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.