International Women’s Day – Run Report by Kelly Jackson

Saturday March 7th saw Sewerby parkrun celebrate Internal Women's Day at parkrun #431!

The Sewerby ladies decked in their purple and hi-viz were encouraging, smiley, supportive and organised for the 220 participants. Karen our RD, gave a great informative race brief and set us off to battle the windy cliff path, have our picture captured by Tom to then be blown back up the cliff path before being able enjoy the shelter in the flower gardens and woodland, then into the finish funnel! The course must have been in good form as it witnessed 32 new personal bests but also had 26 first runners.

Our hi-viz heroes were aged from 8 years through to over 70, with runners aged from 5 to 80- we did have a couple of buggy runners which is no mean feat with the woodland, and our regular canine friends used all 4 paws to pull their humans around - parkrun truly is for everyone whether you run, walk or volunteer.

Thank you to Gill, our volunteer co-ordinator, who each week organises and recruits the volunteers so parkrun can happen. If you feel you can offer your time, please email and we shall stick you on the roster. It would be amazing to have a rota as strong as Saturday’s.


Sewerby parkrun 399 Report


With weather highs and lows over the last couple of days it was nice that one thing would be consistent on a Saturday morning and that is parkrun and for me and 242 others that was Sewerby’s 399th parkrun.

After enjoying the last of the week’s sun in Bridlington on Friday, this morning was a drizzly start waiting for the bus to Sewerby Hall. The bus driver was spot on that I would indeed have an hour wait before the start but it was a good opportunity to start exploring. Having just worked out that given enough money next time’s stay could actually be in a cottage built into the entrance arch I was soon distracted by a curious tiny horse (the other tiny horse and more distant llama were more aloof). When the tiny horse became bored with me I spotted that the core team were already mid-progress setting up the course and went to say hello and was soon chatting with today’s run director Pete COLLINS and some of the other volunteers. It really wasn’t long before I felt like I was already part of Sewerby parkrun community, a really warm welcome.


Even though Sewerby was heading towards its 8th birthday it didn’t stop 50 people coming to experience the course for the first time including 7 brand new to parkrun. Tourists visited from all over the country, perhaps not surprising considering the location and the time of year. There was also an obvious sea of yellow T-shirts representing Bridlington Road Runners who I understand were incorporating today’s parkrun into one of their annual club challenges.


Due to early setup for the Sewerby Gala a few late adjustments were needed to the normal course but with some strong winds mostly felt running up the coastal path it wasn’t feeling like a quick day but it didn’t seem to stop 18 people setting new personal bests. First male finisher was Scott HARGREAVES in a time of 17:44, a great time considering there were steps, yes steps, actual steps, to contend with towards the end of the course! First female finisher was April-Marie EXLEY in 22:49 and first junior finisher was Stephen NOBLE. Top age grade performance was Patricia BIELBY with an impressive 85.72% from a fantastic time of 24:45 in the VW65-69 category.

Congratulations to all of the above but also to everyone who came along today and completed the course, whether running, jogging or walking or a mix of everything.

Full results can be found at


The event would not however have been possible though a relatively small but amazing and friendly group of volunteers: Damian BAKER, Pete COLLINS, Wendy FOSTER, Steve MARTIN, David NEWTON, Ros PUDSEY, David James PUDSEY, Jon PURDY, Pete ROYAL, Jayne SISSONS, Stephen SMALL, Martin STACK, Andrew VAUGHAN and Syd WARLEY.

Thank-you to you all and if you are reading this and want to get involved in future weeks then all details can be found at There are many different roles to choose from.


Today there were 3 milestones achieved. Regulars Vickie ELLERKER and Scott HARGREAVES (aforementioned first place finisher) completed their 50th and 100th parkruns respectively and Stephen Gerard HARGREAVES, more often seen at Albert parkrun in Middlesborough, also completed his 100th parkrun. Congratulations to you all and hopefully you will be able to receive your T-shirts in the not too distant future.


Finally after a delicious cake and coffee at the Clock Tower Tea Rooms (taking full advantage of my parkrun discount) I said my farewells to Sewerby parkrun (a scenic mixed terrain gem of a parkrun) and those I had a chance to chat too throughout what had been a very pleasant morning and departed, by mini train of course, back down the parkrun start to the hotel. Thank-you Sewerby parkrun!!

Damian BAKER, a tourist from Daventry, signing off.

 Many thanks to Damian for a very clear report on the morning. Hopefully if you have read this and never been to Sewerby or Bridlington give us a try while the weather is good!

Thanks again

The Sewerby Team


Sewerby Parkrun – Saturday 20 October 2018

After a storm named Callum brought some miserable weather to these shores last weekend, we would be forgiven for thinking that we'd had seen the last of the fine weather that we had been accustomed to in 2018. However the 190 runners that turned up on Saturday were to be treated to a glorious morning, with near perfect conditions for running. 

This was my second visit to Sewerby, the first back in May made me appreciate the joys of Parkrun tourism: discovering new places, meeting new people, and sampling the offerings in the local recommended eatery, which in Sewerby's case is perfectly located on site and offers a generous 20% discount to Parkrunners! It is also great to compare the way different events are organised and ran. 

The efficiency of the pre-race brief was excellent, being concise yet all-encompassing with the information runners needed to know, and on cue, all set off, haring away from the start and down along the cliff-top path. A downhill first kilometre certainly loosened people up, but the challenge of the climb back up to the cricket pavilion definitely works out the quads and calves! 

Sewerby really is a run of two halves - after spending the first few kilometres spent by the sea, with what was in this case a refreshing breeze keeping all the participants cool, the course took a turn back inland, past the historic country house bearing the Sewerby name, through the gardens and along the woodland trail which provided a different type of challenge, navigating the steps and swerving around trees. Good underfoot conditions on the trail path once again proved great running, before the tarmac returned with 400m to go. 

A more picturesque finish for a parkrun will be hard to find anywhere, in the shadow of the house and the North Sea the view to the left, runners were cheered over by the excellent support from volunteers, well-wishing locals and supporters. I must compliment this attitude the whole way around the course. The marshals were excellent, the supporters vociferous, and the kids cheering on runners hopefully inspired by what they were seeing! 

As with any good Parkrun, the tea room was extremely well attended, the hot drinks and breakfast sandwiches going down a treat and most very welcome after a challenging but oh so wonderful 5k! 

A big well done to all 190 runners who were out, the 31 who set new PBs, a whopping 50 who came and discovered what Sewerby was all about for the first time, 14 of which also enjoying Parkrun for the first time. I hope you are back again soon, I certainly will! 

Thomas Hodgson
Home run: Kingsbury Water

Event 338 Report by Ruth Startin (Pocklington Runners)


With it being a bank holiday weekend and a good forecast, I decided a bit of parkrun tourism was in order and what better place to visit than the seaside. And I wasn’t disappointed by my first Sewerby parkrun experience as within minutes the course took me along the seafront. The first kilometre of the run seemed to fly by as I enjoyed the sea air and ocean views. But, in typical parkrun fashion, of course there was a sting in the tail!

Turning back towards Sewerby Hall their was definitely a bit of a head wind and it was noticeably tougher on the next kilometre to reach the red flag. Thanks to the marshals at this point for the encouragement which is always much appreciated. From this point, it was a windy run through park, garden, track and trail until the rather grand final sprint in front of the hall itself. I really think this course might have a little bit of everything. I loved it but I couldn’t help wondering how the local runners knew what footwear to choose—trail or road?

This weeks parkrun was number 338 although it was number one for its new start line—a victim of its own success. It seemed to work fine though and Phill Taylor was the first person to race the new course as he crossed the line in a time of 17:08. Phill was followed closely by Hywel Jones in a time of 17:24. The fastest female was Emma Carter in 21:25 which set a new PB time for Emma, followed by Margaret Elizabeth Duncan in a time of 21:49. In total 274 participants crossed the finish line.

I was really struck by how well organised the run was; from the race organiser’s HQ in the bandstand, the clear starting instructions, the well marked course, and the slick finish arrangements it was one smooth operation. The following hi-viz heroes deserve a massive round of applause and a big thank you: Andrew VAUGHAN • Christina ROYAL • Darren WALKINGTON • David DUFFILL • Elizabeth CREMER • Glen BANKS • Jayne SISSONS • Lyndon SPIVEY • Martin STACK • Pete COLLINS • Pete ROYAL • Robert Leigh Maurice FULTON • Ros PUDSEY • Ruth STARTIN • Simon MATSON • Stephen WARDLEY • Steve MARTIN • Stew TINDALE • Stuart WATSON • Susanne WELBOURN • Syd WARLEY • Wendy FOSTER.

So, Sewerby parkrun, thank you muchly for providing me with my little parkrun vacation—I’ll be back because I do like a run beside the seaside!



Event 295 22nd July 2015


Sewerby Run Report

201 parkrunners lined up outside Sewerby Hall and I was one of them, I hope you’d like to know my thoughts.

It was a rather muggy morning and we had some early rain but fortunately the rain had stopped before 9am so a dry run was on the cards. This was my first time at Sewerby parkrun, having made the 130 mile drive from my home and wow was it worth it! Off we set and after a busy 1st corner we headed down to the coastal path. It was then that I experienced the fantastic views looking down towards Bridlington town, a great 1st mile heading gently downhill this is an awesome start to the run. Turning the corner at the life guard building it was nice to see all the runners on their way around the course. Heading back up along the coastal path the views were equally impressive, the cliffs of the east coast and the sound of the North Sea waves crashing against them took my mind off the fact that I was now going steadily uphill. As I headed around the Hall and into the woods it was nice to have the cushioned bark paths under my feet, now in the shade of the trees and following the guys in front it’s like another place entirely compared to the first 2 miles. I’d been told of some steps in the woods, and I then arrived at them, not too steep and then I was wondering how much more to go? A bit further along and a welcome 400m to go sign signalling to me that I was nearly at the finish. A few more corners and I crossed the line, what a great course I thought.

This was my 110th different parkrun event and like your favourite songs it’s hard to pick the best. What I can do is pick a top 10 and Sewerby is most definitely in it. For other potential visitors reading this I’d recommend this parkrun as a must visit. For the regulars and locals, what a great parkrun you have. This is definitely NOT fake news, I’ll leave that to Mr Trump!

Here’s some interesting statistics from today’s event:

This week we welcomed 32 first timers, of which 10 were new to parkrun. It’s great to have so many people joining the parkrun family and we hope to see you all again soon.

20 runners recorded new pb’s this week, well done to all.

3 runners joined a parkrun milestone club this week. Linda HINCHLIFFE joined the 100 club, Liz JONES joined the 50 club and Alfie BRERETON joined the 10 club. We hope to see you in your shiny new Tribe Sports 100, 50 and 10 Club T Shirts soon.

Everyone was supported by the following 24 awesome volunteers who gave up their free time to enable today’s event to happen:

Simon MATSON • Robert Leigh Maurice FULTON • Martin STACK • Pete COLLINS • Andrew GODFREY • Pete ROYAL • Kevin SISSONS • Jayne SISSONS • Karen FALCUS • James Stewart ABEL • Christina ROYAL • Jason MERRICK • Ray ROBINSON • Paul CHAPMAN • Catherine THORNTON • Luke SISSONS • Justin Adam CHOAT • Louise FOSTER • Darren WALKINGTON • Elizabeth CREMER • Stephen EBLET • Andrew VAUGHAN • Tim WELBOURN • Daniel WARD

Parkrun cannot happen without a team of volunteers – details of how to volunteer are available on the Sewerby parkrun website, and all runners are encouraged to volunteer three times throughout the year although you’re more than welcome to do more and maybe you can earn the coveted Tribe Sports 25 Volunteer Club T-Shirt. There are roles to suit everybody and it is very rewarding – there are also roles such as run report writing, token sorting and pre event set up that can be done and you can still run!

The first 3 men back today were:

Andrew ROBERTSON (SM25-29) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:32 - first appearance.
Oliver BROWN (SM18-19) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:44 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
Joshua TAYLOR (SM20-24) of Bridlington Road Runners, was third over the line in 19:10 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.

The first 3 ladies back today were:

Amy MCFARLANE (SW30-34) (Unattached) was first (19th overall) over the line in 21:42 - first appearance.
Emily SPENCER-JONES (JW15-17) of Bracknell AC, was second (20
th overall) over the line in 21:44.
Deborah CHURCH (VW40-44) of Driffield Striders, was third (21
st overall) over the line in 21:48 - has been first to finish on 75 previous occasions.

Well done to everyone who ran today!

Sewerby parkrun takes place every Saturday at 9am. It is a fun event for all ages and standards. It is free to enter but it is a barcode only event, so all runners need to bring along a barcode to avoid being one of the 7 runners this week coming through on the results page as unknown.

Any runners new to parkrun should register beforehand at and print off and bring along the reusable bar code. We also meet in the Caféafterwards for a coffee and a chin wag!

Looking forward to seeing you all next week!

Paul Chapman



Event 260 19th November 2016

Taking the previous week into consideration the weather was much better for running, while being a tad chilly for those kind volunteers who did their duty. Numbers were, once more up at 115 runners and again there showed a slight increase in numbers from last year.

James Kraft returned and took the lead to finish about 2 minutes ahead of the rest of the field. His time of 16' 59" was only 10" outside his very good PB. Unsurprisingly James is one of only 8 athletes to run the Sewerby course in under 17'. In this instance James ' run was also the best in the field recording 75.96% on the age grading score.

Deborah Church in 13th position was the leading woman for the 63rd time in 21' 52".

The fastest juniors this week also produced good results. Joe Harper JM15-17 was 14th finisher in 21' 58" and Amy Mason JM15-17 was 37th with a time of 25' 20".

Matthew Rutt chose Sewerby for his 100th run. Three of the runs have been at Sewerby but his impressive collection of events shows 27 different locations. Today he completed our course in 19th position with 22' 34". Lesley Bayes completed her 50th run in 55th position. Again as an example of the diversity of parkrun Lesley's performance was the next best after leader James. She ran a time of 28' 02" but this gave her an age graded score of 73.42%. Well done to both.

PBs were at a premium this week with only 9 recorded. Three of these stand out as performances achieved after perseverance at the Sewerby course. Sophie Vaughan has appeared 29 times and is now half a minute better than her previous best in July this year. A time of 29' 09" was gained in 65th place. Jennifer Peacock, closing in on 50 runs, now has a PB in her 48th run. Finishing in 44th place and a time of 26' 39" gave her a PB which is 2 to 3 minutes better than she started at a year ago. Finally to demonstrate that consistency pays off Adam Palmer in his 110th run finished in third place and sneaked another few seconds to produce a PB of 18' 55". Adam is very nearly up to 100 consecutive Sewerby runs having last missed one before event 164 in January 2015. In that period his time has never been below 24' 43" and that may have been due to other runs ....or races near the time! Well done all.

Finally thanks to all the volunteers because for safety reasons parkrun depends on there being enough and at this time of the year it is often a challenge equal to or worse than running with the weather as it has been in the last two weeks.

Happy running




Event 259 12th November 2016

The weather was certainly the winner on Saturday. Foul wind and rain understandably left many with a Saturday morning lie in. However, 68 brave souls and one tail runner completed the very wet, windy and cold course. This was the lowest attendance for nearly 2 years going back to the weekend of 10th January 2015.

One interesting and possibly so far unique fact was noticed in the finish area. There seemed to be many women! The results show that 37 of the field were women and only 31 were men.  Without going back through each set of results I cannot remember this ever being the case. Now with the weather as it was, does this say anything about men's versus women's strength, character, fortitude etc. I think it best to leave that up to you athletes to decide!

The run itself was led in by Josh Taylor for the very first time after 119 attempts. It is reward for his growing talent and progression through the age groups. He finished in 19' 24" which was a great time on an horrible day. The women also produced a first time leader in Katy Cawthorn but in contrast this was only her 4th attempt. Katy finished in 8th place a with a time of 22' 38".

Many runners got their highest position due to the small field, and the best juniors were Charlie Leighton JM11-14 in 15th place and 24' 20" and Kirsten Porter JW15-17 in 41st place and 29' 43".

Quite amazingly 8 runners did get PBs. Again as the results show both significant ones were by women. Jennifer Peacock a recent convert to the senior ranks has all her 47 runs at Sewerby and this week beat her best set last April. She finished in 29th place in 26' 50". Sarah White returned for her 50th Sewerby run in her total of 77 parkruns with a 40th position and time of 29' 30". Again her best since March this year. Considering the conditions very well done.

Following on from her presentation as last year's points competition leader Diane Palmer completed her 100th parkrun and all at Sewerby. It also highlights the popularity of parkrun in that in a small field there were as many as 6 runners with over 200 parkruns to their credit. They were topped by Scott McMillan in his first Sewerby run from a total of 263 runs in 7 different locations.

Well done to all who braved the conditions and hopefully the 'softie' runners (men!) will get out of bed next week and take us back to 150+ athletes.

Happy running


Event 258 5th November 2016

The first event of the 6th year of Sewerby parkrun dawned with the first really nasty weather of the Autumn. However, it did not deter 137 runners from braving the course. While this is less than the previous few weeks it is still about 40 more than the same week last year. We also crept ever closer to the 4,000th different runner which will probably happen this week!

It was a case of back to the normal for the result. Jason Merrick came home first for the 11th time in 158 runs in 18' 48" to record a return to form. The case for the women was similar with Deborah Church in 16th place taking her 62nd first place in 178 runs.

What was especially pleasing was the quality of the junior runners this week. Too often for a multitude of reasons juniors give up on the talent they have in their teenage years. Hopefully the weekly parkrun will provide enough incentive to carry on some running.

The junior boys, whether they knew it or not were closely grouped  in the top part of the field. Joe Harper JM15-17 finished in 14th place and after 26 Sewerby runs knocked 2" from his PB with 21' 29". He shows what can be achieved with age progression as he ran 27' back in June 2013. Not far behind in 17th place was Harvey Roberts JM11-14 and a time of 21' 42". Equally close in 22nd place was Charlie Leighton JM11-14 and a time of 22' 37".Next up in 27th place was Leo Duck JM15-17 and 22' 55". They in turn were pushed by Sam Young JM11-14 in 33rd place and exactly 24' which stands as his new PB in only his 8th run.

Not to be outdone the first junior girl was in 55th place. However, Matilda Stringer JW10 was probably not only one of the youngest in the event but was also taking part in her very first parkrun anywhere. Her time of 26' 18" shows tremendous potential and compares favourably to some of the boys above and their early attempts. Let us hope they all continue to better things and stand as an inspiration to show other young people what fun and achievement can be had in a short while on Saturday morning.

Well done to everybody on a day when PB's were as rare as hen's teeth!

Happy running


Event 257 29th October 2016

With the school holidays it was nice to see several young families taking part this week. The weather was also very kind and calm for the many non local runners in the field of 175 athletes.

A visitor in the form of Richard Smith was first home for the second time in 3 attempts at Sewerby in exactly 18 minutes. He was followed by two runners who both started as Juniors at Sewerby parkrun and have flourished into ever faster seniors. Oliver Brown SM18-19 had a fast woodland section to finish in 18' 23" while he in turn was followed by Josh Taylor SM20-24 in 18' 43". Both of their times were significant PBs. Oliver has 82 Sewerby runs credited and there are still faster times to come because although he improved his PB by 3" a better age percentage is shown by his previous PB. Josh after 117 Sewerby runs gained his second PB in two weeks and went under 19' for the first time. If he needs a challenge with his current great form then his age graded score of 69.63% should be that challenge. It will only take a few more seconds to crack the 70% barrier.

The women were led in by Mel Halstead in 19th position and her time of 21' 39" was only 10" shy of her best.

The best junior man this week was a visitor in the shape of Daniel Kershaw JM 11-14. He has 5 previous Sewerby runs and this week finished in 23rd position and a time of 22' 00". The best female junior was a previous womens leader Georgina Bingham JW15-17. She completed the course in 41st position with 23' 43".

The best runner again probably finished unnoticed a third of the way down the field in 55th position. Once more Pat Bielby VW60-64 ran a time of 25' 16" to cross the magic 80% mark with 80.21% in age graded scores.

Happy running


Event 256 22nd October 2016

A field of 180 athletes took to the Sewerby parkrun course on Saturday. This was about 40 more than the same week last year. So with the half term school holidays starting it was encouraging to see that from a total of 34 first timers at Sewerby, there were 12 taking a first go at any parkrun, and of these, 3 were JW10 runners. The progress and growth in the numbers of runners at Sewerby has been gradual and sustained. It is now getting closer to a year (12/12/2015) ago when there was a field of fewer than 100 runners.

The event was led home by Henry Wright for the third time in his 6 appearances at Sewerby. He completed the course in 18' 22". Deborah Church was the women's lead runner home in 18th place for the 61st occasion. Her time this week was 21' 41"

The best junior male was Ashley Porter JM15-17 who this week just pipped Charlie Leighton JM 11-14 by one position. Ashley was 27th and timed at 22' 29". The best junior woman was Amy Mason JW15-17 who in 58th position and with a time of 25' 10" completed her 10th parkrun ,so qualifying for her junior tee shirt and also beating her PB by 1"!

Elsewhere in the field the best run returned to the more mature athletes. In 42nd position Janet Potter returned to the 80%+ performance with 81.07%. Any result over 80% is always hard to beat.

Finally two PBs stand out. James Briggs with 27 Sewerby runs under his belt gained his best finish position of 13th and a time of 20' 36". This marked his second consecutive PB. The other mark went to Josh Taylor who seems to be in a purple patch of running. After his 116th Sewerby run he gained his second PB of the year and equalled his best third position of last week. His new PB of 19'9" creeps ever closer to the 19' barrier/hurdle! Given that Josh started in 2013 with times over 30' and his recent excellent performance in the Bridlington half marathon, he should be inspiration to all those junior runners as they move into the senior ranks of runners.

Happy running

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