This week visiting parkrunner Dave Lingwood kindly volunteered to write our event report:
Over 160 parkrunners braved a bitterly cold but beautiful sunny morning on Saturday at Potternewton to get their park run fix for the week.
Gathering at the start for the usual briefing, the sun piercing the trees in front of us, there was a great buzz of positivity and excitement in the air as we waited for the start. Our Run Director Jan firstly welcomed everyone for making it out of bed on such a cold morning. There was a particularly warm welcome from the Team, volunteers and all parkrunners for tourists that had come all the way from Norway to experience some Yorkshire parkrunning. Welcome to Potternewton and we trust you had a fantastic time! Lastly, congratulations to visiting parkrunner Steve FIRTH who quietly but impressively notched his 100th parkrun today. Congratulations and well done on reaching triple figures!
With the useful warning about ice on the hills and some standing water, before we knew it the countdown was underway and we were off. Visiting from York – literally the flattest place ever – with a friend who is not too fond of hills to put in mildly, I had cheekily advised him that the course was flat, knowing full well it wasn’t. As I set off, looking towards the first hill approaching, I started to wonder if even I had completely underestimated the size of the hills around us.
What followed was not only one hill, but several hills, and then several more after that. Then the same hills done again; and then again after that just for good measure! As a first timer, though, I really enjoyed testing myself on such an undulating course. Particularly challenging was the hill on the Harehills Lane side of the course with the patches of ice and frost. As I ran up those section quite gingerly, I was strangely reminded of those contestants who used to struggle on the ‘Travelator’ on the TV show Gladiators. Navigating this section was handsomely rewarded with a fantastic downhill section that was thankfully not as icy.
Completing my second lap, Jan asked me ‘Are you enjoying the hills?’ Although I could only summon enough energy to say ‘Not really’, a more accurate answer would have been ‘Sort of, but I will let you know for sure when I finish’. In the end, the hills came and I went and bimbling across the finish line quite slowly, I came away safe in the knowledge that I had given it the best I could. For its friendly, encouraging atmosphere, positive volunteers and challenging course, Potternewton has everything you could possibly want. Thank you to all the volunteers for a fantastic event. I look forward to returning again soon!
Many congratulations to all the participants including the following:
Louis NEALE – First Male Finisher (18:50).
Clare SLORATH – First Female Finisher (21:21)
Pete BERRY - Best Age Grading (74.57%) with a time of 19:28.
James FARRAN - Most Experienced Parkrunner, amazingly completing his 378th parkrun.
For the benefit of the statistically inclined we welcomed an incredible 51 first time visitors from different parkruns, and runners from a range of different running clubs. Tourists came from Harrogate, York, Halifax, Tingley, Rothwell, Hyde Part, Broxtowe, Chapel Allerton, Heaton, Horsforth and Yeadon! Of course, top marks go to our Norwegian friends who swapped a bit of cold weather for a bit slightly less cold weather. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future.
Congratulations to the hardcore 17 parkrunners who smashed their PBs. An amazing achievement on such a challenging course and in cold weather conditions.
We welcomed 11 first ever parkrunners to Potternewton. Well done to Fi POWELL, Stephen BECKETT, Helayna BECKETT, Annis CLARKSON, Hamish DICKIE, Louise MURRAY, Laura WHITWORTH, Brian CULLETON, Christian COX, David PARRY and Tim MURRAY. Congratulations to you all and welcome to the parkrun family – I promise its not always this cold (sometimes).
Today’s parkrun wouldn’t have been possible without our wonderful volunteers who dedicated their time and effort to ensuring the event went as smoothly as ever. Thank you to the following awesome volunteers who offered encouragement and a warm welcome: Ross ARMSTRONG, Alex BRADSHAW, Alan COPLAND, Helen DOWNIE, Dave LINGWOOD, Sally MANSFIELD, Anne MCCAFFREY, Sean MULLANY, James NEALE, Tom NEVILL, Peter RUSH, Janice RUSH, Cheryl STOPFORD, Charlotte SUTTON, Alan WAISTELL, Bobak WALKER and Simon WILKINSON.