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.

 

 

#170 – Milestone Week

So, I laid my clothes out last night; restrained my voddie intake and went to sleep about 9.30pm so I could be at the peak of my athletic abilities for parkrun this morning. Got up with a spring in my step, dressed in aforementioned attire, kissed the family farewell and was on my way.
 
 
 
Driving there, I started getting really nervous. Arrived early, so early I thought it might've been cancelled as I couldn't see anyone!! Met a lovely lady Elaine who told me we had to trek uphill to get to the meeting point/starting line. We chatted and she was absolutely brilliant at easing my nerves. She didn't leave my side when everyone was congregating and I was introduced to other people, all were so welcoming and friendly that I didn't feel uncomfortable in the slightest.
 
 
AAAnyway, had the talk and set off, I stayed at the back....some of those at the front literally few off. I went at a steady pace and managed to run 10 whole mins before walking!!! 10 mins!!!! I realised about halfway round that concentration when running is essential. Who knew that when you let your mind wander, tree roots literally rise up out of the earth and trip you up (think of Harry Potter and that weird tree thing that tries to kill them!!)? Who knew that running through a field in which 181 people have run through before you, would have mud that tries to steal your trainers and your balance AT THE SAME TIME?!! Had some serious windmill arms trying to stay upright I can tell ya.
 
 
 
After the first lap I wanted to go home, I'd had enough and hated it; then all those lovely people, runners and marshals who were clapping and runners encouraging me with a, 'you can do this,' and 'keep going, come on!' spurred me on and a fantastic lady, Jayne who ran with me on the last lap, kept me going.....I ran down to the finish line where I promptly burst into floods of tears (I'm such a wuss!) I was so emotional. I couldn't believe I'd done it. I couldn't believe that I actually felt like a runner- me- overweight, unfit, depressed me- had done it!
 
 
 
Once I had commenced breathing and reassured myself that I wasn't about to collapse, a fantastic lady bought me a cuppa tea and a cupcake........never has tea and cake tasted so good.........I really wanted to just face plant it but that would've led people to believe that I'm nuts.....Afterwards a really kind man then walked me back to my car as I wasn't sure where I was going. Came home and snarfed so much food that I'm gonna need to run again tomorrow to burn off the calories!!
 
 
A little 'something' has changed in me today. Before, I was saying that I wanted to do the Leeds 10k next July but now I actually believe that I'll be able to do it. It's funny; I've ordered the RMR cuff with 'I can, I will' engraved on it and now, I fully believe it.
 
 
Mel 1. Mud and tree roots 0.
Can't wait for next week!!!!
 
 
Love xxx
PS- To the lovely girl outside the café who asked if was 'the lady from Run Mummy Run,' I'm really sorry I didn't have chance to stop and chat but I'd love to next week if you're there. xxx
 

Oakwell Hall parkrun
Event number 170
2nd December 2017

This week 181 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Amanda WALKER • Lynda ROBERTSON • Julie SMITH • Ethan STOCKWELL • Keith KING • Natalie SAMPSON • Nicky EADES • Mira MILEUSNIC • Graham EADES • Lee DICKINSON • Susan ELLIS • Sue GRAY • Julia FIRTH • Jason SAVILLE • Michelle SAVILLE • Ann BOGUE • Philip BOGUE • Irén BODROG • Emma LOCKWOOD • Michael ELLIS • Ian CROMACK • Rachel HEATON • Harrison GRAY • Luke RYAN • Melissa GRAY • Sarah STOCKWELL • 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 5,263 participants have completed 30,349 parkruns covering a total distance of 151,745 km, including 6,788 new Personal Bests

 

Christmas & New Year 2017/18

We've decided not to run events on Christmas Day & New Years Day, however we will be on as normal on the Saturdays.

A Christmas Compendium will be available nearer the time so you know where you can head for a festive parkrun fix!

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