The event season in Heaton Park is about to go into full swing so please be sure to read to the end of this report for some important information. First, though, here's a summary of last Saturday's action.
With many people resting before the ever-popular Great Manchester Run and various other major races in the area last Sunday, it was hardly surprising that we saw a big drop in our numbers at parkrun, with almost 200 fewer finishers than the previous week. On the other hand, there was no shortage of volunteers - every cloud has a silver lining!
So I'll start by saying a big thank-you to all our Volunteers, and there were 64 names on the roster. Whatever your reason for volunteering, we value your help every time and I hope you enjoyed yourselves. Please spread the word and encourage others to volunteer every now and again.
When you're ready to have a go, drop us an email to email@example.com and we'll find a role for you. If you haven't volunteered before we would probably ask you to Marshal or be a Funnel Manager, but there are all sorts of other things to do such as helping to set up the course, tail running, handing out finish tokens, scanning barcodes and timekeeping. To find out more, go to our Home page and click on the Volunteer tab https://www.parkrun.org.uk/heaton/volunteer/
First Timers and Visitors
65 people joined us for the first time this week, with just under half (32) having their first ever experience of parkrun. Our first time visitors from other parkruns included Marple regulars, the STUTCHFIELD family with almost 600 runs between Rob, Sarah, Isabelle and Joshua. A warm welcome to everybody trying out Heaton for the first time.
Also paying us a visit in a non-running capacity was Lorraine BOSWELL from Foster with Bury. There is a shortage of Foster Carers in our area and it was good to see several of our parkrunners chatting with Lorraine and getting more information. If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Foster Carer go to www.fosterwithbury.co.uk or ring 08009555311.
This Week's Leading Runners
Salford Harrier Robert SMYK led the field of 703 home in a time of 16:51, which also earned him the highest male age-grading of the day with 80.12%. Richard SHUTTLEWORTH of Prestwich AC was next to finish in 17:09, with Joshua MARSH of Ely Runners completing the top three in 17:37. Joshua's club becomes the 788th different running organisation to have been represented at Heaton parkrun.
Sarah THOMAS recorded her 29th first female finisher performance in 19:57, ahead of Rachel MARSHALL whose time of 20:33 was just a second outside her best. Abigail WARBURTON was third in 20:42, whilst Radcliffe AC's Sheila JONES recorded the best age-grading with 86.73% for her time of 23:22.
There were 114 new Personal Best times set in excellent running conditions. 28 of those went to runners with at least 20 completed runs at Heaton, giving them a place in this week's PB Corner.
- VM65-69 parkrunner Peter MALONE has made 156 appearances at Heaton but is still improving, with a 21 second PB this week
- At the other end of the scale, JW10 Olivia Tea WHITTAKER makes her PB Corner debut this week with a 23 second improvement which is her 16th PB in 23 runs
- Also making their first appearance here are Eric LOWE, James JONES, Jamie QUINN, Darren HODKINSON, Alison HOPKINS and - with a 1:31 improvement for a third consecutive PB - Polly GARNER
- Rachel NORTON also grabbed a third consecutive PB, with Grace HANILY (2:06 improvement), Akeel AL-ATTAR and Carole PARKER making it 2 in a row and Margaret PRICE bagging her third PB in 4 runs
- Other runners making big improvements of over a minute were Jennifer JONES, Alison HOPKINS, Lyndsey CALLEAR and Steven HORRIDGE
- Helen SHAN took 52 seconds off her previous best from October 2015, with Rebecca HURST lowering her 2017 figure by 26 seconds
- Colette HEAVEY, Helen McCAFFER, James POINTON, Jeremy PARRETT and Ian SPENCER all improved PBs that had stood since last year
- Tony WALKER took 44 seconds off to go under 25 minutes for the first time, John FISHER recorded his 7th PB of the year, whilst Ricki DUNNING, Adam FARRELL and Andrew BINNS all improved their times from earlier in 2019
Well done to all our PB Heroes this week.
We love to celebrate your milestones at Heaton parkrun. There are special bibs to wear and parkrun gives you free t-shirts when you reach 50, 100, 250 and 500 runs. It's even better for the Junior runners who also get a t-shirt after just 10 runs. Here are this week's history makers!
10 Club (Juniors only) - well done to Callum DANIELS who made his parkrun debut at Chadderton Hall last September. The following month he came to Heaton for the first time and all his subsequent 9 runs have been with us. A white 10 t-shirt goes to Callum.
- Jenny WARD has worked hard for her red 50 shirt. She made her debut in July 2017 and has run 43 times at Heaton with 12 PBs. Her other runs were at South Manchester, Chadderton Hall and Aberystwyth
- Lloyd parkrun regular Alan CLAREY made his debut in September 2017. 30 appearances at Lloyd in Croydon and tourist trips to 10 other events have filled the time until last weekend when Alan made his first visit to Heaton to complete his 50
- James WRIGLEY claims the black 100 shirt with his 94th run at Heaton. The first was in July 2016 and there have been 12 PBs and visits to Worsley Woods, Oldham, Sale Water and South Manchester on the way to the ton
- Nigel OWENS began parkrunning at Skipton in December 2016 and has been a regular at Burnley with 68 appearances. As well as visiting 15 other events, Alan has run 7 times at Heaton, including this week's effort for his 100th
150th run - Helen SANDIFORD made her Heaton debut in October 2012 and has completed 119 circuits of our course with 5 PBs. Visits to 12 other parkrun venues take her to a grand total of 150 runs.
200th run - congratulations to Emma SCHNEIDER on her 200th run. Emma first found parkrun in Guildford in October 2012. Since then she has run at 18 different events, including 64 appearances at Stretford and 35 with us at Heaton since November 2017.
200th run - Paul DRAPER is the last of our celebrations this week, and it really should be the big one - the 250. Paul first ran at Heaton in 2010, but after 50 runs he re-registered as Paul NOSMOKEDRAPER when he quit smoking. Since then he has run a further 200 times, but unfortunately the parkrun system can't combine his two records. So Paul still has another 50 to go before he can lay claim to the green 250 shirt. Keep going Paul - we're with you all the way!
Parklife Festival - alternative course for parkrun
Work has started in the park on the site for the Parklife Festival, which takes place over the weekend of 7-9 June. We will be cancelled on Sat 8 June and on the following Sat 15 June when the site will be hosting another big concert.
The Festival site has been fenced off, which means we are unable to run around the back of the lake (the last kilometre of our regular course). We have an alternative course which we will be using for the next two weeks.
- Starting at or near to our regular starting point, the first 2 kilometres (approx.) are unchanged, taking the anti-clockwise circuit that brings you back past the start.
- When you arrive at the foot of Angina Hill for the 2nd time you will bear right and follow an out-and-back section all the way down past the Tram Museum to the gates at the Middleton Road entrance. Keep right at all times on this section.
- You then climb up Angina Hill, turn right at the top and follow the path past the Hall and around the Golf Course as usual.
- After passing the toilet block on your left you will turn left and follow a brief out-and-back section next to the Hall. Keep left at all times in this section.
- Turn left to rejoin the regular route and run all the way down the hill as far as the lake. Turn left and run past the café to the finish on the right hand side.
We will have plenty of marshals, cones and signs to make sure you don't go wrong! This course will be slightly longer than our regular route so don't be alarmed if your time is a little slower than you might have been expecting.
The Lake car park and the overflow parking facility will still be open from Sheepfoot Lane so please continue to park there. From the car park you will only be able to walk anti-clockwise around the lake to reach the Start of parkrun.
If there are any last minute changes to these arrangements we will let you know via Facebook and Twitter.
That's all for this week. See you at the Lake.