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Tail Walker- Run Report

I was tail runner this morning. I arrived at 8.30(somewhat earlier than necessary), collected my hi-viz and lanyard (with in case of emergency details) from Trish the run director and positioned myself at the back of all of the runners (seemed to be loads today!) and near a dog that was way too excited at the prospect of running 5k! Once the run started (the dog was off like a rocket) i set off keeping behind all of the runners and walkers.
About half way down the hill, near to Paul 'the motivating marshall' the front runners started to emerge on their way back up the hill. This is what i like about volunteering at parkrun as you get to see a side of the run you wouldn't normally see if you were running, particilarly that the faster ones at the front are dreading pigs hill as much as those at the back!
When i reached the bottom of the hill i let the marshall know i was the last person, and then completed the rest of the route, collecting the other marshalls on the way.
I finished, got my barcode scanned (tail walker counts towards both volunteer milestones and completed parkrun milestones) and helped to pack up.
I was away by 10am and back home, showered and with a brew by 10.30am!
Tail walker is a really easy volunteer job to do, and you get a good brisk walk of it. All you have to do is stay behind everyone else, and come last on purpose. Its a particularly good role if you've been injured, feeling a bit unfit or have a race the next day. Let Haigh Woodland Parkrun know if you would like to give it a try!
Bernie Haddock


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Event #100

Haigh Woodland parkrun
Event number 100
23rd September 2017

Just a little reminder, we have several items of lost property which needs to be collected, we can not store it forever.
On the topic of property, please make sure you take only yours home, and that any valuable items you take with you, We can not be responsible for mobiles and keys. Yes we know you don't want them gangling in your pocket, but if you leave them in our box, or under the table then you do so at your own risk.

Advanced announcement.... you heard it here first,
The 28th Oct will be our 2nd birthday, so we have decided to celebrate with our first ever pacer event. If your interested in being a pacer drop us an email. Haighwoodlandoffice@parkrun.com

This week 159 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:


Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Haigh Woodland parkrun Results Page.

Male placings:
Andy LLOYD (VM45-49) of Horwich RMI Harriers, was first over the line in 17:55 - second time in 9 appearances.
Simon COLLINS (VM35-39) of Preston Harriers, was second over the line in 18:22.
Liam David MOORE (SM20-24) of Leigh Harriers & AC, was third over the line in 19:09.

Female placings:
Lynne CLOUGH (VW45-49) of Chorley Athletic and Triathlon Club, was first (6th overall) over the line in 20:01 - 13th time in 15 appearances.
Jayne TAYLOR (VW55-59) of Wigan & District Harriers & AC, was second (9th overall) over the line in 21:07 - has been first to finish on 14 previous occasions.
Emma BRADLEY (JW10) of Horwich RMI Harriers, was third (18th overall) over the line in 22:39.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Jayne TAYLOR (VW55-59) – 85.71% for the time 21:07 (9th overall).
Lynne CLOUGH (VW45-49) – 81.77% for the time 20:01 (6th overall).
Andy LLOYD (VM45-49) – 80.37% for the time 17:55 (first overall).

The male record is held by Michael CAYTON who recorded a time of 15:48 on 28th May 2016 (event number 30).
The female record is held by Lindsey BRINDLE who recorded a time of 18:58 on 22nd April 2017 (event number 78).
The Age Grade course record is held by Maureen LANEY who recorded 88.80% (22:10) on 14th May 2016 (event number 28).

Haigh Woodland parkrun started on 31st October 2015. Since then 2,890 participants have completed 12,188 parkruns covering a total distance of 60,940 km, including 2,900 new Personal Bests.


Event 99 Attendance Record

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
Chris Burton48
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????




HAIGH WOODLAND parkrun Report #84 – 3rd June 2017

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.

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.

Want to give feedback? Have anything to say or want anyone mentioned in future run reports? Are there any corrections needed to this report? Please e-mail haighwoodlandoffice@parkrun.com

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 haighwoodlandhelpers@parkrun.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