Warrington Parkrun 283 – 4 May 2019
May The Fourth Be With You!
As many of you were guided into the car park by a couple of stormtroopers, Warrington Parkrun celebrated Star Wars Day on a Saturday for the first time since we started back in 2014.
On waking on the morning, the weather promised much with clear skies and sunshine although, on venturing outside, it proved to be a lot colder than expected. However, this was only a problem whilst we congregated at the start and was soon forgotten as the run got underway.
Huw was race director this week and commenced the pre-race briefing by thanking our wonderful volunteers especially after their experiences the previous week. We welcomed the first timers and the lone tourist (from Wigan!!!!), although the results reveal other visitors from Haywards Heath, Halifax, Shrewsbury, Huddersfield and Builth Wells.
A scan of the results shows personal bests from our first three finishers including our winner, Alfie Crockett, a Warrington stalwart, in 17.09. I believe Alfie was targeting a sub 17 minute run this week, so not far away. He will be having another go at it next Saturday so if you see him along Black Bear path give him a big cheer.
Other notable performances include our first lady runner, Cath Dawson, who achieved the best age graded performance of 83.37% and was close to her own record for the VW50-54 age category. Andrew Hartley achieved the best performance of 18.21 in 9th place for a runner new to Warrington Parkrun. Geoff Jacks from Victoria Park Running Club recorded 19.50 in 16th place, his first run below 20 minutes. Good running from juniors as well, Isaac Atkinson (JM11-14) a PB of 20.32 in 29TH place and Jake Harrison (JM10) a PB of 22.17 in 57th place. The best performance by someone running their first ever parkrun was by Russ Bowden (VM45-49) in 159th place in a time of 25.51.
Also raise a cheer for Mike Palmer, who tail walked with Jacqueline Thomason despite having his arm in a sling following a stay in hospital as a result of a biking accident. Mike, we all wish you a speedy recovery.
Special congratulations to Andy Smith who recorded his 250th parkrun this week to join the fairly exclusive club who now proudly wear a green t-shirt. Andy began parkrunning in 2010 at Bramhall Park and ran 120 times there primarily before switching his “home” parkrun to Warrington in early 2016 and he has now run 105 times with us. His remaining runs are guest appearances at various locations in and around south Manchester. He becomes the second Warrington regular (after Mike McCarthy) to achieve the 250 milestone.
May 11 (next week) – 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 – Back to normal (probably).
Jun 8 – Victoria Park RC pacer event.
Jul 6 – Lymm Runners pacer event.
Jul 20 – Warrington Road Runners pacer event.
Results – Warrington Parkrun 283
1st Alfie Crockett17.09 (16th first place finish) – (PB)
2nd Daniel Harbidge 17.12 (North Endurance) – (PB)
3rd Ben Webb17.15 (Halton & Frodsham Harriers) – (PB)
1st Cath Dawson20.21 (23rd overall) – (2nd first place finish) – (Halifax Harriers & AC) – (best age grade % - 83.37%)
2nd Louise Blizzard 20.55 (34th overall) – (Warrington AC)
3rd Naomi Wilson 21.40 (46th overall)
There were 558 runners of whom 309 were male, 235 female and 14 unknowns. There were 48 first timers of whom 26 were running their first ever parkrun. 113 of you achieved new personal bests, including Richard Hartland in 23.46 for the second week running, well done to everyone. 18 youngsters (7 boys and 11 girls) ran in the 10 and under age group, the youngest age group and Roger Pidcock and Terry Coles in the 75-79 age group were our most senior athletes.
The 250 milestone was achieved by Andy Smith (105 at Warrington) and the 100 parkrun milestone was reached by Anne McGrath (all at Warrington) to qualify for her black t-shirt. The 50 parkrun milestone was achieved by Neil Cooper (47 at Warrington) and Paul Marklove (44 at Warrington) to qualify for their red t-shirts. Two juniors, Emma Howarth and Chris Deane reached 10 parkruns to qualify for their white t-shirts.
Aesthetically pleasing times were achieved by Neil Atkinson 21.21, Dawn Lawless 32.32 and Matthew Forrest 38.38 with Benjamin Redfearn achieving the special time of 22.22. On point times were recorded by Mike Kemp 25.00 and Bryan Forth 40.00. New this week, palindromic times were achieved by Andrew Pemberton 20.02, Paul Clayton 21.12, Paul Ravenscroft 23.32, Peter Connor 24.42, Roger Gwinnett 25.52, Elizabeth Trainor-Tute 30.03 and Leslie Dunning 34.43.