Well done to everyone who turned up on a distinctly cold and windy Carrs this morning. Our friend from two weeks ago, aka the Beast from the East, paid us another brief visit and events around us were cancelling faster than you could say Jack Frost.
With the sun shining and the snow swirling, yes, it did happen, the wind blew and gusted across the course.
Interestingly, English Cross Country Championships said this was normal cross country weather; events were going ahead and proves that we are not a snowflake generation!
Once again, with 10 minutes to go, the start line was deserted but once again, runners left their cars and entered The Carrs for Wilmslow #155. Gloria however was kept away due to the wind. Fortunately we did have Mat supply our amazing team of volunteers with cups of coffee from our friends at Café Azul in the carpark kiosk.
It was St Patricks Day though apart from run director Simon Armitt with a dark green jumper hidden under the Hi-Viz, there were not much others in evidence. Even our regular Irish contingent stayed away, along with a few other people saving themselves for tomorrows Wilmslow Half Marathon. As I write this report, looking out onto snow covered fields, I have received a text from the organisers saying it is still on for the moment. Let’s hope tomorrows 7am update doesn’t change things.
Also, today was parkrun Pyjama day but there where no participants visible here. A shame really as there were prizes of a new mattress for the best photographs submitted. Colin Davies told me as we paced around together today that he won a trampoline recently and put in the bedroom. He said his wife hit the roof. (Sorry!)
Adrian Feldman joined First Time Briefing by Wayne Jaffe as part of his volunteer training, anyone else interested in volunteering and joining our brilliant team, please do like Adrian, and contact us and you will be most welcome!As it was a particular cold day today even more kudos to our volunteers. Here is an early shout out to them.
Roger WHITEHEAD • Beverley DENBY • Ian BRANTHWAITE • Colin DAVIES • Neil MCGOWAN • Andrew DOOLEY • Adrian FELDMAN • Tom CURRAN • Mat REES • Alexander MOSS • Peter SANGWAY • Wayne JAFFE • Simon ARMITT • Sarah GLEAVE • Paul RANDS • Tomos RANDS • Brian JACKSON • Paul COCKSHOTT • Aidan STOTT • Colin HILL • Andrew KEAY • Emily DUCE • Louis DUNBAR-CREASEY
Thanks guys and girls, your efforts are always appreciated. Lets hope more of you runners join us going forward and help out occasionally. It is really rewarding too!
We had a fair turnout of newbies today, it was great to meet you and especially to the runners from GSK who work locally and have decided to run together at Wilmslow parkrun. A big welcome to all the very first timers Victoria Atkins, Alan Hill, Olivia Wharton, Zak Loftus, Laura Cope, Hannah Fazelynia, Kim Bagshaw and Dan Howe.
We also had quite a few returnees doing their difficult second run, so well done to Oscar Hardy, Eric Newton, Nicky Sidebottom, Sarah Simpson, and to the three Austins, Harrison, Archie and David, all with PBs so well done Team Austin.
Finally welcome to all our tourists, I meant to ask if any of the London parkrun tourist crowd came up on the 06:36 Euston to Wilmslow parkrun Express this morning?
Simon then got the safety briefing underway and pointed out that there was a loose slat on the main bridge, this was marked by cones and no incident associated with it were reported.
Well done Sarah Gleave running her 10th run, thanks for the chocolate treats! If you have a forthcoming milestone or birthday, what better way to celebrate it than with some treats for your fellow parkrunners!
In other news, we had a visitor from Burnley today. And he was the first male finisher so well done to Marc Hartley. Second male was Andy Wallis with a PB, brilliant running Andy. In third place was the evergreen, but not in costume, Andrew Whittingham.
Amongst the ladies our first lady finisher was Sonia Bamford, a visitor from Cambridge Triathlon club so trains with the amazing Lucy Gossage. Janine Ellis was second female and Susan Harrison was third. Well done ladies!
Last week I reported about the Bowns, Tracy and Nic, who had just run their eighth consecutive PB, well today, all eyes were on the them as they crossed the line, with Tracy as always ahead of Nic. And Yes! 9 consecutive PBs, surely a husband and wife record and is it a parkrun record?
Colin Davies, paced at 30 and once again was 30:00 on the nose. Well done Colin, enjoy your trips away in the next few weeks and we will see you back soon. Thanks again to Roger Whitehead for taking some amazing quality photographs, check out the Flickr link regularly as he uploads them to our group page throughout the week.
We should also thank Steve Creasey. Steve, if you recall from last week’s Pulitzer winning Mothering Sunday runreport “Tie Your Mother Down”, still available to read, forgot it was his 50th run, so he says, and had to go to Waitrose on the way back to buy some flapjacks in celebration for this week. Well, guess what Steve forgot to bring today? His Flapjacks, in a bag, by the door, so he says. Still, he did run off back to Waitrose and bought some more treats which were enjoyed at the end of the run! Thanks Steve and hope the family enjoy the big bag of treats you left for them!
Good luck to everyone running in tomorrow’s Wilmslow Half Marathon, it is amazing to see some of the entrants who could barely manage to walk 5k when they first started with parkrun, keep running and let’s hope the weather doesn’t force a cancellation.
Thanks for reaching this far and that’s about all for this week, more photos below. As ever, thanks for reading! WJ
Wilmslow parkrun Event number 155 17th March 2018
This week 131 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:
Roger WHITEHEAD • Beverley DENBY • Ian BRANTHWAITE • Colin DAVIES
Neil MCGOWAN • Andrew DOOLEY • Adrian FELDMAN • Tom CURRAN • Mat REES
Alexander MOSS • Peter SANGWAY • Wayne JAFFE • Simon ARMITT • Sarah GLEAVE
Paul RANDS • Tomos RANDS • Brian JACKSON • Paul COCKSHOTT • Aidan STOTT
Colin HILL • Andrew KEAY • Emily DUCE • 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).
Wilmslow parkrun started on 11th April 2015. Since then 4,205 participants have completed 20,912 parkruns covering a total distance of 104,560 km, including 4,276 new Personal Bests.