Heslington parkrun is cancelled on 2020-11-28 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Heslington parkrun #104 – International Women’s Day

Heslington parkrun no. 104: International Women's Day with #ThisGirlCan

International Women's Day is not only about celebrating the achievements of women, but also looking at what we can do personally to help improve gender balance at work, in sport, everywhere. Why not invite your female friends and colleagues to join in the next parkrun?

The current holder of the 268 Mile Montane Spine Race record is 35-year-old Jasmin Paris, and at the other end of the distance spectrum this year in February Charlotte Arter broke the female parkrun record (which she held) at Cardiff, setting the new record of 15:49.

This week 205 women ran, jogged, and walked Heslington parkrun. At least 12 of the pacers were women this week covering 20-35minutes. Our run director Clare Stones was volunteering for the 25th time and Emily Baines was the first female home with a time of 18:22.

As well as all the great things women were doing today, we were also joined by 265 men in the chilly March sunshine, including James Chiverton who achieved his 50th Parkrun, and a special guest appearance from Andrew Lane, a tourist from Norwich who was one of the first parkrunners at the original parkrun in Bushy Park. Jack Eggington was our first male home with a PB of 16.24.

Thanks are due to all of the volunteers of all genders, without whom parkrun couldn't happen, and extra thanks for the cake which helped fuel my cycle ride home!

Would like to give a special mention to Amanda Cooper who was our first ever Sign Language support volunteer at Heslington, she did an amazing job of showing how our parkrun encourages everyone to take part. Thank you Amanda.

This week 470 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 68 were first timers and 100 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 49 volunteers:

Emma SIMMONS • Geoff MARCHMENT • Hollis LANSFORD • Georgina WESTON • Eleanor EASTWOOD • Rob HUNT • Amanda COOPER • Chris COOPER • Celia MAUGHAN • Paul EASTWOOD • James CARTER • Hayley JACKSON • Clare CHAPPELL • Graham ROBERTSON • Rob WHITE • Ian HARGREAVES • William HARGREAVES • Nick BOYD • Kate BOYD • Sally POLKEY • Nick SHIPLEY • Shona GILLEGHAN • Abigail EASTWOOD • Jordan HOWE • Emily BAINES • Louise BARCLAY JOHNSON • Helen GRAINGER • Jackie MITCHELL • Leigh SHIPLEY • Jonny WISE • Amy IREDALE-MITCHELL • Clare STONES • Hayley DUMONT • Spike CHAPPELL • Helena SENIOR • Angela EKERS • Kevin THOMAS • Emma GILMORE • Debbie FALGATE • Julie LINLEY • Lesley KNEVITT • Sarah GALLAGHER • Jon DAKEYNE • Valda BARNETT • Daniel BUTCHER • Joseph DAVIES • Tasmin SARAI • Amy CARTON • Lucas SHIPLEY

 

Run Report #103 – The Mad One

It’s a leap year - and today was the ‘extra’ day! Saturday 29th February - and another wet and windy weekend in York begins. But does anything deter our redoubtable parkrunners? It does not! And as a throng of people along with assorted dogs gathered at the Heslington start line for the 103rd Heslington parkrun, our reward was a blue sky and sunshine.

Today there was an exceptional turn out, with visitors from Leicester, Lewes and Lancaster (to name a few) running alongside fugitives from New Earswick (currently doubling as a mud spa) and York Knavesmire where the high tide had come in, catering for a range of water birds and aquatic species. No fins and flippers, no run. Although our participant from the Great Britain Underwater Hockey Team might have enjoyed the experience.

With cheers for our trusty volunteers, a lengthier than usual description of the route and rounds of applause for milestone achievers, we were off; an augmented crowd of 518 eager people to run, walk, and jog the five circuits of the track that made today’s ‘Plan B’ parkrun.

Parkrunners are always a friendly, chatty bunch but today was made exceptional by sheer numbers, many meeting long lost friends from far climes (Arbroath, Newark, Boston Spa and Acomb) and due to the compact nature of the course. And the rain held off until (almost) the end!

A huge vote of thanks is due to all of the volunteers who worked this week to set up the course, marshal, cheer us on, scan bar codes and all the other jobs that ensure that we are able to run. Without your help, runs would not take place. We really do appreciate what you do for us!

This week our volunteers included the following amazing people:
Abbey DRIFFIELD, Adrian GUNN, Amy IREDALE-MITCHELL, Andrew MCMORRIS, Ashley SMITH, Catherine MEZZETTI, Celia MAUGHAN, Daniel BUTCHER, Don GUNN, Ed MEZZETTI, Eleanor EASTWOOD, Frank MC LOUGHLIN, Gabriel UTTLEY, Geoff MARCHMENT, Helen GRAINGER, Hollis LANSFORD, Jack SLOCOMBE, Jamie INCH, Jeffrey WOOLHOUSE, Jonny WISE, Jordan HOWE, Joseph DAVIES, Kate MILLS, Kevin THOMAS, Liz PIPER, Louise STRINGER, Matthew PAGE, Paul EASTWOOD, Pepe THE ROMANIAN RESCUE DOG, Peter ATKINSON, Phil RADDALL, Rob HUNT, Ruth ROBSON, Sharon LYNN, Ste ROBSON, Valda BARNETT and William HARGREAVES

And a special mention to our tail walker this week: Pepe (with his owner Gabriel), all the way from Romania who was enthusiastic all of the way round his first ever parkrun. I wonder if there is a special T shirt for Romanian Rescue Dogs?

If you would like to join our band of happy volunteers - there are plenty of opportunities to help out and we are always pleased to see new recruits. Just take a look at our park run web page and send us an email at heslington@parkrun.com if you would like to take part as a volunteer. See you next Saturday!

Celebrations:
• Cheers today were in order for Garry Doubtfire celebrating his 250th run and for Hayley Dumont celebrating her 50th.
• Cheers also to the 54 runners who gained a new PB. Congratulations and well done!
• A round of applause too to the 13 people celebrating their very first parkrun, you know who you are and should be proud of your achievement. Hope to see you all again next week!

Random stats: today was the 29th and, in 29th place was Jordan Howe with a time of 19mins 56. And in 2nd place on the 2nd month of the year came Jasper Baker from Lewes in 17mins 20 whilst Katie Wise was second woman in. Well done.

For full results, see the results page at: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/heslington/results/latestresults/.

A word of encouragement - please don’t think you have to be another Roger Bannister or Kelly Holmes to join us. Whatever your speed or ability, you are welcome to join us. You will never be the last person in - we have a tail walker who takes that position - and there is usually the cafe at the end for a warming drink.

Whether you walk, run or jog, you deserve a round of applause for taking part and finishing this 5k course. Because for mast of us parkrun is not so much about racing and winning but a warm and welcoming social event with a run or walk thrown in for good measure. So come along and try us out! We look forward to seeing you again next Saturday.

Liz Piper

 

International Women’s Day special – Saturday 7th March 2020

Heslington parkrun is delighted to be one of the many parkruns around the world celebrating International Women’s Day on Saturday 7th March 2020. In England, #IWDparkrun is supported by This Girl Can, a campaign created by Sport England.
These days there are many barriers that hold people back from participating in social events like parkrun.
For some reason women are less likely than men to take part and to continue participating in parkrun, this is despite women making up 54% of overall registrations.
parkrun are taking the opportunity that International Women’s Day (#IWD) presents to encourage more women and girls to participate.

We would love you to join in the celebrations by bringing along a female friend, colleague or family member and walking, jogging, running or volunteering. You could even just come along to watch or cheer.

Don't panic guys, everyone is welcome at parkrun on International Women’s Day. Please come along and support Women's day whether it is running, walking or volunteering.

Heslington would love to support this event with a suggested purple dress code and would love to encourage a female team of pacers just for the day.

 

Heslington Run Report Event #102

If 23mph winds are your thing then Saturday was a real treat as 330 runners, joggers and walkers were propelled, blasted and wafted all over Lakeside Way.
The rain did stay away though - perhaps to the disappointment of Heslington first-timer Albie Gray, representing Great Britain Underwater Hockey (I'm intrigued!).

The squally conditions did not stop James White as he breezed home in 16:59, 54 seconds ahead of the second finisher, while Georgina Weston was first lady.

Georgina was 'taking it easy' by pacing 20 minutes, and she used that reserve of energy to go out and win the Snake Lane 10 mile race in Pocklington in one hour and two minutes on Sunday.

Very well done Georgina, and congratulations to everyone who wound their way around Snake Lane from everyone at Hes.

Back to parkrun and the mind boggles at the combined figure of 1,016 parkruns that Chris Jones and Liz Jones of Hyde Park Harriers have completed after finishing on Saturday.

There were also milestones for Kevin Thomas, reaching his 50th parkrun, while Tom Kingscott clocked his 200th.

Finally, as I write this, the forecast for next weekend is snow joke so don't forget your ice skates, or your barcode.

Heslington parkrun
Event number 102
22nd February 2020
This week 330 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 51 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 33 volunteers:

David MUCKERSIE • Andrew MCMORRIS • Emma SIMMONS • Rachel DIVER • Peter WHELAN • Hollis LANSFORD • Georgina WESTON • John FOTHERGILL • Eleanor EASTWOOD • Rob HUNT • Amanda COOPER • Paul EASTWOOD • Graham ROBERTSON • Kate BOYD • Gary ELLERBY • Don GUNN • Richard WYKES • Jordan HOWE • Tristran JACKSON-BROOKE • James CANN • Helen GRAINGER • John LEWIS • Clare STONES • Abbey DRIFFIELD • Jack SLOCOMBE • Olivia BOWLING • Hannah LIPTON • John LEWIS • Kevin THOMAS • Robin COUSINS • Poppy COUSINS • Julie LINLEY • Joseph DAVIES

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

The female record is held by Emma WAUDBY who recorded a time of 16:51 on 17th November 2018 (event number 40).
The male record is held by Jordan HOWE who recorded a time of 15:30 on 8th February 2020 (event number 100).
The Age Grade course record is held by Emma WAUDBY who recorded 91.99% (16:51) on 17th November 2018 (event number 40).
Heslington parkrun started on 13th January 2018. Since then 7,235 participants have completed 35,365 parkruns covering a total distance of 176,825 km, including 7,008 new Personal Bests. A total of 588 individuals have volunteered 3,072 times.

 

Heslington parkrun #101

Saturday February 15th - lovely weather for ducks.

“Why does it always rain on me? Is it because I parkran when I was seventeen?” - Travis

Saturday morning, and guess what? Another storm brewing. Must be time for parkrun! But instead of blaming it on the weatherman, or even singing in the rain, the committed were out at Heslington, running in the rain.

Forget the dark clouds looming on the horizon, ignore the storm-shaped weather forecast, what could be better than joining 418 other people to run, canter, trot or jog around Heslington’s 101st parkrun? What could be better? Well, I am sure that you may be able to think of a few things. But to the dedicated parkrunner and eager first timers alike, the thought of running around Heslington’s paved course amongst a friendly and chatty throng with the promise of cake at the end (thanks to Kim and friends) was enough to get us out in lycra, a brisk breeze and the fresh air. Some even came in shorts!!!! I suppose they do dry quicker than leggings...

Heslington is a paved course (or brick-lined river, depending on the weather), running around the athletics track then out along beside the lake, before returning for another loop- and-a-bit of the track/river. It is suitable for all weathers, unlike many grass-based parkruns. But this morning it had the added interest of ‘A wet bit’ and a ‘Muddy bit’ (to quote our amazing run director), and an attendant gaggle of geese watching in bewilderment as we ran past in the steadily gathering breeze.

Proving that there is someone up there who loves parkrunners (apart from the run director!) the rain held off until the very last lap of the track! Although I am sure that the fast bods were already home, showered, breakfasted and going about their daily tasks before some of us got to that bit. Just think, the rest of us had a free shower that was totally carbon-neutral! Many thanks to the amazing marshals who stood in the rain until the last runners were in and kept on smiling and cheering. We really appreciate you standing there in the rain and wind to encourage us. #RoundOfApplause.

Random stats:
• Congratulations to Don Formhals doing his 250th parkrun today, to Ian Fairlamb and Kim Middleton doing their 100th and to Elizabeth Foley, Luke Richardson, Susan Lang and Nicola Stojkovic who were running their 50th parkruns. Well done!
• Today there were 50 first timers - nice to see you all! And a special mention for the 10 runners who were doing their first ever parkruns. Congratulations for completing the course. We hope to see you again next week.
• February is the second month of the year – so we’re hailing the number 2’s… James White was 2nd male runner in and Catrin Donnelly was 2nd female.
• Today was also the 15th of the month – so, keeping with the numerical pattern, well done to Richard Carrick who came in 15th place.
• And – because this is an outstanding achievement – well done to the 55 people who achieved a new personal best… a round of applause and well done to you all!

(Full results can be found at: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/heslington/results/latestresults//)

This week our volunteers included the following people:
Abbey DRIFFIELD, Adam THOMAS, Adrian GUNN, Amy CARTON, Amy IREDALE-MITCHELL, Angela GRAHAM, Celia MAUGHAN, Claire INCH, Clare STONES, Don GUNN, Harry WYKES, Helen GRAINGER, Hem RANA, Ian FAIRLAMB, Jack SLOCOMBE, James WILLIAMSON, Jamie INCH, Jane CUNNINGHAM, Jane MORBY, Jeffrey WOOLHOUSE, Joni SOUTHALL, Jonny WISE, Jordan HOWE, Kate BOYD, Kevin HIND, Kevin THOMAS, Leigh SHIPLEY, Lucas SHIPLEY, Luke HARBORD, Nick BOYD, Nick SHIPLEY, Nicola CLEMENTS, Nicola STOJKOVIC, Olivia BOWLING, Richard WALKER, Richard WYKES, Rob HUNT, Sara HARBORD, Sebastian LAWRENCE, Tasmin SARAI, Tristan FEATHERBY, Valda BARNETT, Viki Bee CLARKE and William HARGREAVES

Thanks to all of you who turned up, set up the run, scanned barcodes, cheered us on and the myriad of other jobs that you do - parkrun could not take place without your help. You are amazing people and deserve a huge vote of thanks for all you do!

If you would like to join our band of happy volunteers - there are plenty of opportunities to help out and we are always pleased to see new recruits. Just take a look at our parkrun web page and send us an email at heslingtonhelpers@parkrun.com if you would like to take part as a volunteer.

A word of encouragement - please don’t think you have to be another Mo Farrah or Kelly Holmes to join us. Or even as good at running as that colleague who’s always popping off down the gym! Whatever your speed or ability, you are welcome to join us. You will never be the last person in - we have a tail walker who takes that position.

Whether you walk, run or jog, you deserve a round of applause for taking part and finishing this 5k course. Because for most of us parkrun is not so much about racing and winning, but a warm and welcoming social event with a run or walk thrown in for good measure. So come along and try us out! We look forward to seeing you again next Saturday at York Sport Village, Lakeside Way, Heslington, York YO10 5FG.

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