#190 Hot & Sweaty

Looking out the window this morning, grey clouds filled the sky, whilst rain slowly began to patter against the glass- a far cry from the Spanish sun I had been in yesterday. But as for the heat! Probably the same, and way more humid!! The rain didn't have any effect on cooling you down. Fair to say there was a lot of sweaty people around the finish area, with a lot of steam radiating off the warm bodies.

Arriving at the Oakwell this morning, the first thing I saw was a bright, cheery smile from Amanda as she sorted the car park. Oh how I've missed her bubbly character! Was nice to catch up with a lot of old friendly faces-especially Bailey the dog. One thing that really made me happy was seeing all the different groups of people chatting to one another before the run, creating a great friendly atmosphere before it had even begun!

Now onto the run. For me personally, this was the first time I have run this course (have tailwalked before), so didn't really know what to expect. But the main thing I must point out, is the wonderful encouragement and motivation given by ALL the marshals and runners alike. Starting off, the adrenaline really kicked in, as people jostled and sprinted off to gain those early leading positions. Reaching the first corner, everyone started to stretch out, as the pace picked up flying down the early hill. Ands that's when disaster struck.... out the corner of my eye, I saw the runner in front of me's barcode fly out of his pocket! It was all too fast to grab it in time! We made a plan to collect it on the second lap, but alas, could not been seen. Luckily some hero out there picked it up and handed it to marshalls, so all was sorted (Big thank you to whoever it was!!)

Moving down towards the zig zags, I had been told about how technical they were, and blimey, aren't they tight corners! With them navigated successfully, it was time for a nice flat section towards the park, before the mysterious, spooky patch arrived. It had been reported that many caterpillars had decided to take home in some of the trees near to the dog bin...and what an impact they had made. What was once a large typical looking tree, was now completely coloured white, as if snow had fallen and attached itself to every single branch. It did look quite nice though! Another new feature of the course came in the form of the new path leading through the muddy field. Very professional, and will be perfect for those very damp days, but as for myself and the runners around me, it was still a case of cutting straight through the middle- got to save time some how!

Onto the second lap, where the positions around me seemed to remain quite consistent. Up ahead we could see all the fast people starting to pull away, but the pack of 4 or 5 that I was in (comprising of a Morley runnner, young Curtis, and others I can't really remember (very sorry)) all kept nicely together, making for a nice pace. As we slowly started to catch those who were on their first lap, I can not fault their co-operation and encouragement as we ran past, supporting us all the way to the end! Around the park area for the second time, I saw young Curtis glance at his watch, and that's when he really picked up his speed. He was very difficult to keep up with, so we let him go. Brilliant effort for such a young lad, can tell his future will be good!

Fighting through the fatigued legs, and warm air, we eventually made it to the finishing straight. Volunteers from my run club shouted me on as I was moving towards the line to take first female position. But wait! Out of nowhere came Treena who had an amazing sprint finish to take the glory just at the right time. Cracking performance from you, but I still wonder which shade of blue you came out of!! After getting some much needed water, I could hear all the congratulations being said to all those that finished with a new PB (especially Taylor on her 50th parkrun today). But one conclusion could definitely be made from all runners, it was so warm !!

Back to the cafe for some delightful cake and chatting where the rain had started to pick up- can always rely on Oakwell to provide a good cake spread! Well done also to Julie on her 100th parkrun, and to Donna who also gained her 50th. From the results can see a lot of first timers so congratulations to you guys too! Sorry I can't comment on everyone's run from today, there's just so many of you!!

Overall, brilliant atmosphere, very friendly volunteers, and a lot of sweating!!

Abbie Holyoake


Oakwell Hall parkrun
Event number 190
2nd June 2018

This week 269 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 54 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Amanda WALKER • Adam GALLAGHER • Julie SMITH • Jason JAGGER • Paul MURGATROYD • Wendy MURGATROYD • John WILDE • Mira MILEUSNIC • Sienna HAYNES • Vicky WILDE • Robert BROOKS • Thomas WILDE • Jason SAVILLE • Michelle SAVILLE • Ann BOGUE • Philip BOGUE • Abbie HOLYOAKE • Roberta MANN • Steven CARTER • Liam SAVILLE • Kristian THARBY • Rachel HEATON • Mandy BOOLE • Nathan MCGREGOR • Russell IBBETSON • Amy EVANS • Jody LUCAS • Mason NELSON • Liz IBBETSON-BRISTOW

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Oakwell Hall parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 19:10 on 18th July 2015 (event number 51).
The male record is held by Joe SAGAR who recorded a time of 17:10 on 16th January 2016 (event number 75).
The Age Grade course record is held by Treena JOHNSON who recorded 87.80% (20:21) on 6th May 2017 (event number 141).

Oakwell Hall parkrun started on 19th July 2014. Since then 5,835 participants have completed 34,924 parkruns covering a total distance of 174,620 km, including 7,479 new Personal Bests.

 

Are pre event pixies real ???

Having only just discovered the parkrun cake fairy didn't exist, it was an even bigger shock to find out the parkrun pre event pixies were also non existent !! Every week two volunteers are actually needed, who knew !?

I have volunteered now at Oakwell for a few years and have done nearly every role, except pre event. I am not much of a morning person and the idea of having to arrive at 7.30am makes me want to go cuddle my quilt and let it know how much I love it , and will miss our time apart.

Arriving at Oakwell, I spot the very glamorous looking Dawn waiting for me with the wheelbarrow. I catch a glimpse of myself in the wing mirror, and for a moment think there is a zombie apocalypse. Like I said, I'm not a morning person and feel sorry for any early morning walkers who I might scare along the way !

My first instruction is to walk the course and remove any obstructions. The first thing I spot is a huge pile of horse manure and I'm really hoping this isn't classed as an obstruction. Along the way we put up tape, signs, open gates and before I know it I'm done. Standing at the finish and being able to breath and remember my name is certainly a first.

With time to spare I sit on the wall in the glorious sunshine, with only a woodpecker for company ( the bird, not the cider ! ) and realise just how lucky we all are to be able to have a parkrun at this beautiful place.

9am arrives and Natalie climbs the ladder. I stand there feeling a bit like Clark Kent. No one knows I'm also a Hi Vis Hero , my cape has now been tucked away. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE to volunteer and don't expect everyone to drop to their knees and start chanting my name, but it does make me think of those same few people who do this role week in week out with not much recognition. With that in mind I'd like to thank Mandy, Norman, Amanda and Adam, not only for letting me stay in bed longer, but for being the secret heroes that we sometimes forget about , but definitely appreciate.

As always , it's a perfect morning. I'm sure I saw smoke coming from the barcode scanners, as they scanned a whopping 308 people !!

So, who wants to try pre event next ? ;0)

Michelle Saville
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My 10th parkrun!

My 10th parkrun by Molly, age 6

Before we went to Oakwell Hall parkrun, my mummy asked me if I still wanted to run because the weather forecast said it would rain lots. I said it did not matter and that I really wanted to do it.

When we started running, I felt excited. I was thrilled because my cousin, Archie and my friend, Libby were running too. There were lots of people cheering – this made me run faster! We ran through the muddy puddles. It was fun. My feet got very wet. My favourite part is running down to the tree where Keith usually stands.

Afterwards we had biscuits and buns, which had the number 10 on. I drank some hot chocolate to warm up.

I really enjoyed it. I felt good on my 10th parkrun.

Thank you everyone for cheering. Well done to all the runners and volunteers. Well done to Beverley on her 100th parkrun.

See you next week.

Molly


Oakwell Hall parkrun
Event number 181
31st March 2018

This week 139 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Amanda WALKER • Sarah BARKER • Max METCALFE • Natalie SAMPSON • Mira MILEUSNIC • Jane CROMACK • Darren ATTWOOD • Susan ELLIS • Michael WRIGGLESWORTH • Jason SAVILLE • Michelle SAVILLE • Ann BOGUE • Philip BOGUE • Irén BODROG • Molly MILLER • Hazel STONES • Ian CROMACK • William STONES • Liam SAVILLE • Dawn MORTON • Judy KIRKBY • Catherine ATTWOOD • Connie ATTWOOD • Erin ATTWOOD • Harrison GRAY • Mark HUDSON • Micheal HEWITT • Janet LOFTUS

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Oakwell Hall parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 19:10 on 18th July 2015 (event number 51).
The male record is held by Joe SAGAR who recorded a time of 17:10 on 16th January 2016 (event number 75).
The Age Grade course record is held by Treena JOHNSON who recorded 87.80% (20:21) on 6th May 2017 (event number 141).

Oakwell Hall parkrun started on 19th July 2014. Since then 5,536 participants have completed 32,592 parkruns covering a total distance of 162,960 km, including 7,032 new Personal Bests.

 

50 Not Out – No I’m not and England cricketer

So, yesterday marked my milestone parkrun.  I've now joined the ever-increasing numbers of those folks who have reached their own milestone as they turn up regularly to run/jog/walk their way around the 5K course.
I originally thought I'd get to 50 in early February but assisted by the 'beast from the east', a stint of volunteering and other events I thought I'd delay it until I could tie it into being exactly two years from when I did my first one on 26th March 2016.
Now I thought that was good planning until at the start we congratulated Greg Wilmott for his 100th parkrun on his 70th birthday.  Might see if I can get to my 100th on my 60th birthday.
Congratulations also to John Wilde for his 100th, nice hat!
I used to compete in Fell Races when in my mid to late twenties and always enjoyed the testing yourself against the course and elements and the friendliness of fellow competitors.
After hanging up my football boots in my forties and before getting into parkrun, the extent of my running was the odd run around the streets of Morley and occasional Sunday morning bumble around the Howley Hall area.
I wanted to have something more structured and to be honest hadn't heard of parkrun until I saw it on T'internet, I was looking for Run England (?).
So.......I can still remember turning up on 26 March on a warm sunny morning, wondering what to expect and was a bit nervous.  Enter Amanda, friendly face, welcoming me to the parkrun and telling me time and place of new runners briefing etc.
I think I will also always remember on that day someone finishing ahead of me who'd actually stopped to fasten her laces and having to come back from home as I'd left my wallet behind after a coffee.
Aside from day one, I have some good memories including:-
  • On the last rise before Warren Lane, Julian saying 'go on keep going' as we ran together.
  • The ongoing encouragement of volunteers.
  • I ran at Harrogate last July and there was a tropical downpour part the way through.
  • Talking to someone after a run at Fountains Abbey who were doing it for the first time and then going to a wedding.  What a great way to start the day.
Thirty-nine of my parkruns have been at Oakwell and there's good reason for that (other than it being one of the closest to where I live).  I just didn't want to run three laps around football fields, I'd spent enough time running around football pitches in my playing days.  It's a great course with nice uphill/downhill stretches.  It is in lovely surroundings, second only to Fountains Abbey (in my view) and the facilities are great.  Oh and yes, the folks there aren't too bad either. :-)
It was heart-warming to get the support and recognition at the start and on the way around and it gave me a bit of a buzz.  Unfortunately, that didn't transfer to my legs which had decided to take the morning off.
I'm really grateful for what I've got out of parkrun so far which can be summarised as below:-
  • An appreciation of what the team and volunteers do to make sure as much as they can that it goes ahead.
  • Volunteering is just as rewarding as a 'PB'.
  • There is an admirable range of folks who take part.
Here's hoping I get as much out of the next 50.
THANK YOU!
Steven Carter

Oakwell Hall parkrun
Event number 180
24th March 2018

This week 222 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:

Amanda WALKER • Evonne DAY • Keith KING • Natalie SAMPSON • Mira MILEUSNIC • Susan ELLIS • Sienna HAYNES • Norman BOTHA • Vicky WILDE • Lydia KISBY • Finlay HARRISON • Jason SAVILLE • Michelle SAVILLE • Ann BOGUE • Philip BOGUE • Lynn POULTER • John POULTER • Roberta MANN • Michael ELLIS • Hazel STONES • Ian CROMACK • William STONES • Liam SAVILLE • Kristian THARBY • Mandy BOOLE • Laura HARRISON • Megan GRINSILL • Harrison GRAY • Luke RYAN • Jayne TROUT • Julie MANUEL • Hayley RYAN

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Oakwell Hall parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 19:10 on 18th July 2015 (event number 51).
The male record is held by Joe SAGAR who recorded a time of 17:10 on 16th January 2016 (event number 75).
The Age Grade course record is held by Treena JOHNSON who recorded 87.80% (20:21) on 6th May 2017 (event number 141).

Oakwell Hall parkrun started on 19th July 2014. Since then 5,515 participants have completed 32,453 parkruns covering a total distance of 162,265 km, including 7,010 new Personal Bests.

 

parkrun is back #176

 

parkrun is back

Can I firstly echo what our Run Director Amanda said this morning. In these winter days, there will be times when the track is icy and parkrun is cancelled. I know this is not always popular, but, as runners, we must remember that the Director and Core Team have responsibility for all of us. The decision to cancel is not taken lightly and we must respect it - it is taken in our best interests.

That said, parkrun was on today. And how. Sleet was tumbling down as I pulled on running gear, set my watch and started out. Up the gentle slope of Bradford Road under a sky of thick gun metal. The air was fresh without too much sharpness and droplets of water fell from the trees. Two horses watched sleepily as I ran by. In the distance, a church bell seemed to peal. On into the car park, round once to make up the mile, the sleet still falling. Past dog walkers, fellow parkrunners and walkers, past the playground and down the zigzag. Joie de vivre and joie de courir - lust for life and joy of running. Maybe the French are on to something.

Up to the start, where I bumped into Chris. We chatted, stretching and warming up, before I left to see a lone gentleman by the barn.

“Nice day for it”. He said nothing, but rolled his eyes in mock exasperation, as if to say, “What on earth am I doing here?” His story was a little unusual. He quite liked parkrun, but not as much as his wife, who’d bribed him to come. Still, he was here because he needed it and though it was too cold in winter and too hot in the summer, we did establish that parkrun, by and large, was not too bad.

I wished him a good run, before wandering off to bump into Shaun, the running artist whose talented pictures have enlivened many a social media page. Back from injury, it was good to see him.

Calls for newcomers brought a large group, mainly dressed in luminous lycra to the barn for the First Timers Brief, then it was on to the start, where Amanda welcomed tourists from Meltham, Skipton and Milton Keynes. Three, two one and we were away.

I’d set my watch for 26 minutes - five seconds in and I was 15 metres off the pace. But that changed as we ran up the lane, past Jason and a group of marshals and turned down to the mud of the bridle path. I must say that the marshals did a sterling job. Standing in the teeming rain, they were vocal in their encouragement, which for me was marvellous. Jason in particular, shouting, “You’re flying”, was as potent as any nutritional boost.

I ran with a man and his two children. At first, hearing him say, “Come on, Julian”, I thought he knew me, though I couldn’t place him. Maybe he’d seen the name on my tee shirt, but then it also occurred to me that one of his children may have had the same name as me and he wasn’t talking to me at all.

All three overtook me on the last lap, where I was now 200 metres off the pace. It’s funny, but wearing your club colours is sometimes really a help. I was wearing those of one of the best running crews in the north of England and somehow I just had to keep going. It worked. Sprinting for the line in a last desperate lunge, I was just ahead and clocked a season’s best of 26:00 exactly.

Good but not as good as my friend Tracey’s 22:42, duelling with Carly who came in at 22:48. Elizabeth Taggart, the first woman across the line was even faster (21:10) and honourable mention too to the first gentleman to return, Mr Josephs, whose 19:09 would probably have left scorch marks if the ground had been drier. I’m also very glad to say that my running chum Kelly got a new PB, as did 28 others.

Finally, a big welcome to the 40 first timers at Oakwell. It does get drier, sometimes! And to the volunteers, what can I say? No volunteers = no parkrun, so thank you all. You set a fine example of what parkrun is all about and I for one will very soon be following yourexample. In the meantime, good luck and good running to all.

Julian


Oakwell Hall parkrun
Event number 176
17th February 2018

This week 205 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Julian FARRAR • Amanda WALKER • Lauren TROMANS • Keith KING • Lynne METCALFE • Max METCALFE • Natalie SAMPSON • Shaun CAMPONI • Mira MILEUSNIC • Jessica WALDEN • Sienna HAYNES • Sue GRAY • Jason SAVILLE • Michelle SAVILLE • Phillip WALKER • Ann BOGUE • Philip BOGUE • Lynn POULTER • John POULTER • Matthew KEYWORTH • Irén BODROG • Roberta MANN • Hazel STONES • Kate DALY • Liam SAVILLE • Megan GRINSILL • Luke RYAN • Jayne TROUT • Chris WILDING • Hayley RYAN

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Oakwell Hall parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 19:10 on 18th July 2015 (event number 51).
The male record is held by Joe SAGAR who recorded a time of 17:10 on 16th January 2016 (event number 75).
The Age Grade course record is held by Treena JOHNSON who recorded 87.80% (20:21) on 6th May 2017 (event number 141).

Oakwell Hall parkrun started on 19th July 2014. Since then 5,447 participants have completed 31,734 parkruns covering a total distance of 158,670 km, including 6,917 new Personal Bests.

 

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