Harrogate parkrun #290 Run report

8th July 2017 – Mini Mermaids take on Harrogate parkrun!

A beautiful morning met the girls of Oatlands primary school as they all collected on the edge of the Stray ready to take on their FIRST ever 5km challenge.

The girls have all taken part in the Mini Mermaid programme, where, over the last 8 weeks, together with their coaches they have been learning how to believe in themselves, challenge their expectations of themselves, push themselves out of their comfort zone and set short and long-term goals. Alongside this, the girls have been learning to fall in love with movement and exercise with the emphasis not being on how far or fast they are, but how it has a positive impact on how they feel about themselves. They all train for a 5km challenge at the end, where they can run, walk, skip, hop, jump, sing their way around! It’s a way for them to put into practice everything that they have learnt through the course and to quieten down their ‘Siren’ voice and listen the positive internal voice of ‘Mini Mermaid.’


On Saturday, 24 very excited and nervous girls turned up at Harrogate parkrun, not really knowing what to expect. So much quieter than they had been throughout the 8 weeks, they all met their running mentors (Mama Mermaids) and walked over to the start. After a great first-time runners briefing, we all grouped in and had a prep talk. A few high ‘fins’ later and rounds of claps and cheers they all made it to the start line.


here are no words that can describe your first ever parkrun, the feelings of nerves and excitement mixed in with the sense of camaraderie and support is indescribable and I told them all that once they had crossed the finish line to lock their memories and feelings in their brains so they can remember it whenever they have any doubt in their ability in any area of their lives.


A shout out from the RD put a smile on their faces, and along 400 other runners, they were OFF! 24 first timers, who 8 weeks ago would never have thought that they would make It to the start line, who never had the confidence to put themselves out of their comfort zone. I ran with a wonderful Mermaid called Lowry, who smiled and chatted the whole way around, someone whose confidence and self-belief over the last 8 weeks has grown in leaps and bounds. As it happens, she totally out sprinted me to the finish line!

The most memorable part of the challenge for me was when I saw all of the girls heading back on the course to shout and cheer everyone else in, their TRIBE.

Every single Mermaid finished their challenge, it wasn’t easy and I know that there were times when their Siren voice was shouting at them to stop and give up, but no one did and that is testament to their strength and determination and the power of believing in themselves. Thank you to everyone at Harrogate parkrun for being so welcoming, the shouts and cheers that all of the girls had going round was fantastic and the support of the volunteers was brilliant! See you all again soon!

Hannah – Mini Mermaid Running Club UK


Thanks Hannah,

We loved having you all with us. Just a few more bits from me.

Huge thanks to this weeks superstar volunteers Alexandra WHAPPLES  •  Anna GLAZIER  •  Carys DICKSON  •  Claire BAXTER  •  Daniel VENTRESS  •  David HARRIS  •  David SINCLAIR  •  Debbie DILASSER  •  Dennis RICHARDS  •  Emma HALL  •  Freddie PALFREMAN  •  Gavin SMITH  •  James SHARRATT  •  Jeremy SCOTT  •  Julie WASHBROOK  •  Kathryn DAVIS  •  Kerry LAVERACK  •  Liping WEN  •  Louisa WELTON  •  Mark SHELTON  •  Mark WASHBROOK  •  Matthew RAWET  •  Morgan GLAZIER  •  Robert ALBARDA  •  Robert EARL  •  Robert HILL  •  Sarah KELLY  •  Simon Lawrence HARROP  •  Simon WILLIAMS  •  Stuart Michael HATFIELD  as always you were amazing. 

Massive congratulations to this weeks milestone achievers Alan TINDALL clocks up 25 volunteer occasions, David SHORES & Mike BENSON are both now in the 50 Club and Chris HERRINGTON hit his 100th parkrun well done all. Also lovely to see Tom Gatehouse run his 250th with us well done Tom.

Just a few more reminders.....

Photos. You can find all of this weeks photos here https://www.flickr.com/groups/harrogate-parkrun/

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.

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.

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 harrogatehelpers@parkrun.com to get involved. If you still want to run don't let that put you off we have lots of jobs where you can still run !

That's your lot, See you soon, Ted

Now the official bit ...

Harrogate parkrun
Event number 290
8th July 2017

This week 411 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 65 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Stuart Michael HATFIELD • Debbie DILASSER • Liping WEN • Simon Lawrence HARROP • Simon WILLIAMS • Alexandra WHAPPLES • Ted WELTON • Louisa WELTON • David HARRIS • Daniel VENTRESS • Dennis RICHARDS • Anna GLAZIER • Jeremy SCOTT • Morgan GLAZIER • Freddie PALFREMAN • Carys DICKSON • Kerry LAVERACK • Sarah KELLY • Julie WASHBROOK • Matthew RAWET • Mark SHELTON • James SHARRATT • Gavin SMITH • Robert EARL • Emma HALL • Mark WASHBROOK • Robert HILL • Kathryn DAVIS • Robert ALBARDA • David SINCLAIR • Claire BAXTER

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

Male placings:
Mark BRYANT (VM45-49) of Harrogate Harriers & AC, was first over the line in 17:40 - 25th time in 65 appearances.
Tom Joseph MITCHELL (SM20-24) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:06 - was first to finish once before.
James MCCREANOR (VM40-44) (Unattached) was third (4th overall) over the line in 18:50.

Female placings:
Lorraine MITCHELL (VW40-44) of Harrogate Harriers & AC, was first (third overall) over the line in 18:39 - 5th time in 8 appearances.
Louise MCLEMAN (SW20-24) of Newcastle University Tri club, was second (22nd overall) over the line in 20:26 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Sharon Elizabeth HARDCASTLE (VW45-49) (Unattached) was third (36th overall) over the line in 21:03 - has been first to finish on 60 previous occasions.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Lorraine MITCHELL (VW40-44) – 83.11% for the time 18:39 (third overall).
Mark BRYANT (VM45-49) – 80.28% for the time 17:40 (first overall).
Jim FEWTRELL (VM50-54) – 76.97% for the time 19:28 (10th overall).

The female record is held by Rosie SMITH who recorded a time of 00:17:28 on 3rd October 2015 (event number 196).
The male record is held by Mike BURRETT who recorded a time of 00:15:46 on 27th July 2013 (event number 81).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ben GRANT who recorded 89.30% (19:19) on 23rd July 2016 (event number 239).

Harrogate parkrun started on 21st January 2012. Since then 10,330 participants have completed 79,790 parkruns covering a total distance of 398,950 km, including 14,535 new Personal Bests.