Sue and Martin in Mallorca 2019

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

Tuesday 16 January 2024

Weekend Running

Sue and I went with various other 'Wythenshawe' runners to Fletcher Moss again for our Saturday morning parkrun. It's a very nice, slightly undulating course, and there is a choice of cafes afterwards, all of which allow dogs. So Rufus can enjoy his run and snuggle under a table, rather than shiver in the courtyard at Wythenshawe.

We were not alone in choosing Fletcher Moss. Having had their second highest attendance ever last week, today the record was broken, with 522 folk turning up. I started near the back, as has become my custom, and enjoyed a very slow first kilometre. Sue and Jeanette and the others rushed ahead.

Runners stretched into the distance ahead of me

Anyway, I did pass a few folk and finished in position 386, in 31:32, though the 'official' timing was slower due to a two minute queue at the finish, as the volunteers tried manfully to cope with so many more people than they are used to. Sue and Jeanette both got PB's for this course - 25:23 and 27:59 respectively, whilst Laura was the first female - but no doubt peeved to be pipped to the post by her brother, whilst Paul was dragged in by Rufus, a few places ahead of Sue.

Full results are here.

Greg's family, Victoria, Isabella and Samuel, joined us afterwards for coffees, and a good time was had by all.

Sunday morning: Sue was bellringing and I toddled off to the 5km Community Run at Wythenshawe. It was a lovely sunny morning, if a bit frosty, as Paul and Alison gathered the troops - 109 of us today, of whom 48 were just doing 2 km.

You need to click on the next picture to see it properly, but there are two aircraft in the shot. Paul pointed out that one of them was a nearby drone, and not to worry if we heard a strange buzzing noise as we ran. The last I heard was that the drone footage was being edited...

There was a camera at the finish line, which I reached in 31:03 - an acceptable time given that I was quite warm under three layers of clothing. Position 34 out of 61 - that makes a change from coming nearly last!

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