Well this was the first time we’d moved the inter church ‘mob match’, in a deliberate way, to January, it looks like we got a few new year’s resolution runners – but the icy weather meant some parkruns were shut for health and safety reasons.
In total there were 120 runners, across 29 parkruns running for Christian running groups/churches.
Obviously none of this would be possible without parkrun – so a big thank you to them.
parkruns – where did we run?
Lloyd, Roundshaw Downs, Riddlesdown, Ormskirk, Catton, Ormeau, Stormont, Forest Rec, Lytham Hall, Banstead Woods, Bushy, Reigate Priory, Roding Valley, Homewood, Woodhouse Moor, Pontefract, Newcastle, Andover, Brueton, Southwick Country, Rother Valley, Leamington, Raphael, Peterborough, Chelmsford Central, Rising Sun, Thetford, Beeston, & Cross Flats.
So National – but not International this time
Roundshaw the most hotly contested parkrun with 5 clubs there!
Clubs and churches – who ran?
Rock Runners – Good Shepherd – Refresh Church Runners - Selsdon Baptist Church Runners – Chiltern Church Runners – Holy Trinity Church Wallington – Christian Runners UK – Emmanuel Runners – St Patrick’s Tigers – Salvation Army and KMPC Runners – Beacon Church Runners – Cheam Baptist Church Runners – Christ Church Purley Runners – Wrangthorn Runners – Croydon Vineyard Church Runners – jOG Norwich – Christian Vision for Men – Christ Church Chelmsford
Some familiar names, and some new, 19 clubs or churches in all.
13 clubs had 6 or less runners – which is very cool, as it means there is lots of room for growth.
Some excellent results here as the handicap system continues togive everyone a fair chance;
Christian Runners UK 834
Beacon Church Runners 655
KMPC Runners 414
Wrangthorn Church Runners 404
Chiltern Church Runners 380
Emmanuel Runners 376
Refresh Church Runners 346
Croydon Vineyard Church Runners 322
Rock Runners 259
Holy Trinity Church Wallington 250
Cheam Baptist Church Runners 232
jOG Norwich 230
Christ Church Chelmsford 213
Christian Vision for Men 185
St Patrick’s Tigers 156
Good Shepherd Runners 152
Christ Church Purley Runners 136
The Salvation Army 113
Selsdon Baptist Church Runners 98
This year even though we are running virtually we have some little trophies going out to the top 3, so well done.
Appropriately Jason Westmoreland – Christian Runners UK club Captain, was the fastest man, Rowena Francis for Christ Church Purley the fastest woman, and Stevie Norton for Chiltern Church Runners the fastest junior – so nice and spread out. Whether you were quick, or indeed steady (as I like to think of myself) we appreciate every single one of you taking part.
Beacon Church Runners are in the middle of their ten different parkruns in ten weeks to raise funds for an orphanage whilst KMPC are doing their 100ok to May again as per last year www.churchrunner.co.uk/2017/01/kmpc-runners-1000km-to-may/ .
Also on a Mission is Darren Fazackerley of Christ Church Chelmsford as he tours around the country;
“I am pleased to say that I have been able to continue with my weekly parkrun and to be able to do a different parkrun each in my aim to complete 100 different parkruns by 1st April 2017. As I regularly start from the back and finish last as Volunteer Tailrunner I have enjoyed the wonderful opportunity to witness to people I have never met before and may never meet again but for the duration of the parkrun it has been a joy to hear of some wonderful life stories. Being Tailrunner gives an opportunity to chat and certainly is a lot easier to do so if you are walking together. On Christmas Eve I met a wonderful family of all ages at Mersea Island parkrun and had the privilege of helping Grandma, who was in her 70′s, complete the distance in a shade over 65 minutes. The whole family was on the finish line to cheer the lady home and present her with a unique Reindeer Medal. On Christmas Day I drove down from Chelmsford to Gillingham to Great Lines parkrun and had the surreal experience of Father Christmas on a Harley Davidson pull up alongside me at the traffic lights little knowing he was on the way to the parkrun too and was one of the marshalls. For the first time in 10 months I managed to lightly jog round the course to finish in just under 36 minutes and I was still back in Chelmsford for 10.30 to join the family at Church. Anyway I am sure I will have more to share as the tour rolls on – up to 91 parkruns now with a date in Bushy Park firmly in sight.”
As were some others like Alison and Rosemary of Holy Trinity Wallington;
Whilst some of you stayed close to home;
And one other result is the 2016 churchrunner trophy for most consistent performance in mob matches goes to – St Patrick’s Tiger’s – well done to you all, I know Kirsty your club Captain is very excited, after a year of several high finishes, but not a first place, good to see you recognized.
Before we come to the tailrunner and the finish though – here’s a few of those Christian Runners UK in action;