Happy new year from Sale Water, this was parkrun number 64.
A record attendance at Sale Water on New Year’s Day with an amazing 775 runners attending the 10:30 event. This was made possible by the 32 wonderful volunteers who gave their time and encouraged everyone.
Sale Water was the largest parkrun in the North West today, and we were the 8th largest parkrun in the UK. Thank you all for making this possible, and we hope to see you all again during the year.
The first runner to cross the finishing line was Matthew Shaw, who was visiting for the first time representing Chorlton Runners and completed the run in 16:21.
The first female to finish was Vicky Wright, who was visiting for the first-time representing Hyde Village Striders and finished in 32nd place in 19:25.
A whopping 74 running clubs were represented at the run today, both locally and further afield.
Congratulations to the 81 runners who now have new personal best times, what a great way to start the new year.
Some of the tourists running today were Event Director Suzanne McMahon from Claisebrook Cove, Perth, Western Australia, David Naylor from Wollongong and Steven Naylor North Wollongong park run and Sandon Point Park run. Some of the UK tourists were Paul Keating from Abingdon in Oxford who spent the weekend visiting the area and ran at South Manchester first. Paul chose Sale Water to achieve running in every county in England and ran at 147 different locations. Also visiting were John and Helen Kilcoyne from Lincoln who originally lived in North Manchester. Lots of runners today had also ran at South Manchester or Wilmslow at 9am and were completing a New Year Day double. It was an early start for many runners, and we admire your parkrun enthusiasm.
The line of runners went from the start line nearly to the steps at the café, it was a very long queue. The running conditions were perfect, and the run started after the announcements. Those visiting for the first time were treated to some amazing views of the river Mersey and of Sale Water Park. As this is an out and back course, runners had the opportunity to see the views twice and enjoy the atmosphere created today.
Many of the runners took the opportunity to get to know other tourists, and many of you enjoyed a drink, food and a chat in the café afterwards.
Sale Water would be grateful if you could volunteer occasionally, if you are interested please have a look at the future roster and sign up to the emails.
We hope you enjoy the first week of the new year, and we would love to Welcome you back in the future.
Special thanks to Stretford parkrun for loaning us tokens and timers, this helped us make this a successful morning for everybody.
Written by Mark Jones