Millfield parkrun is cancelled on 11 July 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Event 36 Tourists Takeover day

We are grateful to the tourist group who provided all our volunteers for event 36, fantastic event!


Report as follows by Emma Sadler, thanks Emma.


For a couple of years now a group of us have been touring different parkrun events.  Sometimes we go incognito and just enjoy the scenery of a new place to run.  But most of the time you will be able to identify tourists by their attire.  We are often found wearing apricot tops, cow cowls and cow bobs.  And we love a camera!


As I am sure you know, parkrun isn't all about running.  If it wasn't for the amazing volunteers who also turn up every week to marshall, to time keep and hand out finish tokens there wouldn't be anywhere for us to travel to for our running.

Giving Something Back

Putting on a parkrun every weekend takes a lot of work.  And these Event Directors rely on volunteers to go ahead week after week.  Some of the newer events and the smaller ones struggle to fill the roster when it is cold or when when most people are away on holiday.

So we decided that for one week we would like to give something back.  Instead of running our group would Take-Over the Volunteer Rota.  After much planning we decided that Millfield parkrun in Easingwold near York was the ideal place.

Saturday is parkrun Day!

So the big day has come round at last.  From 8am onwards volunteers begin to congregate.  The finish funnel needs setting up, cones need to be put out and the course needs to be checked to ensure it is safe.

Marshalls are sent out to their allocated spots wearing high-vis and clutching walkie-talkies.  This week they also needed something else.  Cow bells of course!  Because that is exactly what is needed to encourage all the runners on when they are getting tired.  Complete with cow stickers to match our cow bob hats and cowls.

This week the First-Timers briefing was given by Iain Hall.  It was his first time doing this role and although a little nervous he did a sterling job!

And we love a Milestone! Ones that I know of at Millfield this week included:

Elaine Watson - 250 volunteers!

Rob Lickley - 50 parkruns

Richard Freeman - 50 parkruns

Craig Redmond (Richard's brother-in-law) - 50 parkruns

John Freeman (Richard's Dad) - 100 parkruns and today was his 74th birthday!



A special Shout-out needs to go to the volunteers who were pacing.  Not only did some of them do it after never having ran the course before, but they helped runners get PBs by being pretty spot-on with their timings!

21 - Greg Hart                  21:03

23 - Graeme Addison     22:54 (PB)

25 - Jason Pattison          24:56

28 - Amanda Waller        28:09

30 - Michael Cleasby       29:42

32 - Adrian Kelsall            31:57

35 - Calum Burrell           35:00

Millfield parkrun; Event number 36; 8th February 2020

This week 196 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.  Well done to all of you!

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

John GRAY • Iain G HALL • Graeme ADDISON • Amanda Jayne WALLER • Emma Jane SADLER • Paul WILSON • Lynn WILSON • Ann HALL • Nick DENT • Jane DENT • Dave WADDINGTON • Calum BURRELL • Elaine WATSON • Andy RICHARDSON • Lynsey BURRELL • Ralph GILCHRIST • Vicky RICHARDSON • Greg HART • Laura C A ROBINSON • Mike CLEASBY • Chris BRACCHI • Jane-Marie BRACCHI • Michelle I'ANSON • Raymond ROBINSON • Viki Bee CLARKE • Jason PATTISON • Adrian KELSALL • Christopher JACKSON • Michael BISHOP

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Millfield parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Tim STRATTON who recorded a time of 16:41 on 10th August 2019 (event number 8).
The female record is held by Ms. VERA GULYÁS who recorded a time of 18:04 on 24th August 2019 (event number 10).
The Age Grade course record is held by Patricia BIELBY who recorded 87.61% (24:13) on 17th August 2019 (event number 9).

Millfield parkrun started on 22nd June 2019. Since then 1,692 participants have completed 5,172 parkruns covering a total distance of 25,860 km, including 1,180 new Personal Bests. A total of 197 individuals have volunteered 767 times.


International Women’s Day event


We’re supporting #ThisGirlCan to celebrate International Women’s Day at our parkrun on Saturday 7 March

Bring a female friend, colleague or family member and walk, jog, run or volunteer together for #IWDparkrun

We hope to have an all female volunteer team, email us at if you can help

More details at



Event 22 16th November 2019

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Millfield parkrun
Event number 22
16th November 2019

This week 131 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers at Millfield with 5 brand new parkrunners joining us. 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Janet HALES • Hilary DUTTON • Michael WILLIAMS • Colin FLETCHER • Stephen SANGSTER • Sarah LEES • Thomas LEES • Lynn FAWCETT • Joanne POTTAGE • Richard FREEMAN • Lise SEIERSEN • Nicola STOJKOVIC • Keira FREEMAN • Helen SYKES • Christopher JACKSON • Emily MASKELL • Andrew LUNN • Nigel RAMSDEN • Jemima GORST

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Millfield parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Tim STRATTON who recorded a time of 16:41 on 10th August 2019 (event number 8).
The female record is held by Ms. VERA GULYÁS who recorded a time of 18:04 on 24th August 2019 (event number 10).
The Age Grade course record is held by Patricia BIELBY who recorded 87.61% (24:13) on 17th August 2019 (event number 9).

Millfield parkrun started on 22nd June 2019. Since then 1,236 participants have completed 2,965 parkruns covering a total distance of 14,825 km, including 714 new Personal Bests. A total of 132 individuals have volunteered 442 times.


Millfield Surgery takeover day 9th November

Event 21 report from Helen Iredale who organised our first takeover day. What a great success it was.

Millfield parkrun Event #21 report - from the perspective of a team take over

9th November 2019


Last Saturday saw a parkrun with a difference at Millfield; the parkrun had it’s first take over event courtesy of the team from Millfield GP Surgery.

Several members of the Millfield Surgery team are keen runners and so have been actively following the development and launch of the parkrun on our doorstep right from the first public meeting held by Colin Fletcher back in January. In June when the parkrun launched we applied to became officially partnered with the Millfield Parkrun via the RCGP (Royal College of General Practitioners) and proudly display our certificate in the Surgery entrance. This is a national initiative to encouraged GP surgeries to link with their local parkrun and pledge to support it to help improve the health and well-being of healthcare staff, patients and carers through increased physical activity and becoming involved as volunteers in their community.

We were therefore honoured to be asked to be the first team to take over the Millfield Parkrun. This meant we committed to pick a Saturday on which we could provide the majority of the volunteers. What better way to show our support than to practice what we preach and lead by example.

The mission started by gathering enough support from the staff to ensure we would be able to provide enough volunteers on the day. This proved easy with plenty of staff stepping forward to give up their Saturday morning; some who were familiar with parkrun, some who were not and had to be talked through how to register to get their barcode number (essential for volunteering as well as participating) and some who just wanted to come for the breakfast afterwards! We even managed to persuade a number of our retired team members to leave behind their cozy living rooms and support the event.

Once we had a good list together we sent this to the race officials. We were happy to hear that the official run director, set up, take down, funnel manager, timekeeping and results roles would be overseen by the core team. We then sat back and hoped for a dry day...! We were not disappointed. After a very wet week, we woke on the day to a beautiful, cool, crisp and (thankfully) dry November morning; perfect running conditions.

At 8.30am, 20 Millfield Surgery volunteers, accompanied by several children and dogs arrived to meet Andy Throup the day’s run director. He had a printed list of the volunteers and had allocated roles and positions in advance. He issued the key marshal positions with their position maps, emergency contacts, walkie talkies and high vis tops. As well as marshals, we had staff members in the roles of tail walker, time keeper, token issuing and scanning. I was scanning for the first time and was very impressed by the training given to ensure the run would progress smoothly and felt confident that we knew what we were doing.

The turnout was great with 151 people who ran, jogged or walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part. I was particularly pleased to see a number of patients to whom I’d mentioned the parkrun turn up and take part, some for the very first time - this is after all what our partnership is all about!

The event went very smoothly, we cheered, clapped, supported, timed and scanned as enthusiastically as our cold toes would allow and fortunately none of our medical expertise was needed. Afterwards we wandered down and took in the post event buzz at a very lively and busy Olive Branch in the town and defrosted our toes by the fire and warmed ourselves back up with hot chocolate and bacon sandwiches.

Several staff members commented on the wonderful atmosphere, the chance to do something as a team outside of our day jobs and the pleasure it was to be involved in such an inclusive community event. Many plan to return but as a participant next time. I’m sure we’ll be back to take over again - but next time maybe a Summer date!

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Dariush SAEEDI • Hilary DUTTON • Colin FLETCHER • Paula EVANS • Helen GARDNER • Andrew THROUP • Sarah WATSON • Matthew CARR • Graham TITCHENER • Helen SIMPSON • Sheila PRINGLE • Christopher JACKSON • Claire THROUP • Marianne DOYLE • Darren DALZELL • Lorraine BOYD • Louise CLARK • Thomas TITCHENER • Bethan SIMPSON • John MORRIS • Katie JOHNSON • Barbara WILSON • Patricia BLACKBURN • Lynne GRAY • Tracey GREEN • Dudley VALENTINE • Stuart PARKER

Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Millfield parkrun Results Page.

20191109_100032Report by Helen Iredale.



Christmas and New Year at Millfield

Millfield Christmas and New Year parkrun confirmed!
Christmas day parkrun is becoming very popular and we thought we would give you the opportunity to get at least some exercise to go with the celebration in our first year. I've done a few myself in York and it's a great atmosphere and also a chance to wear some Christmas attire and have a bit of fun. Not normally a day for PB's. Usual 9am start, and if you don't feel up to taking part then why not volunteer?
New Years Day will also be at the proper parkrun time of 9am, what better way is there to start 2020.

Both days are Wednesday this year and of course we will also have our weekly Saturday events during the festive season.

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