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.


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