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.
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