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International Women’s Day – New Ladies’ Record Time

Well the weather relented, Lake Victoria dried up and we returned to our newer course for this week’s event. However, despite being dryer (and warmer) we still had lots of mud to contend with particularly in Victoria Park and on the playing fields.
Cal was our run director this week and the usual formalities, thanking our volunteers, welcoming first timers and tourists, congratulating the milestone achievers and the health and safety briefing, were speedily carried out and we were underway without undue delay.
To celebrate International Women’s Day (on Sunday), Warrington Parkrun promoted this week’s event in conjunction with “This Girl Can” in the hope of encouraging as many women as possible to take part. In this respect we were extremely successful as, to my knowledge, this was only the second occasion when female participation has been higher than the men, 284 females, 251 males (discounting the 44 unknowns which are also likely to include more women than men).
Not only that, but for only the third time in the history of Warrington Parkrun a female was the overall first finisher. Previously, only Louise Blizzard and Louisa Thompson have achieved this feat, but all congratulations this week go to Lauren Heyes of Leigh Harriers & AC who was today’s overall first finisher. That, in itself, is a great achievement, but Lauren also completed the course in a new female record time of 16mins 43 secs beating the previous record by an astounding 73 seconds. A truly wonderful performance for International Women’s Day. This was compounded by excellent performances from Abigail Howarth, her sister, who finished 4th overall in 17 mins 53secs (also inside the previous ladies’ record – by 1 second) and Jenny Evans of Sale Harriers who finished 8th overall in 19 mins 23secs in her 100th parkrun. I believe this to be the first time that three ladies have finished in the top 10 overall finishers. In addition, both Lauren and Abigail were running at Warrington for the first time.
We welcomed 80 first timers to Warrington this week, one of whom was announced at the pre run briefing as being from Canada, and 57 of them were running their first ever parkrun. 42 of the first timers were female demonstrating the success of encouraging women for this particular event. It was helped by parkrun graduation for the latest Couch to 5K programme organised by two local clubs, Victoria Park RC and Warrington Road Runners, with the vast majority of their graduates also being female.
We also welcomed a group of runners from Hive 22 Running Club, based in Manchester, which was formed following the Manchester Arena bombing. They tour different parkruns around Manchester every week raising money to support people affected by the tragedy. This week, it was a delight to be able to welcome them to Warrington.

Results – Warrington Parkrun 328
Male
1st Tom Battarbee​17.39 (2nd first place finish)
2nd Alfie Crockett​17.39
3rd Stephen Broadhurst​18.14
Female
1st Lauren Heyes​16.41 (1st overall) – (New female record & new SW25-29 record) – (Leigh Harriers & AC) – (best age grade % - 88.71%) – (first timer)
2nd Abigail Howarth​17.53 (4th overall) – (Leigh Harriers & AC) – (first timer)
3rd Jenny Evans​​19.23 (8th overall) – (Sale Harriers)
There were 579 runners of whom 251 were male, 284 female and 44 unknowns. There were 80 first timers of whom 57 were running their first ever parkrun. The best performance by a runner in her first ever parkrun was by Charlotte Stenhouse in 24.25 in 83rd place.
82 of you recorded new personal bests, including Claire Jones 25.08 (first time under 26 mins & third PB in a row), David Stokes 25.33 and Stacy Coe 35.44 (first time under 36 mins). 9 youngsters (3 boys and 6 girls) ran in the JM/JW10 age group, the youngest age groups and Tony Bradshaw with his first run in the VM75-79 age category, happy 75th Tony, was our most senior athlete. The most prolific athlete this week was Vincent Alcock (Spectrum Striders RC) with 415 runs.
The 50 milestone was reached by Andy Smith (47 at Warrington), Bertie Houghton (23 at Warrington) and Kelly Henders (5 at Warrington) to qualify for their red t-shirts. The 100 milestone was achieved by Jenny Evans (23 at Warrington) to qualify for her black t-shirt.
A perfect time from Gabriel Kennedy 22.22 and aesthetic times from Phil Hayden 23.23, Adam Johnson 24.24, Kelly Henders and Charlotte Booth both 26.26, Carolyn Edwards 28.28,Sophie Mathews 29.29, Louisa Harpham-Sou 30.30, Julie Finch and Marie Lewis both 32.32, Mike Roylance 40.40 and Bryony James 41.41. An on-point time from Sue Walters 30.00 and palindromic times from Andy Land 21.12, Eric Bell 24.42, Rebecca Fairclough 31.13, Simon Stockman and Catherine Wakefield both 32.23 and Lorna Higham 35.53.
Our visitors this week came from Birkenhead, Keswick, Telford, Hornchurch and Canada.

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

 

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
Male
1st Chris Stanford​17.18 (40th first place finish) – (Warrington Triathlon Club)
2nd Jack Wadsworth​17.33
3rd Unknown
Female
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.

 

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.

 

Event 325

Warrington Parkrun 325 – 15 February 2020

From Sunny and Warm Bahrain to Wet and Windy Warrington

The good fortune we have experienced during the recent period of inclement weather, whereby it remained dry on Saturday mornings, came to an abrupt end this week. It hardly stopped raining from the time I woke up and looked out of the window at 7.30am through to parkrun conclusion at about 10.15am and throughout the rest of the day.
So, it was with some unease that I got out of my car in the car park and proceeded to make my way across the field to where Huw Jones was conducting the pre-run briefing for the marshals and volunteers. Halfway across, I was greeted by two prospective runners with the question “Are we in the right place, this will be our first ever parkrun”. I assured them that they were and gave them details of the parkrun, the course and the procedures as regards their barcodes and ultimately their position tokens. It transpired that they were Brit and Stephen Webster, originally from Warrington, but now living and working in Bahrain in the middle east. They had been following the NHS couch to 5K programme in the sunshine and their first ever parkrun would coincide with their return to Warrington visiting family. I offered sincere condolences that their first experience of parkrun would be in such awful weather conditions, however, they said they were looking forward to it. I spoke to them again afterwards and the weather had not put them off, they had enjoyed it and that they would be coming back next week before they return home to Bahrain.
The poor weather had a significant effect on the turnout and with only 432 participants, it was the smallest field for 2020 thus far. After one of the shortest pre-run briefings ever, Huw set us off and to the surprise of most of us, Lake Victoria was virtually non-existent, thanks to some sterling work earlier from the organisers and volunteers. In fact, we should all thank all the volunteers for braving the elements this week to deliver us our parkrun. However, judging by the photographs taken by Richard Wake and posted on Facebook both runners and walkers and marshals were enjoying themselves despite the weather. The weather also had an effect on the performances with only 47 PBs this week, well down on our usual number, and also only 16 first timers this week.
Congratulations to Louise Blizzard on completing her 200th run at Warrington (221 in total). She becomes the seventh person to achieve this.
Don’t forget the leap year run on 29 February which 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.

Results – Warrington Parkrun 325
Male
1st Bertie Houghton​16.58 (12th first place finish) – (Doncaster AC)
2nd Tom Battarbee​17.42
3rd Stephen Watmough​17.48 (Warrington AC) – (best age grade % - 87.83%)
Female
1st Jenny Evans​​19.45 (11th overall) – (18th first place finish) – (Sale Harriers)
2nd Louise Blizzard​20.37 (18th overall) – (Warrington AC)
3rd Eva Jha​​21.52 (33rd overall) – (Warrington RC)
There were 432 runners of whom 231 were male, 169 female and 32 unknowns. There were 33 first timers of whom 16 were running their first ever parkrun. The best performance by a runner new to Warrington was by Ben Greene (Serpentine RC) in 17.56 in 4th place. The best performance by a runner in his first ever parkrun was by Will Oram in 20.28 in 17th place.
47 of you recorded new personal bests including Joe Penlington 23.51 and David Stokes 25.27. 10 youngsters (2 boys and 8 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 Sue Hughes (5 at Warrington) and Louise Blizzard completed her 200th run at Warrington. Our most prolific parkrunner was Vincent Alcock (Spectrum Striders RC) completing his 412th run.
Perfect times from Adam Tilston 22.22 and Stephen Rutter 33.33 and aesthetic times from Danny Crompton 23.23, Martin Tierney 25.25, Dean Carey 27.27, Jane Scott 31.31, Katie Crompton 34.34 and Gary Skentelbery 36.36. An on-point time from David Mayes 20.00 and palindromic times from Judah Anthony 23.32,Matthew Sprostron 24.42, George Bennett and Craig Allen both 25.52 and Victoria Hinchcliffe 31.13.
Our visitors this week came from Connahs Quay, Conwy, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Harrogate, Grantham, Walsall, Workington, Thurrock, Henley-on-Thames and Bahrain.

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

 

Warrington 324

Warrington Parkrun 324 – 8 February 2020

Or Maidstone Parkrun 363!

Having travelled down to Kent for the weekend to celebrate my daughter’s 45th birthday, I duly turned up at Kent Life, an open-air museum, for the Maidstone parkrun. It is one that I have completed a few times before and is a picturesque run mainly along the towpath of the river Medway. It had rained overnight (not forecast) so it was somewhat wet underfoot. At the pre-run briefing, we were informed that there were some puddles along the route and that if we were not prepared to run straight through them that we should start at the back to avoid hold-ups. However, I only encountered one puddle of an area about 2 metres square so no worse than the succession of puddles along our towpath by the ship canal. I decided not to mention our Lake Victoria which as we know can be up to 30 yards long. (Soft southerners!!). Nevertheless, I started near the front to avoid the inevitable congestion as the towpath is rather narrow in places. I was rewarded with a PB and my first Maidstone parkrun under 30 minutes. Still, it is an enjoyable run with pleasant views of houseboats, ducks and other river based wildlife and local rowing club members in training together with a “wobbly” bridge over the river to run across twice.
Judging by the photos and video on facebook, it would appear that Warrington parkrun had dry weather although no doubt the usual dampness underfoot. However, weather did get much worse on Sunday which, sadly, resulted in the cancellation of Warrington Junior parkrun.
Congratulations to Bertie Houghton on his 4th first place finish this year already just beating Chris Stanford making his first visit to Warrington in 2020 and with the best age graded performance. Also, congratulations to Bobbie Lomax for her first 1st place finish for over 12 months.
Don’t forget, next week, 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. Let’s see plenty of colour for both those runs.

Results – Warrington Parkrun 324
Male
1st Bertie Houghton​16.26 (11th first place finish) – (Doncaster AC)
2nd Chris Stanford​16.37 (Warrington Triathlon Club) – (best age grade % - 82.15%)
3rd Unknown
Female
1st Bobbie Lomax​21.10 (27th overall) – (13th first place finish) – (Warrington RRC)
2nd Therese Ryan​21.30 (34th overall) – (PB)
3rd Louisa Mogg​​21.37 (37th overall) – (Run Sandymoor) – (first timer)
There were 536 runners of whom 279 were male, 229 female and 28 unknowns. There were 39 first timers of whom 28 were running their first ever parkrun. The best performance by a runner new to Warrington was by Tim Johnstone (Chorley Athletic & Triathlon Club) in 18.19 in 7th place. The best performance by a runner in his first ever parkrun was by Christopher Holbrook in 22.29 in 50th place.
115 of you recorded new personal bests including Ryan Leigh 19.07, Tom Houghton 19.36 (50th run), Matthew Lawless 19.39, David Mayes 19.50 (first run under 20 mins), William Bainbridge 20.51 (first run under 21 mins), Claire Jones 26.08 and Victoria Hinchcliffe 30.32. 17 youngsters (7 boys and 10 girls) ran in the JM/JW10 age group, the youngest age groups and Roger Pidcock (VM75-79) and Brenda Evans (VW75-79), on her debut, were our most senior athletes.
The 50 milestone was achieved by Tom Houghton (all at Warrington), Ally Sharp (49 at Warrington), Navneet Jha (49 at Warrington), Mark Hunter (45 at Warrington), Rick Turpin (44 at Warrington), Sadie Besley (43 at Warrington),Charles Commins (36 at Warrington) and William Staniard (5 at Warrington) to qualify for their red t-shirts. Our most prolific parkrunner was again Sandra Lewis completing her 359th run and again volunteering as tail walker.
Perfect times from Mark Bell 22.22 and Rachel Kinney and Rachel McKeown both 33.33 and aesthetic times from Joe Penlington 24.24, Frances Kennedy 25.25, Jon Roberts 28.28, Saadat Melia and Jacqui Townson both 31.31, Owen Jones 32.32 and Clare Richardson 36.36. On-point times from Vickie Molphy and Linda Owen both 30.00 and Lesley McKay 45.00 and palindromic times from Andrew Rylance 24.42,Keane Newey and Paul Deeran both 25.52, Jane Newsholme 30.03 and Clare Seaborn 31.13.
Our visitors this week from Chorley, Chester and Basingstoke.

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

 

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
Male
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)​​
Female
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.

 

666!

Warrington Parkrun 322 – 25 January 2020

Happy 6th Birthday To Us

How very bizarre!! On the very day that Warrington Parkrun celebrates its 6th birthday, we have 666 participants. Inevitable or just a coincidence!! I think everyone enjoyed the celebrations and certainly the weather played its part. No rain, thank goodness, although a bit cold because of the wind chill factor. The course was a bit muddy in places but that seems to be the norm currently.
During our first six years, we have held 321 parkruns, it should have been 325 but we lost 2 because of the Concert in the Park in 2018 and 2019 (this will occur again in May this year) and 2 because of bad weather which made the course too dangerous.
Obviously, we could not have organised any of the parkruns without our volunteers. Many of the volunteers are firstly runners, who from time to time act as marshals or carry out other volunteering responsibilities. However, there are a number of people who volunteer week in week out and without whom parkrun just would not happen. They deserve to be recognised for what they do. On Saturday, we celebrated Rick Butterfield’s 200th volunteer, which is a great effort considering he has also run 81 Warrington parkruns. However, he is outstripped by the three people who between them have been in charge of virtually every parkrun from the start. Huw Jones (335 volunteers) and Tony Carroll (325 volunteers) have been there from the very start and on a number of occasions will have carried out multiple volunteering duties. Cal Bardi (273 volunteers) joined them soon afterwards. The other person with over 200 volunteers is Helen Darbyshire (217 officially, but was unfortunately missed off a large number of events early on!) and she can be seen virtually every week at the sharp bend from Black Bear Path back into Victoria Park, commonly referred to as bench corner or Helen’s corner. With the recent change in the course, we now pass her marshal position three times, so when you see her next, give her a big shout. Other volunteers who have played a big part include Joanne Fitzpatrick, Richie Wells, Roy Pemberton, Stephen Cooper, Geoff Settle, Emma Wake, Rebecca Wells, Brenda Jones, Tracy Butterfield, Leah Thorpe and many others.
Over the years, we have had 208 first finishers, male and female, headed by Louise Blizzard with 120 successes, Chris Stanford 39 and Alfie Crockett 27. Joining Louise as the three most successful female athletes are Naomi Wilson and Faye Lawton whilst the top three males are Alfie, Chris and Tom Battarbee. We have seen 14,096 runners and walkers in 6 years and just over 400 of us have taken part in 50 or more Warrington parkruns. In excess of 100 of us have completed 100 runs whilst our most prolific runners are Ian Berry (200 this week), Paul Clayton 206, Bryan Forth 209, Matthew Lawless 234, Mark Bell 249 and Andrew Pemberton 270.
The 666 participants this week, made it our second highest attendance and improves the 2020 average to 627. It seems strange that our six largest turnouts have all happened in January (this year and last year).
The best performance of the day belongs to Ellie Barker (JW10) who finished in 58th place and was the sixth placed female runner. Her time of 22mins 01secs was a new record for her age group beating the previous record, which has stood since 2014, by 4 seconds. A tremendous performance by one so young, well done Ellie.
We also again welcomed Charlotte Nichols, the new MP for Warrington North. She ran her fourth run at Warrington having previously run in both London and San Francisco. It seems that she will be a regular supporter of our parkrun, parliamentary duties notwithstanding.
We also had a visitor from the Falkland Islands. Richard Bullivant, originally from Warrington, but now living and working in the Falklands, was involved in the start up of the Cape Pembroke Lighthouse parkrun in October last year, their first one. It certainly must be the most remote parkrun of all.
Saturday was also the fifth Dash4Diabetes charity run and 130 medals were awarded to supporters of the charity with many others making donations using Just Giving through the website Dash4Diabetes.co.uk. Tony Norton would like to thank all supporters as well as the members of Victoria Park RC and Warrington Triathlon Club who acted as pacers including the youngest, Jessica Treagust, aged just 5. Jessica was rewarded with a PB this week.
Warrington Parkrun continues to go from strength to strength, we can all play our part by participating regularly and volunteering occasionally. Here’s to year 7 being the best yet.

Results – Warrington Parkrun 322
Male
1st Alfie Crockett​16.54 (27th first place finish) – (Victoria Park RC)
2nd Jonathan Smith​17.12 (Lymm Runners)
3rd Tom Battarbee​17.51​​
Female
1st Sharon Johnstone​19.42 (15th overall) – (1st first place finish) – (Wilmslow RC) – (best age grade % - 81.39%)
2nd Louise Blizzard​20.22 (22nd overall) – (Warrington AC)
3rd Lucie Davies​​20.28 (25th overall) – (PB)
There were 666 runners of whom 336 were male, 297 female and 33 unknowns. There were 57 first timers of whom 34 were running their first ever parkrun. The best performance by a runner new to Warrington was by Mark Foster in 20.41 in 26th place. The best performance by a runner in his first ever parkrun was by Ashtin Doorgakant in 21.34 in 45th place.
A whopping 139 of you recorded new personal bests including David Hales 22.01, Gaynor Seymour 22.26, Joe Penlington 23.53 (first under 24 mins.), David Stokes 25.40, Alison Woods 25.58 (first under 26mins.), Pamela Moore 27.02 and Louise Waiting 28.17 (in her 100th run). 26 youngsters (5 boys and 21 girls) ran in the JM/JW10 age group, the youngest age groups and 5 men and 3 ladies in the 70-74 age group were our most senior athletes.
10 parkruns was reached by Oliver Darbyshire (JM11-14) to qualify for his white t-shirt. The 50 milestone was achieved by Mark Hubbard (all at Warrington), Colette Kelly (all at Warrington), Jason Hughes (49 at Warrington), Anthony Smith (49 at Warrington) and Jenny Martin (22 at Warrington) to qualify for their red t-shirts. Louise Waiting (98 at Warrington) and Emma Davies ran their 100th parkruns to qualify for their black t-shirts. Our most prolific parkrunner was Sandra Lewis completing her 357th run and volunteering as tail walker as well.
No perfect times but aesthetic times from Lewis Clubley 20.20 (and matching the year), Andrzej Sibik 21.21,Ally Sharp 23.23, Christopher Nightingale 24.24, Marcia Wagner 32.32 and Amy Smith 34.34. On-point times from Niall McDermott and John McDermott both 30.00 and Carrie-Anne Tuitt-Williams 35.00 and palindromic times from Naomi Wilson 21.12,Dennis Yarwood 23.32, Gary Durie and Phil Bates both 25.52, Martyn Scobbie 30.03 and Kirsty Holden 34.43.
Our visitors this week from Brighouse, Derby, Krakow (Poland) and the Falkland Islands.ster, Crewe, Huddersfield, Shrewsbury, Hull, Cambridge and Milton Keynes.

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

 

321! Our second highest attendance

Warrington Parkrun 321 – 18 January 2020

Oh What A Beautiful Morning…..

…. Or so it seemed when I looked out of the bedroom window at 7.30am on Saturday morning. Getting ready, I was already looking forward to a good run this week, so kit on, (shorts no leggings). However, I opened the front door and the reality hit me. It was going to be cold. It took a few minutes to defrost the car and my legs were already feeling rather chilly, no time to go back and put leggings on. I drove to Victoria Park and the car park was already filling up, with car park marshals Dave Matthews, Rick Butterfield and Jim Kirkin and Phil Hayden (and anyone else who I was not aware of) working overtime to get everyone in, keep the queue down and reduce the congestion out on Knutsford Road. Good job guys.
Then the bad news, Huw Jones, run director for the day, announced that there were a fair few icy patches out on the course, particularly on Black Bear Path so any thought of one of my “faster” times went out the window and safety mode kicked in.
The car park did virtually fill up and ultimately 625 participants completed the course and were recorded by the timekeepers and barcode scanners. If it hadn’t been for last week, this would also have been a record attendance. Indeed, for the first 4 runs of 2020 we are averaging 617.5 per parkrun.
It was another big week for first timers as 43 virgins braved parkrun for their first outing. Two weeks ago, we had 51 first timers and 22 have already returned (7 of them on both subsequent runs). Last week we had 58 first timers and 23 of them have returned this week.
It was also an amazing week for our young lady runners as the first three female finishers, Orla Gregory, Alice Nicholson and Lucie Davies are all running in the JW11-14 age category and, in fact, 6 out of the first 10 ladies were all junior runners.
Huw got the run going fairly promptly after the usual formalities and safety warnings, in fact one or two were still making their way from the car park as we started. Victoria Park was fairly muddy although the footpath, submerged under “Lake Victoria” in recent weeks, was reasonably clear, thanks mainly to the efforts of the volunteers who brushed the excess water away from the footpath. Well done everyone. There were a few slight detours on Black Bear Path and on the playing field to avoid the icy patches and we had to cut the corner off turning back into Victoria Park as the path was quite icy by the sharp bend (bench corner). This may have slightly reduced the length of the course but safety must come first.
Next week is Warrington Parkrun’s 6th birthday so it is to be expected that there will be another big turnout. There will be lots of cake and biscuits and other goodies and no doubt some fancy dress outfits as well. We would suggest that you arrive earlier than normal as the car park can be expected to fill right up.
It is also the event for Tony Norton’s Dash 4 Diabetes charity appeal. Over 100 runners have signed up to donate and receive the goody bag and medal but I am sure any donations made on the day will be welcomed.
See you all next week. Subject to the weather being ok and the forecast is reasonable, I am predicting another record attendance of around 740.

Results – Warrington Parkrun 321
Male
1st Alfie Crockett​16.53 (26th first place finish) – (Victoria Park RC)
2nd Tom Battarbee​17.40
3rd Neil Marsh​​18.31​​
Female
1st Orla Gregory​​18.54 (7th overall) – (3rd first place finish) – (Warrington AC) – (best age grade % - 83.16%)
2nd Alice Nicholson​20.35 (19th overall) – (PB)
3rd Lucie Davies​​20.44 (22nd overall) – (PB)
There were 625 runners of whom 314 were male, 278 female and 33 unknowns. There were 72 first timers of whom 43 were running their first ever parkrun. The best performance by a runner new to Warrington was by Andrew Houghton in 20.16 in 13th place. The best performance by a runner in his first ever parkrun was by Conor Reardon in 20.23 in 17th place.
105 of you recorded new personal bests including Paul Deeran 18.42 and Dominique Crompton 25.48. 19 youngsters (4 boys and 15 girls) ran in the JM/JW10 age group, the youngest age groups and Terry Coles (VM75-79) and Dorothy Marsh (VW75-79) were our most senior athletes.
10 parkruns was reached by David Cowin (JM15-17) to qualify for his white t-shirt. The 50 milestone was achieved by Jeremy Carr (47 at Warrington), Gillian Stokes (48 at Warrington), Hannah Beesley (49 at Warrington) and Christian Laing (11 at Warrington) to qualify for their red t-shirts. John Franks (99 at Warrington) ran his 100th parkrun to qualify for his black t-shirt. Mike Hall completed 200 runs. Our most prolific parkrunner was Vincent Alcock (Spectrum Striders) completing his 408th run.
Two perfect times, Louise Blizzard 22.22 and Roz Healey 33.33. Aesthetic times from Andy Howarth 27.27, Alex Geoghegan and Tom Haworth both 30.30, Jannine Wood 31.31 and Janet Redpath 32.32. An on-point time from Jane Hunter 45.00 and palindromic times from Phil Hayden 21.12, John Dooley 25.52, Esther Williams 31.13, Helen Speed 40.04 and Charlene Roberts 42.24.
Our visitors this week from Chester, Crewe, Huddersfield, Shrewsbury, Hull, Cambridge and Milton Keynes.

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

 

Newbies, and some Oldbies, information!

With so many new people joining us on a Saturday morning, we thought we'd put together some information about our event - why we ask you to do what we do, give you a bit of terminology and let you see how everything works.

Firstly, everyone is a volunteer; we try to be as professional as we can be, but do bear this in mind if the results are late, or there are no photos on the Facebook page yet. Having said that, we volunteer because we love it - it's fun, engaging and you can learn new skills in a warm and welcoming environment. It's not a closed club and anyone is welcome to join in, whenever they want to.

So, let's look at a few parkrun day rules and explain why they are there!

So that run brief? I heard it last week so don't need to hear it again..right? - nope and that couldn't be further from the truth! Yes, there will be some recap on the rules we have to have in place, but there may be amends to the course, things to be aware of, as well as some announcements of running milestones. Also, just because it isn't your first time, it doesn't mean that there aren't new people there so they won't have heard it before. All we ask is for 2-3 minutes of silence before you parkrun. Please keep quiet during the run brief.

Don't forget your barcode (or #DFYB) - this is the parkrun golden rule. Without a barcode you can't get an official time. You can still take part of course, but please take a finish token and simply give it us back. See also "Ok, so you won't take it off my photo, but you can write it down, yeah?"

What is a funnel ducker? - this is someone who enters the finish funnel then jumps out without taking a token. This causes issues for the team when processing results as the below explains.

Why should I take a finish token? - when you cross the line into the finish funnel, our timekeepers will click the stopwatch. Every time someone crosses the line, they click. These "clicks" are recorded and we upload them to a results processing system called webFMS. The data is very simple - it tells us that the 99th runner over the line crossed in 25:00, the 100th runner crossed in 25:10 and so on.

At the end of the funnel you are passed a finish token. These are in numerical order and what we aim to do is ensure that runner 99, gets token 99. When we scan you and your position token, and upload that to webFMS, the system looks at all of the information and basically says, runner 99 is John Smith and the 99th runner clicked was 25:00 so therefore John Smith's time is 25:00. Simples, eh?

BUT - things can go astray! If runner 99 were to be a funnel ducker, then there is a chance that runner 100 actually gets token 99 - meaning the computer gives Joan Smith 25:00 when she actually got 25:10. Now this doesn't sound much but if a few people do this, then as more and more people enter the funnel (and if a few duck out) then the results get more and more mixed up - still with us?

The same would happen if you refused a token - the person behind would get your time and so on. So we're not being funny when we say that you must take a token - it's simply how the results are processed.

What if I don't have a barcode and I'm not fussed about a time? - Ideally you would still enter the funnel, collect a token and then pop it in one of the boxes by the barcode scanners. We don't think this is much to ask. But, if you are using the parkrun as part of a long run and want to keep going, or if this above sounds too much like hard work, then please simply don't enter the finish funnel. We would prefer it if you did so we can get an accurate number of participants, but if you aren't prepared to wait a few moments in the funnel for a token, please don't enter it.

I'm in the funnel but why do I need to stay in order? I've crossed the line so it's ok, yes? - well no actually! On the same basis as what we said about the stopwatch clicks, you will get a more accurate time if you stay in the finish position you entered. Taking a token in order means you'll get your actual time rather than your funnel neighbour's time.

A Double Crosser is a runner who crosses and gets a time then goes back and crosses the line again! This can affect the results in many different ways, if it is not spotted by the timekeeper!

When does the stopwatch start? - timing starts when the Run Director says "go". Some of you start your watch as you cross the start line and though this could be a few seconds after the Run Director has started the run, your official time is from the first click on the stopwatch.

Why can't my time be from when I cross the start line? - resources, simply. We are a free timed run and don't have chip timing as most races do.

These tokens are nice and would look good on a keyring; can I keep them? - Sadly not. The finish tokens are always required back at the end of the run. If you have your barcode with you, the scanner will retain your position token so we can use it again next week. If you've forgotten your barcode, please simply pass the position token to a barcode scanner - please don't take them home. If you were to do this, and you find it in your pocket, please let us know! We're always relieved to get them back - just email us with the number!

Oh no - I ran a great run today and didn't get scanned until 15 mins after I finished - does that mean my time will be 15 mins more? - no, this isn't the case. Whilst it is always a good idea to get scanned straight after the run, a delay in scanning doesn't add minutes to your finishing time. Remember the tokens we discussed above? The system knows that if you crossed the line in position 200 and collected the appropriate finish token, that your time would match the 200th click on the watch.

I've taken a photo of my barcode on my phone - you can scan that, right? - actually we can't, sorry. Our scanners cannot read off screens and a photo of a barcode will be locked away with a PIN number so if something were to happen to you, we couldn't access your "In Case of Emergency" (ICE) number. We only accept paper, tag or wrist bracelet barcodes.

Ok, so you won't take it off my photo, but you can write it down, yeah? - again sadly no. The rules for this are firm and clear and when you access your barcode from your profile screen, that photographs are not permitted. If the volunteers were to do this, there is huge potential for them to be manually adding lots of results from people who didn't apply the rules. The same applies if you have forgotten your barcode. We may not add you to the results for the same reasons.

Sounds a bit mean! - It's not really. Let's put this into context - our volunteers between them have to remember to bring a laptop, stopwatches, scanners, hi-viz, lanyards, folders, signs and many other pieces of kit to ensure the parkrun happens safely each week. Then it is packed away, results are processed, tokens are sorted, run reports done and social media updated - all we ask is that you bring your barcode - sound OK?

Ok, you've got me. But what happens if my barcode gets smudged or the scanners can't read it? - now, that's a different story. As you have brought a barcode and for some reason it can't be scanned, then we will write it down for you and add you manually. We don't like to write down for people who've forgotten or have it on their phones. We utterly LOVE parkrun and volunteering, but we do like to do other things on a Saturday after the run has finished!

That covers quite a lot and hopefully some things are a bit clearer now. Perhaps you already knew this, but it's quite likely that there is something in there that was news to you. And of course, if there is anything that you are unsure about, please ASK! We're a friendly bunch and want you to come back again and again. Plus your barcode is your passport to 2,500 parkruns across the globe. No need to re-register! Whether you're travelling to Brighton or Brisbane, your own parkrun barcode is accepted there! (Borrowed and adapted from Hove parkrun)

 

Record Saturday!

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
Male
1st Jonathan Smith​17.09 (8th first place finish) – (Lymm Runners)
2nd Tom Battarbee​17.30
3rd Darren Sankey​17.33 (PB) – (Helsby RC)​​
Female
1st Jenny Evans​​20.10 (16th overall) – (16th first place finish) – (Sale Harriers)
2nd Louise Blizzard​20.33 (23rd overall) – (Warrington AC)
3rd Naomi Wilson​21.27 (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.

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