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.
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.