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!
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
GITTINS, Lucy HARDMAN, Jenny HARRISON, Stephen HOLT, Dave LINGWOOD, Marion MIUR, Jay PILKINGTON, Phoebe May PILKINGTON, David ROUSE, Daniel ROUSE, Samantha STEWART, Heather SUGDEN, Moyra THOMAS, Peter James YATES and Jane ZANZOTTERA.
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).