31st Aug 2019 Tourist Run Report

20190831_090240Haigh Woodland parkrun. Event number 196. 31 August 2019
When we arrived at High Woodland Park it was a dry and clear morning and despite a bit of breeze it stayed dry for most of the run. When we arrived Run Director Sarah Edwards was there and welcomed everyone with a smile. Frances Shoesmith did the first timers’ briefing so those of us that were new to Haigh Woodland parkrun knew where to go and what the course was like.
There were tourists from several different parkruns included visitors from Wakefield Thornes, Bolton, South Manchester, Stamford and also Lincoln (us!) enjoying Haigh Woodland parkrun alongside the home runners. There were representatives of 22 different clubs taking part this week.
18 volunteers gave their time to make Haigh Woodland parkrun a huge success this week: Sarah Edwards • Helen Segebarth • Jeff Chandler • Judith Greenwood • Mark Ingram • Robert Mansfield • Davina Hughes • Alyson Rimmer • Laura Hillyer • Carla Taylor • Frances Shoesmith • James Halliwell • Alison Campbell • Geoff Mckenna • Franco Spinella • Robert Wilson • Stephen Unsworth • Karly Burgess. Thank you very much for encouraging us, cheering us on and keeping us safe. Please do volunteer for a future event as it is great fun and a way to see parkrun from a different perspective. Also, we discovered that as a volunteer at Haigh Woodland you get free car parking (bonus!). RD Sarah said that the volunteer roster was full mid-week as a number of regular runners were ‘saving themselves’ for Sunday’s Wigan 10k - Well done to everyone taking part in that.
This week 167 people ran, jogged and walked the course. Very well done to everyone! Congratulations to the 26 runners who recorded new personal bests this week. Joseph Dare was the first male finisher and Emma Moogan first female finisher while Jeff Chandler, as tail walker, ensured everyone completed the course safely.
There were 21 people running at Haigh Woodland for the first time of whom 8 were running their very first parkrun – brilliant! Congratulations to Marina Winnard who ran her milestone 50 parkrun. Fabulous achievement and look out for the email to claim your red t-shirt.
We had been ‘warned’ that the parkrun route was 2.5k downhill and 2.5k back up with a ‘false bottom’ at some point! There was so much to see on the route that I never even noticed the false bottom! We ran past the play area, high ropes course, fountain pond, crazy golf and walled garden entrance before entering the woodland area. We crossed over the miniature railway tracks several times, alongside a lake and eventually over the bridge across the Leeds Liverpool canal where some speedier runners were already heading back up the hill as I was on my way down. We continued through more woods until we reached the loop at the bottom before starting the climb back up. It was all very well marshalled and I managed to run the downhill and flat sections but took a more leisurely pace for the uphill sections. Once I saw the flower beds and picnic benches on the way back up I knew I was almost at the finish so put on a ‘spurt’ to the line. Once over the line and scanned we headed in to the Stables Courtyard Café for breakfast and a catch up with fellow parkrunners.
We (John and I) came to Haigh Woodland parkrun as part of our ‘Greater Ran-chester’ challenge which grew out of our ‘parkruns inside the M60’ challenge completed in July. We’ve now done thirteen out of the twenty Greater Manchester parkruns. Hopefully we may see some of you at other local parkruns in the future as we continue our quest to complete the remaining parkruns in the area. Many thanks for making us so welcome at Haigh Woodland.
Thanks for reading. Lovely to meet you all this weekend. Enjoy parkrun.
Helen Segebarth