A Tourist Guide to Harrogate parkrun
What an amazing sunrise there was on June 17th 2017! Pink sky, birds out early catching the early worm, and a new parkrun to attend. What more could any one in their right mind wish for?
The 287th Harrogate parkrun began under blue skies, accompanied by brilliant sunshine and the sound of 420 people from Harrogate and far flung places such as London, Edinburgh, New Zealand and York preparing to work their way three times around Harrogate Stray. The team of volunteers (all 28 of them) quickly and efficiently erected markers for the course, there was an informative briefing for new runners along with warnings about the height restrictions under passing trees; and then we were off.
If you are thinking that a three lap race sounds repetitious, you are correct. However it has some amazing bonuses. On a hot day, the shade under the trees on two sides of the course provide timely and welcome relief, and those trees are well worth inspection - I counted oak, horse chestnut, lime trees, beech, sycamore and several that I couldn’t identify (maybe I was running too fast???). A word of warning to those running along an avenue of trees with their dogs - please ensure that you pass trees on the same side as your dog..... Second bonus: it was amazing to pass the same spectators time after time - there was a definite sense of recognition and encouragement from passers-by on the third lap.
What else can I say about Harrogate parkrun? It’s a very friendly run with lots of people willing to take new runners under their wing, inspirational pacers and encouraging marshals. Will I be returning? Of course! I really enjoyed the run despite the hot weather.
And now for the statistics:
This week there were 41 first timers. Well done for coming along and running in spite of the heat and congratulations to the 58 people who recorded new Personal Bests in such warm weather.
An unknown runner was first.
Andrew DOBBY (VM45-49) of Harrogate Harriers & AC, was second over the line in 17:29 - has been first to finish on 15 previous occasions.
And another unknown runner was third.
Sharon Elizabeth HARDCASTLE (VW45-49) (Unattached) was first (49th overall) over the line in 21:14 - 59th time in 175 appearances.
Julia THOMSON (VW50-54) of Harrogate Tri Club, was second (64th overall) over the line in 22:02.
Elizabeth YATES (VW40-44) of Otley AC, was third (85th overall) over the line in 22:39.
Thanks are also due to the 28 volunteers who came to help set up, organise runners, cheer us on, show us where to go and record our times. Park Run would not happen without your help!
If you wish to see more results; the full results and a complete event history can be found on the Harrogate parkrun Results Page
Huge thanks to Liz for writing this weeks run report. If you fancy giving it a go one week just let us know.
Now just a few reminders:
In Case of Emergency - Please double check that your emergency contact details are complete and up to date on your parkrun profile. You'll find a link to your profile on your weekly results email and newsletters or via this How can I access my profile / account? link. It only takes a few moments, put could really help us to help you if and when you most need it.
Post run refreshments - Join us at Caffe Marconi (2 Princes Square) each week after parkrun to catch up, process the results, have a coffee and a good old chat. The food and drinks are great and Sarah and her team are huge fans of parkrun! It's good fun and you can even get your result early!
Barcodes - Is your printed barcode looking tired or not scanning easily? There are a range of tough and durable plastic parkrun barcode ID tags and parkrun wristbands available via http://www.parkrun-barcode.org.uk/ These are the only UK authorised and professionally printed tags and feature the parkrun branding and logo, your athlete details and can also be personalised with your ICE (In Case of Emergency) telephone number and additional information including specific medical details. They come in a range of options and can be attached to a key ring, laces, and running vest zip or worn on a lanyard.
Please remember too that as with all parkruns its a case of No Barcode, No time, No exceptions, so please don't be offended if we wont add you to the results if you forgot or lost your barcode.
Volunteering - We do ask that each of you, if possible, volunteer 3 times over the year. It is thanks to our great volunteer teams that parkruns around the world continue to happen every Saturday. Harrogate is no exception and without your kindness we would not be able to put on this wonderful free event. If you would like to help out please visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk/harrogate/volunteer/ for more information or talk to anyone in a yellow vest on parkrun day and then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
And don't forget
- follow us on Twitter [@hgateparkrun]
- like us on Facebook [www.facebook.com/harrogateparkrun]
A huge congratulations go out to this weeks mile stoners Jay NORTON and Will PARTNER enter the Junior 10 club and Richard THOMPSON has done his 50th ! well done guys.
And that is it for this week, Simon and Colleen are running the show this week. Dont forget that there is a breakfast in aid of ARUK at the Empress Pub immediately after this weeks run.
See you soon