PARKRUN EVENT #279 13/08/2016

2 PB’s from this week’s turnout of 33 Burnden runners. It is 9 months since John Longden last ran a PB, but his time of 25 minutes and 7 seconds set a new standard for him by taking 16 seconds off last November’s time. Sub-25 time soon John, you know you can do it! Running her 4th PB in her last 4 parkruns and her 5th PB in her total of 7 parkruns, Jackie Spiby reduced her best time by 11 seconds to record a new personal best time of 27 minutes 58 seconds. Age category winners this week were: - Paula Pilling – 1st lady home, Lesley Fisher – 2nd lady home, Andrew Henderson, Paul Christie, Finlay Coyne (who will change his club to Burnden soon) and Mel Walker. Lesley Fisher ran her 30th parkrun and Mark Butler ran his 40th. But the biggest celebration belongs to Mike Gregson who became the 25th Burnden runner to complete 100 parkruns, doing so whilst running at the rear as one of the ‘sweep-up’ runners.

We had a fair number of Burnden tourist runners this week but we really must start the round-up down on the south coast where Phil Eccleston ran for the first time at the Weymouth parkrun. Not only did Phil come first in the event in a time of 16:46, his fastest parkrun time, but he also became the fastest vet 35 over the course. Swinging eastwards to London and running alongside the River Thames, Simon Marland and Sue Blackman competed in the Fulham parkrun where Simon recorded a new personal best time of 20:11. Also running alongside the Thames, only 40 or so miles away, Phil Holden (along with daughter Kate) ran at Reading event. On the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast in south-west Wales Richard Lord ran at the Colby parkrun, which winds its way through the meadows and woodlands of the National Trust gardens. Further north, off the Lancashire coastline and near the Ribble estuary, Adrian Merritt made his debut at the Lytham Hall parkrun. Also making their debut, this time at the St Helens parkrun was Gemma Chapman. Coincidentally both Adrian and Gemma were the 3rd Burnden runners to run at each of these venues. Seasoned tourist Rebecca Martin (who has ran before at both the Lytham Hall and St Helens parkruns) ran at the Stretford parkrun and just a little closer to home, Steven Yates completed our round-up by participating at the Heaton Park run.


PARKRUN EVENT #278 06/08/2016

No PB’s this week from our 23 runners but we did have another birthday celebration. It was John Egan’s 66th birthday on Saturday and John chose to do a Mark Knopfler (look him up if you don’t know) tribute by wearing one of his trademark headbands. At least it wasn’t a tutu John, like the other week. Season’s best runs came from Steven Yates, Don Nichol and Dave Pearson. Winning their age categories this week were: - Vicki Hamer, Simon Marland, Nadia Raza, Paula Pilling (2nd lady overall) and Lesley Fisher (3rd lady overall). Clair Marland ran her 110th parkrun (all of which have been run at Leverhulme) and we also welcomed newcomer Maggie Slamin, who we got on a free transfer from Lostock AC.

Just 3 parkrun tourists this week: - Colm O’Brien ran at Haigh Hall, Rebecca Martin participated at Wythenshawe and Adrian Merritt was one of the 513 finishers over at Heaton Park.


PARKRUN EVENT #277 30/07/2016

As we know parkrun is a run not a race and it's not all about personal bests, but it is always nice to have some to mention in this report and this weekend we had three plus a very nearly. Ciaran Marland (26:51) celebrated run 80 by taking one second off his previous best whilst Debra Hennessey (28:10) edged ever nearer breaking the 28 min barrier taking 4 seconds off her best time a fitting way to mark her 100th run. Mark Davies (30:48) celebrated his second parkrun with an improvement of an enormous 1 min 42 seconds. Nearly there was John Longden (25:30) who saw his third fastest time at Leverhulme. 

Paula Pilling (21:30) came home in her familiar position of first lady, her tenth of 2016.

Celebrating special runs this week; run 70 Andy Duffy (24:00), Louise Wall (35:50) run 90 and Paul Johnson (30:51) on run 230.

Sporting the hi viz were Emma Donaldson,  Louise Geoghegan,  Abbie Gregson, Mike Gregson,  Anne Larkin, Craig Lletherbarrow,  Jackie Oakes, Christine Pendlebury and Jeffrey Pendlebury.

Tourists this week at Worsley Woods Steve Bate (21:29) with a PB on his 7th appearance taking 43 seconds off his PB and at Haigh Woodland Andy Staveley (20:35), Shirley Staveley (24:30) and Ian Pudge (24:53) making his debut visit.

PARKRUN EVENT #276 23/07/2016

27 Burnden runners this week at a very sunny Leverhulme but just the one PB. Phil Eccleston was just pipped at the line, but recorded the same time (17 minutes 22 seconds) as the third placed finisher Luke Massey of Horwich RMI. This run bettered Phil’s previous best by 3 seconds and is the first time in his last 8 parkruns that he has finished outside the top three positions. After finishing first lady last week Lesley Fisher kept up her impressive sequence, finishing in second place this week. This is Lesley’s seventh finish, in either 1st or 2nd position, in the last seven parkruns and she has also finished with the top age graded score in 6 out of the 7 of them. We wait to see when this remarkable run ends. A big Burnden welcome to new members Mark Davis and Tracy Hindley who both ran their first parkruns. Also celebrating parkrun milestones this weekend were Paul Duke (90 parkruns), Nadia Raza (10), Diane Leatherbarrow (70) and Gemma Chapman (110). Happy Birthday to Vicki Hamer whose 30th birthday was on Saturday, although I don’t know if that is a good enough excuse to run in a tutu!

Our Burnden tourists this week were: - Rebecca Martin, Adrian Merritt, Shirley and Andy Staveley. Rebecca chose the 7th staging of the Southport parkrun to be the first Burnden runner to participate at the venue and claim her 20th parkrun location. Adrian finished 13th man over at Pennington Flash but it wasn’t unlucky for him as he took 1 minute and 58 seconds off last year’s best time to set himself another PB of 21:40. Over at the ‘not very flat’ Haigh Hall parkrun Shirley was 3rd lady and Andy was 4th man but both of them were ‘top of the class’ when it came to age grading with Andy finishing 2½% and Shirley 2% ahead of their nearest rivals.


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