It was another busy day at Edgehill this weekend and with so much to celebrate it was a stirling effort by RD Peter Dolan to keep everyone in order and get us off parkrunning with only the smallest of delays.
The first and clearly most important celebration was to thank the volunteers without whom none of this is possible so a big cheer for the following kind hearted individuals:
Oliver MURPHY • Karen HULME • Peter WILKINSON • Steve HALL • Jeanne HALL • Phil HOGAN • Thomas HOGAN • Peter DOLAN • Joel HANLON • Liz SPENSLEY • Stephen HILL • Andrew YUZGIN • Vincent CREAMER • Val PARRY • Helen PARRY • Patrick KING • Peter RENNER • Jo ROTHERAM • Rachael FRACKELTON • Katherine PARR • Jane TAYLOR • Jessica CLEGHORN • Kirsty SOLE • Zoë BICKNELL • Thomas LUNN • Kate ATKINS • Benjamin LEITCH.
His second task was to announce that last week was national “Hug Day” and to demonstrate that we really are the friendliest parkrun we all duly hugged our neighbour. Be they stranger or our soulmate!
The celebrations kept coming.
We then rejoiced in a wonderfully authentic rendition of Robbie Burns “Address to a Haggis”
Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o' the pudding-race!
Aboon them a' ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm :
Weel are ye wordy o'a grace
As lang's my arm.
Our laureate of the day decided that this was far enough as further verses entail acts of violence, albeit to a meat pudding!
So, after toasting our imaginary Haggis, we then went to celebrate the start of the Chinese (or Lunar) New Year. Farewell the year of the pig and welcome to the year of the rat.
In Chinese astrology the rat lists stubbornness, success, popularity and thoughtfulness among its many traits. All fine values for a parkrunner.
Today was no exception and 41 parkrun debutants made their Chinese New Year’s resolution and completed their first parkruns. “Hello and Welcome to you”.
And so finally after only the shortest of delays a cracking 350 parkrunners were finally under the starter’s orders and very quickly on our way.
With a mild 7oC and only a gentle breeze it was a good day for PB’s. An impressive 65 parkrun “rats” displayed their stubbornness and recorded their best times.
Let’s hear a big cheer for Julie Barcas who knocked a whopping 40 seconds off her PB and 10 minutes off her time in the last 6 months. Well done Julie you are an inspiration to us all!!
A big hand also for Peter Dawson who completed his 50th Parkrun and to Craig Blakey for completing his 100th. Equally inspiring and a big well done.
We were joined today by visitors from far afield. From Cardiff, Blackpool and all the way from Southport. Welcome visitors.
As always it is my task to bring you a piece of totally useless information. According to Google, so it must be true, a pair of running shoes lasts around 300 miles or 500 kilometers. By a good fortune of statistics with the parkrun being 5km that means that today alone we wore out 3 ½ pairs of trainers between us!!
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 8,455 participants have completed 61,099 parkruns covering a total distance of 305,495 km, including 11,582 new Personal Bests. A total of 621 individuals have volunteered 5,708 times.