Bramley parkrun are pleased to be hosting an International Women's Day event on the 7th March.
Please wear purple in support of the women in your life.
Ladies - We will be happy to share any snapshot of your parkrun journey and achievements, either on our Facebook page or print it out and we'll display it on our Inspirational Wall on the day.
Team Bramley


New Years Day 2020 Update

Bramley parkrun will be starting at 10.30am on New Years Day - apologies for any confusion with the previous post.


Christmas Day 2019 and New Years Day 2020

The core team at Bramley parkrun have decided not to have an event on Christmas Day - see the compendium for other local parkruns - https://www.parkrun.org.uk/special-events/
We will however have an event at 11am on New Years Day. (New Years Day is the only day you can have two different events recorded.) Volunteers will be needed for this event.
We would like to take this opportunity to Thank all athletes and volunteers for making Bramley parkrun a happy and friendly event. We hope that many more milestones and memories can be made in 2020


New Year 2018

After a consultation with Bramley parkrunners it was a unanimous decision that Bramley parkrun should go ahead on New Years Day.

To give athletes the opportunity to participate in 2 parkruns that day we shall start at 10.30am.

Everyone is welcome - bring yourself, your friends and family but don't forget your barcode.

Jean and team Bramley
#lovebramleyparkrun #loveparkrun #dfyb


Christmas Day 2017

After a consultation with Bramley parkrunners it was a unanimous decision that Bramley parkrun should go ahead on Christmas day.
However, we shall start at 10am.
Everyone is invited so bring yourself, your friends and family but most of all bring your barcode - fancy dress optional.

Jean and team Bramley
#lovebramleyparkrun #loveparkrun #dfyb


Bramley parkrun no 64

Our run report is finally back after a summer holiday! I hope you haven’t missed our cheery updates about Bramley parkrun too much and have enjoyed parkrunning over the summer!

We had 141 runners this week – well done to all for completing the course whether you ran, walked or crawled!  There were lots of new faces, with 7 participants who were new to parkrun and 17 runners who were new to Bramley. This week there were an incredible 37 new personal bests, over a quarter of all runners! This week we had representatives from 17 different running groups - it's great to see runners coming from clubs all over Leeds and beyond to support our event. The largest turnout was once again from local club Bramley Breezers. Thank you Breezers for your consistent support of Bramley parkrun.

Leading the way for the men was Chris SMITH of Leeds City AC in 17:39. Second was Tim PATTERSON in 19:13. Third across the line was Jon HOLAH in 19:54 (a new PB) ofPudsey & Bramley ACLesley CONNORS of Vegan Runners was the first lady across the line in a time of 24:06. Second lady was Kathryn FIELDING, running unattached in 25:23. Third was Zara MADDEN in 26:33. All three ladies achieved a new personal best! Well done!

We received some lovely positive feedback on Facebook this week from one of our new parkrunners. ‘Today was my first parkrun visit and wanted to thank everyone for being so friendly and supportive’ We love to hear from you, so don’t hesitate to contact us through the parkrun website or through our Facebook group pages (and join the Bramley Park 5k group to see parkrun photos by resident photographer Simon Cullingworth!)

Participating in your local parkrun could inspire you to try other local events. Big congratulations to parkrun regulars David SEMMENCE, Paul HOLLINGS, Paul BENNETT, Carl HEARN and Ashley GRINDROD for their performances at Go Tri Bramley Triathlon this weekend – brilliant results all round.  Next weekend, parkrun regulars Andrea WHITING (running for HOOP) and David SEMMENCE (running for The Dogs Trust) will be digging deep and running the Great North Run!  On behalf of the Bramley parkrun team we wish you both the very best of luck!

We urgently need volunteers to support both parkrun and junior parkrun (which takes place on Sunday morning and is open to 4 – 14 year olds.) There are lots of different roles from marshaling to run report writing, so if you can spare a couple of hours on either morning to help it greatly appreciated.

Each week after parkrun, we go down to The Old Unicorn opposite Bramley Shopping Centre for a well earned breakfast whilst the volunteers process the results (and make sure we have all the finishing tokens back!)  Feel free to come along, see how the results are processed and meet the team.

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

Rachel & Team Bramley

Bramley parkrun
Event number 64
3rd September 2016

Male placings:
Chris SMITH (SM30-34) of Leeds City AC, was first over the line in 17:39 - third time in 4 appearances.
Tim PATTERSON (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:13.
Jon HOLAH (VM55-59) of Pudsey & Bramley AC, was third over the line in 19:54.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Mike BRADSHAW (Pudsey Runners) 1028 pts.
David SEMMENCE (Bramley Breezers) 973 pts.
James LEACH (Farsley Flyers) 901 pts.

Female placings:
Lesley CONNORS (VW40-44) of Vegan Runners, was first (33rd overall) over the line in 24:06 - first time in 3 appearances.
Kathryn FIELDING (VW35-39) (Unattached) was second (38th overall) over the line in 25:23.
Zara MADDEN (JW11-14) (Unattached) was third (43rd overall) over the line in 26:33.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Amy GREAVES (Bramley Breezers) 955 pts.
Jill JARVIS (Pudsey Pacers RC) 894 pts.
Catherine Mary GRAY (Horsforth Harriers) 815 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Jon HOLAH (VM55-59) was graded 77.89% for the time 19:54 (third overall).
Christine WILSON (VW60-64) was graded 73.95% for the time 27:00 (52nd overall).
Chris SMITH (SM30-34) was graded 73.28% for the time 17:39 (first overall).

This week there were 141 runners, of whom 24 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different athletics clubs took part.

Bramley parkrun started on 13th June 2015, and since then 2,159 different runners, including participants from 138 athletics clubs, have completed 8,303 runs covering a total distance of 41,515 km, and there have been 2,048 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who ran in a time of 00:18:48 on 11th July 2015 (event number 5).
The male record is held by Timmy DAVIES who ran in a time of 00:16:46 on 9th July 2016 (event number 56).
The Age Grade course record is held by Peter COVEY who recorded a 82.58% run (23:21) on 4th June 2016 (event number 51).

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


“Record Breaker”

On Saturday 9th July we attended Bramley parkrun 56, it started out as a hot and humid morning which unsurprisingly gave way to drizzle near the end, just as a reminder that parkrun is an all-weather community event.


The first group to get a mention are the ones that made the whole event possible and the storming success that it was – the volunteers! Everyone did an amazing job but they all went above and beyond their responsibilities, as they all cheered and encouraged everyone all the way to the finish line.


I've visited three other parkruns across the country, and support is usually only managed by one or two marshals, and sometimes they'll just cheer on their friends.


The thing that I love about Bramley parkrun and that keeps me coming back, is that our volunteers cheer and support everybody; whether they are young or old, fast or slow, lifelong friends or complete strangers.


Our amazing team this week were:


Colin Beckwith

Paul Bennett

Mike Bradshaw

Charlotte Bryceson

Simon Cullingworth

Tommy Dickson

Lisa Fisher

Julie Gilbertson

Simon Hargrave

Haydin Harrison

Don Harrison

George Higgins

Jean Hollings

Paul Hollings

Tracey Howson

Jill Hudson

Tim Lyles

Carol Ramsden

Jemma Roe

Gareth Semmence

David Semmence

Reg Shale

Phil Smedley


And now for a comprehensive breakdown of the results table (I may have got a bit carried away here...):


  1. 136 parkrunners, 16 Bramley parkrun first timers and 6 of those completed their first parkrun ever. Congratulations to everyone that finished and I hope the welcoming and supporting atmosphere will lure you back week in and week out.


  1. New course record!!! The original course record was set at 16:57 by Gregan Clarkson at Bramley parkrun 1. (I wonder if he'll re-appear to reclaim the course record...)


  1. First 3 male finishers:


    1. Timmy Davies in 16:46 of Leeds City AC, it was a new PB at Bramley for him as he's ran it 3 times before.
    2. Matthew Sutton in 19:16, still unattached for any clubs that can catch him...
    3. Luke Appleyard in 19:33 of Wharfedale Harriers


    First 3 female finishers:


  1. Angela Pattinson in 22:58 of Horsforth Harriers
  2. Isobel Webster in 23:51, a first timer at Bramley and also unattached
  3. Emma Brigginshaw in 24:39, also unattached


  1. There were 40 PBs!


  1. Parkrun is for all ages, and to highlight that we had 1 person in the 65-69 age group, and 3 people in the 60-64 age group. We also had 5 people in the 11-14 age group and 8 in the 10 and under age group.


Just a reminder that the Bramley Junior Parkrun is almost here, it starts on Sunday 31st July at 09:00am and is a 2k run for juniors only (4-14year olds). For all those that aren't eligible to take part, please consider volunteering. There is a Facebook page and a parkrun website page with more details.


  1. There were 10 unknown runners which is a shame as you don't get a time or any closer to a milestone t-shirt. Please don't forget you need to have your barcode to be named in the results, and it can't be on your phone.


  1. There were 13 running clubs represented and the top 3 were:


1. Pudsey Racers RC – 13 runners

2. Bramley Breezers – 11 runners

3. Kirkstall Harriers – 10 runners
Thanks to everyone who volunteered or took part, or both. If anyone would like to volunteer, the Bramley parkrun community is welcoming and supportive, so please don't hesitate to get in contact. We hope to see everyone back soon!



“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


1 year and 1 week on…..

Bramley parkrun #53

On a mild, damp morning of a day that promised to turn out most pleasant (and later did) Bramley parkrun stepped into Year 2, Week 1.


131 runners eagerly gathered at the starting line (probably itching to run off the cake from last week’s birthday event) as Run Director for the week, Jean Hollings, announced that Phil Smedley was our Volunteer of the Month for June. Phil has been regularly volunteering and his cheers and encouragement have helped many of our runners around the course, and up on our Upwards Flat Section. Pleasantries and notices over and Jean set our runners on their way.


Craig Pettit was the first runner across the finish line in 18:44, closely followed by Edward Stone of Pudsey Pacers, his first run at Bramley, in 19:20, and David Semmence of Bramley Breezers in 19:29. First lady across the finish line was Joanna Shevlin of Horsforth Harriers in 24:24, with junior runner Emily Kite from Pudsey and Bramley AC being our second female in 24:32, a new PB, and Rachel Feather of Bramley Breezers 3rd female in 26:00, another new PB!

In fact, the PB was strongly featured in our parkrun this week; 33 runners recorded a new Bramley PB. We also welcomed 21 First Timers. This week we also had 6 unknown runners. If you would like to receive a time, have your runs recorded towards parkrun milestone T-shirt, and be able to record all your new PBs then please DON’T FORGET YOUR BARCODE, (or your running legs). At the moment, our points table has it all to play for as we are at the start of a New Year. Joanna Shevlin is top for the ladies and David Semmence for the men.

Remember that parkrun happens every week thanks to our volunteers, if you would like to volunteer, then we would like to welcome you into our fold – please drop an email to bramleyhelpers@parkrun.com.

Jemma and Team Bramley


“Now We Are One”


A review of our first year

What is that rushing sound?


Is it the wind whistling in your ears as you hurtle down towards the finish tunnel in pursuit of a PB? Is it the heavy and desperate breathing of another parkrunner on your shoulder, desperate to snatch one position higher up?

Or is it the sound of time flying by?

Our first anniversary has come and gone, we’re already thinking ahead about year two, plotting and planning our routes to more PBs, the earning of milestone T-shirts and how to catch that guy or gal who always seems to finish about twenty yards ahead evenwhen we have a good run.

Let’s take a pause to look back at where we’ve come from and how we’ve got to where we are now.





Bramley parkrun’s origins are primarily down to Graham and Lisa Fisher, who pulled together a team largely compiled of runners they had met over many previous years, plus a bit of local word of mouth to gauge interest. My offer to help was based on a misunderstanding – when Graham said Bramley park, I thought he meant Bramley Fall Woods. Ideal for me, a five minute walk away, a parkrun on my doorstep. However, since I’d said I’d help, I couldn’t drop it just because it turned out to be further away. Now I feel disloyal at the thought of running elsewhere!




I have no idea how much work it took to get the parkrun in place. I should imagine a great deal. Liaison with Head Office, meetings with local Council for permission to use the park, sorting out volunteers, health and safety, risk assessments, getting all the equipment, (tape, poles, signs, cones, stopwatches, scanners, bar codes, not forgetting a shovel and wheelbarrow to clear up the course before each run), publicity and promotion. Glad all I offered to do was stand in the corner of a field, telling runners to keep going round the bend, and see you on the next lap. That’s how I started anyway…

So weeks of preparation and then the big day was upon us. Saturday 13th June was a rather wet day, not usual for summer perhaps, but a foretaste of things to come at Bramley.

Sighs of relief as the opening event attracted 230 runners, a figure not surpassed until the Mob Run (parkrun #47). Gregan Clarkson (Kingston upon Hull AC) set a time which has endured since, and he remains the only runner to go under 17 minutes (16’57”). Dawn Broom (Penistone Footpath Runners) was first lady back, in 22’ 25”. The ladies’ record was reset in Week 5 by Hannah Oldroyd (Airedale Dodgers), and that still stands at 18’ 48”. Oddly enough, all three runners mentioned have not been back since…




Connor Craig Jackson (Skyrac) threatened to break the record on a number of occasions, and can be credited with most times back first among the lads (4). But one lady has gone one better, with five first finishes, the redoubtable Tracey Howson (Horsforth Harriers) of whom more later.

For some, a parkrun has been their introduction to running. Others were already practitioners of putting one foot in front of another repeatedly at pace, in training, in races and often as members of a running club. Indeed, several local running clubs have taken over the event during the year, but one group deserves special mention, because it arose from Bramley parkrun. Bramley Breezers – you can’t miss them, they are there by the bucketload each and every week, bright yellow T-shirts like a shower of fireballs burning up the course. Collectively, the Breezers have done more Bramley parkruns than any other club, and they haven’t been in existence as long as Bramley parkrun.




We had a few club takeovers. Pudsey Pacers (#15, #51) did the first of them, followed by Pudsey & Bramley (#16), then Farsley Flyers (#17), Horsforth Harriers (#19, #47) and Pudsey Runners (#21, the Halloween one). If you look through the results for any given week, you will notice a sprinkling of runners attached to various clubs across the spectrum of finishing times. Which tells you that club runners are not all elite quickies, but whatever our pace, we find a local club helps us improve, and they are invariably exceedingly sociable.

There were also a few themed parkruns. At Halloween, there were many outstanding efforts at scary garb from the majority of runners and volunteers, and the photos, excellent though they were, could only give a sense of the fright fest atmosphere. Whereas the Christmas one was colourful and celebratory, where many discovered just how hot a Santa suit is to run in.


New Year’s Day saw a bonus parkrun and recently we had a ’What’s Your Name?’ theme, where many runners made themselves known to the volunteers (and possibly each other), so they could be cheered and encouraged personally to a PB – which worked for 37 runners. That event also got a shout out on Look North’s weather report the evening before, skilfully arranged by our guest Official Starter, presenter (and fine runner) Nicola Rees.

We’ve had runners from all the over shop – some who normally go to Woodhouse Moor or Bradford gave us a try (often more than once), others visiting or in the neighbourhood due to work, and they have hailed from Glasgow, Troon, Brighton, all parts north, east, south and west, and one chap with a beard and red suit said he’d come from the North Pole…




Parts of the course now have their own terminology – the starting Upwards Flat Section, then onto to Naughty Corner and at the top of the descent, Carol’s Corner. Commercial sponsorship of the remaining features is not available – as a Council in the southwest learned, we don’t do this for the money!

It’s not been all sweetness and light at Bramley, oh no. We had a couple of unfortunate last minute cancellations of the event as monsoons flooded the lower path. The top field has been a little challenging on occasion, even with route B.
According to the official statistics (on the Bramley parkrun homepage), 1,906 runners have graced the course, racking up 1,629 PBs out of 6,613 completions of the route. 71 different men and women have been first finisher, our average attendance has been 127 (from a low of 51 to a high of 289), 130 running clubs have been represented, and we’ve covered over 33,000 kms between us. That’s about as far as running to Sydney and back.




Celebrations of a successful year one culminated in a party, although technically it was billed as a prize giving. For all that the official line that parkrun is a run, not a race, and we don’t say who won, but rather who was first finisher, we all know we have friendly rivalries that induce a competitive element. We don’t totally eschew this aspect, there is official recognition of quantity of effort through the milestone T-shirts, but also quality with the end of year prize giving based on the points table. While I have never quite fathomed the points award system, I have worked out that the higher your finishing position, the more points you get. So a middling runner who turns up every week will outscore a fast runner who appears sporadically at Bramley.

More assurance of a prize is to be a swift runner who turns up exceedingly often (a spot or three of volunteering garners a good number of points too) All these factors figured in the success of our inaugural male and female champions – huge congratulations and cries of “We’re not worthy!” to:



David Semmence (Bramley Breezers) – 42 runs, 36 times a volunteer (and he’s gone round in under 20 minutes a remarkable seven times)
Tracey Howson (Horsforth Harriers) – 36 runs, 8 times a volunteer (and as mentioned before, 5 times first lady back)

Runners-up in the points tables were:
James Leach, the saluting Farsley Flyer (41 runs, 3 as volunteer)
Paul Bennett (Bramley Breezers) - unofficial running coach to many (46 runs, 40 as volunteer)
Rachel Feather (Bramley Breezers) - (34 runs, 4 as volunteer), as enthusiastic a runner as we have
Lisa Hutchinson, Bramley Breezers, (40 runs, the most female appearances, 1 as volunteer) – Lisa also went on to run her first 10k this year.




Councillor Kevin Ritchie did the honours in presenting all the awards, and made a fine (and short!) speech about the council’s enthusiastic support for, and initial investment in, Bramley parkrun. That support continues in Kevin’s frequent presence during parkrun and the occasional run of his council colleague Fiona Venner (of Chapel Allerton Runners – I’m sure she’s a potential Bramley Breezer). Kevin also surprised Graham and Lisa with a celebratory bottle of fizz in appreciation of their work.

Runners are essential to parkrun’s success, so thank you all for coming. But not a single parkrun would take place without the continued, selfless and unpaid contributions of the volunteers. Generally, recognition of their efforts is confined to thanks on the day from grateful runners (which is appreciated), mention in the weekly run reports, and the monthly Volunteer of the Month award.




The following all volunteered at Bramley this year at least 20 times – and those starred were shortlisted for the public vote for Volunteer of the Year:
Carol Ramsden* Jean Hollings* Gemma Rathbone* Lisa Fisher*
Graham Fisher Robin Smith* Paul Bennett* David Semmence*
Simon Cullingworth* David Sullivan Gareth Semmence Philip Ramsden
Bethany Fisher

The votes were counted, scrutinised, verified and double-checked. There were a lot of them.

So drum roll please for the recipient of the magnificent trophy for Volunteer of the Year:

Carol Ramsden – a volunteer who has literally got the T-shirt, Carol has been there since Day 1, invariably at the eponymous corner, whatever the weather, clapping and exhorting runners for their fine efforts, whether they be quick, slow or somewhere in the middle. Carol is a pretty swift runner in her own right, but injured since last November, she continues to put something back into her sport and enjoy the efforts of the rest of us. Awesome!




Many thanks to all those who voted. I must admit, I voted for Carol, but I’m biased.

Junior Runner of the Year had some strong contenders, but there is no doubt that Luke Cullingworth is the worthy winner of the award. It is fair to say Luke is not a fan of early morning starts (if he thinks 9 am is early, wait until he starts working!), but when he does turn up (22 runs), he commits himself entirely, frequently hanging on to everyone’s favourite unofficial pacemaker, Paul Bennett, who himself can take great satisfaction in Luke’s progress.

Pacer of the Year award went to Mike Bradshaw, of Pudsey Pacers, who has been metronomic in his ability to finish within a few seconds of his target time.




Finally, an almost impossible task to decide the Most Improved Runner of the Year. You might think it’s just about who has knocked off most minutes from their time, and that is obviously a key factor. But when you’re a relative youngster, you have great potential for improvement, and that diminishes over the years. PBs come thick and fast in your twenties, less often later in life. So, for not just improving his PB by 16’ 48” minutes in the last year, but for also notching up 7 PBs in 30 runs, and with consistent performance and attendance, despite both knees strapped up, the award goes to our very own ‘Go Granpda’, Tim Lyles.

Apparently there are no prizes for Shirt of the Year (me) or Pose of the Year (Will Cullingworth, so unconcerned about losing a few seconds off his time, he danced his way to the line)…




One other person possibly taken for granted who adds much to the parkrun experience is Simon Cullingworth, our valued photographer. I estimate Simon has published around 12,000 images this past year, some of which have graced the national parkrun pages, and also the Leeds Face photographic exhibition. Few of us will have escaped the attention of his lens and it is an encouragement to smile, wave or attempt to levitate whenever we come into range. Great work, Simon!




Thanks to everyone who has supported the Bramley parkrun one way or another – the volunteers, the runners, those who spread the word, those who support the runners by giving them a lift or time to run, and Head Office. I hope the wind is forever at your back and you all get PBs next year.

And don’t forget your bar code!

Philip & Team Bramley












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