Well what a parkrun that was. Well done to the 272 hardy souls who braved the conditions of the Stray this Saturday morning. It was colder, windier and definitely wetter than my weather forecast said before heading out. Suffering from a knee injury, I was taking the opportunity to give a bit back and volunteer. I did the sensible thing of thermals under my jeans, many layers on top, thermal gloves with hand warmers, and the less sensible thing of deciding I didn't need my waterproof/windproof trousers.
As I stood towards the end of the finish funnel helping Monica with the Finish Tokens I was making a mental note to always wear my wind proof trousers in the future. They wouldn't have helped numb hands and feet, but they would have kept my legs warmer and drier. What did make the whole thing still pleasurable and worthwhile was the many finishers who thanked us for volunteering as they collected their Finish Tokens. I'm sure the Marshals out on the course will have felt the same way. It is so nice when people shout out thank you while passing.
In order to find a suitable course which avoided crocus and the worst of the ground conditions, today's course was not only run in reverse but also with a different start position. It was entertaining to observe the parkrunners who normally time their arrival at the usual start corner with precision, to see them hot footing it across the Stray to the revised start position on the far side of the toilet block. Apologies to the visitors who were directed to the normal start position by regulars who hadn't seen the Facebook or Twitter posts about the start alteration. We hope you were not too confused.
Whilst there have been colder, wetter and windier Stray conditions, for me it was the combination of the three that made for the particularly challenging conditions, and it wasn't just the volunteers suffering from numb fingers. Some people struggled to get their barcodes out from wherever they were stored during the run and one person found out that theirs scanned through their plastic holder which was a welcome surprise.
It was a muddy run with a least one runner going up to their ankle in the energy sapping ground. How anyone managed to get a PB is amazing, but 28 people will have been feeling suitably chuffed with themselves once the results came out, congratulations to you all. To the 15 people who came along for the first time, what heroes you are and we so hope to see you again next week. Most of the time the weather conditions are much more pleasant! To our visitors from other parkruns, we hope you enjoyed the warmth of our hospitality and at least this parkrun will be memorable once your footwear has dried out.
Those that headed for breakfast in Marconi's enjoyed a good catch up and a much needed warm up. I've not seen a teapot used as a hand warmer before but that's a great idea for the future. Results were processed and tokens sorted all ready to go again next week. See you all there. #loveparkrun
Huge thanks to Linda for the words and Louisa for the pictures....We did get everything dry in the end ! Ted.
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 319
10th February 2018
This week 272 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:
Tony LEDWABA-CHAPMAN • Sean BRENNAN • Anna WATSON • Liz WATSON • Chris EVANS • George PRENTIS • Alexandra WHAPPLES • Yvonne Alys SKELTON • Ted WELTON • Louisa WELTON • Joseph BRYANT • David HARRIS • Monica WEBBER • Rachael RIDLEY • Jeremy SCOTT • Jack Edward BRIGGS • Sharon Elizabeth HARDCASTLE • Freddie PALFREMAN • Matt PAXTON • Ben JOHNSON • Jane ROBBINS • Eddie CLUDERAY • Evelyn RIDLEY • Linda DODSWORTH • Helen BARKER • Andy DEIGHTON • Mark TAYLOR • Elizabeth JACKSON • Robert HILL • Paul ANDREW • 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 11,610 participants have completed 90,921 parkruns covering a total distance of 454,605 km, including 15,935 new Personal Bests.