The sky's cleared and the early morning rain relented leaving us with warm and slightly humid conditions for Saturday's parkrun in Victoria Park.
We took the opportunity to celebrate John Howarth's 200th parkrun (an incredible achievement) in style with special cake for the occasion. Big thanks to Michelle for organising the whole thing.
Colin BISHOP (VM55-59) of Helsby RC, was first over the line in 17:19 - 6th time in 7 appearances. Graham RATCLIFFE (VM60-64) of Wirral AC, was second over the line in 18:05 - was first to finish once before. Patrick BOYLE (VM40-44) of Liverpool RC, was third over the line in 18:14 - was first to finish once before.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition: Kelvin BIRCH (Unattached) 1508 pts. Steve BENNETT (Halton & Frodsham Harriers) 1239 pts. Stephen GRADY (Unattached) 1207 pts.
Female placings: Rachel RICHARDSON (SW25-29) of Mossley Hill AC, was first (10th overall) over the line in 20:22 - first appearance. Valerie DUNN (VW55-59) of Vale Royal AC, was second (22nd overall) over the line in 21:35 - was first to finish once before. Julia ECCLESTON (VW40-44) of St Helens Sutton AC, was third (34th overall) over the line in 23:00 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition: Chloe STUBBS (Unattached) 2094 pts. Janet AINSWORTH (Unattached) 1372 pts. Hannah ISLES (Unattached) 1215 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: Colin BISHOP (VM55-59) was graded 88.74% for the time 17:19 (first overall). Graham RATCLIFFE (VM60-64) was graded 88.66% for the time 18:05 (second overall). Valerie DUNN (VW55-59) was graded 85.02% for the time 21:35 (22nd overall).
This week there were 174 runners, of whom 28 were first timers and 66 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different athletics clubs took part.
Widnes parkrun started on 17th January 2015, and since then 1,246 different runners, including participants from 70 athletics clubs, have completed 4,448 runs covering a total distance of 22,240 km, and there have been 1,312 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who ran in a time of 00:18:09 on 2015-02-14 (event number 5). The male record is held by Ed KNUDSEN who ran in a time of 00:16:28 on 2015-05-23 (event number 19). The Age Grade course record is held by Andrew GREEN who recorded a 90.44% run (16:34) on 20th June 2015 (event number 23).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Widnes parkrun Results Page.