As this is my fourth run report on the parkrun tourist trail, I thought I’d better refresh my memory of previous exploits before putting pen to paper. There’s been swans, tigers, llamas, uniformed police officers, Spiderman, the Incredible Hulk … and a large bunch of Santa Clauses amongst others.
As far as I could see, York didn’t provide any such oddities today … although to be fair, when I’m starting and finishing close to the back of a 400-strong field, there could be pretty much anything amongst the sea of fabulous creatures in front of me and I wouldn’t notice. What I couldn’t help noticing about York parkrun though, was the MUD … and the PUDDLES!! And I’m really not a mud and puddles kinda girl.
My own parkrun journey started just over a year ago when a fellow football fan happened to mention to me that he liked to do parkrun in conjunction with away trips to football matches. Little did he realise that he’d accidentally sparked a flame and an obsession was born. Thank you everyone for making me welcome in York … I was here for football although it wasn’t my team and it wasn’t in York … it’s complicated! I’ve loved my first visit to this beautiful city and I’ll certainly be back if the opportunity arises.
The weirdest thing about my York parkrun experience was that the first person I spoke to as I was arriving, turned out to be from my home town of Brighton, although not from my home parkrun. Small world!
The stats …
We had 16 people doing their very first parkrun. Congratulations to you all, here’s your very first parkrun name-check, hopefully your first of many … Harry SNELL, Douglas BLACKWOOD, Luca HOW, Steve WRIGHT, Kate WENT, Ian ELLIS, Rhianna EDWARDS, Nick LANGAN, Madeleine RISINGHAM, Michael CHAMBERLAIN, Tracey HODGSON, Amy NEWTON, Julie HEMINGWAY, David WOOLDRIDGE, Ruth STAFFORD, and Alison MATHESON.
Despite the soggy conditions we saw 26 shiny new PBs. Congrats everyone!
We also had 61 runners visiting York for the first time, including our first male finisher and two of our new 100 club members.
Today’s (official and unofficial) milestones …
- Celebrating his 350th parkrun, Neil LAWSON
- Joining the 250club, Ste ROBSON
- Hitting the 150 mark we had Alex LEWRY
- And our newest members of the 100 club, Jenny MULHEARN, Paul WALSH, Tom DOWNING and Matthew CARLING
Finishing at the front this week …
- Tim STRATTON (SM20-24), 17:03 and enjoying his first visit to York parkrun
- Alastair PICKBURN (VM35-39), in a new PB of 17:11, his second visit to York
- John SCOTT (VM35-39), 17:38, his second parkrun
And for the women …
- Charlotte JORDAN (SW25-29), 20:53 in 45th place overall and her second parkrun
- Evie HIGTON (SW18-19), 21:50, 68th overall
- Corrie PERCIVAL (VW40-44), 22:21, 78th overall
To complete the statistical round-up …
This week 414 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 77 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 44 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:
Clare MOFFATT • Jane Victoria MARSHALL • Flora BANNISTER • David BANNISTER • John REEVELL • David LEESE • Mark HALLIDAY • Madeleine VERNON-SMITH • Holly LEESE • Barbara GRIFFIN • Liz PIPER • Linda GREWER • Melissa PARTRIDGE • Debbie PENDLE • Pauline REEVELL • Ewan KIRK • Elliot THURLAND • Isobel CARPENTER • Jane TEW • Yvonne ORTON • Marcella PROUD
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 14,716 participants have completed 95,468 parkruns covering a total distance of 477,340 km, including 16,792 new Personal Bests.