Delamere parkrun number 356, 4th September 2021

Saturday was our third parkrun since the covid break which saw 265 runners down in the forest. We seem to be settling around this number which compares to approximately 340 runners at the same time of the year in 2019. Is it the legacy of covid-19 that is responsible for the reduction or have some parkrunners (unbelievably) found other things to do at 9am on a Saturday morning?

The dog-start appears to be working well inasmuch as dogs now merge smoothly with runners just before the bridge, dogs naturally wanting to keep left and runners naturally tending to keep right. If it’s not obvious, this arrangement also virtually eliminates dogs overtaking runners, which has been identified as the major cause of issues. Now, only runners overtake dogs, where the runner can decide how much room to give the dog.

To the run itself, we had a remarkable 57 first timers which surely has to be some sort of record. There were 35 PBs and 32 different clubs represented. One of those PBs was by Emily Keenan (JW11-14) who ran her 100th run. It was also her third PB since our return! The sweets were appreciated and there were so many that it means we have enough for next week too! Thanks Emily. Keeping much quieter about their achievements were James Huxley and Neil Ferguson who ran their 50th parkruns and finally while there’s no prizes for managing 200 runs, that milestone was achieved by Ken Craig – who also ran a PB.

A quick reminder if it is needed that we cannot operate without enough volunteers. We struggled this week to fill the roster and it took three FB call outs in the end. If you would like to volunteer please look out for FB shout-outs or email us at Delamere@parkrun.com. Otherwise huge thanks to those 19 people who helped out this week, they were, Matt LARKIN • Mark FLANAGAN • Alex MASON • Rick STOKER • Chris HOLMES • A J HALFORD • Shaun LIGHTFOOT • Mark LIGHTFOOT • Oliver HALL • Mary RICHARDSON • Charles TWISS • Mark DUTTON • Moya WATSON • Dawn APPLETON • Maddie TRIGG • Debra DAVIES • Julie ROWLANDSON • Maddie LIGHTFOOT • Linda CALLAGHAN

Delamere parkrun started on 2nd March 2013. Since then 16,066 participants have completed 97,177 parkruns covering a total distance of 485,885 km, including 16,643 new Personal Bests. A total of 708 individuals have volunteered 5,556 times. 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).

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