Saturday 8th February 2020 dawned, the sun was shinning, the wind was but a gentle breeze - the calm before the storm - & 478 runners, joggers and walkers assembled at the start line. It was an extra special day at Heslington as it was the 100th Parkrun. There was lots of excitement as everyone waited for Paul, the Run Director, to set us on our way. As usual there were pushchairs and prams and some very excited dogs, all eager to get going.
Of the 478, 45 were first timers, 117 recorded new Personal Bests and 36 different clubs were represented.
Today we also had a number of records set and dynamic duo Amy and Jen Bennison both ran their 100th parkrun. They are regulars at Heslington and it was great to see them both achieve this momentous event today; what is even more amazing is that Amy is just 8 years old & has already clocked up over 300 miles at parkruns - well done Amy
Also hitting milestones today were Jonathan Fox who ran his 100th, Chris Morris who ran his 50th and Melissa Adams and George Burt both ran their 10th parkruns; brilliant work all round.
First male home today was Heslington regular & fans favourite Jordan Howe who also set a new course record of 15mins and 30seconds. So many of us were thrilled that the course record now sits with a regular & local runner. Jordan was also the 7th fastest male in the UK on the 8th February.
First Female home today was Georgina Weston another regular at Heslington.
Of course none of us would have been able to get out there and strut our stuff today, whether that is running, jogging or walking, without the fabulous hi-viz heroes who give us their time for us. Todays 47 volunteers were:
Andrew MCMORRIS • Stephen WILSON • Ste ROBSON • Emma SIMMONS • Ruth ROBSON • John FOTHERGILL • Kevin HIND • Joseph ROBSON • Jane MORBY • Eleanor EASTWOOD • Rob HUNT • Chris COOPER • Matthew WILCOCK • James OLLERENSHAW • Paul EASTWOOD • Abbie EASTWOOD • Dan EASTWOOD • Josh MCMORRIS • Adrian GUNN • Graham ROBERTSON • William HARGREAVES • Stephen CLARKE • Kate BOYD • David SPILLETT • Nick SHIPLEY • Paul LISTER • Don GUNN • Jordan HOWE • Jake STEPHENS • Leigh SHIPLEY • Jonny WISE • Gareth BOWKER • Lucy HART • Claire WILSON • Dean STARKEY • Jack SLOCOMBE • Ashley SMITH • Jamie INCH • Olivia BOWLING • Emma GILMORE • Valda BARNETT • Daniel BUTCHER • Joseph DAVIES • Ceri WYBORN • Tasmin SARAI • Amy CARTON
And let’s not forget Woody who had a central role at the turn about point, barking us on
Also a huge thanks to Ruth Robson for the flapjack, it was absolutely delicious and also to Ste Robson for undertaking rigorous quality control checks.
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 7,134 participants have completed 34,616 parkruns covering a total distance of 173,080 km, including 6,928 new Personal Bests. A total of 576 individuals have volunteered 2,994 times.