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!
Macclesfield core team RD x
Female stats this week % if women for each age category!