Festive Fun at York parkrun 2018/2019

It's that time of year again where we start to think about our parkruns over Christmas, and we have a gift for you:

 

York parkrun will take place at 9am on Christmas morning.

 

Surely that's the best present! "But that's a Tuesday!" we hear you cry. parkrun HQ allow events to have an extra parkrun on Christmas day if they are willing and able, and as with previous years this has quite possibly been the best parkrun experience of the year. It will have everything you love about parkrun - hundreds of parkrunners, cheery volunteers, delicious cake, and that extra special Christmas feeling to start your day perfectly.

But wait, there's more. To blow away those New Years Eve calories:

 

We will also have a York parkrun on Tuesday 1st January at 9am.

 

Even better, parkrun HQ allow events to start a bit later in the morning and parkrunners can officially do two different events. It will be very possible to do York parkrun at 9am, then hop over to a parkrun with a 10:30 start and do that too. Can there be a better way to start the year? All of this is in addition to the usual Saturday morning parkruns and junior parkruns on the Sundays.

We can't wait, can you?

 

York parkrun 301 – 22nd September 2018 – run report by Nicola Scott

So Saturday brought much cooler conditions compared to ones we have experienced in quite some time. Thankfully the downpours and howling winds from Friday had subsided to make way for what can be described as pretty perfect running conditions. So there were no excuses….apart from attendance at the beer festival but only a smattering or runners admitted to attending that when asked during the pre-run briefing. Although I hadn’t visited the beer festival myself, I had frequented a few of the very nice public houses that York has to offer but after a bit of water was determined to give it my best shot. I was personally looking forward to visiting York parkrun for a number of reasons including:
• I could tie it in with a trip for my husband’s birthday (everybody a winner)
• It is another tourist run to experience (mooo)
• It begins with a Y…… (not many to go now)
• It is flat (unlike my home parkrun of Pennington Flash which has 2 hills…..which, you have to do 3 times each…..). Whilst hills are good training, there’s nothing like a ‘fast and flat’ parkrun as you can try for a much more impressive time. Incidentally, York shares joint 4th place out of 519 parkruns as one of the flattest in the country, with a mere 9 feet of elevation for its course profile. If you are interested in comparing profiles, you may be interested in checking out this website https://jegmar.com/stats-hq/fastest-races/parkrun/
Without any issue the run was started with the added bonus of some pacers who runners could try and use as a guide to get their PBs or best times for a while. The pacers seem to do the trick as 113 individuals took home shiny new PBs. I hope you enjoyed celebrating. There was a good turnout on the field of 531 with 84 visiting for the first time. 50 different running clubs were represented.
Super-speedy podium places were awarded this week as follows:
Men
• Gold Liam O’Brien 16.34 VM 40 – 44 Leeds City AC
• Silver Chris Poulton 16.37 VM 35 – 39 York Acorn RC
• Bronze Stewart Overton 16.40 VM 35 – 39 North Herts RRC
Womes
• Gold Clare Rowntree 21.14 SW 30 – 34 York Knavesmire Harriers
• Silver Nicky Ainsworth 22.10 VW 40 – 44
• Bronze Jessica Collins 22.19 SW 25 - 29

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the York parkrun Results Page. Well done to everyone who took part.
A huge round of applause for the 31 high vis heros for this week:
Mark HARNEY • Michael MCGRATH • Nick GRIFFIN • John REEVELL • Deirdre SOUCH • Kathryn CARROLL • Maddy ELLIOTT • Andy HEPPELL • Stuart LESLIE • Barbara GRIFFIN • Nicola SCOTT • Tim GIBSON • Linda GREWER • Pauline REEVELL • Michael LEADBETTER • Simon EVEREST • Alan WILKINSON • Matt JOHNSON • Ellie PAGE • Matthew ROWLEY • Phil JOHNSON • Tristan FEATHERBY
• Paul FOSTER • Matt BROWN • Evie CHAPLIN • Delia ELLIS • Robert START • Amy IREDALE-MITCHELL • Lindsay ILLINGWORTH • Eoin JAMES KILBANE • Gill TAYLOR
Overall then, it was a jolly good event. Was good to meet some of the locals and a couple of runners from neighbouring home run Haigh Hall. Thank you very much for letting me visit and I hope to be back one day (oh I was 13 seconds away from my overall PB so not too shabby after a couple of nights on the fizz.) Cheers everyone and until the next time 

York parkrun started on 14th January 2012. Since then 16,091 participants have completed 104,453 parkruns covering a total distance of 522,265 km, including 18,216 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Laura WEIGHTMAN who recorded a time of 16:12 on 12th March 2016 (event number 190).
The male record is held by Graham RUSH who recorded a time of 14:37 on 19th August 2017 (event number 253).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ros TABOR who recorded 92.75% (22:32) on 2nd July 2016 (event number 202).

 

300! York parkrun, 15th September 2018

There are some mornings that always stand out, and the 300th Knavesmire parkrun will live long in the memory.

With a both ‘A’ and ‘B’ routes unavailable, the morning saw a debut outing for a ‘C’ route, a simple 4 laps of the Bustardthorpe field. At 8.55, there was a steady stream of people coming across the Knavesmire from the usual Cherry Lane start, and also two large wagons on the service track making it quite obvious why we could use the usual course!

Everyone likes an occasional change, and three things really stood out me from the new route,

1. The start line was grassy and wide! None of the usual bottle necks, making for a faster and more relaxing start!

2. On the usual route, the field can get quite spread out towards the end. Not today, after a couple of laps runners were everywhere! A real community atmosphere as runners encouraged everyone around.

3. Volunteers. York parkrun wouldn’t happen without them, and on todays course they were more visible than usual. There were 29 on the course.

It’s hard to quantify the impact of York parkrun in simple statistics (and I love stats more than most). The first 300 events have seen many amazing moments, and they’ve seen friendships formed and the growth of a vibrant community. That community spread across to other locations in York, and exciting to think where we might be when we reach the 600th York parkrun!

Today’s volunteers were:

Graham RUSH • Robert WARD • Catherine WARD • John Harold TATTERSALL • Nick GRIFFIN • John REEVELL • Adrian STIPETIC • Ian WARD • Andy HEPPELL • David CHRYSSIDES • Stuart LESLIE • Linda GREWER • Fiona SEFTON • Adam SEFTON • Michael GREWER • Rachel MCMAHON • Pauline REEVELL • Tom KINGSCOTT • Alan WILKINSON • Adrian GUNN • Lucy HOLLAND • Paul FOSTER • Noah STIPETIC • Yvonne ORTON • Eoin JAMES KILBANE • Elaine DANBY • Judi WATSON • Michelle WAUDBY • Julian PICKLES

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the York parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Laura WEIGHTMAN who recorded a time of 16:12 on 12th March 2016 (event number 190).
The male record is held by Graham RUSH who recorded a time of 14:37 on 19th August 2017 (event number 253).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ros TABOR who recorded 92.75% (22:32) on 2nd July 2016 (event number 202).

York parkrun started on 14th January 2012. Since then 16,007 participants have completed 103,922 parkruns covering a total distance of 519,610 km, including 18,103 new Personal Bests.

 

September 15th 2018 – alternative course notification

Hi everyone

York parkrun on September 15th will take place on our new 'C Course', due to the Cancer Research UK Pretty Muddy event also taking place on the Knavesmire that morning.

The route is 4 x 1.25km laps on Bustardthorpe Field, entirely on grass. The start/finish area is just down from the racecourse grandstands, to the south, and the course route runs parallel to the final km of our regular course.

Course map and parking information updates will be posted on our facebook page throughout the week.

Any questions please drop us an email yorkoffice@parkrun.com :-)

Cheers, Rob Ward (Run Director)

 

York parkrun Event number 299 8th September 2018

Saturday morning was a damp one but that did not deter over 400 parkrunners who donned their waterproofs and came down to the Knavesmire.

Graham Todd celebrated his 200th parkrun and Emma Cowling her 100th. Congratulations to you both.

Saturday also saw parkrun regular John Turnbull's blindfold challenge. It was a fantastic turnout so thank you to everyone who took part.

If anyone would like to donate to this very worthy cause, the link is below:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/john-turnbull14

As I mentioned in the run briefing, next week's parkrun will take place towards the back of the Bustardthorpe Allotments although the start and finish will be close to the corner of the home straight.

This is the link to the original Facebook post by Rob Ward but more information will be provided during the week.

https://www.facebook.com/yorkparkrun/photos/a.595081590582445/1960143080742949/?type=3&theater

We will require a few more marshals for this week so please get in touch if you would like to help.

Here are the stats:

This week 412 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 57 were first timers and 73 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 34 volunteers:

Neil LAWSON • Clare MOFFATT • Jerry BARNES • Chris POULTON • John Harold TATTERSALL • Janet CORDINGLEY • Michael MCGRATH • Nick GRIFFIN • John REEVELL • Ian WARD • Maddy ELLIOTT • Joan BROWN • James TARGETT • Liz PIPER • Linda GREWER • Caroline WATSON • Fiona SEFTON • Adam SEFTON • Pauline REEVELL • Michael LEADBETTER • Jane MORBY • Simon EVEREST • Claire ANTROBUS • Peter GRAYLEY • Aoife BURKE • Gary DAVIES • Kevin ARMSTRONG • Yvonne DAVIES • Allen ECCLES • Alison MOORE • Yvonne ORTON • Eoin JAMES KILBANE • Christine ROSS • Simon MOFFATT

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the York parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Laura WEIGHTMAN who recorded a time of 16:12 on 12th March 2016 (event number 190).
The male record is held by Graham RUSH who recorded a time of 14:37 on 19th August 2017 (event number 253).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ros TABOR who recorded 92.75% (22:32) on 2nd July 2016 (event number 202).

York parkrun started on 14th January 2012. Since then 15,916 participants have completed 103,593 parkruns covering a total distance of 517,965 km, including 18,086 new Personal Bests.

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