It’s safe to say that was a cold one…..
Well done to everyone who visited our 235th event where 367 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 64 were first timers, a big welcome to Croxteth Hall parkrun! We had 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 42 different clubs took part.
This event was made possible by the following 50 amazing volunteers:
Jennie PLATT • Carol PLATT • Natalie WILSON • Gary FISHER • Colette O'HALLERON • Ian ROBERTS • Linda GREENGRASS • Ann GREEN • Lesley NEARY • Susan EVANS • Sue TAYLOR • Tony BEYGA • Elaine CARDEN • Christine BEYGA • Jayne RUSSELL • Julie DINWOODIE • Amanda LEE • Steven KELLY • Patricia HELSBY • Amy CUBBINS • Ian RIVERS • Bex FIELDMOUSE • Lisa BENSON • Jean HANDS • Hayley SMALLMAN • Claire NEEDHAM • Tanya HORNE • Samantha HORNE • Mark HORNE • Charlotte SMITH • Sharon HARRISON • Annmaria MILLER • Kirstin FARRAR • Brian FORD • Helen RICHARDSON • Paula HEATON • Xander HEATON • Kevin O'BRIEN • Kevin HARRISON • Margaret KELLY • Deb CRAWLEY • Gill INGARFIELD • Sharon MCGOUGH • Rachel FISHER • William ROTHWELL • Emma ROBERTSON • Kirsty GILLER • Chris ALEXANDER • Daisy FISHER • Poppy FISHER
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Male first finishers:
Ryan WHISTON (SM20-24) was first over the line in 17.42
Graham DOUGLAS (VM35-39) of Penny Lane Striders, was second over the line in 18.06. It was also Graham’s first time at Croxteth Hall parkrun.
Paul MARTIN (SM30-34) of North Endurance, was third over the line in 18.14.
Female first finishers:
- Kersha DWYER (VW40-44) of Kent AC, was first (29th overall) over the line in 21.06. It was also Kersha’s first time at Croxteth.
- Selina MAKIN (VW35-39) of Wigan Phoenix was second (42nd overall) over the line in 21.54 (and a new PB!).
- Andrea BOND (VW40-44) of Penny Lane Striders was third (46th overall) over the line in 22.04. It was also Andrea’s first time at Croxteth.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Tony HARVEY (VM55-59) – 82.19% for the time 19.11 (8th overall) – also Tony’s first time at Croxteth.
Fred SHILLETO (VM80-84) – 81.07% for the time 26.35 (157th overall)
Ian ROCHE (VM55-59) – 79.83% for the time 19.25 (13th overall)
Saturday's results and a complete event history can be found on the Croxteth Hall parkrun Results Page.
We had FIVE runners reach milestones this week. A huge well done to:
Will BATCHELOR (VM40-44) – 50 parkruns
Eddie WHITTAKER (VM65-69) – 50 parkruns
- Alan LOWRY (VM50-54) – 100 parkruns
David SMALL (VM50-54) – 250 parkruns
Jayne HAMILTON (VW50-54) - 250 parkruns
This week saw a parkrun takeover by the Kirkby Milers Athletics Club. I think you will all agree that the atmosphere around the park was electric, bet you’ve never seen so many instruments at a parkrun. Our volunteers loved being part of your day!
As part of the Kirkby Milers takeover, we had a guest Run Director – Hayley Smallman.
Hayley has given us a few words to sum up the day:
‘'Well what a fabulous morning I have had!! I was lucky enough to be Run Director at Croxteth Hall parkrun today and I loved every minute. I started preparing for my role through the week being guided by the very wonderful Chris Beyga. Chris is resident RD and an integral part of the core team of hardy volunteers that turn up week in week out.
The call out to get my team together for the day and trying to make sure every role was filled went quite successful as I had promised homemade cakes for anyone that turned up. I was very happy that on the day we had an influx of helpers and maybe not enough cakes to go round.
It was a beautiful morning at Croxteth, the temperature was freezing but that made the setting even more beautiful and such a joy to run around. The first job of the day was already underway by the time I arrived by the very wonderful Tony Beyga who was on his bike setting up all the signs and checking the course for any areas that we needed to be mindful of and also to prepare our marshals and runners. I was starting to feel very nervous at this point as I knew time was ticking down and the parkrun crowd were starting to arrive.
We headed to the stunning steps of the Hall to have a group pic and hand out all the tambourines as our marshals headed out to their points.
Next came the most nerve-wracking bit addressing the crowd and doing the welcome. I was really fortunate that we had 2 x 250 milestones, a 100 and 2 x 50s which I always think is a great part of the morning as people can look at these guys celebrating and aspire to be like them and get that much anticipated milestone t shirt. I don’t know why I was so nervous, I loved talking to everyone. I think because I was surrounded by my running family, the Kirkby Milers, that certainly helped. I loved seeing everyone cross the line with a massive grin and that sense of achievement that you only get from parkrun. For me, the best bit of the day was when a little disabled boy named Louis crossed the finish line surrounded by his family in his brand-new running buggy that had been donated to him that morning.
All in all, I loved every minute of being RD for the day and it gave me a greater appreciation for my parkrun team who are there every week to make sure I can start my Saturday in the best possible way. I truly appreciate all of the time these selfless heroes give up every week so we can enjoy our run.
My toes have just about thawed out but my smile is still beaming as I reflect on my fabulous morning xx’ - Hayley Smallman – Run Director
See you all next week!