Pennington Flash parkrun Event Report 300 plus 301

Matt’s Double Bill
It’s been a busy couple of weeks for me and down at the Flash so apologies I haven’t had chance to write individual reports. I’ll pretend it’s so I can present a compendium of Matt’s fortnight at the helm as RD. Thanks to him and the volunteers for a great couple of weeks’ events.

It was our triple centenary on 18th February and we celebrated, as per every 20th event, with a backwards run. With it being the “Marmite” run, I have to admit I kept the backwards bit of the event quiet. This caught a few people out, with Andy Yates in particular kicking himself when he saw the position of the start stick.

The start stick itself was a talking point, being somewhere near Ashton! Not normally known for our sarcasm, the comments were heard amongst the throng of the starting runners and I wondered if my GPS watch would have sufficient battery for the journey. All in good humour and at least we had a warm up for the bridle path hill.

As it was, the secret backwards run attracted 225 runners and 28 first timers. We always love to see first timers at the Flash, especially those who have travelled long distances to be with us. We hope you enjoyed your run and look forward to seeing you again soon. One first timer who certainly isn’t new to Flash is Lucy Makin, completing her first full parkrun at the mature old age of four! We are super proud of our mini-Makin. Well done :)

Despite starting on the A580, 29 runners secured a personal best time. Well done athletes!

The first placed male for event 300 was Robert Johnson in a cracking time of 18:49 (PB), closely followed by Alex Lewis in 18:57 (PB). Alan Cole was third with a time of 20:18.

The first placed female was Laura Brown, in her first appearance, crossing the line in 22:44. She was followed by Talia Lewis who finished with a PB of 23:43. Amanda Partington was third in 24:16.

There were some great junior milestones as Natasha Banks and Madeline Rowland earner their place in the 10 club. Well done girls!!

We did not have the best conditions for event 301, as we experienced the PF micro-climate phenomenon. This leads a parkrunner into a false sense of security at the car park, only to worry about how many layers they have on by the time they get to the start. Not a day for the new trainers as it chucked down on the course, and didn’t slow down by the time we crammed into the cabin.
Maybe it was a good job that some of the Flashers were on tour, visiting Bolton parkrun as a group for the first time. We didn’t have 20 additional berths in the brew cabin. We did have lots of treats, courtesy of the milestone achievers.

Joshua Bent completed his 10th run, earning his white t-shirt. Keith Hobson and Mark Riches completed their 50th parkruns, whilst Paul Blackshaw completed his 100th parkrun event. Alan Cole completed his 200th parkrun! No t-shirt but a great achievement. Well done everyone :)

The first male was Eric Ranson with a time of 20:12. He was closely followed by Glenn Taggart, with a time of 20:16 and first podium finish. David Pilling was third in 20:26.

The first female was Louise Simpson with a time of 24:43. Amanda Partington was second with 24:31 and Katie Sanderson was third with 25:54.

In total there were 153 parkrunners taking part, 28 of whom were first timers. There was another amazing personal best tally with 29 athletes improving on their times. This takes our total number of PBs to 7,752.

Future Events
This week there is another running club takeover, as Astley & Tyldesley runners take over the roster to stage the event. Why not wear something blue and come down to say hi?

On 11th March we have our 6th anniversary! Come and see what amazing prizes we conjure up for this year’s certificate winners. There’s sure to be a great crowd and bumper treat table to celebrate.

The Volunteers
The amazing volunteers for event 300 were: Helen Barber, Mike Bent, Jeff Dobson, John Gallimore, Kathryn Grace, Sheila Halton, Anthony Hill, Jonathan Hill, Matthew Kearns, Martin Lomas, Lucy Makin, Alison Makin, Thomas Mann, Olivia Mcdaid, Paul Roberts and Laney Williams.

The heroes for event 301 were: Michael Bannister, Helen Barber, Mike Bent, Catherine Brides, Gary Firth, Terry Gardiner, Kathryn Grace, Sheila Halton, Anthony Hill, Collette Hobson, Matthew Kearns, Alison Makin, Olivia Mcdaid, Eboni Partington, Paul Roberts, Harvey Whittington and Laney Williams.

The FUTURE ROSTER can be found here if you’re curious about what you can do. Email our Volunteer Co-ordinator with any questions.

Thanks for your participation and support!

The Pennington Flash parkrun Team

The Important Stuff
NO BARCODE = NO RESULT Do your paper barcodes get a bit soggy? You can order authorised barcode tags.
Headphones – please use only one earpiece so you can hear the marshals
Kids – children aged 11 and under must run with an adult
Dogs – please keep them on a lead and under control
Volunteers – please be at the start by 08:45 so we can brief you

Find us on:
Email: Alison Makin and Katie Taggart, Event Directors