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.
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.
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!