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.
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!)
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
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