Dalby Forest parkrun
Event number 202
29th February 2020
Run report by Abbie from York:
The one where we ran the first ever leap year parkrun.
This week I ran my 67th parkrun and this run report knocks up my 21st volunteer credit. Me and two of my running pals made the journey from York to enjoy Dalby Forest’s beautiful parkrun on the first ever leap year parkrun day - 29th February.
Storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge have made running conditions a little difficult over the month of February and we saw many local parkrun cancellations this weekend due to flooding and winds. Thankfully the streams of Dalby weren’t torrents and the trees kept us sheltered from the gusts. The rain kept away for the majority of the run and we managed to enjoy mostly calm conditions.
So how can I describe Dalby Forest parkrun? The buzz at the beginning before the run was friendly as always, the run director had a very impressive bounding voice giving us the heads up about the course and giving shout outs to tourists and first timers. After setting off, the first 2km are mostly downhill through gravelly trails surrounded by trees, there’s a few small inclines and the second half is mostly flat. My favourite part is a small path through younger trees then over a bridge and past a stream. It’s an invigorating run through one of Yorkshire’s most beautiful settings, we are lucky that our local parkrun tourist spots from York include Dalby Forest, Fountains Abbey and Castle Howard.
There are some interesting Strava segments throughout the run; ‘Lions Tigers and Gruffalos’ being my favourite and I can totally relate to ‘The long drag back’ as that last 1-2km can feel much longer than it actually is! It’s always great to see a photographer at a parkrun and I love that he sits at the end waiting for the participants to climb that last little hill, seeing their faces of delight vs angst pass him by.
Thank you for letting us join your first ever leap day run, maybe see you all in 28 years when we get the joy of parkrunning on 29th February once a again.
Many thanks to Abbie!
This week 139 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:
Graham ROBINSON • Philip JACKSON • Sharon HOUGHTON • Mik LAMBERT • Amanda WELBURN-SMITH • Dean WISE • Martyn WARWICK • G. Sydney YOUNGSON • Janet TERRY • Rob NEWTON • Rory NEWMAN • Tilly WELBURN-SMITH • Victoria O'NEILL • Stephanie LACEY • Abigail BROOKS • Lucy HINCHLIFFE • Henry PICKERING • Rachel NEWTON • Albert LACEY • Matt KNIGHT • Lucy HODGSON • Mark HAYNES
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Dalby Forest parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Helen CROSS who recorded a time of 17:29 on 26th May 2018 (event number 111).
The male record is held by Kris LECHER who recorded a time of 15:13 on 1st June 2019 (event number 162).
The female record is held by Emily GELIPTER who recorded a time of 17:29 on 19th October 2019 (event number 181).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sue HASLAM who recorded 96.89% (20:55) on 19th May 2018 (event number 110).
Dalby Forest parkrun started on 19th March 2016. Since then 8,042 participants have completed 34,595 parkruns covering a total distance of 172,975 km, including 6,046 new Personal Bests. A total of 480 individuals have volunteered 4,042 times.