Autumn colours

Our park was looking wonderful with a huge range of autumn colours in the trees.

My job as run director was made much easier by the number of people offering to volunteer, we had a full roster but if you’d like to help out in the future let us know either on facebook or talk to one of the team at a future parkrun.

We welcomed 28 runners, two of whom were new to parkrun and we hope to see you again soon, and two runners achieved a personal best.

Whilst parkrun is a run not a race, two of our most experienced Tolson parkrunners had a dramatic contest for the first finisher spot. Edward Gill just pipped Charlotte Haigh on the line but they were close enough to get exactly the same time. Sam Field came third on his very first appearance at parkrun.

Next Sunday is Remembrance Sunday and there is a memorial service in the Heritage Memorial garden at the museum at 10:45 organised by the Friends of Tolson Museum.

See you next week. Don’t forget your barcodes.


Event 95 – A Spring in our step

A slightly misty start to the morning, but for the first time in ages we ran on dry paths around the park. With the daffodils in full flower in the park are we finally seeing the start of Spring? We had a great turnout of 48 runners this week, with 8 first timers joining us. It was a lovely atmosphere, and great to see some of our quicker runners going back to encourage younger friends and siblings across the finish line

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Before the start we awarded Millie Turner her ultra marathon wristband for completing 50 junior parkruns, and we have a few more runners coming up to their milestones of 11, 21, 50 and 100 runs in the next few weeks.

First finisher was Ben Mourne in 8.28, with Charlotte Haigh the first female finisher. Running conditions were obviously good as we saw an amazing 11 personal best times achieved.

Thanks to all the volunteers, and especially to Ben Hughes who has been volunteering with us as part of his Duke of Edinburgh award. He completed his 24th volunteering session this week, hopefully we’ll see him back sometime in the future.
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Next week sees Tolson Junior parkrun turn two years old, I did hear rumours of cakes being baked as I processed the results. See you next week. Don’t forget your barcode!


Cancellation on 18th March 2018

Due to a very heavy snowfall that started on Saturday evening and continued through the night to Sunday morning, accompanied by bitterly cold easterly winds, the decision was taken to cancel Sundays Junior parkrun, as we did not want runners to have accidents on snowy and icy paths and have volunteers standing out in the very cold wind. We look forward to seeing you all next Sunday and hope that weather conditions will have improved and everyone can have an enjoyable run.

Enjoy your week.

Alison. Tolson Junior Run Director.


Event 91 – Mother’s Day

After the snow of last week it was lovely to see sunshine and 35 runners this morning at Tolson Junior parkrun. We had some great running, and we welcomed 6 first timers and 4 of you ran personal bests.

The volunteers looked very smart in our brand new kit, and we also welcomed volunteers from the core team at the Beaumont Park junior parkrun that should start later in the year. Once again Pedro our tail wagging tailwalker helped everyone around.


First finisher was Ben Mourne in 8.24, followed by Charlie Firth and Tom Wood. Charlotte Haigh was first female finisher in her 101st junior parkrun.

Congratulations also to Joel Cox completing his 50th junior parkrun and earning his Ultramarathon wristband.

We had lots of volunteers this week but if you’d like to help, either put a comment on our Facebook page or approach the Run Director on the day.

See you next week, don’t forget your barcode.


Event 37 Run Report

Well done everyone! Today we held our first slippy frosty morning parkrun. We had 49 finishers, six of who achieved amazing personal bests and everyone made it round the park in one piece! We were more than happy to welcome a few Huddersfield junior parkrunners after the cancellation of their event due to icy conditions; it was great to see extra runners filling the paths of Tolson. Furthermore, a colossal thank you to the awesome team of volunteers who went the extra mile to ensure the safety of all runners.

Despite the slippery conditions, Owen Grose, Oliver Riley, John Dix, Ruby Jackson, Cushla McKenna and Isaac Hale achieved fabulous PB's. Mohammed Hasan Patel, Annabel Dollive and Chloe Atkins completed their 21st junior parkrun and achieved their marathon wristbands. We look forward to handing these out in the weeks to come.

Many of us enjoyed a post run warm beverage at the Tolson cafe to keep warm. Why not join us at the bowling hut next week, it's an excellent way to finish your morning. Thank you to the Friends of Tolson and Ravensknowle for providing us with this.

Please remember to check the Tolson junior's Facebook page for parkrun updates especially during the winter weather. See you all next week - don't forget your barcodes!


Tolson junior parkrun #8 run report

The rain thankfully held off on Sunday morning for our 8th Tolson junior parkrun. Despite some undesirable Summer weather in recent days, a healthy number of runners (64 to be precise) took part, including 11 first timers.

Despite the humid conditions we had an impressive 14 new Personal Bests today – well done!

Here are the top 3 male and female finishers:

Male placings:
James THORNTON (JM11-14) was first over the line in 08:22 - second time in 2 appearances.
Miles KELLY (JM10) was second over the line in 08:46.
Tom JACKSON (JM10) was third over the line in 08:53.

Female placings:
S K FOULGER (JW10) was first (8th overall) over the line in 09:36 - first time in 7 appearances.
Violet MARSDEN (JW10) was second (10th overall) over the line in 10:07.
Rosemary JOHNSON (JW10) was third (13th overall) over the line in 10:25.

 Click here for the full results from this week.

Thanks again to all the wonderful volunteers!

See you again next week – don’t forget your barcodes!



Tolson Junior Parkrun #7

Our 7th run passed off with a promise of sunshine later. It was a good run and we had a new finisher, James Thornton, only the third since Tolson Juniors started. The second being Laurence Grose on run number 5 with a time of 7:57 (the run report was missed that week, sorry Laurence!)

A total of 67 children ran this week with 17 first timers and 19 PBs.

Well done all of you and thanks to the volunteers without whom the event could not run.

Our first 3 boys were as follows:

1st James Thornton                        7:56

2nd Alex Stacey                               8:12

3rd Miles Kelly                                   8:34

The first 3 girls were:

1st  Amy Mourne                             8:31

2nd Keira Doyle                               8:52

3rd Cerin Bowers-Mitchell             8:58

See you all again very soon and don’t forget your barcodes!



Event number 4 – May 15th 2016 Run report

Cool but sunny conditions greeted the 82 juniors taking part in our 4th Tolson Junior parkrun event at Ravensknowle park. First-time run director John had to drum up some additional volunteers on the day to fill the roster – thankfully we rustled up enough extra support to give us the required quota of marshals. It makes it so much easier if we can get our roster filled up in advance though so if you would like to volunteer, please let us know! It’s lots of fun to get involved and help run the event. Get yourself registered at and Email us on

Each week we have the Friends of Tolson and Ravensknowle serving drinks and snacks in the Bowling Hut. Everyone is welcome to join us after the run for tea/coffee/juice/cake and fruit! It is free and friendly - donations are welcome to help the friends carry on their work supporting the Museum and Park.

Here are today’s run stats:

Male placings:
Alex STACEY (JM11-14) was first over the line in 07:51 - 4th time in 4 appearances.
An unknown runner was second.
Miles KELLY (JM10) was third over the line in 08:30.

Female placings:
Keira DOYLE (JW10) of Longwood Harriers AC, was first (8th overall) over the line in 09:22 - first time in 2 appearances.
Tahlia DOYLE (JW10) was second (10th overall) over the line in 09:41.
S K FOULGER (JW10) was third (11th overall) over the line in 09:47.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Joseph ROBERTS (JM10) was graded 71.76% for the time 09:32 (9th overall).
Alex STACEY (JM11-14) was graded 71.29% for the time 07:51 (first overall).
Tahlia DOYLE (JW10) was graded 70.17% for the time 09:41 (10th overall).

This week there were 82 runners, of whom 17 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 3 different athletics clubs took part.

Tolson Juniors parkrun started on 17th April 2016, and since then 175 different runners, including participants from 7 athletics clubs, have completed 344 runs covering a total distance of 688 km, and there have been 83 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Keira JONES who ran in a time of 00:08:16 on 2016-04-17 (event number 1), and by Imogen IDLE who also ran 00:08:16 on 2016-04-24 (event number 2).
The male record is held by Alex STACEY who ran in a time of 00:07:39 on 2016-04-24 (event number 2).
The Age Grade course record is held by Zain TAHIR who recorded a 77.06% run (07:46) on 24th April 2016 (event number 2).

You can find the full set of results here.


Tolson Junior parkrun Event #1 Run Report

Nearly 100 junior parkrunners came to Ravensknowle Park on Sunday to take part in our inaugural Tolson junior parkrun!

Despite some dodgy weather of late we were blessed with bright sunshine for our big day. Team Tolson (Louise, Helen, Ann, Clare and John) and the wonderful volunteers assembled the course and the start/finish line, with some excellent pavement art provided by the kids for good measure.

Meanwhile the lovely friends of Tolson set up the refreshments in the bowling hut ready for the finishers.

As 9am approached, the kids and parents gathered expectantly at the start, and Louise as resident run director briefed the assembled masses on the course and the basic rules to make sure everything went smoothly.

Next it was warm-up time and everyone got involved - jumps, squats, high knees and bum kicks!

After a lovely speech from Ann, chair of the Friends of Tolson and former Almondbury Ward councillor, Louise prepared to start the first ever junior parkrun at Ravensknowle park.

The run commenced with a loud toot of the air horn and they were off! A historical moment and what will be the first of many more junior parkruns at Tolson museum.

Despite some slight finish line confusion the run went well - all the volunteers worked together fantastically considering it was our first time. Cakes, drinks and games at the bowling hut were very well received - thanks again to the friends of Tolson!

There were some impressive times from our first batch of results - the top 3 came in as follows:

1st: Alex Stacey - 07m 49s

2nd: Anesh Tahir - 07m 54s

3rd: Laurence Grose - 08m 16s

Helen Ahmad (Run Director) said:

“Parkruns have such a lovely community feel and are so inclusive, with people of all abilities running together. The only person you are running against is yourself. It was lovely to see so many local children taking part and it was a great day for it.”

Louise Galvin (Event director) said:

“It was a real thrill seeing so many people in the Park on a beautiful morning and I loved being in charge of the megaphone!”

Clare Beecher (Run Director) said:

"It was my first parkrun and I thought the atmosphere was fantastic...
The kids all loved it and tried their very best and were so brilliantly supported by
all the volunteers. Bring on next week...."

We really hope you enjoyed our first event, we hope to see you all again very soon at the next Tolson junior parkrun! Don’t forget your barcode! :-)

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