24th March 2018 – Spring arrives at Shroggs at last

Halifax parkrun report – 24t  March 2018

Andrew Smith

 The snow has finally gone, spring looks like it’s here hopefully to stay and parkrun is back! It seems like an eternity since we last had a parkrun at Shroggs but that’s what age, snow and a 50th birthday party do to you!

And it was great to be back at Shroggs on a mild Saturday morning with just a nip in the air to remind us that winter is on it’s way back to Siberia.

Our Run Director for the day Steph Hull had a new friend in the shape of a mobile PA system which followed her around until we suggested she was loud enough and didn't need it - so PA Shroggs was left to watch the parkrun from the tarmac near the roundabout 

And it was a special morning for some of the volunteers who help out at Shroggs as they were presented with Volunteer of the Year 2017/18 plaques in front of the runners. The three volunteers chosen were Clare, Jannine and myself. It’s a lovely feeling when you get presented with something saying thank you for getting up early on a Saturday morning, cheering the runners on and supporting your local parkrun. It makes it all worthwhile.

After a quick briefing from Steph and cheers for first timers and visitors from Cheltenham , Newark , Stansfield parkrun and a few brave runners from the wrong side of the pennines !! 

Everyone was soon off for 3 and a bit laps of the famously undulating Shroggs park. We were missing some of our regular runners as it had been the annual West Yorkshire Winter League presentation night on Friday and others had races and holidays so couldn’t make it, but it was still a great and as always friendly turnout of 135 runners swelled by the number of first timers , always nice to see first timers experiencing the amazing feel good fix from parkrun

Anita Hewitt Congratulations on your 50 th parkrun, Anita didn't tell anyone it was her 50th and didn't put her hand up when she was recently touring in plymouth

This morning seemed to go quickly no doubt due to the good mood and a feeling of spring in the air .Once everyone was finished and our tail walker Bev Morritt  the celebrations were not over, two of our amazing parkrunners, Annie and Marc were presented with the Gary Morritt Memorial award by Gary’s widow Bev. It was a special moment as they are the first recipients of the award in memory of a halifax parkrun and QRC stalwart Gary Morritt.

And that’s it for this week, a special parkrun on a lovely spring morning and a perfect start to the weekend and receiving a trophy for doing something I love every Saturday - happy times , a moment I will cherish.

Hope to see you all next week and don’t forget your barcode and wear or bring something easter themed !

 

Saturday 10th March 2018

QRC Takeover for C25K and 3rd Birthday party

Report by Andy Smith - I braved the hills today but usually you will find me on tokens

On a cold, very very soggy Saturday morning Queensbury Running Club had a ‘takeover’ of Halifax parkrun at Shroggs Park to celebrate the graduation of their ‘Couch to 5k’ runners, a bunch of people who 12 weeks ago couldn’t run 5k until the encouragement and support of Lynn Hill and her team helped them to achieve something they wouldn’t have believed all those weeks ago when they took those first tentative steps towards running 5k.

Today’s parkrun was also a belated celebration of Halifax’s 3rd birthday that should have happened last week but had to be cancelled because of the deep, blanket of snow and cold, icy conditions that had covered Yorkshire in a scene reminiscent from Narnia.

To celebrate the 3rd birthday a fancy dress theme of superhero or pop star was suggested - interesting choices and a good mix and good fun , especially seeing Ada Ant and Cheryl Cole on timing, Darth Vader doing the run briefing and superman and batman battling it out in a sprint finish .

Today’s parkrun was especially poignant as we remembered a fellow runner, parkrunner and proud member of Queensbury Running Club who sadly passed away suddenly at the beginning of February and as a lasting tribute a trophy was introduced today the ‘Gary Morritt Memorial Trophy’ this was made to celebrate Gary and everything he loved about parkrun, friendship, fun, laughs, volunteering, Gary was a part of our  parkrun family , he always enjoyed volunteering and our tough course and proudly watched his son Matthew who was 14 at the time complete his DoE volunteering and doing the RD role.

The trophy was awarded to a lovely couple Annie and Marc, they cannot do enough to help, they love Halifax parkrun and have been involved and supportive from our first event, always early to set up, always encouraging, and help to pack away and give a cheery shout to everyone on Harrisons Hill. They always go out of their way to help and we are so pleased that we can recognise them with this award.

You may recall the very lovely gesture recently when Marc and Annie went out of their way to help our blind runner, picking Lyn and her guide dog Danny up at the hotel, Annie guiding Lyn round and dropping them back off – a very well deserved accolade for them is considered to be most deserving of receiving the award based on their runs at Halifax over the past year.

Gary’s wife Beverly and son Matthew were there today doing their part to remember Gary with Beverley tail walker with a couple of friends and Matthew blazing his way round the course to a storming time which Gary would have been so proud of and a time that cost bev £5 !.

Another trophy announced as a birthday celebration was ‘Volunteer of the Year’. Steph Hull – Event Director explained that without the commitment of volunteers then parkrun wouldn’t happen, she gave a shout out for the core team Karol, Phillip , Kezzy and Amanita and thanked everyone who had volunteered over the last year .

Steph went on to add that the team wanted to recognise volunteers who had made a massive commitment over the last year , so any to mention but 3 adults who not only had all volunteered over 30 times in the last 12 months they had also gone through a lot themselves with injury, illness. depression and loss of loved ones..

Steph announced the names of the 3 winners, 2 of which weren’t there able to make the event and will be nameless and have a surprise next week. Steph then looked round for me and announced me as a winner of one of the awards – however I didn’t hear her call out my name instead as I was at the back of the pack of runners waiting to go and not listening to anything anyone said!

The trophies will now be presented next week when all 3 adult winners will be back and I will be in my usual role of giving out the finish tokens and keeping the timers under control.

Harrison our super starter was named junior volunteer of the year for his commitment and enthusiasm whatever the weather.

So, despite the weather trying to dampen our spirits it  was impossible not to  raise a smile and feel happy inside as you were greeted by a sea of green Queensbury tops and numerous people in fancy dress. It was great to see so many people turn up for today’s very special parkrun and the sense of fun made Shroggs Park a very warm place to be

After the announcements we were off and run briefing from Darth Vader !! Glenn released his homing Doves in Gary's memory, Harrison got us under way with his 3 2 1 gooooooooo and the  the mood was one of enjoying yourself and achieving the magic  of running parkrun.  Some people were taking it easy and chatting to friends as they ran around, others were finding it tougher as Shroggs is not an easy parkrun and it was muddy and boggy on the trail section.

There was a real gritted determination on everyone's faces and for the Queensbury C25K to run it all and finish was testament to the hours they have put in to achieve the parkrun milestone.

Everybody today who ran can hold their heads high on achieving what may have been for many something they felt was impossible and for others making today a fun and uplifting event. I hope you are had a nice drink and meal today because you deserve it.

Well done to all the runners and volunteers today without which parkrun wouldn’t exist and your first runner home today was Tom Collinge of Queensbury Running Club, who as usual made it look easy but he puts the hard work in as we all do

Halifax parkrun  we are here every Saturday , and next Saturday 17th March at 9am where I will be back in my usual place in the finish funnel being quiet. We had a lot of first timers today, so it would be great to see some of you return and make next weeks event as much fun as todays.

If you could volunteer as well please, every week we need a minimum of 12 volunteers if you can help please message Halifax parkrun or email halifaxoffice@parkrun,com, volunteering is a fantastic experience and very rewarding.

See you soon and don’t forget you barcode

Andy Smith

Halifax parkrun - Volunteer of the Year 2017/2018

 

11th November 2017 –

A great turn out with visitors welcome from Denmark, Long Eaton, Leeds and yes Huddersfield who ventured north of the M62 to tackle our hilly course.

Wonderful and encouraging volunteers jigging and dancing ( to keep warm) thank you to each and everyone of you , and a mention to the lovely Annie Killeen who volunteered as a guide runner to the lovely Lynn , not only did Annie do this , she was setting up with hubby Marc at 8 am and then kindly they offered Lynn and her guide dog Danny a lift back to the hotel - what a lovely thing to do thank you

Congratulations to

all our first timers hope you had an enjoyable first parkrun

a very shy birthday girl

13 year old  Cavan King on his 50th parkrun and a pb brilliant - well done to the King family over the last 3 weeks with Cavan , Emily and Michael all reaching their 50 parkrun milestones.

Well done David Collett on your 50th parkrun

and  Robert Mitchell on his 100th parkrun well done Robert great to see you and the family on what we know was a very proud and emotional day for you. Robert dedicated his 100th parkrun to his uncle David Emmott from Haworth who sadly passed away on 2/4/2017 ,condolences from everyone at Halifax parkrun

 

Looking forward to QRC takeover

Hello everyone ,

The weather is looking good for the weekend , it has been brilliant seeing so many people out and about enjoying the sunshine these last few days...relaxing, communicating, laughing, chilling and getting out in the fresh air, it make you feel great

parkrun day looks to be a dry one , although a little cooler... it looks to be fine, sunny and dry and around 11 -14 degrees at parkrun o'clock. Pick out your best running gear, select your favourite running shoes, get your printed barcode and get ready to be on the start line for what will undoubtedly be the gloriously magnificent Halifax  parkrun number 113... It's going to be a corker!

The fantastic Queensbury Running Club are doing a takeover this weekend and we look forward to them cheering you round and the lovely Lynn Hill who is our Guest RD and an amazing team of volunteers and pacers from QRC .

This wondrous running club are so kindly helping us to fundraise for a defibrillator and providing a cake stall , there will also be water , fruit and , running magazines (I'm a hoarder) available - you can help by contributing to our fundraising for this essential kit.

Did you know that following cardiac arrest, AED's can make a massive difference at a time when every second counts... For every minute delay in administering defibrillation, the patient's chance of survival is reduced by 7-10%. We have Halifax hospital a few miles away but emergency medical attention or a portable AED could still be 10 minutes away.

Hopefully, we will never need to use the AED but there have been many incidents at sporting events where their availability has clearly saved a life. They are simple to use and do not require first aid training as the AED tells you exactly what to do, how and when. To complement this, we will also be looking to arrange some familiarisation training for those that wish to participate.

Now, this is where we need your help to donate , there is already a mechanism in place that allows you to donate to Halifax parkrun , we are very very grateful to all the donations we have received so far. You are all awesome.

This is a great opportunity and a bit of a no-brainer. If you agree and can help us , please can you support the QRC efforts this Saturday and donate via the link below,you'll also see from this page that all donations and our spends are fully transparent.

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/halifax/aboutus/

Thank you very much for your anticipated support and please feel free to suggest fun and interesting ways to raise money to donate.

See you Saturday for cake !! Bring some cash and don't forget we have Chris our coffee man on the park from 8.30 - 10 am

Many thanks

Halifax parkrun Event and Run Directors

 

14th May 2106 – Katie is RD and Rosie (the dogs) birthday

Wow,

The sun shone on Shroggs park this morning

Katie Brook was our amazing Run Director this morning , a very well delivered and clear briefing , which was well observed by everyone. Well Done Katie fantastic job all round. .

Great to see tourists from Huddersfield and Cuerden Valley (welcome back)

Happy birthday Duncan and birthday celebrations for Rosie the lovely yapping jack russell dog who was 6 yesterday and thank you Rosies mum and dad (Simon and Marian) for the wonderful cake. Rosie loves parkrun ..well dont we all !

Next week we have a takeover from the wonderful Northowram Pumas - see you all then dfyb - its going to be a great one lots of noise , support and cake !!

Todays results

Ed HYLAND (SM30-34) of Stainland Lions RC, was first over the line in 17:14 - second time in 3 appearances.

Josh ELDERFIELD (SM20-24) of Medway & Maidstone AC, was second over the line in 18:35.
Chris HALL (SM30-34) of Stainland Lions RC, was third over the line in 18:56.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Mark TEMPEST (Unattached) 854 pts.
Michael COE (Queensbury RC) 826 pts.
David FOTHERINGHAM (Unattached) 812 pts.

Female placings:
Roxanne ARMITAGE (SW25-29) of Northowram Pumas Running Club, was first (15th overall) over the line in 21:49 - second time in 7 appearances.
Diane COOPER (VW45-49) (Unattached) was second (17th overall) over the line in 22:00 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Anna WALKER (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (22nd overall) over the line in 22:52 - has been first to finish on 12 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Julie HEPWORTH (Queensbury RC) 1052 pts.
Joanne FORTUNE (Queensbury RC) 769 pts.
Rebecca FOSTER (Unattached) 732 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Andrew DOIG (VM45-49) was graded 75.69% for the time 19:20 (5th overall).
Ed HYLAND (SM30-34) was graded 75.44% for the time 17:14 (first overall).
Graham FELLOWS (VM65-69) was graded 73.30% for the time 23:47 (29th overall).

This week there were 163 runners, of whom 34 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different athletics clubs took part.

Halifax parkrun started on 7th March 2015, and since then 1,668 different runners, including participants from 118 athletics clubs, have completed 6,097 runs covering a total distance of 30,485 km, and there have been 1,656 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Tanya SEAGER who ran in a time of 00:18:12 on 2015-08-22 (event number 24).
The male record is held by Matthew PIERSON who ran in a time of 00:16:29 on 2015-09-05 (event number 26).
The Age Grade course record is held by Tanya SEAGER who recorded a 85.16% run (18:12) on 22nd August 2015 (event number 24).

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

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