Christmas and New Year

As an Extra Special present we will be holding a parkrun at Marple on 25th December. Run off your pud before you eat it!!

We won't be holding a parkrun on New Year's day this year, sorry.


Run Report 14 Sept 2019

This weeks run report comes from one of our favourite four legged parkrunners: Lulu

“I love a good barkrun I do.
I don’t know why the humans always spell it wrong.

I had a great time this morning. I watched Mummy do the barkrun and did my bestest puppy eyes in the hope I’d get some of the treats that were available to celebrate Tom and Matt Howlings 100th barkrun and 25th volunteering. Howling, that’s my favourite human name this week.

I thought I’d cracked it when a kindly faced lady smiled at me and patted my head but no, she wandered straight over to another human to talk about something called a PB.
Unless that stands for Provide Bacon (to me) don’t pat me again Sista.

Anyway then I heard people talk about breakfast and going to The Norfolk. My knowledge of dogrophy is quite good so I thought it would be a long trip but no! They meant the pub!
So we all went to the Norfolk Arms, the smells were lovely; sausage, bacon and veggie options.
I did my best puppy eyes again but no-one was caving. Not Sarah, not Mummy. Humans can be soooo selfish sometimes.
Anyway on a positive note, cos there were other dogs allowed in I noticed a Cavapoo, he was definitely giving me the eye.
I’ll be looking out for him next week when they’re open for breakfast from 9.30am.
I will play it cool though, some of these boys are all bark and no gravy bones.
Right I’m off now, those lampposts aren’t going to sniff themselves”


Run Report for Marple parkrun #380

Huge thanks to Simeon for our run report today. If you fancy putting pen to paper after the run one week please let us know, it comes with a volunteer credit.....

After the recent barmy hot weather, things had cooled off a little for
Marple parkrun 380. Indeed there had been a bit of wet stuff from the
sky, although the weather had got that out of the way before the runners
arrived in Brabyns Park. This made conditions today pretty good. The
ground was still firm and it wasn't quite as toasty on the course as it
was a week ago.

A very enthusiastic introduction from the RD had 218 people shout
'YOU'RE AMAZING' to today's wonderful volunteers - so thanks again John
BAILEY, Rebecca COX, Harry DUTSON, Oscar FAHY, Miranda GALLOWAY, Richard
PLATT, Michelle PRATT, Gordon ROGAN, Sue THORPE, Hannah TOMLINSON, Anwen

As the RD commented, over the summer months we do struggle for
volunteers as people go away en masse so, if you can spare an hour of
your Saturday morning, please get in touch with the team at Be a hi-viz hero and help keep things running
smoothly. It's a lot of fun!

Anyway, what can we say about today's parkrun?

218 people finished although 13 people misplaced their barcodes
somewhere between the front door and the finish line! They do say 13 is

It was a close finish between Paul Armstrong and Tobin Rose, with Paul
finishing 1 second ahead of Tobin. Matt Hughes was 3rd across the finish
line with a new PB, taking 20 seconds off his previous attempt and
joining that very exclusive sub-19 club.

Jayne Lawton was first lady home with a huge 81% age grading, and the
only runner above 80% today. Jasmin Reed and Faye Waterhouse were second
and third ladies.

Speaking of age gradings 18 runners today managed to get an age-grading
above 70% - amazing!

Before we set off, by a show of hands we had 1 tourist and 1 person
doing their first ever parkrun. Looking at the results there were
actually 14 people making their first visit to Marple, and apparently 5
of these were doing their first ever parkrun. So congratuations to Olly
Freeman, David Peach, Adam Meadowcroft, Amy Evans and Hannah Noble!

No parkrun milestones today. Perhaps we've had too much cake recently......!

In total there were 33 PBs today - all this warm-weather training is
paying off now!

With so many I thought I'd highlight a few results that stood out.
Andrew Hodson has managed a PB 3 times in July 2019 coming in at 22:16!
Several runners improved their PBs by around a minute which is amazing -
Eve O'Reilly, Alan Barker, Louise Ewbank, Neil Cameron and Alex
Ehergatner. Then there's Matt Thomas knocking off over 2 minutes to get
26:55 and Ellie Rangley producing a whopping 2.5 minute PB to run 28:58.
But I think the biggest PB today goes to Bruce Smith knocking nearly 10
minutes off his best to finish in 26:05!

Well done everybody.

Simeon A45120


Marple parkrun 7th Anniversary Run Report


The parkrun Gods were shining on us today as we were treated to a glorious Spring morning. The course, in perfect condition, yielded a massive 60 personal bests including first finisher Michael Cooke who shaved 4 seconds off his previous best time from 4 years ago with 16:18.

We also greeted Marple Runners' Pub2parkrun group graduating and running their very first 5k. So, a big congratulations to Alan, Angela, Debbie, Janelle, Katie, Laura, Tracey and Siobhan. We look forward to seeing you back again soon. Clare Smith and her team of coaches have done a great job encouraging you all.


We had other causes to celebrate. Ian Bowker was taking part in his 100th parkrun, running 94 of them here.

And for Simon Rushton, it was his 250th parkrun which he celebrated in style with a Personal Best at his 166th Marple parkrun which is good going.

Thanks to all the celebrations, we had lots of cake and treats afterwards and many stayed on celebrating finishers.

As well at lots of regulars, 45 first timers and quite a few coming back to us, we had tourists from Caerphilly to Cape Town, so a warm welcome to each and every one of you.

Of course, we recognise volunteering is as important to people as running or walking and for that we thank all our volunteers. You cannot underestimate the benefits that volunteering brings in terms of social interaction and mental wellbeing. If you would like to volunteer next week or at anytime please drop us an email at

We hope to see you all again next week as we start another fantastic year at Marple parkrun.


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.

If you'd like to contribute a runreport one week, or volunteer in any capacity, plese contact us at


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.
If you would like to be Marple's 600th volunteer, then update your parkrun profile to opt in to receive alerts, or simply email us at

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.


Marple parkrun RUN REPORT EVENT #358

This week's Run Report is brought to you by Victoria Birrane. Thanks Victoria. If you want to write future Run Reports for us, please let us know.

We were treated to a beautiful morning this week for our 358th event.

There were 226 runners, joggers and walkers this week, and amongst them were people celebrating their parkrun milestones. Well done to Daniel GIANFERRARI who completed his 50th parkrun, Mark LYNCH who completed his 100th parkrun, and Lynn MCCOMBE and Maria RUSHTON who ran their 250 th parkrun. Nice work guys!

The lovely spring weather must have provided the perfect conditions for the 33 people who
achieved a new PB this week. Congratulations to you!

There were 27 first timers this week, of which 6 of them were taking part in their first ever parkrun.

So we would like to give a special warm welcome to Andrew THOMSON, Andy TAYLOR, Harriet THOMSON, Jean JENKINSON, Joseph DEIGHTON and Natasha ADDISON. We hope you all enjoyed your first parkrun and we look forward to you joining us again soon.
There were plenty of tourists, and lots of running clubs were represented. It’s great to see people joining us from far and wide. Thanks for coming along!

Thank you to the amazing volunteers who make our parkrun dreams come true. They were: Angela MOORE, Brian PLATT, Emily BAMFORD, Ian N TAYLOR, James KEMP, Jill HALLAS, John BAILEY, John BATES, Julia CLEMENTS, Miranda GALLOWAY, Patricia RAINSBURY, Philip ROSE, Richard FURNISS, Richard HEMINGWAY, Steve MCCOMBE, Susannah WILLIAMS and Victoria BIRRANE.
Also, a special thanks to the wonderful Patricia RAINSBURY who was volunteering for the 150th time. You are a super star!

It was a fabulous morning and we hope you all had a great time. See you again soon, and
remember… DFYB (Don't Forget Your Barcode).


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