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.