run Report – Event number #196 – 15th September 2018

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.

https://www.facebook.com/wakefieldthornesparkrun/

wakefieldthorneshelpers@parkrun.com

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/

 

run Report – Event number #195 – 8th September 2018

Well, clearly, we can’t have perfect conditions every Saturday at Wakefield Thornes parkrun, but the drizzly conditions certainly didn’t stop our kind and caring, and slightly damp, running community from eagerly supporting and cheering 282 participants to walk, jog or run the course. We welcomed 27 First Timers, for 6 of whom it was their very first parkrun, so well done and hope to see you again soon. A tremendous 41 participants recorded a new Personal Best (PB) and representatives from 22 different clubs took part. We also welcomed tourists from Barnsley, Huddersfield, Humber Bridge, Nostell and Santiago (Chile).

Our course record holder, Adam PEERS (17:01) was first across the finish line, followed by Alexander WOLLERTON (18:20) and Owen CHAPMAN (18:20).

First female finisher was Katie McHALE PB (21:44) followed by Martha CURRIE (22:54) and Jane EDGAR (22:57).

Our highest male and female age grades % were Peter McNAMARA (VM55-59) 79.70% and Joanne EGAN (VW50-54) 74.70%

We had some fantastic milestones to celebrate this week with massive shouts to Andrew JONES, Elfyn WILLIAMS and Vonetta LYE on their 50th milestone, Andrew ROLLERSON on his 150th milestone and Shaun TUNSTALL on this 200th milestone. Congratulations and well done to you all.

We also had a couple of birthdays to celebrate and gave a very rousing of Happy Birthday to You …… to Tony BRADFORD and Bridgett PROCTOR on her 50th birthday. Hope you both have an awesome special day and thank you for starting your special day with our parkrun event.

We consistently deliver our successful weekly events with our amazing volunteers. This week’s event at Wakefield Thornes parkrun was made possible by 33 awesome Hi Viz heroes (AKA volunteers), all listed below.

We understand that volunteering can feel a bit daunting, so for inspiration have a quick read of the comments of one of our awesome Hi Viz heroes John, using the following link. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/wakefieldthornes/news/

Clare PECKETT • Kov BAHADORI • Andrew NICHOLLS • Norman ROPER • Deborah BRADBROOK • Tamsin COUGHTREY-SMITH • Emma WICKS • Lisa VERCELLI • Annabelle JAMES • Andrew ROLLERSON • Deb NICHOLLS • Sarah MCEWAN • Jennifer GILL • Richard LEE • Steph COX • Phil GIBSON • Martin WAKELAM • Lucy RICHARDSON • John WALKER • Sara L JONES • Paul PAY • Lynn WESTCOTT • Jennifer ROBERTS • Shirley HARDY • Clare WRIGHT • Tony WRIGHT • Tristan WRIGHT • Imogen WRIGHT • Helen RIGG • Shaun FURZER • Matilda FURZER • Lily HARDY • Robert HARDY

Without our wonderful volunteers our event would simply not take place. Many of our volunteers turn up week after week, frequently sacrificing their opportunity to run so our wonderful event can take place, therefore please give serious consideration to volunteering at our next parkrun event #196 on 15th September, it is after all one of the five ways to wellbeing. 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.

https://www.facebook.com/wakefieldthornesparkrun/

wakefieldthorneshelpers@parkrun.com

Dates for your diaries include:

22nd September 2018 – this date marks our 4th anniversary so in time honoured fashion we’ll be celebrating with a fancy dress theme, (anything starting with the letter F, well it is our fourth anniversary, so bring out your very best fire fighters, fairies, flamingos, frogs, fish, flowers …….?). In accordance with our traditional anniversary celebrations we’ll run the course in reverse, cos we know how much you all love the final hill, and then of course there will be cake, especially if you want to donate some.

20th and 21st October 2018 – 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.

#DFYB (DON’T FORGET YOUR BARCODE) we had 18 participants present without a barcode so just a gentle reminder #DFYB.

See you all again at our next parkrun event on Saturday, 15th September, for another amazing event #196 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/

 

A Volunteer’s view of our lovely running community

Having frequently read lots of inspirational parkrun stories on various sites I thought I’d ask some of our parkrun community at Wakefield Thornes parkrun about their views of our lovely running community. First up is John Walker an awesome Hi Viz hero who regularly marshals at Wakefield Thornes, so much so that when he took a couple of weeks off recently we were inundated with concerned parkrun participants who enquired if he was OK, and they told us how much they missed his encouraging support from his regular marshalling sport. We were happy to inform everyone that he was quite definitely OK, just having a holiday, his first in almost three years. His comments are set out below; please read, enjoy and hopefully be inspired to consider volunteering.

It’s said that one of the greatest feel-good activities you can do is to do something that helps other people. Certainly I thoroughly enjoy volunteering for parkrun, and I always look forward to my Saturday mornings in Wakefield Thornes Park.

There was a time (quite a few years ago) when I did cross-country running, but various injuries over the years means that I can no longer do this. I hugely enjoyed my sport and I remember how uplifting it was to receive support and encouragement from the side-lines as I ran.

The role of a parkrun volunteer, certainly as I see it, is to make every Saturday morning a satisfying and memorable experience for every one of our wonderful runners, joggers and walkers.

I’ve been marshalling regularly at Wakefield for almost three years now and have also occasionally tried my hand at other volunteer roles. For me the most enjoyable aspects of volunteering are the friendships formed with the regular support team and many of the parkrun participants, as well as the feeling of being part of the parkrun community and the appreciation shown as the field streams past me (thanks everyone).

Volunteering is honestly one of the most enjoyable things I’ve ever done, and I would recommend anyone who hasn’t tried it yet to give it a go. I wouldn’t miss it for the world! #loveparkrun

 

run Report – Event number #194 – 1st September 2018

Wonderful event Saturday 1st September, on yet another sunny autumnal morning in Wakefield Thornes Park, with an awesome takeover by the Comets, adding to our magnificent supportive community, which once again enthusiastically encouraged 301 participants to walk, jog or run the course. We welcomed 33 First Timers, for 13 of whom it was their very first parkrun, so well done and hope to see you again soon. An awesome 56 new Personal Best (PB) were recorded and representatives from 27 different clubs took part. We also welcomed tourists from Cambridge, Colchester, Hillsborough and Northamptonshire.

Our first finisher was Mark BOSTOCK (16:19) followed by Nick GOODLIFFE (18:12) and Owen CHAPMAN (18:54).

First female finisher was Ruth DRAISEY PB (20:54) followed by Sophie MORGAN (21:26) and Katie SHARP (22:35).

Our highest male and female age grades % were Malcolm COLES (VM75-79) 82.23% and Ruth DRAISEY (SW30-34) 70.81%

We had two fantastic milestones to celebrate this week with massive shouts to Phil GIBSON on his 100th milestone and Deborah BRADBROOK on her 150th milestone. Congratulations and well done to you both.

We consistently deliver our successful weekly events with our amazing volunteers. This week’s event at Wakefield Thornes parkrun was made possible by 34 awesome Hi Viz heroes (AKA volunteers), all listed below.

Craig ORR • Kov BAHADORI • Andrew NICHOLLS • Rachel HALE • Tamsin COUGHTREY-SMITH • Heather THOMAS • Kirsty SPENCER • Emma WICKS • Lisa VERCELLI • Deb NICHOLLS • Sarah MCEWAN • Jennifer GILL • Susan STOCKS • Kathryn THORPE • Phil GIBSON • Martin WAKELAM • Laura TAYLOR • John WALKER • Sara L JONES • Kirsty BUCKLEY • Sarah WILKINSON • Katelyn WALKER • Jane MCGRATH • Tracey HALL • Carol HOLDING • Louise GALLOWAY • Gemma WAYMAN • Jacob SHILLAM • Kate BARKER-MILNER • Johanna FOX • Sophie MASTERSON • Ilsa SAUNDERS • Kirsty NICHOLSON • Gillian MARSHALL

Without our wonderful volunteers our event would simply not take place. Many of our volunteers turn up week after week, frequently sacrificing their opportunity to run so our wonderful event can take place, therefore please give serious consideration to volunteering at our next parkrun event #195 on 8th September, it is after all one of the five ways to wellbeing. 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 https://www.facebook.com/wakefieldthornesparkrun/

wakefieldthorneshelpers@parkrun.com

Dates for your diaries include:

22nd September 2018 – this date marks our 4th anniversary so in time honoured fashion we’ll be celebrating with a fancy dress theme, (anything starting with the letter F, well it is our fourth anniversary, so bring out your very best fire fighters, fairies, flamingos, frogs, fish, flowers …….?). In accordance with our traditional anniversary celebrations we’ll run the course in reverse, cos we know how much you all love the final hill, and then of course there will be cake, especially if you want to donate some.

#DFYB (DON’T FORGET YOUR BARCODE) we had 19 participants present without a barcode so just a gentle reminder #DFYB.

See you all again at our next parkrun event on Saturday, 8th September, for another amazing event #195 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/

 

run Report – Event number #193 – 25th August 2018

Well what can we say, on yet another wonderful sunny Saturday morning in Wakefield Thornes Park, with an autumnal feel that many participants described as near perfect conditions, volunteers, spectators and participants enthusiastically encouraged 293 people to walk, jog and run the course. We welcomed 32 First Timers, for 18 of whom, it was their very first parkrun, so well done and hope to see you again soon. A cracking 41 new Personal Best (PB) were recorded and representatives from 24 different clubs took part. We also welcomed tourists from Barnsley and Halifax.

Our first finisher was Daniel FRANKS, with a shiny new PB (16:32) followed by our course record holder Adam PEERS (16:51) and Stewart KNOWLES (17:22).

First female finisher was Zara TYAS with a shiny new PB (20:02) followed by Ruth DRAISEY with another shiny PB (20:34) and Paige WATSON with yet another shiny new PB (20:56).

Our highest male and female age grades % were Peter MCNAMARA (VM55-59) 80.64% and Paige WATSON (JW11-14) 77.79%

No milestone shouts this week.

Last week our lovely tourist John from Toowoomba, Australia, agreed to provide a few words about his visit to Wakefield Thornes parkrun. Please enjoy his comments below.

“IMPRESSIONS FROM A MAN FROM DOWN UNDER

Hello fellow parkrunners. The Run Director asked me to pen a few lines on my impressions as an overseas visitor of the Thornes Park PR, so here goes.

I used to live in Wakefield, but am now retired and live in Toowoomba, Australia. My wife and I are on an extended holiday and I’m trying to do as many parkruns as possible during our travels, with the objective of keeping fit and getting closer to obtaining the “50 parkruns T shirt”.

I ran Thornes Park PR #192 with my friend Anna, who I used to do Urban Fit with a few years ago. It was great fun to run again in beautiful Thornes Park with so many other runners, and running around the park brought back some great memories.

As with all parkruns, it was challenging but satisfying (if getting fit and keeping fit was easy, everybody would do it!). It was great to meet and run with so many runners.

Special thanks to the helpful and cheerful vollies who make it happen.

Keep running!!”

We consistently deliver our successful weekly events with our amazing volunteers. This week’s event at Wakefield Thornes parkrun was made possible by 26 awesome Hi Viz heroes (AKA volunteers), all listed below.

Sally Jane FOZZARD • Kov BAHADORI • Andrew NICHOLLS • Nikki BAKER • Tamsin COUGHTREY-SMITH • Andrew COUGHTREY-SMITH • Robert HOBAN • Lisa VERCELLI • Holly BROOK • Emily BROOK • Phoebe VERCELLI • Shirley JONES • Deb NICHOLLS • Sarah MCEWAN • Jennifer GILL • Viv CROSSLEY • Phil GIBSON • Martin WAKELAM • John WALKER • Sara L JONES • Shirley HARDY • Sarah JAQUES • Libby JAQUES • Elizabeth HOBAN SCURRAH • Lily HARDY • Robert HARDY

Put simply, without our wonderful volunteers our event will not take place. Many of our volunteers turn up week after week, frequently sacrificing their opportunity to run so our wonderful event can take place, therefore please give serious consideration to volunteering at our next parkrun event #194 on 1st September, it is after all one of the five ways to wellbeing. You can either contact us on our Facebook page 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 https://www.facebook.com/wakefieldthornesparkrun/

Dates for your diaries include:

1st September 2018 – take over by Comets from Horbury. The Comets are a community based women’s exercise group and their ethos is to make exercising fun. Please note we will still need volunteers for this event.

22nd September 2018 – this date marks our 4th anniversary so in time honoured fashion we’ll be celebrating with a fancy dress theme, (anything starting with the letter F, well it is our fourth anniversary, so bring out your very best fire fighters, fairies, flamingos, frogs, fish, flowers …….?). In accordance with our traditional anniversary celebrations we’ll run the course in reverse, cos we know how much you all love the final hill, and then of course there will be cake, especially if you want to donate some.

Bank Holiday Monday – Friends of CHaT Park will be having a working group at the duck pond (AKA parkrun finish line) to remove floating debris. If you want to give it a go they’re meeting in the car park at 11:00am

#DFYB (DON’T FORGET YOUR BARCODE) we had 8 participants present without a barcode so just a gentle reminder #DFYB.

See you all again at our next parkrun event on Saturday, 1st September, for another amazing event #194 when your RDs will be Rachel Hale (Comets) and 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/

The male record is held by Adam PEERS who recorded a time of 15:37 on 12th August 2017 (event number 145).

The female record is held by Jenny BUCK who recorded a time of 18:09 on 21st April 2018 (event number 176).

The Age Grade course record is held by Treena JOHNSON who recorded 93.78% (19:18) on 11th November 2017 (event number 157).

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