“The Generation Game”

Sunshine and blue skies were out to greet the 151 runners on Saturday morning. Our latest volunteer to step up to the mark as Run Director was the lovely Gemma Rathbone and what a seamless run brief she delivered.


This week saw a well-deserved Sweatshop runner of the month award go to Jean Hollings. Although she wasn’t running yesterday due to injury she was still there marshalling and cheering everyone on. Everyone on the team congratulates you and we wish you a speedy recovery. Well done Jean.

We also had 2 volunteer of the month awards. Alysia Townend who has now volunteered 8 times undertaking whatever role she is asked to do. Its people like her that make the parkrun event happen. The 2nd award was to our very own paparazzi Simon Cullingworth he has been snapping anything that moves on Saturday mornings and I know people can’t wait for his uploads each week. Even though he always seems to get you on the 4th lap looking your worst. Well done the pair of you.


We had 53 runners doing our course for the 1st time this week which was excellent. This week saw tourists from as far away as the ‘Granite city’ of Aberdeen. Oh, and the usual jokers from Woodhouse moor and Roundhay who love to let us know they are on tour.

At 9am Gemma got us underway for the 9th parkrun at Bramley.

Once again we had some great performances, with no less than 51 runners recording PBs. It looks like you all had your Weetabix. (Other cereals are available). Give yourselves a pat on the back.

The first 3 male finishers were; David Woodhead of Pudsey Pacers RC in 18:44 Kevin Eaglestone of Woodkirk Striders in 19:08 Paul Miller of Kirkstall Harriers in 19:31 The first 3 females were; Helen Roden of Abbey Runners in 22:29 Beverley Jane Smith of Horsforth Harriers in 23:42 Katie Taylor of Abbey Runners in 23:48

The junior runners did exceptional today Freddie Roden finished in 22:13 and 14th overall and Oscar Roden recorded a time of 25:21.  Also Logan Bailey knocked 1min 22 off his previous run time to record a time of 26:07. They were the first 3 juniors to finish. Now without sounding like too much of a spoil sport, may we remind parents or guardians that under 11s must be accompanied at all times. This is parkrun policy to which we have to abide by.


We also had 3 generations of runners from the Lyles-McCourt family doing the parkrun, mum Caroline and daughter Olivia both ran round while grandad Tim Lyles took a more leisurely pace with 4 year old Emma. Emma previously finished the course on her 4th birthday but didn’t seem so impressed today and after completing 3 laps (still a great achievement for her age) she sent grandad on his way to complete the course.


One final mention, although there have been quite a few of us who have been to all the Bramley parkrun’s Graham Fisher, James Leach, David Semmence, Peter Yates, Jean Hollings and myself there is now only one person to have completed all 9 of the runs. That is Samuel H Black, I guess having done a total of 76 parkrun’s he has his eye on a black 100 shirt. Only 24 to go, keep up the good work.


Thanks to all of you for choosing to run with us at Bramley and we hope to see you all again soon. Once again special thanks to all the volunteers who gave up their time to make this happen. We always need volunteers so if you’d like to offer please get in touch by email at bramleyhelpers@parkrun.com  or via the Bramley parkrun Facebook page.

This week’s Run Director was Gemma Rathbone and the run report was done by Andrew Groves next week Andrew Groves will also be your Run Director. Hope to see you all there.


Andy & Team Bramley


Bramley parkrun
Event number 9
8th August 2015

Male placings:
David WOODHEAD (VM40-44) of Pudsey Pacers RC, was first over the line in 18:44 - first appearance.
Kevin EAGLESTONE (VM35-39) of Woodkirk Striders, was second over the line in 19:08.
Paul MILLER (SM30-34) of Kirkstall Harriers, was third over the line in 19:31.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
David SEMMENCE (Pudsey Pacers RC) 798 pts.
James LEACH (Unattached) 640 pts.
Andy GROVES (Unattached) 589 pts.

Female placings:
Helen RODEN (VW40-44) of Abbey Runners Leeds, was first (19th overall) over the line in 22:29 - first appearance.
Beverley Jane SMITH (VW50-54) of Horsforth Harriers, was second (27th overall) over the line in 23:42.
Katie TAYLOR (SW25-29) of Abbey Runners Leeds, was third (29th overall) over the line in 23:48.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Tracey HOWSON (Unattached) 743 pts.
Jennifer TIMMS (Unattached) 690 pts.
Rachel FEATHER (Unattached) 574 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
David WOMERSLEY (VM60-64) was graded 77.70% for the time 21:00 (8th overall).
Jonathan EAGLE (VM55-59) was graded 75.82% for the time 20:16 (4th overall).
David WOODHEAD (VM40-44) was graded 73.40% for the time 18:44 (first overall).

This week there were 151 runners, of whom 53 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different athletics clubs took part.

Bramley parkrun started on 13th June 2015, and since then 677 different runners, including participants from 59 athletics clubs, have completed 1,328 runs covering a total distance of 6,640 km, and there have been 316 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.

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