Pennington Flash parkrun Event Report 320

Pennington Flash; a wonderful location for a parkrun even in the harsh winter.  This morning would be no different, for the #320th event taking place.

Arriving at Pennington slightly earlier than usual I had opportunity to enjoy the scenery at the Flash as I made my way up to the start line.  The ducks and swans were enjoying the calm blue lake, albeit in the distance you could see the swimmers splashing through the water..quite possibly training for next week’s Iron Man.  Blue skies above, with the odd fluffy cloud also meant it would be another pleasant day; decent conditions for those motivated enough to get out of bed early on a Saturday morning!

To keep within the blue theme, today’s volunteer roster would be filled by the blue hoodies ‘n tees of Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners, with road captain Chris Bennett as the run director.   A&T are a local non elitist running club who frequently participate at the Flash and are very much a part of the parkrun community.They can be contacted via email – Christopher_bennett_9@hotmail.com.  Speaking of which, there would be no parkrun if it weren't for those people willing to give up a little time on a Saturday morning.  If you haven’t already done so yet, I would highly recommend taking the time to read about the various roles and how your contribution can help keep this event running. You don’t even need to be a runner! ...and for your efforts, after volunteering 25 times you will receive the prized Purple Volunteer tee...free of charge.  In addition to providing a full complement of volunteers, A&T also had a range of pacers running at intervals between 21 and 34 minutes, put together by Jon Hall - a great opportunity to sneak in a PB, especially in the dry and mud/puddle free conditions.

There was another good turnout at the flash with 200 participants, excluding buggies and paws. :) Visiting us today were representatives from fairly local clubs over the Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire districts but we also welcomed some from further afield.. down from the Lakes, and up from Fulham!  Please visit us again soon.  In addition, there were 25 first timers who we hope enjoyed their experience and will come again and a staggering 48 PB’s, hopefully motivated by the pacers and also the premise of Peter Worthington’s cakes!

Only one notable milestone today.. A&Ts very own Tim Campbell who reached his 100th parkrun and earned his black t-shirt. Well done! :)

..and onto the results.

Males:

1 Tony PFAFF                         Willowfield Harriers                 18:35 (7th time at the Flash)
2 Nigel HOLMES                     Prestwich AC                          18:56 (First timer!)
3 Mark COLLINS                     Astley & Tyldesley RR            19:04 (New PB!)
 

Females:
1 Lara WILSON                       Wigan & District Harriers AC   23:12 (4th time at the Flash)
2 Amanda PARTINGTON       Unattached                              23:51 (96th time at the Flash)
3 Rhona BARKER                   Swinton RC                             24:01 (New PB!)

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

26 Tony PEERS                      Leigh Harriers & AC                21:39 / VM65-69 / 78.21 %

10 Alan SMITH                        Leigh Harriers & AC                20:35 / VM55-59 / 75.95 %

02 Nigel HOLMES                   Prestwich AC                          18:56 / VM45-49 / 75.44 %

 

Thank you to our team of volunteers and pacers from A&T for making parkrun happen this week; Paul BASNETT, David BENNETT, Christopher BENNETT, Catherine BRIDES, Kay CAMPBELL, Tim CAMPBELL, Mike CARTER, Susan FLETCHER, Terry GARDINER, Phillip GRIFFITHS, Jonathan HALL, Ian HAMILTON, Rachel HASLAM, Gareth JONES, Brendan LOUGHREY, Alison MAKIN, Harvey OWEN, Emma OWEN, Matthew PERRY, Jackie PRICE, Paul ROBERTS, Louise SIMPSON, Katie TAGGART, Catherine WORSLEY, Peter WORTHINGTON, Andrew YATES

 

Refreshments
We offer refreshments after every run and we welcome everyone, runners and friends, to join us. You will find us in the cabin next to the rangers hut and picnic tables straight after the run. Please come along and join us, the drinks and biscuits are free although donations are always welcome to replenish what is needed.

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:
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Pennington Flash parkrun Event Report 315

Whilst today feels like the middle of winter, the first parkrun of June on Saturday brought dry and warm conditions. Whist it did get quite hot on the third lap, the ground and environment were good for running. It’s been an unsettling few weeks and as usual, Saturday’s event allowed a time for reflection and the opportunity to participate in a positive event for everyone.

Mr & Mrs McGlynn had arrived at the flash early and made sure the course was safe for us to enjoy before 195 of us descended. The briefing included news that George Worsley was doing his white T-shirt run (10 parkruns for youngsters) on his 11th birthday. Jamie Rockcliff was also achieving his 10th milestone and we were all super -impressed with the fact that he has done an international parkrun in Esbjerg, plus 49 junior parkruns. James Flatley celebrated 200 runs which, means he only has another 50 runs before being able to get the coveted jade green T. Well done everyone!

So we had 24 people join us for the first time on Saturday. We hope you enjoyed it and hope to see you again soon. 23 of us enjoyed a Pennington Flash parkrun PB on Saturday. Flashy PBs can be very hard to come by so they must be celebrated when they happen.

Podium positions:

Males:

1 Tim Campbell of Astley & Tyldesley in 18:49 (Tim is a FOTB on 99 runs too)
2 Matthew Woodford (J15 – 17) in 19:16
3 Brendan Loughrey of Astley & Tyldesley in 19:22 (matching his PB)

Females:

1 Olivia Stones (J15 - 17) of Leigh Harriers in 20:07
2 Amanda Partington in 23:33
3 Louise Simpson of Astley & Tyldesley in 24:07

Well done everyone who turned-up and took part :)

A very big thank you to all of our volunteers without which the event could not happen. A round of applause goes to Catherine Brides, Michelle Brown-Crowther, Joanne & Mia Carrigher-Kearns, Terry Gardiner, Kathryn Grace, Sheila Halton, Kimberley Harris, Sandy Hill, Lynn Smith, Victoria Maxfield, James McGlynn, Katie Taggart, Catherine Worsley and Andrew Yates. There are lots of available slots on the volunteer roster over the next few weeks and as we move into holiday periods it usually becomes a little sparser. Please take a look and check if you can help at all.

Finally, for many of us, parkrun has led to longer runs and even to doing a little travelling to take part in a race. Some of our more hard core regulars took this to the extreme at the weekend when they did the Comrades event. This involves going to South Africa and running approximately 55 miles in boiling hot conditions. Alternate years are ‘down’ or ‘up’ runs. This year was the ‘up’ run and some of the gang were firmly of the opinion that this would be a whole lot ‘easier’ than their experience the year before! We look forward to hearing all about it from Stuart Hamilton (Wigan Harriers), Martin Davies, James Love (Astley & Tyldesley) and Gareth Llewellyn (Flashers on Tour!).

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
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Pennington Flash parkrun Event Report 312

After a rather droughty few weeks at the flash, the rain had appeared on Friday night and had left a few puddles for us. Conditions were dull but the temperature was more palatable for running in and the forecast rain held off for us on Saturday morning. This meant another big turn-out of 211 runners at Pennington Flash parkrun this week. RD Lisa got us underway efficiently and the volunteer team ensured that everything ran smoothly, meaning that we all got to the cabin without a hitch to see what quality home bakes were on offer this week. After the luxury menu the previous week, I resigned myself to a few biscuits maybe this week but no, there was much more available including a nice carrot cake which was hand-made by regular Kate who was celebrating 150 parkruns. Whilst Kate is a regular at the flash, she is also a regular parkrun tourist and she has participated in an impressive 35 different parkruns. Did you know that if you take part in 20 different ones, you make it to a special list?

We also had ‘official’ milestone runs this week for Victoria, Brides, Gary Nichol and David Hodgkinson, who both earned their black T-shirts for completing 100 parkruns. Well done! Tim Lewis completed his 25th volunteer to earn his purple t-shirt and praise all round. Thanks Tim!!

26 first timers joined us on Saturday. The good news there is that you only need to do 9 more, if you’re a junior, or 49 more if you’re an adult in order to earn your first parkrun T-shirt. My friend, Maria, was one of the first timers and the fact that we now both run on a Saturday for ‘fun’ is quite funny, as after our first cross-country at school, we received quite a stern telling off from the PE teacher for being joint last. She told us we should be ashamed of ourselves whilst we celebrated in completing our mission of walking as much of ‘the run’ as possible. It is nice to hear that people joining us for the first time are really impressed with the set-up both of the run and the after-party hospitality.

So back to the run and the results:

Males:
1 Charlie Sharpe of Spectrum Striders in 17:58
2 Tony Pfaff of Willowfield Harriers in 18.17
3 Eric Ranson of St Helen’s Striders in 18.17

Females:
1 Jennifer Houghton of Kirby Millers AC in 21.12
2 Amanda Sterling Keighly & Craven AC 22.23
3 Cat D’Ascendis (World Record Breakers although not strictly a running club) in 21.51

Some impressive results today for our runners. Please remember though, that we also need people to volunteer so that the run can go ahead. Check the future roster and give it a try if you have never done so or not done for a while. Volunteers are also invited to pen the run report. It doesn’t take long to write a few words and I know that people enjoy a little read and reflect of the morning.

This Week’s Volunteers Were:
Helen Barber, Catherine Brides, Lesley Davidson, Trena Eldridge, Terry Errington, Terry Gardiner, Kathryn Grace, Sheila Halton, Alison Heywood, Robin Hurst, Tim Lewis, Denise Mackowiak, Olivia Mcdaid, Lisa Anne Mills, Heather Minshull, Callan Rowland, Nicola Scott and Lynn T Smith.

Finally, the Christmas party is being planned. It will take place on Saturday 16th December at the Masonic Hall in Leigh. It will be a disco and buffet format costing £15 total. Trena Eldridge has got this in hand and is collecting £5 deposits. Please speak to her if you are interested.

See you all on Saturday to do it all again.

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
Facebook
Twitter
flickr

 

Pennington Flash parkrun Event Report 311

You could feel the mounting excitement as runners gathered for the 311th staging of the Pennington Flash parkrun. Pacer Day! And that meant PBs were in the mind (if not, for some, in the legs) as Katie Taggart announced our magnificent Pacer Team of 16 - led by Callan Rowland (on his 49th run) for the speedsters on 21 minutes, through Catherine Worsley on the magic 30-minute mark, Katie herself on 32, and Andrea Lorant on 36.

Our runners set off in great spirits, the May sunshine hiding behind dense clouds, making for ideal running conditions. And we had a massive 241 finishers, led by Anthony Taylor on 17.15 – amazingly, his 63rd time at the top in 116 parkruns, his first when he finished in 5th spot back in July 2011.

Matthew Woodford came in second at 18.33 with Eric Ranson on 19.26 in third spot. Our leading lady was Horwich Harrier Ella Pendlebury on 21.25; Lara Wilson was our second female home on 22.41, Amanda Partington, on her 100th run, just behind on 22.43 – all three ladies coming in on PBs!

With our pacers in good form our wonderful runners celebrated an amazing 54 PBs, Ashley Kennedy the first PB home in 19.34.

Apart from Amanda, the 100 mark was also reached by Peter Worthington (Astley & Tyldesley RR), who hit 23.27, while Jason Denton (on his 150th) clocked 21.26. Hitting the 50-mark were Dave Courtney 25.42 and Paul Rockliffe 26.21.

We welcomed visitors from Loughborough, Stretford and Thailand. And we also welcomed 26 first timers, led by Andy Smalley (Leigh Harriers), who clocked 21.02, plus a further six first-timers at The Flash. We are delighted to see all of you and hope it’s the first of many.

Among those first timers was TV actress Zoe Molyneux, delighted with her 32.08, which will help her keep in trim for her role in Victoria, now filming a second series in Yorkshire. Zoe doubles as the young Queen in the hit drama series. She also managed to persuade her mother Dawn to come along. ‘I was so excited. It’s the first time I’ve done anything like this,’ said Dawn. ‘I ordered a pair of running shoes but they didn’t arrive in time.’

So Dawn completed her first parkrun – keeping company with tailrunner Catherine Brides - wearing a pair of decorative street boots. ‘I loved every minute of it,’ she said. ‘Everyone made us so welcome and I got a lovely cheer when I came in.’

The very essence of parkrun.

Many thanks to our amazing volunteers . . . Robert Wilson, Katie Taggart, Callan Rowland, Catherine Worsley, Andrea Lorant, Catherine Brides, Michelle Brown-Crowther, Brenda Calland, Jonathan Crowe, Jonathan Dobson, Trena Edlridge, Gary Firth, Alistair Gilbert-Crowe, Jonathan Hall, Jonathan Hill, Louise Hill, Andy Howarth, Sandra Lewis, Tim Lewis, Stuart Livesey, Denise MacKowiak, Thomas Mann, Olivia McDaid, Peter Medlicott, Paul Roberts, Brian Shaw, Michael Sidebotham, Lesley Smith, Kelly Anne Towns, Chris Wood and, err, me . . .

DAVID HODGKINSON

 

Pennington Flash parkrun Event Report 310


We’ve become a little less “routine” with the run report of late. Unfortunately at ED towers, it often comes down to a choice between filling the volunteer roster and sorting the report, meaning the report comes second. This gives a bit of a quandary, as we don’t want to increase the volunteer roles but we will be adding run report writer as a regular volunteer role. If you fancy penning a few paragraphs about the weekly goings on, then let us know.

The gap in despatches means you not be aware we have World Record Holder at the Flash. Cat D’Ascendis claimed the record fastest marathon by a gingerbread man (female) at London. Well done to Cat and all of the fellow marathon runners.

Back to the Flash, and a bright morning and cool breeze welcomed all parkrunners; ideal running conditions for our 310th parkrun event. It was one to welcome plenty of newcomers, visitors and new volunteers alike. We welcome volunteers to support and ensure that our event takes place.

There were significant "150" milestones for Sandy Hill and Michael Sidebotham as well as "200" for Jonathan Dobson - congratulations to you all. Harry Lomas earned his white t-shirt and place in the 10 club. Well done Harry.

We also celebrated a rather large milestone as Sarah Kimpton (Rother Valley) visited us to take part in her 250th parkrun. It was a privilege to welcome Sarah alongside her friends and family. Sarah planned to spend the weekend in the Manchester area with friends and chose us as an event that she hadn't taken part in before. It turned out to be quite a family celebration as her parents, Pat and Simon, set off from their home in Lincoln at 5.00am to "surprise" her at the start. The family have completed an amazing 934 parkruns between them. We hope you enjoyed your visit and that you will come back and visit us again.

Plenty of reasons to celebrate meant that there was plenty of cake and chatter down at the cabin afterwards and rumour has it that there was even some cake turned away.

The Results
William Rawson (SM20-24) of Leigh Harriers & AC, was first male over the line in 16:35. Matthew Woodford (JM15-17) was second over the line in 18:25. Callan Rowland (SM18-19) was third over the line in 18:58.

Rachel Culshaw (SW30-34) was first female over the line in 21:22. Ella Pendlebury (JW11-14) of Horwich RMI Harriers, was second over the line in 21:31. Amanda Partington (VW45-49) was third over the line in 23:02.
The first age-graded finisher was Alan Cole (VM55-59) with a grade of 79.43% for the time 20:01. William Rawson (SM20-24) was graded second with 78.59% and Alan Smith (VM55-59) was third with 76.70%.

The Volunteers
The amazing volunteers this week were: Catherine Brides, Brenda Calland, Paolo Dale, John Gallimore, Kathryn Grace, Sheila Halton, David Hodgkinson, Kate Johnson, Margaret Lythgoe, Denise Mackowiak, Olivia Mcdaid, Peter Medlicott, Tim Murphy, Tom Nixon, Lesley Smith, Katie Taggart, Laney Williams and Chris Wood.

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
Facebook
Twitter
flickr

 

Pennington Flash parkrun Event Report 306

Straight up. I have a confession to make. I’m not really a Flasher. An honorary one, yes. I’ve run the Flash three times and even have a Flasher Charlie vest. But really, truly I’m a Scrubber. My home parkrun is at Wormwood Scrubs in west London (yes, right under the shadow of the prison) but I was up in the north west this weekend for the Liverpool Half Marathon and my sister - event director Katie Taggart no less - roped me into writing this week’s run report from the eyes of a tourist. So here I am.

I love parkrun at the Flash, it’s a beautiful course - tricky with its hill three hills and mutli-terrain challenges, but stunning nonetheless - we even spotted a Great Crested Grebe on the walk up to the start. And today was perfect running weather - chilly but not too cold - as almost 200 runners joined in for the 306th Pennington Flash parkrun.

Stephen Makin kicked off proceedings as run director with the dreadful announcement that there would be no post run cake this week due to the lack of milestones, birthdays and anniversaries. Ha, ha, what a great April Fool we all thought, but no. There really was no cake. This can’t happen again, Flashers. I mean, really …

Stephen led a team of 22 volunteers including a bunch of rookie run directors in training. Thank you to each and every one of you - without your support we wouldn’t be able to host parkrun each week - your time and effort (and smiley faces) really are appreciated. If you have time and would like to volunteer, please, please do - you can see the future roster here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/penningtonflash/futureroster/ and you there are still lots of lovely vacancies available for next Saturday so get in quick.
Big welcome to our 31 first timers today - we hope you enjoyed the course and will come back and run with us again. You’re very welcome. And congratulations to the 36 parkrunners who recorded new Personal Bests.

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

Male placings:
Marc HARTLEY (SM30-34) of Barlick Fell Runners, was first over the line in 16:35 - first appearance.
Ewen MALLOCH (VM40-44) of Team Bath AC, was second over the line in 17:45 - has been first to finish on 9 previous occasions.
Callan ROWLAND (SM18-19) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:18 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Rachel CULSHAW (SW30-34) (Unattached) was first (17th overall) over the line in 21:13 - second time in 2 appearances.
Donna INCE (VW40-44) of Leigh Harriers & AC, was second (29th overall) over the line in 22:13 - has been first to finish on 8 previous occasions.
Katie VANN (JW11-14) (Unattached) was third (38th overall) over the line in 23:16 - was first to finish once before.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Marc HARTLEY (SM30-34) – 77.99% for the time 16:35 (first overall).
Ewen MALLOCH (VM40-44) – 76.90% for the time 17:45 (second overall).
Joshua HAYES (JM10) – 75.52% for the time 22:32 (32nd overall).

Happy running! And see you again soon. And if you’re ever in London - say, for the Marathon like James McGlynn - pop by Wormwood Scrubs parkrun, we’re very friendly and we have the best flapjacks in the country.

Charlie

 

Pennington Flash parkrun Event Report 305

Numbers. They really do figure so decisively in parkrun . . . 203 finishers for our 305th event, 4 degrees when we climb into the car for the trip to Pennington Flash, 17 degrees as we leave under a clear blue sky after another magnificent meeting of running friends and welcome visitors, 17.17 for our first runner home, 21.54 for our first female finisher, 11 first timers, 67 and 250 for one of our most popular Flashers, 1 hour less rest ahead of us all as the clocks Spring forward – and simply millions of midges!

After the rain and shivering temperatures of one week earlier, we were greeted by a sunny blue sky, no wind and ideal running conditions. Anthony Taylor revelled in it, coming home a full 60 seconds ahead of Willowfield Harriers’ Tony Pfaff, whose 18.17 was a PB. Teenager Callan Rowland was a superb third home, clocking 19.02 on his 45th run.

Our first female home was Laura Babynec, who clocked 21.54, just ahead of Leigh Harrier Donna Ince (22.06) with Amy Barnes clocking 24.08, her first run at The Flash but her sixth overall.

Our runners obviously enjoyed the great conditions as 32 of them hit PBs led by second-placed Tony but including Abi Savage (Belfast Running Club), who hit 26.40 on her 99th run. Also on 99 was Victoria Holme, while three runners are fast approaching their half-century - Andrew Skinner, Dave Courtney and Michael Thomas, all now on 48 – and Andrew Jonathon Beaumont is now just two short of his double-hundred.

There were 24 Flash first timers, 11 of whom were on their very first parkrun so we are happy to welcome Lewis, Rob, Maddy & Jon, Andy & Katie, Stephen, Christopher, Leyla, Naomi and Janette to our running community. We also had 12 unknowns - remember, no barcode, no time!

It was a special day for Paula Thompson, who clocked 30.15 on her 50th run – but it was an ultra-special day for James McGlynn. He celebrated his 67th birthday the previous day, and then celebrated his 250th parkrun with champagne and cake. For the record James hit 23.08 while wife Frances clocked 34.08 – and they both had plenty of support from family and friends.

The parkrun is as always grateful to our amazing volunteers . . . Jonathan Dobson, Helen Barber, Mike Bent, Michelle Brown-Crowther, Yvonne Buckley, Alan Cooper, Meg Daintith, Gary Firth, John Gallimore, Terry Gardiner, Kathryn Grace, Olivia McDaid, Paul Roberts, Laney Williams and David Hodgkinson.

Run director Jonathan Dobson called it a perfect day. We can forget the millions of meddling midges!
It goes with the territory.

DAVID HODGKINSON

 

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
Facebook
Twitter
flickr

 

Pennington Flash parkrun Event Report 302

The Blue and White Bobble Hat Invasion
Thanks to Nicola for writing this week's run report and providing more info on her club.

Last Saturday was the second Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners ‘take-over’day at Pennington Flash parkrun which, is our ‘home’ parkrun. Take-over day involves club members occupying the volunteer roles and showing the parkrun community that it’s great to be in a running club. We had such interest in helping this time that we even had enough volunteers to provide a pacing team and you couldn’t miss us in our new Hi-Viz waistcoats with numbers on our backs.

The reason running clubs are good is that it means you get to do more stuff that is like parkrun but not just on a Saturday! For more information on A&T see their website astleyrunners.co.uk or alternatively speak to one of us at parkrun next time. You are welcome to come to a training session or two for free before making any.

So back to Saturday’s parkrun. Whilst some previous rain left lots of muddy puddles, we enjoyed a lovely, sunny, spring-like morning down at the flash. This week there were 192 runners, of whom 26 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. I’d like to think that the PBs were supported via the pacing team. Personally, it was my first time as an ‘official’ pacer and I would highly recommend it. One of our members captured the morning by taking lots of photographs which, I hope you enjoy looking at. You can see them via this link.

Once the run was finished, there were lots of goodies available at the cabin and I expect that you will be well-fed again next week as we celebrate the Pennington Flash parkrun birthday. Please join us there as we turn 6 and celebrate another great year.

The results:

Male placings:

Anthony TAYLOR (VM40-44) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:47 - 57th time in 87 appearances.
Tony PFAFF (SM30-34) of Willowfield Harriers, was second over the line in 18:35.
Stephen MAKIN (VM35-39) of Wigan Phoenix, was third over the line in 19:41 - has been first to finish on 33 previous occasions.

Female placings:

Rachael FAIRCLOUGH (SW30-34) of St Helens Striders, was first (11th overall) over the line in 21:30 - 43rd time in 58 appearances.
Amanda PARTINGTON (VW45-49) (Unattached) was second (29th overall) over the line in 23:52 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Lisa MERCER (SW30-34) of Liverpool RC, was third (30th overall) over the line in 23:53.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

Anthony TAYLOR (VM40-44) was graded 77.88% for the time 17:47 (first overall).
James MCGLYNN (VM65-69) was graded 75.15% for the time 22:32 (19th overall).
Linda Ann LEYLAND (VW55-59) was graded 74.70% for the time 24:54 (40th overall).

Volunteers:

The roster can be found here if you’re curious about what you can do to support our parkrun. Email our Volunteer Co-ordinator to claim your spot and with any questions.

Thanks to this week’s volunteers:
Helen Barber, Paul Basnett, Christopher Bennett, Lynn Boylin, Catherine Brides, Tim Campbell, Mike Carter, Trena Eldridge, Joanne Gibson, Jonathan Hall, Sheila Halton, Amelie Livesey, Stuart Livesey, Kieran Lomas, James Love, Denise Mackowiak, Alison Makin, Claire Matchwick, Olivia Mcdaid, Emma Owen, Eboni Partington, Scott Priestley, Mark Riches, Paul Roberts, Nicola Scott, Louise Simpson, David Sloan, Katie Taggart, Clare Unsworth, Laney Williams and Catherine Worsley.

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:
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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.

EVENT 300
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!!

EVENT 301
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
Facebook
Twitter
flickr

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