run Report – Event #267 – 22 February 2020

Our Run Report this week comes courtesy of David Piper (son of lovely run/walk pacer Liz), who visited us today for his first time.

What is it about winter weather that brings out the best in people? When the rain is pelting down, the skies glower with clouds and the wind is whipping slates off every other roof, why do we feel this bold, daring and energetic desire to pull the blankets up and go back to sleep?
Fortunately, the rain had called it a day by the time we got to the junction for Wakefield. And by the time Thornes Park rolled into view, the sun (banned by Council decree in York, between October and March) was blazing away. The wind was still strong enough to make the local dogs hang on to their owners with both hands, but bah gum, it were positively warm!
Until we got out of the car.
Wakefield Thornes parkrun is one of those unique courses, which starts at the top of a hill and finishes at the bottom – but considerately lets you climb up it from both sides, several times. Due to the effects of Storms Ciara, Dennis and Normal Yorkshire Winter, it was mostly restricted to the tarmac drives. Except for a squishy 5 minutes across the park’s playing swamps. And two goes alongside the only duckpond in Northern England not to have burst its banks... by much.
It was good weather for getting a suntan, with the sun blazing from a blue sky – but as we all had a silly aversion to frostbite, there were more hats and gloves in sight than sunglasses. All sorts were out for a dash through the green, green grass (and trees) of Wakefield. Parkrunners on their first ever outing (come again, it can only get warmer, honest!); seasoned veterans from near and far; junior parkrunners showing their parents how to do it and aunts out with their nieces, fitting in that quality family time on a Saturday morning. The marshalls, in their new-look pink vests proved that east of the Pennines can do friendliness and encouragement to perfection... and that's comjng from an exiled Cumbrian! Take the compliment guys, you deserve it!
Quite a few parkruns have been cancelled, across the UK, by the recent weather. All I can say is, I'm over the moon Thornes Park wasn't – it was a pleasure to come along!
Of course, it wouldn’t happen without folk to set it up, pack it away, take our times down and point out which way to go, round the course. A huge thanks to everyone who volunteered this week – why not join them one of these weeks? Then your name could be on the wall of fame, alongside this week’s amazing volunteers:
Abigail LANCASTER • Adam BROWN • Andrew NICHOLLS • Anthony AUDSLEY • Beth GRIPTON • Brian AMUNUGAMA • Deanne WHITEHEAD • Deb NICHOLLS • Edward BRIGGS • Elizabeth GOODSON • Esmé RANDALL • Jennifer GILL • John WALKER • Kathryn THORPE • Kov BAHADORI • Lisa VERCELLI • Martha DILLEY • Matthew LANCASTER • Norman ROPER • Owen Howard CHAPMAN • Phil GIBSON • Rachael STEPHENSON • Richard LEE • Ruth GREEN • Ruth HENDERSON • Sally Jane FOZZARD • Thomas SELLERS
There are also some major milestones to be given the thumbs-up to. At today’s 267th running of the park we had 15 brand new parkrunners, 21 regulars who got a new personal best time, and Martin Whitehead celebrating his 150th parkrun! Well done all of you!


International Women’s Day (Sat 7th March)

parkrun research tells us that women are much less likely to participate in parkrun, and we are taking steps to change that. As part of these efforts we are organising a global female-focused parkrun celebration on Saturday 7 March 2020, the day before International Women’s Day.

Everyone is of course welcome but we would love it if you could encourage a woman or girl in your life to take part on 7th March, especially if  they have never taken part before.  This can be either running, walking or volunteering.

We would also like you to show your support by wearing purple on this date.






Important announcement for everyone’s safety

We're not 'kill joys' at Wakefield Thornes as we love to see all Family members participipating together. Please be aware though that it's parkrun policy not to allow the use of bicycles, balance bikes, hand cycles or scooter's


Run report 4 Jan 2020 – Event #260 – courtesy of Sally Fozzard

The first Wakefield Thornes parkrun of 2020 and the one where I finally made it in the 50 club!!.

I first heard of parkrun in 2009. “Great idea I should try that sometime” I thought and duly registered for a barcode. However getting up early and travelling all the way to Leeds was all a bit too hard for a Saturday morning. I eventually made it to Barnsley in November 2013, but still this seemed a bit too much to do regularly, - maybe something to do with that hill?? It was only once Wakefield started in September 2014 that parkrun became a regular part of me. I was gutted to be away and miss the first one but I was at #2 and have been a regular ever since.

I’d volunteered at Barnsley when injured and being a regular part of the volunteer team at Wakefield has always been an integral part of parkrun for me. Put simply we can’t all run every week because without the volunteers to mark the way, make sure everyone is safe and do the technical jobs parkrun just doesn’t happen. What I didn’t expect was to enjoy the volunteering so much that I’d choose to do that more often than run.

Eventually they let me get my hands on a stopwatch and given a choice that’s where you’ll find me most of the time - I know it’s most people’s nightmare role but I love it! Seeing the final push to the line and the huge smiles of satisfaction when you’re done it’s such a positive and rewarding way to start the weekend. Over the years I’ve got to know many names, but if I don’t know your name yet I probably know your face or at least your trainers (since that where the timers are focussing their attention!) So yes I’m the one that gets annoyed if you cross the line twice or casually hang around the finish line, but only because I want the time to be right for everyone because I know it’s important to you (and as someone who also regularly processes the result, it can be a real pain in the ‘you know what’ to fix it when it goes wrong and much as I love parkrun I don’t want to spend my whole Saturday processing results).

My running and life have had some ups and downs in those 6 years but being part of the parkrun family has been a constant that’s helped me through and got me back up on my feet again (literally and metaphorically). I’m currently on my third return to running in those 6 years and I can honestly say that without parkrun I probably would have hung up my running shoes for good! Saturday morning whether I’m running or volunteering is my me time.

A big hello to the 26 of you who ran your first ever parkrun today. Congratulations! Welcome to the parkrun family, I hope you’ll come to love it as much as I do.

This week 366 people ran, jogged and walked the course. 29 people recorded new Personal Bests.

Massive thanks go to this week’s volunteers, I might have said already but IT DOESN’T HAPPEN WITHOUT THEM :

Sally Jane FOZZARD • Clare PECKETT • Andrew NICHOLLS • Donna ELLIS • Rachel CLARKE-WILLIAMS • Joanne BROOK • Julian BRIGGS • Tamsin COUGHTREY-SMITH • Emma WICKS • Catriona FURNESS • Holly BROOK • Emily BROOK • Shirley JONES • Deb NICHOLLS • Richard LEE • Deanne WHITEHEAD • Amelia LEE • Miranda BERRY • John WALKER • Thomas RANDALL • Esmé RANDALL • Fiona LEE • Thomas JAQUES • Edward BRIGGS • Philip WHITELEY • Michael DUNKLEY • Ruth HENDERSON • Adam BROWN • Jasper WILLIAMS • Martha DILLEY

Please, please, please give consideration to getting your name on this list. You can contact us on Facebook, email us, talk to the RD at the finish to get your name down on the list or turn up at the stadium at 8:30. There are no pre requisites, you’ll be given full instructions how to carry out your volunteer role and you get to wear the coveted hi-viz vest.

Till next parkrun day ......


Don’t forget that the Stadium Reception (and Toilets) are closed Tomorrow 28.12.19


Don’t forget that the Stadium Reception (and Toilets) are closed Tomorrow so remember ‘to go’ before you leave home

Please could all our wonderful Volunteers go straight to the Start, at the top of the hill, in the middle of the Parks


Sorry Folks we are CANCELLED for Tomorrow (9 November 2019)

Sorry Folks we are CANCELLED for Tomorrow.

After a full course check this afternoon there are key paths that are flooded and not passable safely.

We don’t take this decision lightly but the safety of all our participants is the priority. We are making the call tonight to amenable those that wish to the opportunity to travel.

Hopefully the weather gods will be kind and we will see you all as usual next week.


run Report – Event #252 – 26th October 2019 – by Sally Fozzard

Wet, wet, wet and more wet greeted us at wakefield thornes this morning where 127 of you hardy souls braved the monsoon like conditions to run, jog and walk (or was it paddle and swim) the rivers, ponds and waterfalls course. Showing the parkrun love is all around!!!

A sweet little mystery is that 10 of you chose today to be your first time and 17 of you recorded new personal bests!!!

Mark Holden finished first with a glistening new PB in 17:20 and Olivia Barlow was the first female in 23:41.

With a little help from my friends , the volunteers, we couldn’t resist the temptation to try and hold back the river so everyone could enjoy the morning and not shed a tear! Massive thanks go to:

John GRAY • Sally Jane FOZZARD • Clare PECKETT • Ian MEADE • Shaun TUNSTALL • Kov BAHADORI • Wesley Andrew WEAVER • Beth GRIPTON • Rebecca ZSERDICKY • Lisa VERCELLI • Ann COLLIER • Alan COLLIER • Deanne WHITEHEAD • Matthew KELLETT • Jacqueline WALKER • Phil GIBSON • John WALKER • Thomas JAQUES • Paul JAQUES • Paul GILLINGS • Charlotte HALL • Philip HALL • Anna FURZER • Jasper WILLIAMS • Tracey GRAY

We hope to see you all again next week for more of the same (minus the rain). If you would like to try out a high vis vest for size please get in touch on Facebook or by email during the week or meet us in the stadium at 8:30 on Saturday (wishing I was lucky enough to have a full roster by mid week!!!)


Run Report Event #251 19th October 2019

It was another fantastic autumn morning at Wakefield Thornes parkrun.

There were tourists from Leeds and Bradford, Sean Piper was celebrating his 50th birthday week and Tony Audsley completed his 200th parkrun!

Adam Peers was first finisher in 17:33 and Elly Roberts was first female finisher in 21:29 with a new course PB.

Next Saturday, 26th October is the weekend before Halloween and there will be optional fancy dress - ghosts, ghouls, or anything Halloween related.

This week 311 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

We had an awesome team of volunteers today! Please consider volunteering - you can get in touch on Facebook, via email or just rock up at 08:30 at the stadium.

The event was made possible by 36  volunteers:

Sally Jane FOZZARD • Clare PECKETT • Sarah BURTON • Kov BAHADORI • Andrew NICHOLLS • Lisa VERCELLI • Karen BATTYE • Phoebe VERCELLI • Deb NICHOLLS • Graham CROSSLEY • Viv CROSSLEY • Paul HIGHAM • Hayley HARTLEY • Phil GIBSON • Chris BRACCHI • Jane-Marie BRACCHI • John WALKER • Sara L JONES • John OSBORNE • Andrew H JONES • Alison BENNETT • Steve REAPE • Sarah SCOTT • Paul ROBINSON • Harry BENNETT • Elsie BENNETT • Myles DANSON • Imogen HARTLEY • Elivia HARTLEY • Holly MCCREADY • Gethin HARDY • Jon VAILE • Lily HARDY • Robert HARDY • Kian MAHON • Roseanne MARKS

Today's full results and 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 8,261 participants have completed 58,720 parkruns covering a total distance of 293,600 km, including 11,165 new Personal Bests. A total of 664 individuals have volunteered 6,224 times.


5th Oct Henrun report


A little chilly but thankfully dry (a vast improvement on last weeks wash out) made for another fabulous morning at Wakefield Thornes parkrun, where 323 of you ran, jogged and walked the course.

Many thanks to you all for your friendly, and enthusiastic welcome of our hen Rebecca Zserdicky and her party, many of who were parkrun first timers. For those of you thinking that this seemed a cruel and unusual form of celebration it was at Rebecca’s request - although I’m certain she envisaged a more straightforward run than she got (after all she is frequently in our top 3 women finishers)!!!

After high-fiving you lovely lot and kissing the sleeping policemen she stopped at each piece of trim trail equipment for some Mr and Mrs questions (whilst undertaking the required exercise) to gain extra costume at each station completed. Then to many shouts of “I’m the Bride”, required whenever the whistle was blown, we made our way around the remainder of the course. Thank you so much for embracing her challenges, joining in high fives and wishing her well, it really summed up how parkrun is a community of friends and so much more than just a run in the park every week. You’ll be pleased to know that the rest of the day was more traditional relaxing at the spa followed by some cocktail making!!!

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A massive shout out to those of you who sacrificed your run on the start line to swell marshal numbers on the course. And thank you to all our high viz heroes this week: Sally Jane FOZZARD • Clare PECKETT • Andrew NICHOLLS • Donna ELLIS • Beth GRIPTON • Lisa VERCELLI • Holly BROOK • Phoebe VERCELLI • Deb NICHOLLS • Daz HEWITT • Deanne WHITEHEAD • Marco VERCELLI • Phil GIBSON • John OSBORNE • Vonetta LYE • Susan BAINES • Charlotte HALL • Philip HALL • Lyndsay BELL • Jacob SHILLAM • Myles DANSON • Robyn ELLIS • Holly MCCREADY • Kian MAHON • Jasper WILLIAMS. Without volunteers we can’t put on parkrun so please consider having a go. No experience necessary, full training given!

We welcomed tourists from Barnsley,

Derby, Cheltenham and Sheffield as well as 31 first timers. We hope you’ll all be back again soon.

Congratulations to Brendan Wain and Stephen Smales on their 100th parkruns and to the 65 of you who recorded PBs.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wakefield Thornes parkrun Results Page.

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