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.