Two Weddings And A parkrun
Cupid's arrow has fallen at Wythenshawe parkrun...
The signs of life returning to normal are all there - pubs are open, schools are back (almost), Saturday is parkrunday once again and weddings are back on the agenda.
Love has certainly been in the air at Greater Manchester's Wythenshawe parkrun with not one, but two weddings celebrated over the past two weekends.
First up was the event's original event director, Paul Muldoon, who did a wedding morning parkrun on 14 August before tying the knot later that day. The following weekend (21 August) run directors, Dan and Amanda did their own wedding parkrun a week before the big day.
Speaking ahead of Saturday's run (28 August), a regular parkrunner commented: “I do not think that there are any wedding celebrations planned for next week, so this may mean that there will be a lack of wedding suits and hats on a Saturday morning which is a shame as I have quite enjoyed seeing the outfits and smart running attire.”
Celebrations have not been confined to love and marriage at Wythenshawe, with a number of runners achieving milestones at the weekend. Craig Partridge reached 200 parkruns, Jason West reached 100 parkruns and Peter Wilson, Paul O’Donoghue and Bernadette Gordon all reached 50 parkruns.
Continuing the theme of celebrations, 46 celebrated PBs. One of those was Sarah Collinge on her 179th parkrun at Wythenshawe recording her first PB since 2017 (all the more remarkable after a very challenging 18 months for her).
Final word to the run's organisers: 'We are always wanting more volunteers so if you fancy a change on a Saturday morning, then why not volunteer, I can guarantee you will enjoy it just as much as taking part in the event.”
Image: Wythenshawe parkrun Facebook