In a week when many of us will have struggled to get back into a work or school routine after a long and disappointingly wet summer, one thing that has remained constant is parkrun on a Saturday morning at 9am.
And so 357 of us came to Wythenshawe Park and ran/walked/jogged our way in some sunny weather for a change this summer.
The event was made possible though by our high viz heroes who this week were led by Tristan Pocock and included Norma Burgess, Gary Clucas, Sarah Collinge, Eleanor Cordingley, Mia Cordingley, Jackie Cordingley, Victoria Cordingley, Suzanne Cundick, Hayley Gavin, Jane Gavin, Joanna Greaves, Andy Holloway, Kate Holloway, Pauline Lorford, Ian Mcgeough, Sam Mcgrath, Zeyeem Mohammed, Margaret Morris, Sally Passey, Richard Pavey, Scarlett Pocock, Kylie Spark, Suzanne Sutherland, Graham Sutherland, Jenny Sykes, Harrison Sykes & David Wathey.
Chocolates were in abundance at the end and this was due to the fantastic achievement of Paul Battersby running his 250 parkrun. Paul has run 181 of his 250 parkruns at Wythenshawe and has also travelled from Fort William to Hafan Pwllheli over the course of his parkrunning experience. From a quick perusal of the results, I also want to say congratulations to Joshua Horsman and Dave Coggins who both ran their 50th parkrun on Saturday as well.
In terms of new starters we welcomed 45 who were first timers to our event with 21 of those making their parkrun debut. Welcome to you all and we hope to see you again soon.
We also welcomed a number of tourists this week, from Southampton, Sheffield and one from our original parkrun at Bushy. Tristan enquired but there seemed to be no Australian parkrun tourists who had ventured up here for the Ashes. I usually write this report on a Sunday afternoon, however I have a ticket for the Ashes on Sunday, so I am writing this report hoping for a couple of our batsman to either have a cricketing PB or more likely hoping for the parkrun weather fairy to intervene.
But speaking of PB’s, we had 52 of you celebrating their Personal Bests, so well done to you all. A quick check of the results and my highlights go to William Lord (149) Richard Traverna (32 – 2nd time in 4 weeks) and Phil Green (22 – Taking off over a minute and a half).
Anyway, before I go onto next week, I have noticed that we have now covered a total distance of 404,460km, which means that we have now covered the circumference of the earth at the equator 10 times.
So that is my random statistic of the week and now onto next Saturday when let’s hope for more fine weather, a full volunteering roster and some great funnel/token discipline.
See you on Saturday J