Just for a change, Sue and I pedalled along the towpath to Sale Water Park for today’s parkrun.
Considering it was only their third run, the organisers were pretty efficient and we enjoyed a sedate jog along the scenic course.
It’s not fast, as much of the riverside path is over broken stones and rubble, all part of the water management system that should prevent our houses being flooded following a severe storm in the Peak District.
The ‘there and back’ route runs from the Visitor Centre, beside the river to the end of the Water Park, then alongside the Water Park to a point where it doubles back for 500 metres on a parallel path, before returning along the same route to the start. We met just a handful of the leading runners on their return, before the path divided.
Sue and I, both nursing our injuries, took a shade under 30 minutes. I finished in position 180 out of 257 finishers. The full results are here.
Afterwards we caught up briefly with Andy Wright, who may have adopted this venue as his ‘home’ run, before pedalling on for 15 minutes to spot the last finishers at Wythenshawe parkrun, enjoy a coffee in the Courtyard Café, and help with sorting the finishing tokens for next week.
Here’s the 5km route:
Note that my old mapping hasn’t caught up with the relatively new Metrolink line to the airport that crosses the River Mersey near Jackson’s Bridge. I must upgrade my Anquet maps.