A behind the scenes look at Wilmslow Parkrun

Wilmslow Parkrun #289 15/01/2022


As we are promoting a month of wellbeing I thought I should practice what I preach (& promote) and go along to Wilmslow parkrun. I told myself I would attend every parkrun for January (except NYD as I was visiting family for the holidays) My first week was last week and I would have attempted a run report then had I not been in shock from completing my first parkrun in nearly 2 years in all that rain and mud. Everyone was really friendly and welcoming so I was actually looking forward to going again this week rather than only going as I’d told people I would do!!

The Carrs looked beautiful in the frost this morning and special thanks goes out to the team of salt spreaders that were out gritting the course from 8am, which meant we could still go ahead. A few local parkruns were cancelled as temperatures hit -1 and we welcomed 18 tourists (that’s what your called if you take part in a parkrun that isn’t classes as your home town) to Wilmslow this morning.

A total of 233 of us ran, jogged and walked with 13 of those being parkrun first timers – congratulations and hopefully they’ll be back again next week. We saw a few Milestones this week with Jo-Are Bjerke and Dave Stevinson completing 25. A standout special mention and huge congratulations to David Armistead on his 500th parkrun today that is some achievement. If you’d like to know more or register to take part in a parkrun click here. 

26 people recorded personal bests this morning and special mention to Andrew Cleal who was the first to cross the finish line with a time of 18:15 closely followed by one of our younger runners Cian Taylor, first female across the line was Susan Harrison.  Well done.

Thank you to this weeks run director Mandy Winckworth and the team of volunteers. Did you know that each week it takes over 30 volunteers to make parkrun happen, this includes setting up and closing down the event, first timers briefings, marshals, timers, scanners, pacers, communications, token sorting and results processing. Why not try volunteering yourself one week?

Parkrun is not only great exercise but it is also a great community event. It’s great to speak to people at the finish line and hear their stories. This week I spoke to Diane Atkinson who took part in her first ever parkrun on New Year’s Day. Diane like many others is taking part in RED (run every day) January and so far has knocked 4minutes 42seconds which is some good going!

If you’ve made it this far thank you for reading and hopefully see you at a park run event soon!


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