First timers keep rolling in to Heaton

First timer 6 Aug

With the Commonwealth Games in full swing in Birmingham and the fantastic achievements of the Lionesses fresh in the memory, many parkrun events around the country benefited from the increased interest in getting out and exercising. Over 6500 first time attendees were recorded at parkruns in the UK last weekend and more are expected this Saturday as parkrun joins forces with the National Lottery to encourage as many people as possible to get down to their local free, weekly, timed 5K. At Heaton we are hoping to play a big part in that initiative so keep an eye on our social media for more news.

Whittaker Lane Surgery staff 6 Aug

Our field of 611 finishers last Saturday included 27 of those parkrun debutants. We were particularly pleased to welcome Daniel COOKE and his colleagues from the local Whittaker Lane Medical Centre which becomes the latest GP Practice to become a partner with parkrun. The parkrun practice initiative was launched in the UK in 2018 and aims to raise awareness of parkrun amongst GPs and practice staff, encourages them to take part in parkrun and signpost patients/carers to parkrun events.

We also welcomed 43 existing parkrunners making their first visit to Heaton. They included David ALDERSON, a regular at Roundshaw Downs in Croydon, who was making his 544th parkrun appearance but still made the smart decision to listen in to Barbara's wise words at the first timers briefing.

David Alderson 500 shirt


This Week's Leading Runners

Louis Szymanski 6 Aug

Returning over 7 years since his last Heaton appearance, Louis SZYMANSKI was first over the line in 16:55, beating his previous best by a minute and a half. Rob MAKIN was next in 18:00, with John RAHO of Holcombe Harriers close behind in 18:04. Just one place further back, Paul MARSHALL clocked 18:07 and recorded an age grading of 78.29%, the highest male figure of the day.

Paul Marshall 6 Aug

Freya Potts 6 Aug

Freya POTTS of Bury AC was the first female finisher in a time of 19:52. There was a close tussle for the next places between two first time visitors with Victoria CREIGHTON of Davenport Runners crossing the line in 21:36, just edging out Rebecca AVANESSIAN by two seconds. On her 402nd Heaton appearance Sheila JONES once again took the age grade honours with a score of 90.93% for her time of 23:20.

Sheila Jones 6 Aug


PB Corner

Clapping in the PBs

67 of our finishers recorded a new Personal Best time for the Heaton course, so a big well done goes out to all of them. Here in PB Corner we celebrate the achievements of those who notch up a new PB after they've run at least 20 times at Heaton, which is usually when it starts to become a little more difficult to improve that time! So congratulations go to this round dozen who managed just that on Saturday.

  • David CASEY, who lowered his best time by another 38 seconds for a third consecutive PB, a feat equalled by Phil McMAHON who took 28 seconds off
  • It's two in a row for Julie KNOWLES, who smashed her previous week's effort by almost two minutes
  • Also recording second consecutive PBs by more modest amounts were Graeme CAIRNS, Alfie HILTON, Billy HILTON and Andrew WILSON
  • Briona MADDEN made a 39 second improvement on her December 2021 time, whilst Catherine SACHRO, Sarah REVILLES, Zoe RALPH and Sharon LOWE all lowered the PBs they set earlier this year


Milestone Runs

Another busy day saw two of our regulars reaching very big milestones and others claiming the black and red shirts for 100 and 50 runs respectively.

400th run

John Consterdine 400

John CONSTERDINE has been running at Heaton parkrun since October 2009, always with a smile and especially on his 400th run. After 381 appearances with 14 PBs it's probably true to say that John has done more to promote Heaton parkrun than anybody else, through his regular media appearances. The man behind Manchester Taxi Tours has also volunteered 20 times and visited 7 other events, but we know his heart is always well and truly at Heaton parkrun. Well done John!


Helen Kay 400Also completing her 400th run was Helen KAY, with plenty of support on her big day. Helen followed her brother Jamie to Heaton parkrun in May 2010 as a self-confessed non-runner. 12 years, 344 Heaton runs and 23 PBs later, Helen is in training for yet another marathon in the autumn, so she is very much a runner now. Helen has travelled to 22 other events and also volunteered 60 times.

200th run

Brad Northcott 200

Brad NORTHCOTT reached the 200 mark with his running partner on his 122nd appearance at Heaton since October 2014. Those runs have included 13 PBs and he has also run at 16 other parkrun venues.

Gaynor Clarke and Rebecca Kendrick 200

Gaynor CLARKE and Rebecca KENDRICK are both regular parkrun tourists with Worsley Woods as their home run, but they chose Heaton for their 200 milestone. Gaynor first ran at Heaton in January 2011 and this was her 20th run with us. As well as 63 runs at Worsley Woods, Gaynor has travelled to 49 other locations. Rebecca's 11th run at Heaton since March 2011 goes with her 65 Worsley appearances and visits to 75 other venues to take her to 200. She has also volunteered 40 times.

150th run

Rachel Millard 150Another Worsley Woods regular, Rachel MILLARD, celebrated her 150th run with her first visit to Heaton. Rachel has run 109 times at Worsley, visited 29 other sites and volunteered 30 times.Dave Clarke 150

Dave CLARKE made his Heaton debut in August 2016 and has run 134 times with us, including 10 PBs, and has volunteered once. He has also run at 7 other parkruns.


100th run

Vicoria Molloy 100

First to claim the black 100 shirt this week is Victoria MOLLOY, who has run all her 100 at Heaton, starting in April 2014 with 4 PBs. Victoria has also volunteered twice.

Clare Kerswill 100

Clare KERSWILL also topped the century mark with her 67th run at Heaton. There have been 8 PBs since her June 2017 debut, 8 volunteer stints and visits to 21 other parkrun events.


50th run

Martin Boyd 50

Martin BOYD has run 43 times at Heaton since his debut in August 2016 with 8 PBs along the way. Visits to Burnley and York bring him up to the mark where he qualifies for his red 50 shirt.

Carol Crossley 50

Carol CROSSLEY also reached the 50 mark with her 49th run at Heaton. Starting just before lockdown in January 2020, Carol has sped to the half century with just one visit to Worsley Woods.


25th run  - congratulations also go to Philip McGIVERN and young Kian who both reached the 25 run mark this week.

Philip McGivern 25  Kian 25

Well done to all our milestone runners this week.

Whilst researching this week's stats I took a look at the results from our first event in June 2009 and noticed that the first ever finisher at Heaton, Steve DARBY, celebrated his 600th parkrun this week at Barry Curtis parkrun in Auckland, New Zealand. That's a lot of parkrunning for a very long time!!



We had another great turnout of 53 volunteers this week. Congratulations to Vicky HENNESSEY, who was volunteering for the 100th time and to Astor, who was making his canine volunteering debut on the finish funnel.

Vicky 100th Volunteer   Volunteers 6 Aug


It's wonderful to see families running and even volunteering together at Heaton parkrun. I think our Mini Marshals probably have more fun than anybody.

Mum and daughter volunteering


OK, that's it for another week. Just another reminder that this coming Saturday is going to be special at Heaton parkrun. If you have friends and family who haven't been to parkrun before try and persuade them to come along. The weather is going to be beautiful, so arrive early and see what surprises are in store.


See you at the lake.




Meet at lake 6 Aug






400 up for big-hearted John




The pink bibs were out in force at the 547th edition of Heaton parkrun. The 61 names on the Volunteer roster just prove how brilliant you Heaton parkrunners are. With our Facebook site still experiencing problems we are denied our regular place for making volunteer appeals, but despite that we still put together another brilliant team of volunteers which is the envy of just about every other event in the area. Great stuff!.


Those Volunteers were looking after 557 finishers, 36 of which were Unknown parkrunners. 18 people made their parkrun debut and a further 37 visited the beautiful Heaton parkrun for the first time. They included Paul SWINBURNE who had travelled from the North East to support his brother David on his wedding day - and it just happened to be Paul’s 300th parkrun as well. The brothers started the happy day with some healthy buggy pushing!



Paul’s is the first milestone run to get a mention this week but there are plenty more.


400th run - it was a big day for John BLACKBURN, a man with a big heart. To celebrate reaching his 400th run, John donned a gorilla suit in rising temperatures to raise money for Brain Tumour Research and it was fitting that his efforts raised over £400. Since June 2011, John has run 314 times at Heaton with 10 PBS, visited 32 other events, and volunteered a total of 169 times at both our 5K event and junior parkrun.



200th run - congratulations to Julia KOVACS who reached the 200 mark with her 157th run at Heaton. Making her debut in April 2014, Julia has recorded 14 PBS and travelled to 13 other events



150th run - since his debut in May 2014 Sam SMITH has clocked up 120 runs at Heaton with 21 PBS. There have been visits to 16 other sites as well as 30 volunteering occasions for young Sam.

150th run - also reaching the 150 mark was Lorraine Ann Williams, who has run 136 times at Heaton, also with 21 PBS, since her first run in January 2018. Lorraine Ann, who has also run at Worsley Woods and Peel, is pictured here with Alexander EASTON who was celebrating his 100th run. Alexander made his Heaton debut in May 2016, has run 94 times with us, including 16 PBS and has also run at Worsley Woods and Peel.



100th run - Zak TAYLOR also celebrated his 100th parkrun with his 97th finish at Heaton. The first of those 97 was in October 2012, since when Zak has picked up 13 PBS, run at 3 other parkruns and volunteered once.


100th run - our third parkrunner to claim the black 100 shirt is Nadia HAMILTON-RAINEY. Nadia first ran at Heaton in May 2018 and has completed 30 runs with 10 PBS. Her other 70 runs have taken her to 18 different events and Nadia has also volunteered 26 times.



25th run - congratulations also go to Patrick DONOHOE, Victoria SHERLOCK and Paula CROSLAND on reaching the 25 run mark.

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10th run as a Junior - finally, well done to Adam who has run 10 times at Heaton as a Junior and qualifies for the white Junior 10 shirt.



Our Leading Runners

Rob FOWLER of Prestwich AC was our first finisher in 17:36, followed by Paul MARSHALL in 18:01 and Rob MAKIN in 18:14. Simon LEES recorded the highest age grade of the day with 80.60% for his time of 18:18.

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Emma RICHARDSON of Rossendale Harriers was our first female over the line in 20:24. Bury AC’s Sarah THOMAS was next in 20:43, with Melanie MONKS completing the first three in 21:14. Helen HYDE’s first PB since May 2019 in her 128th run gave her the highest female age grading of the day, her time of 22:41 attracting a score of 78.77%.

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PB Corner

Helen is the first of 14 runners in PB Corner this week. There were 63 new PBS in all, and those runners with 20 or more appearances at Heaton get a mention here for their new best times. So it’s a big round of applause for:

Helen HYDE, Jonathan FORD, Nicholas COLEMAN, Graeme CAIRNS, Alfie HILTON, Billy HILTON, Richard COPE, Andrew WILSON, Anthony LIGHTFOOT, Sam BALLANTYNE, Julie KNOWLES, Harriet KIRBY, Benjamin STRAPPS and Francis McKEOWN.


That’s all for now. Apologies for the slightly simpler version of the news this week as I am away at the Commonwealth Games and don’t have access to my laptop. Normal service will be resumed next week.


See you at the Lake.







One year on and going strong

This week's leading runners 23 Aug

The Summer holiday season may be here but it was still a busy day at Heaton parkrun for our 546th event. 621 parkrunners crossed the finish line, our biggest turnout of July so far, on the day which marked 1 year since parkrun returned from its enforced Covid break.


44 of our finishers were Unknown, but we do know that 12 people completed their first ever parkrun. A big welcome to them and also to our 16 first time visitors from other parkruns.


This Week's Leading Runners

Rache Marshall 23 Aug

We start with the ladies this week as our first female finisher, Rachel MARSHALL of Bury AC, had an outstanding day. Crossing the line in 18:50, Rachel set a new VW45-49 age category record, beating the time set by Bev SIMONS in October 2015 by 14 seconds.

Whilst I'm mentioning records, apologies go to Anne-Marie HINDLE whose run last week (16 July) also set a new VW50-54 age category record which somehow escaped my notice. Anne-Marie's time of 19:56 took 35 seconds off the record set by Anna BLOMFIELD back in September 2013. Well done to Anne-Marie and Rachel on their excellent achievements.

Following Rachel home this week was Alia BRAITHWAITE of Prestwich AC who equalled her PB of 19:41, and Emma RICHARDSON of Rossendale Harriers in 20:29. Radcliffe AC's Sheila JONES recorded the highest age grade of the day with 91.12% for her time of 23:17.

Sheila Jones 23 Aug


Martin Clark 23 Aug

First male over the line was Martin CLARK of Prestwich AC in a time of 16:40, followed by two Bury AC athletes. Luke HARRELD was next in 17:00 with Paul JOHNSTON completing the top three in 17:31. First time visitor Matthew Norton LYNAS of Thames Hare and Hounds recorded a time of 18:14, which earned him the highest male age grading of 84.28%.

Matthew LYNAS 23 Aug


PB Corner

A quieter day than usual saw 65 new Personal Best times set, with just 5 going to parkrunners with at least 20 appearances at Heaton. So these 5 high achievers can spread out and enjoy the comforts of PB Corner.

James Blackburn PB 23 Aug

  • James BLACKBURN (centre above) looked relaxed before the run but he still managed to lower his best by 3 seconds
  • Paul MARSHALL and David CASEY both recorded second consecutive PBs by 1 and 4 seconds respectively
  • There was a 10 second improvement for Deborah LUCKMAN, beating her best from February
  • and a terrific effort from Kathy TAYLOR of the Prestwich Plodders, who took over 2 minutes off her previous best which had stood since March 2019


Milestone Runs 

250th run

Ellie Crompton 250

Well done to Ellie CROMPTON, who qualifies for the green 250 shirt with her 114th run at Heaton. Her first was in January 2013 and she has recorded 17 PBs as well as travelling to 35 other events.


150th run - congratulations to these four on reaching the 150 mark.

  • Nicola STRAPPS on her 133rd run at Heaton. Starting in March 2017, Nicola has 20 PBs and has volunteered 8 times, with visits to 5 other parkruns taking her to 150.
  • Anne HARRISON completed her 150th run just 2 weeks after husband Andrew volunteered for the 150th time. Anne has been coming to Heaton since September 2016, completing 148 runs with 13 PBs. Her other outings have been at Worsley Woods and Hermanus parkrun in South Africa
  • Another couple celebrating are Jenn and John BARLOW, who both reached the 150 run mark this week. Starting in December 2015, Jenn has run 137 times at Heaton with 16 PBs, whilst John has 135 Heaton appearances to his name with 11 PBs. They have both visited 13 other events and are regular volunteers, with Jenn on 173 volunteer credits and John on 177.

Nicola Strapps 150  Anne Harrison 150

John and Jenn 150


50th run - another foursome made it the 50 mark and can now wear the red 50 shirt.

  • Andrew MATHER, who has run all his 50 at Heaton since January 2019 with 13 PBs
  • Andrew WILSON made his debut in February 2019 and has completed 30 runs at Heaton with 4 PBs and travelled to 9 other events
  • Andrew JANCEY has 15 PBs in his 42 Heaton appearances since April 2018 and has also run at 4 other parkruns
  • and Donna WERNER, whose first run was in February 2018 and has completed 28 Heaton runs with 5 PBs, visited 16 other events and volunteered 33 times.

Andrew Mather 50    Andrew Wilson 50

Andrew Jancey 50            Donna Werner 50



25th run - congratulations also go to Robert HALL and John STARBUCK on their 25th runs

Robert Hall 25    John Starbuck 25



Mini Volunteer Owen Adams

We had 51 Volunteers on the roster this week but most of the attention has been captured by young Owen, who was volunteering for the first time and put his heart and soul into encouraging everybody as they made their way up Angina Hill. As Elizabeth Heeles commented: "I honestly don't think I would have been able to run up the hill without this guy cheering me on. Superstar!" Owen's fans will be pleased to know he'll be back marshalling this Saturday!

Many of you will have noticed that we have problems with our Facebook page currently and are unable to post any new messages. That makes the business of appeals for Volunteers a bit tricky, so if you have not already done so and would like to get regular volunteer updates please sign up via you parkrun profile. details of how to do it are on our Volunteer webpage volunteer | Heaton parkrun

Hopefully the Facebook page will be functioning fully very soon.


That's all for now. Just a final picture from Paul's album which caught my attention.


Obviously there's a parkrunner and a marshal there, but who is the other person taking his dog for a Saturday morning stroll? A star of the Manchester football scene and a hero to Reds and Blues alike. Any guesses?


See you at the lake.




Lake meeting 23 Aug




It’s a Family Affair at Heaton parkrun

Kyle family celebration

One of the best things about parkrun is that just about anybody can take part, and if you don't take part you can just come along and be part of the fun. The Kyle family were definitely taking part this week as Dad Philip enjoyed a milestone run supported by Jill and daughters Sophie and Lucy.

Jools and grandsons

It was a first for Jools as she was joined by grandsons Tom, James and David and Charlie proved that grandchildren come in different sizes as he got some last minute advice from Andrew before setting off to do some pacing.

Charlie and Andrew 16 July

And just to prove that families can volunteer together as well, here's a little group getting ready to cheer everybody on Angina Hill.

Volunteer smile 16 July




And whilst we're mentioning Volunteers we have to say a big thank you to everybody who helped out this week, with 58 names on the roster once again. It was potentially a tricky day with the popular Race for Life Pretty Muddy event also taking place in the park, so we decided to dispense with our usual signage and rely entirely on our marshals on the course. They did a great job, as did everybody involved around the finish area as we made sure we were cleared away before the junior Pretty Mudders came along. Top effort everybody - you all did Heaton parkrun proud.

Volunteer group 16 July


This Week's Stats

557 people who weren't all necessarily related to each other crossed the finish line this week. 40 of them remain Unknown as they weren't able to produce a scannable barcode. Remember, if you don't have a printed barcode you can still access it on your phone via the parkrun website.

25 parkrun debutants had their very first taste of our Saturday morning event, whilst 35 existing parkrunners joined us at Heaton for the first time. Middleton Harriers produced their latest group of Couch25K graduates who all completed the course in style.

Middleton Harriers c25K group 16 July


Also supported by friends from his running group Walk2Run Blackley, Greg BRADLEY (in yellow shirt below) bagged a PB in his 14th parkrun at Heaton. But much more than that, Greg completed 1000 days of Running Every Day, a streak which he intends to maintain for as long as he can. I hope he isn't planning on going too far in the very hot weather this week!

Greg Bradley with Walk2Run group



This Week's Leading Runners 

First over the line was Owen GRAHAM in a time of 17:22. Making his first Heaton parkrun appearance since May 2018, Owen improved the PB he set on that occasion by 1:28. That impressive performance put him just 1 second ahead of Salford Harrier Billy McCARTNEY who finished his 39th run at Heaton in 17:23. Billy's consolation was the highest Male age grading of the day with 82.17%. Daniel BIRD of Swinton RC was third in 17:38.

Billy McCartney and Owen Graham 16 JulyBilly and Owen battle it out on Angina Hill


Nicola Harland 16 July

Nicola HARLAND of Bury AC was first female home in 19:41, the second time she has achieved that feat, with clubmate Sarah THOMAS third in 20:59. Separating them was Anne-Marie HINDLE of Rossendale Harriers in 19:56, with the double consolation of a 19 second PB and an age grading of 85.12%, which was the highest of the day overall.

Anne Marie Hindle 16 July


Milestone Runs

250th run - it takes a long time to get to that 250 mark so huge congratulations go to John LISIUK who qualifies for the green 250 shirt with his 211th run at Heaton. Those runs have taken John over 12 years, during which he has gathered 9 PBs and made visits to 5 other events.

John Lisiuk 250


200th run - almost 6 years to the day since his debut, Peter HENDERSON completed his 200th parkrun with his 121st appearance at Heaton. He has 9 PBs on our course and has volunteered 33 times as well as making tourist trips to 28 other parkruns.

Peter Henderson 200


150th run - we had three parkrunners reaching this mark:

  • Alex YUSUF first ran with us in January 2017 and has 21 PBs in his 146 runs at Heaton. In addition to visits to Oldham and Chadderton Hall, Alex has volunteered 59 times, all of them as a Pacer
  • Fraser PARRY made his Heaton debut in September 2016 and has completed 133 runs with 2 PBs and volunteered once. Fraser's other runs have been at 7 different locations
  • Paula JONES completed her first parkrun at Burnley in November 2017 and was making her 6th visit to Heaton to mark the 150 milestone. In between keen tourist Paula has visited no fewer than 118 different parkrun events in total

Alex Yusuf 150  Fraser Parry 150  Paula Jones 150



100th run  - well done to Philip KYLE on claiming the black 100 shirt. Starting in April 2018, Philip has run 81 times at Heaton with 9PBs and travelled to 5 other events.

Philip Kyle 100


25th run - congratulations to Harriet KIRBY and Mark KEHOE on their 25th parkruns.

Harriet Kirby 25  Mark Kehoe 25


10th run as Juniors  - finally, a big well done to Finlay, Charlie and Aimee on clocking up 10 parkrun appearances.

Finlay Carthy 10  Charlie Backhouse 10  Aimee Sacks 10



PB Corner

Another big day for Personal Best performances with 76 of our finishers crossing the finish line quicker than they had ever done before.


Phil Quigley PB 16 July

  • Of the 20 who have completed at least 20 runs at Heaton and therefore qualify for PB Corner, Phil QUIGLEY may have the most to celebrate as he took 23 seconds off the PB he set in May 2017 - 145 runs ago! An inspiration to anybody who thinks that PB is never going to happen.
  • After celebrating his 200th parkrun the previous week, Conor TYNDALL marked his 150th appearance at Heaton by taking 2 seconds off his best from June.
  • Also beating times set earlier this year were Graeme Paul CAIRNS, Christopher PROTANO, Paul MARSHALL, Tim POCKNEY, David CASEY, Mark POLLITT, Harriet KIRBY and Edward SEALY, with Patrick YATES taking the first opportunity to get into PB Corner by lowering his March mark by 21 seconds in his 20th run
  • Robert HALL, Paula CROSLAND, Les STONES, Harriet EAKIN, Andrew JANCEY and Paul GARDNER are all enjoying spells of setting multiple PBs
  • Annette BROCKLEHURST lowered her PB for the first time since July 2019 by a remarkable 4:50, whilst Jennifer TAYLOR took 27 seconds off her November 2021 best
  • and finally, also beating his time from last November, Dominic PARRY knocked over a minute off his previous best

Dom Parry PB 16 July


So that's just about all from a very busy day at Heaton parkrun. I'm having a week away this Saturday but I'm sure all the rest of you will be meeting at the lake. Have fun!



See you at the lake thumbs up 16 July








The day Dolores came to town

Dolores helping out


We like to keep you updated with any wildlife spotted in the park during parkrun. The geese and swans have been getting a fair bit of exposure recently and there's always a cute dog somewhere, but this week was a little unusual as Dolores the giraffe mingled with the gathering crowd. As the 50 shirt indicates, Dolores is obviously a parkrun regular and it was good of her to lend a hand/hoof with the scanning as well, even if the rest of the team didn't look convinced! More about Dolores later.

See you at the lake with Dolores


This Week's Stats

There were 572 finishers at the 544th running of Heaton parkrun on a warm and sunny July day. 22 people chose this week to make their parkrun debut with us, including Vitalii, a young man from Ukraine now living with a local family. It was a pleasure to welcome him to our community and we hope to see him again soon.

Vitalii 1st timer

We also said hello for the first time to 33 existing parkrunners visiting from other events and "welcome back" to Sid SACKS, a regular from Heaton parkrun's early days until late 2014. Now in his 80s, Sid is dipping his toe back in the parkrun pool and is just the 11th octogenarian ever to run at Heaton. It was great to see you back on the course Sid.



There was another terrific turnout of 59 Volunteers supporting the runners and walkers, with Andrew HARRISON celebrating his 150th time in the pink bib. We snapped Andrew with his son in his regular spot at the bottom of Angina Hill.

Andrew Harrison 150th Volunteer

The consistency of our volunteer numbers has been quite amazing in recent times. Over the past 8 weeks we have had between 58 and 60 helpers at every parkrun. Let's keep it up as we go into the main holiday season. It's been great to see new faces stepping forward and if you'd like to join the volunteer crew one week send us a message to and we'll be delighted to have you along.


This Week's Leading Runners

Paul Johnston 9 July

First over the line and also with the highest male age grading was Paul JOHNSTON of Bury AC. Paul's time of 17:30 earned him a 79.81% age grade. Prestwich AC's Paul RICHARDSON was next in 18:04, knocking 8 seconds off a PB that had stood since April 2019. Junior runner Finn KEHOE, also of Prestwich AC, smashed his 2 week old PB by 45 seconds as he stormed home in an impressive 18:17.


Rachel Marshall 9 July

Rachel MARSHALL of Bury AC was first lady in a time of 19:14, which also gave her the best age grading of the day with 82.58%. Behind Rachel came another impressive performance from a Junior runner, with Lucy DENT of Bury AC beating her PB by 37 seconds as she finished in 20:37. Sarah THOMAS completed a clean sweep for Bury AC, finishing in 21:10 in third place.


Milestone Runs

There were plenty of milestone celebrations this week.

250th run

Philip GERRARD and Alison WHITEHEAD both reached the 250 mark and can now proudly wear the green shirt.

Philip Gerrard 250

Philip made his parkrun debut at Bolton in 2013 and has run 143 times there. In August 2015 he made his first visit to Heaton and has returned 90 times since, recording 3 PBs along the way. He has also run at 5 other parkrun locations.

Alison Whitehead 250

Alison joined us for the first time in January 2012 and has completed 157 runs at Heaton with 11 PBs. Her travels have taken Alison to 28 other events and she has volunteered 56 times as well.


200th run -  congratulations to Conor TYNDALL who has run 149 times at Heaton since September 2016 with 13 PBs. Conor has volunteered 6 times and travelled to 30 other events.

Conor Tyndall 200


150th run - no fewer than four of our runners reached the 150 mark this week.

  • Chris GREENALL began parkrunning in August 2011 and has completed 82 runs at Heaton with 3 PBs. He has also run at 19 other parkruns and volunteered 11 times.
  • Colin CLARKE made his Heaton debut in October 2015 and has 6 PBs in his 148 appearances. His other 2 runs have both been at South Woodham Ferrers.
  • Jemma HEWITT reached the 150 mark with her 100th run at Heaton. The first was in January 2013 and she has accumulated 10 PBs, volunteered 15 times and travelled to 18 other events
  • Sally WERTH began with us in June 2017 and has 6 PBs in her 124 Heaton appearances. There have been trips to 8 other parkruns and Sally has also volunteered 5 times.

Chris Greenall 150 Colin Clarke 150 Jemma Hewitt 150 Sally Werth 150



100th run - the black 100 shirt is now available to Stephen, Hilary and Joanne.

  • Stephen WILSON has been parkrunning since November 2018, making 82 appearances at Heaton with 4 PBs. His other 18 runs have all been at different locations.
  • Hilary HERMAN has run 61 times at Heaton since May 2016 with 7 PBs. She has travelled to 33 other events and volunteered 36 times, including a spot of pacing on her 100th run
  • Joanne ELCOCK made her parkrun debut in January 2018 and, in addition to her 38 Heaton appearances with 6 PBs (including a 2 second improvement this week), she has run at 38 other events as well. We have Joanne, her friend Karen (see 50th runs below) and their supporters for bringing the lovely Dolores to Heaton parkrun to join their celebrations

Stephen Wilson 100 Hilary Herman 100 Joanne Elcock 100


50th run - the red 50 shirt goes to Tom, Karen, Ethan, Samuel and Kristie.

  • Tom THACKWAY has been coming to Heaton since June 2018, running all his 50 with us and recording 6 PBs
  • Karen HOWORTH reaches the 50 mark with her 10th run at Heaton. The first was in January 2019 and she has 4 PBs, including a new best time this week. Karen has also appeared at 32 other parkruns
  • Ethan MALONE made his Heaton debut in December 2018 and has run 30 times here with 4 PBs. His other 20 runs have been spread between 4 different locations
  • Kristie MAGUIRE and Samuel NIXON (pictured together below) reached the 50 mark together. Kristie first attended parkrun in 2011 and has run 29 times at Heaton with 4 PBs, including a 6 second improvement this week. Young Samuel has run 31 times at Heaton since July 2019 with 8 PBs. He has also run 96 times at Junior parkrun since May 2017

Tom Thackway 50 Karen Howorth 50 Ethan Malone 50 Kristie Maguire and Samuel 50



25th run - well done to Chinthake MALLAWAARACHCHI on achieving his 25th run at Heaton parkrun. He can now claim the purple 25 shirt.

Chin 25


10th run as a Junior- well done to Isabella ROBERTS on her 10th run which qualifies her for the white Junior 10 shirt. All of Isabella's runs have been at Heaton with 5 PBs, the latest being this week.

Isabella Roberts 10


Well done to all our milestone runners. Don't forget we have bibs which you can wear to mark all these running milestones and also some non-running ones, such as birthdays. There are also a few smaller ones which are specifically intended for our younger parkrunners, so make sure you pick out the right one!

Bibs for all occasions


PB Corner

Volunteer dance

Another busy day saw 65 new Personal Best times set, with 15 going to parkrunners with at least 20 appearances at Heaton. That puts them in this week's PB Corner, so well done and a big round of applause to:

Nicholas COLEMAN, Edward BARRIE, Paul GARDNER, Joanne ELCOCK, Michelle ASHWORTH, Stephen BOOTH, Kristie MAGUIRE, Sharon LOWE, Sam BALLANTYNE, Les STONES, Richard COWARD, Jonathan MILES-STOKES, Shaun WOODBRIDGE, Lynne THOMPSON and Melanie MUNSTER 


That's all from last Saturday's run.

This Saturday (16 July) there is a Race for Life Pretty Muddy event in the park with the first junior runners setting off at 9.45. So we will have to be aware of extra people arriving in the park throughout parkrun and the need for us to start on time at 9am and clear away promptly when we have finished. We have been liaising with the Race for Life organisers and don't anticipate problems but your understanding and assistance will be invaluable. Please listen carefully to the pre run announcements. See you all at the Lake.



See you at the lake 9 July







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