We had a fabulous 11th birthday celebration, starting with a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday conducted by our very own Jaz! Earlier in the week, we launched an appeal to buy an AED (defibrillator) and raised the money within a day. Thank you so much, we hope we never need to use it.
Our core team of run directors and volunteers chose our top ten parkrun moments over the past year, these were:
1. Pride takeover by Leeds Frontrunners
2. George Webster’s 50th
3. NHS 70th birthday celebrations
4. Roy Huggins’ 400th
5. Red Welly Relay
6. One-week-old George Booth completes his first parkrun
7. Takeover by Crohns and Colitis UK (Leeds)
8. Maika Ohno’s speech on her 100th
9. Christmas Day
10. Our 10th birthday
We also asked you to tell us about your parkrun inspirations, this is what you said:
Curtis Parker-Milnes – Tony Lazarus
Since starting parkrun in 2012 many people have inspired me to keep running at Woodhouse Moor. Anne, Noel, Sam, George, John to name but a few. However I must single out Curtis Parker Milnes a former pupil of mine who has beaten cancer and developed into a fantastic young man. Volunteer, run director and a fine runner in his own right, top man!
Julia Dixon – Christine Harris Moores, Louise Finn, The Edwards Family, Julie Royle-Evatt
What a great idea to recognise the people who motivate us each and every week. I have a few inspirations I'd like to mention.
Christine Harris Moores - this lady has inspired me and motivated to keep going when I wanted to give up. She's incredible. Once she's put her mind to something she really sticks to it. She has the strongest willpower of all time!
Louise Finn- my partner in crime. Spent many a park run putting the world to rights and planning our next diet and exercise mission. So proud of all of Louises running achievements. Spurs me on!
The Edwards family - Tina, Richard, Liam and Sam. Seeing this family almost every parkrun makes my heart want to burst. They are always smiling and welcoming and so encouraging. They are part of the parkrun furniture and it wouldn't be the same without them! Always cheering people along. An inspirational family.
Julie Royle-Evatt- I think we started parkrunning around the same time. Julie has stuck with it through rain or shine and improved so much! Love seeing Julie on a Saturday morning smiling and encouraging everyone.
Toby Adkins – Roy Huggins, Gwilyn Thomas, Rory Goldthorpe
There are loads of people who inspire me when it comes to parkrun, but I wanted to mention the group of "usual suspects" who can almost always be found somewhere near the front of the pack at Woodhouse Moor, week in, week out. I don't know most of them particularly well but it's always nice to share a nod and smile with them on a Saturday morning. They're all great runners and I know I'm having a decent run if I'm somewhere near them in the results! I'm afraid I don't know everyone by name but Roy Huggins, Gwilym Thomas and Rory Goldthorpe are some of those who spring to mind.
I'd also like to mention the hardcore crew of volunteers who dedicate so much time and effort to keeping Woodhouse Moor going and making it *whisper it* the best parkrun in Leeds! You guys inspire me with your dedication, particularly those who volunteer as much or more often than they run!
Wendy Lawson – Sharron and Rolf Neugebauer
Sue Jones and Helen – Roy Huggins
Can you give a shout out to Roy Huggins - he has been a great inspiration to myself and Helen . Thank him for his enthusiasm encouragement - each time he sees us he gives us a wave, smile and words of running wisdom. He also helps us sprint for those final cones - accompanying us and pulling us along - thank you Roy - we appreciate it.
Jonathan Turner – Anne Akers
This is so obvious that everyone will already have thought of it, but I'd like to nominate Anne Akers as my parkrun inspiration.
If there was a Venn Diagram and the two circles were Anne and parkrun they would overlap perfectly. All the values parkrun stands for, are perfectly reflected in Anne's personality. She's always smiling, always welcoming to everyone, and always encouraging.
I'd also like to mention Frank Jones. He's much more understated and not as outgoing as Anne, but I often see him supporting others and running with them. He's very quiet and perhaps isn't as noticeable as Anne, if I was being rude I might say not as gobby, but he's also someone who I look up to, and who I aspire to be more like.
Woodhouse Moor parkrun generally is a wonderfully welcoming event, and it almost seems mean to single out individuals, but Anne and Frank are two of the ones who have impressed me consistently. So that's why I'm mentioning them.
Thanks, all! *blush*
Well done to Andy Bell who ran his 50th.
This week 496 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 77 were first timers and 76 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 58 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 40 volunteers: Andrew HARDAKER • Frank JONES • Claudia BAUER • Sam DOOLEY • Katie ROBINSON • Ken FOX • Andrew John SMITHURST • Martin BARE • Anne AKERS • Noel AKERS • Shamiso SISIMAYI • Rolf NEUGEBAUER • Ai Lyn TAN • Emma EWINS • Lorraine BEAVIS • Debbie BROWN • Steve BROWN • Sharon COLES • Jamie RYAN • Nicki DERRICK • Louise BISSET • Kristan WEBB • Sue LUMBY • Steven ALLEN • John PAPWORTH-SMITH • Sarah BELT • Naomi CALVERT • Steve RHODES • Natalie DONOHUE • Zeni BELLWOOD • Pritti MEHTA • Katherine KIRKHAM • Anya KIRKHAM-MATTHEWS • John PRATT • Sam ROBINS • Curtis LEDGER • Leanne MORGAN • James FRANCIS • Emma WALTON • Rowan SCARTH
Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Woodhouse Moor parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Lizzie BROWNE who recorded a time of 16:25 on 23rd July 2011 (event number 196).
The male record is held by Dan GARBUTT who recorded a time of 14:58 on 25th February 2012 (event number 229).
The Age Grade course record is held by Treena JOHNSON who recorded 96.49% (18:31) on 12th August 2017 (event number 521).
Woodhouse Moor parkrun started on 6th October 2007. Since then 21,426 participants have completed 169,839 parkruns covering a total distance of 849,195 km, including 29,237 new Personal Bests.