Today was the 128th running of the Cheadle Hulme parkrun and it was a bit of a muddy affair but I’ll come back to that later.
We didn’t have any milestones in amongst our runners today but the Run Director for the day was Chris Pickford and it was his 50th time volunteering at Cheadle Hulme. Chris comes from Lymm to help us out on a regular basis (hence his 50th time volunteering) and is a member of our core team. He is an ‘all round good bloke’ and he makes our parkrun that much friendlier. However, Chris, remember parkrun is a ‘run’ and not a ‘race’ and we all noticed that you accidentally used the naughty word again in your run brief today! You’ll be in that vest of shame again next week Chris.
As I alluded to earlier, the ‘run’ today was a bit on the muddy side. It was a lovely mix of mud, puddles of water and ice where those puddles had frozen. We had 11 runners experiencing our conditions today for the first time. All seemed to know what they had let themselves in for but still one of them lost her shoe before even leaving the small field due to the terrain. Her friend wrenched it from the mud (it took two hands and a bit of effort I’m told) and she carried on only to lose it again on the second lap of the big field. We also had a faller but that technically wasn’t on the course it was in our finish funnel. Everyone finished with a smile and most of our first timers decamped to the Vinery. They were definitely prepared for the conditions because they all had a clean set of clothes to change into. Hopefully we’ll see you again at Cheadle Hulme parkrun soon.
Unsurprisingly we had no new PBs today with Graham Taylor topping the age percentage grading with 65.85%, well done Graham. I’d also like to thank all todays volunteers Adam Brown, Aran Punter, Bethan Wise, Chris Pickford, Chris Trask, Clare Talyor, Guy Barlett, Helen Brown, Helen Rennie, Jason Lawler, Richard Adams, Sam Blacow, Stefano Bozzi, and Thomas David Longden who all braved the rain to help our parkrun ….er….run!
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