Harrogate parkrun #316 Run report

26195724_1573650369370652_7809664741733129894_n  Harrogate parkrun No. 316, a day of many great things. The day began with a fresh faced Dan VENTRESS pulling on the Run Directors Hi Viz for the first time. Dan at 15 years old is one of the youngest Run Director to have looked after Harrogate parkrun and was doing it on the day of his 50th 

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It was cold and damp as the many volunteers arrived each donning their Hi Viz then starting to put the course together but this was not to be any ordinary Harrogate parkrun, today it would be in reverse with a start by the toilets and a new style finish!

We often have to alter the course during the winter to avoid causing undue wear to the grass and crucially to avoid the crocus beds. We would ask all runners to please pay particular attention to the red flags each week and ensure you run around them and as close to the marked course as possible (and please don't take offence if fellow runners shout you to stick to the marked route ;-) )

After a brief introduction Dan took his place on the famous podium (better known as the park bench) and delivered a perfect briefing covering all the points and safety factors like he had been born to it.

The run included quite a bit of mud and water but then again it is January in Harrogate so what else would we expect.

First male back was Andrew DOBBY in 17:38 and first female Lisa Maria MAWER in 21:11. There were a wonderful 17 first time parkrunners who we trust will all be back to play in the Harrogate mud again very soon. There were a total of 331 finishers looked after and cheered home by 31 wonderful volunteers. Of the 331 runners 22 managed new personal bests in what we're very difficult conditions.

We had some very special runners with Justin LOCK running his 50th parkrun, Andy DEIGHTON and Andrew HARRIS running their 100th parkruns. Well done to each of you for a brilliant milestone. I think it only right that we finish with two ends of the spectrum by once again giving a shout out to Dan VENTRESS on his 1st Run Directing and finally to mention something very special Alexandra WHAPPLES completed her 250th parkrun which goes beyond brilliant. Congratulations Alexandrea on an absolutely awesome achievement.

See you all next week. Cheers Jeff (Jeff Walker)

Just a few reminders:

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 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 !

And now the official bit...

Harrogate parkrun - Event number 316 - 6th January 2018

This week 331 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Anna WATSON • Geoffrey HIRST • George PRENTIS • Jonathan EASTON • Alexandra WHAPPLES • Yvonne Alys SKELTON • David WHAPPLES • Ted WELTON • Louise MCLEMAN • Daniel VENTRESS • Anna GLAZIER • Catherine HUME • Martin LOFTHOUSE • Rachael RIDLEY • Fiona BARKLEY • Morgan GLAZIER • Freddie PALFREMAN • Caroline RAINBOW - GARDENER • Matt PAXTON • Sarah HUGHAN • Ben JOHNSON • Evelyn RIDLEY • Jeff WALKER • Matthew RAWET • Mark TAYLOR • Samuel DENNIS • Francesca WHAPPLES • Brian HAINSWORTH • Evie ROMER • Sarah MCCANN • Georgia PEPPER

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

The female record is held by Rosie SMITH who recorded a time of 17:28 on 3rd October 2015 (event number 196).
The male record is held by Paul POLLOCK who recorded a time of 15:14 on 7th October 2017 (event number 303).
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 11,515 participants have completed 89,897 parkruns covering a total distance of 449,485 km, including 15,874 new Personal Bests.