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%



Macclesfield parkrun #97 Leap Day 2020

So, did you manage to participate at all 5 February parkruns?

The Leap Day parkrun 2020 is the first ever and the next opportunity won’t be till 2048 - someone joked on Twitter this week that I’ll be Run Director that day and that I’ll be 101 then!! Only one of those things can actually be true!!

I ran 4! 3 at Macc and 1 at Stamford Park parkrun - the only reason I didn’t run all 5 was that I was Run Director on the 8th Feb! I volunteered at all 5!

Which serves as a reminder that you can volunteer and still run - there are a few roles that offer you the opportunity to do this! We also always appreciate it when new volunteers offer to get involved, we are incredibly lucky to have some dedicated, regular volunteers and we don’t very often struggle to fill the roster which is great!! If you’ve never volunteered before then you can opt-in to receive volunteer updates by email - there’s a link in your results email - and then contact us to offer to help! You will always get a full briefing on the role that you volunteer for and if you want to find out more you can look here -

Anyway, back to today.... probably the worst condition we have ever seen the course in, which meant a couple of slight variations to try to avoid some of the worst of the muddy bits. Thanks to all the marshals for helping to make sure everyone stayed safe! I know there were a few fallers, but no injuries!

Let’s now hope for a dry week so that the course is in better condition for next week’s special occasion, more on that later!

Despite the weather recently we had 182 participants today and 11 even managed a PB - well done in those conditions! We had 12 first time visitors to Macclesfield and 4 of them were participating for the first time ever! Welcome to parkrun!

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Tim MARSH • Annie SMEDLEY • Amy MARSH • Tom MARSH • Ruth HUGHES • Lee SHAUL • Sid HARRISON • Gavin REYNOLDS • Chloe SWALES • Ethan SELBY • Trisha BARR • Mike UPJOHN • Fiona WILSON • Brian PUDDICOMBE • Christine TACON • Duncan ALLEN • William TIMMS • Millie JONES • Janet JONES • Emma THRAVES • Naomi THRAVES • Gillian AINLEY • Daisy DIPPLE-JOHNSTONE • Heather CUNNAH • Frank NICHOLSON • Steve NICHOLSON • Christopher AINLEY • Martha FERN

Huge thanks to our #hivizheroes today!!

There were also a number of milestones today!! 4 people joined the 50 Club; Jack Burgess, Megan Simpson, Deborah Gibson & Dawn Barstow. 5 people joined the 100 Club; Kevin Roughton, Edith Munro, Annika Munro, Wendy Minshull & Andrew Minshull. Huge Congratulations to you all!!

SO, our attention turns to next week - a special occasion around the world at parkrun as #IWD is on Sunday the 8th March so parkrun is encouraging events to celebrate International Women’s Day on Saturday 7th and we are planning to join the celebrations! We are encouraging as many women as possible to participate! We have a full line-up of female Pacers! We want to break our parkrun attendance record - currently 399! Let’s break 400 for the first time!!

parkrun research shows us that, across the world, women are less likely than men to take part in parkrun. Despite the fact that females make 54% of registrations, they are less likely than men to take part in parkrun and to continue participating. IWD parkrun is a fantastic opportunity to encourage more women and girls to participate in parkrun events all over the world. 

This event will be supported by the This Girl Can campaign, and our partners Sport England.


We have received our This Girl Can selfie frame and welcome flag and Macclesfield parkrun appears on the postcode searchable map of events - so if you're not in Macclesfield next week you will be able to find a local parkrun if you want to join the celebrations.

We will be posting lots of content on social media this week, so if you don’t already like & follow us then look us up on Facebook, Twitter AND  NOW Instagram!! We have only just created our Insta account so please follow us on ‘the gram’ as we will be trying to get loads of great photos on there next week!

We will have our brand new #Pink #HiViz bibs for our volunteers next week!!


See you soon!



Co-Event Director & Event Support Ambassador (Volunteer)



Pavilion Update

Good News!! The inconvenience of having to close the conveniences has been averted!!

Thanks to Run Director Fiona Wilson, with her Town Councillor hat on, the Town Council and ANSA have agreed that the female toilets can be open as a unisex toilet whilst the male toilets remain closed pending repairs.

There will be signage in place and obviously we need to be aware, respectful & considerate of others. We appreciate that this situation is not ideal but necessary if we want this facility to be available.


Tim, Jim and the Core Team