Event 126 – 27th July 2019

This week 78 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 11 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Debbie READ • Gina COLDRICK • Sarah SEDDON • Val BELLINGHAM • Anna HUTCHINSON • Christopher BURGESS • Evie WILKINSON • Christine PEERS • Sharon OWEN • Sue LANCASTER • Graham LANCASTER • John OWEN • Paul TIMMS • Linda Christina JOHNSON • Jackie MCDONALD • John MYERS • Mark EVANS • Marc MYERS • David WAIN • Liane LAW

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Phoenix parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Martin RUTTER who recorded a time of 17:18 on 2nd June 2018 (event number 68).
The female record is held by Orla GREGORY who recorded a time of 19:09 on 25th May 2019 (event number 117).
The Age Grade course record is held by Colin BISHOP who recorded 87.20% (18:14) on 6th April 2019 (event number 111).

Phoenix parkrun started on 28th January 2017. Since then 2,731 participants have completed 11,733 parkruns covering a total distance of 58,665 km, including 2,438 new Personal Bests. A total of 324 individuals have volunteered 2,241 times.

 

Run Report 11th May 2019

Phoenix parkrun event 115. 11/5/2019

On a glorious day in Phoenix park, 99 of you eager runners got up to participate in parkrun, and what a great day it turned out to be. Lots of celebrations and cake to be shared!

I’d chosen to do this particular parkrun as I’m trying to complete the north west region and this was on my list of events not yet done. I’d heard how friendly this one is and I wasn’t disappointed.

I arrived very early and got to volunteer setting up the course, so I got to see our route beforehand. I set up with Lisa, while Anna set up the hill section and Val & Neil set up the finish funnel. Team effort guys, we did a great job as no one got lost!

After the set up, I introduced myself as their token sorter and run report writer.
Token sorting is a job I’m fond of, it’s very therapeutic sorting those little plastic tokens into numerical order. It was also my 120th token sorting volunteer role, as there wasn’t a cafe local enough to do this in, I sat on the path by the funnel in the lovely warm sun.

I did miss the first timers briefing due to going to do a warm up (sorry) but got the course route form another runner.

It’s a lovely undulating 2.5 lap course, going up the hill three times. The canal part is particularly scenic, worth a picture I’d say. It also goes into the woodland area , it’s got a good mix of everything really.

On the start line I made my way rather ambitiously to the front of it, along with 98 other eager runners. On the 3, 2, 1 we was off heading up an incline, following the path around towards the climbing boulder. We do go past the finish twice on this one too. From the climbing boulder, we head down towards the canal, this is a lovely flat bit, which doesn’t last very long because you’re soon back up the incline in the woodland for the second time around. The route is repeated twice, but the wooded hill is repeated three times in total, on the third time on approaching the finish funnel we get to go and cross the finish line. This is where you'll find the time keepers, funnel manager keeping us all moving up the funnel, token support and and barcode scanners.

On crossing you get given a little plastic token, get it scanned along with you’re own barcode, but please don’t walk off with our tokens, they are to be given in.

Remember, no barcode, no time :)

We will however manually input you if your printed barcodes don’t scan. We can’t accept barcodes on mobile phones sadly, our scanners don't work with those.

Now, for the milestones.

Arianwen Apcarreg ran her 10th parkrun

Ian Holliday ran his 50th parkrun

Matthew Haslam ran his 100th parkrun

WELL DONE to you all, nice new T-shirt on its way soon!

The first three men to finish were
1: Steve Thompson in 19.18
2: Patrick Eakin in 19.48
3: Paul Demore in 21.15

The first three ladies to finish were
1: Justine Moore in 22.45
2: Charlotte Binns in 24.00
3: Gina Biggs in 25.28

Also, special mention to our final runner not including the tail, Joyce Pass ran an impressive time in 1.06.59. Joyce is in the age category VW 80 - 84!
Big thank you to our tail walker, Marc Fitzmaurice too.

Here are your high vis heroes, without volunteers parkrun couldn’t happen, so please give them a thumbs up as you run past :)

Anna Hutchinson, Julie Birchall, Neil Egerton, Sue Lancaster, Gina Biggs, Lisa Welch, Wiktoria Maszorek, Val Bellingham, Harry Wakefield, Graham Lancaster, David Wain, Pamela Moss, David Wiggins, Cindy Donnelly, Kate Joynson, Esme Joynson, Marc Fitzpatrick.

Overall, a brilliant parkrun, and one I’d love to go back to visit again.

Gina Biggs

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Phoenix parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Joanne LACKING who recorded a time of 21:40 on 18th February 2017 (event number 4).
The male record is held by Martin RUTTER who recorded a time of 17:18 on 2nd June 2018 (event number 68).
The Age Grade course record is held by Colin BISHOP who recorded 87.20% (18:14) on 6th April 2019 (event number 111).

Phoenix parkrun started on 28th January 2017. Since then 2,489 participants have completed 10,672 parkruns covering a total distance of 53,360 km, including 2,252 new Personal Bests. A total of 303 individuals have volunteered 2,030 times.

 

50 locations as a voluntourist

50 locations as a voluntourist – at Phoenix parkrun #112
Keen parkrunners are motivated by all manner of different challenges: the alphabet, being recognised on the most events table, pirates and stop watch bingo; all of these are relatively simple challenges to track. Doing it as a volunteer is quite a different prospect and certainly harder to track without access to the database that event teams use. However, my daughter Harriet WHITE (who gave you your token this parkrunday) was inspired by Lynsey BURRELL almost a year ago to complete 20 different events as a volunteer. Until this event though, the two hadn’t met. Harriet’s home parkrun of Queen Elizabeth is around 230 miles from Phoenix parkrun and this is the furthest that she’s travelled without staying with family to attend a different event.
Back in March or so, Calum BURRELL had a chat with the team at Phoenix parkrun and arranged that Lynsey would celebrate her 5th parkrun ‘birthday’ and her 50th different location as a volunteer at the event. ‘Real life’ and ‘virtual’ friends arranged diaries and planned the trip to the NW. Some came as volunteers and many as runners. All was going well, hotels, trains and the GPS lady primed… then Calum suggested we wear purple tutus, a motif of the Davenport running club. Cue frantic purchasing of all the purple tutus left in south London before leaving slightly later than planned to hit the M25, M42 and M6 at rush hour. For those coming to Runcorn by train and having to wait for nearly an hour for a lift, the waiting room at the station is new and out of the wind – apparently not something that Lime Street offered. A few more early morning panics on parkrunday as there was major roadworks affecting the exits to get to the park but we got to the right place at mostly the right time and checked in.
The day itself was a gift. Clear, sunny, cool enough for happy running and importantly for the volunteers, dry.
What makes a good volunteer and a good voluntourist? For both, it’s the commitment to being on the roster, turning up or telling the team if something has changed with as much warning as possible, and arriving in good time, preferably by 0830. It’s listening to the briefings and understanding how the Run Director or the Volunteer Coordinator wants the role to be completed. It’s having the right clothes for being predominantly stationary and staying in position until the tail walker is done. For most volunteers, the parkrun is their local, a known place. For the voluntourist, there’s the added complication of having to find the parkrun, meet the local team and reassure the team that, when handed a timer, a stack of tokens or a barcode scanner, that they will do their very best to make the parkrun operate smoothly. It’s also understanding that there are always little changes at a different parkrun and that those need to be accommodated without question.
A celebration such as Lynsey’s might not be formally recognised by parkrun but it is a fantastic achievement. As well as visiting 50 different locations, Lynsey has also completed 140 volunteer days, or nearly 3 years of enabling parkrunners to complete their goals, be that running, jogging, walking or a mixture of all three. Big congratulations to Lynsey for being a non-running volunteer and inspiring others to volunteer.
To the results: 126 people turned up to run with 7 remembering their barcodes and completing their first parkrun. Well done to all of you, and do come back again. Jackie MCDONALD completed her 50th parkrun and Jannette EVANS her 50th day of volunteering. Graham HOLLAND completed his 5k a day in 2019 challenge for 13th April. Sadly the first finisher is unknown in the results, but it was a joy to see him running so smoothly around the course. In addition to the 7 new parkrunners there were 33 other first timers and an awesome 25 PBs, meaning that 65 people ran their fastest time on the course.
Once the run was finished, we shared in Lynsey’s amazing purple cake with all her locations listed – a brilliant end to a brilliant event with a whole host of new ‘real life’ friends made.
Pippa White, Queen Elizabeth

 

Run Report 6th April

Phoenix parkrun
Event number 111
6th April 2019

This week the sun came out and 138 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests.

We were pleased to welcome visitors from Barnsley and Wythenshawe.

Huge congratulations to all the Run Sandymoor C25k team who graduated today and best of luck to everyone participating in events tomorrow including the Manchester marathon.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Chris LONEY • Tricia STEADMAN • Julie BIRCHALL • Caroline LOWE • Val BELLINGHAM • Anna HUTCHINSON • Les MCADAM • Kerrie BIGNALL • Robert TAYLOR • Christine PEERS • Cameron TAYLOR • Linda Christina JOHNSON • Jack MCQUILLIAM (BALL) • Jessica LOWE • Wiktoria MASZOREK • Marc MYERS

Thanks as always to all our volunteers. If you can help next week please drop us an email at phoenix@parkrun.com.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Phoenix parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Joanne LACKING who recorded a time of 21:40 on 18th February 2017 (event number 4).
The male record is held by Martin RUTTER who recorded a time of 17:18 on 2nd June 2018 (event number 68).
The Age Grade course record is held by Colin BISHOP who recorded 87.20% (18:14) on 6th April 2019 (event number 111).

Phoenix parkrun started on 28th January 2017. Since then 2,378 participants have completed 10,240 parkruns covering a total distance of 51,200 km, including 2,163 new Personal Bests. A total of 295 individuals have volunteered 1,956 times.

 

New Year’s Day

Phoenix parkrun will not be holding a New Year’s Day event.

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