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.

 

Easter Saturday at Phoenix parkrun

Phoenix parkrun
Event number 59
31st March 2018
This week 107 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Chris LONEY • Neil EGERTON • Carl STEWART • Mike HIGHTON • Hayley WILKINSON • Gayle HANSON-JONES • Cerys HANSON-JONES • Julie BIRCHALL • Mike METCALFE • Val BELLINGHAM • Anna HUTCHINSON • Angela SNELL • Christine PEERS • Julie EDGE • Gemma JOHNSON • Derek MERCER • Lesley GARDNER • Andrew STOCKDALE • Mark LONGSTAFF

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 Colin THOMPSON who recorded a time of 17:35 on 22nd April 2017 (event number 13).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela OLDHAM who recorded 86.98% (23:18) on 4th February 2017 (event number 2).

Phoenix parkrun started on 28th January 2017. Since then 1,457 participants have completed 5,529 parkruns covering a total distance of 27,645 km, including 1,278 new Personal Bests.

 

A week of fantastic achievements

Phoenix parkrun
Event number 36
30th September 2017

There was much to celebrate this week as 117 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests.

Run Sandymoor brought the post event refreshments to celebrate the amazing achievements of the graduates of the C25K group. The support given to every person crossing the line was fantastic.

Katie, Christine and Jayne celebrated milestones this week with Christine reaching 100 events today, Katie celebrating her recent 100th event and Jayne reaching the 50 milestone today.

Jo also had reason to celebrate after achieving her 10th successive PB at Phoenix parkrun.

As always, the volunteers gave great support and kept smiling through the rain. Thanks to them all:

Colin THOMPSON • Tricia STEADMAN • Julie BIRCHALL • Val BELLINGHAM • Anna HUTCHINSON • Christopher BURGESS • Mike SHERWIN • Jessica SHERWIN • Lee WALKER • Sue LANCASTER • Graham LANCASTER • Jannette EVANS • Joe HIBBS • Anthony BUNT • Megan JONES • Steve WILLIAMS

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

Male placings:
Steve THOMPSON (SM30-34) of Warrington RRC, was first over the line in 18:43 - 8th time in 15 appearances.
Alex MASON (VM40-44) of Delamere Spartans, was second over the line in 19:07.
Michael SCOWCROFT (VM35-39) of Run Sandymoor, was third over the line in 20:09.

Female placings:
Kathryn SCHOFIELD (JW15-17) of Warrington Triathlon Club, was first (13th overall) over the line in 24:55 - second time in 5 appearances.
Alexandra RUSSELL (SW30-34) of Run Sandymoor, was second (27th overall) over the line in 27:15 - was first to finish once before.
Gemma JOHNSON (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (28th overall) over the line in 27:17.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Steve JOLLY (VM50-54) – 72.44% for the time 20:41 (4th overall).
Michael WARD (VM50-54) – 72.33% for the time 20:54 (5th overall).
Alex MASON (VM40-44) – 71.93% for the time 19:07 (second overall).

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 Colin THOMPSON who recorded a time of 17:35 on 22nd April 2017 (event number 13).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela OLDHAM who recorded 86.98% (23:18) on 4th February 2017 (event number 2).

Phoenix parkrun started on 28th January 2017. Since then 1,083 participants have completed 3,403 parkruns covering a total distance of 17,015 km, including 861 new Personal Bests.

 

Phoenix parkrun

24th June 2017

Event Number 22 saw 18 people volunteer and 85 run, jog or walk the course. Thanks for making it a great event.

A big hello to the 14 people who joined us for the first time - we hope to see you back very soon. Congratulations to Les McAdam from Run Sandymoor who took part in his 50th parkrun today.

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

Phoenix parkrun started on 28th January 2017. Since then 764 participants have completed 2,104 parkruns covering a total distance of 10,520 km, including 566 new Personal Bests.

We take safety very seriously and would love to have a defibrillator, just in case. Every donation, however big or small, is greatly appreciated. If you can help, please click here to donate.

We're really proud of Phoenix parkrun, and will be having a celebration for our 25th event on 15th July. We'd love to see as many of you as possible.

See you soon,

Phoenix parkrun

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