Ormskirk parkrun 4th January 2020

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This week 320 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The photo above shows the super-competitive Ross leading the pack up the first hill - in case I haven't told you before he is one of our 'elites' who it is an honour to run alongside.  Ross has competed internationally and, I believe, still holds a record at his chosen distance!

Of the 42 'First Timers' at Ormskirk parkrun 20 of these ran their first ever parkrun - well done to all of you, and as the Run Director Dominic said in his briefing the first one is the easy one - you need to come back again next Saturday!  I am sure you will; and looking through the results we have a good number of second and third time runners so great effort you guys.  The first ever  parkrunners were:  Nick Farnan, Megan & Alan Wilson, Emily Skirenko, Amanda & Amelia Byrne, Tracey Patton, Joanne Padin, Anna & Kathryn Brady, Cliff Howarth, Diane Jones, Jon Baldwin, Nigel Bracken, Ashleigh Marsh Pritchard, Luke Houghton, Maureen Billinge, Seth Thompson, Lyndsey Griffiths, Iris Davidson, Ellie Brady and Wayne Forsyth.  Three cheers!!!

From the above group I would like to mention Seth Thompson.  His mum told me during the run it was his first outing on the 5 kilometre course having previously competed in Junior parkrun, however, Seth had joined in with a New Year run on the Parbold Hill Race course and did so well that she thought it time to move him up to the 5k distance.  It is an incredible achievement for someone under 10 to manage that course, but perhaps it is in his genes, as his mum, Honor, is another running 'elite' who graces our parkrun.  Honor belongs to the Bob Graham 24 Hour Club - what is that I hear you say - if you don't know here is an extract from the club page:

All our members have successfully completed The Bob Graham Round; the 66 mile, 27,000 ft circuit of 42 of the highest peaks in the English Lake District within 24 hours.

First done way back in 1932 by Bob Graham, hotelier of Keswick, Cumberland, at the age of 42, the 42 Peak Round has become a testing ground for the supremely fit. Each summer around 100 of the most highly tuned ultra-distance fell runners will attempt the 27,000 ft of ascent within the allotted 24 hours. Only one in three will return to the Keswick Moot Hall before the clock runs down. Most of the rest will be back again ...!    

What!  66 miles 27,000 feet!  Only an elite could manage such a feat, but each week every one of you runners make your own contribution to our running community here in Ormskirk - yes, admire the elites and enjoy running with them but value your own performance each time you run:

The Physical Benefits of Running

Let’s start off with the obvious stuff here. Running is an aerobic exercise. It helps transport oxygen throughout your body more efficiently, improving your cardiovascular health. In other words, it’s good for your heart. Even doing the bare minimum–running for five minutes a day–can be beneficial. Running can positively impact your immune system as well. Devoted runners experience greater lung capacity.

By strengthening these systems, you can not only increase your physical health but also prevent illnesses. Runners are at a decreased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, heart attacks, and stroke because the exercise helps arteries retain their flexibility – strengthening the heart and allowing for great blood flow. Women can decrease their risk of breast cancer by adding running to their workout regimen.

The first run of the New Year is also a time for those resolutions that you have made.  Diane (our much loved local dentist) was heard resolving to attend parkrun every week either as a runner or a volunteer.  Nice one Diane - all those of us who know you will be able to keep a keen eye on your progress.

Check out the photo below - what pleasure these two have got from running together!  ...  and believe me when I say that all the volunteers feel their work is all worthwhile when they see images like this one, thanks guys - great effort.

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The event was made possible by 26 volunteers, see their names below:

Graham BELL • Oliver MURPHY • Steve HANLON • Karen HULME • Jude HANLON • Phil HOGAN • Thomas HOGAN • Peter DOLAN • Dominic GRANT • Stephen HILL • Lesley JACKSON • Laura CORNER • Andrew YUZGIN • Andy BROWN • Peter RENNER • Patrick KING • Emma WILKINSON • Valerie DENIEUL • Romy DENIEUL • Lynn LYON • Joanne MCCREADY • Yannick MCCREADY • Kirsty SOLE • Pauline BICKNELL • Thomas LUNN • Millie MCCREADY

This photo shows volunteer Andy sprinting for the line so that he can grab a scanner to help keep the queues down.  Thanks Andy, your dedication is much appreciated by us all - it also illustrates another way for you to both run and volunteer!

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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 8,293 participants have completed 59,928 parkruns covering a total distance of 299,640 km, including 11,414 new Personal Bests. A total of 616 individuals have volunteered 5,628 times.