A record-breaking start to 2020 at Haigh Woodland parkrun!

A record-breaking start to 2020 at Haigh Woodland parkrun!

Happy New Year everyone.  I suspect I wasn’t entirely alone holding a fleeting ambition of doing a ‘NYD double’ which evaporated at some point in between finishing that G&T with friends at 12.45am, and waking up in the morning accepting that an extra couple of hours of ‘coming around’ time with a second cup of tea and piece of toast would be a more sensible plan for the morning after.

But much credit and respect to those enthusiastic parkrunners who did the double – more on that later.

So, I arrived at the park feeling glad for the relative ‘lie-in’, and happier still with the free parking situation that was an unexpected boon as I hadn’t spotted the prior notice about this – result!

It was clear on arrival that the morning’s event was extremely popular indeed, with hordes of runners gathering in the start area with eager anticipation of the run to come. Sarah did a super job of getting all the important information to the masses - including the 96 first-time runners at Haigh Woodland for the, of whom a whopping 22 runners were at their first ever parkrun. Welcome to all our new friends and visit again soon!

The run itself was a glorious one, with the park buzzing with families and dog-walkers enjoying a fine New Year’s morning in the play areas and around the woods; a hazy sun broke through enough to keep us nicely warm and dappled the woodland floor in a tapestry of light and shade through the trees.  The path was soft in places but surprisingly firm for most of the route, considering the damp winter we’ve had so far.

The team of marshals gave the usual support and encouragement to all those running.  And as runners we were especially grateful to the Run Directors, pre-event team and all the volunteers who gave up a bank holiday morning to bring us such a successful event.

Record-breaking run

Some 413 parkrunners completed the event, smashing the previous record of 284 runners set in April 2019. With a scanner down, this created a bigger queue than usual in the finish funnel, but it was a great atmosphere and some runners mucked in to get everyone logged without too much of a wait. The funnel volunteers did an excellent job.

Thank you, volunteers

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers.  Thank-yous go to:
Angela WALLBANK • Kevin David EDWARDS • John PAYN • Michael HENDRY • Andrew STOREY • Sarah EDWARDS • Mike HARRIS • Jake EDWARDS • Hannah FARLEY • Kathryn HODSON • Annie WADE • Paul DERBYSHIRE • June WHITE • Denise RYLEY • Lisa HEYES • Katy ROBERTSON • Esme HARRIS • Andrea JACKSON • Phil RYAN • Gabbie COLCLOUGH

New Year milestones

This week saw several runners celebrating parkrun milestones, including:

Emma Lucey – joining the 10 club

Niall Connolly – joining the 10 club

Alexander Turnbull – joining the 50 club

Denise Ryley – joining the 50 club

Lesley Hanlon – joining the 100 club

Adam Austin – joining the 100 club (completed at Stretford parkrun)

Well done to each of you in attaining new milestones and becoming proud owners of new parkrun t-shirts.

Quickest finishers

First back was James Wignall of Sale Harriers with a very tidy time of 17.02, followed by Joseph Dare (18.15) and then junior Isaac Battye of Horwich RMI Harriers (18.27).

Jo Armitage of Vegan Runners was the first female runner back (20.52), followed by Amy Longmore of Wilmslow RC (22:52) then Vet 60 Kath Vickers (24.50) with a superb run.

Personal Bests

Also a huge congratulations to the fifty-one parkrunners who were able to ring the PB bell on New Year’s Day this year, including:

  • Adam Worsley
  • Alex Holcroft
  • Andrew Brown
  • Andrew Gibbons
  • Andrew Lawrenson
  • Angela Howarth
  • Ashley Spires
  • Becky Halliwell
  • Bethany Dickinson
  • Bethany Lockett
  • Bruce Gray
  • Carl Frier
  • Carole Wilson
  • Chris Farrimond
  • Claire Holt
  • Daniel Settle
  • David Sion Wright
  • Deb White
  • Debbie Kirkman
  • Elizabeth Grech
  • Emilie Brady
  • Emily Holding
  • Gillian Smith
  • Grace Harris
  • Helen Shan
  • Isaac Battye
  • James Pentland
  • Janet Stocks
  • Jo Armitage
  • Joanne Platt
  • Jodie Dermott
  • Joseph David Walker
  • Julie Tyrer
  • Kelly Rosenthal
  • Kim Holcroft
  • Mark Collier
  • Martin Brownsey
  • Mia Ainscough
  • Mike Howarth
  • Neil Fairclough
  • Nick White
  • Nicki Makinson
  • Patrick Wilson
  • Paul Spires
  • Phil Shann
  • Rachel Brindle
  • Ray Smith
  • Richard O'reilly
  • Robyn Brown
  • Sam Blakeman
  • Suzanne Saunders

New Year’s Day Doublers

While most of us were energising ourselves to make the most of the New Year parkrun at Haigh Woodland, around 64 runners had already completed a parkrun earlier in the morning.  (New Year’s Day is the only day of the year in which you can record results from two separate parkrun events.)

Twenty-six runners came to Haigh Woodland following an earlier run at St Helens, another 26 joined us after Witton, 3 came over after running at Chadderton Hall, while one runner went to Warrington first.  The particularly bright-eyed and bushy-tailed NYD doublers included:

  • Adam WORSLEY
  • Aidan O'REILLY
  • Ainsley MURPHY
  • Amy TINKER
  • Andy BURT
  • Becki BARNES
  • Caroline SIDERY
  • Chris CHARNLEY
  • Cliff UTTING
  • Darren HORROCKS
  • Darren NICHOLLS
  • Debbie KIRKMAN
  • Denise RYLEY
  • Eleftherios SERIATOS
  • Emily ATKINSON
  • Fiona ALDERTON
  • Gordon WEEKS
  • Heather WHALLEY
  • Hilary BULFIELD
  • Howard SIDERY
  • Jason SPEAR
  • Jayne HEWITT
  • Jennifer RAMSDEN
  • Joanna WITHERS
  • Joanne PLATT
  • John HEYES
  • Jonathan SACKS
  • Julie TYRER
  • Juliet ODOM
  • Karly BURGESS
  • Kathryn HODSON
  • Keeley JONES
  • Libby WORSLEY
  • Lisa HEYES
  • Louise NICHOLLS
  • Malcolm ALDERTON
  • Martin SMITH
  • Matt BURGESS
  • Matt WITHERS
  • Paresh PATEL
  • Philip THORNE
  • Rachel Karen LATHAM
  • Ravindra PATEL
  • Richard HOLDING
  • Robert MANSFIELD
  • Ron POGUE
  • Roseanne SOAR
  • Sandra BURGESS
  • Sarah Jane WELLS
  • Steve HEWITT
  • Steven LESLIE
  • Stuart ISHERWOOD
  • Stuart PALMER
  • Toby CLARKE
  • Vicky CLARKE
  • William ACKERLEY

In addition, Denise Ryley, Kathryn Hodson and Lisa Heyes each put in a volunteering shift after running at St Helens earlier on.

Phew, a good effort all of you!

Here’s to a successful 2020 to come for Haigh Woodland parkrun.



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