- On your marks
- Get set
- Go .......
All the best things come in threes - fictional characters include the 3 blind mice , 3 little pigs & 3 billy goats gruff . It was not one or two little kittens who lost their mittens but three . We also have the 3 musketeers , Macbeth's 3 witches & the 3 Stooges . Other famous trios include the 3 Bronte sisters , the 3 tenors & the 3 wise men . Trios are everywhere - small medium & large , the good the bad & the ugly , faith , hope & charity and The Father , Son and Holy Ghost .
On 21st January 2012 , 11 volunteers made it possible for 134 people to enjoy the first ever Harrogate park run . THREE laps round Oatlands stray make up the 5k ( 3 mile ) course .
Fast forward to today & HIP HIP HOORAY Happy 300th to us !!!
THREE HUNDRED park runs . If you'd run every one of them that would be a distance of 1500 k or 932 miles - further than the distance between lands end & John O'groats !!!!
With an autumn chill in the air but with a warm rosy feel good glow of park run love we welcomed runners old & new from near & far.
Congratulations to milestoners Jerry Laverack 100 runs , Dawn Richardson 50 & Daniel Thorpe 10 fantastic achievements all round and a special shout out to first timer Paige Sato who was the 300th parkrunner to finish today .
Mid week suggestions of wearing a park run top, any of the three primary colours or fancy dress were taken up by many
We had our very own guide dog on corner 1
Oh and if you want to sponsor Paul here is the link https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paul-halliday3?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=Paul-Halliday3&utm_campaign=pfp-email
And what a wonderful excuse for Mrs Harris to don her wonderful pink knitted crown once again .
Three laps round - a beginning middle and end then down the funnel to be scanned by one of our three barcode volunteers . Incidentally if you haven't already tried it why not offer to volunteer one day soon , it's another fantastic way to enjoy and enhance your park run experience. If you can , please offer to volunteer, yes you've guessed it , THREE times a year !!
All that remains is to give THREE CHEERS for everyone who has ever volunteered at any of our 300 Parkrun's , thank you without you we would never have achieved today's magnificent milestone .
Have a good week all & see you same time same place next week for another 3 laps to complete run #301
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 !
Now the official bit ...
Event number 300
16th September 2017
This week 460 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 59 were first timers and 81 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:
Tony LEDWABA-CHAPMAN • Elmien WOLVAARDT • Paul HALLIDAY • George PRENTIS • Simon WILLIAMS • Yvonne Alys SKELTON • Adam ATKINSON • Ted WELTON • Louisa WELTON • David HARRIS • Joseph HARRIS • Stephen BRADLEY • Rona Elizabeth BRADLEY • Daniel VENTRESS • Neil RAMSHAW • Tracy ALLISON • Caroline RAINBOW - GARDENER • Matt PAXTON • Tom PHELAN • Katie RIGBY • Ben JOHNSON • Jane ROBBINS • Phil VENTRESS • Linda DODSWORTH • Christine SMITH • Susanna POULTON • Andy DEIGHTON • Elizabeth JACKSON • Ashleigh BURNS • Robert HILL • Ella BURNS • Edward CHEUNG
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Harrogate parkrun Results Page.
Jacques MAURICE (JM15-17) of Harrogate Harriers & AC, was first over the line in 17:05 - first time in 6 appearances.
Andrew DOBBY (VM45-49) of Harrogate Harriers & AC, was second over the line in 17:35 - has been first to finish on 18 previous occasions.
An unknown runner was third.
Rose FORREST (JW11-14) of Harrogate Harriers & AC, was first (34th overall) over the line in 20:46 - first time in 14 appearances.
Ella COLBOURN (JW11-14) (Unattached) was second (50th overall) over the line in 21:23.
Nicola CARTER (VW45-49) of Knaresborough Striders, was third (79th overall) over the line in 22:18 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Abas ABAS (VM55-59) – 82.19% for the time 19:11 (11th overall).
Andrew DOBBY (VM45-49) – 80.66% for the time 17:35 (second overall).
Jacques MAURICE (JM15-17) – 80.20% for the time 17:05 (first overall).
The male record is held by Mike BURRETT who recorded a time of 15:46 on 27th July 2013 (event number 81).
The female record is held by Rosie SMITH who recorded a time of 17:28 on 3rd October 2015 (event number 196).
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 10,820 participants have completed 83,545 parkruns covering a total distance of 417,725 km, including 15,069 new Personal Bests.