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!!!)


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.


run Report 28.09.19 from Emma Wicks

The one where I finally achieved my 50th shirt!! Wakefield Thornes is my home parkrun, literally on my doorstep and who isn’t aware of the infamous RLC hill, been mentioned on twitter no less!! You may or may not realise who I am, but I’m the gobby redhead who shouts encouragement, telling you to keep left, only cross the line once, take a token and hand them back because they aren’t yours, oh and I regularly graffiti Run Like Chuff hill.

I’ve been that determined to get my 50 shirt I haven’t had my mitts on the new whizzy tokens yet!

After I attended a gloriously sunny Cassiobury parkrun in Watford last week we were all in for a shocker today with a change in weather....!!

Well done all of you for making the effort to attend a very soggy parkrun, you’re all fab!!

Felt a bit like a celeb today, lots of waves and my name being mentioned loads around the route. Thank you one and all!

My parkrun journey commenced on the 1st March 2014 back in Huddersfield. Yes, there was life before Wakefield Thornes (just) and yes, it’s taken me 5 1/2 years to get that elusive 50 shirt!! The hazards of being a regular volunteer! Remember, without volunteers there wouldn’t be a parkrun. I cannot express enough how much we rely on these amazing people who stand out in all weathers to make sure parkrun goes ahead.

Well done to the tourists coming over from Huddersfield and Nostell and to Linda Roper, Paul Gillings and Amanda on their milestones.

Special mention to the many friends I’ve made through this amazing concept, the friends I’ve encouraged to come along and have a go, whom have now overtaken me and achieved their milestones. To the friends who have just done their first parkrun and those that I’ve yet to convince!! I’ve finally got the hubby coming along to have a go! It truly does make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Here’s to the next 5 1/2 years before I get that elusive 100 shirt!

I’ll be back to shout.... sorry, encourage you all soon!


run Report – Event number #247 – 21st September 2019

Many thanks to Shaun FURZER for allowing us to use his lovely Facebook post as the basis of this week’s run report. Says it all really about our lovely parkrun community at Wakefield Thornes.

Happy 5th Birthday to my local and favourite @parkrunuk route – the mighty Wakefield Thornes. I’ve lived in Wakefield for nearly as long as this event has been running, but when I started running them two years ago I was welcomed by the most wonderful community of runners and volunteers. They give their time up every weekend (not to mention all the weekday hours on logistics) and are there with a smile come rain or shine.

The Furzer family have lived in a few places now, but no place has felt like home until we moved here. Going to a regular event like this, knowing people there and knowing that they are happy to see you and share this time together is one of the reasons I love parkrun so much. There’s lots of not fun stuff happening around us all the time so to see so many people coming together is a wonderful thing.

It’s also the variety of runs, though having covered ten locations so far I always love coming back here.

As a “treat” the team reversed the route and turned a very fast start downhill into a savage uphill finish. I held onto 4th place in 18:47, though it was some way away from a course PB. I’m blaming the hill !!

Happy 5th Birthday Wakefield Thornes. Here’s to many, many more.

Now for this week’s number….

This week 402 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 51 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

We gave a massive milestone shout out to Francis MWABA on his 100th parkrun, well done Francis, and we also wished one of our volunteer stalwarts, and runner, Phil Gibson, a very happy birthday for Sunday.

Our first finisher was Ian HARRISON (18:00), followed by Owen CHAPMAN (18:26) and Tom CULLEN (18:43).

First female finisher was Bridget COOMBER (20:21), followed by Rebecca ZSERDICKY (21:15), and Angela DALES (22:49).

It was also wonderful to see a large number of last week’s first timers, who presented with a barcode, return for a 2nd week and achieve a fantastic new PB. Well done one and all.

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 27 priceless, awesome Hi Viz heroes are listed below:-


#DFYB (DON’T FORGET YOUR BARCODE) we had 16 participants present without a barcode so just a gentle reminder #DFYB.

Full results for event 247 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 :

• 8,137 participants have completed • 57,491 parkruns covering a total distance of • 287,455 km, including • 10,974 new Personal Bests. A total of • 654 individuals have volunteered • 6,091 times.

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