About Us

Wakefield Thornes parkrun is a FREE weekly 5km event for runners of all standards, which takes place every Saturday at 9:00am in Thornes Park, Horbury Road, Wakefield, WF2 8TY. It is not a race against other runners, but a 5k timed run and it can really be whatever you want it to be, whether that's for fun or as part of a training plan.

It offers an opportunity for all the local community, male or female, young or old, to come together on a regular basis to enjoy this beautiful park and get physically active into the bargain. We want to encourage people to jog or run together irrespective of their ability – this event is truly open to all and best of all it really is FREE!

Taking part is easy – just register before your first ever parkrun. The great thing is that you only ever need to do this once! Then just set your alarm for Saturday morning and get yourself there!

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Holmfield Arms - please come and join us! Maybe swap stories about your run that day, chat to other runners over a cup of tea or coffee and just be an important part of this new running community.

So whether you are a complete novice looking to get yourself started on your own "running journey" or a seasoned athlete wanting to use this as a part of your training schedule, you’re welcome to come along and join us.

  • Wakefield Council Sport and Active Lifestyles: Thornes Park is a sports haven, also featuring a beautifully walled rose garden and a wildfowl lake of the former Thornes House approximately 1 mile south-east of Wakefield City Centre, West Yorkshire. Clarence, Holmfield and Thornes Parks host a selection of galas and events throughout the summer. There is free car parking at all three entrances.

  • Wakefield Council Environment and Street Scene Services: Please see the Experience Wakefield website for details of what’s on in the locality.

  • The Friends of CHaT Parks Group: The Friends Group has been formed to preserve the heritage of the parks and to make positive plans for their future. The Group is independent of the Council and has set itself these aims and objectives: To protect, create, develop and improve Clarence Park, Holmfield Park and Thornes Park as amenities for Wakefield. To encourage high standards of maintenance of the Parks and their facilities. To stimulate public interest and engender a sense of civic pride in the beauty, history and character of the Parks. To encourage wider use of the Parks by all sections of the community.

    Your donation will be wisely spent by the event team (as custodians of the local purse) on the upkeep of your parkrun.

    For donations prior to 1 February 2017, 85% was allocated to the event and the remaining 15% to the New Event Fund.

    parkrun is completely open about all donations. All donations to this event (and withdrawals that the event teams makes) will be published below. You can also view all donations in this country here.

    parkrun UK is a not-for-profit organisation.


    Donation DateNameRecipientDonationContribution to EventContribution to New Event FundNote
    2018-06-16Shirley JonesWakefield Thornes£40.00£40.00£0.00From Natalie Boldra
    2018-04-16A P NICHOLLSWakefield Thornes£5.00£5.00£0.00For the AED's (from Melissa HOLDSWORTH and Reece HILL)
    2018-04-14Anon AnonWakefield Thornes£400.00£400.00£0.00For Wakefield Thornes parkrun AED
    2018-03-15Caroline SheltonWakefield Thornes£10.00£10.00£0.00For the purchase of AED sponsorship for Annabelle RDing in a onsie
    2018-03-07jimmy burnsideWakefield Thornes£5.00£5.00£0.00
    2018-03-03barrie wainWakefield Thornes£50.00£50.00£0.00From jeanette and Barrie
    2018-02-25Anon AnonWakefield Thornes£250.00£250.00£0.00For the Thornes Park defibrilator fund only. Good luck Lisa Vercelli with your marathons!
    2018-02-23Jennifer GillWakefield Thornes£20.00£20.00£0.00This for an AED for Wakefield Thornes park only to be used for this
    2018-02-23adrian woodhouseWakefield Thornes£10.00£10.00£0.00From Adrians School of Motoring, thanks for all you do.
    2018-02-23Martin WAKELAMWakefield Thornes£30.00£30.00£0.00For Wakefield Thornes Parkrun Defib fund - sponsorship for Lisa Vercelli and her marathon challenge - good luck
    2018-02-23Andrew Michael MountainWakefield Thornes£5.00£5.00£0.00
    2017-11-15Jayne WildeWakefield Thornes£50.00£50.00£0.00For Wakefield Thornes parkrun AED This donation is from 24 Fitness Wakefield following our successful body & fitness challenge in the local community
    2017-11-04A P NICHOLLSWakefield Thornes£40.00£40.00£0.00This donation is for the purchase of the AED for Wakefield Thornes parkrun only and is from Marjorie McLauchlan
    2017-11-04Andrew and Deborah NichollsWakefield Thornes£50.00£50.00£0.00This donation is for the purchase of the AED for Wakefield Thornes parkrun only.
    2017-10-17Louise ThompsonWakefield Thornes£20.00£20.00£0.00For Wakefield Thornes defib fund
    2017-10-02Jan DuffieldWakefield Thornes£10.00£10.00£0.00For Wakefield Thornes Parkrun AED
    2017-10-02Charlotte HallWakefield Thornes£20.00£20.00£0.00
    2017-09-30Vivien CrossleyWakefield Thornes£10.00£10.00£0.00For Wakefield Thornes parkrun AED
    2017-09-18darren murthickWakefield Thornes£5.00£5.00£0.00
    2017-09-18Andrew ThompsonWakefield Thornes£10.00£10.00£0.00
    2017-09-16John R ElliottWakefield Thornes£20.00£20.00£0.00for Wakefield Thornes parkrun AED
    2017-09-16Mair TunstallWakefield Thornes£50.00£50.00£0.00
    2017-09-11David SalisburyWakefield Thornes£10.00£10.00£0.00"for Wakefield Thornes parkrun AED"
    2017-09-11Mark DevlinWakefield Thornes£15.00£15.00£0.00For Wakefield Thornes parkrun AED
    2017-09-09Shirley JonesWakefield Thornes£15.00£15.00£0.00
    2017-09-09Tamsin Coughtrey-SmithWakefield Thornes£5.00£5.00£0.00
    2017-09-09Clare PeckettWakefield Thornes£100.00£100.00£0.00
    2017-08-27Lewis JaquesWakefield Thornes£1.00£1.00£0.00
    2017-08-07Carl CampbellWakefield Thornes£20.00£20.00£0.00Thrones parkrun
    2017-04-15Geoff BellWakefield Thornes£20.00£20.00£0.00for Wakefield Thornes parkrun AED
    2017-04-08Dave CherryWakefield Thornes£20.00£20.00£0.00For Wakefield Thornes parkrun AED
    2017-04-04Alison WynarczykWakefield Thornes£5.00£5.00£0.00
    2017-04-02Laura BarleyWakefield Thornes£5.00£5.00£0.00For Wakefield Thornes Park Run AED fund
    2017-04-01John WalkerWakefield Thornes£50.00£50.00£0.00For Wakefield Thornes parkrun AED
    2017-03-31John HobanWakefield Thornes£10.00£10.00£0.00
    2017-03-25Peter LockhartWakefield Thornes£10.00£10.00£0.00for Wakefield Thornes parkrun AED
    2017-03-25Barbara Shapley-KingWakefield Thornes£5.00£5.00£0.00for Wakefield Thornes parkrun AED
    2017-03-24Rachel IllsleyWakefield Thornes£25.00£25.00£0.00For Wakefield Parkrun AED - keep up the good work!
    2017-03-24Lizette SimpsonWakefield Thornes£10.00£10.00£0.00For Wakefield Thorne's Park AED
    2017-03-24Paul ThorpeWakefield Thornes£5.00£5.00£0.00
    2017-03-24John OsborneWakefield Thornes£20.00£20.00£0.00for Wakefield Thornes parkrun AED
    2017-03-24Heather BruntWakefield Thornes£10.00£10.00£0.00For Wakefield Parkrun AED


    Withdrawal DateEventAmountNote
    2019-03-13Wakefield Thornes£815.95AED