International Women’s Day parkrun – Saturday 7th March 2020

On Saturday 7 March 2020, we will be hosting a female-focused parkrun celebration as it is the day before International Women’s Day.

Our research shows us that, across the world, women are less likely than men to take part in parkrun. Despite the fact that females make 54% of registrations, they are less likely than men to take part in parkrun and to continue participating. IWD parkrun is a fantastic opportunity to encourage more women and girls to participate in parkrun events all over the world.

#IWDparkrun will be supported by This Girl Can, a campaign created by our partner Sport England.

We are encouraging as many women and girls as possible to join us on the day. (Men and boys are, of course, welcome to participate too!)

We are also attempting to fill the volunteer roster with women and girls, from marshals to timekeepers to barcode scanners to pacers.

Look out for the special welcome flag and selfie frame on the day!


Roundhay parkrun #455

On parkrunday (previously known as Saturday) I made the half an hour drive from my home to Roundhay park to try out this course for the first time.

I was expecting a run on concrete paths (as the course description states & some photos on Facebook show). On parking I did what I think many tourists were doing today...checked Facebook for cancellations. It was quite icy outside & indeed the lovely concrete paths of today’s parkrun (especially the hill) had turned into an ice rink so the Winter course was on. Hmm. The Facebook post said it was going to be muddy...trail shoes at home. Drat. Must try harder & remember to keep them in my car in future! I also then turned the car back on, popped the new starting point into my satnav & basically drove 5 minutes round the corner. Glad I arrived early.

Despite the lack of correct footwear I was up for the challenge. Today was my parkrun #34 and although I started my parkrunning journey in warmer/drier months these cross-country style runs are quite ‘fun’. Slow but fun.

A very cool 3°C temperature meant brave souls removing layers of clothing pretty close to 9 o’clock! The start was briefly delayed as some people were still making their way from the original starting point. The course was described as basically run to that big tree then the rugby post & then back to this tree. Do that 3 times. Easy. & it was that simple. Downhill to the rugby post and uphill back to the start.

It was indeed a wet, squidgy, undulating course but I had a great morning. The wonders of parkrun tourism for me is that they’re all so different.

Many thanks to the 24 amazing volunteers, some who had to change plans at the last minute due to the conditions to ensure Roundhay parkrun #455 could go ahead. Many thanks also to all the 398 runners who braved the freezing temperatures to join us.

And finally congratulations to Edward, who at the age of 9, will soon be the owner of a fabulous red 50 milestone tee. Well done!

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Roundhay parkrun #454

The one where there was... (almost) record breaking attendance and a serious crosswind past the Mansion - just to keep us all on our toes!

515 parkrunners - 43 short of the record set on Christmas Day - joined us today to run the hill of doom... a huge welcome to the 29 who came to parkrun for the first time and the 39 who joined us here at Roundhay for the first time. 

Huge congratulations to Sam ROBINS, James CLARK, Bradley GOTTING and Aster SHAW who ran their 50th parkrun; Joseph GREEN and Louise HANAN (who also bagged a PB) who ran their 100th; Chloé HUDSON who ran her 250th; Howard SMITH who ran his 300th

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...and a special mention for Peter JOHNSON who ran his 250th parkrun after racking up his 250th volunteering session last Sunday at Junior parkrun. Massive well done to you all! 

Thanks, as ever, go to the intrepid volunteers who ensured that parkrun can run... if you have never volunteered before February 1st is your chance! We’re having a first time volunteer takeover; pick a role and send in an email - it’s as simple as that. Don’t worry, where applicable, full training will be given! 

See you all next week

(Thanks to Andy Wicks and Peter Johnson for the pictures)


Roundhay parkrun event report 453

What a brilliant way to start 2020! 498 fresh faced parkrunners braved the wind and the cold January start for event number 453, the first Roundhay parkrun of the new decade.

We welcomed 65 newbies to the gentle hills of Roundhay park this week – well done to each and every one of you and we hope to see you again soon.

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This week’s run was made possible by a team of 25 volunteers who gave up their Saturday morning in the aid of parkrun. You’re all fantastic and we hope you’ve warmed up!

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Joel GIDDINGS • Myra JONES • Graham PAWLEY • Gerard COLL • Ann CHIVERS • Dave WEIGHT • Sidney BLUEMINK • Sean COOK • Morven ANTHONEY • Harriet CARLYLE • Alan ANTHONEY • John WALKER • Alexandra Louise WATSON-USHER • Vernon LONG • Jenson Dennis BEECROFT • Martin SUTCLIFFE • Christine HUCKERBY • Stu SKLINAR • Stephen HUCKERBY • Brett ANDERSON • John MCHALE • Caroline RICHARDSON (DAY) • Eshana DASANJH • Christian SUTCLIFFE • Agamya GUPTA

Let’s also hear it for the 45 stars of the show who bagged PBs this week! Well done to you all, and what an amazing way to kick off the new year.

Daniel Josephs was the first to cross the line this week with a superb time of 18:15, followed by Richard Hartley who secured a PB of 18:42, and Roundhay Runner’s Tom Jackson with a superb time of 18:51.

Males – Oliver Roberts 18.44, Matthew Brown 19:11, Jamie Ryan 19.47

Females – Hannah McVittie 20:15, Rachel Davidson 21.46, Lucy Rowland 21.49

If you’ve never volunteered, or haven’t done so in a while, please get in touch to offer your services, and don’t forget that when you have done that 25 times you are entitled to claim a purple milestone T-shirt. If we all volunteer a few times a year it helps to spread the workload rather than relying on the same faces each week, and who knows, you might even enjoy it. There’s plenty of roles available and something for everyone!

Have a great week folks. The days are getting lighter and it will soon be spring. Put on those running shoes and we’ll see you again next week!



Roundhay parkrun #452 – last one of the decade!

It's Saturday, that can only mean one thing… It’s parkrunday!! It’s the last parkrun of the year and of the decade!!


My running colleagues and I decided a little bit of parkrun tourism was in order and chose Roundhay event #452 as our destination. The first impressions of the park were that is was a good-sized park with plenty of parking along the road around it. We found the lakeside car park and set off for a warm up around the park and to get our bearings of the park and find out where the start was located.


We immediately found that there were a few inclines to be found around the park but all the route was on tarmac - no snow or ice just a few leaves and bits of mud on corners -nothing too much to worry about.

After the first timers briefing by Dave Weight, we were all ushered to the start for our run brief by Mary O’Donnell, who, over their nifty PA system, announced various milestones were being celebrated :- there are quite a few so I’ll mention them at the end after the run when the totals are incremented.

The run was a busy one and we were set off up the first incline which immediately starts to stretch out the field of runners, up to the first turn and the first chance to catch one's breath, then it’s a left down the hill alongside the cricket pitch all the way to the bottom of the hill before a left turn again back up the hill.  Lap 1 done, only 2 more to go!

The weather was kind to us: there was no rain, it was quite cool so the run kept us warm whilst we completed the task.


First time ever parkrunners :- Lewis Barn, Naomi Priest, Liam French, Chelsea Martin, Edmund Craske, Hannah Priest, Amber Black, Louisa Maven, Evie Cook and George Sutcliffe – well done to all of these first timers; welcome to the parkrun family - enjoy the rest of the ‘journey’!

Celebrating 10 parkruns :- Sam Cook

Celebrating 50 parkruns :- Alison Traynor, Sophie Thompson, Joanne White and Anne Siddle.

Celebrating 100 parkruns :- Denise McGreachy, Rachel Hartley and Kate Jackson.

Celebrating 250 parkruns Madeleine Watson

Celebrating 100 different parkrun events :- George Fielding

There were 384 finishers today of whom 69 were first timers and 43 recorded personal bests.  Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.

First finisher was Richard Drake from Roundhay Runners in a time of 18:46 a new PB for the course followed closely by Freddie Roden a JM11-14 athlete from Abbey Runners Leeds in 18:50.

The first lady home was Rachel Davidson from Valley Striders in 21:50, second lady finisher was Emily Driscoll from Leeds city AC in 21:58

As usual the marshals did a great job of encouraging us around the course and keeping us on track.  There were a couple of pacers, Brett Anderson and Tim Straughan, who provided a service for those wishing to chase that PB.

Well done to everyone who helped put this event on, all the core team and volunteers.  It’s a great way to start a Saturday in my opinion; without all of them, what else would we do?

On behalf of myself and my running colleagues from Swinton running club, well done and keep up the good work.


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