This is my 6th visit to Haigh Woodland as my quarterly visit brings me back to my home town (I’m an Orrell lad) and it’s always special to come back to where I was brought up. And it is so good to see that Haigh Woodland parkrun is getting more and more popular. I was there for the first one in October 2015 and after the initial attendance of 199 for that first one, it was 21 weeks before Haigh hit 3 figures again. But gradually, the popularity has increased such that we have seen a three-figure attendance on 23 of the last 25 weeks. And this week, as Run Director Sarah addressed us at the start, there were 186 runners waiting for the off which is our 5th highest attendance.
There was a slight delay at the start as desperate runners queued frustratingly to gain access to the car park, but we are a friendly and obliging bunch at parkrun and didn’t mind waiting for five minutes to make sure everyone got in, especially as the pleasant June sunshine was burning through the trees. And after Sarah had given her clear and amusing directions, we were off, heading downwards through the woods for the easy and gentle first half of the run.
The first runner home was Scott Thompson, running his 81st parkrun and for the 20th time at Haigh. He was the only runner to break 19 minutes on the day (18:18), with Rayford Beaumont of Wigan Harriers coming home in 2nd place and Joseph Dare 3rd. Another Wigan Harrier, Warren Moorfield finished 4th and these were the only 4 runners to break 20 minutes.
The first lady to finish was Jayne Taylor of Wigan Harriers who was running for the 18th time at Haigh Woodland in her 24th parkrun. She ran a time of 20:57 which was just ten seconds outside her Personal Best time which she set 2 weeks ago. Jayne has finished as first lady on 11 occasions which is equal highest number of first place finishes. Second Lady was Karen Moorfield of Wigan Harriers who set a Personal Best time of 21:18 on her 14th appearance at Haigh in her 35th parkrun. She took 16 seconds from her visit 2 weeks ago.
First Lady Jayne Taylor was the only runner to beat 80% age grading with an incredible rating of 86.40%, over 10% higher than first placed Scott Thompson who registered 76.05%.
CATEGORY RECORDS: No new Category Records were set today but there were an incredible 38 runners who managed to run a Personal Best time. At Haigh Woodland parkrun the average number of Personal Bests achieved per week is 28 so we were well above average this week. And on my 6th visit to Haigh Woodland I managed a PB myself, so all aboard the PB Express.
94 runners today were ladies and 92 were men, and there were 30 juniors. Don’t forget that while we love the youngsters running with us, if the junior is under the age of 11 they MUST be accompanied at all times during the run by an adult. The adult doesn’t have to be a parent, but it should be someone they know.
There were 46 First Timers who joined the parkrun party at Haigh Woodland of which 29 were running a parkrun for the very first time and joining the ever growing parkrun family. At Haigh Woodland we average 28 First Timers each week so this was an excellent week for the newcomers.
There were 10 runners who were shown as ‘unknown’. It’s terrible to have a brilliant run, maybe get a Personal Best, and then fail to have it recognised because you have no barcode. PLEASE …. Don’t Forget Your Barcode. Need a new barcode? Or would you like your result as a text? Follow the link to your profile from your latest results email. And remember please don’t take home your finish tokens. They are not souveniers …….. DON’T BE A TOKEN MAGPIE. And remember, barcodes will not read from a mobile phone photograph so althoughn there are many ways to have your run recorded, this is not one of them.
29 runners today were attached to running clubs and there were 147 unattached runners who were running for themselves.
Since Haigh Woodland started the Wigan Harriers have been represented by 91 different runners, which is the most from any one club, and they have crossed the finish line on 580 occasions. Horwich have provided 63 runners (327 finishes) and Red Rose has seen 29 of their runners finish 69 times.
HALL OF FAME
Those celebrating milestones with us this week were:
Paul Blakemore (Wigan Phoenix) 125 runs
Chloe Blakemore 125 runs
And those who are knocking on the celebration door include:
Alan Sweatman (Chorley AC) 99 runs
Angela Smith 49 runs
These two runners are just 5 kilometres away from their own personal 100 and 50 run milestones.
Number of Commemorative T-shirts on show today:
Junior White (10 runs) – 7 runners
Cardinal Red (50 runs) – 14 runners
Jet Black (100 runs) – 5 runners
Green (250 runs) – 2 runners
Blue (500) – 0 runners
The top 5 attendees this week were:
Barry Shackleton (Darwen Dashers) 310 runs
Karen Shackleton (Darwen Dashers) 257 runs
Michael Hendry (Chorley ATC) 133 runs
Christine Sweatman (Chorley AC) 131 runs
Chloe Blackmore 125 runs
These five runners have completed 956 parkruns between them.
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VOLUNTEERS – REMEMBER that parkrun can only take place weekly because of the volunteers and marshalls who give up their time on a Saturday morning. If you want to get involved, email email@example.com. This week, we had 15 credited volunteers so thank you all.
And potential runners remember that to officially take part at Haigh Woodland (or any other parkrun anywhere) you need to be registered at www.parkrun.org.uk but you only need to register once and the barcode they give you will be needed each week when you have finished the run. DON’T FORGET YOUR BARCODE.
This week’s UK Stats: There were 442 parkruns, 11 cancellations, and the total UK senior parkrun population was 116,368.
Haigh Woodland parkrun started on the 31st October 2015 with 199 runners and 17 volunteers. That attendance was the record until it was broken with 201 turning out on the 10th December last year. The course record was set in May last year by Michael Cayton in 15:48, and the female course record was set by Lindsey Brindle 6 weeks ago at 18:58. The average run time on the course is 29:19. There have been 2,406 different runners on the course, representing 187 different running clubs, and they have completed 9,477 runs. The average attendance is 112 every week and there have been 2,350 Personal Bests. Runners at Haigh Woodland have covered almost 48,000Km and have been running for 193 days.
And that’s it for the report for run #84. If you fancy writing a run report, and putting your slant on it, get in touch. We would love to hear from you. See you again in a few months.
Barry Shackleton #lovehaighwoodlandparkrun