Pennington Flash parkrun Event Report 299

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 Results
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).

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, 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

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Pennington Flash parkrun Event Report 298

Who are you calling over the hill?
A chilly February morning at the Flash didn’t deter 160 runners from completing Pennington Flash parkrun. There were 18 first timers we welcomed to the gentle hills for the first time. We love to see new faces at the Flash and hope you’ll join us again soon. 21 runners recorded new personal best times taking our overall total to 7,650. Congratulations athletes!

Thanks to Phil and the volunteers who braved the cold for us – always appreciated but never more so than on a day like this. Phil had borrowed Bob Monkhouse’s joke book for his briefing but after a long week, I can’t remember any of the gags. I’d record it next time but I am a bit worried he’d start to charge commission.

There were some great milestones this week. Congratulations to David Bennett and Karen Bent who achieved 150 parkruns. Well done to both of you. Tanya Hancock and Sue Workman completed their 50th parkrun to earn their red t-shirts. Congratulations!

There were some great celebratory treats in the cabin but a special request from Pete, no chocolate cake this week!

The Results
Ben McLaughlin (JM11-14) of Leigh Harriers & AC, was first over the line in 18:31. He was followed by Phil Rowen of Lymm Runners, who was second with a time of 20:13. Stuart Livesey of Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners, was third over the line in 20:26.

In the men's points table, the standings are:
Simon Wright (Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners) 3614 pts.
Steve Eldridge (Halifax Harriers & AC) 3599 pts.
Alan Smith (Leigh Harriers & AC) 3411 pts.

The first female was Louise Simpson of Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners, was first over the line in 24:12. Amanda Partington was second over the line in 24:44. Maria Merry was third in a time of 26:19.

In the women’s points table, the top three places are:
Amanda Partington 3772 pts.
Lesley Haycocks 3528 pts.
Nicola Scott (Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners) 3359 pts.

The first age-graded finisher was Alan Cole (VM55-59) who was graded 77.31% for the time 20:34. Ben McLaughlin (JM11-14) was second with a grade of 76.60% for the time 18:31 and Simon Wright (VM60-64) was third with a grade of 72.22% for the time 22:12.

The Volunteers
The amazing volunteers this week were: Michael Bannister, Mike Bent, Brenda Calland, Lesley Davidson, Diane Denney, Trena Eldridge, John Gallimore, Terry Gardiner, Sheila Halton, Phillip Harrison, Martin Lomas, Alison Makin, Alison Medlicott, Emma Owen, Michaela Shaw, Katie Taggart, Laney Williams and Hannah Workman.

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

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Pennington Flash parkrun Event Report 297

Dog Assisted?
So, I’m sitting here thinking of what to write about this week. Weather was pretty rubbish with rain and wind, no change there. There were icy puddles everywhere, no change there. RD, Rob, and his merry band of volunteers put on a great event, no change there either. We had a brew and lovely homemade cake (or a Viscount), also not unusual.

And then I remembered I ran with a dog for the first time (on a fixed short length lead of course). The dog was my sister’s young cockerpoo, Oscar. When he ran, he dragged me around close to PB pace. This was fine on the flat but scary on the hills. When stopped, it was with a jolt right in front of me. Maybe to pick up a plastic bottle, maybe to say hi to another dog, at other times just because. The reflexes and stomach muscles definitely got a workout on Saturday. Hats off to anyone who runs with their furry friend, because it was pretty hairy at times. And sorry to anyone who was close enough to hear my “relieved” language at the finish!

We welcomed 128 runners this week, 18 of whom were first timers. We always welcome newcomers to the Flash and we hope you enjoyed your run. 11 athletes recorded personal best times. Well done to all of you. This takes our total number of PBs to 7,629.

There were two great milestones this week. Well done to Garry Dutton and Stephen Harrison who completed their 100th runs. Congratulations guys! Garry possibly wins the prize for the most time “on the brink” of a milestone, having completed his 99th run back in August. We’re please you finally made it.

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 Results
The first male was Robert Johnson Honey Badger Gym, crossing the line in 19:05 for his first top place finish at the Flash. Right behind him was Tony Pfaff of Willowfield Harriers, was second over the line in 19:08. Tom Footitt of Hook Norton Harriers, was third over the line in 19:40.

The current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Simon Wright (Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners) 3526 pts.
Steve Eldridge (Halifax Harriers & AC) 3516 pts.
Alan Smith (Leigh Harriers & AC) 3318 pts.

The first female was Angela Allen, with a time of 22:16. Kelly Anne Towns of Wigan & District Harriers & AC, was second over the line in 23:47. Louise Simpson of Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners, was third female home in 25:03.

The current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Amanda PARTINGTON (Unattached) 3673 pts.
Lesley HAYCOCKS (Unattached) 3436 pts.
Nicola SCOTT (Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners) 3264 pts.

The first placed runner in the age-graded results was Angela Allen (VW45-49) with a grade of 74.40%. Alan Cole (VM55-59) was second with a grade of 74.13% and David Pollitt was third with 69.91%.

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:
Mike Amberry, Helen Barber, Mike Bent, Jonathan Crowe, Diane Denney, Gary Firth, Terry Gardiner, Alistair Gilbert-Crowe, Sheila Halton, David Hodgkinson, Jan Kendall, Martin Lomas, Alison Makin, Lesley Smith, Laney Williams, Robert Wilson and Sue Workman.
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

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Pennington Flash parkrun Event Report 296

Freezer a Jolly Good Fellow
There was a chill wind at the Flash as the birthday boy delivered his briefing. Big thank you to Stephen for giving up his birthday morning to be run director, and many happy returns. Another hero who will soon have his purple tee is Mike Bent, who reached 25 volunteers this week. Thanks Mike.

We welcomed 190 runners this week, 35 of whom were first timers. We always welcome newcomers to the Flash and we hope you enjoyed your run. The ice baths and cold wind across the top of the course provided a challenge this week, but 22 athletes still recorded personal best times. Well done all. One 2017 newcomer who came back this week and scored a PB, Aimee-Louise, gave us some great feedback saying “Absolutely brilliant run and atmosphere. The fact people going past you are telling you well done and not to give up gives you a massive boost and really does keep you going. The volunteers are all lovely too :-)”” We think so as well – we’re not modest.

There were milestones galore and lots of cake – very important for zero degree refuelling. Natasha Banks completed her 10th parkrun to earn her white t-shirt. Great work! We also had two ladies completing their 150th runs, Nicola Scott and Janet Sidebotham. Well done to you both 

Panic set in at parkrun HQ later in the day as it seemed like the age-graded record had fallen, and fallen to an unaccompanied junior! Thankfully, there was a ringer in 13th place, unlucky for some, as Ronnie Irwin had brought his daughter’s barcode. Order has been restored and now we say, don’t forget your own barcode #DFYOB

The Results
The first male was Anthony Taylor, cross the line in 17:50 for his 55th first place in 85 appearances. Phil Rowen of Lymm Runners, was second over the line in 20:02. Eric Ranson of St Helens Striders, was third over the line in 20:46.

The current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Simon Wright (Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners) 3444 pts.
Steve Eldridge (Halifax Harriers & AC) 3429 pts.
Alan Smith (Leigh Harriers & AC) 3318 pts.

The first female was Amanda Partington, crossing the line in 24:27. Rachel Sidebotham of Wigan & District Harriers & AC, was second to finish in 25:14. Kate Johnson of Spectrum Striders RC, was third with a time of 25:46.

The current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Amanda Partington (Unattached) 3576 pts.
Lesley Haycocks (Unattached) 3348 pts.
Nicola Scott (Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners) 3170 pts

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, Mike Bent, Michelle Brown-Crowther, John Gallimore, Terry Gardiner, Kathryn Grace, Sheila Halton, Collette Hobson, David Hodgkinson, Jan Kendall, Martin Lomas, Denise Mackowiak, Stephen Makin, Alison Makin, Michael Partington, Caroline Shevelan, John Shevelan and Laney Williams.

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

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Pennington Flash parkrun Event Report 295

What Lurks?
As the mists unfurled across the fields.... Oh, I can't keep that up! Well done to the 193 parkrunners who turned out in the foggy conditions this week to complete Pennington Flash parkrun. Fog is particularly difficult to run in, being damp on the lungs and spoiling the views of the Flash. The ground was also particularly squishy, so great that 10 personal best times were recorded. Good work athletes!

We also had a bumper week for volunteers! Nothing cheers us up like not having to send out begging emails on a Friday. Thanks to everyone who stood out on the foggy fields for us, and thanks to those who have helped to fill up next week’s roster too. We hope you will continue to come forward during the coming weeks!

There were a brilliant 10 first-timers this week. We love to welcome first timers to the Flash, and we hope to see you again soon. Our heart does go out to the lady who finished in position 24 and declared to her brother that was her lap done! He confiscated her token and told her there were two more laps. Unfortunately, she headed off to the car park by mistake so is yet to clock up number one (that’s parkruns, not laps).

Lots to celebrate in the milestones this week. Joining the 10 Club is Abigail Hill. Gary Firth completed his 50th parkrun with us, and Lesley Haycocks earned her black t-shirt completing her 100th parkrun. Well done to everyone!!

We also had super volunteer, Harvey Whittington, completing his 25th parkrun. Thanks for your support Harvey. It’s great to have you on the team.

The Results
The first male was Anthony Taylor, who was first over the line in 17:46. William Rawson of Leigh Harriers & AC, was second over the line in 18:05. Robert Johnson was third over the line in 19:07.

In the men's points table, the standings are:
Simon Wright (Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners) 3444 pts.
Steve Eldridge (Halifax Harriers & AC) 3339 pts.
Alan Smith (Leigh Harriers & AC) 3227 pts.

The first female was Suzanna Wild, who was first over the line in 24:09. Amanda Partington was second lady home in 24:25. Ella Dudley was third to finish in 26:17.

In the women’s points table, the top three places are:
Amanda Partington (Unattached) 3476 pts.
Lesley Haycocks (Unattached) 3263 pts.
Nicola Scott (Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners) 3077 pts.

The first age-graded finisher was Anthony Taylor (VM40-44) who was graded 77.95% for the time 17:46 (first overall). Alan Cole (VM55-59) was second with a grade of 75.83% and James McGlynn (VM65-69) was third with 75.43%.

The Volunteers
The amazing volunteers this week were: Helen Barber, Mikey Bent, Joanne Carrighar-Kearns, John Gallimore, Terry Gardiner, Kathryn Grace, Sheila Halton, Matthew Kearns, Amelie Livesey, Martin Lomas, Alison Makin, Michael Partington, Michael Sidebotham, Katie Taggart, Harvey Whittington, Laney Williams and Darren Williamson.

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:
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Pennington Flash parkrun Event Reports 293 and 294

Happy new year to all parkrunners! It was such a busy weekend, I don’t really know where to start  However many parkruns you did (or even if you just had a rest), we hope you had a great start to 2017.

We held events at Pennington Flash on new year’s eve and new year’s day. Massive thanks to Lisa Mills who was run director for both events. She also completed her 25th volunteer this weekend. A great milestone to achieve (and she managed to keep it quiet as well).

There were 146 runners joining Lisa at the Flash for the new year’s eve event. The conditions were quite kind, although the course was wet and muddy for the whole weekend. It was a great day for Warrington AC, who claimed the first three male positions. Nick Jones was first male home in 16:30, followed by Joseph Buckley in 17:30 and Jordan Jones in 17:45.

For the females, the celebrations started early for Charlotte Anne Mackey who was first female with a time of 23:11. She was followed by Kylie Maguire in 23:16 and Louise Simpson in third place with 25:05.

There were 8 first timers on New Year’s Day and 7 personal best times were achieved. Well done to everyone! We also had two unofficial milestones as Mark Oliver completed his 150th run with us, normally running at Banstead parkrun. Rachel Sidebotham, a more familiar face, also completed her 150th run this weekend.

The new year’s day event started at 10:30am, which meant there was time to attend an earlier event. NYD is the only day on which runners can record two runs. Some great statto has cross-referenced the attendances and showed that we had 7 runners come over from Stretford, 58 from St. Helens and 38 from Haigh Hall. We hope you enjoyed the challenge of two runs, and if you were one of the 65 first timers, we look forward to seeing you again soon! It was nice to see the onesies and pyjamas in action, and I hope you wore them at Stretford and Haigh beforehand. St. Helens also had a onesie event, so not so many questions to answer.
(I must point out that Stephen Makin is the stats geek among the crew.)

The Livesey family lived up to their lively reputation as they were replaced by a herd of dinos / dragons / reptiles for the day. Other runners had much more poise and class, although rumours of a millionaire playboy attending the Flash were unfounded.

There were plenty of milestones to celebrate as Georgia Lee completed her 10th parkrun, whilst Andrea Harrison and Martin Davies completed their 100th parkruns! What a great way to start the year. Martin finished the year with a marathon, definitely earning a slice of cake from the flatbed truck after the run  Any resolutions some of the Flashers had were left firmly at the car park gates as the usual feast took place with flasks of tea and coffee. Thanks to James for providing the table!

The first male of the calendar year was Matthew Crehan, with a time of 17:08. Tim Campbell was second in 19:00, followed by Neil Catchlove in 19:10.

The first female of 2017 was Laura Riches (second overall) in a time of 18:24. Rebecca Louise Mills was second female to finish in 22:30. Whilst Rebecca Pollitt was third in 24:13.

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.

MASSIVE THANKS to this week’s volunteers who gave up their new year holiday to help us. Our superstaer team were:
NYE: Helen Barber, John Gallimore, Kathryn Grace, Andy Greenhalgh, Sheila Halton, Louise Hill, Sandy Hill, Jonathan Hill, Lynn J Smith, Martin Lomas, Denise Mackowiak, Alison Makin, Lisa Anne Mills, Katie Taggart, Harvey Whittington, Laney Williams and Andrew Yates.

NYD: Brenda Calland, Martin Davies, Amanda Davies, John Gallimore, Sheila Halton, Matthew Kearns, Martin Lomas, Denise Mackowiak, Victoria Maxfield, Lisa Anne Mills, Anna Morgan, Jo Riches, Michaela Shaw and Harvey Whittington

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 292

The festive spirit arrived at Pennington Flash on Saturday with a sackful of Father Christmases, a herd of reindeer, a sprinkle of elves and even a giraffe. We didn’t think there was one at the nativity either, but who can be sure?

There were some milestones to celebrate before we jingled away. Lesley Davidson completed her 100th parkrun and her 100th at the Flash to earn her place in the 100 club. Jonathan Hill completed his 10th parkrun to earn his white t-shirt. Paul Basnett completed his 150th parkrun and most importantly, beat Ian again. Well done to all of you.

On the other side of the globe, Rob Wilson completed his 200th parkrun on Christmas day at Main Beach parkrun. Well done Rob. Looking forward to some cake in January on your 150th Flash run.

There were 199 runners completing the Pennington Flash parkrun this week. There might have been 200 but one runner forgot their trainers. Well, not so much forgot their trainers but didn’t want to get their nice clean ones dirty. We won’t name names, but Lydia’s dad was very disappointed in her!

We reached a milestone as well when Catherine Worsley became the 40,000 finisher at the Flash. It’s an amazing benchmark and we’d like to thank everyone who participates and makes our event so welcoming, supportive and enjoyable.

There were 25 first timers joining us for the run and 8 personal best times recorded. Great in the cold and windy conditions.

New Year Plans
We are on as normal on New Year’s Eve (Saturday) at 9am.

New Year’s Day we are starting at 10:30am. Check the Christmas compendium for details of other runs if you want to record two runs. We will be gathering around James’ truck in the car park afterwards for a cuppa and a slice of cake so bring a flask as the cabin will be unavailable.

The Results
Ewen Malloch of Team Bath AC, was first over the line in 17:50.
William Rawson of Leigh Harriers & AC, finished second and just three seconds behind Ewen with a time of 17:53. Tim Campbell of Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners, was third over the line in 19:03.

In the men's points table, the standings are:
Simon Wright (Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners) 3274 pts.
Alan SMITH (Leigh Harriers & AC) 3227 pts.
Steve ELDRIDGE (Halifax Harriers & AC) 3102 pts.

Laura Riches of Leigh Harriers & AC, was first over the line in 19:15. Angela Oldham of East Cheshire Harriers & Tameside AC, was second to finish in 23:28.
Olivia Hetreed of Egdon Heath Harriers, was third over the line in 24:18.

In the women’s points table, the top three places are:
Amanda Partington (Unattached) 3193 pts.
Nicola Scott (Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners) 3077 pts.
Lesley Haycocks (Unattached) 3018 pts.

The first age-graded finisher was Angela Oldham (VW60-64) who was graded 86.36% for the time 23:28. Laura Riches (SW20-24) was second with a grade of 76.88% and Ewen Malloch (VM40-44) was third with a grade of 76.54%.

The Volunteers
The amazing volunteers this week were: Trena Eldridge, John Gallimore, Terry Gardiner, Andy Greenhalgh, Sheila Halton, Sandy Hill, Matthew Kearns, Martin Lomas, Denise Mackowiak, Stephen Makin, Alison Makin, Lizzy Nugent, Michaela Shaw, John Shevelan, Lydia Sidebotham, Isaac Taggart, Katie Taggart and Harvey Whittington.

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
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Pennington Flash parkrun Event Report 291

It was a misty journey to Pennington Flash, more suited to hallowe’en than Christmas, and 115 parkrunners appeared from out of the fog to complete parkrun. James welcomed 3 first-timers. We hope you enjoyed your run and will be back soon. 12 runners achieved personal best times which takes our total to 7,562. Congratulations athletes!

Harvey Owen completed his 10th parkrun this week to earn his white t-shirt. Well done Harvey!

Lynn J Smith joined the 50 club with her 50th parkrun and 35th at the Flash. Congratulations!

Lucy Makin has now completed 100 parkruns in the buggy! Well done Lucy and we are looking forward to you completing parkruns under your own steam.

There was a surfeit of cake down in the cabin, with Lucy gracing her own range of cupcakes. We must say, if these unofficial milestones lead to more cake we’re sold. Let’s hope Ted Dobson and James Makin are counting their efforts :)

Don't forget your RED HATS for Christmas Eve, or any Christmas get-up really. We'll have some treats for you, you just need your barcode.

The Results
The first male was Anthony Taylor, who crossed the line in 17:41. Daniel E F Mann of Dulwich Runners AC, was second over the line in 18:09. Jacob Briscoe of Leigh Harriers & AC, was third over the line in 18:15.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Alan Smith (Leigh Harriers & AC) 3227 pts.
Simon Wright (Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners) 3187 pts.
Steve ELDRIDGE (Halifax Harriers & AC) 3037 pts.

The first female was Charlotte Anne Mackey who crossed the line in 21:47 for her first top finish. Kylie Maguire of St Helens Striders, was second over the line in 24:02. She was followed by Louise Simpson of Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners, with a time of 24:07.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Amanda Partington 3100 pts.
Nicola Scott (Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners) 2988 pts.
Lesley Haycocks 2944 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Anthony Taylor (VM40-44) was graded 78.32% for the time 17:41 (first overall).
Alan Cole (VM55-59) was graded 78.05% for the time 20:12 (4th overall).
Alan Smith (VM55-59) was graded 75.22% for the time 20:47 (7th 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.

This week’s volunteers were: Helen Barber, Mike Carter, Trena Eldridge, John Gallimore, Terry Gardiner, Kathryn Grace, Jonathan Hall, Sheila Halton, Louise Hill, Jonathan Hill, David Hodgkinson, Matthew Kearns, Denise Mackowiak, Alison Makin, James Mcglynn, Angela Pike, Harvey Whittington 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:
Email: Alison Makin and Katie Taggart, Event Directors
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Pennington Flash parkrun Event Report 290

The conditions were mild and calm for the pacer event, but there was a misting hanging low over the Flash making the air a bit thick for running. Paolo gathered the pacers and parkrunners around at the start and we thanked John Gallimore for volunteering 100 times! It’s an amazing milestone and we really value John’s contribution to Pennington Flash parkrun.

There was also an unofficial milestone as Shirley Holden reached 150 parkruns. Well done Shirley!

Flasher on the brink special as our Lucy Makin is on 99 parkruns in a pram. Cleverly timed as she will soon be able to have a barcode in her own right so will not be sitting in that pram for long. Although she might have been glad to get back in after getting close to the mud on Saturday.

Seems a good point to mention that Skelmersdale Junior parkrun starts on Sunday 18th December. Check out their website for information.

Thanks to all of our pacers for a brilliant event and a special mention to Andy who I roped in at the last minute. It was great to see pacers for 20 – 36 minutes out there and the Flashers achieved 19 personal best times this week. This is not a record, but a very high percentage of the 133 parkrunners taking part.

It’s not a competition or anything (at least when the Dobsons are not around) but here are the “results”:

  • Callan Rowland – 19:55
  • Stuart Livesey – 22:00
  • Daniel Bolton – 23:48
  • Tim Lewis – 25:56
  • Gary Firth – 27:38
  • Brian Shaw – 29:47
  • Andy Greenhalgh – 31:45
  • Andrea Lorant – 34:05
  • Lisa Mills – 35:54

The Results
The first male was our regular tourist, Ewen Mallock of Team Bath AC, who was first over the line in 17:54. Lukas James Ranicar was second over the line in 19:19. Matthew Concannon was third over the line in 19:44.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Alan Smith (Leigh Harriers & AC) 3133 pts.
Simon Wright (Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners) 3099 pts.
Steve Eldridge (Halifax Harriers & AC) 2951 pts.

The first female was Suzanna Wild was first over the line in 24:16. Louise Simpson of Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners, was second over the line in 24:28. Amanda Partington was third over the line in 24:44.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Amanda Partington (Unattached) 3004 pts.
Nicola Scott (Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners) 2895 pts.
Lesley Haycocks (Unattached) 2856 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Alan Cole (VM55-59) was graded 77.99% for the time 20:13 (7th overall).
James McGlynn (VM65-69) was graded 77.68% for the time 21:48 (21st overall).
Alan Smith (VM55-59) was graded 77.14% for the time 20:16 (8th 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.

This week’s volunteers were: Vincent Alcock, Helen Barber, Daniel Bolton, Adrian Bullock, Joanne Carrighar-Kearns, Mia Carrighar-Kearns, Paolo Dale, Diane Denney, Gary Firth, John Gallimore, Terry Gardiner, Kathryn Grace, Andy Greenhalgh, Andy Howarth, Matthew Kearns, Tim Lewis, Amelie Livesey, Stuart Livesey, Andrea Lorant, Denise Mackowiak, Alison Makin, Lisa Anne Mills, Callan Rowland, Brian Shaw, Harvey Whittington and Laney Williams.

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

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Pennington Flash parkrun Event Report 289

An Offer Not To Be Missed!

It was something of a quiet week at Pennington Flash for parkrun Number 289. After the vast array of milestone achievements the week previous the first Saturday in December (this year has passed quickly!) greeted us with some kind weather from above, but a day (volunteering) on which two pairs of socks a must (glad one pair were thermal!). The going out on the course was good to soft (very soft in the usual places) and 146 sturdy souls congregated on the start line.

Whilst out walking the course before events proceeded I thought is it just me or is the hill climbing up to Sheila’s Corner getting Steeper or are my legs getting Shorter? (Probably my legs – age related no doubt!). Glad I only walked it once!

Back to Running Matters

Callan Rowland (PB), Lukas Ranicak & Eric Ranson were our first three male finishers with Donna Ince pipping Rachel Pollit (PB) (Photo Finish Required!) and Emma Owen (PB) complementing the top three ladies.

Top Age Graders Alan Smith (76.14%) & Donna Ince (64.75%)

A Week in Numbers

Run Number 289
Runners 146 (I counted them out & counted them in!)
First Timers 9 (Hope you looked at the T&C’s! – You Must Come Back! J)
PB’s 18 (Must have had Christmas Parties to attend!?)

It’s all very tight at the top of the respective point’s tables with Amanda Partington and Alan Smith both narrowly leading the chasing packs as Christmas approaches.

As always a big thanks to this week’s TNV’s (Top Notch Volunteers)

Alison, Denise, Harvey, Joanne, John, Kate, Kathryn, Lesley, Lisa, Matthew, Paola, Sam, Sheila, Stuart (& Girls, apologies names escape me!), Terry & Trena.
Goes without saying all performed their roles with aplomb to keep the show on the road.

Dates for your Diary

This Coming Weekend: Saturday 10th December  – Pacer Weekend.

Saturday 24th December – Red Hat parkrun

WARNING:
Note to Andrew Beaumont & Jim Flatley. You must get written permission from both Messrs Makin & Taggart if you intend on deviating from the colour stated. Failure to do so will result in potential disciplinary action.

Sunday 1st January – New Year’s Day Pyjama Party

parkrun will operate as always each Saturday (9am) throughout the Christmas Period (Weather Permitting). Please ensure you check our Facebook Page for any news updates and potential course inspections.

Think that just about covers it for another week. See you all on the 24th (I will bring the Mince Pies!

Till next time.
Phil