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.

 

Event 323 – First of Five!

Warrington Parkrun 323 – 1 February 2020

First of Five!!

This week was the first of five parkruns to be held in February because of course 2020 is a leap year and February 29th falls on a Saturday. Statistical nerd that I am, I have worked out that this won’t happen again for 28 years in 2048 (when potentially I will be 100 and competing in the VM100-104 age category!!!!).
Another week when the weather was kind to us. No rain but the wind was again somewhat cold. It is going to be a bit of a shock when the weather turns really nasty on a Saturday morning as it inevitably will sooner or later.
No record numbers this week but a good turnout which maintains the excellent average so far for 2020. However, the number of first time runners and walkers was down to 15 this week, a significant drop compared to the four Saturdays in January. 186 newcomers joined us during January and 86 (46%) have already returned for further punishment!
Congratulations to Louise Blizzard, who this week was invited down to the media launch for the London Marathon 2020. In April, Louise will run her 26th London Marathon which will be a new record for the number completed by a female athlete. She has run it consecutively every year since 1994 except one when her son Alfie was born.
A shorter report than usual this week and no report next week as I am away visiting family in Kent. However, I will probably be doing a tourist run at Maidstone or Malling so maybe a short review of another parkrun.
Reminders for you, however, 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.
See you all in two weeks.

Results – Warrington Parkrun 323
Male
1st Bertie Houghton​16.24 (10th first place finish) – (Doncaster AC)
2nd Alfie Crockett​17.16 (Victoria Park RC)
3rd Lewis Greaves​17.31 (Serpentine RC) – (PB)​​
Female
1st Jenny Evans​​20.08 (12th overall) – (17th first place finish) – (Sale Harriers)
2nd Louise Blizzard​20.26 (17th overall) – (Warrington AC)
3rd Penny Guess​​21.10 (27th overall) – (Lymm Runners)
There were 570 runners of whom 294 were male, 240 female and 36 unknowns. There were 51 first timers of whom 15 were running their first ever parkrun. The best performance by a runner new to Warrington was by Patrick Osborne in 19.54 in 9th place. The best performance by a runner in his first ever parkrun was by Jon McNicholas in 20.59 in 26th place. The best age grade % 0f 79.17% was achieved by Debbie Huston (VW55-59) in 22.34 in 52nd place.
94 of you recorded new personal bests including Ben Potts 20.30, Dominique Crompton 24.19 (first under 25 mins) and Sarah Fontana 26.30 (first under 27 mins). 18 youngsters (5 boys and 13 girls) ran in the JM/JW10 age group, the youngest age groups and Ian Hilditch (VM75-79) was our most senior athlete.
The 50 milestone was achieved by Alex Leigh (all at Warrington), Christian Daniels (47 at Warrington) and Ian Gribben (44 at Warrington) to qualify for their red t-shirts. Stuart Liversedge (97 at Warrington), Laura Owen (91 at Warrington) and Megan Rudge on her birthday and with a PB (41 at Warrington) all ran their 100th parkruns to qualify for their black t-shirts. Nigel Hinchcliffe completed his 150th parkrun and Mark Bell ran his 250th parkrun at Warrington (271 in total). Our most prolific parkrunner was again Sandra Lewis completing her 358th run (50 at Warrington) and again volunteering as tail walker.
One perfect time from Hannah Beesley 33.33 and aesthetic times from Kristian Coulthert 21.21, Graham Roberts 25.25, Mark Mullock 26.26, Helen Aghanian 27.27, Mary Conway 29.29, Mike Palmer 31.31, Paula Lee 34.34 and Evie Boyle 36.36. An on-point time from Carla Bonner 25.00 and palindromic times from Hugh McLay 24.42, Ian Williamson 25.52, Lisa Jones and Jay Thomson both 30.03 and Doreen Newey 32.23.
Our visitors this week from Birkenhead, Blackburn, Preston, Lytham St Annes, Workington, Sutton Coldfield, Osterley and Kilburn (both London), Aylesbury, Woking and Guernsey.

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

 

666!

Warrington Parkrun 322 – 25 January 2020

Happy 6th Birthday To Us

How very bizarre!! On the very day that Warrington Parkrun celebrates its 6th birthday, we have 666 participants. Inevitable or just a coincidence!! I think everyone enjoyed the celebrations and certainly the weather played its part. No rain, thank goodness, although a bit cold because of the wind chill factor. The course was a bit muddy in places but that seems to be the norm currently.
During our first six years, we have held 321 parkruns, it should have been 325 but we lost 2 because of the Concert in the Park in 2018 and 2019 (this will occur again in May this year) and 2 because of bad weather which made the course too dangerous.
Obviously, we could not have organised any of the parkruns without our volunteers. Many of the volunteers are firstly runners, who from time to time act as marshals or carry out other volunteering responsibilities. However, there are a number of people who volunteer week in week out and without whom parkrun just would not happen. They deserve to be recognised for what they do. On Saturday, we celebrated Rick Butterfield’s 200th volunteer, which is a great effort considering he has also run 81 Warrington parkruns. However, he is outstripped by the three people who between them have been in charge of virtually every parkrun from the start. Huw Jones (335 volunteers) and Tony Carroll (325 volunteers) have been there from the very start and on a number of occasions will have carried out multiple volunteering duties. Cal Bardi (273 volunteers) joined them soon afterwards. The other person with over 200 volunteers is Helen Darbyshire (217 officially, but was unfortunately missed off a large number of events early on!) and she can be seen virtually every week at the sharp bend from Black Bear Path back into Victoria Park, commonly referred to as bench corner or Helen’s corner. With the recent change in the course, we now pass her marshal position three times, so when you see her next, give her a big shout. Other volunteers who have played a big part include Joanne Fitzpatrick, Richie Wells, Roy Pemberton, Stephen Cooper, Geoff Settle, Emma Wake, Rebecca Wells, Brenda Jones, Tracy Butterfield, Leah Thorpe and many others.
Over the years, we have had 208 first finishers, male and female, headed by Louise Blizzard with 120 successes, Chris Stanford 39 and Alfie Crockett 27. Joining Louise as the three most successful female athletes are Naomi Wilson and Faye Lawton whilst the top three males are Alfie, Chris and Tom Battarbee. We have seen 14,096 runners and walkers in 6 years and just over 400 of us have taken part in 50 or more Warrington parkruns. In excess of 100 of us have completed 100 runs whilst our most prolific runners are Ian Berry (200 this week), Paul Clayton 206, Bryan Forth 209, Matthew Lawless 234, Mark Bell 249 and Andrew Pemberton 270.
The 666 participants this week, made it our second highest attendance and improves the 2020 average to 627. It seems strange that our six largest turnouts have all happened in January (this year and last year).
The best performance of the day belongs to Ellie Barker (JW10) who finished in 58th place and was the sixth placed female runner. Her time of 22mins 01secs was a new record for her age group beating the previous record, which has stood since 2014, by 4 seconds. A tremendous performance by one so young, well done Ellie.
We also again welcomed Charlotte Nichols, the new MP for Warrington North. She ran her fourth run at Warrington having previously run in both London and San Francisco. It seems that she will be a regular supporter of our parkrun, parliamentary duties notwithstanding.
We also had a visitor from the Falkland Islands. Richard Bullivant, originally from Warrington, but now living and working in the Falklands, was involved in the start up of the Cape Pembroke Lighthouse parkrun in October last year, their first one. It certainly must be the most remote parkrun of all.
Saturday was also the fifth Dash4Diabetes charity run and 130 medals were awarded to supporters of the charity with many others making donations using Just Giving through the website Dash4Diabetes.co.uk. Tony Norton would like to thank all supporters as well as the members of Victoria Park RC and Warrington Triathlon Club who acted as pacers including the youngest, Jessica Treagust, aged just 5. Jessica was rewarded with a PB this week.
Warrington Parkrun continues to go from strength to strength, we can all play our part by participating regularly and volunteering occasionally. Here’s to year 7 being the best yet.

Results – Warrington Parkrun 322
Male
1st Alfie Crockett​16.54 (27th first place finish) – (Victoria Park RC)
2nd Jonathan Smith​17.12 (Lymm Runners)
3rd Tom Battarbee​17.51​​
Female
1st Sharon Johnstone​19.42 (15th overall) – (1st first place finish) – (Wilmslow RC) – (best age grade % - 81.39%)
2nd Louise Blizzard​20.22 (22nd overall) – (Warrington AC)
3rd Lucie Davies​​20.28 (25th overall) – (PB)
There were 666 runners of whom 336 were male, 297 female and 33 unknowns. There were 57 first timers of whom 34 were running their first ever parkrun. The best performance by a runner new to Warrington was by Mark Foster in 20.41 in 26th place. The best performance by a runner in his first ever parkrun was by Ashtin Doorgakant in 21.34 in 45th place.
A whopping 139 of you recorded new personal bests including David Hales 22.01, Gaynor Seymour 22.26, Joe Penlington 23.53 (first under 24 mins.), David Stokes 25.40, Alison Woods 25.58 (first under 26mins.), Pamela Moore 27.02 and Louise Waiting 28.17 (in her 100th run). 26 youngsters (5 boys and 21 girls) ran in the JM/JW10 age group, the youngest age groups and 5 men and 3 ladies in the 70-74 age group were our most senior athletes.
10 parkruns was reached by Oliver Darbyshire (JM11-14) to qualify for his white t-shirt. The 50 milestone was achieved by Mark Hubbard (all at Warrington), Colette Kelly (all at Warrington), Jason Hughes (49 at Warrington), Anthony Smith (49 at Warrington) and Jenny Martin (22 at Warrington) to qualify for their red t-shirts. Louise Waiting (98 at Warrington) and Emma Davies ran their 100th parkruns to qualify for their black t-shirts. Our most prolific parkrunner was Sandra Lewis completing her 357th run and volunteering as tail walker as well.
No perfect times but aesthetic times from Lewis Clubley 20.20 (and matching the year), Andrzej Sibik 21.21,Ally Sharp 23.23, Christopher Nightingale 24.24, Marcia Wagner 32.32 and Amy Smith 34.34. On-point times from Niall McDermott and John McDermott both 30.00 and Carrie-Anne Tuitt-Williams 35.00 and palindromic times from Naomi Wilson 21.12,Dennis Yarwood 23.32, Gary Durie and Phil Bates both 25.52, Martyn Scobbie 30.03 and Kirsty Holden 34.43.
Our visitors this week from Brighouse, Derby, Krakow (Poland) and the Falkland Islands.ster, Crewe, Huddersfield, Shrewsbury, Hull, Cambridge and Milton Keynes.

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

 

321! Our second highest attendance

Warrington Parkrun 321 – 18 January 2020

Oh What A Beautiful Morning…..

…. Or so it seemed when I looked out of the bedroom window at 7.30am on Saturday morning. Getting ready, I was already looking forward to a good run this week, so kit on, (shorts no leggings). However, I opened the front door and the reality hit me. It was going to be cold. It took a few minutes to defrost the car and my legs were already feeling rather chilly, no time to go back and put leggings on. I drove to Victoria Park and the car park was already filling up, with car park marshals Dave Matthews, Rick Butterfield and Jim Kirkin and Phil Hayden (and anyone else who I was not aware of) working overtime to get everyone in, keep the queue down and reduce the congestion out on Knutsford Road. Good job guys.
Then the bad news, Huw Jones, run director for the day, announced that there were a fair few icy patches out on the course, particularly on Black Bear Path so any thought of one of my “faster” times went out the window and safety mode kicked in.
The car park did virtually fill up and ultimately 625 participants completed the course and were recorded by the timekeepers and barcode scanners. If it hadn’t been for last week, this would also have been a record attendance. Indeed, for the first 4 runs of 2020 we are averaging 617.5 per parkrun.
It was another big week for first timers as 43 virgins braved parkrun for their first outing. Two weeks ago, we had 51 first timers and 22 have already returned (7 of them on both subsequent runs). Last week we had 58 first timers and 23 of them have returned this week.
It was also an amazing week for our young lady runners as the first three female finishers, Orla Gregory, Alice Nicholson and Lucie Davies are all running in the JW11-14 age category and, in fact, 6 out of the first 10 ladies were all junior runners.
Huw got the run going fairly promptly after the usual formalities and safety warnings, in fact one or two were still making their way from the car park as we started. Victoria Park was fairly muddy although the footpath, submerged under “Lake Victoria” in recent weeks, was reasonably clear, thanks mainly to the efforts of the volunteers who brushed the excess water away from the footpath. Well done everyone. There were a few slight detours on Black Bear Path and on the playing field to avoid the icy patches and we had to cut the corner off turning back into Victoria Park as the path was quite icy by the sharp bend (bench corner). This may have slightly reduced the length of the course but safety must come first.
Next week is Warrington Parkrun’s 6th birthday so it is to be expected that there will be another big turnout. There will be lots of cake and biscuits and other goodies and no doubt some fancy dress outfits as well. We would suggest that you arrive earlier than normal as the car park can be expected to fill right up.
It is also the event for Tony Norton’s Dash 4 Diabetes charity appeal. Over 100 runners have signed up to donate and receive the goody bag and medal but I am sure any donations made on the day will be welcomed.
See you all next week. Subject to the weather being ok and the forecast is reasonable, I am predicting another record attendance of around 740.

Results – Warrington Parkrun 321
Male
1st Alfie Crockett​16.53 (26th first place finish) – (Victoria Park RC)
2nd Tom Battarbee​17.40
3rd Neil Marsh​​18.31​​
Female
1st Orla Gregory​​18.54 (7th overall) – (3rd first place finish) – (Warrington AC) – (best age grade % - 83.16%)
2nd Alice Nicholson​20.35 (19th overall) – (PB)
3rd Lucie Davies​​20.44 (22nd overall) – (PB)
There were 625 runners of whom 314 were male, 278 female and 33 unknowns. There were 72 first timers of whom 43 were running their first ever parkrun. The best performance by a runner new to Warrington was by Andrew Houghton in 20.16 in 13th place. The best performance by a runner in his first ever parkrun was by Conor Reardon in 20.23 in 17th place.
105 of you recorded new personal bests including Paul Deeran 18.42 and Dominique Crompton 25.48. 19 youngsters (4 boys and 15 girls) ran in the JM/JW10 age group, the youngest age groups and Terry Coles (VM75-79) and Dorothy Marsh (VW75-79) were our most senior athletes.
10 parkruns was reached by David Cowin (JM15-17) to qualify for his white t-shirt. The 50 milestone was achieved by Jeremy Carr (47 at Warrington), Gillian Stokes (48 at Warrington), Hannah Beesley (49 at Warrington) and Christian Laing (11 at Warrington) to qualify for their red t-shirts. John Franks (99 at Warrington) ran his 100th parkrun to qualify for his black t-shirt. Mike Hall completed 200 runs. Our most prolific parkrunner was Vincent Alcock (Spectrum Striders) completing his 408th run.
Two perfect times, Louise Blizzard 22.22 and Roz Healey 33.33. Aesthetic times from Andy Howarth 27.27, Alex Geoghegan and Tom Haworth both 30.30, Jannine Wood 31.31 and Janet Redpath 32.32. An on-point time from Jane Hunter 45.00 and palindromic times from Phil Hayden 21.12, John Dooley 25.52, Esther Williams 31.13, Helen Speed 40.04 and Charlene Roberts 42.24.
Our visitors this week from Chester, Crewe, Huddersfield, Shrewsbury, Hull, Cambridge and Milton Keynes.

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

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