run Report – Event number #236 – 6th July 2019

Not as sunny for event #236 at Wakefield Thornes on Saturday, but certainly very muggy for our 299 participants, who were given the “GO” by our awesome regular volunteer Phoebe Vercelli, who also did a fabulous job delivering the pre-brief. Fantastic support from our lovely parkrun community saw all 299 participants run jog or walk across the finish line. We had an awesome 37 shiny new Personal Bests, a fantastic 41 first timers, 14 of whom were taking part in their very first parkrun so well done one and all, and please come back soon. Representatives from 34 different clubs took part, as well as tourists from Somerset and East Sussex.

Our first finisher was Adam PEERS (17:35), followed by Ian HARRISON (18:06) and Stewart KNOWLES (18:23).

First female finisher was Abbey Mary BROOKE (19:18), followed by Jenny BUCK (21:10), and Sarah BOSTWICK (21:49).

If you haven’t volunteered for a while, or indeed never volunteered, please give volunteering serious consideration and either message our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/wakefieldthornesparkrun/

OR email wakefieldthorneshelpers@parkrun.com

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

Sally Jane FOZZARD • Clare PECKETT • Kov BAHADORI • Karen SCOTT • Andrew NICHOLLS • Francis MWABA • Alex MCGRATH • Edward BRIGGS • Tamsin COUGHTREY-SMITH • Emma WICKS • Lisa VERCELLI • Sue WALKER • Phoebe VERCELLI • Deb NICHOLLS • Jennifer GILL • Corinne MURTHICK • Deanne WHITEHEAD • Bupe MWABA • Phil GIBSON • John WALKER • Sara L JONES • Owen MURTHICK • Thomas JAQUES • Paul JAQUES • Robert HARDY • Daliso MWABA • Libby JAQUES • Susan BAINES • Philip WHITELEY • Holly MCCREADY • Michael DUNKLEY • Gethin HARDY • Lily HARDY • Harry GROISER • Andrew LOXTON

#DFYB (DON’T FORGET YOUR BARCODE) we had 6 participants present without a barcode so just a gentle reminder #DFYB.

• Update for Sean Mc – he has now completed 71 of his 80 half marathons in 8 months, so just a further 9 to complete before 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. https://80in8.com/official-events/

• Please also remember that he’s running to raise money for an awesome cause so all donations would be gratefully received. https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/80in8

• 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.

See you all again at our next parkrun event #237 on Saturday, 13th July 2019.

Full results for event 236, 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

• 7,651 participants have completed • 53,821 parkruns covering a total distance of • 269,105 km, including • 10,413 new Personal Bests. A total of • 622 individuals have volunteered • 5,740 times.

 

run Report – Event number #235 – 29th June 2019

WOW, well no one was expecting that on a gloriously sunny and hot Saturday morning at Wakefield Thornes parkrun event #235. And “that” was a new course record, by one second, one of 47 awesome shiny new Personal Bests. It must have been all the fantastic support from our participants, spectators and our wonderful volunteers enthusiastically cheering all 317 participants to run jog or walk across the finish line. We had a fantastic 34 first timers, 13 of whom were taking part in their very first parkrun so well done one and all, and please come back soon. Representatives from 30 different clubs took part, as well as tourists from Doncaster, Northampton and Rotherham.

Massive milestone congratulation shout outs this week went to our regular Wakefield Thornes parkrunners Michael Tunstall and Adrian Woodhouse on their 100th parkruns, as well as to our awesome volunteer Sara Jones on her 100th volunteer at Wakefield Thornes parkrun, who just so happened to be our Tail Walker for event 235. Congratulations and a massive well done to you all.

Our first finisher, with a shiny new PB, and our new course record holder, was Mark BOSTOCK (15:36), followed by Ian HARRISON (18:06) and Owen CHAPMAN (18:30)

First female finisher was Jenny BUCK (21:28), followed by Beth HOWARTH (22:28), and Shirley JONES (24:19).

Our highest age grade% finishers were Mark BOSTOCK (SM18-19) 84.51%, Gabriel DE PAULA (JM15-17) 72.04%, and Beth HOWARTH (JW11-14) 69.39%.

If you haven’t volunteered for a while, or indeed never volunteered, please give volunteering serious consideration and either message our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/wakefieldthornesparkrun/

OR email wakefieldthorneshelpers@parkrun.com

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

Sally Jane FOZZARD • Shaun TUNSTALL • Andrew NICHOLLS • Francis MWABA • Trish NICHOLLS • Norman ROPER • Beth GRIPTON • David CADDICK • Julian BRIGGS • Edward BRIGGS • Lisa VERCELLI • Catriona FURNESS • Annabelle JAMES • Deb NICHOLLS • Jennifer GILL • Daz HEWITT • Deanne WHITEHEAD • Neil HARTLEY • Wendy INGHAM • Jacqueline ALDERSON • Hayley HARTLEY • Bupe MWABA • Phil GIBSON • John WALKER • Sara L JONES • John OSBORNE • Daliso MWABA • Charlotte HALL • Philip HALL • Imogen HARTLEY • Harry GROISER • Rebecca CADDICK-WALLS • Grace WALLS

#DFYB (DON’T FORGET YOUR BARCODE) we had 19 participants present without a barcode so just a gentle reminder #DFYB.

• Update for Sean Mc – he has now completed 67 of his 80 half marathons in 8 months, so just another 13 to complete before 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. https://80in8.com/official-events/

• Please also remember that he’s running to raise money for an awesome cause so all donations would be gratefully received. https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/80in8

• Massive good luck shout to all our lovely parkrunners who are taking part in events this weekend, including the Leeds Endure24.

• 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.

See you all again at our next parkrun event #236 on Saturday, 6th July 2019.

Full results for event 235, 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

• 7,610 participants have completed • 53,522 parkruns covering a total distance of • 267,610 km, including • 10,376 new Personal Bests. • A total of 618 individuals have volunteered 5,705 times.

 

run Report – Event 233 – 8th June

Summer is with us, bringing warmth, sunshine, blue skies and running gear - and one of those items was present today at the 233rd Wakefield Thornes parkrun well covered by waterproofs and umbrellas as we were treated to some of those gentle showers (aka downpours) that we Brits know and love.

However, warmth was there too, albeit not related to the temperature. Where else can you arrive to be greeted with such a warm welcome? Discussions ranging from how to cater for all the dietary needs at a 50th birthday party (happy birthday - you know who you are!), how to keep pizza dry in the rain and appropriate waterproofs to co-ordinate with strappy sandals, to whether skin is completely waterproof. And not a glum face to be seen!

Marshalls, thank you so much for standing under umbrellas and trees and cheering us on. That is truly ‘Going the extra mile’!

So, after the fastest ever intro from our run director (2 minutes as promised), we were off! 228 people walking, running, jogging and wading around the scenic route that wends its way through Thornes Park and beyond. ‘Lovely weather for ducks’ you might say - but the ducks appeared to think otherwise, even the ducklings appearing bedraggled as if to say:
‘What’s this about water off a duck’s back?’.

But the weather was not so much a discouragement to our valiant members as an encouragement to go faster and 51 people gained a personal best (PB) including Chloe doing her second ever parkrun and her first in Wakefield. Well done all of you.

Results were as follows:

Male placings:

First past the post in a time of 17mins 27 was Adam Peers of Wakefield District Harriers and AC, followed by Stewart Knowles from the same club in 17mins 48. An unknown runner was next in, followed by Owen Chapman in 4th place with a time of 18mins 12.

Female placings:

Rosie Boughton from Wakefield District Harriers and AC came in first woman in a time of 22mins 06 followed by Gabriella Price from the same club with a time of 22mins 39 and Jessica Watson in third place with a time of 22min 43.

Milestones:

Today there were 26 first timers - nice to meet you all.
Matthew Laffey completed his 50th parkrun today. Well done!

A big thank you to all our volunteers who made today’s run possible, they included:

Kov BAHADORI, Nikki BAKER, Viv CROSSLEY, Matilda FURZER, Max FURZER, Shaun FURZER, Phil GIBSON, Jennifer GILL, Paul GILLINGS, Charlotte HALL, Philip HALL, Lily HARDY, Robert HARDY, Wendy INGHAM, Sara L JONES, Stewart KNOWLES, Caroline MCGRATH, Andrew NICHOLLS, Deb NICHOLLS, Clare PECKETT, Thomas SELLERS, Lisa VERCELLI and Emma WICKS

A huge vote of thanks too, to all you special people who turned up, undeterred by the forecast, and made it such a special run with your smiles, banter and company. After you have checked out for webbed feet (did I mention the rain???) why not join us again at Wakefield Thornes parkrun? You could even drag a friend along - you know it will do them good! That’s what friends are for! All are welcome: complete beginners, walkers and runners alike,
however inexperienced, new to running or slow you think you are. We promise that you will never be the last person back in and that we will cheer you on!

Next week the Thornes parkrun will not be happening as Race for Life will be setting up around the course. To find other nearby runs, please visit the home page of our website. See you all the following week!

 

Race for Life – 15 June – Anyone interested in volunteering as the lead runner/lead bike for the 10k Event?

A Message from Kay Patchett Area Event Manager - Cancer Research UK

"We’re seeing some sign ups come through from the Wakefield park runners which is great news!

I wondered if you knew anyone that might be interested in volunteering as the lead runner/lead bike for our 10k event? When I attended the adult park run at Wakefield there were loads of nippy runners who could set the pace and show others the route to take

Kay Patchett Mob: 07775851320

Any takers please Contact our 'back office', through e-mail of Facebook, or Kay directly on the above Tel. Number

Happy running

Andy Nicholls Event Director - Wakefield Thornes

 

run Report – Event number #231 – 25th May 2019

Once again we had glorious weather for another awesome parkrunday event #231 at Thornes Park in Wakefield. We had an amazing atmosphere, due in no small part to Sarah Powala who arrived not only with her Green Army, but also brought along Richard Stead, yes thee Richard Stead of BBC Radio Leeds – The Richard Stead Breakfast Show (https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p024nj7g). Richard opened our pre-brief, which you can hear on his Breakfast Show on Monday morning 27th May 2019, commencing at 07:00, or failing that you can hear him on catch-up. He provided details about Sarah and her Green Army who are once again running 10k a Day in May to fundraise for Wakefield Hospice, and he actually joined them on the parkrun and after. His introduction was very entertaining and well worth a listen. Our wonderful participants, volunteers and spectators provided fantastic support to encourage all 329 participants to run jog or walk across the finish line, or waddle and sweat in the case of Richard Stead. We had an incredible 39 first timers, 20 of whom were taking part in their very first parkrun, well done one and all, and please come back soon. A fantastic 68 participants recorded a shiny new Personal Best (PB) and representatives from 24 different clubs took part, as well as tourists from Kingstown Jamaica, Nottingham and Steve Penny from Strathclyde parkrun, Glasgow.

We had a fantastic response for volunteers this week, so massive thanks to all who volunteered, you did an awesome job and we had lots of comments from our participants to say how appreciated you all are.

Massive milestone congratulation shout out this week went to Caroline Shelton on her 100th volunteer for parkrun, thank you so much Caroline for your awesome volunteering. We also gave birthday shouts to Grace and Martha who both turned 8 at the weekend. Many Happy Returns to you both.

Our first finisher, with a shiny new PB, was Dave THOMSON (18:03), followed by Stewart KNOWLES (18:06) and an UNKOWN #DFYB

First female finisher was Sarah BOSTWICK (21:24), followed by Rosie BOUGHTON (22:14), and Shirley JONES (23:50).

Our highest age grade% finishers were Chris RIPPON (VM50-54) 78.66%, Will BACKHOUSE (JM10) 75.56%, and Sarah BOSTWICK (VW40-44) 72.43%.

If you haven’t volunteered for a while, or indeed never volunteered, please give volunteering serious consideration and either message our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/wakefieldthornesparkrun/

OR email wakefieldthorneshelpers@parkrun.com

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

Julie PEARSON • Clare PECKETT • Sharon SCHOFIELD • Andrew NICHOLLS • Alex MCGRATH • James MCGRATH • Beth GRIPTON • Edward BRIGGS • Emma WICKS • Lisa VERCELLI • Carol MOUNTAIN • Deb NICHOLLS • Deanne WHITEHEAD • Wendy INGHAM • Phil GIBSON • Sophie PEARSON • Grace PEARSON • John WALKER • Sara L JONES • Rebecca MARSDEN • Geraldine MARSDEN • Clare WRIGHT • Tony WRIGHT • Tristan WRIGHT • Imogen WRIGHT • Simon WALKER • Caroline SHELTON • Jessie WHEAT • Libby JAQUES • Charlotte HALL • Philip HALL • Lucy-Jo MOUNTAIN • Lily HARDY • Lena WITTY

#DFYB (DON’T FORGET YOUR BARCODE) we had 27 participants present without a barcode so just a gentle reminder #DFYB.

• Update for Sean Mc (who hopes to join us again next Saturday 1st June) and his 80in8 – Running for Dementia Revolution. Last week Sean completed his 53 of his 80 half marathons in 8 months. 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. https://80in8.com/official-events/

• Please remember that he’s running to raise money for an awesome cause so all donations would be gratefully received. To date he’s achieved 62% of his fundraising goal of £5,000. Donation link https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/80in8

• Sarah Powala and her Green Army, fundraising for Wakefield Hospice, also have a donation link - https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.justgiving.com%2Ffundraising%2F10kadim19%3Futm_campaign%3Dlc_frp_share_transaction_fundraiser_page_donation_received_-_nth_donation%26utm_content%3D5d8b7ba0-1275-412d-be9b-555d0f5b2f0b%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_source%3Dpostoffice%26utm_term%3D1558509637680%26fbclid%3DIwAR17vHLpS7MxtZvI87f4Nbv2tmMs2qNV6gexRSGM5MvO_THBQrLVspj7xVo&h=AT1lBFeIeK9oEW2t4CeaqtbxmmjCSqwL1puXCD1P1e5ggzmwGfUdTmiye5-gjTWhZdGEjO_v_oYygdiKzLXQaqZg-Q3eFAua26pKz2-lMFOdkoq9Apo7kshKTRN1DdnoWaUIeY-1WwtamddTiTCY

• Massive good luck shout went to regular parkrunner Terry Forrest who’s taking part in all the Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool distances, including 5k, Half Marathon, Marathon and 1 mile. He’s fundraising for Team Ella, who want to say thank you to all the wonderful Children’s Charities who supported them through a lifesaving heart transplant for their 9 month old son Charlie, to their happy ever after. Donation link – https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/terence-forrest-1

• Notes for your diaries

• 1st April – 30th June – Just a quick reminder that Asda foundation green token giving scheme that currently includes Wakefield Thornes junior parkrun is still in play – so if you shop, or know anyone else who shops at Asda, at Durkar, please grab some green tokens, at the checkout, and post them into the green token slot for the junior parkrun as you leave the store.

• 12th June – Newmillerdam Quacky Trail Race.

o Adult 5k Race – 7:30pm (register 7:00pm) @ car part opposite Fox and Hounds – affiliated runners £6:00 / non-affiliated £8:00. o Junior Fun Run 2k Race – (7-13 years) Children’s Race 6:30pm (register 6:00pm) @ car part opposite Fox and Hounds - £4.00 entry fee.

• 15th June – parkrun cancelled due to Race For Life event.

• Walk at parkrun – date to be arranged later in the summer – we’re certain that many of our lovely running community will be aware of people who don’t come to parkrun because they fear that they have to run and to run well to participate. We want all our running community to start encouraging people to come along to spectate, volunteer, or even walk in the hope that they’ll see what a wonderful supportive community we have and hopefully they’ll then take part and walk in our yet to be named and dated event. Let’s start those conversations folks.

See you all again at our next parkrun event on Saturday, 1st June 2019, for yet another amazing event #232.

Full results for event 231, together with a complete event history can be found on the Wakefield Thornes parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Adam PEERS who recorded a time of 15:37 on 12th August 2017 (event number 145).

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

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

• 7,466 participants have completed • 52,289 parkruns covering a total distance of • 261,445 km, including • 10,192 new Personal Bests. A total of • 611 individuals have volunteered • 5,596 times