Well what another lovely parkrunday it was. Our fantastic volunteers did a superb job getting the course set up and this week we utilised what has been called the Braddon funnel (named after its founder), which is where we had to pass corner 1 again before we could turn into the finish straight, which is needed when we've come inside the tree line a little more and therefore shortened each lap slightly.
A longer finish funnel was in place nicely anticipating our burgeoning numbers and we matched last week's record attendance of 555 recorded results. We would have been at 559 but a few people crossed the line and then (shock horror) ducked out of the funnel! Each week we do ask you not to 'funnel duck' since it can play havoc with the results if we don't spot you doing it. Essentially the person behind you ends up receiving your finish time, not an issue if you are 1 second apart but more of an issue if you are 30 seconds apart. So, if you have forgotten your barcode or for whatever reason do not want your result recorded against your name, please do cross the line, stay in the finish funnel and collect a finish token; at this point you can bypass the barcode scanners and place the finish token into the token box. You will then have happy results processors and happy parkrunners since they will get their results more quickly. Thank you
We had an amazing 51 - yes 51 - brand new parkrunners. To all of you brilliant people, we hope you enjoyed your first taste of parkrun, and we do hope to see you again next week. 30 people who had that experience previously, completed their 2nd parkrun on Saturday with 23 of those getting a PB, so to the 51 first timers, look what you could get this Saturday, the shiny new PB badge is more than likely to be yours on your return. 21 people completed their 3rd parkrun and are now well on their way to the intoxicating repeat feeling that parkrunday brings, and before you know it, they will be determining their holiday locations based on whether there is a parkrun nearby [or maybe that's just me :-)]
Many congratulations on achieving 50th parkrun milestones to Mike Fawcett, Owen Hunter, Richard Pearce and Peter Hibbert, and yay! to Harry Crichton in the 11-14 age category for completing his 10th parkrun, and doing it in style with a new PB; congratulations and hugely well done! We hope you all enjoy sporting your new milestone t-shirts very soon.
Brand new pacer vests were sported and looked rather spiffing, and many thanks to Nidd Valley Road Runners for funding these and making these possible. We had some lovely visitors, we hope you enjoyed our parkrun, and we hope to see you again. Clara ran a whole lap before seeking the taxi services and warmth of her buggy, well done Clara, 1.5 laps next week? Our RD for the day was family man Sean Brennan who took a break from milling around to superbly oversee our morning congregation and an old favourite with lovely shoulders was seen amongst the throng [I'm sure that means something to someone].
Another successful parkrun held and for those able/savvy enough to go along to the cafe afterwards, another Saturday morning passed in the satisfying warmth processing the results, sorting the tokens, and chatting all things parkrun with your parkrun buddies (new buddies welcomed every week) to the sound track of cappuccino, latte, tea, croissant, orange juice, bacon sandwich and granola. Now, how long until the next one?
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 - 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 !
And now the official bit:
This week 555 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 77 were first timers and 67 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:
Andrew DOBBY • Sean BRENNAN • Paula Jane PRENTIS • Robin LAVIN • Dave TAIT • Adam ATKINSON • Ted WELTON • Benjamin COOPER • David HARRIS • Joseph HARRIS • Neil RAMSHAW • Fiona BARKLEY • David PHELAN • Jenny GODFREY • Katie RIGBY • Fiona KITCHINGMAN • Sara GOULD • Emma BRAUNTON • Linda DODSWORTH • Steve DODSWORTH • Alastair LOCKE • James YOUNG • Mark SHELTON • Harry TILSON • Ashleigh BURNS • Freya PARKER • Susan ROGERS • Billy FOX • Richard WEBB
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 Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 14:54 on 3rd November 2018 (event number 357).
The Age Grade course record is held by Andy GRANT who recorded 90.63% (16:01) on 1st September 2018 (event number 348).
Harrogate parkrun started on 21st January 2012. Since then 13,849 participants have completed 109,895 parkruns covering a total distance of 549,475 km, including 18,472 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,247 individuals have volunteered 8,144 times.