Alexandra parkrun enjoyed its inaugural outing last week. 46 runners attended. A few of us from Wythenshawe decided to visit this new venue for its second run, which brought back memories for me of living just around the corner, in a bedsit in Manley Road, in the early 1970's when I was working as an articled clerk for a pittance, and studying on a correspondence course in the evenings.
The above picture was taken before the start. After that numerous more friendly faces tuned up, including a significant contingent from Wythenshawe's Winston Runners team. In fact, some 286 folk turned up for what turned out to be a fast run on a fast course. A time of 15.07 for the first finisher is unusually quick, considering this is not a race!
We gathered outside the café, which later puzzled us by remaining steadfastly closed until 10am, well after many potential customers had left the scene. Maybe they will learn!
Jan shot off like a bullet, and despite my efforts to catch him, he slowly pulled away from me. Never mind, I've not done much running recently.
Considering it was only their second event, with six times last week's number of participants, the organisers did very well. I waited at the finish for Sue, who wasn't far behind me.
The next image is simply a 'fame at last' screendump of Age Category Records for this parkrun. No doubt Michael Curley will soon be along to knock me of that particular pedestal. Sue was only a few seconds away from featuring on this list, being the second fastest in her age category.
All good fun, especially as it was comfortably warm, and the predicted deluge failed to transpire. Being such a fast and wide course, this venue will attract many visitors. Well done to those who have set it up. Full results are here.