“It’s for the Community …..!”
Clearly quote of the day - courtesy of Clare Page – which I am going to use completely out of context for this week’s newsletter. We are very lucky to have our own parkrun here in Ellesmere Port, run by volunteers who turn out every week to ensure the course is safe to run; laid out correctly with all the signs in the right places; timed and marshalled (very important in the fog yesterday, when pretty much all you could see was the next hi-viz vest to run towards); bar-codes scanned and tokens sorted; everything packed away again and results uploaded for your pleasure. Around the Country are nigh-on 500 other parkrun communities which we can visit on any given Saturday, 9.00am, with many more dotted around the world.
We’ve welcomed runners from Australia and the USA in Whitby Park and been welcomed in return in these and other countries. There are junior events too, around 200 of them, where anyone under 15 can run unaccompanied for 2km at 9.00am on Sundays – Imogen and others have taken advantage of these – where the same enthusiastic (and noisy!) welcome is extended. Yes, parkrun has come a long way since the original 13 started the idea in Bushy Park back in 2004.
Those who receive their parkrun weekly email will have noticed that Paul Sinton-Hewitt, parkrun founder, sent out a personal message to registered parkrunners inviting them to ‘introduce a friend’ to their parkrun community. After the upcoming festive season, the get-fit-go-on-a-crazy-diet-lose-five-stones-and-be-beach-body-ready brigade will be out in force….. and as most people are aware, the crazy diet doesn’t work. Gentle exercise, in a non-competitive environment, does. If there is someone you know who would like to be part of our parkrun community – whether they have tried before or never done a parkrun – bring them along and they will be made very welcome - #dfyb !
I’ll do a round-up of facts, figures and milestones for the year next week. All that remains to be said for this week is “Merry Christmas, Ellesmere Port parkrun community”.
This week 54 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 6 were first timers and 1 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 15 volunteers: Anne RYCROFT • Tracii O'BRIEN • Robert SHANAHAN • Jan MORGAN • Tracey SADLER • Zachary MADDOCKS • Rachael BARLOW • Karen KAVANAGH • Harvey TEGG • Mary MADDOCKS • Julie LEWIS • Aaron SCOTT • Ian HART • Duncan CUNNINGHAM • Tom GRANT
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Ellesmere Port parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Carol PARSONS who recorded a time of 18:48 on 8th August 2015 (event number 43). The male record is held by Mike CUMMINGS who recorded a time of 16:35 on 3rd September 2016 (event number 97). The Age Grade course record is held by Rosemary ROGERS who recorded 88.28% (24:02) on 6th May 2017 (event number 132).
Ellesmere Port parkrun started on 18th October 2014. Since then 2,761 participants have completed 11,225 parkruns covering a total distance of 56,125 km, including 2,203 new Personal Bests.