Event 291

Warrington Parkrun 291 – 6 July 2019

A Blaze of Purple and Green (But Not Wimbledon!)

Today 559 intrepid runners and walkers set off on Warrington Parkrun after Huw Jones, as (last minute stand in) run director, had carried out the usual pre-run briefing to thank volunteers, welcome first timers and tourists and congratulate those achieving milestone runs. 559 is not a record number (that remains at 623) but it is good enough to make the top ten.
When I woke up and looked out the window to see the rain and drizzle, I predicted to myself that numbers would be down this week. However, I failed to take into account the effect that the local running clubs would have on the numbers. There was good support from Spectrum Striders, Warrington AC, Warrington Road Runners, Warrington Running Club and Warrington Triathlon Club, but two clubs really stood out, Lymm Runners with their splash of green who were providing pacers for this week’s event and Victoria Park Running Club, all in purple, who were graduating their runners from their latest Couch to 5K running programme.
Lymm Runners provided pacers for every minute from 20 minutes through to 38 minutes as well as a power walker completing the course in 46 minutes, although of course it meant that their green running vests were covered by the pale blue of the pacer vests. Pacing events are always popular and it spurred 96 of you to achieve PBs this week. The Lymm Runners pacers are all to be congratulated as, in my opinion, they provided the best ever pacing event with all their runners (and walker) finishing within a few seconds of their specified times, special mention to Phil Rowen and Katie Guess who were spot on with 20.00 and 32.00 respectively. Well done to all of you and to the other Lymm Runners supporting their pacer colleagues. In total 37 Lymm Runners took part in today’s run.
There was also plenty of purple to be seen as Victoria Park Running Club came out en masse to support the graduating members of their latest Couch to 5K running initiative. At least 16 (and probably a few more) were taking part in their first parkrun after their 10 week course of training. They were joined by many other club members supporting them to their first 5K run. The results suggest that in total 59 VPRC members took part today. A massive effort by those involved not just this time but for all the initiatives that they have organised in the last two or three years. Well done everyone.
Jul 20 – Warrington Road Runners pacer event.
Aug 31 – Spectrum Striders pacer event.
Sep 7th – Warrington Parkrun 300.

Results – Warrington Parkrun 291
1st Alfie Crockett​16.21 (18th first place finish) – (PB)
2nd Chris Stanford​16.24 (PB) – (Warrington Triathlon Club) – (best age grade % - 82.62%) ​
3rd Will Morris​​18.00​
1st Lucy Stuart​​21.33 (36th overall) – (1st first place finish) – (Warrington Triathlon Club)
2nd Rachel Rongong ​22.05 (48th overall) – (Fetch Everyone RC) – (first timer)
3rd Naomi Wilson ​22.14 (52nd overall)
There were 559 runners of whom 305 were male, 227 female and 27 unknowns (too many!). There were 67 first timers of whom 44 were running their first ever parkrun. The best performance by a runner new to both Warrington and to parkrun as a whole was by Laurence Melia in 22.01 in 46th place. 96 of you achieved new personal bests, well done to everyone, including Andrew Ledwith in 23.08 (67 runs, all at Warrington), Matthew Lawless 20.42 (204 runs, all at Warrington), Mark Bell 21.41 (240 runs, 221 at Warrington), Louise Waiting 28.35 (78 runs, 76 at Warrington), Lyn Westwood 31.32 (72 runs, 68 at Warrington), Simon Oldfield 23.29 (51 runs, all at Warrington) and junior Aidan Cronin 24.04 (65 runs, 64 at Warrington). 19 youngsters (15 boys and 4 girls) ran in the JM/JW 10 age group, the youngest age groups and 8 men in the 70-74 age group, were our most senior athletes.
The 50 parkrun milestone was achieved by Helen Garner (46 at Warrington) and Ben Norman (JM 11-14) (all 50 at Warrington) to qualify for their red t-shirts and the 100 parkrun milestone was reached by James Hurrell (74 at Warrington) to qualify for his black t-shirt.. Junior, Toby Fullman (JM11-14) achieved his 10th parkrun to qualify for his white t-shirt.
A “perfect” time was achieved by Phil Taylor 22.22 this week with aesthetically pleasing times by John Taylor 24.24, Emma Norman 27.27 and Geoffrey Geering 49.49. On point times were recorded by Phil Rowen and Matthew Seddon both 20.00 and a palindromic time by Chris Browning 32.23.
Our visitors today were from Walsall, Stonehouse (Gloucestershire), Sunderland, Nottingham, Burnley, Wrexham, Workington, Leeds, Peterborough, Sheffield and Stockport.
Today’s full results and a complete race history can be found on the Warrington Parkrun Results Page.