R v Wythenshawe parkrun

Wythenshawe parkrun appears before you having pleaded guilty to the offence of drenching the socks of 239 runners the particulars of which are that on the 4th November at Wythenshawe the parkrun team actively encouraged the runners to run twice over ground that was sodden, swampy and boggy.

Before passing sentence I ask you to consider the following mitigation. Of the 239 runners 224 had run at Wythenshawe before and though this does not excuse the abuse of their footwear they may have been less surprised by the drenching. Wythenshawe parkrun refutes the suggestion that the waterlogged course was chosen to soak the tourist from hard paved South Manchester evicted from their home by bonfire preparations. Further I suggest that running can not be said to have been greatly impeded when 15 runners were able to achieve PB’s

It is accepted that clapping and cheering volunteers at every turn urged runners into ever wetter conditions but I suggest that they did also preside over an event largely without rain and plentifully supplied with cake. Credit for this last act of generosity goes to Colin Lord who ran his 100th last week, Jan Williams running his 200th, and Michael Moore (one of the Wythenshawe parkrun pioneers) running his 250th.

The volunteers aiding and abetting this crime were Norma Burgess, Zoe P Carter, Ron Carter, Nick Hamlin, Dan Hart, Andy Holloway, Kate Holloway, Alyson Lamb, Ashley Lindsey, Jennifer Lutton, Nathan Maybury, Sam Mcgrath, Alex Mollard, Laura Przylipiak, Mark Syddall, Margaret Tunney and Jan Williamas.

Wythenshawe parkrun submits that this event could not happen without them.

First round the course was Robert West ,down from the hills of Heaton Park, followed by Kian Lindsey and Matthew Tatton. Amanda Navin was first female (possible with first dog) in advance of Jackie Cordingley and Fiona Cosgrove.

Lastly when deciding upon the punishment for this offence I urge you to allow Wythenshawe parkrun to remain at large in the community. I suggest that should be sentenced to carry out the service of providing a free timed run every week with the promise of one dry run a year.


A half-baked attempt at a run report

Wythenshawe park provided slightly spongey conditions this week with 236 of us getting slice of the action.

Sarah Collinge was celebrating 100 runs and duly delivered an extensive range of treats whilst Graham Horsman provided some delicious homemade flapjacks to celebrate reaching 50 runs, well done to both!

My role of run director / chief cake sampler was made easy thanks to the following volunteers:

Nick HAMLIN • Alyson LAMB • Andy HOLLOWAY • Kate HOLLOWAY • Dan MARTELL • Margaret MORRIS • Amanda NAVIN • Margaret TUNNEY • Ron CARTER • Emily ACOMB • Sam MCGRATH • Carole PARTINGTON • Jane GAVIN • Bruce PARTINGTON • Norma BURGESS • Dan HART • Alex MOLLARD

If you can d’éclair yourself available for volunteering in the coming weeks please do either write your name on the board or drop us a message.

At the head of proceedings Nick Hamlin was ‘scone with the wind’ followed by Stefan Bradley & Scott Summer with Amanda Navin achieving the treble award of first lady, first dog and noisiest dog… (and muddiest dog as I later discovered!), rounding out the top three were Rebecca Louise Mills & Gayle Waddell.

This week we are expecting to be on the ‘original course’ due to the setting up of bonfire night in the park. For those that haven’t done this route before we meet over by the back of the athletics track on the field so please allow a few extra minutes to get over to the start in time – An update will also be posted on the Facebook page so keep an eye out.

And finally just in case you needed anymore persuading….


Wythenshawe parkrun

Event number 311

21st October 2017


While many parkruns had been forced to cancel due to a storm named Brian, we went ahead with our cake eating in slightly blustery but far from worrying conditions.  OK so we had a little 5k jaunt around the park first but clearly the main action was centred on the table where the plentiful offerings from some of our milestone runners Steve Thurston and Franciska de Vries (50) and Alistair and Paula Tanner (100) were enjoyed by our 239 participants.  

In line with our normal sloppy journalistic standards I completely failed to take any pictures.  Sorry.

For those who missed it this was Franciska’s first run since the recent birth of her daughter and it should really have been her 51st parkrun but she forgot her barcode on her original 50th and so we weren’t able to give her a time (not a mistake she’s going to make again!).

Congratulations too to our other milestone runners Sarah Wood and Robert Goulsbra who were both doing their 50th runs.

Conditions look like they are slowing a bit as there weren’t quite so many personal bests with ‘just’ the 19.  Hats off if you were one of them and it was what you were aiming for.  Never mind if you didn’t get one but were trying, there’s always next week or the week after…….And of course there will be plenty of you who weren’t trying for a PB and were just enjoying a sociable run with friends or family.

A warm Wythenshawe welcome to our 34 first timers whether they were regular parkrunners on tour or  genuine first timers starting on their parkrun journey.

We had 15 volunteers who made my job as RD fairly straightforward.  Our thanks to them all:

Nikki REED • Alan LAMB • Alice LAMB • Joe Oliver EVANS • Alyson LAMB • Andy NOBBS • Kate HOLLOWAY • Margaret TUNNEY • Joanne HILL • Nathan MAYBURY • Ron CARTER • Sam MCGRATH • Norma BURGESS • Dan HART • Alex MOLLARD

As you know we can’t stage a run without a minimum number of volunteers and we are generally fortunate that we manage to fill most of the spots without sending out pleas.  However on some weeks the numbers are right down and it becomes quite a concern whether we will have enough to be able to go ahead.  Please keep an eye on the roster and help make sure we are covered.  If you are a faster runner then it is always possible to do barcode scanning or assist with finish tokens after you have finished.

You know it’s not a race but clearly some people were trying to get around the course more quickly - possibly to be first to the cake.  You can find all the results here Wythenshawe parkrun Results Page if you want to analyse them closely.

Wythenshawe parkrun started on 6th August 2011. Since then 7,657 participants have completed 54,765 parkruns covering a total distance of 273,825 km, including 9,682 new Personal Bests.


See you on Saturday.  DFYB.





October heatwave

Wythenshawe parkrun: Event number 310
14th October 2017

In contrast to the last parkrun I directed (when it poured with rain), Saturday was a beautiful, barmy day, with bright sunshine at times. The morning was brightened further when Martin Banfield arrived with cakes (to celebrate that unrecognised milestone of 150 runs) and Owen’s mum had also been baking (in honour of Owen’s 25th outing, and in appreciation of his team, who are now 25 strong!) Well done to Owen (and the team). There were 13 first-timers this week and 29 PBs!

In terms of the finishing order: 1st over the line was Andrew Walmsley in 19.02; 1st female finisher was Lindsey Clegg in 20.38 (on her Wythenshawe debut). First junior was Jacob Stone in 23.24. Bringing up the rear were two of my co-directors – Jen and Andy. If you want to see Roger Whitehead’s excellent photos then click on this link:

Well done to all of the 229 runners this week and special thanks to the following for ensuring the event ran so smoothly:

Alex MOLLARD • Alice LAMB • Alyson LAMB • Amanda MORGAN • Andy HOLLOWAY • Carole PARTINGTON • Dan HART • Joanne HILL • Jonathan BUTCHER • Kate HOLLOWAY • Katharine LAY • Nathan MAYBURY • Norma BURGESS • Roger WHITEHEAD • Ron CARTER • Sam MCGRATH • Tristan POCOCK • Vincent SHELLEY • Zoe P CARTER

Finally, I cannot sign off without mentioning the fact that Saturday’s event was the 101st parkrun where Sam McGrath has volunteered. Anyone who has completed the Wythenshawe parkrun at least once in the last 2 or 3 years will have been cheered on by Sam, rain or shine. He is almost ever present, with his trusty bike (and music), cheerfully urging us on, usually from first corner or the far bridge. I think it is fair to say that Sam is a legend of the marshalling world, and I am truly grateful for his unwavering enthusiasm every Saturday morning – thanks Sam!
See you all soon.



Winston Runners takeover

Wythenshawe parkrun
Event number 307
23rd September 2017

Another great parkrun morning and a fantastic start to the weekend. A big thank you to Winston Runners for filling the majority of the volunteer roles this morning and providing pacers.

They meet in the park at the track on a Tuesday at 6pm so check out the facebook page or website for more information.

Mark Jones from Winston runners has kindly written a few words he is letting me share

The Winston runners volunteered at the Wythenshawe parkrun this morning, we were all allocated different tasks, that were interesting not boring
There was the run director explaining the rules, making sure first timers don't feel like fools.
The runners set off in one big crowd, with their families watching on feeling proud.
Everyone looking for their own timed pacer, seeking out the right time and they're gonna chase ya.
Pacers spreading out and looking at their watch, hoping to get it right and not to botch!
The marshals cheering you on with a smile on their face, this really helps if you are struggling, and will increase your pace.
Runners have the finishing line in sight, passing the timers with a face filled with delight.
Scanning their barcode and hoping for a personal best, and if they get one feeling blessed.
Handing the token in and taking a piece of cake, then enjoying the post run feeling, and feeling wide awake.
Meeting friends in the café and having a drink, it's good for your figure and you'll start to shrink!
Winston runners you made the club feel proud, it's an all inclusive club and everyone's allowed.

This week 314 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Nick BURKE • Paul CLIFFORD • Lynda CLIFFORD • Nikki REED • Paul Thomas MULDOON • Jennifer LUTTON • Jan WILLIAMS • Kate HOLLOWAY • James SOWDEN • Fiona Marina ASHWORTH • Richard BACON • Edyta BURGESS • Sarah HOOKS • Daniel RACLE • Claire May SPENCE • Charlotte DEAN • Jason WOOD • Colm MULHERN • Nathan MAYBURY • Ron CARTER • Orla GODFREY • Sam MCGRATH • Zoe P CARTER • Lisa BEATTIE • Andrea RUSSELL • Jana JULINKOVA • Katie MAUDE • Francesca MILLER • Mark JONES • Sally Elizabeth THOMPSTONE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wythenshawe parkrun Results Page

In other news Nick Hamlin was first over the line for the men closely followed by Dan Martell and Shaun Boatwright .

For the ladies Fiona Cosgrove was first to finish followed by Bev Jackson and Julia Harrison Female placings:

Wythenshawe parkrun started on 6th August 2011. Since then 7,557 participants have completed 53,789 parkruns covering a total distance of 268,945 km, including 9,581 new Personal Bests.

Please complete the online survey about how you use the park if you get a free moment.

Jenn (RD only in name today Zoe Carter did all the work)

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