First of all, my apologies for the late posting of this report (just a busy, busy life…..DIY, DIY, DIY. I haven’t even managed a run this week)!
Good conditions for running saw 133 runners undertaking Wythenshawe parkrun. Of these, 17 were first timers at Wythenshawe. A big welcome to the eight of you who are “parkrun tourists” and a very special welcome to Andrew Wheatcroft, Jonathan Hardman, Ruth Gibbons, Stuart Hodgson, Kate Gavin, Karen Brognard, Lisa Swanton and Patrick Connolly who ran in their very first parkrun event. All of us at Wythenshawe parkrun hope that you really enjoyed it and will return many times in the future.
We're holding a special 'First Timers' event on 11th May 2013, starting at 9am as usual. All regular runners are encouraged too but the aim is to attract people who have not taken part in parkrun before. We will hold a special 'First Timers' briefing at 8.45am at the start line. We hope to provide first timers with all the information they need and our volunteers will be available to take questions.
For this event, we are planning to have a number of volunteers to take beginners around the two-lap course at different speeds. One of these pacers will be a walk / run pacer who will aim to complete the 5k in 45 minutes. This pacer will alternate between walking and jogging ensuring everyone feels comfortable. Anyone wishing to go at a faster pace will also be accommodated.
So if you know of anyone who wanted to run a parkrun but never got round to it, do please encourage them to turn up at Wythenshawe on May 11th. Wythenshawe parkrun was specifically set up to help people who are new to running and we are still a small parkrun, with a real community feel to the event.
If you have friends or family who don't feel quite ready to take part why not get them to come down and experience a parkrun event, talk to the parkrun team and join us for a post event tea/coffee and may be they can be persuaded to take part on a future Saturday.
Additional volunteers for this event are required and if you would bring along cakes etc for sharing afterwards that would be most appreciated. Fingers crossed for good weather.
There were 50 of you who got personal bests this week. WELL DONE TO ALL! (Absolutely no way I am able to mention all of individually, sorry).
A few of our regulars ran in Sunday’s Manchester marathon:
Jerry Smith 3:26:48
Jenny Miles 4:48:19
Mark Offord 3:06:43
Anthony Burke 3:08:18
Paul Muldoon 3:35:22
Jon Shaw 4:30:06
Edyta Burgess 4:57:12
Jenn Johnson 4:54:21
Terrie Blammon 5:10:14
Jason Cundick 4:03:21
Also in last week’s report I forgot to mention that Andy Holloway did the London Marathon in under 3 hours.
My sincere apologies if I have missed anyone out and WELL DONE to all of you from all of us!
This weeks stats are as follows:
Paul SKIPPER (SM30-34) of Mersey-Tri, was first over the line in 17:43 - 4th time in 6 appearances.
Mark BREWER (SM30-34) of Sale Harriers Manchester, was second over the line in 18:35.
Andy PICKFORD (SM35-39) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:38.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Stephen Henry PARRY (Sale Harriers Manchester) 2793 pts.
Greg BARBER (Belle Vue Racers) 2601 pts.
Jeffrey Mark CRITCHLEY (Unattached) 2423 pts.
Diane Elizabeth MCVEY (VW35-39) of Wilmslow RC, was first (8th overall) over the line in 19:29 - third time in 3 appearances.
Sarah DOUGLAS (SW25-29) of Sale Harriers Manchester, was second (13th overall) over the line in 20:38.
Clare GIBBONS (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (30th overall) over the line in 22:19.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Dorothy MULDOON (Unattached) 2783 pts.
Ellie HOLLOWAY (Unattached) 2403 pts.
Kate HOLLOWAY (Unattached) 2300 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Jamie SMITH (VM65-69) was graded 79.38 % for the time 21:20 (22nd overall).
Stephen Henry PARRY (VM50-54) was graded 78.86 % for the time 19:00 (4th overall).
Edward MARTIN (JM14) was graded 78.42 % for the time 20:51 (15th overall).
Wythenshawe parkrun started on 6th August 2011, and since then 1,429 different runners, including participants from 112 athletics clubs, have completed 6,063 runs covering a total distance of 30,315 km, and there have been 1,512 new Personal Bests.
The Women's course record is held by Diane Elizabeth MCVEY who ran in a time of 19:29 on 27th April 2013 (event number 85).
The Men's course record is held by James BAILEY who ran in a time of 16:35 on 17th September 2011 (event number 7).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ann-Marie JONES who recorded a 90.20 % run (20:55) on 6th October 2012 (event number 60).
Enjoy your running. I won’t be around this coming Saturday but hope to see you all and lots of first timers on the 11th May