More tourists than Nelson’s column!


As someone who has volunteered every week since we started and since this friendly community had filled up all the slots this week, I took the opportunity to run this one.

On a lovely sunny but cold morning, I arrived to help mark out the course and was accosted by a member of Dewsbury road runners to take a photo of their 9 touring members. I soon realised they weren’t even the biggest group of tourists, as the 14 Red Rose runners made themselves known! There were also visitors from Dalby Forest, Didsbury, Roundhay, Bramley, Reading and erm… Australia! great to see!

After listening to run director Vicki’s pre-run briefing we set off on the first couple of gentle laps. I was chatting to one of the tourists from Preston briefly, well that all stopped when we hit the hill! Although it is a big struggle getting up into those woods I am proud of our scenic and varied course and we have had so many complimentary comments about it. The rest of the run was a wheezy blur and despite enjoying it I was ecstatic to see marshal Brenda at the top of that hill for the third time, knowing it was downhill all the way to the finish (pretty much). Then the finishing sprint and a couple of minutes trying to recover before heading back to cheer on the rest of the finishers.

Thanks to all the volunteers, you were all great and did brilliant dealing with a couple of challenging situations. Special mentions to the enthusiastic Paul Lister, who came from Pickering on the North Yorks moors with family members who were running and volunteered to marshal to cheer them on, that’s how to do it! Also to Lucy for doing a great job dealing with the irate council driver and to Keri, Dawn and Vicki for dealing with the incident at the bottom of the hill. Best wishes to the lady who fell, I hope you have recovered and that we will see you again very soon!

Don’t forget next week (11th May) there is no parkrun because of the Flower Scar fell race which is based in the park. I am looking forward to taking the opportunity to do a bit of tourism of my own and notch up my 99th parkrun somewhere!



This week 188 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 80 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

William WORBOYS • Sarah FARNELL • Laura PIKE • Richard OTTAWAY • Paula MACLACHLAN • Paul LISTER • Rebecca SCOTT • Karen EMMOTT • Vicki HONEYSETT • Daisy Clear CLEAR • Helen ENEVOLDSON • Dawn DOWDING • Keri SPARKES • Irene EAMES • Lucy YEATMAN • Louise SMITH • Brenda URQUHART

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

The male record is held by Andrew WORSTER who recorded a time of 17:00 on 30th March 2019 (event number 4).
The female record is held by Holly PAGE who recorded a time of 18:39 on 30th March 2019 (event number 4).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sue BECCONSALL who recorded 88.58% (21:18) on 20th April 2019 (event number 7).

Centre Vale parkrun started on 9th March 2019. Since then 970 participants have completed 1,663 parkruns covering a total distance of 8,315 km, including 306 new Personal Bests. A total of 45 individuals have volunteered 145 times.