Every week as we begin the set up at 7.45 there is hardly a soul about – a few runners, dog walkers and cyclists in sight but certainly no sign of the masses who will join us on the start line in little over an hour’s time.
As we finish wheeling and do the maths to position the start and finish a few eager early birds join us and set about taping the funnel.
Soon after the volunteers begin to appear and it’s only when they have been briefed and kitted out that we notice we’re surrounded by a lot more people, all in various stages of preparation – some are chatting with parkrun friends, others are warming up or working out which combination of clothing is most suitable for the conditions today.
At that moment it never looks really busy. However with only minutes to go figures steadily appear over the horizon from all corners of the Stray and head purposefully towards the bench. Briefing over and the pack moves en masse to the start flags. There is a noticeable hush as runners wait poised in anticipation of the 321-go.
Then everyone is away, disappearing rapidly into the distance towards the first corner. At that point it is a vibrant scene as all the runners blend into one long multicoloured string as they spread out across the vivid green backdrop of trees and grass.
Soon it becomes all about the individual as each one crosses the line and we witness the many different reactions and emotions : happiness, satisfaction, relief, exhaustion, exhilaration, excitement. And this week was no exception when we were joined by 457 of those individuals. Amongst them were 15 people completely new to parkrun and 24 visiting from other places-it really was wonderful to have you with us and hope you enjoyed it.
There were definitely 91 happy individuals with new PBs and 9 others who became milestone club members. Joining the junior 10 are Lucy Evison and Oliver Bartlett (who also got a PB).Joining the reds are: Chris Child, David Whapples, Jo Summerscales, Mike Kennerley, Paul Andrew, Tom Harris and Richard Hinson (to whom we owe an apology for omitting his shoutout). Congratulations to you all.
And then, just as quickly as they arrived everyone disperses to get on with the rest of Saturday. By the time we look up from packing away the kit we realise the Stray is empty once more with no sign of the last 2½ hours activities and, bar the obligatory coffee drinking and results processing, it's all over for another week.
Before we go here are 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 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 457 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 91 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 34 volunteers:
Tony LEDWABA-CHAPMAN • Steph WILSON • Sean BRENNAN • Simon WILLIAMS • Alexandra WHAPPLES • Jonathan YATES • Andrew HARRIS • Dawn RICHARDSON • David WHAPPLES • Annabel Victoria GRATTON • Ted WELTON • Neil RAMSHAW • Fiona BARKLEY • Jeremy SCOTT • Alexander AYLESBURY • Amelie AYLESBURY • David PHELAN • Katie RIGBY • Andrea PRICE • Chris OVENDEN • Ben JOHNSON • Caleb AYLESBURY • J David THOMAS • Emma BRAUNTON • Helen BARKER • Mike KAYE • Benjamin LAWSON • Samuel DENNIS • Francesca WHAPPLES • Sally HOUGHTON • Emily HOUGHTON • James SHARRATT • Colin FOSTER • Thomas LOVELL
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 12,415 participants have completed 97,728 parkruns covering a total distance of 488,640 km, including 16,874 new Personal Bests.