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
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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
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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

Find us on:
Email: Alison Makin and Katie Taggart, Event Directors
Facebook
Twitter
flickr