PARKRUN EVENT #293 19/11/2016

Twenty-one runners this week but alas no PB’s (they get harder to come by this time of year). We did have a couple of winners of their age categories though! First male vet 35-39 home was Steven Bate, who also celebrated his 40th parkrun just one week before his 40th birthday. Next Saturday’s parkrun your first race as a vet 40 Steve? Also, winning the vet 70-74 group was Mel Walker who along with Philip Glassbrook made it a 1-2 in this category. Congratulations to Rob Short who finished in 3rd place overall, the 22nd time he has finished in this position in his 222nd parkrun. Also well calculated to Debra Hennessey who managed to finish in 112th place on her 112th parkrun. Let’s see you do that again next time, Debra. Burnden marshals this week included Mark Butler, Lucille Corrigan, John Hall, Dave Hitchen, Richard Lord and Jeff & Christine Pendlebury. That’s about it for Leverhulme except to wish a big Burnden welcome to new member Richard Blake who made his parkrun debut on this easy course. PB next week Richard!

Two Burnden tourist this week – Neil Critchley ran at the Worsley Woods event, while John Longden became the fastest (of three) Burnden runner over the Swindon course.


PARKRUN EVENT #292 12/11/2016

With club members otherwise engaged tackling Hell Of A Hill or other events, the Burnden contingent at Leverhulme was a somewhat reduced 19 runners, though this is also in keeping with the overall subdues attendance. 191 runners in total was the lowest turnout in 11 months. 20 different clubs were represented, with Burnden still by far the highest representation – keep up the good work.

Only one place to start this week, well done Tracy Hindley on the one and only (sorry, went a bit Chesney Hawkes then!) PB. 3 parkruns, each with a time improving significantly on the last – how long can the run continue (pun intended!)? Watch this space for news of Tracy’s next run!

Louise Wall was not only the sole Burnden milestone runner, but the one and only (there goes Chesney again!) milestone runner at Bolton this week. 100 runs completed, 98 at Bolton with 2 cheeky visits to Worsley Woods thrown in for good measure. Louise’s position of 158 her best for nearly 12 months.

Andrew Henderson took on the pacers role this week at 24 minutes, but looks like he committed the cardinal sin of forgetting his barcode! Great to see the 2 runners with him both achieved PB’s, so a great effort on pacing and reward itself in helping others achieve.

Mark Jackson was out first across the line in fifth place. His time of 20.22 was just 22 seconds off his PB set on 29th October, with the run in-between sacrificed to help others achieve – a great gesture with a hat-trick of PB’s in the previous 3 runs.

Tracy Cameron (still not registered on parkrun as Burnden) was first lady home and while not a PB this week, 3 minutes quicker than her return from injury having attended Sue’s new starter group.

Mumtaz and Carolyn have the new starters almost ready for their first outing – can we get a big club turn out at event 294 on 26th November to support them?

There were a host of Burnden volunteers as usual this week, with Ann Butler taking the helm as Run Director, supported by Louise Geoghegan on result processing, while Abbie Gregson joined the 25 volunteer club.

Just two Burnden tourists this week. Katy Thompson was just 28 seconds away from a new PB at the Stretford parkrun. While over at Haigh Woodland Clair Marland was even closer, being just 27 seconds away from setting a new best time. Must try harder ladies!smile


PARKRUN EVENT #291 05/11/2016

35 runners today at Leverhulme (although not all of them are down as Burnden on their parkrun profiles – Jonathon, Tracy), 6 PB’s and more marshals than you could shake a big stick at! The first of our ‘super-six’ was Ged Taylor who ran exactly 23 minutes, gaining his first PB for two years. That last PB, on the 8th November 2014 was at the end of a run of 8 consecutive PB’s! Same again Ged, what do you think? Next to finish was new member Jonathon Barker (Yes, related to Coach Carolyn). Jonathon finished in a time of 26:03 which was a shade over 2 minutes off his last run in August. Jonathon has run 4 times at Leverhulme this year and has 4 PB’s! Father, Matt Barker, once had a run of 8 consecutive PB’s; so let’s see if you can beat that Jonathon! Coming in next was Don Taylor who clocked in at 26:44, taking an impressive 1 minute 17 seconds off his last parkrun on the 20th August and claiming a second consecutive PB. Next to finish was Nadia Raza in a time of 27 minutes and 20 seconds. This run took 12 seconds off her previous best which was also registered on the 20th August. By a strange coincidence (as Douglas Adams would say) the 20th August is the only date in his last 7 parkruns that our next finisher in our ‘gang-of-six’, Mark Davis, failed to secure a PB. Mark finished in exactly 28 minutes, taking just 2 seconds off last weeks’ time, notching his 5th PB in a row and his 3rd in the last 3 weeks. By another strange coincidence (Douglas Adams again) the final member of our PB sextet, Tracy Cameron (who has been conspicuous in her absence from previous reports as she doesn’t have Burnden down as her club – YET) is this week also celebrating her 3rd PB in the last 3 weeks. Tracy took just 4 seconds off last weeks’ time to record a new PB of 30:01 and few would bet against her breaking that 30 minute barrier in the not too distant future. Moving away from PB’s and onto the race itself, we had the 2nd and 3rd placed men and the 3rd and 4th placed ladies. All four of them, Andrew Henderson, Marcus Taylor, Sarah Watton and Vicki Hamer all won their age categories. Finally I would like to echo the sentiments of Louise in last week’s parkrun report about Jessica Sammon. To those members, like myself, who have been injured this year it is truly inspirational to see Jess going round Leverhulme; with metal rods still supporting her leg while her bones continue to heal. It really does put other injuries (and let’s face it – every injury that stops us running is a ‘disaster’) into true perspective.

Just three Burnden tourists this week. Katy Thompson who ran, for the second time, over at the Stratford event. Whilst over in Northumberland Rebecca Wensley (24:12) ran her third consecutive PB, her last two being in 2014 and 2013. Finally we have to say a big YO MAN to Dave Hitchen. Dave, who is usually the loudest, high fiving, hi viz marshal at the Leverhulme parkrun competed in his first run in over 3 years at the York racecourse. Dave, who had a partial knee replacement a number of years ago which curtailed his running career, was accompanied round the course by his son Geoff.


PARKRUN EVENT #290 29/10/2016

Whilst it is customary in our weekly parkrun report to start at the top of the results occasionally it's right to start at the other end of the table.  Last weekend was one such event when we said welcome back to parkrun Jessica Sammon!  Jess (1:03:04) took part in her first parkrun since her accident in March.  It may not have been Jess' fastest time but it certainly warranted as much celebration as a PB and marked the start of her comeback.  Accompanying Jess round the course on his 220th run was Rob Short (1:03:05) who was more than happy with his personal worst parkrun time!

Celebrating his third consecutive fastest run on Saturday was Mark Jackson (20:00) who finished in 4th position his highest position to date, Mark Davis 28:02 went one better with his 4th PB running taking 20 seconds off his previous time. Previous knowledge of the course obviously paid off for Susan Pickering (30:20) on her second run at Bolton as she saw an improved time by 16 seconds.  Nearly missing out on a mention in this report as she's not yet linked her profile to BRR was Tracy Cameron (30:05) also with a consecutive parkrun by a great 30 seconds!

Special runs to call out this week from Dave Pearson (29:56) who will soon become the owner of a new 50 T-shirt, Joanne Darby (33:07) on run 110 and regular volunteer Abbie Gregson (32:39) on her 120th run.

Making the magic happen were Gareth Doherty, Dawn Evans, Louise Geoghegan, Amelia Geoghegan (not a member yet, but her mum is still hopeful!), Abbie Gregson, Mike Gregson, John Hall and Christine Pendlebury.

On their travels this week, Phil Lamb (25:33) at Worsley Woods.  At Sheringham with a 16 second PB on his 2nd run was Paul Johnson (25:40).  We saw the Butlers on tour with Mark (23:31) and Ann (27:56) making they debut at Fountains Abbey (or Fabbey as it is affectionately known!) and George over at Keswick (21:54) also in Cumbria Jackie Oakes (27:12) paid a visit to Fell Foot, Newby Bridge.


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