Delamere parkrun event 362, 16th October 2021

A tourist account - ‘a real parkrun’

My husband (Colin) and I are parkrun tourists; and last year enjoyed running in Delamere Forest when parkrun was not happening.  We added this venue to our list and vowed to return.  Today was that day, after moving accommodation dates a couple of times.

What a beautiful, cool, clear and dry autumnal day we were all blessed with.  After a busy work week, I wasn’t feeling too energetic to do much of a warm-up, but we did find the start, and I introduced myself to the core team, as having offered to write this run report. Next we got a photograph with the Delamere sign. These are so lovely to look back on.

Next we opted for a wardrobe change, trail shoes, and for me long sleeves (by the way, this parkrun have the best toilets we’ve seen, which is important information!). A short briefing to first timers was given.  I glanced a female runner wearing her cow cowell, and we had a quick chat before a very short walk to the start and we were straight on our way. Thank you for making yourself known in a facebook photo, Sudipta Moore. Hopefully our paths will cross again.

The forest has wide paths, which we were warned may have obstacles, twigs, stones etc, as it is indeed a forest.  I don’t recall too many problems, just a few conkers.  I remember the briefing telling us to turn right at least twice, and so we ran in a clockwise direction with a slight undulation.  It’s not a pancake flat course, but there is nothing too testing.  Whilst running, I realised it was very quiet around me, not much chatter, but compared to last year when we only saw maybe 5 people and couldn’t hear any traffic, there was much more a sense the world has been allowed to wake up, and be out in the big wide world.  I then remember noticing the lake on my right through the trees, this was ok, we had followed the runners in front and not gone wrong.  So I knew the end was near, I’d have preferred a flattish return, but the incline is short and soon the finish line was in sight.  I can’t say I was super fast.  I never am, but the 27 minutes seemed to go by so quickly this morning.  It might have been because I had an idea of the course, or that my husband ran with me, I don’t know, but for me, there is something soothing and calming being near trees.  If that sounds good to you, then you will enjoy this course.

Today 246 runners might have shared my view of the course.  The first person home was Richard Evans in 19m 20s earning him a PB.  Well Done. The first female home and a first timer at this venue was Emily Clancey in 23m 6s. And because my husband ran with me, he didn’t manage another 9th place today but he did run around to capture a few photos.  Walking back to the car, we enjoyed a nice chat with Brad Ehlen at his home run, he has managed an impressive 344 park runs and is hoping to start travelling to new events a bit more, and maybe we will meet you at an event in Leeds sometime soon.

Most importantly in my opinion, is the thank you to all the Volunteers, which means the parkrun goes ahead.  I always try to shout thank you or show a thumbs up if I need to breath a bit deeper.  Now back home we are thinking where next, but for tomorrow we will be marshals at a local junior parkrun, and then counting down to Saturday and parkrun day.

This week there were 46 first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers: Richard HAYES • Fiona EARL • Ann COLLIER • Mark FLANAGAN • Irene PIKE • Elaine HAVER • Andy HAVER • Jane WARD • A J HALFORD • Ian MAYHEW • Shaun LIGHTFOOT • Mark LIGHTFOOT • Charles TWISS • Oli WASHINGTON • Mark DUTTON • Steven KING • Nadine BAKER • Carl KIRKHAM

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 16,290 participants have completed 98,602 parkruns covering a total distance of 493,010 km, including 16,855 new Personal Bests. A total of 723 individuals have volunteered 5,667 times.

Fiona Earl

 

Delamere parkrun #361, 9th October 2021

 

Yet again we were blessed with beautiful autumnal weather this morning.
250 parkrunners enjoyed the course along with several accompanying dogs, buggies, and keenly watched by the local squirrels, and possibly the odd rabbit and bird of prey (watch out for a bird’s eye view report coming soon!).

Despite being a serial volunteer and frequent Run Director, Mark Lightfoot managed to squeeze in his 100th parkrun today – congratulations!

Also achieving his 100th was Matt Jessop.
Plus Julian Messenger and Hilary Nicholas both claimed their 50 shirts today.
Well done to all of you.

Tourists this week included Striders from Audley, Penny Lane and Stilton, a Trotter from Tilston, a Whippet from Whitchurch and a contingent of Rebel Runners resplendent in their parkrun apricot.

So this was Delamere parkrun number 361 – and bizarrely yet again it all adds up!
Number of runners =250
Number of PBs =43
Number of Delamere first timers =37
Number of volunteers =19
Number doing their first ever parkrun =12

Which all adds up to 361!!

A special thank you as always to our wonderful volunteers.

See you all next week!

Ann & Steve Collier

This week 250 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Steve COLLIER • Ann COLLIER • Mark FLANAGAN • Ian HILDITCH • Irene PIKE • Catherine HILL • Joanna CASE • Jane WARD • A J HALFORD • Ruth HOSKER • Wendy GALLIMORE • Shaun LIGHTFOOT • Mark LIGHTFOOT • Charles TWISS • Oli WASHINGTON • Mark STAKER • Mark DUTTON • Dawn APPLETON • Rosemary WASS

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 16,245 participants have completed 98,356 parkruns covering a total distance of 491,780 km, including 16,817 new Personal Bests. A total of 723 individuals have volunteered 5,650 times.

 

Delamere parkrun number 360, 2nd October 2021

I’m excited to be doing the run report this week, as I’ve been a regular parkrun witness for some time now.  It was very quiet here in the forest during your lengthy hiatus, and it’s great that you’re back! 

I live in SQ1, where the start is. So the first thing I always witness is completion of the all-important course check.  Today, this was brilliantly done on wheels by Laurence Rudkin.  Then I spotted Marshal 3 and the Dog Start Marshal setting off down the path towards me on their way to their stations, and I quickly adopted my usual vantage point to continue my observations. 

The whole procedure is rather nutty.  As usual, the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed parkrunners (all with padded feet, like us!) hung around and chatted. Then the ones in purple (led by a chieftain - today it was Andy Martell) rounded them all up, released them, quickly built a pen to catch them when they came back, and then proceeded to let all 217 of them slip through this pen via holes at the far end.  This trapping policy is clearly flawed. Our cousins in town describe much better procedures that involve gates and food.

Saul and Susie (who live in SQ2 - the Bog of Doom) report that just after 9 o’clock the ones with dogs flew past, followed by the rest of the pack.  Those in the lead (constantly checking a band on their left wrists for some reason) were on turbo setting, and Saul and Susie had to break off from breakfast and hop out of the way pretty pronto.  My in-laws Seth and Samantha are lucky: they live in SQ5 - East Lakeside - so they’re only disturbed once as these parkrunners all steam past.  Sid and Spencer live in SQ4, near Charlie’s Point; as soon as they saw the terrier Alfie in position at 9am, they knew to keep out of the way.  In Sophie and Scott’s area (SQ7 - under Go Ape) the parkrunners are more spread out, so the interruptions to their to-ing and fro-ing are generally easier to navigate.  But Sam and Sindy and the sprogs have just moved to SQ4 (Gruffalo) and say that this morning it was pretty much a constant stream of happy parkrunners again - north then south - for nearly an hour!

We’re actually very happy for you all to use our home, and it was great to see various ages and scampering abilities out this morning, a bit like our scurry.  In spring/summer we’re all fairly relaxed and don’t mind scuttling off the path and out of the way.  But now it’s autumn, and we’re all very busy preparing for winter.  Our scatter-hoarding processes are in full swing, and we have to find ways of successfully handling these Saturday interruptions.  We often joke over a puddle about what you parkrunners would think if you suddenly had to step aside in the crisps and snacks aisle in the supermarket to make way for 300 or so of us lot charging through! 

One thing we always spot is the ‘tailwalker’, who never actually has a tail!  How they manage to balance is a grey area.  Their very important job is to ensure that all the parkrunners go back into the pen.  Today, this was ably done by Elizabeth Chantler.

My vantage point in SQ1 is on the home strait.  I counted you all in and I counted you all back, and this morning your pack included a visiting group from Wythenshawe (nice place – I have a second drey there), with one of their members - Owen - completing a very impressive run indeed.  Well done!  

It’s great to see you parkrunners enjoying a hop around the forest as much as we do.  Same time next week, I imagine!

This week 217 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:
Laurence RUDKIN • Mark FLANAGAN • Steven GREGSON • Stephen DOUGHERTY • Elizabeth CHANTLER • Simon RICHARDS • Joanna CASE • A J HALFORD • Shaun LIGHTFOOT • Mark LIGHTFOOT • Charles TWISS • Andy MARTELL • Angela WRENCH • Oli WASHINGTON • Dawn APPLETON • Amy FARRINGTON • Noel FERGUSON • Nadine BAKER • John WALKLEY • Rosemary WASS

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 16,208 participants have completed 98,106 parkruns covering a total distance of 490,530 km, including 16,774 new Personal Bests. A total of 723 individuals have volunteered 5,631 times.

(Sergeant Scott – Delamere Scurry) JC

 

 

Delamere parkrun #359, September 25th 2021

These reports usually start with a comment about the weather, but the ‘warm/frosty/chucking-it-down’ issue is irrelevant to this week’s team of run-reporters: we’re happy to follow the route come rain or shine.

 

This morning we had our usual meet-and-greet session at our posh new starting point, which we’re pretty chuffed with. Once we’d all said hello to each other in our own distinctive fashion and listed to the marshal’s brief, we stood and waited patiently for the signal to move off (except for Sid, who was on his usual wriggly jumping-jack setting).

 

We’re a close-knit group at the start and we always set off as a bunch, egging each other on whilst sometimes still finishing off our pre-parkrun chat, but once we’re past the bridge we tend to spread out as each of us has their own speed, strategy and stopping needs. And that’s exactly how it went this morning.

 

We love Delamere – so much to see and sniff and roll in. But we have to concentrate, and this morning was no exception. We are the invisible ‘unknowns’: we all successfully crossed the finish line today yet don’t get officially recognised for our sterling efforts on the results table. We’re cool with that. We’re born runners and we just get on with it. And at the end of the day, our refreshments are free.

 

We’re all looking forward to it at the same time next week!

 

This week 13 hounds ran the course; none were first timers and all of them would have recorded PBs had they been given free rein. Representatives of various breeds took part. Congrats to the black lab who came in first.

 

This week 251 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.

 

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers: Elizabeth Rachel TOOMBS • Elizabeth CHANTLER • Joanna CASE • Martyn JONES • A J HALFORD • Lisa BROAD • Shaun LIGHTFOOT • Mark LIGHTFOOT • Andy MARTELL • Oli WASHINGTON • Dawn APPLETON • Valerie MARTELL • Holly ASTLE • Hayley ASTLE • Serena ENTWISTLE • Stephen ENTWISTLE • Karen BRYER • Kevin BRYER • Jennifer ENTWISTLE • Rosemary WASS

 

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 16,178 participants have completed 97,888 parkruns covering a total distance of 489,440 km, including 16,744 new Personal Bests. A total of 721 individuals have volunteered 5,611 times.

(Translated by Joanna Case

 

Delamere parkrun #358, 18th September 2021

What a beautifully sunny September morning, perfect for both runners and volunteers. We are so lucky to have such a scenic location for our parkrun, hopefully appreciated by our 33 visiting first timers (from as far as Abingdon & Blackpool), as well as our 16 first ever parkrunners. Welcome all of you and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Congratulations go to our milestone runners, Sarah Larkin and Martyn Jones earning their 100 shirts, and Tony Range his 50th. Congratulations also to Sally and her hen party who all took part, some possibly enjoying it more than others, but all finished with a smile!

It was really nice for the marshals out on the course to receive a smile and a thank you from the runners too. We’ve had a good response to the shout out for more volunteers for next week, so thank you to all those who have stepped up. parkrun can’t take place without them so please do try to get involved a couple of times a year. It’s good fun (and much easier than running!). See you all next week.

This week 258 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers and they were Mark FLANAGAN • Irene PIKE • Nicola RUDD • Elizabeth CHANTLER • Heather MCBRIDE • A J HALFORD • Samantha MARTELL • Mark LIGHTFOOT • Charles TWISS • Andy MARTELL • Oli WASHINGTON • Dawn APPLETON • Valerie MARTELL • Jo HOOKER • Carl KIRKHAM • Rosemary WASS

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 16,139 participants have completed 97,637 parkruns covering a total distance of 488,185 km, including 16,714 new Personal Bests. A total of 713 individuals have volunteered 5,591 times.

AJ Halford

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