Warrington Parkrun 320 – 11 January 2020
Wow! A Tremendous Record Attendance
Last week, I suggested that 2020 had started with a bang, but I don’t think anyone expected that records would be broken so quickly or by such a big margin. The new record (717) was so much larger than expected that we only had 675 position tokens and had to manually record the remaining 42 finishers. However, the volunteers did a fantastic job both out on the course and especially in manning the finishing funnel. There were no hold ups at all in issuing position tokens in the funnel or in scanning both personal barcodes and position tokens.
It is well known that January is the time when many people turn to parkrun (or indeed return to it after an absence) to begin a fitness and weight loss regime after the excesses of Christmas and New Year. A review of the national parkrun website demonstrates that as many as 74 different parkruns achieved record attendances this week. If previous years are anything to go by then next week and 25th January (our 6th birthday) could be close to or exceed our shiny new record, after which numbers will begin to fall off again. For the first two Saturdays this year, we have seen 108 parkrunners join us for the first time. Previous experience of parkrun newcomers suggests that a maximum of 60% will return for at least a second time and obviously a much smaller percentage will become regular runners. Last week, we had 50 newcomers and 18 of them have returned for a second dose this week.
A good turnout was, I suppose, to be expected as weather conditions were good for this time of year, although the wind made it feel colder. After the usual formalities, Cal set us off and the charge down to Lake Victoria was underway. However, there was a lot less water than in previous weeks although the forecast for the coming week might suggest that it will be back for next Saturday. I once again finished in the middle of the field having thanked the volunteers on my way round.
Once again, another reminder that in 2 weeks (25 January), it will be Warrington Parkrun’s 6th birthday, so we hope to see as many of you there as possible to join in the celebrations.
Results – Warrington Parkrun 320
1st Jonathan Smith17.09 (8th first place finish) – (Lymm Runners)
2nd Tom Battarbee17.30
3rd Darren Sankey17.33 (PB) – (Helsby RC)
1st Jenny Evans20.10 (16th overall) – (16th first place finish) – (Sale Harriers)
2nd Louise Blizzard20.33 (23rd overall) – (Warrington AC)
3rd Naomi Wilson21.27 (41st overall) –
There were 717 runners of whom 367 were male, 316 female and 34 unknowns. There were 94 first timers of whom 58 were running their first ever parkrun. The best performance by a runner new to Warrington was by Tony Taylor (Sandbach Striders) in 19.24 in 10th place. The best performance by a runner in his first ever parkrun was by Clayton Elliott in 21.25 in 39th place. The best age grade % of 79.69% was achieved by Colin Kennedy in age category VM50-54 in 19.07 in 7th place.
88 of you achieved new personal bests including Claire Jones 26.23, Adam Budd 20.19 and James Hurrell 21.40 (first time under 22 mins). 17 youngsters (3 boys and 14 girls) ran in the JM/JW10 age group, the youngest age groups and Terry Coles (VM75-79) was our most senior athlete.
The 50 milestone was achieved by Ben Potts (49 at Warrington), Stephen Bradshaw (all at Warrington), Phil Taylor (all at Warrington), Phil Daniels (39 at Warrington) and Sophie Leaning (4 at Warrington) to qualify for their red t-shirts. Louise Bradbury (81 at Warrington), Emily O’Hara (all at Warrington) and Clair Baldock (51 at Warrington) ran their 100th parkruns to qualify for their black t-shirts. Our most prolific parkrunner was Graham Baker completing his 328th run.
Two perfect times, Anthony O’Donnell and Helen Cairns both 33.33. Aesthetic times from Martin Wright 23.23, Julian Stow 24.24, Alexandra Brown 25.25, Khalid Mahmood 26.26, Phil Birchall 28.28, Kristian Stock 29.29, John McDermott 30.30, Adam Eeles 31.31 and Chris Linaker 37.37. No on-point times but palindromic times from James Williams 20.02, Mark Jarvis 23.32, Ian Coote and Geraldine Shortland both 30.03, Tom Stephens 32.23, Lesley Johnson 34.43, Claire Casey 35.53 and Bryony James 40.04.
Our visitors this week from Hanley, Lancaster, Conwy, Hertford, Crystal Palace (London), Woking, Crawley, Hastings and Mullingar (Ireland).
Today’s full results and a complete race history can be found on the Warrington Parkrun Results Page.