Another Brilliant tourist write up….AWESOME

Saturday 15th June.

It was a sparse day for local parkruns, Heslington’s course having collapsed, Wakefield cancelled in order to host the Race for Life and York Knavesmire only open to runners with four legs. So, with a blue (or possibly grey) sky overhead and Red Kites circling over the suburbs of Leeds, it was time to visit Temple Newsam. And what a gem it is! Set amidst rolling parkland, the course wends its way past an impressive Tudor/Jacobean mansion, along Pegasus path (no winged horses, but plenty of longhorn cattle in an adjacent field), along a grassy path (with only a glimpse of the main road) and past a pond with ducks and moorhens. And, if that is not enough, the second lap is even better, doing a detour through a wooded area towards the finish with rumours of a coffee bar at the end!

So, amidst warm(ish) sunshine and a bit of a breeze, 174 runners assembled from all four corners of the earth (ie York, Bradford, Melbourne and Brisbane among other exotic places) to run, walk and jog around the course. parkrunners are a friendly crowd and today’s were no exception. After a round of applause for our milestone runners and for visitors, we were off to run the 322nd Temple Newsam parkrun.

Special thanks are due to all our volunteers. We really do appreciate what you do for us! This week, volunteers included:

Chris BERRY, Ronnie Sam BRAY, Ronnie BRAY, Melvyn BURTON, Sharon BUTTERFIELD, Laura CATLIN, Wendy CHAPMAN, Georgie COOPER, Clare COOPER, Paul DURKIN, Katherine FENTON, Rob FORD, Francis JACKSON, Shelly JAMES, Daniel JOHNSON, Gillian LAMBERT, Lynsey LYON, Paul MCGREEVY, Alison O'HEARNE, Gareth RENNISON, Dominic THOMAS and Richard WHITEHOUSE

Congratulations to all our milestone runners, first timers and those gaining PBs.

This week 31 people ran Temple Newsam for the first time (and also therefore gained a PB!), 25 people gained a new personal best time (PB) and we had two people completing milestone runs: Lee Kitching with 50 runs and Stephen Milner with 100.

#Drumroll and three cheers!

Now for the results.

Male placings:

First past the post in a time of 18mins 18 was Samuel Dent, followed by Kieron Brown from York Acorn AC in 18mins 28. Dylan Williams from Leeds University Cross Country club came in 3rd place with a time of 19mins 43.

Female placings:

Jasmine Trott came in first woman in a time of 21mins 02 followed by Sarah Stephenson with a time of 24mins 21 and Rebecca Millington of Bolton United Harriers and AC with a time of 24min 45.

Well done to all of you.

Why not come and join us again next Saturday. Bring a friend (you know it will do them good to be woken up and dragged outside; that’s what friends are for) - you might even like to join our band of happy volunteers - there are plenty of opportunities to help out and we are always pleased to see new recruits. Just take a look at our park run web page and send us an email at templenewsamhelpers@parkru


Lovely Tourist Write up… Enjoy

As a tourist writing a run report I should probably start with something along the lines of it being a long-held dream for me to visit Temple Newsam parkrun. However, the truth must intervene at this point. At 8 o’clock this morning I’d never actually heard of it! On very rare occasions I plan my tourism meticulously, some of the time I decide on the Friday night but the most common occurrence is seeing what time I wake up on Saturday morning and making a plan from there. This morning I woke up at home in Leicestershire and was due to be in Newcastle by mid-afternoon so the plan was to jump on the M1, head north and come 8am figure out where I could get to just in time for parkrun. As I approached Sheffield it was decision time and Temple Newsam jumped off the tourist tool (a fantastic site for those seeking parkrun venues when out and about) as a logical option. Sometimes winging it can backfire but today was quite the opposite – what a cracking event in a stunning location!

Run Director Andy briefed us on the “Yorkshire flat” course and this being my 8th visit to a Yorkshire parkrun I knew I was in for a good workout. He also included a tenuous reference to it being event number 321, the script for which will probably end up in a Dusty Bin.  Although nobody owned up to it in the brief four people completed their first ever parkrun today. Well done to Alex HILBERT, Ryan HIGGINS, Elliott TOBIN and Ben TOOTLE who all remarkably finished within 55 seconds of each other. There were ten members of the 250 Club running today along with 38 from the 100 Club and 33 from the 50 Club including Phil EDEN who completed his 50th parkrun today, 47 of which have been at Temple Newsam. There were also six members of the junior 10 Club including Niamh WILSON who finished her tenth 5km parkrun today, congratulations!

Michael VARGAS of Hyde Park Harriers led us home in an impressive 17.43 with Daniel LINSTRUM and Patrick CHILTON the second and third male finishers respectively. Aisling WALL of Horsforth Harriers was the first female and fourth overall with Jasmine TROTT and Amanda SPENCER the second and third females to finish. As well as the four brand new parkrunners there were 36 other runners who visited Temple Newsam for the first time today, I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did! 33 people recorded a Temple Newsam PB today including the aforementioned Phil EDEN on his 50th – two slices of cake for you Sir!

As ever, your parkrun only takes place thanks to the wonderful army of volunteers who make it happen come rain or shine. Thanks today go to Rachel BEVAN, Roslyn BIRCH, Ronnie BRAY, Bradley CLARKE, Georgie COOPER, Clare COOPER, Sue CRABTREE, Kate CRONSHAW, Andy DARBY, Huw DAVIES, Graham FISHER, Stephen FLANAGAN, Angela FLETCHER, Nigel FULLER, Christopher GILL, Rob HARBOURNE, Francis JACKSON, Shelly JAMES, Gillian LAMBERT, Moira LENAGHAN, Ewan LYNCH, Lynsey LYON, Alison O'HEARNE, Katy PAGE, Valerie PELL, Angie SELLERS, Dominic THOMAS and Richard WHITEHOUSE.

If you’d like to volunteer and give something back to this wonderful event drop an email to and get involved – it really is just as much fun as running!

Thank you Temple Newsam for a lovely morning run, I’ll be recommending it to friends and fellow tourists for sure!



Match of the Teens

Temple Newsam parkrun Run Report #315 13 April 2019
March of the teens
It was a cool but gorgeous sunny morning with some notable performances today,
but strikingly 3 of the top 4 male and the top 2 female finishers were teenagers which
was encouraging to see. In fact, the first 3 finishers all achieved personal bests, with
the next 2 on their first runs.
Overall there were 28 pb’s. Congratulations to ADAM GILLEARD, ALICE SWINBURN,
There were also an impressive 15 First Timers this week. Let’s hope to see you all
back next week.
Three milestones to report this week, with AMY RUSSELL and NEIL TESSYMAN
chalking up 50 parkruns and ANNA SHARROTT making it to 150.
First home today was KIERON BROWN, his 4 th top finish at Temple Newsam,
First female home was JASMINE TROTT a regular first finisher, with RACHEL
BAILEY second with on her first attempt, followed by KIMBERLEY HAYES with a pb.
Highest age-grade scores went to JASMINE TROTT and GRAHAM SHOOTER.
Thanks again to this week's fabulous 21 volunteers
Robbie ALLAWAY (or was that your Mum?), Ronnie BRAY, Sharon BUTTERFIELD,
Karly DANIELS, Loz DARBY, Andy DARBY, Nigel FULLER, Christopher GILL,
Gillian HALL, Rob HARBOURNE, Ruby HARDING, Richard HOWARTH, David
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Temple
Newsam results page.
See you next time.
Rob and Team TN


Old Father Time(keepers)

Interestingly this week our two timekeepers (who did a splendid job of course), MELVYM BURTON and TIM SEDDON discovered that between them they had clocked up a massive 753 parkruns!

Only 1 milestone to report this week, with JUDITH HUNT achieving her 50th run, however there were 17 first time visitors to our parkrun this week and 19 personal bests to report. Special mention to a couple of regulars. ANDY DARBY ended a 3 year wait for a best time, fresh from his first marathon last week. Clearly the training has paid dividends. Also, STEVEN FOSTER knocked a cool 41 seconds off his best time after a 15 month wait. Finally, LISA HESSEY continued on her roll with a sixth successive pb and a 29 second improvement.

First home today was DARYL HIBBERD, his 10th top finish at Temple Newsam, followed by SHANE GRACE and STEVE FOWLER with a new pb.

First lady home was JANE DALE on her first attempt, with ALISON HUNTER second with a personal best, followed by another first timer JEN DANKS.

Also, a special mention to BRIAN HUTTON who recorded a very impressive age-grade score of >82%, coming home in 21:28 in the 70-74 age category.

Nice to see a lot of parkrunners and volunteers cheering on the Mo Runners adjacent, particularly the first batch of juniors.

A further shout out for volunteers please so it doesn’t have to be the same dedicated body of folk that keep stepping in. I recently came across an enthusiastic parkrunner at another event who had done over 200 runs without ever volunteering. Frankly I was horrified. If everyone helps out 3 times a year then we wouldn’t need to keep chasing for helpers every week. Thanks.

Thanks again to this week's enthusiastic 31 volunteers Andrew ELLIS • Andy DARBY • Cath ANDREWS • Christopher GILL • Clare COOPER • David MORLEY • Dominic THOMAS • Georgie COOPER • Gillian LAMBERT • Hannah DENT • Joanne LOFTUS • Jonathan RUSSELL • Judy LANKESTER • Julie SEDDON • Kate CRONSHAW • Kyle HARBOURNE • Luke THOMAS • Melvyn BURTON • Michael HIGGINS • Mr Sam CUSSEN • Paul BAVILL • Paul DURKIN • Richard WHITEHOUSE • Rob HARBOURNE • Ronnie BRAY • Sarah SCAHILL • Sharon BUTTERFIELD • Shaun LOFTUS • Suzanne HARBOURNE • Tillie CLARK • Tim SEDDON Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Temple Newsam results page. See you next time.

Rob and Team TN


International Parkrun Day!

International parkrun Day Every parkrun is special. Some are ever so slightly more special than others. This weekend saw International parkrun Day, the 14th anniversary of the first event held in Bushy Park in 2004. Many of those taking part at Temple Newsam came to celebrate this birthday. Many came to celebrate personal milestones or achievements in their own parkrun journey.

21 runners made it up the hill for the first time, received a token and had it scanned to record a finish in front of the stunning Temple Newsam house. 7 of those runners had never completed a parkrun before! Well done to James Byrne, Sue Craggs, Shelly James, Kimberley Mason, Liz McGrath, Emma Pennells and Daniel Wager. You can now have 6th October 2018 as your parkrun birthday! Congratulations on your first run, I do hope you’ll come back for a second go soon.

Visitors from elsewhere in Leeds and West Yorkshire were joined by ‘international’ parkrunners from outposts like Brighton, Bromley, Newcastle and Twickenham, as well as Helen Segebarth and myself joining you from Lincoln for the morning. Having seen the soggy photos of Lincoln parkrun from this weekend, I think our choice was particularly well made. Although we didn’t see much of the sun at Temple Newsam, the rain disappeared before 9am to allow for good running conditions.

23 pbs this morning; the puddles left behind didn’t impede runners looking to improve their times too much. Andy Newiss and Paula Allaway received their own rounds of applause before the start for their own milestones - 50 and 100 runs respectively. Well done to both. Joanne O’Hara and Stephen Foster also completed their 100th runs, so deserve the same congratulations from those reading this report.

Rob Harbourne came in slightly ahead of his 29 minute pacing target, and Sue Crabtree and Janet Mujtaba wore hi-viz as ‘running buddies’. This is a role new to us; when we asked what the job involved, Sue told us that she would run the course ‘wittering to anyone who wanted it’. I’ll have to recommend this position when I return to my home parkrun. I think we have a few runners who have been practising this aspect of the event without realising it was a designated job!

The marshals around the course provided a suitable background of encouragement, and the finish team dealt efficiently with the 135 runners. No finish funnel tapes? Clearly TN parkrunners show customary Leeds politeness. It would never occur to them to step out of line between the timer and the token! Thanks go to all the volunteers for their assistance across the course, and to the friendly welcome from all the regular and visiting parkrunners. Definitely an event to recommend.

This week 135 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:Ronnie BRAY • Moira LENAGHAN • Richard WHITEHOUSE • Gillian LAMBERT • Kate CRONSHAW • Bradley CLARKE • Louise CLARKE • Luke THOMAS • Lynne FALLON • Chris MEADLEY • Katy PAGE • Andy DARBY • Clare COOPER • Katherine FENTON • Sharon BUTTERFIELD • Loz DARBY • John KILCOYNE • Mr Sam CUSSEN • Michelle COSTELLO • Claire MALTAS • Rob HARBOURNE • Suzanne HARBOURNE • Sue CRABTREE • Sarah WHITEHOUSE • Georgie COOPER • Kate HOLDEN • Janet MUJTABA • Adam WELBOURNE

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

The male record is held by Daniel JENKIN who recorded a time of 16:11 on 16th August 2014 (event number 80). The female record is held by Sarah GARBUTT who recorded a time of 18:35 on 13th August 2016 (event number 183). The Age Grade course record is held by Angela OLDHAM who recorded 89.41% (22:40) on 5th November 2016 (event number 194).

Temple Newsam parkrun started on 2nd February 2013. Since then 7,336 participants have completed 45,477 parkruns covering a total distance of 227,385 km, including 7,462 new Personal Bests.

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