RUN REPORT 27th NOVEMBER

“Is it normal to leave for a parkrun on a Friday evening, right?”

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Having emailed Ormskirk parkrun earlier in the week, I just knew this would be a great visit. A lovely reply from Karen confirmed that you are all parkrun mad “up north”. Excitement was starting to build.
I’ve been looking forward to this day for a very very long time. That bloody virus put paid to a visit in Summer 2020, so a long awaited tour to collect a letter O, and tick off another parkrun in one of my favourite cities in the UK.
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Oh boy didn’t Mother Nature try to put another spanner in the works. Storm Arwen (appropriately Welsh named for this Welsh Tourist) started to cause havoc across the UK late on Friday night. With event teams cancelling left, right and centre I feared the worse. Thankfully Ormskirk wasn’t effected too badly apart from the strong winds, a hardcore band of volunteers where on site to meet everyone with a smile!

This week 216 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 hardy volunteers:

Karen HULME • Mark COMPTON • Steve HALL • Jeanne HALL • Jean MITCHELL • Phil HOGAN • Peter DOLAN • Tracy BERRY • Colin WESTHEAD • Nick TURNER • Mark DICKINSON • Robert LANG • Matt COCHRANE • Vincent CREAMER • Peter RENNER • Jo ROTHERAM • Peter HUTCHEON • Lynn MACDONALD FLYNN • Les DAVIES • Steph DRISCOLL • Stephanie DRISCOLL • Paul COGGON • Izobel BERRY • Irene HAYES • Rob BAILEY • Erin THAIN • Flynn SINCLAIR • Pauline BICKNELL • Iain PRITCHARD • Sarah SINCLAIR

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

So a mix of gravel - path - tarmac (and thankful no dreaded grass) on this unique course. A half lap around around a running track (not on it) then a small loops round tennis courts - and two larger laps around football fields. Very open so battered by the wind - but after a mile soon got warm. Really friendly volunteers who got battered by the elements today! I think I thanked everyone as I run around.

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Excellent close parking, lovely facilities and a return to the old “normal” course awaited (which I have been told is the best course.
Was amazing to bump into parkrun tourist friend and fellow Reds supporter, Darren McMahon. This parkrun lark is epic, you meet amazing people all over the country, and Darren is one of these gems.
So for me that’s event 100 ✅ and I don’t think I could of found a friendly venue than today (ok, our own parkrun in Pontypridd is pretty special too)
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Fastest parkrun of the year ✅
Lots of smiles ✅
I hope to bump into a few of you in the future, chasing your FULL PONTY challenge, you will be most certainly welcome at Pontypridd x
Thank you again for another lovely, warm and welcoming parkrun morning
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Run Report – 20th November

Run number 323 and likely the last of the cooler weather runs before the winter frost starts to greet us at Edge Hill on a Saturday morning. Today, 216 runners, walkers and joggers turned up for a chase around campus and it was pacer week! Run Director Steve Hall was in command and encouraged runners to volunteer and become pacers which a lot of people did! We had pacers for a number off different times and some of the pacers clearly sacrificed a PB to ensure they properly fulfilled their role description. Here's Nick our first finishing pacer and Colin fashioning the 21 pacer vest. 
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Talking of fashion, best dressed for the week were Bernice and Mark. It might not be possible to bring dogs to Edge Hill Parkrun, but Bernice was repping all breeds out there with her incredible leggings. Bernice, if you see this please tell me where I can get a pair! Also some great representation for the Edge Pistols. Couple goals and fashion goals from the Blundell's!

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We had a few visitors today, a gentleman from Brighton and Jennifer, Matthew and their son from Lytham showing families who Pakrun together, stay together!

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There was a huge milestone today. Mark Doyle ran his 100th run today which is a massive achievement, huge well done Mark! Also well done for the PB knocking 50 seconds off your time, what a day for you! Thanks for sharing sweets out at the end, I'll be enjoying mine with a cuppa later! Here's Mark before the start of the run looking rightfully as proud a punch!!

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We also had the students and staff from the Mental Health, Nursing and Social Work department at Edge Hill doing their monthly run this week. You may have noticed them in their purple bibs (also the colours on the Edge Hill crest.) Lots of the runners in the group were first timers and guest speaker this week was Jim Ridley programme leader for the BSc Behaviour Analysis and Intervention. Here are the group all together when they had all completed. I hope you enjoyed all your well deserved coffee and cake and we hope to see you next month for your December run!

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I ran as a pacer myself today and picked vest 33. It gave me another excuse to chat to people as I ran and I got to run along the course with Steve. Steve did his 61st Parkrun today. Usually he runs with his wife but as she couldn't make it, I got the pleasure of chatting to him. Him and his wife are trying to complete to alphabet and at the end of November are off to Poland for the Krakow run. I hope you enjoy it Steve and I'm looking forward to hearing about it the next time you're at Ormskirk!

First finisher today was Ben Kirkman who not only finished in an amazing 17 minutes 43 seconds but also got a PB! 

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Some other special PB shout outs:

  • Stuart Ord who has already shaved 5 minutes of his time since we returned in July and has now had 3 consecutive PBs. You'll be the first finisher in no time Stuart!
  • Nic Murphy who just wanted to get under 30 mins and today was that day with a new PB of 29 minutes 56 seconds!
  • Danielle Brown who was just behind me and did an incredible sprint finish to the end to beat the pacer and get a new PB of 32 minutes 50 seconds!

I wanted to pass on a thank you from a runner to Jo Rotheram who every week always motivates people, pushes them at the end and is generally an amazing person.

Random Runner for a special mention this week is Fi Valentine who completed her 9th Parkrun at Ormskirk today! 

A huge thank you to all the volunteers and those who stepped up to be a pacer last minute. Parkrun wouldn't happen without you and how miserable a Saturday morning truly would be without our beloved Parkrun!

This week 216 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Karen HULME • Mark COMPTON • Steve HALL • Jeanne HALL • Jean MITCHELL • Phil HOGAN • Peter DOLAN • Tracy BERRY • Colin WESTHEAD • Nick TURNER • Mark DICKINSON • Robert LANG • Matt COCHRANE • Vincent CREAMER • Peter RENNER • Jo ROTHERAM • Peter HUTCHEON • Lynn MACDONALD FLYNN • Les DAVIES • Steph DRISCOLL • Paul COGGON • Izobel BERRY • Irene HAYES • Rob BAILEY • Erin THAIN • Flynn SINCLAIR • Pauline BICKNELL • Iain PRITCHARD • Sarah SINCLAIR

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

 

 

Ormskirk parkrun Event number 322 6th November 2021

“November at its best - with a sort of delightful menace in the air.”

― Anne Bosworth Greene

“Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason
Why the gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t’was his intent
To blow up the King and Parli’ment.
Three-score barrels of powder below
To prove old England’s overthrow;
By God’s providence he was catch’d
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, let the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!”
― Alan Moore, V for Vendetta

 

The morning dawned, and as the Autumn weary sun tried in vain to pierce the blanket of ominous clouds, the roads and pathways to Ormskirk parkrun began to fill with the usual mix of walkers, joggers and runners gathering once again to pit themselves against themselves, to meet and chat to friends, to be part of the parkrun community which gathers from far and wide every Saturday morning.

It was the morning after the 5th November and last night’s sky had lit up with fireworks and more would be exploding into cascades of colours tonight – but before that there was the explosive excitement of parkrun to come – and our event burst into life with all its colour and noise as our runners, our Ormskirk parkrun “sparklers” arrived.

This was not where it started. The work to make parkrun happen had begun much earlier with today’s Run Director Keith “Norse God Freyr” Farrer and his tremendous team setting up and inspecting the course and doing all the many jobs needed to make an event run as smoothly as today’s. The first and most important part of this report is to say a huge THANK YOU to all the volunteers today – you were amazing! Volunteers are the lifeblood of parkrun without whom there would simply be…no parkrun. So if you can spare a Saturday to volunteer you would be extremely welcome. There are even jobs you can do and run as well and it is a really fun experience too. Please consider joining the merry band in the future if you can. Back to today’s volunteers and we are all extremely grateful to:

Paul MASON • Ian PALIN • Karen HULME • Linda WEBSTER • Debra CROOK • Phil HOGAN • Keith FARRER • Elaine FARRER • Lee ANDERTON • Vincent CREAMER • Peter RENNER • Jo ROTHERAM • Peter HUTCHEON • Nigel GILTROW • Audrey RUSSELL • Graeme RUSSELL • Graham CONCANNON • Katherine PARR • Charlotte STREET • Erin THAIN • Joanne MCCREADY • Paula FITZJONES • Abigail FITZJONES • Pauline BICKNELL • Zoë BICKNELL • Gordon JOHNSON

For anyone who does not know, today’s RD got his “Norse God Freyr” nickname after RDing two storms big enough to have names and also the last Ormskirk event before parkrun was paused due to the pandemic. We here in Ormskirk are therefore slightly in awe of his ability to control the elements and treat him always with the appropriate reverence. Perhaps he was the reason for the “delightful menace in the air” mentioned in the quote above? In an old Norse poem about the a battle between Freyr and Surtr during Ragnarok it is written

Surtr moves from the south, with the scathe of branches, there shines from his sword the sun of Gods of the Slain. Stone peaks clash, and troll wives take to the road. Warriors tread the path from Hel, and heaven breaks apart.

 

The picture shows the Norse God contemplating how to send the troll wives back to their homes.

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If our very own Freyr can cope with adversaries like Surtr he is clearly a very powerful RD. You can understand therefore why we like to keep Keith happy. He certainly was happy today seeing 228 poised participants lining up at the start.

Before the run your reporter met Tracey who comes from Preston to run Ormskirk because, well, she loves it here! Not only the parking and facilities but the course and the friendly people and the general Ormskirk experience. We are so glad you travel over each week Tracey and look forward to seeing you again soon.

We had other guests from the surrounding area who we were delighted to see and we hope you all enjoyed your visit. There were no long distance tourists who admitted to joining us today so after a cheer for the volunteers and congratulations for a runner on their 50th parkrun (congratulations!) we were off to the start.

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On the way I met Cara a lovely little girl who made Ormskirk really special today by being the first ever scootering Tailwalker (or should that be Tailscooterer?). Wearing her fabulous dinosaur jacket she and her family followed the runners around the course smiling and scooting as they went. Was that a Tailwalkasaurus Rex on your raincoat Cara? Thank you so much to Cara and her family for volunteering to tailwalk today – you were all amazing!

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Getting the startline absolutely correct is vital and once in position we were moved forward a little leading one parkrunner beside me to observe “that’s the slowest start I have ever had”. Once in place we had a few seconds to compose ourselves again and we were off.

Up we went and then round, and round, and round again, cheered on by the fabulous marshals who clapped and encouraged us all the way round. A huge thank you to you all – as always you really made a difference and add so much to the atmosphere and friendliness of the day.

Finally we slogged back down the hill and crossed the finish line to warm welcomes and “well dones” from the wonderful volunteers. Then over to the super scanners who recorded our efforts and we were done – though in some ways the best bit was just starting. It is always a joy to see friends meeting up, new friendships being made and the general happiness at the end of the course.

Today I met a group of Parbold Pink Panthers, a running group for women which is super supportive and had brought about 8 runners to join us today. The Pink Panthers will be doing an Ormskirk takeover soon so watch this space! If anyone would like to know more about this fabulous group head over to their page on Facebook and find out all about them – I am sure you will be made very welcome!

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I also chatted to Ian and Hannah from Kirkby who are regular Ormskirk parkrunners. Hannah had just completed her 100th parkrun so huge congratulations Hannah and we expect to see you in your smart black 100 t shirt soon! They both said they love Ormskirk parkrun and mentioned that they really appreciate the friendly atmosphere at this event. Well done both of you and see you again soon!

We are always delighted to welcome Edge Hill students (or indeed students from anywhere!) to our event and today Kirsty joined us. She is studying Mental Health and Social Work and is part of a society called the “Integrated Health and Social Care Society” who are planning to have a least one member run Ormskirk each week and then on 20th November to run our event together. It was lovely to chat to Kirsty and we really look forward to seeing her and the other society members on the 20th.

Another participant this morning showed the resilience and determination of our parkrunners. Phil had ruptured all the ligaments in her ankle and had been unable parkrun for 14 months – her cast was removed a year ago. Today she ran/walked our parkrun again and we were absolutely delighted to see her back. It takes true dedication to come back after an injury – well done Phil, lovely to see you again.

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Now to focus on two of our wonderful volunteers. Your finish token was handed to you today by Audrey and Graeme who regularly run Ormskirk but volunteer about every three weeks. They told me that they love the community spirit of our event and the motivation it provides. Well done to you both today super token handling skills were demonstrated (those things can be very fiddly!) and you were both brilliantly encouraging and welcoming at the finish. Thank you!

As a run reporter you sometimes hear stories which embody the true spirit of parkrun and today was no exception.

Firstly there was a young man who finished right at the front of the pack this morning and who then climbed the hill to cheer on runners coming more slowly behind him. What a lovely thing to do and we thank that young man for showing the true parkrun spirit of encouraging others and helping everyone along.

Then there was the tale of Lucie and Caroline. Lucie is an Ormskirk School student and Caroline is, as she put it, “old enough to be Lucie’s Grandmother” yet they encouraged each other round, overtaking and being overtaken all the way but each supporting and motivating the other. This was the first time Lucie has run Ormskirk since we returned so welcome back – we hope to see you again soon and thank you for showing the spirit of parkrun this morning.

Our final person who made us smile this morning is Amazing Anna, who offered to pace someone who wanted a PB, an offer taken up by Lee. Anna was a “hard taskmaster” but thanks to her encouragement and enthusiasm Lee did indeed get his PB – well done Lee and well done Anna for making an offer to help someone achieve their goal and once again showing that parkrun spirit.

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Finally this Run Reporter likes to choose a Random Runner and today take a bow runner 208 Valerie McNeela whose running club is called Running for Pies! Well done Valerie and we hope you enjoyed our morning at Ormskirk followed by a plethora of pies.

Please remember that there is no Ormskirk parkrun next week due to an Open Day at Edge Hill. Why not try one of the other local runs – our sister parkrun Tawd Valley is less than 4 miles from Ormskirk parkrun and would be delighted to see you.

A huge thank you to Gordon Johnson who took all the photos used in this report – it is great to see so many people looking so happy whilst they run…not that we runners ever put on a “fake” smile for the camera... NB the photo below shows genuinely happy parkrunners who are clearly having a wonderful time!

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We hope you had a wonderful morning and thank you for being part of the Ormskirk parkrun experience. Well done for reading to the very end and see you all again soon!

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This week 228 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

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

The female record is held by Jade WILLIAMS who recorded a time of 17:15 on 19th December 2015 (event number 93).
The male record is held by Jonathan HILEY who recorded a time of 15:28 on 1st January 2020 (event number 298).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jean MITCHELL who recorded 89.70% (25:14) on 23rd March 2019 (event number 258).

Ormskirk parkrun started on 29th March 2014. Since then 9,123 participants have completed 66,273 parkruns covering a total distance of 331,365 km, including 12,380 new Personal Bests. A total of 668 individuals have volunteered 6,220 times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Run Report – Ormskirk Parkrun 30th October

Run 666 321 of Ormskirk Parkrun and a quieter one than usual. Maybe this was down to the spooky feeling in the air as this week, it was Halloween Parkrun!

I arrived early today to help with the set up. I got chatting to Lee Anderton who had volunteered to help check the course. Lee told me he had already ran 3k to get to Edge Hill and then completed another 1.5k to check the course. His energy really is ‘fa-boo-lous.’ Lee is an experienced runner and has completed a number of different events including what sounds like a ‘boo-tiful’ run in Thailand, and a recent triathlon in Majorca. Here’s a shot of Lee finishing Parkrun in 9th place.

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Unlike Majorca, the weather was wet and windy today with ‘Goosebumps’ likely. We do seem to have had a week of it and rumour has it earlier in the week Skem had a tornado. I’m just hoping runners at Tawd Valley made it to their ‘Final Destination’ ok! Despite the weather, 135 people turned out to have a ‘howl of a time’ and run, jog or walk the course. Of these 22 were first timers and there were visitors from Winchester, Blackburn, Eastbourne and even two from Transylvania.

We had two lots of best dressed this week and unsurprisingly, they were Halloween themed. Steve and Jeanne Hall who both very much filled the brief and ‘crept it real’ dressing scarily good!

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And Xavier and mum Emily Braund left us ‘under their spell’ by dressing up and filling the air with all the magic cheering us on as we ran!

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Run Director Peter Doyle got us warmed up today by ‘bewitchingly’ going through the Parkrun rules and reminding us that no ‘warewolves’ are allowed. Pete also read us a poem which got everyone in ‘the spirit’ as we made our way to the start line.

Lots of ‘scares were born’ today with 13 runners recording new PB’s. Well done to all! And a well done to Billy Ord who was able to ‘Carrie’ on and pick up all the energy at the last moment with a sprint to the finish line.

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Random Runner for a special mention this week is the ‘IT’ girl Melissa Haslam who completed her 56th Parkrun.

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I also want to give a shout out to a special volunteer, Peter Renner. Pete is not a ‘lazy bones’ and has volunteered for Parkrun a huge 196 times and is very much our resident number checker. It is thanks to people like Pete that we get to meet up every Saturday and be a part of the friendliest group of people who share a love in getting together and having a ‘scream’ of a time. ‘Witchful thinking’ that it won’t be as wet next week for the last Parkrun before we take another break.

Thank you as always to the volunteers who turn up, cheer us on and are serous ‘squad ghouls!’

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This week 135 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Emily BRAUND • Karen HULME • Jack ROUTLEDGE • Janice SHEEL • Emma ANDERSON • Jean MITCHELL • Phil HOGAN • Peter DOLAN • Lee ANDERTON • Catherine WALTON • Michele RILEY • Vincent CREAMER • Peter RENNER • Jo ROTHERAM • Nigel GILTROW • Gina HARVEY • Carol TIDGWELL • Les DAVIES • Steph DRISCOLL • Bernice BLUNDELL • Mark BLUNDELL • Erin THAIN • Pauline BICKNELL • Iain PRITCHARD • Xavier BRAUND • Gordon JOHNSON

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

 

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.

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