Warrington Parkrun 286 – 1 June 2019
Back From Our Travels!
Last week, of course, Warrington Parkrun was cancelled because of the Neighbourhood Weekend in the Park, which my son and others tell me was very good. I asked you to let me know about your tourist runs and although no one has specifically contacted me, I am aware that at least 70 of you (and probably nearer 100) were tourists for the day. You supported all our neighbouring parkruns, Phoenix, Widnes, Pennington Flash, Northwich, Delamere, St Helens, Knowsley and Wythenshawe. Other parkruns attended include Ormskirk, Ellesmere Port, Fountains Abbey (North Yorkshire) and Highbury Fields (Islington, North London). Let me know about any others.
Back to today and 517 of us took part in warm but cloudy conditions, just perfect for good performances. Huw was race director and, as usual, we thanked the volunteers and welcomed the first timers and tourists. The only tourists who identified themselves were from Banbury but the results suggest other visitors from Crewe, Congleton, Ormskirk, Ellesmere Port, Whitchurch, Leeds, Redditch, Nottingham, Great Yarmouth and London.
Huw also mentioned that this weekend was parkrun GP pledge day to celebrate the first anniversary of the parkrun practice initiative. More than 1,000 GPs and surgery staff were taking part in parkruns throughout the country including several at Warrington. This is to promote the link between parkrun and GP surgeries to improve the health and wellbeing of patients and staff and create entire communities centred on wellness. Next time you visit your GP, talk about parkrun and ask if they have signed up to this initiative, specifically with Warrington Parkrun.
Jun 8 – Victoria Park RC pacer event.
Jul 6 – Lymm Runners pacer event.
Jul 20 – Warrington Road Runners pacer event.
Results – Warrington Parkrun 286
1st Bertie Houghton16.15 (5th first place finish) – (Doncaster AC)
2nd David Watson16.31 (Holmfirth Harriers AC) – (new VM 45-49 record) – (best age grade % - 87.89%)
1st Jenny Evans20.05 (7th overall) – (8th first place finish) – (Warrington RC)
2nd Louise Blizzard 21.13 (24th overall) – (Warrington AC)
3rd Naomi Wilson 21.54 (35th overall)
There were 517 runners of whom 270 were male, 217 female and 30 unknowns (this number is on the rise again!). There were 67 first timers of whom 42 were running their first ever parkrun. The best performance by a runner new to Warrington Parkrun was by John Putt (South Cheshire Harriers) in 20.43 in 18th place. 75 of you achieved new personal bests, well done to everyone, worthy of mention Matthew Lawless 20.52 in his 199th parkrun and Louise Waiting 28.42 in her 73rd parkrun. 21 youngsters (15 boys and 6 girls) ran in the 10 and under age group, the youngest age group and Roger Pidcock in the 75-79 age group was our most senior athlete.
The 50 parkrun milestone was achieved by Helen Cairns (47 at Warrington), Paul O’Hara (49 at Warrington), Geoffrey Merritt (46 at Warrington), Sarah Walker (48 at Warrington), Craig Mann (43 at Warrington), Jack Wadsworth (47 at Warrington and Tom Battarbee (48 at Warrington) to qualify for their red t-shirts. Matthew Nash and Alfie Blizzard (both JM10) reached 10 parkruns to qualify for their white t-shirts. Also congratulations to Philip Harland on clocking up his 150th parkrun.
“Perfect” times were achieved by Mark Bell 22.22 and Jill Coleman 33.33. Aesthetically pleasing times were achieved by Christopher Lawton 24.24, Simon Redfearn 26.26, Julie Thompson and Robert MacLennan 27.27, Anne McAteer 28.28, Roger Dickin and Emma Horn 38.38 and Angela Dickin 42.42. An on point time was recorded by Jennifer Ellis 40.00 and a palindromic time by Matthew Nash 32.23.
Today’s full results and a complete race history can be found on the Warrington Parkrun Results Page.