Easter weekend is always a busy time at Skipton parkrun. This year we had beautiful sunshine as well, which meant that a record turnout of 277 parkrunners came to Aireville Park to help celebrate Skipton's 300th parkrun.
We had 11 people who ran their first ever parkrun with us this weekend, another 55 previous parkrunners from elsewhere who ran their first Skipton parkrun. It was great to see you all and we look forward to seeing you back soon.
There were 10 people at our 300th event who also attended the first Skipton parkrun in September 2013. 2 of them have kindly offered to put pen to paper and give you their perspectives on the run. Firstly from Paul Norman, who has been a stalwart volunteer and part of the Run Director team from day 1 of Skipton parkrun.
On Saturday 20th April I was at Skipton parkrun number 300. I was also at Skipton parkrun number 1 on 7th September 2013 and have been at quite a few in between. My view of parkrun has changed somewhat since we started. I was part of a small group who established Skipton parkrun and have openly admitted (subsequently!) that at the time I was sceptical about how many people would actually run and, more of what I perceived to be a ‘problem’, that those organising then would be lumbered with a week-by-week commitment. Since then, I have also acknowledged I am delighted to have been proved wrong. Gradually, more and more people have both run and volunteered and, very importantly, a great group of people are now part of the organising / run director team. The Skipton parkrun community is now such that I can’t walk into town without bumping into someone who I know because of parkrun. I see people running in events elsewhere who started their running career building to and doing 5k in Aireville Park and I also people volunteering at other events!
Secondly, the thoughts of John Marshall. John's home parkrun is Woodhouse Moor in Leeds and John ran our first run and then volunteered with us on Saturday.......
I was delighted to join the Skipton parkrun community on Saturday 20th April to celebrate their 300th parkrun.277 runners enjoyed the glorious Easter Saturday weather, with Aireville Park looking particularly splendid.I was one of 194 runners who ran the first Skipton parkrun on 7th September 2013. The course has changed since I first ran it, and has continued to be a popular event for regulars and tourists.Saturday’s runners included 42 tourists, 58 runners who achieved PBs, and 37 junior runners, including 8 aged 10 or under. Not to mention the dogs who ran with enthusiasm alongside their owners.Being a volunteer is a great opportunity to see all the work that is done behind the scenes to enable parkrun to take place, and I enjoyed supporting this event, along with my wife, Linda and the other 22 volunteersWe will definitely be back to both volunteer and run this wonderful parkrun.
And now for the standard weekly stats....
This week 277 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 66 were first timers and 58 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 45 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:
Paul NORMAN • John F MARSHALL • Linda M MARSHALL • Gillian MAYFIELD • Hazel SMITH • Andrew WORGER • Peter WOOD • James ASHLEY • Tom ASHLEY • Michelle FANSHAWE • Michael MCINNES • Stuart BOND • Molly BOND • Charlie BOND • Rachel BOND • John N CUTHBERT • Elliot WOOD • Janet COUTTS • Nigel PEPPER • David OSELTON • Paul WEEKS • Gareth MEAD • Lesley GOULD • Harvey MERRALL
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Skipton parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Tom ADAMS who recorded a time of 15:51 on 22nd February 2014 (event number 27).
The female record is held by Rebecca MURRAY who recorded a time of 17:58 on 4th August 2018 (event number 261).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela OLDHAM who recorded 90.48% (22:24) on 15th July 2017 (event number 207).
Skipton parkrun started on 7th September 2013. Since then 7,426 participants have completed 43,788 parkruns covering a total distance of 218,940 km, including 8,385 new Personal Bests. A total of 480 individuals have volunteered 4,213 times.