Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018

Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Saturday 16 December 2017 – Wythenshawe parkrun Number 318, and Another Christmas Dinner

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After last week’s cancellation, this week’s run director Jenn was eager not to cancel again, not least because she wanted lots of tickets for next week’s post run refreshments to be sold. So the ‘bowtie’ course was used, with an added ruling that runners should use the grass at the side of the icy tarmac paths and must ‘on no account’ stray onto the tarmac. This made for slow times in the soft grass and light rain, but 189 runners and walkers braved the conditions, and happily complied with the rules, obviating the embarrassment of a 999 call.

The top pictures shows Sue flying unaided down the finishing straight in under 29 minutes, unlike the chap ahead of her who clearly had the unfair advantage of being dragged to the finish by a canine friend. Elsewhere in the picture are various folk going home, which can be a bit frustrating for the slower runners, especially if they have only done one lap by the time the fast folk have finished.

At the far right of the top picture is a push chair with two children on board. Despite the need to push the buggy through soggy grass, this combo finished well ahead of me and well ahead of the 25 minute flag paraded (rather slowly) by Dan.

The following picture of Sue walking to the finish gives a fair indication of the poor light conditions!

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Full results are here.

Then Sue and I went to Hinckley, for our fourth Christmas meal of the season, cooked up almost professionally by Sue’s brother, who together with her sister seem to have escaped from the photographic record shown below…

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Never mind, we had a lovely afternoon, including in my case a lengthy nap following an overdose of champagne.

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