Lumps and Bumps

Hi,
Big thanks, as ever to our fabulous volunteers for making Marple parkrun happen again, including Geoff Thorpe for the Run Report. Wondering about having a go? Come and have a chat one day, no pressure but we would love to see you in Yellow.

Lumps and Bumps - 5th Jan 2019

After a horde of New Year's Day Doublers had helped Marple to a record shattering 455 parkrunners, enabled by 22 volunteers, today's attendance was bound to be more modest. Even so a gratifying turnout of 222 runners and 21 priceless volunteers met up at Brabyn's Park, despite what the Met Office describe as "Anticyclonic Gloom", and what the rest of us describe as "Murky, but at least it's not raining!"

Thirty participants were lining up at Marple for the first time, including the 16 of these making their parkrun debut (especially 4 members of the Charlesworth family, so a special shout-out to them). Visitors were welcomed from Wythenshawe, Warrington, Preston, Cuerden Valley, Newcastle, Bramhall, Stretford and Bolton. Twenty three different clubs were represented in today's field.

Congratulations go to Steve McCombe and Alan Stevenson, both starting their 250th parkrun, and very special congratulations to Edith Rose on her 100th (in addition to her 41 junior parkruns) at the age of just 10!

In what may be the clearest evidence yet of Climate Change the infamous Marple Mud still hasn't made any meaningful appearance; one visitor actually expressed disappointment at missing out on this widely reported experience (and therapeutic properties)! However, we were able to provide a worthy replacement "feature".

Welcome to the Marple Molehills! Hundreds of them, spread throughout the first half of each lap, ready to trip up the carelessly placed foot or turn the unprepared ankle.

Thankfully, the title of this report refers to the underfoot conditions and not the participants. No significant mishaps were reported as a result of these (or any other) hazards, and all starters completed the course safely, registering 19 new PBs in the process.

Some rain is forecast for the next few days so the much missed mud may make its delayed reappearance by Saturday morning. Whether that will deter the moles ... ??

Hint from one who knows- the further back you are in the field, the more molehills will have been flattened by the time you get there!

GT

Additional.....we do love our volunteers, and it's mainly through the Friends of Brabyns Park that the park stays as beautiful and clean as it does - they need help too.....If your resolutions involve turning over a new leaf, there are plenty in the park needing attention, so why not come along and join the monthly activity days, every 3rd Saturday morning, 10am till noon. Just a couple of hours a month can make a difference to the park, as well as boosting your fresh air intake and promoting the feelgood factor of doing something environmentally friendly. Family and friends welcome, under-16s require an accompanying adult.

Diary date - next activity day is Sat Jan 19.
Hope to see you there.

 

Welcome to 2019

First, foremost and most importantly, I want to say a massive THANK YOU to all of the people who have volunteered and helped make Marple parkrun what it is. We cannot put the event on without your support and, every week, come sun/rain/snow/mud/heat/cold – whatever the weather, you come forward and help make this happen.
Simply put, you are fantastic, THANK YOU.

If you’ve not tried this parkrun volunteering lark before and are still looking for a New Year resolution, then sign up for the emails through your profile and come and play. It’s fun.

So, 2019, the one where Matt RDd a record breaking parkrun at Marple......
Now, we knew that we’d get a few extra participants today, our previous top 4 attendances have been on NYD, but you came out in force – 455 lovely parkrunners supported by 22 volunteers – and smashed it. Almost 20% increase (always rounding up before you get all purist on me) from 382 last year and many doing a double with either Glossop or Lyme.
Personal records, goals and milestones were achieved (just making it out of bed amongst them!!) with 9 new parkrunners – first time anywhere; another 124 visiting Marple for the first time – including more than 12 from Red Rose Road Runners, Preston; 42 Marple personal best times; Tracy Gregory and Ben Bradley reaching 100 runs; Emily Bamford and Chris Yates reaching 50 runs with Emily also achieving her 25th Volunteering stint!

With a full complement of brilliant volunteers, the whole event ran smoothly and the back up stickers and printed barcodes got brought into play for the final 8 finishers. All of our volunteers are outstanding (often out standing in a field) and all of our fabulous DoE volunteers are given the opportunity to RD…..they’ve been amazing in the role - but the DoE - RD – NYD convergence is new!

Matthew Howling, you did a fantastic job, be proud.

Have a healthy, happy 2019 everyone, keep chasing those dreams.
See you next week and DFYB.
G xx

 

New Year’s Day – travel and Parking

New Year's Day at Marple parkrun - 10.30 start.
We have enough fabulous volunteers to go ahead (although more are always welcome).
If you can, please think about walking or cycling to the event and, if coming from another local parkrun, please take care and stay within speed limits.......!!
PARKING - please remember that there are limited spaces in Brabyns carparks but PLEASE park safely and only in proper spaces NOT on the verges and roads in the park.
There are free carparks across the road (next to the Midland), at the Station, next to the Purple Pakora and then also in roads both in Marple and in Marple Bridge.
We won't be rushing the RD briefing so please don't panic - travel safe, run/jog/walk safe.

 

Christmas Day results – Delayed

Please be patient - Christmas Glitch.....
So while most of the elves were out with Santa the Gremlins seem to have got into our tech - broken timer, stubborn PC and technically inept RD - we will sort the results out, but it will be sometime tomorrow. Thanks in advance for your patience.
Oh, and Merry Christmas xxG

 

Run report #347

Thanks to Matt Howling for this week's run report. That was also Matt doing some of the run briefing this morning in the lead up to taking on the RD role as part of his DofE - well done

Today's run was full of festive cheer as many runners dressed up to match the season. There were elves, Santa Clauses, Reindeer, and a Christmas tree with bright flashing lights. We also had a Marple Runners mascot turn up, although we suspect Dennis the Menace of some foul play towards the finish funnel.
The ground was very slippy, however the “bogs of doom” are still passable. We had 153 people brave the mud, 9 of whom were first timers (had no idea what was coming) and 4 of whom set personal bests. 14 different clubs from far and wide were represented, all thriving in the Manchester climate.

Marple is fast heading towards 6000 total participants, who have covered a whopping total of 265,490 kilometres. That’s over 6 times around the world! The volunteer count is also approaching a big 6 as it approaches 600. Todays 19 volunteers were;
Brian PLATT • Catherine TOMBS • Peter OGLEY • Maria RUSHTON • Harry DUTSON • David JOHN • Gina HITCHEN • Steve MCCOMBE • Angela MOORE • Patricia RAINSBURY • Rebecca COX • Sandy BUTCHER • Sue THORPE • Geoff THORPE • Matthew HOWLING • Richard HEMINGWAY • Shirley SKINNER • Tony PRATT • Michelle PRATT

The Long term course records remain the same with the male record held by Andi JONES who recorded a time of 15:29 on 12th July 2014 (event number 110).The female record is held by Elizabeth APSLEY who recorded a time of 18:41 on 8th April 2017 (event number 256).The Age Grade course record is held by Angela OLDHAM who recorded 93.21% (22:05) on 26th May 2018 (event number 317).

To finish off the festive cheer, chocolates were handed out at the end of the run, with many claiming they were for their “children”. Today's fancy dress led to a very festive mood in the build up to Christmas, boosting morale and times. We will have to wait and see how people feel on the Christmas day parkrun which starts at 9:30. I should expect the season cheer to have a positive correlation on both times and the turn out (providing not too many people get too merry!).

Matt Howling.

From your Christmas RD....if there are any more Festive volunteers please contact us at marplehelpers@parkrun.com.

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