Ormskirk parkrun Event number 301 18th January 2020

MR. BLUE SKY
 
After a bitterly cold early morning drive up the East Lancs, your run reporter and his partner were greeted by blue skies and low winter sun over Edge Hill University for the latest instalment of the ever-popular Ormskirk parkrun. With Blue Monday coming up and the 19th January being the date that most people have finally given up on their New Years resolutions, you could be forgiven for expecting a lower turnout than in recent weeks, but Ormskirk's parkrunners had other ideas with an impressive 460 people lacing up for their weekly running fix. I believe this impressive turnout to be only 5 shy of 2019's record breaking New Year parkrun! There were 69 first timers and representatives of 40 different clubs took part.

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One of the friendliest run directors I have ever met, Steve Hall ensuring all his fantastic volunteering team is in place.
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The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Paul MASON • Karen HULME • Andrew CHARLESWORTH • Catherine HOLME • Steve HALL • Janice SHEEL • Phil HOGAN • Thomas HOGAN • Dominic GRANT • Stephen HILL • Matt COCHRANE • Jill COCHRANE • Peter RENNER • Rachael FRACKELTON • Patrick KING • Frank KENNEDY • Darren KAIN • Jane TAYLOR • Sue MCMASTER • Alex MCKEEVER • Kirsty SOLE • Thomas LUNN • Kate ATKINS • Benjamin LEITCH
 
Among these volunteers were Ormskirk's superb pacing team covering a wide variety of paces from 21 minutes up to 41 minutes. I would like to think that some of these were instrumental in helping 76 parkrunners record new Personal Bests, including today's' most capped parkrunner, Bramhall Runner's Richard A Hall who whizzed round his 409th parkrun in a speedy 22 minutes 02 seconds!
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They really are a friendly bunch at Ormskirk parkrun and colourful too, below is Paul Holloway who was running his 227th parkrun, 39 of those at Ormskirk.
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And here we have Selina Makin after running her 264th parkrun, 116 at Ormskirk with 2 future stars of parkrun...
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Special mentions this week to Andrew Marsh who was running her 100th parkrun at Ormskirk, and most importantly brought Cake. Neil Rees participating in his 50th parkrun to qualify for his red t-shirt. I must also mention Danny who celebrated their birthday last week, as they also brought Cake. Thank you it was lovely!
Tourists came from far and afield including, London, Rossendale, Doncaster, Tawd Valley and Oldham.
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Thank you for letting me write your run report this week and for making my partner and I feel so welcome at your fantastic parkrun.
Keep on parkrunning!

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