I’m sure York parkrun are used to Alphabeteers and this weekend I joined those who have travelled before me to gain my Y in the Alphabet Challenge. It was also a good excuse for a weekend away in beautiful York with husband Nick, brother Dave and Sister In Law Terri.
Saturday morning could not have been more Novemberish; it was grey, cold and very wet however everyone I came across seemed oblivious to this and just seemed happy to be at parkrun as usual. Following the directions advised on the Facebook page we parked easily and sought out RD Alan who welcomed us warmly and pointed us in the direction of the start.
As we reached the other side of the racecourse, around 8.45, I was surprised at how quiet it was, however, within a few minutes 429 people had appeared from nowhere and looked keen to set off so they could at least warm up a little. I’d noticed a 22 pacer who introduced himself as Ian and after a quick chat I’d committed to trying to stay with him in search of a PB (I’d heard it’s a flat course on a decent track so why not go for it!). The start was pretty congested and starting a little further back I think cost me a good few seconds and Ian was out of sight. There was plenty of deep muddy water to splash through to add to the frozen feet feeling and biting winds along the back of the course, but you soon warm up!
My PB wasn’t to be as although Ian was in sight my cold legs weren’t feeling it. Dave and Terri had good runs too and husband Nick was the hero keeping the bags dry for us at the finish (he recommends the coffee from the Café 2 U van at the finish line!). Then it was off to The Knavesmire to help with token sorting whilst warming up with more coffee and breakfast. All was going smoothly until we realised a bag of tokens had sneakily gone home with another volunteer so sorting was abandoned mid flow until the missing tokens could find their way back to HQ. Overall, despite the bitter weather, we all loved our York parkrun experience and really loved York in all its Xmassy glory.
A few stats from today;
There were 13 completely new parkrunners, welcome, it doesn’t rain every week I promise!
Trevor Clough was the highest age grade this week with 80.98%.
Adam Moger was the parkrun veteran with his 451 st parkrun, wow!
Congratulations to Janet Cordingley on her 250th
Rob Evans and Rachel Gillespie ran their 100th , congratulations!
Lisa Elwood ran her 50th too.
33 Knavesmire Harriers ran, the biggest club representation.
As always a big shout out to the volunteers who stood out in the rain and cold to make it happen;
Kevin ARMSTRONG, Ethan ARNOLD, Eleanor BALE, Matt BROWN, Andrew CLARK, Caitlin CLARK, Alastair CRAVEN, Jennifer DAVIS, Linda ETHELL, Ian FAIRLAMB, Lily FLEAT, Emma FOTHERGILL, John FOTHERGILL, Sharon FOX, Julia GAVIN, Tim GIBSON, Rachel GILLESPIE, Michael GREWER, Linda GREWER, Barbara GRIFFIN, Ellie GRIFFIN, Nick GRIFFIN, Paula KELLY, Michael LEADBETTER, Jane Victoria MARSHALL, Rachel MCMAHON, Yvonne ORTON, Ellie PAGE, Liz PIPER, Chris POULTON, Poppy PRIESTLEY, David ROGERS, Terri ROGERS, Adrian STIPETIC, Liam WARWICK, Alan WILKINSON
Why not get involved and volunteer? It’s so rewarding and there’s plenty you can do and still run
Thank you York for a lovely morning. ☺️