“Party on, dudes!”

So this morning saw Bramley parkrun’s first birthday arrive, a whole 12 months since Graham saw his hard work and determination to get a park run to the Bramley community pay off!

With the Queen celebrating her birthday it was decided that the colours red, white and blue to run in fitted nicely with our birthday celebrations.

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177 runners came out and ran this morning, with an incredible 32 first time runners, and an absolutely phenomenal 49 PBs achieved, and they say course B is our PB course!

First home was Robert Blemings from St Theresa’s AC, with a PB of 18.48. Second home was Michael Bowen, a first timer in 19.07 and third home was David Semmence with a PB of 19.24. David also received a medal as the first placed male in the Bramley parkrun points table 2015/2016, I’m sure you’ll all support me as I send him our congratulations.

First placed female home was Tara Stott, again another first timer, from Low Fell RC, with a time of 22.23. Second home was Angela Pattinson from  the Horsforth Harriers with a PB of 22.31 and third home was Joanna Shevlin of the Horsforth Harriers with a PB of 24.11.

Well done to all of you that not only came out and got PB’s today but all those that came out and ran with us for the first time. We will look forward to having you back week after week.

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There were 12 unknown runners this week, if you want to get your name on that board and get yourself one parkrun closer to an official parkrun t-shirt award please remember that without your barcode you do not get a time. If it makes it easier bob onto the parkrun website and get yourself a plastic barcode or wristband ordered, if not please remember your paper one.

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Following on from parkrun there was a fantastic turnout down at Bramley Baptist Church for the birthday party where there was cake, cake, sandwiches and more cake. Graham and Lisa were presented with a bottle of something fizzy to take home and enjoy as a thank you for all their hard work and dedication to parkrun; I certainly wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for them setting it up, so a big thank you goes out from me as I’m sure it does from everyone else who participates weekly.

Our resident photographer Simon Cullingworth was also presented with a thank you award. Simon is there week after week come rain or sunshine to take the photos he doe;, somewhere along the way, he will have captured you. Go have a look on the facebook page and see if you can spot yourself.

Carol Ramsden was voted our volunteer of the year and a fine one she is too, with her very own corner in the park Carol along with all of our volunteers does a sterling job weekly, cheering everyone as they run past her.

Young Luke Cullingworth was voted young parkrunner of the year, ending 2015/2016 on a time of 26.32 - a massive well done Luke.

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We are still after volunteers in the future so if you fancy hanging up your running shoes for the day then give Graham a shout, please remember that without volunteers parkrun doesn’t happen.

Hope everyone has a great week

Charlee & Team Bramley.

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Age Grade records tumble

Bramley parkrun #51

Maybe it was the draw of the cake table or the encouragement of the volunteers. Run number 51 saw three runners exceed the previous Age grade records for Bramley on Saturday.

Peter Covey (VM 75-79), Bingley Harriers, 82.58% for the time 23.21 (37th Overall)

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Flora Skidmore (VW 55-59), Dewsbury RR, 81.68% for the time 22.28 (28th Overall)

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Madeline Stansfield (VW 60-64), Dewsbury RR, 81.22% for the time 24.33 (51st Overall)

The cake had been provided by local running club Pudsey Pacers who had been given the opportunity to takeover this week at Bramley, to promote the club and their upcoming 10 k on Sunday 19th June. They meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at Pudsey Leisure Centre at 6.45 with all abilities catered for. For many members, it was their first taste of parkrun and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the nice relaxed family atmosphere the event brings.

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Also perhaps drawn by the confectionery were those who recorded one of the 36 PBs and the 52 attempting four times up the Flat Upwards Section for the 1st time.

One recording a PB was local firefighter Michael Vargas, being 1st across the line for the 3rd time, finishing in 18.12, closely followed by 1st timer Martin Peck from Robertown Runners, 18.23, and third placed was LBT’s Robert Cumming in 18.32.

For the ladies, Emma Brigginshaw produced a PB to be first across the line for the second time in 22.21. Second was Flora Skidmore, Dewsbury RR, 22.28 and third was visiting runner Carly Parkin from Buxton & District in 22.54.
Evie Martin (JW10) notched up her 10th while St Theresa’s Wanda Macdonald joined the 50 runs group. Meanwhile, Sam Broome, a frequent attender at Bromley parkrun this last couple of months, hopped over to Woodhouse Moor to completer her 50th.

The presence of so many Dewsbury Road Runners was due to their practice of visiting a new parkrun on the first weekend of every month, and this was Bramley’s turn. There were a good many runners from clubs a little further afield, including Buxton, Oldham and London.

Andy (Pudsey Pacers) & Team Bramley

 

Run Report week L (that’s Latin for 50)

The promise of warm weather and dry grass got me bouncing out of bed this morning and up the hill to the park and parkrun number 50! Today, I was interested to find out if people had any pre parkrun rituals or routines. Seemingly lots of you go for a pre-run, (anything from a warm up to a full 5k!), some people hide under the duvets until the last moment with a coffee and I was delighted to discover someone even unicycled to the park!

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With an awesome 142 people turning out to run this week, we had 25 people who were first timers to Bramley parkrun, including some visitors from exotic faraway lands such as Pontefract and Crossflatts. Of  these, it was the first time 8 had ever completed a parkrun! Well done to all, I hope we see you back again soon! Also a shout out to Arthur WOOD who completed his 50th parkrun today!

The sunshine, dry conditions and firm ground lent themselves well to getting a personal best, with 47 people getting a PB on the course today, which is a staggering third of all runners! Congratulations to all on a job well done!

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Leading the way this morning was Scott WATSON of the Hyde Park Harriers in 18:24, which was also a new PB – well done Scott! In second was Tom PRATT of the Leeds and Bradford Triathlon club. It was Tom’s first  time running at Bramley, coming in at 18:36. Third across the line was Craig PETTIT in 18:48.

Hayley NANCOLAS of the Valley Striders AC was the first lady across the line in a time of 21:27. Second lady was Wanda MACDONALD, running for St  Theresa’s AC in 24:54. Third was Joanne WOODS in 25:43, running for the South Leeds Lakers. Brilliant times all round.

Big thanks to all our volunteers this morning. I was running with some ladies who were first timers to parkrun who commented how motivating the  cheers and support from the marshals out on the course were. It really is appreciated! If you haven’t already this year, it would be fantastic if you could volunteer over the summer, it can be a struggle to get the numbers needed each week. You’ll be making a big difference to the event and without the support of volunteers, the run couldn’t go ahead, plus its lots of fun. Whether you fancy channelling your inner  cheerleader out on the course, helping scan in the finishing funnel or being a sports journalist for the afternoon by writing the run report please let the team know after any parkrun or by emailing  bramleyhelpers@parkrun.com

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! Great to see lots of smiling faces and cheery thumbs up poses in the gallery.

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Just a reminder to please remember your barcode! Unfortunately phones don't scan, so please bring a printed copy, or if you go on the parkrun website, they sell a range of printed plastic barcodes you can tie to  your shoelaces, or wristbands with barcodes on which are fabulous if you’re anything like me and forever dropping your barcode and having to chase after it. If you forget your barcode, you won't get a time  after all your hard work!

It’s brilliant to see so many running groups represented each week at parkrun. This week we had representatives from 12 different groups, with  the largest turnout of 15 from local club Bramley Breezers. (Bramley Breezers meet on a Monday night at 6.55 at the cenotaph in Bramley Park and cater to all abilities) Running with a group is a great way to  improve and to meet other likeminded folk.

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On the topic of running clubs, we have the phenomenal Pudsey Pacers running club doing a takeover next week. They’re a really friendly  local group, so be sure to look out for their eye catching yellow vests.

A quick reminder that in two weeks, it is Bramley parkrun’s 1st Birthday! We would love to see you there and for you to join us at Bramley Baptist Church on Hough Lane afterwards for the presentation of  some awards and a slice of cake!

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

Rachel & Team Bramley

 

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