New Year 2019/20

We will be holding a New Year’s Day event at 10.30am.

 

Run Report – 19th October

Event number 138
19th October 2019

This week 76 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

Volunteers and participants were delighted to be able to visit the newly opened CHI cafe for a hot drink after the event.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

John HOUGHTON • Cindy DONNELLY • Kerry MERCER • Julie BIRCHALL • Jannette EVANS • Anna HUTCHINSON • Christopher BURGESS • Jack HOLT • Sue LANCASTER • Graham LANCASTER • Paul TIMMS • Brian ROBSON • Nina MYERS • Derek MERCER • Marc MYERS • David WAIN • Hannah BIRCHALL

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 2,924 participants have completed 12,736 parkruns covering a total distance of 63,680 km, including 2,630 new Personal Bests. A total of 347 individuals have volunteered 2,466 times.

 

Phoenix parkrun – 12th October

This week 72 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part. Congratulations to Wesley and Kate who both completed their 100th parkrun.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Tricia STEADMAN • John HOUGHTON • Julie BIRCHALL • Jannette EVANS • Diane HUBBARD • Anna HUTCHINSON • Christopher BURGESS • Keith HOLLINGSWORTH • Simon DOMINGO • Tracy WOODS • Angela SNELL • Brian ROBSON • Meredith AP-CARREG • John MYERS • Mark HUBBARD • Derek MERCER • Lucas HOLLINGSWORTH • Elias AP-CARREG • David WAIN

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 2,911 participants have completed 12,660 parkruns covering a total distance of 63,300 km, including 2,615 new Personal Bests. A total of 346 individuals have volunteered 2,449 times.

 

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.

 

Christmas Day

Phoenix parkrun will not be holding a Christmas Day event.

 

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.

Keep in touch with the latest goings-on at Phoenix parkrun using one of the following media:
Twitter: www.twitter.com/phoenixparkrun
Facebook: www.facebook.com/phoenixparkrun
Flickr: www.flickr.com/groups/phoenix-parkrun

Want to give feedback? Have anything to say or want anyone mentioned in future run reports? Are there any corrections needed to this report? Please e-mail phoenixoffice@parkrun.com

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 phoenixhelpers@parkrun.com. 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 www.parkrun.org.uk 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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