They Start 'em Young in Skipton
Thank you for having us tourists at your wonderful, welcoming event. I love volunteering at my home event, but I was recently inspired by some of our own tourists to try and volunteer whilst on our travels. Subsequently, this might be a slightly different report but it's written with huge appreciation for all the volunteers and really friendly participants. I am also in awe of all you juniors who ran, sprinted, walked and persevered to complete the course. All of you are championing the spirit of parkrun - it's not how you do it....it's the fact you are out doing it!
My little parkrun-team-on-tour have come from Sheffield and Edinburgh but were outdistanced by our friends from Sweden visiting God's Own County. In fact, there were fifteen of us attending Skipton for the first time as tourists:
Alec RIGBY, Andrew HUNT, Christine HARRIS, Daniel ALSTON, Dave BARBER, Gill BARBER, Judith HUNT, Laura ALSTON, Laura TOWNEND, Lesley AITKEN, Linda CARROLL, Mark ROCHFORD, Samuel BARBER, Sophie BARBER, Toby WHITE.
Even more impressive were the 25 first timers stepping out for their first parkrun experience on this slightly soggy Saturday. I hope you are all really proud of yourselves and keep with it. parkrun has definitely changed my life for the better and I hope it does yours.
Alison GAYNOR, Andrew WILKINS, Angela BROCK, Anne ANTHONY, Anne DAVEY, Archie WILLIAMS, Becki COATES, Caitlin CARROLL, Caspar BEAN, Elaine BREAR, George JACKSON, Gina BAZ, Hannah COLLINGS, Helen DAWSON, Jemima SPENCE, Joe HOWARD, Kathryn WOOLMER, Lilly DODGSON, Naomi DODGSON, Rebecca HAYES, Robert BRADLEY, Samantha PICKARD, Ste BROCK, Stuart BREAR, Tom JENNINGS.
A particular shout out to the first timer couple (plus a 3 month old) I met on the start line who joined my troop as pram pushers around the park. It was lovely to meet you family Brear! (Huge kudos to baby Daisy's mum too!)
I've never done a four lap course before and although I was a little nervous, the incredibly friendly Run Director Phil Davies gave us a quick and clear briefing on the start line from the top of his step ladder and with clear overtaking instructions we were off, feeling confident and excited.
It clearly inspired my pram pushing partner because I desperately tried to keep up with him as we ran up the hill past the finish funnel to a very musical marshal at the start of the lovely wooded track. We greeted all the enthusiastic marshals who were braving the cold and hopping on the spot to keep warm. Another reminder that the events couldn't work without them so please make an effort to chose a few dates in the year to help out. Here's the list of Saturday heroes:
Laura ALSTON, James ASHLEY, Molly BOND, Rachel BOND, Phil DAVIES, Benjamin FANSHAWE, Emma FANSHAWE, Michelle FANSHAWE, David FERGUSON, Chris HOULDEN, Sara HUGHES-GABRI, Triss KENNY, Michael MCINNES, Laura MEALIN, Harvey MERRALL, Paul NORMAN, David OSELTON, Sheila PEPPER, Nigel PEPPER, John STEVENS, Liz TENNANT
We nearly skied down the hill to the bottom of the park to the turn around point where another friendly marshal encouraged us back up the hill. The really great thing about a multi-lap course is that you are always in the thick of it and running/walking/pushing/guiding with lots of other people.
The whole way around the course I was inspired by the 29 juniors who were making tracks around the course with a smile, or with concerted effort and resilience but all of them leading the way in the move more revolution. In fact the only milestones this week were two of the juniors getting their 10th run shirt! Huge congratulations!
It is a run, not a race but on this speedy track, its hard not to acknowledge the fastest times. A big well done to the following and honourable mention to Alexander Wolfenden (4th male overall and Junior 10 milestone) and Hannah Cowlings (first female junior and her first Parkrun).
Position Name Time Position Name Time
1 Jake RIDDING 18:31 1 Catherine WHITE 22:04
2 Patrick WARDLE 19:16 2 Ann-Marie BULCOCK 23:10
3 Adam WORRALLO * 19:22 3 Gill PETRUCCI 23:45
* New PB
Huge congratulations to our best age graded result. (Remember that the higher your percentage, the better your time in comparison to the World Record for your gender and age category).
Lynn WHITTAKER (VW55-59) with 23:51 (76.94%)
It looks like the Skipton course records haven't been affected this weekend, but a great event by the 214 participants.
I ran my socks off today at your event but the thing that will stay with me is the friendliness of you all. Thank you! A special thanks to the ladies who chatted to me about their own RED January commitments...it definitely inspires me to keep going.
Have a great week parkrunners and thanks for having us,
Laura (from Graves parkrun in Sheffield)