We were joined at Wakefield Thornes parkrun on Saturday by the lovely Liz Piper from York, who volunteered to pace at a run/walk rate of 3minutes running and 1 minute walking, which went down a storm judging from the feedback we’ve received. Liz also offered to complete this week’s run report, below, so please read and enjoy. And Liz, please make a return visit soon, we love having you.
Raining again! But what does that matter in good company.
Ducks have it made, really don’t they? Waterproof, and with feet made for paddling through puddles. The original barefoot joggers! Well, we do our best to keep them company, and on Saturday 15th September adults, children and dogs joined the throng. Gathering to run, walk, jog – and definitely NOT chase the ducks! - around Wakefield Thornes parkrun.
As a visitor to these shores – coming from far away York, which is always dry (go on, say it, they won’t know it’s not) - I am always amazed at the friendly and welcoming atmosphere at Thornes. From the initial welcome and the runner’s briefing, to the chat whilst taking part, you’ll never be alone. It’s like the Liverpool anthem, but for joggers! If you have wanted to try out a run, but not quite plucked up the courage, just come along at 9am and take part! Everyone’s doing it, no matter what their story. From the lady who has not run for 50 years, to people just starting the couch to 3k programme, via runners making a come-back from injury and dogs taking their people out for a dose of weekend exercise.
A huge vote of thanks to the marshals who stood in the drizzle/downpour/thunderstorm (delete as applicable – some of these descriptions may be total exaggeration...) and cheered us all on – what a difference it makes to those hills when there is someone ahead applauding our efforts! And thanks are also due to the many volunteers who set up the course, scanned our bar codes and cleared everything away at the end. This week they were:
Alison WALTON • Andrew NICHOLLS • Bridget PROCTOR • Catherine HEATHCOTE • Clare PECKETT • Deb NICHOLLS • Emily BROOK • Heather THOMAS • Holly BROOK • Jacqueline ALDERSON • Joanne BROOK • Jonathan VAILE • Kathryn THORPE • Lisa VERCELLI • Lynn WESTCOTT • Mark RODGERS • Nikki BAKER • Paul GILBERT • Phil GIBSON • Phoebe VERCELLI • Richard LEE • Sarah MCEWAN • Shirley HARDY • Tony MASSARELLA • Viv CROSSLEY
And now for the stats:
First male past the post was Wakefield Thornes parkrun course record holder Adam Peers, from Wakefield District Harriers & AC – in a time of 16:52. He was closely followed in second place by clubmate Craig Davidson, with a new PB of 17:43. Craig was only just ahead of Nick Goodliffe, in third, with a time of 17:45.
For the women, Joanne Bolton came in first for Kimberworth Striders RC, with a new PB of 20:37. Just behind her, in second, was Sarah Bostwick, of Wakefield District Harriers & AC, in a time of 21:04. And in third place, on her first time at Thornes, Sarah Lofthouse – grabbing a time of 21:42 for Dewsbury Road Runners.
Well done to all of you! And now a special mention to those who completed their first ever Park Run. If that was you – did you realise you’ve achieved a Personal Best (PB) time? Congratulations! Why not come along next week, and help celebrate the fourth birthday of this fantastic parkrun? Everyone will be running the course backwards (because we can – bring your own wing mirrors) and in themed fancy dress (anything to do with the letter “F”!). It’ll be fun. And the ducks, despite their waterproof and webbed feet, will once again get a thorough drubbing!
A total of 306 people ran, jogged and walked the Wakefield Thornes parkrun course this week, of whom 36 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.
Dates for your diary:-
• 22nd September 2018 – as Liz indicated above we’re celebrating our 4th birthday at Wakefield Thornes parkrun on Saturday, so important things to remember are:-
o START is at the DUCK POND (our usual finish line) as we’re running the course in reverse.
o Fancy dress (optional) is anything beginning with F (fourth) so bring out your Fairies, Firefighters, Flowers, Flamingos …… knock yourselves out.
o Post event CAKE at the Harriers Hut, please bring to Stadium at 8:30 if you’re not sure where the Harriers Hut is.
o VOLUNTEER – most importantly we need plenty of these to run the event and deliver our birthday celebrations.
• 20th October 2018 (21st October for junior parkrun) Together with Wakefield Thornes Junior parkrun we’re hoping to deliver a couple of awareness events on this weekend to tie in with the National Burns Awareness Day on 16th October, in the run up to Halloween and Bonfire Night.
• PLEASE CONSIDER VOLUNTEERING - You can either contact us on our Facebook page using the link below, or email us again using the link below, or just rock up to the stadium Reception at 8:30 am on Saturday morning, for your very own Hi Viz heroes’ cape.
See you all again at our 4th birthday celebration event on Saturday, 22nd September, for another amazing event #197 when your RD will be Deb Nicholls.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wakefield Thornes parkrun Results Page. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/wakefieldthornes/results/latestresults/