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,