Pennington Flash parkrun Event Report 303

Happy birthday to us!
We celebrated our 6th birthday at Pennington Flash this week. Runners and volunteers showed us their milestone t-shirts, and got their numbers on show demonstrating just how much our runners have achieved in the last six years.

We added to the milestone t-shirts as well with four new milestones. Adam Mills and Alex Lewis earned their place in the 50 club, whilst Phil Rowen and Will Earl completed their 100th runs at the Flash. Well done everyone.

We had a big number of our own with 269 parkrunners completing the event and earning us a course record. This is a huge number and we’d like to thank you all for being part of our 6th year. We also had 32 first timers; we hope you enjoyed your run and that you’ll be back to see us again soon. One parkrunner who must come back is Marc Hartley. He led the field early on but then mysteriously disappeared. A few runners asked me what had happened and I had no idea! Marc messaged us to confirm there was no alien antics, just a case of missing a turn. Come back soon Marc.

We always head back to the cabin after parkrun for a brew and a snack, but some people just could not wait. Taking their pies to enjoy on Sheila’s corner, some of the Flashers refuelled the Wigan way! For those of you wondering about the success of this strategy, there is a direct correlation between eating a pie part way through parkrun and not achieving a PB. 47 non-pie-eating athletes did record personal best times taking our total to 7.838. Well done!!

After the run, we headed back to the Flashers’ cabin for the traditional cakes, biscuits and birthday prizes. One runner pleased to be getting back to cabin intact was Cat D’Ascendis. Cat is training for a world record marathon attempt, dressed as a gingerbread woman. Glad to see she brought actual gingerbreads in case we got tempted….

The full run down of the winners is:
1st placed female – Amanda Partington
2nd placed female – Lesley Haycocks
3rd placed female – Nicola Scott
1st placed male – Steve Eldridge
2nd placed male – Simon Wright
3rd placed male – Alan Smith
Junior parkrunner of the year – Rachel Sidebotham
Female volunteer of the year – Kathryn Grace
Male volunteer of the year – Harvey Whittington
Newcomer of the year – Stuart Livesey
parkrunner of the year – Callan Rowland

Unfortunately, Callan was working on Saturday so he missed picking up the trophy. Don’t worry Callan, we are sure that your “dad” will easily part with it when the time comes this week. Seriously, we chose Callan for his positive outlook, support of other parkrunners and general parkrun joy. Callan and the rest of the Flashers make our parkrun what it is – super friendly, accessible and supportive. We’re looking forward to whatever our 7th year brings and thanks for being part of it.

The Results
Anthony Taylor was first male over the line in 18:02. Tony Pfaff of Willowfield Harriers, was second over the line in 18:23. Alex Lewis of Warrington Running Club, was third over the line in 18:42.

Amanda Partington was first female home in 23:56. Lisa Bolton of Red Rose Road Runners, was second over the line in 24:00. Cat D’Ascendis was third over the line in 25:01.

The first age-graded finisher was Alan Cole (VM55-59) with 79.24% for the time 20:04. Anthony Taylor (VM40-44) was second with 76.80% and James McGlynn (VM65-69) was third with 76.22%.

The Volunteers
The amazing volunteers this week were: Helen Barber, Mike Bent, John Gallimore, Kathryn Grace, Sheila Halton, Anthony Hill, Alison Makin, Olivia McDaid, Lisa Anne Mills, Michael Sidebotham, Isaac Taggart, Jacqui Taylor, Aimee-Louise Tinsley 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