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.