Cheadle Hulme parkrun is cancelled on 2020-11-28 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Run Report – Saturday 3rd February 2018

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!

Karen Shackleton


Cheadle Hulme parkrun #122 30 December 2017

Now That’s What I Call Quite Muddy.

The last parkrun of the year in Bruntwood Park was probably the wettest under foot so far with generous quantities of gloopy mud. Fun if you like that sort of challenge!

24 people ran, with numbers being swelled by the visiting Chowdhury family – lovely to see a family of all ages having fun together!

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers. Thank you to: Adam BROWN • Helen BROWN • Helen RENNIE • Stefano BOZZI • Darren NELSON-HALL • Clare TAYLOR • Bethan WISE • Myles HEYWOOD • Leanne HACKNEY • Richard COULBY • Jason LAWLER • Aran PUNTER

Not surprisingly no PBs were recorded.

Oliver Bernstein led the field home (20:27) on his 2nd visit to Cheadle Hulme. James Cooper in 2nd place (22:02) just pipped Adam Brown (22:05) [this result was allegedly the subject of a small wager between the Run Director and Timer]. Gemma Davison (29:19) was first lady followed by Helen Wise (32:17) and then Aneesa Chowdhury (43.56).

Cheadle Hulme parkrun is trialling new timing and scanning software based on mobile phones. This could reduce the cost of setting up new parkrun events, rendering expensive stopwatches and barcode scanners obsolete. It has been very successful over half a dozen events. Yesterday we had a small hiccup when a file with scanned positions didn’t e-mail through. Thank you for your patience, awaiting your official positions and times. After a few frantic phone calls and text messages and screen shots, results were completed and Stefano could smile again.


Cheadle Hulme parkrun #121 23rd December 2017

More than 10 Father Christmases, 3 reindeer (1 four legged, 2 two legged), a couple of elves, a Christmas tree and a Christmas pudding with 34 runners and 3 dogs trundled through the fresh mud, cheered on by more Father Christmases, bearing timing devices, scanners, cameras and hi-vis jackets. One of the tourists declared they were from Lapland.

The first 3 men home were Dasher, followed by Father Christmas, then Prancer. The first 3 ladies home were a Christmas Pudding, Mother Christmas and then a piece of tinsel.

Wise men are central to the tale of Christmas. At Cheadle Hulme parkrun focus was on Helen Wise, completing her 100th parkrun, resplendently clothed in red and green. Congratulations Helen and thank you for the cake!

Thank you to all the volunteers, especially for helping to clear-up in super-quick time, so we could all head to the Vinery café for heat (they really do have under-floor heating which is the perfect restorative for wet, cold feet) and refreshment.

Cheadle Hulme parkrun will take place as usual next Saturday 30th December. If you want more of a running fix, check out the runs available on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day (when it is possible to pack in a double with runs at 9 am and 10.30am) at .

On Christmas Day, amongst our nearest neighbours, parkruns which are on are Wilmslow (9am), South Manchester (10am), and Marple (9.30am).

On New Year’s Day, amongst our nearest neighbours, parkruns which are on are Wilmslow (10.30am), Sale Water park (10.30am), Stretford (9am), Marple (10.30am), Lyme Park (9am).

Merry Christmas!


Cheadle Hulme parkrun #119 9th December 2017

As we were setting up the course on Saturday, we were wondering how many hardy souls would scorn the weather forecast and join us in Bruntwood. The previous week we held the record for the fewest participants in the UK (14, narrowly beating Millom who had 19) – this week we achieved another (non-official) record in that, aided by the cancellations of several local parkruns, our attendance had the largest percentage swing - up a whopping 364% to 65. It really warmed our hearts on such a cold day. We also had some tourists from further afield: Pennington Flash, Conwy, Pontefract and Harrogate, to swell numbers.

First mention should go, of course, to our volunteers:

Adam Brown • Helen Brown • Stefano Bozzi • Richard Adams • Darren Nelson-Hall • Clare Taylor • Bethan Wise • John Dauber • Henry Pickard • Abbie Pickard • Chris Pickford • Philip Kehoe • Alyson Kay • Jason Lawler • Aran Punter • Sheila Levett

We all know that parkrun wouldn’t function without them, but it’s easy to start to take them for granted. One of the runners told me as he finished that the marshals deserved medals today “especially the one at the far end” – thanks John.

Thanks too to the extended family of Pickards (Henry, Abbie and Sheila) who all volunteered to cheer on their mum and dad (or daughter and son-in-law) Jennie and Simon. Jennie was running her 100th parkrun and to celebrate Abbie had made some delicious cakes – congratulations and thank you respectively.

It was also good to welcome our new Duke of Edinburgh volunteers Bethan and Aran. Over 12 weeks or so they will get to experience all the different volunteer roles and eventually graduate to Run Director.

The cold weather made the course a bit firmer in parts than what we’re used to, but it was still a challenge. Despite this, 4 people recorded PBs – well done to Barry Archbold, Glen Gandy, Robert Currie and Alex Horne.

Also, well done to our only under 10 running this week – Holly who ran the whole course with Adrian. What with the prospect of snow and a runner called Holly, Christmas can only be just around the corner…


Run Report – Saturday 02/12/17

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.