Additional Festive Runs 2018

We have decided that we will not be hosting any additional parkrun's on Christmas Day and New Year's Day at Cheadle Hulme this year.

Other neighboring parkrun's are currently deciding if they will be hosting additional runs or not on Christmas Day and New Year's Day, we will update you at the start of December with these details as you may wish to visit their event as a runner or volunteer.

On these 2 additional festive days, parkrun events can slightly adjust their start time, this could allow you to do more than 1 event in the same day - should you wish. If you run more than 1 event on Christmas Day only 1 event will be registered. If you run more than 1 event on New Year's Day a maximum of 2 events will be registered.


Run Report – Saturday 29th September 2018

On a crisp and beautiful morning at Bruntwood Park we welcomed 73 runners, joggers and walkers including 22 first timers to Cheadle Hulme. Conditions were chilly but perfect for running, and taken advantage of with 15 recordings of new Personal Bests. Congratulations to Lisa Mather who completed her 50th parkrun today.

We always enquire as to which of our tourists have travelled the furthest… it’s fair to say that our two visitors from New Zealand took the honours today and indeed our all-comers record.

Our leading lady was our women’s course record holder Amelia Pettitt from Vale Royal AC in 22.09. First past the post, for the fourth time this month, was Chorlton Runner Gary Scott who also claimed a PB of 17.33. And in third was Peter Walters (VM 60-64) from Winston Runners.

Next weekend Peter will be taking part in one of the most celebrated running events in the world; we wish him luck at the Chicago Marathon.

All the best also to our core team members Adam and Sam at the Chester Marathon next week.

A massive thank you to our volunteers Adam Brown, Helen Brown, Julie Fairclough, Stefano Bozzi, Rick Adams, Paul Taylor, Darren Nelson-Hall, Ian Clarke, John Burns, Leanne Hackney, Evelyn Robinson, Jason Lawler, Ajay Saxena and Catriona Gilbert.

And a nod to our youth development programme as several members of the core team’s offspring assisted with event close-down. The future is bright, the future is parkrun. See you all again next week (those running marathons are excused…).


Celebrating milestones

Run report for Cheadle Hulme parkrun event number 154 - 18th Aug 2018

Author: Sarah Smith

On Saturday, the Cheadle Hulme parkrun community had an opportunity to recognise and celebrate two runners on their milestone achievements; Ian Clarke completed his 100th parkrun, and Helen Brown reached her 250th.

Membership of the 250 club is an impossible feat for many. Sam spoke warmly about Helen’s commitment to the parkrun community during the pre-run briefing. This milestone represents Helen’s running, but Helen is also a member of the Cheadle Hulme parkrun core team with an equally impressive volunteer history. As a parkrun volunteer Helen has played an important part in helping others achieve their own milestones.

Milestones have long been recognized by parkrun. The dedication and commitment of runners and volunteers is rewarded by membership to the 10, 50, 100, 250 and 500 clubs. Ian will now be able to wear the black ‘100 t-shirt’ with pride, to add to his red 50th. Helen has already earned the right to wear the red, black and purple volunteer t-shirts, and will now be able to add a green ‘250 t-shirt’ to her collection.

While these milestones are rightly celebrated, at every parkrun event there a number of smaller and personal milestones to be proud of. Everyone who decides to ditch the duvet on a Saturday morning and who lines up at the start has a reason to be there. That reason may be your first ever parkrun, your 50th parkrun, a parkrun after coming back from injury or aiming for a personal best time.

This week, only my 5th parkrun, was a personal milestone. I’ve been working through Public Health England’s ‘Couch to 5k’ smartphone app over the past nine weeks. Mid-way through, I started to include Cheadle Hulme’s parkrun into my running schedule. Since getting involved with parkrun I’ve received a very warm and friendly welcome. I’ve enjoyed the company of the tail walkers while I was actually walking. I’ve had encouragement from the the marshalls when I was lagging. Even being lapped by the first finishers has been a pleasant experience as they often breeze past with a motivating word or two. Until this week, I’d walked, jogged, ran and somersaulted (read about the canine incident in run report 151) around various parts of the course. This week I achieved my milestone, I jogged round the entire 5k course. No t-shirt to mark this milestone, just the feeling of personal achievement (plus a toasted teacake and a latte at The Vinery cafe afterwards).

This week we celebrate the 68 people who ran, jogged and walked the course. We celebrate the 17 who completed the Cheadle Hulme course for the first time. We celebrate the 4 runners (Kevin MEEHAN, Bryn THOMAS, Claire TOMKINSON, Kathryn MOONEY) who completed their first ever parkrun. We celebrate the 13 runners who recorded personal bests. Finally, we celebrate the commitment of the 19 volunteers who made this event possible:

Michael BARRY • Adam BROWN • Helen BROWN • Helen RENNIE • Stefano BOZZI • Richard ADAMS • James COOPER • Richard A HALL • Caroline CROSSWELL • Sam BLACOW • Ian CLARKE • Chris PICKFORD • Hilary PARKER • Colette MCGRATH • Dee JONES • Iain SMITH • Jason LAWLER • Sarah SMITH • Sam MANEKSHAW

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Run Report – Saturday 7th April 2018

Without its volunteers, there is no parkrun. Today we congratulated two of our core team, both volunteers this morning, for a very special achievement. Both Chris Kershaw and Darren Nelson-Hall not only completed the 50 mile Liverpool to Manchester Ultra-Marathon last Monday, but also received gold medals for finishing in the top 50. Nine hours of running is mind-boggling to most of us. Even when our parkrun is especially muddy it doesn’t take quite that long…

A huge sporting weekend of the Manchester and Merseyside derbies alongside the Masters golf was kicked off at 9am all over the country by parkrun. It was fitting that James Cooper, our very own parkrun Master, emerged triumphant in a time of 21.32 for his 301st run. His 250 shirt made for an improvised green jacket.

Iain Smith and Adam Brown continued their recent fine form with high finishes, and our first woman was Jo Curry from Chorlton Runners in 25.23 on her first visit.

We love hosting tourists and it was great to have Dawn and Raj from Braunstone parkrun in Leicester with us today.

Many thanks to Ajay Saxena on his Tail Walker debut. After being shown a clean pair of heels by the fast-finishing Clare Taylor on the home straight, we hope he comes back next week. And to the Peters family for marshalling so well, plus being heard to comment “why is that lady walking…?”

Good luck to all those within our Cheadle Hulme parkrun community who are running and volunteering at the Manchester Marathon on Sunday, and let’s do this all again next week.

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Sam BLACOW, Stefano BOZZI, Helen BROWN, Adam BROWN, Leanne HACKNEY, Chris KERSHAW, Jason LAWLER, Darren NELSON-HALL, Susannah PATEY, Zak PETERS, Natalie PETERS, Aaron PETERS, Lukas PETERS, Ajay SAXENA and Paul TAYLOR.


Run Report – Saturday 10th February 2018

Today was the 128th running of the Cheadle Hulme parkrun and it was a bit of a muddy affair but I’ll come back to that later.

We didn’t have any milestones in amongst our runners today but the Run Director for the day was Chris Pickford and it was his 50th time volunteering at Cheadle Hulme. Chris comes from Lymm to help us out on a regular basis (hence his 50th time volunteering) and is a member of our core team. He is an ‘all round good bloke’ and he makes our parkrun that much friendlier. However, Chris, remember parkrun is a ‘run’ and not a ‘race’ and we all noticed that you accidentally used the naughty word again in your run brief today! You’ll be in that vest of shame again next week Chris.

As I alluded to earlier, the ‘run’ today was a bit on the muddy side. It was a lovely mix of mud, puddles of water and ice where those puddles had frozen. We had 11 runners experiencing our conditions today for the first time. All seemed to know what they had let themselves in for but still one of them lost her shoe before even leaving the small field due to the terrain. Her friend wrenched it from the mud (it took two hands and a bit of effort I’m told) and she carried on only to lose it again on the second lap of the big field. We also had a faller but that technically wasn’t on the course it was in our finish funnel. Everyone finished with a smile and most of our first timers decamped to the Vinery. They were definitely prepared for the conditions because they all had a clean set of clothes to change into. Hopefully we’ll see you again at Cheadle Hulme parkrun soon.

Unsurprisingly we had no new PBs today with Graham Taylor topping the age percentage grading with 65.85%, well done Graham. I’d also like to thank all todays volunteers Adam Brown, Aran Punter, Bethan Wise, Chris Pickford, Chris Trask, Clare Talyor, Guy Barlett, Helen Brown, Helen Rennie, Jason Lawler, Richard Adams, Sam Blacow, Stefano Bozzi, and Thomas David Longden who all braved the rain to help our parkrun ….er….run!

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