Your run report is brought to you this week by one of our weekend Milestoners - Wendy Lindley - thank you Wendy and congratulations!
This run report is an unapologetic, self-indulgent, thank you from the back of the pack!!!
It was nice to be back to normal this week as we all turned up to the Stray. It was a bit overcast and drizzly but not as boggy underfoot - if you ignore the mud by the bench! Here we acknowledged the fantastic volunteers with a well-deserved round of applause, they earned it today as it was chilly on the corners! Visiting parkrunners were welcomed and we all smiled very nicely for the Harrogate Advertiser photographer, squidged ourselves onto the path and then we were off!
Off via the usual 'don't step on the croci' route, inside the trees, yomping along Oatlands and treading gingerly round corner three and onto the lovely tarmac! One gentleman losing the battle of running his own race - his dog dragging him round! It was a bit breezy but not too bad overall. Three laps later and the finish was a welcome sight.
parkrun is for all of us to enjoy and admittedly I had reservations about first partaking in this 'fun' event! First few runs/plods and I didn't like it, however, I'm learning to enjoy it and when it's all over I love it! This morning was my 50th parkrun, never in a million years did I think I'd do one let alone the other 49! and here's where the self-indulgence begins!
I'd like to offer my thanks not only to the volunteers but to ALL OF YOU fellow parkrunners. Some of you are brilliantly encouraging friends of mine but a lot more of you I don't know, however, I've read the backs of your tee shirts as you whizz past and am in awe of all the marathons, half marathons 10k's you've undertaken! You spur on those of us who aren't so speedy! Every 'well done', 'keep it going' and thumbs up as you pass all make a massive difference, and encourage us to plod on to that finish line and for this YOU deserve big thanks.
So today for me, 45 minutes and 321 places later I finished, one chuffed park plodder....THANK YOU ALL.....now where's that red t- shirt, it'll clash nicely with my post run face! Wendy x
Now over to somebody else for the important stats......
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 email@example.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 !
Now here are the stats!
Event number 318
27th January 2018
This week 336 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:
Sean BRENNAN • Anna WATSON • Paula Jane PRENTIS • Simon WILLIAMS • David GUGAN • Ted WELTON • Sharon WILSON • Ralph BROOK-DOBSON • Jennifer CARNE • Nicola CARTER • Fiona BARKLEY • Jack Edward BRIGGS • Adam ATKINSON • Freddie PALFREMAN • Caroline RAINBOW - GARDENER • Eddie CLUDERAY • Benjamin LAWSON • Mike BENSON • Andy DEIGHTON • Samuel DENNIS • Sarah DEIGHTON • Wendy LINDLEY • Thomas LOVELL • Holly PROSHO • 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 11,584 participants have completed 90,649 parkruns covering a total distance of 453,245 km, including 15,907 new Personal Bests.