Run Report for event #444– The Cold One (With No Ice!).

By Dave Lingwood.

A bumper crowd of 446 parkrunners overcame freezing temperatures and descended on Roundhay Park on Saturday to get their weekly parkrun fix. Despite the cancellation of a fair number of parkruns across Yorkshire, the North East and further afield, there was thankfully no sign of ice at Roundhay and even (dare we say it in November) a little sunshine.

Gathering at the start, the Run Director went through some of the milestones. Congratulations to Alistair URQUHART and Phil GILLIBRAND who completed their 100th parkruns respectively, and to Ben MEEKS and Reuben RUSSELLWOOD who celebrated reaching their 50th. Finally, there was a big round of applause for the Mini Mermaids – a fantastically enthusiastic group of youngsters who were out in force to celebrate completing the Couch to 5k challenge. Judging by the speed I saw many running off at, I can fully imagine Roundhay will see many more of them in the future!

With the Briefing done, we were off. Visiting from York – where we do not have hills! – I was excited to test myself on the course. This test came early, starting predictably enough on a hill! After conquering this first climb, I was able to get into a good rhythm. Running past Mansion House, standing dominantly on the hill, it was a joy to set foot on such wide paths. Dropping down to the left at the end of the park, I particularly appreciated the warning about the slippy conditions. Navigating this, I enjoyed the downward stretch and then the snaking section towards the boating lake. At the end of this section, I tackled the full hill with relish. Looking around from my modest position, it was a real joy to see the first runners hammering it around the course and a sea of people both behind them and myself. What other course can offer this I thought? From thereon, I completed two more laps. Whilst each was more challenging, on the positive side it gave many more opportunities to take in the stunning surroundings. All in all – a fantastic parkrun, a stunning location and a great, friendly Yorkshire welcome.

Many congratulations to all the participants including the following:

Daniel JOSEPHS – First Male Finisher (18:14)
Jihanna ALLARD – First Female Finisher (20:08)
Sue SUNDERLAND – Best Age Grading (79.89%).
Adam BULL and Carol Diane BULL - Most Experienced Parkrunners, amazingly completing their 439th parkruns together.

For the benefit of the statistically inclined we welcomed 63 first time visitors from different parkruns, and runners from clubs in Dublin, Selby, Harrogate, Tadcaster, High Peak, Northowram, Woodhall, York and Beverley. Congratulations to the 54 parkrunners who all smashed their PBs, an amazing achievement given the cold conditions and challenging course.

We finally welcomed 17 first ever parkrunners to Roundhay. Well done to Jack BACKHOUSE, Richard SELLMAN, Ugne STANIULIONYTE, Ben MCCARRICK, Alex MCCARRICK, Lance COBURN, Conor DEVLIN, Minnie DEVLIN, Eloise DUTESON, Harvey SPONG, Dan DUMMER, Gary GAIR-DUMMER, Darren GREENWOOD, Ben BEDFORD, Louis SPONG, Nathan TAYLOR and Nick TAYLOR. Congratulations to you all and welcome to the parkrun family. If you can make it today on such a cold day, next time will be a breeze I’m sure!

Today’s parkrun wouldn’t have been possible without our wonderful volunteers who dedicated their time and effort to ensuring the event went as smoothly as ever. Thank you to the following awesome volunteers who braved the challenging conditions:

Emma BLUEMINK, Sidney BLUEMINK, Dan BORDOLEY, Ann CHIVERS, Daniel CHUBB, Eshana DASANJH, David GEE, Elaine GEE, Joel GIDDINGS, Agamya GUPTA, Christine HUCKERBY, Karen ILLINGWORTH, Steve JONES, Philip LIM, Dave LINGWOOD, Mary O’DONNELL, Philip RIXHAM, Penelope ROBINSON, Anthony STONES, James TARRAN, Dave WEIGHT and Andrew WICKS.

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

The male record is held by James SMITH who recorded a time of 15:34 on 19h November 2011 (event number 29).
The female record is held by Lizzie BROWNE who recorded a time of 17:46 on 13th June 2015 (event number 217).
The Age Grade course record is held by Gill MYERS who recorded 85.52% (20:22) on 31st August 2013 (event number 122).


Roundhay parkrun #443 – 2nd November

Autumn is most definitely upon us with the park throwing some beautiful colours via the falling leaves and 288 of us got together this morning at the 443rd Roundhay parkrun.


In amongst us were 10 doing their first ever parkrun and a further 30 running with us here at Roundhay for the first time; well done to you all and we hope to see you with us again.


Congratulations to Jennifer WHITEMAN who joined the 50 club today and Ian MEIKLE who joined the 100 club as well as the 34 recording PBs this morning.


Our Run Director John reminded us about the working party next week helping the Friends of Roundhay Park doing a general spruce and tidy. We’ll meet at the bandstand at the end of parkrun, if you can lend some time to help improve and maintain the beautiful park that we call home, please simply stay behind and make sure that you’ve your gardening clothes.


27 volunteers helped to make today's event happen – if you fancy volunteering in the coming weeks, have a look at the roster and then send us an email – AND, whilst we’re at it, if you want to help our sister event Roundhay Junior parkrun which happens here on a Sunday morning then please feel free to have look at their roster and get in touch.

Until next week – stay warm!


Roundhay parkrun #441 – 19th Oct

It was a lovely Autumn morning in the park, 316 people took part and we had 18 volunteers. Today we welcomed 11 first timers to the parkrun family.

The park is beautiful this time of year, the autumnal colours are stunning. There was lots of leaves on the ground and a few puddles but none of that ruined a great parkrun morning!

first timers 19th oct


Congratulations to Judith Lebof who ran her 100th and Kelsie Johnson for her 50th!

junior volunteer 19th octvolunteers 19th oct

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers today led by Jonathan our run director for the morning. We have been finding it hard to fill our rosters lately so please consider volunteering if you can do. Email

On the 9th November there is a working party helping the Friends of Roundhay Park straight after parkrun. This is a volunteer group that look after the park. Anybody can join and it's a brilliant way to give back to the park. It's usually bits of gardening, you don't need any experience or skills. I have zero gardening skills and have helped at many! There is also often coffee and biscuits!! (can't guarantee that!)

See you next week!




Roundhay parkrun #440 – 12th October

357 were at the 440th Roundhay parkrun this morning.

Unfortunately we started with the sad news that a young member of our community is no longer with us and we’d all like to extend our thoughts and best wishes to his family.


It was lovely to welcome 17 of you who ran your first ever parkrun with us today and 40 of you who were new to Roundhay, including a lovely contingent from the Northowram Pumas, (pictured above) and a parkrunner from ‘that there London’, we hope to see you all again soon

Well done to Steve JONES, Lucas JOHNSTONE (pictured below), Ian Mark HARRIS, Martin MCGUIRE and Margaret MCGUIRE who all joined the 100 club, and Matthew BLAKELEY and Oleksandr PETUKHOV who joined the 50 club – we look forward to seeing you in your new milestone t-shirts soon.


Congratulations to the 57 of you who achieved a PB

18 volunteers helped to make this event happen – if you fancy volunteering in the coming weeks, have a look at the roster and then send us an email… all are more than welcome.

See you all next week for #441.



Roundhay parkrun #439 – 5th October

A crisp autumnal morning drew 338 of us together to the 439th Roundhay parkrun. In case you hadn’t realised this weekend parkrun as a whole is 15 years old and to celebrate there are a few golden batons going around parkruns as part of the Big Community Relay, and there was one here ably spotted in the hands of Janet TODD and photographed by volunteer Duncan HINDLE - we're told that it might make an appearance at Castle Howard parkrun next week...


Just so you know, our birthday is on April 23rd and we’ll be 9 years old next year… not sure there’ll be a golden baton though!

It was lovely to welcome 16 of you who ran your first ever parkrun with us today and 30 of you who were new to Roundhay, we hope to see you again soon


24 volunteers – a full roster – helped to make this event happen – if you fancy volunteering in the coming weeks, have a look at the roster and then send us an email… all are more than welcome.

Well done to Rachel DAVIDSON who ran her 50th run with us today and the 56 of you who achieved a PB.

See you all next week.