The Poppy Run, Remembrance Weekend 2019

On a cold crisp morning this weekend, the Wilmslow parkrun commemorated remembrance weekend, all 261 runners and 36 volunteers fell silent and stood together as the Last Post was played.

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Showcasing its beauty, The Carrs course welcomed 35 first timers including visitors from Crewe and Stroud. Also visiting from Aberdeen was Nik Robinson, who is the parkrun Duke of Edinburgh coordinator. He had plenty to see this weekend with 15 of our volunteers under 18 years old and undertaking their own DofE journeys. Nik left us a lovely message:

"Thanks Wilmslow parkrun, Nicky (RD) , the Volunteer team and Simon (VC) & Mat (ED) - I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to your event. And it was great to meet DofE participants and hear about so many DofE success stories!

Keep up the great work!"

Amongst the runners were the members of the #MileShyClub, a beginners running club from Sale. We hope you enjoyed the course and hope to see you all back soon.


Our very own tourist this week was Wayne Jaffe who swapped  the November frost for the warmth and sun of Athens. And did us all proud and completed the Athens Marathon. The Authentic. We look forward for your tourist report!

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This week we saw a number of Milestones achieved, Ashley Farrell completed his 50th parkrun and clocked 9th position, Chris Trask reached his 200th,  Emily Haslam celebrated her 50th and also on 50 was Mandy Winckworth.  Yvonne Neary achieved her 200th and on her first visit to Wilmslow Sue Round clocked up her 450th run. Well done to you all.

The amazing Colin Davies followed up on his celebrations from last week. Hot on his 70th birthday celebrations, Colin clocked up his 100th parkrun as a pacer. He has helped many of you to a PB, so a big congratulations and Thank you Colin.  Keep going!


A firm favourite of the Wilmslow parkrun family, Beatrice ZUOKUMOR smashed her personal best time this week by a whopping 3 mins. Joining her, with his own PB was her husband, Preye ZUOKUMOR. Well done you two!  

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Leading the men this week was Joel Marris who achieved a PB of 17:28, in second place was Christopher Gow and third was Andrew Cleal.


Leading the females was Rebecca Jackson, with our junior member Poppy Schneider coming in second female place and first timer to Wilmslow Elaine Collins secured the third female position.


Lets not forget the dedication of our volunteers. Whatever the weather they are there for you and make every parkrun possible. This week there were 36 volunteers to whom we send the biggest THANK YOU.  If you have not volunteered yet just get in touch and we will find you the perfect task!


November is marching on and Christmas is just round the corner! Don't forget on the last Saturday of the month is 5K your way, Move against Cancer.

Don't forget to hold the date... Thursday 19th December. All are invited to the annual Wilmslow parkrun Prosecco Party.  



We look forward to see you all next week. SM


Wilmslow parkrun
Event number 243
9th November 2019

This week 261 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 36 volunteers:





Alexander MOSS • Emma DEWHURST • Wayne JAFFE • Sara HARRIS


Waihong SHEK • Simon ARMITT • Joseph BARBER • Isabelle FLANNAGAN






Nic BOWN • James LEES • Maya DALGAARD • Matt LEES


Lei Lei TASKER • Beatrice ZUOKUMOR • Sarah MORTON • Thomas MORTON


Matthew MORTON • Daniel MORTON • Holly HILLESDON • George REES


Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wilmslow parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Diane Elizabeth MCVEY who recorded a time of 18:08 on 2nd September 2017 (event number 125).
The male record is held by Daniel CLIFFE who recorded a time of 15:46 on 29th December 2018 (event number 197).
The Age Grade course record is held by Treena JOHNSON who recorded 92.99% (19:44) on 23rd March 2019 (event number 210).

Wilmslow parkrun started on 11th April 2015. Since then 6,935 participants have completed 39,704 parkruns covering a total distance of 198,520 km, including 7,159 new Personal Bests. A total of 517 individuals have volunteered 5,533 times.


Colin’s 70th Birthday Milestone!



Don’t you just love how parkrun introduces you to a new world, early on a Saturday morning, in all sorts of weather, achieving new PBs and meeting new people? I hope everyone who comes to Wilmslow parkrun chats to someone new every week and makes new friends, regardless of age or background.


We talk about the parkrun family and this week highlights the parkrun families. Yesterday was about milestones, both running and age. The headline goes to Colin Davies, the metronome, (or is it the metrognome?) Everybody knows Colin, whether from his running club background at the front end of the field, or from chasing a PB further back, Colin is there with his 422 parkruns and over 100 pacing experiences at Wilmslow to his credit.


And on the occasion of his 70th Birthday, he met up with Tom Harris, son of the co-organiser of the Wilmslow chapter of Cancer5KYourWay, Sara Harris, to train the next generation of pacers with a very impressive 30 minute pacing. Thank you Colin and carry on your amazing parkrun journey, running every week and every parkrun possible in almost every year since Wilmslow started!


Another family present regularly are the Fairhurst’s and once again it was great to see Dad, John, (who has now been joined by Colin in the 70-74 group), reaching his 300 parkrun milestone, pictured here with daughter Laura, the 3rd placed female today.


Other milestones were Wai Hong Shek, with her 100th milestone. Wai has also volunteered over 25 times but failed to collect her purple T-shirt in time, hopefully she will be quicker off the ball this time! If not, speak to HQ, they are pretty good especially in helping volunteers. Wai will frequently stop during a run to take many of the photos we see in the runreports. Wai also has a Big Birthday coming up soon but it would be ungentlemanly to mention any more details!


Other milestones were Phil Davidson and Lesley Al-Iskalachi gaining their 50th red milestone t-shirt, and Richard Pardoe on 200.

Next week we have Mandy Winckworth, one of the first Styal Couch to 5k participants reach her 50th parkrun. Mandy has now run 10ks so a half marathon must surely be on the horizon? A great success story of the programme and parkrun in general.

Well done everybody. And by running yesterday, missed the pain many would have felt in front of their TV screens. Normality will resume next week, though it is a special occasion as well.

Next week will be our Remembrance Weekend with Poppies on the course and The Last Post. We hope to have representatives of the RoyalBritish  Legion present as in previous years.

We will also launch the Toy and Foodbank appeal so if you want to bring any Toys or dry Foodstuffs, we will start collecting from Saturday.

Last week we had our Halloween Special and we celebrated with the launch of a new mini Halloween movie, Click here!

Well done to all our volunteers, thankfully last week’s deluge was not repeated and despite a poor forecast 24 hours earlier, the parkrun weather g-ds smiled benevolently on us. The course was reinstated after last week's flooded emergency version, a bit muddy and a bit slippery but essentially mostly dry.



We also had sunshine for the event which made the Carrs look beautiful again, especially the carpet of fallen leaves at the start area.



First male was Nick Hamlin. Well done. Sam Bailey, was second for a second consecutive week whilst Andrew Whittingham was third, returning to some running form after injury.


Amongst the ladies, Rebecca Jackson was first female, her 14th first place position. Sue Harrison was second. Laura Fairhurst, on the occasion of Dad’s 300th run, was third.


Welcome to our newbies, Paul Reid (70-74), Marie Williams, Nurgis Ahmed and Steve Dobbie, a great day to start your journey and welcome to Wilmslow parkrun.

Congratulations to Michael Beales who in finishing 70th, with a PB, was presented with a bottle of wine by Colin, on the occasion of his 70th run.


Well done Tom for learning the ropes in token sorting, another string to your volunteering bow!



Remember we are running extra events on Xmas Day and New Year’s Day and we do need volunteers as we do every week, please sign up to on your profile to OPT IN else email in to us directly.



We also have the annual Prosecco party on Thursday 19th December so save the date, all are welcome.

This week we received a lovely email from a new volunteer, Patrick.

Many thanks - and THANK YOU for all the time and effort that you and all your colleagues put in to organise Wilmslow Parkrun every week - it is really appreciated 
It's always good to end on a high!
And finally, one belated photo from Halloween!


Thanks for reaching this far. More photos below. As ever, thanks for reading! WJ


Wilmslow parkrun
Event number 242
2nd November 2019

This week 142 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 10 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:




Pippa PRICE • Thea GARFIELD • Mat REES • Gillian HOLLAND-JONES • Alexander MOSS


Wayne JAFFE • Sara HARRIS • Simon ARMITT • Olivia FLANNAGAN • Isabelle FLANNAGAN 


Thomas HARRIS • Leigh HUGHES • Andrew POWERS • Celia REED • Elodie BRADSHAW SWANN


Jonathan ROSE • Tony FLANNAGAN • James LEES • Caroline CONSTABLE • Maya DALGAARD


Matt LEES • Beatrice ZUOKUMOR • Talia MOUSSAOUI • Sarah MORTON • Thomas MORTON • George REES


Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wilmslow parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Diane Elizabeth MCVEY who recorded a time of 18:08 on 2nd September 2017 (event number 125).
The male record is held by Daniel CLIFFE who recorded a time of 15:46 on 29th December 2018 (event number 197).
The Age Grade course record is held by Treena JOHNSON who recorded 92.99% (19:44) on 23rd March 2019 (event number 210).

Wilmslow parkrun started on 11th April 2015. Since then 6,900 participants have completed 39,443 parkruns covering a total distance of 197,215 km, including 7,132 new Personal Bests. A total of 515 individuals have volunteered 5,497 times.







Let’s be honest, the weather was awful, it started raining the day before and it hadn't stopped. The course was inspected and it was dodgy! Puddles were growing by the minute and the river was rising! But we are Wilmslow parkrun and we will do what it takes to run. Another inspection with our very experienced run team decided we could go ahead but we couldn't use the normal course. However, a new course was swiftly designed, measured and coned off. Marshalls were reassigned and the start area was moved forward to get the distance close to 5k. Why do we do this? 

Because despite the rain, the cold, the gloom, the rugby semifinal on TV, we had over 100 of you turn up, many in costume to celebrate the annual Halloween parkrun. We also had the 5kYourWay cancer support group monthly run in town, led by Tony and Sara.


What we didn't know was the Bramhall was cancelled due to severe flooding at 8:12. Later in the day, the A34 River bypass would claim another sports car in it's watery grip!


But the biggest statement of intent, came from the family of dinosaurs, straight out of Jurassic World, aka Prestbury. 

A big thank you to Felicity and Ian Rankin, who were the most complete tail walkers we ever had, with real tails! And their millions of years of evolution enabled them to survive the elements that would have defeated many another species!


The weather certainly reduce the number of newbies, just 2 showing up on the results table. So well done to Ian Grogan, a  member of Knutsford Tri, and young Sebby Twiss-Hovell, brought by his dad to enjoy the spooky atmosphere! I don't think Sebby enjoyed the conditions but well done young man and come back some.


With Simon and Mat out on the course and Colin checking the distance on his watch, the runners were assembled at a new start area. Run Director Wayne, resurrected once again to deliver jokes that died many years ago, used this technique to distract everyone from the atrocious conditions. All three expected milestone runners failed to show! The new course was described and the going was officially noted as Wet, Wet, Wet!


For the record we only ran half the distance towards Twinnies bridge, turning around the cone, but completing the loop up the near incline, four times. This gave us a distance which worked out at just over 5k on most devices. 

As the photos show, Wet Wet Wet was pretty close to the truth!


Thank you everyone for the effort with the fancy dress. The finish line was decked out by Dinosaurs and Zombies, and every finisher who experienced this gruesome sight had a smile on their face.



Once again well done to all our four legged friends who ran, and in costume too!


But the biggest cheer has to go to the volunteers. Even the zombies were chilled to the bone, standing in the rain for over an hour! A special mention to Beatrice who attracted glowing tributes for her boundless energy, but everyone on social media complimented the volunteers for helping them through the morning. The 5kYourWay walkers especially valued the support on the course. So thank you to all the volunteers.


First male was Paul Smith, followed by Sam Bailey.


Amongst the women, Laura Fairhurst was first female, Grace Allerton was second and Johanne Greenwood, third.


Next week, we will celebrating with the senior generation's of Wilmslow parkrun.


Colin Davies, our regular metronomic pacer, will reach 70 years of age! That promises to be something special. Additionally, John Fairhurst, (70-74) father of Laura will reach his 300th run! Another amazing statistic.

We also have Wai Hong Shek on 100, Phil Davidson on 50, along with Emma Lord and Lesley Al-Iskalachi, Ashley Farrell is delaying till after the rugby!

You will be aware we delayed the results yesterday whilst we tried to sort an incident of ungentlemanly conduct. We make no apologies for this as we do not allow this behaviour at parkrun. Suffice to say the Head Office is aware and the lady in question is fine.


As it is November next week we are starting our Toy Appeal and Food Bank appeals. Please start bringing toys and dry food stuffs for the charity collections, more details to follow.

And to finish, don't forget to save the date, December 19th for our annual end of year prosecco party.

Once again, thank you to our ty runner-saurus rex's, Felicity and Ian. Click this link to see our Dino Tail Walker Finishers,

Thanks for reaching this far, hope you have all dried out, the weather on the Carrs today was glorious, with just a hint of the muddy puddles remaining. WJ


Wilmslow parkrun
Event number 241
26th October 2019

This week 136 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 7 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Beverley DENBY • Andy WATTS • Colin DAVIES • Jim KELLY • Thea GARFIELD • Mat REES




Alexander MOSS • Wayne JAFFE • Sara HARRIS • Waihong SHEK • Simon ARMITT • Isabelle FLANNAGAN






Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wilmslow parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Diane Elizabeth MCVEY who recorded a time of 18:08 on 2nd September 2017 (event number 125).
The male record is held by Daniel CLIFFE who recorded a time of 15:46 on 29th December 2018 (event number 197).
The Age Grade course record is held by Treena JOHNSON who recorded 92.99% (19:44) on 23rd March 2019 (event number 210).

Wilmslow parkrun started on 11th April 2015. Since then 6,890 participants have completed 39,301 parkruns covering a total distance of 196,505 km, including 7,123 new Personal Bests. A total of 514 individuals have volunteered 5,464 times.


Results on hold-Now Posted!

Following some reports of isolated incidents at today's amazing halloween parkrun, we have put the results on hold for the moment whilst we investigate. We take ungentlemanly conduct very seriously.



Pip! Pip! Hooray!

Just as Wilmslow parkrun reaches 240, we had a regular Wilmslow attendee reach a major milestone today! Yes, Pippa Price completed her 250th parkrun. Congratulations Pippa, what an achievement. With cake and Prosecco supplied by Pippa, she was set to celebrate in style with fellow park runners. Pippa's has also supplied another tourist report in this week's run report. And to cap it all, we will end on Pippa's personal parkrun poem! Thank you so much for all the treats, literal and literally! Bobbles off to you Pippa!

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This weekend we welcomed 34 first timers to Wilmslow plus 13 parkrun first timers, including visitors from Derby, Devon and Hereford. This lovely lady, Diane Stapley and her dog Simon (great choice of name!) are parkrun tourists aiming to achieve a parkrun for each letter of the alphabet. Today was her 69th parkrun and only 12 letters to go! We hope you enjoyed Wilmslow!



This group are work colleagues of one of our volunteers and all were first time visitors to Wilmlsow with David and his Dad, Saeed, and Clare, first time newbies. We hope you enjoyed it and see you again very soon.


Welcome infact to our all first timers, amazing to start your parkrun journey here. Long may it continue. Hi to Leo Nicholson, Wioll Makowski, Marek Makowski, Vaughan Finch, Felix Heaton, Katheriune Bexon, Yasmin Ward, David Azimi, Saeed Azimi, Clare Sullano, Antonia McBride, Yvonne Peet and Mike Monks.


A total of 207 people took to The Carrs course this weekend, and making it a top spot finish for the second week was first male Luke Mendham also achieving a personal best time of 18:09. Luke has now posted 3 consecutive PBs and is showing no sign of slowing down, not even for his beloved Rugby! Second male was Samuel Bailey and third was Jim Pendrill.


Topping the females was Poppy Schneider (11-14) who also achieved a personal best time of 20:58. Second female was Diane Bygrave and third was Olivia French setting herself a new PB of 22:18.



A big thank you to our pacers this weekend, Colin Davies and Graham Duce - who helped Pippa Price to that magical 250th, with a season's best time SB. In total 36 individuals achieved a personal best.



Without our amazing volunteers we would be unable to hold our event as also, a big Thank You to the 34 volunteers across the course today. Please remember to help where you can, especially with all the extra events coming up over Xmas and New Year



Last weekend we had some half marathons, here  outside Lancashire County Cricket Ground and sporting their Manchester Half medals, are Ian Morton, Helen Curran, Steve Creasely and apparently Simon Armitt! But alas, no T-Shirts!




Sporting two generations of Royal Parks Half Marathon T-shirts we have Lawrence Cockburn and Wayne Jaffe, who bumped into each other in London last Sunday, and again at parkrun this week.




And we also had a group of regulars on tour, in Amsterdam, with Styal Running Club




This week our parkrun tourism report is courtesy of Pippa Price.

October Parkrun of the Month : Bath Skyline Parkrun Postcode BA2 7BR   Driving distance from Wilmslow 3hr 14 min


Average field 274 runners. 
Average finish time 28.39
Ascent 152 ft (Wilmslow 86ft)
Facilities : Limited free parking at the BMI Bath clinic , it was empty when we arrived at 8.15 but quickly filled up, one toilet in the summerhouse, post run coffee at Combe Grove Manor ( a country club- well this is Bath !)
Course : A one lap course through woods with occasional views of the Bath skyline, mostly flat except for a steep set of 30 wooden steps up through the woods. The start is a 35 minute walk from the middle of Bath
Overview: As the first half of the course is along narrow paths, with waist high nettles either side, there is little room for overtaking, plus the steps which are soon after the start slow the whole field down as most people walk up them, so start near the front if you are a fast runner. Though the ascent is nearly twice that of Wilmslow it seemed fairly flat except for the single flight of steps. Some pleasant scenery and very helpful marshals. A lovely marshal called Sue told my friend where she could park for free in the middle of Bath for the weekend to avoid the exorbitant parking charges. She also offered to take us on a quick run around the first part of the course to point out the views (and I mean quick, she then mentioned that she runs marathons in under 3 hours so we struggled to keep up with her and ended up not just warmed up but pretty much exhausted before the run had actually started !)
Thank you for this Pippa, one of many tourist reports you have sent us. If you visit one of the many parkrun events, please write in and we will gladly publish it.
Don't forget next week is 5K your way, Move Against Cancer. The group meets on the last Saturday of each month and supports those living with and beyond cancer who wish to walk, jog or run the park run. Look out for the ambassadors Tony Collier and Sara Harris.
This is Tony and his Amsterdam medal in his charity top.
And if you had missed it, we have a frighteningly big event this week at Wilmslow parkrun!
If you are brave, I dare you to press the button and see the scariest movie in parkrun land! HERE
Make sure the sound is turned up, and the lights are turned low!
Yes, this coming week is our annual Halloween fancy dress parkrun, but be warned, we will be joined by some scary friends and you may find yourself in this years Halloween film or runreport! To give you a taster, here are some of our special guests from last year!
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Finally, in this Pippa Price Souvenir Edition, we are proud to present, Pippa's parkrun Poem!

Why I love Parkrun

Why am I setting my alarm on a Saturday morning ?
To do something positive, rather than lying here snoring
To relax after the working week, to escape my troubles
I go out running in the rain and ‘Embrace the Puddles’
Our dedicated volunteers, Simon, Mat and Wayne
And all the core team, cheer us on through the pain
Our beautiful course, stretches alongside the Bollin
And we have our expert pacer, the reliable Colin
He powers along like a Duracell bunny
But when he overtakes you on the hill, it’s not very funny
Gliding along effortlessly, like Mo Farah, that’s my dream
But face contorted in pain, I look more like ‘The Scream’
Park runners young and old, have no fear of ageing
We look forward to our next birthday, to improve our ‘age grading’
Can I run up the last incline ? I forget it’s so steep
Through the finish funnel, I collapse in a heap
Was it a PB ? (I’m a stats loving geek)
Oh no, TOO SLOW !..... I’ll try again next week

Pippa P

That is amazing Pippa, thank you for your input and congratulations on your 250th milestone!
Dont forget to save the date for the Annual Wilmslow parkrun Prosecco Party, on Thursday 19th December, 7:30-11pm, at a central Wilmslow location. Details to follow later, but All are welcome.
Thanks for reaching this far. As ever thanks for reading. SM

Wilmslow parkrun Event number 240 19th October 2019

This week 207 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 34 volunteers:





Alexander MOSS • Emma PARKER • Wayne JAFFE • Sara HARRIS


Waihong SHEK • Simon ARMITT • Olivia FLANNAGAN • Isabelle FLANNAGAN




Graham DUCE • Jonathan ROSE • Andrew KEAY • Tony FLANNAGAN




Rebecca LEES • Talia MOUSSAOUI • Sarah MORTON • Matthew MORTON • Josh EATON • George REES


Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wilmslow parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Diane Elizabeth MCVEY who recorded a time of 18:08 on 2nd September 2017 (event number 125). The male record is held by Daniel CLIFFE who recorded a time of 15:46 on 29th December 2018 (event number 197). The Age Grade course record is held by Treena JOHNSON who recorded 92.99% (19:44) on 23rd March 2019 (event number 210).

Wilmslow parkrun started on 11th April 2015. Since then 6,873 participants have completed 39,165 parkruns covering a total distance of 195,825 km, including 7,116 new Personal Bests. A total of 513 individuals have volunteered 5,438 times.

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