Warrington Parkrun 301 – 14 September 2019
From Countdown to Only Connect via Parkrun
Last Monday at 8pm, I turned the TV on to BBC2 to get my weekly fix of Victoria Coren Mitchell, sorry that should read as my weekly hour of intellectual stimulation from Only Connect and University Challenge. What did I find? Our own regular park runner, Stephen Read, as captain of one of the two teams on Only Connect.
In 2017, Stephen became Countdown champion winning 8 consecutive matches and then the knockout competition as well. Today, Stephen ran his 144th parkrun (140 at Warrington), he came 230th in a time of 27mins 28secs. On Monday, his team, the Lexplorers, all of them Countdown champions, had a convincing win in their first match and look to be a seriously formidable team. Good luck to Steven and his team in the next round, which Stephen has told me is due to be broadcast towards the end of November.
This weekend should have been EHM weekend which would normally bring many visitors to Warrington parkrun as a warm-up for the events on Sunday. Sadly, the events for this weekend have been cancelled presumably because of safety concerns although no proper explanation has yet been forthcoming from the organisers. It is hoped that the event can be rearranged later in the year although it doesn’t look particularly promising.
It would appear that most of my thunder has been stolen by Jamie Barry from Stretford parkrun, who has already written and had posted a tourist report of Warrington parkrun leaving me with very little to say. I have included my detailed results section as normal at the end.
I have to say that his report is excellent and well worth a read. It is always good to have a view from outside and to have confirmation that Warrington Parkrun is the success that we know it to be. Jamie, thank you for all your kind words about everyone involved with Warrington Parkrun and especially for mentioning my sub 30 this week. Jamie was running his 261st parkrun (first time at Warrington) with most having been run at Stretford (108) and South Manchester (101). The remaining runs have been as a tourist at 43 different venues, and for many he has contributed a tourist report. His tourist venues include Bushy (where it all began), Belfast, Hasenheide (Germany), Montsouris (France) and Amager Faelled (Denmark).
Results – Warrington Parkrun 301
1st Chris Stanford16.11 (37th first place finish) – (Warrington Triathlon Club) – (PB) – (New VM40-44 category record) – (best age grade % - 84.35%)
2nd Dan Morgan16.31 (PB)
3rd Dylan Squires17.46 (PB)
1st Louise Blizzard20.27 (23rd overall) – (114th first place finish) – (Warrington AC)
2nd Anna Begbie20.58 (36th overall) – (Warrington RC)
3rd Justine Moore21.42 (51st overall) – (Knowsley Harriers AC)
There were 512 runners of whom 261 were male, 235 female and 16 unknowns. There were 52 first timers of whom 29 were running their first ever parkrun. The best performance by a runner new to Warrington was by Colin Hill (Didsbury Runners) in 20.19 in 20th place. The best performance by a runner in his first ever parkrun was by Spencer Astbury (JM10) in 21.46 in 52nd place.
147 of you achieved new personal bests, including the first 6 finishers, confirming that the revised route would appear to be faster, well done to all of you. Worthy of note are Tom Battarbee 17.47 (second week running), Jason Sage 19.13, Ryan Leigh 19.24, Kieran Thomerson 20.13, Alastair Brown 20.23, Joseph Muscat 20.45 (first under 21 mins), Mark Bell 21.15 (second week running and his 250th), Karl Sharkey 21.22, Faye Lawton 21.54 (first under 22 mins), James Hurrell 22.10 (first under 23 mins), Simon Oldfield 22.31 (third week running), Steve Coxon 22.57 (first under 23 mins), Dennis Yarwood 23.10, Alistair Raffel 23.17 (second week running), Tamarin Heywood 24.18, Martin Raffel 26.55 (third week running and first under 27mins), and Lyn Westwood 30.06 (first under 31 mins). 15 youngsters (5 boys and 10 girls) ran in the JM/JW10 age group, the youngest age groups and Terry Coles (VM75-79) was our most senior athlete.
The 50 parkrun milestone was achieved by Dawn Reed (41 at Warrington), Stuart Lawton (49 at Warrington) and Luke Worrall (49 at Warrington) to qualify for their red t-shirts. Karen Hunter ran her 100th parkrun (93 at Warrington) to qualify for her black t-shirt and Orla Betts (JW10) ran her 10th parkrun to qualify for white t-shirt.Keane Newey (JM15-17) and William McGeehan (JM11-14) reached 10 parkruns to qualify for their white t-shirts. David Faulkner ran his 150th parkrun.
However, the most notable achievement this week is by Mark Bell who completed his 250th parkrun to qualify for his green t-shirt. Not only that but, as I have already mentioned, he also achieved a new personal best of 21.15. Congratulations and well done Mark.
No perfect times again this week, but aesthetic times were achieved by Simon Towerzey 19.19, Andrew Worrall 24.24, Jill Cooper and Martin Rutter both 26.26, Martin Catterall and Qasim Mahmood both 27.27, Liam Wilkinson 29.29 and Hannah Smart 48.48. An on point time was achieved by Kathleen Hamilton 45.00 and palindromic times by Paul Brosnahan 24.42, Tania Wild 25.52, Amanda Mercer 30.03 and Dennis Clark 35.53.
Our visitors this week came from Ormskirk, Chorley, Wepre (Connahs Quay), Wakefield, Bradford, Darlington, Newport, Edinburgh and Jersey.
Today’s full results and a complete race history can be found on the Warrington Parkrun Results Page.