Report #91 Courtesy of Barry Shackleton

On the first Saturday in November I ran at Delamere parkrun and wore gloves for the first time since the summer, thinking it was the start of 5 months of protecting my fingers from the cold of a Saturday morning parkrun. But then, here I am one week later running at Phoenix for the First Time and thinking my decision may have been a little premature because it was a balmy 10C when Run Director Mike called us together for the briefing.

For those of us who haven’t been here before the instruction to run “up that hill there” and when you get to the top you will see it goes on a bit further and then a bit further still seemed worrying, and like so many parkrun courses, the hills appear to mysteriously increase in intensity as each lap is completed. So, first time up the hill there is the sense that “it wasn’t too bad”, and then the second time up it feels quite a bit harder and then the 3rd time …… I’m walking for a bit I’m afraid.

But that doesn’t take anything away from the enjoyment that parkrun brings to us all, whether you are a speedy front runner who seem to float up the hills in under 20 minutes, or someone doing the best they can and challenging themselves to get into the 30s, to those who keep the Tail Walker Derek Mercer company all the way around and take around an hour – well done to Douglas (V85) and Joyce (V80) Pass who are an absolute inspiration to all of us. What a performance by those two kids!

But first let’s take a look at those who don’t ‘feel’ the hill like the rest of us.
Matt Mason brought everyone else home being one of only two runners who beat the 20 minutes when he finished in 19:21, a full 21 seconds in front of second placed Tony Taylor. Matt was visiting Phoenix as a First Timer whereas Tony was making his second visit, and he celebrated his return by running a Personal Best time, taking 40 seconds from the time of his last visit.

Corrie Grafton was another First Timer today and she finished in overall 13th position in 25:51 which was good enough for the top step of the ladies podium. Just like the men, the second Lady June Rhodes managed a PB in her 2nd run at Phoenix by taking 44 seconds from her last visit in June. And just behind her was Anna Hutchinson who was running for the 17th time at Phoenix and she also got onto the ladies podium with her time of 26:16.

There were 12 runners who managed to run a Personal Best time today so all aboard the PB Express for Tony Taylor, Allan Bird, June Rhodes, Amy Rustchynsky, Andy Culpin, Andy Porter, Vicki Broderick, Sue Fletcher, Lynn Knape, Marie Whelan, Douglas Pass and Joyce Pass. And the aforementioned Douglas and Joyce keep on setting those targets for others to follow because they now own the category records at Phoenix in their respective categories.

It was a very even split between the sexes today with 32 ladies and 31 men, and among them were a couple of juniors, both of who have their 10-run T-shirts: Demi-Leigh Hughes was running for the 11th time while under 10 year old Lilly Cheesman is closing in on her red T-shirt having completed 43 parkruns, 37 of which have been at Phoenix.
Don’t forget that while we love the youngsters running with us, if the junior is under the age of 11 they MUST be accompanied at all times during the run by an adult, which doesn’t have to be a parent, but should ideally be someone they know.

There were 15 First Timers of which 3 joined the parkrun party by running a parkrun for the very first time and joining the ever growing parkrun family. They were David Kinsella, Katrina Robbitt and Wendy Thorbinson and now you have done that first run why not come back to Phoenix next week and set a new Personal Best time.

On Saturday there were 5 runners who were shown as ‘unknown’. It’s terrible to have a brilliant run, maybe get a Personal Best, and then fail to have it recognised because you have no barcode. PLEASE …. Don’t Forget Your Barcode.
Need a new barcode? Or would you like your result as a text? Follow the link to your profile from your latest results email.
And remember please don’t take home the finish tokens. They are not souveniers …….. DON’T BE A TOKEN MAGPIE.

There were no runners celebrating milestones with us this week, but there are a few who are getting close:
Joe Wilde has completed 49 parkruns and next appearance he will reach 50 and the coveted Cardinal Red commemorative T-shirt. Joe is a regular at Phoenix having run 41 times here.
Another couple getting close to their 50 T-shirts are Christine Peers and Paula Riley who are both just 2 runs away on 48 and they are true Phoenix passionista’s as they have both run all their 48 times here. I wonder if they know each other?
And we must also mention Simone Cheesman who is on 48 completed parkruns and she has run 40 times at Phoenix.
So with all those 50s coming on the same day I’m thinking there might be some cake in a fortnights time if you want to make note of it!!!!

There were quite a number of Commemorative T-shirts already on show today:
Junior White (10 runs) – 2 runners
Cardinal Red (50 runs) – 5 runners
Jet Black (100 runs) – 6 runners
Green (250 runs) – 1 runners
Blue (500) – 0 runners

The top 5 attendees this week were:
Barry Shackleton (Darwen Dashers) 388 runs
Peter Stunell 211 runs
Andy Culpin 204 (Edge Pistols) runs
Colin Mandy 190 runs
Tony Taylor 176 runs
These five runners have completed 1,169 parkruns between them.

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VOLUNTEERS – REMEMBER that parkrun can only take place weekly because of the volunteers and marshalls who give up their time on a Saturday morning. If you want to get involved, email This week, we had 14 credited volunteers so thank you all, and we hope you enjoyed the mild November weather.
Here are the Hi-Viz heroes from this week:
Brian ROBSON • Chris CLUNIE • Cindy DONNELLY • Derek MERCER • Jennifer JACKSON • Julie BIRCHALL • Kerry MERCER • Laura O'TOOLE • Matthew HASLAM • Mike METCALFE • Robert TAYLOR • Sara HASLAM • Steven HILL • Wesley AP-CARREG
And potential runners remember that to officially take part at Phoenix (or any other parkrun anywhere) you need to be registered at but you only need to register once and the barcode they give you will be needed each week when you have finished the run. DON’T FORGET YOUR BARCODE.

Phoenix parkrun started on the 28th January 2017 with 202 runners and 24 volunteers. The course record was set in June this year in 17:18, and the female course record was set way back on event #4 in February 2017 at 21:40. There have been 2,059 different runners on the course, representing 197 different running clubs, and they have completed 8,373 runs. The average attendance is 92 every week and there have been 1,852 Personal Bests. Our attendance record is 202 which was set at the inaugural run, and the highest attendance in 2018 has been 150 which was in May.

And that’s it for the report for run #91. If you fancy writing a run report, and putting your slant on it, get in touch. I’m sure Mile would love to hear from you and feel free to steal this template – just change all the stats to suit the week your write!

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