Event #80 17th November 2012

 

Well it was a great running weekend that has now sadly passed us by.  This week saw the running of the annual Abbey Dash in Leeds where 9000 runners bash along Kirkstall Road to the magnificent ruins of the 10th century Kirkstall Abbey.  Then turn around and return triumphantly in front of Cuthbert Brodericks Victorian masterpiece Town Hall to big crowds and vocal support.

It was great to see loads of Roundhay parkrunners there taking on the challenge, far too many to mention in this report but several met up afterwards for a deserved full English breakfast and maybe even an early doors ‘refreshment’ after the mornings efforts.

It was great to see that the weather, although chilly, was perfect for running and it did seem to bring out the personal bests in people with big PB’s for many runners from the really quick guys to the ‘averagely’ quick so a huge Roundhay hug to all of you.

It was a marked change to the weather that greeted us at that other Victorian master piece of Roundhay Park on the previous  morning.  It had rained on and off for most of the night but whilst putting out the cones and setting up the funnel the parkrun weather gods intervened and it dried up enough to make sure nobody was totally soaked.

We had a huge bumper truck load of volunteers – mainly due to the Abbey Dash, not the inclement weather you understand – which made all the difference in running a lovely smooth event this week.  Bekki Wheatley took up the Run Directors reigns again making sure everyone had a safe run and we handed out T-shirts to some juniors runners who had all gained their ‘10s’.  Mike Mansfield joined us on his special ‘50’ day.  He doesn’t quite qualify for his 50 T-shirt yet but his birthday did involve the number 50. He brought the whole family out for a run so hope he enjoyed his day. His son certainly tried to upstage him – but more on that later.

107 runners set off for 5000 metres of parkland running and it was clear that it was a good day to run as a lot of the quick runners had obviously booked the day off to rest up before the Abbey Dash. With a smaller field than we have had recently it was good chance to place highly and have a great run.

John Robson flew out of the blocks and it was obvious from the first lap that he was going to be our first runner home, which was his target.  He now joins James Smith and the legendary ‘unknown runner’ in having 5 first across the line parkrun’s under his belt. He was followed home by James Kilner and Joel Giddings respectively. Rav Panesar was 4th home and I will give him a brief mention since he was unlucky as he finished 1 second outside his PB time from last week.

John and the others have a long way to go to the match the first across the line record holder at Roundhay, who again clicked the timer to be the first lady back this week to make it into double figures with 10 firsts at Roundhay.  I am of course talking about Madeline Watson who notched another first over the line this week.

 

Denise Ramsden was second lady home in a great new personal best time of 26:01 and third lady back was Harriet Frances Carlyle.

We were joined this week by Antony Streams from Reading who has run 20 different parkruns in 20 weeks and this week he chose Roundhay to be his 20th.  We hope he enjoyed the run and he has kindly agreed to be our interviewee for this month which will be published next week on this site.

There were some terrific runs this week and I’ll mention the highlights:-

The previously mentioned Mansfield family were out running and young Ryan really had the bit between his teeth smashing 39 seconds from his previous best time and jumping from 26th to 7th for his previous best position as he rocked home in 21:06 before handing out the birthday cake. It’s just a terrible shame from him that his Dad moves into a new category and will have an ever increasing handicap % as Ryan’s is reduced now week on week! I feel a smackdown coming on! Great running though Ryan, really tremendous stuff.

Thomas John Woodhead joined in the PB fun and games with a new low of 24:28 for him along with Anthony Stones who knocked out a new PB this week.

BIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIG HUGS went to Ronnie Sam Bray who this week, 51 weeks after posting his last personal best in November 2011, finally went and beat it shaving a second off his old time. He and Papa were very happy and Junior posed with the ‘guns’ to celebrate!

For the ladies it was a case of same again as Dawn Parton continued her charge down the times table with her 6th PB in 7 weeks this time knocking 22 seconds off her previous best down to 29:27 which considering her PB in September was a few seconds of 33 minutes is fantastic – well done to her.

Huge congratulations to Anne Jones who this week broke through the 30 minute barrier to become a sub thirty runner for the first time at Roundhay with a new PB.  Big well done to Maya Drinkall who last PB’d in January and this week shaved some more seconds off to get her PB.

Finally before we leave this week and enter the world of the future a big Hey Hey to Hetta Morath who I am too modest to reveal her age category but she scored a huge 74% age grading this week in fact it was only out done by young Joe Sherman who came in 9th … yes 9th and in 21:15 and was a few hundredth of a seconds off a whopping 77% age grade.  Well done to all, young and old that’s what we love about parkrun.

Notices:-

If you ran the Abbey Dash on Sunday then this coming Saturday WEAR YOUR T-SHIRT!

We want to see as many ‘Dash’ T-shirts as possible running on Saturday, of course if you have the time to volunteer that would be tremendous as well …. And still wear your T-Shirt!

If you can give up your time meet at the bandstand at 08:20 everyone else we’ll see you just before 9AM at the start line.

 

Must Dash

Roundhay parkrun team

 

 

Event 79

Fashion comes around a goes around but like a planet on a long, long orbit it eventually reaches the place where it started. Nostalgia is all the rage, bands can’t reform quick enough, floro colours are back, the 80’s are back. John Robson has demonstrated that towelling headbands are most definitely back and once again the Roundhay parkrun weekly summary of things leader board is BACK!!


This coincides with me (Neil) being back from holiday, purely a coincidence you realise – it’s really the magic Roundhay pixies that put this together weekly, in an attempt to get out of doing any meaning full work for an hour or so.

This will be my first report where I wasn’t actually there.  Jet2 did their absolute best try to ensure I didn’t return at all for the weekend, but having found a small airfield in Northern Spain that accepted their fuel points card I made it back to be part of a crack commando unit sent into deepest darkest Leeds to represent Roundhay in the Leeds parkrun ‘handicap three legged relay race’.  The ‘Yorkshire Puddings’ of Graham Fisher, Myself and Ronstar went up against ‘Team Pink’ of Joe Derry, Bekki Wheatley and Helen Copeland, with vocal support from JP. 

It was a fun event and we all agreed to run a similar one in the very near future at Roundhay.  A handicap race basically attempts to ensure all the teams finish at roughly the same time by each group having a staggered start time. The time depends on their parkrun times with each runner doing one lap each to contribute to the overall time.  Watch this space as it will happen very soon at Roundhay – and many thanks to the Leeds parkrun team for hosting the event. Unfortunately at the time of going to press the results are as yet unconfirmed, so the uber competitive Mrs Wheatley can’t do any gloating!


But back to this week at what is undoubtedly a much prettier park within the boundaries of this fine city. Speaking of which this week was the 100th anniversary of Roundhay becoming part of Leeds.  It wasn’t until November the 9th 1912 that Roundhay, Shadwell, Seacroft and Cross Gates came under the control of the council and therefore officially ‘within’ Leeds.  Until then the boundaries of the town (not a city until 1893) had remained unchanged since 1836. The council were looking to take advantage of the affluent and leafy suburbs and subsequent pots of available cash that their new citizens could now happily and cheerily contribute in taxes.

However rejoice as parkrun is a totally FREE event, the only taxing thing is the hill to the finish which this week was conquered yet again by the extremely speedy James Smith in 16:41 … as I was not there this week I can only assume his time was so ‘slow’ due to him pushing the buggy again! Well done James moving level with ‘unknown runner’ in terms of male first finishers with 5 outright firsts and in front of 154 other parkrunners this week.


James Makin joining us from the wrong side of the Pennines (we hope you enjoyed your trip James!) was second with his best at Roundhay in only his second run here. Local boy Alan Dodds clocking his best ever at Roundhay with 18:27, shaving a vital 2 seconds of his previous PB picking up the third across the line plaudits.

Liga Magdalekova-Keen was our first lady over the line this week (her 6th first place finish) in 21:20 and she pipped Roundhay’s all time ‘winningist’ runner Madeleine Watson (9 firsts) and Shereen Lloyd into second and third place respectively.

I’ll just pick out a few run highlights as the cold weather obviously slowed a few of you down as there were less PB’s than normal (only 19%)

A big Roundhay family hug to Andy Cullen (138 parkruns in total) joining us this week and using his experience to nab himself a PB at Roundhay for a 22:10.

Well done to Patricia Ann-Nolan who this week became a sub 30 minute runner round our tough little course. HUGE hugs and congrats from all, it’s by far and away the run of the week and stuck out like a sore thumb as I perused the results sheet with the larger of my magnifying glasses. In fact to show how well Patricia had done, only herself and Alan Dodds nabbed Personal Bests of runners with more than 10 runs at Roundhay this week which shows they both must have been on form.

Well done to all 29 other runners who picked up a PB this week.

Notices:-
On Sunday there are several Roundhay parkrunners doing the Abbey Dash. We’ll be meeting up after the event for a chin wag and a drink.  Not entirely sure where yet as its not been decided, but keep an eye on our social media sites and we’ll think of something – Rachel Cryer seems to think hot, spiced red wine would be just the ticket post run! 


Congratulations from all of us to Nicola Forwood the co-presenter of the parkrun show, the weekly roundup of all things parkrun. She had a baby girl last week, the very cute Poppy. She kindly gave Roundhay a mention on this week’s show – including giving Ronnie a telling off! You can find the show released on Monday evenings on itunes here, of course it’s free and thoroughly recommended.


This upcoming week is a little bit different – across parkrun land November the 17th has been nominated as the ‘Run Naked’ parkrun for the whole of the UK. Now running naked doesn’t mean that you actually run sans clothing, but that you run without any gadgets – no watches, GPS, apps, Ipods, mp3 players.  Just you … your body … the track.  Why not try it out this week; you’ll be surprised how liberating it can be!

Also this week on the Saturday it will be some times Run Director, all the times great guy Mike Mansfield’s BIG BIRTHDAY.  The whole of the Mansfield clan will be out to run this week helping Mike overcome the shock of reaching the ripe old age he will be on Saturday.  I am not at liberty to say how old he is but needless to say he moves into a new running ‘category’ and if we were playing cricket he’d be raising his bat! Have a great run Mike.


On December the 2nd Roundhay becomes part of the Leeds Athletics Series, we’d love to put on a good show so a bumper load of volunteers would be fantastic – of course we need people every week so that this equation never happens:- no volunteers = no run :-(


If you run with a dog you only have until the end of this month if you want to run with more than 1 fido – after the end of November it’s a new rule of one dog per runner.


Finally:-
Still people are being confused about barcodes here is the simple rule.  If you have forgotten your barcode you will go down as an ‘unknown runner’ even if you are Mo Farrah and it’s about to be your 250th parkrun and you just broke the course record.  No barcode = no result.


If you bring a barcode but it won’t scan we will make a note of your name on the unreadable barcodes sheet and you will get a time, but please don’t bring that same barcode again next week; if it didn’t scan this week it isn’t going to magically start working next week please, please, please,  PRINT A NEW ONE!!! 

As always if you are not completely satisfied with our volunteers giving up their time to ensure we have this fab little event, then we offer a full 100% no quibble refund of your entry fee :-)

That’s about it guys,


See you next parkrun day 


Roundhay parkrun team

Here are this week’s stats:-


Roundhay parkrun
Event number 79
10th November 2012

Men's placings:
James SMITH (SM30-34) of Leeds City AC, was first over the line in 16:41 - 5th time in 5 appearances.
Stephen MAKIN (SM30-34) of Wigan Phoenix, was second over the line in 18:10.
Allan DODDS (SM35-39) of Roundhay Runners, was third over the line in 18:27.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Graham PAWLEY (Unattached) 2085 pts.
Adam PARTON (Valley Striders AC) 2035 pts.
Jeremy RICHARDSON (Unattached) 1718 pts.

Women's placings:
Liga MAGDALENOKA-KEEN (VW35-39) of Chapel Allerton Road Runners, was first (15th overall) over the line in 21:20 - 6th time in 16 appearances.
Madeleine WATSON (VW45-49) of Wharfedale Harriers, was second (35th overall) over the line in 23:37 - Has been first to finish on 9 previous occassions.
Shereen LLOYD (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (41st overall) over the line in 24:05.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Bekki WHEATLEY (Chapel Allerton Road Runners) 2111 pts.
Patricia Ann NOLAN (Unattached) 1653 pts.
Lindsay SHORT (Unattached) 1569 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
James SMITH (SM30-34) was graded 77.92 % for the time 16:41 (first overall).
Allan DODDS (SM35-39) was graded 72.90 % for the time 18:27 (third overall).
Terry MIDGLEY (VM40-44) was graded 71.84 % for the time 19:00 (5th overall).

This week there were 155 runners, of whom 17 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different athletics clubs took part.

Roundhay parkrun started on 23rd April 2011, and since then 2,090 different runners, including participants from 117 athletics clubs, have completed 9,547 runs covering a total distance of 47,735 km, and there have been 2,331 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.

 

Autumn is here

This week for the first time we are going to have the first of what we hope will be a casual series of interviews with regular Roundhay parkrunners. It’s a chance to get to know some familiar faces a little more and find out why they keep showing up each week.

But first let’s get back to this week. For only the second time ever we had over 200 runners arrive at the park on a sunny autumn morning perfect running conditions for a good time. On Saturday we passed the milestone of 9000 runs having been done at Roundhay as we now have 9074 runs at the park.  Another terrific achievement as each week we seem to break some kind of new record! Here's to another 9000!

Wayne Herbert was our Run Director this week ably assistedby Danny Smith and a bucketful of lovely lovely volunteers – I know we alwayskeep on about volunteers but they are at the very heart of the run.  No volunteers means no run so if you can giveup a couple of hours on Saturday – perhaps you have a race the next day or youjust need be somewhere promptly on a Saturday morning - then see someone on thecore team next time you are down at the park!

I’ll start with the ladies this week and our first lady tocross the line this week was Daniella McGuigan in a 22:58 she was followed byfirst timer Dawn Mankin just 37 seconds back but in third place a fantastic runfor Jane Glover who recorded her third PB in her last 3 visits to Roundhay witha time of 24:13, whacking a huge 33 seconds of her previous best. Very welldone Jane.

A first timer this week was our first gentleman to cross thechalk line as Joe Baxter cruised round in a cool 17:29 for his first everparkrun. Jeremy Ladyman was second in a new PB for him as he gets closer andcloser to a sub 18 minute lap (his last 4 PB’s have been 18:10 ..7…4 and thisweek 18:02!) well done Jeremy next week! Jonathan Parker stood to the left ofJoe this week on our non existent podium in 18:27.

A quick note for Graham Needham, who was our best age graderunner this week coming home in 10th over the line in 19:51, butrecording a really great 76.74%.

A few mentions for people who recorded their best runs thisweek before I move onto our interview:-

Howard Smith who is rapidly approaching his 50 T-shirtrecorded a new PB this week shaving a couple of seconds from his previous bestthe week before.  There was much whoopagein the Wheatley household this week as Martin continued his fine form. Runninga sub 26 minute run last week for the first time he went another 19 secondsbetter and looking at a sub 25 minute run next week?? Good luck Martin and welldone.

For the ladies this week Ivana Holloway did her fourth PB ina row of 27:16 – terrific running Ivana keep it up! Fran Harris also improvedon last weeks PB to record a 28:26 PB. Considering just a month ago she PB’d at30:34 that’s a fantastic improvement in the last few weeks.

Finally a BIG Roundhay well done to Patricia Ann Nolan who PB’d this week for the first time since March – agonisingly she fell just 3 seconds short of becoming a sub 30 minute runner for the first time but the great thing about parkrun is we’ll be here next week and no doubt she now has all the motivation she needs. Well done this week Patricia and good luck for next week!

So for the first time this week we’ll interview one of theregular runners and who better to start with than our very own Ronstar:-

What hasparkrun done for you...? 

Well 21 months ago I wouldn't run to a bus stopnever mind 5k so when I stopped smoking then 40 a day and weighing at 18 stoneplus my heart racing in at 94 beats per min something had to happen and it didin the name of parkrun free run every week nobody judging you just come alongand run this happened about 14 months ago

What doyou get from parkrun...?

I have met wonderful friends at parkrun reallyclose friends now and really truth to be known I miss them if am away from aparkrun we have also travelled to other parkruns with my now called familyfriends and great support.

Who do I look up to?

Easy Simon Buckden yes we have our ups and downsour little tiffs but you know what at the start I was a nobody a guy who smokedand came along to a parkrun to change my life and started to volunteer. When Isaid I was doing my very first 10k Simon came over and said meet me back hereand we will have a run around the lake wow, just wow he kept calm with me whenI was panting and buffing teaching me on how to improve my breathing, Each weekhe came along to ensure I was ready.I never asked him he just came along, he wouldnever judge me or say anything that would upset my routine in running so I tookthe time to find out more about PTSD, just so I could understand. Then he saidcan I come along one evening and asked if I could help with parkrun proudmoment in my life He is a strong soul and an inspirational man thanks Simon 

Whathappens as volunteer..?

Well from a parkrun corner marshal to RD toactually running the parkrun in (during the time of) Simons sick leave shall wesay. The more and more each week, I came the more and more I feel in love withparkrun we also started a mid-week run which many Saturday runners came alongwow what a great feeling. I just love to get up with Junior and head toRoundhay to set up for the new family and friends run to me..

Why the HUGS..?

Why not...what a better way to show people whotake the time and effort to come along to a Saturday morning parkrun and have aloving HUG from me because that's what they are.Love to see people improve andif my HUGS help then I am never stopping giving them out, people even just comeover to me for a HUG and why not they are free just like parkrun

Whatahead for the Ronstar..?

To continue to give out my HUGS and be part of afamily you never really know what is around the corner like where I started onthe park corner, so there is every opportunity for anybody to give HUGS andlove parkrun.

Notices:-

Next Saturday it’s our ghoulish Halloween run, fancy dress, scary masks and trick or treating all the way!

A reminder that the 1 dog, per parkrunner rule will start the following week which will keep us in line with national parkrun guidelines.

That’s about it for this week so look forward to seeing all your scary faces next week at the bandstand!

Roundhayparkrun team.

This weeks vital statistics:-

Roundhay parkrun
Event number 76
20th October 2012

Men'splacings:
Joe BAXTER (SM25-29) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:29 - firstappearance.
Jeremy LADYMAN (SM35-39) of Valley Striders AC, was second over the line in18:02 - Has been first to finish on 4 previous occassions.
Jonathan PARKER (SM30-34) of Valley Striders AC, was third over the line in18:27 - Has been first to finish on 2 previous occassions.

Currentstanding in the Men's annual points competition:
Graham PAWLEY (Unattached) 1832 pts.
Adam PARTON (Valley Striders AC) 1760 pts.
Jeremy RICHARDSON (Unattached) 1586 pts.

Women'splacings:
Daniella MCGUIGAN (SW30-34) (Unattached) was first (45th overall)over the line in 22:58 - second time in 5 appearances.
Dawn MANKIN (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (52nd overall) overthe line in 23:35.
Jane GLOVER (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (64th overall) over theline in 24:13.

Currentstanding in the Women's annual points competition:
Bekki WHEATLEY (Chapel Allerton Road Runners) 1963 pts.
Lindsay SHORT (Unattached) 1480 pts.
Patricia Ann NOLAN (Unattached) 1441 pts.

Thefollowing runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Graham NEEDHAM (VM50-54) was graded 76.74 % for the time 19:51 (10thoverall).
Joe BAXTER (SM25-29) was graded 73.78 % for the time 17:29 (first overall).
Jeremy LADYMAN (SM35-39) was graded 73.11 % for the time 18:02 (secondoverall).

This weekthere were 203 runners, of whom 20 were first timers and 54 recorded newPersonal Bests. Representatives of 11 different athletics clubs took part.

Roundhayparkrun started on 23rd April 2011, and since then 2,033 different runners,including participants from 115 athletics clubs, have completed 9,074 runscovering a total distance of 45,370 km, and there have been 2,232 new PersonalBests.

TheWomen's course record is held by Charlotte WILLS who ran in a time of 18:35 on15th October 2011 (event number 24).
The Men's course record is held by James SMITH who ran in a time of 15:34 on19th 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.

 

nuR erseveR

Bushy parkrun was the first, the original, the daddy and it always will be genesis. It was originally created by a chap called Paul Sinton-Hewitt who came up with the idea of a doing a regular ‘Time Trial’ of 5km every weekend. The first ‘bushy park time trail’ was held in early October 2004 and what started as a dozen or so friends meeting each weekend has now grown into the phenomenon that we now all know as ‘parkrun’ with 176 runs, 226,833 registered runners with around 23,000 running every weekend.  In fact if you would like to see just how much it has grown have a look here, it puts it visually into context the expansion that parkrun has and is undergoing.


So from now on the first run in October will be known as parkrun’s ‘birthday’ and what do you need for a birthday?  Well if this were a game of family fortunes and Les Dennis was asking me what the survey said my first word back would be ‘cake’ ! (just for the teenagers Les Dennis was the Vernon Kay of the 1980’s)


So cake is what we had – in fact the Wheatley/Derry ’Bake Off’ was a tremendous success with a fantastic signature bake of a cake adorned with the parkrun logo and the dates 2004-2012 iced on it (not that we are going anywhere you understand!) You can see some pictures here

Simon got in touch with Paul the founder of parkrun and he sent us this message:-


“I did see the cake of FB and I thought it was great. I am pleased that you had a great celebration. I love the sentiment, and won't look a gift horse in the mouth, so please send me some!  Thanks and keep up the great work. Roundhay rocks”

We agree.

So this week to celebrate and change things round a little we ran in ‘reverse’.  If you listen to the parkrun podcast there has been a bit of a discussion on this recently in that it seems almost all the events run in an anticlockwise direction.  There doesn't seem to be any particular reason for this, people have suggested it’s the same way as a track, others thought it was in the ‘rules’ of parkrun but no it just seems most events seem to choose to go that way.  


We have run it backwards before of course – the last time was our St Patricks days ‘Irish’ run and if you have ever gone along to the social, non parkrun summer evening jaunts it’s the way we go round the circuit there (meeting at the Roundhay Fox in winter – now - and doing a circuit which is illuminated, 7pm Tuesdays) So this week it was reverse run time!!


Although the course is obviously exactly the same distance, without the long drag uphill to finish most people feel it’s ‘easier’ this way round (#yorkshirementallytough) so it’s probably something of a surprise we didn’t have a bumper load of PB’s this week – in fact normally we get around 27% ish of the field getting a PB and this week we had 51 PB’s which works out at 28%. (The overall average by comparison is 24% but it’s difficult to gauge that as the first 10-15 or so events will be littered with PB’s as naturally it would be a new event.)


We had another great turnout of 181 runners this week and the first over the line was Ed Powell in 18:32  In fact despite everyone agreeing that the course was ‘easier’ this way round there were only 3 PB’s in the top 15 finishers where you might think the small advantages might matter a little more, Graham Needham, Richard Knell-Moore and Mark Cox to give them a mention – with John Robson taking up second over the line place followed on his coat tails by Tom Venning. 


Our first lady over the chalk dust was super quick Sarah Graham in 20:09 it’s no surprise she is a speedy one as she has recently made the qualifying time for the world triathlon championships and will be heading to New Zealand to compete out there.  All at Roundhay parkrun wish her the very best of luck.


Liga Magdalenoka-Keen was our second lady home followed by Myra Jones this week. Here I will mention Shereen Lloyd who came home in 4th over the line for the ladies but had another PB meaning she has knocked 2 minutes off her times since starting with us in July.


I’ll just mention a few good personal best runs this week, firstly for Gerard Coll who came in slicing 26 seconds of his previous best. Then this week it really was the turn of the younger chaps to shine.  Max Rostron again improved his personal best, Daniel Johnstone had a great run 4th PB on the trot now for him. This week he got a 23:09 and only 4 runs ago on the 9th of September he PB’d at 25:39 …..WOW.  Another young gun Ryan Mansfield got in on the act breaking through the sub 22 minute barrier for his (and his family’s all time 5k – sorry Mike!) best so far.


Martin Wheatley shaved a few more seconds of his times, and Joanne Catherine-Chambers gets another mention as she is now 5 Pb’s out of 7 runs at Roundhay with 4 in a row. Emma Jaques broke through the 28 minute barrier for the first time this week and  Vikci Johnstone took a minute and 9 seconds off her previous best. Elanor Jane-Cox this week became a sub 30 minute runner.

Notices:-
Next week unlike Leeds United we are having a club ‘takeover’ as Roundhay Runners take over all the elements of parkrun from the volunteering/organising aspect of the event.  It’s a great opportunity to chat to them informally if you are interested in joining a club and they appeal to you?


On October the 27th its fancy dress time again as we have a ghoulish Halloween themed parkrun. So come dressed up in your scary masks (no mask required for you Ronnie!), pointy hats and carrying your broomsticks!


Just another quick mention about getting your result via text as last Saturday there were some IT issues as the parkrun website has to handle an exponentially growing number of hits as people look for their result pretty much at the same time every week.  Less than 10% of runners are signed up to the free SMS service where you get your place and time via a text before the results are posted and the emails are even sent. There a link to do this in your result email and you can stop any time.

That’s about it for this week, see you all for next Saturday’s parkrun fix at the bandstand.


Roundhay parkrun team.


Event number 74
6th October 2012

Men's placings:
Edward POWELL (SM30-34) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:21 - second time in 2 appearances.
John ROBSON (SM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:32 - Has been first to finish on 4 previous occassions.
Thomas VENNING (SM35-39) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:32.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Graham PAWLEY (Unattached) 1672 pts.
Adam PARTON (Valley Striders AC) 1584 pts.
Jeremy RICHARDSON (Unattached) 1459 pts.

Women's placings:
Sarah GRAHAM (SW25-29) of Morpeth Harriers & AC, was first (20th overall) over the line in 20:09 - second time in 3 appearances.
Liga MAGDALENOKA-KEEN (VW35-39) of Chapel Allerton Road Runners, was second (27th overall) over the line in 21:18 - Has been first to finish on 5 previous occassions.
Myra JONES (SW25-29) of Valley Striders AC, was third (40th overall) over the line in 21:50 - Has been first to finish on 3 previous occassions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Bekki WHEATLEY (Chapel Allerton Road Runners) 1773 pts.
Lindsay SHORT (Unattached) 1388 pts.
Patricia Ann NOLAN (Unattached) 1279 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Graham NEEDHAM (VM50-54) was graded 77.46 % for the time 19:40 (13th overall).
Tim STRAUGHAN (VM45-49) was graded 74.87 % for the time 19:14 (8th overall).
Sarah GRAHAM (SW25-29) was graded 73.45 % for the time 20:09 (20th overall).

This week there were 181 runners, of whom 20 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different athletics clubs took part.

Roundhay parkrun started on 23rd April 2011, and since then 1,984 different runners, including participants from 111 athletics clubs, have completed 8,685 runs covering a total distance of 43,425 km, and there have been 2,119 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.

 

Buggy on Down

Joan & Jackie Collins, the Nolans, Kylie and Danni Minougue …… the, errrr Scissor Sisters, history is littered with famous sisterly siblings who have rocked. This week Roundhay parkrun debuted the rocking sisterly directing duo of Derry & Wheatley or to use a mathematically incorrect phrase, the one and only….Rachel & Bex. A terrific job they did sharing out the roles to organise a brilliant parkrun, and another one with a turnout of over 150 as our little event grows and goes from strength to strength. We welcome new runners all the time and this week 32 more people joined the Roundhay family. In fact we are now just 36 runners (could it be next week?) away from having 2000 different runners at Roundhay, in case you were wondering that’s a weekly average of 28 new people every week since we began.


Anyway back to this week! …………….

The weather is definitely turning more autumnal and it was a pleasant surprise to get a really good turn out again of 177 runners meaning we’ve had comfortably over 150 (actually 170+) for 4 weeks on the bounce having previously only broken that significant barrier a few times in the past, testament to the great atmosphere and support we all give to the run.

We were joined this week by James Smith who is a bit of an enigma/legend at Roundhay parkrun – he’s the well-deserved record holder having only done 3 parkruns before this week (all at Roundhay) owns the current record of 15:34 and always been sub 16 minutes (if this were twitter I’d be hash tagging #quick here) and it goes without saying therefore he’s been first over the line on each occasion. Something a little different though this week as he arrived pushing a buggy giving the quicker guys and gals all a little hope. 

However if I now tell you that his average time for Roundhay is now just 16 minutes and 12 seconds you probably can work out that this week we had the first person pick up the number 1 token in one hand whilst making sure a buggy didn’t roll back down the hill with their other. James recorded a fantastically impressive 17:22, mothercare reported sales of buggy wheel lubricant were up this week!

Mathew Hallam was second across the line and also impressively he shaved nearly a minute and half of his previous best to come home just 6 seconds behind James. Simon Newton visiting from Barnsley (so he is used to hills!) was 3rd over the chalk.

Madeline Watson was our first lady home for her 9th time in number one position with a time of 23:42 followed just a few seconds later by Lindsay Short and then Shereen Lloyd claimed the third podium position for the ladies this week in 24:11.

Several big PB’s this weekend as we always do seem to get each week, Joe Derry shaved a few more seconds off his previous, Alex Irvine (JM14 runner) has to be mentioned for his PB this week of 21:59 slipping him into the sub 22 minute bracket – exactly a year ago Alex started at Roundhay and was a 27 minute runner, great improvement over his 20 runs. Speaking of which Richard Irvine (his dad?) pulled something special out of the bag this week with a new PB for him of 20:15 having only ever gone sub 22 once before and the last time was back in January so he was obviously in the mood this weekend!

Joanne Catherine Chambers impressed again this weekend with her 3rd PB in 3 consecutive weeks, as did Eleanor-Jane Cox with her new PB just 7 seconds shy of 30 minutes dead so next week we are expecting a sub 30 minute run!

With more and more runners joining us on a Saturday its getting difficult to pick out individual runs so I’ll spend a little time this week looking at the tables, which is an often overlooked aspect of parkrun, some of you may not even be aware of it!

You might have noticed you get ‘points’ for your results each week, these are collated over the year and we have an annual winner the week before the events ‘birthday’.  You get points for volunteering as well as running, and they are based on your performance – not just time, so in effect they are handicapped to make it as fair as possible for all.

Currently heading the men’s table is Graham Pawley and the women’s table is being led by Bekki Wheatley why not take a look at both tables here mens womens and see how you are doing in comparison to them!

Notices:-

Huge congratulations to Sarup Singh Randhawa who is the Sweatshop Prize Winner for the month of September. Sarup who ran all 5 runs in the qualifying period and has 7 PB's out of 15 runs and is running 7 minutes and 50 seconds quicker than when he started and I hope he wont mind us saying that this is all at the young age of 60! Well done to you and thank you as ever to parkrun sponsor Sweatshop we hope you enjoy your shiny new trainers!

Next week, we are having a ‘reverse run’ where we will be going clockwise round the course rather than our usual anticlockwise, just for a bit of fun really!  Remember though the finish will be the start and normal start will be the finish so you might want to leave any kit down by the monument rather than the bandstand.

The following week (13th of October) we are being ‘adopted’ by Roundhay Runners as they take over the parkrun duties that day.  Roundhay parkrun is always delighted to signpost new runners to local running clubs and also for local running clubs to support our event. If you are interested in becoming a club runner, Roundhay Runners are very relaxed and cater for novice runners as well as established ones. On this day, they will take over all the Volunteering at the event, it will give parkrunners a chance to meet some of the members of the club and ask questions.

Results by text:-
Did you know that the fastest way to get your parkrun result on a Saturday is NOT via the website but actually from the free SMS service which sends a text direct to your phone.  With ever increasing numbers of runners looking for the results at pretty much the same time on a Saturday you can imagine the strain this puts on the IT system.  In comparison very few people are signed up to the texting service despite this actually being the first place you’ll get your result! Why not sign up on the parkrun website – there’s an ‘edit’ link in your result email for your settings, you’ll get your result faster and save the IT ‘geeks’ some head scratching!! Of course like with everything we do at parkrun its completely free.

Running with Dogs:-
This is a recurring question at all parkruns, not just Roundhay, and parkrun HQ have updated the policy on running with our four legged friends. Of particular note is the new rule being introduced in November.


Most of our events do allow runners with dogs, though in some locations this may not be possible, please ask at your local event. In any case, we ask that dogs are under firm control, kept on a short lead or harness, and extreme care taken to avoid tripping other runners. One dog per runner (Warning sign This rule will be introduced at the end of November 2012).

If we can please abide by this policy to keep everyone - human or canine, safe and happy please.

!!dnatsdanb eht ta keew texn lla uoy eeS


Roundhay parkrun team



Event information for Event #73
Roundhay parkrun
Event number 73
29th September 2012

Men's placings:
James SMITH (SM30-34) of Leeds City AC, was first over the line in 17:22 - 4th time in 4 appearances.
Matthew HALLAM (SM20-24) of Kippax & District Harriers, was second over the line in 17:28.
Simon NEWTON (SM30-34) of Barnsley Harriers, was third over the line in 17:34.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Graham PAWLEY (Unattached) 1617 pts.
Adam PARTON (Valley Striders AC) 1503 pts.
Jeremy RICHARDSON (Unattached) 1402 pts.

Women's placings:
Madeleine WATSON (VW45-49) of Wharfedale Harriers, was first (47th overall) over the line in 23:42 - 9th time in 26 appearances.
Rebecca FISHBURN (SW25-29) of Leeds & Bradford Triathlon Club, was second (50th overall) over the line in 23:49.
Shereen LLOYD (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (55th overall) over the line in 24:11.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Bekki WHEATLEY (Chapel Allerton Road Runners) 1683 pts.
Lindsay SHORT (Unattached) 1302 pts.
Patricia Ann NOLAN (Unattached) 1279 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Richard BEWELL (VM45-49) was graded 80.55 % for the time 18:10 (4th overall).
James SMITH (SM30-34) was graded 74.86 % for the time 17:22 (first overall).
Simon NEWTON (SM30-34) was graded 74.29 % for the time 17:34 (third overall).

This week there were 177 runners, of whom 32 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different athletics clubs took part.

Roundhay parkrun started on 23rd April 2011, and since then 1,964 different runners, including participants from 109 athletics clubs, have completed 8,504 runs covering a total distance of 42,520 km, and there have been 2,068 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.

 

CCII

One of the longest running children’s TV series of all time was Record Breakers.   Now the younger amongst you will be thinking that this was the programme hosted by Ferne Cotton and Kris Akabussi but the more select amongst you will inevitably know this show was all about Roy Castle banging out ‘Dedication’ on his trumpet and the brothers Norris and Ross being questioned by the audience on their ubiquitous knowledge of every world record known to man. The long Irish winter evenings must have just flown by in McWhirter household.


It was a show that every week for 29 years highlighted some quite remarkable achievements and although we cannot claim yet to have as venerated and lengthy history as Record Breakers,  we have reached event #72 (hastag obligatory) and been able to report each week on peoples  outstanding performances.  So in many ways this run report is just like Record Breakers, we might not have the trumpet in our lovely little park but at least we do have Roundhay Castle –(its just on the high ground overlooking waterloo lake you can see it here ( http://www.roundhaypark.org.uk/roundhay-park-virtual-tour/Castle-at-Roundhay-Park.html  ).

So to this week’s run, and once again for the 3rd week on the spin we can blow our own trumpet over the record attendance being smashed once again as for the first time we broke 200 runners to record an entry of 202. In September we have had four runs and recorded attendance figures of 134, 170, 189 and 202. Our previous highest ever was event  #37 - 163 on the 14th of January this year and we have only ever reached over 150 on 2 previous occasions (157 #52 &152 #48). It really shows what a quick and big leap forward our event has taken in the last few weeks in terms of numbers. Let’s hope it’s down to word of mouth and our reputation as a fun, family oriented event.  

A big congratulations to everyone at Roundhay it can only mean we are doing something right – not just the core team and volunteers but everyone who runs to create the friendly all inclusive atmosphere that you do week in week out.

This weeks run was held in near perfect running conditions.  Although to start it was a little chilly, as soon as the sun came through it was a glorious sun drenched, crisp autumn morning – perfect for a parkrun!
Once again we had a stack full of lovely volunteers to ensure a safe event for all and this week’s Run Director was Adrian ‘Lanky Legs’ Booth who did a great job.  Simon during the week had taken a bumper delivery of overdue T-Shirts of both red and white varieties to hand-out. This did delay the brief a little and we thank you for your patience, we do like to personally thank each parkrunner who achieves a T-shirt as it a very special moment for them and of course the event itself.

This weeks first runner across the perfectly drawn chalk line to the sound of a beep was Ed Powell who was making his parkrun debut so not a bad start to his parkrun ‘career’ he scored a time of 18:14 and this was his last run before the Berlin marathon next weekend so we wish him all the best and look forward to seeing him return to Roundhay soon.

This weeks bridesmaid was the terrifically head banded John Robson crossing the line 25 seconds later.  Another close one for John who has 45 parkruns at Roundhay, he’s been a first finisher 4 times but finished on the ‘podium’ in 16 previous events. He’s still a terrific athlete though having only been out of the top 10 twice in all those runs and he’s in a select group of only 4 guys with 4 first places each (Tim Straughan, Jeremy Ladyman and some guy called ‘Unknown Runner’ are the others). 

Paul Senior from Horsforth Harriers took our non-existent bronze medal position this week in a new PB of 18:47.

Liga Magdalenoka-Keen was again the first lady home to record her 5th first placing at Roundhay and second in two weeks. She was followed home by Sophie Williamson in her best yet performance with a time of 24:02 (3rd PB on the bounce) and Victoria Harvey was our third lady over the chalk.  Big props to Sophie who only joined us a few weeks ago and started with a 27:07 – it never ceases to amaze us how quickly people improve and she obviously is looking to go sub 24 next week – Good Luck!

As always there were some great and notable runs this week and as always I shall give them a mention – although its getting harder to pick them out the more runners we get, but long may that trend continue!
Jeremy Richardson continued his push towards a sub 22 minute run just sneaking outside this week for a new PB.  Rob Marsh recorded the run of the week as he broke through that particular landmark (sorry no SMASHED through it) for his new PB of 21:24 knocking 46 seconds off his previous best.

Thomas John Woodhead continued his steady improvement with another PB.  Daniel Johnstone recorded his first ever sub 25 minute run, shaving nearly a minute off in his last 3 runs to record 24:47 this week. 

Graham Pawley was obviously inspired by becoming a 100 club member last week as it was his 101’st parkrun this week and after 101 runs  he finally went sub 21 to record 20:58 this week. All the more satisfying as his previous PB set way back in March was 21:00 dead. 

Barney Smedley recorded a new PB this week in 26:10 followed 1 second later by Ester Hollis for her new PB (having never broken 30 mins at Roundhay before!).  New PB’s of note were also Vicki Johnstone, JM14 runner Maise-May Cox and BIG well done to Dawn Parton who sliced a chunk of time off her previous best to stop the clicker at just under 33 minutes for the first ever time.

We did have a little issue with one of the scanner s this week and a big thanks to our volunteers who give up their own time on a weekend to ensure we get everything as accurate as possible.  It took several hours – no exaggeration – to process the results after the event but if you feel something is not quite right email us on RoundhayOffice@parkrun.com and we’ll try to help.

Finally a big thanks and well done to debut parkrunner Alison Robins who summed up the whole ethos of parkrun in a message sent to us on our facebook page:-


“I would just like to say a big thank you to the chap (Stephen Shaw – ED) who was today's run back marker who stayed with me all the way round the three laps on my first run (lets say walk with a bit of a jog in places). I think it is brilliant that anyone who wants to have a go can.”

You are more than welcome Alison its exactly what we are here for, hope you enjoyed it and really look forward to seeing you next week, we know a certain member of the team who is getting ‘hug ready’ ! Thanks again for the message, 

You can of course follow us on facebook here (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Roundhay-parkrun/127584317310477) and Twitter @roundhayparkrun 

That’s just about it till next week, if you can spare some time and volunteer that would be great.  All we ask is that of the 52 events a year that we put on you stick your hand up and volunteer for only 3 of them.  Not too much to ask to keep this fantastic event going so please if you don’t want to get sweaty on a Saturday morning – you might be going out with the family or doing an event the following day then please come down to the bandstand at 8:20 we have a shiny yellow vest with your name on it!

As for everyone else see you at 8:50!

Roundhay parkrun team

Heres this weeks vital stats for you:-

 

Roundhay parkrun
Event number 72
22nd September 2012

Men's placings:
Edward POWELL (SM30-34) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:14 - first appearance.
John ROBSON (SM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:39 - Has been first to finish on 4 previous occassions.
Paul SENIOR (SM35-39) of Horsforth Harriers, was third over the line in 18:47.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Graham PAWLEY (Unattached) 1617 pts.
Adam PARTON (Valley Striders AC) 1418 pts.
Jeremy RICHARDSON (Unattached) 1342 pts.

Women's placings:
Liga MAGDALENOKA-KEEN (VW35-39) of Chapel Allerton Road Runners, was first (24th overall) over the line in 21:13 - 5th time in 13 appearances.
Sophie WILLIAMSON (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (49th overall) over the line in 24:02.
Victoria HARVEY (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (50th overall) over the line in 24:05.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Bekki WHEATLEY (Chapel Allerton Road Runners) 1587 pts.
Helen COPELAND (Unattached) 1235 pts.
Lindsay SHORT (Unattached) 1212 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Graham NEEDHAM (VM50-54) was graded 77.13 % for the time 19:45 (9th overall).
Tim STRAUGHAN (VM45-49) was graded 75.26 % for the time 19:08 (5th overall).
Graham BREEZE (VM65-69) was graded 74.93 % for the time 22:48 (38th overall).

This week there were 202 runners, of whom 23 were first timers and 65 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different athletics clubs took part.

Roundhay parkrun started on 23rd April 2011, and since then 1,933 different runners, including participants from 108 athletics clubs, have completed 8,324 runs covering a total distance of 41,620 km, and there have been 2,024 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).

 

 

 

 

 

Roundhay parkrun #71 15-9-2012

Some things that are worth doing, perhaps only just worth doing in this
case, are best done just once a year. Such an event is International Talk
Like A Pirate Day. Any more frequently and there may be permanent damage
to both dignity and more importantly to vocal chords. At Roundhay
parkrun, we don't need much of an excuse for a bit of fun so we had a
pirate-themed parkrun. We're pretty used to such events now after recent
runs for Yorkshire Day (branded Yaaarkshire day in a kind-of warm up for
pirate speak), and a French theme for Bastille day. Anyway, in my
completely biased opinion, this was most popular of our themed events so
far and records were broken all over the place.

Good running folk of all ages joined in the spirit with pirate costumes
of all degrees of realism. Health and safety went sane for the day as we
had runners and volunteers with guns, eye--patches, swords, jewellery,
telescopes and all the usual pirate stuff. Other park users seem to
adjust quickly to this strange behaviour although some of us are still a
bit disturbed by the sight of a _duck_ on Long John Silver's shoulder.

Then there was the pirate-speak. This also came in various degrees of
realism and seemed to be heavily influenced by a West Country Wurzel
feel. Roundhay parkrunners are obviously busy people who with no time to
swot up on intricacies of piracy language. So the main pirate words used
were: ah, aahh, aarr, aarrhh and even aarrgghh.All very encouraging for
the runners.

This week we welcomed more parkrunners than ever before. We smashed our
course record of ...erm... last week, and had 183 runners. These
included 36 first-time runners at Roundhay and nearly one in 5 of all
the runners were aged 14 or less. This is more young runners
proportionately than all other parkruns in Yorkshire. There's no doubt
we are one of the most family-friendly parkruns.

We had 18 (yes eighteen) volunteer pirates this week who ably kept
everything very ship-shape, coordinated by the ever-reliable Ronnie Bray
Junior. Far from any plank-walking, the volunteers saw to it that we
witnessed 48 PBs. So nearly a third of those running Roundhay for at
least the second time this week got a PB. That must be record surely?

First female finisher was Liga Magdalenoka-Keen, who exactly matched her
PB of 21:07 from her last run at Roundhay, also a first-placer.
Consistent or what ? She was followed over by Laura Dransfield and then
Fiona Robins also with a PB and on her second visit from Newcastle. First
male finisher this week was Jeremy Ladyman. Never out of the top 3 when
he runs at Roundhay and this was his 4^th time being first across that
line of chalk. He was followed in by Dan Robins on his 2nd run at
Roundhay and then Liam O'Brien.

Times over those first few parkruns can improve quickly. In the second
half of the field this week, those with PB improvements of a minute of
more were Lydia Christopher by 1:32, Tracey Simpson 2:16, Julie
Cleverley 1:46, Ben Hollis 1:17 , Lisa Martin 1:00, Laura Taylor 1:42,
Amanda Richardson 1:22. Also Jonny Wathen by a massive 3:22 and Adam
Sanders by an even more massive 5:06.

Finally this week we saw the first award of a much sought-after 100
parkrun T-shirt at Roundhay to Graham Pawley. He ran 65 of the 100 at
Roundhay and the other 35 at Leeds parkrun, recently renamed Woodhouse
Moor parkrun on its website. Nobody has run at Roundhay more times than
Graham. He won the male points competition last year and leads the
competition this year, he is a regular volunteer and pacer, and he runs
with his family too. Overall Graham epitomises Roundhay parkrun. It was
fitting that Simon Buckden, multi-marathon runner and Olympic Torch
bearer, who established and fostered Roundhay parkrun in its early days,
was back from recent illness to lead the congratulations.

Well-done to Graham, Simon, all our pirates, volunteers and runners this
week.Well-done too, to those who set sail to Tyneside for the Great
North Run the day after our pirate run.

Altogether now for one last time this year (we hope): Aaarrrggghhh.

As mentioned in this week’s run report a number of runners went to the BUPA Great North Run this weekend and Ronnie was asked to put a few words down:-

“It was AWESOME at the GNR we bumped into the Hussay pair (John & Jean – ED), Mr Mike Mansfield, John Paul O’Toole (86min woo wee) mind you a bit of a little smackdown between JP and Andy Stoneman as JP came in at 86mins and Andy came in at 87mins...First win over Andy for JP, he was buzzing LOL ...Graham (Fisher – ED) 2hrs 16mins after his second Half in two weeks awesome result for him, Junior proper gutted 2hr 6 seconds a 7 second wee wee cost him a sub 2 lol..Mike Mansfield sends home a 1hr 44min wow

What a fantastic event the people along the road side gave fantastic support and with our names on the numbers they called our names out "come on Ronnie" ooo look another Ronnie...really a fantastic day and even with the 5 mile walk back to car hahaha”

I don’t think I could have wrapped that up better myself.

Finally congratulations to Tom Venning who picked up the Sweatshop award for August bringing his already impressive PB down just that little bit further towards the sub 18 territory – maybe some new trainers will help him push that little bit more! Well done from all the team.

That’s it for this week just to let you know we’ll be back as always next Saturday and please don’t think that since we have had a bumper number of volunteers and runners that someone else will always be there – we really do NEED people to help out each week. We hate to sound like stuck records but its true, the volunteers are the life blood that runs rounds the Roundhay parkrun veins and it only takes a couple of hours tops. If you can help out then brilliant – you might even find out its as much fun as running!

The Roundhay parkrun team.

 

Perfection in a parkrun

We have waited all year but finally …FINALLY we had a glorious morning for this week’s run in what is regarded as Yorkshires most beautiful public park.  Hot, Hot Hot, sunny weather perfectly dry track tremendously blue skies, it was almost the perfect parkrun!


Jonathon Brown ably assisted by Bekki Wheatley were this weeks RD-ing ‘team’ and what a week to choose.  If you recall I mentioned last week that we have definitely had a bump in numbers post Olympics, (our average since we started has been 112, the last few weeks we’ve had around 130) well this week we had an almighty hill 60 sized surge! We smashed our best ever turn out with 170 runners this week – we thank each and every one of you for supporting our run. In fact next week as long as least 61 of you turn up we’ll also break through the 8,000 runs barrier with a very good chance that if we get even an average number in the same week, we’ll have covered a total distance in excess 40,000km, but that’s for next week, back to this.


We had a fantastic support of a great number of volunteers and as it was the Adidas PB’ weekend where the company were inviting parkrunners to collectively beat their personal best parkrun time. For every 5 seconds accumulatively 'smashed', Adidas will donate 2 pence to our partner charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness month.  We put pacers at 25,26,27,28,29, &  30 minutes so no excuses to not know how fast you were doing out on the circuit if that’s your kind of time. We managed to get 47 people recording personal bests so lets hope a decent amount was raised.
It’s brilliant that we are getting so many people to come and help out each weekend as without them the run simply won’t happen. However one quick note is that we are getting a little light in numbers for run directors.  This is the job of giving the run brief and overall running of the event on that weekend, it might seem scary but it really isn’t (once you have done it you’ll realise it’s actually probably the easiest job of the lot!) If you volunteered but never done the RD job before why not speak to one of the team and put your name down for one weekend, you’ll be supported all the way and it would be great to have a few more RD’s on our list to rely on going forward.


This week the first across the line was 100 club runner Gavin Brown visiting Roundhay for the first time followed in by Tim Straughan and John-Paul O’Toole. For the ladies Sarah Caroline Gordon was the first home and like Gavin she was visiting us for the first time, however unlike Gavin it was her very first parkrun! Well done to her, nothing like coming across the line first on ‘debut’ to get you keen to come again! She was followed in by Lucy Burn & Denise Drinkall. Lucy PB’d in 25:22 and has come down from her first parkrun at the start of July of 28:46 – tremendous improvement in such a short time.


With more and more runners it is getting harder to pick out the great runs we get week in week out but as always some notable people need to have a mention:-
Nick Jaques got his 4th PB on the run and broke through the 26 minute barrier for the first time to record 25:34, well done to him.


Stephen Shaw in his 23 parkruns had got close to sub 27 a couple of times but this week blew that away with a 26:24 for a brand new PB that cost Adidas 12 pence! Great running Stephen.


Run of the week was almost certainly from JM15-19 runner Daniel Johnstone he has snuck under 27 minutes a couple of times in 21 parkruns but this week broke through the 26 minute barrier to record a new PB of 25:39.


Johnah Thorpe broke through 25 mins for the first time, and BIG well done to Helen Copeland who can now say she is a sub 30 minute runner breaking through the significant milestone this weekend – big congrats from everyone.


Nationally it was a significant week as well as we broke through 24,000 runners running at UK parkruns for the first time – its growing and its working, lets continue to keep the good vibe at parkrun going.


Notices:-
Please be aware of other runners on the circuit, slower runners, joggers and even people walking, whether they are doing parkrun or not, have just as much right to be there as the really fast runners.  If you need to go round on the grass to avoid them do so, it won’t really affect your time – remember this is not a race.  Likewise if you are enjoying yourself at your own pace but know faster people will be coming up, try to keep leftish, that way we should have space for everyone.


Next week its our ‘Pirate Run’ theme to coincide with international talk like a pirate day – you should be used to these now, its where we dress up and run around the park whilst having a bit of a giggle. It should be great fun. Simon is also due back with us next week after his self-enforced and well deserved rest, not sure if he is bring ‘Tommy’ ….. (ask him!)


Finally it was great to see Roundhay parkrunners at both the Leeds Triathlon and also the Wetherby 10K last Sunday, hope you guys enjoyed the events, see you next week!
The Roundhay parkrun team …. YAAARRRRRR!!

This weeks statistics:-
Roundhay parkrun
Event number 70
8th September 2012
Men's placings:
Gavin BROWN (VM40-44) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:44 - first appearance.
Tim STRAUGHAN (VM45-49) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:11 - Has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
John-Paul OTOOLE (SM35-39) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:18.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Graham PAWLEY (Unattached) 1458 pts.
Adam PARTON (Valley Striders AC) 1241 pts.
Jeremy RICHARDSON (Unattached) 1199 pts.
Women's placings:
Sarah Caroline GORDON (VW40-44) (Unattached) was first (56th overall) over the line in 24:23 - first appearance.
Lucy BURN (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (70th overall) over the line in 25:22.
Denise DRINKALL (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (71st overall) over the line in 25:28.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Bekki WHEATLEY (Chapel Allerton Road Runners) 1407 pts.
Helen COPELAND (Unattached) 1235 pts.
Patricia Ann NOLAN (Unattached) 1152 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Graham NEEDHAM (VM50-54) was graded 76.55 % for the time 19:54 (5th overall).
Gavin BROWN (VM40-44) was graded 75.09 % for the time 18:44 (first overall).
Tim STRAUGHAN (VM45-49) was graded 75.07 % for the time 19:11 (second overall).
This week there were 170 runners, of whom 28 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different athletics clubs took part.
Roundhay parkrun started on 23rd April 2011, and since then 1,873 different runners, including participants from 107 athletics clubs, have completed 7,939 runs covering a total distance of 39,695 km, and there have been 1,911 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.

 

Performance enhancing HUGS

Well what can I say about this weeks run.  Glorious sunshine, oh no it was actually really  foggy and cold despite being August !! a bumper load of volunteers superbly organised by RD Helen Copeland and more PB’s than we can shake a stick at.  Maybe it was Ronnies hugs at the end but this week we had a bumper load of personal bests  littering the results page like Usain Bolts curriculum vitae. 


In fact the top 15 runners produced 7 (seven) – as the vidiprinter would have typed - personal bests and we are not talking about new runners here breaking last weeks’ time.  In fact combined the top 15 runners have over 476 parkruns between them, helped by 100 club member Ian Sanderson but that’s still an average of just under 32 each. So to produce that many personal bests on the same day was incredible.

In total we had 32 personal bests in Saturdays field, too many to mention but of those 12 are runners with over 10 runs experience each,  so showing a great improvement ……... in fact to heck with it I am going to big them all up here:-

Matthew Hallam
Neil Jones
Mike Dunn
Pete Twigg
William Adams
Joseph Derry
Callum Parton
Nick Jaques
Eloise Dunn
Micheals Collins
Sarup Singh Randhawa
Rebecca Dwyer

Many, many congratulations to you all on a really tremendous run this week.

In fact we had two 100 club runners in the field this week as we welcomed Nick Kirkby (106) visiting us for the first time from Brighton & Hove parkrun. From the field of 133 runners 30 were new runners to Roundhay and we hoped they enjoyed their run in the fog!  Geographically we had runners from Dorset to the North East, and beyond with us on Saturday.

Richard Balshaw was our first gent across the line this week in 18:10 , and our first lady was Sarah Graham in an excellent 20:10

Ronnie at the brief mentioned dogs this week after the previous  week we had a couple of ‘near misses’ – we love dogs and you are welcome to run with them, but we do ask if you can keep them on a short lead, and to the far left handside of the track please.  That way everyone should stay safe.

Once again I’ll put the weekly shout for volunteers here as without them there is no event – simple as.  We know September is a month where there are lots of races coming up on Sundays, Wetherby, Kirkstall, Horsforth etc. so if you can give up your Saturday run for a rest beforehand your help would be very much appreciated.

One other thing I will mention is that on Wednesday nights at 7pm several Roundhay runners (not from the club RR) , most of whom are parkrunners, but some of whom are not,  do meet up purely for a social jog around the course. Then they often go for a drink in the Fox afterwards.  It’s not anything to do with parkrun, there is no timing equipment, no need for your barcode etc but with the nights now depressingly starting to draw in there are only a few weeks left for you to try this out, 7pm at the bandstand.  
Quick mention for the run on Saturday the 15th of September is PIRATE DAY --- YAAAAARRRRSSSSSSS me hearties.  Come wearing your finest Parrot for a run round the park in a pirate theme.

See you all Saturday. DFYBC ….

Roundhay parkrun

Statistics:-
Roundhay parkrun
Event number 68
25th August 2012

Men's placings:
Richard BALSHAW (VM45-49) (Unattached) was first in 18:10 - third win in third appearance.
Alex Llewelyn JONES (SM30-34) of Pudsey & Bramley AC, was second in 18:46.
Matthew HALLAM (SM20-24) of Kippax & District Harriers, was third in 18:55.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Graham PAWLEY (Unattached) 1293 pts.
Jeremy RICHARDSON (Unattached) 1062 pts.
Adam PARTON (Valley Striders AC) 1061 pts.

Women's placings:
Sarah GRAHAM (SW25-29) of Morpeth Harriers & AC, was first (8th overall) in 20:10 - first win in second appearance.
Laura Emily DRANSFIELD (SW20-24) (Unattached) was second (23rd overall) in 22:33 - 3 previous wins.
Sarah GRISDALE (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (25th overall) in 23:14.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Bekki WHEATLEY (Chapel Allerton Road Runners) 1307 pts.
Helen COPELAND (Unattached) 1076 pts.
Patricia Ann NOLAN (Unattached) 1002 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Richard BALSHAW (VM45-49) was graded 78.07 % for the time 18:10 (first overall).
Graham NEEDHAM (VM50-54) was graded 76.10 % for the time 20:01 (7th overall).
Tony LEDWABA-CHAPMAN (VM70-74) was graded 74.88 % for the time 23:33 (32nd overall).

This week there were 133 runners, of whom 30 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different athletics clubs took part.

Roundhay parkrun started on 23rd April 2011, and since then 1,827 different runners, including participants from 107 athletics clubs, have completed 7,634 runs covering a total distance of 38,170 km, and there have been 1,829 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.

 

Saturdasy 18th of August

Parkrunnners were encouraged to bring a friend along and we certainly had a fair few first timers at Roundhay on Saturday – let’s hope they all enjoyed themselves and that we’ll see them again.
The circus was in town this week in the park and Tim Straughan was this week’s parkrun Ring Master and a fine job he did too marshalling the …….er…  marshals and organising a nice bumper load of volunteers that we had this weekend  (we love em’!).

The clown that makes everyone laugh at Roundhay is of course Ronnie and he was ably helping out whilst having his lower back pumped full of electricity – he was strapped up to some machine Geoff had lent him to sooth his lower back pain much to the jubilation of Junior this week –we all hope Ronstar is back to being the victorian strongman we all know he is soon.
Taming the lion of the hill at the finish this week was one of our debutants Paul O’Callaghan visiting Roundhay for the first time from sunny Surrey, so obviously he was used to the sweltering conditions to come home in 17:10.

Robert James De’Giovanni was second and he was a first timer as well proving that our parkrun is not nearly as difficult as being fired out of a cannon as we obviously think.
Our first lady runner home this week was Liga Magdalekova-Keen who sliced 21 seconds off her PB to come home in 21:07.

There were some great runs by people this week despite the conditions being so muggy,  Alistair Smyth had a great new PB in 10th. Alan Bracken had probably the run of the day going from a previous PB of 22:45 to 21:48 – that’s a tremendous run well done, Alan you were obviously  in the zone this weekend!
The Twigg clan were all out in force this weekend and we must give a huge shout out to 6 year old Alec, who completed the course for the first time in 41:37 … beating his dad in the process!

This week we tried an experiment to keep a  ‘kids train’ on the course. The idea being kids can run in a group in front of and behind a designated marshal to keep them all together.  It was a very casual thing and we tried to keep it between two paced times,  it didn’t quite work out time wise but we have a few ideas and will certainly try it again.  If you have any ideas about how you think we could work this – and of course if you have any ideas for the run at all please do let us know.  We love to hear your feedback.
Sorry but I don’t have a statistical breakdown of this week’s run, so enjoy yourselves and hope to see you again this weekend.  08:20 at the bandstand if you would like to volunteer, nudge nudge wink wink !!