International Women’s Day parkrun – Saturday 7th March 2020

Research shows us that, across the world, women are less likely than men to take part in parkrun. As part of our efforts to encourage more women and girls to participate, we are planning a female-focused parkrun celebration on Saturday 7 March 2020, the day before International Women’s Day. In England, this also helps support the This Girl Can campaign created by our partner Sport England.

We would like to encourage everyone to dress in purple (our chosen colour for the day) and bring along a female friend, family member or a work colleague, especially one who has never been to parkrun before.

We are also hoping to organise an all male volunteer team, to enable as many females as possible to take part and complete the 5k course, whether you want to walk, jog or run, it's all about encouraging female particiaption.

There will also be a special welcome flag and selfie frame to celebrate the day.

If you would like to volunteer for this IWD special event, please email or visit our facebook page and comment on the IWD post.


Run Report for event #76– The Mild One. By Dave Lingwood.

Over 100 parkrunners took advantage of unseasonably mild weather and a lovely autumnal morning to get their parkrun fix on Saturday at Armley.


Gathering at the start, with the temperatures hitting a balmy 7 degrees, there was a warm welcome from our Run Director Michelle who confirmed that due to some boggy patches on the course there would be a slight amendment to the course. This didn’t seem to worry us all too much though, and attention turned to milestones. Although no runners confessed that they were completing one of the big one there were a few modest heroes in this respect.

Congratulations to both Paul Ramsay and Gavin Jones for each completing their 50th parkrun today. An amazing achievement!

With the formalities done, we were off! Visiting from York and on a mission to complete as many Yorkshire and the Humber parkruns as possible, I was intrigued to see how Armley would fare compared to its nearby neighbours. Conditions were certainly excellent, and the clear weather offered a great opportunity to explore the park.

Setting off on the first lap, I really enjoyed the wide path, sharp turns and slight upwards stretch. Excitement levels reached an all-time high though as I ran along the perimeter of the field. I wasn’t prepared for the stunning view of Kirkstall and Headingley on my right, but certainly enjoyed taking it all in as I also tried to navigate the grassy terrain without falling over!

From here on, it was lovely to see the course open up and see the marshals and fellow runners in the distance. After a good bit of technical zig zagging around the football pitches, I enjoyed getting back on the footpath.

On my second lap, I realised I had completely missed the marshals enthusiastically singing Christmas songs at ‘Disco Corner’! I don’t remember seeing this anywhere else on my travels. I particularly appreciated the festive cheer, and I definitely think every parkrun in the
country should now have this set up!

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Finishing in a time I was happy with after another enjoyable lap of the course, I came away from Armley with a warm glow to match my cheeks. Armley offered a great slice of parkrun tourism. The course is ‘Yorkshire flat’ with a perfect mixture of terrain. Most importantly, though, it offered a good old friendly Yorkshire welcome from the event team all the way down to the runners taking part. I definitely look forward to returning and doing it all again.
Thank you, and see you soon hopefully!

Many congratulations to all the participants including the following:
Josh DAWSON – First Male Finisher (19:20)
Samantha HARRIS – First Female Finisher (22:52)
Lynne BARRETT – Best Age Grading (70.13%)
Diane AYKROYD - Most Experienced Parkrunner, amazingly completing her 438th parkrun.

For the benefit of the statistically inclined we welcomed 21 first time visitors from different parkruns, and runners from 20 clubs. We had visitors from Saltburn, York, Wilmslow, Liverpool, Rawmarsh, Otley and Bexley. On the subject of visitors, we had a very special international visitor – Rocco MARZANO – all the way from Australia. Rocco commented on the Facebook page that he loved his first experience of parkrunning in the UK and somewhat intrigued I checked his stats! It is certainly fair to say that Armley is a bit different from his home run in Australia – namely Shellharbour parkrun, not too far from Sydney. I made the mistake of searching for this on the parkrun website and it looks to be one of the most beautiful parkruns in the world. Thank you again Rocco for visiting and enjoy the rest of your trip in the UK. Glad you enjoyed your own spot of parkrun tourism!

Congratulations to the 9 parkrunners who smashed their PBs. Well done to Kevin TOWERS, Nathan Lee WICKS, Fergus HADLEY, Yvonne LINLOW, Mark DINSDALE, Emma HOWSON, Simon READ, Eileen MORRISON and Karen FAWCETT. You are all amazing!

We finally welcomed 4 first ever parkrunners to Armley. Well done to Joseph TATTON, Ellie TYLEY, Lucinda HURST and Mark REASON. Congratulations to you all and welcome to the parkrun family.

Today’s parkrun wouldn’t have been possible without our wonderful volunteers who dedicated their time and effort to ensuring the event went as smoothly as ever. Thank you to the following awesome volunteers who offered encouragement and a warm welcome:

Geoffrey BLADES, Jodie BYWATER, Sibella DAWKINS, Diane DAWKINS, Michelle

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Armley parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Marcos Angel VALERO PALACIOS who recorded a time of 16:13 on 10th August 2019 (event number 59).
The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 17:43 on 22nd September 2018 (event number 13).
The Age Grade course record is held by Brian HILTON who recorded 88.95% (20:04) on 25th May 2019 (event number 49).


New Years Day Armley parkrun 2020

New Years Day....also known as 'Double up parkrun day'


We'll be hosting an extra New Years Day parkrun starting at 10.00am. The only day of the year you can do 2 parkruns and get 2 results. We may even go for a hot pub lunch afterwards too. A great way to start your new year.

To check out times of other parkruns and plan your "double up", please go to

If you'd like to volunteer for this extra special New Years parkrun, please email us at

Hope to see you there,

Michelle and Team Armley


Christmas Day Armley parkrun 2019

We had so much fun at our first ever Christmas Day parkrun last year, we have to do it all again for 2019. It's one not to be missed.


With a wonderful atmosphere it's a great way to start your day by bringing the parkrun family together on Christmas morning. Don your Christmas outfits and join us for a parkrun full of spirit and good cheer. We may even have some mince pies to treat you with at the finish funnel.

If you know anyone that would usually spend Christmas alone, please invite them along, whether they would like to take part or spectate and socialise.

If you'd like to volunteer for this special, please email us at

Hope to see you there at our usual time of 9am.

Michelle and Team Armley


Farsley Flyers takeover Armley parkrun 2/11/19 – Run Report by Carol Newton

As a running club, we massively appreciate the hard work and dedication that goes into providing us with our weekly parkrun ‘fix’. Therefore we relish the opportunity to give our heroic core team members at Armley the chance to enjoy the course or even a cheeky Saturday morning lie in. In fact, no fewer than 102 members of Farsley Flyers have taken part at Armley at least once since its inaugural run, 71 events ago.

After a few Friday evening conversations about the rain, our faith in the parkrun ‘gods’ was rewarded with a beautiful clear blue sky, showing off the autumnal colours of Gotts Park at its very best. Indeed, after last week’s wash out, 157 people arrived to enjoy the course - not bad considering that England were busy losing the rugby World Cup final at precisely the same time parkrun began.

The 41-strong volunteer team was missing a few of its original members due to the aforementioned sporting fixture, including Farsley Flyers’ resident ‘DJ Doyle’. Happily, his playlist for disco corner was used and greatly enhanced by the excellent Chris and Wendy Mundy, who never disappoint when it comes to enthusiastic participation and excellent fancy dress.

Run Leader Duncan Reed took on the role of Run Director for the event with his usual gusto and excellent logistic skills and was supported by an excellent team of volunteers both from Farsley Flyers and Armley’s regular crack team of volunteers.

The pacing team did a fantastic job, with today being a first opportunity for many of them to have a go at this particular volunteering role. A special mention must go though, to Andy Thorp who came in bang on the nose with a time of 25:00!

Cake was also in plentiful supply (the keystone to a successful parkrun takeover), and our mini Flyer Dougie managed to resist eating too much of it while he ‘supervised’ the cake stand. Speaking of mini Flyers, our super dinosaur tail walker Fraser did a great job along with mum Jane. Fraser has now done a fantastic 15 parkruns and is always a pleasure to see on the course at Armley!

Of course, no parkrun would be a success without all of those people who turn up on a Saturday morning and give it a go. I always love being at Armley and seeing so many friendly faces, and in my position as barcode scanner this week, it was nice to put some faces to the names I see regularly on the results table. Apologies to all of the people I tried to steal barcodes from instead of finishing tokens!

Well done and welcome also to the 23 newcomers to Armley including 4 people taking part in their first ever parkrun and some visitors from way down in Somerset. An extra special well done to Ian Harrison on completing his 50th parkrun with a big smile on his face at the end!

Thank you to Armley for allowing us to takeover this week and for all you do week in week out - I’m sure we’ll be back again for another takeover next year!

Carol and Farsley Flyers.

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