Myrtle parkrun cancelled 20 July due to Bingley Show

Myrtle parkrun is cancelled on Saturday 20 July due to Bingley Show taking place in the park.

You're welcome to go to one of the nearby parkruns instead, or if you're feeling more adventurous try this:


Bingley Harriers parkrun Takeover 20th April 2019


Tomorrow sees the second Myrtle parkrun take-over. This week it's Bingley Harriers and it promises to be a belter.

Bring some change for the raffle and refreshments.

Key features are:

  • all marshal positions filled by Bingley Harriers
  • pacers for 22min, 24 min and 30min
  • free massages by Tom Monkman of Monkman Physiotherapy, Bingley
  • Easter Egg raffle - bring a pound for your ticket
  • Hot drinks and Refreshments by Bingley Harriers Satellite club Hanson School - bring another pound
  • Buns and Cakes by Bingley Harriers
  • Hound Dog in attendance
  • Hot weather guaranteed

We look forward to seeing you there.



B of the Bang!

According to Linford Christie, you don’t go on the ‘Bang!’ you go on the ‘B’ of the ‘Bang!’.

Steve mentioned this quote to me just after pointing out I’d been talking to RD Sam for 40 seconds after the ‘Go’ and we then had to run to catch the Tail Walker. I got a course PB though, surprisingly.

I do love to watch our more intentional parkrunners setting-off. Front runner Huseen USUIE looked intent on getting a PB – which he did, in a time of 17.41 assisted by Bingley Harrier coach John Smithhurst. parkrun RD Dave STEPHENSON, also a Harrier, performed his debut run with pizazz, sticking to club-mate Robbie WILLIAMS throughout the course just being pipped to the post in the final seconds. First finishing female was Grace DAWSON, also of Bingley Harriers.

Ilkley Harriers AC saw an impressive performance from Geoffrey HOWARD, who beat his own age-grade standing, recording 81.86% in a time of 23.09.

One thing that certainly went with a bang was the first ever Myrtle parkrun takeover – hosted by local running group TRAIL SNAILS. Trail Snails was started a year ago by Sam SWIFT and Dan Cherington and offers C25K (Couch to 5k) programmes and social runs. They now have over 300 runners and can often be seen running and volunteering at Myrtle parkrun, in their distinctive blue tops. At which other takeover would you see a unicorn and pacer called Dave – the unicorn was called Dave not the pacer – and masses and masses of cake.

Trails Snails saw seven of their runners get PBs: Nicola MIDDLETON, Lindsay DAVISON, Katie FLORENCE, Elise LEACH, Jamie MCPARTLAND, Stephanie LAYCOCK, Theresa WRAITH.

For more information about the Trail Snails, see

There were loads of positive comments, especially about the cake and fantastic marshals; like this one from uber-tourist Barry Shakleton:

‘We absolutely loved our visit. All First Timers except for me (green shirt) as I ran at Myrtle on New Years Day. We have more than 1,000 parkruns between us. The lady is Rosemary who is true parkrun royalty. She has run at more parkrun venues than any other woman on earth (about 300). Thanks for the great cake and all the marshalls. #lovemyrtle’.

I’m looking forward to our next takeover, which will be next week by the Bingley Harriers. I’m also going to pay more attention to the Starter, and set off on the ‘G’ of the ‘Go’, especially if there's cake.

This week 187 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 66 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Charlotte DEAN • Julie DEACON • Michelle LANGLEY • Karen Frances CAINE • Victoria BURROWS • Sam SWIFT • Yvonne HARRISON • Gareth RANKIN • Jennie HOULDSWORTH • Tariq HUSSAIN • Nigel PEPPER • Dave STEPHENSON • Joanna BOWER • Cheryl HUNT • Andrew BROWN • Nicola BROWN • Sarah DARROCH • Susan MOORE • Gemma BAXTER • Lidia GALLUCCI • Emily NAYLOR • Jo MILNE • Janette BOLTON • Rachel GILMARTIN • Sarah WADDINGTON

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

Myrtle parkrun started on 3rd November 2018. Since then 2,072 participants have completed 4,860 parkruns covering a total distance of 24,300 km, including 1,058 new Personal Bests. A total of 169 individuals have volunteered 633 times.

C x


Today is the Spring Equinox, which heralds the arrival of Spring. There was a definite sense of newness about our course on Saturday, as well as a lot of excitement at seeing the parkrun practice partnership come into fruition.

I’ve just heard this poem, by Thomas Hardy, about Spring. Not the jolliest I’ve heard, but it does contain a Myrtle mention.

The trees are afraid to put forth buds,

And there is timidity in the grass;

The plots lie gray where gouged by spuds,
And whether next week will pass
Free of sly sour winds is the fret of each bush
Of barberry waiting to bloom.

Yet the snowdrop's face betrays no gloom,
And the primrose pants in its heedless push,
Though the myrtle asks if it's worth the fight
This year with frost and rime
To venture one more time
On delicate leaves and buttons of white
From the selfsame bough as at last year's prime,
And never to ruminate on or remember
What happened to it in mid-December.

Well. We had some relief from the rain this week, and the thaw wind didn’t deter our hardiest souls from wearing shorts. One runner ran from Leeds, did our parkrun, then ran home again – so I heard. Perhaps as the lighter mornings set-in we’ll hear more heroic tales like this. It’s certainly easier for the Run Directors to set-up in the daylight, and for runners to walk to the event.

The Spring has also brought out lots of new parkrunners – 48 to be precise. Thank you to everyone who shared the post inviting new people.

Our final ‘new’ news is that our lovely parkrun partnership with Bingley Medical Practice was a great success. By cultivating our relationship between the surgery and parkrun, the Doctors and the Staff hope to encourage more people to be active; either through running or volunteering, therefore improving their health and wellbeing. It’s fantastic to see BMP take such an interest in supporting our parkrun, which always aims to break down barriers to exercise. You will hear more about this in the T&A, who are covering the story as a Feature this week. Particular thanks to DR A Salter, who has approached the partnership with great gusto, and the 12 members of the practice who volunteered their time.

To new beginnings,

C x

Myrtle Park parkrun


This week 161 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 48 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Richard HOLMES • Steve WATKINS • Jo BUCKLEY • Christine DAY • Iain MCKENNA • Liz FRANCOS • Alan SALTER • Bethan BUCKLEY • Denisa FRANCIS • Mike FRANCIS • Catherine WATKINS • Holly GOMERSALL • Andrew BROWN • Nicola BROWN • Tracey MCKENNA • Susan MOORE • Sally LITTLER • Jeanne HUDSON • Rebecca HOLMES • Barbara CARNEY • Karen GREENHORN • Yusra KHAN • Sue DENNIS • Gabrielle FOY • Carey DOWSON

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

Myrtle parkrun started on 3rd November 2018. Since then 1,924 participants have completed 4,299 parkruns covering a total distance of 21,495 km, including 864 new Personal Bests. A total of 151 individuals have volunteered 561 times.




Due to the danger of falling branches today's run is CANCELLED. Aplogies for the late notice.

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