New Years Day parkrun

York parkrun
Event number 363
1st January 2020

This week 729 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 103 were first timers and 89 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 81 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 43 volunteers:

Clare MOFFATT • Jerry BARNES • Danny SAMPSON • Chris POULTON • Mark HARNEY • Stephen WILSON • Jennifer DAVIS • Ste ROBSON • Nick GRIFFIN • David LEESE • Laurence GRIFFIN • Holly LEESE • Kirsty HENDERSON • Barbara GRIFFIN • Ellie GRIFFIN • Liz PIPER • Simon MIDDLETON • Karin FOTHERGILL • Jane MORBY • Ian FAIRLAMB • Maria Anne WATSON • Graham ROBERTSON • Jonathan SMITH • Nick BOYD • Robert MCDERMOTT • Catherine GREAVES • Allyson BUCKTON • Nick SHIPLEY • James TUCKER • Paul LISTER • Louise STRINGER • Jordan HOWE • Abbie SPENCE • Abigail BROOKS • Yvonne ORTON • Carl WAIN • Amy IREDALE-MITCHELL • Sally MINSKIP • Jack SLOCOMBE • Jill MOGER • Mary JENKINS • Laura WALKER • Michelle ATKINS

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

The female record is held by Laura WEIGHTMAN who recorded a time of 16:12 on 12th March 2016 (event number 190).
The male record is held by Graham RUSH who recorded a time of 14:37 on 19th August 2017 (event number 253).
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 21,527 participants have completed 136,117 parkruns covering a total distance of 680,585 km, including 22,083 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,026 individuals have volunteered 8,352 times.

1st January 2020, the one where 729 ran York parkrun at 9am and 756 people ran Heslington parkrun at 10.30am. Today’s run/walk/volunteer on the ‘Mire was something special; there was a great buzz, with new faces of first timers and tourists along with seeing familiar folk from all three of our wonderful city’s parkruns. Hats off to those of you that ran the ‘parkrun double’, extra kudos to those that ran between the two!

New Year’s Day is a time to reflect on the year gone by, so please indulge me. Nelson Mandela once said “It always seems impossible until it's done” and I can clearly recall feeling like that at my first parkrun back in May 2017. I had started couch to 5k in the January as part of a new year’s resolution to get fit again after having two kids. I was stood on the Knavesmire with no idea what to do with my barcode let alone which direction to run. It was the first time I had run 5k non-stop and it felt like a mammoth task to get round. Now I am 63 parkruns down, several PBs attained, many volunteering credits accrued and I feel like part of the parkrun furniture! I love the warm acknowledging ‘Hi Abbie’ that I get from time to time, or when Rob shouts ‘go Abbie’ when crossing the finish on the first lap. It can be a daunting task starting parkrun, encourage your friends and family to take it up – it really can be life changing, whether you run, walk, spectate or volunteer.

So that’s the past, what about the year ahead? What joy can 2020 bring us? Will you be aiming for a milestone tee, want to try out a new volunteering role or have an annual mileage total in mind? I hope to introduce at least one more person to parkrun; they may be a friend, family member or even a patient…(I can’t do a run report without mentioning #parkrunpractice). If you work at a GP practice and unsure if you’re practice is signed up, give them a prod and signpost them to the excellent parkrun/RCGP toolkit.

So that’s all from me. Happy New Year to all York parkrunners, I wish you all the best for 2020.

Abbie Brooks

Photo courtesy of Rob Wiles

Photo courtesy of Rob Wiles