Run Report #252 – 22nd February 2020, by Darren Woodiwiss

parkrun #252 took place on a mild but blustery day in a very soggy Welland park, a week after Storm Dennis, and two weeks after Storm Ciara with storm Ellen threatening to appear any time soon.

As parkrun is all about community it is fitting that we take a moment to remember those whose lives have been affected, and in too many cases lives taken, by these storms with huge disruption to livelihoods and loss of precious belongings.

The weather gods have, however, looked kindly upon our recent Market Harborough parkruns and the Naseby 1645 event that took place on Sunday last week. For this event a large number of our parkrun community decamped 6 miles SSW to Naseby in order to complete the hilly 16.45 mile course in less than clement weather conditions. How many of us are still limping today I wonder?

Today’s parkrun, still minus the river section, saw 391 hardy runners turn out and we celebrate any who joined us for the first time this week. Well done to you and we hope that you have got the parkrun bug, despite the weather.

We also celebrate those who have made parkrun part of their weekly routines with at least 2 parkrunners celebrating milestone runs of 25 and 50.

As always, our thanks go out to the volunteers who make these events possible and a worthy mention must go to Rob Chapman for this, his second time, as the Run Director. Well done Rob and well done everyone who helps out in whatever shape or form, it is you that creates this parkrun community that keeps me, and hundreds of others, coming back every week.

Happy parkrunning all!



Like many events, Market Harborough will be celebrating International Women’s Day at our parkrun on Saturday 7th March 2020.

‘#EachforEqual is about 'Collective Individualism'

The IWD 2020 campaign theme is drawn from a notion of 'Collective Individualism.'

We are all parts of a whole. Our individual actions, conversations, behaviours and mindsets can have an impact on our larger society. Collectively, we can make change happen.

We can all choose to be #EachforEqual.

We would love to have a ‘female full’ roster on the 7th. Please get in touch if you would like to volunteer.

Join us at 9am on Saturday 7th March 2020. #IWD2020


Run Report #251 – 15th February 2020, by Sean Wilkinson

Who’s Dennis?

Eager runners across South-East Leicestershire would have been checking Facebook and cancellation pages with trepidation early on Saturday morning to find out if Market Harborough was on or off. I was one of those runners and originally decided to stay closer to home but once I found out Northampton was off I had no choice but to continue my perfect streak for the year.

When I arrived to check-in for volunteering duties I was greeted with “I’ve already crossed you off” from this week’s RD, Lisa, such was my haste to email and apologise in advance for not being able to make it. My decision to attend was rewarded as on a wet and blustery morning I bagged myself a PB for the year on a fantastic course which I will certainly endeavour to see a lot more of on Saturday mornings to come!

Overall numbers were inevitably down but 320 runners was a very respectable turnout when nobody could have been blamed for hitting snooze a few extra times and giving themselves a week off from parkrun. 33 of the 320 got their first timer fix (including myself) and 29 managed a new personal best, no easy feat considering far from what could be considered “perfect running conditions”. Special mentions to Valerie Goode and Libby Langley who both completed their 50th parkrun this weekend and will no doubt be eagerly awaiting their shiny new red t-shirts to show off in a few weeks time. Well done ladies!

Before I sign out, I’d really just like to praise the high-vis heroes who make it all possible. From the people who check the course long before most of us have even woken up, the fantastic marshals who ensure our safety and cheer us on all the way round to the people who set everything up and close everything down. Without all of these amazing guys and girls we would not have such fantastically organised events all over the UK and the world. Please give them all a thanks and a smile when you see them for their brilliant efforts, I’m sure we all appreciate what they do.

Thank you again Market Harborough. I can’t wait to be back!



Run Report #248 – 25th January 2020 by Lisa Penrose

FIFTY! I reached the big 5-O today, and not of the birthday kind (still another 12
years to go in that respect). This was a first milestone in my parkrun journey –
and took just a little over a year to run 50 parkruns!

I marked the occasion wearing a huge badge and tying a giant balloon to my
wrist (soon to become very annoying when trying to run, ha ha). Turning up at
the start, my parkrun friends had also brought along a bunch of party hats to
wear and yet another balloon! Was so lovely that everyone wanted to join in on
marking my special event.

With good weather conditions, we set off on the diverted route – even though the
river wasn’t flooded, as a trial for keeping this as the permanent setup going
forward. I personally prefer this route as the path next to the river is quite
narrow and the slight hill going down and up either end can regularly be quite
slippy. Although it can be easy to forget about the different start and finish
points, so the final sprint can end up being a longer than expected!

There was so much lovely support from all the other runners and despite the
balloon really getting in my way, I really enjoyed my first milestone – hopefully
the first of many. And now I’ve got the 50 under my belt, I’m looking forward to
volunteering more – I’m always in awe of the number of people who are needed
to give their time so that these parkruns can happen every week.

Well done to all who took part, all 435 of you! There were 45 first timers and 58
got PBs!

Lisa Penrose


Run Report #245 – 4th January 2020 by Molly Smith

On 4th January 2017, there were two main differences compared to 4th January 2020. The first was it was a Wednesday back in 2017 and the second being I had not heard of parkrun. The content of both days were generally similar, I was off to London both days to see West End shows. However, I imagine my day was less stressful back in 2017 where I took my time getting ready and sorting myself out.

However, after finding out a few months ago, I would get to parkrun on my birthday in 2020, it had to be done! Turns out it won’t happen again until January 2025. So I ordered myself a birthday sash, because if you can’t wear one on your birthday, when can you.

So I started planning the day so that I could start off with parkrun and spend it in London during the day. So I booked myself tickets on the 10:26 train, probably a tad bit ambitious for a 30 minute plus runner. So I decided to cycle to parkrun, where I was greeted by loads of birthday wishes. It was then time to head over to the start line where several people were celebrating milestones and special events. These included:

- Kevin Dinsdale with 100 parkruns
- Charlotte Double who was celebrating a double milestone with 100 parkruns and 25 volunteers
- Fiona Fretter with 100 parkruns and a birthday
- Nicola Spencer with 100 parkruns
- Joseph Kula-Przezwanski with 50 parkruns
- Sophie Hillyer with 50 parkruns

Market Harborough parkrun also welcomed 62 first timers on Saturday. 34 people were completely new to parkrun and 28 people parkrun tourists, with the furthest being from America.

Once parkrun had started, I was trying to run as quickly as I could so I could make it home to shower before getting on a train! It kind of worked, I did get my fastest parkrun for 2020! I did two on New Year’s Day so I can count it! What helped were all the friendly marshals who were very encouraging and sending birthday wishes.

There were also 42 people who started 2020 with new PBs - well done! Market Harborough parkrun also saw its biggest attendance ever with 473 people completing parkrun number #245.

So if you were one of the newer parkrunners or are thinking of doing your first parkrun in the next few weeks, there are so many great things about parkrun; from meeting new people to seeing fitness changes. Could I have ran 5k under 30 minutes on my 25th birthday back in 2017? No chance! Though I may struggle some weeks, 3 years later, it was a great way to start my 28th birthday and I had the whole day eating, drinking and wandering around London.

See you next Saturday.

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