MP in Forgotten Barcode Shocker

Local MP Rachel Reeves, training for Leeds 10k, was amongst a very healthy 151 parkrunners on Saturday for run number 49, but hadn’t remembered her barcode. Don’t forget your barcode, people.

Run director was Robin Smith, Harriet Potts volunteered for the first time and Michelle Shore and son Jack were in charge of the Naughty Corner.

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Thanks to all of the volunteers. Check out the link further down to see when you can volunteer and the different roles you can do.

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There were a couple of visitors on Saturday from Glasgow on Saturday too, friends of regulars Chris and Alyson Glover. The rain held off until tail runner Jemma Roe crossed the line.

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Making his first appearance, the first runner over the line was a very pleased Aidan Curley, an Abbey Runner. First lady home was Hayley Nacolas, a Valley Strider, her second time in as many appearances.

Meanwhile elsewhere, congratulations to Bramley regulars Louis and Zander on their engagement!

What’s coming up then? Well, Saturday is the big 5-0! Bramley parkrun number 50. On June 4th it’s a Pudsey Pacers takeover. Then on June 11th it’s our first birthday party!! This will be followed by a get together afterwards.
See you all on Saturday for the big 5-0.

Jill & Team Bramley

The Stats
Male placings:
Aidan CURLEY (VM40-44) of Abbey Runners Leeds, was first over the line
in 19:04 - first appearance.
Michael VARGAS (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:07
- has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
David SEMMENCE (SM30-34) of Bramley Breezers, was third over the line in
19:59.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
David SEMMENCE (Bramley Breezers) 3906 pts.
James LEACH (Farsley Flyers) 3318 pts.
Paul BENNETT (Bramley Breezers) 3038 pts.

Female placings:
Hayley NANCOLAS (VW35-39) of Valley Striders AC, was first (13th
overall) over the line in 21:11 - second time in 2 appearances.
Michelle WOODROW (VW35-39) of Leeds & Bradford Triathlon Club, was
second (21st overall) over the line in 22:53.
Sarah BOOTH (VW45-49) of Leeds & Bradford Triathlon Club, was third
(34th overall) over the line in 24:13 - has been first to finish on 2
previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Tracey HOWSON (Horsforth Harriers) 3510 pts.
Rachel FEATHER (Bramley Breezers) 3179 pts.
Lisa HUTCHINSON (Bramley Breezers) 2998 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Christopher GLOVER (VM55-59) was graded 72.83% for the time 21:06 (11th
overall).
Aidan CURLEY (VM40-44) was graded 72.12% for the time 19:04 (first
overall).
Mark ORBELL (VM50-54) was graded 71.98% for the time 21:00 (10th
overall).

This week there were 151 runners, of whom 28 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different athletics clubs took part.

Bramley parkrun started on 13th June 2015, and since then 1,796 different runners, including participants from 123 athletics clubs, have completed 6,115 runs covering a total distance of 30,575 km, and there have been 1,497 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who ran in a time of 00:18:48 on 2015-07-11 (event number 5).
The male record is held by Gregan CLARKSON who ran in a time of 00:16:57 on 2015-06-13 (event number 1).
The Age Grade course record is held by Keith MCGHIE who recorded a 81.09% run (18:57) on 1st August 2015 (event number 8).

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

As you all know, Bramley cannot go ahead without all the awesome volunteers who come forward each week. We are always looking for volunteers and if all runners volunteered three times per year, this would keep bramley parkrun going throughout the year.
If you would like to volunteer, please look at our future roster http://www.parkrun.org.uk/bramley/futureroster/ Choose your day when you would like to volunteer, then email us at Bramleyhelpers@parkrun.com

 

Bramley parkrun #48– “Two’s company, three’s a crowd, 289 is a Mob Run”

The intended reporter for the Mob Run was called away to cover a story about dancing mongooses on the other side of town; that’s possibly the case, but for one reason or another, it didn’t materialise, so here is, much later than intended, an account of an event that merits some record of it, since it attracted a record number of runners – a monster 289!! This was so phenomenal, it got a mention at national parkrun level as the biggest increase in attendance of the week.

So, the Mob Run – an annual challenge event for local running clubs, who vie to put more runners out than each other, and also try to have the swiftest average times from among their representatives. It’s a bit like running for your country, only at a much more local and in my case, slower level. Yet it does not prevent unaffiliated, non-club runners from still having their fun.

On to the basic stats: 14 folks absolutely brand spanking new to the parkrun experience, you are most welcome to keep coming. Another 92 made their first appearance on the Upwards Flat Section and as for the number of PBs - 96 runners managed that. Close enough to a third of the field, awesome running.

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Gemma Rathbone was magnificent as RD in front of a big and largely attentive crowd – we’ve acquired a couple of new signs, “Quiet Please” to encourage runners to listen to the race brief – even if you’ve heard it before, there’s always the chance of something new, or if you’re lucky, your name being called out to celebrate a milestone run. At the other end of the run, there’s a reminder not to take your finishing token home with you. Your only souvenirs should be the memory of the run and tired legs!

25 running clubs from near and far were represented, among them Julie Fogg from Ware (Hertfordshire), Oakwell Running Bear’s Christine Lay and possibly 10 runners, with six letters each on their vests, from a running club in Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch, although I may have misheard that.

With so many new faces, and the fierceness of competition among the quicks from the various running clubs, it was odds on that the first runners back would be making their debut appearance at Bramley. Or would the delights of four traverses of the Upwards Flat Section catch them out?

Immortal mentions to: First home, at his first attempt here, was Tim Hutchinson of Leeds & Bradford Triathlon, in 18’ 44”; only behind by the width of a large telephone directory was Jason Westmoreland, of Christian Runners, 3 seconds adrift, on his debut run. To make it a clean sweep of debutants among the men, Tom Langdon (also of Leeds & Bradford Triathlon) back in bang on 19 minutes.

Hannah Corne (Valley Striders) led the ladies back in 20’ 18” (beating her only previous time here of some eight months ago); youngster Tally Diamond (Valley Striders), on her third appearance at Bramley, got a PB with a stunning effort of 21’ 12” (which, to digress, is also the name of one of the finest rock albums ever committed to vinyl. It’s by Canadian band Rush.) Oakwell RunFit’s Carly Miller was a first timer, finishing in a laudable third in 21’ 34”.

Just to clarify, the Rush album is called 2112, not Tally Diamond…

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So to the main news, and who was the best represented club? Which had the best average time?

Controversy!

The official verdict was that Hyde Park Harriers topped the count, with 21 runners. Horsforth Harriers (in the guise of me) did not raise any official objection with their total of 19 not including the three volunteers on the course. Fair play to HPH, they got feet on track, bragging rights to them, and when I did a quick count when the results came out, I agreed with the official results. But…     …having gone through the results again, to get the stats for this report, almost two weeks after the run, it transpires that another club appears to have had 23 runners on the day! Local outfit Farsley Flyers look to have had a recruitment drive since. I’m sure that what’s happened is that some runners have become Flyers since then, and changed their profile to show this, after the run. There is no way this could have been picked up at the time, it’s who people were associated with on their profile on the day that counts, so the results stand. Clearly, Farsley are going to be a force to be reckoned with next time round.

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Fastest average were the runners from Chapel Allerton, congratulations.

Lots of runners, that required a much work behind the scenes and on the day. Mahussive thanks to all the day’s volunteers (even the three Horsforth Harriers - if only you had run instead…)

You may wish to follow their fine example and volunteer once in a while to help keep the Bramley parkrun going. Use this link to see what’s involved (https://support.parkrun.com/hc/en-us/sections/200112523-Volunteering), and then contact the Bramley park run office at bramleyhelpers@parkrun.com. Or after a run, have a chat with Lisa, and you can either volunteer or have a go at shadowing one of our regular volunteers to learn the ropes (which are incredibly simple to learn, the most complex one involves pressing a button every now and then). If you check the roster for the next few weeks, there are an alarming number of gaps, which if not filled, mean the event simply won’t take the place. So far, we’ve not had to cancel due to understaffing, but it gets close some weeks…

Don’t forget, smile at the camera – if it looks like you’re enjoying it, others might come and join us! With the huge number of runners, Simon blistered his trigger finger in taking 3,000 (ish) photos, which as ever, appeared on the parkrun web site and our facebook pages.

Let’s do it all again next week!

Philip & Team Bramley

PS If you want to find out more about the local running clubs, most of them have a web site. It will improve your times no end (that’s running with a club, not just looking at their web site). All standards of running accepted at most of them, a good few of them even have Beginner’s Groups, although not many of you wold actually need to go in at that level. Have confidence in yourself, you’re a runner!

 

 

They call me the Breeze – Run #47

The return of the Horsforth Harriers for their annual takeover, and there was a tremendous response from the runners for the “What’s Your Name?” theme. Many got theirs ready in advance, a good few were supplied on the day by a small army of volunteers. Some runners remained shy or wanted to be incognito, and I have no doubt it cost them at least six seconds off their time, because we couldn’t shout them round by name.

It must have worked to some degree, because 37 of the 160 runners chalked up a PB and by my reckoning, at least 74.2% of them had their name on their shirt. Awesome!

Proceedings were started by Nicola Rees, Look North presenter, but to us, a fellow parkrunner, and a darned quick one at that. Unfortunately, injury denied Nicola the opportunity to be first lady back (or indeed, run at Leeds Half the next day), but she was so taken by the atmosphere and friendliness of all involved, she promised to come back and run with us when she is recovered. Nicola also managed to get us a plug on Friday night’s weather forecast, which is a first for any parkrun!

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On our behalf, she offered congratulations to our Event Director, founder of the Bramley parkrun, Graham Fisher, who notched up his 200th parkrun. Graham has also volunteered no fewer than 120 times!!

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Also well done the pacers, which is a difficult task given the unevenness of our terrain. All were within 30 seconds of their target time (bonus prize to Cath Gray for being a mere five seconds adrift).

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Indeed, I must comment on all the volunteers, mostly drawn from Horsforth Harriers, with some of them new to either the parkrun experience and/or volunteering. The feedback from runners on the day praised their enthusiasm and support, while the volunteers enjoyed the atmosphere, the eventual sunshine and the cheery responses of the runners to their encouragement.

We had 12 debutant runners, who hopefully enjoyed the experience of their first effort towards the coveted 50 T-shirt, and 18 who had done park runs elsewhere before, but had come to enjoy the delights of Bramley’s Flat Uphill Section and the more pleasant downhill bit for the first time. These came from afar afield as Harrogate, Sheffield and the Forbidden Planet, although I may have misheard that last one.

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It can be easy to stress about performances, who’s getting back before who, and how long did it take us compared to our previous efforts. We don’t all get PBs every week. In fact, in the grand scheme of things, times are not important. What we do is participate in the event, that’s the crucial thing – no-one else is bothered if we miss our PB by six seconds, although we are pleased for anyone that does get a new one. Paramount is the simple act of being there and going round four times (emphasis on four, you’ll see why in a bit). That is sufficient, and well done to all those who do so.

I make this point this because I, like most others, have no chance of ever replicating the feat (or even feet!) of these fine runners and finishing in the top three for an immortal mention:

First home was Chris Smith of Leeds City AC, in an extremely rapid 17’ 27”; Craig Pettit continued his run of strong performances here by being next back, in 18’ 49”. Gareth Barnes (Valley Striders) was the third of six runners who went under 20 minutes, in 19’ 21”

Heather Langham (also Leeds City) led the ladies back, in 21’ 49” (a PB too), only 21” ahead of youngster Holly Davey (Otley AC), making her debut here. Hyde Park Harriers’ Lucy Rider was next, also with a PB, in 23’ 29”.

Apologies for some of the times appearing wayward, but despite the run brief always including that the course is four laps, and the runners loudly affirming this to be the case, we still manage to get some whose ability to count is impaired as their running efforts appear to deprive the brain of oxygen. Or to use the colloquial expression, we had a number of funnel duckers. I can tell you that this caused much wringing of hands, gnashing of teeth and general Biblical wailing among the results processing team. Not a pretty sight….

I’m on a roll with problems, so let me move into the thorny issue of dogs (again). To my mind, a short lead is one where there wouldn’t be enough space for another runner to pass comfortably between handler and beast. I did witness one runner make an emergency swerve as one pooch lurched to the grass from the path, a good six feet away. I don’t blame the dog! Imagine there’s another runner alongside you, that’s the space the accompanying dog should occupy.

Back to the stats – and 14 ‘unknowns’ this week. A baker’s dozen (plus one) of runners who forgot their bar code, and who do not move one run closer to their next T-shirt award.

You may wish to follow Graham’s fine example and volunteer once in a while to help keep the Bramley parkrun going. Use this link to see what’s involved (https://support.parkrun.com/hc/en-us/sections/200112523-Volunteering), and then contact the Bramley parkrun office at bramleyhelpers@parkrun.com. Or after a race, have a chat with Lisa, and you can either volunteer or have a go at shadowing one of our regular volunteers to learn the ropes (which are incredibly simple to learn, the most complex one involves pressing a button every now and then). If you check the roster for the next few weeks, there are an alarming number of gaps, which if not filled, mean the event simply won’t take the place. So far, we’ve not had to cancel due to understaffing, but it gets close some weeks…

A swift thanks to the goodly number of people who have offered to write the run report in the future. Just pick a day you know you’re going to be there, and give Graham the nod.

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I hope you all made yourself proud this week. It will be a while before I’m Run Director again. Don’t forget, smile at the camera – if it looks like you’re enjoying it, others might come and join us! As ever, Simon’s terrific photos appear on the parkrun web site and our facebook pages.

Next week your Run Director is the most excellent Gemma Rathbone, as we edge ever closer to our anniversary parkrun. Oh, the excitement!

Philip & Team Bramley

PS If you want to find out more about the local running clubs, including Horsforth Harriers, most of them have a web site. It will improve your times no end (that’s running with a club, not just looking at their web site).

 

 

 

“Life in the Fast Lane”

A positively tropical morning at Bramley on Saturday for 121 parkrunners at run number 46, before the hail, gales and rain which came later. Luke Cullingworth had a storming run of 24:53, ably assisted by Paul Bennett. This weeks’ run director was David Semmence fresh from the London Marathon the previous week. David and Jill Buckley posed to show off their medals at the end. Beth Scott did her tenth parkrun and Harriet Potts was testing her tutu in readiness for Leeds Half Marathon on Sunday. The wind remained calm so she didn’t blow away. Harriet Wright did her first parkrun with her son – may there be many more to come! Catherine Gray and Karen Longfellow paced at 32 and 31 respectively and Lisa Hutchinson was tail runner.

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Next week sees a Horsforth Harriers takeover with the theme of “what’s your name?”. Make sure you’re suitably kitted out with your named t-shirts. It will also see special guest Nicola Rees of Look North fame.

 

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And the week after is the mobrun – Godfather Graham Fisher is making you an offer you can’t refuse. What is a mobrun?:

“This is the annual club event held at a different parkrun in Leeds each year. The idea is to get as many club mates together as you can and run the parkrun. There are two competitions - one for the club with the largest number of participants. The other for the club with the fastest average runners! Look forward to seeing you all there"

Runners not in a club are welcome too!

 

On June 4th Pudsey Pacers are hosting a takeover. And June 11th is our first birthday!!

We will be holding a get together at the Bramley Baptist Church, Hough Lane straight after parkrun.

Please look at our event page https://www.facebook.com/events/666362586837725/ for more details.

 

The first three males over the line were:

Philip GOOSE (SM25-29) of Hyde Park Harriers, was first over the line in

18:13 - second time in 2 appearances.

Andrew BELL (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 20:38.

Joseph CRAIG-JACKSON (JM15-17) (Unattached) was third over the line in

20:43.

 

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

David SEMMENCE (Bramley Breezers) 3624 pts.

James LEACH (Farsley Flyers) 3137 pts.

Paul BENNETT (Bramley Breezers) 2903 pts.

 

The first three females over the line were:

racey HOWSON (VW35-39) of Horsforth Harriers, was first (21st overall)

over the line in 24:38 - 5th time in 34 appearances.

Marion COLE (VW35-39) of Horsforth Harriers, was second (36th overall)

over the line in 26:15.

Amy GREAVES (SW25-29) of Bramley Breezers, was third (37th overall) over

the line in 26:24.

 

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

Tracey HOWSON (Horsforth Harriers) 3417 pts.

Rachel FEATHER (Bramley Breezers) 3014 pts.

Lisa HUTCHINSON (Bramley Breezers) 2797 pts.

 

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

Peter COVEY (VM75-79) was graded 77.13% for the time 25:00 (25th

overall).

Jonathan EAGLE (VM55-59) was graded 73.82% for the time 20:49 (4th

overall).

Philip GOOSE (SM25-29) was graded 70.81% for the time 18:13 (first

overall).

 

This week there were 121 runners, of whom 18 were first timers and 27

recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different athletics

clubs took part.

 

Bramley parkrun started on 13th June 2015, and since then 1,632

different runners, including participants from 117 athletics clubs, have

completed 5,515 runs covering a total distance of 27,575 km, and there

have been 1,334 new Personal Bests.

 

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who ran in a time of

00:18:48 on 2015-07-11 (event number 5).

The male record is held by Gregan CLARKSON who ran in a time of 00:16:57

on 2015-06-13 (event number 1).

The Age Grade course record is held by Keith MCGHIE who recorded a

81.09% run (18:57) on 1st August 2015 (event number 8).

 

Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Bramley parkrun website.

 

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As you all know, Bramley cannot go ahead without all the awesome volunteers who come forward each week.

We are always looking for volunteers and if all runners volunteered three times per year, this would keep bramley parkrun going throughout the year.

If you would like to volunteer, please look at our future roster http://www.parkrun.org.uk/bramley/futureroster/ Choose your day when you would like to volunteer, then email us at Bramleyhelpers@parkrun.com

 

See you all next weekend

Jill & Team Bramley

 

“Running With Dogs”

I hope everyone has had a good parkrun this
morning

While I was running round, I noticed some
runners had two dogs running with them.

"Please note that we only allow 1 dog per
runner and that the welfare of that animal remains your responsibility
throughout your parkrun visit.

From the 'Can I run with my dog?' parkrun page (https://support.parkrun.com/hc/en-us/articles/205769241-Can-I-run-with-my-dog-):

Please keep your dog under firm control at

all times, either on a short lead or a harness with a short lead, and take
extreme care to avoid tripping other runners"
While the dogs that have been to parkrun
have been extremely well behaved so far, we are expecting to have a considerably
greater number of runners over the next few months, so the short lead is going
to be key.

Thank you for your co-operation

Team Bramley

 

“Spring Is Certainly Here” #45

This parkrun day was a special day as it was back to our awesome A course, which provided 58 personal bests. The conditions were brilliant, with lots of encouragement from all the volunteers all way from the start to the very finish.

We had a father and son running together this morning, Kevin and Adam Beesting. Kevin who is visually impaired and Adam will be his guide runner. This morning was their first time at Bramley parkrun as the are doing the Leeds 10k together later this year.

Also this morning, we had our local MP, Rachel Reeves, for the first time. She ran with Councillor FIona Venner, with Councillor Kevin Ritchie supporting. Both Rachel Reeves MP & Councillor Fiona Venner really enjoyed their run and will hopefully be back again in the near future.

Two weeks ago, David Semmence ran the Manchester Marathon and this morning, he ambled round Bramley parkrun before heading down south to take part in the Virgin London Marathon 2016. From everyone at Bramley parkrun, we wish David all the best for tomorrow.

This parkrun day, we had just short of 160 runners. At the start, our youngest Run Director, Bethany, made everyone proud in the run brief and set the runners off up the famous Upwards Flat Section of our course.

The first three males to cross the line:


Gareth BARNS (SM30-34) of Valley Striders AC, was first over the line in 19:48 - second time in 6 appearances.

Paul FREEMAN (VM45-49) of Leeds & Bradford Triathlon Club, was second over the line in 20:28.

An unknown runner was third.

The first three females to cross the line:


Tracey HOWSON (VW35-39) of Horsforth Harriers, was first (22nd overall) over the line in 23:28 - 4th time in 33 appearances.

Claire BASTOW (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (27th overall) over the line in 24:30.

Jessica HITCHEN (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (29th overall) over the line in 24:33.

In a couple of weeks, we have our second take over by one of our local running clubs, Horsforth Harriers. They have a theme of putting your name on your shirt. This would mean every time you run past the finish funnel or the marshals out on the course, they would be able call your name out to give you plenty of encouragement.

This actually does work, as when I took part in the Manchester marathon, I had people shouting my name out along the course - this gave me the push to go and finish the event.

Saturday 14th May, we have the Mob Run coming to Bramley parkrun. If you don't know what its about -

“This is the annual club event held at a different parkrun in Leeds each year. The idea is to get as many club mates together as you can and run the parkrun. There are two competitions - one for the club with the largest number of participants. The other for the club with the fastest average runners! Look forward to seeing you all there"

Runners not in a club are welcome too!

Saturday 4th June – Pudsey Pacers takeover at Bramley parkrun

Saturday June 11th - this is our 1st birthday. We will be holding a get together at the Bramley Baptist Church, Hough Lane straight after parkrun.

Please look at our event page https://www.facebook.com/events/666362586837725/ for more details

As you all know, Bramley cannot go ahead without all the awesome volunteers who come forward each week.

We are always looking for volunteers and if all runners volunteered three times per year, this would keep bramley parkrun going throughout the year.

If you would like to volunteer, please look at our future roster http://www.parkrun.org.uk/bramley/futureroster/ Choose your day when you would like to volunteer, then email us at Bramleyhelpers@parkrun.com

That’s it for now, folks


See you all next week at the start line


Graham &Team Bramley

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“Calm After The Storm”

You never think that spring is here but when arriving at Bramley park this morning it was a nice spring cold morning. Two of our first timers who was volunteering Charlotte Bryceson and Charlee Roney were doing a parkrun freedom run before in their bright yellow Bramley Breezers running group Tee Shirt.

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Reflecting back on the situation at Stoke Gifford (Little Stoke parkrun) I am so honoured to be part of a great community event with a great community spirit. This is one day of the week I look forward to. Seeing all the happy smiling faces on all the volunteers who I say give so much support to everyone and to acknowledge all the runners from the fast ones and to give a big cheer to the slow runners who are finishing at the end.

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One of the things  I love about going to parkrun's new or old is meeting up with friends to have some laughs & banter, a run and then going to the cafe afterwards to talk about how we have done whilst eagerly waiting our results from parkrun but the main thing I love is  it's totally free.


Male placings:

Neil ARMITAGE (VM45-49) of Pudsey & Bramley AC, was first over the line in 18:35 - 4th time in 5 appearances.

Danny CASSIDY (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:51.

Ryan TURNBULL (VM40-44) of Pudsey Pacers RC, was third over the line in 19:28.


Female placings:

Tracey HOWSON (VW35-39) of Horsforth Harriers, was first (28th overall) over the line in 25:36 - third time in 32 appearances.

Emma DEAKIN (VW35-39) (Unattached) was second (35th overall) over the line in 26:35.

Gemma STORR (VW45-49) of Pudsey Pacers RC, was third (38th overall) over the line in 27:25.


Going back to last weekend myself & David Semmence went to take part in the Greater Manchester Marathon. David went on to complete it in 3:56.11 and I went on to finish in 5:42.25. We both had a great day and big thank you to Gareth Semmence & Lisa Fisher who both waited while we completed the event.

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We have some big events coming up soon


May 7th The Horsforth Harriers take over of Bramley parkrun.


May 14th The Leeds Mob Run


June 4th Pudsey Pacers take over


June 11th Bramley parkrun 1st Birthday (we will be holding an event at the Bramley Baptist Church straight after parkrun)


As you all know that parkrun is a volunteer run community event, each week we are looking for volunteers to help out at Bramley parkrun so if you fancy helping out please feel free to email us at bramleyhelpers@parkrun.com

See you all next weekend

Graham & team Bramley



 

 

“The reason we run isn’t so much to beat each other,… but to be with each other. (adapted from Christopher McDougall Born to Run)”

Passing the milestones

That’s what 5,000 of us have been doing since last June in Bramley – on our 43rd event our very own local boy Martin Gebbett made the 200m commute from his home to complete his 58th parkrun (as well as 15 as a volunteer) and take our total distance past 25,000km.

Martin’s been a regular fixture on and off the course since we began and loves both the regular opportunity to run that all parkruns offer, and the local community feel of this event – Martin has met and spoken to people who live on his street for the first time on the start line in the park.

He’s also just as happy running as he is volunteering – why not be like Martin and give up one of your Saturday mornings to join the mad house that is our volunteering team.

That’s the beauty of parkrun – it’s a local event that draws in locals like Martin and attracts tourists from up (Scotland) and down (Heathrow) the country today. We had at least 10 people on their first parkrun, 28 new to Bramley and 4 in the hundred plus club and times between 20 and 50 minutes – “we race … to be with each other.”

Today’s Results

So to the other results today. Well done to the 16 people who got a new PB Our leading ladies were from 3 local clubs:

Heather Langham 22:51 from Leeds City AC

Angela Pattinson 23:34 from Horsforth Harriers

Louise O’Brien 23:56 from Kirkstall Harriers

and the leading men:

Duncan Spence 20:27

Tom Raven 21:34

Andrew Bell 21:56

Monthly Awards

It was great to award Claire Higgins the ‘Runner of the Month’ award this morning. She’s completed 22 parkruns and we’ve loved seeing her times gradually improve over the months.

Also ‘Volunteer of the Month’ was awarded to Gemma Rathbone who richly deserved it in light of her ability to use the force to untangle the results system when everyone else is scratching their heads.

 

Team Bramley would like to wish David Semmence, Adam Emery & Our Event Director Graham Fisher in taking part in the Greater Manchester Marathon Tomorrow the 10th of April we will be looking forward to their stories and looking at their Medals next weekend.

 

Don’t forget to vote for your Volunteer of the Year award – go to the Bramley parkrun Facebook page to find out how.

Future Events

7th May Horsforth Harriers Take Over – What’s your name? theme

14th May Mob Run – expect big numbers

11th June 1st Birthday – a chance to carb load after the event at our gathering on at Bramley Baptist Church on Hough Lane.

 

 

“Signs Of The Times”

Bramley parkrun #42 – Signs of the times

Debuts all around on this parkrun day:

  • 11 got off the mark with their parkrun number one – welcome!
  • 9 more visiting Bramley parkrun for the first time
  • the appearance of signs for the Upwards Flat Section and Carol’s Corner. We would have seen another one, but that will have to keep until we go back to Route A.

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Plus new volunteers, huzzah! Three of them - Gary Craddock, Janette Freeman and Joshua Taylor – take a bow, along with the other twenty-two volunteers who put a shift in to applaud and encourage the runners round, click buttons, hand out tokens, plant and uproot sticks that held signs and tape, place cones, check and clear the route of doggie doo, all in the pouring rain, there before the runners and long after most had gone – how can we thank them? I’ll tell you how, below.

But what did Janette, currently unable to run, think of her first volunteer stint at Bramley? “My experience was it was an amazingly friendly morning, worth getting out of bed for even with a broken leg and miserable weather. Felt like I made many friends, but weirdly I felt it was a bit like "this is your life " as I must have met six people whom I knew in my previous years relating to work and social life. Will be back for more! Coffee time after also good fun.

Important admin note – I know that most runners on any given day have heard the run brief before, but we always have a good number of people who haven’t. So please listen to it, and huddle in a bit closer so we don’t have to shout so much.  No need to be shy, we’re all friends. Otherwise we’ll get a repeat of this week when a number of runners only did three laps (to be fair, they weren’t all first timers at Bramley). Three laps gives a PB that will never be beaten, and lowers the finishing position of everyone behind who did the full 5k. So a bit of due attention please – it’s only two minutes.

It was a good turnout considering the weather, 121 of us in total, although there were 4 ‘Unknown’ runners this week –  don’t forget your bar code! It doesn’t count towards your T-shirt tally if we don’t know who you are. There’s a really good reason to make extra sure you bring your bar code next week – someone is going to be our 5,000th finisher. No, you won’t win a car…

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So, 9 runners who normally ply their parkruns elsewhere, and came to try the newly-signed Upwards Flat Section for the first time. They came from afar afield as Sheffield, Southend on Sea and Camberwick Green, although I possibly misheard that last one.

25 new personal bests round Bramley, very well done given the rain and the ever decreasing width between two deep puddles at the bottom end. It could have reduced runners to single file, but most just seemed to splash through rather than lose a few seconds, and quite right too.

Immortal mentions to the top three finishers – ladies first:

Hayley Nancolas (of Valley Striders) gets her name on the ‘First Finishers’ table in perpetuity, being back in 22’ 34” (in only her second parkrun, and first here). Gracie Fountain, a junior runner, was next to finish, in an awesome 23’ 03”, also doing her first parkrun. Louise O’Brien (Kirkstall Harriers) took just 23’ 41” to get round as third lady finisher.

Craig Pettit was third and second finisher in his previous two runs at Bramley, but this time got top slot in 18’ 43”, only 7” ahead of Robert Cumming (Leeds & Bradford Triathlon Club). Third male runner back, in 20’ 04”, was the ever smiling David Semmence (Bramley Breezers).

Simon’s excellent photos appear as ever on the facebook page, despite him having some technical issues not of his making.

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How to thank volunteers? Easy – as we approach Bramley parkrun’s first anniversary (on 11th June ), there is a survey for choosing the Volunteer of the Year. It has a shortlist of popularly nominated volunteers (I didn’t make the cut ☹). The greater the number of people who vote, the more it reflects the runners’ appreciation of the volunteers’ efforts. Here’s the link:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6CPCKGC

Of course, another way to thank the volunteers is to be one of them! There’s more information at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/bramley/volunteer/ and here (https://support.parkrun.com/hc/en-us/articles/200566523-What-do-the-volunteers-do-) for what the various jobs entail. None are too technical or taxing, you can always ask one of the current ones what’s involved. Don’t forget, you get volunteer points and a credit towards the volunteer T-shirt.

I hope you’re all getting your names ready for the “What’s Your Name?” themed parkrun on 7th May, organised by Horsforth Harriers. The week after is the Mob Run, with local running clubs from all over Leeds and beyond attempting to put large numbers of runners out. Don’t worry you’ll be squeezed out if you’re not a running club member, there’s room for all, and they’re not all lightning quick, but of paces right across the spectrum (look at recent results for proof!)

In today’s run brief, Graham mentioned the first anniversary of Bramley parkrun, on 11th June, which will see presentations to various runners and volunteers after we’ve run, at Bramley Baptist Church, just round the corner from the park on Hough Lane. We’ll be looking for help in making plenty of butties, or for people to bring a tray-load along, please. I’ve been promised there will also be cake! Obviously, we’d like as many as possible to come and not only congratulate the prize winners, but each other for participating and supporting a whole year of Bramley parkruns. It would help with catering if we had a good idea of how many are coming, so there is a facebook event page, https://www.facebook.com/events/666362586837725/

Thanks for coming, see you at #43,

Philip & Team Bramley

 

“It’s a tribal thing” #41

One thing that’s common at the end of the parkrun is to see groups of runners huddled together. They didn’t necessarily arrive together, but often they have finished with a few seconds of each other. There’s a bond there, in discussing how they got on that morning, and what race they’re doing next, and how training is going. They may even venture on to non-running topics.

These are little tribes within our bigger Bramley parkrun family. Of course, we are also members of the larger parkrun society – a group that saw over 80,000 runners out in parks at 9 am on a Saturday morning, the length and breadth of the country. Running is an individual thing – no-one else need care whether or not I got a 5k PB by 37 seconds, except possibly my running club group leader, Cath – but we are part of an enormous tribe, that band which puts one foot in front of another repeatedly, at various paces, for 5k. This week, at Bramley, our tribe numbered 136, of which 14 were debutantes to the parkrun experience.

Only one new volunteer gave us a hand putting the show on today – thanks for helping out Amanda (Mandy) Bell. Let’s not forget all the other necessary folk – they are named at the bottom of the week’s results. It was a bit draughty to be standing around, much warmer running, so thank you hugely.

We also had 15 runners who normally ply their parkruns elsewhere, and came to try the upwards flat section for the first time. They came from afar afield as West London, Newbury, Cambridge and The Dark Side of the Moon, although I possibly misheard that last one.

David Rafton clocked up his 50th parkrun today, a fine achievement.

PBs aplenty - an awesome 41 of you tore round quicker than ever before. Special mentions for Cath Gray, my ‘coach’,  who made sure I didn’t catch her by knocking 44 seconds off her previous best; David Semmence (Bramley Breezers), today’s second finisher, getting under 20 minutes for the second time, so 9 seconds quicker is a huge effort; Louis Dawson with consecutive PBs; Rachael Feather got one nearly five months since her previous one, following some persistent efforts; Vicky Hallas-Fawcett, who, in pacing someone else round, improved her own time here by 50 seconds; and Tina Craddock, with her 5th PB in her last nine outings, is definitely doing something right.

Immortal mentions to the top three finishers – ladies first:

Louise O’Brien (of Kirsktall Harriers) gets her name on the ‘First Finishers’ table in perpetuity, being back in 22’ 30” (and it was a PB too). Jessica Hitchen was the next lady to finish, in 23’ 42”. Bev Smith (Horsforth Harriers) took just 23’ 50” to get round as third lady finisher.

I’m not sure whether running with a dog is a help or hindrance – I’ve seen them pull owners off the path – but it didn’t hamper Paul Cornock, second time at Bramley and first chap back in 17’ 40”, ahead of regular Bramley runner/volunteer David Semmence, round in 19’ 49” (also a PB). Third male runner back, in 20’ 13”, was Adam Nodwell of Kirkstall Harriers, enjoying his first visit to Bramley parkun.

Eight ‘Unknown’ runners this week –  don’t forget your bar code! It doesn’t count towards your tally if we don’t know who you are.

Simon’s excellent photos appear as ever on the facebook page.

It was a close call getting enough volunteers again this week. If you’re a regular runner, please consider giving yourself a week off and volunteering. Volunteering is one of the ways I get to see people‘s faces, otherwise there would be a lot of runners I’d only recognise from the backs of their heads! Have look at the roster (http://www.parkrun.org.uk/bramley/futureroster/) and get your name down for the plum jobs before they go. Run Director is a good one – you can even run if you do that.

Similarly, if someone would like to write the run report one week, just let the Volunteer Co-ordinator know. We’ve had a few ‘guest‘ writers recently, and it’s worked very well.

Quick heads up for event #47 on 7th May - Horsforth Harriers will be taking over the parkrun again, with a theme of "What's Your Name?"

The regular volunteers have come to know many of the regular runners, and the latter will tell you that there's nothing like having your name shouted out as you fly past to encourage you to keep going.

So what we'd like all the runners to do, on 7th May, is to put their name on their shirt so we can get to know more of you, and yell/shout/encourage you all the way round. You can get iron-on letters, or just a piece of paper pinned on will do. There will more reminders nearer the time.

Thanks for coming, see you at #42,

Philip & Team Bramley