International Women's Day

We will be celebrating International Women's Day on Saturday 7 March 2020



New Years Day parkrun

New Years Day parkrun is on! 10am start.


Christmas Day parkrun

Christmas Day parkrun is on! 9am start.


Run Report 07/07/18 – Liz Kershaw (with help from Digby the dog!)

Hi Huddersfield!!! Thank you for having us to visit, what an amazing park and a fab team you have. Here is Digby’s run report:


My name is Digby and I’m 5 months old. I’ve been parkrunning for 3 months now. I know, I know, I’m too little to do it all myself, but my Mum’s have been encouraging me to at least do the first 3km and one day I’ll live up to my nickname of “parkrun pointer”! Greenhead Park is a brilliant place to parkrun, loads of paths and junctions, lots of amazing things to smell, other dogs to chase.
I had a great time! Becky Burdon was the boss today, and gave a fab introduction to everyone. It was quite a long one today, only because so many people were running milestones….. 50: Suzy Overton, Brendan Halliday, Ron Lister; 100: William Rose; 150: Fred Iyekekpolor; 250: Jeanette Pierson, Matthew Pattison; 300: Lynne Mannion!

Luc Burnip finished in 16:50, Olly Williams in 17:34 and Jamie Brannan in 17:48. They all ran very fast. One day I know I’ll run that fast, although I don’t think either of my Mum’s will ever be able to keep up with me!
There were 610 runners and walkers, 75 PBs, and 23 brand new parkrunners (I hope you get the bug like I have!) A massive thank you to all the lovely people in bright yellow, especially all the ones who rubbed my ears,
I do love a good ear massage; parkrun wouldn’t exist without you guys, and all your cheering helps us get round. I hope you all have a great weekend in the sunshine. I’m off to have a nap now, all the excitement is just too much for this little puppy. Hope to see you at another parkrun soon. Run report written by Lizzie Kershaw on behalf of Digby Kermeron (the parkrun pointer) A944333


Saturday 12th May 2018

On Saturday 12th May 2018 Huddersfield parkrun was proud to host one of two meet ups in the country for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. National Deaf Awareness Week is from the 14th to 20th May 2018.

Myself and Philippa Wynne, parkrun UK Outreach Ambassadors for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, wanted to celebrate the beginning of National Deaf Awareness Week by doing something a little different. Last year we had arranged three parkrun takeovers which were a great success. Two of these were in Huddersfield at Huddersfield parkrun and Huddersfield junior parkrun. We wanted to build on this success and continue to raise awareness and improve inclusivity at parkrun for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. This year as connections in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing parkrun community had strengthened, mostly through the Facebook Group, ‘parkrun for the deaf and hard of hearing’ and regular Newsletters, we decided to arrange two parkrun meet ups. One in Bromley at Philippa’s home parkrun, the other in Huddersfield my home parkrun. Deaf, Hard of Hearing, other hearing problems, carers, parents, family, teachers, signers, interpreters etc. were all very welcome. It was suggested that people might want to bring along friends and family to be a spectator, volunteer, run, jog or walk. Sign support would be available at both parkruns.

On the day Huddersfield parkrun had eight Deaf or Hard of Hearing parkrunners and several Teachers of the Deaf, support workers and family running. Numerous other Deaf or Hard of Hearing people, Teachers of the Deaf, support workers, charity workers and family members either volunteered or spectated.

We had both the first timers/new runners briefing and the main briefing in sign language by one of our 2 very regular volunteer signers Fiona McTague. I must add here that our other regular signer Angela Joseph had a prior commitment on the day and we missed her very much! Fiona and Angela both support us throughout the year offering sign support and I want to take this opportunity to thank them both very much. We also had Leah Swallow a regular Huddersfield parkrun runner and volunteer. Most of you probably know Leah, Leah is my daughter and was born severe to profoundly Deaf and was the person who inspired our whole family to join parkrun. We also had Sophie Chappell, Sophie is a local BSL interpreter who works as a communicator at a local school; both volunteered as signers available to meet and greet people.

The local charity, the Kirklees Deaf Children’s Society, arranged a cake stall and provided everyone with information and support on the day. The Kirklees Deaf Children’s Society made just over £200 which they will use to enable Deaf children in Kirklees to be involved in social activities.

People had travelled from other parkruns to visit Huddersfield parkrun especially for the event and spent time chatting, signing and generally getting to know one another. Their feedback was very positive and several said they will come back.

At Huddersfield parkrun we are currently able to offer sign support (volunteer role) of all our briefings on a weekly basis. We even had it on Christmas and New Years Day. We know we have at least 3 Deaf runners at Huddersfield parkrun regularly, that use sign language and we have also welcomed several Deaf visitors over recent times.

The list of contacts for numerous parkruns continues to increase gradually. This list includes the details of Sign Support or even just a contact person who can greet you on arrival at different parkruns. The list currently has 65 different parkruns in the UK where someone can be available on most weeks and it continues to grow. Obviously Huddersfield parkrun is on that list and we hope this helps put Huddersfield parkrun on the map as a welcoming and an inclusive parkrun!

It is has been an amazing year since the volunteer role of ‘Sign Language Support’ became official on all parkrun and junior parkrun rosters. We are seeing the role go from strength to strength with many parkruns having all their pre run briefings signed every week. There were over 500 separate instances of sign support across the UK since the role became official in its first year. This was made up of mainly Saturday parkruns but also some junior parkruns too.

A blog was produced to share on various platforms and is being shared across a number of different organisations, again increasing awareness of parkrun as an inclusive event for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The link is here;


Saturday was a busy day at Huddersfield parkrun, our very regular runner and volunteer Sean Doyle was also celebrating 5 years since he woke up from an induced coma to be told he had suffered a heart attack whilst at Huddersfield parkrun. A number of other runners who like Sean are part of a group called ‘Cardiac Runners’ joined him and ran with us to help him celebrate. There was also a blog produced by parkrun UK. The link is here;


Thank you to all the runners, walkers, spectators and volunteers on the day. And thank you to Event Director Mark Nicholson and all the regular team for allowing Huddersfield parkrun to host our Deaf Meet Up and Sean to celebrate.

Keep on parkrunning! Victoria

Victoria Knight-Phillips. A1528987. Outreach Ambassador (Deaf and Hard of Hearing) & Social Media Ambassador (Volunteer) | parkrun UK and regular runner and volunteer at Huddersfield parkrun.



New Years Day!

We're back for New Years Day parkrun again!

10am start!

There are opportunities to 2 parkruns on New Years Day.

More details can be found here:







Just to say we are cancelled on the 11th of November.



Huddersfield parkrun Event Director



Run Report – 13/08/16 – Rachel Gibson

On holiday in Marsden = an opportunity for some parkrun tourism. With husband volunteering and one daughter flying around the course with son, I was free to go round with youngest daughter enjoying the beauty of Greenhead Park. Our usual parkrun is a straightforward lollipop shape once round a playing field and however much I stared at the Huddersfield parkrun map I was never going to know where I was going. To begin with there were hundreds of people to follow but as the numbers thinned thankfully there were many many very lovely volunteers to keep us out of the paddling pool and going under the right bridges. From our vantage point towards the back it looked as if the whole park was full of colourful runners going in every direction. It is a wonderful park - after our scanning we counted ducklings, tried out the extensive play equipment and played hide and seek. Thank you for hosting a great parkrun, especially the volunteers whose encouragement and enthusiasm helped up us those unfamiliar hills and to a sprint finish (downhill to the finish line - excellent course planning)! Everyone was very friendly although I never did find out what the bunny ears were about.....


Male placings:
Simon COURTNEY (SM30-34) of Stadium Runners, was first over the line in 17:03 - 34th time in 89 appearances.
Darren REECE (VM35-39) of Huddersfield RR AC, was second over the line in 17:31 - was first to finish once before.
An unknown runner was third.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Ian RAFFERTY (Unattached) 1727 pts.
Luc BURNIP (Unattached) 1496 pts.
Matthew KELLY (Huddersfield RR AC) 1245 pts.

Female placings:
Emma BURKE (VW45-49) of Meltham AC, was first (47th overall) over the line in 21:27 - 19th time in 103 appearances.
Lynn BIRCHALL (VW40-44) of Stadium Runners, was second (51st overall) over the line in 21:43 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
Fiona ORDWAY (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (55th overall) over the line in 21:52 - has been first to finish on 13 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Lindsay ROBERTS (Unattached) 1784 pts.
Fiona ORDWAY (Unattached) 1667 pts.
Michelle BRIGGS (Unattached) 1615 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Dorothy JACKSON (VW70-74) was graded 78.01% for the time 30:01 (325th overall).
Simon COURTNEY (SM30-34) was graded 76.93% for the time 17:03 (first overall).
Darren REECE (VM35-39) was graded 76.78% for the time 17:31 (second overall).

This week there were 557 runners, of whom 43 were first timers and 62 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different athletics clubs took part.

Huddersfield parkrun started on 2nd April 2011, and since then 10,348 different runners, including participants from 372 athletics clubs, have completed 108,024 runs covering a total distance of 540,120 km, and there have been 21,057 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Jennifer WALSH who ran in a time of 00:16:40 on 15th September 2012 (event number 78).
The male record is held by Mark BUCKINGHAM who ran in a time of 00:14:49 on 3rd October 2015 (event number 231).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lynne MANNION who recorded a 93.67% run (21:19) on 16th November 2013 (event number 137).


Run report 11/06/16

On the morning of 11 June I woke up to my customary morning cuppa thinking ‘it’s Saturday, it’s 8.00am and it’s parkrun (only people of a certain age will know the significance of that!), and the question from my husband ‘Are we running or volunteering today?’ This week it was running, as I’ve volunteered for the last two Saturdays. Parkrun has been really great for me – running has never been my sport and I never enjoyed it but my daughter Kate Shaw encouraged me to take part 3 years ago and now it’s a big part of my social and fitness life.
Once up and dressed I drove to Greenhead Park – home of Huddersfield parkrun – to join my co-runners and volunteers heading towards the park gates. The familiar buzz of conversations discussing everything from injuries and pbs to general greetings drifted towards us as we approached.
First job, certainly for most ladies, is the pre-run loo visit after which it’s out to the start line and to pick your place. Our wonderful, shouty Event Directors (Mark & Simon) are giving first timers the lowdown on the route and etiquette before they join the other runners at the start. Once Mark has made the announcements, including 50, 100 and this week 250 (David Harpin) parkruns plus birthdays and parkrun tourists (one from Australia!) along with the customary reminder that we are not the sole users of the park, it’s the countdown and we’re off. It was quite cool at the start but towards the end it got a bit hot and sticky.
Since my first parkrun in 2013, numbers at Huddersfield have risen steadily from 313 to over 700 – much of the credit for this goes not only to Mark & Simon, but also to parkrun stalwarts like Paul Mullany, the late Olive Brearey (who now has ‘her’ corner signposted each week) and Tony & Kath Pinnington. I’m sure Huddersfield parkrun is one of the best and friendliest runs in the country; I have made so many new friends. As always, the runners who’ve finished cheer on their slower colleagues to the finish, with extra loud encouragement for the youngsters as they cross the line.
Finally, there’s the post-run cafe visit where some indulge with a bacon buttie or an ice-cream whilst others just enjoy a drink and a chat. It’s lovely that so many families run together or parents support by looking after grandchildren whilst their offspring do the 5k run.
Everyone does parkrun for a different reason; for some it’s an extra training session and for some it’s part of a wider fitness regime but for many, like me, it’s just because it’s fun. Long live Huddersfield parkrun.

Male placings:
Matthew BATTENSBY (SM30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was first over the line in 16:41 - first time in 2 appearances.
Ed HYLAND (SM30-34) of Stainland Lions RC, was second over the line in 17:23 - has been first to finish on 11 previous occasions.
Darren REECE (VM35-39) of Huddersfield RR AC, was third over the line in 17:30 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Ian RAFFERTY (Unattached) 1055 pts.
Luc BURNIP (Unattached) 951 pts.
Rashpal KHANGURA (Unattached) 653 pts.

Female placings:
Margaret BEEVER (VW35-39) of Stainland Lions RC, was first (12th overall) over the line in 19:15 - 10th time in 14 appearances.
Jordan MULLINGER (SW20-24) of Holmfirth Harriers AC, was second (20th overall) over the line in 19:47 - has been first to finish on 10 previous occasions.
Caroline HOATH (VW35-39) of Meltham AC, was third (55th overall) over the line in 21:20.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Lindsay ROBERTS (Unattached) 1029 pts.
Angela RAFFERTY (AcreStreetRunners) 916 pts.
Michelle BRIGGS (Unattached) 888 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Richard SPENDLOVE (VM70-74) was graded 83.97% for the time 21:00 (45th overall).
Bridget HUGHES (VW60-64) was graded 82.65% for the time 23:09 (119th overall).
Rick SOUTH (VM55-59) was graded 80.17% for the time 19:20 (13th overall).

This week there were 722 runners, of whom 56 were first timers and 65 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different athletics clubs took part.

Huddersfield parkrun started on 2nd April 2011, and since then 10,035 different runners, including participants from 360 athletics clubs, have completed 103,241 runs covering a total distance of 516,205 km, and there have been 20,447 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Jennifer WALSH who ran in a time of 00:16:40 on 2012-09-15 (event number 78).
The male record is held by Mark BUCKINGHAM who ran in a time of 00:14:49 on 2015-10-03 (event number 231).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lynne MANNION who recorded a 93.67% run (21:19) on 16th November 2013 (event number 137).


Thank you to all our fantastic volunteers for this past week:

Thanks to this week's volunteers

Alex RUTSON  •  Alison Clare COTTAM  •  Amanda VIGAR  •  Anthony PINNINGTON  •  Chloe HEWLETT  •  David IBBOTSON  •  David RUSHWORTH  •  David SHANNON  •  Emily THOMPSON  •  Emma SPENCER  •  Frank MCCAFFREY  •  Ingeborg VERHEIJKE  •  James HEPWORTH  •  Jayne WINTERBOTTOM  •  Joanne BURDEN  •  John WRIGHT  •  Kath PINNINGTON  •  Luke SIMPSON  •  Lynne HIBBERD  •  Margaret WADDINGTON  •  Mark NICHOLSON  •  Mathew HALEY  •  Max BURNIP  •  Michael WADDINGTON  •  Mollie BROOK  •  Natasha RUDD  •  Nephi ALTY  •  Rashid TUNNACLIFFE  •  Sam HERRON  •  Sandra HALEY  •  Simon BRASS  •  Simon THOMPSON  •  Stella WIGGLESWORTH - LITTLEWOOD  •  Susan CASH  •  Thomas WHITWORTH  •  Virginia (Gini) COONEY


If you want to volunteer in the coming weeks, please e-mail us at Huddersfieldoffice@parkrun.com



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