Saturday 2nd Feb – CANCELLED

Folks we have some bad icy patches and it is going to be cold overnight too so we have taken the decision to cancel tomorrow's parkrun for everyone's safety.
See you next week and enjoy your weekend :-)

 

Christmas Day

We are here Christmas Day, mince pies and all!!  See you at 9am.

 

Mud, bogs and parkrun #177 by Rob Whalen Norwich parkrunner and Touring Run Reporter!

As a tourist and visiting Ellesmere Port for the first time it is never a good sign when you arrive and half of the volunteers are wearing their best wellies! Although the course was in a better state than previous weeks, there was a definite feeling that it was going to be a proper cross country event this weekend.

24 first timers graced Whitby Park in what was ideal running conditions: as long as you didn't mind ankle-deep, marsh-like fields. Tourists from Huddersfield, Birmingham, Newcastle, Kettering and Norwich (me) joined a local first timer all the way from Birkenhead! It was good to chat to a range of runners from different locations and to hear your tourism tales. 

In boggy, wet and muddy conditions 58 runners were supported by the excellent Run Director Rob Shanahan and his team of amazing volunteers. Even those with injuries adapted to the conditions with makeshift waterproofing!

As for the running... it was a good week for Matthew Gibbs who claimed his third First Finish in a row (19.12) and his 46th first finish in total at Ellesmere Port. Gareth Johns (19.52) came in not far behind on his first visit and Kevin Charleston recorded a new PB (20.19) with his 3rd placed finish three years after his previous visit in 2015. 

The first female was Jane McDonnell who clocked a new PB in 25.08. Followed by first timer at Ellesmere Port - Evelyn Clawson (27.01) and Fiona Leatham was the third lady in 28.27. 

Seven runners clocked new personal best times. Congratulations to: 

Helen Telford 

Jane McDonnell

Robert Manning

Kevin Charleston 

Steve Graham

Michael Austin

Jack Weatherburn 

Special mention to Samuel Brocklehurst who managed to keep both shoes this week, however he missed out on his PB by a mere 2 seconds. 

All in all an excellent mornings running. Thanks for making myself and all at parkrun so welcome this weekend. 

Hope to be back again in the future!

 

Ellesmere Port parkrun #164, 23rd December 2017

“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.

 

***CANCELLATION 9TH DECEMBER 2017****

Due to the course already being saturated and the forecast overnight being bad, we have taken the decision to cancel 9th December parkrun at Ellesmere Port.

Sorry to disappoint but the safety of everyone is important.  We'll be back next week!

Enjoy your weekend.

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