This week's report comes from Eve Taylor, who is a parkrun Ambassador helping the new Macclesfield parkrun team start in a few weeks and was here with the team for some hands on training.
Well what a difference from last week when, for the first time in about five months I was running in shorts and t shirt at parkrun; but not today!
The forecast didn’t look great, indeed the Met Office was saying that with the wind chill, the temperature would be around -9 and they weren’t wrong. I last ran at Marple parkrun in June 2013 in significantly warmer temperatures and with less mud but I loved my return visit and must come back soon.
In spite of the weather, 100 hardy souls came down to run at Marple today including 6 newbies to parkrun – Annabelle Parry, Rebecca Wolfenden, Jonathan Crosby, Paul Healy Robert Scrutton and Sam Astley – welcome to the parkrun family and we hope that the weather improves for your run #2.
With the wind behind them, the runners set off down the field, negotiating the mud in the bottom field before eventually finding some shelter in the woods. Apart from being blasted by occasional gusts and snow flurries, once you got going the conditions weren’t too bad. At least it wasn’t raining!
Amazingly, 6 of you managed a PB – hats off to you and well done. Huge congratulations must also go to Sue Thorpe who completed her 50th parkrun.
Even more hardy were the fabulous volunteers this morning, the majority of whom were from the forthcoming Macclesfield parkrun core team. (When we launch, do visit but please wait a few weeks before doing so!) They did a brilliant job in such cold conditions, particularly Annie and Kathryn who were time keeping – goodness knows how you both managed not to make mistakes.
Thank you to you all for being such a great group, for giving of your time and for making today’s run possible. We hope that it didn’t take too long to thaw out.
Massive thanks to the Marple parkrun team for allowing the Macc team to do some training today under the guidance of James Kemp – thanks James.
Happy parkrunning everyone.
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