Without its volunteers, there is no parkrun. Today we congratulated two of our core team, both volunteers this morning, for a very special achievement. Both Chris Kershaw and Darren Nelson-Hall not only completed the 50 mile Liverpool to Manchester Ultra-Marathon last Monday, but also received gold medals for finishing in the top 50. Nine hours of running is mind-boggling to most of us. Even when our parkrun is especially muddy it doesn’t take quite that long…
A huge sporting weekend of the Manchester and Merseyside derbies alongside the Masters golf was kicked off at 9am all over the country by parkrun. It was fitting that James Cooper, our very own parkrun Master, emerged triumphant in a time of 21.32 for his 301st run. His 250 shirt made for an improvised green jacket.
Iain Smith and Adam Brown continued their recent fine form with high finishes, and our first woman was Jo Curry from Chorlton Runners in 25.23 on her first visit.
We love hosting tourists and it was great to have Dawn and Raj from Braunstone parkrun in Leicester with us today.
Many thanks to Ajay Saxena on his Tail Walker debut. After being shown a clean pair of heels by the fast-finishing Clare Taylor on the home straight, we hope he comes back next week. And to the Peters family for marshalling so well, plus being heard to comment “why is that lady walking…?”
Good luck to all those within our Cheadle Hulme parkrun community who are running and volunteering at the Manchester Marathon on Sunday, and let’s do this all again next week.
We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Sam BLACOW, Stefano BOZZI, Helen BROWN, Adam BROWN, Leanne HACKNEY, Chris KERSHAW, Jason LAWLER, Darren NELSON-HALL, Susannah PATEY, Zak PETERS, Natalie PETERS, Aaron PETERS, Lukas PETERS, Ajay SAXENA and Paul TAYLOR.