Hyde parkrun report #49

This week on a frosty morning 74 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 7 were first timers and 6 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

Howard OLDHAM who runs for East Cheshire Harriers finished first in a time of 17:56, followed by Ben TETLER from Glossopdale Harriers in a time of 18:55. The First lady home was Kirsty Marie SHARP also from Glossopdale Harriers in a time of 19:31, Liz BARON was the second lady in a time of 25:01. Paul MORTON of Hyde Striders was the tail walker in a time of 46:02.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:
James FAIRFIELD • Kelly PATERSON • Ray HOWARTH • Colton REID • Jane DURKIN • Gill WOLSTENCROFT • Andrew WILSON • Kelly MORTON • Paul MORTON • Ryan SPROAT • Wendy HIRST • Sudam GAMAGE • Paul FROST • Amelia MORTON • Amanda CHANDLER • Janet FROST • Elizabeth SHINGLER • Shaun CHAMBERS • June WHALLEY • Erin MORTON • Rebecca NEAL

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


Hyde parkrun report #44

This week 109 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:
James FAIRFIELD • Kelly PATERSON • Jane DURKIN • Gill WOLSTENCROFT • Andrew WILSON • Paul MORTON • Sudam GAMAGE • Paul FROST • Lizzy NUGENT • Amelia MORTON • Janet FROST • Tony JONES • Elizabeth SHINGLER • Frankie YAN • June WHALLEY • Ed JOHNSTON • Joel NUGENT • Erin MORTON • Rebecca NEAL

Mark COLLIER from Davenport Runners was the first to pass the finish line in a time of 19:08, follow closely by Stuart THOMPSON in a time of 19:23. The third person across the line and first lady was Kirsty Marie SHARP from Glossopdale Harriers in a time of 19:57, Kirsty has recently got married. The second lady was Olivia FULLER in a time of 21:54, she positioned tenth overall.

Other notable firsts were Sudam GAMAGE who volunteered for the first time this week, Sudam was the gentleman that was cheering the runners at the bottom gate. Today was also the first day that I have cheered on David PHELPS by name. David has run at Hyde parkrun sixteen times and used to cycle a lot, previously I have shouted encouragement ‘come on you biker.’

Elizabeth SHINGLER was the last runner / volunteer tail walker over the line in a respectable 53:05. Liz completed the course with a young lady that was supporting her Brother, I think she might have been persuaded to do the course and was talking about coming back to do it again as she had enjoyed it.

It is bonfire night tomorrow, wishing everybody an enjoyable and safe weekend and we will see you at the bandstand next week.


Hyde parkrun report #40

How time flies, it's almost parkrun day again and I have yet to write up the account of our special day for parkrun's 13th birthday!

We may be a relative newcomer on the parkrun scene but we sure make up for it in the enthusiastic volunteers league. We had a cracking 31 people helping out on Saturday to ensure that the event went smoothly for all the parkrunners. The damp start to the autumn day fortunately cleared up and 116 people joined us to run, jog and walk round Hyde Park.


Of the runners 26 were first timers and a great 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

It was a one-two for East Cheshire Harriers with the first finisher, Gavin Browne (SM25-29)  in 17:46 - on his first appearance, and the first lady, Janet Grint (VW40-44) 5th overall, in 20:50.

Speedy sisters Angela Oldham (VW65-69 – 87.71% for the time 23:28, 18th overall) and Gillian Wolstenhome (VW60-64 – 77.39% for the time 25:26, 32nd overall) topped the age grades on the day.


Full results are here

#seeyouatthebandstand  #parkrun13


Thank you once again to Tony Jones for some great photographs. The full album can be viewed here.


Hyde parkrun Run Report #39

Arriving early to set the course up is one of my favourite parts of the day, parkrun can come and go with a flash and it's easy to not take in so much of the surroundings. The park is changing week by week especially at this time of year, unlike the weather which seems to be stuck on the auto-drizzle setting.

I unpacked the storage cupboard and was soon joined by Colton who thankfully picks the heaviest stuff to carry, quite a measure of the man himself. Tony, a couple of vegan runners and we were off to the famous bandstand. The undeniable sight of Spike in the distance with his brush and shovel always brings a smile, as they'd say in the states he's a future 'Hall of Famer'.

This week of was the turn of our Run Directors Shaun and James to raise the parkrun flag, teamwork makes the dream work, apparently. As you can see, I supervised from afar......not making eye contact.


It was a special week at Hyde parkrun this week, a triple celebration. Our first volunteer takeover by the fantastic Vegan Runners who provided loads of marshals and loads of cakes, superstar Run Director Liz Shingler celebrated her birthday and Joel Nugent our youngest regular volunteer clocked up his 25th volunteering appearance to enter the exclusive Volunteer Club!


The pre-run briefing is always a time to celebrate, we celebrated our first timers, we celebrated our visitors from Glossop and Canada, we celebrated Liz's birthday surrounded by her friends and fellow regular volunteers who she had invited to run her inaugural Hyde parkrun and we celebrated Joel's great achievement entering the volunteer club at just 4 years old.


Akkeal Chambers set a blistering pace and led the field around the multi-terrain park cheered on by our fantastic volunteer brigade finishing in 17 minutes, 13 seconds. 110 people followed all on their own fantastic parkrun journey equally as brilliant as each other. I have tried to learn as many people's names as possible over the past 9 months, I think I'm on over a hundred now, I love personalising a bit of encouragement, it's a great to see so many familiar and friendly faces each week.


Svenja and Hayley brought home the field as our fantastic Tail Walkers this week and this photo not only shows how much fun can be had at Hyde parkrun but how inclusive it is to everyone, if jeans and a woolly jumper are your parkrun apparel of choice then your just as welcome and equally as  awesome as everyone else.


111 ran, jogged and walked, 29 volunteers put on the great show and 16 went home with a new PB to round off a great morning. I love the family friendly atmosphere at Hyde parkrun, this week I had 4 family members volunteering with me, my fiancé, son, mum and my special visitor for the weekend, my niece Freya and it's great to see fathers cheering on sons ( Craig and Dominic, Shaun and Akkeal), mums running with daughters ( Lucie & Georgia, Louise and Holly) wives cheering on husbands ( Denise and Andrew) and so many others who share their parkrun morning with those closest to them and those that have made acquaintance throughout the year.


Until next time, have a great week.




Run report # 38 – 23/09/2017

Autumn Equinox 2017 in Northern Hemisphere was at 21:02 on Friday 22 September (last night) around the same time as our event director Ryan Sproat picked up an award from the Pride of Tameside Sports Awards for the work that he has done to organise and facilitate Hydes premier running event. Ryan, however, did not let the nights celebrations dampen his resolve as he arrived with 21 other volunteers to start setting up the course. This weeks volunteers were:

James FAIRFIELD • Jane DURKIN • Andrew WILSON • Kelly MORTON • Elizabeth MASON • Ryan SPROAT • Wendy HIRST • Amelia MORTON • Amanda CHANDLER • Roman SPROAT • Simon WILKES • Tony JONES • Andrea TIGHE • Elizabeth SHINGLER • Adam FOWLES • Shaun CHAMBERS • June WHALLEY • Denise WILSON • Erin MORTON • Michael ROOKE • Jennifer ROSENBERG-POWELL

The end of summer heralded the beginning of the great adventure that is Hyde parkrun for 19 participants that were first timers to the course. This week 98 people ran, jogged and walked the course, there were 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part including a couple from Brighton.

I talked to the couple from Brighton, the gentleman stood near the finish telling people their times as they were starting their final lap, this is something he does at their local parkrun. We are always happy to learn from other events and this seemed to go down well.

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

Male placings:

Akkeal CHAMBERS (SM18-19) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:28 - 6th time in 10 appearances.

Stuart THOMPSON (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:30.

Andrew ROGERS (VM45-49) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:41.

Female placings:

Caroline WOOD (VW50-54) of Arena 80 AC, was first (6th overall) over the line in 20:46 - first appearance.

Liz BARON (VW35-39) (Unattached) was second (23rd overall) over the line in 23:49 - was first to finish once before.

Maria ROOKE (JW10) of East Cheshire Harriers & Tameside AC, was third (30th overall) over the line in 25:41 - was first to finish once before.

Adam FOWLES (VM40-44) of Sweatshops Running Community, was the tail runner / walker (98th overall) over the line in 47:23 – Adam volunteers regularly as tail runner.

Thanks again to all the volunteers, participants and other park users for making Saturday mornings so memorable. See you all next week at the bandstand. #seeyouatthebandstand

I don’t know if I’m supposed to mention it but; it’s LIZ SHINGLERS (run director / volunteer) BIRTHDAY next week.


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