This weekend was Rick Adams’ first outing as solo Run Director and he did a sterling job – thank you and well done Rick, we hope you enjoyed yourself and look forward to seeing you as RD again soon.
This week conditions were soft under foot again, we saw a slip at the start line which may have cost James Cooper his usual 1st finish position, James came over in 2nd position, out of his 9 runs at Cheadle Hulme he has finished in 1st position 5 times, 2nd position twice and 3rd position once – he is in the lead for males with the most amount of 1st finishes at Cheadle Hulme and slightly behind Jennie Pickard for overall.
During the run I actually thought we might have a lady finisher take 1st position overall which would be a first for our event. The only time a lady has finished in the top 3 position overall was back on 05/07/14 during event number 2, Sharon Johnstone finished in 3rd position and set the female course record. During the run I was talking to Adam Davison’s mum and she was telling me this lady was her neighbour and was fast, she had ran marathons - #impressive This lady turned out to be Louise Rudd, with her 19 parkruns this was her first visit to Cheadle Hulme. She ran in 20:23 which is only 15 seconds behind Sharon who ran in the summer on firm ground. I think when the ground is firm Louise would be a contender to take the female course record for sure.
1st position was taken by Michael Raynes who is a parkrun tourist - yes people, a tourist! I love parkrun tourism. Michael is only 10 runs away from joining the 100 club, he has ran at MANY different parkruns and has only ran the same course at 5 different events (Pontefract 2, Temple Newsam 2, Leeds 3, Roundhay 3 and York 27) and is used to finishing in pole position.
Michael RAYNES (VM40-44) of City of York AC, was first over the line in 19:58 - first appearance.
James COOPER (VM40-44) (Unattached) was second over the line in 20:18.
Mac O'MALLEY (JM15-17) (Unattached) was third (4th overall) over the line in 21:30.
Louise RUDD (VW40-44) of Stockport Harriers & AC, was first (third overall) over the line in 20:23 - first appearance.
Liz TURTON (VW55-59) of Stockport Harriers & AC, was second (18th overall) over the line in 25:30.
Michelle NEWALL (VW35-39) of John Lewis Partnership RC, was third (21st overall) over the line in 26:16.
This week there were 32 runners, of whom 12 were first timers and 0 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different athletics clubs took part. I have noticed a few runners are coming very close to their running club milestones (10 for juniors only and then 50, 100, 250), please do let us know if you have a special run coming up so we can celebrate it with you and give you a mention in the pre-run briefing.
Finally thank you to the volunteers, without whom we could not function: Rick ADAMS, Michael BARRY, Sam BLACOW, Adam BROWN, Matthew DESCHOOLMEESTER, Andrew HULL, Paul VALE, Lesley WALKER and to all our other runners who helped before/during/after with any task at all, set-up, clear away, token sorting – anything and everything is very much appreciated.
Our volunteer rota for next weekend is already full, a lot of people resting up for the Stockport 10 on the Sunday (good luck to anyone taking part). However we are looking for help on 13th, 20th and 27th to see us through the rest of December. If you are able to volunteer do get in touch via Facebook, twitter or email email@example.com
Saturday 20th December – bring your Christmas hat (or fancy dress outfit) for a festive run and group picture
I’m having a weekend off and running at Woodbank parkrun this Saturday so I shall see you all on the 13th.
No barcode, no results - don’t forget your barcode! #DFYB
Additional festive run reminder:
As previously mentioned, some parkruns hold additional parkruns on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, we will not be hosting any additional runs outside of the normal Saturdays. However, take a look at the Christmas compendium if you would like to see who is to plan your run(s) (as you can do more than 1 in a day) http://www.parkrun.org.uk/christmas-compendium/