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.

 

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!

Barry ShackletonDownload

 

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.

 

Event Number 35: 23rd September 2017

This week 89 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by 22 volunteers: Stephen WIGGINS • Chris LONEY • Cindy DONNELLY • Kerry MERCER • Julie BIRCHALL • Kieran MERCER • Lisa WELCH • Brian WELCH • William WELCH • Christopher BURGESS • Mike SHERWIN • Jessica SHERWIN • Sue LANCASTER • Graham LANCASTER • Danny BUCKLEY • Jo WAKEFIELD • Joe HIBBS • Megan JONES • Lucy BOULTON • Steve WILLIAMS • Laura O'TOOLE • Phillip HILL-DAVIS Phils daughter was captured supporting everyone today.... they seemed pleased to see her and hear her giggles as they came in for their high fives! Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Phoenix parkrun Results Page. Male placings: Chris FITZPATRICK (VM40-44) of Helsby RC, was first over the line in 18:17 - third time in 4 appearances. Ben WEBB (JM15-17) of Halton & Frodsham Harriers, was second over the line in 18:36 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions. Steve THOMPSON (SM30-34) of Warrington RRC, was third over the line in 18:37 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions. Female placings: Valerie DUNN (VW55-59) of Vale Royal AC, was first (13th overall) over the line in 22:24 - first appearance. Rebecca LACE (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (34th overall) over the line in 26:47. Lesley JACKSON (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (35th overall) over the line in 26:51. The three highest age grades were recorded by: Valerie DUNN (VW55-59) – 84.23% for the time 22:24 (13th overall). Ben WEBB (JM15-17) – 74.82% for the time 18:36 (second overall). Chris FITZPATRICK (VM40-44) – 74.66% for the time 18:17 (first 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 1,064 participants have completed 3,286 parkruns covering a total distance of 16,430 km, including 836 new Personal Bests.

 

Park run No.27

Phoenix parkrun #27: Saturday 29th July 2017
Thank you to everyone who was involved in any way at our 27th parkrun yesterday.
It is extremely noteworthy that Louise McAdam, became Phoenix parkrun’s first ever volunteer to support our first visually impaired participant, Alan Sartorius-Jones, around our course. It was also Alan’s very first parkrun which he enjoyed, informing us that he wanted to get used to and to become aware of the course obstacles on his first attempt. Alan promises us that he will return to Phoenix parkrun again.
Welcome also to Iain Bethune who has recently moved to the area for work reasons and undertook his very first parkrun yesterday. Previously, he did not have a parkrun within easy reach and now welcomes the idea of making Phoenix his home parkrun.
A special mention definitely must go to Jo Wakefield, who has now completed eight Phoenix parkruns and each time she has returned, she has improved on her time, therefore has an unbroken series of seven course personal bests.
Additionally, a special mention equally must go to Roger Alsop, who back in May made his first appearance at Phoenix parkrun and with a time of 18:21, set the 50+ age category course record. Yesterday, Roger returned for a second time and beat his own record by a further 6 seconds.
There were 89 participants, 23 gaining PBs and where 13 were Phoenix parkrun first timers, of which 10 were new to parkrun altogether.
Men:
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1st: Roger Alsop;
2nd: Steve Thompson; and
3rd: Ian Rutherford.
54 male participants, 11 gaining PBs and where 7 were Phoenix parkrun first timers, of which 4 were new to parkrun altogether.
Women:
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1st: Kathryn Schofield;
2nd: Danielle Edwards; and
3rd: Carole Miller.
35 female participants, gaining 12 PBs and where 6 were Phoenix parkrun first timers whom were all new to parkrun altogether.

Age Grade:
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Men:
1st: Roger Alsop (VM50-54);
2nd: Ian Rutherford (VM45-49); and
3rd: Michael Ward (VM50-54).
Women:
1st: Carole Miller (VW45-49);
2nd: Kathryn Schofield (JW15-17); and
3rd: Paula Riley (VW40-44).

Running Clubs:
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British Army (1);
Halton & Frodsham Harriers (1);
Helsby Running Club (3);
Run Sandymoor (16);
Southport Waterloo Athletics Club (1);
Walney Wind Cheetahs (1);
Warrington Road Runners Club (2); and
Warrington Triathlon Club (1).

 

Who Knew? Almost 25 events!

Almost 12 months ago conversations began to create parkrun 'Runcorn' an amazing group of likeminded people got together with the support of parkrun ambassadors to help kick things off. Just to be clear for anyone new to this 'parkrun' is a little misleading, as it isn't just for runners or 'wanna be runners', it’s for all. Pram pushers, dog walkers, walkers, joggers, 4 year olds, 104 year olds... it’s getting out in the park enjoying the community atmosphere. All ages, all abilities.

In November a few of us gate crashed parkrun 'Widnes' and volunteered gaining valuable insight to the various roles, we visited several times to master the skills needed prior to our 'dummy run' to test our skills on our planned route at Phoenix Park.

Our first 'Official' run took place on a cold January morning with 202 wonderful participants and our core group of volunteers. Every week seemed to get colder; standing frozen, soaking wet most weeks. It still didn't deter us or our wonderful walkers/runners. Thankfully the weather has been much kinder recently, although still not without incident - blown over trees blocking the paths and puddles the size of lakes (okay, slight exaggeration!).

We've had so many people take part, Steve managed a run with his best man the morning of his wedding, giving our Run Director palpitations! The Lloyd family from Reading was 3.5, now possibly 4 (or very nearly!) joined in on one of their last runs before child No.2 arrived. We've had visitors from all over Europe and the US. Lots of people have chosen Phoenix for their milestone runs (10, 50, 100, 250) for which we are very grateful.

If you haven't visited before then we hope you can make it for our 25th Event on 15th July. Celebrating with 'Special Guests!' Possibly a celebrity Potato running too! (Dependent upon donations for our defibrillator fund just £250 to go - as of 29 June). We will have pacers at this event for those wanting extra motivation to achieve a time. It isn't a race though it’s getting out and involved with the community. You don't have to be interested in running to get involved you might be related to a runner or just want to spend an hour in the park with a group of friendly people. We would be delighted to have your support.

We hope to have news on Urban Cafe soon as this will allow us to all grab a social cuppa afterwards, but people still tend to hang around afterwards and have a chat, congratulating each other on their achievement and supporting others on the course. A hot topic is usually our hill start, which we lovingly call 'Hutchinson Hill' after one of our run directors, particularly with new comers as it feels relentless. But the joy of the downhill and the flat paths along the lake and canal make it worthwhile and we have lots of friendly marshals to cheer you along. It’s a varied course and although you do 2.5 laps the scenery makes it worthwhile, in our opinion! But don’t take our word for it, come down!

We look forward to seeing you at one of our events and hopefully we will be writing again just before our 50th, 100th parkrun events.

 

The very first Phoenix parkrun

Phoenix parkrun
Event number 1
28th January 2017

On a very wet morning, 202 runners joined the Phoenix volunteers for the very first Phoenix parkrun. The hill took some by surprise, but the feedback was really positive and the photos show that we had loads of fun in the rain!

Male placings:
Colin THOMPSON (VM35-39) of Helsby RC, was first over the line in 18:05 - first appearance.
Robert FAIRBANKS (VM35-39) of Royton Road Runners, was second over the line in 18:33.
David BROCKWAY (SM20-24) of Wirral AC, was third over the line in 19:15.

Female placings:
Selina MAKIN (SW30-34) of Wigan Phoenix, was first (32nd overall) over the line in 23:19 - first appearance.
Lisa HIGHFIELD (SW25-29) of Sandbach Striders, was second (42nd overall) over the line in 24:15.
Michelle MORTIMER (VW35-39) of Witham Runners, was third (48th overall) over the line in 24:44.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Selina MAKIN (Wigan Phoenix) 100 pts.
Tricia STEADMAN (Unattached) 100 pts.
Gayle HANSON-JONES (Unattached) 100 pts.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Paul FREYNE (Unattached) 100 pts.
Colin THOMPSON (Helsby RC) 100 pts.
Paul COTTERILL (Unattached) 100 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Colin THOMPSON (VM35-39) was graded 73.82% for the time 18:05 (first overall).
Robert FAIRBANKS (VM35-39) was graded 72.51% for the time 18:33 (second overall).
David Duncan WILLIAMS (VM50-54) was graded 71.41% for the time 21:20 (13th overall).

This week there were 202 runners, of whom 192 were first timers and 0 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 41 different athletics clubs took part.

Phoenix parkrun started on 28th January 2017, and since then 193 different runners, including participants from 41 athletics clubs, have completed 202 runs covering a total distance of 1,010 km, and there have been 0 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Selina MAKIN who ran in a time of 00:23:19 on 28th January 2017 (event number 1).
The male record is held by Colin THOMPSON who ran in a time of 00:18:05 on 28th January 2017 (event number 1).
The Age Grade course record is held by Colin THOMPSON who recorded a 73.82% run (18:05) on 28th January 2017 (event number 1).

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