Ready, Freddy, Go!
The weather watchers were curtain twitching again to see if parkrun would be taking place. Thankfully, it was a boiling four degrees and it was just the wind taking it down a notch or two out there.
One thing that does increase temperatures for the volunteers is funnel etiquette, or rather poor funnel etiquette. The results were a bit tricky this week because of funnel duckers and double crossers. This increases the time it takes to get results out, and also takes up additional time for our volunteers.
We respect everyone’s right to participate but we have two finishing rules. Please, if you cross the line, take a token and hand it in to the scanners. Secondly, only cross the line once when you are completing the run. We know people love to have support down the finish straight, but let them enter the funnel on their own. Thank you!!
We welcomed 181 runners this week, 25 of whom were first timers. We always welcome newcomers to the Flash, especially those who travelled a long way to join us. We hope to see you again soon. An amazing 43 athletes recorded personal best times. Well done to all of you. This takes our total number of PBs to 7,693.
Congratulations to Stephen Makin who completed his 200th parkrun this week. Unfortunately, Stephen hasn’t given us a results spreadsheet to plot his times vs locations vs pram runs (pram spotted this week). However, Alison did make him an amazing mud-cake, complete with splashing Flashers.
Pennington Flash parkrun Birthday
Just a note for your diary that we are 6 on 11th March. We look forward to seeing you there.
The first male was Anthony Taylor, crossing over the line in 17:42. Callan Rowland was second over the line in 19:04. He was followed by Anthony Priest who finished in 19:36.
The current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Steve Eldridge (Halifax Harriers & AC) 3699 pts.
Simon Wright (Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners) 3692 pts.
Alan Smith (Leigh Harriers & AC) 3500 pts.
The first female, and third finisher, was Louisa Thompson of Leigh Harriers & AC, who finished in 19:28. Milly Lever of Horwich RMI Harriers, was second female home in 21:51. Amanda Partington was third over the line in 23:42.
The current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Amanda Partington (Unattached) 3870 pts.
Lesley Haycocks (Unattached) 3611 pts.
Nicola Scott (Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners) 3448 pts.
The age-graded results this week are:
Anthony Taylor (VM40-44) was graded 78.25% for the time 17:42 (first overall).
Louisa Thompson (VW35-39) was graded 77.05% for the time 19:28 (third overall).
Alan Cole (VM55-59) was graded 76.26% for the time 20:51 (11th overall).
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, Mike Bent, Brenda Calland, Steve Eldridge, John Gallimore, Sheila Halton, Collette Hobson, Martin Lomas, Denise Mackowiak, Alison Makin, Lucy Makin, Thomas Mann, Peter Medlicott, Eboni Partington, Paul Roberts, Dean Shaw, Laney Williams and Chris Wood
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