Event 189 – Bring Me Sunshine

As 32 juniors assembled at the start line, a cheer was raised for the fact that it wasn't raining. It wasn't quite going to be a dry run, because there was still plenty of mud around the course, not to mention Richard's Puddle. However, the sun was definitely trying to show itself.

Among those assembled we were delighted to welcome a first-timer, Connie Dyson. Well done on your first junior parkrun, Connie.

First finisher was Alexander Whitehead. Second finisher and first girl home was Sophia Foulger. Third finisher was Emily Adams, who was running her 150th junior parkrun; a fine effort, Emily! Meanwhile, Joshua Asquith ran his 11th junior parkrun, so there will be a half marathon wristband waiting for him next time. Well done everyone!


Despite running the temporary course which avoids the museum roofing works and which, as an alternative course parkrun insist must be slower than the usual one, four of you still managed to achieve a new PB: Elissa Morton, Darcy Tinker, Lois Tinker and Aliona Whittle. Fantastic work!

Tolson's junior athletes are a dedicated bunch, as was proved today by Hugo Murphy, who ran whilst sporting a pot on a broken arm!


Our volunteers are also very dedicated and we do need more marshals for the temporary route. The commitment of our volunteers was exemplified today by the Pawson family, who turned out to marshal despite Amy not running due to an injury. In fact, they made all the difference today, filling the last two marshal positions and enabling the run to go ahead. So, a huge thank you is due to them and to all of today's twenty-two hi-vis heroes; parkrun simply wouldn't happen without you all.

Thank you as ever to Ann, Keith and the team in the bowling hut for providing very welcome post-run refreshments.

See you all next week - don't forget your barcode!

Andrew Haigh,
Run Director.


Event 186 – Fantastic Fives

Today's twenty-six runners included a fantastic five first-timers: Lily Brown, Kian Sunda, Sienna Sunda, Aliona Whittle and Pippa Whittle. You are all most welcome to the Tolson junior parkrun community and we hope to see you often in the future.


There were no wristbands to award this week, although we did have a round of applause for Phoebe Ellis for completing her one hundredth junior parkrun last week. Wristbands are awarded after eleven, twenty-one and fifty junior parkruns and it does seem a little odd that the magnificent milestone of one hundred junior parkruns doesn't also result in an award, but wristbands are no more after fifty. To be fair, you can print out a certificate from your parkrun profile, but the achievement is certainly worth at least a round of applause on parkrun day. Well done Phoebe!


After another round of applause to thank our twenty-one wonderful volunteers, we were off. First finisher was Sophia Foulger, followed by Ellie Adams. Third to finish, and first boy home, was Jacob Brand. Jacob also set a new PB, along with Isabelle Hodgson, Joseph Hodgson, William Knight and Martha Whittaker, so another fantastic five in total. Martha Whittaker also completed her twenty-first junior parkrun, so there will be a half-marathon wristband waiting for her next week.

See you all then - don't forget your barcode!

Andrew Haigh,
Run Director.


Event 185 – Last Parkrun Standing

At first glance this morning there didn't appear to be a particularly hard frost, but there was ice about and all our neighbouring junior parkruns succumbed to it: Beaumont Park, Brighouse, Dewsbury, Huddersfield and Shelley were all cancelled.

For Tolson juniors, this meant a bumper turnout of thirty-eight runners, which included eight first-timers: Dylan Asquith, Isabelle Gregson, Isabelle Hodgson, Joseph Hodgson, William Knight, Emily Peacock, William Peacock and Oliver Sumner. They were all first-timers to Tolson, although none were first-timers to parkrun. Nevertheless, we were pleased to welcome them. We were also delighted to welcome some volunteers from Huddersfield juniors and we were, as ever, very grateful to all our volunteers.

Before we started, there were wristbands to be awarded. There were half-marathon wristbands for completing eleven junior parkruns for Toby Asquith and Maya Winter.


There was a marathon wristband for completing twenty-one junior parkruns for Naomi Cox.


There was also an Ultra Marathon wristband for completing fifty junior parkruns for Dexter Murphy.


And finally, a special mention was also due to Phoebe Ellis, who was running her one hundredth junior parkrun in style. Well done all of you!


First finisher was Alexander Whitehead with a time of 08:26. Second finisher and first girl was Sophia Foulger in a time of 08:48. Five new PB's were set, by: Joshua Asquith, Toby Asquith, Jacob Elliott, Georgia Horn and Franklin Taylor. Well done to them and to everyone who ran today.

On a cold morning, we were particularly grateful to the Friends of Tolson and  Ravensknowle for providing refreshments in the Bowling Hut afterwards.

See you all next week - don't forget your barcode!

Andrew Haigh.


Event 181 – Festive Fun


Firstly, a tribute to our wonderful volunteers who turn out in all weathers throughout the year. Today, you excelled yourselves and a fantastic twenty-three volunteers meant that we had every possible position covered, so thank you very much to you all. Indeed, the number of volunteers almost matched the number of runners, twenty-five, amongst whom we were delighted to welcome three first-timers: Elissa Morton, Daniel Wilde and Lucas Wilde.
First finisher today was Sophia Foulger, closely followed by Dexter Murphy, who was the first boy to finish. Two new PB's were set, by Alfie Bealham and Joel Morton.
There were festive outfits in abundance, although the prize should probably go to Amy Pawson, who really lit up today's run!


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This brings us onto our second tribute: to the Friends of Tolson and Ravensknowle. Every week, Ann, Jeanette and Keith open up the Bowling Green Hut to serve post-run refreshments, for which we are truly grateful. They also excelled themselves today, since Keith had baked gingerbread men and they were also serving festive hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows; perfect after a run on a midwinter morning.



There will be no Tolson junior parkrun on Christmas Day or New Year's Day. However, we will be here as usual next Sunday, 29th December, and on Sunday, 5th January, so we'll look forward to seeing you then. Don't forget your barcode.

Enjoy your Christmas everyone!



Event 179 – Going Down a Storm

When I was sitting in my study on Saturday evening, getting ready for junior parkrun the following morning, I could hear the rain lashing against the window so I decided to check the weather forecast. 'Strong winds and heavy rain', it said, until 4 a.m. By 9 a.m., it advised that there was a 0% chance of rain. All sounded good.


Whilst I was doing the run briefing at 9:00 on Sunday morning, there was something of a stiff breeze blowing and there was most certainly 100% rainfall. Because of this, the run briefing proceeded at record pace, aided by the fact that no-one who had earned a milestone wristband was there to collect it. received_548108372636790

A further record was broken, because only twelve juniors turned out to run (our previous low attendance was thirteen), so huge credit is due to those twelve dedicated parkrunners.


First finisher today was Jacob Collings, in only his second junior parkrun and his first at Tolson. Second finisher and first girl was Charlotte Haigh. It was not a day for PB's and, indeed, no-one set a new one! 20191208_091121

Our volunteers at Tolson are wonderful and today was no exception as, despite the conditions, they outnumbered our runners almost two to one! Thank you all, your efforts are much appreciated and are what makes parkrun happen. Special mention must go to our tail walker, Hilary Booth, who volunteered to tail walk on her birthday - and there wasn't much walking involved as she had trouble keeping up with all you speedy juniors!


Finally, thank you to the Friends of Tolson and Ravensknowle for putting on some very welcome post-run refreshments and to Imogen Gill for baking a most acceptable chocolate cake.

It is now Sunday evening and I am sitting in my study typing this run report and listening to the rain lash against the window....

We'll hope for better weather and a bigger attendance next week. Don't forget your barcode!

Andrew Haigh.


Event 173 – Half-term Sunshine

After twenty-four hours of torrential rain, which made Huddersfield parkrun in Greenhead Park resemble a steeplechase yesterday morning, the weather forecast promised sunshine, and sunshine there was!


Being the first weekend of half-term, numbers were inevitably a little down but, nevertheless, twenty juniors turned-up to run. These included three first-timers: Esme Austin, Lilly Stubbs and Willow Stubbs; as well as Emily Winter, who was running her first Tolson junior parkrun as a visitor from Shelley junior parkrun. Before we started, Otis Huscroft was pleased to receive his marathon wristband for completing twenty-one junior parkruns. Well done Otis!


First finisher was Mackenzie Colvin-Baxter and the first girl home, in third place, was Maya Winter.

There were three new PB's set today, by Eleanor Haigh, Alice Hall and Toby Wilson. The extra hour in bed last night obviously did them the world of good!

Jack Wilson and Kara Routleech both ran their twenty-first junior parkruns today, so there will be a marathon wristband waiting for them next time.

Well done to everyone who ran today and a huge thank you to all our volunteers; we just had enough in the end and, of course, parkrun wouldn't happen without you. Thank you also to the Friends of Tolson and Ravensknowle for providing post-run refreshments. The sun might have come out this morning, but it was surprisingly chilly and that cup of tea in the Bowling Hut tasted very good this morning!

See you all next week - don't forget your barcode!

Andrew Haigh.


Event 172 – Celebrations Galore

I was really pleased to be the RD for Tolson Junior Parkrun this week, as we had a lot to celebrate and a celebratory homemade cake to eat after the run.

The fair and dry weather returned today and made for good running conditions.

Forty juniors came to run. We welcomed two parkrun tourists, Maya and Samuel, and two first timers, Leah and Xena, to Tolson.

Before the run, we celebrated some very special milestone achievements. Billy was presented with his half marathon band for completing his first eleven junior parkruns.


We then celebrated not one, but three 100 junior parkrun milestone achievements, completed by John, Joel and James. Joel has run all his junior parkruns at Tolson and John and James the majority, and they seem to have adopted Tolson as their home parkrun now.  All three boys have shown a tremendous commitment to running junior parkrun.


Zain was first over the line and the first boy home, with Catherine being the first girl to finish and Matthew, Oliver, Jakub, Alfie, and Martha all achieving new PB's!

After the run, runners and volunteers went round to the Bowling Hut and altogether we enjoyed refreshments and the delicious, homemade, specially decorated '100' chocolate cake.


It is very  important to say a big thank you all our volunteers who help out at junior parkrun, including the Friends of Tolson and Ravensknowle, who provide refreshments. Without them all, we would not have such a great event every week at Tolson.

Altogether it was a memorable  parkrun and wonderful to have so much to celebrate and enjoy. Thank you all for coming along and joining in.

Looking forward to seeing you all again next week and #DFYBC !! 

Alison, RD


Event 170 – Now the Rain has Gone

After two weeks of getting very wet and despite a dubious weather forecast, it was actually quite a pleasant morning for parkrun, despite conditions underfoot still being very wet and muddy.

Once again we had a very healthy nineteen volunteers filling the roster in good time, so thank you very much to you all, and we had an even healthier 27 juniors lined-up ready to run.

First finisher was Matthew Allcock in a time of 08:40, just seven seconds outside his PB. Second finisher was Bobby Morris who, despite finishing second this week after finishing first last week, did set a new PB of 08:53, eleven seconds quicker than his previous best. Third finisher and first girl home was Sophia Foulger.

In total, there were three new PB's set today, by Naomi Cox, Jacob Elliott (who knocked 23 seconds off his time in only his second junior parkrun) and Bobby Morris.

Well done to all those people and to everyone else who ran today. However, special mention must go to Lacey Beecher, who not only completed her 23rd junior parkrun, but managed to collect nine conkers along the way!

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Thanks as ever go to the Friends of Tolson and Ravensknowle for the welcome refreshments in the bowling hut afterwards, as well as to the organisers of the wedding across Wakefield Road for providing a fine performance on the drums by way of entertainment.

See you all next week. Don't forget your barcode!

Andrew Haigh.


Event 169 – An Expected Downpour!

Last week, we got very wet when an unexpected downpour arrived half way through parkrun and much earlier than forecast. This week, there was no getting away from it; it was forecast to be wet and it was, indeed, very wet!

Three weeks ago, our run report praised our volunteers on the occasion of David Harpin's 350th volunteer role. This week saw another fine example of the dedication of our wonderful volunteers. Martin Gill may only have moved house on Friday, but it didn't stop him stepping forward to be our Run Director today, even if he couldn't find any white paper on which to print out the volunteer roster! Furthermore, eighteen other wonderful people had already volunteered, filling the roster in advance despite the weather forecast and thus removing any further stress from Martin's life! A huge thank you to you all.

Nineteen was the number of volunteers and also the number of runners. Included among those runners were two first timers: Archie and Freddie Crowther. A very warm welcome to you two.

It was not a day for PB's and there weren't any! First finisher was Bobby Morris, whilst second finisher, and first girl, was Sophia Foulger. Well done to those two and to everyone who braved the conditions to run today, you all did brilliantly.

On a day like today, we were even more grateful than usual for the post-run refreshments provided in the bowling green hut by the Friends of Tolson and Ravensknowle. The hut was unusually crowded as everyone sought shelter, although not everyone was deterred from taking up their usual position outside..


See you all next week - don't forget your barcode!

Andrew Haigh.


Event 168 – An Unexpected Downpour

After a glorious few days of Indian summer, the weather forecast for today took a turn for the worse. It did, however, suggest that we might get safely through the morning before thunder storms in the afternoon. Although the sun did briefly put in an appearance during the pre-event setup, the sky soon began to look menacingly dark and with this in mind we sped swiftly through the warm-up and pre-run briefing.

We were delighted to welcome two first timers to Tolson: Zach Hankir and Odin Nuut. There were also two wristbands to present: A marathon wristband for completing 21 junior parkruns and an ultra marathon wristband to Nihar for completing 50 junior parkruns. Well done both.


First finisher was Sophia Foulger and the first boy to finish (second finisher overall) was Mackenzie Colvin-Baxter. There were two new PB's to celebrate, set by Flynn Lambley and Erin Smith. Erin was also running her eleventh junior parkrun today, so there will be a half-marathon wristband for her next time.

Despite our initial optimism that we would get through the run before the rain arrived, the sky darkened dramatically as the runners embarked on their second big lap and as the first runners began to cross the finish line, a deluge of Biblical proportions descended on us, such that the event concluded with a thoroughly drenched set of volunteers, including the tail walker!


Just as we had a low turnout of runners today, so we were low on volunteers too. A massive thank you to those 17 people who stepped forward, some at the last moment, who enabled us to run the event. Thank you too to the Friends of Tolson and Ravensknowle for the welcome refreshments in the bowling green hut afterwards.

See you all next week - don't forget your barcode!

Andrew Haigh.

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