York parkrun 318 – The 7th Birthday!

by Liz Piper

Saturday 12th January and what could be a better way to celebrate York parkrun’s 7th birthday than to congregate in a group of 633 assorted people, in the wind and drizzle (and a most amazing sunrise) to run a park run together.

One rousing chorus of ‘Happy Birthday’ and we were off: regulars, occasional runners, newbies (91 of you today) and one family from Peterborough who had set off before the crack of dawn on a Saturday to run with us at York! You know who you are! Above and beyond the call of duty to get up at 04:30 just for the pleasure of running with us - but it was good to see you.

With the water jump a mere shadow of its usual self and the sand trap reasonably firm and easy going, it might have been an ideal day for PBs and 70 people achieved their own personal best records today. However, with the Knavesmire’s biting little head wind returning to blow us backwards around the whole course today, the rest of us struggled valiantly around the circuit chatting to friends old and new as we went. And, joy of joy, the coffee van was there to greet us at the end!

Many thanks to all the marshalls and other volunteers who made today’s run possible. They included:

Adrian Gunn, Adrian Stipetic, Alex Bedingham, Alex Lewry, Amy Iredale-Mitchell, Anna Marshall, Nick and Barbara Griffin, Camilla Grayley, Chris Poulton, Chris Schofield, Christine Cockett, David Chryssides, Deirdre Souch, Don Formhals, Elaine Danby, Eoin James Kilbane, Gail Hitchens, Ian Ward, Jane Morby, Jane Victoria Marshall, Joan Brown, John and Pauline Reevell, Linda Grewer, Lionel A Chatard, Michael Leadbetter, Mike Smith, Paul Foster, Richard Penny, Simon Moffatt and Yakov Boani.
Thank you! Park run could not take place without you! You deserve a round of applause and a cheer for your efforts.

This week 633 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 91 were first timers and 70 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 33 volunteers:

Alex BEDINGHAM • Chris POULTON • Jane Victoria MARSHALL • Don FORMHALS • Nick GRIFFIN • John REEVELL • Adrian STIPETIC • Deirdre SOUCH • Ian WARD • Richard PENNY • Joan BROWN • David CHRYSSIDES • Mike SMITH • Barbara GRIFFIN • Camilla GRAYLEY • Liz PIPER • Linda GREWER • Pauline REEVELL • Michael LEADBETTER • Jane MORBY • Anna MARSHALL • Christine COCKETT • Alex LEWRY • Adrian GUNN • Chris SCHOFIELD • Paul FOSTER • Lionel A CHATARD • Gail HITCHENS • Amy IREDALE-MITCHELL • Eoin JAMES KILBANE • Elaine DANBY • Simon MOFFATT • Yakov BOANI

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 Angela OLDHAM who recorded 97.59% (21:25) on 17th November 2018 (event number 308).

York parkrun started on 14th January 2012. Since then 17,430 participants have completed 112,747 parkruns covering a total distance of 563,735 km, including 19,203 new Personal Bests. A total of 863 individuals have volunteered 6,980 times.

 

York parkrun, event number 317, 5th January 2019

by Stephen Wilson

 

When I asked at the briefing how many people were doing their first ever parkrun, probably half a dozen hands were sheepishly raised. Checking the results, we had 52 people doing their first ever parkrun. Which is a fantastic number! You’re a shy and modest bunch. Anyway we are so pleased to have you and welcome you to a whole new world of running. We hope that you’ll keep up the park running, chase those PBs every week, make new friends, huddle round after being scanned and chew the fat on how the run went, try some volunteering and do some tourism – it’s astonishing how many parkruns there are around the country and around the world.

Schools’ Christmas holidays are now over, if you’re not back to work already, you probably are on Monday. So it’s back to normal after some serious over indulgence during the festive period, and I’m not talking about food, sweets or alcohol, but 5 parkruns in the last 2 weeks, or 6 if you did the NYD double!  Not sure about you all, but if you told me 8 years ago I’d be doing something like that, I’d think you were mad.

The numbers over that time have been incredible: 445, 648, 515, 656, 638. It’s a lot of people poised to parkrun at the start area.

After the start it’s a quick march across the Knavesmire for the volunteers, if you are to get back to the finish line in time to see the front runners come flying through the funnel for the first time. It’s an incredible sight, standing on the finish line, watching the never-ending stream of determined but smiling faces come around on the first lap. Intently following pacers, breathing heavily, shedding jackets and tops, thanking volunteers, high fiving family and friends, checking their pace – 1 lap to go. Marshals clapping and directing as the runners leave the home straight and when you pass the sandy mountain at the 3k mark.

Eventually the large clusters stop, the runners passing thin out and, as the tail walker approaches, we see the front runners haring down the home straight, putting every last bit of effort into a Usain Bolt type sprint for the line, PB in mind. Come on Robbie, come on Chris, come on Laurence, you can catch him :-). Come on Heather, you’ve got it! The timers are pressing button B ever more rapidly as many pairs of legs come hurtling over the line. The funnel managers imploring exhausted runners to keep moving through the funnel, to stay in order, when all they want to do is come to an abrupt halt, check the watch and either feel the glory or chalk it down to progress for next weeks attempt. Most of the funnel managers aren’t sadists, they just need to make sure the queues for tokens don’t back up to the finish line. Hopefully just before it’s about to back up, it’s time to start a second funnel queue and direct runners to the left or right of the finish line – letting one side clear before letting the other side through. The volunteers with the position tokens are dishing them out as quick as they possibly can, “there you go”, “well done”, P001, P002, …, P007, P101, …, P256, …

Behind them the bank of barcode scanners, scanning your crumpled pieces of paper, laminated cards, plastic tokens, black, purple, grey, pink, orange, green and white wrist bands. Giving you back your parkrun ID for next week and taking back those hard-earned position tokens.

If the barcodes don’t scan it’s through to the “unscannables” volunteer to write down your details for manual processing.

All being well, all of the data from the timers and the scanners can be uploaded and then processed on the parkrun web site and eventually you get a time and a position. However, with the sheer volume of runners things can go awry. Funnel duckers – someone who runs over the line, gets a timer click, but evades the funnel managers and doesn’t take a token, as immortalised in that old Wurzels song “I’m not a funnel ducker, I’m a funnel duckers son and I’m running ducking funnels till the funnel duckings done”. This means we have more times than runners in positions, and the person behind them will get the duckers time. Or maybe there was a bunch of 6 runners coming across the line at the same time, and the timers have to ask themselves one question, “Did I click 6 runners or only 5, do I feel lucky, well do I punk?”. So we may have 1 less time than runners, and subsequent runners would get what should have been the time of the runner behind them. This and other things can happen more than once. This is why we have a third timer independently writing down times of around twenty runners they recognise, which we can then use to check for discrepancies in the main results and if need be make adjustments as best we can. All of the volunteers are what make parkrun happen, so many thanks to this weeks 33!

Now to the runners. 638 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 113 were first timers and 58 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

First home for the men was Robbie Brown in 16:02, and for the ladies it was Heather Corden in 20:01. Well done to them and all of the other runners who followed.

There were a few milestones this week. Lynn Stannard reached 300 runs, the first of those who started parkrunning at York to reach that number. Kevin Armstrong did his 100th run. Paul Hodgson (our course measurer), Paul Foster, Carl Wain, and Dave Turnbull earned their red t-shirt with 50.

Don’t forget it’s a milestone for York parkrun itself this coming Saturday the 12th January – it’s the 7th anniversary of it starting. Wohoo!

The event was made possible by the following volunteers.

Jane LAWSON • Clare MOFFATT • Stephen WILSON • Michael MCGRATH • Nick GRIFFIN • John REEVELL • Adrian STIPETIC • Laura SCHOFIELD • Andy HEPPELL • Richard PENNY • David CHRYSSIDES • Kirsty HENDERSON • Stuart LESLIE • Barbara GRIFFIN • Camilla GRAYLEY • Liz PIPER • Linda GREWER • Graham WALTON • Pauline REEVELL • Alex LEWRY • Aoife BURKE • Alan WILKINSON • Ellie PAGE • Graham ROBERTSON • Jonathan SMITH • Mervyn LEWIS • Laura BOOTLAND • Dominic MANTLE • Paul FOSTER • Jonny REEP • Daniel ROWLEY • Eoin JAMES KILBANE • Elaine DANBY

Anyone who would like to help can let us know on Facebook, or e-mail (yorkhelpers@parkrun.com), or by chatting to the run director at parkrun on Saturday morning. Volunteering genuinely is as much fun as running, and if you want to help we’d love to have you.

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 Angela OLDHAM who recorded 97.59% (21:25) on 17th November 2018 (event number 308).

York parkrun started on 14th January 2012. Since then 17,339 participants have completed 112,114 parkruns covering a total distance of 560,570 km, including 19,133 new Personal Bests. A total of 861 individuals have volunteered 6,947 times.

 

 

York parkrun #316 – 1st January 2019

By Jennifer Roberts

It was a bright sunny morning for York’s New Year’s Day parkrun. 656 of you began the New Year in the only way parkrunners know best and that was to meet on the Knavesmire for the first parkrun of 2019.

A big thank you to the 38 volunteers that made this possible. Chris Poulton was first home for the men and Aoife Burke was first home for the ladies. 63 personal bests were recorded and 139 first timers took part – I hope you enjoyed your visit to the race course and will return soon. For those who were taking part in parkrun for the very first time, I hope this was the first of many and we will see you on Saturday. Lots of you made your way to a second park run for the now traditional New Year Double. I hope you all had enough energy to run again. Wherever you went, I am sure you will agree the atmosphere at the New Year parkrun encompasses everything that parkrun is: friendly, supportive, fun and the best place to run, jog or walk your way to 5k.

A few mentions for those achieving milestones today. At 50 we had Neal Fisher, Mark Andrews, Pete Downes, Margot Abbott, Rosie O’Donoghue and Sarah Longfield. At 100, Laurence Griffin, Jane Nodder, Andrew Heather, Martyn Russell and Ralph Mills. Congratulations, what a great way to start 2019.

We are back again this Saturday at 9am for those wanting to do it all again, you know you want to! Happy New Year to you all, have a great 2019 at parkrun.

Thank you to the volunteers: -

Clare MOFFATT • Danny SAMPSON • Andrew MCMORRIS • Mark HARNEY • Stephen WILSON • Kevin STANNARD • Don FORMHALS • Ste ROBSON • Nick GRIFFIN • John REEVELL • David LEESE • Kirsty HENDERSON • Barbara GRIFFIN • Camilla GRAYLEY • Ellie GRIFFIN • Liz PIPER • Linda GREWER • Fiona SEFTON • Pauline REEVELL • Roger HORBERRY • Heidi FOTHERGILL • Karin FOTHERGILL • Jane MORBY • Claire ANTROBUS • Jennifer ROBERTS • Paul EASTWOOD • Allyson BUCKTON • Sally POLKEY • Nick SHIPLEY • Gary ELLERBY • Paul LISTER • Matt BROWN • Linda ETHELL • Yvonne ORTON • Amy IREDALE-MITCHELL • Lee INNES • Kathy BOWES • 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 Angela OLDHAM who recorded 97.59% (21:25) on 17th November 2018 (event number 308).

York parkrun started on 14th January 2012. Since then 17,226 participants have completed 111,476 parkruns covering a total distance of 557,380 km, including 19,075 new Personal Bests. A total of 857 individuals have volunteered 6,912 times.

 

York parkrun number 315 29th December 2018

Our last parkrun of 2018 brought 515 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 93 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 58 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Clare MOFFATT • Chris POULTON • Jane Victoria MARSHALL • Nick GRIFFIN • John REEVELL • Richard PENNY • Barbara GRIFFIN • Camilla GRAYLEY • Liz PIPER • Graham WALTON • Michael GREWER • Pauline REEVELL • Roger HORBERRY • Lisa TIPPEN • Jet Jon SHEPHERD • Claire ANTROBUS • Alan WILKINSON • Matt JOHNSON • Tristan WATSON • Chris SCHOFIELD • Timothy SHEPHERD • Yvonne ORTON • Elaine DANBY • Simon MOFFATT • Jean WARD

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 Angela OLDHAM who recorded 97.59% (21:25) on 17th November 2018 (event number 308).

York parkrun started on 14th January 2012. Since then 17,087 participants have completed 110,820 parkruns covering a total distance of 554,100 km, including 19,012 new Personal Bests. A total of 853 individuals have volunteered 6,874 times.

 

York parkrun report for 22nd December 2018, by Susan Glover

Welcome to your parkrun report for 22nd December.

As I drove over the Pennines in the dark squalling rain, listening to the parkrun tourists’ DJ of choice (Tony Blackburn) I began to doubt my sanity.

However I needn’t have worried.  The rain dried up and it was a perfect morning for running as I arrived in York.  I crossed the Pennines to live in the red rose county over twenty years ago but it was good to be back in the homeland, particularly for this festive run!

Run Director David welcomed us and reminded us that York will be hosting a Christmas Day run – a perfect start to your morning on the 25th.

We welcomed tourists from as far afield as Cornwall and Australia.  Three runners were completing their 50th parkrun – well done to Anne Potts, Dominique Morris and Richard Bridge.  We also congratulated John and Margaret Oliver, a couple who have now run 250 parkruns each, with John completing 233 at York and Margaret one more, at 234.  How lovely to run parkrun as a couple for over five years.

Then we were off!

York is a really unusual course, being run on the Knavesmire (commoners’ marshland), which is now home to York Racecourse.  It’s the flattest parkrun that I have ever done (although there are a couple of deep puddles to navigate) and you can pretty much see the whole course the whole way around.

The sky was really beautiful this morning with changing ribbon cloud formations and plenty of interesting colour, and in my last kilometre the sun came out, sending big shadows of the runners onto the grass.  A lovely morning to be running!

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One and a half laps of the course later and we were done.

The parkrun team had arranged a secret santa, with participants being encouraged to leave a small gift, with an inspirational running quote on the card.  I thought this was a lovely idea and Santa and his elf were at the end of the course handing out the pressies.  Remember: you don’t run to put days on your life, you run to put life in your days!

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445 of us ran, jogged or walked the 313th York parkrun.  In a pleasing random statistic, I came 313th on the 313th run!

The speediest runners were Becky Hair who was fastest female in 18:35, and Laurence Griffin who was fastest male in 17:00.  Highest age grading of the day, of 83.20%, went to Trevor Clough.

Thirteen people were doing their first ever parkrun this week: welcome to Nick Wilkins, Sophie Dunbobbin, Chris Dunbobbin, Ellie Cawdell, Archie Powell, Norman Stark, Emily Clark, Georgina Crawfurd, Sheryll Chan, Clare Wilkins, Janet Scally, Stuart Amos and Daniella Portner.  Hope to see you back next week.

A massive sixty four personal bests were achieved. Of these, twenty six people have completed over twenty parkruns.  Well done to Adrian Stipetic, Sam Needham, Becky Hair, Anthony Pratt, Lewis Sudbury, Tristan Featherby, James Edgar, Tom Cantrell, Steve Lever, Alex Green, Clare Rowntree, Seamus Phillips, Joseph Simpson, Lucy Holland, Kimberley Bateman, Richard Hankinson, Mike Raxworthy, Steven Park, David Downes, Sarah Dunne, Gemma Thomas, Abi Tiernan, Dean Blackburn, Anna Hooper, Robert Illingworth and Stephanie Mabin.

Particular well done to Adrian and Sam who are still improving on their 239th and 204th runs respectively.

Thanks for welcoming me to York and to all the volunteers who make it possible for us to have our Saturday morning runs.  The hi-vis heros this week were:  Jane ANSPACH-SYKES, Claire ANTROBUS, David BANNISTER, Alex BEDINGHAM, Duncan CHAMBERS, David CHRYSSIDES, Christine COCKETT, Elaine DANBY, Paul DOCHERTY, Paul FOSTER, Camilla GRAYLEY, Adrian GUNN, Roger HORBERRY, Lee INNES, Amy IREDALE-MITCHELL, Eoin JAMES KILBANE, Andy KIRKUP, Holly LEESE, David LEESE, Michael MCGRATH, Richard PENNY, Liz PIPER, Pauline REEVELL, John REEVELL, Graham ROBERTSON, Chris SCHOFIELD, Fiona SEFTON, Adam SEFTON and Felicity WHEELER.  Thank you so much, all of you.

New volunteers are always welcome, full training provided!  Just get in touch with the York team.

Enjoy your Christmas Day run and thanks for having me.  I’m now going to enjoy my secret santa new mug and hot chocolate.  Hope whoever got my social enterprise beer enjoys it!  Many thanks, Susan

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