Important – Volunteers Needed

Bradford parkrun is a free, weekly, timed, 5km run in Lister Park. The event is run by volunteers, without them there would be no parkrun.

Our volunteers are required for no longer than one and a half hours on a Saturday morning. There are many roles to choose from which are all very easy to carry out and full training is given on the day.

Our volunteers wear hivis jackets so that you can easily find them if needed. We ask you to arrive at the finish for 08:30 on the morning of the run where you will be briefed and handed one of the jackets.


This image on the shows how many registrations there have been at Bradford parkrun, how many runs completed, and how many people have volunteered.

This is visible to everyone on the parkrun wiki. You can see that 11,557 people have registered at Bradford parkrun since it began back in April 2010, 10,521 of those have participated in a parkrun event that we have held and only 988 of those have ever volunteered.

I send out the volunteer roster to those who have opted into receiving it through email on a Sunday evening, this allows you to see what roles are needed for the next Bradford parkrun and easily email the role you would like to do. You can opt into the email by following these simple steps:

1 - Click on ‘volunteer opt-in’ on the top right corner of the email version of your weekly newsletter.
2 - Choose the events you’d like to hear from on the drop-down menu.
3 - Click opt-in after each of those.
4 - Click "save opt-in events list".

Without our required 20 volunteers our events can't go ahead. If everyone volunteered at parkrun 3 times a year there would be plenty of volunteers to go ahead every week. Please email me at after looking at the volunteer roster here.

Future Weeks:

17 vacant volunteer slots on 4th March
18 vacant volunteer slots on 11th March
Saltaire Striders club takeover on 18th March
18 vacant volunteer slots on 25th March
If you can help on any of these weeks or another week, please email email me on the above email.

*Please remember that no volunteers means no parkrun. Please volunteer in the next few weeks if you have not volunteered before, its fun, easy and everyone appreciates it.*

Jack Smith-Eccles
Volunteer Coordinator








Anyone who attended last Saturday will know how slippery it was at the finish area, in the winter months please check the Bradford parkrun facebook page or twitter feed on Saturday mornings before you set off because thats where I'll post if an event has to be cancelled.

I'll always try to let you know as early as possible on a Saturday morning.



(Event Director)


post run coffee

Nick from the Cafe 2 U service will be attending our event as often as possible to prepare fresh hot and cold well earned drinks for parkrunners, volunteers and spectators, bring some change and pop along to see him, he's just at the end of the path behind the scanning table!

...Linda xx




 The parkrun software has been upgraded and no longer has the facility to find runners by name on the database, therefore if you don't have your barcode when you run we cannot give you a time.

...Linda xx




a snowy pre-Christmas parkrun

 We ummed and ah'd about whether to go ahead this morning, but in the end Rick and Kerry went down to check out the park and we went for it.

We were joined in the inch or so of the cold, white stuff by 10 die hard runners, Bob Wishart, a regular at Newcastle parkrun joined us sporting his vest, shorts and the all important 'bah humbug' hat.

Glad that the runners outnumbered the marshalls we headed down to the start, drew a line in the snow for the start line and set them off at 9am prompt after a warning about not lobbing snowballs at marshalls or other parkrunners. 

All 10 runners finished without any broken bones, stopping to build snowmen or skating across the frozen lake.

Big thanks to all runners and volunteers this morning, I think I left my toes in the ice :o(

See you all at parkrun on Christmas day morning, don't forget your flasks and mince pies!

...Linda xx



Christmas and New Year parkruns

 As long as I can get enough volunteers Christmas Day and New Years Day parkruns will go ahead at the usual time.

It'd be great to see reindeer antlers, santa costumes and general merriment to really make it special.

Can Christmas day parkrunners/volunteers/supporters please bring along flasks, mince pies and Christmas cake etc which we can set up in the bandstand to make it a bit special.

Please let me know on what you intend to bring along?


...Linda xx




 I have been down to the park and although there are still some icy patches I have decided to go ahead. It's currently 6 degrees c and forecast to remain at approx 6 overnight. Based on the speed of the thaw and the temperature forecast I feel it's safe to go ahead as long as runners are sensible.

Runners take note...

1) Please wear running shoes with a decent grip

2) Ensure you wear weather appropriate clothes and ideally something warm to put on immediately afterwards

3) I wouldn't be aiming to break any records tomorrow, you'll need to watch where you tread so take it steady

4) The park cafe has now closed so feel free to bring a flask and a snack for afterwards


I could still do with a couple of well wrapped up volunteers, ring or text me on 07801 552182 if you can assist


Linda Bussey

(Event Director)




 Thurs 9 December

Well the ice and snow is lingering!

I will be visiting the park tomorrow to risk assess the course and will update with a decision then.

Please add us on Facebook where much of the discussion regarding to regular news takes place.






Due to the park still being very deep in snow and the general icyness of the access roads a decision has been taken to cancel Bradford parkrun on Saturday 4 December

Apologies for the inconvenience




Goodbye Rob :o(

Well it's a few months since that first Bradford parkrun, Rob Bane was the initiator of the whole thing, trawling through risk assessments, convincing friends and colleagues that they really did want to get up and meet at 8am on a Saturday morning in a park. Rob's now decided to move to greener pastures and the parkrun flame has been passed to me.

Rest assured I'll keep it burning bright, we wish you all the best for your new start and on behalf of all the Bradford parkrunners and volunteers - Thank you for setting up a fantastic event, we'll do you proud.

Look out Kings Lynn, parkrun is coming!

...Linda xx


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