The first parkrun at Wythenshawe of 2018 brought some winter sunshine, and 261 hardy runners turned out to enjoy it. We resorted to the bow-tie course, to give the Cromwell loop a chance to recover and to protect the football pitches. There were 21 first-timers (some New Year’s resolutions perhaps?), 37 making their Wythenshawe parkrun debuts and there were 6 PBs (despite the boggy conditions). Notable milestones included Lucy McGill (100th run) and Jonathan Till celebrating a rare double (his 50th run on his 55th birthday!) Bea Cordingley celebrated her birthday (and 1st run in a new category – I’m not saying which!) Congratulations to them, and thanks for all the yummy cakes (which all somehow managed to get eaten).
In terms of the finishing order: 1st over the line was Sean Connon in 18.24; 1st female finisher was Fay Mari Walsh from Aberystwyth in 22.47 (on her Wythenshawe debut) and first junior was William Lord in 21.28. Well done to all of the runners this week, and special thanks to the following for ensuring the event ran so smoothly:
Alan LAMB • Alex MOLLARD • Alice LAMB • Andy MOTTERSHEAD • Beth EVENS • Bruce PARTINGTON • Dan HART • Diana EVANS • Jane GAVIN • Jasmine HALLETT • Joe Oliver EVANS • John GAVIN • Katherine Victoria REECE • Norma BURGESS • Paul BARBER • Richard EVANS • Ron CARTER • Sam MCGRATH • Tristan POCOCK • Victoria BIRRANE
Special mention to Jenn, Andy and the Evans's who stayed to the “bitter” end to help sort the tokens – with the café closed, this was no mean feat.
See you all soon.