Shhh hello……

Dear All,

We've been a bit quiet recently as we've not really had much to say about Marple parkrun during lockdown. If you want to hear loads more about parkrun in your newsfeed then follow parkrun UK where there are news, quizzes and other parkrun related activities.

However, we did want to share this latest blog post from Tom Williams which explains parkrun's position on reopening parkrun events.


parkrun cancelled for now……..

Dear All,
I guess this has been expected since last weekend's cancellation of parkrun in most countries, but sadly now we are too. parkrun have said the following.

"All parkrun events in the United Kingdom have been suspended with immediate effect due to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation. At this stage we have cancelled events up to the end of March. Please follow our communications channels for ongoing updates. parkrun’s global position is published and will be updated here -

Remaining active is incredibly important, and we are working on ways to encourage and support that, however please do not arrange group gatherings at your parkrun venues whilst parkrun events are suspended."

To help you stay active the National Trust have said that whilst cafe's, properties etc will be closed and events cancelled, they are, for now, removing barriers to many of their properties and have suspended parking charges. This is to allow us all to enjoy some fresh air and activity. Please double check their websites for details.

Until our parkrun suspension is lifted please stay safe, ask for help if you need it and we look forward to seeing you in the not too distant future.

The back room team xx


So you lovely bunch of Marple parkrunners and friends of Marple parkrunners… Can you help us?

How can YOU help US, you may be asking yourself?

Well, you could really help us out by donating an old phone to us.

This will allow us to time parkrunners and scan parkrun barcodes using the parkrun virtual volunteer app. Utilising this new technology increases the reliability of our results and reduces the amount of equipment that needs to be stored, transported and maintained by event teams.

Please check those drawers and cupboards for forgotten phones that you may have replaced with nice shiny new ones and feel great that you are supporting your local parkrun, so that we can further support all our fantastic participants.

If you can help us, please let us know and we can liaise with you on collection.

Note: There are compatibility requirements for both Apple (iOS) and android phones.
An Apple iPhone or iPod touch must be running iOS 10 or higher (iPhone 5 being the oldest model which will support this) and an android phone must running 4.1 or up. (We can test it by downloading the app and scanning a barcode.)


IWD – International Women’s Day

On 7th March 2020 we will be supporting International Women's Day and the This Girl Can campaign. We already support every individual participant at Marple, but we also know that taking activity in public can be daunting to many. Please encourage the women and girls (and the men and boys) in your life to come and see for themselves how welcoming we are whether spectating, volunteering, walking jogging or running, all are welcome.

JEDi Gina



Say this very carefully……Funnel Duckers!!

“Funnel Ducking” and why we mention it.

You might not be familiar with this phrase, particularly if you’re new to parkrun, so we thought we’d explain it and the reasons why we ask you not to do it.

‘Funnel ducking’ is where a person crosses the finish line but then ducks out of the finish funnel without taking a position token.
This will mean that they have been timed but, if we don’t spot it, what should have been their token will go to the next person across the line.
This then means that every single runner and walker behind them will be allocated the wrong time.
It also means a lot of extra technical work for the Run Director in trying to correct the results and, in addition, they can only do it if they know at which point it happened.

We had four Funnel Duckers yesterday so we thought it might be a good opportunity to explain what impact this has.

We understand there might be a couple of situations that might tempt you to duck so here are some Questions and Answers to help:

Q: What if I’ve crossed the line and realise I’ve left my barcode in my car/coat?
A: Take a position token, go and retrieve your barcode then come back and get both scanned.

Q: I don't have a barcode OR I’m not bothered about having an official time but I’d still like to run. What should I do?
A: You’re still welcome to take part but please leave the flow of runners/walkers well before* the finish line
cross the line, take a token and just hand it in to the person scanning. This also allows you to know what sort of time you ran from looking at the positions ahead and behind yours in the results.
*We’ve had people stop suddenly at the line, it’s both dangerous and causes confusion for our volunteers.

If you’re unsure about any aspect of parkrun please just ask the Run Director or a member of the core team - we’re happy to answer your questions!

We hope this explanation and information is useful, see you on parkrunday!

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