As you may have heard parkrun celebrated its 10th Birthday this weekend, 10 years ago 13 people, including parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt, ran a 5k lap round Bushy Park. Yesterday Bushy Park had 1705 runners including the original 13 – imagine being on timekeeping or finish token duty for that amount of people – eeek!
Cheadle Hulme parkrun started on 28th June 2014, our little event is now in its 15th week, since then 534 different runners, including participants from 71 athletics clubs, have completed 896 runs covering a total distance of 4,480 km, and there have been 183 new Personal Bests.
Our morning started with a little panic, Andy Light was taking up Run Director for the first time and at 08:45 he hadn’t arrived, all the other volunteers (and at that time only 2 runners) were there, ready and briefed. 08:50 and still no sign of our RD (and still not many more runners, jokingly I said I could be the first lady home today as I was the only lady there)… 08:55 time for pre-run briefing and still no Andy… Dave rescued us by stepping forward from his timekeeping to also pick up RD – phew, this also meant myself and Paul could still run. Later on that day we discovered Andy had overslept haha! On other volunteer news Annabel was poorly yesterday so Mum Jo and Dad Chris filled in for her at the bridge – get well soon Annabel and Conor.
For myself it was a good job Dave very kindly picked up the RD duties which allowed me to run as I was the first lady over the line yesterday – I know!!! All I can say is thank you to all the fast ladies who stayed at home yesterday once they saw the bad weather or for one reason or another, it gave a slow and steady runner like myself a turn on the “podium”, this will probably be the one and only time, unless we have bad weather again. As most of you know I have been out of action since February with my knee injury, this is only my 2nd Cheadle Hulme parkrun because of my injury, I am thrilled. Thank you to everyone for the encouragement on the way round and the messages you have all sent me – it really means a lot J
Sam BLACOW (SW25-29) (Unattached) was first (16th overall) over the line in 29:10 – first time in 2 appearances.
Eva PAVELKOVA (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (17th overall) over the line in 30:26.
Susannah PATEY (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (19th overall) over the line in 32:07.
James COOPER (VM40-44) (Unattached) was first over the line in 19:06 - third time in 6 appearances.
Ian KEELING (VM45-49) of Bramhall Runners, was second over the line in 19:14.
John WILLIAMS (SM30-34) of Bramhall Runners, was third over the line in 19:38.
Lee Jones completed his 50th run with us yesterday – well done Lee! If anyone has a milestone or special occasion please do let us know so we can give you a mention in the pre-run briefing.
Well done to our 6 runners who achieved new PB’s: Sandra Wilkinson, Ian Keeling, Mark Porter, Sam Blacow, Nathan Mayoh and Darren Madden.
Welcome to our 7 new runners, one of whom was Lorna Brennan. At the new runners briefing along with her friends and family they were telling me Lorna’s story, this time last year she was in a wheelchair. Yesterday she ran her first parkrun and I hope not her last. Lorna has very kindly provided us with her story:
I had been a 'reluctant runner' for several years prior to my accident, the longest distance race I had entered was a 10K and I was really close to my target of finishing one in under an hour when a few days before my 48th birthday in May 2013 I fell about 15-20ft from ladders onto printed concrete.
I crushed the L1 vertebra in my spine, broke my pelvis in two places and badly broke my left wrist. I was in hospital for a month, first in Stockport where my wrist and spine were pinned and then I was transferred to Wigan for specialist pelvic surgery - there I had metal plates inserted, front and
back. After a month flat on my back in hospital I was horrified to find that the muscles in my legs had wasted away completely.
When I was finally discharged I was still in a lot of pain, I had to sleep downstairs and was confined to a wheelchair. Over many months of physiotherapy (which is still on-going), I progressed to using a walking frame, onto crutches and then by the end of the summer holidays I was finally was able to walk unaided, unfortunately I had frequent setbacks caused by me trying to do too much too soon and ended up in horrendous pain and having to use the crutches again on many occasions.
In June this year I had the metalwork removed from the back of my pelvis, it had done its job, but it was causing me discomfort so the doctors agreed to remove it, this was a turning point and once I had recovered from the surgery I started running on the treadmill during my physio at the hospital.
Soon after I started training on grass, there is a field near my home and three laps is exactly a mile, spurred on by the encouragement of my husband Mark who is the most patient and supportive coach I could wish for, although he is a keen runner and is far faster than me, he has never once left me behind. We started with just one lap and then increased the distance each time I ran.
Once I had managed ten laps I decided it was time to register for 'parkrun' - I had always avoided this in the past as early mornings aren't really my thing, however I liked the idea of being able to track my progress every week and when my Husband told me there was a lovely flat 'parkrun' in Cheadle Hulme that was a low impact grass course I decided to take the plunge, I hope today was the first of many parkruns for me, and maybe before too long I will manage a 10K again.
Hopefully I’ll be back in a couple of weeks!
What a great story, well done Lorna from everyone at Cheadle Hulme parkrun and we hope to see you again very soon.
Finally thank you to this weeks volunteers: Sam BLACOW, Robin BRUNSKILL, Dave COCHRANE, Alexis DINSMOR, Bruce GREEN, Nerys HITCHCOCK, Joanne Esther TRASK, Chris TRASK, Paul VALE and Lesley WALKER
Our rota for the rest of October is currently empty, if you are able to volunteer do get in touch via Facebook, twitter or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking to train someone to join our team of Run Directors, you would need to be able to undertake the Run Director role at least once every 4-6 weeks – if you are interested please speak to Sam to express your interest or for any further details.
See you all next week,
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