Luckily, it remains just about warm enough to attend running events in t-shirt and shorts without getting cold. On Saturday some of the 289 participants at Wythenshawe parkrun took the opportunity to jog slowly round the course by way of a 'warm up' for Sunday's 10km race around Altrincham.
Sue and Martin in Mallorca 2019
Monday, 18 September 2023
The Altrincham 10k (17 September 2023) and more
Richard, today's Run Director, addresses the masses
The finish area was pretty quiet by the time I got there...
On Sunday, Paul joined me in Altrincham. Others had excuses - "bike ride to an unknown destination" (Jeanette); "visiting parents in Birmingham" (Sue); "doing a 20 mile training run" (Laura), but others were spotted amongst the 2000+ starters - Zoe, Sheila, Louise, Colin, and more.
While Paul was warming up, I took a few photos around the starting area in the middle of Altrincham:
Then we had a selfie before Paul went up to his starting position whilst I rested and started from the very back.
It's an easy course, mainly flat, on roads with which I'm familiar, even passing a memorable house in Shay Lane whose occupant involved me in an episode that generated mention in Private Eye (fame at last, though not necessarily of a desired nature!).
I chatted to a few folk on the way round, including Louise from Stretford Road Dental, and the last 2km went very quickly thanks to chatting with a complete stranger, Bianca, from Cape Town, who was welcomed at the finish by her husband, a strapping lad who is contracted to play rugby for Sale Sharks. We hope to see them at a Wythenshawe parkrun in the future. It was good to meet you, Bianca.
Here's the route:
I managed an even pace for a finishing time of 1:06:45 - position 1784 out of 2147, 9th out of the 11 V70 men taking part. Paul excelled by finishing in 43:55 - 2nd out of 18 in the V65 category. We enjoyed coffee and cake in Hale afterwards with Rufus.
Then I adjourned to Adlington for a discussion with Reg about his autobiography, and a lovely selection of curries prepared by Saro.