Roundhay parkrun 419 – 27th April

So this was a special parkrun day as Roundhay celebrated its 8th birthday. On this day in 2011, 12 volunteers ensured that 139 athletes could enjoy 3 laps, equating to 5k, around Roundhay Park in Leeds. Today, 22 volunteers were involved in making the event happen for 358 participants. Who knows how many more will be involved by the time the event is a decade old?

This morning the weather was very different to last week when summer did arrive. Today was much more wintry, however I do think that the park seemed to escape the worst of the storms during parkrun time. Beforehand it felt quite cold and was very wet resulting in most people sheltering under the bandstand whilst we waited to start. Some of us had to brave it a bit earlier to go and listen to Dave deliver the first timer’s briefing. Over we all went to the start line then to listen to the regular and special announcements. The regular volunteers had all been, deservedly, crowned and everyone showed their appreciation for all the time and energy they put into making the event happen each week. Volunteers are also very welcome on an infrequent basis. There are lots of roles available, which aren’t too demanding or time consuming and can actually be quite enjoyable (such as bar code scanning, marshalling or writing this report to name but a few). If you have never volunteered or haven’t done in a while, please do so and don’t forget that when you have done that 25 times you are entitled to claim a purple milestone T-shirt. As volunteering is so important, there was a Volunteer of the Year award given at this event and this went to Joel Giddings. The other special award was the memorial Cathi Core one and this was given to Richard Fennell. Very well done to you both.

Other acknowledgements were offered to first timers who were made very welcome. This included a special group from Mini Mermaid’s Running Club from Newlaithes Primary. We hope that you enjoyed your first event and hope that you come back soon and support the event as it continues to grow in its first decade. Most of the completers today were fairly local with a handful of visitors from Leicester, Durham, Newcastle and myself from Pennington Flash parkrun. Touring to other parkruns is great as you get to experience lots of lovely outdoor spaces whilst having the familiarity of all things parkrun. If you haven’t tried touring yet maybe give it a try? The 358 participants were made up of 221 males and 137 females. Whilst this is not a race and everyone benefits in their own way, the podium finishes for those undefeated by the hill were as follows:

Males – Andrew Scott 18.19, Calum Clark 18.52, Ian Sheppard 19.36

Females – Myra Jones 20.37, Rachel Davidson 20.54, Sarah Mann 22.01

Everyone was treated to an array of excellent baking which, was well received. Additionally, some lucky runners were even awarded an array of spot prizes including wine and chocolate.  You couldn’t ask for more on a Saturday morning!

I hope you all continue to be involved in parkrun and thank you on behalf of the visitors. You have a lovely route in a beautiful and well-maintained setting. Happy birthday and keep on running everyone.
Thank you,


Roundhay parkrun number 158 – Valley Strider Takeover Joy!

A big thank you to the Roundhay parkrun team for allowing Valley Striders to ‘take over’ last weekend. We all had a marvelous time, the sun shone and we very nearly saw a record turnout, what a wonderful morning it was!

Valley Striders

Having been given the opportunity to write the run report, I thought I’d start with something that actually made me jump up and down!  I was absolutely delighted to see our junior 2nd claim runner Alex Pagdin cross the finish line in a Valley Strider vest with a new PB of 17:45. Alex is just 15 years old and has been representing Valley Striders in some of the winter cross country races and more recently, been running with our Thursday night group. It’s encouraging to see that Alex’s stamina is improving and he’s now running stronger and faster, the PBs keep appearing and it’s exciting to see that he’s going to become an exceptional senior runner. Well done, Alex! :-)

Valley Striders

The Valley Strider joy continued as first lady Myra Jones crossed the line in 10th place, knocking 38 seconds off her previous PB to run 19:09. Running without a watch she said she thought she’d ran ‘‘about 19:40’’.  This new PB now ranks Myra as the 3rd fastest lady to have ever ran at Roundhay parkrun and we couldn't be happier for her, another outstanding achievement as she nears the end of her training for the Windermere marathon next weekend. Well done, Myra! :-)

Valley Striders

We were lucky enough to be able to field quite a few runners on Saturday and from a review of the results it really was a week for PBs, with 14 Valley Striders running faster than they have before. We further recorded 276 finishers in total and a huge 77 new PBs across the field!  It was also a week for some parkrun tourists amongst an encouraging 42 new runners! At the other end of the parkun spectrum, we had Tim Pocock & Alan Bracken who both completed their 99th runs and will soon join the 100 Club and be granted one of those coveted black t-shirts.

Moving onto the younger amongst us, we’re very proud of all our junior runners at Valley Striders and we’d like to give a special mention and congratulations to Tally (age 10) who was the 15th female to cross the line with a new PB of 24:02. Tally is a regular at the junior parkrun events, she regularly runs at Temple Newsham parkrun and she just keeps getting quicker and quicker as the weeks go by. Another brilliant run, Tally! Also running were older brothers Jordon who secured a new PB of 27:42 and Stephen who ran 22:31 on his first time at Roundhay. We were also thrilled to see another of our junior runners, Callum Parton, knock 7 seconds off his PB to record a new time of 20:05. Callum is just 15 years old & another one that’s showing promising signs of things to come!

I’ve also noticed a few PB flurries recently and one of those belong to none other than the lovely Becky Fishburn who knocked another 19 seconds off her PB to run 20:57. Becky, I’m going to have to admit defeat now, I can no longer validly call you my parkrun nemesis! Really really well done! :-)

In summary, our top 3 male finishers this week:

17:45 Alex Pagdin – Skyrac – in a Valley Strider vest ;-)
18:03 Elliott Cole – Leeds City AC
18:13 Edward Powell – Unattached

And the ladies:

19:09 Myra Jones – Valley Striders
20:57 Beccy Fishburn – Leeds & Bradford Triathlon Club
21:19 Laura Dransfield – Roundhay Runners

So, a huge well done to everyone that ran, if it was your first, your 100th, a PB, or just a fun way of starting your Saturday! A big thank you to you all for supporting the event!

Finally, as I've been given this opportunity, I’d like to personally thank the regular parkrun team for all the time and effort they volunteer every single week. Those that know me will know I'm a bit of a parkrun geek and despite the #hillofdoom I really do think that it is one of the best things happening in the UK right now. It is because of people like Graham and Becky and all the other wonderful volunteers that we’re so lucky to have such a great event on our doorstep and of course, more widely available across the country too – thank you so much!

And, on behalf of Valley Striders, I’d like to reinforce the thanks to everyone that makes the run possible each week, we’re very grateful as a club and would like to continue to offer our support as much as we are able. #parkrunyourlife.

I look forward to seeing everyone again when Valley Striders return on mass for the Roundhay parkrun Mob Run on May 17th! Eekk!

Thanks again for another week of #parkrunjoy

Alex :-)

Before I go – I'm also pleased to share the news of the Sweatshop monthly prize winner for April 2014:

We are delighted to announce that Rebecca Fishburn was the April recipient of our monthly prize, generously supported by Sweatshop.

Becky's prize is a free pair of running shoes fitted out at her local Sweatshop store. Becky has been parkrunning since September 2012, and has improved her time by nearly 3 minutes since then. She is of course a stalwart volunteer too. We hope that her new shoes will help keep the progress going, or at least make the training sessions a little easier.


Chapel Allerton take over 22nd of March

On March 22nd 1888, the English Football League was established. This is an important moment in history as football has really become part of British culture. The Football league has 140 leagues and 480 divisions – meaning that there is a place for everyone, regardless of ability... (you get where I’m going with this)

And of course, what is fast becoming part of a national institution for the Britain, like every weekend – come rain or shine – on March 22nd 2014 parkrun was ready with open arms to welcome runners old and new to one of Leeds’ most beautiful parks.
This week was slightly different from other weeks as the volunteering roles had been taken on by local club Chapel Allerton Runners. Not only were all roles filled – and possibly the best marshal ever cheered runners on from playground corner – but Chapel Allerton broke with the cake tradition to give all runners a lovely juicy orange at the end of their run. Super!

Now, onto the run!
In spite of the icy wind, 225 hardy runners crossed the finish line at Roundhay this week, out of which 39 were running at Roundhay for the first time – and a whopping 22 of those were parkrunning for the first time ever! Wow! Well done and welcome!

The weather must have been good for running as 43 runners recorded new pbs – 20% of the whole field of runners. There are a few notable pbs amongst those – Roddy MacSween has managed to bag 3 pbs in a row; as have Nick Wilson, Simon Dixon and Liz McCarthy. Martin Brown has also bagged his third pb in a row, this time managing to break the 25 minute barrier. Richard Gibbs has finally broken 21 minutes, knocking a massive 15 seconds off to take him to 20:45. You spend all that time waiting and then two come along at once – Becky Fishburn has recorded her second pb in a row having waited a whole year to go sub-22. Tom Bamber also had a run of note where he has knocked a minute and a half off his previous pb to bring him to 22:50. Zelda Holiday has successfully dipped under 30 minutes for the first time and the pb machine Paul Stokes also needs a mention for his amazing 8th pb in a row! Well done all!
This week the first across this line was James Smith from Leeds City AC. Having not run at Roundhay for a year, James still managed to smash out an amazing 16:38. For his first visit to Roundhay, Lee Sutcliffe from STAC managed a storming run, coming in second with a fantastic time of 17:59. Just behind, so in third, this week was Alex Llewelyn Jones in 18:10. Well done to the gents!

For the ladies this week, Nicola Gabbutt led the field, crossing the line in 21:27 and bagging a new pb in the process. Becky Fishburn from Leeds & Bradford Tri came in second with a stonking 21:46. Our third lady this week was Louise Cazan in 22:25 – interestingly another ladies’ pb. Well done all three!

Finally, Paul Crossan from Chapel Allerton offered to donate £1 to Sport Relief for each runner that managed to beat his ‘warm up jog’ of 22:30. This meant that Paul made a generous donation of £39 to sport relief following Saturday’s run so thank you Paul and well done to all runners that managed to beat that target.

Having a club takeover has been great for Roundhay parkrun as, like Roundhay Runners have also done recently, it gives the usual volunteers and team the weekend off from chasing up volunteers, managing the kit, and if they do so choose they have the option of some parkrun tourism to other local and lovely runs. This brings me onto a small plea to please change your settings on your parkrun to accept volunteer emails. This means that when Becky Fishburn – the volunteer coordinator – pens her lovely weekly emails letting Roundhay parkrunners know what is coming up in the future and how full (or not) the future roster is that you will receive that information! You can change your settings like this:

What else is going on?

Next week we expect some interesting attire as some local runners (Chapel Allerton just can’t keep away!) don some posh frocks to celebrate the wedding of parkrunner Lora Hughes. Join in by sticking on a tiara!

On May 17th Roundhay parkrun is hosting a mob run. This Club v Club friendly challenge that started at Leeds parkrun sees how many runners each club can turn out at a single parkrun – the higher the better. Also, it’s not just about the quantity as the average time will also be worked out for each club, making one the ‘fastest’ around. Found at all about it here.

It’s just 4 weeks until Roundhay parkrun celebrates its 3rd birthday. I’m not promising cake, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there was some.... There will be prizes for top male and female runners as well as on-the-day spot prizes E.g. a pair of socks for finishing in position #50, a water bottle for best sprint finish etc. If you would like to donate a prize at all then e-mail or please bring something along on the day.

As always, thanks go out to all volunteers and participants in Roundhay parkrun. If you can help out at all then please do get in touch! We are always looking for all sorts of volunteers and full training will be given on every task (not that any of them are difficult!) If you think you might be available, please have a little look at the future roster or at the volunteering page on the parkrun website.
Keep running folks! See you at the next one!

Bekki W – Chapel Allerton

Roundhay parkrun event 152.


Event # 94 16 February 2013

It was another cracking morning in Roundhay, a bit chilly but no ice. Amongst the 160 runners taking part there were over 20 new runners to parkrun and 7 visitors to Roundhay. We always welcome new runners and hope you enjoyed the event.
48 runners achieved a PB this week – a great achievement for all concerned. The winning male was Ian Furlong with a PB of 18:10. The winning lady was a Roundhay first timer, Jessica Learmonth, with a time of 20.02. Darren Duckworth celebrated his fiftieth Parkrun at Roundhay with a new PB of 27:41. Congratulations. Sean Sexton and Ella Maffey earned their 10 run tee shirts today too.
The first three male runners ran the course in under 19 minutes:
Ian Furlong (Roundhay Runners) 18:10
Simon Anderson (Otley AC) 18:50
Tim Straughan 18:54
The first ladies were:
Jessica Learmonth 20:02
Sarah Graham ( Morpeth Harriers) 20:28
Alexandra Watson- Usher (Valley Striders) 23:20
There was a full complement of volunteers and they gave lots of welcome support and encouragement to the runners. Becky Fishburn was a brilliant Director on her first event. Thanks to all involved. Parkrun simply can’t happen without volunteers. If you can volunteer in the next three months please drop an email to or sign up after the next Parkrun.
We will be celebrating Roundhay Parkrun’s second birthday on 20 April so put this date in your diary. We will have an update soon on post run coffee.


Event #93 Report 9 February 2013

Another fantastic week for Roundhay Parkrun. We had 23 new runners to Roundhay among the 177 runners taking part. No snow or ice meant that there were perfect conditions for PBs, and 50 runners did achieve a PB!
No snow meant that Tim Crew, our Event Director, didn't wear his reindeer hat, a disappointment, but nevertheless, he and his brilliant team provided great support for the runners.
Jane Evans, a first timer to Roundhay was the first lady home with a time of 18: 39, just four seconds shy of the course record for female runners.
Special mention to Sarah Flynn who achieved her ninth PB this week, Patricia Nolan who achieved a new PB with an age graded score of 71.2% and to all the others, too many to mention, who shaved a few seconds from their time.
Runners were rewarded with a sweet on completion of a survey and crossing the finish line, thoughtfully marked PHEW! this week.
Congratulations to Alan Bracken who did his fiftieth Parkrun at Roundhay today. T
The first male runners were:
Steven Eastwood (17: 40) from Wakefield District Harriers
Peter Hopson (17:55)
Mohamed Abshir (18:32) from Leeds City
First female runners were:
Jane Evans (18:39)
Nicky Green (19: 47) from Barnsley AC
Sarah Graham (20:09) from Morpeth Harriers


Roundhay parkrun Report #92

Roundhay Parkrun Report #92

The snow had gone but it was still a chilly morning on Saturday 2 February. ‘It’s the first time I’ve seen Graham in clothes –I mean long trousers,’ I overheard someone say.  Nevertheless, 12 7 runners braved the cold to come to our favourite parkrun.  We welcomed 3 new runners and a further 3 who were new to Roundhay.

It was quite a good quite week for PBs.  An honourable mention to Graham P (20:39) who will soon be entering the Men’s sub 20 minutes Hall of Fame. Congrats too to Ruth Small (27:09) who knocked 49 seconds from her last run this year and all those others who knocked those vital second from their time this week.

The first runner home was Alan Dodds of Roundhay Runners with a time of 19:11 followed by
Adam Hartley (19: 43) and Graham Needham of Valley Striders (20:07).

First lady home was Sarah Graham of Morpeth Harriers (20:51) followed by Lucy Robins (24:56) and Jennifer Elvish (25:46) with a new PB too.

Malcolm Coles had the best age- graded time 76.9%. There were 6 runners who had an age-graded time of over 70%

Thanks to our brilliant team of volunteers, RD Danny Smith together with Rebecca Fishburn, Christine Clubbs, Warren Hendon, Paul Howard, Amanda Lea-Langton, Antony Mawson, Alistair Urquhart and Sarah Pagdin.  Did I hear that Simon had to jump out of a second floor window in order to complete the set up?  Volunteering is fun. There is a real community spirit.  If you are interested drop an email to

The course male record holder is James Smith 15:34

Female course record holder is Charlotte Wills 18: 35.

Age-graded record holder is James Smith 83.3%

Finally, massive congratulations to the Temple Newsam squirrels on their first official run! Parkrun in Leeds just keeps getting better!







Event Number 90 Run Report – We ran out of tokens!

Roundhay parkrun Event # 90 - 12 January 2013

We were promised cold weather at the weekend and we got it, but luckily we had brilliant sunshine. This contributed to a brilliant parkrun aided by fantastic team of Volunteers who recorded our results, marshalled our course, acted as out pacers and cheered us on.  Tom Williams from parkrun UK joined us too.

We did have a problem with the timer and this meant that we had to adjust some of the times.  We apologise for this and if you feel that you result is incorrect, please send an email to

Not only did we have a record number of runners – 250 , but also over 50 runners achieved a PB!  Well done: a fantastic start to the New Year!

We welcomed over 30 new runners together with a few visitors to Roundhay.   Hope you enjoyed the run.

Now for the highlights:

First home was Mohamed Abshir with a new PB of 18.16, followed by Ben Butler.  The first lady was Jenni Muston with a time of 21.43 followed by Sharon Woodruff with a PB of 22.02.

There is a full list of results on the webpage.

For a couple of runners, Jeremy Richardson and Adam Parton this was their 49th parkrun.  Will it be 50 next week?  There are a few others creeping up to the 50 club too.

After the run there was a committee meeting at Napa and Graham Pawley stepped forward as the Volunteer Coordinator. Hurrah! The fact parkrun is a community event that is run entirely by volunteers is what makes it special.

Men's placings:
Mohamed ABSHIR (JM15-19) of Leeds City AC, was first over the line in 18:16 - first time in 3 appearances.
Ben BUTLER (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:57 - Was first to finish once before.
An unknown runner was third.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Graham PAWLEY (Unattached) 3015 pts.
Adam PARTON (Valley Striders AC) 2754 pts.
Jeremy RICHARDSON (Unattached) 2110 pts.

Women's placings:
Jenni MUSTON (VW35-39) of Charnwood AC, was first (37th overall) over the line in 21:43 - 4th time in 6 appearances.
Sharon WOODRUFF (VW35-39) of Abbey Runners Leeds, was second (43rd overall) over the line in 22:02.
Jean SHOTTER (VW50-54) of Holmfirth Harriers AC, was third (63rd overall) over the line in 23:38.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Bekki WHEATLEY (Chapel Allerton Road Runners) 2381 pts.
Lindsay SHORT (Unattached) 2334 pts.
Patricia Ann NOLAN (Unattached) 2284 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Andy HAUSER (VM55-59) was graded 75.65 % for the time 20:40 (23rd overall).
Mohamed ABSHIR (JM15-19) was graded 75.00 % for the time 18:16 (first overall).
Tim STRAUGHAN (VM45-49) was graded 73.85 % for the time 19:30 (4th overall).

This week there were 250 runners, of whom 39 were first timers and 55 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different athletics clubs took part.

Roundhay parkrun started on 23rd April 2011, and since then 2,324 different runners, including participants from 131 athletics clubs, have completed 11,091 runs covering a total distance of 55,455 km, and there have been 2,561 new Personal Bests.

The Women's course record is held by Charlotte WILLS who ran in a time of 18:35 on 15th October 2011 (event number 24).
The Men's course record is held by James SMITH who ran in a time of 15:34 on 19th November 2011 (event number 29).
The Age Grade course record is held by James SMITH who recorded a 83.30 % run (15:34) on 19th November 2011 (event number 29).

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

Report completed by Committee Member Julie Oldfield




Roundhay parkrun Event #87 – Sat 29 Dec 12.

Event #87

They say that it never rains on a parkrun day?  This week the rain started just after the run brief had started, but we are 'hardened' in Yorkshire!

The Run Director this week was the charecter that is Mike Mansfield, and he was supported by a growing number of Volunteers again.  Of course without runners we cannot have a run, but I take my hat off to the Volunteers that stand in the rain and scan barcodes when they can hardly feel fingers and toes.

Tom Williams from parkrun UK was down from Harrogate and this time he had a run and managed to find time to take the kit for New Year and process the results (someone who shall remain nameless SIMON forgot to give him the power lead for the laptop)

On cold and rainy days, the Bandstand is usually a hub of activity and noise and it was again this week, its a shame that we cannot have shutters and a nice warm fire, but the warmth of parkrunners is close.

Tea and Coffee will return to Roundhay very soon and it will be FREE!  We will be asking people to provide some tea and coffee though and you can always make a donation through the donations button as we don't need or have to have any money changing hands.  Committee Member Dave Weight has kindly agreed to speak to the Lakeside Cafe and the Tropical Centre Cafe and hopefully we will have access to a cafe and toilets in the morning.

Mikes Run Brief was as vocal as ever and he even managed to get a shout out to me for my 100th time Volunteering at parkrun.  parkrun is a passion and you do it because you want to and because you want to give something back, I love running, but I also love seeing others do well around our amazing park.

The rain came down, but it did not seem to dampen spirits in the park and it was great to see some old faces back and to have some very fast juniors in the park, its quite humbling to be beaten by a 9 year old who is running 21 minutes and the brilliant think at parkrun is that it is hopfully helping us find the next Mo Farah or Paula Radcliffe.

News from the field

Carol and Diane Bull are cruising towards 100 runs together and are now on 98!  We will help them celebrate on 05 Jan 13 as they reach the fantastic 100 together!

Malcolm Coles does not look like ever stopping as he is at 125 runs and ran 22.59 yesterday in the 70 - 74 Catergory!

Howard Smith has flown past 50 runs and is now on 52 (Note from Simon, I now know who you are and we had the same with Pete Twigg)

The lovely Denise Drinkall is on 49 runs and will hopefully celebrate her 50th on New Years Day and is an ever present at Roundhay.

Adam Parton is not far behind on 46 runs.

Top Age Grade of the Day was our winner Kieren Savage with a whopping 79.52%

Malcolm Coles not far behind on 78.68%

Tom Williams gained a 26 second PB at Roundhay and that was in the wind and rain!


Roundhay parkrun Event #82 – It’s getting colder!

Roundhay parkrun Event Number 82

Saturday 01 December 2012

This week its Simon and I am covering for the 'legend' that is Neil who normally writes the run reports and who decided to have some quality time spent being a Dad.  I am sure he will be ready to spell check this report with a fine tooth comb

In timely fashion it appeared on Friday that Winter was maybe about to arrive and that means the dreaded ice!  I went down to the course late on Friday night to check and see if there was any icy patches and at 8 pm it was already - 1.5 and the hat and gloves were out!  We try not to cancel runs the night before, just in case as happened, it warms up overnight and is safe to run.

Myself, Ronnie, Ronnie Junior and Louisa were at the course before 8 am and it had rained overnight and the temperature was up, and thankfully there were only a few patches of ice and Ronnie set off with some salt and did his little bit for safety.  its worthwhile to say that we have a proud record at Roundhay of only cancelling due to other events in the park as we love to run, but we would not hesitate to cancel, if we though that somebody may get hurt.

This week we were pleased to welcome the visiting Leeds Series and this is a FREE to enter series of runs in the Leeds area that is set up and ran organised by the Leeds Athletic Network, further details by following the link below:

This week we were blessed with brilliant numbers of Volunteers and after recent weeks where numbers had gone down, we are seeing the numbers rise again and we have a brilliant core group of hardy Volunteers.

One of those Volunteers is Violet Gill and she was voted by the Core Team as the Volunteer of the Month for November and we are glad to have her on board. We locally produce a certificate to thank one Volunteer a Month as we feel that we should thank Volunteers as much as we do runners.

I would have thought that there would be lower numbers due to the recent lower temperatures, but we had 152 hardly souls who wanted to have a run through the amazing Roundhay park and it continues our trend that has seen the run go from averaging 100, to around 150 odd a week since the Olympics.

This week, I was Run Director, it had been a while since I had actually been RD, due the fact that we now have so many fab Run Directors who stand in at a moments notice and it means that we can all have time away from the run, or even just run!
The usual Run Brief was given, and we make no apology for the length of the brief, especially when we have a number of new runners and the fact that safety might be an issue, and we know that a lot of you have come to enjoy the fun that we have. I was really happy to give Ed Halliday his 100 Club jacket, thanks to parkrun sponsors adidas, a brilliant achievement by Ed who seems to be around almost as much as our other favourite fellow and 100 Club Member, Graham Pawley.

Ronnie was on the timer and gave the obligatory 1,2 3 and go and I was pacing at 22.30 and away the field went. The Marshals were in fine fettle and thanks to J-P who was at the top of ‘Gambon Corner’ encouraging everybody and warning runners of the nice downhill that we have and also being directed around some ice at the bottom of ‘Gambon Corner’

I was not surprised to hear that our Course Record Holder James Smith won by a country mile in 16.42, I ask him to try and set a new course record of 14.59, and I am sure that he will be back from some more, even better is that James has shown that even the fastest runners can also Volunteer at Roundhay and we are thankful to have him as a runner and Volunteer. Alas there was no John ‘The Headband’ Robson, who has more Top 5 places than I have ran at any parkrun, some say he waxes his head especially for his headband, all we know is that he is John Robson!

Overall, you could see the effect of the Leeds Series as it was a tighter affair behind James, with the next four men separated by only 30 odd seconds.

For the ladies we had Nicky Green go round in a super speedy 20.24 and her Club is Barnsley, I wonder if she thinks that Roundhay is tougher than Barnsley parkrun? After all, we all know that we have the ‘toughest run’ 2nd was Josie Cram from Uni of Leeds and 3rd was Roundhay stalwart Liga MAGDALENOKA-KEEN

There were a few notable performance as ever and James Smith came in with the highest age grading of 77.84% and a brilliant run by Hetta Morath with 76.26% and I am sure that she will not mind us mentioning that she is in the 70 – 74 Age Category and still running 30 minutes for 5k!

We also had our highest ever number of 100 Club Members running with 6 and also we had 6 50 Club Members as well and we have Carol and Adam Bull fast approaching the 100 Club and are both on 93 runs!

Performance of the day though has got to go to little Oliver Renshaw, who I am told is 4 years old and completed the full 5k with his Dad in 40.32. What an amazing run and a pleasure for us to cheer him over the line after many others had gone home! Seeing runs like this makes you remember what it is all about and to see the face on children as they finish is brilliant.

At the end we had the new and fab Tea and Coffee Team on hand to serve drinks to the now pretty cold runners and our thanks go to Bekki and Rachel and also to the David Young Academy for providing the equipment. Bekki will be doing this for at least the next 10 weeks and although it is FREE, she would be grateful for any spare pennies that you have that will go towards her fund raising for the Virgin Marathon 2013.

The Official Results are below:
Men's placings:

James SMITH (SM30-34) of Leeds City AC, was first over the line in 16:42 - 6th time in 6 appearances.
Peter HOPSON (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:16.
James WILKINSON (SM30-34) of Pudsey & Bramley AC, was third over the line in 18:26.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Graham PAWLEY (Unattached) 2345 pts.
Adam PARTON (Valley Striders AC) 2211 pts.
Jeremy RICHARDSON (Unattached) 1802 pts.
Women's placings:

Nicky GREEN (VW40-44) of Barnsley AC, was first (11th overall) over the line in 20:24 - first appearance.
Josie CRAM (SW20-24) of University of Leeds AC, was second (20th overall) over the line in 21:06.
Liga MAGDALENOKA-KEEN (VW35-39) of Chapel Allerton Road Runners, was third (23rd overall) over the line in 21:34 - Has been first to finish on 7 previous occassions.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

Bekki WHEATLEY (Chapel Allerton Road Runners) 2288 pts.
Patricia Ann NOLAN (Unattached) 1882 pts.
Lindsay SHORT (Unattached) 1856 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

James SMITH (SM30-34) was graded 77.84 % for the time 16:42 (first overall).
Jim WHELDON (VM60-64) was graded 76.29 % for the time 21:01 (19th overall).
Hetta MORATH (VW70-74) was graded 76.26 % for the time 30:11 (122nd overall).
This week there were 152 runners, of whom 19 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different athletics clubs took part.
Roundhay parkrun started on 23rd April 2011, and since then 2,139 different runners, including participants from 118 athletics clubs, have completed 9,964 runs covering a total distance of 49,820 km, and there have been 2,405 new Personal Bests.
The Women's course record is held by Charlotte WILLS who ran in a time of 18:35 on 15th October 2011 (event number 24).
The Men's course record is held by James SMITH who ran in a time of 15:34 on 19th November 2011 (event number 29).
The Age Grade course record is held by James SMITH who recorded a 83.30 % run (15:34) on 19th November 2011 (event number 29).

A few notices:

Please remember that if you do not remember to bring your barcode that you will not be allocated a time, you will appear as the now famous ‘unknown runner’ There are no exceptions to this rule and the Volunteers and Run Directors are asked to enforce this rule. Please do not use the “but at X parkrun we are allowed to do it”

Please check Facebook, Twitter and this page for notices to see if the parkrun is cancelled due to inclement weather, we will normally not take the decision to cancel until early on Saturday morning and it is your responsibility to check.

On 22 December we will be having our Christmas Run, please wear your Santa Suits and any other Christmas fancy dress, there will be prizes for the best dressed and I hear that there will be mince pies and the like as well!

There will be a Christmas Day run on Tuesday 25 December and the time of the run is yet to be decided. It has not been decided whether there will be a New Years run, if you are able to Volunteer on either day, please let us know as we have to have at least 4 people to put a safe run on.


As ever, we are always on the lookout for Volunteers and so if you have never Volunteered before, are injured or just want to give something back to your local run for a couple of hours on a Saturday morning, please drop us a line at

That’s all for this week, we will hopefully see normal banter and facts and figures return this week from resident ‘hack’ Neil ‘I also have a headband’ Holloway

Stay warm and safe!

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