York Run Report 14th December 2019 – by Caitlin Clark

York parkrun in winter is a bit of a gamble. When it's lashing down, there's no shelter and respite, especially as rainclouds are often accompanied by gales on the Knavesmire. However, Saturday 14th December was a bright winter morning, if a tad breezy, and 575 parkrunners made their way down to the racecourse for their Saturday morning 5km. The sun was rising over the 'mire as we huddled together at the start. A fellow parkrunner noted to me that although lovely, the sun would be full in the face on that first kilometre. Given that he then got a PB, I don't think it hindered too much!

After a briefing by RD Rob, a special guest from our sister parkrun at Heslington, we were off. Despite being on a well-drained racecourse, the York route does have a few puddles of long-standing fame, such as the puddle of broken PB dreams, but thankfully they weren't too pernicious this weekend. It was more muddy than anything else!

11 parkrunners chose to kick off their parkrun journey with us at York this week. Well done, and see you next week?
57 runners got a York parkrun PB this week; well done, especially with that headwind!
Clare Rowntree was first lady back in a time of 20:42.
Tobias Fletcher was first male home this week in a time of 16:29, which was also a PB.
Steve Asquith was the highest age grading with 79.32%

We also had quite a few milestones this week:
Liz Gilley, Anne Turner and Helen Dearlove ran their 100th parkrun.
Thomas Tam, Elisha De-Alker, Ailsa Parker, Russ Carr, Tony Simmonds ran their 50th parkrun.
Isla Nicholl and Mollie Nicholl ran their 10th parkrun as juniors.

Finally, it couldn't have happened without the 32 people who volunteered their time to make it happen:

Jane ANSPACH-SYKES, Ethan ARNOLD, Louise BARCLAY JOHNSON, Russ CARR, James CARTER, David CHRYSSIDES, Andrew CLARK, Caitlin CLARK, Cheryl DABROWSKI, Danny EVANS, Paul FOSTER, Helen GRAINGER, Mark HARNEY, Andy HAZELWOOD, Jordan HOWE, Rob HUNT, Neil LAWSON, Jane LAWSON, Linda LOCKETT, Grace LOVATT, Sam LYNN, Sharon LYNN, Jane Victoria MARSHALL, Charlotte MIDDLETON, Liz PIPER, Joanne RICHMOND, Nick SHIPLEY, Jack SLOCOMBE, Steve SMOWTON, Nicholas STAFFORD, Lynn STANNARD, David WATSON.