Event 239 14 November 2015


Do you ever wonder how people train to run in fancy dress? Two runners today abandoned their usual running garb and ran in fluffy onesies. This was to mark World Diabetes day, the connection being onesies – type one diabetes.  Well done to Claire Welling and her niece, Zara.  Claire pledged to donate her time in money. Next step will be the head masks, perhaps?

In spite of Storm Abigail and Abbey Dash on next day, we had a reasonable turnout today, with 194 runners, including 12 first timers.  The fallen leaves and rain do not make for the best running conditions on this course, so well done to those athletes who achieved a PB today: 29 in total.

Here are some of our younger runners who gave of their all:

Olivia Howard achieved a new time of 35:45 (just a little ahead of her sister)

Chloe Hainsworth knocked almost two minutes from her previous best with 31:03

Ellen Clement knocked over two minutes from last week’s time with 30:37


Congratulations to Janet Cliff and Paul Crossan who completed their 100th run today. You will soon be wearing your black T shirts with pride.

The official stats are


Men’s Placings

1              Huw LIPPIATT    18:43

2              Mick LOFTUS      19:06     VM45-49

3              Unknown

4              Dan MURRAY     19:38

Women’s Placings

1              Caroline POTE    21:56

2              Kate BELL             22:10

3              Aileen LOFTUS  23:16

Debbie Bland achieved the highest age grading with an impressive 78.73%.

Finally, huge thanks to the volunteers this week; they are the stars of the event. If you, too, would like to be a star why not have a look at the roster for the next few weeks and consider what you might like to do.  Thanks to J, our volunteer coordinator, who has produced details instructions on what is required of each role so there is no need to be afraid.


Happy running!


Event 238 7 November 2015

Event 238 7 November 2015

What has happened to the parkrun weather fairies? I bet that you woke up, like me, and groaned about the rain; not just a few spots but a real shower.  I must admit that I was severely tempted to stay in bed, BUT the lovely Chapel Allerton Runners were hosting the event so I knew that it would be worth going.

We are clearly hard core in Roundhay and 218 runners turned out to brave the conditions and crossed the finishing line, including 21 first time parkrunners. Some of the first timers were from the Chapel Allerton beginners group so very well done to them.

Soggy leaves meant that parts of the course were slippery and there were a few slips in slides. Sadly I was a DNF as I managed to fall going UPthat hill. Many thanks to the lovely parkrunners who stopped to assist me and check that I was OK.

Even though the conditions might not have been ideal 25 runners managed to achieve a personal best this morning. Here are a few of them:

Liz Wood came in at under 22 minutes with 21:50

Martin Mcelhone knocked 30 seconds from last previous best with 23:18

Sarah Kilgallen broke 27 minutes with 26:35

Matthew Ashton broke 27 minutes with 26:25


Men’s placings were:
1              Tom VENNING  18:04

2              Ciaran FORDE     19:19

3              Unknown

4              Dan MURRAY     19:42

Women’s placings

1              Hannah CORNE20:17

2              Liz WOOD            21:50

3              Nicola WALMSLEY            22:28

The highest age grading went to Graham Needham with 76.76%

Many thanks to the Chapel A volunteers this morning – it is not great standing around when it is cold and wet. I bet quite a few if you will be gearing up for the Abbey Dash on 15th, hence the full volunteer roster for next week. Good luck with the training!


Event 237 31 October 2015


I’m back after being away for two Saturdays, partly in Germany where there are no parkruns. Can you believe it? This was my first parkrun of October,( not because I was trying to dodge the campaign to donate to Alzheimer’s) so it felt great to be back and to meet the challenge of THAT hill. I had read a brief article that running to rap music improves athletic performance so I was armed with my favourite track by Eminem.

Even though it was the last weekend of the school half term holidays we had a great turn out with 214 runners including 17 first time runners and quite a few tourists. The first ten athletes crossed the line in under 20 minutes and 34 runners achieved a personal best. These included some of our Roundhay regulars:

Dave Keir- 26:26

Lehane Walker - 27:.41

Stephanie Root – 27:58

Lindsey Gibson - 29:24

Angela Dwyer- 30:10

Great effort from all of you!


Male Placings were:

1              Robin TUDDENHAM        18:17

2              Jonathan SMYTH              18:24

3              Huw LIPPIATT    18:51


Female Placings were:

1              Aileen LOFTUS  22:37

2              Janet LEWIS        23:26

3              Sarah Jane HOWARTH    23:54

The highest age grading was achieved by the first placed runner, Robin Tuddenham with 78.76%. The greatest number of runs was held by Joel Giddings with 264.

We had great support from our wonderful volunteers. Many thanks to you all.  Next Saturday we are looking forward to a takeover by Chapel Allerton Runner where there will be pacers galore.

Happy running!


Event 234 10 October 2015


The second Saturday of the month means pacer day at Roundhay parkrun and we had a number of pacers.  I guess it is quite an art coming in at bang on the expected time. We hoped that it helped you to achieve what you wanted.

The park looked fantastic this morning and we had perfect conditions for running: not too cold, wet or windy and, of course, such lovely company. Of course, you will have seen that from the photos and video by our star professional photographer, Billy Johnstone.

Some of us were resting and others taking it easy as there was a big Yorkshire event the following day. However, some of us gave of their best this morning, 40 PBs out of a total of 224 runners. Here are some highlights:

Tom Venning ran his 2nd PB of the month, coming in at 2nd place with a new time of 17:32

Paul Smith smashed the 20 minute time with 19:48

Martin Mcelhone ran comfortably under 24 minutes with a new time of 23:38

Melanie Shreeve knocked over 20 seconds from her previous best with 27:06

Emma Black, after a string of PBs in September added to her awards with 28:17

Jonathan MacNay broke 30 minutes with 28:32

Helen Downie ran her 50th run at Roundhay (she is already a member of the 50 club) with a PB of 28:40

This week we had three member of the 250 club, with the highest number of runs achieved by John Paton – 275.

The highest age grading went to our first placed runner, Shaun Dimelow, with 80.97%

Many thanks to our wonderful volunteers this week with John Hussey making his debut as Run Director.

Are you all signed up to support Alzheimer’s Research UK with a pledge of money for your time?  Will that may us all try harder, I wonder?


Happy running.


Event 232 26 September 2015

The summer is officially over and we are in the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.  It is time to don those extra layers before heading out to parkrun. However, a bit of mist does not deter our faithful parkrunners, and this week we had 270 athletes including 14 first timers.

We have a few pacers this week which helped a few of you to get your best time ever. In fact, we had 50 PBs this week, so well done to all of you. Here are a few highlights:

Rob Greenland knocked over 20 seconds form his previous time to come it at 20:05;

Tom Bamber shaved an impressive 2 minutes off his last PB with 20:47;

Lutz Hostert came in at under 24 minutes – 23:59;

Bronte Stones easily broke 29 minutes – 28:44;

Emma Black achieved her 3rd PB of September with 28:48.

We had some speedy runs from the first placings :

Men’s Placings


1              Simon DEAKIN   16:20

2              Christopher RUSSELL      17:38

3              Jonathan SMYTH              18:32


Women’s Placings

1              Del JAMES           19:31   (PB)

2              Louise CAZAN    20:59  (PB)

3              Megan DRISCOLL             22:12

Simon Deakin achieved the highest age grading with 81.73%

Well done to Huw Lippiatt on his debut role as Run Director and many thanks to all the volunteers – especially Mike Mansfield who had to sort out the timings!

Did you spot that Alex Watson- Usher was not running this week? She did make an appearance though, with J and their new baby daughters. Congratulations and best wishes to them. They are both down as volunteers for this coming week; how is that for dedication.

Happy running

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