Warrington Parkrun 290 – 29 June 2019
East Warrington GP Practices Takeover
On 1st June, parkrun joined with GP practices nationwide to celebrate the first anniversary of the parkrun practice initiative. More than 800 practices have now signed up to be a “parkrun practice” linking up with their local parkrun event to promote the health and wellbeing of patients and staff through running and walking.
This week we were joined by doctors, staff and other health professionals representing East Warrington practices covering the areas of Padgate, Fearnhead and Birchwood, some of whom took park but several who came along as volunteers.
The aim is to increase awareness of parkrun as an all-inclusive activity, it is not just for elite runners, but for people of all ages and from all walks of life. The initiative is not just to target the public at large but also the many other GP practices and healthcare professionals to promote the benefits of exercise and physical activity to improve the health and wellbeing of patients to give them a better lifestyle with the knock on effect being to reduce the impact on health service provision.
So as a runner/walker who is already aware of the benefits that parkrun can bring you, when you next visit your GP, ask them are they signed up to the GP parkrun initiative. Every little helps.
From those of us who are regular runners/walkers/volunteers at Warrington parkrun, our thanks to those of you who joined us this week in whatever capacity, you will be welcomed back at any time along with your family, friends, work colleagues and other health professionals to continue to promote parkrun as a healthy activity for all.
Having suffered a minor injury last week, I volunteered as tail walker for this week where I was joined by one of the volunteers supporting the medical initiative, Louisa Thompson who works with the Clinical Commissioning Group in Warrington. Louisa will be known to many of you as an accomplished athlete in her own right having run parkrun many times, principally at Pennington Flash, but also 18 times at Warrington. Louisa and Louise Blizzard are the only female athletes to have been the overall first finisher at Warrington parkrun.
This week was the hottest parkrun day of the year so far with the temperature well into the 20’s by the 9 o’clock start time. Louisa and I were at the back shepherding in the last minute arrivals so we did not hear what Cal, as this week’s run director, had to say to you all particularly about the GP initiative, but I have examined the results and hopefully identified the successes, milestones and tourists for this week. We set off promptly at 9 o’clock but it still meant that several people were late starters and passed the tail walkers during the first few hundred metres. We joined up with Jo and Janet and enjoyed a 50 odd minute walk and a good natter! It was especially enjoyable as we made our way along Black Bear Park on our outward leg passing and cheering on those of you on your return leg. It always delights me, how many runners congratulate and cheer on the back markers as well.
Having been tail walker on many occasions, many people who you are walking with (some doing their first parkrun) feel the need to apologise for being slow. My reply is always to say don’t worry and encourage them to keep going, there is always such a sense of achievement when they have completed the 5K and besides they are not last because they have beaten everyone who did not take part. It is people like them, who perhaps haven’t undertaken regular exercise for many years, at whom this GP initiative is largely aimed to encourage them into more activity to achieve better health and wellbeing. We can all play a part in this.
Jul 6 – Lymm Runners pacer event.
Jul 20 – Warrington Road Runners pacer event.
Aug 31 – Spectrum Striders pacer event.
Results – Warrington Parkrun 290
1st David Watson16.38 (13th first place finish) – (Holmfirth Harriers AC) – (best age grade % - 87.27%) – (150th parkrun – 23 at Warrington)
2nd Alfie Crockett17.08
3rd Phil Ryan17.16 (PB)
1st Louise Blizzard20.33 (13th overall) – (109th first place finish) – (Warrington AC)
2nd Lucy Rosa 22.19 (40th overall) – (Northwich RC) – (first timer)
3rd Naomi Wilson 22.39 (45th overall)
There were 435 runners of whom 229 were male, 188 female and 18 unknowns. There were 52 first timers of whom 24 were running their first ever parkrun. The best performance by a runner new to Warrington was by Robert Wood (Liverpool Pembroke & Sefton Harriers AC) in 21.21 in 26th place and the best performance by a runner in his first ever parkrun was by James Newman in 23.57 in 76th place. 50 of you achieved new personal bests, well done to everyone, including Andrew Ledwith in 23.42 (66 runs, all at Warrington) and David Barnes in 23.17 (70 runs, 49 at Warrington). 10 youngsters (6 boys and 4 girls) ran in the JM/JW 10 age group, the youngest age groups and Roger Pidcock and Barry May (a first timer from Northwich RC), in the 75-79 age group, were our most senior athletes.
The 50 parkrun milestone was achieved by Emma McCue (43 at Warrington) to qualify for her red t-shirt and the 100 parkrun milestone was reached by Christine Hartley (96 at Warrington). Junior, Evie Owen (JW11-14) achieved her 10th parkrun to qualify for her white t-shirt. Congratulations to Steve Fairclough, our most prolific runner, with 389 runs to his name.
A “perfect” time was achieved by Michael Leigh 33.33 this week and aesthetically pleasing times by Robert Wood 21.21, Luke Welburn 23.23, Karl Neimarlija 24.24, Steve Coxon 28.28, Helen Ruan and Andrea Beesley both 32.32, Lyndon Higgins 35.35 and Natasha Swain and James Bell both 38.38. On point times were recorded by Rachel Smith and Joanne Pearson both 40.00 and a palindromic time by Edward Seddon 24.42.
Our visitors today were from Batley (Yorks), Birmingham, Ormskirk, Woking, Romford, Richmond (Surrey), Burnham-on-Sea (Somerset), Worcester, Stone (Staffs), Borden (Hants) and several members of Northwich RC.
Today’s full results and a complete race history can be found on the Warrington Parkrun Results Page.