A somewhat depleted field braved the chill and the frost of Cheadle Hulme parkrun #118. Much debate ensued over the reasons for the low numbers. Was it the afternoon appointment with Match Three of the Manchester Area Cross Country League, for which many rested up at home in advance of the torture to come? Or was there a much earlier sense of discomfort to endure – seeing as it was Bramhall Runners’ Christmas do the previous night…
Full respect to the 14 hardy souls who manned/womanned up for the traditional slog around Bruntwood Park. Our event is by definition the original Tough Mudder.
Two newcomers today from slightly different origins. James White ventured our way from Burnage, Ben Jozefiak from Sydney. And while their cricket and rugby league teams enjoyed successful Saturday mornings against England, there was also Aussie success at parkrun as Ben dominated the field to be first over the line in 21.43. Ben has completed his 32 parkruns in 32 different locations. That’s parkrun tourism right there.
When you are the only woman to toe the start line in tough conditions then you are definitely deserving of a first place on the podium. Very well done to Nicola Rostron in 33.09.
Huge thanks to the 10-strong volunteer team who nursed a nervous first-time Run Director through his debut. Special gratitude to our new recruit John Morris who offered to volunteer having run our event twice recently. But this was no ordinary offer; John made his way to Manchester via public transport from his home in Shrewsbury.
Finally many congrats to our Event Directors Sam & Rick who both came through the Bramhall Runners ballot for London Marathon places. The hard work starts here… and there is no better place to build marathon stamina than our very own Cheadle Hulme parkrun. We hope to see lots more back for your favourite detoxifying full body mud treatment next week.
The event was made possible by 10 volunteers:
Adam BROWN • Helen BROWN • Stefano BOZZI • James COOPER • Sam BLACOW • John DAUBER • Chris PICKFORD • Eleanor PICKFORD • Jason LAWLER • John P MORRIS
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Cheadle Hulme parkrun Results Page.