Run Report #13 – Where Wilf didn’t show up…

Run Report #13

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.

Congratulations Roz!

roz's 100 celebrations

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!

Tom doing the first timers briefing

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 salewaterhelpers@parkrun.com, 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.

Thank you!

 

Run Report 12 – The quiet one after the New Year storm…

Run Report #12

Our first Saturday parkrun in 2018 got off to a great start. You may have heard the problems we've had over the past few weeks with cancellations for the weather, and being locked out of the kit storage, and then seen us put on two parkruns - one of which had record breaking attendance - with minimal kit and us having to improvise. So this week it was lovely just to have everything back in order and running smoothly!

We had a 164 runners taking part this weekend, ever so slightly down on the New Year's Day run, but it certainly felt much calmer for the Volunteer Team organising everything - no panics with stopwatches, no huge queues to get runners barcodes scanned it, no major problems in processing your results afterwards - so from our point of view, everything ran like clockwork!

We hope you enjoyed it too! Every week we get loads of first timers, both to parkrun and Sale Water popping over to see the Run Director or Event Director to give their feedback on the route, the organisation and the welcoming friendliness of our little event - this is always wonderful to hear, and we love listening to how much you've enjoyed yourselves. Keep it coming!

As we try to do most weeks, we've shot a little video of you all starting off. This one starts about 30-40 metres from the start line, and captures all 164 of you, plus a slightly late starter, in the first few seconds of your run. Have you spotted yourself?

Of course, none of this would be possible without these wonderful volunteers, giving up their time (and run!) so you could all take part:

Val BRENNAN • Ciara RAFTERY • Orla RAFTERY • Sara OWEN • Kerry KIRKPATRICK • Ben HOBSON • Dave MURRAY • Sinead FERGUSON • Colette HUMPHREY • Kerry HENDERSON • Andrew COLLEY • Thomas WEBSTER • Sarah THOMAS • Graham WHISTANCE • Fiona HUMPHREYS • Nicolas WHEELER • John PYE • Sam LEUTY-MILNER • Steve KIRKPATRICK

As always, we need more volunteers to make this work, and give our regulars some well deserved time off, so if you can help over the next few weeks, take a look at our Future Roster page to see the current state and where there's a gap you fancy filling, get in touch via email on salewaterhelpers@pakrun.com or via a private message on Facebook  to let us know.

Thanks, and we'll see you all again soon!

 

Run Report – Event #10 – We’re back!

Run Report #10

You wouldn't believe the relief the Core Team felt today in getting Sale Water parkrun back up and running after three consecutive cancellations!

Along with many parkruns up and down the UK we were cancelled for two weeks because of ice and treacherous conditions on the course, but then last week disaster struck with the loss of key to our lock up AND our Run Director being stuck in traffic following a crash on the motorway - no kit, no tokens, no timers, no scanners so no parkrun! You can read more about that here.

But, anyway....we're back! And Event #10 was a great success. We still don't have access to most of our kit until we can get a replacement key from the owners of the lockup, so we had to make do with what we could get hold of. We sourced hi-vis vests, some cones and we don't think you could tell the difference. Granted, we had no start/finish sign, no arrows out on the course, and a very slapdash finish funnel constructed (or rather laid on the floor!) but it worked. Thank you all so much for listening to the briefing, following our instructions and helping us make this week's Sale Water parkrun work with limited resources!

We may have been short on stuff, but we still managed to put together some pictures and videos of today's run. Here's our youngest marshal dealing with today's fluffiest runner in expert fashion!

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Pictures will be uploaded to our Flickr  page in due course, so check back soon to see if you can see yourself, and take a look at the below video of you all storming away from the start!

None of this would be possible without our Hi-Vis Heroes, so a big round of applause for the below for helping us make today work:

Caroline WOOD • Mark STEPHENSON • Val BRENNAN • Ciara RAFTERY • Orla RAFTERY • Sam BLACOW • Dave MURRAY • Sinead FERGUSON • Kerry HENDERSON • Francesca ROOKER • Colin HINES • Joanne CALDWELL • Victoria THOMPSON • Francesca ARCHER-TODDE • Sam LEUTY-MILNER • Alison SLEIGH • Jo CLARKE • Ian BARKER

Every week we need people like this to give up their time to help us organise Sale Water parkrun, and if it weren't for them, we simply wouldn't be taking place. If you're looking for a New Year's Resolution you can stick to, why not make volunteering yours? Just 3 or 4 times per year from everyone is enough to make sure we're never short of help, and everyone gets a chance to run.

If you'd like to help, send us an email to salewaterhelpers@parkrun.com and signup to our Volunteer Emails by following the instructions here.

Thank you!

 

A cancellation explanation…

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to apologise, and give you all a little more information and context on why we had to cancel this morning's run at such short notice.

As you'll know if you're a regular parkrunner, there is a certain amount of kit involved to make each event work. Some of this is what we would call "essential kit" and other bits are "non-essential kit" and unfortunately we didn't have access to either this morning!

The essential kit (timers, barcode scanners, finishing position tokens) were with our Run Director James, who was stuck in traffic for over an hour following a lorry crash on the M60 which closed all the lanes. We pondered on whether to delay the start in the hope James might make it eventually, but as we got closer to 9am it became increasingly unlikely he would get there at a reasonable time at all. Without any of the items in James' car we just couldn't put the run on at all.

The second issue was with the non-essential kit (this is things like directional arrows, cones, finishing tape etc.) which is stored in a lock up in the park. Unfortunately the key for this lock up was not in the security deposit box as per usual and while we could put the run on without it, its less than ideal. I've tried to contact the owner of the deposit box, but they are out of the office until 2nd January, so we may have to run without any of this kit for the next couple of weeks!

So, again, I'm very sorry we had to cancel this morning. Things were beyond our control, and it was a difficult decision to make. I hope that those of you that did come down enjoyed your freedom run around Sale Water Park, or you managed to get to one of our neighbouring parkruns in time for their start.

Have a wonderful Christmas, spend plenty of time with friends and family, and with a pinch of luck, we'll be back on Saturday the 30th ready to put on the last Sale Water parkrun of 2017.

Thank you,

Dave
Event Director

 

Event #10 Volunteer Appeal – 23rd December

We're really short of volunteers this week, and if we can't fill the roster there is a very real possibility we will have to cancel. After two cancellations because of adverse weather conditions, it would be such a shame to be defeated by a lack help.

We currently need two people to operate the timers (so runners can get a finishing time), two people to hand out Finish Tokens (so runners can get a finish position and we can marry that up with the time from our Timekeepers) and three people to marshal the course (so runners know where they are going, and we have eyes and ears on the course in case of an emergency).

All the jobs are really easy to do, and our Run Director will give you full training and instructions on anything you are unsure of before we start the run off. We'll need Marshals from 8:20am and other positions from 8:30am and you'll usually finish by 10am (depending on when our Tail Walker finishes).

So can you help, and prevent us from cancelling again this weekend? Please get in touch on salewaterhelpers@parkrun.com or via messages on any of our social media channels.

Thank you

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