Saturday morning, 8.45: Oliver is omnipresent in Wythenshawe Park, and has had plenty of time to learn his ‘First Timer’s Briefing’ script.
Meanwhile, the hordes gather for this week’s bout of weekend exercise.
Just before 9 am: Today’s Run Director, Tris, mounts his rostrum to address 311 assembled runners from all over the country.
“We aren’t sole users of the park, dogs on short leads, children to look after their accompanying adults, cake thanks to Catherine Lay, etc, etc.”
Nearly half an hour later, elite volunteer Ken (his elite runner status is on hold until after his forthcoming knee operation) keeps the dogs at bay whilst some quicker runners are heading for the finish.
Ron storms past Syd to finish in 28.49.
Unlike this sub-30 pushchair, Syd still has a lap to go…
The pushchair is ahead of Diana, Charlotte, Sue and Cary, who all fail the 30 minute hurdle. [Does that matter? No, it’s just an observation to pad out this text!]
Sue and Cary were having a good chat, anyway.
Afterwards the hordes strolled round the corner and crowded into the spacious quarters of the Courtyard Tea Room.
As always, a splendid way to start the weekend.
Full results are here.