Woodhouse Moor parkrun is cancelled on 30 May 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

parkrun is poetry! Run report 655, 8 February 2020

What better way to celebrate running your 50th parkrun than with a poem, or two, or three? How about 50?  Tahera Mayat is not only our regular welcome briefer, she's also a poet and to mark her 50th parkrun, she wrote 50 haikus and stuck them on tubes of Love Hearts, handing them out at the cafe afterwards. Thanks, Tahera! There's still a few left if anyone wants a poem with their parkrun on Saturday.

Well done to David Williamson, who joined the 250 Club, Isabel Ralph, Alastair White and Alison Oldfield who ran their 100ths and Sarah Radcliffe and Tahera who ran their 50ths.

Thank you all for your co-operation with to make our start funnel a little less chaotic. We're asking people to join from the back as we were getting a bit squashed at the front. And thank you all for making our new double funnel work well. If you are handed a spatula, it means you are the end of that particular line, and marks the changeover to the other funnel.

This week 711 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 99 were first timers and 113 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 56 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 39 volunteers:

Frank JONES • Claudia BAUER • Sam DOOLEY • Helen NOYES • Robyn JOHNSON • David HEELS • Anne AKERS • Noel AKERS • Nicky BEST • Nathan SMITH • Steve BROWN • Sue LUMBY • Vince ASHTON • Millie WOOD • Nick BROWN • Fiona GERMAN • Jo RHODES • Naomi ADKINS • Conor STEVENSON • Rebecca WHITE • Louise WALTON • Jessica WANLESS • Katherine KIRKHAM • Anya KIRKHAM-MATTHEWS • John PRATT • Tahera MAYAT • Umar HUSSAIN • John SUTCLIFFE • Eleanor THOMSON • Judith SMITH • Andy BROOKES • Phoebe BAKER-JOHNSON • Holly BUCHAN • Ben JOHNSON • Jack EVANS • Lizzie THOMSON • Gracie THOMSON • Paddy BARROW • Kristin WANLESS

Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Woodhouse Moor parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Lizzie BROWNE who recorded a time of 16:25 on 23rd July 2011 (event number 196).
The male record is held by Dan GARBUTT who recorded a time of 14:58 on 25th February 2012 (event number 229).
The Age Grade course record is held by Treena JOHNSON who recorded 96.49% (18:31) on 12th August 2017 (event number 521).

Woodhouse Moor parkrun started on 6th October 2007. Since then 26,361 participants have completed 208,098 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,040,490 km, including 34,270 new Personal Bests. A total of 2,082 individuals have volunteered 12,330 times.

 

Pacing to PBs, run report 654, 1 February 2020

The first Saturday of the month is always Pacer Day and this week we had pacers running at times ranging from 20 to 40 minutes. Thank you to our volunteer pacers who helped quite a few of you achieve PBs. If you'd like to pace or be paced, let us know!

Thank you also to those of you who brought your old trainers, which will soon be on their way to prisoners in Zimbabwe.

Well done to Carmel Barradell, who joined the 250 Club, Emma Brown, who ran her 150th, and Katharine Scott, who ran her 100th. David Broad, Tom O'Brien and Jodie Salter ran their 50ths.

This week 668 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 90 were first timers and 90 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 43 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 44 volunteers:

Frank JONES • Claudia BAUER • Peter James YATES • Clare MAXWELL • Linda M MARSHALL • Helen NOYES • Robyn JOHNSON • Andrew John SMITHURST • Anne AKERS • Noel AKERS • Nicky BEST • Natalie WOOD • Lorraine BEAVIS • Nathan SMITH • Debbie BROWN • Steve BROWN • Kristan WEBB • Sue LUMBY • Steven ALLEN • Jane CROSSLEY • Naomi ADKINS • Tobias ADKINS • Jonathan CONEY • Zeni BELLWOOD • Rebecca WHITE • Louise GARDHAM • Edward PRESTON • Deanna HOWLEY • Louise WALTON • Sam HUANG • Katherine KIRKHAM • Anya KIRKHAM-MATTHEWS • Umar HUSSAIN • Joe LAWLEY • Giulia GADA • John SUTCLIFFE • Donna SWALES • Freddie CRAVEN • Andy BROOKES • Jack EVANS • Shuyue YANG • Teigan PARKER • Isobel ARMSTRONG • Sam HUTT

Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Woodhouse Moor parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Lizzie BROWNE who recorded a time of 16:25 on 23rd July 2011 (event number 196).
The male record is held by Dan GARBUTT who recorded a time of 14:58 on 25th February 2012 (event number 229).
The Age Grade course record is held by Treena JOHNSON who recorded 96.49% (18:31) on 12th August 2017 (event number 521).

Woodhouse Moor parkrun started on 6th October 2007. Since then 26,262 participants have completed 207,387 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,036,935 km, including 34,157 new Personal Bests. A total of 2,076 individuals have volunteered 12,291 times.

 

Neurology department takeover, run report 653, 25 Jan 2020

Thank you to the neurology team from Leeds Teaching Hospitals who joined us this week to raise awareness of brain disease. And thanks to the 5k Your Way team who are here the last Saturday of each month to support people living with cancer and their carers.

Well done to Andrea Barras who beat her own VW70-74 age grade record with 86.14% for her time of 25.51. Caroline Tolan ran her 150th, Sarah Underwood, Jill Hobson and Chiara La Sala joined the 100 Club, Edward Aveyard ran his 50th.

Next week we'll have pacers, let is know if you'd like to pace or be paced. There will also be coffee and cake on offer over at Wrangthorn. And don't forget to bring your old trainers, which will go to prisoners in Zimbabwe.

This week 718 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 97 were first timers and 105 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 51 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 37 volunteers:

Claudia BAUER • Ken FOX • Helen NOYES • Robyn JOHNSON • Anne AKERS • Noel AKERS • Clare DOHERTY • Sarah COLTMAN • Nathan SMITH • Sue LUMBY • Millie WOOD • Peter WHITE 2015 • Sumrah SHAFFIQ • Tobias ADKINS • Natalie DONOHUE • Catherine WALLIS • Annie Helen WOOLLEY • Kristyna NAVRATILOVA • Lisa FARLEY • Pritti MEHTA • Sam HUANG • Katherine KIRKHAM • Anya KIRKHAM-MATTHEWS • John PRATT • Tahera MAYAT • Giulia GADA • John SUTCLIFFE • Helen L. FORD • Donna SWALES • Andy BROOKES • Phoebe BAKER-JOHNSON • Ben JOHNSON • Jack EVANS • Jane TATE • Lynette SILVERWOOD • Michelle CHARNOCK • Sam HUTT

Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Woodhouse Moor parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Lizzie BROWNE who recorded a time of 16:25 on 23rd July 2011 (event number 196).
The male record is held by Dan GARBUTT who recorded a time of 14:58 on 25th February 2012 (event number 229).
The Age Grade course record is held by Treena JOHNSON who recorded 96.49% (18:31) on 12th August 2017 (event number 521).

Woodhouse Moor parkrun started on 6th October 2007. Since then 26,172 participants have completed 206,719 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,033,595 km, including 34,067 new Personal Bests. A total of 2,068 individuals have volunteered 12,245 times.

 

A double funnel day! Run report 652, 18 January 2020

“It can’t possibly work!” The idea behind a double funnel is to maximise the workable space between the finish line and finish tokens. One thing we cannot manipulate is time. As an event grows larger in size more people will cross the finish line at the same time. This Saturday’s event, which saw a total of 731 individuals cross the line, was our third busiest event.

On Saturday, there were a total of 65 people who crossed the finish line between 27:00 and 27:59 minutes. That’s more people than attended the first two Woodhouse Moor parkruns, COMBINED. In fact, approximately half of all the participants at Woodhouse Moor on Saturday crossed the line between 24:00 and 31:59. That’s 362 parkrunners in just eight minutes! Even if we make the assumption that a zealous volunteer can hand out a finish token every two seconds it would still take 12 minutes to do so. That’s providing they don’t develop repetitive strain injury in the meantime. In those additional four minutes we would have seen another 129 people cross the line.

The maths tells us that we’re reaching a point at our event where we’re a victim of our own success - we have more people crossing the line than we can handle. The double funnel is a useful way of negating that fact.

The double funnel effectively doubles the space we have to play with, allowing us to ‘hold’ parkrunners in position, yet offset them from the main funnel. The funnel will flow as normal until it reaches ‘critical mass’, and the risk of parkrunners backing up over the finish line starts to increase.

At this point, our funnel manager (aka Count Spatula) will make the call to split the queue. The last person of the queue is given a spatula and the new line is formed, adjacent to the current one. At the end, stood just by finish tokens, is another funnel manager who is keeping a close eye on the spatulas. When spatula A is handed over, the funnel manager at finish tokens now knows that the second queue can start to flow. This second queue of people will continue to flow until they see another spatula, spatula B, denoting the end of that bunch of parkrunners. At this point, that queue will be held and the original funnel will flow, until the next spatula is reached, and on it goes…

Curtis

Well done to Martin Bare who ran his 300th, William Evans who ran his 100th, James Done, Lucy Gould, Howard Bednarek, Eleanor Parkhill and Curtis Ledger joined the 50 Club.

This week 731 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 117 were first timers and 104 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 56 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 48 volunteers:

Frank JONES • Claudia BAUER • Adam YEADON • Ken FOX • Robyn JOHNSON • Anne AKERS • Egg CAMERON • Richard EDWARDS • Nathan SMITH • Steve MILNE • Sue LUMBY • Curtis PARKER-MILNES • Andy RICHARDSON • Clare EVANS • George WEBSTER • Lizzie KERSHAW • Nick BROWN • Sarah UNDERWOOD • Heather FULTON • Jessica MCGRAGHAN • James LEACH • Vicky JACKSON • Naomi ADKINS • Tobias ADKINS • Elizabeth STEPHENSEN-PAYNE • Emma WHITLOW • Chris SIMPSON • Sarah BENTLEY • Jenny BRADBURY • Rebecca WHITE • Rachel DIXON • Sam HUANG • Katherine KIRKHAM • Anya KIRKHAM-MATTHEWS • John PRATT • Julie HADDON • Jacob SMITH • Danni BRYANT • John SUTCLIFFE • Donna SWALES • Phoebe BAKER-JOHNSON • Luqman AL-MAANI • Katie LEES • Louise CHEONG • Jack EVANS • David PEAT • Alex BRIGGS • Rachael COONEY

Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Woodhouse Moor parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Lizzie BROWNE who recorded a time of 16:25 on 23rd July 2011 (event number 196).
The male record is held by Dan GARBUTT who recorded a time of 14:58 on 25th February 2012 (event number 229).
The Age Grade course record is held by Treena JOHNSON who recorded 96.49% (18:31) on 12th August 2017 (event number 521).

Woodhouse Moor parkrun started on 6th October 2007. Since then 26,075 participants have completed 206,001 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,030,005 km, including 33,961 new Personal Bests. A total of 2,062 individuals have volunteered 12,208 times.

 

It’s not the run, it’s the people. Run report 651, 11 Jan 2020

By Rob Webster

Hello my name is Rob, but you probably know me as George’s Dad. It was my 250th parkrun this week, which I ran with George. The 250th start was very different from the first. Back on 20 March 2013 I had been coerced into running whilst the soon to be “parkrun famous” George Webster volunteered. I headed for the start line amongst a field of 248 people of all shapes and sizes, a little anxious and wondering what lay in store. Running was not then something I enjoyed at all and the runners I knew all seemed obsessed with something called a “PB” and wore weird watches.

“Are there any new runners?” asked Sam Dooley on that cold March day. The applause for us newbies gave me a small boost. Maybe this wouldn’t be so bad after all. My aim was to make it round without stopping. Which I did, partly spurred on by the fact a very small dog appeared to be able to get round so why shouldn’t I?

In the intervening period, I have run, volunteered and enjoyed parkrun at 21 locations here and abroad. George has gone from being a cute boy collecting tokens to a young man who volunteers, runs and is an ambassador for Mencap and a parkrun StAR. Woodhouse Moor has grown and flourished. But I always remind myself that what appears normal to me now, was previously daunting and felt a bit out of reach for a flabby and unfit forty something.

So when I looked at the 799 people at parkrun and the 41 volunteers, I reminded myself that everyone there had their own story. Some people were there to finish first, get a PB or a new milestone. Others were tourists seeking new experiences. Many were running for the first time, walking or fulfilling a New Year’s Resolution. Some were getting real support whilst battling cancer, depression or bereavement. Some were saying goodbye before going on tour or saying hello having returned from abroad. At Woodhouse Moor, poets rub shoulders with grannies and rock stars, cleaners with CEOs and cabbies. Olympians overtake kids and dogs get a good run out. All life is here.

In my 250 runs and volunteering slots, I have seen great kindness, made friends, been proud of myself and incredibly proud of and humbled by others. I have watched people overcome the worst of times and celebrate the best of times. I have come to understand that the thing that makes parkrun is not the run, jog or walk. It is the people.

And for the people at Woodhouse Moor, the event deserves its rating as one of the top 10 global parkruns, the oldest outside London and the friendliest anywhere. Thankyou all for letting me be a part of it.

Well done to AiLyn Tan who ran her 350th, Rob, who did his 250th, Sam Huang and Angela Burley who joined the 100 Club and Jonathan Spain, Ruth Norman and Jennifer Rendell who ran their 50ths.

This week 799 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 108 were first timers and 58 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 54 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 41 volunteers:

Frank JONES • Claudia BAUER • Ken FOX • Helen NOYES • Anne AKERS • Neil METCALFE • Debbie BROWN • Steve BROWN • Louise BISSET • Sue LUMBY • Mark HADDRILL • Alpheas SITHOLE • Nick BROWN • Fiona BLYTH • Jo RHODES • Matilda RHODES • Naomi ADKINS • Tobias ADKINS • Natalie DONOHUE • Emma WHITLOW • Jonathan CONEY • Zeni BELLWOOD • Andrew SMITH • Rebecca WHITE • Dean FRANCIS • Jo TWITCHETT • Lucy BONSALL • Sam HUANG • Howard NAYLOR • Conor GOOLD • Anthony RILEY • Sue OSBORNE • Curtis LEDGER • Tahera MAYAT • Jill HALSTEAD-RASTRICK • Giulia GADA • John SUTCLIFFE • Meg BARKER • Stephen PRUST • Jane PRUST • Phoebe BAKER-JOHNSON

Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Woodhouse Moor parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Lizzie BROWNE who recorded a time of 16:25 on 23rd July 2011 (event number 196).
The male record is held by Dan GARBUTT who recorded a time of 14:58 on 25th February 2012 (event number 229).
The Age Grade course record is held by Treena JOHNSON who recorded 96.49% (18:31) on 12th August 2017 (event number 521).

Woodhouse Moor parkrun started on 6th October 2007. Since then 25,959 participants have completed 205,270 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,026,350 km, including 33,858 new Personal Bests. A total of 2,043 individuals have volunteered 12,160 times.