Sue and Martin in Mallorca 2019

Sue and Martin in Mallorca 2019
On the Archduke's Path in Mallorca

Wednesday 6 December 2023

Saturday 2 December 2023 - Wythenshawe parkrun #549, and Around Timperley and Altrincham

Volunteer marshal Sam arrives bright and early

The sharp frost didn't put paid to Wythenshawe's parkrun, where the 'Flag and Sandcastle' course proved a good choice. 

The crowds - some 243 runners and 25 volunteers - gathered at the start.

We got going soon after 9am, and quickly spread out as the runners made their way around the perimeter of the 'flag'.

One disadvantage of this course is that the finishing straight is much longer than usual.

The full results are here. No records were broken, I was only lapped by one person, but we enjoyed the outing, with Wythenshawe Hall sparkling in the sunshine.

We were thrown out of the tea room when Rufus was spotted nestling comfortably on Paul's lap, so our coffees were consumed outdoors, before Sue and Jan went off to other commitments, and Paul and I adjourned to the friendly, dog welcoming Di Martino Caffé in Timperley, for better coffee and delicious cake.

On Sunday I was due to volunteer as a marshal for the Community run at Wythenshawe, but 'Health and Safety' intervened, so Sue and I enjoyed a 5km stroll from home, through De Quincey Park to Stamford Brook, and back via the canal towpath.

De Quincey Park

The crispy weather has continued. There was no risk today of being hit by a golf ball on my walk to Altrincham.

King George V Pool was still frozen over, with coots and moorhens visibly practicing their skating techniques.

In Altrincham, a large specimen of 'graffiti has appeared in front of some closed shops. (Click on the image for a better view.)


Sir Hugh said...

With a young family and a dog I had too many occasions being forced to sit outside at pubs and cafés enduring inclement weather. Nowadays I tend to overreact electing to sit inside on a pleassnt sunny day, often tho the puzzlement of companions if present.

Phreerunner said...

Most of our local cafes welcome dogs, even encourage them. It's particularly annoying that the cafe next to the parkrun objects to them, saying "they wee on the floor". For heavens sake, it's a park, people walk their weeing dogs there and welcome a hot drink etc afterwards. The courtyard is fine on dry warm days, but do the tenants realise (or care?) about losing that business at this time of year?