We celebrated our second birthday at run #104 with an attendance of 159, (and 19 volunteers). This is the 2nd highest attendance ever seen at Stamford Park, beaten only by the 204 runners who turned up for the 100th event four weeks ago, and it is the 9th time that the attendance has been in three figures. The numbers were swelled by the 28 First Timers, of which 6 were running at a parkrun for the very first time.
With Event Director Dominic on duty organising the volunteers it was left to Run Director Adrian to address us at the start to give the H&S instructions and directions for the run, and then, on this chilly morning (which was contradictory to the warmer morning the BBC had lead us to believe) we set off running towards the lake.
Four of the first five finishers were First Timers, including Meshal Abushal who finished in 3rd position and has 342 parkruns to his credit, the most done by any runner today. The only top 5 runner to have appeared at Stamford before was 2nd placed Daniel McManus from Salford Harriers who ran a new Personal Best time of 19:10, taking 6 seconds from his time of June 2015. This was his 4th run at Stamford and he has finished in the top 3 positions each time.
First Lady across the line was Vicky Wright of Hyde Village Striders who finished in 6th position overall in her 12th parkrun, 10 of which have been at Stamford, and this is the 9th time she has finished as first Lady. Kirsty White of Royton Roadrunners was 2nd Lady and celebrating her 80th parkrun, 38 of which have been at Stamford. Her other regular parkrun venue is Oldham where she has run 41 times. Shirley Tuersley of Saddleworth Runners achieving a Personal Best finished third Lady.
First Lady Vicky Wright also registered the highest Age Grading on the day with 77.55%. She was one of 11 runners over 70%.
There were an incredible 46 runners who managed to run a Personal Best time, taking advantage of the recent drier weather. All aboard the PB Express for them. At Stamford Park the average number of Personal Bests achieved per week is 16 so we were almost three times the usual average today.
62 runners were ladies and 96 were men, and there were 8 juniors. 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 be someone they know.
On Saturday there were 10 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 your finish tokens. They are not souvenirs ........ DON'T BE A TOKEN MAGPIE. Also, just a reminder that you cannot produce your barcode as a photograph on a mobile telephone which is not one of the many official ways of having your time recorded.
59 runners were attached to the 21 running clubs which were represented today, and there were 35 unattached runners, just enjoying parkrun and running for themselves. Hyde Village Striders provided the most runners with 16 of their members appearing, with 13 participants from Saddleworth Runners.
Since Stamford parkrun started we have seen 92 different runners from Hyde Village Striders cross the finish line on 571 occasions, the most by any running club. Saddleworth Runners have had 66 runners finish 481 times, and East Cheshire Harriers have 64 runners finish 306 times.
HALL OF FAME
Those celebrating milestones with us were:
Chris Dobson (Saddleworth Runners) 90 runs
Kirsty White (Royton Road Runners) 80 runs
David Hickling (Saddleworth Runners) 60 runs
And those who are knocking on the celebration door include:
Joseph Connor (Bramhall Runners) 99 runs
Karen Stuttard (Oldham and Royton Harriers) 69 runs
These runners are just 5k short of their personal milestones.
Number of Commemorative T-shirts on show:
Junior White (10 runs) – 2 runners
Cardinal Red (50 runs) – 24 runners
Jet Black (100 runs) – 18 runners
Green (250 runs) – 4 runners
Blue (500) – 0 runners
The top 5 attendees were:
Meshal Abushal 342 runs
Barry Shackleton (Darwen Dashers) 306 runs
Jane Abushal 267 runs
Karen Shackleton (Darwen Dashers) 253 runs
Ann-Marie Lord (Oldham and Royton Harriers) 208 runs
These five runners have completed 1,376 parkruns between them.
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VOLUNTEERS – REMEMBER that parkrun can only take place weekly because of the volunteers and marshals who give up their time on a Saturday morning. If you want to get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org. This week, we had 19 credited volunteers so thank you all, and we hope you enjoyed the warmer, sunnier atmosphere.
And potential runners remember that to officially take part at Stamford Park (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.
Stamford Park parkrun started on the 2nd May 2015 (which is why this was our 2nd birthday!) with 142 runners and 8 volunteers. This was the attendance record until four weeks ago and it has been broken twice since then. The course record was set on Christmas Eve last year by Matt Bond in 16:00, and the female course record was set by the Lady who finished in first place today, Vicky Wright, at our 100th event, four weeks ago, in 19:00. There have been 1,929 different runners on the course, representing 156 different running clubs, and they have completed 7,137 runs between them. The average attendance is 68, although this has been broken every week for the last ten Saturdays so Stamford Park parkrun is on the rise. There have been 1,671 Personal Bests and Stamford Park parkrunners have completed 35,685Km, and have been running for over 146 days.
And that's it for the report for run #104. If you fancy writing a run report, and putting your slant on it, get in touch. We would love to hear from you.
Barry Shackleton #lovestamfordparkrun