New Year’s Day……arrive safe, park safe


We're looking forward to seeing you on New Year's day for a 10.30 start. We know that many people will be coming from an earlier run in the area so just a reminder to drive safely and please be aware that there is limited parking at Brabyn's park itself. There is additional parking in local carparks opposite the park, next to the Purple Pakora on Brabyn's brow and a small amount of street parking in Marple Bridge. All of this is free, but you may need to walk a short way to reach us. 

Please do park with consideration and, if in Brabyn's park, please do not park on the kerbs and verges and be aware that other park users - including loose dogs - will be coming and going.

We are still looking for a few volunteers so please get in touch if you can help......


Run Report/Blog – 23 December

Thanks to Matt Kay and Sue Thorpe for the following extended report/blog.

First Matt…...Nothing beats a bit of parkrun tourism especially at Christmas. After giving my word to James at Sale parkrun back in November that I would make a Christmas appearance at Marple, I kept true to my word ably assisted by my old man, Geoff, to help marshal everyone round.

Congrats to Stuart Cameron who was first over the line and Anna Mackenzie who was first lady in challenging conditions. As a proud runner of Ealing Eagles it was also pleasing to see a Serpentine runner, Victoria Basquill, and great to meet Helen Melluish a regular at another tough parkrun, Hilly Fields. It turns out Helen and I share a few mutual friends at Osterley parkrun. In addition to the parkrun tourists such as myself there was a solid core of Marple Runners and Stockport Harriers in attendance to help the numbers despite the cold and wet conditions. Well done to Mark Ardern completing his first parkrun, extra brownie points for picking the toughest one I've done as his first.

With regards to the course I can have no complaints, I’d been pre-warned that a PB would be very difficult to obtain on the trail focused course that is Marple parkrun. However, I was not to be deterred and set off at a canter with the lead pack of runners. I quickly realised though, after flying over the first mini divot, that it was not going to be a quick time. As I reached my dad, doing his bit on the course, I took one look to his right at the continuing mudpools and aborted my pace in favour of a leisurely trot - after all its parkrun not parkrace!

I continued to splatter through the various puddles with lots of Santa's and elves slipping from side to side as I, along with many others, tried to remain on my feet I then heard a cry from behind me "I've lost my shoe" I think this was the point where I truly realised how tough the course was, certainly not for the faint hearted and could easily be mistaken for a competitive cross country course as opposed to a parkrun. That said, with the championing and continued cheer of the volunteers, all the runners including myself got round.

That leaves me to my closing point, Marple still needs a few volunteers for New Years Day so if you're able to help out please put your name down; if not please find some time to help out in 2018 because without the volunteers we wouldn't be able to experience this great event each week. Whilst there is always a strong core as a backbone to keep things ticking over if everyone else does their bit then that will ensure the smooth running of the event on a weekly basis.

Well done to this week's runners and thank you to all of the volunteers.


And from Sue……….I started coming to the Marple parkrun in September 2016 and decided to volunteer as a Tailwalker on Christmas Eve.

I found that I like being the Tailwalker, you never know who you will be running or walking with. As a new runner, I was worried at first that I would not be able to keep up with the last runner. But I was assured that did not matter - my mission was to come last! As it says on the parkrun Volunteer Roles page: "The Tail Walker stays at the back of the field and should be the last person to cross the finish line, ensuring that everyone is accounted for."

I was handed a hi-vis jacket and a lanyard with instructions and contact details. I stored the Marple parkrun mobile number in my own phone in order to save time should I need it in an emergency.

So that first time, I set off with an experienced runner  who was walking due to injury. Walking? I had to scurry to keep up with her, she is a lot taller than me. Luckily for me we caught up with an octogenarian (Brian Platt) who was struggling a bit with a cold and asthma so I had an excuse to slow down a bit. It was nice running with Brian as he told me a lot about parkruns - he should know as he has now done over 460 of them.

Running with children can be fun! I saw that the Marple Junior parkrun was desperate for volunteers one Sunday so I volunteered to help by Tailwalking. First of all, I joined in with the warm up exercises - that was harder work than running! Then we set off, most of the time I was with two small children and their dads. Part way round the second lap the little girl sat down and removed her shoes and socks so that her dad could wring out the water. A bit later the boy stopped to pick flowers. He was actually a fairly experienced parkrunner, just not in the mood for running much that day.

Another time on the Saturday parkrun I was with a mother and her daughter who didn't want to run that day, although I looked at her stats later on and she can actually run faster than me. We did have a nice chat during the second lap though as we alternated running and walking.

On another occasion the tail enders dropped out and I ended up with pb's for 1km and 1 mile as I ran all the way from the start of the second lap to halfway along the river to catch up the next person!

I have also walked with a man carrying a very young baby strapped to his chest. We chatted all the way round.

There are a couple of other things to remember - as you approach the end of the first lap the faster runners will nearing the end of their run, so the Tailwalker has to try to keep the people they are with to one side - often new parkrunners will not be aware that they will be passed - at speed.

And finally, to tell the marshals out on the course know that they can collect nearby signs and leave their post. Although one time my nephews were visiting and ran/walked the second lap with me, insisting on collecting all of the signs as we went around. The youngest even ran through the finish line with his arms full of the signs - I told him not to as he hadn't run the full course - but he was ahead of me and I couldn't stop him! The stats were adjusted so he received his volunteer credit but no run time.

And so to my last Tailwalk of the year - my 15th time as a volunteer and also my 40th run. A dull drizzly day with lots of slippery mud but quite pleasant for running, not too hot or too cold. Today I was accompanied by James Ignotus who is a Duke of Edinburgh volunteer with Marple parkrun. We donned our high visibility jackets and waited for the start.

As we went along I explained about Tailwalking and asked him to remind me to tell the marshals that they have finished their duties when we pass them the second time. I once forgot to tell my sister-in-law who was new to parkrun and had to ask the next marshal to let her know as she was passing on her way back to the start. In my defence, I was distracted by the aforementioned nephews!

Despite the mud, this was a fast run today with only a little bit of walking, at 41.55 it was a Tailwalking pb for me. Well done Heather, I knew it would be a good time because we were near the end of the first lap when the first finishers started to pass us.

So in summary, being the Tailwalker is a fun way to volunteer and a good way to get to know the other parkrunners and marshals as you, and the person you are with, always get a lot of encouragement. And as a bonus you receive both a run credit and a volunteer credit.



Pre-Run Setup Report #286 – 04/11/2017

Despite a late night with our ukulele club we woke this morning just a few minutes before the 06.30 alarm. We drew back the curtains,  oh joy! Raining.

But we had no choice but to drag ourselves out of bed because we had volunteered to meet Brian who was going to teach us how to do the Event Setup at Marple parkrun. Brian does this job almost every week so he certainly knows the ropes.

After a slightly larger bowl of cereal and a cup of tea, but not too much because it will be an extra hour to last - there are no toilets at Marple, we gathered up our wellies and cagoules as well as our normal running gear and drove to meet him.

Marple is a two lap course, so after collecting the bollards for the funnel and the wheelie bin with the equipment we set off to walk the course, planting the km signs, the keep to path signs and a selection of arrows in the appropriate places.

I tried to take careful note of which tree or other landmark to use for the km signs, for future reference.

As expected, it was very wet and muddy so we were glad of the wellies. It was still raining, although it had eased off a bit by the time we finished after a pleasant stroll and chat.

Back near the start the other volunteers were gathering ready to take up their positions but we returned to the car to remove the cagoules and change into our running shoes. The rain had almost stopped so we left our jackets behind.

Back to the start, the rain had stopped so we were ready to run - Brian did his 460th parkrun, Geoff got a pb and I just enjoyed a steady pace.

We were certainly ready for a brunch and a pot of tea, after showering off all the mud, of course.

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The eagle-eyed might notice that the attached photo was not taken this morning - it was on the parkrun 13th birthday


Christmas and New Year

Hello all,

While I don't really like using the C and NYD words so early, I also know that many of us have to do a fair bit of forward planning for the end of the year.

So yes, provided we have sufficient lovely volunteers, we plan to be putting on additional runs in Brabyn's Park on both Christmas day (at 9.30am) and New Year's day (at 10.30). You may only record one parkrun on the 25th December, but can do a double on the 1st Jan 2018 so we'll be talking to other local parkruns to confirm timings.

Information on which events are putting on runs can be found in the Christmas Compendium: so, if you're on the road over the festive period and fancy some tourism, use this to plan your parkruns.


Your core team


Marple parkrun – run report #276 – The one with the happy couple 26th August 2017

This week’s event was made possible by the following amazing volunteers Brian, Miranda, Harry, Chris, Gina, Gordon, Vicky, Mike, Pat, Carol, Sam, Maddy, Rab, Elliott, Geoff and Richard who enabled 178 people to run, jog and walk our course.
Along with our 18 first time attendees we also welcomed the new Mrs Stephenson. Mat and Alison were married on Friday 25th (in Marple Runners kit) and after celebrating with friends and family into the night managed to get along, with several guests, to run at Marple. Massive congratulations to you both, we know you’ll have an incredible life together.
We also celebrated Gareth Hurfurt's 150th run - his 100th at Marple. Maureen Hughes completed her 50th parkrun, Katherine Harvey her 100th and the legend who is Brian Platt, his 450th.
Our lovely event cannot run without our amazing volunteers. If you’ve never tried the other side of parkrun please do think about giving it a try. Get in touch via or register for email alerts by going to the parkrun registration page and fill in the simple form.
The full results and a complete event history can be found on the Marple parkrun Results Page.

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