Delamere parkrun, event 357, 11th September 2021

It was a gorgeous sunny morning for our 357th parkrun. We welcomed 202 participants with 12 first timers to parkrun and 12 new to Delamere. Amongst the first timers was Sue Schofield who was looking forward to a relatively flat course compared with the Glossop’s hills she normally runs on.

Charlie Weaver was the first home with yet another PB. This is the third in a row amongst his 183 runs. First female home was Sarah White also with a PB. Today saw a total of 31 PBs with Emma Hall also celebrating her 50th . Well done, to all of you.

Martyn Jones, Tony Range and Max Roberts have imminent milestones (100 and 10) as does Dean Walker with his soon to be 300th. Will it be at Delamere where they celebrate their milestones? Well done also to Lesley Bool, who completed The Great North Run on Sunday but scanned for us on Saturday.

Thank you to all of today’s amazing volunteers, we couldn’t parkrun withoutyou. Volunteering is great fun. There are a range of tasks, so something foreveryone- give it a go, I’m sure you won’t regret it. Our 19 volunteers were Laurence RUDKIN • Mark FLANAGAN • Ian HILDITCH • Irene PIKE • Nicola RUDD • Ellie KEENAN • Paula MANLEY • Heather MCBRIDE • A J HALFORD • Shaun LIGHTFOOT • Mark LIGHTFOOT • Charles TWISS • Jill HOWE • Lesley BOOL • Katie RANDLES • Dawn APPLETON • Thomas CAREY • Nadine BAKER • Rosemary WASS

Saturday'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 16,090 participants have completed 97,379 parkruns covering a total distance of 486,895 km, including 16,674 new Personal Bests. A total of 709 individuals have volunteered 5,575 times.

 

Jill H

 

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.

 

Delamere parkrun event#355, 28th August 2021

There were some issues with the reduced parking fee codes we understand. If that happens again go to the reception desk in the visitor centre (end of the building nearest the exit) and they will assist.

The dog start seemed to go well again, though if you bring your dog it would be useful to be at the dog start in good time. Nearly all dogs arrived yesterday after 8:55 which means some miss the briefing. It’s particularly important that runners with dogs are reminded to stay at the side of the course and use a short lead.

Back to the run and after last week’s inaugural deluge, yesterday we had much more pleasant weather as 288 runners returned to the forest for our 355th parkrun. There were a remarkable 70 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part. Of our noteworthy runners, Paul Smith who runs fairly regularly with us did his 482nd run – but where will his 500th be? There were on 50th runs but Matt Atkinson completed his 100th run with us.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers who were Kathryn TELFORD • Matthew LARKIN • Christopher LARKIN • Ann COLLIER • Mark FLANAGAN • Ian WEAVER • Jane WARD • A J HALFORD • Lisa BROAD • Shaun LIGHTFOOT • Mark LIGHTFOOT • Charles TWISS • Andy MARTELL • Mark DUTTON • Dawn APPLETON • Valerie MARTELL • Debra DAVIES • Nadine BAKER • 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 16,009 participants have completed 96,912 parkruns covering a total distance of 484,560 km, including 16,607 new Personal Bests. A total of 701 individuals have volunteered 5,537 times.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

Delamere parkrun event #348, February 8th 2020

There was no sign of Storm Clara this morning, though if the cool temperature made for good running, it didn’t for the volunteers with bare hands. This week our 18 hi-viz heroes were Mark FLANAGAN • Dylan BUGG • Alex MASON • Nigel WATERHOUSE • Morgan FAWKES • Tim APPLETON • Joanna CASE • A J HALFORD • Shaun LIGHTFOOT • Mark LIGHTFOOT • Ann DEAN • Charles TWISS • George SCOTT • Patrick SCOTT • Lesley BOOL • Dawn APPLETON • Steven KING • Daniel MANLEY

We had 443 participants this morning of whom 71 were first timer and rather symmetrically there were also 71 PBs. Delamere parkrun continues to grow in popularity. Looking at the mean attendance for the year to date (excluding new year’s day) we are at 446 runners (this compares to 408 in 2019 and 337 in 2018 over the same period). This is despite the Delamere team maintaining a deliberate low-key approach to advertising our event, to try to keep numbers down: more specifically keep the number of cars down as parking is limited due to the on-going works near the visitor centre. The latest news we have is that the new car-park will still not be open until June. Please be patient and also please still park away from the Old Pale and visitor centre car parks if at all possible.

You may also have heard that there is a current optional offer for parkruns to exchange their yellow hi-viz jackets to pink. We have decided not to do this as the yellow jackets are in good condition, everyone is used to the yellow and we thought it a waste to replace them even though the old jackets will be “recycled”.

While we are on equipment, about 3 weeks ago we found a running watch left in the kit box. We have a little profile information about the owner so if you have lost one please let us know.

Back to our run today and of course we had a few runners earning their milestone t-shirts. There were 4 runners who ran their 50th run and they were Terry Price, Tori Tomlin, Amanda Brown and Mark Hoile. Two juniors completed their 10th runs (Finn Denley-Samson and Natahn Ollier) and we had Val Martel completing her 100th run, 90 of which have been at Delamere.

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 15,651 participants have completed 94,715 parkruns covering a total distance of 473,575 km, including 16,308 new Personal Bests. A total of 681 individuals have volunteered 5,392 times.

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