Warrington parkrun is cancelled on 2020-10-31 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

IWDparkrun and new women’s record

International Women’s Day – New Ladies’ Record Time

Well the weather relented, Lake Victoria dried up and we returned to our newer course for this week’s event. However, despite being dryer (and warmer) we still had lots of mud to contend with particularly in Victoria Park and on the playing fields.
Cal was our run director this week and the usual formalities, thanking our volunteers, welcoming first timers and tourists, congratulating the milestone achievers and the health and safety briefing, were speedily carried out and we were underway without undue delay.
To celebrate International Women’s Day (on Sunday), Warrington Parkrun promoted this week’s event in conjunction with “This Girl Can” in the hope of encouraging as many women as possible to take part. In this respect we were extremely successful as, to my knowledge, this was only the second occasion when female participation has been higher than the men, 284 females, 251 males (discounting the 44 unknowns which are also likely to include more women than men).
Not only that, but for only the third time in the history of Warrington Parkrun a female was the overall first finisher. Previously, only Louise Blizzard and Louisa Thompson have achieved this feat, but all congratulations this week go to Lauren Heyes of Leigh Harriers & AC who was today’s overall first finisher. That, in itself, is a great achievement, but Lauren also completed the course in a new female record time of 16mins 43 secs beating the previous record by an astounding 73 seconds. A truly wonderful performance for International Women’s Day. This was compounded by excellent performances from Abigail Howarth, her sister, who finished 4th overall in 17 mins 53secs (also inside the previous ladies’ record – by 1 second) and Jenny Evans of Sale Harriers who finished 8th overall in 19 mins 23secs in her 100th parkrun. I believe this to be the first time that three ladies have finished in the top 10 overall finishers. In addition, both Lauren and Abigail were running at Warrington for the first time.
We welcomed 80 first timers to Warrington this week, one of whom was announced at the pre run briefing as being from Canada, and 57 of them were running their first ever parkrun. 42 of the first timers were female demonstrating the success of encouraging women for this particular event. It was helped by parkrun graduation for the latest Couch to 5K programme organised by two local clubs, Victoria Park RC and Warrington Road Runners, with the vast majority of their graduates also being female.
We also welcomed a group of runners from Hive 22 Running Club, based in Manchester, which was formed following the Manchester Arena bombing. They tour different parkruns around Manchester every week raising money to support people affected by the tragedy. This week, it was a delight to be able to welcome them to Warrington.

Results – Warrington Parkrun 328
Male
1st Tom Battarbee​17.39 (2nd first place finish)
2nd Alfie Crockett​17.39
3rd Stephen Broadhurst​18.14
Female
1st Lauren Heyes​16.41 (1st overall) – (New female record & new SW25-29 record) – (Leigh Harriers & AC) – (best age grade % - 88.71%) – (first timer)
2nd Abigail Howarth​17.53 (4th overall) – (Leigh Harriers & AC) – (first timer)
3rd Jenny Evans​​19.23 (8th overall) – (Sale Harriers)
There were 579 runners of whom 251 were male, 284 female and 44 unknowns. There were 80 first timers of whom 57 were running their first ever parkrun. The best performance by a runner in her first ever parkrun was by Charlotte Stenhouse in 24.25 in 83rd place.
82 of you recorded new personal bests, including Claire Jones 25.08 (first time under 26 mins & third PB in a row), David Stokes 25.33 and Stacy Coe 35.44 (first time under 36 mins). 9 youngsters (3 boys and 6 girls) ran in the JM/JW10 age group, the youngest age groups and Tony Bradshaw with his first run in the VM75-79 age category, happy 75th Tony, was our most senior athlete. The most prolific athlete this week was Vincent Alcock (Spectrum Striders RC) with 415 runs.
The 50 milestone was reached by Andy Smith (47 at Warrington), Bertie Houghton (23 at Warrington) and Kelly Henders (5 at Warrington) to qualify for their red t-shirts. The 100 milestone was achieved by Jenny Evans (23 at Warrington) to qualify for her black t-shirt.
A perfect time from Gabriel Kennedy 22.22 and aesthetic times from Phil Hayden 23.23, Adam Johnson 24.24, Kelly Henders and Charlotte Booth both 26.26, Carolyn Edwards 28.28,Sophie Mathews 29.29, Louisa Harpham-Sou 30.30, Julie Finch and Marie Lewis both 32.32, Mike Roylance 40.40 and Bryony James 41.41. An on-point time from Sue Walters 30.00 and palindromic times from Andy Land 21.12, Eric Bell 24.42, Rebecca Fairclough 31.13, Simon Stockman and Catherine Wakefield both 32.23 and Lorna Higham 35.53.
Our visitors this week came from Birkenhead, Keswick, Telford, Hornchurch and Canada.

Today’s full results and a complete race history can be found on the Warrington Parkrun Results Page.

 

Once in 28 year event!

Warrington Parkrun 327 – 29 February 2020

Reporter In Absentia

A once in every 28 year opportunity to run parkrun on the 29th February!

My apologies for what is a short report, mainly highlighting the results, but a look at the weather early on Saturday combined with the pictures on Facebook of Lake Victoria persuaded me, along with many others no doubt, that the best course of action was to stay in bed. No excuses, I wimped out.
Those that were braver, faced a HUGE Lake Victoria. The course was checked beforehand and the decision made for the old course to be brought out of retirement for a guest appearance, which meant the Lake was run through, or around, once, along with various other flooded bits along the Black Bear Path! Which ever way you ran you got wet!
As the weather has got worse throughout February, so has the numbers attending parkrun, we were at 349 runners this week. However, those who did take part are all to be commended for their determination to conquer the conditions, especially the vast majority of runners who chose to brave the lake, rather than the mud bath. Surely, as we move into March, the weather and conditions must start to improve and bring with it an increase in participation back to our more usual numbers.
Looking at the results, despite the weather, we still had 21 first time runners, hopefully you will all return to experience Warrington Parkrun in better circumstances. Congratulations to Chris Stanford on his 40th first place finish (the most by any male runner) and to Orla Gregory, her 4th first place finish in her first run in the JW15-17 age category. The best performance by someone new to Warrington was by Magnus Thuren, who normally takes part in the Haga parkrun in Stockholm, Sweden. Finally, congratulations to Faye Lawton who, following her 200th parkrun last week, completed her 200th Warrington parkrun this week, the 9th person to achieve it. Faye’s one tourist run was at Knowsley in May last year when Warrington was cancelled for the Concert in the Park weekend.
Don’t forget next week is a special event in support of International Women’s Day to celebrate female participation and hopefully we can welcome as many women and girls as possible such that they can outnumber the men and boys.

Results – Warrington Parkrun 327
Male
1st Chris Stanford​17.18 (40th first place finish) – (Warrington Triathlon Club)
2nd Jack Wadsworth​17.33
3rd Unknown
Female
1st Orla Gregory​​19.24 (5th overall) – (4th first place finish) – (Warrington AC) – (best age grade % - 79.90%)
2nd Alice Nicholson​21.43 (18th overall)
3rd Laura Dean​​23.11 (45th overall)
There were 349 runners of whom 171 were male, 150 female and 28 unknowns. There were 38 first timers of whom 21 were running their first ever parkrun. The best performance by a runner new to Warrington was by Magnus Thuren in 20.32 in 8th place. The best performance by a runner in his first ever parkrun was by Chris Lee in 22.57 in 35th place.
Only 10 of you recorded new personal bests, unsurprisingly. 9 youngsters (3 boys and 6 girls) ran in the JM/JW10 age group, the youngest age groups and George Renshaw (VM70-74) was our most senior athlete.
The 10 milestone was achieved by Cormac Kennedy (JM10) to qualify for his white t-shirt and the 50 milestone was reached by Benedict Kennedy (45 at Warrington) and Michelle Jacks (43 at Warrington) to qualify for their red t-shirts. The 100 milestone was achieved by Alastair Brown (89 at Warrington) to qualify for his black t-shirt. Alistair Raffel ran his 150th parkrun.
A perfect time from Stella Shelley 33.33 and aesthetic times from James Williams 20.20, Simon Moran 24.24, Albertine Asah 31.31, Amy Zamora 38.38, Alison Smith 39.39 and Chris Ashton 40.40. On-point times from Sophie Garner 30.00, Will Johnston, Emma Johnston and Louisa Ratcliffe all 35.00 and Susan Parkinson and Rebecca May both 40.00 and one palindromic time from Alex Wells 35.53.
Our visitors this week came from Ormskirk, Chorley, Ellesmere Port, Chester, Barry Island, Crystal Palace and Stockholm, Sweden.

Today’s full results and a complete race history can be found on the Warrington Parkrun Results Page.

 

Event 326

Warrington Parkrun 326 – 22 February 2020

Wet and Windy Warrington Again

My first thought this week was to repeat last week’s report as the weather conditions were almost identical for both weeks. However, the weather prior to 9 o’clock was worse this week with some really heavy rain and this had a significant effect on numbers as we reached a new low for 2020 at 408. For the hardy souls who turned out, we were rewarded as the rain did stop whilst parkrun took place.
Conditions were still poor with lots of mud and lying water and the high winds were particularly noticeable on the playing field and when you turned back into the park at Helen’s corner. So once again there were a limited number of personal bests and first-time participants. Nevertheless, since the beginning of the year, in seven weeks, we have welcomed 245 newcomers to parkrun and almost exactly half of them have returned for a second run or more. Our parkrun does seem to attract more newcomers than some of our immediate neighbours, presumably because it is predominantly flat.
Congratulations to our first finishers, Alfie Crockett (his 28th) and Penny Guess (her 2nd and a PB). Also, to Paul Deeran who becomes the eighth person to complete 200 parkruns at Warrington.
Next Saturday is a special parkrun day as it is leap year day, 29 February. This has not happened before and will not occur again for 28 years, so a very unique event. I would therefore ask you all to mark the day and celebrate the phenomenon that is parkrun by wearing your white, red, black or green milestone t-shirts or your universal orange parkrun t-shirt.
The following week on Saturday 7 March, we are supporting a national event celebrating International Women’s Day (actually on Sunday 8 March). IWD Parkrun is all about celebrating female participation and we would like to welcome as many women and girls as possible to parkrun. The event is also supported by “This Girl Can”, a campaign created by parkrun partner, Sport England. So please encourage as much female participation as possible, more than the men, a situation that as far as I am aware has only happened once before at Warrington.

Results – Warrington Parkrun 326
Male
1st Alfie Crockett​17.22 (28th first place finish) – (Victoria Park RC)
2nd Tom Battarbee​17.51
3rd Jack Pilkington​18.33
Female
1st Penny Guess​​21.07 (20th overall) – (2nd first place finish) – (Lymm Runners) – (New PB)
2nd Claire Demaine Farrell 21.27 (26th overall) – (Lymm Runners)
3rd Laura Dean​​22.32 (43rd overall)
There were 408 runners of whom 215 were male, 178 female and 15 unknowns. There were 39 first timers of whom 12 were running their first ever parkrun. The best performance by a runner new to Warrington was by Ted Davies in 19.58 in 8th place. The best performance by a runner in his first ever parkrun was by Matthew Bossward in 23.23 in 60th place. The best age grade % was 75.02% by Chris Hall (Stubbington Green Runners), a first timer, in 20.29 in 15th place.
41 of you recorded new personal bests including Claire Jones 26.03 and Megan Rudge 28.10. 11 youngsters (4 boys and 7 girls) ran in the JM/JW10 age group, the youngest age groups and Terry Coles (VM75-79) was again our most senior athlete.
The 10 milestone was achieved by Joshua Prescott (JM11-14) to qualify for his white t-shirt and the 50 milestone was reached by Emma Norman (all at Warrington), Janet Monks (49 at Warrington), Stacy Coe (46 at Warrington), Alexander Leslie (40 at Warrington and Rosemary Sills (6 at Warrington) to qualify for their red t-shirts. The 100 milestone was achieved by Angela Evans and Lee Evans (both 99 at Warrington) to qualify for their black t-shirts. Faye Lawton ran her 200th parkrun and Paul Deeran his 200th at Warrington.
A perfect time from Dan Chadwick 22.22 and aesthetic times from Benedict Kennedy 21.21, Matthew Bossward 23.23, Noel Johnson and Emma McCue both 26.26, Colette Kelly and Liz Jervis both 28.28, Josie Jarvis 30.30, Pauline Edwards 32.32, Amy Dick 35.35 and Debra Vaughan 36.36. No on-point times and one palindromic time from Ceri Mitchell 25.52.
Our visitors this week came from Wrexham, Penrhyn, Leeds, Birmingham, Sheringham, Milton Keynes, Watford, Enfield, Southwark, Farnborough and Fareham.

Today’s full results and a complete race history can be found on the Warrington Parkrun Results Page.

 

Event 325

Warrington Parkrun 325 – 15 February 2020

From Sunny and Warm Bahrain to Wet and Windy Warrington

The good fortune we have experienced during the recent period of inclement weather, whereby it remained dry on Saturday mornings, came to an abrupt end this week. It hardly stopped raining from the time I woke up and looked out of the window at 7.30am through to parkrun conclusion at about 10.15am and throughout the rest of the day.
So, it was with some unease that I got out of my car in the car park and proceeded to make my way across the field to where Huw Jones was conducting the pre-run briefing for the marshals and volunteers. Halfway across, I was greeted by two prospective runners with the question “Are we in the right place, this will be our first ever parkrun”. I assured them that they were and gave them details of the parkrun, the course and the procedures as regards their barcodes and ultimately their position tokens. It transpired that they were Brit and Stephen Webster, originally from Warrington, but now living and working in Bahrain in the middle east. They had been following the NHS couch to 5K programme in the sunshine and their first ever parkrun would coincide with their return to Warrington visiting family. I offered sincere condolences that their first experience of parkrun would be in such awful weather conditions, however, they said they were looking forward to it. I spoke to them again afterwards and the weather had not put them off, they had enjoyed it and that they would be coming back next week before they return home to Bahrain.
The poor weather had a significant effect on the turnout and with only 432 participants, it was the smallest field for 2020 thus far. After one of the shortest pre-run briefings ever, Huw set us off and to the surprise of most of us, Lake Victoria was virtually non-existent, thanks to some sterling work earlier from the organisers and volunteers. In fact, we should all thank all the volunteers for braving the elements this week to deliver us our parkrun. However, judging by the photographs taken by Richard Wake and posted on Facebook both runners and walkers and marshals were enjoying themselves despite the weather. The weather also had an effect on the performances with only 47 PBs this week, well down on our usual number, and also only 16 first timers this week.
Congratulations to Louise Blizzard on completing her 200th run at Warrington (221 in total). She becomes the seventh person to achieve this.
Don’t forget the leap year run on 29 February which should be regarded as something special and perhaps everyone should celebrate the phenomenon that is parkrun by wearing their milestone t-shirts or their parkrun apricot t-shirts.

Results – Warrington Parkrun 325
Male
1st Bertie Houghton​16.58 (12th first place finish) – (Doncaster AC)
2nd Tom Battarbee​17.42
3rd Stephen Watmough​17.48 (Warrington AC) – (best age grade % - 87.83%)
Female
1st Jenny Evans​​19.45 (11th overall) – (18th first place finish) – (Sale Harriers)
2nd Louise Blizzard​20.37 (18th overall) – (Warrington AC)
3rd Eva Jha​​21.52 (33rd overall) – (Warrington RC)
There were 432 runners of whom 231 were male, 169 female and 32 unknowns. There were 33 first timers of whom 16 were running their first ever parkrun. The best performance by a runner new to Warrington was by Ben Greene (Serpentine RC) in 17.56 in 4th place. The best performance by a runner in his first ever parkrun was by Will Oram in 20.28 in 17th place.
47 of you recorded new personal bests including Joe Penlington 23.51 and David Stokes 25.27. 10 youngsters (2 boys and 8 girls) ran in the JM/JW10 age group, the youngest age groups and Terry Coles (VM75-79) was our most senior athlete.
The 50 milestone was achieved by Sue Hughes (5 at Warrington) and Louise Blizzard completed her 200th run at Warrington. Our most prolific parkrunner was Vincent Alcock (Spectrum Striders RC) completing his 412th run.
Perfect times from Adam Tilston 22.22 and Stephen Rutter 33.33 and aesthetic times from Danny Crompton 23.23, Martin Tierney 25.25, Dean Carey 27.27, Jane Scott 31.31, Katie Crompton 34.34 and Gary Skentelbery 36.36. An on-point time from David Mayes 20.00 and palindromic times from Judah Anthony 23.32,Matthew Sprostron 24.42, George Bennett and Craig Allen both 25.52 and Victoria Hinchcliffe 31.13.
Our visitors this week came from Connahs Quay, Conwy, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Harrogate, Grantham, Walsall, Workington, Thurrock, Henley-on-Thames and Bahrain.

Today’s full results and a complete race history can be found on the Warrington Parkrun Results Page.

 

Warrington 324

Warrington Parkrun 324 – 8 February 2020

Or Maidstone Parkrun 363!

Having travelled down to Kent for the weekend to celebrate my daughter’s 45th birthday, I duly turned up at Kent Life, an open-air museum, for the Maidstone parkrun. It is one that I have completed a few times before and is a picturesque run mainly along the towpath of the river Medway. It had rained overnight (not forecast) so it was somewhat wet underfoot. At the pre-run briefing, we were informed that there were some puddles along the route and that if we were not prepared to run straight through them that we should start at the back to avoid hold-ups. However, I only encountered one puddle of an area about 2 metres square so no worse than the succession of puddles along our towpath by the ship canal. I decided not to mention our Lake Victoria which as we know can be up to 30 yards long. (Soft southerners!!). Nevertheless, I started near the front to avoid the inevitable congestion as the towpath is rather narrow in places. I was rewarded with a PB and my first Maidstone parkrun under 30 minutes. Still, it is an enjoyable run with pleasant views of houseboats, ducks and other river based wildlife and local rowing club members in training together with a “wobbly” bridge over the river to run across twice.
Judging by the photos and video on facebook, it would appear that Warrington parkrun had dry weather although no doubt the usual dampness underfoot. However, weather did get much worse on Sunday which, sadly, resulted in the cancellation of Warrington Junior parkrun.
Congratulations to Bertie Houghton on his 4th first place finish this year already just beating Chris Stanford making his first visit to Warrington in 2020 and with the best age graded performance. Also, congratulations to Bobbie Lomax for her first 1st place finish for over 12 months.
Don’t forget, next week, 15 February, will be our Valentine’s Day run so perhaps everyone should turn up wearing red or pink. The leap year run on 29 February should be regarded as something special and perhaps everyone should celebrate the phenomenon that is parkrun by wearing their milestone t-shirts or their parkrun apricot t-shirts. Let’s see plenty of colour for both those runs.

Results – Warrington Parkrun 324
Male
1st Bertie Houghton​16.26 (11th first place finish) – (Doncaster AC)
2nd Chris Stanford​16.37 (Warrington Triathlon Club) – (best age grade % - 82.15%)
3rd Unknown
Female
1st Bobbie Lomax​21.10 (27th overall) – (13th first place finish) – (Warrington RRC)
2nd Therese Ryan​21.30 (34th overall) – (PB)
3rd Louisa Mogg​​21.37 (37th overall) – (Run Sandymoor) – (first timer)
There were 536 runners of whom 279 were male, 229 female and 28 unknowns. There were 39 first timers of whom 28 were running their first ever parkrun. The best performance by a runner new to Warrington was by Tim Johnstone (Chorley Athletic & Triathlon Club) in 18.19 in 7th place. The best performance by a runner in his first ever parkrun was by Christopher Holbrook in 22.29 in 50th place.
115 of you recorded new personal bests including Ryan Leigh 19.07, Tom Houghton 19.36 (50th run), Matthew Lawless 19.39, David Mayes 19.50 (first run under 20 mins), William Bainbridge 20.51 (first run under 21 mins), Claire Jones 26.08 and Victoria Hinchcliffe 30.32. 17 youngsters (7 boys and 10 girls) ran in the JM/JW10 age group, the youngest age groups and Roger Pidcock (VM75-79) and Brenda Evans (VW75-79), on her debut, were our most senior athletes.
The 50 milestone was achieved by Tom Houghton (all at Warrington), Ally Sharp (49 at Warrington), Navneet Jha (49 at Warrington), Mark Hunter (45 at Warrington), Rick Turpin (44 at Warrington), Sadie Besley (43 at Warrington),Charles Commins (36 at Warrington) and William Staniard (5 at Warrington) to qualify for their red t-shirts. Our most prolific parkrunner was again Sandra Lewis completing her 359th run and again volunteering as tail walker.
Perfect times from Mark Bell 22.22 and Rachel Kinney and Rachel McKeown both 33.33 and aesthetic times from Joe Penlington 24.24, Frances Kennedy 25.25, Jon Roberts 28.28, Saadat Melia and Jacqui Townson both 31.31, Owen Jones 32.32 and Clare Richardson 36.36. On-point times from Vickie Molphy and Linda Owen both 30.00 and Lesley McKay 45.00 and palindromic times from Andrew Rylance 24.42,Keane Newey and Paul Deeran both 25.52, Jane Newsholme 30.03 and Clare Seaborn 31.13.
Our visitors this week from Chorley, Chester and Basingstoke.

Today’s full results and a complete race history can be found on the Warrington Parkrun Results Page.

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