Run report for Harrogate parkrun 363

Hey folks, here's a sneak peak into some of the things that happened at Harrogate parkrun yesterday morning on a chilled Stray. The cold brought all the hardcore people out. Clear skies and a sparkle to the ground for perfect firm footings, not a drop of mud to be found!

It was COLD! Now when I say cold, what I really mean is windchill... "I am so cold my face won't move, I think my feet are still attached and my hands have definitely fallen off. I can't talk more than a muffled mumble that sounds like something Chewbacca would say, if he was lost on a mountain with Eliza from Frozen, building a snowman". But you will be pleased to hear no volunteers were harmed and all runners came home to the funnel :D:D:D

Speaking of volunteers, how amazing were they?! They were cheering, smiling and clapping, some had Christmas hats, some had thermals and one had the spirit of Christmas musically drifting from her rucksack. I can't put in words well enough to describe how wonderful and hardy these people were! One of our RD's today was Linda. She faced the challenge of speed briefing and only her second time at Harrogate! Thank you so much everyone.

There were some lovely first timers, determined not to let anything stop them joining in the fun. We had lots of lovely visitors and despite temperatures some PB's. And then all of us superb regulars, one of whom is Andrew DOBBY. He was first of the fellas home in a cracking time of 17:38. Andy can often be seen holding the token box at the end of a run, waiting til everyone has finished :D.  Emma PEEL a first timer at Harrogate and a junior was first of the ladies in 21:06, just wow!  Since I am sure you would love to know, I ran my little heart out. I didn't come first, didn't get a PB and loved every frozen step. Made sure everything was packed up, got a free coffee at Marconi's with my stamp card, then watched Linda process the results. Occasionally helping with words of encouragement :D Perfect really :D

We have some milestones to celebrateMax BISHOP gained his junior 10 milestone,  Andrew DAVIS reached his 100th run milestone and George SHARRATT, another junior, reached his 50th milestone. Well done all!

That's it from me until next week, where there is more parkrun, Alex and I are already poised with double gloves and buffs just in case!

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 -  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 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 363
15th December 2018

This week 296 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Sean BRENNAN • Dawn RICHARDSON • Ted WELTON • Louisa WELTON • David HARRIS • Joseph HARRIS • Neil RAMSHAW • Martin LOFTHOUSE • Sarah LOFTHOUSE • Nicola CARTER • Fiona BARKLEY • Caroline RAINBOW - GARDENER • Matt PAXTON • Andrea PRICE • Jane ROBBINS • Martin THORNTON • Linda DODSWORTH • Steve DODSWORTH • Helen BARKER • Dan YOUNG • James YOUNG • Mark SHELTON • Gavin SMITH • Martin SLOAN • Susan ROGERS • Billy FOX • Kim ROGERS • Lesley DAY • Jake ROGERS

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 Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 14:54 on 3rd November 2018 (event number 357).
The Age Grade course record is held by Andy GRANT who recorded 90.63% (16:01) on 1st September 2018 (event number 348).

Harrogate parkrun started on 21st January 2012. Since then 13,494 participants have completed 107,530 parkruns covering a total distance of 537,650 km, including 18,242 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,241 individuals have volunteered 8,008 times.