Ahh, March 21st, officially spring no matter how you determine it. Winter is finally behind us and we enter a time of glorious mornings and gentle spring breezes. Unfortunately no one told the parkrun Weather Fairies about this so they provided the usual cold and wind. That didn't stop York parkrunners however, as 381 of you took to the Knavesmire backed up by an army of volunteers, all looking for your Saturday morning running fix.
Before the run we tried out a new briefing location to try and make it more audible to everyone. All of the runners were gathered around the sand mountain near the Cherry Lane entrance, and initial feedback about the change has been positive. Thank you to everybody for listening!
The run itself was a blustery one, and in general finishing times were a little slower than normal. That's not to say there weren't some impressive PBs however. In particular Cecilia, David, Alfie and Henry Pipe have 279 runs between them, and all four of them set a shiny new personal best. What a perfect family day out that was!
We had a lot of pacers for you this weekend too, in part due to the fact that the Thirsk 10 Miles and East Hull 20 Miles races were taking place the following day. Many thanks to all of them for dragging people round, and well done if you kept up with (or beat) them.
Most of the wonderful volunteers - thanks guys!
Dogs at parkrun
York parkrun is ideal for dogs, with it's good quality flat tarmac, few tight turns, and a huge open field to run on afterwards if they still have energy to burn. Please bear the following safety principles in mind however:
- Only one dog per runner.
- Keep your dog on a short lead.
The official parkrun policy on dogs can be found here.
As ever, a picture illustrates the point quite well:
parkrun rules for dog (and runner) safety
Each week we get asked about t-shirts. parkrun HQ are working with Tribesports to ensure that everyone who is due one will receive one, but there's a lot to make! The current estimation is that they will start emailing recipients of them in June and you should receive them shortly afterwards. No one will miss out, so thank you for your patience.
It's coming up to that time of year again when other people want to use our course on Saturday mornings. This is mostly for horse racing events, but the odd other event does come up too, such as the Tour de Yorkshire. All of the dates have been sent to parkrun HQ, and here's the list as it stands at the moment:
- 2nd May
- 30th May
- 13th June
- 20th June
- 4th July
- 11th July
- 25th July
- 22nd August
- 10th October
Ok, so that's a lot of cancellations, but every cloud has a silver lining for it gives us plenty of opportunity for parkrun tourism. Our newest parkrun neighbour as of yesterday is Wetherby parkrun, so you could give them a try, or choose from hundreds of other events around the world.
Finally, here's the statistics that you all love so much!
- Julie MASTERMAN (VW50-54) of Goole Viking Striders, was first (52nd overall) over the line in 21:39 - first time in 10 appearances.
- Lucy Jane LEWIS (VW45-49) (Unattached) was second (72nd overall) over the line in 22:31.
- Laura LUNDY (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (84th overall) over the line in 22:55.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
- Sharon LYNN (York Acorn RC) 2151 pts.
- Laura LUNDY (Unattached) 2094 pts.
- Anna MARSHALL (Unattached) 2063 pts.
- Andy SMITH (SM18-19) of Pudsey & Bramley AC, was first over the line in 17:01 - second time in 2 appearances.
- An unknown runner was second.
- Craig MCBURNEY (VM45-49) of Morpeth Harriers & AC, was third over the line in 18:12.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
- Darren Glen BAKER (York Postal Harriers) 2048 pts.
- David BANNISTER (York Acorn RC) 2036 pts.
- Chris POULTON (York Acorn RC) 1968 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
- Geoffrey HOWARD (VM70-74) was graded 85.34% for the time 20:55 (35th overall).
- Craig MCBURNEY (VM45-49) was graded 78.48% for the time 18:12 (third overall).
- Julie MASTERMAN (VW50-54) was graded 78.37% for the time 21:39 (52nd overall).
This week there were 381 runners, of whom 51 were first timers and 59 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different athletics clubs took part.
York parkrun started on 14th January 2012, and since then 5,801 different runners, including participants from 501 athletics clubs, have completed 32,384 runs covering a total distance of 161,920 km, and there have been 6,780 new Personal Bests.
- The women's record is held by Laura WEIGHTMAN who ran in a time of 00:16:14 on 2013-04-06 (event number 55).
- The men's record is held by Jonathan BROWNLEE who ran in a time of 00:14:43 on 2012-04-14 (event number 13).
The Age Grade course record is held by Laura WEIGHTMAN who recorded a 91.17% run (16:14) on 6th April 2013 (event number 55).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the York parkrun Results Page.