Despite living less than 10 miles away and having done a little bit of parkrun ‘tourism’, this was my first visit to Oldham parkrun. However today there were visitors from slightly further away, including Cardiff and Sydney.
On arriving at the park on a warm dry morning, it was good to see so many people already out and about walking and making use of the lovely surroundings, both parkrunners and non parkrunners.
After an enthusiastic introduction from the run director, I set off on the 3 lap course wary of the hills having seen the course profile. Despite it being an undulating course, the uphill bits were fairly short and sharp and the downhill sections more than made up for the inclines. With its wide clear paths, it made for an excellent fast course.
This week 222 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests.
Of the first timers, 7 were new to parkrun, hopefully not for the last time. At the other end of the spectrum, Angie Hart competed her 370th parkrun.
First across the line today was Shane Reading in a time of 18.44 with the First Lady across the line being Angela Champion in a time of 21.55.
As always today’s event was only made possible by the team of volunteers and a big thank you to the 18 of you today:
Simon Bruce LAKE • Malcolm SUGDEN • Shirley ADAMS-CORBETT • Stephen ADAMS-CORBETT • Nigel PENGELLY • Garry BOWER • Dave BARDSLEY • Gill BARDSLEY • Angela ROGOWSKYJ • Stephen ROGOWSKYJ • Deborah DUFFY • Warren 'aka Sid' SIDDALL • Andrew HOLCROFT • Neil BRADLEY • Robert RADFORD • Christopher BARRATT • Katy DREWETTE • Nicole ASTON
Reporter: Dennis Thomas