We hope you have had a fabulous weekend and settling back into your work week. This week’s parkrun report for event 302 has to touch on a topic of a more serious nature so please take a moment to read it.
We still have a few left items of clothing that have yet to be claimed, these items will be donated to charity by the end of the month if they are not claimed. Please speak to the run director on duty the next time you are there if any of the items are yours or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
parkrun doesn't have many rules but the ones we do have are there for good reason. In particular, the Under 11s Rule. Every Saturday during the pre-run briefing and new runners briefing we remind all parents/guardians that under 11s must be accompanied by a responsible adult (age 18 or over) during their run and throughout their time at parkrun. By accompanied we mean 'within arm’s reach'. Waiting for them at the finish or running 5 minutes before or behind isn't acceptable.
There are many obvious reasons why parkrun has this rule, primarily to safeguard the child but it's also a requirement of the UKA. While the official guidance from UK Athletics (UKA) does not permit children under 11 to race the 5k distance they are content to sanction the participation of children under the age of 11 in parkrun UK events as long as their participation is primarily for fun, being free from undue pressure from parents, other adults or their peers and in the full understanding they are participating in a timed run rather than a race
During recent weeks we have become aware that there are a number of under 11s running unaccompanied despite our reminders. Please note that if we see a child under 11 running alone we do have the authority to remove their results and some were removed from event number 302. Sorry for the serious nature of this post but it's important that we keep everyone safe.
On a lighter note this Saturday’s parkrun saw 4 runners dressed as the ghostbusters team and running in unison in their ghostbusters car. They were using Saturday’s event to test their prototype for their upcoming marathon in Birmingham on the 15th of October. James Braddon, Matt Gibson, Max Naughton and Daniel Carter (James “Fozzy” Forster and Thomas Spence were substitutes for the missing team members yesterday) are going for the world record for the quickest marathon in a 4 person costume meaning they will have to complete it in under 5hrs and 3mins. They are doing this for charity and I am sure if you were to bump into them at parkrun they would happily give you more details.
We also gave a shout out to the following people. Fiona Barkley who is a regular volunteer at Harrogate 5k parkrun and our Harrogate Junior parkrun. Fiona has been volunteering since 2013 and has volunteered over 251 times and never actually completed the event herself. Her selfless nature has allowed all of us to enjoy our local parkrun and we are blessed to have her.
We were lucky to have visitors from Edinburgh, Guildford, Farnborough, Norwich, Newcastle & Middlesborough. Simon Williams ran with us for the 150th time and Tony Chapman completed his 200th run.
For those who enjoy your stats this week 410 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 45 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:
Tony LEDWABA-CHAPMAN • Chris EVANS • George PRENTIS • Tony SHAW • Simon WILLIAMS • Mark DAVISON • Lynn DAVISON • Richard HANEN • Jim GRUENWALD • Ralph BROOK-DOBSON • Ewan FINDLAY • Fiona BARKLEY • Jeremy SCOTT • Tracy ALLISON • Matt PAXTON • Tom PHELAN • Sarah HUGHAN • Ben JOHNSON • Phil VENTRESS • Colleen GRUENWALD • Lynsey BARRACLOUGH • Rebecca CARMAN • Edoardo PIANO • Mark TAYLOR • Craig CHISHOLM • Francesca WHAPPLES • Richard HINSON • Judith MCKENNA • Stu HARVEY • Robert ALBARDA • Fergus MURRAY
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Harrogate parkrun Results Page.
Andrew DOBBY (VM45-49) of Harrogate Harriers & AC, was first over the line in 17:16 - 20th time in 76 appearances.
Gary CRUSH (VM35-39) of City of Norwich AC, was second over the line in 17:35.
An unknown runner was third.
Rose FORREST (JW11-14) of Harrogate Harriers & AC, was first (48th overall) over the line in 22:01 - second time in 15 appearances.
Denise MCGEACHY (VW35-39) of Chapel Allerton Runners, was second (63rd overall) over the line in 22:59.
Elena Elisabeth DICKSON (JW10) of Harrogate Harriers & AC, was third (67th overall) over the line in 23:12.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Andrew DOBBY (VM45-49) – 82.14% for the time 17:16 (first overall).
Abas ABAS (VM55-59) – 80.99% for the time 19:28 (12th overall).
Paul SHANNON (VM55-59) – 78.18% for the time 20:10 (21st 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 10,941 participants have completed 84,402 parkruns covering a total distance of 422,010 km, including 15,181 new Personal Bests.