Once in 28 year event!

Warrington Parkrun 327 – 29 February 2020

Reporter In Absentia

A once in every 28 year opportunity to run parkrun on the 29th February!

My apologies for what is a short report, mainly highlighting the results, but a look at the weather early on Saturday combined with the pictures on Facebook of Lake Victoria persuaded me, along with many others no doubt, that the best course of action was to stay in bed. No excuses, I wimped out.
Those that were braver, faced a HUGE Lake Victoria. The course was checked beforehand and the decision made for the old course to be brought out of retirement for a guest appearance, which meant the Lake was run through, or around, once, along with various other flooded bits along the Black Bear Path! Which ever way you ran you got wet!
As the weather has got worse throughout February, so has the numbers attending parkrun, we were at 349 runners this week. However, those who did take part are all to be commended for their determination to conquer the conditions, especially the vast majority of runners who chose to brave the lake, rather than the mud bath. Surely, as we move into March, the weather and conditions must start to improve and bring with it an increase in participation back to our more usual numbers.
Looking at the results, despite the weather, we still had 21 first time runners, hopefully you will all return to experience Warrington Parkrun in better circumstances. Congratulations to Chris Stanford on his 40th first place finish (the most by any male runner) and to Orla Gregory, her 4th first place finish in her first run in the JW15-17 age category. The best performance by someone new to Warrington was by Magnus Thuren, who normally takes part in the Haga parkrun in Stockholm, Sweden. Finally, congratulations to Faye Lawton who, following her 200th parkrun last week, completed her 200th Warrington parkrun this week, the 9th person to achieve it. Faye’s one tourist run was at Knowsley in May last year when Warrington was cancelled for the Concert in the Park weekend.
Don’t forget next week is a special event in support of International Women’s Day to celebrate female participation and hopefully we can welcome as many women and girls as possible such that they can outnumber the men and boys.

Results – Warrington Parkrun 327
1st Chris Stanford​17.18 (40th first place finish) – (Warrington Triathlon Club)
2nd Jack Wadsworth​17.33
3rd Unknown
1st Orla Gregory​​19.24 (5th overall) – (4th first place finish) – (Warrington AC) – (best age grade % - 79.90%)
2nd Alice Nicholson​21.43 (18th overall)
3rd Laura Dean​​23.11 (45th overall)
There were 349 runners of whom 171 were male, 150 female and 28 unknowns. There were 38 first timers of whom 21 were running their first ever parkrun. The best performance by a runner new to Warrington was by Magnus Thuren in 20.32 in 8th place. The best performance by a runner in his first ever parkrun was by Chris Lee in 22.57 in 35th place.
Only 10 of you recorded new personal bests, unsurprisingly. 9 youngsters (3 boys and 6 girls) ran in the JM/JW10 age group, the youngest age groups and George Renshaw (VM70-74) was our most senior athlete.
The 10 milestone was achieved by Cormac Kennedy (JM10) to qualify for his white t-shirt and the 50 milestone was reached by Benedict Kennedy (45 at Warrington) and Michelle Jacks (43 at Warrington) to qualify for their red t-shirts. The 100 milestone was achieved by Alastair Brown (89 at Warrington) to qualify for his black t-shirt. Alistair Raffel ran his 150th parkrun.
A perfect time from Stella Shelley 33.33 and aesthetic times from James Williams 20.20, Simon Moran 24.24, Albertine Asah 31.31, Amy Zamora 38.38, Alison Smith 39.39 and Chris Ashton 40.40. On-point times from Sophie Garner 30.00, Will Johnston, Emma Johnston and Louisa Ratcliffe all 35.00 and Susan Parkinson and Rebecca May both 40.00 and one palindromic time from Alex Wells 35.53.
Our visitors this week came from Ormskirk, Chorley, Ellesmere Port, Chester, Barry Island, Crystal Palace and Stockholm, Sweden.

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