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.