Events 281 and 282

Warrington Parkruns 281 – 20 April 2019 and 282 – 27 April 2019

What A Difference A Week Makes!!

A week ago, we were enjoying glorious summer weather over the Easter holiday weekend (a miracle in itself!!) with a fantastic holiday party atmosphere. Everyone enjoyed themselves in the sunshine and we were entertained by five Easter Bunnies there to promote Victoria Park Running Club, very hot work so thanks to Dave Beesley, Paul Boyc, David Galloway, Jim Kirkin and Tony Norton for making everyone smile. Riv’s Runners were also there raising funds for the River Reeves Foundation and highlighting Louise Blizzard’s 25th London Marathon the following week which would also be a fund raiser for the Foundation. 600 of us completed the run with lots of first timers, personal bests and visitors. Notable PBs from Paul Deeran 18.57 in his 179th parkrun (168 at Warrington) and Mike Palmer 27.06 in his 145th parkrun (140 at Warrington). Visitors came from Lincoln, Barnet, Wakefield, London, Leicester, Cambridge, Abingdon, Edinburgh and one from South Africa. We also had another visitor, Michael Parr, who does most of his parkruns in the Stoke area. He has produced a runner’s eye view of our parkrun. You can check it out on You Tube (it can be accessed from the Warrington Parkrun Facebook page if necessary).
And then we get to this week!!! What a difference, cold, wet and thoroughly miserable. 322 hardy souls braved the conditions but the biggest thank you must go to the marshals on such a bleak morning without whom, of course, the event could not take place. Even I wimped out this week although to offer an excuse, I didn’t want to make my cold and cough any worse than it is and, anyway, my wife said I shouldn’t go. There were still 17 first timers taking part and 50 PBs were achieved (amazing!!), most notably Matthew Lawless 20.53 in his 196th parkrun (all at Warrington) and Richard Hartland 23.47 in his 100th parkrun (90 at Warrington. Well done. Tourists came from Glasgow, Kettering, Horsham and Stoke.
In my absence, I can offer little by way of observations other than to record the results and give you a few reminders for the next few weeks.
May 4 (next week) – Star Wars theme.
May 11 – 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 – Possible repeat of the alternative route as per May 18.
Jun 8 – Victoria Park RC pacer event.
Jul 6 – Lymm Runners pacer event.

Results – Warrington Parkrun 281
Male
1st Daniel Gray​​16.37 (3rd first place finish) – (Sale Harriers)
2nd Philip Nind ​16.54 (Lincoln & District Runners) – (first timer)
3rd Luca Stubbs​​17.05 (Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers) – (first timer) – (best age grade % - 81.46%)
Female
1st Naomi Wilson​22.00 (48th overall) – (5th first place finish)
2nd Anne Gregory ​22.45 (72nd overall) – (Warrington RRC)
3rd Faye Lawton ​22.51 (73rd overall)
There were 600 runners of whom 283 were male, 277 female and 40 unknowns (far too many). There were 68 first timers of whom 47 were running their first ever parkrun. The best performance by a parkrun newbie was by Noah Bates (JM10) in 23.02 in 77th place. 114 of you achieved new personal bests, well done to everyone. 21 youngsters (9 boys and 12 girls) ran in the 10 and under age group, the youngest age group and 7 runners (6 male and 1 female) in the 70-74 age group were our most senior athletes.
The 50 parkrun milestone was achieved by Ian Seabury (49 at Warrington), Martin Peters (47 at Warrington) and Laura Dean (39 at Warrington) to qualify for their red t-shirts. Amy Smith (JW10) ran her 10th parkrun to qualify for her white t-shirt. Well done to all of you.
Especially pleasing times were achieved by Joshua Taylor 22.22 and Georgina Thomas 33.33 with others from Ella Fairlie 24.24, Ian Nestor 25.25, Jill Clark 32.32, Jennifer Tierney 37.37 and Lisa Griffiths 45.45. An on point time was achieved by Sarah Shepherd 45.00.

Results – Warrington Parkrun 282
Male
1st Bertie Houghton​17.16 (3rd first place finish) – (Doncaster AC)
2nd Alfie Crockett ​17.34
3rd Craig Vernon​17.46
Female
1st Jenny Evans​​19.47 (6th overall) – (6th first place finish) – (Warrington RC)
2nd Naomi Wilson ​21.39 (22nd overall)
3rd Laura Sherlock ​21.44 (25th overall) – (first timer)
There were 322 runners of whom 181 were male, 133 female and 8 unknowns. There were 31 first timers of whom 17 were running their first ever parkrun. The best performance by a parkrun newbie was by Adam Peet in 24.26 in 70th place. The best age grade % of 74.85% was achieved by Scott Liddell(VM60-64) in 35th place in his 50th parkrun. 50 of you achieved new personal bests, well done to everyone. 6 youngsters (3 boys and 3 girls) ran in the 10 and under age group, the youngest age group and 4 men in the 70-74 age group were our most senior athletes.
The 100 parkrun milestone was reached by Peta Grimshaw (98 at Warrington), Richard Wake (99 at Warrington) and Richard Hartland (90 at Warrington) to qualify for their black t-shirts. The 50 parkrun milestone was achieved by Pete Gaines (45 at Warrington and Scott Liddell (all at Warrington) to qualify for their red t-shirts.
Aesthetically pleasing times were achieved by Alex Howard 23.23, Kevin Lakin 28.28, Gillian O’Boyle 32.32, Clare Adamson 37.37 and Ian Gribben 38.38.

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