14th Dec 2019 – Milestones!

Thanks to some heavy rainfall last week, the course on Saturday was a very muddy one to say the least! Still it didn’t put anyone off and a total of 240 parkrunners gave Peppa Pig a run for her money!

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Our Run Director this week was the wonderful Jennie, who after making sure all of the volunteers were briefed on their role, gave a first timers briefing and got the run underway. We had 6 Crocky newbies, 4 of those were brand new to parkrun, welcome to the parkun family Kenneth, Julia, Sean and Justine, what a fantastic decision you have made. We had 2 tourists visiting Crocky parkrun for the first time, Benjamin and Trevor (Trevor has wracked up an impressive 339 parkruns!).

I think it’s only right that this weeks run report focuses on the amazing milestones that were reached today from both runners and volunteers.

We had FIVE runners reach their 50 parkruns milestone, a huge well done to:

  • Thomas DEMPSEY (SM30-34)
  • Shaun RILEY (SM30-34)
  • Ian COCKBURN (VM55-59)
  • Daniel POPE (VM35-39)
  • Shirley O’BRIEN (VW55-59)


We also had TWO runners reach their 100 parkruns milestone, another huge well done to:

  • F Debra DONNELLY (VW55-59)
  • Andrew SNELSON (VM50-54) – Andrew also got himself a PB!

From the results, I can see couple of people will be reaching big milestones next week. If this is you and you want to shout it from the rooftops, send us a message on Facebook, Twitter or via email and we’ll be sure to give you a big Crocky shout-out before your run.

So, this moves us onto the Volunteer milestones. Unlike runners, the Volunteers official milestone is 25. However, it's only fair that we celebrate the incredible milestones of TWO of our amazing team - Samathana Horne and Carol Platt.

If you’ve been coming to Croxteth Hall parkrun for a while, you will have seen the delightful Samantha Horne out on the course volunteering with her amazing Mum and Dad, Tanya and Mark.


Sam is only 10 years old and has wracked up an incredible 100 volunteer stints - ye you read that right, 100! How mind-blowing is that? From speaking to Mark (Sam’s dad), he informed me that Sam started her volunteer journey when she was just 6 years old, wow! What’s remarkable about Sam is that she is always smiling, never complaining and is out there in all weathers with her family showing you all lots of support and encouragement. I very much doubt, there is anyone who comes close to Sam’s achievement across the parkrun family and this is certainly one that we should celebrate.

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Sam’s family kindly brought a delicious cake to help mark the occasion. Here’s to another 100 Sam, thank you for giving up your Saturday mornings, be assured that you bring so much joy to both our runners and volunteers just by being you.

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Another volunteer milestone we celebrated was Carol Platt who has reached a remarkable 200 volunteer stints. Carol started off her volunteer journey back in 2015 and if my math’s serves me right, Carol would have needed to volunteer pretty much every Saturday for the past 4 years to reach her 200, now that is commitment! I mean who doesn’t wish they could have a lie in on a Saturday!

Carol is a very much loved and valued member of the Core Team who splits her time between Run Director and various other on the ground roles. Carol brings such a happy, fun spirit with her and it’s a pleasure to spend a Saturday morning with her. There truly is never a dull moment, when Carol is around!

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Weekly stats:

This week 240 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 6 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

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The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Jennie PLATT • Carol PLATT • Natalie WILSON • Nathan CUBBINS • Tony BEYGA • Elaine CARDEN • Christine BEYGA • Julie DINWOODIE • Steven KELLY • Amy CUBBINS • Christopher DOWRICK • Lisa PLATT • Margaret ROBERTS • Grace SCULLIN • Claire NEEDHAM • Samantha HORNE • Mark HORNE • Sharon HARRISON • Kirstin FARRAR • Xander HEATON • Kevin O'BRIEN • Mim EATON • Emma ROBERTSON • Heidi CORKISH • Henry JARMAN

If you would like to be a Hi-Vis Hero, please contact us via Facebook or Twitter or email us croxtethhallhelpers@parkrun.com

Male first finishers:

  • Thomas DEMPSEY (SM30-34) of Kirkby Milers AC, was first over the line in 18.08. It was also Tom’s 50th parkrun!
  • Andrew FEARNS (VM40-44) of Knowsley Harriers AC, was second over the line in 18.40.
  • Gary WILTON (VM40-44) of Kirkby Milers AC, was fourth over the line in 19.43.

Female first finishers:

  • Elizabeth GEMMELL (SW30-34) of Knowsley Harriers AC, was first (13th overall) over the line in 21.12.
  • Vicky UNSWORTH (VW35-39) of Liverpool Harriers & AC, was second (25th overall) over the line in 22.04.
  • Ginny JOHNSON (VW40-44) of Penny Lane Striders, was third (33rd overall) over the line in 22.56.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

  • Fred SHILLETO (VM80-84) – 79.91% for the time 26.58 (93rd overall).
  • Nigel GRANT (VM55-59) – 77.27% for the time 20.14 (9th overall).
  • Gary ENGLISH (VM55-59) – 77.24% for the time 20.04 (6th overall).

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

The male record is held by David DEVINE who recorded a time of 14:59 on 2nd December 2017 (event number 139).
The female record is held by Kirsty LONGLEY who recorded a time of 16:46 on 14th September 2019 (event number 225).

The Age Grade course record is held by Kirsty LONGLEY who recorded 93.14% (16:46) on 14th September 2019 (event number 225).

Croxteth Hall parkrun started on 14th March 2015. Since then 9,013 participants have completed 70,104 parkruns covering a total distance of 350,520 km, including 11,373 new Personal Bests. A total of 562 individuals have volunteered 5,235 times.