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:
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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
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Twitter
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Pennington Flash parkrun Event Report 307

Pennington Flash SHOCKER!!!

Conditions were near perfect for Grand National Saturday with the going being 'good' to 'firm' in some places with the odd residue of a muddy puddle thrown in for good measure! It was certainly a beautiful day for a nice run round the top of the Flash!  There was clearly something funny in the air though, as Callan complained of unusual sightings of mythical creatures up on Sheila's Corner and the odd runner muttered something about passing a small unicorn on the course.  Maybe it was all down to a low blood sugar though, as a slice of Stephanie France's '21st' birthday cake seemed to get everyone back to normal! Happy birthday Stephanie!  We also celebrated a 50th Milestone for Andrew Skinner and Michael Thomas as well as Abi Savage's 100th and Andrew Beaumont's 200th.  Seventeen people enjoyed their first run with us this week, welcome to the Flash!  I'd love to tell you that it's always that glorious at the Flash but I suspect the puddles may be back in force by next week.

A really big thank you goes out to Alison & Terry who made their run director debut this week! Everyone had a great run and all went swimmingly!

James McGlynn was looking resplendent in his fine, green 250 t-shirt with many an envious glance cast in his direction, particularly from Gareth Llewellyn who is 19 runs away from his green!

It's looking like Stephen Makin has let himself go a bit these days as he dragged himself in just behind the tail runner in a time of 49:32.  I suspect all the post run cake has finally got to him!

Our first three males this week were Anthony Taylor, Tim Campbell & Eric Ranson.  Our first three females were Rachel Culshaw, Susan Fletcher & Amanda Partington. Well done ladies and gents!  We were joined by 17 first timers and a whopping 57 of you celebrated a new PB!!!  Great running everyone!

PARKRUN SHOCKER!

As mentioned at the start of parkrun on Saturday morning, we are in the process of raising money for our own defibrillator, so that should the unthinkable happen we will have our own defib on the finish line ready to use.

The link to the donation page is as follows...
http://www.parkrun.org.uk/penningtonflash/aboutus/
There's a big rectangle in the middle which you click on and it will take you to PayPal to donate. If you could leave a note in the note box at the bottom of the Paypal page saying that it is for the Pennington Flash defib that would be marvellous!

The Volunteers
We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen:Helen BARBER, Mike BENT, Yvonne BUCKLEY, Mia CARRIGHAR-KEARNS, Jonathan CROWE, Terry ERRINGTON, John GALLIMORE, Terry GARDINER, Alistair GILBERT-CROWE, Kathryn GRACE, Alison HEYWOOD, Lynn J SMITH, Amelie LIVESEY, Alison MAKIN, Paul ROBERTS, Callan ROWLAND, Steven SOAR, Katie TAGGART, 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 and in anticipation of fundraising shocker success!

Alison & Katie

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