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.
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.
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.