I went down to Wythenshawe parkrun on Saturday 19 March. The Hall is in a sorry state, protected now by a sturdy wire fence. The recent fire was apparently arson, started in several different places around the building in what appears to be an attempt to completely destroy it.
It’s such a shame that Oliver has refused to give evidence, despite a stern interrogation.
And the daffodils could only manage to whisper something incomprehensible.
Meanwhile, 206 enthusiasts turned up for the 229th parkrun at this venue, on a fine but dull morning. The usual gathering point being fenced off, a new position by a park bench was chosen. Yet another variation on the 5 km route was selected and the distance was verified by Alan Lamb. Well done Alan. The course was dry and that encouraged nearly 50 of the participants, including first timers, to run personal bests. Impressive.
The loudspeaker system at the start was working well (See the Paul/Andy double act below), but it was noted that a visit by the Lord Mayor to view the Hall, at about the same time as the parkrun takes place, revealed an ignorance amongst Town Hall staff as to the existence of parkruns that is shameful.
The results are here.