Wythenshawe parkrun
Event number 354
1st September 2018

Well that had a new twist. It's not every week that we get to throw a cherry picker and a lorry into the mix but all was well in the end even if the lorry wasn't completely out of the way by the time some of you had finished your first lap. (You shouldn't have run so fast!)

At the final count 349 people managed to avoid large vehicles as they ran, jogged and walked the 5km around the park, which was looking as lovely as ever in its late summer state. It will look even better in a few months when we've had some decent rain and the muddy bits are restored to their winter condition.

Of those 349 45 were running at Wythenshawe for the first time and of those 16 were taking their first steps on their parkrun journey. The lack of mud does mean that the course is still on the quick side and it was great to see that 46 people recorded Personal Bests. Much as I would have loved to have checked every single one I'm afraid real life has been getting in the way slightly and so you'll have to hold that glow of satisfaction from a PB without a name check here. Sorry. And well done.

We do like the celebration of milestones and particularly the accompanying treats and so hats off to Geoff Fenton on running his 100th, and Jack Edmundson (8) and Sarah Cook (slightly more than 8) who were celebrating birthdays.

Having scanned the results I was delighted to see that so many of you had deliberately run pleasing times for me. I always like to see a palindrome and so have to award Pleasing Time Of The Week to Cecilia Fenerty and Lucy Spark, whose 30:03 just pips Luke Foster's 32:23 and Mary Clyne's 25:52 because of the bonus line of symmetry. And yes I did spot the rotational symmetry of Mary's time when using calculator-type numbers.

Of course all of the above wouldn't have been possible without the wonderful volunteers who this week were numerous which is great and helps to ensure everything goes smoothly, even with cherry pickers on the loose. The many this week were who deserve everyone's thanks were:
Nick HAMLIN • Alan LAMB • Alistair TANNER • Jan WILLIAMS • Kate HOLLOWAY • Bea HOLLOWAY • Reece BRIGGS • Amanda MORGAN • Geoff LEWIS • Peter SMITH • Sam MCGRATH • Jane GAVIN • Bruce PARTINGTON • Holly HILL • Norma BURGESS • Alex HIRST • Gill HIGHAM • Sophie MORGAN • Nuala ROWLAND • Michelle ROWLAND while I just swanned around and tried to look like I knew what was supposed to be happening.

We had announced in the week that we would be having taekwondo star Mahama Cho with us as part of the teamparkrun celebration. Unfortunately he couldn't make it but we have been informed by UK Sport that he will be there this weekend, and we hope many of you will get to speak to him and show him what parkrun is all about.

The full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wythenshawe parkrun Results Page.
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 Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 15:56 on 17th June 2017 (event number 293).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela OLDHAM who recorded 95.15% (21:38) on 30th June 2018 (event number 345).

Wythenshawe parkrun started on 6th August 2011. Since then 8,828 participants have completed 65,559 parkruns covering a total distance of 327,795 km, including 11,096 new Personal Bests.

See you all on Saturday. There is a strong possibility of cake.



The birthday parkrun of course there was cake

The birthday parkrun

What another great parkrun morning last week and what better way to celebrate our birthday by sharing it with 261 of you lovely people who ran, jogged and walked the course.

26 people we welcomed to the parkrun family and to our fabulous community at wythenshawe parkrun.

Our first event was on the 6th August 2011 and you have Paul Muldoon to thank for getting our fabulous parkrun up and running since that day and including our birthday event 8,691 runners, joggers and walkers have joined us

49 of you celebrated our birthday in style with a pb which brings our total pbs as a community to 10,922

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Jeanette BARBER • Paul BARBER • Alan LAMB • Jennifer LUTTON • Samantha Jayne FOLLOWS • Chris SNOW • Matt PAGE • Ron CARTER • John GAVIN • Sam MCGRATH • Victor VAN VELZEN • Jane GAVIN • Norma BURGESS • Vincent SHELLEY • J Alban OBIANYOR • Luke FOSTER

As mentioned in the run brief our stalwart volunteers are Norma, Sam, Ron, Jane, John, Andy, Kate and Margaret

We have now run a combined total of 3yrs 191 days 15 hours 27 mins and 14 seconds, there have been 64,382 runs and we have covered a distance of 321,910km

As I mentioned this distance takes us 8 times round the world ( I’m too lazy to work out where we are on the 9th loop of the world currently) but on Saturday pre run depending on which way you want to go we were as far as Dingle in Ireland, Dunbeath in Scotland, Amsterdam, Brussels or Paris

We are now 62,490km from the moon so at some point in the next year we will reach the moon so the question is which one of you fabulous runners will be the one that lands us on the moon!

I was asked how much cake have we eaten ...... as we love a good celebration which for some reason always involves cake I’m going to say a lot and one of the things I love most about our parkrun is celebrating any milestone you can dream up with cake

Just in case the above is not quite enough stats for you, 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 Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 15:56 on 17th June 2017 (event number 293).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela OLDHAM who recorded 95.15% (21:38) on 30th June 2018 (event number 345).

A massive thank you to everyone who has run or volunteered which has made our parkrun as fabulous as it is see you in the morning for my favourite part of the week


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

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