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.

 

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.

 

What’s it all about?

Allegedly Jimmy Greaves, not selected to play for England in the World Cup Final in 1966, didn’t get selected because of his irreverent attitude and his wont to sing “What’s it all about Alfie?” - a song made popular at the time by Adam Faith - from the back seat of the team bus as a bit of a swipe against the then England manager Alf Ramsay.

I’d like to echo some of those words but none of Jimmy’s cynical intent & ask “parkrun; what’s it all about?”

Simply of course it’s just a run in a park - simple. It’s very simple to organise - find a safe public place to run, get some signs, hi-vis tops, some techie things & some people. Hey presto we’re off!

Nevertheless it is a lot more than that. I wanted to start parkrun in Crewe to bring people together; yes I’m a runner and I get a buzz from running but I get a bigger one from seeing people gather, walk, jog or run and also chat. So the bringing people together aspect is massive for me.

Paul Sinton-Hewitt has always maintained that for him the post-run coffee and chat are as important as the run itself, arguably more important.

So a couple of Saturdays ago I sat around the table with some loyal Crewe parkrun team members and I felt at one with the world; I had a great feeling of well-being. Sadie & Liz processed the results in a focused and very professional manner but we all chatted about running and life - time stood still! A hygge moment?  Hygge - what's that?

I’d had the good fortune to be in Denmark the weekend before and I’d gone along to support the local parkrun. I chatted - as I would - with some of their team and the word ‘hygge’ came up in conversation.

Basically I’d indicated that I’d heard a noise early in the morning that I’d attributed to the apartment block plumbing. [I stayed in a beautiful apartment which epitomised Scandi but also epitomised communal urban living: communal bins, a children’s play area and sandpit, tables and chairs to sit at with family & friends, plenty of space for bike storage and all neatly tucked away in a communal courtyard! Bliss!]. However it was close to the harbour and the noise was a ship’s foghorn.

One of the Danish team said that at one time he bemoaned this noise as it woke him - apparently the Norwegian fjord cruise ships play tunes to each other - but that he now accepts this as ‘hygge’. This is something that makes him feel good because it is traditional and part of Danish culture. For me it’s a bit like hearing a train hooting in Crewe or its environs: a sense of belonging, of well-being, of being at one with others and the world.

I was disappointed that there was no post-parkrun cafe meet-up at the parkrun in Copenhagen although I chatted with the RD as she pushed her bike - an essential fashion item in Copenhagen - and realised that the post-parkrun coffee is our ‘hygge’ - it’s a well-being moment. It’s about coming together, connecting, conversing and creating community - long may it continue!

Milestones

We had 23 first time parkrunners.  Welcome one and all.  We had 78 personal bests.  All of the following ran their 50th parkrun: Lisa Johnstone , Chris Swann, Lucy Lee, John P Morris, Peter Duncalfe, Carla Done and Andrew Winter.  Well done - we hope that those t-shirts have been ordered!  Regulars Ruth Beach (309) and Brian Moore (239) were the most prolific parkrunners present.

Visitors
Representatives of 22 different clubs partook in Crewe parkrun #72.  We had visitors from Congleton, Hanley, Market Drayton, Shrewsbury, Nottingham, Northampton and Cyprus.

Events
It is the Pride in the Park event on Saturday 29th June.  This begins at 2pm although parkrunners are encouraged to wear #pride colours when running the parkrun.

Crewe parkrun
Event number 72
15th June 2019

This week 389 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 78 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Terry BARKER • John PUTT • Selina HOOK • Steven CROWE • Peter RATHBONE • Jennifer EDWARDS • Harry BROMLEY • Caroline BROMLEY • Sadie PRINCE • Sue PRINCE • Karen RATHBONE • Roy WILLIAMSON • Rebecca CRACKNELL • Cathy LEWIN • Richard CHERRINGTON • Nicola MARSHALL • Phillip RAWLINGS • Ray SWEENEY • Emma TOMKINSON • Ben WYE • Chloe WILD • Barry WILLIAMS • Karen WILD • Andy WILD • Jack WILLIAMS

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

The female record is held by Holly WEEDALL who recorded a time of 18:30 on 3rd March 2018 (event number 3).
The male record is held by Matthew MCCORMACK who recorded a time of 16:08 on 16th February 2019 (event number 55).
The Age Grade course record is held by Martin HULL who recorded 86.45% (18:05) on 1st September 2018 (event number 29).

Crewe parkrun started on 17th February 2018. Since then 4,235 participants have completed 20,728 parkruns covering a total distance of 103,640 km, including 5,097 new Personal Bests. A total of 351 individuals have volunteered 1,863 times.

 

Definitely No Wash-Out!

Despite grim weather conditions, 226 parkrun stalwarts gathered at the start line for event number 71. Nobody was going to let the rain dampen their spirits – just their clothes!
Nicola Marshall stepped into the role of Run Director for the first time and shares with us how she found her first week of carrying out the RD responsibilities…

‘I’ve always had a great appreciation for the important role the volunteers have and the huge part they play in running parkrun week in week out. However, that appreciation rose to a new level this week when I found myself responsible for unlocking the park at 7.30am. The sleepless night I had the night before (worrying about whether I’d done everything I should in preparation – checking the kit, printing the roster etc) and not forgetting the RD brief and the responsibility of remembering everything!! However, it all went off without a hitch thanks to the amazing support (and full credit to the new loudhailer!) and encouragement from the rest of the volunteers.
I absolutely love being part of parkrun each week and would strongly encourage anyone to have a shot at volunteering; it’s hugely rewarding’. ‘That moment when you forget you’re volunteering to help change lives because it’s changing yours’
It was pacer week this week (second Saturday of each month) with 5 pacers bringing the runners home – hopefully with a new PB! Bradley Smith pacing 20 minutes, Daniel Williams pacing 22, Mike Stevens 25, Peter Rathbone 30 and Ed McCauley 35. Thanks guys!"

Visitors
Representatives of 22 different clubs partook in Crewe parkrun #71. We welcomed some seasoned parkrun tourists with Dan Yarwood (234 Oldham) and Simon Brucelake (281 Chadderton Hall) making a return visit and brothers Graham (300+ parkruns) and Rob (250+) parkruns visiting Crewe from Worcester Woods parkrun to run at Queens Park and attend an event at the Crewe Heritage Centre.

Milestones

Kate Sharp clocked up her 100th parkrun and regular Crewe parkrunner Roger Beastall clocked up his 50th as did Darren Tweats.  Nicola Cave achieved her 10th parkrun - as she is undeer 16 she qualifies for a 10 parkruns t-shirt.

Events

On the third Saturday of each month we have a collection for local foodbanks.  This month the food will go to the Nnatwich foodbank and the collection point will be a cargo bike outside the cafe!

Please let us know if you have a milestone coming up and we will give you a shout out in the run brief.

Crewe parkrun
Event number 71
8th June 2019

This week 226 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 63 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Terry BARKER • Mike STEVENS • John PUTT • Bradley SMITH • Peter RATHBONE • Simon COOTE • Liz PRESTON • Harry BROMLEY • Caroline BROMLEY • Sadie PRINCE • Ed MCCAULEY • Ava CHAPMAN • Roy WILLIAMSON • Cathy LEWIN • Pam SAUNDERS • Nicola MARSHALL • Phillip RAWLINGS • Ray SWEENEY • Matthew YEOMANS • Daniel WILLIAMS • Chloe WILD • Barry WILLIAMS • Karen WILD • Jack WILLIAMS
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Crewe parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Holly WEEDALL who recorded a time of 18:30 on 3rd March 2018 (event number 3).
The male record is held by Matthew MCCORMACK who recorded a time of 16:08 on 16th February 2019 (event number 55).
The Age Grade course record is held by Martin HULL who recorded 86.45% (18:05) on 1st September 2018 (event number 29).
Crewe parkrun started on 17th February 2018. Since then 4,167 participants have completed 20,339 parkruns covering a total distance of 101,695 km, including 5,019 new Personal Bests. A total of 349 individuals have volunteered 1,838 times.

 

Find out about C.A.L.M. and run!

Apologies for the tardiness of this run report but it is a very important one highlighting one of the many and varied reasons why people run.  

Many thanks to Rachel Beach for this run report.

13th – 19th May was Mental Health Awareness Week.

We ALL need to look after our mental health, so in this week’s run report I would like to talk to you about how parkrun has helped me personally; and how I plan to use my new found love of running to raise awareness of mental health issues in others.

So here we go…….

When we hit a milestone birthday our thoughts are usually that of sheer joy and celebration…. or perhaps sheer dread as the years pass us by so quickly. 

When turning 40 earlier this year I decided to approach things a little bit differently, deciding to complete three challenges which seemed scarily unachievable.

These challenges consisted of running my first ever marathon, jumping out of a plane and completing the National Three Peaks Challenge, all within my 40th year.

“Why” you might ask?

Well, as I get older, as the dynamics of my life change (I work in a very male dominated environment where I see a lot of absence due to mental health issues)... and as I hear more & more horrific stories, it is apparent that mental health & specifically the mental health of men under 45 is a HUGE issue in this day and age.

After experiencing my own wellbeing issues towards  the end of 2017, I realised feeling depressed, anxious and quite frankly at the absolute end of my tether was NOT a good place to be.

I was fortunate; and with the help & support of my family & friends I was able to TALK, to manage my feelings. Then in January 2018 a friend introduced me to the AMAZING phenomenon that is parkrun where I soon bumped in to an old colleague who pointed me in the direction of my local running club, the brilliant South Cheshire Harriers.

This may sound stupid, but I hadn't done a bean of exercise for years and now here I was, an ACTUAL runner….. and it truly has transformed my physical and more importantly, my mental wellbeing beyond belief.

BUT, not everyone has this support, it can be scary to TALK, feelings get bottled up, filling a big pot of worms until one day they sneak out... then that's it, the lid comes off!

So, I decided to channel my new-found energies in to not only challenging myself; but also, to raise awareness of mental health issues, specifically that of men under 45.

So, that's it, that's why I chose to do something which I felt was unachievable and more importantly, so those that might need it see what I'm doing and have the courage to TALK and not be afraid and alone.

The Charity:

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. Their goal is a life less miserable for you, your friends, your family and for all men.

CALM PROVIDES
> A free and anonymous helpline 0800 585858 and webchat (5pm-12am daily) staffed by trained professionals;
> Bereavement support;
> A website www.theCALMzone.net with inspiring content by men for men;
> Campaigns tackling stereotypes of masculinity, suicide and male mental health.

If you would like to find out more about my challenges then please email me via Crewe parkrun but please at least have a look at the great work C.A.L.M. do and spread the word.... you never know who might need it!!!

Thanks for reading,

Rachel x

Milestones 

On Saturday 25th May Dave John Williamson joined us for his 516th parkrun.  Locals Rob Brown and Matthew Yeomans completed their 50th parkrun.  We believe they kept it quiet to avoid bringing cake; you've been rumbled fellas! Cake this Saturday please! 

It looks like there are many more milestones in the pipeline over the next few weeks so we await more cake.  More cake only means one thing - more running to burn off those delicious calories. 

24 people ran their first ever parkrun on Saturday.  We are delighted at the gradual growth of our running community.  Please continue telling family, friends and colleagues - all are welcome to walk, jog, run or volunteer. 

Visitors 

We had plenty of visitors from near and far.  The furthest we believe was a runner from Belgium but we also had runners from London and Sandymoor.  All are welcome at Crewe.

Future parkruns

Saturday June 8th is pacer day - there will be pacers for 20, 22, 25, 30 & 35 minutes.  If you would like to see pacers for other times then please let us know.

Saturday June 15th is food bank collection day.

Crewe parkrun
Event number 69
25th May 2019

This week 349 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 80 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers (Thank you volunteers!):

James SIMPSON • Ruth BEACH • Ivor TWISS • Lana DAVIDSON • Pete ROBINSON • John PUTT • Wilf DIGHT • Jennifer EDWARDS • Simon COOTE • Liz PRESTON • James CULSHAW • Ian ROYLE • Harry BROMLEY • Caroline BROMLEY • Sadie PRINCE • Ava CHAPMAN • Roy WILLIAMSON • Cathy LEWIN • Pam SAUNDERS • Richard CHERRINGTON • Phillip RAWLINGS • Ray SWEENEY • Angela SHENTON • Chloe WILD • Barry WILLIAMS • Karen WILD

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Crewe parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Holly WEEDALL who recorded a time of 18:30 on 3rd March 2018 (event number 3).
The male record is held by Matthew MCCORMACK who recorded a time of 16:08 on 16th February 2019 (event number 55).
The Age Grade course record is held by Martin HULL who recorded 86.45% (18:05) on 1st September 2018 (event number 29).
Crewe parkrun started on 17th February 2018. Since then 4,083 participants have completed 19,778 parkruns covering a total distance of 98,890 km, including 4,896 new Personal Bests. A total of 346 individuals have volunteered 1,786 times.

 

With a parkrun on the doorstep, it’s rude not to go…

This week's run report comes from Richard Cherrington who is one of our most loyal parkrunners as he has run 49 of his 50 parkruns at Crewe.  Not only that but he lives very close to Queens Park.

My love affair with running started a little over 7 years ago at the age of 36. I'd stopped playing football and I'd piled on a bit of weight. The scales were tipping at just under 15 stone. I remember running up the stairs to my daughter crying in her cot and being totally out of breath. I decided to take up running as a way of getting fit and losing some weight.

I remember the first run really well; I hated it!  But I stuck to it and 7 years later I've run 6,600 plus miles including the London Marathon twice (raising over £4000 for Make a Wish UK) and a PB at Chester Marathon last year with a sub 3.50 time. I've also lost over 2 stone and I now run 5 or 6 times a week. This year I'm running Manchester and Chester Marathons.

One of my good friends Terry Barker told me that Crewe was getting a parkrun in 2018. I'd not really heard of parkrun before or how it worked. So I joined him on the very first one at Crewe and totally fell in love with it! So much so, I've taken part in every one that I've been able to. I also try and volunteer whenever I can by doing some token sorting or marshaling duties; I get just as much enjoyment out of that.

Most of my runs have been at Crewe as I live right next to the park, it's rude not to take part with it right on my doorstep! But later this year I'm off to Florida on holiday and my barcode is coming with me, Crewe will be getting a shout out from this visiting parkrunner!

It's great to see people of all ages, shapes and sizes taking part. I like the fact it's not a race and people can get out of it what they want. I've also been lucky enough to run with my daughter on a few occasions, when I can get her away from Fortnite!

This weekend I've joined the 50 club and celebrated with a new PB. Parkrun is a big part of my weekend now and it doesn't feel like a Saturday if I don't take part!

Milestones

There were 21new parkrunners at Crewe on Saturday.  77 parkrunners recorded personal bests at Crewe many of which are personal bests overall.

Isaac Leydon clocked up his tenth parkrun - well done to you Isaac!  Very well done to Richard Cherrington who ran his 50th parkrun with 49 of them having been at Crewe!  Richard probably is probably our most loyal parkrunner!  Very well done too to Karen Lovatt from Sandbach also running her 50th parkrun.  Karen brought cake and Richard has promised cake for this Saturday!

Saturday's most prolific parkrunner was Darren Sharp of running his 188th parkrun!

Local runner Danielle Kenny was first female finisher and this was the first time that she has achieved that impressive milestone!  Well done Danielle!

Please remember to let us know of any milestones so we can give you a shout out but also so we can have some cake!!

Visitors

We welcomed visitors from Cumbria, Exmouth and Worsley Woods, Manchester.

Crewe parkrun 57

Saturday 2nd March 2019

This week 339 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 77 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

John PUTT • Selina HOOK • Rebecca COOTE • Simon COOTE • Ian ROYLE • Andy TWISS • Alexander GARNETT • Joanna MASCARENHAS • Justine TWISS • Ellie CHAPMAN • Ava CHAPMAN • Alison CHAPMAN • Roy WILLIAMSON • Laura CONCANNON • Karen SOHAWON • Cathy LEWIN • Pam SAUNDERS • Nicola MARSHALL • Ray SWEENEY • Winnie TWISS • Mandy YEOMANS • Barry WILLIAMS • Victoria WESTON • Charlie LEWIS • Zach LOWE • Adele LOWE • Justin GRATTAN • Sharon GRATTAN • Joseph HUDSON

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

The female record is held by Holly WEEDALL who recorded a time of 18:30 on 3rd March 2018 (event number 3).
The male record is held by Matthew MCCORMACK who recorded a time of 16:08 on 16th February 2019 (event number 55).
The Age Grade course record is held by Martin HULL who recorded 86.45% (18:05) on 1st September 2018 (event number 29).

Crewe parkrun started on 17th February 2018. Since then 3,538 participants have completed 15,631 parkruns covering a total distance of 78,155 km, including 3,954 new Personal Bests. A total of 313 individuals have volunteered 1,498 times.

 

What are you waiting for?

This week’s run report comes from one of our stalwart volunteers Nicola Marshall.

Having never really exercised since school, the decision to take up running 21 years post GCSE’s came as quite a shock to the system!! However, I was determined to break the cycle of yo-yo dieting and my extremely sedentary lifestyle. I could barely run 100 metres without feeling like I needed a paramedic!

To say I was sporadic with my running efforts would be an understatement. If it was raining, I wouldn’t run; if it was too cold or if it was too hot, I wouldn’t run. Consequently, my progression was slow and came to a complete stop on more that one occasion.

That all changed when a friend asked me if I wanted to run with her. I was unsure at first –would I keep up, could I run AND talk at the same time and when she proposed a meeting time of 6am, I broke into a cold  sweat!!! However, running with her has been a complete game changer and has transformed my running.

We built up gradually from very short runs, to the parkrun to our first 10K, to our first half marathon together – an achievement I never would have believed possible 18 months ago and parkrun played a huge part in that – giving me the incentive to improve my times each week that I ran it and this is just one of many reasons I love parkrun so much.

I’d never even heard of it until it arrived in Crewe and now, I hate missing it and I enjoy volunteering as much, if not more, than running it. I love the fact that it’s such an inclusive, encouraging and friendly community for people  to come together to get fit. It’s such a lovely event to part of each week and as a direct result of parkrun, I’ve joined the South Cheshire Harriers running club, have helped out in the Couch to 5K programme run by the club for people just starting out on their running journey and best of all, have made so many lovely friends.

It’s amazing to see the progression that people make through parkrun and I love to see and hear the sense of achievement people feel as they cross the finish line. It doesn’t matter how you get around the course or how long it takes you, you’ll be encouraged all the way around.  If I, the self-confessed inactive, chocoholic yo-yo dieter can do it, then anyone can. What are you waiting for?

Nicola Marshall

Milestones

We welcomed 38 new parkrunners on Saturday.  We also had a great turnout on an uninspiring day weatherwise; this was our fifth highest turnout.  A massive 98 runners celebrated a personal best at Crewe.

We gave shout outs to Robert Kettle from Sandbach completing his 50th parkrun and to Ed Macauley a belated shout out for his 50th the week before.  When will be seeing and eating cake gentlemen?

A huge well done to everybody.

If you or a family member or friend has a significant milestone approaching then please let us know - the t-shirt milestones are 10 parkruns for under 16s and 50, 100, 250 and 500 for everyone.  There is a volunteer milestone for 25.

Foodbank

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the foodbank collection.  This was delivered to and very gratefully received by Crewe St Paul’s foodbank.

We will do a foodbank collection on the third Saturday of the month alternating between Crewe and Nantwich foodbanks.

Visitors

Shout outs were given to runners from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Worcester and one of our stalwarts and supporters, Guido, paid us a visit on a trip back to Crewe from Germany.

First Birthday

Unbelievably our first birthday approaches.  This will be on Saturday 16th February and we hope that all our regular volunteers will be able to run, and eat cake, as the social running club Go Team Running Club from the Potteries will be taking over on that day. We will finalise arrangements shortly and advise on the attire required and the type of cakes too!!

Unknowns

Please remember your barcode - parkrun accept these in paper form whatever the state, as long as it is legible so even if it does not scan or it is too soggy but legible we will write it down.  Make it a part of that Saturday morning routine. #dfyb

Event number 51

19th January 2019

This week 353 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 51 were first timers and 95 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Annabel HODGES • John PUTT • Martin VARLEY • Jacob VARLEY • Rowan VARLEY • Rebecca COOTE • Jennifer EDWARDS • Evie COOTE • Oscar COOTE • Simon COOTE • Liz PRESTON • Kerry PODMORE • Sue PRINCE • Denise LAWSON • Norman HINDLE • Roy WILLIAMSON • Cathy LEWIN • Pam SAUNDERS • Nicola MARSHALL • Ray SWEENEY • Alistair KAY • Anne TOMLINSON • Angela TWISS • Joseph HUDSON • Phil CLIFF

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

The female record is held by Holly WEEDALL who recorded a time of 18:30 on 3rd March 2018 (event number 3).

The male record is held by Matthew MCCORMACK who recorded a time of 16:23 on 17th November 2018 (event number 40).

The Age Grade course record is held by Martin HULL who recorded 86.45% (18:05) on 1st September 2018 (event number 29).

Crewe parkrun started on 17th February 2018. Since then 3,258 participants have completed 13,565 parkruns covering a total distance of 67,825 km, including 3,438 new Personal Bests. A total of 283 individuals have volunteered 1,318 times.

 

One Family: Over One Thousand parkruns

Thank you to Ruth Beach for this week’s run report.  Ruth and her family are committed parkrunners and have been stalwart supporters since we started last February.  As a family they must have clocked up well over 1,000 parkruns; that is some achievement.

This morning there was a good turnout from our family for Thomas Beach’s 300th parkrun. Thomas has been running parkruns since 2009; first at Woodbank and more recently at Wimpole in Cambridgeshire. He is always keen to do a parkrun when away from home, so he has run in quite a few different places, including Poland. Thomas has been a great ambassador for parkruns in our family, even down to getting me, his mum, into running. I shall never forget him saying ‘Mum why don’t you come along?’ and the rest is history as I am on my 292nd run.

When I moved back to Nantwich it did not take me long to get my brother Brian Moore running at Congleton and he is now on his 217th. Hannah, Brian’s daughter has just finished her 50 volunteers for her Duke of Edinburgh Award. Now Meelee, Brian’s wife, is also running as is Robert Parton my nephew and all of his family, who were with us this morning, either running or just supporting. Oh and I must not forget my niece Kate who normally runs with her son at Oakwell Park in South Yorkshire, but who was not able to be with us this morning because of illness.

Yes there is certainly a great deal of interest in our family when the results come out each week.

Ruth Beach

Milestones

Other notable milestones today were from Dominic Hasson from Ballymena completing his 100th parkrun.  A number of under 16s completed their 10th parkrun: Hugh Allwood, Freddie Allwood, Oliver Ibbotson and Euan Ibbotson.  

Well done to you all and remember to order your milestone t-shirt.  Also please let us know if you have a milestone so that we can give you a shout out.

Volunteers

I apologise as I forgot to mention the volunteers in the run briefing.  Thanks to all of you who volunteered as Crewe parkrun would not be possible with you.  A special well done to those of you who marshalled for the first time.

If you would like to marshal then please let us know via crewehelpers@parkrun.com. We anticipate some busy weeks ahead so we could do with as many of you as possible!

Crewe parkrun

Event number 47

29th December 2018

This week 285 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 51 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Ivor TWISS • Brian MOORE • Phillip CLIFF • Pete MALLISON • John PUTT • Peter RATHBONE • Liz PRESTON • Ryan BERRISFORD • Karen RATHBONE • Norman HINDLE • Roy WILLIAMSON • Cathy LEWIN • Pam SAUNDERS • Nicola MARSHALL • Phillip RAWLINGS • Ray SWEENEY • Jack LEWIN • Mandy LEWIS • David LEWIS • Johnny EVANS

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

The female record is held by Holly WEEDALL who recorded a time of 18:30 on 3rd March 2018 (event number 3).

The male record is held by Matthew MCCORMACK who recorded a time of 16:23 on 17th November 2018 (event number 40).

The Age Grade course record is held by Martin HULL who recorded 86.45% (18:05) on 1st September 2018 (event number 29).

Crewe parkrun started on 17th February 2018. Since then 2,963 participants have completed 12,085 parkruns covering a total distance of 60,425 km, including 3,168 new Personal Bests. A total of 267 individuals have volunteered 1,208 times.

 

 

From the Comrades’ Marathon to Crewe parkrun – Christmas Day 2018

I’m sure all parkrun enthusiasts alike have recently read in delight the news of our 5 millionth signee to the brand and couldn’t help but sneakily count off how many people we ourselves have cajoled in to joining us for a Saturday morning walk/jog/run around our local parks*. Christmas day in Crewe saw 212 people congregate beyond the clock tower having chosen to begin their festivities in the jovial company of their like-minded companions. Whilst the majority of those in attendance were regulars, our results present 32 new runners for this course. That’s 32 people who were inspired to and chose to come along by family members or friends to their first experience at Queens Park.

It is down to inspiration and encouragement that a particularly merry group of our runners attended this festive folly. Denise’s story is a truly heart-warming testament to the positive effect parkrun has on people from all walks of life across the planet (literally):

“The first time I ran a parkrun was on 01st July 2017 at the Piggly Wiggly course. I remember it as a misty morning in South Africa. The sun just coming over the hill across the vineyards in the Kwazulu Natal midlands. I was running with my mum, Cheryll Strydom who was 73 at the time. Her first run was on 15th August 2015. If she could do it so could I…So, when the Crewe parkrun started on 17th February 2018, incidentally my eldest daughter’s 21st birthday, I made sure I was there along with my girls and the ever-present grumpy Lola, my black Staffie.

Mum completed her 82nd run at Crewe on Christmas day, dressed as an Elf. Who would have thought I would be running/walking with my mum who is now 75 years old and never did sport in her life before! The week she turned 75, she ran her 75th run. Remarkable achievement.Since starting the park running, mum has started running other events too; trail runs, 10km runs along the Durban Beach front, including the Mandela Trail run, which goes through forests and rutted roads [and] she hopes to complete her 100th before turning 100. She has at least 3 more opportunities to run here with us which certainly helps her towards her goal. Her Doctor says that she is in great health, minus ‘creaky’ knees, thanks to parkruns!

It’s been a family thing because my younger sister started running the parkruns and has completed 130 runs so far. She encouraged mum who in turn got me running. I cajoled my friends Ann Sutton and Claire Dobson to join me, who in turn invited Kathryn Rush, and so our little gang is growing.  It’s possibly one of the best things I do during my busy week and look forward to the run every week.

Thank you, Mum for inspiring me. Thank you to the organisers and volunteers who make it possible for us all.”

Because of her family, Denise is a regular at Queens Park and her stats have significantly improved since commencing this journey. Because of Denise, her friends have forged and embraced a routine in which they encourage each other and revel in the benefits of.

Should this story capture the eye of even one person who may have been struggling with the confidence to attend a parkrun, I hope they put their motivation down to Denise too and take the opportunity in the new year to embrace their local volunteers and become that five millionth and one runner.

Many thanks to Sadie Sumner [A3032872] and Denise Lawson [A3633020]

Crewe parkrun

Event number 46

25th December 2018

This week 213 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Mike STEVENS • John PUTT • David MORRIS • Chris HASSALL • Rebecca HOWLETT • Dennis ROBINSON • Andrew GROWCOTT • Joanna MASCARENHAS • Sadie SUMNER • Roy WILLIAMSON • Karen SOHAWON • Cathy LEWIN • Peter ROBINSON • Ray SWEENEY • Gillian STEVENS • Chloe WILD • Terry BUCKLEY • Karen WILD • Christina BUCKLEY • Gerard BUCKLEY • Abigail BUCKLEY

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

The female record is held by Holly WEEDALL who recorded a time of 18:30 on 3rd March 2018 (event number 3).

The male record is held by Matthew MCCORMACK who recorded a time of 16:23 on 17th November 2018 (event number 40).

The Age Grade course record is held by Martin HULL who recorded 86.45% (18:05) on 1st September 2018 (event number 29).

Crewe parkrun started on 17th February 2018. Since then 2,912 participants have completed 11,800 parkruns covering a total distance of 59,000 km, including 3,126 new Personal Bests. A total of 261 individuals have volunteered 1,187 times.

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