Wilmslow parkrun is cancelled on 2020-10-31 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Ruby, Ruby, Ruby….Ruuby…!

My dog was barking at everyone the other day.

Still, what can you expect from a cross-breed?

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Tommy Cooper 1921-1984


Parkrun pawsed runreport #24

Well we now move into autumn, the kids are back at school in their bubbles and the university students are preparing to leave later on in the month.

New Zealand has just had its first covid related death in 4 months whilst Greater Manchester is still in lockdown.

Slowly people are returning to their offices and the roads seem as busy as normal.

However there is still no sign of parkrun returning though there is now an acceptance that Covid and the new ways of working are not going to go away anytime soon.

At my work, the term “Covid Conditions” has been removed from signifying the pandemic working methods, these are now just how it is.

Yet there are more events taking place, the Alderley Edge Bypass is taking place in a fortnight locally and next week the Blenheim Palace Triathlon is also happening but without spectators.

It will just be a matter of time before other events start opening up again, in the meantime stay fit and stay safe.

Sadly, in the Carrs last Friday there was a tragic accident. A very large tree branch fell down across the path near the Twinnies bridge end of the course. A male walker was fatally injured as a result. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends, who include many of our regular parkrunners.

On a happier note, the Guardian has been running an article asking for comments on people’s parkrun experiences, see the link here





And to end on very happy note, congratulations to Tracy and Tony Collier who celebrated their Ruby Wedding Anniversary this week. (That’s 40 years, even longer than Liverpool went without a premiership win).


They celebrated in true romantic parkrun style, by wearing red parkrun T-shirts and going on a seven mile run, followed by lashings of Prosecco!


Tony summed up the occasion thus, “I can still get her hot and sweaty”!


On behalf of everyone at Wilmslow parkrun, Congratulations and Best Wishes to you both!


Thanks for reaching this far. Please submit some more articles! As ever, thanks for reading. WJ




When does a Triathlon become a Duathlon?

Paused Run Report #23


"When you cross the line, it is such a wonderful feeling it's hard to describe" Dame Kelly Holmes

With events returning across our local area many of you are taking the time to let us know how you are getting on. Just this week Run North West confirmed that the Alderley Edge bypass 10K will take place on Sunday 27th September. If anyone is taking part please send us a run report. Keep up to date with all of Run North West event here.

Regulars to parkrun, Emma Hillesdon, Vicky Atkins and Sarah Morton have returned to training in hope they will get the chance to complete the Wilmslow Festive 10K!


This week we heard from a regular contributor to our Run Reports, Pippa Price. Pippa recently completed the Horwich Triathlon which without the swimming leg became a Duathlon. Pippa tells us about the course and her achievement below. Thank you Pippa.

Triathlon returns, but with a few tweaks !

The Horwich triathlon is a well established triathlon known as ‘the Race to the Pike’ as the run goes up to top of Rivington Pike. The bike section is 35km/22 miles with a 1815 ft ascent and the run is 7km/5 miles with a 794 ft climb up the Pike

Unfortunately the swim had been cancelled which meant I would miss out on my best triathlon discipline - not the swim but T1 (where you change from your swimming gear into your bike kit and when I usually make up a bit of time on the rest of the field)There were a few other changes due to coronavirus. Firstly the race briefing took place on Facebook Live a few days before the race. No spectators were allowed, but the good news was there were no race number tattoos to put on (usually dunked in a communal bowl of water before you stick them on your arms and legs and they take a lot of scrubbing with Johnson’s baby oil to remove !) Also the timing chip was on the back of your race bib instead of around your leg, which avoided the need for a poor marshal having to remove them from sweaty ankles at the finish

But at least the race was on, and it felt almost like a normal race. Competitors set off on their bikes at 20 second intervals. The ‘draft busters ‘were out on their motorbikes to catch anyone not following the drafting rules (though sitting in another cyclist’s slipstream is probably not a great idea at the moment !)

The bike course was wet, windy, very undulating and long, the scenery was quite impressive, what you could see of it through the rain.  The run was actually not as tough as I was expecting, but we got torrential rain on reaching the top of the pike which meant the run down was through an ankle deep stream hiding an uneven cobbled path so a bit hairy. The race was well organised by Epic Events and I really enjoyed the buzz of being in a race for the first time since March

And I wasn’t quite in last place !

Pippa Price
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Well Done Pippa!
Next week look out for Mandy Winckworth's report from the Run Tatton Chase the Sun 10K which she ran on 26th August.
For those of you not returning to organised events just yet, you may have been submitting your time for the (not) parkrun. Wilmslow parkrun resident pacer, Colin Davies has been reviewing the submissions from Wilmslow parkrun regulars and has kindly sent us his findings!
Wilmslow (not) parkruns by Colin Davies

So far there have been 10 weeks of (not) parkrun, the first week boasting 12 participants, with the fastest time being recorded by Rebecca Jackson with 19:42, although the highest age graded performance was by Tracy Bown whose time of 22:36 scored 80.09%.

Tracy was the fastest in week 2, her time of 22:06 scoring 81.90% and she was fastest again in week 3 with 22:32 for 80.33%. Week 4 had the highest number of participants with 14, the fastest being Rebecca with 19:45 whilst Tracy’s 21:30 scored an amazing 84.19%.

It wasn’t until week 5 that the fastest time was recorded by a male runner, John Hubbard running 24:14, with my 25:44 scoring 68.52% for the highest age graded performance.

Week 6 saw Stuart Bradshaw’s 23:23 being the fastest time and my 25:00 led the age grades with 70.53%. Rebecca ran her fastest time of 19:30 to top week 7, with her 75.90% also being the highest age graded performance.

Rebecca was the fastest again in week 8 with a time of 21:45 and her 68.05% topped the age grades. With only 5 runners in week 9, I was the fastest with 25:27 and the highest age grading of 69.29% whilst week 10 saw 7 runners taking part with my time of 25:23 just a second faster than Neil Murphy’s 25:24 and scoring 69.47%.

Having nothing better to do, I have so far completed 21 (not) parkruns with David Allen on 11, Neil Murphy and Jo Orr both on 10 and Many Winckworth 9. Altogether 37 different runners have completed at least one Wilmslow (not) parkrun.

Thank you Colin!

We hope you are keeping well and staying safe. Its always nice to see friendly faces, this week Run Directors Simon and Sarah caught up for a coffee and a chat at our favourite coffee house, Cafe Azul! 
'Till next week, take care and keep running! SM

Running Into Cancer

paused runreport #22


This week's paused runreport is simple, we have handed it over to Tony Collier BEM who has written this report on the Power of parkrun and 5K Your Way.

Over to you Tony!

Given the week some of us have had with A level and GCSE results, this is timely reminder of other things that are also very important, possible more so as there is little chance of a U-turn in these affairs.

Thank you Tony, stay safe and be well!

Thanks for reaching this far and of course, as ever, thanks for reading. WJ


Colin makes a return to competitive running

Paused Run Report #21


"Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high, there's a land that I dreamed of once in a lullaby" Judy Garland

As the sun shines and summer continues to be nice to us, we continue to see many things returning to a new normality.

This week we saw the publication of the parkrun Covid-19 framework, which sets out a framework under which events may open. There are no planned date for the restart of parkrun, but this framework outlines how events would operate, you can read the framework in full at this linkThe Wilmslow Run Directors and Event Director took an opportunity this week to have a get together to go through the detail of the framework.

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We are seeing some running events taking place and our own regular pacer, Colin Davies, was a participant in the RunThrough Tatton 10K. It was Colins first real race in five months and he achieved second place in the V70 group. Colin sent us a run report from the event, thank you Colin.

The first local road race since the loosening of coronavirus restrictions was superbly organised by the RunThrough organisation at Tatton Park on Sunday 9th August with a field of almost 400 taking part. Following all the new rules and regulations to the letter, they staged an excellent race, thoroughly enjoyed by all the runners after such a long lay-off.


Runners were organised into waves of around 40 according to estimated finishing time and led at intervals to the start area by the marshals. The two fastest runners were positioned 2 metres apart on the start line with the remainder of the field lined up behind them in single file, again 2 metres apart. At 8.30am precisely the first four runners were set off, followed by further groups of four runners at a few second intervals.  The whole field was underway in about 15 minutes with official results being based on chip time..

Fortunately the temperature was slightly down on the previous day and so the absence of a drinks station was not too much of an inconvenience. Those who knew they would need a drink were advised to carry a bottle of water with them.

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I managed to run 53:53 which was one second faster than the previous week when I ran the virtual July Tatton 10K in 53:54

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We would love to hear from any of you who participate in events returning in the next few weeks. Send any of your stories to wilmslow@parkrun.com.

Until next week, take care and keep going. SM


It’s a Dog’s Life!



Paws'd runreport #20

We are now into our twentieth paused parkrun report, London Marathon has just confirmed it is not going ahead as normal, but we might hear something positive about parkrun very soon.

At least the weather is warm this weekend and the dog is wanting more exercise and cuddles!

Still, as your roving reporter, I do see many of you out on runs, many still running every day, RED. Also open water swimming and now pool swimming are available.

Here is our amazing run director Simon Armitt, spotted in Wilmslow this week!


Let us know how you are doing!

Thankfully we have these weekly updates to help keep the Wilmslow parkrun community going strong and the connections active.

After last week’s runreport and the sterling work that Leigh Hughes has been doing making masks, the orders are starting to come in. Remember every one raises money for the move.org charity, backing the Cancer 5Kyourway charity. Email us at wilmslow@parkrun.com

Following on from the Pandemic runreport last week, based on the South West Coastal Path around Torquay, we received another submission from Pippa Price. Pippa has just started to walk the whole of the South West Coastal Path, all 630 miles of it!

Pippa and her husband are actually going to do it in sections, probably taking annual bites out of it, over the next 10 years.

Perhaps we can expect an annual update from Pippa?

So let's start off with the first leg, the traditional way round from Minehead heading west.

Pippa's post lockdown challenge-taking on the South West Coast Path


It had been a long time coming, we had rebooked our hotels twice after originally booking for May but at least we were finally going to start the first stage of our challenge-to walk the 630 miles of the South West Coast Path from Minehead to Poole (the plan is to walk it in stages, probably taking about 10 years to complete)


After nearly 4 months of lockdown, we were looking forward to enjoying some new scenery and feeling the wind in our hair (still got plenty of that at the moment until I can get to the hairdressers !). We left the car in Taunton then jumped on a local bus to Minehead joining a bunch of masked pensioners using their bus passes for their weekly jaunt to the seaside. After locating the official start point on the prom in Minehead (a giant pair of hands emerging from the ground holding a big map) we set off


The scenery was varied and stunning, from Exmoor with it's wild ponies, the high cliffs around Lynmouth, pretty Combe Martin (reached after climbing the highest point of the whole path, Great Hangman at 1043 ft, 318m) then the wide surfing beaches at Woolacombe, Croyde Bay and Saunton Sands. Along the way we found B & B owners struggling to get to grips with the new regulations which meant we had to agree a set time for breakfast in advance rather than turning up when we felt like it, and newly opened pubs with patient and good humoured queues of drinkers lined up outside (we Brits love a good queue !)


We also saw normal life resuming, kids building sand castles on the beach without a care in the world and surfers bobbing in the waves as the surf crashed around them in the setting sun, all very reassuring that normal life will return. As for the walking, it was much tougher than we expected, despite our lockdown training, we found the constant descents and climbs over every headland hard work and I soon began to struggle with a double layer of blisters on my heels and my toes felt like an overweight cart-horse had trodden on them. After 2 1/2 days I gave up wearing my hiking boots and covered the last 50 miles in a pair of beach shoes. Meanwhile my husband was being attacked by a variety of local wildlife, picking up 2 tick bites and then a leech which I managed to dislodge from his calf before it sucked up too much blood


Like other physical challenges (namely half marathons !), when the body starts to struggle the mind has to take over and it became a test of mental strength to keep going. At times we both wanted to give up but luckily not at the same time and we eventually limped into Barnstaple after a gruelling 22 mile last day. After checking into a fancy hotel we managed a wry smile when they offered to carry our luggage to our room and we pointed out we had carried it for so long we could probably manage it ourselves. We had covered 85 miles in 5 days, somehow we managed to exceed the official mileage of 69 miles for that section of despite not getting lost so I think we may have done too much wandering around the local watering holes each night.


So are we going to do the next stage (Barnstaple to probably Tintagel) ? Well, yes, but not anytime soon !


What a great walk! Clearly good footwear is essential! Would anyone like to send in their holiday walk or runreports?

Let's hope we have have some good news tomorrow from parkrun HQ.

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


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