Delamere parkrun event 362, 16th October 2021

A tourist account - ‘a real parkrun’

My husband (Colin) and I are parkrun tourists; and last year enjoyed running in Delamere Forest when parkrun was not happening.  We added this venue to our list and vowed to return.  Today was that day, after moving accommodation dates a couple of times.

What a beautiful, cool, clear and dry autumnal day we were all blessed with.  After a busy work week, I wasn’t feeling too energetic to do much of a warm-up, but we did find the start, and I introduced myself to the core team, as having offered to write this run report. Next we got a photograph with the Delamere sign. These are so lovely to look back on.

Next we opted for a wardrobe change, trail shoes, and for me long sleeves (by the way, this parkrun have the best toilets we’ve seen, which is important information!). A short briefing to first timers was given.  I glanced a female runner wearing her cow cowell, and we had a quick chat before a very short walk to the start and we were straight on our way. Thank you for making yourself known in a facebook photo, Sudipta Moore. Hopefully our paths will cross again.

The forest has wide paths, which we were warned may have obstacles, twigs, stones etc, as it is indeed a forest.  I don’t recall too many problems, just a few conkers.  I remember the briefing telling us to turn right at least twice, and so we ran in a clockwise direction with a slight undulation.  It’s not a pancake flat course, but there is nothing too testing.  Whilst running, I realised it was very quiet around me, not much chatter, but compared to last year when we only saw maybe 5 people and couldn’t hear any traffic, there was much more a sense the world has been allowed to wake up, and be out in the big wide world.  I then remember noticing the lake on my right through the trees, this was ok, we had followed the runners in front and not gone wrong.  So I knew the end was near, I’d have preferred a flattish return, but the incline is short and soon the finish line was in sight.  I can’t say I was super fast.  I never am, but the 27 minutes seemed to go by so quickly this morning.  It might have been because I had an idea of the course, or that my husband ran with me, I don’t know, but for me, there is something soothing and calming being near trees.  If that sounds good to you, then you will enjoy this course.

Today 246 runners might have shared my view of the course.  The first person home was Richard Evans in 19m 20s earning him a PB.  Well Done. The first female home and a first timer at this venue was Emily Clancey in 23m 6s. And because my husband ran with me, he didn’t manage another 9th place today but he did run around to capture a few photos.  Walking back to the car, we enjoyed a nice chat with Brad Ehlen at his home run, he has managed an impressive 344 park runs and is hoping to start travelling to new events a bit more, and maybe we will meet you at an event in Leeds sometime soon.

Most importantly in my opinion, is the thank you to all the Volunteers, which means the parkrun goes ahead.  I always try to shout thank you or show a thumbs up if I need to breath a bit deeper.  Now back home we are thinking where next, but for tomorrow we will be marshals at a local junior parkrun, and then counting down to Saturday and parkrun day.

This week there were 46 first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers: Richard HAYES • Fiona EARL • Ann COLLIER • Mark FLANAGAN • Irene PIKE • Elaine HAVER • Andy HAVER • Jane WARD • A J HALFORD • Ian MAYHEW • Shaun LIGHTFOOT • Mark LIGHTFOOT • Charles TWISS • Oli WASHINGTON • Mark DUTTON • Steven KING • Nadine BAKER • Carl KIRKHAM

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 16,290 participants have completed 98,602 parkruns covering a total distance of 493,010 km, including 16,855 new Personal Bests. A total of 723 individuals have volunteered 5,667 times.

Fiona Earl