“parkrun is for everyone” #55

This week I was injured and unable to run the course as usual. Luckily, parkrun isn't just about running and getting a PB, it's for everyone whether you're running or walking. It's great to be part of such a welcoming community and knew I would be able to walk round with the friendly tail runner and support of those volunteering and get my 5k in, no matter how long it took. I urge anyone reading who is worried about coming to a parkrun in case they are too slow or can't run to come along and join us – you'll be welcomed!

We had 139 people turn out this Saturday. Out of these we had 11 people who were first timers to Bramley parkrun and 10 parkrun first timers. Well done to all, I hope we see you back again soon! The dry conditions (for the most part– we got back just before the downpour of Mediterranean rain) lent themselves well to getting a personal best, with 28 people getting a PB on the course today. This week we had representatives from 15 different running groups- it's great to see runners coming from clubs all over Leeds and beyond to support our event. The largest turn out once again this week was by Bramley Breezers with 17 of their members running the course. (Bramley Breezers meet on a Monday night at 6.55 at the cenotaph in Bramley Park and cater to all, including beginners)

Leading the way this morning was Tom HULL of Mustard Ultimate Frisbee in 19:21. This was Tom's first time at Bramley and his 50th parkrun! In second was Gareth BARNS of Valley Striders AC in 19:39. Third across the line was Edward STONE in 19:51 of the Pudsey Pacers AC. Angela PATTINSON of Horsforth Harriers was the first lady across the line in a time of 23:03. Second lady was Jessica HITCHEN, running unattached in 25:17. Third was Ruth HANCOX in 25:33, running for the Hyde Park Harriers. Brilliant times all round.

For those of you using Facebook, please join the Bramley Park 5k group to see the photos from this week by resident photographer Simon Cullingworth! Expect lots of smiles, ridiculous poses and a rainbow of neon sportswear in the galleries.

Just a reminder to please remember your barcode! Unfortunately phones don't scan, so please make sure you bring it. I went along to the Unicorn after parkrun this week for a spot of breakfast and watched the team processing the results and it really does add a lot of time and effort on trying to process results with missing barcodes. Remember - If you forget your barcode, you won't get a time after all your hard work. Also, a number of you have bags of energy and cycle to parkrun each week. We have noticed some of you didn't put locks on your bikes this week. We know how expensive bikes can be so please can you ensure you lock your bikes up as we cannot be responsible if anything happens to them.

In the next couple of weeks Junior parkrun is starting at Bramley which we are really excited about. Junior parkrun is a 2k event open to 4 – 14 year olds. We will be looking for volunteers for this so if you are free on a Sunday we would appreciate your support.

Each week after parkrun, we go down to the Unicorn opposite Bramley Shopping Centre for a well earned breakfast, coffee and a chat whilst the volunteers process the results and make sure we have all the finishing tokens back – everyone is welcome so do feel free to come along. Highlight this week was our Run Director David Sullivan, waiting impatiently for his text message to come through with his parkrun time on having forgotten he hadn't actually run this week.

Well done everyone, have a great week and look forward to seeing you next parkrunday!

Rachel & Team Bramley