York parkrun number 371 by Jennifer Roberts

Another windy weekend for York parkrun. The Knavesmire has been a lake for most of the week but as Saturday approached, the water receded to puddles and mud allowing 458 people to run, jog and walk for the event number 371 aided by 25 brilliant windswept volunteers.

Congratulations to Terence Forrest, a Cairngorm runner and first timer to York, who was our first finisher and Monika Smutek who was first over the line for the ladies.

A few milestones to mention: Mike Smith on 250, Nicholas Jones, Peter Quinn and Matthew Johnson reached 100. Well done.

The early morning rain eased and the sun came out for the start. From my marshalling position by Cherry Lane, I had great views of the parkrunners, dogs and buggies starting the weekend in the best way possible. This was my 25th volunteer and marshalling has to be my favourite role. It’s wonderful seeing so many people of so many different abilities: the determined, the competitors, the social runners, the family groups, the health conscious and the forced-by-their-friend participants coming together, united for a short space of time, usually with a smile on their face. The power of parkrun.

If you have never volunteered before, come and see what parkrun is like from the other side. It will make you love it more. If you have never run before, watching other runners may just inspire you to take those first steps to a 5k. However you take part, I hope you now refer to Saturdays as parkrun day and continue to enjoy it as much as I do. Have a great weekend and see you next week for the 29th February leap year parkrun! Not to be repeated until 2048 so don’t miss out.

This week 458 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 86 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 59 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers.

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 22,285 participants have completed 140,918 parkruns covering a total distance of 704,590 km, including 22,647 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,066 individuals have volunteered 8,610 times.