29th Dec 2019 – Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone!!

We hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas. It was fantastic to see so many parkrunners on Saturday, many wearing their new running gear that Santa brought them. It was quite a busy week as we had 352 people who ran, jogged and walked the course.

There were 29 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. We also had representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Jennie PLATT • Carol PLATT • Judie KO • Lesley NEARY • Shirley CHUNG • Sue TAYLOR • Tony BEYGA • Christine BEYGA • Julie DINWOODIE • Steven KELLY • Lisa PLATT • Graham PRICE • Tanya HORNE • Samantha HORNE • Mark HORNE • Sharon HARRISON • Kirstin FARRAR • Brian FORD • Aaron WILSON • Emma ROBERTSON • 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

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This week was full of amazing milestones achieved by our runners. A massive well done to the following:

50 parkruns

  • Stephen Walker (VM50-54)

100 parkruns

  • Ian KING (VM60-64)
  • Phil MOODY (VM40-44) and of course the lovely Cooper!

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Absolutely incredible, well done everyone. We are honoured that you have chosen Crocky to celebrate your milestone!

Weekly stats:

Male first finishers:

  • Charlie DEAKIN (JM15-17) of Kirkby Milers AC, was first over the line in 18.15.
  • John GILBERT (SM30-34) of Knowsley Harriers AC, was second over the line in 19.05 and a new PB for John!
  • Gary FISHER (VM35-39) of Kirkby Milers AC, was third over the line in 19.33.
Flying feet by Charlie Deakin who finished first.

Flying feet by Charlie Deakin who finished first.

Female first finishers:

  • Kersha DWYER (VW40-44) of Kent AC, was first (8th overall) over the line in 20.21 and a new PB for Kersha!
  • Rebecca BURKE (SW20-24) of Liverpool RC, was second (12th overall) over the line in 21.07.
  • Sarah WEALLEANS (SW30-34) of Kirkby Milers AC, was third (24th overall) over the line in 22.04.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

  • Fred SHILLETO (VM80-84) – 82.41% for the time 26.09 (90th overall).
  • Jackie CHEN (VW55-59) – 80.97% for the time 22.04 (23rd overall and 4th female) and a new PB for Jackie!
  • Paul SCHUMANN (VM55-59) – 77.50% for the time 20.00 (7th 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.

 

 

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)

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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.

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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.

 

Run report 236 – Pacer Week (7th Dec 2019)

We love Saturdays as it can only mean one thing….. parkrun!!

This week 312 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first timers and 55 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Jennie PLATT • Carol PLATT • Emma WALDRON • Leanne RIMMER • Lesley NEARY • Tony BEYGA • Elaine CARDEN • Christine BEYGA • Julie DINWOODIE • Gary WILTON • Steven KELLY • Ian RIVERS • Natalie O'BRIEN • Gary JONES • Graham PRICE • Grace SCULLIN • Claire NEEDHAM • Tanya HORNE • Samantha HORNE • Mark HORNE • Sean LOUGHRAN • Sharon HARRISON • Kirstin FARRAR • Cameron OLIVER • Kevin O'BRIEN • Kevin HARRISON • Emma ROBERTSON

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

Weekly Stats:

  • Number of male runners – 193
  • Number of female runners - 119

Male first finishers:

  • Ben LEWINGTON (SM25-29) was first over the line in 17.13.
  • Colin TAYLOR-POTTS (VM45-49) of Liverpool Harriers & AC, was second over the line in 17.29. It was also Colin’s first time at Croxteth Hall parkrun.
  • Andrew FEARNS (VM40-44) of Knowsley Harriers AC, was third over the line in 18.03.

Female first finishers:

  • Alex O’Brien (VW35-39) of Liverpool RC, was first (6th overall) over the line in 18.36. It was also Alex’s first time at Croxteth.
  • Vicky UNSWORTH (VW35-39) of Liverpool Harriers & AC was second (10th overall) over the line in 19.28.
  • Carly JACKSON (VW35-39) was third (36th overall) over the line in 21.57 (and a new PB!).

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

  • Colin TAYLOR-POTTS (VM45-49) – 83.70% for the time 17.29 (2nd overall) – also Colin’s first time at Croxteth.
  • Fred SHILLETO (VM80-84) – 82.57% for the time 26.06 (112th overall.
  • Gordon BROWN (VM85-89) – 82.21% for the time 30.38 (198th overall)

Saturday’s results and a complete event history can be found on the Croxteth Hall parkrun Results Page.

Milestones:

We had FOUR runners reach the 50 parkrun milestone this week. A huge well done to:

  • Colin YATES (VM50-54)
  • Denise GARRIGAN (VW40-44)
  • Stephanie MARSHALL (VW50-54)
  • Donna SCOTT (VW45-49)

Don’t you just love Croxteth Hall parkrun, set in the most stunning grounds with the most magnificent hall. Where else can you run through a mixture of tarmac and trail paths through woodland areas enjoying the fresh air. You even get to run alongside horses, cattle and sometimes even birds of prey circling above, this truly is the best way to start your Saturday morning – plus the biggest bonus is it’s a 1 lap course (yay!). If you were a tourist today at our parkrun, please tell your friends just how wonderful we are and encourage them to come and pay us a visit, we’d love to give them a big Crocky welcome.

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I’m sure you’ll all agree, we have such a wonderful parkrun community here at Croxteth. It’s such a lovely sight to see friendships develop because of parkrun whether you are a runner or a volunteer. If you are new to parkrun and have never been before, don’t be put off. There is always a first timers briefing by one of our amazing Run Directors who will explain the course, what you can expect to experience and what you do once you pass the finish line. I can assure you, once you run your first one, you'll never look back. As normal within the running community, everyone is so supportive of each otherwith plenty of encouragement. We also have a wonderful tail walker, therefore no-one comes last. If it’s your first time, please come and say hi.

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This week was pacer week (normally the first Saturday of the month). We had the fabulous Kirkby Milers AC pacing our runners and I am sure you’ll agree they done a fantastic job, well done guys!! Today we had 55 new PB’s, wonder how many were due to our pacers?

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We also had a few runners reach their 50 parkrun milestone – Colin, Denise, Stephanie and Donna. Well done everyone, hope you enjoyed your celebrations. If you have a milestone coming up, drop us a message on facebook, twitter or even via croxtethhall@parkrun.com as we’d love to give you a huge shout-out.

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Put the date in your diary – Team Crocky’s Festive parkrun Saturday 21st Dec. So, dig out that Santa costume, dust off your elf ears and come with your biggest smile as we celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!!!

See you all next week!

 

Run Report – 30 Nov 19 – A Kirkby Milers Takeover

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

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

Weekly Stats:

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.

Milestones:

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
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Eddie Whittaker 50 parkruns

Alan Lowry 100 parkruns

Alan Lowry 100 parkruns

Jayne Hamilton 250 parkruns

Jayne Hamilton 250 parkruns

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

 

 

 

Run Report – 23rd November 2019

Well done to everyone who visited our 234th event where 383 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 67 were first timers, a big welcome to Croxteth Hall parkrun! We had 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part. This event was made possible by the following 19 amazing volunteers:

Carol PLATT • Cat TREBLE • Oliver APPLEBY • Sue TAYLOR • Tony BEYGA • Christine BEYGA • Bex FIELDMOUSE • Lisa PLATT • Graham PRICE • Margaret ROBERTS • Grace SCULLIN • Samantha HORNE • Mark HORNE • Sharon HARRISON • Kirstin FARRAR • Brian FORD • Kevin O'BRIEN • Hollie GRICE • Emma ROBERTSON

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

Weekly Stats:

Male first finishers:

  • Ben LEWINGTON (SM25-29) was first over the line in 17.28
  • Jonathan PONTIN (SM25-29) of Ravens, was second over the line in 18.00. It was also Jonathan’s first time at Croxteth Hall parkrun.
  • Andrew FEARNS (VM40-44) of Knowsley Harriers AC, was fourth over the line in 18.18.

Female first finishers:

  • Louise BARRATT (VW40-44) of John Lewis Partnership RC, was first (21st overall) over the line in 21.40. It was also Louise’s first time at Croxteth Hall parkrun.
  • Amelia REARDON (JW15-17) was second (46th overall) over the line in 23.34.
  • Carly JACKSON (VW35-39) was third (48th overall) over the line in 23.39.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

  • Fred SHILLETO (VM80-84) – 81.02% for the time 26.36 (104th overall)
  • Andrew FEARNS (VM40-44) – 76.87% for the time 18.18 (4th overall)
  • Robert PARKER (VM60-64) – 76.05% for the time 21.05 (16th overall)

Saturday’s results and a complete event history can be found on the Croxteth Hall parkrun Results Page.

Milestones:

We had two runners reach milestones this week. A huge well done to:

  • Josh PETERS (JM15-17) who reached 50 parkruns
  • Charlotte SMITH (VW35-39) who reached 100 parkruns

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This week we were joined by staff from South Wirral High School who have formed a running group called South Wirral Striders. The group run for charity (mainly for Claire House), however for the month of November some of the group are running 60k for the Movember charity. We had some of the group join us at Croxteth Hall to add another 5k onto their running total. Well done everyone!

This week we were also hosts to the Croxteth Park Get Going Couch to 5k graduation. A huge congratulations to all of the graduates. We think it was possibly the biggest cohort ever as the start line was awash with orange hi-vis vests, such a lovely sight to see! Well done to everyone involved, runners, coaches and all supporters you have all done amazing. We hope to see you all at Croxteth Hall parkrun next week.

See you all next week!

 

 

Run Report – 9th November 2019

Croxteth Hall parkrun - 9th November 2019

Run report - Event number 233

Well done to everyone who visited our 233rd event where 420 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers, a big welcome to Croxteth Hall parkrun! We had 45 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part. This event was made possible by the following 29 amazing volunteers:

Jennie PLATT • Carol PLATT • Vicky UNSWORTH • Carol KNOWLES • Tony BEYGA • Elaine CARDEN • Christine BEYGA • Steven KELLY • Bex FIELDMOUSE • Lisa PLATT • Graham PRICE • Margaret ROBERTS • Claire NEEDHAM • Samantha HORNE • Mark HORNE • Treena PEATE • Emmajane WEBSTER • Kirstin FARRAR • Brian FORD • Eloise KNOWLES • Laura ROONEY • Mim EATON • Thomas DEMPSEY • William ROTHWELL • Emma ROBERTSON • Marie WALLACE • Allan HENSHALL • Heather RANKIN • Heidi CORKISH

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

Weekly Stats:

Male first finishers:

  • Simon FOX (SM25-29) of Petts Wood Runners and first time at Croxteth Hall parkrun, was first over the line in 16.47.
  • Lee SIEMASZKO (VM35-39) of Liverpool Harriers & AC, was second over the line in 16.50.
  • Ben LEWINGTON (SM25-29) was third over the line in 17.04.

Female first finishers:

  • Vicky UNSWORTH (VW35-39) of Liverpool Harriers & AC, was first (12th overall) over the line in 19:39.
  • Lucy MILLING (JW15-17) of Southport Waterloo AC was second (24th overall) over the line in 20:26. It was also Lucy’s first time at Croxteth Hall parkrun.
  • Laura OWENS (VW35-39) of Liverpool RC, was third (46th overall) over the line in 22.30.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

  • Janet LENTON (VW60-64) – 85.57% for the time 23.41 (73rd overall).
  • Paul GOODWIN (VM50-54) – 79.56% for the time 18:50 (9th overall).
  • Fred SHILLETO (VM80-84) – 79.37% for the time 27.09 (166th overall).

Saturday’s results and a complete event history can be found on the Croxteth Hall parkrun Results Page.

Milestones:

Five runners reached the 50 milestone this week. A huge well done to:

  • John DIGGLE (VM40-44)
  • Amelia REARDON (JW15-17)
  • Kerry QUINTON (VM35-39)
  • Julie MARLOW (VW55-59)
  • Jerry LAMB (VM45-49)

Croxteth Hall parkrun is cancelled on 16 November due to another event in the park. See you all on 23 November!

 

 

Run Report Croxteth Hall parkrun 6 April 2019 An Unexpected Journey ……

This week we were joined by a fellow Run Director from Bognor Regis, Anita Watkin, who really loved our parkrun (almost as much as her own!) and she offered to do us a Run Report to share her experience, so its over to Anita with thanks for her contribution

 Run Report Croxteth Hall parkrun 6 April 2019

An Unexpected Journey ……

I’ve been suffering a bit from parkrun withdrawal recently, my training plan for Liverpool Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon has made Saturday a rest day (not quite sure how that happened)! I’ve added to my regular stint as Run Director at Bognor Regis parkrun with other volunteer roles, but I have missed running at parkrun.

I’m here to visit family and to check out the hills on the marathon course. The M6 put paid to my plans for a run on Friday so I get to run today – Yay!!!

The plan calls for 50 minutes threshold run, but if I’m running on Saturday it’s going to be a parkrun.  Plan A was to run at Worsley Woods and then run back to my parents.  About 11.30 p.m. inspiration struck and I realised that I could do my 28thdifferent parkrun course, get another C for the ‘pirates’ challenge, and be a lot closer to the bits of the marathon course I wanted to check out.  What could be better?

The first surprise was spotting the pacers, especially the 34 minute one! The second was when the run brief ended with ‘Timers Ready? GO!’  Ooops, I’m used to moving to the start line after the run brief – pay more attention next time!

Despite my disorganised start I managed to catch up with my chosen pacer and set off around your lovely park.  To be honest I was too busy trying to keep that blue ‘34’ bib in sight to see too much of the course.  The woodland section was another pleasant surprise.  Like I said, it was a late decision and I hadn’t read the course description properly – other than the bit that said it was flat, which I would dispute!

I managed to hang on, and even to move a little ahead on a downhill stretch of your flat course.  Now the plan was to dig in and do my very best to stick with my pacer when she inevitably caught me again – oh, and to try not to think about the 15 minutes more I would have to run after the finish funnel.

To my absolute delight I managed to keep going and finished in my quickest parkrun time for almost 2 years!

Thank you to all of the brilliant team of Croxteth Hall volunteers today.  I had a brilliant morning even if the post parkrun training run was painful!  I felt at though I earned my post run cuppa and teacake.

To cap off a great morning the hills in Liverpool were not as scary as they looked on the elevation profile I had seen.

Anita Watkins

Visiting from Bognor Regis

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Croxteth Hall parkrun
Event number 204
6th April 2019

This week 491 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 79 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Oliver APPLEBY • Lesley NEARY • Sue TAYLOR • Tony BEYGA • Elaine CARDEN • Christine BEYGA • Jeanette DAVIES • Julie DINWOODIE • Louis ATKINSON • Steven KELLY • Grace SCULLIN • Matthew WHALLEY • Samantha HORNE • Mark HORNE • Rebecca HARRISON • Sharon QUINN • Kirstin FARRAR • Cameron OLIVER • Pauline JONES • Brian FORD • Kevin O'BRIEN • Kevin HARRISON • Margaret KELLY • Jo BYWATER • Emma ROBERTSON • Jamie LEA

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 Tiffany PENFOLD who recorded a time of 17:32 on 10th November 2018 (event number 185).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela OLDHAM who recorded 93.04% (21:47) on 6th May 2017 (event number 110).

Croxteth Hall parkrun started on 14th March 2015. Since then 7,548 participants have completed 56,746 parkruns covering a total distance of 283,730 km, including 9,544 new Personal Bests. A total of 514 individuals have volunteered 4,401 times.

 

 

Croxteth Hall parkrun #161 – A nice day for a……

Yes, the sun had its hat on today for the Royal Wedding, the FA Cup Final, the Rock n Roll Marathon weekend and, most importantly, for Croxteth Hall parkrun #161.  The course was looking royally sublime in the spring sun and we were joined by a record breaking 433 parkrunners who ran, jogged and walked the course.

Amongst today’s runners was Lucas HOUGHTON who was celebrating a very special milestone.  Lucas ran his 50thparkrun today despite being only 8 years old (wowzers)! Well I definitely couldn’t have run one 5k run when I was Lucas’s age, let alone 50, so very well done to you – a fabulous achievement.

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As well as Lucas, Peter Lee, Andrew WILSON, J Denise WHATMORE and Margaret DALY also celebrated their 50thparkrun’s in the sun today.   Phil SMITH and David QUINN joined the 100 club, and David HORTON ran his 200thparkrun. Congratulations to you all on those impressive milestones!

As well as these milestones, I was celebrating my 150th parkrun.  Whilst not an official milestone, it’s basically another excuse for cake…. and customising your 50 milestone shirt (thanks Karen for this surprise)!  I was also delighted to mark the occasion with a Croxteth Hall ‘Buggy Best’ (BB) of 23:10.

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Today, I managed to do something that had proven more difficult than any of my 150 parkruns though; I finally persuaded my wife Karen BARNETT to run her very first parkrun after six years of trying. Karen had been running her very own couch to 5k programme with her best mate, Gemma PARKES ( also running today), and graduated today at sunny Croxteth Hall.  Well done Karen -  hopefully the first of many!?  Karen was one of 89 first timers today who ran their first parkrun’s today and big congratulations to all of you who did so.

Of course, today is also the day that Harry and Meghan tie the knot and we weren’t short of runners in fancy dress to celebrate the occasion.

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Of my 150 parkruns to date, I have run at 59 different parkrun locations in the UK - literally the first thing I check when we’re away for the weekend is the location of our nearest parkrun (yes I do need to get a life ha ha)!  But there’s always something very special and exciting about returning to Croxteth Hall – the fantastic volunteers, our beautiful course, the familiar friendly faces but most of all, the fantastic parkrunning community that we have.  I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels very lucky to call Croxteth Hall parkrun their ‘home parkrun’ and it was great to be back here celebrating with you today.

Our Crocky parkrun community spirit was evident non-more so than last week when one of our regular parkrunners Paula, collapsed but was quickly aided by several of our parkrunners before being taken to hospital.  I’m sure I can speak for everyone at Croxteth Hall parkrun to say how relieved we all were to hear that Paula was ok – and we wish Paula all the best for a speedy recovery.

As a parkrunner who loves a spot of tourism, it was a pleasure to meet and welcome some special guests from all over the UK who made the trip to Liverpool at Croxteth Hall whilst in Liverpool for the Rock n Roll Marathon weekend.  Amongst the many tourists visiting us today was the current number 1 on UK parkrun’s most events table. Paul FIELDING from Basingstoke was joined by Helen RUTTER from Sewerby as our tourist tailwalkers and today Paul completed his 388th different UK event and 394th different worldwide parkrun at Croxteth Hall.  That’s some serious parkrun tourism!

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Helen Rutter and Paul Fielding, our tourist tailwalkers

In fact, a massive 43 different running clubs were represented at Croxteth Hall today including a huge turnout from Swift Tees Running Club where 22 parkrunners made the trip from Teeside.  I hope you all enjoyed your trips to Croxteth Hall and that you enjoy running with us again sometime in the future.

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A few of the many, many parkrun tourists visiting us today

As well as our guest tail walkers, a big thanks to Team Crocky and all the fantastic volunteers for today who made the event possible.  The encouragement and smiles from all the volunteers throughout the run was fantastic as always and I hope you all got try and enjoy the cake!  Today’s high viz heroes were:

Alison WADE  •  Bhavna MISTRY  •  Carol PLATT  •  Christine BEYGA  •  David HOWARD  •  Debbie GRANNELL  •  Harry JONES  •  Helen RUTTER  •  Jayne RUSSELL  •  Jean ASHTON  •  Jennie PLATT  •  Julie DINWOODIE  •  Kirstin FARRAR  •  Liam TAYLOR  •  Livi GRANNELL  •  Margaret KELLY  •  Matthew GREEN  •  Max JONES  •  Oliver APPLEBY  •  Paul FIELDING  •  Rachel GOULD  •  Sarah WEALLEANS  •  Sharon HARRISON  •  Sharon MCGOUGH  •  Steven KELLY  •  Tony BEYGA

Of the record breaking 433 parkrunners who ran, jogged and walked the course, the first placed male and female parkrunners were Lewis ROONEY of Southport Waterloo AC and Jennifer HOUGHTON of Kirkby Milers AC who finished in very impressive times of 17:27 and 19:49 respectively.  The highest age graded male was Philip TEECE of Darlington Harriers AC with 86.47% and the best age graded female athlete was Michelle MURPHY of Liverpool Harriers AC with 77.75%.  But, whatever position you finished in and time you ran, jogged or walked, you all did an amazing job - well done everybody and good luck to those running the Rock n Roll Marathon or Half Marathon tomorrow.  Today’s full results can be found on the results page:

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/croxtethhall/results/latestresults/

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Run Report – Saturday 24th March 2018

Its been a while but thought we would keep you up to date with what we have been up to this week! Thankfully the terrible weather of recent weeks appeared to have gone and we had a lovely Spring morning for our 153rd parkrun, and what a lovely morning it was too! 284 people ran, walked and jogged around our lovely course with plenty of smiles along the way.

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We had a very special visitor in the form of local runner and real life ‘Forest Gump’ Rob Pope, who has just returned from his mammoth run to recreate the route run by by Forest Gump across America in the film. He has crossed the USA not once but five times!! Covering a distance of 15,300+ miles so far (he isn’t done just yet!)

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Rob started his final trip across America in January and is currently home in Liverpool with his girlfriend Nadine, who is expected to give birth to their daughter this week. Rob told us ‘I’d always wanted to run I’ve been talking about it for about 15 years before I actually started’ Rob said he has always loved the movie and admired the character.

‘He’s just the way we should all be — he never judges people, he gets on with what he needs to get on to, he doesn't let anyone stand in the way, and he's very nice. I tried to make sure when I was on the run, I always had time for people. I think it has actually made the run more bearable.’

But he said his biggest inspiration was his late mother, who always reminded him, ‘Do one thing in your life that'll make a difference. We were very tight-knit, she was very protective and encouraging toward me. She was a bit of a runner herself, so when I took up running, I got a lot of support there. I’m sure she’s looking down from somewhere and is pretty appreciative of the efforts.

Rob’s run was not without challenges. Just 400 miles into the first leg of his run, he said he got his first injury – tendonitis in the anterior tibial muscle. ‘At the time, I thought that was it," he said. ‘I had a full meltdown [at the gas station]’ He has also suffered a torn quad muscle, a hip and pelvic injury and even food poisoning.

He credited his quick recovery to locals, including a family in Alabama who insisted he stay at their place as they nursed him back to health.

‘I’ve been pretty fortunate — I got sick in all the right places’ he joked. ‘It’s almost as if someone was looking over me’ Rob plans to return to America to complete his trip in April, and estimates he only has a few days left before he crosses the country for the fifth time.

Rob hopes he can get enough people involved in his final few miles, to recreate the iconic scene in Forrest Gump with the crowd running alongside him. He also hopes his girlfriend and newborn daughter will be part of the crowd cheering him on.

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Rob is raising money for Peace Direct and the World Wildlife Fund with his run. To donate, visit his website  GoingTheDistanceRun.com.

We also had another couple of special milestones this week with Danielle Gilmour and Linsey Cairns both running their 50th parkruns! Well done to both of you!!

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Danielle Gilmour

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Linsey Cairns

Join us next week for our special Easter event with free bunny ears and treats for all our Junior runners!

https://www.facebook.com/events/2082134458709571/

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

 

 

Run Report – Event 136 – Kirkby Milers Takeover Event

This week saw local club Kirkby Milers AC stage a takeover event, and boy did they takeover! The club brought a record number of volunteers meaning that this week we saw an amazing 80 vollys, the most we have ever had, see the impressive roll call at the bottom of this report! The Smiling Milers provided massive support all around the course with music and dancing Marshals to cheer our runners on.

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The takeover was lead by Club Chairman James Warburton, who took on the role of Run Director, leading his troops admirably! The feedback we have had has been overwhelmingly positive with everyone praising the commitment of the volunteers and the amazing atmosphere, it was like a huge party! As well as encouragement in abundance, the Milers also provided water for all runners and lots and lots of cake, which was gratefully received by runners and volunteers alike.

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We also saw an incredible sight with the ‘Smilers Sprint Finish’ with Milers lining the finishing straight, cheering and making lots of noise to give our runners that much needed boost to the finish line! It really was an amazing sight and very much appreciated by the runners based on their feedback afterwards!

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This week 363 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 58 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

In addition to the takeover event, we welcomed a very special parkrun tourist this week. John Hirst recently lost his wife (Pat) to Dementia.To remember her life and assist with the grieving process he is undertaking a series of 8 parkrun’s over the next months at locations that held significance for her. He completed his first run in York on 12 Aug and followed this with parkruns at Richmond, Roundhay & Guildford last Saturday. This week he was completing the fifth leg of the tour at Croxteth Hall parkrun.  Pat & John met in 1977 while she was a pupil midwife at Fazakerley Hospital and he was a student at Liverpool University. This was the start of their 40 years together. It was lovely to meet John and we wish him all the best for the rest of his tour.

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John is I'm raising funds for Alzheimer's Research UK here is a link to his just giving page should you wish to support him

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/patriciamemories

Huge thanks to our record 80 volunteers this week, who were....

Jennie PLATT • Carol PLATT • Darren UNSWORTH • Natalie WILSON • Colette O'HALLERON • Joseph CHEDGZOY • Linda GREENGRASS • Paul COPE • Claire COPE • Karen KELLY • David JONES • James WARBURTON • Emma WILLIAMS • Fraser Slater CLARK • June CASE • Lesley NEARY • Tony CRAIG • Christopher SULLIVAN • Sue TAYLOR • Elaine HUGHES • Anthony BEYGA • Elaine CARDEN • Christine BEYGA • Joanna FORSTER • Owen GALLAGHER • Julie DINWOODIE • Claire STANDLEY • Louis ATKINSON • Brian FITZHENRY • Amanda LEE • Sarah-Jane CARROLL • Patricia HELSBY • Andy MCALLISTER • Rachel CRAIG • Jennifer O'SULLIVAN • Ian RIVERS • Katy DAVITT • Natalie O'BRIEN • Angela BYRON • Elise BYRON • Simon CLARE • Amanda HOLMAN • Bhavna MISTRY • Andrea FLYNN • Gary JONES • Blake GRANNELL • Alan LOWRY • James ELLIS • Clair MATTHEWS • Matthew WHALLEY • Gary SMALLMAN • Hayley SMALLMAN • Nathaniel HOPKINS • Danika LEAHEY • Phil LLOYD • Charlotte SMITH • Ian MEHARG • Sean LOUGHRAN • Sharon HARRISON • Rebecca HARRISON • Tom PERCIVAL • Sharon QUINN • Kirstin FARRAR • Sean WILTON • Catherine JONES • John CLARKE • Adam FITZSIMMONS • Carrie O'BRIEN • Kevin O'BRIEN • Kevin HARRISON • Debbie GRANNELL • Deborah LODGE • Dave BARROW • Leanne COURT • Paul DOYLE • Lee TURNER • Lucas LEAHEY • Karen IRWIN • Lucy HENDERSON • Jessica JONES

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

The female record is held by Amanda CROOK who recorded a time of 17:43 on 11th July 2015 (event number 18).
The male record is held by Dejene GEZIMU who recorded a time of 15:06 on 18th February 2017 (event number 99).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela OLDHAM who recorded 93.04% (21:47) on 6th May 2017 (event number 110).

Croxteth Hall parkrun started on 14th March 2015. Since then 4,752 participants have completed 31,572 parkruns covering a total distance of 157,860 km, including 6,066 new Personal Bests.

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