Widnes parkrun # 232 – 20/07/2019

We managed to arrive in plenty of time to Victoria park & as we avoided the rain in the bandstand we watched as plenty more hardy souls joined us in awaiting the off. Soon it was time for the first timers & tourists briefing - apparently there were only 4 tourists last time but this time there were loads! There were also a nice contingent of brand-new-shiny parkrunners in the crowd!
As already mentioned it was a damp & showery start to the morning but there was plenty of good feeling in the air due to a large gathering of Penyffordd Run Club members in their luminous green run shirts. They were celebrating with member Sacha ARDEN (RENÉE) as she reached her 50th parkrun! Despite the wet start the entire course was covered by smiling marshals who were pleased to hear the "thank you marshals" shouted & gasped to them along the route - the rest of the runners were surprisingly quiet but Team Carter are happy to give a “thank you” shout to all the marshals wherever we go for parkrun... we couldn’t do it without them!!
There were spirited rounds of applause for all the volunteers & there were a couple of highlighted milestones this week for the aforementioned Sacha ARDEN (RENÉE) reaching 50 & Chris CARTER reaching 100. There was also unsung hero Joe CARTER clocking up 50 – well done!
A few parkrun tourists other than Team Carter were in attendance at Widnes this Saturday – a warm welcome was given to everyone & we hope you enjoyed the experience of running at Widnes as much as we did!
This week 315 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 65 were first timers at Widnes (21 of whom were very first time parkrunners!) and a whopping 54 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 14 volunteers - without your help parkrun could not go ahead each week - thank you all very much! Remember if you can give up some time to volunteer it really does make a big difference, so do give it some thought and don the stylish and flattering Hi-Vis if you can - you also earn a flashy purple t-shirt after 25 turns of volunteering!
Our Hi-Vis heroes today were:
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Widnes parkrun Results Page.
Male placings:
Liam TODD (SM30-34) Unattached, was first over the line in 17:45.
Steven EDWARDS (SM30-34) of Ellesmere Port RC, was second over the line on his first visit to Widnes parkrun in 18:16.
Gav MEADOWCROFT (VM35-39) Unattached, was third over the line in 18:36.
Female placings:
Annaka CHARTERS (VW35-39) of Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC was first (11th overall) over the line in a new PB of 20:08.
Lucy CARTER (JW11-14) Unattached, was second (44th overall) over the line in her first visit to Widnes parkrun in 22:18.
Mollie ISLES (SW25-29) Unattached, was third (58th overall) over the line in 23:02.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Brian MIDDLETON (VM65-69) 22nd overall, with 20:43.
Matthew HASLAM (JM11-14) 4th overall, with 18:38.
Dave BUCKLEY (VM5-59) 23rd overall, with 20:45.

Sacha ARDEN (RENÉE) reaching 50 parkruns - well done!
Joe CARTER reaching 50 parkruns - well done!
Chris CARTER reaching 100 parkruns - well done!
Aesthetically Pleasing Times of the Week: 
Paul BYRNE 20:20, Stuart HUGHES 24:24, Philip THOMAS 24:42, Lily-Ella FORD 25:52, Paul OWENS 28:28, Rob STEWART 29:29, Krista MELLOR 30:03, Diane HUGHES 30:30, Helen HARTLEY 31:31, Christina ROBERTS 34:34, Colette HILL 35:53, Karen ARNOLD 35:53, Casey HORRIGAN 41:14.
On-The-Spot Times of the Week:
Andy HAVER 23:00, Collette HARRISON 30:00, Debbie BARLOW 33:00, Clare DAVISON 34:00, Jan CHISNALL 35:00.
Thank you to everyone for taking part, parkrun is amazing fun - so lace up your trainers & join in! Bring a friend, bring your family, bring a smile & enjoy yourselves – it’s meant to be fun after all!! Don't forget parkrun is worldwide now so take your trainers (& barcode #DFYB) on holiday with you & be a parkrun tourist as we have done visiting your lovely parkrun, thank you for having us!

Rebecca, Lucy, Carolyn & Chris (Team Carter) - guest volunteer run report writers.