Potternewton parkrun is cancelled on 11 April 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Potternewton parkrun event 65. 14th March 2020

As the coronavirus seems to be impacting our lives more and more, and in many ways, parkrun HQ  are regularly reviewing the position.  No doubt we'll be hearing from them if there are to be mass cancellations.  Lets hope if there is a pause it is a short one.

In the mean time here is a picture of the hexagon path in a quiet park before parkun started this week.


And here are pictures of just some of our walkers and runners on what was a perfect morning for parkrunning.

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This week 135 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers at Potternewton including just one lucky participant doing their first ever parkrun. 28 finishers recorded new Personal Bests.

The event was made possible by 14 brilliant volunteers.  Huge thanks to each of them:

Alex BRADSHAW, Margaret CLIFF, Melvyn BURTON, Janice RUSH, Michael MANSFIELD, Bill MCCAFFREY, Sean MULLANY, Peter RUSH, Elizabeth STEPHENSEN-PAYNE, Charlie EYRE, John IRVING, Rhonda WARD, Joanna NEWELL, Emilia EYRE

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

Potternewton parkrun started on 17th November 2018. Since then 3,120 participants have completed 8,841 parkruns covering a total distance of 44,205 km, including 1,626 new Personal Bests. A total of 323 individuals have volunteered 1,051 times.


Potternewton Parkrun 64 – Saturday 7th March #IWDParkrun

Celebrating International Women’s Day at Potternewton Parkrun today we had a wonderful team of volunteers made of the Sole Sisters North Leeds runners and walkers, Leeds Girls Can Ambassadors and Run Leaders, Springhead Roses and Good Gym. Assistance and support was given by the amazing Potternewton Core team who assisted with training and  a small rush of enthusiastic finishers.

We had walkers.

Walking Parkrun

Walking Parkrun



Running Park Run

Running Park Run

And good use was made of our #IWDParkrun #IWD2020 instagram frame


All in all a wonderful celebration and a brilliant start to weekend.

Some stats from this run below.

This week 195 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 60 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Jo KASHER • Chloe GREEN • Janice RUSH • Bobak WALKER • Kam URWIN • Emma YOUNG • Fred JEWITT • Jessica LOFTHOUSE • Kirsty MIDGLEY • Holly BLACKWOOD • Lorna MIDWOOD • Peter RUSH • Libby COTTER • Belinda CONNOLLY • Elizabeth STEPHENSEN-PAYNE • Joanne RATCLIFFE • Jenny BRADBURY • Eleanor COLMAN • Ellie URWIN • Molly WELSH • Abbie STEINMAN • Alison OPPAL • Charmaine FRITZ • Helen SANDERS • Lucy PARKER • Gail CAMMISH

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




Potternewton parkrun #63 – Saturday 22nd February 2020

This morning saw a let up in the recent rains although the cold and blustery wind was still very much with us. The park was looking beautiful in the sunshine, with spring flowers starting to appear from the sea of mud and it was a lovely morning to be out and about.

Potternewton Park Big Skies

99 people made their way round the course, 21 of whom were at Potternewton for the first time and 4 of those were doing their very first parkrun. 11 people recorded PBs in what were less than ideal conditions

Dog runner

As always, a very big thank you to all our lovely volunteers Joanna BAILEY, Lucie BOYLES, Melvyn BURTON, Maureen COFFEY, Belinda CONNOLLY, Tony HARCUP, Lindsay Lowson, Julie MADDEN, Michael MANSFIELD, Sally MANSFIELD, Bill MCCAFFERY, Janice RUSH, Bobak WALKER, Rhonda WARD shown here getting their briefing before the runners started to arrive


If you want to volunteer at any of our future events then please drop us a line at potternewtonoffice@parkrun.com


Celebrating International Women’s Day at Potternewton parkrun. 7th March 2020

Join us at Potternewton parkrun on 7th March when we are being taken over by North Leeds Sole Sisters.

Together with parkruns across the country we'll be celebrating International Women's Day.

#ThisGirlCan #IWDparkrun

Sole Sisters are a female only group that want to help women overcome the fear of judgement that is stopping too many women and girls from joining in.
They are a friendly and inclusive group that is suitable for individuals able to walk/jog/run a 5k (in under 40 mins) and those looking to improve and increase their distance




Potternewton parkrun event #58 – The Cold and Sunny One.

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.



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