Santa is coming to Northallerton parkrun…..secret santa that is!!

Less than two weeks to go to the big day and I hope everyone is feeling very excited for Christmas day parkrun!!!!

Christmas is a time to give and receive and remind your self that runners care about each other.
So at our Christmas day parkrun on 25th December secret santa is coming!!!


Wrap a prezzie of up to £2 in value and securely attach a Christmas card/gift tag with your inspirational Christmas message to a fellow runner.
Santa's helpers will be on hand with present sacks before the run so simply drop your present in the sack at the start, and draw a present from the sack at the finish line!
Stuck on what to write in your card? Just Google “running quotes” but it’s best if it comes from you!
No need to sign your card! It’s a Secret Santa!
And that's it in a nutshell!

If you don't want to participate in secret santa that's totally fine too, it's entirely optional
Hope to see as many of you as possible to join in the fun & spread festive cheer on Christmas morning 

(Idea kindly borrowed from our friends at York parkrun)


Two local GP practices takeover ‘parkrun’

Two GP practices from the Hambleton area have taken over Northallerton’s parkrun which is a free 5k event taking place every Saturday morning.
Staff from the Lambert Medical Practice in Thirsk and Mowbray House Surgery in Northallerton have each ‘taken over’ their local parkrun UK event as part of the ‘parkrun practice’ initiative launched earlier this year.
parkrun UK launched the scheme with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) which encourages GP practices across the UK to develop close links with their local parkrun to become ‘parkrun practices’.
NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is a group of 22 local GP practices responsible for planning and purchasing of the vast majority of health services across the area, is encouraging more practices to join up.
Janet Probert, Chief Officer of the CCG said: “As a keen runner myself, I often make my way to my local parkrun event. It’s so encouraging seeing our local practices really embrace this scheme where both staff and patients can benefit.
“Whether people want to improve their fitness, make new friends, cope with health problems, learn new skills or simply be outside with others, parkrun has a positive impact on health and wellbeing and changes lives. We want to encourage all our GP practices to sign-up and take-over their local parkrun.”
parkruns are free 5k events that take place in hundreds of areas of open space around the UK every Saturday morning. They are not races – you can walk, run or volunteer – with the emphasis on regular participation rather than performance. Most events start and finish near a local café, with participants encouraged to meet up after the event to socialise.
Sue Cann, Practice Manager of The Lambert Medical Practice said: “We took over Northallerton parkrun on 20 October. It was a fantastic event with 21 members of staff either volunteering or taking part in the run. With over 150 finishers, it was Northallerton’s highest number of runners since their first event which took place three years ago. It was great to know that some of our patients were also there supporting the practice and parkrun.
“‘Our staff loved the event and many are going to continue to run and we hope to encourage others and patients to join parkrun in the future”.
Dr Lorraine Burton, on behalf of Mowbray House Surgery said: “Mowbray House Surgery is pleased to announce that we have become a parkrun practice. On 6 October our staff "took over" the care of Northallerton parkrun providing marshals, timekeepers and barcode scanners. We’ve had lots of positive feedback from patients and staff who took part and from the Northallerton parkrun team of volunteers.
“We see this as a great opportunity to improve the physical and mental health of our patients and will be encouraging them to run, walk or volunteer to gain the benefits from the parkrun community. If you read the parkrun blogs you will see how this enterprise has helped many people in many different ways.”
Through this initiative, the CCG and RCGP and parkrun hope to continue to raise awareness amongst GPs and practice staff of parkrun and the positive impact physical activity and volunteering can have on health and wellbeing.
You can find out more and sign-up to your local parkrun UK event by visiting




Here at Northallerton parkrun we are already thinking about the festive season, and are pleased to inform you we are hosting a Christmas Day parkrun this year, it will start at 9am in the usual place!

Santa Hats aren't compulsory (despite our Co-Ed Sarah's protests otherwise) but if you wish to get your jazziest christmas jumpers on, dress up as and elf or prance the course reindeer style, we will welcome all forms of festive cheer!!

If you would like to lend a hand and volunteer and spread some Christmas joy please contact us via or on our facebook page.

We won't be holding an event on New Years Day this year but our parkrun family at Northallerton Junior parkrun will be, please see their website for information!


Happy Birthday to Us

Our 53rd event saw 105 runners sing Happy Birthday then go on to complete the course. The singing was worthy of much praise, and Simon Cowell has been in touch. Actually I made that bit up!

Catherine ABBOTT, Duncan BIRKS, Emily BOWES, Di BROWN, James DAVENPORT, Andrew HUGILL Helen LEGGOTT, Zach SADLER, Jill TOWNS, Lucy WATKISS and Douglas WELSH, ran their first ever parkrun. Welcome to parkrun. I really hope you enjoyed your first time, and we all look forward to seeing you again.

We also had 17 first timers visiting us from other parkruns
Kirsty BOWERS, Sarah CHAPMAN, Naomi CLARKE, Gill COLLING, Colin DEAN, Joseph DEAN, Sharen HALFPENNY, Emma HART, Charlotte LEGGE, Rob MELLOR, Barbara ROBERTS, Jennifer ROBERTS, Jason ROOT, Roy SIMONS, Terry WARD, Melissa WOODS and Roy YOUNG. Hope you enjoyed our course and visit us again next time you're in the area.

Refreshments were provided by Herriot Hospice Homecare in return for a donation to the charity. I’m very pleased to say that £106.10 was donated and we’ve had some lovely comments from the charity about the day.

Thanks as always to our volunteers. Without you the event simply wouldn't happen.

Tony Norris
Event Director


Northallerton parkrun #52 – 23 July 2016

Our 52nd event saw 102 runners complete the course. It's great to get over the 100 mark again.

Donna BENTLEY, Samantha JACK, Millie JACKSON-CLARKE, John KAY, Sam KIRBY, Robert MACLEAN and Lucy ROBINSON ran their first ever parkrun. Welcome to the club. I really hope you enjoyed your first time, and we all look forward to seeing you again.

We also had 19 first timers visiting us from other parkruns
Hope you enjoyed our course and visit us again next time you're in the area.

Course records fell in 3 age categories, to:
Joseph CLANCY in the JM11-14 category.
Gregan CLARKSON in the SM30-34 category.
Jim PLATT in the VM70-74 category,
Well done gents - great effort.

This coming Saturday sees our 53rd run - marking our first birthday. We'd love to see you there to help us celebrate. Please bring your singing voices as Sarah, our Run Director on Saturday, is going to lead a chorus of Happy Birthday. We'll also have a short presentation at the end to commemorate some of the achievements in our first year.

Our friends at Herriot Hospice Homecare are joining us and will be providing a refreshments tent where hot/cold drinks and cake will be available in return for a donation to the charity. Bring your pennies :)

Finally - thanks as always to our volunteers. Without you the event simply wouldn't happen.

Tony Norris
Event Director

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