ‘never my thing’ and I didn’t understand how she felt. However, every week I wish that it was me crossing that finish line.
I have started my own journey now, I’m 30lbs lighter and so very determined to actually complete the parkrun myself. With each lb I lose, my confidence grows and with a little bit of practice and my family by my side, I know I can do it.
I cannot measure on any scale how different I feel. Those Saturday morning lie-ins are a distant memory and I’ve got no plans to go back there. I have met some wonderful people, can see some amazing journeys and feel like I’m part of a beautiful community. The parkrun community, along with my family has inspired me to carve out a new me.
 

Simple is Beautiful

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.

What Matters?

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.qylRkvf

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

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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.

coming up...

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!

Crewe parkrun
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.

 

No Better Way…

Is there a better way to start the New Year with a parkrun? Well maybe doing a double parkrun as a tourist!

This report comes from a tourist from Manchester who went on a tour firstly to Congleton and then Crewe. Two friends travelled together from Manchester; how did they meet? Yes you guessed it volunteering at their local parkrun! Everything was perfect this morning, traffic free roads, sun rising and shining and two parkruns to look forward to!

With Congleton done and dusted (thanks to all the fantastic volunteers!) and after a quick stretch before getting back in the car, putting the address in for Crewe and having a banana or two we arrived at the park in Crewe. First thoughts – what a stunning park! A short warm up and waking the legs up again it was time for the first timers' briefing and before we knew it 10.30 was here and Crewe parkrun was ready to go!

As per every parkrun the volunteers make parkrun what is so great! It was so wonderful to have such motivating, friendly, outgoing folk standing there cheering the parkrunners on! Personal thoughts on the course; A challenging (ish) park (well.. after doing Congleton at 9am!)– with a few short sharp inclines and descents but made wonderful by the beautiful scenery in the park.

Lastly a huge thank you to the 25 volunteers - see below - who made the parkrun happen!

Wishing you all a healthy and happy New Year,

Kind Regards,

A parkrun tourist from Manchester

Crewe parkrun
Event number 101
1st January 2020

This week 366 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 54 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Ruth BEACH • Lana DAVIDSON • Amy MAYELL • Harry WARDLE • Oliver BERNSTEIN • Peter RATHBONE • Evie COOTE • Liz PRESTON • Ian ROYLE • Di COOKE • Rochann BUXCEY • Rosemary COOKE • David KIVLIN • Norman HINDLE • Maurice FITZGERALD • Cathy LEWIN • Pam SAUNDERS • Nicola MARSHALL • Phillip RAWLINGS • Ray SWEENEY • Chloe WILD • Karen WILD • Eva KIVLIN • Joe SCOTT • Tom SWEENEY

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 5,248 participants have completed 29,540 parkruns covering a total distance of 147,700 km, including 6,641 new Personal Bests. A total of 435 individuals have volunteered 2,614 times.

Future Crewe parkruns

Saturday 4th January - we look forward to welcoming all parkrun walkers, joggers and runners.

Saturday 11th January - it's pacer Saturday with pacers at 20, 22, 25, 30 & 35 minutes!

Saturday 18th January - foodbank collection.  Every third Saturday we have a collection for Crewe or Nantwich foodbanks.  We alternate.  This collection will go to the foodbank based at St Paul's.

 

Christmas parkrun – the gift that keeps on giving……

Where to start with a run report, that engages both locals and tourists? The parkrun run report challenge!
A beautiful mild day welcomed us to Crewe, and after seeing signs saying Crewe was home of the Ice Cream Van, we knew it was going to be a good day.
After deciding to attend today, due to it being the 100th event (a tourist Wilson Index thing, ask please), it was interesting to learn that the 100th was due to be Christmas Day but due to a cancellation in November (Crewes first cancellation), it was put back to today. Our good luck!
After missing the start of the new runners briefing (cardinal sin for a tourist), we snuck in at the back to hear most of what ever smiling Claire Harrison had to say. 3 anticlockwise laps, with a bit on the end, all on tarmac. Perfect!

Claire welcomed new parkrunners, and tourists, alike, with Tourists from France
giving Claire a chance to practice her French! As New Runners briefings go, right up there with the best.
And a bonus that Claire remembered that we met at The Wammy in November 2018….parkrun is indeed a small world. Having missed the start, I do wonder if the course was changed slightly, as the course we ran is different to the one described on the parkrun website? A B course, perhaps, to avoid the slippery bridge? Would be happy to be enlightened
A short warm, welcoming brief from RD Lana Davidson, celebrating Birthdays and Milestones, and we were off on the 100th Crewe parkrun. 40 of todays finishers ran the very first Crewe parkrun, on the 17th February 2018, including Brian Moore, who has run 76 of his 255 parkruns at Crewe! Amazing achievement.

Celebrating today were Birthday Boy Michael Casey, Stacey Lloyd running her 50 th parkrun, 49 at Crewe (the extra at Delamere), and Chris Barnett running his 100 th , both winning a coveted milestone t-shirt. Of interest is that Chris has run 49 parkruns at Congleton, so if he had run there today,it would have been the 50 / 100 double?! A  parkrun dilemma! Double at Congleton, or 100 th at Crewes 100 th ! Congratulations anyway Chris.

Of the tourists, Amanda Robison gets a mention by celebrating her 150 th parkrun, her 50 th different parkrun, her 50 th birthday, with a 50 mile round trip with hubby Paul from Manchester! I like what you did there Amanda, congratulations!

Other notable numbers today are a new female course record set by Chloe Leather, achieving a 7 th PB in only 14 parkruns, brilliant running and congratulations Chloe. We also welcomed 15 runners or walkers brand new to parkrun. Welcome, and we hope you enjoyed it enough to return.

A thoroughly enjoyable morning, with everything we have come to love from parkrun; friendly locals, brilliant friendly volunteers, great facilities, an enjoyable varied course, which I’d be happy to call home.
The morning was only slightly dampened by no visible Ice Cream vans, though this was more than made up by plentiful celebration cake and goodies supplied by the core team at the finish line, and the quality tasty food and drink in the café afterwards. Jo is still slightly miffed at being overtaken by a Sumo Man pushing a buggy, but she’ll get over it in time for next weeks parkrun.
Thank you for an amazing welcome, and an amazing parkrun; with the possibility of a Junior parkrun soon, Crewe parkrun is going from strength to strength. Good luck for the next 100.

 

Crewe parkrun #97

This weeks run report is from fan of parkrun Peter Owen, who has written about his love of parkrun tourism and personal experience of Crewe parkrun.  Thank you Peter!
It was a cold but seasonally mild Mid December morning on Saturday for the 97th running of Crewe parkrun in the splendid Queen’s Park in Crewe. There were 235 participants who ran, walked, and jogged the course along with 23 wonderful volunteers. There were 13 first timers who were new to Crewe, and five of those chose Crewe to complete their first ever parkrun. Welcome to the parkrun community Lisa WILKINSON, Louise PRESTWICH, Luke VARLEY, Harriet HUGHES, and Ryan HICKSON! The first finisher was Matthew MCCORMACK in a blistering time of 16:57, and the First Woman was Chloe LEATHER in an equally impressive 18:39. An incredible 36 parkrunners recorded PBs, congratulations to all. The impressive 50 parkrun milestone was reached by, Connie SWIFT, Malakay SWIFT, Richard BEESTON, Rupert DYKE, and Joshua LOWE. Red tee shirts all round! The doubly impressive 100 parkrun milestone was reached by Craig WILLIAMS, and Robin BARNETT so hat's off to them!
I also ran my 50th parkrun last parkrunday at Crewe parkrun. It was my 6th time at Crewe, and I chose it to run my milestone because it has a special place in my heart and was the location at which I fell in love with the concept of parkrun, and caught the bug for parkrun tourism. All the best things about parkrun are evident at Crewe, and from a tourist perspective it fits the profile of beautiful locations which I would not ever have visited in my everyday life but which are revealed via the medium of a free, weekly, timed run.
 
Hailing from nearby North Staffordshire I have not always had the best relationship with the East Cheshire town of Crewe. Footballing rivalries aside, I have always rued the 1843 decision to consolidate the ‘railway colony’ into a town rather than ingratiating the transport hub into the already existing neighbouring conurbation which would have made Stoke-on-Trent a bigger and more important city. Also for a couple of years I was commuting from Manchester to Stoke via rail and lost count of the number of times the train would pass Stockport only to be informed by the driver that the train would now be going to Crewe instead of Stoke. And despite Crewe’s status as a rail transport hub, connections with Stoke are woeful so it can be difficult to make the short ten mile journey.
 
It was with some trepidation that I then approached the inaugural Crewe parkrun but I knew some friends who were running it and they had twisted my arm. I wasn’t prepared for the damascene conversion I was about to undergo. First impressions and Queen’s Park, which hosts Crewe parkrun is lovely, it is a beautifully laid out late Victorian municipal park which is immaculately maintained. The next thing that struck me was how friendly everyone was, the runners as well but especially the volunteers. The marshals shouted support and clapped for all runners, not just people they know from a running club, which was really nice and provided for a truly welcoming and inclusive atmosphere. I became a big fan of Crewe parkrun.
 
I liked the park so much and the parkrun was so friendly I went back the second week, and the third. I also came back for the first birthday celebrations and have kind of adopted Crewe as my second ‘home’ run.  Crewe is a great parkrun. I can recommend it for a number of reasons but one rather unique feature is that the route on a map looks like a duck eating a worm and for some reason I find that very pleasing. I will be back to run the worm eating duck soon, and definitely on the second birthday of Crewe parkrun which I am already eagerly anticipating. It’s a great route that’s reasonably flat but includes a few little ups and downs to provide a challenge with a great surface, too. Crewe parkrun is a joy to run at, I can recommend it to anyone. 

This week 235 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Ruth BEACH • Anthony DUNN • Claire HARRISON • Jack HARRISON • Michael PARR • Megan HARRISON • Roger BEASTALL • Peter RATHBONE • Simon COOTE • Liz PRESTON • Sadie PRINCE • Ed MCCAULEY • Pete OWEN • Cathy LEWIN • Dennis MARTIN • Pam SAUNDERS • Ray SWEENEY • Louise WRIGHT • Chloe WILD • Barry WILLIAMS • Karen WILD • Charlie HORTON • Nicole BRANDRETH

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 18:29 on 23rd November 2019 (event number 95).
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 5,097 participants have completed 28,254 parkruns covering a total distance of 141,270 km, including 6,508 new Personal Bests. A total of 428 individuals have volunteered 2,517 times.

 

Learning to love running again, via Crewe parkrun

We are very grateful to Maurice Fitzgerald for this week's run report.  Maurice ran at our first park run in 2017 and he has, to date, completed 75 parkruns with 70 of them being at Crewe; he is one of our loyal runners and a frequent volunteer.  Here is Maurice's story:

I started running many years ago when a good friend of mine caught the bug and inspired me to do the same. 

I took part in many races ranging from 5 Kilometres to half marathons, and enjoyed the challenge. I ran when the weather was freezing, when it was hot; when I was injured; when I had a cold, just all the time. I felt guilty if I didn’t run for more than a couple of days.

BENIDORM HALF MARATHON 2 

However, my friend contracted a brain tumour and sadly died and although I kept running, I seemed to lose my drive to run. Then I caught pneumonia and ended up in hospital for 2 weeks which stopped me running completely.

I began running tentatively after a few months but not nearly as often, or as quickly. Roll forward several years and I heard from a friend that parkrun was coming to Queen’s Park in Crewe. As the park is within a mile of my house I felt I just had to try it. I thought I would be able to run a 5K easily and in a comfortable time of about 27 minutes as I used to run 5Ks in 22/23 minutes when I was running consistently.

So imagine how shocked and disappointed I was when I took part in the first Crewe parkrun, and struggled to run it in 34 minutes. Fortunately, I did not allow this result to dissuade me from trying again and I nervously attended the 2nd Crewe parkrun and I improved my time by 2 minutes. I was hooked and I resolved to do parkrun every Saturday morning. My times improved marginally and I managed to run regularly at 29-30 minutes each week for several months. However, as much as I love parkrun I was not really progressing as much as I had hoped. I needed something to help motivate me to train harder and improve my times. 

One Saturday I witnessed the Couch to 5K ( CT5K ) graduates being presented with their medals for completing their running course organised by the South Cheshire Harriers ( SCH) . The runners were all smiling and glowing after achieving their 5K runs from a standing / sitting start!  I discovered that many had joined the SCH and I decided that I should go along to try one of their bi-weekly training sessions. I was made very welcome and invited to join a group nicknamed ‘The Inbetweeners’ as my parkrun average time was considered suitable for this particular team of runners. I enjoyed it so much that I have been running with them every Tuesday and Thursday evening for 5 months. It has been brilliant, and I have extended the distances that I run to up to 8 miles, something I had not done for many years. This has improved my stamina immensely and I made me feel more comfortable running the 5K distance of parkrun. As a direct result of running more frequently and longer distances with the SCH I have recently improved my parkrun time to 27’ 15. 

I entered the Sandbach 10K in August, my first race for at least 15 years, and I was delighted to achieve a time of 56’ 36 – the equivalent of running back to back parkruns of 28 minutes, something I would not have thought possible when I joined the parkrun community. I ran the Wilmslow 10k in another very pleasing time;  I am now looking forward to entering further races in 2020 and beyond.

I would recommend parkrun and joining a running club to anyone who is looking to get fit, lose weight, and make new friends. It has certainly helped my physical and mental well-being and I have even managed to lose over a stone in weight! 

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Crewe parkrun
Event number 96
7th December 2019

This week 247 people ran, jogged and walked the course. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Ruth BEACH • John PUTT • Harry WARDLE • Selina HOOK • Suzanne BUCKLEY • Peter RATHBONE • Laura DOWNTON • Ian ROYLE • Sadie PRINCE • Roy WILLIAMSON • Gail PRINCE • Karen TOMLINSON • Maurice FITZGERALD • Dennis MARTIN • Pam SAUNDERS • Ray SWEENEY • Louise WRIGHT • Chloe WILD • Karen WILD • Andy WILD • Joe SCOTT

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 18:29 on 23rd November 2019 (event number 95).
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 5,084 participants have completed 28,019 parkruns covering a total distance of 140,095 km, including 6,472 new Personal Bests. A total of 425 individuals have volunteered 2,494 times.

Notable Achievements

There were 14 first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests at Crewe.  Niamh Sweeney completed her 10th park run and Nadia James a fantastic 50 - most of which have been at Crewe.  Bob Kettle from Sandwich Striders was celebrating his 70th birthday and he attributes his boyish good looks to being a regular park runner.

Chloe LEATHER equalled the ladies' course PB she set only two weeks previously.

Visitors

We welcomed parkrunners from Pitchcroft near Worcester, Marple and Liverpool.

Events

It is pacer day on Saturday 14th December.  We anticipate having pacers at 20, 22, 25, 30 and 35 minutes.

It is foodbank collection day on Saturday 21st December.  Local foodbanks that people provide, if they are willing and able, normal items as the Christmas foodbank packages will have been distributed.

On Christmas Day there will be a park run at Crewe with a 9am start.  The cafe will be open for drinks and cakes only.  Yes the toilets will be open too.

We anticipate the 100th Crewe parkrun being on Saturday 28th December and we hope that all of you will be able to join us.

On New Year's Day we will have our run at 10:30am enabling people to run other events locally that start at 9am and get to Crewe to complete the New Year's Day Double.

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