PARKRUN EVENT #255 27/02/2016

No PB’s from our 21 participants at this week’s parkrun but that doesn’t mean that there is nothing of note to talk about!

Two of our runners in the first 13 finishers came first in their age categories. Colin Faulds in the SM30-34 and Tony Wall in the VM55-59.

Looking forward to joining the 100 club were Gemma Chapman (99 parkruns), Jude Povey (97) and Joanne Darby (96). Whilst Rita Ledwards edged closer to the 50 mark by completing her 47th parkrun, 46 of which she has run at Leverhulme.

Our Burnden tourists this week were Rebecca Martin who became our 6th member to compete in the South Manchester parkrun, at Platt Fields Park. This was Rebecca’s 16th venue in her parkrun odyssey. Down at Rushmere Country Park in Leighton Buzzard, the first 9 finishers all recorded new PB’s. So perhaps it is no surprise that Brenda Sedgwick also ran a new personal best time of 33:18, taking 67 seconds off her time here in last December’s debut and cementing her position here as the number one in her lady vet 65 category.


PARKRUN EVENT #254 20/02/2016

23 Burnden stalwarts braved the elements and joined in a wet and windy Bolton parkrun.

Just the one PB from Dawn Evans (33:25) her first since October 2014 taking 46 seconds off her previous best. Dawn was one of two Burnden runners who's parkrun time on Saturday matched their Bolton 5k time the following day, the other being Richard Lord (28:37).

Runs of note this week from Marcus Chester who ran his 110 parkrun his 106th at Bolton and a welcome return to Bev Walker making her first visit to Bolton parkrun since Jan 2015 (let’s hope it won't be her only run this year!) Rob Short (21:04) was our only category winner in the men's 20-24 category.

Tourists this weekend; at Worsley Woods Steve Bate (22:12) with his 3rd consecutive PB taking 17 seconds off his time from the previous week and Phil Lamb (24:04). Celebrating the end of their half term holiday Mark (24:45) and Ann Butler (28:46) made their first appearances at Fell Foot Newby Bridge and our much travelled duo Helen Shan (32:10) and Becky Martin (37:40) ventured to Stretford their 12th and 14th different venues respectively.


PARKRUN EVENT #253 13/02/2016

31 Burnden runners this week (from a total of 275 participants) and 3 PB’s.

First lady home, for the 22nd time, was Paula Pilling (21:03) taking 3 seconds off her previous best time from last May. Paula now moves clear into second place, above Paul Freary, in the ‘Runners with the most First Places’ table and it is surely only a matter of time before she tops this table!

Third lady home and running under 23 minutes for the first time Vicki Hamer (22:55) took 21 seconds off last week’s PB run. This was Vicki’s third 3rd place run and she has two 2nd placed runs. All that is missing now Vicki is that one 1st place run.

Debra Hennessey (28:39) scored her first, but not her last, PB of 2016 taking 4 seconds off last November’s best time. This was Debra’s nineteenth PB from her 83 runs at Leverhulme and is her fastest 5K time.

Rob Short was 4th overall in the race for the 24th time! Mel Walker had the second best age graded score of the day with 76.52% and the lesser spotted David Parkinson ran only his second parkrun since November 2012! Glad that you have found Leverhulme again, David.

Special call-outs this week for Nick Haworth (50 parkruns), Vicki Hamer (30) and David Parkinson (10 parkruns, all at Leverhulme).

Burnden tourists this week were Sue Blackman and Simon Marland who both competed down in Brighton. Nearer to home at Worsley Woods Steven Bate gained a new PB of 22:29 and David Aulton ran for the first time at this venue. Meanwhile over at Pennington Flash we can confirm that Diane Morrison and Jackie Cairns ran this course for the first time. There were also unconfirmed sighting of Louise Geoghegan finishing in 102nd place as Unknown Athlete. Unknown Athlete has also finished in 1st place at Pennington Flash 15 times and we are pleased to confirm that Louise is not claiming these as well.


PARKRUN EVENT #252 06/02/2016

A certain Mrs Pilling mused yesterday whether 'we are going to have a dry parkrun anytime soon?' Sadly Saturday 6 Feb wasn't that day, but 39 loyal BRR runners pulled their socks up and ran and a further ten (Cameron Marland, Dawn Evans, Jackie Cairns, Jackie Oakes, Jessica Sammon, Neil Critchley, Paul Christie, Paul Duke, Rob Short and Tim Taylor) pulled on their yellow volunteer bibs.

In amongst the 'almost record' 314 runners who turned out to celebrate Bolton's 5th birthday and the celebration cakes and music were a number of Burnden runners that deserve a shout in this week's report but first we'll start by wrapping up year five. Sadly no table topping Burnden runner this year, but we did have both Tony Wall and Rob Short in the top five of the men's table and Debra Hennessy (9th) our highest placed in the ladies.

Talking of leagues, the age related league made for very pleasant BRR reading this weekend with no less than six of our runners in the top 10. Lesley Fisher (22:50) finished 3rd lady overall and topped the age related table with a fantastic 80.36% she was joined on the table by Anne Ferguson (23:52 – 78.69%), Mel Walker ((23:40 - 76.41%) first vet 70-74, Tony Wall (22:09 - 71:18%) first vet 55-59, Paula Pilling (21:40 - 71%) second lady overall and Ed Ashton (21:08 – 70.90%) first vet 50-54. Other age category winners were Rob Short (21:07) 20-24 category and Vicki Hamer (23:16) first female 25-24 in a personal best time taking 12 seconds off her previous best.

Ann Butler (27:04) is finding her triathlon training is proving of real benefit to her running and this showed once again this weekend as she scored a PB for the second week running. It can only be a matter of time before Ann dips into 26 minute territory.

Other runs to mention this week Rob Short became only the 2nd Burnden runner to achieve 200 parkruns, Laurence Keighley (21:29) on his 90th run, Dave (take a Trotters application form) Aulton (26:15) on run 50 all of which have been at Bolton and Dave Pearson (29:08) on run 30. Mandy Foster (33:27) dusted off her parkrun barcode and made her first appearance since March 2012 remarkably only 6 seconds off her PB time! Please don't leave it too long before you come back again Mandy!

With the birthday celebrations drawing everyone to Bolton Brenda Sedgwick (34:51) was our only parkrun tourist down at Rushmere, where she is the age category holder for the lady vets 65-69.


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