Market Harborough parkrun is cancelled on 26 September 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Run Report for Virtual parkrun #3 @ Market Harborough on Saturday 1st August 2020

The sun shone on Saturday 1st August, despite the horrendous rain the night before.
49 runners dusted off their trainers and ran 5km. 13 achieved a new virtual PB, and we welcomed 11 first timers! Well done to you all!
Today we shared our Virtual event with Kettering, who were holding their 10th virtual event.
The Anderson household was like parkrun HQ with Nic (MH Event Director) being duty RD for MH and Kenny (ESA for Kettering) being their duty RD.
A brave attempt to introduce some technical data collection failed miserably.... and sadly with the Andersons en route to Scotland in the midst of their duties..... a solution was not to be found. So result submission went to plan B!
Collating and analysing results proved a challenge with no wifi, but we got there in the end.
parkrun is never boring, and life would not be the same without it!
Looking forward to the next virtual parkrun...... on 5th September.

Nicola Anderson

Duty RD


Virtual parkrun Run Report for #2 Virtual parkrun @ Market Harborough on Saturday 4th July 2020

Well done to all 77 parkrunners who took part in our 2nd Virtual Market Harborough parkrun!
A smaller turnout than last month, possibly due to the weather. Also with it being ‘Super Saturday’ maybe some of our running routines took a back seat as some of the pubs, restaurants and more importantly many hairdressers re-opened this weekend!
Not sure if we had any tourists, but we had 25 first-timers this weekend. 52 parkrunners have now taken part in both our Virtual events, with 34 parkrunners achieving ‘Virtual Personal Bests’ this weekend.
These Virtual results are just for fun and will not count towards your overall parkrun tally, but we hope you’ve enjoyed taking part and we’re proud of your continued support at Market Harborough. We plan to organise a Virtual event each month (the first Saturday of each month), but obviously we’re all looking forward to the day when parkrun returns for real.
Jo Virtual RD & the Virtual Core Team

Virtual Run Report for #1 Virtual parkrun at Market Harborough on Saturday 13th June 2020

Well that was a first for Market Harborough - we held our first ever virtual parkrun to coincide with the first ever virtual Carnival in Market Harborough and it was amazing to see so many of you take part.  WELL DONE EVERYONE.

Everyone was classed as a first timer yesterday so yes we had 149 first timers - sadly this run will not count to your overall parkrun tally but everyone should be so proud to have completed their 5k run, jog or walk as that weather was hot, hot, hot.

I spotted so many runners out and about yesterday as I popped down to the Symingtons Rec in Market Harborough on Carnival business and as soon as I arrived home I plugged in the kettle and the laptop (in that order!)  so that Michael and I could start the important task of "virtual results processing".  And you did not disappoint.

We had tourists from Leicester, Sleaford, Colchester, Lytham and Cornwall, with an overseas tourist from Holland too.

There were even a few birthdays and anniversaries being celebrated yesterday as well.

FULL RESULTS - please click HERE

And once those results were available I have met with the Chairman of the Carnival Committee to make the draw for some Carnival Running Shirts and Sunglasses.

Congratulations to the winners #parkrunfamily #loveparkrun #wewillgetthroughthistogether

Bev virtual RD and the virtual Core Team



Run Report for #254 on Saturday 7th March 2020 by Natalie Edney

parkrun event 254 today marked my 50th parkrun. Who would have thought that was possible? Certainly not me when I started my parkrun journey back in December 2018. Up until this point, I had only run 20 minutes on our treadmill at home. Hardly the best preparation, but with some fantastic encouragement from Slimming World friends and my supportive family I gave it a go. On the 8th of December 2018, I ran my first parkrun in 43:40. To date my PB is 34:16 and counting! #thisgirlcan #eachforequal #IWDparkrun

I cannot tell enough people about how amazing parkrun is. It has turned me from a complete non-runner into someone who is now pushing the 10K distance, all be it at my own pace. I am forever grateful that such an event exists and for the community spirit it produces.

Today was another great parkrun, ran with usual clockwork precision by the Core Team and it felt good in spirit too with International Women’s Day to celebrate. The weather was kind with very little wind and no rain for a change! Long may that last!

Run 254 was special for at least two others doing their 50th’s and one other doing their amazing 100th parkrun – well done everyone! There were 427 of us running – I can always tell how busy it is by my finish token! Well done to the 75 PB’s and 48 first timers and thank you to our amazing volunteers. The Hi Viz Heroes totally make this event!

Roll on event 255!


parkrun #254





Run Report for 29th February 2020, #253, by Louise Diccico

Run Report for 29 February 2020

29 Facts about parkrun

1 The first ever parkrun was held on 2nd October 2004
2 The first ever parkrun was held in Bushy Park in South West London
3 parkrun actually started off as being called ‘Bushy Park Time Trial’
4 parkrun was founded by Paul Sinton-Hewitt
5 The inaugural parkrun at Market Harborough was on 25th April 2015
6 There were 111 finishers at the first Market Harborough event and 20 volunteers
7 The first ever finisher at Market Harborough parkrun was Andy Meads in a time of 17:11
8 The male record holder is Danny Hallam at event 53 in a time of 15:23
9 The finish line used to be to the left of the rose garden before being moved to its’ current location
10 There never used to be a path at the turnaround trees - it used to get very muddy and slippy there – the path was introduced in February 2018
11 There wasn’t always a nice path next to the dog walk – this was officially used for the first time at parkrun in November 2015
12 Harborough’s biggest parkrun attendance is 495 on 11th January 2020
13 The total number of laps completed of Welland Park at Saturday parkrun is 70,626
14 There were 5 runners today in the 70-74 age group – I hope I am still doing parkrun when I am in this age group!
15 The total distance run around Welland Park on all Saturday Market Harborough parkruns is over 350,000km – or almost 9 times around the equatorial circumference of the earth!
16 All of the seconds from 0 – 59 were covered in today’s results – this would be great if you’re trying to complete the stopwatch bingo challenge!
17 Joshua Sangster finished in 29th position today at Market Harborough
18 Claire Laurent completed her 2nd parkrun today, and finished in 29:29
19 Today is the first opportunity in parkrun history to run on 29th February
20 The next time you will be able to parkrun on 29th February will be in 2048
21 There were 45 runners at Market Harborough parkrun whose first name begins with the letter ‘J’
22 There were 34 lovely volunteers today at Market Harborough parkrun – thank you to all of you
23 There were four running milestones at Market Harborough today: Greg McDonald and John Conway joined the 50 Club, while Anne Linsell and Jenny Wilson-Benn joined the 100 Club; Jenny celebrated a double milestone by also joining the 25 Volunteer Club – well done to you all
24 Jenny Wilson-Benn actually attended the first ever parkrun in Market Harborough
25 There were 29 runners at Market Harborough today who have completed 150 or more parkruns
26 There were 43 first timers at Market Harborough today, and 13 of these are completely new to parkrun – we hope to see you again soon
27 There were 40 PBs at Market Harborough today
28 There were actually 29 unknown runners today, who either forgot their barcode (#dfyb), or who have not yet registered
29 There were 4 people completing their 29th parkrun at Market Harborough today, and one of these (Scott Dillon) has done them all at Market Harborough
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