Run Report 19/03/2016

Well done to the 360 people who got up this morning and came to Bradford parkrun. Thank you to the volunteers helped out today. 29 of the participant were first timers and 81 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different athletics clubs took part.


To everyone who has put their name down to volunteer we really appreciate it. Currently here is the required volunteers:

26th March - 13 vacant volunteer slots
2nd April - Saltaire Striders Club Takeover
9th April - Bradford Children's Charity Takeover
16th April - 17 vacant volunteer slots
 If you are free on any of these dates please email us on

Male placings:

Graham CORBETT (VM35-39) of Saltaire Striders, was first over the line in 17:59 - third time in 35 appearances.
Scott BAIRSTOW (VM40-44) of Keighley & Craven AC, was second over the line in 18:02.
Tom LEE (SM25-29) (Unattached) was third (4th overall) over the line in 18:47.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Martin FILLINGHAM (Saltaire Striders) 3344 pts.
John BEESLEY (Unattached) 3299 pts.
Ben WATSON (Baildon Runners) 3236 pts.

Female placings:
Eleanor ROBINSON (JW15-17) of Keighley & Craven AC, was first (third overall) over the line in 18:42 - third time in 3 appearances.
Kirsty ALLEN (VW40-44) of Baildon Runners, was second (11th overall) over the line in 19:58 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.
Julie Ann THORNTON (VW40-44) of Bingley Harriers and AC, was third (32nd overall) over the line in 21:49 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Stacey CLEAL (Queensbury RC) 4160 pts.
Helen LOVE (Saltaire Striders) 3947 pts.
Rachel PARKER (Saltaire Striders) 2599 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Eleanor ROBINSON (JW15-17) was graded 80.84% for the time 18:42 (third overall).
Kirsty ALLEN (VW40-44) was graded 77.63% for the time 19:58 (11th overall).
Scott BAIRSTOW (VM40-44) was graded 77.45% for the time 18:02 (second overall)

Run Report Writers
Could you help make a run report like this? They are very simple to make and you still get you volunteer point. All you need is a PC or a Mobile to write one on. If you are interested or would like more details email me on

Bradford parkrun started on 17th April 2010, and since then 8,738 different runners, including participants from 373 athletics clubs, have completed 73,580 runs covering a total distance of 367,900 km, and there have been 15,113 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Helen GLOVER who ran in a time of 00:18:13 on 2016-01-16 (event number 293).
The male record is held by Tom ADAMS who ran in a time of 00:15:49 on 2013-06-01 (event number 158).
The Age Grade course record is held by Anne DOCKERY who recorded a 90.08% run (22:51) on 2nd November 2013 (event number 180).

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

Kind Regards,
Jack Smith-Eccles
(Run Report Writer)








Run report 6/2/2016

Well folks, it was another soggy one but that didn't dampen the spirits of our wonderful team of volunteers! This week there were 399 runners, of whom 47 were first timers and 74 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different athletics clubs took part and we welcomed a few parkrun tourists as well.


We rely on our wonderful volunteers so remember to put your name down for a future week- just email or put your name in the volunteer book which is always at the finish area.


Ben Watson of Baildon Runners completed his 100th parkrun

Alastair Leitch completed his 100th parkrun

Jon Harris completed his 50th parkrun

Baber Hussain completed his 50th parkrun

Congratulations to you all, keep a look out in your parkrun profile under 'milestones' when you can order your club t shirt

Funnel duckers

Once again this week there were 'funnel duckers' PLEASE PLEASE everyone when you cross the finish line, you must continue right through the funnel and collect your finish token. EVEN IF you don't have your barcode or you don't want your time... stay in line in the funnel, collect your finish token then just drop the finish token off at the scanning table.....simples!

When you go past the timer on the finish line you will be allocated a time. If you then double back out or duck out of the funnel the times and positions don't match up and you affect the time of every single runner after you.

PLEASE understand when runners are finishing, especially at peak finishing times the timer really has to concentrate. Don't stop to ask what your time was and please don't take offence when the timer is shouting to everyone to move down as there are finishers piling up behind you at the finish line.

Male placings:

Will KERR (VM35-39) of Saltaire Striders, was first over the line in 17:51 - 54th time in 84 appearances.

Graham CORBETT (VM35-39) of Saltaire Striders, was second over the line in 18:09 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Rick JENNER (VM35-39) of Ranelagh Harriers, was third over the line in 18:26.

Female placings:

Lesley WATSON (VW40-44) of Bingley Harriers and AC, was first (19th overall) over the line in 20:55 - second time in 8 appearances.
Stephanie NIVEN (SW30-34) of Saltaire Striders, was second (58th overall) over the line in 23:04 - was first to finish once before.
Jennifer BATTERSBY (VW40-44) of Wharfedale Harriers, was third (59th overall) over the line in 23:07.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

Keith MCGHIE (VM55-59) was graded 80.31% for the time 19:18 (7th overall).
Helen LOVE (VW55-59) was graded 76.23% for the time 24:24 (92nd overall).
Peter COVEY (VM75-79) was graded 75.97% for the time 25:23 (116th overall).

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

See you all again next week!

...Linda xx


An ‘Olympic’ event

 202 amazing runners today!

If you have registered for parkrun but have never actually come along and done one, there's never been a better time than next Saturday 18 August, 

parkrun is involved in a great initiative called Join In Local Sport.

It's not about being the strongest, the fittest or the fastest, it's about having a go, having fun and just being able to say "I DID IT!"

Tell your friends, family, work colleagues about parkrun and encourage them to come along next Saturday.

Be inspired by the Olympic athletes, Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis, Dai Green, the brilliant Brownlees and Sarah Attar who made history as the first female athlete from Saudi Arabia, a Muslim lady proud to run for her country.

Join us on for all the chat and gossip!




Event 1 – The Beginning

Some people love endings. Some flick to the final few pages of a book before they’re half-way through, others love the flight back home more than the holiday, I even have a friend who eats the ‘last’ jammy dodger out of the packet first as he insists it tastes nicer than the others. I’m more of a “beginnings” type-of-guy. I savour the anticipation of what’s to come, feeling excited about the possibilities and the likelihood of travails around the corner.

And so, Bradford parkrun began on Saturday April 17th. Even as beginnings go, this was a beauty. The finest of days greeted those wise enough to forego a Saturday lie-in and make their way down to Lister Park. And they were the finest of Yorkshire folk. All on time, all keen and ready to go - all taking part in a free event. It was clear that our expectations of a 30-40 person start were going to completely overtaken. The volunteer team were impecable - doing everything to compensate for my chaotic organisation and improve the runner's experience.

So excited was I about this beginning that I missed out 4 digits in my countdown from 10 to 1. But off they went, 82 pioneers of running. It’s sometimes hard to tell if a fast start is going to be held together, but those at the front seemed set for a punishing pace. “Ooo, look they’re down at the bottom half of the park already” I commented, shortly afterwards, only to be alerted to the fact that those I’d sighted were in the middle of the pack and the leaders were already emerging at the top of the climb. Blimey.

All four-score and two of them passed me by once, passed me twice and, dog-on if they didn’t pass me a third and final time. Some with smiles, some with the grimace of determination; all revealing a little something of themselves as they made their way towards the line. (The lycra-clad set revealing even more). Even a beginnings-o-phile such as myself couldn’t fail to be impressed by the finishes. Leon Foster and Richard Balshaw had a great battle for first place overall and the honour of being the first ever to complete a Bradford parkrun - Leon eventually coming out ahead by 3 seconds and setting a challenging course record of 17:33. Dawn Broom set a blistering pace for the ladies course-record of 20:44. In all 22 age-categories were represented and, of course, set records. I feel it would be paying a disservice to beginnings to fail to mention them all - so here they all are, record-setters each one:

Dylan Waddell JM14 35:40
Marc Steele JM15-19 25:34
Lily Wiggans JW14 28:29
Carl Cousens SM20-24 22:15
Leon Foster SM25-29 17:33
Chris D Watson SM30-34 23:13
Adrian Stott SM35-39 21:31
Rachel Cunningham SW20-24 32:47
Rebecca Hall SW25-29 23:46
Jen Willingham SW30-34 23:01
Richard Balshaw VM40-44 17:36
Stephen Raby VM45-49 20:06
Christopher Jones VM50-54 19:45
Henry Heavisides VM55-59 18:47
Barney Lerner VM60-64 22:32
Arthur James VM70-74 37:17
Cathy Farley VW35-39 27:23
Emma Drake VW40-44 25:38
Dawn Broom VW45-49 20:44
Denise Johnson VW50-54 23:23
Anastasia Lincoln VW55-59 31:33
Jacqueline Mary Walters VW60-64 31:57

I understand that Lily Wiggans is only 7-years old which makes her under 15’s record even more remarkable, and the manner in which she bounded up to the finish suggested that there was perhaps even more to come. Henry Heavisides’ record being within 20% of his world age-category record on a very demanding course also stands out. On top of this, for 26 participants this was their first parkrun. Firsts, firsts, firsts, I love them.

So, as a rather injury-ravaged Rick Pullen crossed the line (having jogged with the back-markers and ran back to ensure no-one was left on the course) the run came to an end. But, of course, it wasn’t really the end, or even the beginning of the end – it was just the end of the beginning.


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