New Years Day parkrun

New Years Day parkrun is on! 10am start.

 

Christmas Day parkrun

Christmas Day parkrun is on! 9am start.

 

Run Report 07/07/18 – Liz Kershaw (with help from Digby the dog!)

Hi Huddersfield!!! Thank you for having us to visit, what an amazing park and a fab team you have. Here is Digby’s run report:

 

My name is Digby and I’m 5 months old. I’ve been parkrunning for 3 months now. I know, I know, I’m too little to do it all myself, but my Mum’s have been encouraging me to at least do the first 3km and one day I’ll live up to my nickname of “parkrun pointer”! Greenhead Park is a brilliant place to parkrun, loads of paths and junctions, lots of amazing things to smell, other dogs to chase.
I had a great time! Becky Burdon was the boss today, and gave a fab introduction to everyone. It was quite a long one today, only because so many people were running milestones….. 50: Suzy Overton, Brendan Halliday, Ron Lister; 100: William Rose; 150: Fred Iyekekpolor; 250: Jeanette Pierson, Matthew Pattison; 300: Lynne Mannion!

Luc Burnip finished in 16:50, Olly Williams in 17:34 and Jamie Brannan in 17:48. They all ran very fast. One day I know I’ll run that fast, although I don’t think either of my Mum’s will ever be able to keep up with me!
There were 610 runners and walkers, 75 PBs, and 23 brand new parkrunners (I hope you get the bug like I have!) A massive thank you to all the lovely people in bright yellow, especially all the ones who rubbed my ears,
I do love a good ear massage; parkrun wouldn’t exist without you guys, and all your cheering helps us get round. I hope you all have a great weekend in the sunshine. I’m off to have a nap now, all the excitement is just too much for this little puppy. Hope to see you at another parkrun soon. Run report written by Lizzie Kershaw on behalf of Digby Kermeron (the parkrun pointer) A944333

 

Huddersfield parkrun Run Report – Matthew Kay

Thanks to Matthew Kay for writing us a run report!

 

Today it was"H", I'm not consciously doing the parkrun alphabet but another one of the list won't do any harm will it and what a great one it was.

 

The primary driver behind doing parkrun was a visit to see my friend from Manchester who has lived in Huddersfield for eight years and as yet I've failed to cross the Pennines to come and see him, luckily this time round parkrun helped tipped the balance.

 

After arriving to Manchester on Friday night from London and not getting to sleep until 2am making the 8am train was going to be a tall order but I was not to be deterred from the trip and even made the earlier trip of 7.46 with my friend Dan. He was coming along for his maiden parkrun and managed a respectable sub 30 for his first outing.

 

We were visiting our friend Joe who popped me by 9 seconds last time we did battle at Worsley Woods so the competition was due to be healthy this time round even though we both acknowledged we weren't in top condition, Joe also had the added handicap of a Huddersfield hangover and quickly took a backward step from the challenge opting for a sprint to the finish with Dan instead to also achieve sub 30, small gains.

 

Prior to the run, the friendly atmosphere I'd become accustomed to from parkrun was plain to see with a warm welcome from Steve and introduction to the RD, Mark. We then received a humorous briefing from Mark with a few quips thrown in to lighten the mood which was belted out over the speakers; then everyone herded together with typical northern spirit ready for the off and we were all cheered up the hill with the backing of Eye of the Tiger, a parkrun first for me!

 

Whilst a hot day, I really enjoyed the scenic run round the park ably supported by the marshals and members of the public and I look forward to returning again, hopefully with an improved time as I continue a return to peak fitness.

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Saturday 12th May 2018

On Saturday 12th May 2018 Huddersfield parkrun was proud to host one of two meet ups in the country for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. National Deaf Awareness Week is from the 14th to 20th May 2018.

Myself and Philippa Wynne, parkrun UK Outreach Ambassadors for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, wanted to celebrate the beginning of National Deaf Awareness Week by doing something a little different. Last year we had arranged three parkrun takeovers which were a great success. Two of these were in Huddersfield at Huddersfield parkrun and Huddersfield junior parkrun. We wanted to build on this success and continue to raise awareness and improve inclusivity at parkrun for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. This year as connections in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing parkrun community had strengthened, mostly through the Facebook Group, ‘parkrun for the deaf and hard of hearing’ and regular Newsletters, we decided to arrange two parkrun meet ups. One in Bromley at Philippa’s home parkrun, the other in Huddersfield my home parkrun. Deaf, Hard of Hearing, other hearing problems, carers, parents, family, teachers, signers, interpreters etc. were all very welcome. It was suggested that people might want to bring along friends and family to be a spectator, volunteer, run, jog or walk. Sign support would be available at both parkruns.

On the day Huddersfield parkrun had eight Deaf or Hard of Hearing parkrunners and several Teachers of the Deaf, support workers and family running. Numerous other Deaf or Hard of Hearing people, Teachers of the Deaf, support workers, charity workers and family members either volunteered or spectated.

We had both the first timers/new runners briefing and the main briefing in sign language by one of our 2 very regular volunteer signers Fiona McTague. I must add here that our other regular signer Angela Joseph had a prior commitment on the day and we missed her very much! Fiona and Angela both support us throughout the year offering sign support and I want to take this opportunity to thank them both very much. We also had Leah Swallow a regular Huddersfield parkrun runner and volunteer. Most of you probably know Leah, Leah is my daughter and was born severe to profoundly Deaf and was the person who inspired our whole family to join parkrun. We also had Sophie Chappell, Sophie is a local BSL interpreter who works as a communicator at a local school; both volunteered as signers available to meet and greet people.

The local charity, the Kirklees Deaf Children’s Society, arranged a cake stall and provided everyone with information and support on the day. The Kirklees Deaf Children’s Society made just over £200 which they will use to enable Deaf children in Kirklees to be involved in social activities.

People had travelled from other parkruns to visit Huddersfield parkrun especially for the event and spent time chatting, signing and generally getting to know one another. Their feedback was very positive and several said they will come back.

At Huddersfield parkrun we are currently able to offer sign support (volunteer role) of all our briefings on a weekly basis. We even had it on Christmas and New Years Day. We know we have at least 3 Deaf runners at Huddersfield parkrun regularly, that use sign language and we have also welcomed several Deaf visitors over recent times.

The list of contacts for numerous parkruns continues to increase gradually. This list includes the details of Sign Support or even just a contact person who can greet you on arrival at different parkruns. The list currently has 65 different parkruns in the UK where someone can be available on most weeks and it continues to grow. Obviously Huddersfield parkrun is on that list and we hope this helps put Huddersfield parkrun on the map as a welcoming and an inclusive parkrun!

It is has been an amazing year since the volunteer role of ‘Sign Language Support’ became official on all parkrun and junior parkrun rosters. We are seeing the role go from strength to strength with many parkruns having all their pre run briefings signed every week. There were over 500 separate instances of sign support across the UK since the role became official in its first year. This was made up of mainly Saturday parkruns but also some junior parkruns too.

A blog was produced to share on various platforms and is being shared across a number of different organisations, again increasing awareness of parkrun as an inclusive event for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The link is here;

http://blog.parkrun.com/uk/2018/05/15/deaf-and-hard-of-hearing-parkrun-takeovers-mark-national-deaf-awareness-week/

Saturday was a busy day at Huddersfield parkrun, our very regular runner and volunteer Sean Doyle was also celebrating 5 years since he woke up from an induced coma to be told he had suffered a heart attack whilst at Huddersfield parkrun. A number of other runners who like Sean are part of a group called ‘Cardiac Runners’ joined him and ran with us to help him celebrate. There was also a blog produced by parkrun UK. The link is here;

http://blog.parkrun.com/uk/2018/05/12/backfromthedead/

Thank you to all the runners, walkers, spectators and volunteers on the day. And thank you to Event Director Mark Nicholson and all the regular team for allowing Huddersfield parkrun to host our Deaf Meet Up and Sean to celebrate.

Keep on parkrunning! Victoria

Victoria Knight-Phillips. A1528987. Outreach Ambassador (Deaf and Hard of Hearing) & Social Media Ambassador (Volunteer) | parkrun UK and regular runner and volunteer at Huddersfield parkrun.

 

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