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Wellbeing month – Parkrun special

 

Hello again! Lisa from Wilmslows Way Better, back again with your parkrun run report. Happy to say it was warmer this morning than last week’s freezing temperature but strangely enough although it hadn’t to my knowledge rained all week there was a HUGE puddle just over halfway along the course! It was that big and full of ice that the set up crew nicknamed it the Titanic puddle and a small diversion was put in place to make sure we did not hit any icebergs and sink!

A total of 255 of us ran, jogged and walked with 7 of those being parkrun first timers and 35 tourists to Wilmslow from as far afield as Silverdale, Wigan, Astley, Middlewich and a little closer to home Heaton. Congratulations and we hope to see you back again soon. We saw just the one running milestone with Elliot Ilsted completing his 25th. 26 people recorded personal bests this morning and special mention to Andrew Cleal who was the first to cross the finish line for the second week running, first female across the line was Sarah Gibbins. Well done.

A big shout out to one of parkruns favourites Sara Harris who celebrated a special birthday today. Looking fabulous at 50 she ran in a superwoman costume and brought prosecco and cake for after the run. She was joined by her good friend Emma Hillesdon who also wore the superwoman costume. It was very apt for both of them.

I’d like to give a special thanks to James and the team at Nourish for their hospitality this morning where Sara continued the celebrations with a champagne breakfast and more cake!

Each week a group of park runners and volunteers meet in Nourish for a post run coffee & breakfast. This is also where the magic happens, the results are processed and tokens are sorted each week.

I’d like to give a special thanks to James and the team at Nourish for their hospitality this morning where Sara continued the celebrations with a champagne breakfast and more cake! Each week a group of park runners and volunteers meet in Nourish for a post run coffee & breakfast. This is also where the magic happens, the results are processed and tokens are sorted each week. Thank you to this week’s run director Wayne Jaffe and the team of volunteers. Wayne had the pleasure of leading the singing of Happy Birthday to Sara and getting her up in front of everyone so Simon Armitt could present flowers to her! Wayne also managed to pay a small tribute to Meatloaf who passed away Friday 21st Jan by including four very well know tracks in his final utterances, before setting the runners off, Like a Bat out of Hell!

On behalf of the parkrun team, I would like to say goodbye and good luck to Felicity Rankin who is emigrating with her family to Australia next week. I’m looking forward to reading about parkrun down under from Sydney and Adelaide in the next few weeks!

Thanks to our pacers, Dave Baxter, Ali Sharifi, Graham Duce, Steve Burmester and Ian Rankin. If anyone would like to try pacing, please email in and we are happy to encourage you to do so. 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?

We are promoting a month of wellbeing at Wilmslows way better which is why I started my parkrun journey just over 3 weeks ago. Parkrun is not only great for your physical wellbeing but also your mental wellbeing as it is such a great community event. This week I met Sarah from Run Talk Run in Knutsford. Run Talk Run is a weekly 5km for all abilities with the emphasis being peer support. Their mission is to make running and mental health support less intimidating and more accessible. For more information visit www.runtalkrun.com

Once again, if you have made it this far, thank you for reading and hopefully see you next week. I’m going for a finish time of under 30min so you’ll need to check back in to see how I get on. LR

 

 

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