Run report for Harrogate parkrun #341

There was a bit of excitement on the Stray over the weekend. On Friday evening if you hadn't know already, it was becoming visibly obvious that something special and pink was about to happen.Ted and I had a bit of fun exploring the course Friday eve and trying out the 'live' video streaming to keep you all updated on Facebook. Much to our amusement, when trying to demonstrate where the alternative finish would be, it seems mirror images of live phone video makes lefts and rights look opposite and backwards...well, we had fun anyway :D:D:D Many people commented on liking the changes to the finish.

The Stray on Saturday was a buzz with physicality. 1st event was Harrogate parkrun, 2nd was kids pretty muddy followed by adults pretty muddy, then on Sunday another run for race for life!

A huge cheer to all who tuck part at parkrun and the later events, whether that was, volunteering (HEROES), walking, running, skipping, crawling or sliding about in mud. 'Us locals' did speculate that if pretty muddy had been earlier in the year the team wouldn't have needed to bring their own mud! Its brilliant to see so many people getting busy and active not only for themselves but for great causes and memories too!

A special thanks to our ED's Ted and Tracy and RD Alex for ensuring both parkrun and pretty muddy could share The Stray and show what community is all about. Many volunteers who helped with our event also stayed to help marshal the rest of the day. Kudos to those who helped or ran both!

There was a cracking turnout of 380 fabulous finishers and a good number of PBs. The sun definitely had its hat on beaming 'hooray'...anyone else felt like they were melting?

A bit of house keeping, please remember that under 11's must be within arms reach. We know it can be tricky when there's a 'budding young Bolt' or parent on 'extra coffee' (or lack of) but it is to keep us all safe and happy. We do check during the event and the results. If there are unaccompanied under 11's we can remove them from the results.

Congratulations to Ziva AYLESBURY and Anne BRANGAN on achieving 50 parkruns. Also to Ross THORNTON for reaching his 100th parkrun :D:D:D

What a busy day! We rounded off with coffee, chats and token sorting followed by an afternoon nap :D:D:D Enjoy the rest of the week folks, see you all same time, same place next weekend :D


Before we go here are a few reminders….

Post run refreshments - Join us at Caffe Marconi (2 Princes Square) each week after parkrun to catch up, process the results, have a coffee and a good old chat. The food and drinks are great and Sarah and her team are huge fans of parkrun! It's good fun and you can even get your result early!

In Case of Emergency - Please double check that your emergency contact details are complete and up to date on your parkrun profile. You'll find a link to your profile on your weekly results email and newsletters or via this How can I access my profile / account? link. It only takes a few moments, put could really help us to help you if and when you most need it.

Barcodes - Is your printed barcode looking tired or not scanning easily? There are a range of tough and durable plastic parkrun barcode ID tags and parkrun wristbands available via These are the only UK authorised and professionally printed tags and feature the parkrun branding and logo, your athlete details and can also be personalised with your ICE (In Case of Emergency) telephone number and additional information including specific medical details. They come in a range of options and can be attached to a key ring, laces, and running vest zip or worn on a lanyard.

Volunteering - We do ask that each of you, if possible, volunteer 3 times over the year. It is thanks to our great volunteer teams that parkruns around the world continue to happen every Saturday. Harrogate is no exception and without your kindness we would not be able to put on this wonderful free event. If you would like to help out please visit for more information or talk to anyone in a yellow vest on parkrun day and then email us at to get involved. If you still want to run don't let that put you off we have lots of jobs where you can still run !

And now the official bit.

Harrogate parkrun
Event number 341
14th July 2018

This week 380 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 56 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Tony LEDWABA-CHAPMAN • Stuart Michael HATFIELD • Tracy Louise ILES • Alexandra WHAPPLES • Adam ATKINSON • Ted WELTON • Louisa WELTON • Neil RAMSHAW • Jeremy SCOTT • Tracy ALLISON • Caroline RAINBOW - GARDENER • Andrea PRICE • Ben JOHNSON • Andrew LAVERACK • Kerry LAVERACK • Ben LAVERACK • Jeff WALKER • David SHORES • Benjamin LAWSON • Theo LAWSON • Francesca WHAPPLES • Natasha HAMILTON • Max HAMILTON • Ashleigh BURNS • Louise BUCK • Ruth MANN

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

The female record is held by Rosie SMITH who recorded a time of 17:28 on 3rd October 2015 (event number 196).
The male record is held by Paul POLLOCK who recorded a time of 15:14 on 7th October 2017 (event number 303).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ben GRANT who recorded 89.30% (19:19) on 23rd July 2016 (event number 239).

Harrogate parkrun started on 21st January 2012. Since then 12,528 participants have completed 98,940 parkruns covering a total distance of 494,700 km, including 17,041 new Personal Bests.