Firstly thank-you very much to this week’s volunteers Annabel, Bob, Bruce, Chris, Dave (with his lovely Granddaughter Isabelle), Foggy, Jane, Jo, Lesley, Peter, Stephen & Paul. Some new faces to volunteering this week and I hope you enjoyed it. During the summer some of the core team and regulars are away, our rota is looking a little bare so if you can help please do get in touch, none of the tasks are scary and we will give you full training and support, you will love it. If you are interested in helping on a regular basis or being part of the core team, come and have a chat to me one Saturday.
When the Trask’s arrived we all had a quick chat as usual, Chris was on barcode scanning this week and said that he was going to run 1 lap as his injury was feeling better, he was pushing for 2 laps but wife Jo knew better and he had clear instructions from the Missus for 1 lap only. Once Jo had made her way down to the bridge, Chris had made arrangements with someone to take the first bit of scanning in case he did do 2 laps or even the entire course. Oh no I though…… I’m not getting on the wrong side of Mrs Trask, I quickly informed the unsuspecting helper and we both told Chris he was on his own if it landed him in the dog house! So, Chris did continue to do the entire course but did feel his injury go, he was 5th over the line in a respectable 20:55, only 54 seconds away from his PB, not bad after a few weeks out. Hope he isn’t in the dog house haha.
Our Sweatshop monthly prize winner for July 2014 was Sandra Wilkinson, she arrived in some very beautiful new trainers, as a girl I get shoe envy quite a lot, now I have trainer envy. Nice to see that Sandra picked up another PB this week in her new trainers, that’s 3 in a row, 5 overall from 7 runs at Cheadle Hulme. Keep it up.
This week we had the pleasure of George Nicholson and Sam Nightingale, with the support of Lorraine Pang & Leona Beaumont from Chorlton Runners, joining us as part of their “parkrunathon” to raise money for Acorn Children’s Hospice. These guys ran 8 parkrun courses in 1 day a total of 40K/25 miles, the “official” parkrun being with us at Cheadle Hulme, such an honour to have them with us. I’m really pleased to say they have smashed their fundraising target of £1,000 on their Just Giving page
All the volunteers, runners and spectators really got behind the Acorn Team – especially junior runner Ethan Hooper running with Sam and 10 year old Annabel head voluncheer who was covering her usual spot down at the bridge. I gave Annabel a briefing when she arrived, I explained what the Acorn Team were doing and that they had already done 1 run and had 6 more after us, they would really need the support on the way round, “easy” said Annabel, she was confident she could deliver as always. So as Run Director on Saturday I started the runners off and then made my way to the cross section with the finish team to cheer everyone on and marshal the first and second lap, I suddenly thought where is that noise coming from…. It was Annabel and mum Jo with Dave and Granddaughter Isabell down at the bridge, boy were they loud - Annabel delivered alright!
So then myself and the boys from the finish team made our way back ready for the first runners to make their way to the finish line. We were chatting about the chap that was leading, none of us recognised him, who was this person that was flying round, there was chatter that he might take the course record.
This week we had 14 PB’s, well done to Catherine Johnston, Natalie Peters, Fiona Brookes, Patrick Grannan, Sally Johnston, Ethan Hooper, Sandra Wilkinson, Samantha Jones, Richard Brindley, Ian Hooper, Graham Crawforth, Andy Jackson, Richard Adams and finally Cheadle Hulme Event Director Paul Vale.
I also want to give a special mention to two of our younger runners, Gemma Davison and Joe Lomas. Gemma has attended Cheadle Hulme on 5 occasions and Joe on 6, each week they catch my eye as they quietly run the course, giving a thank-you and a smile as they pass. It was finally nice to put a name to their faces this week and say hello. Keep it up guys, I think you are both fantastic.
It was also lovely to meet Glyn Brazier and Chris Humphris visiting from Milton Keynes, they were here for a wedding the night before - thumbs up for managing to be with us at 9am the next day!
Leon FOSTER was first over the line in 18:21 - first appearance at Cheadle Hulme and missing out on the course record by 13 seconds. Leon is a parkrun “tourist”, he has completed 81 parkruns across 80 different courses, looking at his stats he is used to being the first runner over the finish line. Thanks for visiting Cheadle Hulme.
Andy PORTER was second over the line in 19:02.
Ian STAINTHORPE was third over the line in 20:15.
Samantha JONES was first (13th overall) over the line in 23:39 giving her a new PB - first time in 2 appearances at Cheadle Hulme, she has previously picked up third.
Fiona BROOKES was second (14th overall) over the line in 23:51 giving her a new PB.
Claire NORTHCOTE was third (17th overall) over the line in 24:15.
Acorn Team parkrunathon visitors finish details:
Lorraine PANG was 31st overall in 27:26
Leona BEAUMONT was 52nd overall in 31:36
George NICHOLSON was 53rd overall in 31:37
Sam NIGHTINGALE was 58th overall in 34:47
That’s it for this week, I have had a blast being Run Director again. Next week I think I will do a lap or two as part of rehab for my knee before picking up one of the finish area volunteer positions. If you are able to help out do get in touch via Facebook, twitter or firstname.lastname@example.org
We took a few photos this week on our phones, they are on the Flicker account https://www.flickr.com/groups/cheadlehulme-parkrun/
See you all next week – don’t forget your barcode! #DFYB