Event #81 A perfect parkrunday

By Kay Farrow

Last Saturday Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteer Sam graduated by taking on the role of run director.  After volunteering for 13 weeks and covering all the roles at least once Sam was ready to take charge.  As he is only 14 years old he was supported by adult run director John Nicholls.  Sam managed the set-up teams, announced the briefing for first timers, made sure all volunteers were in place ready for the start and then read the run briefing.  Standing on the steps and speaking to 200 people can be very daunting but Sam took it in his stride and set everyone off on our 81st event.

BWp 81 RD Sam  BWp 81 RDs

It was a lovely sunny morning and with only a very gentle breeze wafting across the Westwood conditions were perfect for runners, walkers and volunteers.

We love welcoming new volunteers to the BWp team and on Saturday four people volunteered for the first time.  Samantha Maskell made a big impression marshalling at the bottom of Hill 60 and had a great time doing hi-fives with parkrunners.  Elizabeth Byass marshalled with her mum Helen and encouraged everyone up Hill 60 by ringing the cow bell enthusiastically.  Ken Bottomer was visiting us from York and marshalled at the top of Hollow Way Drove while his wife ran.  Many thanks to them and to the other 28 volunteers who made up the team.

BWp 81 Samantha  BWp 81 Byass

There were lots of milestones to celebrate this week:

  • Francis Richardson, Mark Malkin, Les Barratt, Natalie Murphy and Stephen Berry all completed their 25th parkrun to become eligible for the purple t-shirt.
  • For Paula Nicholls and junior runner Nell Bishop (JW10) it was a double celebration as they both recorded a new PB as well as a milestone.  Nell has clocked up 25 parkruns and Paula 50.

BWp 81 Paula N  BWp 81 Nell

  • Mike Byron reached the unofficial milestone of 150 parkruns.

The first finisher was Stephen Logan in a new PB time of 17:51.  Stephen holds the record for the number of first finishes at BWp with 15 but it was the first time he has run sub-18 minutes on the Westwood.  Lee Phipps finished second and also clocked up a new PB.

BWp 81 Stephen L

In her first run at BWp and only her second parkrun, junior runner Tabs Ford (JW15-17) finished in fourth place overall in 18:29, was the first female and the first junior.  As if that wasn’t enough she set a new age category record and recorded the highest age grading score for a female, 83.6%.

BWp 81 Tabs F

Third finisher Darren Edge also set a new age category record, this time for the for VM55-59 age group, with a time of 18:17 and he recorded the highest age grading score, 84.78%.

BWp 81 Darren

26 juniors took part in this week’s event and they recorded 7 PBs.  Tabs Ford was the first female junior to finish and the first male junior was Jacob Jorna (JM11-14) in 23:27.

At the briefing for first timers Cindy welcomed visitors from Aberdeen, Barton, Cambridge, Grantham, Hertfordshire, Leeds, Nottingham and York.

BWp 81 FTB

The cattle on the Westwood always add an extra dimension to our parkrun.  They are very good at rearranging the kit that marks the course and love a good scratch against the white stakes.

BWp 81 cows BWp 81 cow

That's all for this week but we're getting ready to do it all again on Saturday.  Join us for another free, timed, 5k run or walk or sign up as a volunteer.  We'd love to see you, whatever you choose to do.

Lots of BWp love

Kay

This week 194 people ran, jogged and walked the course.  Of the 29 first timers 20 were visiting from other events and 9 people completed their first parkrun ever.  46 people recorded new personal bests and representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:

Frank HARRISON • Helen STORR • Maria HUTCHINSON • Louise BARRETT • Kay FARROW • Samantha MASKELL • Steve FARROW • Ivor ROBERTS • Martin GREENSILL • Patrick MARSHALL • Amelie RAY • John PARISH • Cindy MCANDREW • Matt SEYMOUR • Joshua SMITH • Julia PEPLOW • John NICHOLLS • Brian CRESSEY • Stephen NEWTON • Ed HUSBAND • Rachael HILL • Brian GENT • David SPENCER • Paul SEARS • Isla HILL • Grace NEWTON • Barbara GENT • Helen BYASS • Elizabeth BYASS • Samuel JACKSON • Ken BOTTOMER • Joel NEWTON

This week's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Beverley Westwood parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Becky BRIGGS who recorded a time of 18:20 on 17 August 2019 (event number 6).
The male record is held by Kian WILES who recorded a time of 16:00 on 23 October 2021 (event number 50).
The Age Grade course record is held by Carol BAKER who recorded 87.60% (21:14) on 23 October 2021 (event number 50).

Beverley Westwood parkrun started on 13 July 2019.  Since then 4,266 participants have completed 18,454 parkruns covering a total distance of 92,270 km, including 3,485 new personal bests.  A total of 388 individuals have volunteered 2,953 times.

 

Event #80 – Speedy Junior Runners!

By Amelie Ray

Wonderful weather for this week’s event as even the cows seemed to relax a little as I spent an enjoyable morning seeing all the lovely volunteers’ smiling faces as they arrived to make this parkrun happen.

BWp 80 cow 2

Over the past few months I have been able to take on a number of roles throughout the events as a part of my Gold Duke of Edinburgh award with the improving weather certainly making the early start more bearable.

Amelie with Angela and Kay

Amelie with Angela and Cindy

As a part of my volunteering aspect of the award I can see the innerworkings of the parkrun over the 12months I will spend here with timekeeping being a favourite role of mine as everyone makes the final sprint and shows pure determination.  I admire everyone who manages to finish this course.  So, well done to all the runners this week.

BWp 80 finisher  BWp 80 finish

This week we had 16 first timers and visitors from Croydon, Harrogate, Morley, Pocklington, Nottingham and Stonehenge.  It was lovely to see you all, and a welcome to both the brilliant first-time volunteers Becky Oldridge who helped to set up the course and Alan Hague who marshalled and gave everyone a much-needed cheer on from the bottom of Hill 60.

First time volunteer Becky with Kay, Stephen and Maria

First time volunteer Becky with Kay, Stephen and Maria

These events wouldn’t be possible without the amazing volunteers who help each week so if anyone else would like to lend a hand just get in touch via our website

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/beverleywestwood/futureroster/

Congratulations to Emma Toulson on achieving a milestone of 50 parkruns!

This week a junior runner finished second and it was only his first parkrun!  William Ostler (JM11-14) finished in 22:06, one second ahead of his dad.  Some amazing running from the juniors this week as half of the PBs were achieved by them so congratulations to

  • Zach Barker
  • James Byass
  • William Newsam
  • Adrian Foulds
  • Harriet Crowther

and congrats also to all the other speedy juniors who may not have got a PB but all ran extremely well.  

BWp 80 Harriet  BWp 80 junior 2

BWp 80 Junior

This week 154 people ran, jogged and walked the course.  Of the 16 first timers 8 were making their parkrun debut and 8 were visiting from other events.  11 people recorded new personal bests and representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 34 awesome volunteers:

Ian TASKER • Helen STORR • Maria HUTCHINSON • Louise BARRETT • Christine WHITEHOUSE • Kay FARROW • Steve FARROW • Susan HERDSMAN • Ian HAIRSINE • Martin GREENSILL • Patrick MARSHALL • Alison NICHOLSON • Amelie RAY • Becky OLDRIDGE • Cindy MCANDREW • Melissa MALTON • Julian MINSHALL • Angela ACKLAM • Anne MARRIS • Polly CAMPBELL • Chris GIBSON • Brian CRESSEY • Stephen NEWTON • Gillian ROBINSON • Ed HUSBAND • Alan HAGUE • Brian GENT • Matthew FRAMPTON • Nicholas MORRELL • Grace NEWTON • Barbara GENT • Louis HAMMOND • Samuel JACKSON • Joel NEWTON

This week's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Beverley Westwood parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Becky BRIGGS who recorded a time of 18:20 on 17 August 2019 (event number 6).
The male record is held by Kian WILES who recorded a time of 16:00 on 23 October 2021 (event number 50).
The Age Grade course record is held by Carol BAKER who recorded 87.60% (21:14) on 23 October 2021 (event number 50).

Beverley Westwood parkrun started on 13 July 2019.  Since then 4,237 participants have completed 18,260 parkruns covering a total distance of 91,300 km, including 3,439 new Personal Bests.  A total of 384 individuals have volunteered 2,921 times.

Lots of BWp love

Amelie

 

 

 

 

 

 

Event #79 Jubilee at BWp

Wow, what a weekend. We had the Jubilee, we had National Thank You Day and we now head into Volunteers week. After a rough couple of years, it was nice to focus on the happy stuff. This does not take away from the fact that people are still struggling, there is war, poverty, and awful things happening around the world but a little bit of escapism this weekend has been some much-needed relief to that.

desk area
The Jubilee was well and truly celebrated at BWp this week. There were lots of red, white and blue outfits along with Jubilee purple outfits and many parkrun teeshirts to celebrate the thanking of the volunteers. We had bunting, sweets and a lot of visitors. This week saw the largest number of runners and walkers since our return last year and this included plenty of tourists. Our visitors were from far and wide including people from Featherstone, Chesterfield, Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, Teeside and a chap that grew up in Beverley but now lives in Jersey. Our furthest visitor is currently living with a family in Beverley but is actually from Ukraine, Hanna is a junior who ran her first ever parkrun this week. We had a large group join us from Yorkshire Friends Ralliers, they are a group that are caravanning/motorhoming up at the racecourse. David Wooler commented “Big thanks for your warm welcome, for the 11 of us who ran/walked from YFR who are caravanning for the week on the racecourse. We had several 1st timers, and your encouragement for them was much appreciated “. Thank you all for visiting with us this weekend.

Angela Baker celebrated her 25th parkrun this week. If you have a milestone to mention, please speak with the run director on the day and we can name check you in the run brief and here in the run report.

Ed Husband recorded his own volunteer milestone this week taking on the role of Run Director for the first time. It did look like the cows were going to storm the start area, but Ed was so loud on the speaker they thought twice, and the dogs were unusually quiet too. It seems a loud run brief is certainly the way forward. Well done to Ed.

Ed, pictured with proud Mum and Dad

Ed, pictured with proud Mum and Dad

50 people recorded PBs this week including Kirsty O’Connell and Louise Pattinson who ran her fastest time this year. Both ladies are Beverley AC C25K graduates.

Our first finisher this week was Stuart Spencer in a very respectable 17:48, not bad considering he had done a ten-mile warm-up run beforehand! The first lady home was Caroline Jorna in her 142nd parkrun, not long till the unofficial milestone of 150!

The Jubilee event was made possible by 30 awesome volunteers:

Ian TASKER • Helen STORR • Rachael BENSON • Carol Ann COOKE • Louise BARRETT • Kay FARROW • Angela COLLEY • Steve FARROW • Martin GREENSILL • Patrick MARSHALL • Jennifer WELLOCK • Alex ABEL • Allison ENGLISH • Amelie RAY • Danielle PINDER • John PARISH • Cindy MCANDREW • Alison BENSON • Joshua SMITH • Jane HOBMAN • Chris GIBSON • Brian CRESSEY • Oliver ALBROW • Stephen NEWTON • Ed HUSBAND • Nicholas MORRELL • Grace NEWTON • Fiona BUCHANAN • Lesley HOBBS • Joel NEWTON

If you’d like to volunteer, please do email in or sign up at the desk on Saturday morning. We have such a fabulous group of volunteers I can assure you that you will have fun and certainly make new friends.

After the event, a few hardy souls stuck around for our jubilee picnic. 45 or so in fact which is a much higher amount than I thought would stay with the weather as it was. We had a selection of party games including the sack race using our kit bags and the egg and spoon race. The kids were the clear winners but even the big kids joined in with the action. Below is a selection of photos from the picnic, including the superb jubilee cake made by Gillian Robinson. Certainly was a showstopper and tasted lush too.

picniccake egg and spoon picnic2 picnic3 picnic4 picnic5 picnic6 picnic7

That’s a wrap for this week. See you all again next Saturday.
Lots of BWp love
Louise

xx

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

The female record is held by Becky BRIGGS who recorded a time of 18:20 on 17th August 2019 (event number 6).
The male record is held by Kian WILES who recorded a time of 16:00 on 23rd October 2021 (event number 50).
The Age Grade course record is held by Carol BAKER who recorded 87.60% (21:14) on 23rd October 2021 (event number 50).

Beverley Westwood parkrun started on 13th July 2019. Since then 4,221 participants have completed 18,106 parkruns covering a total distance of 90,530 km, including 3,428 new Personal Bests. A total of 381 individuals have volunteered 2,888 times.

 

 

Event #78 – Home Comforts

By Martin Greensill

It was a sunny but slightly cold morning as the first volunteers arrived on the Westwood early this morning for our 78th event.  We were greeted by several cows near the start area but they soon moved away and left us to get on with setting up the course.  Our bovine buddies have caused a few problems recently with some, shall we say, over-exuberant behaviour but they now seem to have settled into their new environment.

Just moo-ving along

Just moo-ving along

It was reassuring to see some familiar faces (human, not bovine) as I returned to the familiar setting of BWp after missing last week's event.  I had been on a short break to Poland, where I took the opportunity to do a spot of parkrun tourism.  I went along to parkrun Gdynia, on the Baltic coast, which staged the first parkrun event in Poland in October 2011.  It was a rainy, windy morning as a few dozen of us gathered on the sea front for Event #477.  I arrived in time for the first-timers' welcome - not that my punctuality did me any good as I barely understood a word of it!

Anyway, we were soon off along the promenade and I completed the virtually flat course (5m elevation) in 21:48.  I then had a chat with the run director, whose good English compensated for my poor Polish.  Polish parkruns are typically dominated by fast young men, so I was satisfied with position 20 out of 48 participants.  Amazingly, I was first in my age category by nearly nine minutes.  Polish men in their 50s clearly have other (better?) things to do on a Saturday morning.

BWp 78 Martin at Gdynia

That was the fifth venue I've attended in Poland (10 parkruns in total) and each one has been well organised but not that well attended.  Gdynia, for example, is a city with 245,000 inhabitants but the average attendance at its only parkrun is 99.  Be that as it may, I have always had a warm welcome at these parkruns (most young Poles speak some English) and enjoyed them all.  I can also recommend Poland as a great place for running.  It is larger than the UK but has a much smaller population (only 37 million) and it's cheap and easy to go off and explore the many forests, lakes and mountains.

Exploring the Polish countryside

Exploring the Polish countryside

Back to Beverley and this week 190 people ran or walked our challenging but scenic course.  Of the 21 first timers 17 were visitors from other events and 4 people made their parkrun debut.  42 people recorded new personal bests and representatives of 20 different clubs took part.  We welcomed visitors from the following places:

  • Market Rasen
  • Reading
  • Scunthorpe
  • Sleaford
  • Worcester
  • York

Our visitor from Reading was Emma GRENSIDE, who was completing her 325th run - not an official milestone but impressive nonetheless.  A member of Reading Roadrunners in Berkshire, Emma was making her debut at our event.  We hope she enjoyed her visit and will return one day.

Hi-vis heroes

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Helen STORR • Louise BARRETT • Kay FARROW • Susan HERDSMAN • Ivor ROBERTS • Martin GREENSILL • Anji WARD • Patrick MARSHALL • Jennifer WELLOCK • Clare GARDINER • Pam POMA • John PARISH • Angela ACKLAM • Joshua SMITH • Chris GIBSON • Julia PEPLOW • John NICHOLLS • Kerry HARVEY • Stephen NEWTON • Gina-Marie PECKITT • Ed HUSBAND • Brian GENT • David SPENCER • Lesley MORRELL • Grace NEWTON • Barbara GENT • Samuel JACKSON • Joel NEWTON

We are always looking for volunteers and really appreciate any help you are able to give.  Besides contributing to your local community, volunteering gives a sense of achievement and satisfaction and is a fun way to make new friends and improve your social life.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us here: beverleywestwood@parkrun.com.

Remember that volunteering does not preclude you from running or walking.  Various roles can be performed before or after parkrun, such as course set-up, event close-down, or writing the run report.  For example, regular volunteer Stephen NEWTON helped with set-up (with his children) and did the first timers' welcome today, then ran the event and even got a PB.  In fact several people who volunteered for set-up recently recorded PBs afterwards.  Is volunteering a factor in their success?

Just as it is pleasing that new volunteers have joined our ranks in recent months, it was also good to see the return of a familiar face in Gina, a BWp volunteer from the early days, whose cheery demeanour was very welcome as we tackled Hill 60 this morning.

Gina and her famous pom-poms

Gina and her famous tassels

First finishers

The first finisher was David TYAS (VM 35-39) in a personal best time of 17:51.  It was 'Lucky Thirteen' for David as he achieved this on his 13th run here.

The first female across the line was Sarah SELLENS (SW 35-39) with 20:48 for 8th place overall.  That was Sarah's fifth PB in her nine runs on the Westwood and her first top 10 finish here.

The first junior home was Jacob JORNA (JM11-14), who recorded 22:19 for a commendable 18th place.

The first female junior was Harriet Bishop (JW11-14) in 27:42.

The highest age-grading score was achieved by Beverley AC member Mark DALTON with 79.77 per cent for 20:06 (equalling his PB and placing him 7th overall).

Milestones

The following achieved running milestones:

  • Jack PERCY (junior) – 10 runs
  • Michael DUDHILL – 25 runs
  • Anne FITZPATRICK – 25 runs
  • Lee BAILEY – 50 runs

Two BWp stalwarts achieved milestones for volunteering:

  • Anji WARD – V25
  • Ed HUSBAND – V50
Anji and Ed on duty again

Anji and Ed on duty again

Hope to see you next week for our event on Jubilee weekend!  Wear red, white and blue, bring a picnic and join us for fun and games immediately after parkrun.

Lots of BWp love

Martin

Statistics

This week's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Beverley Westwood parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Becky BRIGGS who recorded a time of 18:20 on 17 August 2019 (event number 6).

The male record is held by Kian WILES who recorded a time of 16:00 on 23 October 2021 (event number 50).

The age grade course record is held by Carol BAKER who recorded 87.60% (21:14) on 23 October 2021 (event number 50).

Beverley Westwood parkrun started on 13 July 2019.  Since then 4,163 participants have completed 17,864 parkruns covering a total distance of 89,320 km, including 3,378 new personal bests.  A total of 381 individuals have volunteered 2,858 times.

 

Event #77 – When everyone is included, everyone is a winner!

By Ed Husband

BWp 77 Daniel

parkrun promotes inclusivity.  Everyone is welcome.  There is no single winner – everyone is a winner at parkrun.  parkrun encourages participants of any ability to take part and prides itself on being accessible to all.  It is recommended that wheelchair users check the suitability of the course first, as unfortunately some courses are not wheelchair friendly, but this should not stop an individual from getting involved – you can join the fantastic team of hi-vis heroes and you will be made very welcome.

BWp 77 Daniel scanning

It was only a matter of time before I introduced my friend Daniel to parkrun.  Today, I brought him along to BWp to volunteer.  Whilst walking to the Westwood this morning, I wondered if Daniel knew what he was about to embark on.  Thankfully the weather was kind to us.  We were greeted by friendly volunteers and Daniel was given a warm welcome by all.  As soon as he was wearing the hi-vis jacket he was smiling and he posed for a photo with RD Matt and me next to the parkrun sign.

BWp 77 Daniel and sign

parkrun provides everyone with different opportunities and for Daniel to attend an event in his local community is fantastic.  Our personal experiences will vary but sometimes we will share the same experiences.  Today provided Daniel with a positive one and hopefully the first of many events that we can attend together.  Daniel appeared to enjoy the positive environment, looking around watching volunteers and parkrunners arrive along with the noisy barkrunners which made Daniel laugh, especially just before the 9am start!  During the event we watched and cheered as runners and walkers passed daffodil turn.  Daniel was still mesmerised by what was going on but was starting to get into the spirit as we started our joint role of barcode scanning.  For Daniel, social interaction is important and he thoroughly enjoys interacting with people.  The Westwood provides not only a beautiful backdrop but sensory stimuli with the different smells and sounds for us to all to enjoy.

Thank you to everyone who made Daniel welcome this morning and for giving him a positive experience and a morning neither of us will ever forget.  Hopefully this is the first of many events that we will attend together.

BWp 77 Daniel and friends

If you are thinking of coming along to parkrun or know someone who is thinking of giving it a go, please take that step and give it a go!  There is a role for everyone at parkrun.  Wheelchair users can contact the course team at all events to find out more about the course so they can decide for themselves if it is suitable for them.

Today at BWp we had visitors from Leeds, Meltham (West Yorks), and Lanark and Peniciuk in Scotland.  We hope they enjoyed their morning on the Westwood.

Congratulations to this week’s official milestone achievers:

  • Joanne Hodgson 50 parkruns
  • Louis Hammond 25 parkruns
  • Logan Arthur (junior) 10 parkruns

and to the unofficial milestone achievers:

  • Sarah Tock 450 parkruns
  • Nicola Wise 150 parkruns

Patricia Bielby finished in an impressive 25:29 and set a new BWp VW70-74 age grading record of 87.38%.  She was very close to our age grade course record for all age groups, 87.60%, set by Carol Baker last October.

Well done to Rosie Butler who completed her 12th parkrun and ran all the way for the first time.

First time visitor to BWp Thomas Edwards from Leeds finished first in 17:31.  He loved the course and found it easy to follow proving what a great job the set-up teams did.  Thank you volunteers!

BWp 77 first finisher

Martin Greensill and Brian Cressey were notable by their absence today.  Up until this week Martin had run at all events at BWp and volunteered at all but one.  Brian Cressey has marshalled on 73 occasions, always in the same place – the tricky transition area.  With both of them away on holiday this week Jenny Wellock and Helen Storr took charge of the lap1/lap 2 transition and did a sterling job.

This week 185 people ran or walked the course.  Of the 26 first timers 6 were brand new to parkrun and 20 were visitors from other events.  29 people recorded new personal bests and representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

parkrun relies on volunteers to make the event happen.  Thank you to all the volunteers.  If you haven’t volunteered before, do give it a go; it’s fantastic to see all the runners and walkers on the Westwood.  It does give you an insight to what happens behind the scenes.  To volunteer just contact us at beverleywestwood@parkrun.com with your barcode A number.  Today's event was made possible by 29 awesome volunteers:

Frank HARRISON • Helen STORR • Louise BARRETT • Kay FARROW • Patrick MARSHALL • Jennifer WELLOCK • Allison ENGLISH • Amelie RAY • John PARISH • Matt SEYMOUR • Chris PEACH • Tom JORNA • Freddie JORNA • Dara BALL • Joshua SMITH • Lauren TURNER • Anne MARRIS • Alice JORNA • Chris GIBSON • Julia PEPLOW • Suzanne KETTRICK • Stephen NEWTON • Ed HUSBAND • Jo WHITTLE • Paul SEARS • Nicholas MORRELL • Grace NEWTON • Fiona BUCHANAN • Daniel SHAND

Today’s full results and a complete event history can be found on the Beverley Westwood parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Becky BRIGGS who recorded a time of 18:20 on 17 August 2019 (event number 6).
The male record is held by Kian WILES who recorded a time of 16:00 on 23 October 2021 (event number 50).
The age grade course record is held by Carol BAKER who recorded 87.60% (21:14) on 23 October 2021 (event number 50).

Beverley Westwood parkrun started on 13 July 2019. Since then 4,142 participants have completed 17,674 parkruns covering a total distance of 88,370 km, including 3,336 new personal bests. A total of 380 individuals have volunteered 2,830 times.

Lots of BWp love

Ed x

 

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