Harrogate parkrun #401 Run report

Well, it was another beautiful morning on the Stray made all the more beautiful by seeing 463 of you out on the start line. God, nothing makes me happier than seeing you parkrunners with your excited little parkrun faces. And what a way to start with little James perched on this Run Director’s shoulders to blow the starting whistle (good whistle action, there, James. Maybe a little more practice needed, but a solid first effort. 9/10 from me…).

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Now, can you believe this? We had 90 personal records broken today – an incredible number of personal bests. Well done, sausages, you’ve earned yourselves an extra cup of tea for that effort. Add to that number the 30 first timers who lined up for their three laps. Thanks for coming and we really hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we enjoyed meeting you. Before we move on to the roll call of milestones, birthdays and general outpourings of love and adorations, there’s time for a quick hello to our visitors from Sutton (population of 204,525 squeezed into 16.93sq miles, if you’re taking notes) and from Tasmania. Lovely to have you with us and welcome to God’s Own County.

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Sarah Lofthouse celebrated her 50th parkrun with getting herself a brand new personal best. She’s from Nidd Valley, you know, which is scientifically proven to be the best running club in town (sorry, Ted). There were huge celebrations too for Sue Simpson (also Nidd Valley #justsaying) who marked her 250th parkrun. Sue was really worried that I’d use the run briefing to remind people that she once got locked in toilets on the Stray before parkrun a couple of years ago. So I won’t mention the fact she got locked in the lav. When it comes to Sue being locked in the lav, everyone here at parkrun HQ would appreciate it if you could keep it to yourself. Thanks very much.

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While we are singing people’s praises from the rooftops, we’ve got to take the time to sing a very happy birthday to Mabel Stoner who celebrated her sixth birthday with three laps of the Stray. Also marking his birthday, Mark Shelton may be approaching the age where birthdays are less of a cause for celebration, but there were still some cheers for Mark before he went home for his 38 birthday bumps.

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Thanks very much – as ever – to the wonderful volunteers who keep the event humming and turned out again this week. Special thanks go to this week's tail walker, Neil Ramshaw, who took his 200th spin round the Stray today. A great achievement, I think!

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That’s your lot from me. Excellent running all round team and see you all next week. Have a wonderful week.

Sam x

That's it for now, just 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 (oh my, the cakes..!) 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!

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And now the official bit:

Harrogate parkrun Event number 401 7th September 2019

This week 463 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 89 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Alexandra WHAPPLES • Ted WELTON • Philip CARLING • Neil RAMSHAW • Fiona BARKLEY • Sharon Elizabeth HARDCASTLE • David PHELAN • Jules FARROW • Katie RIGBY • Paul DEVALL • Barry JOHNSON • Sam FUGILL • Jay NORTON • Jane ROBBINS • Phil VENTRESS • Emma BRAUNTON • Louise MCMANUS • Jeff WALKER • Elizabeth JACKSON • James SHARRATT • Gavin SMITH • Martin SLOAN • Freya PARKER • Paul JACKSON • Carmen ROWELL • Mark EDWARDS • Edward GREEN • Claire GREATHEAD

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 15,526 participants have completed 124,665 parkruns covering a total distance of 623,325 km, including 20,512 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,338 individuals have volunteered 9,117 times.

Note to Sam Nidd may be "scientifically proven to be the best running club in town" but Striders are the best in the area #sayin