Run Report #411- 15/07/17

This is my first visit to Woodbank on my 316th parkrun, and it gets me to tick off one more North West parkrun venue in the quest to become a local regionairre. I have 11 of the 51 North West parkruns left to go. Of course, I did a little research on the course before I came and was a little nervous about the climb but my home parkrun is Bolton and they have their own Cruella de Hill which needs climbing twice, just like Woodbank, so I was used to it. Even so, it didn’t make the inclines any easier when they came, especially the second time around.

There is an elevation trace which shows the course as having 250 feet of climb. Woodbank is rated at #391 out of 446 UK parkruns, which means that there are only 55 parkruns in the country considered more difficult.

When I got up on Saturday morning and saw the clouds and the gloomy weather report from the BBC I feared for a wet parkrun, and even though it was warm rain, just a few minutes before 9am it started to trickle down, but then the parkrun gods did their work and it stayed away for the whole of the run and the post-mortem afterwards.

There was a bit of excitement at the start when the Run Director gave us the instructions and then counted us down 3-2-1 Go …… NO! Stop! We had forgotten to say well done to Peta for her 250th parkrun so back we came and gave her a huge round of applause (more about Peta later in the report).

And then, 3-2-1-Go! And this time, we really were underway with 144 runners, 26 above the Woodbank average setting off on the slight downhill start.

First to finish was Llyr Hughes from Manchester Tri Club in 19:04. This was his 7th visit to Woodbank in his 27th parkrun and the first time he has finished in first place, having previously been 2nd and 3rd. He was 43 seconds in front of 2nd placed Ben Snell of Stockport Harriers who finished in 19:47 and they were the only two runners on the day to run under 20 minutes. This was a new Personal Best time for Ben, taking 7 seconds from his time set in May last year, and it is the 2nd time in 31 visits to Woodbank that he has run under 20 minutes.

First Lady to finish was Joanne Street of Sale Harriers who finished in 13th place overall in  a new Personal Best time of 23:05 which took 36 seconds from her time of 6 weeks ago. Although she was over a minute in front of the 2nd placed Lady, the next three had a fine battle going on finishing in 17th, 18th and 19th respectively. Samantha Thomas of Stockport Harriers came out on top, followed by Laura Murphy, and just one second further back was Sue Garrone, also of Stockport Harriers. Sue achieved a Personal Best time of 24:00 in her 110th visit to Woodbank, and taking 8 seconds from her time of May 2016 so obviously the challenge of the other two ladies in the chasing group inspired her to glory.

There were 24 runners who managed to run a Personal Best time. At Woodbank parkrun the average number of Personal Bests achieved per week is 20 so we were slightly above the usual average.

CATEGORY RECORDS: There were no new category records set today.

The most recent new category record was set in the Vets Mens 80 category when Chris Bryans ran 32:21 in March this year.

The oldest senior category record stands from July 2010 when Sarah Aylmer ran 20:54 in the Vets Womens 45 category. Come on girls – 7 years is a long time and it’s time someone beat it.

There were 16 First Timers who joined the parkrun party at Woodbank this week of which 6 were running a parkrun for the very first time and joining the ever growing parkrun family. At Woodbank we average 14 First Timers every week, so again, just over the average.

71 runners were ladies and 73 were men, and there were 3 juniors. Don’t forget that while we love the youngsters running with us, if the junior is under the age of 11 they MUST be accompanied at all times during the run by an adult, which doesn’t have to be a parent, but should be someone they know.

There were 6 runners who were shown as ‘unknown’, It’s terrible to have a brilliant run, maybe get a Personal Best, maybe even finish first, and then fail to have it recognised because you have no barcode. PLEASE …. Don’t Forget Your Barcode. Need a new barcode? Or would you like your result as a text? Follow the link to your profile from your latest results email. And remember please don’t take home your finish tokens. They are not souveniers ……..  DON’T BE A TOKEN MAGPIE. Also, just a reminder that you cannot produce your barcode as a photograph on a mobile telephone which is not one of the many official ways of having your time recorded.

37 runners today were attached to running clubs and there were 101 unattached runners.

The running club which brought the most was the Stockport Harriers with 17.

Since Woodbank parkrun started Stockport Harriers have seen 348 of their runners cross the line 8,332 times, which makes them easily the best represented running club. The Bramhall Runners have had 1,223 finishers and need just one more new runner from their club to reach 100, and the Davenport Runners have had 63 of their runners complete 528 Woodbank parkruns.

Those celebrating milestones with us this week.

Peta Walsh (Stockport Harriers) - 250 runs and a green commemorative T-shirt. Peta has been very loyal to Woodbank having run 244 of her runs here, with tours to Bramhall, Marple and Workington. She ran her first parkrun with us way back in November 2009 at our 14th event, and set her Personal Best time in November 2013 of 28:46. There are currently 1,488 runners in the UK who are in the 250-club so Peta might just be the 1,500th member to join this week. Congratulations Peta.

Ben Keen - 50 runs and a cardinal red commemorative T-shirt. Ben is another loyal Woodbank runner having completed 48 of his runs at here, with two visits to Stretford. Ben ran his first parkrun in August 2015 and has broken his Personal Best 6 times, currently standing at 24:41, set in June last year. Ben is one of almost 1,000 runners in the UK who will join the 50-club this week.

And knocking on the celebration door is Hilary Parker of Davenport Runners who completed her 49th parkrun this week, and needs just five more kilometres for her own personal milestone of joining the 50-club. Hilary has run 37 times at Woodbank with her first visit in July 2014.

Number of Commemorative T-shirts on show today:

  • Cardinal Red (50 runs) – 22 runners
  • Jet Black (100 runs) – 33 runners
  • Green (250 runs) – 4 runners

The top 5 attendees this week were:

  • Barry Shackleton (Darwen Dashers) 316 runs
  • Karen Shackleton (Darwen Dashers) 262 runs
  • Andrew Hodson (Marple Runners) 254 runs
  • Peta Walsh (Stockport Harriers) 250 runs
  • Moira Hunt (Goyt Valley Striders) 232 runs

These five runners have completed 1,314 parkruns between them.

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VOLUNTEERS – REMEMBER that parkrun can only take place weekly because of the volunteers and marshalls who give up their time on a Saturday morning. If you want to get involved, email This week, we had 13 credited volunteers so thank you all for the great support, and thankfully the rain held off for you.

And potential runners remember that to officially take part at Woodbank (or any other parkrun anywhere) you need to be registered at but you only need to register once and the barcode they give you will be needed each week when you have finished the run. DON’T FORGET YOUR BARCODE.

Woodbank parkrun started on the 22nd August 2009 with 59 runners and 15 volunteers. The course record was set on 20th April 2013 by Andi Jones in 15:22, and the female course record was set by Sarah Tunstall in August 2013 at 17:50. There have been 5,775 different runners on the course, representing 365 different running clubs, and they have completed 48,706 runs. The average attendance is 118 every week, but in 2017 that average has been closer to 160, which means that the 50,000th runner to finish a parkrun at Woodbank will probably be in September. It could be you. There have been 8,360 Personal Bests. Our attendance record is 218 which was set in April last year although we were only 5 runners short of beating it in March this year. Woodbank parkrunners have completed 243,530Km and have been running for 2 years and 207 days.

And that’s it for the report for run #411. If you fancy writing a run report, and putting your slant on it, get in touch. We would love to hear from you. This has been the first run report since March so we need someone to give it a go. Feel free to steal this template and just change the names.

Barry Shackleton #lovewoodbankparkrun