The Carrs fell silent this morning in the soft autumn sunshine. Over 220 runners, volunteers and spectators stood together as the Last Post sounded across The Carrs. Wilmslow parkrun was commemorating an especially emotional remembrance weekend as it is 100 years since the end of the Great War. We were joined by Sergeants Clare Kearns and Katy Wilson from the Cheshire Regiment who were collecting on behalf of The Royal British Legion, and they thank you all for your generosity.
“A lot of notes” is how they summed up the collection. On behalf of everyone at Wilmslow parkrun and parkrun HQ, thank you all again for making this such a moving and memorable occasion. The feedback has been fantastic. Thanks to run director Nicky Mowat who led the tributes to all the milestones we had today.
You can hear the last post by clicking this link here:
We hope the new PA system will make it easier to hear the pre run briefings with safety information as well as the celebratory mentions.
Alan Turner reached his 250th milestone today, a green milestone t-shirt to you shortly!
A special thank you to Chris Best who along with his wife provided poppy themed cakes, flapjacks and other goodies including Poppy flags on Chris’s 50th parkrun.
Also on 50 was Emma Dewhurst who also provided homemade treats. Thank you everyone who has, or will, bring milestone treats to our parkrun.
So a great big thank you everybody. It made for a lovely atmosphere and helped create that special friendly magic that Wilmslow parkrun is deservedly famous for. I also am aware that people who have missed their milestones are going to bring belated treats, fantastic, don’t be shy!
Congratulations to Finlay Greenwood who led a competitive run to become first finisher. Second male was Ashley Farrell. Daniels Kucerjavijs was third male finisher. Well done guys.
Emma Dewhurst celebrated her 50th run with a first female position, equalling her PB at the same time. Laura Keay whose dad has some treats to bring next week was second female. Susan Harrison was third female. Well done Girls.
At the other end of the results column, there was no 8th consecutive PB for Beatrice Zuokumor despite a strong sprint for the final run-in, but a well deserved glass of Prosecco at the end.
Welcome to all our newrunners and tourists. There were 21 of you today. A warm welcome to all our newbies, a fantastic day to start your parkrun career and one that you will remember, for a long time. Here is a big shout out to our newbies.
Welcome today to Brittany Hopwood, Vicky Allman, Amelia Cameron, Danny Sutton, Robert Powell, Tom Powell, Bethan Powell, Pete Dewhurst and Andrew Slavin,
A big thank you to all our volunteers, some great cheering and flag waving going on along the course! Thanks to those who helped today, remember we always need more of you to sign ip to receive the volunteer rota request, especially with the busy end of year period coming up.
Thanks to those who stayed to set down today. You would have seen Al Bremner and Peter Sangway doing some woodworking on our storage sheds. Others might have spotted the 2 dozen people running around the tennis court, half with Styal Running Club bibs on. These are the Couch to 5k beginners who were on a course recce today, next week the new runners and their mentors will be taking part in their first ever 5k event, and we love the special atmosphere that this creates. So come along next week, bring a friend who doesn’t yet get parkrun and be inspired.
We would like to express condolences to one of the principle organisers of that event, Tony Collier, on the passing of his dear sister Fiona. Tony, we all feel your loss.
Thanks to Colin Davies who paced at 26m inutes today. Colin has written a run report from his visit to Fountains Abbey last week. See that article below.
Some of you may have heard the shrill Yorkshire cries of the lesser spotted Green Bobble. Bev will be a regular marshal as she is currently grounded after fracturing her wrist last weekend whilst out cycling. She will, be in plaster for the rest of 2018 but is still smiling, except when she accidently knocked over a pepper pot in Nourish today!
Finally another big thank you to our event director Mat Rees, who although wasn’t on the course today, did drop off the new portable PA system which he has organised and for which I personally am very grateful for. Karaoke nights will never be the same again in my house now!
With the build up to the Christmas festivities starting, we will be formally announcing the date of this year’s Wilmslow parkrun Prosecco party shortly. We will also have news regarding our pacing weekend which will be happening soon. Spread the word, it’s all going down at Wilmslow parkrun!
Here is this week’s tourist report, from our ace pacer, Colin Davies, 368 parkruns and still going strong!
FOUNTAINS ABBEY PARKRUN – SATURDAY 3RD NOVEMBER
"It was my 69th birthday on Friday 2nd November and I had a 2 hour drive up to Ripon for the weekend, staying at the White Horse pub which is close to the centre of the city.
On Saturday morning I made the 10 minute drive to the National Trust estate at Fountains Abbey for the beautiful Fountains Abbey parkrun which I have done on six previous occasions.
It was quite mild with a few sunny spells. The scenery was magnificent, with plenty of wonderful autumn colours, as 368 of us wound our way around the undulating two lap course.
I finished 86th and 1st VM65-69 (out of 10) in 24:44, leaving a little bit to spare for the extremely tough Guy Fawkes 10 mile race at nearby Ripley the following day.
I could only manage 2nd V65 in the 10 mile race, with a time of 1:25:43 (1½ minutes faster than last year) but that earned me a £10 Up & Running voucher.
After a 2 hour drive home I was able to enjoy a relaxing birthday meal (beautifully prepared by my sister Julia) with my two sons Simon & Paul, their partners and my granddaughter Charly.
On Saturday 2nd November 2019 I hope to be celebrating my 70th birthday at Wilmslow parkrun!" Colin Davies
Thank you Colin for sending this in. We look forward to many more milestones, not just your 70th Birthday next year!
Thanks for reaching this far, there are more great photos below. I have now written 98 runreports, 98 too many I hear you say! If anyone would like to write the occasional one or two, then please contact us here at Wilmslow parkrun. As ever, thanks for reading.WJ
Event number 189
10th November 2018
This week 200 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:
Don BULLOUGH • Beverley DENBY • Ian BRANTHWAITE • Colin DAVIES
Nicky MOWAT • Laura FAIRHURST • Tom CURRAN • Thomas FISHER
Mat REES • Peter SANGWAY • Wayne JAFFE • Simon ARMITT
Olivia FLANNAGAN • Alastair BREMNER • Margaret HUYTON • Matt COWELL
Tony FLANNAGAN • Andrew COWELL • Tom FISHER • Jean BERRISFORD
Angus DICKSON • William DEVIC • Lydia POWER • Rachel BURDEN • Rose MENDHAM
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).