‘Party in the Park’ – celebrating the life of Gill Tremere – January 19th

Gill’s family would like to invite parkrun family and friends to East Park this Saturday...

...to share and enjoy everything that Gill loved about our parkrun mornings - and more.

The day will, of course, start with a parkrun - so please do join us to run, jog, walk, volunteer...

...or simply watch Gill’s parkrun vision as it continues to embrace both the people of Hull and beyond.

We are planning to arrange some gazebos/tables at the finish - and would welcome further help with their provision/set up...

...and please do bring along some nibbles if you would like to - sweets, flapjack, buns etc perhaps.

The park staff will be helping us to plant snowdrops in the finish area - a wonderful way to remember Gill in years to come...

...so if you can track down some bulbs and bring them with you, we’d be very grateful.

From here, the family are hoping you will join them in the café - where the amazing staff will be providing a buffet/refreshments for us...

...and where a memory book with also be situated.

Finally, Paul will be heading to the Minerva pub to raise a toast to Gill with anyone who would like to pop in for a drink...

...and at anytime between around 3.30 - 8pm. 

(They have a small function room, available - but, of course, if you’re planning to stay a little longer the pub, itself, would be appropriate to adjourn to)

Hull parkrun - lets make it a day to remember 


Event 466, 12th January 2019, by Sarah Greenley

The second Hull parkrun of 2019 saw another bumper turn out in East Park. While last week saw the second highest number of parkrunners in East park with 685, this week an extra 20 people turned out to nudge the total number of finishers above 700 for only the second time in our history. Compared with the corresponding run last year which saw 554 of us walk, jog and run two and a bit times around the lake and animal centre, thatís an increase of almost 21% in 12 months.

This week saw 74 first timers, of which an amazing 54 were running their first ever parkrun anywhere. We hope you enjoyed yourself and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Next week’s parkrun could be even busier with a day to celebrate our beloved parkrun founder Gill’s life and legacy. Last year, during a piece about Hull parkrun on BBC Radio Humberside Gill described it as like a big party every Saturday morning so next week a ‘Party in the Park’ is planned and Paul gave more details during the pre-run announcements, clearly heard following a very kind donation of a new PA system. Next week if you can, please wear parkrun t-shirts, colours or club gear to watch, walk, jog, run or volunteer during parkrun and join Gillís family for a hot drink and cake in the café afterwards. The day will continue when Paul will be in the Minerva pub in Hull from around 3.30pm.

First males to finish this week were Thomas MAWER in 17:12, Kian WILES in a new PB of 17:15 and Lewis SUDDABY with a new PB of 17:19. First female runners this week were first-time Hull runner Sara EAMES in 19:13, Laura SCHOFIELD in 20:59 and Becky NIXON in 21:14

Hull parkrun this week was made possible by 33 volunteers and thank you for your efforts, we couldn’t do this without you. I would also like to thank all those who are coming forward to volunteer for the first time, or taking on new or core roles to help Hull parkrun at this difficult time. This week's hi-viz heroes were:

John S BAKER  Diane MAWER  Mark GADIE  Trevor ROSE  David RUSSELL Jacqueline PEEL Keith CONKERTON Jenny ROSE Claire ROBINSON Shaun ATKINSON Alan Stanley WILSON Phil HARLAND Adrian PARKER Graham HALL Sarah GREENLEY Keith JACKSON Steve CRONAN Emily WIX Florence HENDERSON Vicky COE Farhat BAIG Kalina MORRIS Lisa BENDELOW Robert THOMSON Rebecca FOX Hayden FOX Mark FOX Billy FOX Sophie ALDUS Beverley FAIRBURN Leanne HALL Andrew STEAD Anj DAUBS

There were a few official and unofficial parkrunners achieving milestones this week.

Celebrating her red 50 t-shirt this week was Beverley OUNSWORTH. Beverley was an early adopter, starting her parkrun journey back in July 2010 at event number 18 in Hull and has run all of her 50 runs with us since then.

Tracy HOLWELL and Steve HOLWELL celebrated their 100th and 250th parkrun with similar outfits and also balloons which I think just about make it around the slightly windy course this week. Steve started with us in October 2011 and has run 197 of his 250 runs with us in Hull. Tracy has run 84 of her 100 runs in Hull and started with us in November 2011. New black and green t-shirts will hopefully be with you shortly.

Alas no t-shirt but congratulation also to Chris WILES on his 150th parkrun and Mark FAIRPO and Neil BEWELL on their 200th runs.

This week 58 people recorded Personal Bests. Here are a few that caught my eye:

Amy LOCKWOOD achieved a new best anywhere time of 25:16, and took a second off her previous PB set in May 2016.

Nigel WALLIS beat his previous PB set in June 2018 by 11 seconds for a new time of 22:35

Carolyn BARTON recorded a new best anywhere time of 38:52

Sam BROWN’s great start to 2019 continued with his second PB in a row, achieving 21:11 on his 84th parkrun

Alexia MORGAN went sub-23 minutes for the first time, setting a new PB of 22.:46

This weekís visitors included Terry (Fred) SELLEN from Ashford in Kent, Dave BROWN who has run most often at Pontefract but more recently at Selby, Jonathan LEE from Leicestershire , Fiona HERNANDEZ who regularly runs at Fountains Abbey, Sara EAMES who has been first female finisher in 7 of her last 10 parkruns and Laura SCHOFIELD and Matthew ROWLEY from York.

Keep an eye on the Hull parkrun website and Facebook site for further information about next week but until then, keep on running.




Event 465, 5th January 2019, by Gary Robinson

Where Do I Begin?

The parkrun community is still trying to come to terms with the sudden loss of Gill Tremere and such sad news was always going to overshadow this week’s events in East Park.

Through parkrun, Gill redefined Saturday mornings for so many people. An unassuming lady who always greeted you with a smile and someone who had that steely determination to make sure things were done properly – Gill may have been tiny in stature but she was a giant in the world of parkrun.
The tributes have poured in and each one reinforces the affection that we have for a special lady.
In addition to those who have expressed theirs, I’d like to add my own ‘thank you’ to Gill for changing my life.

Now, I’m going to try and outline what happened at Hull parkrun in event 465 because Gill would expect nothing less.

It’s always great when visitors come and join us in East Hull.
I see that Sean CLARK regularly runs at Cleethorpes, Lindsey CLEGG is a frequent tourist who has visited 74 different events in her 112 parkruns (and tends to finish as first lady in many of them), Alex LEYLAND also gets about a bit and has visited 19 different locations in his 22 parkruns.
Jonny LOWE runs mainly at Mansfield and Sherwood Pines, while Woodhouse Moor is the home run for Hannah WATERS.

We congratulated those celebrating their landmark runs.
Luke CARMICHAEL (JM15-17) will soon be wearing his white t-shirt after reaching 10 runs, Luke also managed a new PB of 22:13 on his milestone run too.
Andy RHODES and Peter MARSON have now completed their 50s, while Amy LOCKWOOD and Harry BURKITT (JM11-14) will be rewarded with black t-shirts for clocking up 100 parkruns.
Well done to all of you!

Our volunteers formed a hi-viz guard of honour and with wonderful togetherness, we all listened as Claire made the announcements before handing the microphone over to Paul.
You would have heard a pin drop as Paul spoke so eloquently and told us about the plans to have a celebration of Gill’s life on Saturday 19th January (more reminders and details to follow, I'm sure)
Applause rang out around the start area before, eventually, we turned and faced forward, ready for the start of our walk or run.

We tend to see an increase in our numbers during January, as people try to work off a chocolate-filled Christmas and an alcohol-fuelled New Year but to see 685 parkrunners in East Park was phenomenal, giving us our second largest attendance ever.

Thomas MAWER was our first finisher, in a new PB time of 17:07, followed by Luke DAVISON with 17:32 and one of our very first-timers, Andrew HOLBROOK made a promising start to his parkrun journey with third place in 17:41.
One of our aforementioned visitors, Lindsey CLEGG, was the first lady home in 19:40, Becky NIXON was second with 21:02 and Vicky GODFREY third in a time of 21:24 in her 301st parkrun.

52 of you got the New Year off to a perfect start and managed to go faster than ever before, here are just a few of them:
Peter HENRY (17:50) Lee ALCOCK (18:02) and Adam CLAYTON (18:52) all finished in the top 10.
Ji PATTISON-SMITH completed his 22nd run at Hull and 138th overall in 20:10
Scott SHARLOTTE made it two in a row with 21:03
Pete YOUNG (21:27), Sam BROWN (21:35), Luke JACKSON (21:35), Mark HUNT (21:42) and Adam THOMPSON (21:47) finished in positions 50 to 54 and all got one.
Ashton DAVIS (JM15-17) made a great return to parkrun. Ashton’s last run was in November 2015 but he zoomed along to a new PB of 23:03
Rob CHARLTON went 9 seconds quicker with 24:47
Justine LOWE went sub-26 when she crossed the line in 25:49
Well done to Iona GLADWIN, Adele LOWE and Glenn DRURY, who all completed a hat-trick of PBs with times of 26:39, 28:32 and 29:27 respectively
Great running by Bella YOUNG (JW10) saw her go under 30 minutes for the first time with 29:52
Lisa SUTTON went sub-34 minutes after running a 33:46 and Adrian FOULDS (JM10) went below 37 minutes for the first time with his 36:15

So, that was event number 465, with 685 of us doing what we love to do, all thanks to the efforts of our 32 volunteers.

Hull parkrun – the house that Gill built.

See you next Saturday



Event 464, 29th December by Keith Conkerton

You’re Going To Lose That Girl

The last parkrun of 2018 brought us a rare but welcome outcome, with a female runner finishing in first place and indeed Rachel ROBINSON was so far ahead of the rest of the field that you could say she had lost them.

Rachel was a full 30 seconds ahead of Andy DEYES, who has himself been a regular winner at Hull parkrun recently. The good news for Rachel doesn’t stop there, as she also became the fastest ever lady on the Hull course, becoming only the second female to beat seventeen minutes (Rachel’s time was 16:38), well done Rachel, great stuff.

David GINGELL was guest announcer this week, so the man who loudly shouts for “QUIET” was ideally placed to ensure the milestone achievers and safety notices gained the attention that is merited.

Young Caleb DEVANEY at just 7 years old has already notched up 50 runs (always observing the arms length of parent for under 10’s rule) His impressive achievement was matched by his gaining of a new pb on the day, congratulations Caleb.

Pete WILSON joined Caleb on 50 runs and has now earned his free red parkrun top, Pete has run 48 of his 50 parkruns in East Park.

The 100 club has two new members both gentlemen impressively in the VM65-69 age range, Ron CARD, first came to do Hull parkrun in March 2016, while Bill DRAPER started in February last year. Well done on reaching your respective hundreds so quickly and earning your black parkrun running top.

There is no official recognition for 200 runs, but nonetheless it is worthy of mention, so on his bicentennial we have Stephen PEACOCK of Beverley AC.

250 runs earns you a green parkrun shirt and this week saw David BUTT reaching this landmark, David is also in the VM65-69 age range and still competes in marathons.

Last but not least in this section is Vicky GODFREY, Vicky has now notched up 300 runs with 298 of them at the Hull course, where she has been first lady home 10 times.

If there was a prize for most dedicated to Hull pakrun, it would surely go to Carmel SALVIDGE, Carmel works away in London, but her heart belongs to Hull and she had planned to do her 250th run here on Christmas day, however a cancellation of her local London run in Southwark for bonfire night, meant that Christmas day became run 249 for Carmel, so undeterred, after going back to London for a day at work, Carmel forked out for quick return on the Train to make sure that her milestone was achieved in our special East Park. Well done Carmel, always welcome.

As Diane has noted in her report pre-amble on the Facebook page, the conditions were superb for running and this was evidenced by 62 new personal bests. Here’s a little more info. on some of them that I’ve randomly picked out.

Benjamin and Thomas TIMMONS have 226 and 208 parkruns under their belts, the majority of which have been on the Isle of White, however Hull is good to them as they have both improved on every visit here.

Tim GROVES has regularly been running in the 19 – 20 minute region recently and on his 203rd run scored a new pb with 19:09.

Terry DUNN last recorded a pb on October the 17th 2015 and has been working very hard of late to improve on his 23:31 time. He finally got his reward this week, after changing his tactics with a good warm up and a steadier pace over the first couple of kilometres and now has a target of 23:27 to beat, I’m willing to bet he won’t take three years to do it.

There was a team of four pacers this week Phil HARLAND on 25 minutes, Shaun ATKINSON on 26, myself on 27 and Rebecca Fox on 30 minutes, if you enjoy having a pacer to help assist you, then look out for future weeks as Vicky COE is hoping to organise a pacing event towards the end of January. Two runners who seemed to benefit from having pacers this week were Adam YOUNG who made it two weeks on the trot with a new best of 26:48 and Monicah OAKLEY who knocked a full minute (and a second) off her previous best at 26:40.

There was a numerical palindromic feel about this weeks parkrun with it being run no. 464 and 525 runners, walkers and mixes of both taking part, so in honour of this here are the runners who satisfy the mathematical geekiness.

Ian DONOGHUE finished on 21:12, Frank TATE jnr, was 22:22, Sam KYNMAN 23:32, J Ross PARKER 25:52 and Glenn DRURY crossed the line in 30:03.

This weeks volunteer team consisted of:

Paul TREMERE • John S BAKER • Diane MAWER • Mark GADIE • Trevor ROSE • Jacqueline PEEL • Keith CONKERTON • Jenny ROSE • Claire ROBINSON • Shaun ATKINSON • Alan Stanley WILSON • Phil HARLAND • Adrian PARKER • David GINGELL • Keith JACKSON • Vicky COE • Farhat BAIG • Kalina MORRIS • Rebecca FOX • Beverley FAIRBURN • Leanne HALL • Anj DAUBS • Diane GREEN • Lindsay HARRISON

Thanks for your efforts, it wouldn’t happen without you.

That’s all folks for 2018, all the very best wishes to everybody for a happy 2019.

Keep on Runnin’

Keith C



Gill Tremere

Yesterday we lost a lion. A leader in her community, uniting people of all backgrounds, from children to senior citizens with a common belief that together we are better. This probably came naturally to her as in her working life she was focused on helping children make the leap to adulthood. Stumbling upon the parkrun concept long before it became a household word, she and her reluctant (at the time) husband Paul, pioneered a weekly gathering of like-minded people to walk, jog, run and volunteer in East Park in Hull.

Now, it feels like a lifetime later, as I sit here in Twickenham thinking about Gill Tremere, I cannot imagine how Hull and especially Hull parkrun can continue without her. Over the years and not without some strife, Gill has molded the foundation of this significant community and become a pivotal leader in that community. Wonderfully, she received as much from parkrun and the community as she gave to it. It has been a match made in heaven.

Introduced to parkrun by her daughter Jane Spink, Gill spearheaded the creation of Hull parkrun. She guided its path, caressed the foundation stones and ramparts establishing one of the UK's most loved parkruns - a gentle and kind fortress and a shining beacon to many.

I'm not worried about the future of the Hull parkrun nor its community because Gill has thoughtfully and carefully created this legacy, one which she shared with a number of others in her life and will continue to share with those taking it forward into the future and long after we have passed.

However, understandably, my heart hurts today. I want to say I've lost a sister but that just sounds like I'm being overdramatic. But then I reflect on the family that we are, the parkrun family. I remember the early days spending hours on the phone to Gill resolving a particular Saturdays results. I recall sitting in Gill & Paul’s front room discussing process and procedure. I remember running the Hull course and later drinking beer in a local pub and then I feel confident that I can call her a sister.

I miss Gill. I can't imagine how the Spink and Tremere families will manage without her but I'm confident that they will. She left us with only good things to remember. Gill will forever be remembered for her generosity, kindness, fairness and for her love of people and community. Hull is a better place because of the contribution Gill made and so is parkrun.

RIP Gill.

Paul Sinton-Hewitt (A1674)


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