Ormskirk parkrun is cancelled on 3 October 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Ormskirk parkrun Event number 308 7th March 2020

Today was a very special day at Ormskirk parkrun as we gathered to celebrate International Women’s Day which this year falls on 8th March.

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The aims of the day are to celebrate women’s achievement, raise awareness against bias and take action for equality. We hope that we did justice here in Ormskirk today to all three of these aims but especially celebration because wow, did we celebrate! The purple parade of participants numbered 406 runners, joggers and walkers of whom 65 were first timers – a massively warm welcome to the parkrun family and we hope to see you again here at Edge Hill.

61 of you amazing athletes also recorded new Personal Bests – a huge well done to you all!

Yet none of the above would have been possible without our amazing volunteers, so before we enjoy a review of a fantastic morning let us thank all 39 of our wonderful purple crew who made parkrun possible. Thank you to:

Karen HULME • Anna HULME • Adam HULME • Linda WEBSTER • Christine DONNELLY • Jeanne HALL • Rikki ABERNETHY • Janice SHEEL • Emma ANDERSON • Rebecca SPRAGUE • Dominic GRANT • Liz SPENSLEY • Iain DAVIDSON • Caroline HENDRA • Nicola HARGAN • Billy ORD • Michele RILEY • Andrew YUZGIN • Margaret ELLAMS • Val PARRY • Helen PARRY • Peter RENNER • Jennifer WINROW • Collette SWIFT • Rachael FRACKELTON • Carol TIDGWELL • Andrea CONCANNON • Graham CONCANNON • Anna WILLIAMS • Kate SMITH • Margaret JONES • Kath THOMAS • Norma YOUNG • Kirsty SOLE • Pauline BICKNELL • Kate ATKINS • Oliver FEARNS • Natasha HASTINGS • Sally PHUNG

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IWD is a global day which celebrates the social. Economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This special day has occurred for well over a century with the first IWD gathering in 1911 being supported by over a million people.

As 406 of us gathered at the start is was clear that this was not going to be a normal Saturday morning…our volunteers sporting purple wigs gathered to serenade us with a special song sung to the tune of Abba’s “Dancing Queen”. It seems a shame not to reproduce some of the fabulous words sung by the purple choir here for everyone to enjoy – singing out loud is compulsory…

“We can run

We can jog

Having the time of our lives

See those girls

Watch that scene

We are the running queens”

 

 “Sat’day morning and the clouds are low

parkrun being the place to go

Where the hills are not too steep

Maybe the start’s 20 deep

We come to look for fun

Anybody can join our group

As we run jog walk around the loop

With the marshalls all cheering

Then we are all unfearing

We’re in the mood to run

So when we get the chance…..”

 

 

Thank you to the singers and just in case visitors / first timers were wondering; yes, Ormskirk parkrun usually is a bit “different”. Sometimes its poetry, sometimes song…you get the picture. Nothing is ordinary about Ormskirk parkrun especially our volunteers and runners!

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Margaret our fabulous run director welcomed everyone especially our visitors and first timers. This week was very special as we had a team of support runners who volunteered to help and encourage people around the course. These purple-sashed heroes were introduced and we hope that their encouragement and smiles made the day more enjoyable for our new or nervous runners.

Then yours truly was able to show off the new Run Reporter vest very kindly donated by Michelle from the personalised printing company on Preston Market – a huge thanks to Michelle for supporting Ormskirk parkrun. At least now if runners are approached by a strange person asking questions at parkrun they will at know why…

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A few cheers and claps later the purple tide swept towards the start line and off we went!

The joy of being a Run Reporter is meeting parkrunners and hearing their stories and this week’s event brought many wonderful tales and comments which I am thrilled to share.

As the start-line I met 7 year old Jack and what an inspirational story to start the day. His mum explained that this was Jack’s 2nd parkrun – his first was about a year ago when he managed to injure his knee. Jack has fought to get back to fitness and was running his 2nd parkrun with us yesterday. I caught up with him again after his run – he had loved it and told me proudly how he had overtaken someone near the finish line. Mum said he was talking all the way round….This story got even more inspiring  when I discovered that 3 generations of the family had completed the course – Jack, Kate his mum and Pauline his nan! Jack’s determination to return to parkrun and the support given to him by his family embody the spirit of our special Saturday mornings and thank you to the family for telling me their wonderful story.

Also raring to go at the start-line was Flynn, a young man ready to meet the challenge of a 5k on a chilly morning. Well done Flynn!

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A special thank you at this point goes to all the marshalls who clapped, cheered and encouraged us round. It was wonderful to hear the super marshall near the pond shouting “well done ladies” when a fellow runner Simon, sprinting gazelle-like past at the time added “and what about us gentlemen?” One of those funny parkrun moments ensued which would not be as funny in the telling as it was at the time but thank you marshall and Simon for providing us with a smile just when we needed it!

I met some of our wonderful visitors yesterday too – Lisa from Oldham who had a baby just 3 months ago and was doing her 5th parkrun after that momentous event. She commented that it was a “lovely course” and that she thought she had a PB too! Aiden from Woodbank Stockport is very much part of the parkrun family as run director for Hyde junior parkrun. Hope you enjoyed your day with us Aiden and that you will return soon.

Whilst huffing and puffing round the course I admired a very fetching purple wig perched on the head of a fellow runner and I caught up with her at the end. Her name was Kate and she was visiting us from near Stratford upon Avon and this was only her 3rd parkrun. She was visiting Caroline (one of our core volunteer team) and had been only too happy to join in the purple fun today as a support runner – she told me how much she had enjoyed the morning. On the course she had met a lady named Michelle who had done couch to 5K and they had completed the course together. By coincidence I also met Michelle who told me that she had been lucky enough to “run with the visitor with the purple wig” and told me how they had encouraged each other round and what a wonderful experience it had been. There you have it in one little incident. The spirit of both parkrun and IWD. “This girl can”, women supporting and encouraging women, visitors being welcomed and made part of the event, volunteering, support, smiles and gratitude. Perfect.

Local running group the Pink Panthers were out in force this week and it was wonderful to have them join us as a change from their usual Haigh Hall parkrun. They explained that they had found the experience inspirational – how wonderful it was to see so many women on the course and especially to see lots of ladies walking. They told me that they loved that there had been such a high turnout on the day and that they had really enjoyed their visit to Edge Hill. Here they are after the finish – thank you for coming to join us here at Ormskirk – we hope you will come back soon!

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Friendship is a key parkrun value and I spoke to two wonderful women yesterday whose friendship expressed this perfectly. I met Rachael waiting to have her token scanned and she told me she would not be there without her friend’s encouragement. They support each other and improve together and keep each other positive. Just then her friend Georgia appeared who echoed what had been said and told me that you can be as competitive as you wish as you are only racing yourself – it is totally up to you – and parkrun is supportive and motivating. She added that parkrun for her is “a good run around good people”. What a wonderful definition of parkrun (and of the value of our friends in life). Thank you both for the chat!

As a run reporter sometimes you hear brief comments which warm your heart and today was no exception. Here are just a few:

“Nice course and friendly people” said Daniel.

“Exhilarating…a real sense of achievement” thought Pauline.

“Lovely to see all the purple and the music at the beginning was great – really gets you going” Liz told me

“Great event – lovely to see lots of women out on the course”

“Great course for buggies!” was the opinion of a visitor from Newcastle

This run reporter likes to choose a Random Runner for a special mention and this week’s IWD superstar is Cynthia Prescot a first time parkrunner who came in at position 395 – well done Cynthia we hope you will join us again very soon!

A huge thank you also to Dom for the brilliant photos - go through them all and see if you can find yourself looking like the sporty superstar you are!

With a final thank you to all volunteers and the runners, walkers and joggers who made yesterday so special I remind you of the definition of parkrun given to me by a runner

“A good run around good people”

Join us soon for another one of those…

Finally I leave you with a quote from Gloria Steinem, feminist, journalist and activist who said “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights”

Remember that 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 8,726 participants have completed 63,000 parkruns covering a total distance of 315,000 km, including 11,850 new Personal Bests. A total of 637 individuals have volunteered 5,887 times.

 

Run Report Ormskirk Park run 29 Feb 2020

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What a day for celebration at Edgehill on this most special of days.

Our RD for the day Peter reminded us all that it was the Leap day of this a Leap Year. The significance is huge. It is widely known that it is the one day every four years when a woman can propose to a man. Well it was also the day that 37 people proposed to run Edgehill parkrun for the first time. Well done to you all, not an easy day to make a debut.

We should all propose a vote of thanks to our volunteers without whom none of this jollity would be possible.

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A big clap for:
Steven HENDERSON • Oliver MURPHY • Karen HULME • Peter DOLAN • Toni SKIRENKO • Liz SPENSLEY • Andrew YUZGIN • Michael LAKE • Vincent CREAMER • Peter RENNER • Rachael FRACKELTON • Les DAVIES • Katherine PARR • Jane TAYLOR • Anna WILLIAMS • Timothy BAILEY • Grant THAIN • Erin THAIN • Melissa HASLAM • Kate ATKINS • Benjamin LEITCH • Daniel HASTINGS • Oliver FEARNS • Natasha HASTINGS • William SKIRENKO

It is of course the first time that 29 Feb has fallen on a Saturday during the lifetime of parkrun and therefore the first parkrun to be run on this date. This means that in 2020 we get 53 Saturdays! With the extra runs at Christmas and New Year and with the opportunity to double up at New Year we have the opportunity to run an awesome 56 parkruns this year.

If you missed it you will have to wait until 2048 for the next one.

There was also an accolade for anyone leaping over the finish line. Particularly acrobatic was Mandy from Dishley parkrun who is to become our new poster girl. Mandy was in the area to celebrate her mum’s 70th birthday. Happy Birthday Chris from all at Edgehill.

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As well as being the Leap day it is also the last parkrun of winter. Sunday heralds the start of Spring. According to Google, Russians believe that leap years bring unpredictable weather patterns. How true that has been this year! We have endured Storms Ciara, Dennis and Ellen. Thankfully despite the heavy rain of Friday night we were spared the full wrath of Storm Jorge. This arrived after we had all left and were hopefully tucked up somewhere warm and sheltered.

As well as Mandy Storm Jorge did blow in some welcome visitors from Loughborough and Staffordshire.

And so with a slight delay to the normal proceedings 277 parkrunners, joggers and walkers set off on a blustery day along a course beset with challenging puddles. Despite this an awesome 32 managed new PB’s . Give yourself 3 cheers.

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

This was also a very big day in the calendar for our hosts Edgehill University. We owe them a huge debt and cheer for accommodating us so brilliantly with so much else going. Thank you!!

Next week Edgehill parkrun will be celebrating International Women’s Day. An opportunity for us all to celebrate the contribution that women make to our society and to remember the many years when it went unnoticed. Next week will be officiated by women and everyone is asked to wear something purple for support. It would also be nice to have as many women running taking part as possible. So why not bring your daughter or sister? You could bring your wife or girlfriend (but best not to bring both!)

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A parkrun report needs a useless fact and so here is today’s.

The course is 5,000 meters long and on average 2 meters wide. (wider in places and narrower in others). Therefore, a single centimeter of rain falling on the whole course amounts to 100,000 litres.

We probably had as much as 3cm of rain over Friday and Saturday. This is enough water falling on the course alone (not the whole of the campus) to fill the swimming pool at Edgehill.

To celebrate days gone by our run statistics are as follows:

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 8,661 participants have completed 62,594 parkruns covering a total distance of 312,970 km, including 11,789 new Personal Bests. A total of 633 individuals have volunteered 5,848 times.

 

Ormskirk (Wet & Windy) parkrun 22nd Feb 2020

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Edge Hill University; Saturday 22nd February 2020 - the weather, in summary, is grim.  The course has numerous large areas of standing water, the sky is grey and the wind is blowing in a generally westerly direction at speeds of around 30mph with gusts of over 45 mph.

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But still they came!  227 dedicated runners turned up to enjoy yet another edition of Ormskirk parkrun in the company of other likeminded enthusiasts, all determined not to let a bit of weather get in the way of their Saturday morning activity.

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If you asked my advice before the run I would most definitely have recommended that with the mix of standing water and howling winds it was no time to push for a new PB;  best to enjoy being out in the fresh air and have a steady run around the course.  However 18 participants today pushed their limits, ignored the inclement weather and fought through to achieve that elusive goal - a Personal Best!  Many, many congratulations to the following:

Jared Nicholls, Matt Wood, William Marston, Vanessa Harwood, Thomas Flateley, Thomas Whitehead, Neil Hughes, Gary Stoneley, Helen Cheston, Jakub Socha, Sophie Muldoon, Heather Turner, Rosie Dyer, Jack Johnston, Ben Carr, Joanne Mulligan, Steph Driscoll and Alan Johnston.

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Well done guys you all smashed it, and in pretty poor conditions too!  Excellent effort!

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

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Karen HULME • Steve HALL • Jeanne HALL • Tracy BERRY • Liz SPENSLEY • Matt COCHRANE • Jill COCHRANE • Andrew YUZGIN • Michael LAKE • Charlotte CHAPPELL • Peter RENNER • Rachael FRACKELTON • Patrick KING • Izobel BERRY • Jane TAYLOR • Miranda STONE • Margaret JONES • Norma YOUNG • Kirsty SOLE • Kate ATKINS • Benjamin LEITCH • Daniel HASTINGS • Natasha HASTINGS

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 8,624 participants have completed 62,317 parkruns covering a total distance of 311,585 km, including 11,757 new Personal Bests. A total of 629 individuals have volunteered 5,823 times.

 

Ormskirk parkrun Event number 305 15th February 2020

Roses are red

Violets are blue

I love Ormskirk parkrun

And so do you

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Ah romance, what a wonderful thing. Love makes the world go round, as they say, and there was plenty of love in the air at Edge Hill this morning. It may have been love of running, love of jogging, love of walking, love of fresh air, love of meeting friends, love of trying something new, love of chatting, love of our community, love of volunteering but it was love all the same.

And how we love our volunteers – all 35 of them. A huge sloppy emotional thank you to the 35 wonderful people who made today’s parkrun possible

Paul MASON • Karen HULME • Adam HULME • Gary EALES • Linda WEBSTER • Steve HALL • Jeanne HALL • Michael DURKIN • Phil HOGAN • Peter DOLAN • Liz SPENSLEY • Matt COCHRANE • Jill COCHRANE • Michael LAKE • Vincent CREAMER • Val PARRY • Andy BROWN • Peter RENNER • Jo ROTHERAM • Peter HUTCHEON • Steven BOWER • Beth O'CONNOR • Jane TAYLOR • Anna WILLIAMS • Alex MCKEEVER • Grant THAIN • Erin THAIN • Pauline BICKNELL • Thomas LUNN • Kate ATKINS • Benjamin LEITCH • Ethan KUMARAJEEWA • Daniel HASTINGS • Oliver FEARNS • Natasha HASTINGS

Thank you all!

Undeterred by the imminent arrival of Storm Dennis, this week at Ormskirk 299 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests – a huge well done to all of you!

As we gathered from far and wide before the start, our esteemed Run Director Peter Dolan welcomed parkrun tourists from far and wide – if you joined us here at Ormskirk this morning we hope you enjoyed your visit and will pop over and see us again soon!

Here at Ormskirk parkrun we like our run reports to be educational so here is today’s information to digest as you recover from your morning exertions.

On this date in 1943 the famous wartime propaganda poster “We Can Do It” was posted on the walls of Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company plants in the Midwest of the USA.

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This brings to mind a very special event taking place on 7th March here at Ormskirk Parkrun. We are joining with parkruns all over the country to celebrate  International Women’s Day. We are hoping to encourage as many ladies as possible to come along and celebrate with us and hope that all our parkrunners  will bring someone with them on that day who is new to parkrun. So please ask your mum, sister, daughter, neighbour, colleague, friend to come along and give it a go - let’s see if we can break the attendance record here at Edge Hill!

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This run reporter always likes to nominate a Random Runner for a mention in the report and this week’s lucky “victim” is Vincent O’Connor in position 182 – well done on another great run and we hope to see you again soon!

And so we come full circle back to the subject of love and leave you with this thought from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Act 2 Scene 2:

Doubt that the stars are fire,

Doubt that the son doth move,

Doubt truth to be a liar,

But never doubt I love

We look forward to seeing you again soon at Ormskirk parkrun and meanwhile please remember that 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 8,597 participants have completed 62,090 parkruns covering a total distance of 310,450 km, including 11,738 new Personal Bests. A total of 629 individuals have volunteered 5,799 times.

 

Ormskirk parkrun Event number 304 8th February 2020

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On the eve of Mad Dog (10k) 2020, Ormskirk parkrun was bursting with volunteers, some of whom were saving their legs for tomorrow’s race. It didn’t deter 353 people from turning up to run, jog or walk the course set in the grounds of Edge Hill university, of whom 53 were first timers and 66 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part. 
 
Having lived and attended school in Ormskirk for some of my childhood, it seemed a good venue to tour to, from our home run Cuerden Valley parkrun. Four of the group collected an “O” for the alphabet challenge, taking part in the 2 lap course which starts and finishes on the athletic track and takes in the scenic paths on the university’s grounds and past the duck pond. Two of us were on marshal and hi- five duty while the final tourist (at just 6 weeks old!) slept soundly in her pram. 
 
The weather conditions were perfect, storm Ciara not yet arriving in Ormskirk, with sunshine and clear skies, and just a gentle breeze. Run director Jo finished the briefing with a song, joined by her band of hi-viz heroes, “Smile” by Nat King Cole, with a message to smile, and enjoy parkrun. Which the volunteers and parkrunners alike clearly did! 
 
At the end of the event, participants were offered fudge to reward their efforts, which went down very well! All in all, a great way to start a Saturday morning- and the perfect start for two of our group who ran 17 miles home after the parkrun, as part of their marathon training. Ormskirk parkrun, you’ve been brilliant and we will return! 
The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Karen HULME • Barry JONES • Phil HOGAN • Joel HANLON • Andrew YUZGIN • Margaret ELLAMS • Val PARRY • Peter RENNER • Katy CLEECE • Jo ROTHERAM • Rachael FRACKELTON • Carol TIDGWELL • Andrea CONCANNON • Graham CONCANNON • Bernice BLUNDELL • Mark BLUNDELL • Valerie DENIEUL • Sue MCMASTER • Timothy BAILEY • Margaret JONES • Grant THAIN • Erin THAIN • Jack CLEECE • Kirsty SOLE • Thomas LUNN • Benjamin LEITCH • Daniel HASTINGS • Oliver FEARNS • Natasha HASTINGS

 

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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 8,566 participants have completed 61,791 parkruns covering a total distance of 308,955 km, including 11,698 new Personal Bests. A total of 628 individuals have volunteered 5,764 times.

 

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