Great Manchester Run

Poetry, Sport, Sports

Old Trafford, Manchester , 20th May 2018

Stood on the corner

at a moments attention

looking on as the club i volunteer with

engaged in a mighty test of endurance in the northwest sun

Heat making everyone sweat

as feet hit the tarmac of Manchesters roads

rooting them on, the hardy bunch of volunteers

ready to applaud and guide them toward their rewards

it might not be cash – but that medals more than gold

even taking in its colour – as every year the

roads of Manchester take a pounding

Thoughts of the long distance runner

Airforce, Poetry, Prose, Sport, Sports

Salford, 12th May 2017

Down the long stretches of Tarmac he goes

In darkness, fuelled by apples and bananas

Some call him crazy, but others they smile

Taking to the deserted road, to break down his time

All for the prize, of reaching that line

Nice shiny medal and Achievement awaits

Could records be broken this year ? A possibility

Expect a great smile as the target is reached

The Great Manchester Run

BASIC, Sports, Volunteering

Sunday 22nd May 2016

Location : Old Trafford, Manchester.

Today I’ve been doing a spell of volunteering with Sale Harriers.

I’ve been marshalling the Great Manchester Run…its been wonderful watching the runners on the Old Trafford Stretch of the course passing Manchester Utd! The weekend began at the other side of the city with the Mini and Junior Run around the Etihad Campus (Sportcity)

 

10399475_1199713592157_8354205_n[1]

Even though they were hit by everything the Manchester weather could hit them with – We even had some Sun!!!   The race had its elite element with some of the worlds best long distance runners in the Elite Mens and Women’s races.  But it was watching the charity runners that did it for me.  Not at least, the runners running for Salford’s Brain and Spinal injury charity.  I could have sworn a pack of imperial stormtroopers passed me more than once 🙂  Hope the charity runners raised loads of cash for their chosen charities.

P.S.  I’ve read somewhere the runners were happy with their tee shirt this year – well, as a marshal i’m really happy with this years kit…a weatherproof jacket I can wear after the event without feeling like an advertisement board!

DSC00492.JPG

My Marshall’s Uniform – used at Old Trafford and The Etihad!