Haigh Woodland parkrun Run Report for Event #99
I’ve been looking forward to Saturday for a good few weeks. Why? You ask. Well over at Witton parkrun I am the Event Director so am held hostage in Witton Park every week making sure our event goes off ok. So whenever we have to cancel for another event in the Park I jump at the chance to escape for the day and try out another parkrun.
Normally I end up doing one of the Core job roles as I’m not able to run anymore, but on Saturday I decided I would have a walk round. My good friend Sally offered to walk with me so I wasn’t on my own. I also carried the camera so managed to get a few snap shots of my fellow Witton parkrunners.
Haigh Woodland Park is beautiful! What an excellent place for everyone. There is so much to see and do, it really put what we have to shame.
So Saturday was the day that Haigh and Pennington Flash were hoping to get a mammoth 500 people attending both events.
The previous highest attendance at Haigh was 201 on the 10th December 2016.
Today there were 262
Pennington had 245 today so in total that is a whopping 507 people who walked, jogged and ran both courses.
Flipping fantastic result that, well done everyone.
Saturdays event was made possible by 21 super heroes in high viz, HUGE thanks to these guys : Angela WALLBANK • Trish PRESTON • Darren FINNEGAN • Jenna TAYLOR • Sarah EDWARDS • Robert HEATHER • Rayford BEAUMONT • Michelle SEARBY • Kathryn HODSON • Nichiless DEY • Adrienne BARNES • Paul DERBYSHIRE • Alan VERNON • Tamsin CROTHERS • Ally GORDON • Niamh FINNEGAN • Hannah ASPEY • Rebecca KELSALL • Bev BALDWIN • Alan PRATT • James HALLIWELL
Remember parkrun cannot happen without volunteers. If you have never volunteered before I can highly recommend that you do. I’m not saying this because I’m always on the lookout for willing helpers, I’m saying it because it really is a brilliant way to start your weekend. Giving your time to help others is a really great feeling.
There are so many different jobs to, so if you are a bit shy, then timekeeping may be a role for you as you don’t need to speak to anyone, just press a button after each runner/walker passes you.
If you are a bit more confident, giving out tokens or scanning may be a role for you as you can speak to every person that comes to you. I find this is a really good way of getting to know people.
And for those who love a good clap and cheer of a morning, then why not give marshalling a bash? All you have to do is send people in the right direction and give plenty of encouragement.
For me, marshals really make a parkrun special.
So, out of the 262 people who came on Saturday 13 of you did not produce a barcode. Oh no, this is gutting when you have done so well. Bringing your barcode every week means you’ll get an email and text (if you have signed up to receive them) telling you how fantastic you did. Keep barcodes everywhere, in the car, in your shoes, round your neck, round your wrist, not in the undies please (urgh). Or go that bit further and get a lovely shiny plastic version or wrist band from our friends at ERS https://www.parkrun-barcode.org.uk/
The rest of you who did get a result can find the full breakdown here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/haighwoodland/results/latestresults/
This shows that there were 80 1st timers, wowzers that’s brilliant, even more spectacular is that 31 of those 1st timers have never done a parkrun before, so HUGE hello and welcome to the parkrun family. We hope to see you again and again and again.
You know the more you do the more rewards you get from parkrun. So yeah, this free parkrun gives you FREE stuff too! After 50, 100, 250 and 500 parkruns you get a FREE T-Shirt, if you are a junior (under 18) you get a FREE Shirt after 10.
We don’t forget the volunteers either, they get a beautiful purple Tee after 25 stints at volunteering. It’s so good this parkrun movement you really should tell your friends and family all about it and get them signed up!
Back to the results, so this week 1st over the line was Witton parkrun Run Director Sean Procter in 18:41. Well done Sean
Just behind him in 19 minutes flat was Junior parkrunner Lewis Wilkes from Horwich RMI Harriers, well done Lewis, this is the 4th time you have got 2nd place. What a fantastic achievement.
3rd over the line was 1st timer Tim Johnstone from Chorley Athletic and Tri club, Tim normally runs at the 2 Preston parkruns as well as a bit of tourism, thanks for coming along today and well done on your 19:04 finish time.
1st over the line for the ladies was Lynne Clough again from Chorley Athletic and Tri club, a fab time of 19:56. Not far of a PB Lynn, well done. Also, when will we see you back at Witton? It was July when we saw you last.
2nd lady again from Chorley Athletic and TRI was Gemma Preston in a time of 21:14. A 1st visit from Gemma who left her home of Preston to help us get that massive attendance.
3rd for the ladies and with an impressive PB was Shirley Staveley (Burnde Road Runners) with a time of 22:32, well done knocking 7 seconds off in only 2 weeks. I’m very impressed.
Of course everyone who came over the line is a superstar in my eyes, no matter what time you got. 5k is 5k, it doesn’t matter if it takes you 18 minutes or over an hour, so I hope you are all very proud of yourselves.
Now let’s see who is celebrating reaching a milestone this week.
For the Juniors we have Callum Kilgour who has now run 10 parkruns, well done Callum. Look out for the email in a week or so which will let you order your FREE T-Shirt
No one is claiming their 50 or 100 T-Shirts this week, but we have a few that are very close:
Paul Boardman 49
June White 48
Pete Hurdman 98
Philippa Tooms 98
Jayne McKenna 98
Well I think that’s about enough from me, I hope you have enjoyed reading my ramblings?
You know that anyone can write this little report every week. It can be written in any style or format and the content is entirely up to you, as long as it is about parkrun of course hahaha
Thanks for reading and thanks Haigh Woodland parkrun for having me and my gang from Witton.
Ooooo the pigs!!!! How can I forget those beautiful mucky trotters????