Surfin’ TNP

Temple Newsam parkrun
Event number 283
25th August 2018


Bright baggy shorts, garish shirts, hula skirts, flip flops, sarongs, flowery lei garlands, sun-loungers, kiss-me-quick hats, swingball, buckets and spades, wetsuits, a unicorn water-ring and even a Boston terrier sized shark were all seen at Temple Newsam this Saturday. 


To the sounds of The Beach Boys, The Surfaris, The Ventures and a bit of Chuck Berry it was time to hit the beach and party with Crossgates Harriers. Richard ‘WWWipe-Out’ Whitehouse was your rainbow hatted Captain and RD for the day and the Temple  Newsam weather fairy was on her best behaviour, providing sun and clear skies for the party. The Harriers provided plenty of volunteers and lashings of cake was laid on for the finishing runners and walkers as they crossed the line.

Michael Murphy, Crossgates Club Secretary said ‘...Thank you to everybody involved either as a volunteer or a runner you all made the beach party theme a great success. Congratulations to Gill Lambert from everyone at Crossgates Harriers on her 250th park run, that is a fantastic achievement.’

Everyone was clapped and cheered in. As the 130 runners and walkers came in the RD was giving high-5s from a surf-bench and was joined later by ‘Handkerchief Hatter’ Darby as the Bench Boys performing ‘Surfin TNP’.

The event was made possible by 34 volunteers:

John Paul STUTTARD • Michael MURPHY • Ronnie BRAY • Gillian HALL • Paul ADAMSON • Graham WILSON • Moira LENAGHAN • Richard WHITEHOUSE • Stuart WHITEHOUSE • Gillian LAMBERT • Chris ADAMSON • Lynn PARSONS • Ruby ELLIS • Chris MEADLEY • Julie WILSON • Reece DICKENS • Rachel MIDWOOD • Andy DARBY • Loz DARBY • Mr Sam CUSSEN • Lisa HESSEY • Claire MALTAS • Rob HARBOURNE • Suzanne HARBOURNE • Sue CRABTREE • Kyle HARBOURNE • Neil DIAMOND • Matty CAMPBELL • Hannah LONG • Stephen FLANAGAN • Kate HOLDEN • David I'ANSON • Kira CRABTREE • Joseph TUNSTALL


We at TN Run Report HQ would also like to thank Gill for her amazing service to parkrun over the years.  As well as managing 250 runs, she keeps the TN parkrun show on the road week in week out, maintaining her good humour even when injured and when volunteers are proving difficult to recruit. If you fancy making her job a bit easier why not have a go volunteering yourself. It's easy and fun with tasks to suit everyone.

Let's also not forget Neil Diamond who clocked up his 50th run today. Well done Neil!

Adam Parton knocked an impressive 40 seconds off his PB to come in at 20:20. Graham Hill, Mark Proctor and John Sutton also took decent chunks off their previous bests too. Well done all!

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 7,189 participants have completed 44,652 parkruns covering a total distance of 223,260 km, including 7,340 new Personal Bests