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:
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.