There have been ten events since I wrote the run report for Peel’s very first parkrun in the middle of September and the event is really beginning to blossom, in stark contrast to the park itself. Although it is still looking beautiful in the warm colours of autumn.
In total, including the event of 11th September, there have been 1,889 individual finishers, with an average of almost 275 finishers per week and a total of 3,024 parkruns completed around the park including a wonderful 414 PB’s, with an incredible 155 people who have volunteered.
At Peel parkrun’s 11th event on Saturday 20th November, there were 10 runners taking part in their very first parkrun and enjoying a lovely morning along the banks of the River Irwell, making up a total of 341 runners and walkers taking part through the colourful autumn leaves that carpeted the course.
Tia and I were at marshal point 2 and I don’t think she stopped barking (encouraging the runners and walkers) the entire time we were in position; like most of us she much prefers to run or walk but it’s good to give up a run and volunteer from time to time. There are several roles which don’t involve giving up a run or walk; for example, setting up the course or helping pack away, writing the run report, tail walking and for the speedsters amongst us, barcode scanning after you’ve whizzed round. If every parkrunner could volunteer 3 or 4 times each year it would make the life of the core team much easier. These days parkrun volunteers can claim t-shirts in the same way as runners can (don’t tell Tia). This week’s volunteers, aka hi-viz heroes, were:
Adrian MARSH • Andrew BOWLER • Angela PRADENA • Fedra ZARIBAF • Fionn MACNAMARA • Gabrielle NESBIT • Graham CAMERON • Hilary HARRISON • Jack GARTLAN • Jacqueline STACK • Keith MERCER • Lenka FRISTIKOVA • Martyn WILLCOCK • Matthew BALDWIN • Michelle STEER • Naomi JESSE • Niamh BRADLEY • Rebecca BALDWIN • Richard TANDY • Ruth ALLERTON • Scarlett ASH • Stuart GARNETT • Sudipta MOORE • Sue PORTER • Susan GLOVER • Tom ALLERTON
and we thank them for their time, as it would not be possible to run events without our volunteers. See our volunteer page for additional information on how you can get involved.
This week’s first finisher was first timer, Isaac MCKENNA in a fast time of 17:26. That’s his fastest parkrun of the 41 he’s run to date, a big well done Isaac!
First female to finish was the remarkable junior runner Beatrix SOPER who finished just outside her Peel parkrun PB in a time of 19:05. She is one of only 4 female parkrunners to run sub 20 at Peel and the only one to have done it more than once, finishing sub-20 in each of her 3 runs here. Beatrix didn’t get a PB this week, but she did achieve the highest age category percentage with 89.43%. I’m sure it won’t be long before she is right at the top of Peel’s age category records, currently she is 2nd. Inspirational running Beatrix.
Beatrix runs for Salford Metropolitan AC, one of 55 clubs represented at this week’s event. Most of those clubs are from Salford and our close neighbour Manchester as well as around Greater Manchester but it is always good to see visitors from across the country, one such this week was Emma SHAW of Worksop Harriers who travelled from the East Midlands to celebrate her 150th parkrun with us. Although a nice round number 150 doesn’t classify Emma for a parkrun milestone T-Shirt; those are awarded for 25, 50, 100, 250 and 500 parkruns and the same for volunteers. Junior parkruns also qualify for a milestone T-Shirt after their 10th parkrun.
Several runners did earn milestone t-shirts today. Callum MCCABE and Claire PRESCOTT both completed their 50th parkrun and are eligible to wear the red; Lee OGDEN, Wendy GALLIMORE and Tony COYNE all chose Peel to run their 100th parkrun and are now able to claim the black t-shirt. For details of how to claim check your parkrun profile. From 1 September 2021 parkrun introduced a charge for milestone t-shirts, covering the cost of manufacture distribution. The price of a milestone t-shirt, £15, is the same for every parkrunner worldwide and covers costs of production, storage, and shipping.
As in the previous events Peel has played host to lots of first timers, this week among our field of 341 finishers there were 183 first timers. We welcomed several regulars from Heaton Park which is, as the crow flies, just a parkrun (3.1 miles) away from Peel Park.
With only an average of 1.6 finishes per finisher at Peel, repeat runners are, so far, relatively few but, of those who returned to Peel for at least their second run, 17 parkrunners were rewarded with a PB. Special mention to Sudipta MOORE who equalled, without surpassing, her Peel parkrun PB and earned a volunteer credit. Great work.
Afterwards when everything is packed away in the wheelie bin it was lovely to enjoy a coffee and a bacon sandwich in the Atmosphere Café in the Student Union building. Brilliant to see a few parkrunners beginning to find their way over there too.
Come and enjoy some well earned breakfast at the Atmosphere Cafe in the Student Union building.
Come and join our team of volunteers and make some new friends and enjoy a coffee afterwords too!
See our volunteer page for information on how you can get involved. See you all next week at The Veggie Man!
The Veggie Man