Horton Park parkrun is cancelled on 31 October 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Christmas and New Year 2019/2020

We will be parkrunning at Horton Park on 25th December 2019 and 1st January 2020.
We will start at 9am as usual.

Regular parkruns on Saturdays will continue as normal.


A tourist eye view

One Saturday we had a lovely run report contribution from one of our tourists, Philip Davison. Not sure many of us regulars agree with the notion that our parkrun is less hilly than Bradford or Halifax but I'm sure for the fleet footed it may feel that way!
Thank you Philip for taking the time to come run with us and write a report about it.

Horton Park parkrun
Event number 156
9th June 2018

This week’s run report is brought to you by Uber-tourist Philip Davidson from Red Rose Road Runners based in Preston, Lancashire.

As a NW parkrun Regionnaire with a Tourist Quotient of 52% and a current NENYD (Nearest Event Not Yet Done) of Wepre it was to Yorkshire I returned for the second time in three weeks and more specifically Horton Park parkrun in West Yorkshire.

Designed by the landscape gardener and surveyor William Gay and opened in 1878, Horton Park is laid out around a broad, straight promenade with a winding carriage drive around the periphery which, you guessed it, forms the parkrun course. On arrival at the park and very kindly having been allowed to use the facilities across the way at Horton Park Health Centre in the shadow of the impressive Al-Jamia Suffa-Tul-Islam Grand Mosque, I parked up at the main entrance to the park set back off Horton Park Avenue, itself marked by an impressive semi-circular forecourt and two pairs of iron gates.
Horton Park parkrun was specially selected as it was my NENYD to the sixth round of the PBGP (Pendle & Burnley Grand Prix) and the start of the Weets Fell Race at 11am and which afforded me an hour’s drive from Bradford to Barnoldswick. What I wasn’t expecting was for more than one of the locals to quickly impress upon me that Horton Park was one constant hill ahead of my fell race as I’d somehow managed to convince myself that it was a flat one!
With 220ft of elevation it’s certainly no Whinlatter Forest (674ft), Lyme Park (411ft), Watergrove (381ft), Cuerden Valley (345ft), Lancaster (326ft), Pendle (311ft) or Bestwood Village (309ft) for my Midland friends. It’s No Halifax (298ft), Oakwell Hall (284ft) or Bolton (234ft) either but it does officially beat the likes of Rotherham (201ft), Witton (187ft), Preston (151ft) and Fountains Abbey (117ft).

What I can say is that I loved the course and the friendly marshals; a proper parkrun course, and one that I was able to ease myself into ahead of the fell race, recording negative splits on each subsequent lap. Good to see the No barcode No Result No Exceptions being adhered to at the end which isn’t always the case.
This week 69 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:
Andrew SZYMANSKI (19:10) secured first finisher position at the 4th time of asking having finished 3rd, 3rd and 2nd on his previous visits.
First woman Ally CANNING (CSSC Sports & Leisure, 24:00) made it 3 first place visits in a row having finished 4th woman on her first visit.
The highest age grading was Simon BRADY (21:02), his 71.87% placing him 5th on the day.
Most impressively Oliver BUTTERS 24:59 helped Dad Nick BUTTERS to a new PB of 25:00.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Horton Park parkrun results page
There were no individual milestones celebrated today but it was noted than Horton Park parkrun recently celebrated their 3rd anniversary having commenced on 30th May 2015.
The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:37 on 19th November 2016 (event number 79).
The male record is held by James HABERGHAM who recorded a time of 16:13 on 23rd December 2017 (event number 134).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela OLDHAM who recorded 91.15% (22:14) on 8th April 2017 (event number 99).

Finally, Philip Davidson, in finishing in 23:23, was still left still searching for those elusive Stopwatch Bingo finishing seconds of 00, 05, 37, 40, 42, 44 and 54 to add to his collection of 53/60. Unfortunately for him his 2018 PBGP journey ended at Weets as he landed heavily on his right ankle leaping a stream and is looking at a possible lengthy period on the sidelines. He did however have a fabulous morning at Horton Park parkrun.

If you want to know more about ‘parkrun tourism’, search for ‘parkrun Cowell Club’ or check out the ‘UK parkrun tourists’ Facebook group. If you’d like to see your parkrun results lit up with badges and challenges then you’ll need to use Google Chrome and install the parkrun Chrome extension


100 runs at Horton Park

A guest report by Barry Shackleton
HORTON PARK PARKRUN REPORT #100 – 15th April 2017

We are all chasing our own individual run numbers ….. 10, then 50, then 100, and so on. And it is no different for the parkruns themselves and the Event Directors and the team who run Horton Park are today celebrating the 100th running of the parkrun. Eighty runners lined up at the start to get round as quickly as possible so as to get to the cup-cakes and other goodies at the finish, and they were given a calm spring morning to enjoy.

Finishing ahead of the rest of the field was Imran Asghar of Queensbury RC who finished almost a minute ahead of everyone, else and his time of 18:45 was just 3 seconds outside his Personal Best. This was Imran’s 33rd parkrun of which 26 have been with us, although we haven’t seen him for 10 weeks so he has come back in style. He continues his impressive results on the course with his 8th time in first place and 21st time finishing in the top 3 places. In second position was Simon Brady, another runner from Queensbury RC who finished in 19:48 which was a new Personal Best time. He takes 9 seconds from his time of 4 months ago and this was his 30th run at Horton Park. Haaris Khan was 3rd and was the first Junior runner home, and Haaris is a true Horton parkrun passionista having done all his 39 parkruns here. He has managed to finish in 3rd place on 3 occasions but being a Junior-15 category runner it can only be a matter of time before he comes first.

The first lady to finish was Rachel Bentley of Durham City Harriers AC who was 6th position overall. She was followed by Joanna Lockwood who is another Queensbury RC runner and running at Horton Park for the 66th time in her 86 parkruns.

On this day of celebration there were 12 runners who managed to run a Personal Best time, for their own personal achievement. Those riding home on the PB Express are Simon Brady, H Ditta, Dianne Simpson, Hanif Khan, Ann Upton, Deborah Peacock, Sohail Moran, Emily and Alice Patterson, Dina Bhagwakar, Sophie Emptage and Reshma Patel. At Horton parkrun the average number of Personal Bests achieved per week is 12 so we were bang on the money this week. None of the Personal Bests changed any of the existing Category Records.

Not quite a Personal Best this week for Helen Trevisani who was running her 58th parkrun (57 at Horton Park), and was being paced by Alun Griffiths who had promised to set a 28-minute pace. In a demonstration of perfect pacing Alun came home in 27:56, with Helen on exactly the same time, and managing her 3rd ever fastest time on the course, so well done the pair of you.

There were just 2 First Timers who joined the parkrun party at Horton this week, both of who were running their very first parkrun events. We welcome Michael Peel and Humairah Khan who are two of more than 10,000 runners across the UK who ran their first ever parkruns this week and join the ever growing parkrun family.

35 runners were ladies and 45 were men, and there were 5 juniors. Don’t forget that while we love the youngsters running with us, if the junior is under the age of 11 they MUST be accompanied at all times during the run by an adult, which doesn’t have to be a parent, but should be someone they know.

On Saturday there was just 1 runner who was shown as ‘unknown’. It’s terrible to have a brilliant run, maybe get a Personal Best, and then fail to have it recognised because you have no barcode. PLEASE …. Don’t Forget Your Barcode. Need a new barcode? Or would you like your result as a text? Follow the link to your profile from your latest results email. And remember please don’t take home your finish tokens. They are not souveniers …….. DON’T BE A TOKEN MAGPIE. Also, just a reminder that you cannot produce your barcode as a photograph on a mobile telephone which is not one of the many official ways of having your time recorded.

35 runners today were attached to running clubs and there were 44 unattached runners. The running club providing the most runners was Queensbury RC with 7, Saltaire Striders with 5 and Eccleshill Roadrunners with 4. Since Horton Park started Saltaire Striders have seen 69 of their runners finish 488 times, with 67 Queensbury runners finishing on 617 occasions and 44 Eccleshill Roadrunners finishing 268 times.

Those celebrating milestones with us this week were:
Rachel Parker (Saltaire Striders) 125 runs
Philip Jones (Baildon Runners) 100 runs. Philip shares the 100 celebration with Horton Park by running his own 100th run today and gets himself a Jet Black commemorative T-shirt. He has run 32 times with us (57 times at Bradford) with his first one being at the inaugural event in May 2015. He has run Personal Best times on 3 occasions, the current one being from November 2015 when he ran 23:15.

Number of Commemorative T-shirts on show today:
Junior White (10 runs) – 3 runners
Cardinal Red (50 runs) – 16 runners
Jet Black (100 runs) – 27 runners
Green (250 runs) – 0 runners
Blue (500 runs) – 0 runners

The top 5 attendees this week were:
Adrian Thomas (Marple Runners) 238 runs
Christopher Healy (Airedale Dodgers) 235 runs
Kim James (Eccleshill Road Runners) 230 runs
Andrew Byrom (North Leeds Fell Runners) 219 runs
H Ditta 219 runs
These five runners have completed 1,141 parkruns between them.

Keep in touch with the latest goings-on at Horton Park parkrun using one of the following media:
Twitter: www.twitter.com/hortonparkparkrun
Facebook: www.facebook.com/hortonparkparkrun
Flickr: www.flickr.com/groups/hortonpark-parkrun
There are some brilliant photos on Facebook and Flickr so if you are on one of them, feel free to copy it for your personal collection.

Want to give feedback? Have anything to say or want anyone mentioned in future run reports? Are there any corrections needed to this report? Please e-mail hortonparkoffice@parkrun.com

VOLUNTEERS – REMEMBER that parkrun can only take place weekly because of the volunteers and marshalls who give up their time on a Saturday morning. If you want to get involved, email hortonparkhelpers@parkrun.com. This week, we had 11 credited volunteers so thank you all, and we hope you enjoyed the atmosphere of volunteering at our 100th parkrun.
And potential runners remember that to officially take part at Horton Park (or any other parkrun anywhere) you need to be registered at www.parkrun.org.uk but you only need to register once and the barcode they give you will be needed each week when you have finished the run. DON’T FORGET YOUR BARCODE.

This week’s UK Stats: 90 parkruns staged today set new attendance records. There were 440 parkruns, 8 cancellations, and the total UK senior parkrun population was 120,687 which is the highest daily total ever seen at combined UK parkruns. By running at Horton park today you have been part of parkrun history.

Horton Park parkrun started on the 30th May 2015 with 118 runners and 16 volunteers. That attendance remains as the second biggest ever, only beaten by the 134 runners who appeared at run #53 in May 2016. The course record was set in May 2016 (at our first birthday celebrations) by Chris Williams in 16:39, and the female course record was set by Hannah Oldroyd in November 2016 at 18:37. [And in a strange twist of synchronicity, here I am writing the Horton Park run report, while my wife is holidaying in New Zealand running at Rhodes parkrun with ………. Horton Park Female record holder Hannah Oldroyd!] There have been 1,402 different runners on the course, representing 148 different running clubs, and they have completed 6,225 runs. The average attendance is 62 every week and there have been 1,181 Personal Bests. Our attendance record is 134 and Horton Park parkrunners have completed 31,125 Km and have been running for over 132 days.

And that’s it for the report for run #100.

Finally, a little confession. I offered to write this run report because I was intending being a First Timer with you at the 100th event, but circumstances dictated that I could not make it on the day, so instead, I will be there with you NEXT WEEK when I hope to meet a few of you. I will be wearing my 250 run T-shirt and my Cow Cowl so why not come up to say hello. We are a friendly group.

After reading this run report, if you fancy writing your own and putting your slant on it, get in touch. We would love to hear from you. See you next week – I promise to be there this time!

Barry Shackleton #lovehortonparkparkrun


Festive parkruns at Horton Park

Weather permitting we will be hosting parkruns on :-

Saturday 24th December
Saturday 31st December
Sunday 1st January 9am

Anyone wanting to parkrun on Christmas Day pop along to Lister Patk and join the festivities at Bradford parkrun 9am.

Have a happy and safe festive season

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