Guest Run Report for 9th Feb 2019

So the snow had gone (yay!), only to be replaced with strong winds and rain (boo!)

Having seen the weather forecasts during the week, driving the 3 hours North to Pontefract was probably not the smartest move, but as a regular tourist, doing silly things for the love of parkrun is part and parcel of what we do. So the alarm went off at 5am and we were out of the door and on the road by 5:30am, with just a quick check of facebook, twitter and the parkrun cancellations page to double check Pontefract parkrun had not yet been cancelled.

Why Pontefract? Well firstly it is an event we had not done before, and secondly we were attempting to complete the Full Ponty challenge (that's running at each of Pontypridd, Pontypool and Pontefract). We ran at Pontypridd a few weeks ago, and are planning on going to Pontypool next Saturday.

Thankfully, on arrival we saw some of the volunteer and they assured that the event was still going ahead (phew), but would be on the "B course" which was a simple out and back. My first thought was "brilliant, it looks flat". Well that may be how it looks, but most of us know that when running, even a slight incline can feel like the steepest hill.

Ian Rutson (known to many as He Who Must Not Be Named) was Run Director for the day and got us going on time, only to be met with a stingingly cold wind blowing into the side of our faces. After a few minutes it didn't feel quite so bad, so we could all concentrate on running alongside the racecourse and getting our weekly parkrun. So many encouraging runners were met on the day, so a big congratulations to everyone who took part.

After the run, it was lovely chatting to the volunteers at the finish and we continued this in the cafe at the squash club over a bite to eat and a hot drink. I also got to see some of the magic that happens after the tail walker crosses the finish line as Ian was processing the results. A minor blip in the timings was soon ironed out and the text messages and emails were soon winging their way to the volunteers and parkrunners.

I'd like to say a big thank you to all of the volunteers for running such a great event and ensuring it went smoothly and safely:

John Richard BELL, Alan COLLIER, Steve CONROY, Alfie CONROY, Yvonne EDWARDS, Rosemary ELLIS, George GARDNER, Erinne HOY, John KEES, Mathusa LOGESWARAN, Mark PINNEY, Dave POTTS, Ian RUTSON, Kevin WALTON

Some of you may have noticed me with a GoPro on my head as I like to video all of my parkruns and put them on YouTube for other parkrunners, so please have a look and see if you can spot yourself. Some photos of the volunteers can be seen at the end of the video.

 

On to the stats....

This week we had 312 brave runners, joggers and walkers. 7 UNKNOWNSs (don't forget your barcode next week), 127 Females and 178 Males.

First 3 Males to finish were Craig THORPE in 18:39, James Robert CAPON in 19:11 and Christian BARTON in 19:16. First 3 Female finishers were Treena JOHNSON in 20:25, Katie Marie ROBERTS in 21:39 and Ruth SIMMONS in 22:17.

There were 41 parkrunners who were new to Pontefract of whom 14 were doing their first ever parkrun, and an amazing 32 PB's. So well done to everyone and we hope to see you back next week.

The "most runniest runner" was Matthew Robert WATERIDGE from Basingstoke on 356 parkruns, but there were 4 other members of the 250 Club, 83 members of the 100 Club, 61 members of the 50 Club and 11 members of the 10 Club present. Official milestones achieved today were Luke EARNSHAW who joined the 100 Club and Roger OWEN who joined the 50 Club. Great stuff from you both.

Other news....

We now have two excellent parkrun podcasts available each week. "Free Weekly Timed" is the official parkrun podcast with Vassos Alexander and Louise Ayling. We also have "With Me Now" with Danny Norman and Nicola Forwood which is an independent parkrun-based podcast (some of you may remember Danny and Nicola from the much loved "The parkrun Show"). I thoroughly recommend them both.

Mark Pinney (A2522444)

 

Festive period 2018

Great news! As per previous years we will be hosting an additional event on both Christmas day and New Years day.

This is a great opportunity to get some extra runs in over the festive period and work off some of the party season excess.

Christmas day will run at 9am as per a normal parkrun start time.

New Years day will be a little different and we will start at 8:30am.  We have taken this decision due to the fact a lot of our parkrunners like to 'do the double' on New Years Day. Starting at 8:30am will give everyone that bit more time to travel to another parkrun that has a later start. It will also give our superstar volunteers the time to go onto another parkrun if they wish to do so.

Speaking of our volunteers, we will need people to assist with these runs. If you can help out then please email pontefracthelpers@parkrun.com

 

 

Festive Period 2017

parkrun Christmas image

A little late again this year but here's our Festive Plans...

We'll be at the racecourse as normal at 9am on the 23rd - there's a 'Elf' theme so get your togs on! If you're on Facebook, you can sign up for the event here.

On the 'big day' you can work up an appetite for your turkey with a special extra parkrun at 9am. The Facebook event is here.

On the first of January 2017 you can do it all again, 9am, normal time, normal place, bring your friends, bring your family, bring your hangovers for a special New Years Day parkrun. The Facebook event is here.

If that's all not enough...

The first day of the year is very special in parkrun-world, it's the only day that you can do two parkruns. Our friends at Rothwell parkrun and Nostell Priory parkrun are pulling out all the stops to welcome parkrunners at 10:30am so there's plenty of time to 'do the double'.

All these runs count towards parkrun clubs so between 23rd December and the first of January, the dedicated amongst you can clock up five runs.

Let's not forget though that we also need a full crew of volunteers to run these event smoothly, if you can help, or you can ask your families to help out that would be great. Please drop us an email at pontefracthelpers@parkrun.com.

Season's Greetings,

The Pontefract parkrun Team

 

Festive Period 2016

parkrun Christmas image

A little late this year but here's our Festive Plans...

Christmas Eve is a Saturday and we'll at the racecourse as normal at 9am - there's a 'Elf' theme so get your togs on! If you're on Facebook, you can sign up for the event here.

On the 'big day' you can work up an appetite for your turkey with a special extra parkrun at 9am. The Facebook event is here.

New Year's Eve is a Saturday - normal parkrunday for us.

On the first of January 2017 you can do it all again, 9am, normal time, normal place, bring your friends, bring your family, bring your hangovers for a special New Years Day parkrun. The Facebook event is here.

If that's all not enough...

The first day of the year is very special in parkrun-world, it's the only day that you can do two parkruns. Our friends at Nostell Priory parkrun are pulling out all the stops to welcome parkrunners at 10:30am so there's plenty of time to 'do the double'.

All these runs count towards t-shirts so between Christmas Eve and the first of January, the dedicated amongst you can clock up five runs.

Let's not forget though that we also need a full crew of volunteers to run these event smoothly, if you can help, or you can ask your families to help out that would be great. Please drop us an email at pontefracthelpers@parkrun.com.

Season's Greetings,

The Pontefract parkrun Team

 

Defib Appeal

As well as being Valentine's Day today, February is also National Heart Month... 
It's a fact of life that when people get active - as they do at parkrun week in, week out - sometimes something goes awry with the 'ol ticker. In these cases, it can really help chances of a positive outcome to have an Automated External Defibrillator close by. 


We'd really love to be able to raise the money to have a defibrillator available at Pontefract parkrun. We can get one along with appropriate training for a group of people for £750 and we've already got over £200 in the kitty. 


We're not asking for large donations, if everyone who took part yesterday gave a couple of quid we'd reach our target straight away. If you can spare say, the price of a pint, please visit our 'about us' page and click the 'Donate to parkrun' button. Please add the 'special instruction' - 'Pontefract defib' as you go through checkout.
Thanks in advance and hopefully we'll be asking for volunteers to train very soon!

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