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