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Wetherby parkrun Event number 224 on 14th March 2020

Hello everyone, it was great to be back on the Ings at a parkrun again. It seems so long since we all saw each other. The ground was surprisingly dry – all things considered ! and only some small course deviations were needed.

We had 53 people and considering that this was the first Saturday back after a long absence and with the threat of the Corona virus hanging over heads, it was a very respectable number.  Next week Nidd Valley running club were proposing to visit us, but as I write this tonight (Monday), quite possibly all parkruns will be cancelled nationwide.

On Saturday there were some excellent dog runners, including a lovely grey Staffy who was a parkrun tourist with its owners.

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However, the most improved runner – indeed, I think a worthy winner of ‘Runner of the Month’ goes to Pip Trapps, who has progressed from being a terrific puller, to a good steady companion, with enough energy left afterwards to go paddling in the lake left on the fields after the recent flooding. ( ...although she will just have to learn to go to the toilet before the run, not on the final lap!).

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A welcome face which has been missing for some time was Dave Yeomans, who didn't look at all that he had been absent in recent weeks.

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Finally we have to have admiration for the leading group who fought over the podium places with great gusto.

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I just don't know what this week will bring, but we can look forward to being all together once again sometime in the future, thumbing our nose to the virus and enjoying ourselves on the Ings,

Best wishes, Trish.

Wetherby parkrun
Event number 224
14th March 2020

This week 53 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 3 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Gillian FOX • Claire GOUGH • Suzy WOOD • John COOKE • Karen GLYNN • Alex FOREMAN • Barry HUTCHINSON • Eleanor GREENWOOD • Trish COMET-SMITH • Finlay DUTTON • Harriet ATKINSON • Luca FRANCIS • Keane BARBER

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

The male record is held by Kristoff BOYNTON who recorded a time of 16:05 on 15th August 2015 (event number 19).
The female record is held by Alice LEAKE who recorded a time of 17:56 on 19th May 2018 (event number 143).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jo HARBON who recorded 91.65% (19:45) on 7th September 2019 (event number 204).

Wetherby parkrun started on 21st March 2015. Since then 4,497 participants have completed 16,392 parkruns covering a total distance of 81,960 km, including 2,639 new Personal Bests. A total of 403 individuals have volunteered 2,688 times.

 

Wetherby parkrun Event number 223 on 8th February 2020

For this week’s parkrun we again had over 100 runners. The weather is getting better, and although the going is still heavy, the running is getting easier.

Kim Brown had a good run, coming first, and arriving well in advance of his competitors.

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There were 15 PBs, and 9 first timers, of which Chris Nehaul was the quickest, on his very first parkrun. We hope to see you back at Wetherby soon !

Our parkrun mascot Joseph was in very good form, and made sure everyone behaved themselves. Victoria and Luna as tailwalkers had a good chat with the walkers on the way round the course

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It was great to see some of our regulars, Pauline and Patricia back again. I know that a cold and muddy parkrun can hardly make up for a Caribbean cruise – but we try !!!

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Wetherby parkrun has had some very good news this week. We have received a substantial donation from Wetherby Lions, in order to pay for equipment storage at the Wetherby Sports Association and to renew and replace old equipment. We are most grateful for their generosity, which has given us much needed financial stability.

Next week we will have a visit from Nidd Valley Runners, who are descending on us ‘en masse’. Hopefully all of us at Wetherby can show them what we are made of – so see you all next week, Trish.

(However, having written this on Saturday evening, storm Ciara decided to arrive and make the possibility of a parkrun at Wetherby next Saturday rather remote. You will have probably seen the pictures of the Ings totally flooded with the fence we normally run through totally submerged. Joseph whippet was spotted today making a course inspection with a snorkel! ).

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Wetherby parkrun

Event number 223
8th February 2020

This week 101 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Gillian FOX • Suzy WOOD • Vanessa YEOMANS • Jack LOOKER • Alex FOREMAN • Barry HUTCHINSON • Eleanor GREENWOOD • Trish COMET-SMITH • Erica DI MARTINO • Victoria MAGNUS • Ann HILL • Harriet ATKINSON • Keane BARBER

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

The male record is held by Kristoff BOYNTON who recorded a time of 16:05 on 15th August 2015 (event number 19).
The female record is held by Alice LEAKE who recorded a time of 17:56 on 19th May 2018 (event number 143).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jo HARBON who recorded 91.65% (19:45) on 7th September 2019 (event number 204).

Wetherby parkrun started on 21st March 2015. Since then 4,494 participants have completed 16,339 parkruns covering a total distance of 81,695 km, including 2,631 new Personal Bests. A total of 402 individuals have volunteered 2,675 times.

 

Wetherby parkrun Event number 222 on 1st February 2020 – The one that blew the cob webs away!

Welcome to February said the radio presenter when Janice and I left the house at 7:30 Saturday morning and turned the car north on the M1/A1 for the twenty miles or so from where we live here in Leeds.  Thoughts turn to the end of winter, daffodils in the park, snowdrops and crocus and with this, the onset of spring.
Half an hour or so later, we arrive in Wetherby at The Ings and I was delighted that we had already been beaten to the first parking spot by Trish and Barry who were dressed for the elements and had already started to set the course up for you.
We joined them and indeed, after opening the car door and holding it tight, all of us braced the extremely strong wind/gale that was blowing and headed to various points to put cones down and tap down the mole hills to ensure you did not fall.  The river was not in flood and looking out over the muddied water, I saw a flash of cobalt blue as a kingfisher darted over the shallow and into the adjacent trees.  Just next to my feet, an abundance of snowdrops, above me already on the wing – a red kite riding the early morning air and the gulls gathered on The Ings chattering away.  Despite the horrid wind, sights like this warm the heart on the coldest of days and you are all so lucky to enjoy such a beautiful park.
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With the course set, our brave volunteers arrived and with military efficiency and my grateful thanks, each was assigned their role and then grabbed coffee before heading off to various points on the course.
After the first timers briefing had been concluded and everyone welcomed and with watches set and prepped, everyone headed off into the breeze with a 3,2,1 Go on the stroke of nine.
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We welcomed 110 participants to the park, of which 109 of you finished.  I was aware of a young lady who pulled out with a tight hamstring and mum was there to support her.  I do hope she is feeling better and  when we spoke, you were stretching this and I applaud you for having the sense to stop and not make it worse.
First three back were Josh Fuller of the Harrogate Harriers and AC, followed by Mark Gregory and visiting Adam Gerrish from the Colchester Harriers and AC.  To give you an idea of how well people are running – or are more keen to get out of the cold wind than others, the first seven all finished under 22 minutes.
Only just over the 22 minutes and a few seconds was our first lady Nicky Andrews of the Wetherby Runners, followed then by Cat Webb and Helen Tate – also of Wetherby Runners.
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We welcomed runners/participants from :  Harrogate Harriers, Colchester Harriers, Hunwick Harriers, Roundhay Runners,  City of York AC, Wetherby Runners, York Knavesmire Runners, Lonely Goat RC, Valley Striders, Chapel Allerton Runners, Helm Hill Runners, Kippax and District Harriers and of course, my club who I run for – Rothwell Harriers.  An excellent turn out.  We had visitors I recall from Colchester, Durham and Kendal.  What I do hope is that you were an felt welcomed and each enjoyed it as much as we did having you.
Either the wind, the course or the incredible volunteers made a difference as:  Julian Hance, Michael Turner, Simeon Souttar, Gina Stringer, Zoe Hickman all went on and recorded PB’s and I extend my congratulations to you all.  If you can do this on a day like that, you have even greater things to come when the weather is calm and decent.
We also welcomed a number of you as absolute first-time runners and walkers and it was a pleasure to start your parkrun journey with us.  Congratulations to: Caroline Knipe, Chris Smith, Joe Smith, Lauren Day, Ed Day, Suzie Smith, Rosie Smith, Robert Turner and Harriet Atkinson on completing your event.  We hope to see you this coming weekend again.
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Of course, even though being an RD means I am responsible for you all, without Trish and the group of the following volunteers, the whole event would not have been possible.  Please extend your thanks to the following who were stood out in the cold from early to the last person had gone home and we are so grateful.  Harriet ATKINSONRowan BAKERKeane BARBERTrish COMET-SMITHStephanie COOPFinlay DUTTONAlex FOREMANTilly FOREMANGillian FOXEleanor GREENWOODBarry HUTCHINSONPaul VENABLEJanice WHITELEYTeddy WILCOXSuzy WOODVanessa YEOMANS.  If everyone gave up one Saturday every few months, the roster would be full within days and we can never have enough volunteers.
I am delighted to be returning again in four weeks on what is a very special parkrun as it is the first time that this has ever fallen on the 29th February.  This being a leap year event, we do hope to make it special in some way and given this, I am going to be joined by my partner again – Janice, who will be acting as co -Run Director alongside me.  Thought we would have something different and also, as she will be undertaking her first ever solo RD in March with you again., this will be ideal practice.  I may even let her wear the RD top on the 29th but not let her go power mad!!
So, thanks to you all for coming and running with us.  We look forward to seeing you in a few days time and I hope for you all, the weather is somewhat better.  We wish you all a safe, enjoyable and healthy week and I will see you on the 29th.
Best wishes,
Kev

Wetherby parkrun
Event number 222
1st February 2020

This week 109 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first timers and 5 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Gillian FOX • Teddy WILCOX • Suzy WOOD • Vanessa YEOMANS • Kevin MOSELEY • Tilly FOREMAN • Alex FOREMAN • Barry HUTCHINSON • Eleanor GREENWOOD • Trish COMET-SMITH • Stephanie COOP • Rowan BAKER • Janice WHITELEY • Finlay DUTTON • Harriet ATKINSON • Keane BARBER • Paul VENABLE

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

The male record is held by Kristoff BOYNTON who recorded a time of 16:05 on 15th August 2015 (event number 19).
The female record is held by Alice LEAKE who recorded a time of 17:56 on 19th May 2018 (event number 143).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jo HARBON who recorded 91.65% (19:45) on 7th September 2019 (event number 204).

Wetherby parkrun started on 21st March 2015. Since then 4,485 participants have completed 16,238 parkruns covering a total distance of 81,190 km, including 2,616 new Personal Bests. A total of 401 individuals have volunteered 2,662 times.

 

Wetherby parkrun Event number 221 on 25th January 2020

It was such a pleasure for me to be back at the friendly Wetherby parkrun after a few weeks absence and what a wonderful crowd of 163 runners we hosted today (not to mention several excited pooches).
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A big ‘well done’ and a warm welcome to our brave first timers. Visitors came from Essex, London and Nottingham and the energetic Knaresborough Striders provided pace and enthusiasm in equal measure.
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We sincerely hope both first timers and visitors return to us very soon.
Fiona Knapton ran her 100th parkrun aided by her dog (of course) and thank you for sharing your celebration milestone with us Fiona by providing chocolates. She ALMOST came in at position 100 on this, her epic 100th, but was too fast; a happy ‘problem’ for sure!
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Old or young, fast or sedate, we enjoy the company of ALL our runners on Saturday mornings. It did seem though, that there was some very speedy footwork from our younger members today who were showing Mums and Dads just how to do this ‘running lark’. They ALL deserve a mention, but five year old Charlie Rogers in particular, did so well to complete his first ever full 5k. The children were amazing during the final few metres with some fabulous sprinting; inspirational for we ‘oldies’ and they even managed to smile!
Tom Wilson a Knaresborough strider was first through the finish funnel.
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This reluctant canine stopped a few metres short of the finish and had to be carried over!
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A big thank you as always, to our super crew of volunteers: Barry who helped set-up and took photographs, the D of E troupers, Vanessa, Bob, Helen, Trish and Nicky as marshals and Nicola as Tailwaker.
Kevin is your Run Director next week and watch this space, as on on a previous occasion he brought his ‘horse’ to Wetherby parkrun...
Elizabeth
 

Wetherby parkrun Event number 220 on 18th January 2020

Well, you are all doing very well at keeping your New Year Resolutions, there were 117 runners, joggers and walkers this week ! Although the weather was pretty cold, mercifully there was none of last week’s terrible wind. The course was quite soft underfoot, and so there were many muddy legs at the end.

IMG_1505Everyone was well spread out coming over the finishing line. Dan Tate came an excellent first, well in front of everyone else, on his first visit to Wetherby. Please come back to us soon, and show us how it’s done! In fact, three of the first four finishers were first timers at Wetherby. Lindsey Clegg was the first girl home, coming 7th. Harry Sewell, who is only 9 years old, came 15th, on his first time at Wetherby, and also his first parkrun.

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Overall there were 6 PBs and 7 first timers on the run. There was also a very happy band of relatively local tourists, and it would be lovely if you all visit us again.

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We also had a good set of canine runners, some a little more exuberant than others!

IMG_1533IMG_1552As Colleen mentioned in her report last week, Wetherby Runners will be taking over the parkrun for the day soon. This will be 22nd February, so please make a date in your diary – we should have several pacers, so it may help you to get new PBs.
Just a quick reminder, please remember, that if you have a barcode or not, it is essential that you pass right through all the stages of the finish funnel – timekeepers, tokens and barcode scanning. If you are a ‘funnel ducker’ and only go through the timekeepers, but then progress no further, this can cause us difficulties in processing everyone’s results. Thank you for your help with this!
As I mentioned in the briefing, many of our volunteers are on the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, and are therefore under 18 years of age. As such they always have to be within the sight of the RD. Some of the marshalling points, such as Windy Corner are beyond the line of view, so we really need at least two adult volunteers every week. If you think you could help, please contact us. Only two extra volunteers a week would make a tremendous difference to us. At the moment we do need an extra marshal for this week.
Liz will be your RD next week, so if you can, please come along and support her,
Trish.

Wetherby parkrun
Event number 220
18th January 2020

This week 117 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 7 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Gillian FOX • Teddy WILCOX • Vanessa YEOMANS • Jack LOOKER • Alex FOREMAN • Barry HUTCHINSON • Eleanor GREENWOOD • Trish COMET-SMITH • Christian SOWDEN • Finlay DUTTON • Harriet ATKINSON • Luca FRANCIS

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

The male record is held by Kristoff BOYNTON who recorded a time of 16:05 on 15th August 2015 (event number 19).
The female record is held by Alice LEAKE who recorded a time of 17:56 on 19th May 2018 (event number 143).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jo HARBON who recorded 91.65% (19:45) on 7th September 2019 (event number 204).

Wetherby parkrun started on 21st March 2015. Since then 4,408 participants have completed 15,966 parkruns covering a total distance of 79,830 km, including 2,596 new Personal Bests. A total of 397 individuals have volunteered 2,628 times.

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