Event 337 – Normal Service Resumed

Warrington Parkrun 337 – 11 September 2021

Back To “Normal”!!

Well, we were back to “normal” again this week, with the start and finish back in Victoria Park. Most of the park had been cleared after the Neighbourhood Weekender Festival, so we were able to return to our “new” course, although the path across the site of “Lake Victoria” was still untidy and required us to divert onto the grass. It should be fine for next week unless it turns very wet.
We had 333 participants this week, which, although more than the last two weeks, is still down on the numbers before lockdown and, indeed, down on the first four weeks back. Some runners were elsewhere, Great North Run for instance, but I have no doubt that many of our participants are still reluctant to return to a mass participation event, although I do feel that an outdoor event properly controlled is a safe environment. Indeed, later on Saturday, my wife and I attended our first theatre performance for over two years. It was a little more disconcerting as it was a fully attended indoor event at the Lowry Theatre. (We saw the musical, “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” and I can wholeheartedly recommend it).
Congratulations to our first placed finishers, Tom Battarbee, an ever present since lockdown and Jenny Evans in her first run back at Warrington after five tourist runs. Congratulations also to our second placed female, Valerie Dunn from Vale Royal AC who achieved an age grade % of 90.08%. However, she was pipped for best age grade % by Sue Nicholls who achieved 90.09% (oh so close!). Sue was running for only the second time at Warrington and she set a magnificent new record time of 27.24 for the VW75-79 age group. In her first run at Warrington, just over four years ago, Sue set the record for the VW70-74 age group, a record which still stands today.
We were joined today by Charlotte Nicholls, MP for Warrington North constituency, Russ Bowden, leader of Warrington Borough Council and by Cathy Mitchell, deputy leader. We are reliant on support from the local authority who provide the permissions, willingly given, that allow us to use the parks, playing fields and footpaths to put parkrun on. So, it is always a pleasure to welcome some of our local representatives.
Finally, some health and safety reminders, children under 11 must be accompanied by a responsible adult, dogs (one dog only per parkrunner) must be kept on a short lead, runners with pushchairs take extra care and everyone, please be considerate to other park users at all times. Please remember your barcodes, no barcode – no time, although I must applaud runners as for the last two weeks the unknowns have been in single figures.
See you all next week.

Results – Warrington Parkrun 337
Male
1st Tom Battarbee​17.24 (5th first place finish)
2nd Thomas Mills​18.02
3rd James Williams​19.13
Female
1st Jenny Evans​​20.12 (19th first place finish) – (7th overall)
2nd Valerie Dunn​22.10 (12th overall) – (Vale Royal AC)
3rd Carla Bonner​23.25 (25th overall)
There were 333 runners of whom 182 were male, 144 female and 7 unknowns. There were 29 first timers of whom 15 were running their first ever parkrun. The best performance by a runner new to Warrington was Luke Rotheram in 28th place in 23.36 and the best performance by a runner in their first ever parkrun was by Helen Marenghi in 75th place in 25.47.
41 of you recorded new personal bests, including Matthew Lawless 19.25 and Louise McConnachie 31.39. 5 youngsters (3 boys and 2 girls) ran in the JM/JW10 age groups, the youngest age groups and John Little in the VM75-79 age group was our most senior athlete. The most prolific athlete this week was Gary Slater with 493 parkruns. The best age grade % was achieved by Sue Nicholls with 90.09%.
The 100 parkrun milestone was achieved by Daniel Dunbabin (72 at Warrington) to qualify for his black t-shirt and 50 by Andy Hampson (33 at Warrington) and Gillian Edwards (all at Warrington) to qualify for their red t-shirts.
Perfect times this week from Paul Allshire 22.22 and Tracy Butterfield 33.33 and aesthetic times from Roberto Nerici 25.25 and Marie Lynch 30.30. An on point time from Andrea Beesley 35.00 and palindromic times from Andrew Skett 25.52, Clare Lowery and Rick Pomfret both 30.03 and Leanne Houghton 31.13.
Our visitors this week came from ellesmere Port, Olham, Reading and Burnham-on-Sea.

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

 

Event 336

Warrington Parkrun 336 – 4 September 2021

Warrington Parkrunners on Tour!!

With the Neighbourhood Weekender festival taking place in Victoria Park all over this weekend, Warrington parkrun continued with the alternative route based on Black Bear Path and the playing fields being used for the second week running.
It appears that, for many of you, it proved to be unpopular or you took Huw Jones at his word and went on tour or you were actually going to the pop festival!! Numbers were down to 215 this week, which was the lowest participation since event 307 in October 2019 when there were only 197 participants.
If you did do a tourist run this week, let us know where, as it would be interesting to find out who travelled the furthest!
However, for those of us who did take part, it was an excellent morning, the weather was perfect for running, jogging or walking and the volunteers did another great job in keeping us all on the right path, although Rick Butterfield, at the finish funnel, didn’t know his left from his right but fortunately the runners knew which way to go.
From my perspective near the back of the field, I found the event most enjoyable as I passed by the front runners twice and was overtaken by them once. We all also had the opportunity to greet many more of our fellow runners as we passed by up and down Black Bear Path.
Hopefully, we should be back to normal next week and, with all our temporary tourists returning and school holidays over, we should see a significant increase in numbers, back to our more usual level of participation.
There is a possible shortage of marshals next week, so if you would feel like volunteering, just email warrington@parkrun.com in order to help out.

Results – Warrington Parkrun 336
Male
1st Tom Battarbee​17.27 (4th first place finish)
2nd Alfie Crockett​17.48 (Victoria Park RC)
3rd John Myers​​18.28 (Run Sandymoor)
Female
1st Louise Blizzard​20.16 (125th first place finish) – (11th overall) – (Warrington AC) – (best age grade % - 79.11%)
2nd Faye Lawton​​22.17 (26th overall) – (Warrington AC)
3rd Emma McCue​22.40 (32nd overall)
There were 215 runners of whom 118 were male, 88 female and 9 unknowns. There were 22 first timers of whom 13 were running their first ever parkrun. The best performance by a runner new to Warrington and in his first ever parkrun was Jack Walton in 6th place in 19.07.
17 of you recorded new personal bests, but I won’t highlight any again this week because of the different course. 5 youngsters (3 boys and 2 girls) ran in the JM/JW10 age groups, the youngest age groups and Jean Lennon in the VW85-89 age group was again our most senior athlete (I was second oldest!!!). The most prolific athlete this week was again Andrew Pemberton with 287 parkruns (281 of these have been at Warrington making him also the most prolific at Warrington with an 83.6% attendance record).
The 100 parkrun milestone was achieved by Lyn Westwood (94 at Warrington) to qualify for her black t-shirt and 50 by Alison Morgan (46 at Warrington) to qualify for her red t-shirt. Kacy Lawless (JW15-17) ran her 10th parkrun to qualify for her white t-shirt.
No perfect times this week but aesthetic times from Elliott Nolan 20.20, Ryan Leigh 20.20 (obviously both with perfect vision), Oliver Lister 23.23, Jonathan McGeehan 24.24, Robert Maclennan 29.29 and Ceri and Chloe Porter both 46.46. On point times from Graham Roberts 25.00, Fiona Weston 30.00 and Kira Lawless 35.00 and palindromic times from Beth Simms 25.52 and Emma Johnson 31.13.
Our only visitor this week came from Wakefield.

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

 

Keep Right!

Warrington Parkrun 335 – 28 August 2021

Keep to the Right!!

Huw Jones, our run director, was rightly concerned with the alternative route that was needed this week. Victoria Park was all fenced off in preparation for the Neighbourhood Weekender Festival taking place next weekend, 3 -5 September.
However, his concern and worry was misplaced, as our wonderful team of volunteers rose to the challenge and marshalled the event magnificently, ensuring that all participants, runners, walkers and marshals were able to enjoy a trouble free event. This bodes well for next week when we have to do the same thing all over again.
In his pre-run briefing, Huw highlighted the various difficulties arising from the change of route especially the fact that we would be going both ways along Black Bear Park not once but twice. However, the most important instruction was for all participants to KEEP TO THE RIGHT to avoid crossovers and possible collisions. We all responded superbly well and, with excellent instructions from our marshals, everything went very well. In the previous two weeks, Huw had suggested that this week and next would be a good time to go and do a tourist run elsewhere and judging by our numbers, many regulars may well have done just that. Numbers were down to 290 this week which was probably a good thing as anything like our usual attendance would have made the course management very difficult indeed.
First to finish this week was James Westlake from Crawley AC making his fourth appearance at Warrington and maintaining his record of being first finisher each time. Louise Blizzard was the first female finisher, for the 124th time. Two runs to highlight, Thomas Clowes from Chorlton Runners in third place in his first ever run at Warrington and Terence McCaw in fourth place in his first ever parkrun. The reduction in numbers was most noticeable at junior level with only one runner in the 10 and under category. So, our youngest competitor this week was Jake Hewett, who just happens to be my grandson, visiting from Kent with the family to celebrate his grandparents’ golden wedding anniversary.
A big thank you to Tracy Butterfield who stepped in to produce last week’s report whilst I was away family visiting in South London. I did manage a parkrun in Nonsuch Park which for a two lapper proved to be more interesting than most. Although I was somewhat perturbed when coming up to complete my first lap, I hear a marshal shout out that the lead bike was coming to the finish!
So, a final reminder that next week the start will once again be at the Stockton Heath end of Black Bear Park, then back to normal on 11 September.

Results – Warrington Parkrun 335
Male
1st James Westlake​17.01 (4th first place finish) – (Crawley AC)
2nd Tom Battarbee​17.30
3rd Thomas Clowes​18.07 (first timer) – (Chorlton Runners)
Female
1st Louise Blizzard​20.36 (124th first place finish) – (16th overall) – (Warrington AC)
2nd Faye Lawton​​22.19 (31st overall) – (Warrington AC)
3rd Joanne Nemits​22.44 (37th overall)
There were 290 runners of whom 148 were male, 115 female and 27 unknowns. There were 22 first timers of whom 10 were running their first ever parkrun. The best performance by a runner new to Warrington was Thomas Clowes in third place and the best performance by a runner in his first ever parkrun was Terence McCaw in fourth place in 18.13.
26 of you recorded new personal bests, but I won’t highlight any because of the different course. 1 boy ran in the JM10 age group, the youngest age group and Jean Lennon in the VW85-89 age group was again our most senior athlete. The most prolific athlete this week was Andrew Pemberton with 286 parkruns (280 of these have been at Warrington making him also the most prolific at Warrington). The best age grade % was by Liz Tetley with 79.50%
The 100 parkrun milestone was achieved by Simon Redfearn (94 at Warrington) and Alison Woods (97 at Warrington) to qualify for their black t-shirts and 50 by Paul Chedd (all at Warrington) and Ben Liput (41 at Warrington) to qualify for their red t-shirts. Thomas Dawson (JM 11-14) ran his 10th parkrun to qualify for his white t-shirt.
No perfect times this week but aesthetic times from Charlotte Woods 29.29, Mark Pickering 30.30 and Nicola Smith 37.37. No on point times and one palindromic time from Mollyanna McCluskey 31.13.
Our visitors this week came from Crawley, Enfield, Bradford, Glasgow, Lancaster and Maidstone.

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

 

Nice weather for ducks!

Warrington parkrun #334
21/08/2021
Nice Weather for Ducks!!
I am standing in as Guest Run Report Writer this week as Richard Kirkin was away touristing in London. Usually a parkrunner myself I was also one of the Tailwalkers today, so got soaking wet along with the rest of you. Please consider giving up a run and volunteering once or twice. You still get a parkrun credit for Tailwalking as you complete the course, and you can work towards a Volunteer Milestone T-shirt to add to your collection as well as feeling a little pride that you’ve given something back.
Numbers were down for the second week in a row with 387 (hopefully waterproof) runners braving what began as slight drizzle at 9am, turning into a downpour within a few minutes of the start which continued throughout the whole of the event.
This week saw Rick tackle his first Run Director Role. It was certainly strange seeing the black and white tabard on someone other than Huw or Cal! After thanking the Volunteers during his runners briefing, he mentioned the change of course for the next two weeks due to the Neighbourhood Weekender Festival happening in Victoria Park. We will meet at the Stockton Heath end of the Black Bear path near to the entrance to the field; more details and photos can be found on the FB page. It is not an ideal alternative course and includes running the field twice (once clockwise and once anticlockwise) but is better than cancelling altogether or running 5½ laps of the field!
Of the 387 runners 138 were female, 229 male with 20 unknowns. The weather did play havoc with some printed paper barcodes which became soggy and unscannable, so I do recommend getting yours laminated to ensure they are usable throughout the year. I personally like my plastic version from the parkrun website at around £4 for 3!
The first three Male finishers this week were:
1st Paul Bragan who also got a new PB in 17:02. Well Done!
2nd Tom Batterbee at 17:32
3rd David Watson in 18:06
Two out of the top three Female finishers this week were called Claire!
1st Claire Andrew in 20:04
2nd Claire Demain Farrell at 21:58
3rd Michelle Horner in 22:07
We had 29 First Timers at Warrington this week, 15 of those completing their first ever parkrun which is admirable given the wet conditions. Let’s hope they are not put off and we see them again in the future.
58 runners achieved a PB which again is some achievement if you weren’t a good swimmer!
Tourists came from Barnstaple, Blackburn, Bideford, Bodmin, Chichester, Conwy, Coventry, Lancaster, Liverpool, London and Widnes.
Lisa Scobbie and Jo Richardson reached their red 50 parkrun Milestone achievement and both of them are also two of this week’s PBers, with quite a few runners only 1 or 2 parkruns away from their next significant number to be eligible for a t-shirt. At only 5 parkruns away from my Green 250 I know how motivating this feels.
Full results and complete race history can be found on the Warrington parkrun results page.

 

Event 333

Warrington Parkrun 333 – 14 August 2021

Power to the “Older” People

Numbers were down to 421 this week as long-awaited holidays were having an effect although conditions for running were ideal. Not too hot, not cold and no rain. Cal was our run director this week and, in accordance with the covid recommendations, kept the pre-run briefing to a minimum.
I have now been involved with Warrington Parkrun for 6 years since the age of 68. Since we restarted last month, I have noticed a significant increase in the number of “pensioner” runners and walkers. In the 65-69 age groups and above, there were a total of 31 athletes taking part this week compared to 5 in the week of my first ever parkrun in September 2015 and 5 in Warrington’s first ever parkrun in January 2014. Some of this increase in numbers can be attributed to reaching age 65 in the intervening period but it certainly demonstrates that parkrun has been of significant benefit to us “oldies”. None more so than our octogenarian, Jean Lennon, who improved her own best time for her age group again this week.
My son has been a regular parkrunner for a bit longer than me but this week we were joined by my 10 year old grandson, Jake. Sadly, both of them were faster than me (no surprise there), but it led to my usual moan that I am not as fast as I used to be, a sentiment probably shared by most of the “oldies”. The supportive response we get from you younger ones is “But you are still doing it, I hope I can be doing it when I get to your age”!!!!
However, I do not wish to laud performances by the oldies as against all other age groups, because there are always standout performances by many parkrunners. This is borne out by our overall first place finisher, Jack Wadsworth. He first took part in 2014 at the age of 13 and now at the age of 20 has achieved his 1st first place finish, having finished second or third on five previous occasions. He also improved his PB by 44 seconds. As last week, this contrasts with our female first place finisher, Louise Blizzard, doing it for the 123rd time. If anyone thinks that a particular performance deserves a mention, please email me at r.kirkin@ntlworld.com and I will try to include it in future reports.
A reminder that further information has been published for the alternative arrangements for parkrun on 28 August and 4 September, I have seen them on Facebook. The start will be at the other end of Black Bear Park, near to the ramp up to the A49 near Morrisons. All parts of Victoria Park including the car park will be unavailable because of the Neighbourhood Weekender Festival.
There will be no report next week, not from me anyway, as I am away visiting family but hoping to run in the Nonsuch parkrun south of London. See you all for the first of the alternative parkruns on 28 August.

Results – Warrington Parkrun 333
Male
1st Jack Wadsworth​16.29 (1st first place finish) – (New PB) – (Warrington AC)
2nd Tom Battarbee​17.35
3rd Thomas Mills​18.13
Female
1st Louise Blizzard​20.03 (123rd first place finish) – (9th overall) – (Warrington AC) – (best age group % - 79.22%)
2nd Faye Lawton​​22.38 (36th overall) – (Warrington AC)
3rd Therese Ryan​23.33 (44th overall)
There were 421 runners of whom 222 were male, 171 female and 27 unknowns. There were 49 first timers of whom 25 were running their first ever parkrun. The best performance by a runner new to Warrington and in his first ever parkrun was by James Mendeika in 19.55 in 7th place.
61 of you recorded new personal bests, including Jeremy Carr 21.33, Liz Tetley 24.14 and Malcolm Dow 26.35. 9 youngsters (6 boys and 3 girls) ran in the JM/JW10 age groups, the youngest age groups and Jean Lennon in the VW85-89 age group was again our most senior athlete. The most prolific athlete continues to be Gary Slater now with 491 runs, followed by Vincent Alcock with 419 and Mike McCarthy with 402.
The 100 parkrun milestone was achieved by Colin Robinson (all at Warrington) to qualify for his black t-shirt and 50 by Peter Murphy (42 at Warrington) and Edward Stokes (49 at Warrington) to qualify for their red t-shirts. Ellie Jarvis (JW15-17) ran her 10th parkrun to qualify for her white t-shirt.
No perfect times this week but aesthetic times from Rob Loxham 24.24, Luke Mills 28.28, Les Hewitt 49.49 and Chris Mann 56.56. Mick Aspinall was on point at 30.00 and palindromic times came from Chris Clifton 21.12, Nigel Hinchcliffe 24.42, Eric Bell 24.42, Martin Wagner 30.03 and Tim Brown 34.43.
Our visitors this week came from Eastleigh, Luton and Lowestoft.

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

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