Run Report #282: 7th September 2019 – Paul Shannon

 

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This is not the Run Report I intended nor ever wanted to write but the event was overshadowed by the early death of our good friend and keen parkrunner, Paul Shannon (A917707), who passed away this morning following a short battle with three brain tumours.

I felt a close affinity with Paul - both living in Maghull, both single, almost the same age, and both (hopefully) having the same dry sense of humour which made people smile plus each having similar times at Edge Hill! I haven’t known Paul for the length of time many have but his departure from our course is still a deep loss to me and, I’m sure, many others. I can still see him running - Liverpool shirt tucked into his shorts, ahead of me.

Ross Moughtin gave a very moving and poignant speech to which I can add little, other than to mention a couple of comments I heard from fellow runners: One said, how ironic Paul should pass away on the morning of his beloved parkrun and another who said, “RIP” Paul = Run In Peace! Thank You Ross.

It’s difficult to know how to proceed with this report now and how to make the transition to a “normal” prose but I’m sure Paul would want and expect the usual scribe. So, in memory of Paul, here goes:-

Following the start of meteorological Autumn it will soon be time for us to put our flimsy running vests back in the airing cupboard and get our warmer togs on. parkrun occurs every Saturday though so unless conditions become too extreme we will still all be walking, jogging or even running each week.

With this is mind and in honour of the great Paul Cotterill here’s a poem which manages to mention running and Autumn!!

Too soon comes Autumn, as nipping the heels
Of unwary Summer, it stealthily seals
Small changes in heavily leaf-laden trees.
Summer fruits begin dropping, balanced astride
Branches festooned, in which Autumn takes hide
Before battle commences it's shivery breeze
Which scatters browned leaves, to bring to their knees
Beaten down Summer days of warm ease.

Autumn comes running, nor waits to abide
While brave Summer blooms adjust to it's ride.
It tosses, relentless, all 'Summer' it sees
Havocing treetops, nor does it allay
It's mischievous goadings for yet one more day.
Scurrying birds sense each warning of chill.
Consistently peck around my window-sill,
Fattening on seeds before temperatures freeze.

Autumn comes running
To stay.

(Fay Slimm)

It was a cloudy 13 degrees today at Ormskirk with a NNE breeze of 7 mph.

Today’s Run Director was Margaret Ellams, ably assisted by a great band of volunteers, (see below for their names). Joined by Jo Rotheram and Caroline Hendra (otherwise known as The Beverley Sisters) they sang a song based on “Pack Up Your Troubles” to commemorate 80 years since the commencement of the Second World War earlier in the week. At a time when individual leaders seem to think it is better to be isolationists (the cause of two World Wars) let’s all hope the spirit of inclusiveness prevalent in parkrun prevails.

This week 289 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 69 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

First to finish today was Damien Gill in 18.04 and first female was Sue McMaster with a new PB of 22.11. Congratulations to both - and to the other 287 for running, jogging, walking or pushing a buggy. Full details of all who finished with their Age Group and Percentage Figures are all on the Ormskirk parkrun website.

The following have reached significant milestones and can now claim t-shirts: Clare Guidi - with a PB to boot! - 50 (all 50 at Ormskirk) Alison Barben - 50 (47 at Ormskirk) Thess Jutla - 50 (48 at Ormskirk) Theresa Bennett - 50 (all 50 at Ormskirk) and JM11-14 runner, Flynn Sinclair - 10 (all 10 at Ormskirk).

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Many thanks for the run report Chris, I'm sure Paul would have been ever so proud to read of your kind comments. From my brief chats with Paul during my time as Event Director of Ormskirk parkrun, it was plain to see that he gained so much pleasure from being involved with our event, both as a runner and a volunteer. Below are various photos of Paul, including some taken during our last EPOT international trip in March 2019, to Mura de Lucca parkrun, Italy:

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From all of us here at Ormskirk parkrun we send our condolences to Paul's family and friends at this very sad time.

Robbie

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Event #282 was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Karen HULME • Anna HULME • Stephen LENNON • Chris PYE • Catherine WALTON • Caroline HENDRA • Michele RILEY • Margaret ELLAMS • Andy BROWN • Peter RENNER • Ash And Reiff (Buggymeister) GREEN • Jo ROTHERAM • Nigel GILTROW • Rachael FRACKELTON • Graeme RUSSELL • Carol TIDGWELL • Fi VALENTINE • Elliot HIGHAM • Anna WILLIAMS • Jamie COATES • Jamie GREENALL

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 Stuart ROBINSON who recorded a time of 15:34 on 14th May 2016 (event number 115).
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 7,748 participants have completed 55,593 parkruns covering a total distance of 277,965 km, including 10,795 new Personal Bests. A total of 576 individuals have volunteered 5,206 times.

 

Run Report #281: 31st August 2019

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Today was, indeed, according to the meteorologists at least, the last day of summer.  The weather was: warmish, windy and cloudy - that sounds about right for an English summer.

In spite of the strong breeze 283 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests.

The first finisher today was Martin, a visitor from Princes Park, making his debut at Ormskirk.  The finish time was a blistering 17:30 - this is all the more amazing as, unfortunately, Martin took a wrong turn and was so fast the marshalls could not catch him to correct the error!  To the rescue came another visitor, long time friend of Ormskirk parkrun Francois, who spotted Martin running in the wrong direction on the big loop and put him right.  Thanks for doing this so sportingly Francois, that is the spirit of parkrun in action.  Anyway, Martin was still able to cross the line first despite doing some extra metres along the way.  We sincerely hope to see Martin again and hope the experience did not spoil his run here at Ormskirk.  Incidentally I should say that Martin is something of a serial "first finisher" he has run at 9 different parkruns and finished first at 7 of these!

It is always a pleasure to see parents bringing their children along and running together.  Lets mention a few:  Georgette and Mason, Claire, Ines and Evelyn, Gracie and Zoe, Barnaby, Romilly and Kathryn, Sally and Grace, Lucy and Claire, Katie and Adam, Liz and Billy - also I can't leave out from this list Michael Durkin junior and Michael Durkin senior.  What a great way to enjoy family time together by sharing a healthy interest.

22 different clubs took part in the run today which shows the diversity of opportunities for everyone and anyone to join a club in their locality.  Membership of a club brings many benefits: it can improve your fitness levels, introduce you to new training methods which will ultimately set you on the way to running faster, further and stronger, highlight the range of running events available and find lots of new friends.

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The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Karen HULME • Peter WILKINSON • Steve HALL • Jeanne HALL • Lee DUDDING • Catherine WALTON • Daniel KIRWAN • Peter RENNER • Rachael FRACKELTON • Andy MCDOUGALL • Les DAVIES • Jason GOULDING • Thomas AINSWORTH • Jane TAYLOR • Jessica CLEGHORN • John HASLAM • Paula FITZJONES • Abigail FITZJONES

We are all very grateful to the heroic volunteers who turn up each week to organise the whole event so that runners can get their Saturday morning fix at Ormskirk parkrun.  Thanks guys - you are amazing!!

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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 Stuart ROBINSON who recorded a time of 15:34 on 14th May 2016 (event number 115).
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 7,719 participants have completed 55,304 parkruns covering a total distance of 276,520 km, including 10,726 new Personal Bests. A total of 574 individuals have volunteered 5,185 times.

 

Run Report #280: 24 Aug 2019

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Close your eyes and imagine a beautiful Saturday morning, the sun is shining and with barely a breeze worth mentioning. There are a few cotton wool clouds and someone has brought free cake.

Now open your eyes and find yourself at Edge Hill University with 312 athletes assembled for the 280th Ormskirk ParkRun. The free cake is provided by Berni who is celebrating turning out for her 50th ParkRun. Well done Berni and thanks for the cake.

Today’s event was part of the wider national “I AM TEAM GB”. This is part of a national event to get people active. It certainly worked in Ormskirk today.

With the gentle breeze the expectations were there for a few PB’s. The temperature was in the low 20’s, so it was however tougher than you might have expected. All the better therefore for the 48 ParkRunners who did manage to complete their 5K faster than they have done before. Well done to all of you.

Today’s first finisher and best age graded runner went to Fletcher Foster completing his 22ndParkRun in a time of 17:39. A new PB, so a double well done. First female finisher was Natasha Sheel completing her 55th ParkRun, well done to Natasha.

We had 33 runners new to Ormskirk today, of whom an impressive 15 were completing their first ever ParkRun. Today’s visitors came from as far afield as Glasgow and Basingstoke. Welcome to you all and hope to see you again soon. Also, worth a mention, are the 13 who completed their second ParkRun, arguably more difficult than the first so well done to all of you.

Anybody completing their first Edgehill needs the assistance of the first timers brief. This role was successfully taken by Jo Rotherham who took on the role of Moses and was able to guide everyone to their own Promised Land of the finish line.

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Of course, no ParkRun is possible without all of the Hi Viz Heroes. Under the guidance of Phil Hogan our very own 24 “Hogan’s Heroes” made today possible. (If you are not old enough to remember Hogan’s Heroes ask your parents or look on YouTube)

Karen HULME • Peter WILKINSON • Barry JONES • Steve HALL • Jeanne HALL • Dawn CORLETT • Phil HOGAN • Lee ANDERTON • Tracy BERRY • Stephen HARGAN • Vincent CREAMER • Andy BROWN • Peter RENNER • Jo ROTHERAM • Nigel GILTROW • Rachael FRACKELTON • Graeme RUSSELL • Andy MCDOUGALL • Graham CONCANNON • Mark BLUNDELL • Izobel BERRY • Sarah HOGAN • Miranda STONE • Jonathan EDWARDS

Thanks to you all from everyone there.

Their contribution and sacrifice make the event run smoothly. Always give then a big smile and a warm “thank you” as you run past them and maybe even consider joining them. Remember the mantra “no Marshals, no race.”

Did you know that an average runner consumes around 350 calories completing the ParkRun (bigger runners more, smaller runners less)? Between us today we disposed of an enormous 109200kcal. Using some very crude calculations this is equivalent to 126kwh. We are told that an average UK home uses around 10kwh per day in electricity. We could therefore have powered someone’s house for 12 days. Is this a solution to Climate change?

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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 Stuart ROBINSON who recorded a time of 15:34 on 14th May 2016 (event number 115).

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 7,686 participants have completed 55,021 parkruns covering a total distance of 275,105 km, including 10,691 new Personal Bests. A total of 570 individuals have volunteered 5,167 times.

 

Run Report #279: 17 Aug 2019

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After the appalling rain of recent days, it was a relief to see some blue sky and even the sun shining. This was enough to encourage 271 ParkRunners from near and far (but mostly near) to assemble for the 279th Ormskirk ParkRun. The temperature was a pleasant 16 degrees but with what the Met office were describing as a fresh breeze it was always going to be a difficult day for Personal Bests.

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It was therefore a particularly impressive achievement that 46 of today’s athletes did indeed achieve PB’s. You know who you are. Well done!!

Today’s event attracted runners from as far as Australia, Surrey and even all the way from Blackburn and Widnes. Welcome.

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We had 39 Edgehill Novices today. Of these, 8 were first time ParkRunners. We look forward to seeing you back here regularly. Our own Peter Dolan was there to show the course and lead them like a modern-day pied piper to the finishing line

A very special mention belongs to Joseph Monk, a visitor all the way from Preston. First finisher with a cracking time of 16:05, despite slipping over on the grass. Maybe next time you can beat the 16:00 mark.

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The best age graded score went to Jean Mitchell with a very respectable 85.41%

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

Of course ParkRun would not be possible without our volunteers who all deserve a special mention

Alan POWER • Daniel REES • Karen HULME • Janice SHEEL • Dawn CORLETT • Louise DERMOTT • Phil HOGAN • Peter DOLAN • Lee ANDERTON • Robbie KIGER • Dominic GRANT • Richard CORLETT • Tracy BERRY • Daniel BERRY • Vincent CREAMER • Andy BROWN • Peter RENNER • Jo ROTHERAM • Nigel GILTROW • Rachael FRACKELTON • David GARA • Micheal KAIN • Jane TAYLOR • John HASLAM

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These 24 kind souls gave up an hour or so of their Saturday morning or surrendered the opportunity to run themselves to keep the show on the road. For 271 runners that is less than 1 in 10. For regular runners that is about three or four times a year. Why not give it a go and become part of the wider ParkRun family.

Today was also pacer day so thanks also go out to:

Andy Brown, Michael Kain, Alan Power, Daniel Rees, Louise Dermott and David Gara. Their contribution undoubtedly helped some of those getting PB.

271 runners each completing 5k is equivalent to completing a relay race to Geneva. We would have achieved it in 5 days and 7 hours.

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 Stuart ROBINSON who recorded a time of 15:34 on 14th May 2016 (event number 115).

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 7,653 participants have completed 54,709 parkruns covering a total distance of 273,545 km, including 10,644 new Personal Bests. A total of 568 individuals have volunteered 5,142 times.

 

Run Report #278: 10th August 2019

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Despite the wet and gloomy weather conditions this morning, 258 parkrunner’s took to the start line at Edge Hill to run, jog or walk the course.

The bad conditions didn’t put off the superb team of volunteers, quite a few were new to volunteering today and did a fantastic job! Thank you to all of you today for once again making today’s parkrun morning possible

Peter WILKINSON • Steve HALL • Jeanne HALL • Annabelle CORLETT • Dawn CORLETT • Phil HOGAN • Peter DOLAN • Lee ANDERTON • Tracy BERRY • Susie MARRIOTT • Michele RILEY • Margaret ELLAMS • Val PARRY • Peter RENNER • Nigel GILTROW • Linamaria PINTOR-ESCOBAR • Mark DOYLE • Izobel BERRY • Margaret JONES • David READE • Joanne MCCREADY • Jamie GREENALL • Jack GREENALL • Roy MCCREADY Karen HULME • Anna HULME •

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Volunteering can be just as much fun as running so if you can’t run one week then why not volunteer instead?, more are always needed and you can earn a parkrun t-shirt for volunteering 25 times.

Looking at the results this week, 258 people ran, jogged and walked the course. Congratulations to you all. A special well done and welcome to the parkrun family for the 23 first timer’s today, it is great to see you all giving it a go and we hope you’ll be back soon for another parkrun. Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Ormskirk parkrun Results Page.

We welcomed 19 parkrun tourists/visitors, we hope you enjoyed the course.

One of the biggest achievements for any parkrunner is milestones, this weeklocal participant Rachel Yates celebrated her 100th run milestone. Congratulations to you Rachel on this fantastic personal achievement. We look forward to seeing you in your new Club 100 t-shirt soon.

Speaking personally, this weekend’s parkrun marked my 6thyear parkrun anniversary, little did I think when I turned up at Avenham Park in 2013 for my first parkrun how much parkrun would become a big part of our lives. I’ve been lucky to have attended many parkruns in many different places meeting lots of lovely, friendly people along the way.  Although every course has been different some things have remained constant, the parkrun spirit, it’s always unjudgemental and really inclusive. The parkrun family really is a very special family to be a part of soif you are thinking about giving it a go don’t be afraid to turn up, it’s not a race, you can run, walk, jog or volunteer and there are plenty of people to participate with and support you, such a great way to start the weekend!

Just like 6 years ago I can’t wait until my next parkrun, hope you are looking forward to it too!

All that is left is to remind you that it is PACER Saturday this coming weekend.

Anna

 

Run Report #277: 3rd August 2019

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Throughout West Lancashire, the North West and beyond people of all shapes and sizes had only one thing on their mind at 8.30 on Saturday morning - only 30 minutes until I run, jog or walk around the scenic delights of a hairpin, duck pond and the many other highlights which are the Ormskirk Parkrun course at Edge Hill.

They looked an odd bunch from a distance but whilst not exactly discovering the meaning of life they had stumbled upon one of the main advantages of Parkrun - Inclusivity - since Parkrun cares nothing about your size, shape, ability, colour, creed, religion, sexuality nor anything else. All are welcome regardless of whether you wish to sprint, canter, trot or walk - Parkrun is a great leveller and is open to all.

Of course, Parkrun doesn’t happen by magic. It takes a dedicated team of volunteers to put it all together and this is where inclusivity can be even more….err, inclusive. Volunteers are the creme de la creme of Parkrun. If nobody volunteered we would all be stood around waiting for a 3-2-1 Go or a poem! “What’s occurring?” Nothing!

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As a special Parkrun buddy said, “it’s a big co-production”.

Volunteering has only advantages. The tasks are easy and you’ll be shown what to do, but perhaps best of all, it’s a way to get to chat to people you wouldn’t normally speak to as they speed past you. Interestingly, you may even discover the professional looking athlete who finished in the top 3 is actually a truly decent sort - and really very human. There’s no excuse - if you feel you can’t live without your 5k fix on a Saturday morning you can volunteer then run the course and credit yourself on your profile with a Freedom Run.

All of us who are on a high after completing our run, so think of the double high you get after helping out Parkrun and doing the course when it’s quieter!

After a few days of monsoon, the day dawned bright, with a temperature of 18 degrees and a South West breeze of 12 mph.

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Today’s Run Director was a true legend of Parkrun, Mr Robbie Kiger, ably assisted by a great band of volunteers, (see below for their names). He welcomed all visitors including those from Warrington Running Club and Newcastle.

This week 356 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 73 were first timers and 50 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

First to finish today was Oliver Sutcliffe in 17.38 and first female was Katie Youp in 20.10. Congratulations to both - and to the other 354 for running, jogging, walking or pushing a buggy. Full details of all who finished with their Age Group and Percentage Figures are all on the Ormskirk Parkrun website.

The following three participants have reached significant milestones and can now claim t-shirts: Andy Brown - 50 (46 at Ormskirk); Matthew Kenny - 50 (50 at Ormskirk) and JW11-14 runner, Freya Wickstead - 10 (10 at Ormskirk).

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The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Philip DAVIDSON • Karen HULME • Anna HULME • Peter WILKINSON • Rachel YATES • Steve HALL • Jeanne HALL • Peter DOLAN • Robbie KIGER • Chris PYE • Antony BELLAMY • Tracy BERRY • Daniel BERRY • Susie MARRIOTT • Anna YATES • Sarah YATES • Peter RENNER • Nigel GILTROW • Steph HUMPHRIES • Graeme RUSSELL • Linamaria PINTOR-ESCOBAR • Izobel BERRY • Miranda STONE

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 Stuart ROBINSON who recorded a time of 15:34 on 14th May 2016 (event number 115).
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 7,571 participants have completed 54,180 Parkruns covering a total distance of 270,900 km, including 10,566 new Personal Bests. A total of 559 individuals have volunteered 5,090 times.
 

Run Report #266: 27th July 2019

 

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The temperature was mercifully down from the peaks we had earlier in the week and there was a refreshing soft rain falling gently on runners and volunteers alike.  I am sure this helped the 30 first timers at Ormskirk today, some hardy souls embarked on their very first 5k run, whilst others have run before but never previously enjoyed the pleasures of Ormskirk parkrun.

Couch to 5k is an enormously successful programme for motivating people to take up running and that was apparent today from the number of parkrunners who indicated that they, at some point, had embarked on the course.  Our own England Athletics qualified coach Tracy Berry has seen many of her couch to 5k participants 'graduate' at Ormskirk parkrun and it is right that we should offer our thanks to her for giving up her time to do this on so many occasions.

Well done to all of the 'first timers' it is an incredible step that you have taken today and we hope that it is only the start to a very enjoyable future for you in running.  You will always receive a really warm welcome here at Ormskirk parkrun and you can now consider yourself part of our running family.

The person with the highest total of parkruns to their name on our results from today is one Liam Anderson, who has run an astonishing 225 parkruns!  Liam usually runs at Croxteth and by coincidence is a 'first timer' at Ormskirk.

Parkrun, as you all know, is a run not a race and is all about setting our own personal goals etc. etc.  However, I have got to mention the flying 14 year old, Michael Henderson, who completed the course in a scintillating time of 17:54.  Michael was our first finisher today and also bagged himself a new personal best - excellent running Michael, congratulations from all of us on your new PB.  Inspirational!

As I mentioned in my briefing this morning it is equally important to come back again for a second run after you have made that initial move to begin running - and so a very well done and welcome back to all the second time runners.  Out of these runners a massive 13 managed to get round the course even faster this week and earn themselves new personal best times.  Great job - don't forget to come back next week for number 3!

In total 261 people ran, jogged and walked the course with 53 of these recording a new personal best.  Our youngest representatives to achieve new PB's ran in the junior 10 category - there were 4 of them!  Daniel, Harry, Liam and Nathan.  It was Nathan's mum's birthday, and both got PB's - HAPPY BIRTHDAY JO!

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The event was made possible by 23 volunteers, you can see their names below:  Among them were Grace who did an amazing job on scanning barcodes and her sister Erin who marshalled on Halls Avenue for us, we also had Snow White marshalling at Ruff Junction - I feel sure that you all noticed her as you ran past.  Thanks as ever to all our amazing volunteers; I hope most of you runners managed to get a high 5 and also grab a piece of cake courtesy of Rikki who ran her 150th today.

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Oliver MURPHY • Steve HANLON • Karen HULME • Peter WILKINSON • Steve HALL • Jeanne HALL • Phil HOGAN • Peter DOLAN • Tracy BERRY • Alan HULME • Vincent CREAMER • Andy BROWN • Peter RENNER • Nigel GILTROW • Graeme RUSSELL • Linamaria PINTOR-ESCOBAR • Bernice BLUNDELL • Izobel BERRY • Helen FORD • Sarah HOGAN • John HASLAM • Erin FORD • Grace FORD

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 Stuart ROBINSON who recorded a time of 15:34 on 14th May 2016 (event number 115).
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 7,498 participants have completed 53,824 parkruns covering a total distance of 269,120 km, including 10,515 new Personal Bests. A total of 557 individuals have volunteered 5,067 times.

 

Run Report #275: 20th July 2019

Ah July, the month when we put the chills of winter behind us and bask in the glorious sunshine of an English Summer. Or not, as the case may be. Apparently there is an old English proverb which reads:

“If the First of July it be rainy weather, Twill rain more or less for four weeks together”

I don’t know if it did indeed rain on 1st July but sunbeams were certainly sadly lacking this morning as 292 of us hauled ourselves out of bed trying to ignore the pouring rain and motivate ourselves to get down to Edge Hill for event number 275.

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A huge well done to all the runners who overcame the urge to remain snuggled warm and dry and to all the 27 volunteers many of whom were up much earlier than the reticent runners in order to complete the set up and ensure the smooth running of this event.

It has probably not escaped your notice that on this day in 1969 the Apollo 11 lunar module carrying Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins landed on the moon and seven hours later Aldrin and Armstrong became the first humans to walk on its surface. Who can forget the crackling words of Neil Armstrong as he descended the ladder onto the grey dust: “That’s one small leap for man, one giant leap for mankind”

It clearly took enormous bravery to take part in the Apollo missions and to journey into the unknown and we are truly in awe of the courage of all the astronauts who found it in themselves to explore the vast, cold emptiness of space.

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“Yes, but what has that got to do with parkrun?” you ask. Well sometimes we forget how hard it can be to take part in your first parkrun. You are beset by worries and doubts, uncertainty about the course, wondering what happens at the start and finish – in short you need real courage to take that first step. Today’s parkrun welcomed 49 brave new runners – well done to each and every one of you for taking your first giant leap into the world of parkrun.

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Today we welcomed the graduates of the latest Couch to 5K course and we praise them for their courage in undertaking their first ever official parkrun. We hope you loved it and that you will join us again at Edge Hill very soon (perhaps every week?). Kelly Lomax and Alan Crops posted on a Facebook parkrun site that they completed the run for the first time today at Edge Hill too and enjoyed it very much – thank you for joining us and giving us a mention - see you again very soon!

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Returning to the earlier theme of July and weather (this run report is certainly keeping you on your toes) you may wish to know that July is the seventh month of the year in the Gregorian calendar but was the fifth month according to the Romans. They called it Quintilius but it was then renamed Julius in honour of Julius Caesar. The Anglo Saxon names for the month include Heymonath (referring to haymaking) or Maed month (the flowering of meadows). I hope I was not the only parkrunner to notice the beautiful wildflowers on the verges at Edge Hill – they looked truly beautiful and brightened a dull morning no end.

The course today was damp but not too puddle-rich so the feet stayed mainly dry, fortunately. In spite of the less than perfect conditions 55 of you recorded new Personal Bests – well done to you all!

Hopefully some of these PBs were aided by our fabulous pacers today – thank you all!

A huge thank you is also due of course to the 27 amazing volunteers who made today happen –

Paul MASON • Alan POWER • Steve HANLON • Karen HULME • Adam HULME • Linda WEBSTER • Jude HANLON • Jenny JORDAN • Phil HOGAN • Mark FOSTER • Lillian HANLON • Matt COCHRANE • Jill COCHRANE • Margaret ELLAMS • Andy BROWN • Peter RENNER • Ash And Reiff (Buggymeister) GREEN • Jo ROTHERAM • Nigel GILTROW • Rachael FRACKELTON • Stuart JACKSON • Andrea CONCANNON • Mark DOYLE • Darren KAIN • Anna WILLIAMS • Miranda STONE • Anne BALDWIN

Without these wonderful people there would have been no parkrun. We are always short of volunteers at this time of year as you all go off on your jollies so if you have ever thought about helping out (and we hope you have!) then now is the time to give it a go – you will love it.

Finally this relatively regular run reporter has a tradition of choosing a Random Runner – today’s lucky person is the amazing Billy Ord who has completed an incredible 144 runs – well done to Billy who looked fantastic in his 100 t-shirt – that is certainly something to be proud of. We look forward to seeing you again at the next Ormskirk parkrun.

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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 Stuart ROBINSON who recorded a time of 15:34 on 14th May 2016 (event number 115).
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 7,468 participants have completed 53,563 parkruns covering a total distance of 267,815 km, including 10,462 new Personal Bests. A total of 552 individuals have volunteered 5,043 times.

 

 

 

 

Run Report #274: 13th July 2019

Ormskirk parkrun Event number 274 13th July 2019 – A run report

You could hear the trainers pound

As they raced across the ground

And the huffing and the puffing

As they ran round and round

Then he galloped up the zig-zag

Sweat gleaming on his chest

His name was David

And he ran the fastest parkrun in the west

 

Now in the run there was a junior

A young lady known as Sarah

She’s very fast for an under eleven

But she still ran with a carer

They said she was too quick for him

She was nifty, fast and chic

But David ran a new PB

And finished ahead this week

They call him David, David Ryding

And he ran his fastest parkrun in the west

Sarah said she’d like a new PB

Her mum said alright sweetheart

And when they’d listened to the briefing

They ambled to the start

Now this run report is plagiarised

Coz plagiarised is best

But Stavros said he wouldn’t mind

If I mentioned his nice vest[i]

Now getting back to Sarah

And her self-imposed contest

I’m pleased to say she ran her fastest parkrun in the west!!

 

So, I hope it’s clear from the above that David RYDING was first home. What isn’t clear is that Sarah “JW10” YATES was our first lady home and as well as getting a new PB Sarah also improved on the course JW10 record which now stands at 21:23.

Running out of days before her eleventh birthday Sarah subsequently went on to lower the JW10 course record at Skelmersdale junior parkrun on Sunday. I think she wants to make her mark and her parents don’t approve of graffiti.

 

In my last run report I focussed on the joy of six which gave me a chance to highlight runners who aren’t at the top of their age categories. Today I thought I’d highlight categories where there was only one participant. As it turns out there’s only one such category this week and it’s certainly worthy of a mention, VW80-84:

Step forward Norma YOUNG with a time of 34:38 only five seconds away from your PB and with an age graded score of 78.78, I’m impressed!

Whilst I’m being impressed I have to draw your attention to one of the stats below:

A total of 549 individuals have volunteered 5,016 times.

Yes, we’ve passed 5,000 instances of volunteering wonderfulness! If we take the list below as being in chronological order our 5,000th volunteer was Jeanne HALL who has won a slap up meal with, and at the expense of, our Event Director should she choose to accept it.

If you want to join Ormskirk’s happy band of volunteers you can update your parkrun preferences to receive volunteer requests and/or just keep an eye on our Facebook page for the weekly appeals. I can confirm all roles are fool proof with training provided, are greatly appreciated and roles are available which can be performed with most ‘run stopping’ injuries.

 

Nearly finally. Thank you to James FOSTER who ran for the Derek Zoolander Centre for Kids Who Can’t Run Good. Why, because your club name made me smile!

 

Finally, in summary, this week 296 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 69 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Alan POWER • Karen HULME • Jenny JORDAN • Steve HALL • Jeanne HALL • Janice SHEEL • Phil HOGAN • Caroline HENDRA • Callum COOGAN • Margaret ELLAMS • Michael LAKE • Peter RENNER • Gemma MOSS • Nigel GILTROW • Laura MOSS • Rachael FRACKELTON • Graeme RUSSELL • Carol TIDGWELL • Samantha COOGAN • Valerie DENIEUL • Sue MCMASTER

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 Stuart ROBINSON who recorded a time of 15:34 on 14th May 2016 (event number 115).
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 7,419 participants have completed 53,271 parkruns covering a total distance of 266,355 km, including 10,407 new Personal Bests. A total of 549 individuals have volunteered 5,016 times.

 

 

[i] Nice vest Stavros

 

Run Report #273: 6th July 2019

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It’s another Saturday morning in Ormskirk and whilst market stalls are being erected, streets cleaned and early morning shoppers are looking for bargains a mile or so east, Edge Hill is springing to life with lots of amazing people about to be…amazing! It’s Parkrun.

 

People start Parkrunning for many reasons - for fast times; to get fit; to exercise after both physical and mental illness or, like me, to counterbalance too much good food and wine. The reasons are immaterial however - the community to which you belong whether this is your 1st of 300th Parkrun can enhance your life.

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One of the main qualities is nobody minds if you don’t finish first - you have completed over 3 miles before lunchtime on a Saturday. You are amazing! It’s also a great leveller - the person who just overtook you could be a brain surgeon or a Big Issue seller; it doesn’t matter, nor should it.

 

In a world which seems to favour wall building and isolation the Parkrun community is the exact antithesis exemplifying encouragement and basic human kindness. May it continue to grow.

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After a few days of sunshine, the day dawned cloudy and damp with a temperature of 14 degrees and a North West breeze of 12 mph.

Today’s Run Director was Steve Hall ably assisted by a great band of volunteers, (see below for their names). For anyone who hasn’t yet had a go at the latter I cannot recommend it too highly. All the tasks are easy and it’s a good way to get chatting to people you wouldn’t normally speak to in a run as they speed past you or vice versa.

 

Steve mentioned the 24/7 Group and also wanted to send sincere best wishes to our running friend, Paul Shannon, who is currently not well. Paul has been a regular since Event Number 1 so definitely a fixture we’re missing at the moment. Today’s race will be filmed for Paul, and chums Victor and Ross will add a commentary.

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Spirit of parkrun - Paul Shannon

 

A total of 297 people ran, jogged, walked or pushed a buggy around the course of whom 37 were first timers and 76 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

 

First to finish today was Ethan Bennett in 16.45 and first female was Hannah Brookfield in 22.37. Congratulations to both - and to the other 295 for running, jogging, walking or pushing a buggy. Full details of all who finished with their Age Group and Percentage Figures are all on the Ormskirk Parkrun website.

The following four participants have reached significant milestones and can now claim t-shirts: Annabellle Corlett - 50 (43 at Ormskirk); Joanne Fenna - 50 (30 at Ormskirk); Danny Fearns - 100 (98 at Ormskirk) and Jeremy Paul Hutchins who is an infrequent but welcome visitor from Guildford where he has completed 192 out of his 250 runs and 4 here in Ormskirk.

 

Although not an official milestone, (so, sorry, no t-shirt), Well Done to Stephen Makin (& buggy) on his 300th run. Stephen is a regular visitor although he is more usually seen at Pennington Flash where he has completed 188 runs. However, Ormskirk has had the pleasure of his company 29 times including at Event No 1 on 29 March 2014 when he came….1st.

 

Finally, (Dee-Jay speak now) a quick “shout out" to erstwhile Ormskirk stalwart and all round decent sort, Anne Girdler, who completed her 250th Parkrun at Southport today. Anne was one of the first people who spoke to me back in the formative years of Parkrun at my initial attempt on 13 September 2014. I think she encouraged me! Of her runs 118 have been at Hesketh Park, 115 at Ormskirk and 17 at Kew Woods. Despite insisting she isn’t a runner Anne always has an age related score most of us can only dream about. In addition she is a top competitor on the (Southport) Badminton and Tennis circuits. Watch out Coco Gauff!!

 

That’s All Folks - Same time, same place, next week?

 

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The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Paul MASON • Paul COTTERILL • Karen HULME • Moira BURFORD • Peter WILKINSON • Michael AISBITT • Steve HALL • Jeanne HALL • Phil HOGAN • Peter DOLAN • Chris PYE • Tracy BERRY • Michael LAKE • Vincent CREAMER • Peter JORDAN • Peter RENNER • Frank EASTHAM • Lucy MAKIN • Laura MOSS • Rachael FRACKELTON • Micheal KAIN • Anna WILLIAMS

 

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 Stuart ROBINSON who recorded a time of 15:34 on 14th May 2016 (event number 115).
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 7,385 participants have completed 52,975 parkruns covering a total distance of 264,875 km, including 10,338 new Personal Bests. A total of 546 individuals have volunteered 4,995 times.

 

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