Dewsbury parkrun Event number 331 13th October 2018

This week’s run report is brought to you by Uber-tourist Philip Davidson from Red Rose Road Runners based in Preston, Lancashire.

Having completed the NW Region of parkruns at the recently added Fleetwood Promenade parkrun and with a NENDY of Cliffe Castle, it was to the beautiful Crows Nest Park in Yorkshire and the Humber that I ventured this weekend. It was an obvious choice for me as the late and great Rugby League commentator Eddie Waring, with his catchphrases "It's an up n’ under" and "He's goin' for an early bath" was born in Dewsbury and after all it was the Rugby League Grand Final from Old Trafford that evening. Approaching the park from Heckmondwike Road and with the climb up to the car park in front of the mansion and café it was immediately obvious that Dewsbury parkrun was going to fit into the up and under category!

Green Flag award winning Crow Nest Park is one of Kirklees primary parks. Set on a south facing hillside and with amazing views over the surrounding towns and countryside, the park contains a number of major attractions including an adventure playground, museum, formal lawns, greenhouse with fernery, café, sports facilities, walled wildflower garden and an ornamental lake. Opened to the public in 1893, the park was designed to bring a feel of the countryside into what was, at the time, a very industrial area, with most of the town's residents employed in the many nearby textile mills.

With 245ft of elevation Dewsbury parkrun compares favourably with my local parkruns of Preston (151ft), Cuerden Valley (296ft) and The Beast that is Witton (347ft). I thought Horton Park (366ft) was possibly tougher and it’s certainly not as hard as the climbs of Wepre (412ft) and Whinlatter Forest (692ft). Despite this I challenge anybody to Millom (47ft) on any Saturday in January. 5k of continuous sticky mud just drains as you sink deeper on each of the 5 laps!
This week 112 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:
Alexander MCQUEEN • Amy LEEMING • Andy DEAN • Andy WRIGHT • Anne MCQUEEN • Annette BLYTHE • Ben PINK • Charlie PLUNKETT • Danielle HUTCHINSON • David SHEPHERD • Heather ELLIS • Ian OGDEN • Jonathon DODDS • Joshua HAWKHEAD • Lauren MCQUEEN • Mel TATTERSFIELD • Paul NEEDHAM • Susan FIRTH • Wayne RYAN • Zoey HAWKHEAD

Debbie NORRIS (Dewsbury Road Runners) celebrated her 100th parkrun in Total and her 89th at Dewsbury, finishing first woman in a time of 25:08.
Sephie COLLINS (Dewsbury Road Runners) celebrated 200 parkruns in Total in a time of 27:17.
Pauline LEITCH (28:44) celebrated 150 runs at Dewsbury, 168 parkruns in Total.
Heather ELLIS (29:12) celebrated 150 runs at Dewsbury, 169 parkruns in Total.
Matthew SUTTON (19:24) secured his 5th first finisher position, having now completed 119 runs at Dewsbury, 330 parkruns in Total.
The highest age grading was Martin HALL (19:44), his 79.90% placing him 3rd on the day.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Dewsbury parkrun results page
The female record is held by Annabel MASON who recorded a time of 17:56 on 8th February 2014 (event number 87).
The male record is held by Jack HALLAS who recorded a time of 15:55 on 16th March 2013 (event number 39).
The Age Grade course record is held by Treena JOHNSON who recorded 92.49% (19:19) on 29th July 2017 (event number 270).

As for me, Philip Davidson (40 runs at Preston, 172 parkruns Total, 92 Tourist, 53% Tourist Quotient), parkrun 93 is obvious; it’s Graves parkrun for my Sheffield Poly homecoming and the Stayin’ Alive Challenge and I have already scheduled in my NYD Double for 2019, Woodhouse Moor at 9am and Temple Newsam at 10:30am.
Thankyou Dewsbury for a magnificent morning out.
If you want to know more about ‘parkrun tourism’, search for ‘parkrun Cowell Club’ or check out the ‘UK parkrun tourists’ Facebook group. If you’d like to see your parkrun results lit up with badges and challenges then you’ll need to use Google Chrome and install the parkrun Chrome extension

 

Festive Season Events 2018/19

We are planning to run the following events over the Christmas and New Year season

  • Saturday 22nd December @ 9am - Carols in Crow Nest
  • Tuesday 25th December @ 9am - Make some room for the turkey
  • Saturday 29th December @ 9am - A little bit of normality
  • Tuesday 1st January @ 8.30am - Kick start the New Year with a 5k

The usual team of volunteers will be needed in order for these runs to go ahead so please let us know if you are able to help.

Thank you

Anne, Steve & the RD team

 

Christmas & New Year Events 2017/18

Saturday 23rd December @ 9.00am - parkrun with Christmas Carols
Monday 25th December @ 9.00am - Christmas morning parkrun
Saturday 30th December @ 9.00am
Monday 1st January 2018 @ 8.30am - Start the New Year with not one but two parkruns. Conquer Dewsbury then go onto Huddersfield, Nostell or Rothwell
Saturday 6th January 2018 @ 9.00am

 

The day the course changed and the hill got shorter and longer

Dewsbury parkrun
Event number 249
4th March 2017

Over the last few months, a lot of work has gone on behind the scenes to try and improve everyone's experience of parkrun at Dewsbury. A lot of this has probably not been noticed and some has yet to reap the benefits.
For instance, we have carried out extra checks on the course on days where we have had bad weather - both the day before and earlier in the mornings when it's still dark and even colder.

You may well have noticed that there have been many different run directors - the person in the blue and white jacket that makes sure all the other volunteers on the day are comfortable with their roles. In the last year there have been 9 different run directors which makes the whole event a lot more sustainable . Anyone is welcome to be number 10.

Roberttown Road Runners very successfully provided all the volunteers last week and it is great that groups can do these - we welcome any interest from anyone else who would like to do the same - they too will receive our full support and training etc.

We are also now using 2 scanners at the finish line to try and ease congestion and ease any pressure on someone scanning for the first time.
We have coned off the area by the greenhouse to prevent unauthorised traffic from entering the course, and continue to work with the authorities to maintain a traffic free and safe course. We have fantastic support for this from the team based in Crow Nest Park.
We have done work to support the friends of the mansion in their efforts to turn the building into something that benefits the community more. Something we all may benefit from before too long.

You have probably noticed the recent appeal for help to raise money for a defibrillator and we are overwhelmed by the level of support we have had so far. We will purchase one and the training and support that is needed to get the most out of it.

Today we introduced the small physical change to the course. It is just as long, just as hilly and hopefully more enjoyable, especially for the slower runners. The start and finish basically moved forward about 35 metres, so the start is by the bench and the finish where the path turns off on the left. ( Who even knew there was a path?).

The event has grown hugely in recent weeks and with it has come a lot of congestion at the finish area as people naturally discuss all manner of things with friends new and old. Unfortunately, the sheer number of people means that those who are running slowly have to dodge and weave in and out of people to get past as they complete their last lap. By moving the finish to an area slightly off the course, they then have an easier last lap and everyone can still watch and enjoy the final moments of the run to the finish.

This also helped the timekeepers who could see who was finishing and who had a lap to go, and allowed the run director better visibility of the greenhouse area where vehicles may cause problems.

To make it easier for all runners, we intend to provide a coat/ bag storage area near the finish, again to try and keep those last few metres free for runners and avoid the need to go back to the monument for them.

It was encouraging to hear so much support for this last week and again this morning. Slower runners had a much easier run on their final lap and there was just as much space to congregate and chat at the end.

Feel free to comment or ask questions, or give us further ideas for improving everyone's experience, but far better to ask us in person next Saturday if you want to know anything at all about what goes on behind the scenes.

Male placings:
Craig NEWSOME (VM35-39) (Unattached) was first over the line in 19:15 - 5th time in 36 appearances.
Noel LOWDON (VM40-44) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:51 - was first to finish once before.
Ian OGDEN (VM45-49) of Spenborough & District AC, was third over the line in 20:09 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Lee DOLMAN (Spenborough & District AC) 2848 pts.
John MACPHAIL (Unattached) 2799 pts.
Richard GOLDTHORPE (Unattached) 2474 pts.

Female placings:
Isabel TOHER (JW10) of Spenborough & District AC, was first (49th overall) over the line in 25:34 - first appearance.
Elodie MINAZZI (SW30-34) of Roberttown Road Runners, was second (51st overall) over the line in 25:35.
Charlotte GLOVER (JW15-17) (Unattached) was third (53rd overall) over the line in 25:43.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Madeleine STANSFIELD (Dewsbury Road Runners) 2516 pts.
Annabel POLSON (Unattached) 2516 pts.
Jenny THOMAS (Unattached) 2284 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Matthew DALTON (JM11-14) was graded 73.03% for the time 20:57 (5th overall).
Heather M MITCHELL (VW60-64) was graded 71.28% for the time 28:26 (84th overall).
Ian OGDEN (VM45-49) was graded 70.39% for the time 20:09 (third overall).

This week there were 141 runners, of whom 11 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different athletics clubs took part.

Dewsbury parkrun started on 23rd June 2012, and since then 2,880 different runners, including participants from 228 athletics clubs, have completed 21,114 runs covering a total distance of 105,570 km, and there have been 3,977 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Annabel MASON who ran in a time of 00:17:56 on 8th February 2014 (event number 87).
The male record is held by Jack HALLAS who ran in a time of 00:15:55 on 16th March 2013 (event number 39).
The Age Grade course record is held by Treena JOHNSON who recorded a 91.29% run (19:19) on 5th March 2016 (event number 196).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Dewsbury parkrun Results Page.

 

RRRRR…. Run Report by Roberttown Road Runners

Dewsbury Parkrun 247 was the day of the big (non-hostile) Roberttown Road Runners (RRR) takeover. The partnership between RRR and Parkrun has been in the offing for some time with Dewsbury being a regular run for many club members. Olga Raynor took the reins as race director for the day and all of the marshalling and volunteering roles were covered by club members and their families (we even had two toddlers in the cheering squad). Some RRR volunteers and runners were already regular faces at Dewsbury Parkrun but for some it was their first time to enjoy the joy of getting together at 9am on a Saturday.

The full run report is below and with the top places, records and age grading. As you can see RRR members were well represented in the women’s top finishing places! There were two runners celebrating parkrun milestones, Adrian Barton (unaffiliated) 100 and G Mark Richardson (Dewsbury Road Runners) 50. Thanks to Mark for bringing biscuits to share to the event in celebration of his milestone run. There were 157 runners altogether which looking over the event history is a pretty big turnout for this parkrun. I hope it was in part because many of the members of Dewsbury Road Runners who would be volunteering had the chance to run today while Roberttown took the helm.

Every week at Parkrun, just like at RRR, people turn out to run their best, to get fit and make friends. Most parkrunners don’t get into the top of the event listing but each week reap the benefits of being part of an active running community. It was great to see in the report below that 9 different athletics clubs took part in the event, all of the very local clubs were there and some from further afield. At RRR links with Parkrun grow stronger through our own parkrun league where points are awarded for running, touring to a different parkrun, getting a PB and volunteering. There are no extra points for coming first so every member running at every level has and equal chance of winning the league. It promotes fun competition across the club irrespective of speed and encourages attendance at Parkrun means that members can make links with the wider running community, wherever they are on a Saturday morning. Of course those of us who are members of RRR think that our club is the very best one around (other local clubs are available). Yesterday’s event was an opportunity for us to promote RRR of course but also to highlight the huge benefits of running with a club and being part of the running community.

So usually in this run report we say a big thank you to the volunteers. RRR would like to say thank you to Dewsbury Parkrun for trusting us with their event for this week and giving us the chance to share our passion for Parkrun. May this partnership continue well into the future.

The following link is to a great video and slideshow of the day.

Male placings:
Chris GREEN (VM45-49) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:28 - 5th time in 21 appearances.
Darren YOUNG (VM45-49) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:00.
Martin HALL (VM55-59) of Spenborough & District AC, was third over the line in 19:25 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
John MACPHAIL (Unattached) 2704 pts.
Lee DOLMAN (Spenborough & District AC) 2676 pts.
Richard GOLDTHORPE (Unattached) 2395 pts.

Female placings:
Gillian WALKER (VW50-54) of Roberttown Road Runners, was first (35th overall) over the line in 23:33 - third time in 24 appearances.
Rachel LE BORGNE (VW45-49) of Dewsbury Road Runners, was second (43rd overall) over the line in 24:09 - was first to finish once before.
Joanne LEE (SW25-29) of Roberttown Road Runners, was third (48th overall) over the line in 24:36.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Annabel POLSON (Unattached) 2430 pts.
Madeleine STANSFIELD (Dewsbury Road Runners) 2416 pts.
Amelia BOUGHEY (Oakwell Running Bears.) 2112 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Martin HALL (VM55-59) was graded 79.83% for the time 19:25 (third overall).
Chris GREEN (VM45-49) was graded 77.98% for the time 18:28 (first overall).
Darren YOUNG (VM45-49) was graded 76.40% for the time 19:00 (second overall).

This week there were 157 runners, of whom 14 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different athletics clubs took part.

Dewsbury parkrun started on 23rd June 2012, and since then 2,857 different runners, including participants from 227 athletics clubs, have completed 20,840 runs covering a total distance of 104,200 km, and there have been 3,938 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Annabel MASON who ran in a time of 00:17:56 on 8th February 2014 (event number 87).
The male record is held by Jack HALLAS who ran in a time of 00:15:55 on 16th March 2013 (event number 39).
The Age Grade course record is held by Treena JOHNSON who recorded a 91.29% run (19:19) on 5th March 2016 (event number 196).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Dewsbury parkrun Results Page.

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