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!


Marple parkrun 28 Dec 19 #403

Huge Thank You to Imogen, our Duke of Edinburgh RD, results processer and run report writer. Cracking job.

A beautiful but chilly morning today, with low fog but high spirits. 89 brave runners took to the course with three people doing their first Marple parkrun and three achieving their PBs! Being the first run after Christmas and the last before the new year, there were festive treats and a lovely cake provided by John Bailey.
Thank you to the great volunteers: Jenny Brown, Brian Platt, Julie Stonier, Susan Leeson, Andrew Brown, Alan Stevenson, Richard Hemingway, Steve Bettridge, Sarah-May Matthews, Katy Brown, Joanna Brown, John Duffy, Claire Hardy, Ian Kane, Matilda Simon and Alexandra Munro. (edit AND Imogen Taylor)
Although Marple won’t be having a New Year's day run this year (because the course needs a chance to rest), don’t forget to take part in some of the special NYD parkruns in the area.
Happy New Year but most of all, happy parkrunning!
Imogen :)

And from the core team Thank you to everyone who has volunteered, walked, jogged or run with us in 2019, we hope you have a Happy, Healthy 2020 xx


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.

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