Run Report week L (that’s Latin for 50)

The promise of warm weather and dry grass got me bouncing out of bed this morning and up the hill to the park and parkrun number 50! Today, I was interested to find out if people had any pre parkrun rituals or routines. Seemingly lots of you go for a pre-run, (anything from a warm up to a full 5k!), some people hide under the duvets until the last moment with a coffee and I was delighted to discover someone even unicycled to the park!

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With an awesome 142 people turning out to run this week, we had 25 people who were first timers to Bramley parkrun, including some visitors from exotic faraway lands such as Pontefract and Crossflatts. Of  these, it was the first time 8 had ever completed a parkrun! Well done to all, I hope we see you back again soon! Also a shout out to Arthur WOOD who completed his 50th parkrun today!

The sunshine, dry conditions and firm ground lent themselves well to getting a personal best, with 47 people getting a PB on the course today, which is a staggering third of all runners! Congratulations to all on a job well done!

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Leading the way this morning was Scott WATSON of the Hyde Park Harriers in 18:24, which was also a new PB – well done Scott! In second was Tom PRATT of the Leeds and Bradford Triathlon club. It was Tom’s first  time running at Bramley, coming in at 18:36. Third across the line was Craig PETTIT in 18:48.

Hayley NANCOLAS of the Valley Striders AC was the first lady across the line in a time of 21:27. Second lady was Wanda MACDONALD, running for St  Theresa’s AC in 24:54. Third was Joanne WOODS in 25:43, running for the South Leeds Lakers. Brilliant times all round.

Big thanks to all our volunteers this morning. I was running with some ladies who were first timers to parkrun who commented how motivating the  cheers and support from the marshals out on the course were. It really is appreciated! If you haven’t already this year, it would be fantastic if you could volunteer over the summer, it can be a struggle to get the numbers needed each week. You’ll be making a big difference to the event and without the support of volunteers, the run couldn’t go ahead, plus its lots of fun. Whether you fancy channelling your inner  cheerleader out on the course, helping scan in the finishing funnel or being a sports journalist for the afternoon by writing the run report please let the team know after any parkrun or by emailing  bramleyhelpers@parkrun.com

For those of you using Facebook, please join the Bramley Park 5k group to see the photos from this week by resident photographer Simon Cullingworth! Great to see lots of smiling faces and cheery thumbs up poses in the gallery.

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Just a reminder to please remember your barcode! Unfortunately phones don't scan, so please bring a printed copy, or if you go on the parkrun website, they sell a range of printed plastic barcodes you can tie to  your shoelaces, or wristbands with barcodes on which are fabulous if you’re anything like me and forever dropping your barcode and having to chase after it. If you forget your barcode, you won't get a time  after all your hard work!

It’s brilliant to see so many running groups represented each week at parkrun. This week we had representatives from 12 different groups, with  the largest turnout of 15 from local club Bramley Breezers. (Bramley Breezers meet on a Monday night at 6.55 at the cenotaph in Bramley Park and cater to all abilities) Running with a group is a great way to  improve and to meet other likeminded folk.

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On the topic of running clubs, we have the phenomenal Pudsey Pacers running club doing a takeover next week. They’re a really friendly  local group, so be sure to look out for their eye catching yellow vests.

A quick reminder that in two weeks, it is Bramley parkrun’s 1st Birthday! We would love to see you there and for you to join us at Bramley Baptist Church on Hough Lane afterwards for the presentation of  some awards and a slice of cake!

Well done everyone, have a great week and look forward to seeing you next parkrunday!

Rachel & Team Bramley