I don’t know about you, but I can sometimes be quite superstitious and when I checked on the future roster & saw that Dan Martell was going to be the Run Director again, whilst I knew the event would run smoothly as ever I also wondered if there would be cake or would he draw a blank again?
Whilst we had Nick Whyatt wonderfully attired in a splendid Pirates Outfit to celebrate his 50th parkrun , unfortunately there was no pieces of cake, so let us hope for better luck on the 16th November when Dan is next scheduled to be the Run Director again.
Although the weather on Saturday was fine, the rain during the week had taken its toll on our course, however 272 of us ran/jogged/walked and splashed our way through the puddles and mud.
Dan was quick to point out though that the underfoot conditions can be treacherous especially with a dog, as it is possible to get very muddy very quickly as in the below pic.
It will be useful to remember that when it is this wet and muddy, trail shoes may be advised or failing that, please do not bring your brand new white trainers, unless you want to spend the rest of Saturday morning cleaning them!!!
In terms of new starters we welcomed 30 who were first timers to our event with 17 making their parkrun debut. Welcome to you all and we look forwards to seeing you again soon, hopefully in drier conditions,
We also welcomed a number of tourists this week, Pennington Flash, Preston, Cuerden Valley, Markeaton and I believe Columbia.
With the wet conditions and heavy underfoot conditions, it meant that the Personal Bests were a lot more difficult to attain this week. However 16 of you managed PB’s, so well done to you all and my highlight must go to Olivia Roy (JW10) who yet again managed to achieve another PB this week.
When it is this wet, we must say a special thanks to our high viz heroes who are there to ensure our safety and that the event goes ahead. This week led by Dan Martell, they included Libby Day, Zeyeem Mohammad, Bernard Tunney, Emma Tanner, Tristan Pocock, Kane Simons, Norma Burgess, Astrid Lavin, Anthony Harrison, Ian Mcgeough, Gemma Hewett, Richard Travena, Bev Jackson, Sam Mcgrath, Linda Roy, Ken Burgess, Carole Partington, Simon Emery, Kane Simons and Amanda Navin.
For those of you who arrived after 8.45ish, you will not have been able to use the main car park as this was full, & we had no access to the overflow car park due to the wet conditions. If you do have to park on neighbouring roads, then please use your common sense & ensure that drives or access points are kept clear, or better still run/cycle, car share or use Public Transport to get to the event.
Whilst we were running around Wythenshawe Park, you may have heard of Eliud Kipchoge running around a park in Vienna and breaking the 2hour mark for the marathon distance. For various reasons it not classified as a world record, but without doubt it is an amazing achievement. His Target Time for the 5km parkrun distance was 14 min 10 seconds and apparently only 5 of the 51,363,611 parkruns completed have been below this pace.
Whilst his achievements are way beyond us, his quote after the event speaks to us all as he says "This shows the positivity of sport. I want to make it a clean and interesting sport. Together when we run, we can make it a beautiful world."
When we run and share time with children, siblings, parents, friends or strangers that for 30 minutes on a Saturday morning become friends, we are all making our little piece of the world a more beautiful place.
See you on Saturday
PS I am writing this on Saturday afternoon so not sure when it will be uploaded, but good luck to everyone (including myself) who is running the Manchester Half Marathon on Sunday. Let’s hope for decent weather and wear the finishing T Shirts with pride and a big smile next week