Two Run Reports for the price of one! (York parkrun 351 & 2)

Run Report for event # 352 – The Soggy One.

By Dave Lingwood.

Nearly 275 headstrong and hearty souls braved relentless rain, cold temperatures and giant puddles of doom at the Knavesmire on Saturday to get their park run fix for the week.

Gathering at the start for the usual briefing at a soggy Knavesmire, by which time it had been raining non-stop in York for well in excess of 18 hours, there seemed to be a steely sense of determination in the air. After the customary group photograph of the Yorkshire Marathon and 10 mile heroes and heroines (well done all!) talk turned to milestones. Congratulations to Felicity Wheeler who celebrated her ton, and also to Elliot Thurland for completing his 50th. Lastly, congratulations to Adam Sefton, a Knavesmire parkrun stalwart, who was not only completing his 175th York parkrun but also celebrating his 25th birthday. A lovely tribute by Nick – who reflected on the positive impact that parkrun has on all of us as individuals and as a community – left a warm glow, lifting the gloom of the rain.

After the briefing was completed, Nick let us off along the Racecourse with the minimum if fuss. After only 15 seconds or so, it became clear that this week’s course would offer some steeplechase sections for those interested. After trying to avoid most of the first puddle of doom – realising it wasn’t really possible halfway through – I decided just to run through the next one. Whilst it was bitterly cold, it was a strangely liberating experience just plowing through without a care in the world. Looking around, it was reassuring to see that I was not the only parkrunner employing this tactic either! After navigating all of the waterlogged sections – which all appeared to be Cherry Lane side of the racecourse – the rain stopped a little which felt like a small victory. Thankfully, there was little wind, which can be punishing to say the least at York Racecourse. With no more rain, it was a case of keeping the head down and getting the miles done, in between a second stint of swimming York Racecourse style. Finishing in a bit of a slower time than normal and trudging and squelching my way back to the car, I wondered if I would ever feel dry again. Looking around it seemed like others were thinking the same thing. The one common denominator though – we all made it out and around, and that beats sitting on the couch!

Many congratulations to all the participants including the following:

Laurence Griffin– First Male Finisher (16:37) and Best Age Grading (78.44%)
Lucy Holland – First Female Finisher (21:39)
Adam Moger – Most Experienced Parkrunner, amazingly completing his 447th parkrun!

For the benefit of the statistically inclined we welcomed a whopping 49 first time visitors from different parkruns, and runners from clubs in Northwich, Preston, Islwyn, Kilbarchan, Wilmslow, Ystrad Mynach, Milton Keynes, Thames Valley, Leeds, Abingdon, Ingle and Worcestershire. An amazing 14 runners smashed their PBs, an amazing achievement given the hazardous conditions.

Lastly, but certainly not least, we welcomed 6 first ever parkrunners. Congratulations to Craig Haxton, John Lowe, Chris Allen, Lewis Hayler, Leanne Richards and Piyachart Promthong for being daft enough to start your park run journey this week. I think its fair to say that if you have the mettle to do your first ever parkrun in torrential rain, every subsequent one will considerably easier.

Today’s parkrun wouldn’t have been possible without our wonderful volunteers who dedicated their time and effort to ensuring the event went as smoothly as ever. Thank you to the following awesome volunteers who braved the challenging conditions:


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

The male record is held by Graham RUSH who recorded a time of 14:37 on 19th August 2017 (event number 253).
The female record is held by Laura Weightman who recorded a time of 16:12 on 12th March 2016 (event number 190).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela OLDHAM who recorded 97.59% (21:25) on 17th November 2018 (event number 308).

York parkrun started on 14th January 2012. Since then 20,552 participants have completed 130,000 parkruns covering a total distance of 650,000 km, including 21,454 new Personal Bests. A total of 984 individuals have volunteered 8,007 times.

Run Report for event # 351 – by Dave Lancaster

A lovely perfect clear day greeted 568 parkrunners on the Knavesmire this morning. Leading the filed all the way from Bedford was first timer Peter Grahamin an excellent 16 min and 21 secs. the runner up who set a new PB of 18 min 54 sec and was also achieving a new milestone of 50 parkruns was Jonathan Hardy (South Leeds)

Leading ladies were Sarah Hunter (Ackworth Road Runners) in a new PB of 18m 54 sec and Elizabeth Clough a first timer all the way from Peterborough clocing 19m 53 secs. I was also celebrating today by reaching a milestone of 200 parkruns and i chose my home course to achieve it on my 79th appearance here. I decided to remember it by presenting a Tesco voucher to teh oldest man and lady running today.

The two octogenarians showing everyone how it's done regardless of age were Don Gunnrunning an excellent 38 min 32 sec together with Dot Mockridge returning an impressive 56 min 52 sec. It was a pleasure to meet both of them and hopefully they will inspire other people in their age group to turn out on a Saturday morning as it is such a social atmosphere as well as for keeping fit.

Other park runners celebrating milestones today were James Carter (York Postal) also hitting 200 parkruns, well done and keep it going. Louise Fuller all the way from Northampton chose York for her 100th edition, as was Steve Simms fantastic efforts from both of you!

Another equally impressive tally was from Graham Todd of Ebor Orienteers who reached the magic total of 250 parkruns completed - terrific accomplishment!
Finally not forgetting Allyson Lyster, Anne Chaplin (Fit Mums and Friends) Anna Maughan (first timer) Helen Davis who also recorded a new PB of 28 mins 53 secs and Richard Lovedale all achieving an awesome 50 parkruns - well done to you all and keep setting new goals

As always the biggest cheers are for this weeks volunteers for without them we wouldn't be able to participate in parkrun - just almighty appreciation for you all.