I’m excited to be doing the run report this week, as I’ve been a regular parkrun witness for some time now. It was very quiet here in the forest during your lengthy hiatus, and it’s great that you’re back!
I live in SQ1, where the start is. So the first thing I always witness is completion of the all-important course check. Today, this was brilliantly done on wheels by Laurence Rudkin. Then I spotted Marshal 3 and the Dog Start Marshal setting off down the path towards me on their way to their stations, and I quickly adopted my usual vantage point to continue my observations.
The whole procedure is rather nutty. As usual, the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed parkrunners (all with padded feet, like us!) hung around and chatted. Then the ones in purple (led by a chieftain - today it was Andy Martell) rounded them all up, released them, quickly built a pen to catch them when they came back, and then proceeded to let all 217 of them slip through this pen via holes at the far end. This trapping policy is clearly flawed. Our cousins in town describe much better procedures that involve gates and food.
Saul and Susie (who live in SQ2 - the Bog of Doom) report that just after 9 o’clock the ones with dogs flew past, followed by the rest of the pack. Those in the lead (constantly checking a band on their left wrists for some reason) were on turbo setting, and Saul and Susie had to break off from breakfast and hop out of the way pretty pronto. My in-laws Seth and Samantha are lucky: they live in SQ5 - East Lakeside - so they’re only disturbed once as these parkrunners all steam past. Sid and Spencer live in SQ4, near Charlie’s Point; as soon as they saw the terrier Alfie in position at 9am, they knew to keep out of the way. In Sophie and Scott’s area (SQ7 - under Go Ape) the parkrunners are more spread out, so the interruptions to their to-ing and fro-ing are generally easier to navigate. But Sam and Sindy and the sprogs have just moved to SQ4 (Gruffalo) and say that this morning it was pretty much a constant stream of happy parkrunners again - north then south - for nearly an hour!
We’re actually very happy for you all to use our home, and it was great to see various ages and scampering abilities out this morning, a bit like our scurry. In spring/summer we’re all fairly relaxed and don’t mind scuttling off the path and out of the way. But now it’s autumn, and we’re all very busy preparing for winter. Our scatter-hoarding processes are in full swing, and we have to find ways of successfully handling these Saturday interruptions. We often joke over a puddle about what you parkrunners would think if you suddenly had to step aside in the crisps and snacks aisle in the supermarket to make way for 300 or so of us lot charging through!
One thing we always spot is the ‘tailwalker’, who never actually has a tail! How they manage to balance is a grey area. Their very important job is to ensure that all the parkrunners go back into the pen. Today, this was ably done by Elizabeth Chantler.
My vantage point in SQ1 is on the home strait. I counted you all in and I counted you all back, and this morning your pack included a visiting group from Wythenshawe (nice place – I have a second drey there), with one of their members - Owen - completing a very impressive run indeed. Well done!
It’s great to see you parkrunners enjoying a hop around the forest as much as we do. Same time next week, I imagine!
This week 217 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:
Laurence RUDKIN • Mark FLANAGAN • Steven GREGSON • Stephen DOUGHERTY • Elizabeth CHANTLER • Simon RICHARDS • Joanna CASE • A J HALFORD • Shaun LIGHTFOOT • Mark LIGHTFOOT • Charles TWISS • Andy MARTELL • Angela WRENCH • Oli WASHINGTON • Dawn APPLETON • Amy FARRINGTON • Noel FERGUSON • Nadine BAKER • John WALKLEY • Rosemary WASS
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Delamere parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Elliot BOWKER who recorded a time of 15:20 on 25th April 2015 (event number 108). The female record is held by Holly WEEDALL who recorded a time of 17:29 on 22nd December 2018 (event number 289). The Age Grade course record is held by Holly WEEDALL who recorded 91.33% (17:29) on 22nd December 2018 (event number 289).
Delamere parkrun started on 2nd March 2013. Since then 16,208 participants have completed 98,106 parkruns covering a total distance of 490,530 km, including 16,774 new Personal Bests. A total of 723 individuals have volunteered 5,631 times.
(Sergeant Scott – Delamere Scurry) JC