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
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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

 

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