Wythenshawe parkrun: Event number 305
9th September 2017
I have somehow got a reputation for presiding over damp parkruns as Run Director. I would like to dispute this. Some of the less quick runners on Saturday might even have had a glimpse of sunshine before they finished. Unfortunately, this brief respite was preceded by intermittent torrential downpours, contributing to a pudding of a course. Not really a day for starting your parkrun career you might think (although 24 runners decided to make their debut at waterlogged Wythenshawe). Not really a PB day either (although 15 hardy runners achieved this feat). There were milestones too – Margaret Carleton and Suzanne Cundick both ran their 100th parkruns (and brought cakes, biscuits and chocolates); Anthony Houghton and Neil Edwards ran their 50th parkruns (apologies for failing to announce these). Apart from a spattering of mud, most runners got round the course unscathed. Andy Holloway was not so lucky (coming a cropper on far bridge – I’ve heard it can get quite slippery in the rain). Fortunately he received plenty of sympathy from other run directors!
In terms of the finishing order: 1st over the line was Nick Hamlin in 18.26; 1st female finisher was Jackie Cordingley in 22.15 and 1st Under 14 was George Noble in a very impressive 21.17 (not bad for his ‘senior’ parkrun debut!)
Well done to everyone who got out of bed on a wet Saturday morning (I'm not sure I would have done if it hadn't been for parkrun), especially the amazing volunteers:
Alex MOLLARD • Alice LAMB • Andy HOLLOWAY • Bea HOLLOWAY • Bruce PARTINGTON • Claire May SPENCE • Claire WILLIAMS • Dan HART • Jan WILLIAMS • Joshua COLQUHOUN-LYNN • Kate HOLLOWAY • Nathan MAYBURY • Norma BURGESS • Paul Thomas MULDOON • Philomena HESKETH • Richard PAVEY • Ron CARTER • Sam MCGRATH • Sheila PARKER • Thomas PAVEY • Tristan POCOCK • Vincent SHELLEY
I should also give a mention to everyone in the café afterwards who helped a fraught motorist by trying to push his car out of the mud (unfortunately to no avail, but apparently it was fun).
I look forward to seeing many of you on Saturday (and let’s hope for better weather!)