Event 323 – First of Five!

Warrington Parkrun 323 – 1 February 2020

First of Five!!

This week was the first of five parkruns to be held in February because of course 2020 is a leap year and February 29th falls on a Saturday. Statistical nerd that I am, I have worked out that this won’t happen again for 28 years in 2048 (when potentially I will be 100 and competing in the VM100-104 age category!!!!).
Another week when the weather was kind to us. No rain but the wind was again somewhat cold. It is going to be a bit of a shock when the weather turns really nasty on a Saturday morning as it inevitably will sooner or later.
No record numbers this week but a good turnout which maintains the excellent average so far for 2020. However, the number of first time runners and walkers was down to 15 this week, a significant drop compared to the four Saturdays in January. 186 newcomers joined us during January and 86 (46%) have already returned for further punishment!
Congratulations to Louise Blizzard, who this week was invited down to the media launch for the London Marathon 2020. In April, Louise will run her 26th London Marathon which will be a new record for the number completed by a female athlete. She has run it consecutively every year since 1994 except one when her son Alfie was born.
A shorter report than usual this week and no report next week as I am away visiting family in Kent. However, I will probably be doing a tourist run at Maidstone or Malling so maybe a short review of another parkrun.
Reminders for you, however, 15 February will be our Valentine’s Day run so perhaps everyone should turn up wearing red or pink. The leap year run on 29 February should be regarded as something special and perhaps everyone should celebrate the phenomenon that is parkrun by wearing their milestone t-shirts or their parkrun apricot t-shirts.
See you all in two weeks.

Results – Warrington Parkrun 323
1st Bertie Houghton​16.24 (10th first place finish) – (Doncaster AC)
2nd Alfie Crockett​17.16 (Victoria Park RC)
3rd Lewis Greaves​17.31 (Serpentine RC) – (PB)​​
1st Jenny Evans​​20.08 (12th overall) – (17th first place finish) – (Sale Harriers)
2nd Louise Blizzard​20.26 (17th overall) – (Warrington AC)
3rd Penny Guess​​21.10 (27th overall) – (Lymm Runners)
There were 570 runners of whom 294 were male, 240 female and 36 unknowns. There were 51 first timers of whom 15 were running their first ever parkrun. The best performance by a runner new to Warrington was by Patrick Osborne in 19.54 in 9th place. The best performance by a runner in his first ever parkrun was by Jon McNicholas in 20.59 in 26th place. The best age grade % 0f 79.17% was achieved by Debbie Huston (VW55-59) in 22.34 in 52nd place.
94 of you recorded new personal bests including Ben Potts 20.30, Dominique Crompton 24.19 (first under 25 mins) and Sarah Fontana 26.30 (first under 27 mins). 18 youngsters (5 boys and 13 girls) ran in the JM/JW10 age group, the youngest age groups and Ian Hilditch (VM75-79) was our most senior athlete.
The 50 milestone was achieved by Alex Leigh (all at Warrington), Christian Daniels (47 at Warrington) and Ian Gribben (44 at Warrington) to qualify for their red t-shirts. Stuart Liversedge (97 at Warrington), Laura Owen (91 at Warrington) and Megan Rudge on her birthday and with a PB (41 at Warrington) all ran their 100th parkruns to qualify for their black t-shirts. Nigel Hinchcliffe completed his 150th parkrun and Mark Bell ran his 250th parkrun at Warrington (271 in total). Our most prolific parkrunner was again Sandra Lewis completing her 358th run (50 at Warrington) and again volunteering as tail walker.
One perfect time from Hannah Beesley 33.33 and aesthetic times from Kristian Coulthert 21.21, Graham Roberts 25.25, Mark Mullock 26.26, Helen Aghanian 27.27, Mary Conway 29.29, Mike Palmer 31.31, Paula Lee 34.34 and Evie Boyle 36.36. An on-point time from Carla Bonner 25.00 and palindromic times from Hugh McLay 24.42, Ian Williamson 25.52, Lisa Jones and Jay Thomson both 30.03 and Doreen Newey 32.23.
Our visitors this week from Birkenhead, Blackburn, Preston, Lytham St Annes, Workington, Sutton Coldfield, Osterley and Kilburn (both London), Aylesbury, Woking and Guernsey.

Today’s full results and a complete race history can be found on the Warrington Parkrun Results Page.