New Year’s Day

The website correctly shows that there is no Sewerby parkrun on Christmas Day or New Year's Day due to the park closure. There will be parkruns on the Saturdays as normal. ie. 21st, 28th December and 4th January.

However as we have done in the previous 5 or so years there will be a timed 5K event on the sea front on New Year's Day starting at the usual parkrun time of 9am.

Due to the current works on the sea front the start and finish will be slightly different to previous years and just below the Leisure centre on the promenade, very near to the half marathon finish for those who know this event. The route is measured and very simple in that it follows the sea front and onto the land train path on the cliff top. After turning at the land train station in front of Sewerby park gates the return is the same as the outward route.

I believe Wetherspoons to be open again at this time and as in previous years it is possible to adjurn there for breakfast etc. All the better with the Wetherspoons building expansion this year!

This event started with just about 20 athletes but depending on the weather (and the hangover from the night before!) we now seem to get between 80 and 100.

A great way to start 2020 and the next decade.


7 years and counting!

Sewerby parkrun started its incredible rise on 5th November 2011 with just 31 runners and 4 volunteers. In first place was John Broom (17' 35") and there are still several of the 31 plus 4 who took park on this day still taking part in 2018.

So far, this year (2018) there have been 39 weeks with over 150 participants, and of those 39 weeks there has been 21 weeks with over 200 participants. This includes the first time in a year in when there were 2 weeks with 305 and 307 participants respectively.

To mark the anniversary occasion there will be a gathering in the Orangery directly after the event on 3rd November. EYRC are kindly providing free tea and coffee and there will be bacon butties and cakes to buy.

Whether you are an "old timer" or just having your first parkrun or an occasional one at Sewerby please feel free to come along and have a chat for the time you normally spend in the cafe.


Christmas and New Year

I think everybody is aware that there is a normal parkrun event at Sewerby on Saturday 23rd December.

Some parkruns occur on Christmas Day and New Year's Day but Sewerby Park facilities are closed on those days so no parkrun.

There will be the usual Saturday parkrun on 30th December at Sewerby Park.

As in the last few years there will be a measured 5km run on New Year's Day starting at the usual 9am parkrun time but from the Esplanade  in front of the amusement arcades. The route follows the sea front onto the cliff tops and heads to the shelter at the top of Sewerby steps before then returning to the Esplanade finish.

We shall time the event and although not included in the parkrun results we normally publish the results on this page.

It is a great way to start the New Year (even just to blow away a hangover!!) Afterwards Wetherspoons, just around the corner is open for refreshments and breakfast. Last year there were close to 50 runners and it was a great informal occasion, so give it a try.


Holiday Period

As is usual the park is not open on Christmas day and New Year's Day. While there may be other parkruns taking place on those days Sewerby will not take place.

Saturday 24th December is a normal parkrun day and should be good fun as it is the closest to Christmas ever. So come along and celebrate the season in whatever way takes your fancy.

Equally Saturday 31st December (ie New Year's Eve) will be a normal parkrun day and serve as good preparation for one's hopes for the New Year.

The next morning Sunday January 1st (ie New Year's Day) there will, like in the recent years, be a 5km measured run along the sea front. As in previous years it will start outside the amusement arcades on The Esplanade. The course will follow the sea front onto the cliff top as far as the shelter above Sewerby steps from where it will return by the same route.There have been around 50 runners in the past  but it largely depends on the recovery time from the night before! Afterwards many runners went to Wetherspoons just around the corner for a post run breakfast or beverage. Again this is possible as they are open but the Leisure centre is NOT open on that day so their cafe will not be available.


Sewerby parkrun Anniversary

Just a reminder that this Saturday marks the completion of 5 years of Sewerby parkruns. It will be event 257 so the mathematicians reading this will have calculated that in all that time there have only been three missed events. There will be a presentation in the 'Orangery' after the event on the 5th November which is the first event of next year.. Raffle tickets which were on sale last week have already raised quite a sum for Sewerby parkrun and they will still be available up to the event. So please support your weekly free event. There will be free tea and coffee available with bacon and or sausage buns to buy.

Everybody is welcome whether they have done many parkruns or just completed their first. Come along to gain inspiration for the next year.


Sport Relief Event

This Sunday (20th March) is the Sport Relief event at Sewerby Hall.


There is a 1 mile (12:00pm), 3 mile (11:30am) and 6 mile (11:00am) run available to take part in and all money will go towards a good cause. The 3/6 mile route will basically be the Parkrun course and we hope runners will join us in fancy dress for the 1 mile, with the best dressed winning a year family pass for Sewerby Hall & Gardens. 

Runners can register at or just turn up on the day and sign up.

The event is also looking for volunteers to marshal the course in much the same way as parkrun takes place, so any help in that direction would be much appreciated. 



Event 205 17th October 2015

"We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves. The more restricted our society and work become, the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for this craving for freedom. No one can say "You must not run faster than this, or jump higher than that." The human spirit is indomitable."

Sir Roger Bannister (First person to run a mile in under 4 minutes.)

Ladies Day

What initially looked like a smaller field, during the last few minutes turned into 143 runners which was the 13th highest field in 4 years and 40% up on the same week last year.

Both the men's and women's events were led home by the youngest athletes for quite a few weeks. Top honours though had to go to the ladies who were brought home in 15th place by Rachel Nealon a JW11-14 athlete in a PB time of 20' 25", only to be followed by an even younger athlete in Isobel Nicholls running for the youngest age category JW10. She was rewarded with the excellent time of 21' 43". Janet Potter, I am sure for this week will not have minded coming third with 23' 15" and finishing behind athletes two generations younger! Significantly these three ladies were also the best runners in the whole field. However, the order was different. Janet was best with 81.15% as an age and gender corrected score. Next came Rachel with 79.76% to be followed by Isobel with 78.59%. Finally, even though, the run of Isobel was only the third best performance it was the only age record of the day. Perhaps, more importantly, to show the quality of her run her JW10 record is now 28 seconds faster than the equivalent boy's record. This is the only age record where a (girl, lady, woman, you choose!!) has run faster than her male counterpart. Isobel ran with Ian Nicholls, possibly her dad (?) and on each visit to Sewerby they have both run PBs so who is keeping up with whom? I think youth will eventually prevail!

There was a men's event! For some runners the Bridlington half marathon on the following day may have had an effect. First home was Joshua Smith, a first timer at Sewerby with a time of 18' 25". Second place went to Richard Smith in 18' 31", a previous leader on his only other visit to us. Third was Tyler Evans in his fourth run which have resulted in an 8th, 5th, 2nd and now 3rd places. He was also rewarded with another PB of 19 minutes exactly.

There were 31 PBs on a good morning for fast running. The two noteworthy performances were Duncan Smart who after 26 Sewerby runs managed to chip 2" from his PB with 22' 03". A 21' time looks on the horizon. Charlie Leighton with 35 runs under his belt since August 2013 has now set a PB in each of his last three Sewerby runs and now has a time of 25' 48".


Andy Godfrey form Bridlington Road runners has asked me to kindly thank all those parkrunners who either took part in the half marathon on Sunday or equally helped in some way by marshaling etc. I know this will include many athletes from all the local clubs and reinforces the inclusive nature of parkrun while retaining the personal element of competitiveness.

4th Year Anniversary

There are now only two runs left for points to be awarded in this years competition for consistency. At the moment the results look settled but it is still mathematically possible for the results to change. More importantly the results will be declared and the presentations made this year in the Orangery at Sewerby Hall after the parkrun on  7th November. It would be nice if as many athletes as possible can stay after the event to celebrate for a short while the completion of 4 years of parkrun events at Sewerby Hall.

Kilham 10k

Finally just a reminder once more that there is a free 10k run at Kilham next Sunday. Details were posted last week and there are details on the table at the start of parkrun. The event will be marshaled and times taken and reported. Come along and treat it as training or run as quickly as you feel.......nice village pub afterwards!!

Happy running


Event 159 29th November 2014

"Why should I practice running slow? I already know how to run slow. I want to learn to run fast. Everyone said, 'Emil you are a fool!' But when I won the European Championship, they said: 'Emil, you are a genius"

Emil Zatopek talking about interval training (Winner of 5,000m, 10,000m and marathon at one Olympics, Helsinki 1952.)

The Inevitable

On a day that was for those who like the cooler weather, Saturday morning brought two first time winners to the fore in both the men's and women's events

The inevitable one was Connor Bingham who after 56 attempts gained his first place. Running in the under 17 age category he completed the course in the excellent time of 18' 30" and so matched his PB exactly making it a dual celebration. The inevitable bit springs from the fact that those age categories know that all being well and consistent effort they will get quicker, while other age categories know that even consistent effort means slower times! Ah well that's life!! In what was a great event for youth Connor was followed in second place by previous leader James Pilmer who also runs in the under 17 age category. He ran home in 19' 10", just 3" to the good of Nick Helliwell who completed in 19' 13".

The women also had a first time success in the shape of Sharon Puleston, who after 14 attempts crossed the line in 23' 19" and also pushed her PB on by another 7". Sharon was followed by two athletes who both recorded their best positions in all their time taking part. Zoe Ellis ran in second with a time of 25' 44" and Emma Walkington was close behind in 26' 01"

With all the emphasis so far on youth the best run, however, still came from the remarkable Martin Booth who was 7th with a time of 20' 11" to record a grade just short of the magic 80% at 79.44%. So a Veteran 60-64 just got the better of the event leader who was graded at 75.23%. They in turn were followed by 9th placer Tim Puleston who for a time of 20' 34", which was also a new PB, was graded at 74.07%.

This week there were 12 PBs recorded and some have already been mentioned but three others were significant. Lyn Gent with 24 runs under her belt now has 3 PBs in a row making her time 24" better in that period at 31' 46". Shirley Goacher, a 20 run event participant has improved by three and half minutes since September 2013 and the result is a PB of 31' 42". Finally once more Cameron Sissons after 31 runs has lit up the timers with a new PB of 22' 59". It is noted that if you want a good PB just miss out a complete minute, or is it that he just doesn't like the number 23?! Today's run was a whole 69" better than a fortnight ago. Possibly of more significance was that this took him over 60% for the first time (60.55%). This compares to a best grade score for 2012 of 38.24%. He didn't take part in 2013! A different class of running compared to any age group.

Points Competition

We are now at the end of the first month in the new points competition. While it is early days this is often the time when scores are at their closest and therefore at the moment one week's run can effect the positions. In the men David Healey leads with 477 points but is only one point ahead of Nick Jordan with 476 points. They are followed 7 points behind by Oliver Brown. In the women it is even closer with joint leaders on 463 points. They are this weeks second and third in the run, namely Zoe Ellis and Emma Walkington. In third place is Catherine Thornton on 449 points.


There has been some slight confusion over events around Christmas. Sewerby Hall and Gardens are closed on both Christmas Day and New Years Day, therefore there can be no special events in the park on these days. Some parkruns are having special events on these days but it is best to check on the individual parkrun website for a particular event. This can be done at (follow the slash by the name of the parkrun)

At Sewerby there will be events on the Saturdays 20th December and 27th December. Also, as in the last two years, there will be a run on New Years day from Ling's Amusement arcade on the Esplanade. It is a measured 5K and goes along the front and cliff top before turning at the shelter above Seweby steps and returning to the Esplanade. Times will be recorded and published here. Last year there were 20 runners, so if you want to blow out some Christmas excesses come and give it a go.

Just two more reminders. After the run on 20th December there will be bacon butties in the Orangery for anybody who can stay. Secondly quite a few people are attending the Christmas dinner at the Ship Inn on Sunday 14th December. However, if anybody still wants to go see Gillian Halliwell on Saturday or drop an email to the Sewerby parkrun address.

Happy Running




Event 157 15th November 2014

World mile beer record (participants must drink a pint before each lap of the mile!)

Women's world record Chris Kimbrough 44 year old mother of two. 6' 28.6".

"Carbonation is the challenge during the event and not the alcohol" (!)

Anniversary Celebration

This week the run preceded the the presentation of the anniversary awards in the Orangery at Sewerby. The early mist had cleared by the time of the start and the conditions were calm. The field of 94 saw a good week to introduce 5 more people to the parkrun experience and there were 19 PBs recorded and some close shaves just short of the mark. After 3 years there has now been 48,015 Km run in total. The honour without knowing it for completing the 48,000 Km went to Yvonne Woodhouse in 91st place and completing her second parkrun.

At the front of the run Keith Littlewood returned to Sewerby for the first time in over 2 years. It was a successful return, after finishing third previously, he now has a PB of 18' 19". Let's hope his return is not so long. Second with his best position yet was Connor Bingham. He went 12" better than before to record a PB of 18' 30" and this was only after a battle with twice previous leader Shaun Hobson who came home close behind in 18' 42".

In the women's event Deborah Church clocked up her record equaling 27th first place and was excruciatingly only 2" outside her PB with 21' 59". Georgia Bingham completed a brace of seconds for the Bingham family when she ran in behind Deborah in a time of 23.29". In third place Sharon Puleston was only another 7" outside her PB with a close battle and time of 23' 33".

Other PBs further down the field were noted because of their continued performances. Zoe Ellis after 19 runs now has a PB of 25' 28" and is her fifth PB. Interestingly Zoe's record shows her doing events 1, 2, and 3 before returning at event 131!. Joe Ellis has now completed 21 runs and gained a sixth PB of 26' 35". His best time since June. Lynda Gent is back to form after a lengthy injury with a time of 32' 10" and that is her best time since November 2013. Finally mention goes to Cameron Sissons who doesn't like messing about but knocks chunks of his time every so often. This week the mood took him to knock 47" from his PB with a time of 24' 08". The next 24' barrier is in sight and probably a stinging of his dad's tail! Well done everybody, including those achieving and those just so close.

In the battle for best runner it was between two 80% athletes. John Potter in 6th place, 19' 27" and 81.73% just managed to outshine Martin Booth in 9th place with 20' 02" and a score of 80.03%. They in turn were followed by the event leader Keith Littlewood with a score of 77.98%

Join the Club

This week saw two runners gain a milestone in terms of the number of runs completed. Anthony Hughes completed his 50th run of which 48 have been at Sewerby. In another step up Pete Royal completed his 100th run with 95 of these being at Sewerby. Well done to both for ploughing up the miles!

Anniversary awards

The bare bones of the awards reads as follows:-


Sewerby Parkrun Points Competition 2013-2014


1st Nick Jordan 4468 points

2nd Jon Purdy 4145 points

3rd Jason Merrick 4050 points


1st Kathryn Hammond 4730 points

2nd Deborah Church 4300 points

3rd Catherine Thornton 3712 points

Special Award  Simon Porter

This is a reward for constant participation as opposed to athletic ability, and thanks go to all those taking part each Saturday. You are all just part of over 50,000 runners crossing the line each Saturday morning at 9am. This, however, only scratches the surface. Thanks must go to Sewerby Hall for hosting our little awards and all the support from East Riding Council over the 3 years. Thanks to everybody who stayed behind to help make it a social event and all those volunteers who cleared up and made it possible. We now average 60 runners per week over the 3 years and recently the average must be closer to 80+. With the comments left in the diary book about the beauty of the course, the next year can only be a credit to all those runners and volunteers who make it such a fun and sociable event each Saturday regardless of their own athletic ability.

Upcoming Dates

There are two dates in the near future to note. On 14th December there is to be a parkrun Christmas dinner at the "Ship Inn", Sewerby at 7.30pm. If anybody would like to go they can either contact Gillian Halliwell who is sorting numbers etc or you could email the Sewerby office or helpers box and the details will be passed on. In addition after the parkrun on 20th December, the last before Christmas there will be refreshments in the Orangery thanks to the compliments of Sewerby Park.

Happy Running




Kilham 10K


There will be a free timed 10K run at Kilham on Sunday 31st August, starting at 9:30am.

For details see the website at

If you are in the area and going for a training run why not join in and run at any pace you want.

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