RUN REPORT – 23rd OCTOBER ORMSKIRK parkrun

This week was a week for celebration as for the first time in a while, the volunteer roster was full! When I turned up for the start, it was lovely to see so many pinks bibs gathered together, checking walking talkies, marching on the spot to keep warm and getting ready to support the 180 walkers, joggers and runners. A big thank you to all the volunteers this week who were full of enthusiasm and support. I especially appreciated the clappers and bells that were shaken as we all ran past. They really helped to encourage a sprint finish. A big cheer for the following volunteers:

Karen HULME • Phil HOGAN • Peter DOLAN • Elaine FARRER • Alan HULME • Nick TURNER • Caroline HENDRA • Michele RILEY • Margaret ELLAMS • Susan SWIFT • Vincent CREAMER • Val PARRY • Helen PARRY • Peter RENNER • Jo ROTHERAM • James SHUTTLEWORTH • Nigel GILTROW • Lynn MACDONALD FLYNN • Carol TIDGWELL • Andrea CONCANNON • Steph DRISCOLL • Bernice BLUNDELL • Mark BLUNDELL • Neil POLLINGTON • Anna WILLIAMS • Lisa MATTHEWS • John HASLAM • Paula FITZJONES • Gordon JOHNSON

Whilst warming up, I spoke to Gordon Johnson who kindly volunteered to take photographs for today. He explained to me he used to run a lot but due to an injury, has taken a break. He has taken photographs for football matches before but it was his first-time capturing runners. As expected, the photos are great and he’s really caught the Parkrun spirit in all of his photos!

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A reminder that on 21st November, Gordon (who is also the Mayor of West Lancashire) has organised a charity 5k fun-run in Coronation Park to raise funds for the Mayors charities. If you want to know more about the charities, further information can be found here.

There were 28 first timers today who all got a big cheer as our lovely Run Director Jo Rotheram welcomed everyone. There was also a big milestone for 5-year-old Xavier Braund who ran his 10th Parkrun today. Well done Xavier, such a huge achievement. He was all kitted out in Parkrun apparel and told me one of his favourite things about Parkrun is getting the t shirts! A future best dressed in the making!

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We had three best dressed this week, friends Isla Bamforth, Courtney Williams and Mathew Organ. All three are quite new to Parkrun and this week was Courtney’s first. We hope to see you every week with outfits this good! Major 80’s vibes were happening and I think every will agree they all look fab!

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Although pretty cold, the run was very enjoyable today. I luckily ran in the vicinity of Steve Hall who never fails to enthuse runners around him. He even gave words of encouragement to a group when a faster runner asked them to move out of the way so he could pass. Just a reminder and as Steve nicely put it, it’s a run, not a race!

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During the run, I met Yvonne Cormack who was a visitor at Ormskirk Parkrun. Yvonne told me she grew up in Holborn Hill but moved to Durham. She’s in the West Lancs for the weekend visiting her nephew. We spoke about the joys of Parkrun and she explained she used to run a lot, half marathons and the odd 10ks, but is now getting back into it through Parkrun. We ran a little lap together and it was lovely to have a chat.

At the end of the run, I also bumped into James Shuttleworth from Chorley. James told me he used to run at Cuerden Valley Parkrun but as that run is still on a permissions pause, he’s decided to do a little tour of the North West. He came to Ormskirk today with his little brother and his grandad John McDonald. John is nearly 80 and has re-taken up running since being inspired by watching the London marathon on TV 2 weeks ago. He’s ran a number of marathons in his life including one in Florida (with amazing weather I bet.) John you’re an inspiration to us all and we hope to see you and family at future Ormskirk Parkruns!

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And finally, inspired by chatting to the OG run reporter Linda Webster, I’ve chosen a Random Runner for a special mention. This week is Pauline Bicknell who ran her 25th Parkrun today, well done Pauline!

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See you all next week and as its Halloween, I encourage you all to dress up in the spookiest running kit you have!
Event number 320 23rd October 2021. This week 180 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Karen HULME • Phil HOGAN • Peter DOLAN • Elaine FARRER • Alan HULME • Nick TURNER • Caroline HENDRA • Michele RILEY • Margaret ELLAMS • Susan SWIFT • Vincent CREAMER • Val PARRY • Helen PARRY • Peter RENNER • Jo ROTHERAM • James SHUTTLEWORTH • Nigel GILTROW • Lynn MACDONALD FLYNN • Carol TIDGWELL • Andrea CONCANNON • Steph DRISCOLL • Bernice BLUNDELL • Mark BLUNDELL • Neil POLLINGTON • Anna WILLIAMS • Lisa MATTHEWS • John HASLAM • Paula FITZJONES • Gordon JOHNSON

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

 

Run Report – October 16th

This week for the 319th Ormskirk Parkrun, 234 people ran, jogged and walked the course. The topic of conversation was the weather which seemed to have dropped considerably from the last time we all met. There were lots of woolly hats; a sure sign winter is coming. There was a new meeting place today for the start under the old shelter which helped keep the breeze off. We had 48 first timers and some visitors, the farthest coming all the way from Edinburgh. Here they are before the run all ready to go as a family.

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We also had two best dressed this week, both of whom were kind enough to pose for a photo so we all can see how fab they look. The lady in the Cowboy hat is Jean who told me she is here on a holiday in her caravan but still found the time to come and visit us at Ormskirk Parkrun. Jean told me she lives just outside of Skipton but always tries to get in a Parkrun in when she goes away. Jean has inspired me to do the same next time I take a little holiday from the North West.

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Although cold, the weather stayed dry as we completed the course. As one of the slower runners, i'm still amazed at how fast some people finish a 5k in. The lead runner completed today in an amazing 17 minutes 42 seconds, well done Fletcher for such an achievement.

Talking of achievements, there were 58 new PB’s today. A special shout out to our very own Billy Ord who got a PB of 30 minutes 27 seconds, a huge 2 minutes off his fastest time! Maybe the new finish of the running track allowed him to sprint to the end!

I want to give another shout out to a special group of runners today. As we all know, we are lucky enough to use the grounds of Edge Hill University. Universities are such unique places in which groups of people come together to share skills, knowledge and experiences. I work in Liverpool University and am inspired by students every day. Today we had a group of runners who are part of Edge Hill University, students and staff from the Mental Health, Nursing and Social Work department. Paul Rimmer, the programme lead informed me the Integrated Health and Social care Society have organised a group of staff and students to run Ormskirk Parkrun once a month. They plan to have a guest runner from the University and this week was Nic Murphy (who is becoming a regular star of the run report!) The group have an inspirational poem read to start the event and go for drinks and cakes afterwards. Runners in the group today were Paul, Nic, Aaron, Emma, Isla, Rebecca, Matthew and Sarah. By joining in Parkrun, they aim to help staff and students develop resilience and promote wellbeing for the amazing work they do in their roles in Nursing and Social Work. Here are some of them posing in their running gear (picture credit EHSU Integrated Health Society)

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I think this is an amazing initiative and find it so heartening that a group of students and staff are coming together to look after their health and wellbeing. Paul said they are ordering bibs so hopefully we’ll be able to spot them next month on their run. I hope they enjoyed their drink and cake afterwards. To warm up after the run, I went for hot chocolates with my friend!

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Thank you to the amazing volunteers and especially to Paul Marklove who was a visitor, finished in 19 minutes 49 seconds and then donned on a pink bib to help with barcode scanning. Volunteering is amazing so if you can, please do sign up to be a volunteer for next week!

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This week 234 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 48 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by 23 volunteers: Danny FEARNS • Karen HULME • Mark COMPTON • Steve HALL • Jeanne HALL • Phil HOGAN • Tracy BERRY • Robert LANG • Matt COCHRANE • Jill COCHRANE • Paul MARKLOVE • Susan SWIFT • Vincent CREAMER • Peter RENNER • Peter HUTCHEON • Nigel GILTROW • Audrey RUSSELL • Graeme RUSSELL • Andrea CONCANNON • Steph DRISCOLL • Izobel BERRY • Irene HAYES • Mark WILKINSON

 

Ormskirk parkrun 2nd October 2021

Time to all go to Dunelm, as this weekend is the 17th Birthday of Parkrun (for those who don’t know that tenuous link, furniture is the gift for a 17th anniversary!)  On 2nd October 2004, Parkrun first started in Bushy Park, London. Things were very different then with results on paper and finishing tokens formed of washers from hardware stores. There were just a small group of runners at the time but it certainly has grown a lot since then!

Some 2nd October facts; Parkrun shares a birthday with Ghandi, Sting and Don Mclean. It is also the release date of the legendary GCSE staple ‘Of Mice and Men’ (the movie), The Twilight Zone and the Oasis album ‘What's the Story Morning Glory?’

To celebrate today, we had 191 runners turn up to Edge Hill for a Saturday morning jog or run. The weather has dropped a few degrees and we were greeted with a sheet of rain to battle through. I do prefer running in the colder weather. I completed the Mersey tunnel 10k last week in the unexpected heat. It was a great challenge and such a lovely event but very hot. I bumped into Karen, Edge Hill Parkrun volunteer coordinator which was a treat. Here we are at the finish line.

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Best dressed this week was Run Director Peter and his very colourful hat. I can see it making much more of an appearance over the next few weeks. He gave us some interesting updates including the announcement that we have a different course for the next Parkrun and we have the shelter back (needed now autumn is here.) We had 17 first timers and one who chose to include Parkrun in her couch to 5k challenge. We also had a huge milestone for Ross Moughtin who completed his 200th Parkrun today. An amazing achievement Ross so well done and we will see you for cake whilst you’re sporting your 200 t-shirt at the next run. Here he is before the run raring to go.

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I had my own personal challenge today and nearly didn’t make it due to my tyre popping on the way to Edge Hill. As soon as I arrived some friendly park runners offered to help me fix it after the run despite knowing they would get even more wet and cold. This just reinstates why I love Parkrun, the nicest and most friendly people always willing to help. As a silver lining, the annoyance of a popped tyre motivated me and I managed a PB today knocking 53 seconds off my time. It wouldn’t be my recommended method but it worked for me. There were lots of PBs today with 18 new recorded runners reaching their best time.

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Another break next week for an Edge Hill open day but we aren’t far from being back to normal. I may give Kew gardens a go next week as a suggestion from some fellow runners stated even though it’s a tiny bit longer than the 5k, the terrain is great! As always, a big thank you to all the volunteers who make this possible. You’re all amazing and no one can make pink bibs look as glamorous in the rain as you all do!

 

This week 191 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Paul MASON • Danny FEARNS • Karen HULME • Mark COMPTON • Jack ROUTLEDGE • Phil HOGAN • Peter DOLAN • Tracy BERRY • Daniel BERRY • Vincent CREAMER • Val PARRY • Helen PARRY • Peter RENNER • Nigel GILTROW • Paul LYNCH • Steph DRISCOLL • Bernice BLUNDELL • Mark BLUNDELL • Izobel BERRY • Paula FITZJONES • Pauline BICKNELL

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

 

Run Report Ormskirk parkrun – 18th September

Event number 317 at Ormskirk today and 244 people turned up for some Saturday morning exercise. Perfect weather again, dry and breezy which I think is the best weather to complete a 5k in. Before the run whilst people were gathering, I overheard runners talking about other Parkruns in the area and the differences between courses. Southport, it was said, is a good one to get your PB at. St Helens, (I can attest to this) is one of the most difficult due to the hills and loops. I also heard volunteer Kevin talk about how it was his first time volunteering, usually opting to run the route. It was great to hear a regular runner wanting to volunteer and give back and I noticed he was a very motivational marshal on the course! Speaking of motivational marshals, a big shout out to Tracey Berry who celebrated her 100th park run by volunteering today.

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Best dressed were the two ‘Lees’ from the Kirkby Milers with eye catching running kits. They finished 2nd and 4th place and one Lee was a first timer at Parkrun so big well done to him! There seemed to be a fair few first timers (today looking at the group huddled around the briefing) and there were few milestones:

John – 100th milestone 100 runs today

Carol – 100th milestone (and celebrated with cake at the end)

Zack – 50th milestone

The course was clear and had been expertly checked by volunteers. I noticed lots of regulars on the course and a few new faces. Throughout the course I ran just a behind a lady who kept me motivated. When I felt fatigue (usually after the hill) I went faster to keep up with her and we sprinted to the finish together at the end. The cheers from the volunteers definitely helped us. Her name is Nik and she works at Edge Hill University as a lecturer for nurses. It was great chatting to her and she explained to me that she hasn’t done Parkrun in a while but with the aim of getting rid of the covid cake weight, she’s joined a gym. She said she’s realised the trick to exercising is doing it with other people, being a part of a community. She explained she came to Parkrun today to show others it’s ok to turn up by yourself and do it! Here we are at the finish still with very rosy faces.

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I found what she said really resonated with the purpose of Parkrun. You run for you, maybe with a friend nearby, maybe with the latest Wittertainment podcast playing, or maybe taking it easy and having a stroll when you need but, you’re part of a community. Hundreds of people who’ve decided they want to make Saturday morning count. Each week I find myself meeting more people at Parkrun and learning their stories. I’m even finding Parkrun an extra reason for some healthy distanced competition with friends. Here’s my friend Ruth and her dad Paul completing the Chadderton Hall parkrun this morning (both with new PB’s no doubt.)

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Another break next week whilst Edge Hill gets ready for the new students and hopefully we’ll find some of them with us at the next Parkrun on 2nd October. I have the Mersey Tunnel 10k next week and hoping all the marshals are as amazing as they are at Ormskirk Parkrun. As always, a big thank you to all the volunteers who make this possible. You’re all amazing!

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This week 244 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Paul MASON • Karen HULME • Mark COMPTON • Steve HALL • Jeanne HALL • Tracy BERRY • Margaret ELLAMS • Vincent CREAMER • Peter RENNER • Audrey RUSSELL • Graeme RUSSELL • Izobel BERRY • Irene HAYES • Pauline CLANCY • Jack CLANCY • David KENNEDY • Pauline BICKNELL • Zoë BICKNELL • Iain PRITCHARD • Kevin SANTI

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

Ormskirk parkrun started on 29th March 2014. Since then 8,992 participants have completed 65,305 parkruns covering a total distance of 326,525 km, including 12,230 new Personal Bests. A total of 656 individuals have volunteered 6,094 times.

 

 

Ormskirk parkrun 4th September

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Cloudy and breezy day in Ormskirk for the 316th run and the 6th since our return. As always the run was another enjoyable, seamlessly organised and inclusive event. 248 runners turned up to get in some active minutes before a break next week due to the Edge Hill open day. Keith was the enthusiastic and handsome (I promised to include that) run director who sang a little bit of Ballroom Blitz to get everyone started. Maybe there’ll be a shout out to any Eileens next time so marshals can sing some Dexy's Midnight Runners.

I took part in my 11th run feeling very grateful to be back on the track again and running in a community. Most of my life is still on a screen so to be back out with real people, seeing faces smiling and hearing the cheers and claps drowning out my laboured breath is something I’m grateful for. I even felt appreciative for the new course and enjoyed seeing the pattern recorded on my Fitbit.

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The course was clear and the three loops seemed to be more forgiving than usual with the lovely marshals cheering and clapping along the way. One of the lead runners Colin was motivating everyone within earshot ensuring no one slowed down and they did their best.

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I completed a stretch of the run with Steve Hall the event director who was full of praise and motivation for everyone who ran.

We had visitors from Widnes Running Club who had a mixture of parkrun experiences. Two were parkrun first timers and one runner with the club was visiting to collect her O from the parkrun alphabet, we are honoured she picked Ormskirk and not Oldham! I spotted a best outfit contender on the course from a man wearing a Broncos shirt who was a first timer. He brought the style to the run for certain!

First finisher was Nick Turner who reached a PB of 17.35, a whole one minute quicker than the personal best of Britain’s PE teacher Joe Wicks, well done Nick! Billy Ord and family ran today for the first time since before the pandemic. Billy achieved an amazing PB of 33.40 shaving a huge 2 minutes and 8 seconds off his time and received a deserved huge cheer as he finished, massive well done Billy. I was just behind him for most of the run and he really kept me motivated!

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After I finished the run, I had a chat to Kate Newman who informed me she finished her birthday parkrun despite celebrations last night. Happy birthday Kate! I’ll be doing yoga and stretching next Saturday to get ready for another great event in two weeks which I’m already looking forward to.

A big thank you to all the volunteers who make this possible. Your set up, motivation along the way and support in getting us logged after the run is hugely appreciated.

This week there were 19 first timers and 44 people recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Danny FEARNS • Karen HULME • Rachel YATES • Steve HALL • Jeanne HALL • Phil HOGAN • Keith FARRER • Elaine FARRER • Margaret ELLAMS • Vincent CREAMER • Helen PARRY • Kevin MARKHAM • Peter RENNER • Michelle LOUGHLIN • Steph DRISCOLL • Mark DOYLE • Bernice BLUNDELL • Mark BLUNDELL • Irene HAYES • Oliver DOYLE • Pauline BICKNELL • Iain PRITCHARD

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

Ormskirk parkrun started on 29th March 2014. Since then 8,958 participants have completed 65,061 parkruns covering a total distance of 325,305 km, including 12,195 new Personal Bests. A total of 653 individuals have volunteered 6,074 times.

 

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