It was both a sad day and a happy day down at Sale Water parkrun this week.
Sad because one of our Core Team members, who has been with us right from the start when we got this ball rolling in January 2017, who has helped measure, plan and get the whole thing up and running, and provided help and support for the last year, is off to pastures new. Nick, who was your Time Keeper on Saturday has got himself a swanky new job and will be leaving Manchester completely very soon. Its a great opportunity for Nick, so we wish him well and look forward to him visiting us, and us visiting his new home parkrun really soon!
And happy, because, Roz, also from our Core Team has finally hit 100 parkruns! Roz is something of a serial parkrun tourist, so although she has just hit 100 in total she's done almost half of those in parkruns outside of Manchester, and only once. An incredible achievement, but even better for us as it gave Sale Water a huge amount of help and expertise in seeing how parkruns up and down the country operate their funnels, their start lines, conduct their briefings and all sorts to help us make our parkrun as slick as it can be.
In other good news from Saturday's run - we have a new female course record! Alison LAVENDER just happened to be passing by (or so she says!) and fancied having a go in the middle of her long run for marathon training. She only went and made it look effortless knocking 35 seconds off the previous record, then heading off to finish the rest of her long run. I'm not jealous at all! Well done Ali!
It was lovely to see so many attending the First Timers Briefing with Tom too. The picture at the top tells us that 77 people ran at Sale Water for the first time this weekend, but what it doesn't say is that 27 of those 77 ran their first ever parkrun. Well done to you all, and we hope you'll be back for more!
Next week we are hosting an event called "Bring a friend to parkrun" Day - a chance for all those friends/family/housemates you leave at home every Saturday morning to come on down and try it out. We hear lots of messages on our social media pages, as well as on the pages of parkruns around the world from people who think parkrun isn't for them, they're afraid of being last, they don't think they're good enough, they're nervous about trying it out, they think they need to be of a certain standard and so on, so we're asking you to bring anyone you know who has ever said anything like that (or they just plain prefer a lie in on a Saturday morning!), run with them, and show them what a great thing a free 5km is on a Saturday morning, and how it is for everyone whether they run, jog or walk their way round. Hopefully we'll smash our record for first timers doing their actual first ever parkrun!
And in yesterday's run briefing, Dave mentioned you might be lucky enough to spot a black fox called Wilf, who had been missing for a few days along with his mate Dottie and had been spotted near Dane Road and in Priory Woods quite frequently. Luckily for Wilf and Dottie they had returned home, a little shaken after being lost for so long, before we started our run, but it would've been lovely to see them in the park. If you'd like to see some pictures, or read more about them, you can see those on the Adventures of Wilf and Dottie Facebook page.
As always, we can't put our parkrun on without the help and support of a team of hi-vis heroes. This week's superstars are:
Laura Jane FORKER • Aidan RAFTERY • Ciara RAFTERY • Orla RAFTERY • Tony BECK • Emma SCHNEIDER • Jonathan LANCASTER • Dave MURRAY • Sinead FERGUSON • Kerry HENDERSON • Andrew COLLEY • Thomas WEBSTER • Ann CARNEY • Adam SHEPPHARD • Rebecca SHEPHERD • Nick EATON • Shaun BOATWRIGHT • Sam LEUTY-MILNER • Jo CLARKE
We need to fill our roster for the next few weeks, especially this coming Saturday, the 20th January as it's looking pretty bare, so if you can spare an hour/90 minutes to help us out, please get in touch via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or send a message to our Facebook page - don't forget to include your barcode number so we can find you and add you, and take a look at our Future Roster page to see where we have gaps that need filling.