Delamere parkrun is cancelled on 2021-07-31 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Delamere parkrun event 353, March 14th 2020

This week's report is written by Helsby RC.

Helsby RC decided at the back end of 2019 that we wanted to give a little back to the local community and decided on starting our own C25K group, which over 9 weeks gets people off the couch and able to run a 5K. We had decided as well, that it would be great to get them to do their graduation run at our local parkrun in Delamere. We also thought about giving the Delamere parkrun volunteers a break for a week, and Helsby RC would provide nearly all of the marshals, and also throw in some pacers to get runners over the line in sub 20 mins, 22, 25, 30, 35 & 40 mins.

To see a group of people come from walking and running 90 secs to running 5K all by themselves and all the nights we gave up our time in the driving wind and rain, and to hear how they have really enjoyed it, so much so a big group of them have now joined the running club, makes it all worth it.

On the day it was a cold, chilly morning but no rain for once, the parkrun race director pointed us all into our positions, and I think the event went really well with just over 300 turning up on the day, the week before parkrun was then cancelled due to Corona Virus. Even this hasn't put off the group from training though, and I know they are still going out by themselves to run 5k a day, and will hopefully be joining us for our improvers group once things get back to normal again

Thanks Delamere parkrun for having us, we all really enjoyed it and I've seen quite a few positive comments on social media and strava about our pacers, hopefully helping a few people to parkrun PBs on the day, and hopefully we shall be invited back when we look to do another C25K in the summer if all goes well.

Chris Fitzpatrick

 

Delamere parkrun #352, March 7th 2020

This week’s report was written from the perspective of the 3rd marshal.

What a beautiful morning to stroll through the forest and down towards the lake, seeing the sun filtering through the clouds and trees. Peace and tranquillity, and shortly to be shared with the 365 parkrunners who came thundering down the slope towards me! What a happy smiley lot they were too, lots of shouts of “morning!”, “thank you marshal” and appreciative comments as to the running conditions. We’re so lucky to have Delamere as our local parkrun, especially on days like today.

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Being “lake marshal” is my favourite marshal position. Apart from being surrounded by the forest, there is only a couple of minutes between taily going past and the lead runners charging by for their last 1km home. Cheering people on and hopefully giving them that little lift to know they haven’t got far to go is so rewarding, everyone should have a go!

Congratulations to the C25K graduates from RunMiddlewich and Penffordd Run Club, I hope our new runners were able to take a few seconds to look around and enjoy the scenery.

No official milestones today but Ben Gregory has notched up his 400th run, and I can see a 250 and 100 due next week.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers: Dylan BUGG • Cathrine GARRAGHAN • Alex MASON • Nigel WATERHOUSE • Morgan FAWKES • Tim APPLETON • A J HALFORD • Wendy GALLIMORE • Shaun LIGHTFOOT • Margaret CATLOW • Mark LIGHTFOOT • Charles TWISS • Andy MARTELL • George SCOTT • Patrick SCOTT • Ben TUMILTY • Dawn APPLETON

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

The male record is held by Elliot BOWKER who recorded a time of 15:20 on 25th April 2015 (event number 108). The female record is held by Holly WEEDALL who recorded a time of 17:29 on 22nd December 2018 (event number 289). The Age Grade course record is held by Holly WEEDALL who recorded 91.33% (17:29) on 22nd December 2018 (event number 289).

Delamere parkrun started on 2nd March 2013. Since then 15,845 participants have completed 96,085 parkruns covering a total distance of 480,425 km, including 16,485 new Personal Bests. A total of 684 individuals have volunteered 5,466 times

AJ.

 

Delamere parkrun event #351 February 29th 2020

7 years ago Delamere parkrun started, thanks to the hard work of Mark Bowden and Gareth Boyd. See Mark below getting ready to set the 156 runners on their way - were you one of them?


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Of course it was a bit different in those days. We were at Barnes Bridge for a start and half the funnel was made of those small markers: funnel duckers were obviously less of a problem then. We still had a taped funnel for scanning but it was only one person wide and only 10 metres long. We had two scanners that day but went to one for the weeks that followed. We also used to go to the Station Cafe, so had a mile or so drive after the run.

3 weeks later we had our lowest ever attendance of 32. We had 8 inches of snow overnight and the runners ploughed a narrow trail around the lake. I imagine the forest would be closed if that happened these days.

It didn't take us long to outgrow Barnes Bridge and you might find it hard to believe that we agonised slightly over the move to the current location. Of course it turned out to be a great move. The course was changed slightly but we still had the lake loop. It meant runners had to pay for the car park but the visitor centre cafe was much more suitable for the increased numbers.

The start has moved around a little in the last 6 years. It used to be at the open area by the volunteers cars. Of course that meant the finish was about half way along the current finish straight. When we moved the start and finish forwards to about the same place, we had many moans about the extended finish straight and how it had made the run much harder!

Delamere has gone from strength to strength over the last 7 years. We’ve broken our attendance record 20 times, though only 3 of those have been in the last 4 years. That’s mainly because for a long time there were no other very local events to absorb the growing popularity of parkrun. More recently Chester, Ellesmere Port, Northwich, Crewe and Runcorn have started up. Our record attendance now stands at 720 – will we ever beat that?

There are many good things about parkrun, but it’s the people that make the event. I’m sure it’s the same everywhere, but wedo have a great bunch of folk turning up every week.

On behalf of the RDs and Core Team, Mark Lightfoot, Dawn Appleton, Andy Martell, Joanna Case and AJ Halford, it’s a pleasure to deliver parkrun for you all each week.

Finally, we had to keep today low key because of the limited parking. We promise to have a proper birthday celebration in the summer when we are better able to cope - so that'll probably be about our 7.4th birthday.

 

Mark Flanagan

 

Delamere parkrun #350, 22nd February 2020

 

Delamere parkrun number 350!
It was looking like it could be another wet one, with the early rain, but it stayed dry and was relatively sheltered on the run and we even had a bit of sun.
Not many signs of the impending Spring in the woods, apart from the small, but magnificent, blossom tree by the bench after about 1.5km.

There were 335 runners this week with a couple of notable milestones :
Lyn Craig completed her 100th parkrun and Eva Jha (junior) finished her 10th run. Congratulations to both of you.

Benjamin Goodfellow was first home in a time of 17:09 and first lady back was Claire Louise Spencer in 21:21 – both first timers at Delamere.

The first junior back was Edward Rayner in a time of 20:00 with Phoebe Bowen (first junior female) finishing in a time of 21:59.

Delamere parkrun number 350! ……and just by coincidence the numbers add up………
There were 36 first timers
- take away the 6 people with 250 shirts……………………………30
There were 59 people with 50 shirts
- take away the 56 people getting PB’s ………….…………………3
There were 48 people with 100 shirts
- take away the 13 with 10 shirts ………...………………………….35

30 divided by 3 (10) multiplied by 35 gets us to run number 350!

A special thank you as always to our wonderful volunteers.

See you next week!

Ann Collier

 

This week 335 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 56 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Ann LAWES • Ann COLLIER • Dylan BUGG • Irene PIKE • Morgan FAWKES • Paul SHANNON • Elaine HAVER • Andy HAVER • Joanna CASE • Wendy GALLIMORE • Shaun LIGHTFOOT • Mark LIGHTFOOT • Charles TWISS • Andy MARTELL • George SCOTT • Patrick SCOTT • Dawn APPLETON • Daniel MANLEY • George T

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

The male record is held by Elliot BOWKER who recorded a time of 15:20 on 25th April 2015 (event number 108).
The female record is held by Holly WEEDALL who recorded a time of 17:29 on 22nd December 2018 (event number 289).
The Age Grade course record is held by Holly WEEDALL who recorded 91.33% (17:29) on 22nd December 2018 (event number 289).

Delamere parkrun started on 2nd March 2013. Since then 15,714 participants have completed 95,353 parkruns covering a total distance of 476,765 km, including 16,397 new Personal Bests. A total of 682 individuals have volunteered 5,431 times.

 

Delamere parkrun 349, February 15th 2020

In case you are wondering, if there’s a storm next week then it will be called Ellen. If the trend of a storm each week continues for a while then we can look forward to Storm Vince in a few months! Joking aside (we hope), it was still great to be able to run yesterday and thanks to the Forestry England staff at Delamere Forest for not closing the forest despite the impending arrival of Dennis.

In the end it was still a fairly wet run for the 303 participants yesterday though they wouldn’t have minded as much as the 18 hi-viz heroes who made it all possible. They were Claire DARLINGTON • Mark FLANAGAN • Dylan BUGG • Alex MASON • Irene PIKE • Morgan FAWKES • Chris GRIFFITHS • Eileen GRIFFITHS • Joanna CASE • A J HALFORD • Shaun LIGHTFOOT • Mark LIGHTFOOT • Charles TWISS • Andy MARTELL • George SCOTT • Patrick SCOTT • Dawn APPLETON • Mr CARRUTHERS • Daisy BOLTON • Daniel MANLEY. It’s also worth pointing out that wet parkruns live on for a while as soggy jackets and finish tokens need quite a bit of attention to be reset for next week.

We’ll just reiterate parking again. As it happened the rain probably kept numbers down but please continue to park in Whitefield car park if you can. If we have more than about 350 runners then the Old Pale and café car parks will fill up: late arrivers will have to park elsewhere.

Yesterday was a special day for Wyatt Prior who qualified for his 10-run T-shirt and also to Karyn Bright and Duncan Fullerton who ran their 50th parkruns. We’ll also mention Barry Chambers who ran his 450 parkrun: maybe it will be 500 up in a year or so – but will it be at Delamere?

Next week sees our own unofficial milestone of 350 parkruns and those of you who worry about these things will know the week after it will be 7 years since we started parkrun at Delamere. There will be no special arrangements to mark this, simply because we have to keep numbers down at the moment. However we promise to have a belated party in the summer when the new car park is finished.

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

The male record is held by Elliot BOWKER who recorded a time of 15:20 on 25th April 2015 (event number 108).The female record is held by Holly WEEDALL who recorded a time of 17:29 on 22nd December 2018 (event number 289).The Age Grade course record is held by Holly WEEDALL who recorded 91.33% (17:29) on 22nd December 2018 (event number 289).

Delamere parkrun started on 2nd March 2013. Since then 15,678 participants have completed 95,018 parkruns covering a total distance of 475,090 km, including 16,341 new Personal Bests. A total of 681 individuals have volunteered 5,412 times.

 

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