It was another cold and cloudy Saturday this week, but an amazing turnout of 81 runners and some pretty exciting happenings surely brightened the scene in Platt Fields Park!
First of all, well done to all the runners and volunteers for braving the weather and creating a friendly but competitive atmosphere! On a related note, some very kind acts were observed at the tail of the run, which emphasize the community spirit that Park Run is also about: The last person to cross the finish line was struggling towards the end of the run. Her two friends however joined her side and motivated and encouraged her to keep going until she reached the 5k. We think this deserves special recognition, because it highlights the run’s friendly and supportive environment, and that it is not about winning, but about commitment!
So, here are this week’s results, and we are happy to report that a record has been broken! In his first appearance Gareth Turner crossed the finish line after an astonishing 16 minutes and 57 seconds. Well done, Gareth! Steel City Striders’ Ben Beattie (18:04) and Phil Burns of the Stockport Harriers (18:27) came in second and third, respectively.
Joanne Wright (Steel City Riders) took it home for the women, with an impressive 22:31, ahead of Hannah Lawrence (22:48) and Sale’s Harriers’ Katherine Victoria Reece (23:35). Great job, ladies!
Other notable achievements:
Frank Cordingley recorded a performance of 78.67% in this week’s Age Graded competition.
In the points competition Michael Dunne has a lead of 25 points over second placed James Winstanley. Vivien Bartoli leads Theresa Fenton by 49 in the ladies competition.
24 runners established new personal bests this week, bringing the total number since the South Manchester started to 183. In this time, 364 runners from 37 different clubs have completed the race 766 times covering a distance of 3830 kilometers.
And finally, this week saw 26 first timers at the run. We hope to see them and everyone else again at the Lake Side Centre next Saturday fresh and early at 9AM for our next event! Until then- happy running!
South Manchester Parkrun Team