Run Report May 4th 2019 – Star Wars Day

Well the "4th/force" was definitely with Marple parkrunners today! The weather couldn't have been better: bright sunshine, blue skies and a lovely "fresh" wind.

Clearly the weather had a positive impact on the Marple parkrunning community - 228 runners turned out for their usual Saturday morning fix, of whom 19 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.. There were also a few amazing milestones to celebrate:
- Gina Hitchen's 100th run;
- Elsie Evan's 250th run; and
- Graham Peak's 300th run!!!
A fabulous turnout and everyone was certainly in a cheery mood.

Walking the course bright and early to set up confirmed good conditions - a bit of morning dew but nothing else to worry about. Here's hoping the weather holds as we march into May.....

Oscar Fahy


Run Report # 365 13th April 2019

It was a cold but sunny morning in the park by the 100acre wood. Owl had retreated to his tree. Piglet, Rabbit, Eeyore and the Roos had scarpered to the local café for breakfast before the parkrunners arrived.
228 walkers/joggers/runners and 18 volunteers gathered, excited for the morning that promised CAKE and celebrations. Expectations were high that they would get to witness milestone runs. 100 each for Sue Thorpe and Mags Bradbury (visiting from Bramhall) and 250 for Tigger.
Tigger had been known to say that Life was not about how fast you run or how high you climb, but how well you bounce.
Well, Fastrunner Tobin disagreed and ran and ran and ran all the way to his first, first finish and a sparkly bright new PB. 50 others also disagreed and there were a lot of happy pb parkrunners at Marple.
But we need to remember that the wonderful thing about Tigger is Tigger’s a wonderful ED! His top is made out of rubber, his legsis are made out of springs!
He’s bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun.
But the most wonderful thing about Tigger is Jezza’s the only one (in Marple)
Tigger is a cuddly fella, Tigger is awfully sweet. Ev'ryone el-us is jealous, that's why I repeat... and repeat
The wonderful thing about Tigger is Tigger’s a marvelous chap!
He’s loaded with cake and beers and loves to run round 2 laps!
He’s jumpy, bumpy, clumpy, thumpy, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!
But the most wonderful thing about Tigger is Jezza’s the only one.
He’s, the only... oof! Ouch! Hey! Who put that spiky shrub there….who pushed me over…wha!?


Matt is back….and so was the rain!! #362 and #363

Thank you so much to Matthew Howling for these run reports for Marple parkrun events 362 and 363.....bogs of doom indeed!! High class spa treatments.......

16/03/19 #362
To those who read my run report last week, I can only apologise. The bogs of doom, that were previously rumoured to have been vanquished forever,
are back!...

There is a strange, slightly magical correlation between parkrun beginning and the rain stopping, but today there was no such magic. Waves lapped over some paths on the course and the coast guard were on standby. One of the volunteers wore his boating jacket with a high vis top so that we could be spotted should we need rescuing.

However, I still have faith in this parkrun magic, as, when Brian, a person at the very heart of Marple parkrun as both a long term volunteer and runner, came around the corner, the rain seemed to politely wait until our pre event setter upper had finished.

In less rainy news, we had our 600th volunteer today! The tail walker also showed off their new fox tail.

30/03/19 #363
This week was much drier than my last report, however I don’t dare to make any predictions on the bogs of doom. Today 196 people completed the course with 18 being first timers and 37 getting new personal bests. This week’s high vis heroes were
Brian PLATT • Catherine TOMBS • James KEMP • Helen GRAY • Alexandra MUNRO • Miranda GALLOWAY • Hannah DUNN • Sian GRIFFITHS • Nick CUNLIFFE • John BAILEY • Alan STEVENSON • Patricia RAINSBURY • Rebecca COX • Andrew BROWN • Matthew HOWLING • Richard HEMINGWAY • Michelle PRATT
One of our marshals reported that dogs keep trying to jump into the river, perhaps in preparation for the hotter weather that is soon to come?
Marple parkrun started on 26th May 2012. Since then 6,385 participants have completed 56,327 parkruns covering a total distance of 281,635 km, including 8,364 new Personal Bests. A total of 605 individuals have volunteered 5,857 times.

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Marple parkrun #360 A run Report by Matthew Howling……

Today began drizzly and wet, but undaunted, 142 people from 11 different clubs turned out to run, jog and walk the course, 8 of whom were first timers! The bogs of doom have still not come this year, and there is talk of them being gone permanently. Despite the slippyness of the course, 7 people recorded a new personal best time. This will have been helped by the boost in morale as the rain stopped just before the run and kindly waited until everyone was finished to begin again.
The high vis heroes this week were; Brian PLATT • Marion LESTER • James KEMP • Catherine HARRIS • Miranda GALLOWAY • Jeremy WOODHAM • Hannah DUNN • Angela MOORE • Patricia RAINSBURY • Linda AMOS • Rebecca COX • Esther HARRIS • Andrea ROWSON • Matthew HOWLING • Richard HEMINGWAY • James MANUEL.

These roles extended further this week as James Kemp tested out a new volunteer role for parkrun UK, and was our first ever course checker. There was also a daring rescue of a small orange cone that fell into the river.
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The male record continues to be held by Andi JONES who recorded a time of 15:29 on 12th July 2014 (event number 110).
The female record is held by Elizabeth APSLEY who recorded a time of 18:41 on 8th April 2017 (event number 256).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela OLDHAM who recorded 93.21% (22:05) on 26th May 2018 (event number 317).
Marple parkrun started on 26th May 2012. Since then 6,349 participants have completed 55,839 parkruns covering a total distance of 279,195 km, including 8,302 new Personal Bests. A total of 599 individuals have volunteered 5,806 times.


Thanks to Matt for reprising his role as Run Report writer. If you fancy a go at this, or any other regular volunteering role at Marple parkrun please do update your parkrun profile to receive alerts, or simply contact us at


Run Report #359 – or should it be called Molehill parkrun

Thank you to Dennis Thomas for this week's run report....

An overcast but mild morning awaited the 206 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Well done to all.
This was my first visit to Marple parkrun and despite the recent rain and the having checked the course description which contained a few sections of grass, I was bracing myself for mud. However, the course was in good condition and pretty much mud free with just one or two puddles on the sections of path. The main obstacles were the molehills that appeared on all the grass sections.

The event was made possible by 15 friendly volunteers: Brian PLATT • James KEMP • David SHOESMITH • James BANKS • Judith Mary WILSHAW • Hannah DUNN • Paul ADSHEAD • Nick CUNLIFFE • Christopher CARRE • John BATES • Rebecca COX • Kathryn OGDEN • Matthew HOWLING • Richard HEMINGWAY • Shirley SKINNER

I did chuckle running round at the enthusiasm of the marshal at the bridge crossing with his energetic directing of runners coming from both ways. (Mr Shoesmith, you know that's you!! GR)

A few milestones to mention from today: Peter Bradley ran his 50th parkrun: Claire Bradley ran her 200th Marple parkrun making 221 in total: Susannah Williams and Sarah Stutchfield both completed their 200th parkruns, although not all at Marple: Josh Stutchfield ran his 50th parkrun at Marple, his 98th in total.

However, they all have some way to go to catch Brian Platt who completed his 531st today.

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