RUN REPORT 29/11/14 EVENT #23

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.

Men's placings:
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.

Women's placings:
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

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.
Sam Blacow.

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)


RUN REPORT 22/11/14 EVENT #22

And that parkrunners, was another wed, muddy and slippy Cheadle Hulme parkrun… Even hosing my legs and trainers down at the end couldn’t get rid of the mud, into the wash they have gone as I am sure many of you have done the same. I think from now on I’m going to be bringing my toiletries and towel and jumping straight into the shower after the run (if anyone wasn’t aware the squash section of Grove Park very kindly let us have use of their changing rooms and it includes showers – oooohhh!)

This week and for the first time, we didn’t have anyone recording a new PB, which doesn’t surprise me during our current conditions. But I think everyone deserves a well-done for getting up early and getting out there, completing the run and having fun. I know crossing the line and managing to stay on my feet the entire 5k is THE biggest achievement at the moment haha!

As mentioned by Dave in this mornings run briefing, one of our sponsors of parkrun - Sweatshop, who provide a pair of trainers each month for our runner of the month award, have a nationwide offer on TODAY to all parkrunners. They are offering 20% off everything including sale items. All you have to do is show your parkrunner barcode to the store. Our nearest Sweatshop stores are Hyde, Chill factor, Chorley, and Manchester Arndale.

Men's placings:
Lord DIDSBURY (VM50-54) (Unattached) was first over the line in 20:38 - first appearance.
Richard ADAMS (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 20:46.
Nathan MAYOH (VM40-44) (Unattached) was third over the line in 21:43.

Women's placings:
Liz TURTON (VW55-59) of Stockport Harriers & AC, was first (8th overall) over the line in 25:18 - first time in 3 appearances.
Claire NORTHCOTE (VW50-54) (Unattached) was second (10th overall) over the line in 26:09 - was first to finish once before.
Pippa PRICE (VW45-49) (Unattached) was third (14th overall) over the line in 29:13.

Finally thank you to the volunteers, without whom we could not function: Sam BLACOW, Dave COCHRANE, James COOPER, David MEALING, Chris TRASK, Paul VALE and Jane VALE.

We are looking for timekeeper, finish tokens and marshal(s) for next Saturday 29th November. We have a full list for Saturday 6th December, we then have Saturday 13th December to work on. If you are able to volunteer do get in touch via Facebook, twitter or email

Shall we do something festive for our run on Saturday 20th December, what do you think? Run wearing Christmas hats, fancy dress, I would suggest Christmas jumpers but that would be far too warm for running… Let me know your ideas and suggestions.

As mentioned in the run report a few weeks ago, 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)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend folks,

Sam Blacow.
No barcode, no results - don’t forget your barcode! #DFYB


Run Report 01/11/14 Event #19

Let’s hear it for the girls! Your 19th Cheadle Hulme parkrun was brought to you yesterday by the girls - Run Director Sam and junior Deputy Run Directors Louisa Wilkinson and Rebecca Haigh.

They were soooo cute (the juniors, not me haha!). Our junior ladies did an excellent job of wishing everyone good morning, awarding fellow junior Liam Haigh his 10 club t-shirt, starting the run and all the other tasks they did. Thank you girls x

Men's placings:

Martin JENNINGS (SM30-34) (Unattached) was first over the line in 20:36 - first time in 2 appearances. Richard ADAMS (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 20:39. Paul KELSALL (VM35-39) (Unattached) was third over the line in 20:54.

This was Martin Jennings’ 2nd visit to Cheadle Hulme, I think from his very first time with us he had his eye on coming back and throwing his hat in the ring for that 1st finish position. We follow him on twitter, he posted a photo yesterday, it was a trophy his little one had made to celebrate his achievement. Rick Adams is one of our Run Directors, this is his third time crossing the line in 2nd place. I was told by some of our front runners that Rick nearly took it from Martin at one point… nearly Rick! Paul Kelsall was a new face to our Cheadle Hulme parkrun, he is a regular Marple parkrunner and has a total of 33 runs under his belt.

Women's placings:

Jennie A PICKARD (VW40-44) (Unattached) was first (12th overall) over the line in 22:44 - 7th time in 10 appearances. Katie HAYNES (JW11-14) of Bramhall Runners, was second (13th overall) over the line in 23:42. Rachel MCCURRIE (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (21st overall) over the line in 25:15.

Jennie Pickard is holding that record for most amount of first finish positions, this one makes it a total of 7, the closest person to her is Iain Murdoch with 4 – fast lady to catch and well done. Katie Hynes last ran with us on our very first event, she was the 4th female to finish (55th overall), she has a staggering 83 parkrun and 9 junior parkruns under her belt. Rachel McCurrie has 55 parkruns under her belt and looking at her profile she is a regular Bramhall parkrunner and a parkrun tourist! I wish I had had a chat to her, you all know how obsessed with parkrun tourism I am and can’t wait to join the club.

Yesterday saw 5 of you pick up PB’s: Nathan Mayoh, Tim Hargreaves, David Mealing, Gerald Jenkins and Jessica Smith. I am going to talk about Nathan, he has a staggering 188 parkruns, he has completed 155 of those runs at Bramhall where he finished 1st in October 2009. Nathan has completed 9 of his runs with us, every week he is making fantastic improvement. Well done to everyone who gained a PB yesterday.

Our parkrun is very much a family affair, each week lots of you keen parkrunners bring along a family member to run with, receive encouragement from them or to rope them into being a volunteer (we really like the latter option). It is also lovely to see everyone gather at the finish and cheer each other on as they make their way back in due course. A massive well done to our newbie Sarah Mullen who completed her first parkrun yesterday, we hope to see you back very soon.

We only just managed to get the run up and going this weekend, on Friday we still didn’t have the all-important marshal position filled – thank you to Andy Light for stepping in, lucky for us he didn’t oversleep on this occasion hehe! Sofinally thank you to the volunteers, without whom we could not function: Sam BLACOW, Adam BROWN, Dave COCHRANE, Joanne HAIGH, Rebecca HAIGH, Craig HUNT, Andy LIGHT, Jane VALE, Louisa WILKINSON, Sandra WILKINSON.

Our rota for the rest of November and December is currently empty, if you are able to volunteer do get in touch via Facebook, twitter or email

I won’t see you all next week as I am in Dublin celebrating my 30th Birthday, most importantly my birthday is on the Saturday and I am finally being a parkrun tourist. I’ll be visiting Tymon parkrun who have very kindly given me directions on how to get to them, they might not want me there in my delicate state after our girly pub crawl the day before. You guys have seen me “fresh faced” on a Saturday morning after a heavy Friday night, donning sunglasses to hide the roughness… not a pretty sight – luckily for me I’ve got an extra half hour to pull it round as they start at 9:30am.

Have a great run without me guys, see you all on 15th November.

Sam Blacow.

No barcode, no results - don’t forget your barcode! #DFYB


Run Report 25/10/14 Event #18

Well done to everyone for completing the course today, conditions under foot were just a little muddy! I normally do the results while the boys clear up but today I was covered in mud (yes I got to run again), was freezing cold, hungry and worst of all… wet and muddy feet – so I wanted to get home and jump in a red hot shower, the water was black. Most importantly I needed to get my trainers in the wash ASAP before my OCD went into overdrive about them still being in the bag, the thought of the mud!!!

At this point a massive thank you to the volunteers for cheering everyone on and also getting muddy: Sam Blacow, Dave Cochrane, Clare Evans, Catherine and Charlie Johnston, Darren Nelson-Hall, Annabel Trask, Jo Trask, Lesley Walker, Steve Ward & Louisa Wilkinson.

The bridge was alive today with the music and shakers, Annabel, Jo, Catherine and Charlie did a fantastic job as usual. Run Director Dave Cochrane had a lovely little helper today, Deputy Run Director/Finish Marshal Louisa. Next week Louisa will be joining myself as Run Director, us girls are going to have fun – why not volunteer and join us? We are looking for a barcode scanner (can be after you have ran if you do 24 minutes or less), marshals for the bridge and possibly another timekeeper.

Men's placings:
Dale George UNWIN (VM35-39) (Unattached) was first over the line in 19:41.
Ben BATHO (JM11-14) of Stockport Harriers & AC, was second over the line in 19:59.
John WILLIAMS (SM30-34) of Bramhall Runners, was third over the line in 20:29.

Women's placings:
Jennie A PICKARD (VW40-44) (Unattached) was first (9th overall) over the line in 22:45 - 6th time in 9 appearances.
Karen SINKINSON (VW50-54) of Holmfirth Harriers AC, was second (13th overall) over the line in 23:24.
Claire NORTHCOTE (VW50-54) (Unattached) was third (23rd overall) over the line in 25:44.

We had 2 PB’s today, junior runner Ben Robinson who has completed 25 parkruns, 2 of which are at Cheadle Hulme. Stewart McCombe was our second PB today, having completed a staggering 96 parkruns (nearly at the 100 club) 3 of which were at Cheadle Hulme – he tweeted last night that he wasn’t too sure which parkrun to do today as there is so much choice in the Stockport area, bet he’s glad he chose us today to pick up a PB. Well done to you both, especially in the conditions we had today.

Mark Godden was presented with his 50 club t-shirt today, there is still a backlog at parkrun HQ for anyone else that is still awaiting their club t-shirts, we are sorry about this as we know how exciting it is one you reach the milestone for a t-shirt. As soon as we get any in we will announce them on Facebook/twitter. If anyone is close to completing your 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.

Our rota for November and December is currently empty, if you are able to volunteer do get in touch via Facebook, twitter or email

Just to finish on some good news I want to share with our runners and volunteers, as most of you know I have been injured since February this year and only recently have I been allowed to start gently running as part of my knee rehab. I started by doing 1 lap of the course and have slowly increased it, managing to complete the course 4 times now. Yesterday my amazing physio Jo discharged me from knee rehab and I can start getting back to where I used to be! Hopefully I will get to do the Manchester 10k in May and many more parkruns J Thank you everyone for your continued support, I really appreciate you all cheering me round the course as my strength and fitness has disappeared and I do find it a struggle sometimes.

See you all next week,

Sam Blacow


No barcode, no results - don’t forget your barcode! #DFYB


Run Report 04/10/14 Event #15

As you may have heard parkrun celebrated its 10th Birthday this weekend, 10 years ago 13 people, including parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt, ran a 5k lap round Bushy Park. Yesterday Bushy Park had 1705 runners including the original 13 – imagine being on timekeeping or finish token duty for that amount of people – eeek!


Cheadle Hulme parkrun started on 28th June 2014, our little event is now in its 15th week, since then 534 different runners, including participants from 71 athletics clubs, have completed 896 runs covering a total distance of 4,480 km, and there have been 183 new Personal Bests.


Our morning started with a little panic, Andy Light was taking up Run Director for the first time and at 08:45 he hadn’t arrived, all the other volunteers (and at that time only 2 runners) were there, ready and briefed. 08:50 and still no sign of our RD (and still not many more runners, jokingly I said I could be the first lady home today as I was the only lady there)… 08:55 time for pre-run briefing and still no Andy… Dave rescued us by stepping forward from his timekeeping to also pick up RD – phew, this also meant myself and Paul could still run. Later on that day we discovered Andy had overslept haha! On other volunteer news Annabel was poorly yesterday so Mum Jo and Dad Chris filled in for her at the bridge – get well soon Annabel and Conor.


For myself it was a good job Dave very kindly picked up the RD duties which allowed me to run as I was the first lady over the line yesterday – I know!!! All I can say is thank you to all the fast ladies who stayed at home yesterday once they saw the bad weather or for one reason or another, it gave a slow and steady runner like myself a turn on the “podium”, this will probably be the one and only time, unless we have bad weather again. As most of you know I have been out of action since February with my knee injury, this is only my 2nd Cheadle Hulme parkrun because of my injury, I am thrilled. Thank you to everyone for the encouragement on the way round and the messages you have all sent me – it really means a lot J


Women's placings:
Sam BLACOW (SW25-29) (Unattached) was first (16th overall) over the line in 29:10 – first time in 2 appearances.
Eva PAVELKOVA (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (17th overall) over the line in 30:26.
Susannah PATEY (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (19th overall) over the line in 32:07.


Men's placings:
James COOPER (VM40-44) (Unattached) was first over the line in 19:06 - third time in 6 appearances.
Ian KEELING (VM45-49) of Bramhall Runners, was second over the line in 19:14.
John WILLIAMS (SM30-34) of Bramhall Runners, was third over the line in 19:38.


Lee Jones completed his 50th run with us yesterday – well done Lee! If anyone has a milestone or special occasion please do let us know so we can give you a mention in the pre-run briefing.


Well done to our 6 runners who achieved new PB’s: Sandra Wilkinson, Ian Keeling, Mark Porter, Sam Blacow, Nathan Mayoh and Darren Madden.
Welcome to our 7 new runners, one of whom was Lorna Brennan. At the new runners briefing along with her friends and family they were telling me Lorna’s story, this time last year she was in a wheelchair. Yesterday she ran her first parkrun and I hope not her last. Lorna has very kindly provided us with her story:


I had been a 'reluctant runner' for several years prior to my accident, the longest distance race I had entered was a 10K and I was really close to my target of finishing one in under an hour when a few days before my 48th birthday in May 2013 I fell about 15-20ft from ladders onto printed concrete.
I crushed the L1 vertebra in my spine, broke my pelvis in two places and badly broke my left wrist. I was in hospital for a month, first in Stockport where my wrist and spine were pinned and then I was transferred to Wigan for specialist pelvic surgery - there I had metal plates inserted, front and
back. After a month flat on my back in hospital I was horrified to find that the muscles in my legs had wasted away completely.


When I was finally discharged I was still in a lot of pain, I had to sleep downstairs and was confined to a wheelchair. Over many months of physiotherapy (which is still on-going), I progressed to using a walking frame, onto crutches and then by the end of the summer holidays I was finally was able to walk unaided, unfortunately I had frequent setbacks caused by me trying to do too much too soon and ended up in horrendous pain and having to use the crutches again on many occasions.
In June this year I had the metalwork removed from the back of my pelvis, it had done its job, but it was causing me discomfort so the doctors agreed to remove it, this was a turning point and once I had recovered from the surgery I started running on the treadmill during my physio at the hospital.
Soon after I started training on grass, there is a field near my home and three laps is exactly a mile, spurred on by the encouragement of my husband Mark who is the most patient and supportive coach I could wish for, although he is a keen runner and is far faster than me, he has never once left me behind. We started with just one lap and then increased the distance each time I ran.


Once I had managed ten laps I decided it was time to register for 'parkrun' - I had always avoided this in the past as early mornings aren't really my thing, however I liked the idea of being able to track my progress every week and when my Husband told me there was a lovely flat 'parkrun' in Cheadle Hulme that was a low impact grass course I decided to take the plunge, I hope today was the first of many parkruns for me, and maybe before too long I will manage a 10K again.

Hopefully I’ll be back in a couple of weeks!



What a great story, well done Lorna from everyone at Cheadle Hulme parkrun and we hope to see you again very soon.


Finally thank you to this weeks volunteers: Sam BLACOW, Robin BRUNSKILL, Dave COCHRANE, Alexis DINSMOR, Bruce GREEN, Nerys HITCHCOCK, Joanne Esther TRASK, Chris TRASK, Paul VALE and Lesley WALKER


Our rota for the rest of October is currently empty, if you are able to volunteer do get in touch via Facebook, twitter or email

We are looking to train someone to join our team of Run Directors, you would need to be able to undertake the Run Director role at least once every 4-6 weeks – if you are interested please speak to Sam to express your interest or for any further details.


See you all next week,

Sam Blacow


No barcode, no results - don’t forget your barcode! #DFYB


Run Report 23/08/14 event #9

23/08/14 start line

A big thank you to our volunteers for getting soaked this weekend – Michael Barry, Richard Brindley, Dave Cochrane, Gemma Davison, Moira Davison, Bruce Green, Shaun Knight, Peter Lomas, Paul Vale & Lesley Walker. Gemma and Moira our mother daughter duo did a fantastic job marshalling down at the bridge, it was Richard’s first time volunteering, he was on finish tokens and had his work cut out for him with a few of our male’s racing over the line at the same time – very tense moments with the first few finishers so here are the men’s placings before I spoil the story…


Men's placings:
Mike TOAL was first over the line in 19:37 – second time as first finisher in his 2 appearances at Cheadle Hulme.
John WILLIAMS was second over the line in 19:47.
Mark EASTMAN was third over the line in 19:48.


At the start of the run Mark Eastman started off with a great lead, he held this until the 2nd lap where Mike Toal overtook him, John Williams was following very closely in third. As the runners went onto their 3rd and final lap our finish team headed into position. If you have been part of the volunteer team you will know that once the front runners head into the final lap we then don’t see them or know what is happening until they come through that gate and head to the finish. Mike came through the gate, he had managed to hold his position after the takeover at the end of the 2nd lap, he had a lead of 10 seconds. Then came Mark with John right by his side, this was neck and neck right up to the line and they were going full pelt, it was a photo finish moment and both Lesley and Dave our timekeepers confirmed that John took second by 00:01 second! It really was a “what just happen” mouth open moment, I think we all expected a sliding finish in the rain.


That wasn’t the end of the finish line bedlam, just the start of it – poor Richard on finish tokens for the first time with this pandemonium at the line, I hope he comes back. Martin Jennings (who was “on tour” with his buddy Chris Kershaw), finished fourth without any drama, phew! Then appeared Chris, he suddenly realised Richard Adams was on his heels and the two of them raced to the finish, another tense photo finish moment, Chris got over just before Rick. If you are on twitter get on and have a look at the tweets these guys have posted about yesterday – belly laughing material! (look on our @cheadlehparkrun and you should be able to find them from our re-tweets).


Women's placings:
Ellie KIRK was first (17th overall) over the line in 22:45 - first appearance.
Nicky MOWAT was second (21st overall) over the line in 23:36.
Carol BASU was third (29th overall) over the line in 25:03, also picking up a new PB.


We had 17 runners record new PB’s this week, well done to Carol Basu, Robert Taylor, Mike Kinnear, Tim Hargreaves, John Williams, Patrick Grannan, Natalie Peters, Bob Anderson, Michael Williams, Paul Vale, Katie Arnold & David McMeeking. There are a few more names to mention, over the last 9 weeks we have gotten to know these runners so I wanted to share a little more about their PB’s.


Bruce Green picked up a new PB, Bruce is part of our core volunteer team and helps out with various roles, quite often he volunteers as our tail runner to ensure no one is left behind, he keeps our runners at the back of the field going.


In his final run of the year David Jackson picked up a PB, great way to finish. He has commitments at on a Saturday morning so we won’t see him back till next years break. David volunteered last weekend as timekeeper and got to see his son Mark finish first – great way to end your parkrun season and hopefully see you back next year!


Sandra Wilkinson and Joanne Haigh both picked up PB’s this weekend. I love watching these ladies improve each week but above all I love seeing them have fun running with their friends and family, that’s what parkrun is about – running with your buddies. Joanne has completed 5 parkruns at Cheadle Hulme and she was also a tourist on holiday last weekend at South Sheilds. Sandra has completed 8 parkruns at Cheadle Hulme, even after a week off for holiday she still managed to come back and pick up another PB.


Our final runner I would like to mention picking up a PB is Joe Lomas, he has been on our radar for a few weeks now, we notice him running at a good pace every week, even in the torrential rain. Joe always manages a thank-you to our marshals as he passes, such a pleasant young man. He has completed 7 runs at Cheadle Hulme and his dad also volunteers and watches on very proudly. Myself and Shaun had a chat to Joe at the end of this week, he knew exactly what his previous times had been and was certain he had picked up a PB this weekend – you were spot on Joe and well done.


We had a lady join us for the first time yesterday, I didn’t catch her name, her buddies had called her that morning along the lines of “we are picking you up in 10 minutes for a run, be ready”. This lady hadn’t registered and the last time she had ran was around 7 years ago – she was amazing, she completed 2 laps of the course which was enough for her. I think she will be registering as a parkrunner so that she can come back again, she plans on building up each week so that she can eventually run the whole 5K. This is the beauty of our course, I am using it in this way until I am recovered, you can start with a lap or two and tag a bit more on until you are ready to complete the whole 5K. parkrun is for anyone of any ability, it is a run not a race, it’s having fun with friends and going at whatever speed suits you.


After the run was done and dusted and everything put away the team decided to go for breakfast, we visited Sandwich Heaven on Fir Road in Bramhall (a favourite place of mine) and had delicious breakfasts. We also processed our results and uploaded pictures from here as we had internet problems back at the Club House - that is what you call a working breakfast ad multitasking. So a new tradition has been born, last Saturday of the month is going to be team breakfast at Sandwich Heaven :)


We had Shaun Knight with us again as photographer, his pictures have been uploaded on our Facebook page so be sure to check them out and tag yourself and your friends in them.


If you are able to volunteer do get in touch via Facebook, twitter or email We would really appreciate the help and it would be nice to have some regular volunteers, even if you decide that you wanted to aim to volunteer once every 6-8 weeks, once every few months – anything is appreciated.


See you all next week – don’t forget your barcode! #DFYB

Sam Blacow





Run Report 09/08/14

Firstly thank-you very much to this week’s volunteers Annabel, Bob, Bruce, Chris, Dave (with his lovely Granddaughter Isabelle), Foggy, Jane, Jo, Lesley, Peter, Stephen & Paul. Some new faces to volunteering this week and I hope you enjoyed it. During the summer some of the core team and regulars are away, our rota is looking a little bare so if you can help please do get in touch, none of the tasks are scary and we will give you full training and support, you will love it. If you are interested in helping on a regular basis or being part of the core team, come and have a chat to me one Saturday.


When the Trask’s arrived we all had a quick chat as usual, Chris was on barcode scanning this week and said that he was going to run 1 lap as his injury was feeling better, he was pushing for 2 laps but wife Jo knew better and he had clear instructions from the Missus for 1 lap only. Once Jo had made her way down to the bridge, Chris had made arrangements with someone to take the first bit of scanning in case he did do 2 laps or even the entire course. Oh no I though…… I’m not getting on the wrong side of Mrs Trask, I quickly informed the unsuspecting helper and we both told Chris he was on his own if it landed him in the dog house! So, Chris did continue to do the entire course but did feel his injury go, he was 5th over the line in a respectable 20:55, only 54 seconds away from his PB, not bad after a few weeks out.  Hope he isn’t in the dog house haha.


Our Sweatshop monthly prize winner for July 2014 was Sandra Wilkinson, she arrived in some very beautiful new trainers, as a girl I get shoe envy quite a lot, now I have trainer envy. Nice to see that Sandra picked up another PB this week in her new trainers, that’s 3 in a row, 5 overall from 7 runs at Cheadle Hulme. Keep it up.


This week we had the pleasure of George Nicholson and Sam Nightingale, with the support of Lorraine Pang & Leona Beaumont from Chorlton Runners, joining us as part of their “parkrunathon” to raise money for Acorn Children’s Hospice. These guys ran 8 parkrun courses in 1 day a total of 40K/25 miles, the “official” parkrun being with us at Cheadle Hulme, such an honour to have them with us. I’m really pleased to say they have smashed their fundraising target of £1,000 on their Just Giving page :)

The Acorn Team Sam, Lorraine, Leona and George with Run Director Sam

The Acorn Team Sam N, Lorraine, Leona and George with Run Director Sam B

All the volunteers, runners and spectators really got behind the Acorn Team – especially junior runner Ethan Hooper running with Sam and 10 year old Annabel head voluncheer who was covering her usual spot down at the bridge. I gave Annabel a briefing when she arrived, I explained what the Acorn Team were doing and that they had already done 1 run and had 6 more after us, they would really need the support on the way round, “easy” said Annabel, she was confident she could deliver as always. So as Run Director on Saturday I started the runners off and then made my way to the cross section with the finish team to cheer everyone on and marshal the first and second lap, I suddenly thought where is that noise coming from…. It was Annabel and mum Jo with Dave and Granddaughter Isabell down at the bridge, boy were they loud - Annabel delivered alright!

Voluncheer Annabel and George

Voluncheer Annabel and George

Ethan and Sam at the final stretch

Ethan and Sam at the final stretch

So then myself and the boys from the finish team made our way back ready for the first runners to make their way to the finish line. We were chatting about the chap that was leading, none of us recognised him, who was this person that was flying round, there was chatter that he might take the course record.

The finish team Steve, Bob, Foggy and Peter

The finish team Steve, Bob, Foggy and Peter

This week we had 14 PB’s, well done to Catherine Johnston, Natalie Peters, Fiona Brookes, Patrick Grannan, Sally Johnston, Ethan Hooper, Sandra Wilkinson, Samantha Jones, Richard Brindley, Ian Hooper, Graham Crawforth, Andy Jackson, Richard Adams and finally Cheadle Hulme Event Director Paul Vale.

ED Paul Vale picking up a new PB

ED Paul Vale picking up a new PB

I also want to give a special mention to two of our younger runners, Gemma Davison and Joe Lomas. Gemma has attended Cheadle Hulme on 5 occasions and Joe on 6, each week they catch my eye as they quietly run the course, giving a thank-you and a smile as they pass. It was finally nice to put a name to their faces this week and say hello. Keep it up guys, I think you are both fantastic.

It was also lovely to meet Glyn Brazier and Chris Humphris visiting from Milton Keynes, they were here for a wedding the night before - thumbs up for managing to be with us at 9am the next day!

Men's placings:
Leon FOSTER was first over the line in 18:21 - first appearance at Cheadle Hulme and missing out on the course record by 13 seconds. Leon is a parkrun “tourist”, he has completed 81 parkruns across 80 different courses, looking at his stats he is used to being the first runner over the finish line. Thanks for visiting Cheadle Hulme.
Andy PORTER was second over the line in 19:02.
Ian STAINTHORPE was third over the line in 20:15.


Women's placings:
Samantha JONES was first (13th overall) over the line in 23:39 giving her a new PB - first time in 2 appearances at Cheadle Hulme, she has previously picked up third.
Fiona BROOKES was second (14th overall) over the line in 23:51 giving her a new PB.
Claire NORTHCOTE was third (17th overall) over the line in 24:15.


Acorn Team parkrunathon visitors finish details:

Lorraine PANG was 31st overall in 27:26

Leona BEAUMONT was 52nd overall in 31:36

George NICHOLSON was 53rd overall in 31:37

Sam NIGHTINGALE was 58th overall in 34:47

Team Acorn with Cheadle Hulme volunteers, runners and spectators

Team Acorn with Cheadle Hulme volunteers, runners and spectators

That’s it for this week, I have had a blast being Run Director again. Next week I think I will do a lap or two as part of rehab for my knee before picking up one of the finish area volunteer positions. If you are able to help out do get in touch via Facebook, twitter or

We took a few photos this week on our phones, they are on the Flicker account

See you all next week – don’t forget your barcode! #DFYB

Sam Blacow

Run Director Sam

Run Director Sam



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