Run Report for event #365 – Happy 8th Birthday! – By Dave Lingwood.

A bumper crowd of over 700 parkrunners flocked to the Knavesmire on Saturday morning to be part of York parkrun’s 8th birthday celebration.

Whilst the weather didn’t join the party, there was a celebratory atmosphere as the masses began to assemble near to Cherry Lane. As the briefing began, attention turned to those completing milestones. Firstly, congratulations to Paddy WORDSWORTH, Jenny MCNEIL and Alison STEWART DORINS, who each marked their 50th parkrun. Well done also to Nicholas JONES, who was celebrating reaching a ton of parkruns. Lastly, but certainly not least, a massive congratulations to Wesley POSSIBLE and Andrew DAVIS for reaching 200 parkruns each. Collectively, all of the above legends of York parkrun have completed 650 events – an amazing achievement!

After a big round of applause for the volunteers, who looked very cheerful despite the inclement weather, we were off. Setting off a bit slower than usual, I was a little preoccupied by the windy conditions – would I be battered by a headwind all the way around? Would it all die down? Or better still, would a perfect tailwind and a bit of luck propel me to PB glory?

All seemed well at first – the wind dropped; there were no puddles of doom and even the muddy stretch didn’t require any off-road intervention. Just after I passed the Grandstand for the first time, this naïve optimism became all too hard to keep up as a brutal headwind hit us all. At times, it felt like I was running in slow motion, adding a further bit of insult, given my limited speed. Gritting my teeth, I ploughed on through though. Looking around, there was a steely resolve and a lot of furrowed brows, which made me feel a bit better knowing others were finding it tough too. Eventually, the wind dropped again. Normal optimism levels returned, and there was even a pleasant tailwind as I sauntered down the last stretch. Crossing the finish line, I felt slightly windswept but thankful the hard work was done. Thank you to all of the volunteers for putting on a great event, and in particular for braving the elements. Here’s to 8 more years, and many more, of York parkrun!

Many congratulations to all the participants including the following:

George PHILLIPS – First Male Finisher (16:39) with a new PB.

Monica SMUTEK – First Female Finisher (19:59)

Mary FARMERY - Best Age Grading (82.62%) with a time of 26:05.

Neil LAWSON - Most Experienced Parkrunner, amazingly completing his 436th parkrun.


For the benefit of the statistically inclined we welcomed an incredible 93 first time visitors from different parkruns, and runners from a range of different running clubs. Tourists came from London Heathside, North Shields, Doncaster, Halifax, Tyne Bridge, Sheffield, Penyffordd, Lancaster, Cannock and Stafford to name a few!

Congratulations to the hardcore 65 parkrunners who smashed their PBs. An amazing achievement on such a cold and windy day.

We finally welcomed an astonishing 43 first ever parkrunners to York, quite conceivably one of our highest ever. Well done to Jan-Philipp PFLUGL, Joe STAFFORD, Ben CRYER, Luke MAFFETT, James ATKINSON, Jamie STEANE, Dale HUDSON, Harry RALEY, Andrew BRISTON, Eve PARKINSON, Lindsay MITCHELL, Gary WADFORTH, Dave TURNER, Andrew CARMICHAEL, Anna BLOOR, Sarah MILLS, Stefan GUTNICK ALLEN, Oliver RICHMAN, Rachel PARKINSON, Rachel WALTERS, Oliver THRIFT, Lawrence LUMB, Alana SULLIVAN, Sarah DIBLEY, Jayne TWIDLEY, Bradley HARRISON, Robert GAULT, Beth BATTWOOD, Sam SHUTTLEWOOD, Linda COLLIER, Sydney FOX, David CHAPMAN-PELL, Catherine CHAPMAN-PELL, Michelle POTTS, Steph MUSCROFT, Jo LUMB, Abbie SIMPSON, Grace SNOWDEN, Richard MORLEY, Simone BOLTON, Brian MCANISH and Chandra Kala DAHAL. Congratulations to you all and welcome to the parkrun family – I promise the weather does get better (sometimes).

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 offered encouragement and a warm welcome:

Neil LAWSON • Jane LAWSON • Chris POULTON • Emily Ruth HAMMOND • Sarah HARVEY • Jane Victoria MARSHALL • Mark HARNEY • David BANNISTER • Stephen WILSON • Nick GRIFFIN • John REEVELL • Adrian STIPETIC • David CHRYSSIDES • Barbara GRIFFIN • Jane ANSPACH-SYKES • Ellie GRIFFIN • Liz PIPER • Roger HORBERRY • Michael LEADBETTER • Julia GAVIN • Anna MARSHALL • Christine COCKETT • Rachel HOW • Ellie PAGE • Ethan ARNOLD • Graham ROBERTSON • Patricia SMITH • Dave LINGWOOD • Sally MINSKIP • Rob BYERS • Helen JONES • Elizabeth MITCHELL • Danny EVANS • Sophie HUTCHINSON

This week'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 21,705 participants have completed 137,437 parkruns covering a total distance of 687,185 km, including 22,189 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,036 individuals have volunteered 8,431 times.