When our lovely little group at GoodGym Crewe decided to prise ourselves away from our regular venue and do a bit of parkrun tourism, the first one that sprang to mind was Delamere with its reputation as a lovely course. We weren’t disappointed! There was a warm welcome waiting for us from the volunteers at the briefing area, and we soaked up the atmosphere as the crowd grew approaching 9am. There was a moment when somebody said “there aren’t many here” – then suddenly everyone appeared, ready for the run briefing. There was a cheer at the welcome news from today’s Run Director Mark Flanagan that the parkrun magic will happen on Christmas Day at Delamere, before we all headed off to the start line.
We’d taken a sneaky peek at a friend’s Strava and had spotted a hill on the course, so we were pleasantly surprised it wasn’t as tough going as we expected! The course is undulating but nothing too testing and was a good surface after a pretty dry week. We passed Gruffalo creatures, Christmas lights and glitterballs (yes, glitterballs in the middle of a forest) before we circled the mere. The setting is stunning, with the autumn colours glowing now, and the sun just breaking through and reflecting on the mere. It’s rare that I can maintain running for a full 5k but I came so close today – until I was defeated near the end on Glitterball Hill! A quick recharge of my batteries helped me get my speed back up again ready for the obligatory sprint to the finish line.
parkrun was my introduction to running 3 years ago, and what I’ve always loved is how inclusive it is. It doesn’t matter how fast you go, or whether you walk, run, jog, volunteer, or any combination of the five – and it doesn’t matter what your motivation is, whether it’s for fitness, training, social connections, mental wellbeing or again any combination of the four. What matters is that you’re out there doing 5k for you.
Huge thanks to the 19 amazing volunteers that made parkrun happen for the 276 parkrunners – and a huge well done to the 39 people who recorded PBs! Delamere welcomed 17 first timers to the parkrun family, as well as 43 tourists discovering this lovely parkrun. I’d like to take a bet they’ll all be back at Delamere again – we certainly will!
The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:
Mark FLANAGAN • Irene PIKE • Rachel SPOONLEY • Craig CONNOR • Stephen DOUGHERTY • Simon RICHARDS • Kieran STAKER • Jane WARD • A J HALFORD • Shaun LIGHTFOOT • Mark LIGHTFOOT • Toby SHORLAND • Charles TWISS • Andy MARTELL • Ben TUMILTY • Amy FARRINGTON • Noel FERGUSON • Karen WHITEHEAD • Jane PARRY
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 16,499 participants have completed 99,864 parkruns covering a total distance of 499,320 km, including 17,023 new Personal Bests. A total of 728 individuals have volunteered 5,756 times.