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.
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.
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