Cheadle Hulme parkrun report run 127. 3.02.2018
As we approached Bruntwood Park at 8.30am on Saturday morning I optimistically said to my husband ‘at least it isn’t sleeting quite as hard as it was when we left home’. I have to admit, this was one of those Saturday mornings when I rather wished we weren’t parkrun geeks.
We are hardened parkrun tourists, you know the ones who turn up at a different parkrun venue most weeks wearing their commemorative t-shirts and cow cowls thinking they know all things parkrun? We’ve seen mud before, we’ve been to Millom parkrun so you can’t scare us but I have to say, the mud at Cheadle Hulme on Saturday was particularly spectacular.
After chatting to Run Director Helen and some of the other volunteers we were off. 23 hardy souls slipped, slid, skidded and skated their way around the course.
So who were the heroes on the day? Apart from the volunteers, which goes without saying.
First over the line was Simon Pickard with 107 park runs to his name of which 61 have been at Cheadle Hulme. Simon has finished first there on 5 occasions.
Adam Brown finished second. Adam has completed 262 parkruns with 78 at Cheadle Hulme.
First lady over the line in sixth place was Jennie Pickard, with 105 runs in total and 57 of those at Cheadle Hulme. Jennie has been first lady there 38 times which is more first places than any other runner. Respect to Jennie.
Simon, Adam and Jennie also achieved the top 3 highest age graded percentages on Saturday.
There were 8 first timers, 4 of whom are members of Darwen Dashers Running club (go Dashers!). 2 personal best times were achieved which is worth noting in those conditions. Simon Beard (9th) was 55 seconds quicker than 2 weeks ago and Alan Crowhurst (11th) was 27 seconds quicker than last week.
17 men, 5 women and 3 unknown runners completed the course.
On display were; 1 Junior white 10 t-shirt, 1 red 50 t-shirt, 3 black 100 t-shirts and 4 green 250 t-shirts.
The top 5 attendees were:
Barry Shackleton 348
Karen Shackleton 294
Paul Clifford 266
Adam Brown 262
Phil Corker 143
These runners have completed 1313 parkruns between them.
Cheadle Hulme parkrun might not attract high numbers of runners but I have to say it’s up there with my more memorable parkruns. So in a world full of flat, fast, conventional parkruns, lets have a few more Cheadle Hulmes!