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)