“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.


“It’s upwards flat at Bramley”

The second Bramley parkrun saw slightly less damp conditions, and our volunteers raring and ready to go again.   We warmly welcomed 122 runners to us for the first time.  Our Event Director Graham took to the running field to prove it’s not an uphill…it’s a going upwards flat! We also had parkrun tourist from as far away as Sheffield.


After a fervent set of announcements from our first time Run Director Andrew Groves (no nerves, his hands were steady as a rock)  a strong field of 169 people set out on our up’n’down course to much rapturous cheering. 


First Person back this week was Connor Craig-Jackson of Skyrac AC in 17:03, and setting a new PB for himself, with our 2nd and 3rd males being Robert Cumming of Leeds &Bradford Triathalon Club in 17:56 and Michael Vargas in 18:16.  Our first female over the line this week was Lucy Rider of Hyde Park Harriers in 23:32, with Beverly Hurst of Horsforth Harriers in 23:51 in 2nd and Tracey Howson was 3rd female in 24:17.


38 people recorded a new Personal Best with us this week and we had the pleasure of  representatives  from 18 different running clubs and would like to offer our thanks again for their continued support. 


A very special mention needs to go out to Jayne’s Joggers, who came to Bramley parkrun to do their very first 5k!  Well done ladies what a fantastic achievement for you all.  Another mention also needs to go out to the almost 40 people who were doing a parkrun for the very first time, and we look forward to welcoming many many more.

Just one more mention  goes out to Dan wilkinson from Dan wilkinson photograhy who gave up his time to take some fantastic pictures from this weeks event thank you Dan your efforts


This weeks run report was done by Jemma Roe & your RD next week is Graham Fisher

See you all next week

Jemma & Team Bramley




“We’re off to a flying start”

After a few months of hard work behind the scenes,the day had finally arrived for the inaugural Bramley parkrun. From far and wide 227 runners decended upon Bramley park, in the West Leeds area to test the course. They experienced the testing hills and turns of the 4 lap course on this damp Saturday morning.


We had visitors from South and East Yorkshire, Lancashire and other regions. We also had great friends visiting from Temple Newsam, Woodhouse Moor and Roundhay Park who joined us to either run or volunteer.

The local running clubs around West Leeds also turned out to support Bramley parkrun, the most enjoyable part being Pudsey and Bramley athletics club brought along 18 of their juniors to run the event. One day we hope to see one of them in the Great Britain team at the Olympics.

This week, event director Graham Fisher was run director for the day. He did a great job and thanked the local councillors Kevin Ritchie and Fiona Venters , who were instrumental in getting Bramley parkrun off the ground.


Out on the course Gregan Clarkson was 1st over the line in 16:57 followed by Connor Craig-Jackson in 17:09, and the 3rd male over the was Neil Armitage in a time of 17:50.

1st female over the line was Dawn Broom in a time of 22:25, 2nd female over the line was Carrol Dudley in a time of 23:16 and 3rd female was Alison Smith in a time of 23:59.

Special mentions this week go out to James Vickers and Thomas Gatehouse who both completed their 150th parkrun, which is a fantastic achievement. Matthew Hick also completed his 50th parkrun, welcome to the 50 club Matthew.


parkrun/Feedback so far has already been brilliant and it was great to receive so much support and thanks. We would like to say a massive thankyou to everybody who has made Bramley parkrun happen. Please remember that parkrun is managed entirely by volunteers, so put your name down on the list and get involved, YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO!

Next Week your RD is Andrew Groves

See you all next Saturday morning

Graham & Team Bramley




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