Wythenshawe parkrun no.403 10th August 2019 – Back To Normality
First of all, I have to start this run report by making an apology in overlooking Ron Carter’s 200th parkrun last week. As was mentioned in the run briefing, Ron week in week out arrives early and helps to check the course and set out the bollards and markers. Many Thanks for your work in doing this Ron, and congratulations on your 200th parkrun last week.
Worryingly for the 2nd time in the last month or so the Run Director had to announce that there were no milestones and therefore no cake. However by the time I had finished some brownies had appeared so many thanks to who brought these. There were also a couple of milestones that appeared to sneak under the radar so well done to Cecilia Fenerty on her 50th run and to Steve Dunn on his 150th.
After running 2 different courses over the last couple of weeks, it was back to our usual course in the normal direction this week. The one thing that may have curtailed our activities was the weather however luckily for ourselves, we were able to compete the event before it started to rain heavily. Apparently when the rain came, the team were processing the results and the mobile signal wobbled but all was sorted, with Ben being a great help to the team.
The effects of the week’s rain could be seen in the park as there were a number of puddles in the Cromwell Loop that I for one did not spot, and just before the football fields, muddy passage is definitely trying to make a comeback.
However, that did not stop the 253 of us who ran/jogged/walked our around the park, and in this number we had 35 first timers to our event with 15 of you making their first ever parkrun. We welcome you all and hoped you enjoyed the Wythenshawe parkrun experience and look forwards to welcoming you back soon.
In terms of parkrun tourists this week, we had runners from Warrington to Worsley Woods, and from Whitley Bay to Burnage, however they all pale in distance to the lady from Peru who was with us on Saturday.
In terms of Personal Bests this week, congratulations to the 20 of you who managed to achieve this feat. My highlights go to Philip Keeley (51 runs) on his 3rd PB in his last 5 events and to Richard Travena (29 runs) on getting under 27 mins for the first time.
I do not normally mention the top event finishers as parkrun is a run and not a race, however a big well done to our first female finisher this week, Isobel Hall who is in the JW10 Age Category.
Now we are well and truly in Holiday Season, we can run short of volunteers so if you have always meant to volunteer but have yet to do so, then this is an ideal time to volunteer and save next week’s Run Director from having to make an appeal.
This week's Run Director Alan Lamb was ably assisted by Sheila Parker, Tristan Pocock, Katie Reece, Linda Edmondson, Andy Holloway, Kate Holloway, Barbara Wright, Beth Evens, Ron Carter, Scarlett Pocock, John Gavin, Sam Mcgrath, Ashley Lindsey, David Wathey, Jane Gavin, Yoko Shelley, Ben Crouch, Hayley Gavin, Maggi Gmerek, Annie Barrow, Pauline Lorford & Zeyeem Mohammed, so many thanks to you all from all who took part in the event you made possible.
After last week’s group of statistics went down so well, I have tried to find some more statistics of note, and have looked at the first names of parkunners this week.
The most popular first name this was Andrew (8 runners) with 3 Andy’s as well.
Personally speaking I am disappointed that the 3 Jonathan’s were beaten by the 5 Johns.
In terms of the female participants I am not sure if the 3 Jennifer’s + 2 Jenny’s beat the 4 Sarah’s + 1 Sara.
However the one name that beats all of the above is the 17 unknowns, so please can you remember your barcode next week as no barcode = no result.
See you on Saturday.