Event 326

Warrington Parkrun 326 – 22 February 2020

Wet and Windy Warrington Again

My first thought this week was to repeat last week’s report as the weather conditions were almost identical for both weeks. However, the weather prior to 9 o’clock was worse this week with some really heavy rain and this had a significant effect on numbers as we reached a new low for 2020 at 408. For the hardy souls who turned out, we were rewarded as the rain did stop whilst parkrun took place.
Conditions were still poor with lots of mud and lying water and the high winds were particularly noticeable on the playing field and when you turned back into the park at Helen’s corner. So once again there were a limited number of personal bests and first-time participants. Nevertheless, since the beginning of the year, in seven weeks, we have welcomed 245 newcomers to parkrun and almost exactly half of them have returned for a second run or more. Our parkrun does seem to attract more newcomers than some of our immediate neighbours, presumably because it is predominantly flat.
Congratulations to our first finishers, Alfie Crockett (his 28th) and Penny Guess (her 2nd and a PB). Also, to Paul Deeran who becomes the eighth person to complete 200 parkruns at Warrington.
Next Saturday is a special parkrun day as it is leap year day, 29 February. This has not happened before and will not occur again for 28 years, so a very unique event. I would therefore ask you all to mark the day and celebrate the phenomenon that is parkrun by wearing your white, red, black or green milestone t-shirts or your universal orange parkrun t-shirt.
The following week on Saturday 7 March, we are supporting a national event celebrating International Women’s Day (actually on Sunday 8 March). IWD Parkrun is all about celebrating female participation and we would like to welcome as many women and girls as possible to parkrun. The event is also supported by “This Girl Can”, a campaign created by parkrun partner, Sport England. So please encourage as much female participation as possible, more than the men, a situation that as far as I am aware has only happened once before at Warrington.

Results – Warrington Parkrun 326
Male
1st Alfie Crockett​17.22 (28th first place finish) – (Victoria Park RC)
2nd Tom Battarbee​17.51
3rd Jack Pilkington​18.33
Female
1st Penny Guess​​21.07 (20th overall) – (2nd first place finish) – (Lymm Runners) – (New PB)
2nd Claire Demaine Farrell 21.27 (26th overall) – (Lymm Runners)
3rd Laura Dean​​22.32 (43rd overall)
There were 408 runners of whom 215 were male, 178 female and 15 unknowns. There were 39 first timers of whom 12 were running their first ever parkrun. The best performance by a runner new to Warrington was by Ted Davies in 19.58 in 8th place. The best performance by a runner in his first ever parkrun was by Matthew Bossward in 23.23 in 60th place. The best age grade % was 75.02% by Chris Hall (Stubbington Green Runners), a first timer, in 20.29 in 15th place.
41 of you recorded new personal bests including Claire Jones 26.03 and Megan Rudge 28.10. 11 youngsters (4 boys and 7 girls) ran in the JM/JW10 age group, the youngest age groups and Terry Coles (VM75-79) was again our most senior athlete.
The 10 milestone was achieved by Joshua Prescott (JM11-14) to qualify for his white t-shirt and the 50 milestone was reached by Emma Norman (all at Warrington), Janet Monks (49 at Warrington), Stacy Coe (46 at Warrington), Alexander Leslie (40 at Warrington and Rosemary Sills (6 at Warrington) to qualify for their red t-shirts. The 100 milestone was achieved by Angela Evans and Lee Evans (both 99 at Warrington) to qualify for their black t-shirts. Faye Lawton ran her 200th parkrun and Paul Deeran his 200th at Warrington.
A perfect time from Dan Chadwick 22.22 and aesthetic times from Benedict Kennedy 21.21, Matthew Bossward 23.23, Noel Johnson and Emma McCue both 26.26, Colette Kelly and Liz Jervis both 28.28, Josie Jarvis 30.30, Pauline Edwards 32.32, Amy Dick 35.35 and Debra Vaughan 36.36. No on-point times and one palindromic time from Ceri Mitchell 25.52.
Our visitors this week came from Wrexham, Penrhyn, Leeds, Birmingham, Sheringham, Milton Keynes, Watford, Enfield, Southwark, Farnborough and Fareham.

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