Hyde parkrun # 77

This week 125 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The first finisher was Matthew Crehan from St Helen's Sutton A.C. in a time of 16.39. Matthew finished his run and ran to work in Hyde, this was the first time he has ran this course. The second finisher was Paul Stephens in a time of 19.17, Paul runs for Salford Harriers.

The first Lady, fourth overall was Catherine Carrdus from Lytham St Annes RRC in a time of 19.55. The second lady was Imogen Gush from East Cheshire Harriers in a time of 23.00. Imogen ran with Dennis Thomas who coaches at East Cheshire. Imogen was supported by her family who were marshaling on the course.

The tail walker was Paul Morton from Hyde Striders in a time of 55.42. Paul has recently completed the Tour of Tameside, which is a multi-day event.

Other notable participants were the two Louise's; Louise Bird and Louise Ewbank who both completed their fiftieth parkrun this week.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

James FAIRFIELD • Gwyn DAVIES • Kelly PATERSON • Colton REID • Jane DURKIN • Gill WOLSTENCROFT • Kate GUSH • Neil GATER • Paul MORTON • Andrew HORROCKS • Ryan SPROAT • Sue STEWART • Paul FROST • Roman SPROAT • Janet FROST • Elizabeth SHINGLER • Shaun CHAMBERS • June WHALLEY • Sean LOUGHLIN • Seren GUSH • Michele MANSON

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Hyde parkrun Results Page.


Hyde parkrun # 76

The forecast rain fortunately turned out to be lighter than predicted for Hyde parkrun number 76 and it certainly didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the 79 parkrunners or 16 cheerful volunteers.

Many regular runners and helpers were otherwise engaged with the Hero Half marathon as part of the Tour of Tameside so it was great to get such a decent turnout, especially given the weather forecast.

Our first finisher was Richard McCalmont on his 18th time at Hyde running 19:16, just 6 seconds over his best. The first female was Carol Gray with a shiny, new PB of 22:49 on her third appearance at Hyde. Carol also had the best Age Graded result with 77.28%.

As ever a massive thank you to the volunteers, without who there would be no parkruns, and to the runners and supporters who come out to make it worth our while helping.

See you all again next week for some more fun in Hyde Park.

Dominic and your Hyde parkrun Team



Hyde parkrun # 71

Run report: parkrun officially finishes when the tail runner / walker crosses the finish line, but this isn't when it ends; taking down the course, storing it away, sweeping the toilets, locking the car park and uploading the result all need to be done before we finish. The tail walker Gill Wolstencroft crossed the line at 09.44.03 with parkrun ending nearer 11.00 with all tasks complete.

This week 124 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

Mark Collier of the Davenport Runners was the first male to cross the finish line in a time of 18:36 followed by Michael Meehan in 20:39. Michael has completed 15 parkruns, 14 at Hyde, clearly a man of taste!

The first lady home was Jennifer Hatch in a time of 21.00. Jennifer has completed several parkruns at Hyde but has also finished 309 parkruns, well done. Corina Bradbury was the second lady in a time of 22:34, Corina was visiting from London and helped the volunteers with packing up. Liz Baron was the third Lady in a time of 24:51, Liz is a regular visitor to Hyde parkrun with her Mother who also runs.

Ryan Sproat finished his 50th parkrun in a time of 25:22. Ryan is the Event Director for Hyde parkrun and a parkrun Ambassador which makes the achievement even more remarkable.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

James FAIRFIELD • Samantha MILLNS • Kelly PATERSON • Ray HOWARTH • Jane DURKIN • Gill WOLSTENCROFT • Helen CAIN • Wendy HIRST • Lucie JONES • Amanda CHANDLER • Elizabeth SHINGLER • Mike WOODCOCK • Denise WILSON • Ally GATER • Jodie BROAD

A last minute substitution was made to ensure that we were able to offer as safe an event as possible. Jodie Broad marshaled at the cafe as she has first aid training and would be able to use the defibrillator if need, which thankfully it was not.

Special mention should be made for the efforts of Ally Gater and family who were supporting on the middle bridge with their dog, we could hear them cheering at the finish line, it sounded fantastic.

This week was the first time that Mike Woodcock has volunteered, his partner ran the course and he very generously offered to volunteer. We are always looking for volunteers, it is great to see new face.

Wishing you all a fantastic week, see you at the bandstand next Saturday at 9.00


Hyde parkrun # 68

In a day when the television and social media has been full of stories of the achievements of all the runners taking part in the London Marathon, I have been reflecting on what makes running so great, my feeling is that above all else, it is the sense of community.

Hyde parkrun starting life with a meeting in 2016 with the first official run being taking place 7th January 2017. The event has been held every week since with the exception of one where snow made it unsafe. Each week over twenty people volunteer to set up the course, marshal to ensure that everybody taking part has a positive experience. This week regulars at the event may have noticed two new marshals Jacob Smiles who was nursing an injured leg at the T point and Neil Gator at the bottom bridge.

As run director I had to be near the finish and could hear the cheering and shouting that was happening around the course, what a fantastic atmosphere. What is also noticeable on Hyde parkrun is how many people come down to support their friends and families, and the enthusiasm that they share with all the runner.

This week 115 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The first male home was Aiden Moyles in a time of 18.24, followed by Karl Lee of Altrincham and District Athletics Club in a time of 18.47. The third finisher is worth mentioning, prior to the event I had been told by his friend that he was going to 'smash it' he did achieve a very respectable time; Well done John Self, we hope to see you again.

The first Lady was Laura Coucill from Hyde Striders in a time of 23.28 with the second lady Liz Baron crossing the line in a time of 24.08. Liz came back to the finish to cheer her Mother in who also ran and finished in a time of 32.41

Also worth a mention is Louise Bird who kept her sense of humor despite being, cheered on with shouts of 'go on Laura, Lucy!!' Louise finished in a time of 29.25 and is a regular volunteer at Hyde parkrun ( we should really know her name by now.)

Paul Woolley was the tailwalker and finished in a time of 46.48. Paul is currently training for an ultra which he is planning to do later in the year.

Watching the marathon on television reminded me of how great what we have in Hyde parkrun is; there is the same sense of community, commitment and enthusiasm that makes being part of this event such a pleasure.

Thank you to all the volunteers and participants for a fantastic day. See you at the bandstand next week, and if you know anyone who is thinking about coming, bring them with you ( we like to see new faces)


Hyde parkrun # 62

What a fantastic day for a run! The squirrels were climbing the trees, spring bulbs were flowering and while the weather was overcast it was warm.

This week 100 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers, who all put a sterling effort in to make the event enjoyable for everyone.

This week Steven Henderson from Sale Harriers finished first in a time of 18.02 which is a personal best for him on this course; he was followed by Stephen Jones in a time of 18.48. The next two runners were from Bramhall Runners and included the first lady Nicola Lloyd in a time of 21.49. The second lady was Jennifer Hatch in a time of 23.39

Adam Fowles was the tail walker and finished in a time of 46.48, Adam sometimes can be seen running the course with his dog when he is not tail walking.

Mothers day tomorrow, I hope everyone has a fantastic day. Enjoy your week and see you at the bandstand next Saturday. Next week Hyde Striders will be taking over the marshaling which promises to be good.

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