Hello junior parkrunners everywhere and welcome to this week’s Skelmersdale junior parkrun run report, Well, a lot’s happened since the last run report was published, that’s for sure, such as, European gold medallist Tiffany Penfold presenting awards at our second birthday party, and Woodland Whippet Nikki Schofield becoming the first ever runner to join the 100 Club at Skem juniors.
We’ve also seen lots of fantastic performances and welcomed lots of runners/joggers/walkers into the junior parkrun family. Since Skem juniors started in December 2016 we’ve seen 671 junior parkrunners cross the line 5622 times at 117 events, recording a total of 1130 PB’s! Well done to all our 671 runners and thanks to Event Founder Paul Cotterill and all the volunteers who have made all these events possible!
Conditions were perfect for running in this week at event #117, as it was pleasantly warm with no wind. 57 runners completed the course this week, ten of whom were taking part in their first ever junior parkrun, including today’s overall first-finisher Louie Mullan. Woodland Whippet Kady Hall led the female field home this week for the eighth week in a row.
17 runners recorded new PB’s this week, including Nour Kholief, who recorded her first sub-9-minute of time 8:58! Congratulations to all the runners who recorded new PB’s this week!
Congratulations to Ella Drake and Joel Wood, who both joined the junior parkrun half-marathon club this week, with both of these runners having run all of their 11 junior parkruns here at Skem! Joel even threw a new PB of 11:59 into the bargain!
junior parkruns are for runners/joggers/walkers of all abilities and we encourage all juniors to take part. It is important to emphasise that parkrun is not a race and that the aim of parkrun is to encourage as many people as possible to get out and about and do some exercise in the fresh air in a friendly, supportive and no-pressure environment. You may be thinking, “I’m not very sporty, so parkrun’s not for me”. Well, you couldn’t be more wrong in thinking this. parkrun is a grassroots activity that literally everyone can take part in, from elite runners to those who have never done any running at all. parkruns are organised by teams of very nice people who care passionately about encouraging as many people as possible to participate in grassroots sports or just to do a bit of exercise and get a bit fitter, and many of them are parkrunners themselves who come from a wide variety of backgrounds and have different levels of athletic ability, and who have experienced first-hand the benefits of taking part in parkrun. So, if you are a junior and you are thinking of taking part in parkrun, then please do come along to our next event, and we will be delighted to welcome you into the parkrun family!
Juniors are also encouraged to volunteer at parkrun, as junior marshals Oliver Farrer and Dominic Hanlon did this week at Skem juniors!
Have a great week, everyone, and see you all at Skem juniors next Sunday at 9:00 am!