Event 512, 7th December 2019, by the parkwriter

"I did not plan for this"

" I did not plan for this to happen, I just wanted to run with my friends " is amongst the opening lines of Paul SINTON-HEWITT's acceptance speech for the RSA's Albert Medal. The medal is awarded to those who lead progress and create positive change within contemporary society. Paul received it for building a global participation movement.  Follow this link http://parkrun.me/72tuo  to view the presentation ceremony and listen to Paul's response. I'm confident that you will find the founder's words interesting as he shares his thoughts and visions of parkrun. One of the themes explored is that parkrun is not just about running. Walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate, all have equal value within the global participation movement. 

Every week we applaud the volunteers who make parkrun possible. I'm sure that their efforts are valued and that they are accepted as an important part of the parkrun community. This week no one achieved a 25 volunteer purple T-shirt and saw the logo appear against their name on the results table. Some volunteers however rarely have their names included in these results, so their volunteering record remains hidden and perhaps unrecognised. How many times has Alan WILSON, stood at Wilson's Corner? How many times has Dave GOWANS taken photographs? How many times has Kelvin ECCLES stood at the first turn? I could go on, but I guess you understand my meaning. For those of you who are wondering, Alan has been there 235 times (1 run on 8th September 2012). Dave has focused on us 137 times (1 run on Christmas Day 2011). Kelvin has turned up 129 times to make sure we all turn right (2 runs, the last on 28th september 2013). I could continue to include those reliable regulars who make a contribution every week, often combining it with a run,  but I expect that you have the message. The parkrun community has many participants and they are not all runners and if you have not volunteered by now, its your turn next week.

Incidently Paul SINTON-HEWITT has visited Hull on two occasions. On Thursday 30th June 2011 he discussed parkrun with the Humber Sports Partnership. One of the outcomes was the activation of Sewerby parkrun. Later that evening he joined some of us for a social freedom run in East Park. More recently on Saturday 10th February 2018,  he ran with us (16th finisher, 19:19, 80.93%) after making the pre-run announcements and then volunteered at Peter Pan juniors the next day.

At the RSA he commented that, parkrun will never be this small again, probably doubling over the next five years. This gives tourists plenty of scope! None more so, than megatourists Mark and Julie WEBSTER, who joined us straight from the ferry. Hull is the latest of their 152 events spread over 8 countries during 267 runs since June 2010, amazing! Young Alexander HARDING (U10) from Leeds is following their example. Alexander has completed 11, 5K runs alongside 27, 2K junior parkruns, covering 22 different events. Liane MANSFIELD from the North East has 16 runs against her name, made at 12 events, an early indication of dedicated tourism. Mike HARDING from the same area has visited 45 events whilst completing 61 runs, yet more enthusiastic touring. Adam PEARSON  of Ludlow has visited 7 events during his 89 runs. John CHATWIN from Fountains Abbey has run at 6 events over 59 runs and was just 2 seconds away from his best bever time at 18:01. Alex WOHLING usualy runs at Cannon Hill, Birmingham and has visited 4 other venues in 52 runs. Sue MORTIMER visited from Northallerton, her 3rd different event in 27 outings. Aaron ROPER's 3 runs are all from diverse locations, London, Kent and East Yorkshire. Where will he go next? Daniel GODFREY from Kings Lynn has run at 4 events in only 9 outings.  Alix HUSSAN from Horsham recorded 31:25, is his best time so far. Humber Bridge exile Robert WILKINSON has visited 6 events in his 139 runs, including Western Springs in New Zealand.

Congratulations to the milestone achievers, none of whom have taken up touring, never venturing far from home.
Mathew COGGIN, has made all of his 100 runs in East Park, beginning on the 25th January 2014.
Emma-Jayne BRACKSTONE celebrated her 50th run, (48 of them in East Park) with a 20 second PB,  third in succession, giving a new best of 21:39. Emma-Jayne's first parkrun took place on 4th June 2016
Karen BOOTH made her first run in East Park on 16th August 2018, all of the next 49 were made here too.

33 of this week's 451 participants managed their best times in East Park. As always it is a difficult task to identify those to mention. Here is a random selection, hope the remainder are not too disappointed by being omitted.
Iona GLADWIN shaved 4 seconds off her time, down to 24:41 in her 93rd run.
Matthew BRAINBRIDGE has a raft of recent PBs, 9 in the last 12 runs, 31 seconds is his latest improvement, with a massive 8:04 overall, at 26:06.
Jenifer ROSS's latest improvement is a vital 4 seconds, but its 5:39 overall, in just 40 runs over the last year, making it 25:26.
Georgina NORTH is enjoying good form with 7 PBs in the last 10 runs. 15 seconds disappeared this week and10:33 since August 2016, down to 21:33.
Katie DIXON has improved by 8:53 over two years with 19 seconds this week
Dale BRIDGES reduced his time by 6 seconds, diown to 21:33 in run 26
Diane GREEN achieved her best time in a year by 33 seconds at 39:13.
Ellie MILLS found one vital second to give her a new PB of 22:36 an overall reduction of 2 minutes.
Debi JEPHSON found two vital seconds for her new PB of 2:27, an overall reduction of 2:27.
Ian MUDD has decreased his time by 5:44 since last July, 24:04 is his new best.
Rachael WILKINSON only began participating in September and has already improved by 5:13, down to 25:56

David LEAMING finished in 23:45 and Grace CORNFORTH in 34:56
Palindromic times were recorded by Charles MEACHAM 20:02, Martin BELL 24:42, Chris CHESTNEY 25:52, Katie DIXON 30:03 and Yvonne WARD 35:53.
That's interesting

May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of change shift

Will you be volunteering soon?




Event 511 – 30th November 2019 by Darren Horton

Nice Cold, Ice Cold - Parkrun

When writing reports I try not go on about the weather – but for parkrunners it’s an important aspect. So, dismissing my intention again, I start with the weather. Did anyone else look outside and consider going back to bed? I’m always glad that I don’t and despite being ‘nithered’ we saw a beautifully scenic East Park. A couple of icy spots around the lake meant some could compete for Dancing On Ice but hopefully everyone finished without injury and took care avoiding those slippery patches.


449 of us weren’t fazed by the chill and well done sideline supporters too! We often forget to mention friends and family that attend for moral support, but it does make a difference. We had 17 first timers with six completing your first ever parkrun. Unfortunately Humber Bridge parkrun was cancelled again but you’re all very welcome and hopefully you will get your home parkrun back soon. We saw tourists from Rothwell, Leeds, Oldham & Derbyshire and welcome to all visitors, we hope to see you back soon.


Finishers & Milestones


Our leading ladies start with Georgina WESTON who finished in 19:03 gaining her 9th time as first finisher at Hull. Seconds behind was Jodie MARTIN in 19:08 on her 12th parkrun. Regular top ten finisher Sally BENTLEY was in third in 20:38 on her 22nd parkrun. For the gents, unfortunately the first male was an unbarcoded runner but you finished in an impressive time. In second place and on his first visit to Hull parkrun was Stuart SPENCER in 17:31 – Stuart was on his 16th parkrun and is usually at Peter Pan. In third place was Oliver BURNETT who finished in 17:44 on his 184th parkrun – impressively for junior runner Oliver he is now running at his best, seven minutes faster than in 2011.


We have a massive eleven official milestones to celebrate this week – which is a celebration for everyone when there’s lovely treats on the go afterwards.


In the white t-shirt corner with 10 Junior Parkruns was Ella SHAW-HALL finishing in a superb time; Riley & Caitlin WILKINSON have barely missed a parkrun since starting in September and celebrate their 10th event. Emily TAYLOR hit a shiny PB on her last parkrun and now takes home her white t-shirt. Well done all.


Over to the red corner celebrating 50 parkruns we start with the man with the finish zone treats, Phillip NORTON who has ran here since July 2017 can now claim his first milestone t-shirt. Stephen TICHOPAD hasn’t parkran since February but has ran all his 50 at Hull – welcome back Stephen and hopefully this milestone gives you the motivation to keep running.


Onto the black t-shirt corner and three first century celebrations. With 100 runs all at Hull is Angela DUNN, she has been running since July 2017 but hit her fastest time this year. John GILL has been parkrunning since 2016 and now claims the black 100 t-shirt having ran 88 of his at Hull. Kate BLAMIRES not only scores a new milestone but she also secured a new PB this week too – well done on both Kate!


And finally onto the green corner and a massive 250 parkrun milestone. Sue & Phil DAVIES have both been parkrunning together here since 2014 and of their 250, 184 have been at Hull. Where else have they been on their parkrun journey? 53 other locations in case you are wondering. Well done guys, your achievement is inspiring others to keep going.


Quick mentions also to Stephanie ANDERSON reaching 150 parkruns this week while Paul FEWLASS hit his double century of 200 parkruns. Well done everyone and keep on parkrunning.


Personal Bests


18 parkrunners relished the extra chill this week as they secured new personal bests. Well done to everyone who made this week’s parkrun, your best run – here are a few noteworthy successes;


Emma-Jayne BRACKSTONE completed her 49th parkrun in 21:59 with a new personal best in a patch of four during the past two months. Junior runner George BURNETT is also on a patch of PBs and scored his 6th since September by finishing his 148th parkrun in 21:38.


Matthew BAINBRIDGE was on his 56th parkrun with 32 of those at Hull. Not only has Matthew attained eight new PBs recently, he has reduced his finish time by almost eight minutes this year and in 26:37 this was his best anywhere time.


On his 38th parkrun was Peter ATKINSON and he went sub-30 minutes for the first time in October – he decreased his time again his week with another PB. John DICKENS finished in 28:16 which was his 3rd consecutive personal best on his 16th parkrun.


Kathryn BOOTYMAN-YATES visited Hull for the 2nd time on her 47th parkrun and secured a best anywhere parkrun time by finishing in 27:15. Pascal MARTINEZ PEREZ also managed a best anywhere parkrun time finishing in 22:15 on his 38th event.


And finally…regular volunteer Lucy BOWERS was on a PB mission and finishing in 45:29 she has now reduced her time by five minutes since starting parkrunning.


Event 510, 23rd November, by Liz Lamb

Raindrops keep falling
Do I even need to say it was wet? It was a Saturday morning, of course it was wet! However, in a change from the last couple of weeks we did start the event without our water feature on the back straight, instead we had a developing pond at the finish area. Undeterred though were 348 runners, joggers and walkers who braved the miserable conditions.
On a serious note about the wet conditions, as mentioned in the run briefing, if the lake on the back straight does make a return, please can everyone go through the puddle as we don’t want to contribute to the damage on the grass? We need and value the support of East Park management to be able to hold our wonderful event, please help us to help them and maintain our good relationship.
We welcomed 15 first timers to Hull and this included four people completing their first ever parkrun. We hope you enjoyed it and come back soon. I’d like to say it’s not always this wet…
Tourists this week included visitors from North Wales and Scarborough.
Our first finisher this week was Timmy DAVIES with an incredible time of 15:52 (which was also a PB), following him was Alec Ryan GIBSON in 17:07, then Oliver DONKIN in 17:57. First woman home was Rebecca Annalese WILKINSON in 20:10, next was Sophie LEE in 21:53 and then Vicky GODFREY with 22:15. Top on age grading was Steve MASON with 87.30%.
Our top juniors this week were Riley WILKINSON (JM10) with 24:42; Dallas JOPLING (JM11-14) in 21:30; Bella YOUNG (JW10) in 27:59 and Caitlin WILKINSON (JW11-14) 29:34 (this was also a new Pb or Caitlin). Congratulations to you all.
26 of you managed to bag new PB’s, extra special well done to you all given the horrible conditions.
A few eye catching ones – Joanne EGAN got a brilliant new PB of 23:45 on her 256 th parkrun. Joanne usually runs at Humber Bridge which was unfortunately called off due to the conditions. Denise MALTON was finishing her 6 th parkrun and got a new PB of 33:35. Emma WOODMANSEY scored a fabulous new PB of 30:00 on Saturday on her 15 th run.
Also getting a round number for their new PB was Alison PAYNE with 27:00.
Again well done all!
So, onto this week’s milestones.
For the juniors their first milestone is 10 adult runs. We had two this week, Max EMA and Charlie KOHLER. Well done and wear those white T shirts with pride.
On 100 was this week’s tail walker Mike SHARP.
Unofficial milestones were reached by David RUDD on 150 and Quintina DAVIES and Ian MELBOURNE on 200.
Of course as always the real heroes of Saturday morning were the volunteers. It was cold, wet and miserable but the volunteers never stopped smiling. Huge thanks to –

Adrian PARKER, Alan Stanley WILSON, Chris ASHMEAD, Claire ROBINSON, Darren HORTON, Dave MASKELL, David GINGELL, Diane MAWER, Eilish GLADWN, Elisabeth LAMB, Jez KAYE, John S Baker, Kalina MORRIS, Lisa HALL, Lucas MEAGOR, Marie PICKERSGILL, Mike SHARP, Nikki DUNLOP, Rob PARRITT, Steve CRONAN, Trevor ROSE, Vicky COE.
If you’ve never tried it please do give volunteering a go, it’s fun and easy and a great way to meet new people.
That’s it for this week. Will we ever again have a dry Hull parkrun? Join us next week to find out.


Event 509, 16 November 2019, by Keith Jackson

Return of the Permapuddle

Hull parkrunners of a certain vintage will no doubt remember the permapuddle. For those that don’t, a quick recap: the permapuddle lay just before the bridge and was in situ almost all year, whatever the weather. One day, someone decided to install a drain and flatten the tarmac, and bingo! The permapuddle was gone forever. Or so we thought….it seems to have returned with a vengeance a little further back on the course. Admittedly, permapuddle two has only been there for a couple of weeks now, but given the long term forecast we may be living with it for some time. 

I think East Park looks splendid with the trees turning their autumnal gold, but it seems as though we’ve had endless days and nights of howling wind and gushing rain of late, so the leaves have become a mushy pulp and the puddles are turning our beloved parkrun into an obstacle cource. I went straight through the big puddle twice and my feet still feel damp. Particular thanks to Kalina MORRIS for acting as lifeguard and ensuring we all passed safely.  

The rain held off, and the conditions certainly didn’t dampen the spirits of parkrunners, as precisely 500 turned up to run, jog or walk the two and a bit laps around the lake and animal enclosure for Hull parkun event number 509. We welcomed 27 first timers, including 13 people completing their first parkrun anywhere. Visitors this week included parkrunners from Chippenham, Cleethorpes, Huddersfield, Bolton and Temple Newsam. We also welcomed Dave CLARK who has ran his 26 parkruns at 19 different venues, and Tillie CLARK who has completed 95 parkruns at 61 different venues! Big congratulations to those who hit milestones this week. Josie GREEN and James EDEY both earned their white 10 t-shirt, whilst Pete THOMPSON, Tony PULLEN, Michelle FOSTER, Andrew SHANKS, Steve PLATTEN and Kerry FORRESTER all completed their 50th to earn a red t-shirt. Not only did Rebecca DAM finish her 100th parkrun, she also brought some delightful mini gingerbread men in 100 t-shirts and some Mars Bar Brownies to share after her run. Rebecca started parkrun in October 2015 and every parkrun she has completed has been at Hull, with a PB of 25:14. Well done Rebecca, and well done to all milestone achievers this week. No t-shirt for Carole MCMAHON, but a fantastic achievement of 350 parkruns.   

Lewis SUDDABY was first finisher this week in 17:38, the fourth time Lewis has finished first. Steve MASON and Lee James HAMMOND were second and third respectively. First female was Georgina WESTON in 18:19. This was Georgina’s ninth consecutive parkrun finishing as the first female.  Vicky GODFREY was second female, with Karen PARK third. 

Despite the less than perfect conditions, 48 people managed a PB. These included (in alphabetical order) Peter ATKINSON, who went under 30 minutes for the first time on his 35th parkun; Kate BLAMIRES, who has ran 80 of her 98 parkruns at Hull and beat her previous best from June 2018 by four seconds to finish in 24:52; Lucy BOWERS, who took over two and a half minutes off of a previous best; Jamie FOULDS, who has ran at Hull 40 times, and beat his previous best by 42 seconds; Claire JUGGINS, who went under 30 minutes for the first time and now has six PBs on the bounce; Rachel KEMP, who finished in 23:54 on her 37th Hull parkrun, and Gavin STUART who crossed the line in 23:32 in his 60th parkrun, 52 of which have been as East Park. 

The top age-graded percentages this week go to Steve MASON (89.16%) and Stella DINSDALE (84.12%)

Average run time at Hull is 28:48 – the exact time achieved by Pam GLADWIN this week. It was also Pam’s 350th time at Hull, and her 368th overall. 

You must surely know by now that parkrun relies on volunteers, and wouldn’t take place without them. The volunteer roster well into December is on the website, and there are plenty of gaps, so why not see if you can help to fill some of them? You get to see how parkrun operates from a different perspective and you’ll also make a huge difference: for example one more person scanning barcodes can help to reduce the queues significantly. Thanks to this week’s hi-viz heroes:

Sophie ALDUS, Michael BAGGOTT, John S BAKER, Victoria BANNISTER, Mark BANNISTER, Malcolm BELL, Carol BELL, Lucy BOWERS, Keith CONKERTON, Nikki DUNLOP, Beverley FAIRBURN, Billy FOX, Rebecca FOX, Hayden FOX, Mark FOX, David GINGELL, Iona GLADWIN, Sarah GREENLEY, Leanne HALL, Rachel HILTON, Darren HORTON, Keith JACKSON, Jez KAYE, Bob KILVINGTON, Diane MAWER, Kalina MORRIS, Adrian PARKER, Nell PEGG, Marie PICKERSGILL, Claire ROBINSON, David RUSSELL, Mike SHARP, John WALKER, Alan Stanley WILSON, Emily WIX

Have a good week, 



Event 508, 9 November 2019 – By Liz Lamb

parkrun, walk, jog or swim!


It’s safe to say that last week’s down pour had left its mark on our course, but our new water feature didn’t put 564 of you off on what was actually a beautiful albeit cold autumn morning.


We had an impressive 46 first timers joining us at Hull this week, with 16 of these taking part in their first ever parkrun anywhere. Honestly, snorkels aren’t usually required.


Of the 30 tourists joining us for the first time, Sharon SHILLITO was completing her 193rd run and her 52nd different event!


Unfortunately our neighbours at Peter Pan parkrun weren’t as fortunate as us and had to cancel their event, we hope anyone who rerouted to us enjoyed their Saturday morning on the east side.


Splashing home in first this week was Peter Pan regular Mark BISSELL in 17:50, followed by Lee James HAMMOND in 18:07 and then Martin SMITH in 18:12. First woman home was Sally BENTLEY in 20:01 with Ella SHAW HALL next in 20:59, then Carrie TREWERN in 21:00.


Top on age grading was Steve MASON with 87.85%. Steve has actually topped the age grading league at every event since #491, with the exception of #499 where Shirley OGLESBY knocked him into second spot (Shirley’s age grading that day is actually Hull’s record). I suspect his streak may go on longer, but frankly your intrepid run reporter got bored of checking! Well done Steve amazing achievement.


The cool conditions worked in the favour of 49 of you who got new PBs. All PBs deserve celebrating, but ones that stood out include John ESCRITT is another Peter Pan regular who joined us on Saturday and bagged a new PB of 21:53. Although it was only his fifth time at Hull, he was actually completing his 188th run in total.


Unlike John, Samantha GRAHAM has done all of her runs at Hull. Saturday was her 100th run, so not only does she bag herself a new T-shirt but also a new PB of 23:02.

Another Samantha, Samantha PAGE also got herself a new PB and went under 30 minutes (and 29) for the first time with 28:59. Well done!

JM10 runner Zachary SMITH also earnt himself a new PB with a fantastic 31:22. Well done Zachary.


On the milestone front this week we had Megan CHOWN (Megan also got a new PB of 23:11) and Keelee MCGOWAN earning their red 50 Ts.

In addition to Samantha GRAHAM, Bruce WOODFORD, Katie PRENDERGAST, Sarah PATTISON and Janette FOX also celebrated 100 runs.

James COOK celebrated the big 250. Of those 250 runs, 248 have been at Hull (the other two were at Sewerby if you were wondering). James’s time was nearly perfect for such a big occasion, 20:05, if only the five and zero were the other way around.

Not official T shirt milestones but very impressive tallies are Grzegorz SEMIK on 150 runs and doubly impressively John CROSBY on 300! John started his parkrun journey back in June 2012. 217 of his runs have been at Hull, and he has taken in 50 different parkruns in total, the most impressive being North Wollongong parkrun in Australia!


Well done all, we can’t wait to cheer you to the next milestone.


And now for the important bit, the volunteers. As Vicky said on Saturday it’s one thing volunteering on a warm sunny day but it takes real dedication to stand in a soggy park on a chilly autumn day so double thanks to this week’s band of merry volunteers.


Adrian PARKER  •  Alan Stanley WILSON  •  Bob KILVINGTON  •  Carol BELL  •  Chloe LAMB  •  Chris AYER  •  Clare VERITY  •  David RUSSELL  •  Diane MAWER  •  Elisabeth LAMB  •  Helen JOHNSON  •  Jed HOLDEN  •  Jenny ROSE  •  Jez KAYE  •  John S BAKER  •  Kalina MORRIS  •  Keith JACKSON  •  Leanne HALL  •  Lisa BENDELOW  •  Malcolm BELL  •  Marie PICKERSGILL  •  Mark GADIE  •  Nikki DUNLOP  •  Oliver KING  •  Rob PARRITT  •  Sarah GREENLEY  •  Stephen SHERIFF  •  Trevor ROSE  •  Vicky COE


If you fancy a go please let us know. It really is easy lots of fun.


So that’s it for last weekend, fingers crossed you’ll be able to leave the wet gear at home on Saturday.



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