Today we had so many different aspects to our parkrun which illustrated how well our volunteers coped and worked as a great team.
Thanks to the early morning inspection we were well prepared to tackle the slippery icy slope at the near hill. Mat Rees arrived with the grit and he, Simon Armitt and Neil McGowan set about gritting the surface. Sadly their efforts were in vain as the surface remained too slippery to run on so we launched Operation Grass Verge and diverted runners to the verges both up and down for this weeks run.
At the start area the western side had also become a muddy sump and this was cordoned off to protect the surface by Tom Curran and Max Waterfield.
Today we were visited by our regional parkrun ambassador Ian Taylor who has the run the course 8 times in his 243 runs to date and who volunteers to visit the local parkruns and ensure all goes smoothly and appropriately.
He was therefore not obliged to listen to Bev Denby give the first timers briefing along with Tomos Rands!
Tomos’s sister Erin turned up to volunteer on the results desk and Graham Duce turned up in place of his poorly daughter to take on her marshalling position. We also had Gillian Reynolds looking to volunteer her husband (!) but we were blessed with plenty of volunteers today to help monitor the icy patches with Olivia Flannagen and Louis Dunbar-Creasley all pitching in on the day.
Helen Curran, marshalling on the first bridge was announced by Run Director Wayne Jaffe as having delayed her 100th run to next Saturday for her birthday celebration and the runners were asked to wish her well. This worked too well with Helen and a few of the other lady marshals being congratulated by the enthusiastic runners! Nonetheless a good dress rehearsal for next week when she will be 100! Helen has also announced she will celebrate her 100th parkrun (and not her 100th birthday) by bringing cakey treats next week!
Celebrating his 100th today was Kostas Yiasoumi who didn’t bring any cakes much to his embarrassment but did bring his son Panicos along for his first ever parkrun. That’s also good!
We welcomed back Poppy Schneider and had Richard Pavey and James Eyre volunteer to to be her responsible adults as Simon who had agreed to do this role, had to withdraw due to an injury.
Late on in the run were we kept busy helping other park users enjoy the walk without going headlong into the returning runners. One portly gentleman needing more encouragement than most to understand that we were really trying to protect him and his dog from the fast returning sprinters and a blind dog walker was similarly escorted across the near bridge by Mat and Simon along with his wife.
This just goes to show how having volunteers ensures a safe, injury and complaint free running of the event.
Therefore as Wayne Jaffe suggested in his run briefing as we applauded the work of volunteers across the globe, that everyone clapping should sign up and volunteer in 2018!
So thanks to all the volunteers mentioned up till now plus in the lists below, come and join this great group!
Andrew Whittingham led the runners home clear of the a strong finishing sprint group which had Daniel Bundred, Harry Bachofner and James Knockton fight out a really close finish with the last 2 both achieving PBs.
For the ladies we saw Ann-Marie Jones take first finishers post with a PB but even more impressively, Ann-Marie set a new age groupers record of 91.09%. This is a very impressive statistic. So well done Ann-Marie!
From an experienced 60-64 year old we then had a J10 runner Poppy Schneider take second female and then Mici Oliver in her first female podium finish!
Well done to all the podium position people!
Well done to everyone who started their first ever parkrun with Will Roberts, Neil Roberts, Erika Burwood, Paula Lockett, Cara Coffin, Panicos Yiasoumi, Joseph McMullin, Alexander Munro, Thomas Giblin and Jordan Clark. A very warm oarkrun welcome to you all.
Of our 10 runs, Ellen Summers achieved a PB along with 21 others which considering it was a slower course today was pretty good running!
Roger Whitehead was back taking great photos and posting them early on the facebook page, check them out via Flickr.
Colin Davies paced at 28 and helped Karen Mclaughlin, returning from injury achieve an early return to work target of sub 28, by one second! Colin will be pacing 27 next week.
Parkrun Uk in the weekly blog suggested we should send pictures of the token sorting so it was fitting that having arranged a picture of all the token being sorted in Nourish by Sarah Gleave, Steve and Louis Creasy, that Louis should then drop them all over the floor! Just a small blip in an otherwise faultless operation!
Next week we have Helen celebrating her 100th run on her birthday and maybe more cake! Tom, her teenage son had asked for a mini beer keg as well but mum was not impressed!
We also have Helen Frank potentially turning up for her 50th run so even more cake, hopefully!
Thanks for reaching this far and as ever thanks for reading. WJ
Wilmslow parkrun Event number 147 20th January 2018
This week 170 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests.
Representatives of 18 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:
Roger WHITEHEAD • Beverley DENBY • Colin DAVIES •
Claire NORTHCOTE • Helen CURRAN • Neil MCGOWAN •
Anthony COLLIER • Andrew DOOLEY • Tom CURRAN •
Pippa PRICE • Steven CREASEY • Mark WARD •
Lee SHAUL • Mat REES • Wayne JAFFE • Simon ARMITT •
Sarah GLEAVE • Olivia FLANNAGAN • Tomos RANDS •
Max WATERFIELD • Andrew POWERS • Aidan STOTT •
Graham DUCE • Andrew KEAY • Elin RANDS • Louis DUNBAR-CREASEY
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wilmslow parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Phil WAITE who recorded a time of 15:50 on 17th June 2017 (event number 114).
The female record is held by Diane Elizabeth MCVEY who recorded a time of 18:08 on 2nd September 2017 (event number 125).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ann-Marie JONES who recorded 91.09% (22:15) on 20th January 2018 (event number 147).