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Warrington Parkrun 288 – 15 June 2019

What’s It All About, Alfie!

For several weeks, Alfie Crockett has been targeting a sub 17 minute parkrun but up to now conditions have not been right. Today was different, there was no rain, very little wind and it wasn’t too hot, excellent conditions for running, and with Dave Watson pushing him all the way, he achieved his goal in a time of 16mins 51secs, (a PB by 18 seconds). He celebrated up the final part of the finishing straight, crossed the line and then staggered totally exhausted to get his barcode and position no.1 token scanned. Everyone knows how disappointing it is when you miss a time target that you have set yourself but also how exhilarating it is when you beat it by a good margin. So, we can all send our congratulations to Alfie for his excellent performance today.
Last week, I was on holiday in Madeira, unfortunately no parkrun there yet but it is a bit hilly, so I have included two weeks of race results in this report. However, I believe I picked a good week to be away from Warrington Parkrun as I then didn’t have to endure the wind and heavy rain (it was sunny and warm in Madeira!!).
So far this year approx. 700 people have tried parkrun at Warrington for the first time and it would appear that just over 40% of them decide that it is not for them and they don’t come back. However, that does mean that nearly 60% do return and they vary anywhere between occasional runners and parkrun nuts (like a few I could name, probably including myself). Since we began in 2014, 12,400 people have taken part in our 288 parkruns at an average of 316.6 per parkrun and an average of 7.35 runs per runner. 324 have completed 50+ parkruns at Warrington, 81 have completed 100+ and three people, Andrew Pemberton, Mark Bell and Matthew Lawless, have achieved 200+.
Tony Carroll was run director today and as usual we thanked our wonderful volunteers and welcomed our first timers and tourists. I can only emphasise what Tony said about volunteering, if everyone volunteered once per year then we would never have any problems about controlling the runs.
Last week, our thanks go to Victoria Park Running Club who provided the pacers. Special mention to Laura Owen and Mark Grimes who both recorded times within 1 second of their allotted pacer times.
Reminders:-
Jun 22 – Warrington RC pacer event
Jun 29 – East Warrington GP Practices takeover
Jul 6 – Lymm Runners pacer event.
Jul 20 – Warrington Road Runners pacer event.
Aug 31 – Spectrum Striders pacer event.

Results – Warrington Parkrun 288
Male
1st Alfie Crockett​16.51 (17th first place finish) – (PB)
2nd David Watson​17.00 (Holmfirth Harriers AC) – (best age grade % - 85.39%)​ ​
3rd Tom Battarbee​18.09​
Female
1st Louise Blizzard​20.22 (15th overall) – (108th first place finish) – (Warrington AC)
2nd Emily Entwistle ​20.27 (18th overall) – (PB)
3rd Tracy Entwistle ​21.02 (21st overall) – (Warrington RRC)
There were 473 runners of whom 268 were male, 195 female and 10 unknowns. There were 45 first timers of whom 23 were running their first ever parkrun. The best performance by a runner new to Warrington Parkrun and in his first ever parkrun was by Tom Cornes in 21.21 in 26th place. 71 of you achieved new personal bests, well done to everyone, worthy of mention Lyn Westwood 31.49 in her 71st parkrun. 14 youngsters (10 boys and 4 girls) ran in the JM/JW 10 age group, the youngest age groups and Roger Pidcock and Terry Coles in the 75-79 age group were our most senior athletes.
No 50 or 100 milestones this week but 3 juniors, Elliott Nolan and Joe Daniels (both JM15-17) and Cameron Aghanian (JM10) all reached 10 parkruns to qualify for their white t-shirts.
“Perfect” times were achieved by Kylem Cross and Rob Kelly both 22.22. Aesthetically pleasing times were achieved by Tom Cornes 21.21, Thomas Hadley 23.23, Andrew Butterworth 24.24, Ella Brabin 26.26, Caroline Boardman 30.30, Jane Birchall 31.31, Sarah Lawton and Graham Hesketh both35.35 and Pippa McEwan 39.39. On point times were recorded by Andrew Barker 25.00 and Sarah Fontana and Emma Norman 30.00 and palindromic times by Harriet Bell 24.42, Damien Kusek and Louise Bradbury both 30.03 and Helen Telford 40.04.
Our tourists today came from Newtown, Letchworth, Richmond (London), Tunbridge Wells, Blandford Forum and several from Penyffordd Run Club (somewhere in Wales!!).
Results – Warrington Parkrun 287
Male
1st Unknown​​
2nd Alfie Crockett​18.05 ​
3rd Tom Battarbee​18.20​
Female
1st Louise Blizzard​20.38 (10th overall) – (107th first place finish) – (Warrington AC)
2nd Sarah Davies ​20.56 (14th overall) – (Oxford City AC)
3rd Naomi Wilson ​22.16 (34th overall)
There were 389 runners of whom 217 were male, 158 female and 14 unknowns. There were 46 first timers of whom 16 were running their first ever parkrun. The best performance by a runner new to Warrington Parkrun was by Paul Shannon (Tattenhall Runners) in 20.09 in 6th place which was also the best age grade % - 79.57%. The best by a runner new to parkrun was by Oliver Hughes (JM10) in 25.09 in 101st place. 67 of you achieved new personal bests, well done to everyone, worthy of mention Fay Hurrell 27.14 in her 77th parkrun. 14 youngsters (8 boys and 6 girls) ran in the JM/JW 10 age groups, the youngest age group and 3 men in the 70-74 age group were our most senior athletes.
Julian Dickinson ran his 100th parkrun (95 at Warrington) to qualify for his black tee-shirt and Emma Dunn her 50th parkrun to qualify for her red tee-shirt. Congratulations also to Matthew Lawless on completing his 200th parkrun (all at Warrington).
Aesthetically pleasing times were achieved by Pete Owens 28.28, Siobhan McManus-Price 29.29 and Richard Berry 36.36. On point times were recorded by Rasti Geroc 25.00 and Andrew Boyle and David Bibby 30.00 and palindromic times by Andy Smith 23.32, David Hales 24.42, Ruth Gee 34.43 and Jonathan Morris 40.04.
Our tourists came from Oxford, Birkenhead, St Albans, Oldham, Macclesfield, Milton Keynes and Rickmansworth.
Today’s full results and a complete race history can be found on the Warrington Parkrun Results Page.

 

Back from our travels.

Warrington Parkrun 286 – 1 June 2019

Back From Our Travels!

Last week, of course, Warrington Parkrun was cancelled because of the Neighbourhood Weekend in the Park, which my son and others tell me was very good. I asked you to let me know about your tourist runs and although no one has specifically contacted me, I am aware that at least 70 of you (and probably nearer 100) were tourists for the day. You supported all our neighbouring parkruns, Phoenix, Widnes, Pennington Flash, Northwich, Delamere, St Helens, Knowsley and Wythenshawe. Other parkruns attended include Ormskirk, Ellesmere Port, Fountains Abbey (North Yorkshire) and Highbury Fields (Islington, North London). Let me know about any others.
Back to today and 517 of us took part in warm but cloudy conditions, just perfect for good performances. Huw was race director and, as usual, we thanked the volunteers and welcomed the first timers and tourists. The only tourists who identified themselves were from Banbury but the results suggest other visitors from Crewe, Congleton, Ormskirk, Ellesmere Port, Whitchurch, Leeds, Redditch, Nottingham, Great Yarmouth and London.
Huw also mentioned that this weekend was parkrun GP pledge day to celebrate the first anniversary of the parkrun practice initiative. More than 1,000 GPs and surgery staff were taking part in parkruns throughout the country including several at Warrington. This is to promote the link between parkrun and GP surgeries to improve the health and wellbeing of patients and staff and create entire communities centred on wellness. Next time you visit your GP, talk about parkrun and ask if they have signed up to this initiative, specifically with Warrington Parkrun.
Reminders:-
Jun 8 – Victoria Park RC pacer event.
Jul 6 – Lymm Runners pacer event.
Jul 20 – Warrington Road Runners pacer event.

Results – Warrington Parkrun 286
Male
1st Bertie Houghton​16.15 (5th first place finish) – (Doncaster AC)
2nd David Watson​16.31 (Holmfirth Harriers AC) – (new VM 45-49 record) – (best age grade % - 87.89%)​ ​
3rd Unknown​
Female
1st Jenny Evans​​20.05 (7th overall) – (8th first place finish) – (Warrington RC)
2nd Louise Blizzard ​21.13 (24th overall) – (Warrington AC)
3rd Naomi Wilson ​21.54 (35th overall)
There were 517 runners of whom 270 were male, 217 female and 30 unknowns (this number is on the rise again!). There were 67 first timers of whom 42 were running their first ever parkrun. The best performance by a runner new to Warrington Parkrun was by John Putt (South Cheshire Harriers) in 20.43 in 18th place. 75 of you achieved new personal bests, well done to everyone, worthy of mention Matthew Lawless 20.52 in his 199th parkrun and Louise Waiting 28.42 in her 73rd parkrun. 21 youngsters (15 boys and 6 girls) ran in the 10 and under age group, the youngest age group and Roger Pidcock in the 75-79 age group was our most senior athlete.
The 50 parkrun milestone was achieved by Helen Cairns (47 at Warrington), Paul O’Hara (49 at Warrington), Geoffrey Merritt (46 at Warrington), Sarah Walker (48 at Warrington), Craig Mann (43 at Warrington), Jack Wadsworth (47 at Warrington and Tom Battarbee (48 at Warrington) to qualify for their red t-shirts. Matthew Nash and Alfie Blizzard (both JM10) reached 10 parkruns to qualify for their white t-shirts. Also congratulations to Philip Harland on clocking up his 150th parkrun.
“Perfect” times were achieved by Mark Bell 22.22 and Jill Coleman 33.33. Aesthetically pleasing times were achieved by Christopher Lawton 24.24, Simon Redfearn 26.26, Julie Thompson and Robert MacLennan 27.27, Anne McAteer 28.28, Roger Dickin and Emma Horn 38.38 and Angela Dickin 42.42. An on point time was recorded by Jennifer Ellis 40.00 and a palindromic time by Matthew Nash 32.23.
Today’s full results and a complete race history can be found on the Warrington Parkrun Results Page.

 

Warrington Parkrun 285 – 18 May 2019

A Report From Afar (well 250 miles!!!) ….

Saturday was my granddaughter’s 11th birthday so it was a family gathering in Maidstone in Kent. However, I was given a pass out to attend Maidstone Parkrun as a tourist and let everyone know that I was from Warrington. 417 of us set off from Kent Life (a children’s petting zoo) for an attractive run mostly along the towpath of the River Medway, an out and back course which crosses the river on a “bouncy” bridge just before and after the turnaround point at the children’s play area. The course is narrow in places causing some congestion particularly just after the start and then further along when the faster runners return along the towpath. There are lovely views of the river with very pretty houseboats moored and plenty of wildlife including the local rowing club out for early morning training. It was my fourth run at Maidstone and I managed a PB in 30.13. I would like to include more reports of other tourist runs so any details that you can provide will I am sure be of interest to many in the Warrington Parkrun community. You can either make a comment on future facebook posts or email in to warringtonoffice@parkrun.com and they will be forwarded on to me. This may be particularly relevant this week and next as this week’s run was the alternative route and next week’s is cancelled because of the Neighbourhood Weekend events in Victoria Park. Only 362 of you ran this week, did many of you go elsewhere as tourists, if so let me know. Next week, I think I shall go to Northwich Parkrun, does anyone feel like joining me there.
Obviously, being away this week, I did not get to experience the reverse route, but everyone seems to have disliked the double whammy on the playing field. Hopefully, in two weeks time, we will be back to normal. A scan of this week’s results suggest that visitors came to Warrington from Conwy, Selby, Milton Keynes, Newbury and Jersey. There were “only” 45 PBs this week because of fewer numbers and the reverse course but congratulations to parkrun regulars Pamela Moore (102 runs) in 27.05 and Katie Guess (137 runs) in 27.22 (second week running) for their PB performances.
Further reminders:-
May 25 – Event cancelled. Plan your away day and let me know about where you choose to run and why and what it is like.
Jun 1 – Back to normal
Jun 8 – Victoria Park RC pacer event.
Jun 22 - WRC pacer event
Jun 29 - East Warrington GP Practices
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Jul 6 – Lymm Runners pacer event.
Jul 20 – Warrington Road Runners pacer event.

Results – Warrington Parkrun 285
Male
1st Chris Stanford​17.06 (36th first place finish) – (Warrington Triathlon Club) – (best age grade % - 79.24%)
2nd Alfie Crockett​18.05​ ​
3rd Paul Boileau​​19.34
Female
1st Louise Blizzard​20.32 (10th overall) – (106th first place finish) – (Warrington AC)
2nd Naomi Wilson ​22.04 (27th overall)
3rd Sadie Besley ​23.22 (44th overall)
There were 362 runners of whom 195 were male, 151 female and 16 unknowns. There were 34 first timers of whom 19 were running their first ever parkrun. The best performance by a runner new to Warrington Parkrun (also his first ever parkrun) was by Tim Igoe in 20.08 in 8th place. 45 of you achieved new personal bests, well done to everyone. 13 youngsters (6 boys and 7 girls) ran in the 10 and under age group, the youngest age group and Brian Coyne and Ken Johnson in the 70-74 age group were our most senior athletes.
The 100 parkrun milestone was reached by Marilyn Maguire (all at Warrington) to qualify for her black t-shirt. The 50 parkrun milestone was achieved by Janette Austin (all at Warrington) and Katie Hampton (49 at Warrington) to qualify for their red t-shirts. Sophie Lowe (JW11-14) reached 10 parkruns to qualify for her white t-shirt.
Aesthetically pleasing times were achieved by Simon Oldfield 24.24, Nick Shaw 27.27, Ewan Taylor 28.28 and Chrissie Knight and Sally Callaghan both 34.34. An on point time was recorded by Nigel Jennison 30.00 and palindromic times were achieved by Nicola Lowe 25.52, Tim Marshall 31.13 and Anna Marshall and Joanne Marshall both 43.34.
Today’s full results and a complete race history can be found on the Warrington Parkrun Results Page.

 

Butterfield Double

Warrington Parkrun 284 – 11 May 2019

A Butterfield Double

This week was a double celebration for the Butterfields. Rick completed his 100th parkrun whilst Tracy completed her 200th parkrun. They both joined the parkrun family back in 2013 in the pre-Warrington days. They completed 21 parkruns at Pennington Flash before taking part in the inaugural Warrington Parkrun in January 2014. Since then they have been virtually ever present at Warrington as both runners and volunteers. Rick has run 65 times at Warrington (the number restricted by a severe achilles tendon injury) and has volunteered 169 times. Tracy has run 159 times at Warrington and volunteered on 80 occasions. They have been tourists on several occasions in the UK and also once in Singapore and in 2018 were the first Warrington runners to take part in a parkrun in Poland. They have gone above and beyond to help make Warrington Parkrun the success it is today and are to be congratulated and thanked for everything they have done. Well done guys.
A lovely sunny morning meant a big turnout for this week’s run. 602 runners and walkers completed the course making it the sixth occasion when we have achieved 600+ and the fourth highest overall. Conditions must have been ideal as 136 of you achieved personal bests making a grand total of 17,875 in 284 parkruns (average 63 per run). A special mention for four of our regular runners, Andrew Pemberton 26.44 (241 parkruns), Jason Sage 19.27 (174 parkruns, Katie Guess 28.20 (136 parkruns and Naomi Wilson 21.32 (129 parkruns. Congratulations also to Elise Barker and Karen Moran who both broke through the 30 minute barrier for the first time.
There were another 55 first timers of whom 22 were new to parkrun altogether. Since mid-January, 552 people have completed their first ever parkrun and it would appear that approx. 60% of those will return within 3 months.
This week was a pacer run by Run Sandymoor. Thanks to everyone who acted as pacer or supported them, 34 members of Run Sandymoor were taking part this week. As far as I can ascertain, the best pacer performance was by Alexandra Russell who completed the course in exactly 29 minutes.
People appear to be very shy in owning up to being a tourist as only one person, from North Wales, identified themselves. The results suggest other visitors from Brighton, Leeds, Lancaster, Stoke-on-Trent and Oldham.
Further reminders:-
May 18 (next week) – Alternative route due to the Neighbourhood Weekend setting up in Victoria Park. The start will be at the Morrisons (Stockton Heath) end of Black Bear Path.
May 25 – Event cancelled due to the Neighbourhood Weekend event in Victoria Park. Plan your away day and let me know about where you choose to run and why and what it is like.
Jun 1 – Back to normal (probably).
Jun 8 – Victoria Park RC pacer event.
Jul 6 – Lymm Runners pacer event.
Jul 20 – Warrington Road Runners pacer event.

Results – Warrington Parkrun 284
Male
1st Bertie Houghton​16.18 (4th first place finish) – (PB) – (Doncaster AC)
2nd Unknown​ ​
3rd Jonathan Smith​17.26 (Lymm Runners)
Female
1st Jenny Evans​​19.07 (9th overall) – (7th first place finish) – (Warrington RC)
2nd Naomi Wilson ​21.32 (42nd overall) – (PB)
3rd Bobbie Lomax ​21.39 (45th overall)
There were 602 runners of whom 319 were male, 261 female and 22 unknowns. There were 55 first timers of whom 22 were running their first ever parkrun. The best age grade performance was by Paul Boileau (VM55-59) in 19.05 in 8th place. The best performance by a runner new to Warrington Parkrun (also his first ever parkrun) was by Ben Wallis in 19.41 in 15th place. 136 of you achieved new personal bests, well done to everyone. 14 youngsters (8 boys and 6 girls) ran in the 10 and under age group, the youngest age group and Roger Pidcock and Terry Coles in the 75-79 age group were again our most senior athletes.
The 100 parkrun milestone was reached by Julie Thompson (96 at Warrington), Martin Wright (also 96 at Warrington) and Rick Butterfield (65 at Warrington) to qualify for their black t-shirts. The 50 parkrun milestone was achieved by Kathryn Ruane (48 at Warrington) to qualify for her red t-shirt. Although not a milestone, Tracy Butterfield and Lee Hulme both completed 200 parkruns.
Aesthetically pleasing times were achieved by Richard Murray 20.20, Richard Wake 24.24, Ceri Mitchell and Benjamin Clarke 26.26, Tania Wild 27.27, Geoff Player 28.28, Kirsty Morley 29.29 and Lindsey Tonge 35.35. An on point time was recorded by Nichola Chandler 30.00. Palindromic times were achieved by Lee Morris 23.32, Olivia Copper 30.03, Heather Varley 35.53, David Cooper 41.14 and Les Hewitt 43.34.
Today’s full results and a complete race history can be found on the Warrington Parkrun Results Page.

 

May the Fourth be with you

Warrington Parkrun 283 – 4 May 2019

May The Fourth Be With You!

As many of you were guided into the car park by a couple of stormtroopers, Warrington Parkrun celebrated Star Wars Day on a Saturday for the first time since we started back in 2014.
On waking on the morning, the weather promised much with clear skies and sunshine although, on venturing outside, it proved to be a lot colder than expected. However, this was only a problem whilst we congregated at the start and was soon forgotten as the run got underway.
Huw was race director this week and commenced the pre-race briefing by thanking our wonderful volunteers especially after their experiences the previous week. We welcomed the first timers and the lone tourist (from Wigan!!!!), although the results reveal other visitors from Haywards Heath, Halifax, Shrewsbury, Huddersfield and Builth Wells.
A scan of the results shows personal bests from our first three finishers including our winner, Alfie Crockett, a Warrington stalwart, in 17.09. I believe Alfie was targeting a sub 17 minute run this week, so not far away. He will be having another go at it next Saturday so if you see him along Black Bear path give him a big cheer.
Other notable performances include our first lady runner, Cath Dawson, who achieved the best age graded performance of 83.37% and was close to her own record for the VW50-54 age category. Andrew Hartley achieved the best performance of 18.21 in 9th place for a runner new to Warrington Parkrun. Geoff Jacks from Victoria Park Running Club recorded 19.50 in 16th place, his first run below 20 minutes. Good running from juniors as well, Isaac Atkinson (JM11-14) a PB of 20.32 in 29TH place and Jake Harrison (JM10) a PB of 22.17 in 57th place. The best performance by someone running their first ever parkrun was by Russ Bowden (VM45-49) in 159th place in a time of 25.51.
Also raise a cheer for Mike Palmer, who tail walked with Jacqueline Thomason despite having his arm in a sling following a stay in hospital as a result of a biking accident. Mike, we all wish you a speedy recovery.
Special congratulations to Andy Smith who recorded his 250th parkrun this week to join the fairly exclusive club who now proudly wear a green t-shirt. Andy began parkrunning in 2010 at Bramhall Park and ran 120 times there primarily before switching his “home” parkrun to Warrington in early 2016 and he has now run 105 times with us. His remaining runs are guest appearances at various locations in and around south Manchester. He becomes the second Warrington regular (after Mike McCarthy) to achieve the 250 milestone.
Further reminders:-
May 11 (next week) – Run Sandymoor pacer event.
May 18 – Alternative route due to the Neighbourhood Weekend setting up in Victoria Park. The start will be at the Morrisons (Stockton Heath) end of Black Bear Path.
May 25 – Event cancelled due to the Neighbourhood Weekend event in Victoria Park. Plan your away day and let me know about where you choose to run and why and what it is like.
Jun 1 – Back to normal (probably).
Jun 8 – Victoria Park RC pacer event.
Jul 6 – Lymm Runners pacer event.
Jul 20 – Warrington Road Runners pacer event.

Results – Warrington Parkrun 283
Male
1st Alfie Crockett​17.09 (16th first place finish) – (PB)
2nd Daniel Harbidge ​17.12 (North Endurance) – (PB)
3rd Ben Webb​​17.15 (Halton & Frodsham Harriers) – (PB)
Female
1st Cath Dawson​20.21 (23rd overall) – (2nd first place finish) – (Halifax Harriers & AC) – (best age grade % - 83.37%)
2nd Louise Blizzard ​20.55 (34th overall) – (Warrington AC)
3rd Naomi Wilson ​21.40 (46th overall)
There were 558 runners of whom 309 were male, 235 female and 14 unknowns. There were 48 first timers of whom 26 were running their first ever parkrun. 113 of you achieved new personal bests, including Richard Hartland in 23.46 for the second week running, well done to everyone. 18 youngsters (7 boys and 11 girls) ran in the 10 and under age group, the youngest age group and Roger Pidcock and Terry Coles in the 75-79 age group were our most senior athletes.
The 250 milestone was achieved by Andy Smith (105 at Warrington) and the 100 parkrun milestone was reached by Anne McGrath (all at Warrington) to qualify for her black t-shirt. The 50 parkrun milestone was achieved by Neil Cooper (47 at Warrington) and Paul Marklove (44 at Warrington) to qualify for their red t-shirts. Two juniors, Emma Howarth and Chris Deane reached 10 parkruns to qualify for their white t-shirts.
Aesthetically pleasing times were achieved by Neil Atkinson 21.21, Dawn Lawless 32.32 and Matthew Forrest 38.38 with Benjamin Redfearn achieving the special time of 22.22. On point times were recorded by Mike Kemp 25.00 and Bryan Forth 40.00. New this week, palindromic times were achieved by Andrew Pemberton 20.02, Paul Clayton 21.12, Paul Ravenscroft 23.32, Peter Connor 24.42, Roger Gwinnett 25.52, Elizabeth Trainor-Tute 30.03 and Leslie Dunning 34.43.

Today’s full results and a complete race history can be found on the Warrington Parkrun Results Page.3085564D-A8CF-418E-AF94-CE92349B5813

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