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