Delamere parkrun #354, August 21st 2021

Hi everyone, wasn’t it great to be back in the forest yesterday after a 75 week hiatus, with quintessential August showers thrown in as well? Personally, it felt like we had never been away.

Firstly we have to add a special thanks to our volunteers, and particularly those requiring some dexterity. Weather like that makes timing and particularly scanning quite a challenge. The phone app which is now mandatory can be confused by raindrops, apart from the difficulty of trying to scan paper barcodes that look like they’ve been used to wipe a nose! Please laminate your barcode if you haven’t already. As a result there were several anomalies in the result files so we hope you are all happy with the time and position we allocated to you.

For whatever reason we also only had 230 runners, which really was a godsend as it meant no great congestion at any time. Nevertheless we did have a younger runner pushed over by another runner in the first 100 metres or so. Please take extra care before the field thins out. If you can’t overtake safely, then please don’t.

We also tried our new dog start. Whatever your thoughts on it, this is the way we are going to operate from now on. Dogs starting ahead of the runners means that dogs overtaking runners should be a rarity, which is where most of the issues lie. If you run with a dog, please make your way to the dog start. No exceptions. Contrary to some comments, we are keen to maintain parkrun’s inclusivity policy and we are doing our level best to keep dogs participating at Delamere parkrun. This can only happen if it can be done safely.

In terms of milestones, big congratulations to Emma McDade who completed her 250th run. There were 50th runs for Lucy Cornack and also Ben Gibson who ran a PB of 22.22 in the JM 15-17 category, in his first run after lockdown. He knocked over 4 minutes off his PB. Oh to be young again.

Interestingly of the first 5 finishers, 4 were first timers at Delamere. The other was regular runner Charlie Weaver who notched a PB by 11 seconds for a swift 17:45.

Finally a reminder on parking that if you don’t have a discovery pass you can park between 8am and 11am for £3 if you enter the code 5658

Please see the summary stats below.

This week 230 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 60 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.  The event was made possible by 24 volunteers who were Matthew LARKIN • Christopher LARKIN • Karen BOYD • Mark FLANAGAN • Emma FLANAGAN • Diana CALDWELL • Ian KING • Vickie FIFIELD • Andy HAVER • Chris GRIFFITHS • Eileen GRIFFITHS • Ian WEAVER • Elizabeth CHANTLER • Jane WARD • A J HALFORD • Ian SKAIFE • Wendy GALLIMORE • Shaun LIGHTFOOT • Mark LIGHTFOOT • Andy MARTELL • Lesley BOOL • Dawn APPLETON • Valerie MARTELL • Mark SYRED

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 15,939 participants have completed 96,624 parkruns covering a total distance of 483,120 km, including 16,559 new Personal Bests. A total of 698 individuals have volunteered 5,518 times.