#112 Run report by visitor Paul Fielding

I’d wanted to visit Macclesfield parkrun for some time, as I’d met Macclesfield core team members Eve & Ian Taylor at Volksgarten parkrun in Düsseldorf on German Unity Day in 2019. However, a visit to Macclesfield had to wait until I had a reason to visit Cheshire and preferably on a week when I could collect a new Wilson Index number. What’s the Wilson Index you ask? No, you really don't want to know. What? You do want to know? Well it's the lunatic idea of collecting event numbers and is addictive and time consuming, don’t do it! This week was Macclesfield parkrun’s 112th run and 112 happened to be the, lowest number I don't yet have, so off to Cheshire it was.


I’ve done quite a few other parkruns over the years, so how does Macclesfield compare? Well. it's nicely varied and while not the very toughest parkrun available, it’s certainly tough enough to be interesting. The volunteers were great, urging us on at every turn, although if enough volunteers could be found, another 20 or so marshals to offer encouragement on the upwards flat section would be good.


Talking of volunteers you may have noticed that new volunteer clubs have been introduced in the last couple of weeks. There are now clubs for 25, 50, 100, 250 and 500 volunteer occasions, with parkrun T shirts available for each of these, although understandably given ever growing numbers of parkrunners, milestone T shirts are no longer free.  We need lots of volunteers to make parkrun happen each week, so if you've been thinking of giving it a go, email Macclesfield parkrun, post on the Facebook page, or speak to one of the team in the park. Volunteering is fun and easy to do.


So on to the results: 198 runners turned out for the three laps of South Park and an amazing 53 of you, more than a quarter of the field, got new PBs. Well done if you got one, if not there's always next week. 26 runners were at Macclesfield parkrun for the first time, of whom 14 were doing their first ever parkrun. Congratulations to you, I hope you enjoyed it and will be back for many more.


There was only one milestone run this week: congratulations to Hjalmar Sabom on joining the new 25 runs club.


Congratulations also to Harry Newton on his recent 2nd in age group place at the London marathon and on having the 6th highest age grade at Macclesfield parkrun.


Finally, here are this week’s stats:


Macclesfield parkrun
Event number 112
16th October 2021

This week 198 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 55 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:

Paul FIELDING • Eve TAYLOR • Ian TAYLOR • Thomas TAYLOR • Rachael MOAT • Tim MARSH • Annie SMEDLEY • Ruth HUGHES • Josephine WRIGHT • Gavin REYNOLDS • Chloe SWALES • Lynne GRAVES • Kathryn HUTCHINSON • Isabel DYKINS • Trisha BARR • Shelley LEE • Mike UPJOHN • Owen DAVIES • Emma LORD • Monica CLEMENTS • Nevil HILTON • William TIMMS • Rob CARRINGTON-PORTER • Heather SELF • Gillian AINLEY • Rachel SNOWDON • Frank NICHOLSON • Steve NICHOLSON • Christopher AINLEY • Olivia LORD • Christopher DRAKE • Olivia DU

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Macclesfield parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Vicki CRONIN who recorded a time of 19:12 on 21st July 2018 (event number 13).
The male record is held by Finley PROFFITT who recorded a time of 16:38 on 23rd March 2019 (event number 48).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ann-Marie JONES who recorded 89.02% (22:46) on 14th July 2018 (event number 12).

Macclesfield parkrun started on 28th April 2018. Since then 5,040 participants have completed 27,306 parkruns covering a total distance of 136,530 km, including 5,132 new Personal Bests. A total of 574 individuals have volunteered 3,540 times.



Our new 5k course – so what did you all think then? #109


It really is so amazing to be back to getting our weekly fix of parkrun and oh how we have missed it. I was beginning to wonder if we ever would return. Even though we could see parkrun resuming in other parts of the globe, it began to feel that it was almost unachievable for parkrun UK to resume. But then we finally saw the gradual return of junior parkruns in England back in April. This was followed by a tense period of obtaining the relevant landowner permissions and then after another brief hiatus, we were back! Oh my. I cannot tell you my personal relief (and I know that many, many of you feel the same). So here we are, having just completed our ninth week back. parkrundays have resumed.

In order to allow the safe return of parkrun, each country has its own Covid framework to follow and ours, allows us to increase the course length by up to 500m in order to allow for greater social distancing (count yourselves lucky that we didn’t extend it by that much!). Our original bandstand start certainly wouldn’t allow that so the team took the decision to move our start to the top of the upwards flat section. Who would have thought that this would prompt us to completely rethink our course? So on the ninth occasion since the return of parkrun following a unanimous vote that we like our new start area, we now have a brand new course. What did you think? Most of you probably won’t believe me when I say that it is actually net downhill! It certainly doesn’t feel like that. That 3 times up the long drag back up to the bin is a killer but hey, I know it’s good for us.

So to the stats this week. We had 204 people who ran, jogged and walked their way around the course, of whom 41 were first timers at Macc (12 who were brand new to parkrun – welcome to our amazing family) and wait for it, there were 52 of you who recorded new PBs! Wowzers, that’s got to be a record for Macc. Well done to you all, pb or not and a big thank you to the 30 volunteers who enabled the event to take place.

We had a visit from some Poynton Runners this week who are doing a tour of local parkruns. Welcome to you all and we hope you enjoyed our lovely event.

Poynton Runners

And so we are already looking forward to this Saturday which is the 17th birthday of parkrun. If you want to read how it all started click on the link.

Our story (parkrun.com)

Here's an interesting stat that parkrun have put together.


We are really proud of our volunteers at Macc, many of whom are regulars. If you haven’t helped out before, why don’t you give it a try? If you have a race on the Sunday, come and help out the day before. There are roles that you can do as well as run so please give it a go.

See you at parkrun!

Eve A37284




Macclesfield parkrun #108

At its 108th parkrun, Macclesfield welcomed 193 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.
Lee Shaul (100), Rob Leppard (50) and Paul Meagh (50) chose Macclesfield for their milestone parkruns.
Eight people had their very first parkrun. I hope this is the start of a wonderful journey - Saturday's will never be the same! My parkrun journey started a couple of years ago after losing 5.5 stone in weight by walking three miles a day.  I knew about parkrun as my friends were keen runners. I just needed to pluck up the courage to go and so chose one 40 miles away! I was so blown away by the inclusivity and welcome I received at Sheffield Castle that I became hooked. I went back a few months later to scan barcodes and to thank them for the wonderful impact they'd had on my life.
This was my first visit to Macclesfield and I really enjoyed the undulating course! It was great walking up the hill with a couple of hundred others to the start. I hadn't realised that I'd be running up it three times! But that's the joy of parkrun. Every single course is different and as a 'tourist' I love that anticipation of not really knowing the course apart from a brief look at the course page to see if I need trail shoes. On Saturday I chatted with people from Brighton and Dorset who were up for the weekend as well as people who I know from volunteering at Marple Juniors parkrun.  As much as I love visiting a different course each week, I can see why people come back to Macclesfield week after week. It's a fabulous course with enough undulation to keep it interesting. The views at the top of the hill are well worth it! 
The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Tim MARSH • Christine CARRINGTON-PORTER • Annie SMEDLEY • Amy MARSH • Gemma MOORHOUSE • Lee SHAUL • Jonathan WRIGHT • Maurice OLDHAM • Sara STONE • Ann WRIGHT • Chloe SWALES • Isabel DYKINS • David BANKS • Juanita JACKSON • Owen DAVIES • Monica CLEMENTS • Fiona WILSON • Brian PUDDICOMBE • Ian PRICE • Debra CASSAR • Martin RAYMOND • William TIMMS • Rob CARRINGTON-PORTER • Steve NIXON • Frank NICHOLSON • Steve NICHOLSON • Lindsay BELDERSON • Christopher DRAKE.

For home parkrunners and tourists alike, none of this would happen without the hi-vis heroes. I'm talking about those people who get up every Saturday morning to enable me and hundreds of others to take part. And they do it with great big smiles too! A special shout-out to the young man at the bottom of the hill who bowed as we ran to the finish line!
Debra Cassar (Wilmslow)

Macclesfield parkrun #100 We’re Back!

Before I handover to Heather for today's run report I just wanted to add a short contribution!
Thank you to the rest of the core team for your help and support to make today possible! Thank you to the amazing efforts of everyone at parkrun HQ and all of the amazing Ambassadors that have been involved in helping parkrun return in England today. And finally, thank YOU, our incredible parkrun community of walkers, joggers, runners, volunteers and supporters. YOU are what made today possible and it was AMAZING!!

As mentioned in my run briefing this morning a couple of special mentions! Well Done to Josie Wright for her 100th parkrun and Amy Marsh for her 100th time as a volunteer.
Well Done to anyone else that achieved a milestone today - please do let us know if you are celebrating birthdays and milestones and we will announce them if we can and certainly mention them on social media or in our weekly run report.
It was also good to welcome some tourists today and a particular welcome to the UK to Monica Clements who ran her first UK parkrun today after moving here from South Africa. She's also keen to get involved as a regular volunteer having been an Event Director in SA!!

We'll be back to do it all again next Saturday!!
Many thanks once again to you all!

Tim Marsh (A249035)
Event Director

Macclesfield parkrun

Event number 100

24th July 2021

It’s good to be back! From our first parkrun at Macclesfield on 28 April 2018, it took us just under 2 years to reach our 99th on 14 March 2020 - and then we had to wait a very long 16 months for our 100th.
This week 256 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers at Macclesfield and 13 of whom were running their first ever parkrun. Despite the course change, and extra distance 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Well done to Rob Wood, back in his familiar place as first finisher, and a shout out to First Timer Cheryl Noden who was first female finisher!
The course had been amended slightly to give a more socially-distanced start - which meant three laps of the park instead of two (although thankfully only twice up the Upwards Flat section - the last lap took the familiar finish route round the tennis courts and up the funnel) and a slight lengthening of the course to 5.2km - so a particular well done to anyone who managed a new Personal Best!
But in many ways it was a Personal Best to all of us - back in our favourite place on a Saturday morning. Many thanks to the Core Team for all their hard work in planning for the return. See you all next week!
The event was made possible by 37 volunteers:
Neil PETTIE • Eve TAYLOR • Ian TAYLOR • Rachael MOAT • Tim MARSH • Annie SMEDLEY • Amy MARSH • Tom MARSH • David Kirk ARNOLD • Lee SHAUL • Sarah BAILEY • Carol UPTON • Catherine WILSON • Kim CROSKERY • Ann WRIGHT • Katherine BESWICK • Andrew HAIGH • Lynne GRAVES • Ethan SELBY • Oliver THOMASON • Martin CAROLAN • Holly BAMFORD • Fiona WILSON • Sean BAILEY • Brian PUDDICOMBE • Kate SHAUL • Duncan ALLEN • William TIMMS • Alain KYD • Janet JONES • Steve NIXON • Heather SELF • Deena HOUGH • Howard SELF • Frank NICHOLSON • Christopher AINLEY • Steve ROUSE
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Macclesfield parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Vicki CRONIN who recorded a time of 19:12 on 21st July 2018 (event number 13).
The male record is held by Finley PROFFITT who recorded a time of 16:38 on 23rd March 2019 (event number 48).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ann-Marie JONES who recorded 89.02% (22:46) on 14th July 2018 (event number 12).
Macclesfield parkrun started on 28th April 2018. Since then 4,687 participants have completed 24,878 parkruns covering a total distance of 124,390 km, including 4,787 new Personal Bests. A total of 544 individuals have volunteered 3,194 times.
Run report by Heather Self A4663002

#98 International Women’s Day 2020

Put your feet up, grab a drink- it’s time to relish in the success of Saturday’s IWD parkrun at Macclesfield!
So unless you’ve been out of the country, you will be well aware that on Saturday 7th March, Macc parkrun was extremely excited to celebrate International Women’s Day. All around the world women are celebrated for overcoming their challenges and achieving unimaginable things. To us, some of these things may seem quite menial. However, many women and girls around the world don’t receive the same level of respect and care that we take for granted.
After a week long build up, the buzz around the band stand on Saturday morning was starting to build! with the main questions being ‘How many first timers have we got today’ ‘Will we beat our current record of 399 participants?’. Run Directors Annie and Amy had been working hard to make sure everything runs smoothly this week. With lots of help from Tim, Jim and myself. Mike organises our fantastic Duke of Edinburgh students.
parkrun teamed up with the THIS GIRL CAN campaign to encourage as many women to get involved.
The volunteers arrived, the pacers arrived and everyone was taking selfies with our special THIS GIRL CAN selfie frame.
Active Cheshire had delivered a box full of T-shirts. for us to hand out to our first time participants! So thank you to them!
We welcomed 38 first timers, lots of the newbies facing a different sort of challenge- carrying a little human on them! Welcome to our new walkers and thank you to Jenny Neill for encouraging mums down, who may not have been introduced to parkrun yet! Everyone seemed pleased with their T-shirts :)

We had a little extra info for the run brief. A shout out to Lauren who celebrated her 8th birthday! Heather Self celebrated her 50th parkrun at Macclesfield- well done Heather, we really appreciate you as a key member to our parkrun family! There was a shout out for Anne-Marie Jones, who is our current age grade record holder ( it means she’s faster than most of her peers!)


Minnie and Emmaline has made super awesome GIRL POWER posters, to cheer on the runners!!

Due to the weather being so kind to us, everyone got off to a great start! We Facebook live streamed it so if you haven’t already, try and find yourself whizzing past me shouting ‘Stay on the path!’

JJ Wood tailwalked for us this week and was joined by some ladies from the Women’s Union.

We had an all-women line up pacing and they all shot off to a great start! One of our pacers, Janet, was representing the Tytherington Treacle’s WI!

The finish line was buzzing with people congratulating each other and it was great to meet so many new parkrunners and hear how much you enjoyed the morning! We really look forward to seeing you next week! It only takes one or two weeks to get hooked on the Saturday morning parkrun buzz BUT it will take you longer to catch up on all the lingo :) A PB will be the first one you hear... That’s personal best. Because parkrun is a run not a race, you are only ever trying to better yourself!

Our first 3 lady finishers this week were:

Angela Markley who has completed 57 runs.
Fiona Blags who has completed 21 runs.
Emily Bartram who has completed 4 runs.
Well done ladies!

There were cakes galore for our parkrun family, kindly baked by Amy and one of our pacers Sarah Price and they went down a treat!

After packing up, we all headed to the Park Tavern, who host us for post run coffee and breakfast every week. It was packed! Please come and join us there one week, we love to hear about your parkrun experience.

We hope to see you all return this week. Please remember to use the designated car park at Macclesfield Academy. If you turn into the college, from Park Lane, and head to the left. By using this, we keep the neighbours of the park happy. And the area less congested! We do encourage you to walk or cycle to parkrun wherever possible.
Please follow us and tag us into your pics on our social media sights- Facebook, Twitter and our new Instagram account.

And one last plea, if you haven’t given back to our amazing parkrun community, please consider volunteering in the month of March. We will be celebrating our 100th Macclesfield parkrun on Saturday 21st March so please get involved how you can!!

Thank you for reading my super long Run report ( I could sit and talk about parkrun and how amazing women are all day!) As a busy mum of 2, who is currently enjoying maternity leave, I’m regularly at lots groups and I LOVE meeting like minded women who work tirelessly for their families and still manage to make time for themselves! parkrun is just one of the self-care, ME TIME activities a women can enjoy! Of course it’s even more fun when the whole family join in!

Have a great day!
Holly Bamford

Macclesfield core team RD x

Female stats this week % if women for each age category!
Juniors 3.8%
11-14 1.9%
20-24 1.4%
25-29 8.1%

30-34 7.2%
35-39 14.8%
40-44 18.7%
45-49 14.8%
50-54 12.4%
55-59 4.8%
60-64 5.3%
65-69 5.7%
70-74 1.0%


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