Wythenshawe parkrun
Event number 347
14th July 2018

For the umpteenth week on the trot conditions were perfect and the sun shone as 247 people ran or walked (or even did both) around our beautiful course. I'm sure the rain will return sometime soon but in the mean time I hope you are enjoying the feeling of clean legs and trainers.

21 of our runners this week were first timers including 7 who were doing their first parkrun anywhere and 35 people managed to take advantage of the fast conditions to record personal bests.

In cakewatch the table was resplendent thanks to Peter Jones who was celebrating his 50th run and Annie Woolley who I don't believe was celebrating anything but still produced some very popular gluten-free bakewell tarts.

I know I didn't mention it in the run briefing but that doesn't mean that it's OK to take the finish tokens home with you. Three went missing this week and it really does create extra work for us. If you find one in the pocket of your shorts or wherever please can we have it back?.

As you know, the run can't take place without volunteers. Technically we could stage it with just 6 volunteers (a run director, a tailwalker and the 4 minimum marshalling positions for safety needs) but you wouldn't be timed or get a result.

If we add one volunteer to hand out tokens and one to scan barcodes then you would be recorded as having run but you would get a time of 59:59. However there would be queues in the finish funnel and a long queue for scanning.

A ninth volunteer means we could have a timekeeper, but it wouldn't change the queues and we would have no means of reconciling errors in the results.

But you don't want to queue and you want your results to be accurate don't you? And we achieve that by having a second person on finish tokens; having someone operating the back up timer, which takes a picture and records the time of those crossing the line, and having another person doing barcode scanning.

So our realistic minimum is 10-11 and ideally we would have 12 or more. We're lucky in that we have a number of regulars who help most weeks without running (John, Jane, Norma, Sam) plus some D of E youngsters which is fantastic but it still means that we need you.

If each person volunteered 3 times per year then we would be comfortably covered without the group of run directors getting to Friday evening and fretting whether we'll have enough to go ahead safely. It's been sad to read of so many of the local parkruns recently putting out desperate appeals on facebook on Thursdays and Fridays, especially when it's clear that the number of people doing parkrun is increasing steadily.

What's more, you're not missing out on a run, you're doing a good thing in helping others to have a run. It isn't difficult, it gives you a very different perspective of the whole event and it can be rewarding and fun. Just three times a year is all we ask (but not everyone on the same week!)

Our wonderful volunteers this week who made my job as RD relatively easy were:

Alan LAMB • Jennifer LUTTON • Kate HOLLOWAY • Richard PAVEY • Cary O'DONNELL • Dan MARTELL • Kieron WALSH • Chris SNOW • Mark SYDDALL • Ron CARTER • John GAVIN • Thomas PAVEY • Duane GAUNT • Sam MCGRATH • Jane GAVIN • Norma BURGESS • Amelie MONK • Gill HIGHAM

A big thanks to them all.

If you're interested to see all the results and a complete event history take a look on the Wythenshawe parkrun Results Page.

A reminder to keep an eye out for news about our run on 28th July as we might need to amend our course as the Wythenshawe Games will be taking place.

Wythenshawe parkrun started on 6th August 2011. Since then 8,600 participants have completed 63,560 parkruns covering a total distance of 317,800 km, including 10,795 new Personal Bests.

See you on Saturday.  Don't forget your barcode. Or suncream.



The one where no tokens went on a holiday

Wythenshawe parkrun
Event number 344
23rd June 2018

It was a beautiful morning at Wythenshawe parkrun where 277 people ran, jogged and walked the mud-free (some might say dusty) course. 38 of you were first timers at Wythenshawe and so are yet to experience the Wythenshawe mud. Please come back in the winter for a skin cleansing mud bath.
79 of you recorded PBs (shout out to Jonathan Butcher who managed another PB and on his 150thparkrun). There were representatives from 25 different clubs, including visitors from Strathaven Striders, Keighley & Craven AC, Valley Striders AC and Styal Running Club.
Once again, the event was made possible by our amazing volunteers:

Jackie CORDINGLEY • Alan LAMB • Jennifer LUTTON • Richard EVANS • Andy HOLLOWAY • Jonathan LAY • Richard PAVEY • Matteo MERCADINI • Robert WADSWORTH • Anthony HARRISON • Sue STRICKLAND • John GAVIN • Graham HORSMAN • Jane GAVIN • Norma BURGESS • Ben CROUCH • Joshua HORSMAN • Adrian CRUMP
I volunteered this week as part of my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. You might have seen me as you crossed the line as I was the timer this week. Each week, you will spot young people like me carrying out various roles. We generally work around the finish area where we can be supervised. Volunteering is all about making a difference to other people's lives. I have been able to do this through parkrun for the last few months. I have enjoyed meeting new people and working as part of a team. I'd like to thank the event team at Wythenshawe in supporting me in achieving this section of the award (which also includes skills, physical and the two day expedition). If you want to find out more about the DofE award please see their website or ask one of us at the finish line.
Jonathan Lay


Report 9th June: thanks Martin

Wythenshawe parkrun
Event number 342
9th June 2018

Not in search of mud! The fine weather continues. This week 341 people ran, jogged and walked the hard baked course, almost bringing symmetry to this 342nd event, the equal 6th highest attendance in our history. I could blame Margaret or Diana for failing to achieve that symmetry by opting out of their second laps (I'm sure we all wish them speedy recovery from their injuries), but full responsibility should lie with the old guy in the deck chair who usually participates.
We welcomed 37 first timers, of whom 11 were savouring their first taste of a parkrun anywhere. Others were mainly local, including a few from Heaton Park, where their 'home' run was cancelled due to another event. We did however welcome folk from Finsbury, Gloucester and Sherwood Pines; I hope you enjoyed your visit. An impressive 60 of you recorded new Personal Bests in the excellent conditions (now don't whinge about it being too hot) though not the old timers who ambled home first and third, sandwiching Jack Spark, on fire today, who did manage a PB and a superb age related score of over 84%.
There may have been many more PBs, if the 34 'Unknown' participants had cared to reveal their identities. I just hope they didn't all take their finish tokens home or Andy will be suffering an extreme bout of apoplexy.
I'm sure there were lots of notable PBs and I apologise for my failure to analyse them all. However, I couldn't help but notice that the two Colin Lords, who have been parkrunning since 2012, both achieved impressive PBs, with a top 10 finish, breaking the 20 minute barrier for the first time. Well done both.
Representatives of 23 different clubs took part, but only one of today's participants has taken part in more parkruns than the total of 342 held at Wythenshawe. Congratulations go to Robert Jones, who counts some 67 different venues amongst his 345 runs, including 11 at Wythenshawe.
First man home today (albeit this is NOT a race) was the inscrutable Andy Holloway, with Sharon Johnstone coming in just behind the Colin Lords to take the Ladies Trophy. Well, there isn't actually a trophy (yet?), but I'm sure someone would buy her a coffee at the excellent Courtyard Tea Room that is one of the best 'Post Run Coffee' venues in the entire parkrun network. In fact, many of us seem to spend far more time there than on the run itself.
I missed Charley's briefing, but I did spot some cake, and a perusal of the results indicates that William Wild, Claire Gwyer and Joanne Hill all completed their 100th runs today, so should be congratulated accordingly and thanked for any cake that they provided. Joanne should also be congratulated on getting a PB from her 32nd run at Wythenshawe.
Volunteers are needed each week to cover the various positions and this week's heroes who made Charley's role as run director that much easier were:
Ken BURGESS • Andy HOLLOWAY • Jonathan LAY • Cary O'DONNELL • Charlotte DEAN • Margaret MORRIS • Sarah COLLINGE • Amanda MORGAN • Paul MAYBURY • John GAVIN • Thomas PAVEY • Sam MCGRATH • Holly HARRISON • Graham HORSMAN • Jane GAVIN • Norma BURGESS • Nathan EGAN • Michael DANIELS • Joshua HORSMAN • Kathryn DEAKIN • Sophie MORGAN • Adrian CRUMP
Thanks to them all.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wythenshawe parkrun Results Page, where you can spend hours working out averages and medians and all manner of other statistical methods for proving that a lot of people have come together to exercise a lot of times (342).
The female record is held by Alison Lavender who recorded a time of 17:39 on 1st November 2014 (event number 160).
The male record is held by an unknown athlete who recorded a time of 15:56 on 17th June 2017 (event number 293).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ann-Marie Jones who recorded 91.80% (21:08) on 23rd August 2014 (event number 150).
Wythenshawe parkrun started on 6th August 2011. Since then 8,439 participants have completed 62,147 parkruns covering a total distance of 310,735 km, including 10,533 new Personal Bests.
See you on Saturday for what might be a resurgence of the 'muddy passage' that we've all been missing, and the post run highlight of Alan's Run Director's report!
Martin B


Wythenshawe parkrun
Event number 341
2nd June 2018

And so the fantastic weather continues and even though you might be pretending to enjoy it we all know that deep down inside you're missing the mud. 324 of turned out this week to brave the elements which is the highest number since Janury 2017 and the 11th highest in our near 7 year history. And of those 324 20 were taking part in their first parkrun anywhere (where have you been until now?) and 19 were sampling the delights of Wythenshawe for the first time having run at other parkruns before. Welcome to you all and I hope you'll be back plenty more times.

The favourable conditions mean that there were lots of personal bests – well done if that's what you were trying to achieve. If you were hoping for one but missed out then never mind, there's always next week. Or the week after. Or the week after.

Finish tokens. Please, please, please don't take them home with you. I did try to make the point in the run briefing yet two tokens didn't make it back into the sorting box, which matches the two which were lost the week before. If you still have a token in a pocket then please bring it back.

As you know we need a volunteers each week to cover the various positions and this week's heroes who made my role as run director fairly easy were:

Paul BARBER • Tristan POCOCK • Ken BURGESS • Jennifer LUTTON • Steve BURGESS • Diana EVANS • Kate HOLLOWAY • Richard PAVEY • Edyta BURGESS • Kevin TORKINGTON • Ron CARTER • John GAVIN • Thomas PAVEY • Sam MCGRATH • Holly HARRISON • Jane GAVIN • Norma BURGESS • Amelie MONK • Ben CROUCH

Thanks to them all.

For those interested the full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wythenshawe parkrun Results Page where you can spend hours working out averages and medians and all manner of other statistical methods for proving that a lot of people have come together to exercise a lot of times (341).

As you'll have seen we are now able to use the field for parking, but please still car share where you can, or come by bike or on foot. If you are directed into the field then please don't park either side near the gates.

See you on Saturday for what's looking like another mudfree run.



Sunny Bank Holiday

Wythenshawe parkrun #340

26th May 2018

A glorious morning for running – sunshine and blue sky – what better way to start the Bank Holiday weekend? A decent turnout of 282 runners appreciated Wythenshawe Park in all its splendour.

Milestones this week included Matteo Mercadini’s 200th parkrun (191 of these have been at Wythenshawe) and Paul Barber’s 300th run (sorry if I missed any others). Wythenshawe parkrun’s founder Paul Muldoon celebrated his birthday by sharing his birthday cake at the finish – thanks Paul (and Kirsty)! We were also joined by the Leeds branch of the ‘Mile Shy Club’ – I hope you enjoyed your trip across the Pennines!!

In terms of finishing positions: the first finisher was a tourist (who unfortunately forgot his barcode), 2nd was Andy Holloway (18:30) and 3rd was Andrew Walmsley (18:46). First female was Jackie Cordingley (22:15) and first junior was Colin Lord (20:31). Seven runners made their parkrun debuts and 21 were first-timers at Wythenshawe; there were also an incredible 55 PBs this week.

Many thanks to the following for ensuring the event ran so smoothly:

Ken BURGESS, Norma BURGESS, Ron CARTER, Zoe P CARTER, Sarah COOK, Ben CROUCH, Diana EVANS, Richard EVANS, Jane GAVIN, John GAVIN, Holly HARRISON, Andy HOLLOWAY, Graham HORSMAN, Joshua HORSMAN, Alan LAMB, Jonathan LAY, Katharine LAY, Sam MCGRATH, Amelie MONK, Richard PAVEY, Tristan POCOCK, Paul SHELLEY, Vincent SHELLEY, Charlotte TYMON

See you all soon.


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