The Soggy One

When checking my results email last week I realised my next parkrun was no 100

So I decided it had to be at Oakwell my local and favourite parkrun. Earlier in the week I had ideas of a course PB but the weather wasn’t on my side and my goal for today ended up being to stay on my feet!

So from my 1st parkrun on the 31/10/2015 when I’d just completed a 10 week beginners running course to my 100th today and having been to 22 different parkruns up and down the UK and 45 of them at Oakwell. I think I can say I love my Saturday morning parkrun.

I arrived at event #253 in the torrential rain bringing cake and chocolates to share with a cuppa afterwards and I added them to the table already bearing some healthy fruit and veg.

Adam and Tracey had just finished the setting up and assured me that it wouldn’t be possible to dodge all the puddles today! Sheltering from the rain more hardy parkrunners started to arrive and the ratio of runners to volunteers increased. 139 finishers today which is a really low number for Oakwell and the last time it saw such low numbers was 16/3 this year with 123. Wonder what the weather was like that day?  The weather certainly put people off today, but not the tourists who came from Manchester and London. 

We got off to a prompt start and the rain stopped and it started to brighten up. I have to admire the lady in front of me who really embraced and enjoyed the first big puddle we came to and jumped with both feet right in the middle...not sure the lady at the side of her who got thoroughly splashed was too pleased though oops! As I was coming up through the car park I had to peel off my waterproof jacket as I’d definitely warmed up and dried off by then. My feet were still quite dry until I reached the playground and yes unless you were an expert long jumper there was no way of avoiding the puddles as you turned to climb up into the woods. (No bull in the farmers field today!) the mud was definitely slowing people down today as for the first time ever I didn’t get lapped just before I crossed the finish turn to begin my 2nd lap. Definitely muddier and slippier for the 2nd lap but then that’s always to be expected after all those feet ahead of you. The marshalls were great encouraging everyone on and congratulating me on my milestone. Very muddy, wet and slippy parkrun but enjoyable and still my favourite local one. Big thanks to everyone who made it possible today and to my friends from Pudsey Pacers who joined me this morning to celebrate and eat cake of course. 



Oakwell Hall parkrun
Event number 253
28th September 2019

This week 139 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 40 volunteers:

Joan COX • Alex GREEN • Adam GALLAGHER • Victoria WILSON • Natalie SAMPSON • Mira MILEUSNIC • Tracey GALLAGHER • Sean HARRISON • Sue GRAY • Lucy Rose ORMONDROYD • Beverley ORMONDROYD • Michael WRIGGLESWORTH • Jason SAVILLE • Michelle SAVILLE • Ann BOGUE • Philip BOGUE • Richard PEEL • John POULTER • Irén BODROG • Emma LOCKWOOD • Roberta MANN • Michael ELLIS • Liam SAVILLE • Chris GOODRIDGE • Megan GRINSILL • Harrison GRAY • Thomas WILSON • Karen HULBERT • Laila Grace HEATON • Lynda STARK • Jessica STARK • Arron CAMPLIN • Jayne HEATON • Geoffrey HARRISON • Elaine JACKSON • Darren WILLIAMS • Lynne HARDWICK • Arlo CAMPLIN • Mia CROSBY • Kara WALKER

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

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 19:10 on 18th July 2015 (event number 51).
The male record is held by Tom ADAMS who recorded a time of 16:31 on 18th May 2019 (event number 235).
The Age Grade course record is held by Treena JOHNSON who recorded 90.07% (20:39) on 14th September 2019 (event number 251).

Oakwell Hall parkrun started on 19th July 2014. Since then 8,246 participants have completed 50,777 parkruns covering a total distance of 253,885 km, including 10,130 new Personal Bests. A total of 848 individuals have volunteered 7,322 times.



Are we mad? Why are we getting up earlier on a Saturday morning than we do on a work morning?

These were just two of the questions we were asking each other as five of us set off from York at 7.30am this morning in beautiful sunshine to head over to Oakwell Hall country park.

After a bit of a diversion thanks to satnav, we were directed into the car park by friendly volunteers and headed over to the start area, where lots of people were already starting to congregate. A gentle jog to warm up and we got chatting to a regular runner at Oakwell Hall who explained the course to us - coming from York, which is very flat, hills seemed to be mentioned quite a lot and we soon realised we shouldn’t be expecting a PB, but it sounded like it would be a picturesque and varied course. This was backed up by a quick look at a map on the country park notice board which highlighted a viewpoint along part of the route!

After acknowledging several milestones (a 50, a 100 and a 150), welcoming lots of tourists (some from as far away as Australia) and thanking the wonderful volunteers, we were off. Straightaway we had a short incline before turning right along a path through the woods, followed by a lovely downhill stretch. We also negotiated a couple of bridges, some steps, a zigzag path and a short uphill grassy bank before coming back into woodland. Just before the end of the first lap we came to a sign saying ‘Keep going, you’ve got this’, which made me smile and definitely encouraged me to dig in. There was another sign a bit further on which said ‘See you soon, love the barcode scanner’, followed by ‘Nearly there, almost brew time’. These small bits of humour really did help and encourage my tiring legs.

One lap completed, just one more to go. The downhill section was great to give our legs a bit of a rest but I had to keep reminding myself not to go too fast as I needed to save myself for the uphill sections that I knew were coming later! This time when we reached the signs it was a great feeling as I knew I really was nearly there, and the final stretch to the finish funnel was a lovely downhill.

As we’d already surmised, none of our group got a PB, but it was a lovely course with very friendly and encouraging marshalls. And 52 people out of the 288 that ran, jogged or walked the course did get PBs, so well done to you all. 6 people were doing their very first parkrun. I hope you enjoyed it and will be back for more. Maybe you’ll come and visit us for one of the York parkruns once you’ve got the ‘bug’.

On the way home my friend casually mentioned the large bull in the field we ran through twice! I had to confess that I hadn’t noticed it. Maybe it’s a good job I hadn’t, as I’m not very brave with cattle, but then again, maybe I might have been spurred on to a PB after all!!!!

So, to go back to our original question - were we mad? On the way home I think we all agreed that we weren’t, and that we all felt so much better for having made the effort to get out and run, such is the power of parkrun.  Thank you to all the volunteers at Oakwell Hall parkrun, you’ve got a lovely course and we were made to feel very welcome.



7D5A08B3-4D53-49CA-B6EC-5F5BA7457397 Oakwell Hall parkrun - 14th September, 2019, No. 251
I was missing from Oakwell last week, going along the M62 for a spot of local parkrun tourism to Huddersfield (657 Runners!) in the lovely Greenhead Park. This week though, back to the more rugged (and undulating) Oakwell course and what a beautiful morning we had. Before the start, I spotted a number of VIPs - Batgirl, Wonder Woman and local MP for Batley & Spen, Tracy Brabin. Does that mean we have Parliamentary approval? What the superheroes were doing there I guess we’ll never know...
We had 264 runners this week, with tourists from Hull, Bristol, the New Forest and Stockport.
We also had 61 PBs including me (!) (which had been a long time coming) as well as 29 first timers at Oakwell. Amongst the milestones we had two runners hitting 50 and one 150. The course was in good condition, dry and with a cool breeze - perfect running weather!
The on course volunteers were brilliant as usual, with everything running smoothly. Right from arriving, I was directed to a proper parking place in the top field and the results came out very quickly. So, a big shout out to our volunteers - don’t forget to volunteer yourself and put something back into parkrun. Don’t worry, we always need volunteers - the more notice the better.
I’m off on the tourist trail again next Saturday (Druridge Bay) but will be back for my favourite and home parkrun!

#247 – Weather Watch

Oakwell parkrun no. 247 - 17th August, 2019

Friday - why does it always rain on me? ....was a bit concerned that it was going to be a very wet parkrun...

Saturday aka parkrun day - take the dog for a walk before parkrun, it’s raining again...Driving to Oakwell, still raining but I’ve brought waterproof, towel, flippers....

Get to Oakwell, sunshine after the rain - and a dry run - hurrah! Running conditions were good given the amount of rain we’ve had (have I mentioned the rain?) and it’s always encouraging to hear Keith shouting encouragement at the bottom of the hill. After the initial crowding at the start, it was a lovely run and I even got a comment from a lady about my Pudsey 10k top (2018) which she had designed!

The stats -

We had 232 runners, 51 first timers, 30 new PBs, 1 milestone (which was also a PB!)

We had runners from such illustrious places as Barnsley, Bradford, Newark and Pickering, as well as the usual suspects from closer to home.

Don’t forget to volunteer and get yourself down on the rota in good time - go on, make your Run Directors very happy!



Happy Birthday!

Fifth Birthday parkrun!

Oakwell Hall parkrun had it all this week - drama (the results were delayed :-( ), glitter, a running bride (getting married the next day) and birthday cake!


Event 243 - and our parkrun hit its fifth birthday this weekend! The weather held and the volunteers had party hats (obviously). There was even musical accompaniment from the crew setting up for a wedding (NOTE: that was actually our volunteers creating the party vibes!).


I bowled up with my black Labrador Jaz to marshal at our usual post down by the bottom car park. She ran Oakwell once, but after one lap, couldn’t see the point of doing it again...although she did, reluctantly. I’d checked the night before what I was doing and saw I’d been switched from time keeper to marshal. I’ve been a time keeper before - but with great power comes great responsibility.....Good job there are two timekeepers. :-)


As I was down by the Countryside Centre, I missed the run start, but well done to Mathew Huby for achieving 50 runs! :-)


We had visitors from Sheffield, York, Barnsley, Leicester and Malvern.


There were 263 runners and 32 volunteers, 33 if you include Jaz - (she was the one with the party hat on). We had a good view of all the runners coming up from the big field. What a friendly bunch they were, lots of smiles and greetings :-)


Now we are five, here are some Oakwell statistics -


We all know Oakwell has a few hills, but did you know that it has an elevation gain of 284 feet, making it one of the hilliest in the country? ;-)


We’ve had 7,888 runners in total over the five years. We also had our biggest attendance this year - on the 12th January, with 451 runners.


Together we have run a total distance of 150,204 miles since 2014.


We also had our fastest runner ever this year - an incredible time of 16:31 - on the 18th May.


Please consider volunteering - it’s great fun and there are plenty of different jobs. Your Run Director will be very grateful. Remember - no volunteers = no parkrun :-(


So, we have had a pretty amazing five years - here’s to the next five!


Mike Wrigglesworth

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