Huddersfield parkrun was “back to normal” this week… well as normal as you lot will allow it to be. We had a wonderful turnout of 446 runners and you all seemed a lot less spooky than you did the week before.
We had 4 dozen (that’s 48, to save you reaching for your calculator) first timers this week, with 10 of them visiting us from other parkruns!
I hope everyone enjoyed our heckling volunteers! Look at all of the fun YOU could be having by volunteering! It’s truly awesome!
Jude FAULKNER (above, in the JUDE top) had an amazing parkrun day in our eyes. As she passed the war memorial in the park for the first time on Saturday morning, she completed a personal challenge of covering 78 miles which equates to the distance from her house to her friend’s Maria Britton’s in Hull.
It was in memory of Maria, who sadly lost her battle with cancer. Doubly incredible is that parkrun coincided with Jude’s own anniversary of starting cancer treatments 4 years ago.
Incredible story, and an incredible woman and we are humbled and honoured that she shared that very special moment with us at Huddersfield parkrun.
If you would like to read more about Jude and her achievements (which included triple marathons!) then the Examiner has a good write-up for you to read. Well done Jude!
I’m sure it was a pretty special parkrun for the 110 of you who achieved a PB this week! Cowabunga!
Amongst those was Brandon HOLROYD who got a mention last week for breaking his two year held PB by a single second! You wait two years for a PB… and two come along at once! He wasn’t messing around this week though, as it was a HUGE 15 seconds off his time. That’s a lot of time when your PB is 18:24! Well done AGAIN Brandon!
Dexter PATTISON also got a huge PB. Pushed himself around on his 10th parkrun and smashed out a PB of 32:55! WOW! You can wear that white t-shirt with pride once it arrives! As can junior parkrunner Luis NORTH! Well done to both of you young men!
Alan PHILLIPS and Mark COPE can wear their shirts with pride too. They both achieved their 50th parkruns with us this weekend! Well done chaps!
We didn’t have a bunny in the park this week, but we did manage to sneak one off to Bushy parkrun! A whopping 270 parkrunners managed to beat our bunny Simon BRASS there… but a massive 997 definitely saw him coming!
YAY! The message about stapling your barcode to your face seems to be working. Only 16 of you didn’t manage the one simple thing we ask you to do every week. Well done everyone (except 16 of you… you know who you are!)
This week’s first finisher was once again Simon COURTNEY in 16:43. He was closely followed by Tom KAYE in 16:51. Our third finisher was someone completely brand new to parkrun - Rob OWEN. Well done Rob, an excellent first parkrun, and a great first PB of 17:08. Hope we see you back soon, smashing that PB! Great running guys!
First female this week was also a completely new parkrunner… Liz WOODFIELD. Welcome Liz and well done on setting your first time PB of 20:27. We also want to see you back smashing that! Second lady was Emma BURKE in 21:05, closely followed by Jen WOLSTENHOLME who got a new PB of 21:25. Her third PB in three weeks! That’s consistency! Well done Jen and well done ladies!
Every month, thank you to the wonderful people at parkrun UK and Sweatshop, we are able to reward one of our lovely parkrunners with a monthly prize. This month, we have chosen Laura ELLIS. Laura is on her 43rd run, which have all been at Huddersfield so chances are you’ve seen Laura at some point in your travels. Laura pushes herself consistently at parkrun and has been an inspiration to many without even realising she is doing so. Recently she achieved her PB of 41:57, and we hope that some lovely new shoes from Sweatshop will get her yet another PB and keep her coming back to Huddersfield parkrun to inspire even more parkrunners. Well done Laura!
I’ve decided to link to a blog entry this week, written by regular parkrunner Matthew PATTISON. Here’s a little snippet…
We hope that you enjoyed your first parkrun Gina! We really enjoyed having you there and your new PB of 37:11 is just BEGGING to be smashed! Hopefully we’ll see you next week? And the week after that? And the week after that? And the week aft….
parkrun is NOT a race, but we can’t help but love these little personal smackdowns from time to time… and for those curious, the scores on the doors were Robin STEWART achieved a new PB of 21:18! BOOM! Jason BATTYE didn’t get a new PB and came in at… 22:25! DOUBLE BOOM! Well done Robin!
We love to hear from you all, so why not chat to us on Facebook, tweet with us @huddsparkrun or send us an email about your parkrun days and experiences - we read every single thing!
We got some great comments about our intrepid group of volunteers this week - thank you everyone! If you want to thank them personally then track down this incredible lot and shake their hand, give them a hug, kiss them on the lips or send them flowers:
Your future best friends were:
Alison Clare COTTAM • Amanda CROZIER • Andrew Mark TOMLINSON • Becky HAMER • Bridget HUGHES • Calvin LEE • Dawn BYRAM • Dominic CLARKE • Emily UNSWORTH • Emma Rachael THOMPSON • Garry NICHOLSON • Helen BENNETT • Ian TAYLOR • Isaac Matthew THOMPSON • Jackie BARKER • James YOUNG • John TAYLER • Jonny CARTWRIGHT • Julio D'ESCRIVAN • Justine LAIRD BOLDY • Kate SHAW • Kath PINNINGTON • Lee GREGORY • Les NEWBY • Linda GREGORY • Mark NICHOLSON • Mark Steven WILD • Martin CARR • Michael WADDINGTON • Mojtaba MOHARRER • Ned HILTON • Olive BREAREY • Richard PLUNKETT • Robert NOBLE • Ryan LEE • Sarah COWDELL
Thank you to you all!
Would you like to achieve undying love from the entire parkrun family at Huddersfield… please drop us a line and we will find you the volunteer role which will make you the most attractive you can be. Thank you!
Saturday 9th November - Mob Run parkrun
A chance for our local running clubs and communities to shine! Who can bring the most club runners? Who has the quickest average runner? Who can make the most noise and cover our parkrun in their club colours? Bring your club vests, flags, banners and supporters… and let’s have a good old fashioned smackdown!
Saturday 16th November - Superhero parkrun
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No… it’s SUPERHERO WEEK! Children in Need have a superhero theme this year, and we all love the chance to dress up as superheroes! So why not join us by making a cape, wearing a mask or simply wearing your underwear on the outside of your running shorts. I’m sure some of you will fly around to new PB’s this week too!
Wednesday 25th December (9am) - Christmas Day parkrun
Ho Ho Ho! Stop opening the presents! Put down the turkey! Get yourselves to the most festive parkrun of the year! There may be Christmas pudding!
Wednesday 1st January 2014 (10am) - New Years Day parkrun
Start the year with a BANG! A slightly later start time, so you can stay up until midnight to sing Auld Lang Syne and watch Big Bens Bongs… but then get yourselves down to the park to begin your new years resolutions in style! You are guaranteed a 2014 PB!
Every Thursday (6:30pm) - darkrun
Join us for an informal get together in the park. Freedom runs and the social side to running await! Please be aware that as the dark nights draw in, we will be running OUTSIDE of the park, so please meet by the top gates.
I’m not personally part of any MOB, other than you crazy parkrun family… so i’ll be wearing bunny ears. Feel free to join my bunny-ear mob this weekend. It costs nothing to enter, just a lovely pair of fluffy ears!
See you mob on parkrun day,