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
1st Tom Battarbee17.24 (5th first place finish)
2nd Thomas Mills18.02
3rd James Williams19.13
1st Jenny Evans20.12 (19th first place finish) – (7th overall)
2nd Valerie Dunn22.10 (12th overall) – (Vale Royal AC)
3rd Carla Bonner23.25 (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.