run Report – Event number #237 – 13th July 2019

Another fantastic parkrun morning in Wakefield Thornes Park, and a 25% increase in participants from the previous week’s event, with 375 participants being cheered around the course and over the finish line by our wonderful parkrun community including our awesome volunteers. We had an incredible 68 sparkly new Personal Bests, including a hat-trick of PBs for our first three lady finishers, and a fantastic 57 first timers, 25 of whom were taking part in their very first parkrun so well done one and all, and please come back soon. Representatives from 37 different clubs took part, as well as tourists from Barnsley, Leeds, Kent, London, Northampton and Bangkok.

Our first finisher was Adam PEERS (16:48), followed by Ian RICHARDSON (17:41) and Owen CHAPMAN (17:56).

First female finisher, with a shiny new PB, was Jessica D’ARCY (21:02), followed by Gabriella PRICE (22:28), and Ava WALSH (23:33), both with shiny new PBs.

If you haven’t volunteered for a while, or indeed never volunteered, please give volunteering serious consideration and either message our facebook page

OR email

OR simply rock up to the Stadium Reception in Thornes Park at 8:30am. We’ll be more than happy to provide you with your own Hi Viz heroes’ cape; well what else did you expect a parkrun super hero to wear!

This week’s 24 priceless, awesome Hi Viz heroes are listed below:-

Sally Jane FOZZARD • Vicky CLEMENTS • Kov BAHADORI • Andrew NICHOLLS • Paul KETTLEWELL • Emma WICKS • Lisa VERCELLI • Holly BROOK • Phoebe VERCELLI • Laura CASTILLO • Teresa FITZGERALD • Deb NICHOLLS • Jennifer GILL • Richard LEE • Corinne MURTHICK • Phil GIBSON • John WALKER • John OSBORNE • Charlotte HALL • Philip HALL • Holly MCCREADY • Erin FITZGERALD • Gethin HARDY • Robert HARDY

#DFYB (DON’T FORGET YOUR BARCODE) we had 25 participants present without a barcode so just a gentle reminder #DFYB.

• Update for Sean Mc – he has now completed 73 of his 80 half marathons in 8 months, so just 7 more to go by the end of July to finish his challenge for Running for Dementia Revolution. Don’t forget you can find the link to his schedule of official events to which he’d be more than happy to see anyone who wants to join him.

• Please also remember that he’s running to raise money for an awesome cause so all donations would be gratefully received.

Notes for your diaries

14th September – Bring a friend to parkrun event – for all those family and friends who believe that parkrun is all about running and running fast. There’ll be a range of groups available from just walking to run walking at different paces. So start those conversations to encourage all our reluctant friends to come and join parkrun, including getting them here to volunteer or spectate at the finish line just to see what a great all-inclusive community we have here at Wakefield Thornes parkrun. If you want to get involved leading a group then just let us know, and many thanks to Rich Lee for coming up with such a great idea.

21st September – 5th birthday of Wakefield Thornes parkrun – In time honoured fashion the course will be run in reverse for this event and optional fancy dress to relate to the number 5, so get your thinking caps on.

See you all again at our next parkrun event #238 on Saturday, 20th July 2019.

Full results for event 237, together with a complete event history can be found on the Wakefield Thornes parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Jenny BUCK who recorded a time of 18:09 on 21st April 2018 (event number 176).

The male record is held by Mark BOSTOCK who recorded a time of 15:36 on 29th June 2019 (event number 235).

The Age Grade course record is held by Treena JOHNSON who recorded 93.86% (19:33) on 20th October 2018 (event number 201).

Wakefield Thornes parkrun started on 20th September 2014. Since then

• 7,708 participants have completed • 54,196 parkruns covering a total distance of • 270,980 km, including • 10,481 new Personal Bests. A total of • 623 individuals have volunteered • 5,764 times.