Sale Water parkrun #119 – Saturday 15th February 2020
A Tourists perspective:
Travelling from Nottingham for a day out in Manchester is no big deal, but it is when you want to start your day off with a parkrun. It meant leaving on a train at 05:30 in the morning, and with Storm Dennis forecast to hit us all hard, the prospect of running a parkrun at all, looked doubtful. It was a case of keeping our options open. My son is on 44 runs, and with his 50th parkrun looming, we needed to run, to keep on target for his planned parkrun party.
First option was Cheadle Hulme, which very rarely cancels, but anything was possible. If we headed for there and it was cancelled, with no car, there wasn’t much scope for anything nearer. Therefore we stayed on the train to Manchester Piccadilly, where we had a few more parkrun options.
The choices were narrowed down to South Manchester and Alexandra parkruns, but the best options for easier tram travel were for Stretford, Wythenshawe or Sale Water Park. Luckily Sale Water Park were quick to announce they were on, and with only a 400m walk from the tram stop, that’s where we headed.
My wife doesn’t understand the need for a parkrun fix, she thinks I’m mad, especially when the weather is forecast for Gale Force winds and rain. Yes, it was wet, yes it was a windy, and yes it was muddy. Sale Water had it all, but the weather didn’t deter 199 brave or crazy souls from running or walking the course,
None of which would’ve been possible without the help of the 19 volunteers, who stood out in such dire conditions to give us all the chance to run, supporting everybody as we went by…… Lisa was at The Helm. She did an amazing job with her army of volunteers. Without them, there’d be no event. There are various roles, all of which are easy to do, so if you’re thinking of taking a well earned rest, recovering from injury, or just fancy giving it a try. Mention it next time you’re down, or email email@example.com
You’ll be shown the ropes. All the roles are rewarding and relatively easy. It would also free up a regular volunteer, and may give them a chance to run themselves.
The course was slightly tricky underfoot with unexpected cobbles, bricks and rubble strewn along the towpath. So, if you’re not watching where you’re going, there is potential to do yourself some ankle damage. However, it was a nice flat, out and back route along the River Mersey, which I’d imagine would look totally different on a fine day.
I almost fell on the way back because somebody leaving the canal towpath on the way out, decided to run up the right hand side into everybody coming back. I skied down the muddy bank with the guy behind almost crashing into me, luckily we both stayed upright, or it might’ve been messy - literally
Out of the 199 runners. There were 50 First Timers, 7 of which were running a parkrun for their very first time ever. Welcome to the parkrun community……your Saturdays will never be the same again. Considering the weather, it was amazing that 26 people achieved new PBs.
There were no significant milestones, so it is worth mentioning Tim APPLETON for being the parkrunner with the most experience amongst the field, having clocked up his 281st parkrun today.
First Male Finisher was Daniel BENNETT with a time of 18:34, which given the uneven course was fantastic. First Female Finisher was Britta ISMER with time of 22:28
Well done to everyone this week. Lets hope that Dennis doesn’t cause too much havoc, so you can do it all over again next week