Wythenshawe parkrun is cancelled on 11 July 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

 Wythenshawe parkrun no.431 – 14th March 2020 – Another Positive Event

On a cold and cloudy Saturday morning 248 of us turned up and enjoyed our time in the park as we walked/jogged/ran our way around the normal course with a slight variation on the Cromwell loop.

I will mention the Coronavirus now, and hopefully not mention it too often, but the current information is that parkrun is not presenting a higher risk of infection any more than any other part of daily life. The wider parkrun team at a national and global level are monitoring the situation and will provide further updates as and when appropriate.

parkrun believe that during challenging times it is more important than ever that communities are able to come together socially and support each other if appropriate and safe.

I was in the fortunate position this week of tail walking and I can confirm that our parkrun community was definitely supportive based on the many thanks as I walked around our event from the other runners.

 So on behalf of this week’s volunteer team which was led by Charley Dean and included Andy Holloway, Carole Partington, Daniel Tanner, Frank Cordingley, Glen Davad, Hayley Gavin, Jackie Cordingley, James Stables, Jane Gavin, Jennifer Lutton, Jonathan Butcher, Kate Holloway, Libby Day, Mia Cordingley, Nathan Maybury, Nayan Griffiths, Paul Maybury, Pauline Lorford, Ron Carter, Sam Mcgrath, Tristan Pocock, William Parker, Steve Thurston I want to say a big thank you back.

In terms of celebrations, we had plenty of treats this week, including some excellent home made cakes. The parkrunners celebrating included Ailsa Macdonald on her 10th parkrun, Lesley Jordan on her 50th parkrun, Janette Boynton on her 50th parkrun and Jaya Limbachia  on her 150th parkrun. Congratulations and thank you for the treats.

We also had 21 first timers to our event with 12 making their parkrun debuts, so welcome to you all and we hope to see you soon. In terms of tourists, as well as welcoming tourists from local events we also welcomed parkrunners from Nonsuch parkrun in London, Burgess parkrun again in London and Helen Mcguire who normally runs at Cheltenham parkrun and is a member of the fantastically named “Almost Athletes” Running Club. We hope you enjoyed your visit and look forwards to seeing you again soon.

15 was the magic number of Personal Bests this week and I wish to highlight William Lord who was our first finisher on his PB of 19:19 on his 146th run at Wythenshawe, Hannah Hunter breaking that magical 25 minute barrier on her 25th run at Wythenshawe and Miranda Beatty on her PB on her 23rd run at Wythenshawe, well done all of you.

I am typing this report on Sunday afternoon and currently we are still on for next week at the moment but please keep an eye out on social media for potential cancellations due to the COVID-19 virus.

The park is also pretty waterlogged so that may cause an issue if we have significant rainfall this week.

However the most important message in this week’s run report is to stay safe, take care of yourself and your loved ones and to be courteous to all.

See you soon,



Wythenshawe parkrun no.430 – 7th March 2020 – This Girl Can

After 2 weeks where we have had to cancel the event due to the wet conditions making the park unfit to run, we were back as good as ever on Saturday morning and as I got out of the car on Saturday morning and saw the familiar faces of parkrunners and volunteers, a smile came over my face.

I forget the exact quote but I remember reading once that the final joy of doing some travelling was to return home and after two weeks away 323 of us enjoyed our time at our parkrun home on Saturday morning as we ran/jogged/walked our way around the park.

We also were at the park celebrating International Women’s Day which is a day to promote gender equality and to challenge stereotypes, broaden perceptions, and celebrate women’s achievements.

This also combined with the #thisgirlcan meant that there was a true celebratory feel to our event and a lot of pictures using the selfie frame as below.

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We also had other reasons to celebrate as Andrew Penney ran his 200th parkrun and Victoria Fletcher completed her 100th parkrun, congratulations to you both and many thanks for the treats.

We also had 38 first timers to our event with 15 making their parkrun debuts, so welcome to you all and we hope to see you soon. In terms of tourists, we welcomed participants from Huddersfield & Southport; however the prize for the tourist from furthest afield goes to Ian Bratt who usually runs at parkrun in Boksburg, South Africa.

The slightly drier conditions were enjoyed by 16 of us, as that was the number of those who celebrated Personal Bests this week.

However in terms of celebrating achievements, I think it is worthwhile to mention 2 achievements from Wythenshawe regulars who managed a bit of tourism whilst we were away.

The first was from Jackie Cordingley who managed to become the Age Graded Record Holder at Alexandra parkrun on the 22nd February. The second was from regular Run Director Jennifer Lutton who on her 330th parkrun achieved a Personal Best at Alexandra parkrun last week of 24:15.

Congratulations to you both, as in keeping with International Women’s Day and thisgirlcan it shows that there are no barriers to achieving your goals.

All of the above would not have been possible however without our brilliant team of volunteers, who this week were led by Dan Martell and included Alan Lamb, Andy Holloway, Astrid Lavin, Barbara Wright, Bruce Partington, Carole Partington, Claire May Spence, Daniel Tanner, Jim Brett, Kate Holloway, Maggi Gmerek, Nayan Griffiths, Norma Burgess, Pauline Lorford, Ron Carter, Sam Mcgrath, Steve Thurston, William Parker, Zeyeem Mohammed and Zoe Gmerek.

On behalf of all the parkrunners, thank you to you all you are all amazing J

As has been mentioned and you can see from the pictures, this week was a celebration of #thisgirlcan and International Women’s Day and I think the two quotes below help to sum up the occasion.

“To tell a woman everything she cannot do is to tell her what she can”

And my favourite is

“Here’s to strong women: May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”

See you on Saturday,




parkrun day from a tourist perspective

Event number 429

From David Webb A717446. Shropshire shufflers . Shrewsbury .

It’s Friday evening and a decision needs to be made as I am being asked by my little group ( which parkrun are we going to ) . I have a look on the cancellation page due to there being yet another storm on its way. (Dennis ) and make the decision that we are off to wythenshawe parkrun .

Arriving in the car park at 8:15 am with time in hand we double check the cancellation page and multimedia as well to find it’s going ahead. Then we noticed one of the volunteers walking across the car park carrying some equipment. With that we decided to get out of the car even though we’ve got light rain and get our selves ready with hat and gloves on and make our way over to the start area where we introduce ourselves to various volunteers and Jenn the run director and we was duly greeted .

We attend the first timers briefing by the Oliver Cromwell statue paying attention to the route being a 2 lap course on a mixture of tarmac, trail and grass.


We then make our way over to the start line where Jenn the run director gives a quick briefing explaining the route again and also asking us all to please bear in mind that parkrun does not have sole use of the park and please be polite to other users in the park and give them the right of way. She says there’s always next week with better weather to get a p b , then she says “timers ready “ followed by 3 2 1 and where off completing 2 laps of the lovely park passing the the gardens and the community farms being encouraged by the wonderful volunteers in the wind and rain and before we knew it and bar codes scanned we had completed our Saturday morning parkrun buzz.

We went and said thanks to the wonderful volunteers and started our way back to Shropshire but fear not we shall return to you wonderful park hopefully next time with better weather .

So now we praise the wonderful people who made this event happen today .
This week there was a total of 305 people who ran ,jogged or walked the course . Today’s first finisher was nick Hamlin (male ) in a time of 18.13 and the first (female )finisher was Charlotte Edmondson in a time of 20.50 .

There was runners, joggers and walkers From 25 different clubs 57 of them where new to Wythenshawe’s event. 9 off them completely new to parkrun! 16 recorded new p b’s . I can only assume that the wind was behind them.

Also there was milestones reached by Sean jesson and Sarah loughrey reaching there 100 th parkrun’s . And finally a massive thank you to the 20 volunteers who made this event happen.

Nick HAMLIN • Alan LAMB • Jennifer LUTTON • Katharine LAY • Andy HOLLOWAY • Kate HOLLOWAY • Martha WHITEHEAD • Daniel TANNER • David WEBB • Jaya LIMBACHIA • Bruce PARTINGTON • Jennifer SIMPSON • William PARKER • Stuart WHITTLE • Mark DAY • Claire HAMLIN • Libby DAY • Angela POLLITT • Robert GILLOTT • Zeyeem MOHAMMED








The calm before the storm

 Wythenshawe parkrun no.428 – 8th February 2020 – Avoiding Storm Ciara

What a difference a day makes? 24 Little Hours... Don’t worry I am not going to sing that to you but that thought went through my head as I looked out of the window at 9am on Sunday and saw storm ciara causing havoc. It made me doubly thankful that not only did I do my long run on Saturday but that our parkrun took place in far calmer conditions.

We do sometimes complain about the weather, but compared to the -20C plus windchill that one of regulars Martin Banfield encountered in Canada, we can feel very lucky.

And it was in calmer, drier and significantly warmer weather than Martin encountered that 330 of us ran/jogged/walked our way past the circus and around Wythenshawe Park.

After last week’s plea for volunteers, we were in the fortunate position of not requiring a last minute shout out for volunteers so thank you to the team led by Alan Lamb and included  Andy Holloway, Kate Holloway, Martha Whitehead, Daniel Tanner, Chris Snow, Anthony Harrison, Ian Mcgeough, Jonathan Butcher, Ron Carter, Sam Mcgrath,  Gary Clucas, Bruce Partington, Holly Hill, Anna Grigson, Jessica Hill, William Parker, Stuart Whittle, Emma Marsh, Alex Hirst, Libby Day, Sarah Whitehouse, Sue Cole, Zeyeem Mohammed,  Zach Cole & Glen Davad.

The number of first timers to our event continues to surprise me as we welcomed 37 first timers to our event this week, with 15 making this their first ever parkrun. Welcome to you all, I hope you all enjoyed our friendly community event and we look forwards to seeing you again soon.

In terms of tourists, I was near the back of the field this week, and could not hear too clearly but I believe that we welcomed a tourist from Kent. We also welcomed a number of tourists from local events and from a quick perusal of the results shows tourists from Poole and Chester.

It may be that quite a few of you like myself decided to take it easy this week as the number of Personal Bests dropped down to a still impressive figure of 49.

So well done to Claire Gwyer (85 Wythenshawe parkruns),  Charlotte Lord (83) and to Adele Spibey on her 2nd PB in 2 weeks taking 56 seconds last week’s time on her 30th Wythenshawe parkrun.

I don’t normally mention the first past the post finishers, as parkrun is a run and not a race, however it is right to congratulate Freddie Meredith JM11-14 on his achievement this week with a PB as well.

In terms of celebrations, we only had the one this week, however what we lacked in quantity, we made up for it in quality as Sarah Whitehouse not only combined her Birthday with her 50th parkrun, she also volunteered and tail walked so thank you Sarah and many congratulations.

And so onto next week, I know that everybody will be parking their cars responsibly and being as courteous as ever to our fellow users of the park, but can we have a bit of silence when the run director does their briefing.

Although you may have heard most of the briefing before, there may be new and important safety updates this week & we don’t want for yourself or others to miss out on this information & get hurt.

See you on Saturday #dfyb



Celebrating International Women’s Day on 7th March

We will be one of the many parkruns celebrating International Women's Day with a special themed run on 7th March.

More to follow in the coming weeks but if you know a female who hasn't yet discovered the joys of parkrun then encourage her to come down on 7th March.

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