York parkrun is cancelled on 2021-06-26 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

York parkrun #368 – by Tim Gardiner

Unicorns dancing on ice

After forays into the Midlands, I finally hit the north for a parkrun. I’d previously drifted no further north than Newark or Lincoln for my parkrun fix; but York’s a city that’s worth the extra miles up the A1. What constitutes ‘The North’ has always fascinated me; it being a state of mind and culture rather than a strict geographical demarcation. The consensus at York seemed to be anywhere north of Leeds!

It was my first racecourse parkrun, having toyed with the idea of Market Rasen for a while. The Knavesmire is a magnificent venue for a run, you can imagine the thunder of hooves and cheer of the crowd, as you run round the course (approx. 25 furlongs!). It’s a course where amateur athletes have run with Olympians such as Jonathan Brownlee and Laura Weightman (female course record holder). On my warm up jog, the Puddle of Broken PB Dreams appeared to have dried up. This joy was quickly offset by the Breeze of Broken PB Dreams which gusted across the exposed racecourse at around 40 mph. The Knavesmire Knobbler which sweeps down from the Pennines is an infamous thwarter of running ambition.

A total of 618 athletes turned up for the 368th York parkrun, with representatives from 64 different running clubs. Many of these were first-timers to the course (105) and parkrun such as the fantastic walking effort by 5 year old Betsy Wilson to finish her first parkrun in 51:02, beating mum Ellie in a sprint finish. The fantastic support of 34 volunteers supported the athletes, eager smiles and encouraging comments more than welcome on a windy morning. Despite the strong wind there were 86 new pbs; well done all! We were awash with milestones beginning with Joe McDonald joining the Junior 10 Club. The 50 Club had three newcomers: Briony Mawson, Andrew Storr and Sally Shuttleworth. And last but not least, David Barrett stormed into the 100 Club! Congratulations to all runners for staying the course! An unofficial milestone in the form of Catherine Ward’s 200th parkrun didn’t go unnoticed. That’s true dedication to parkrun!

Personally speaking, 270 runners beat the poet (26:38); I was checked by the Knavesmire Knobbler after going out too fast in the first mile. That I ventured into the Sarlacc’s sandpit shortly after the start did not help matters. It was equally as treacherous as the infamous Swaffham Sarlacc and the Great Pit of Notley (Essex)! No-one mentioned the Knavesmire Knoll, the small hillock in the southern part of the course. Oxygen was in short supply second time round!

While scoffing a bacon bap after the run, I was informed by run director, Ellie, of the York Ice Trail in the city centre. Forty ice sculptures were dotted around the streets, melting rather too quickly in the February sun. I managed to find Sonic the Hedgehog, Gruffalo (minus a hand which had dropped off) but missed out on the Ewok and Jawa from Star Wars. It’s something I’m gonna have to learn to live with. On my return to the racecourse, maybe the Jawa will be lurking around the Sarlacc’s sandpit?

Poetry Corner #8

To fit with the majestic location, this week’s poetry corner features poet Jane Lovell, who has won many poetry awards and is widely published and anthologised. To date, Jane has had three poetry pamphlets published. She also has a love of horses and nature which she captures beautifully in this superbly crafted poem, the last line of which captures the emotion that can consume a parkrunner when they enter the finish funnel for the first time.

Godolphin’s Stallion

Beneath the sleeping giant, bones white as hazel,
Godolphin’s stallion shifts and twists
with the turning of the Earth, the slow creep
of rainfall through the hillside,
crawling, burrowing subterranean life.

Lost in the soil:
the rush of wind against his face;
startled partridges and pheasant airborne
like winged bottles, birds of Phasis ringing the silence
with their fat rusty bells;

deeper still, his master, long since rotted in his satins,
face drawn to a ghastly leer,
reins, a curled rind, grasped by the bones
of his hand.

The gods remain only in the spines of gorse.
Late June, early mornings, some say,
they flinch at the thundering hooves, the salt
and stench of champed grass as the stallion passes,
eyes wild with triumph.

In the stalls (and possible lame!), a series of my one line poems about parkrun inspired by famous York racehorses, starting off with the winner of The Great Match against Voltigeur (literally a two horse race!) in 1851. It’s said that this duel between Yorkshire horses drew over 100,000 people to the Knavesmire. Kudos if you can name the year each horse won without looking it up!

1. Flying Dutchman slowed down by a headwind

2. those second lap blues Die Hard

3. where’s that watter tap - Lake Coniston?

4. Vicious Circle lingering thoughts of another lap

5. personal best missed by a second Heartbreak City

6. Invincible Army first-timers smile from ear to ear

Tim Gardiner
Aka the parkrun poet
Twitter: @parkrunpoetry

The event was made possible by 34 volunteers:

Jane LAWSON • Chris POULTON • Egg CAMERON • Mark HARNEY • Nick GRIFFIN • Adrian STIPETIC • Deirdre SOUCH • David CHRYSSIDES • Barbara GRIFFIN • Ellie GRIFFIN • Graham WALTON • Fiona SEFTON • Adam SEFTON • Julia GAVIN • Ian JENKINSON • Rachel GILLESPIE • Alan WILKINSON • Ellie PAGE • Angela NORTON • Peter NORTON • Penny GREGG • Andrew CLARK • Yvonne ORTON • Tim GARDINER • Judi WATSON • Sally MINSKIP • Jill MOGER • Myra MCKAY • Ruth MALONE • Pauline DUCAT • Stuart MASHEDER • Adele STORR • Margaret INGHAM • Danny EVANS

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 22,009 participants have completed 139,390 parkruns covering a total distance of 696,950 km, including 22,452 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,042 individuals have volunteered 8,533 times.

 

 

 

York parkrun #366 – By Liz Piper

Where hast tha been since I saw thee?    images

And the correct answer of course is:  On York Knavesmire bar t’hat.  Although as the sun rose in a beautiful, golden glow over the Knavesmire on Saturday 18th of January, it was certainly not a hat-less morning!  With all shades and styles of bobble hats and snoods,
most people (apart from the fearless few) were wrapped up warm in view of the weather forecast.  All?  Well, all except for one runner who was heard remarking that he needed to ‘Strip off another layer soon’ - either a sign of a very hardy Yorkshire man or a sign of one eager to show us his tattoos.  ‘On York Knavesmire Bar Tatts perhaps’??

This week, 718 runners were gathered on this frosty but clear morning to run, walk or jog the 366th parkrun at York Knavesmire.

There is always an atmosphere of friendship and camaraderie at parkruns, but a mention must be made of all those running the RED January initiative from MIND.  Known by their red T shirts, red snoods and warm smiles, they have been out in force for the last couple of weeks doing their best to Run Every Day (RED - got it?) in January, raising funds for a worthwhile cause and exuding welcome and comradeship.

Runners came from far and wide this week, including Knaresborough, Scarborough, Northumberland and the States among other places.  Parkrun is a friendly and chatty place where there is time to meet up with old friends and to make new ones.  It was great to meet up in particular with some Hash House Harriers from Tibworth and share fond memories of running abroad.

Mention must also be made of a very special tail walker this week - a tail walker with a tail (and wagging it all the way round the route) accompanied by his ‘Responsible adult’ who also had a tale ....... to tell.  Our tail walker’s human was gearing up to take part in the Pantomime Run after parkrun finished, (Oh no she wasn’t!  Oh yes she was!!).  She had planned to take part as Dick Whittington’s Cat.  So imagine her disappointment when the costume arrived and was discovered to be just the right size .... for a three year old.  Never mind, may be it will fit the dog.  ‘On York Knavesmire Bar t’Cat anyone’?

After due celebrations for those achieving milestone runs (more about that later), and after a round of applause for all our amazing volunteers and the usual safety messages, we were off.  (Memo to Hash House Harriers: that translates as ‘On on!’).

Celebrations

  • Cheers today were in order for Keith Hamer of Knavesmire Harriers celebrating his 250th run, for Mick Kershaw celebrating his 100th, for Cormac Malone celebrating his 50th run and for Nina Wilkinson celebrating her 10th run.
  • Cheers also to the 96 runners who gained a new PB.  Congratulations and well done!
  • A round of applause too to the 99 people celebrating their very first parkrun, you know who you are and should be proud of your achievement.  Hope to see you all again next week!
  • And one final mention for the runner who managed to run all the way around the course this week without stopping once!  A personal best in itself.

A huge vote of thanks is due to all of the volunteers who worked this week in the cold to set up the course, marshal, cheer us on, scan bar codes and all the other jobs that ensure that we are able to run.  Without your help, runs would not take place.  We really do appreciate what you do for us!

This week our volunteers included the following 39 amazing people:

Clare MOFFATT, Chris POULTON, Mark HARNEY, David BANNISTER, Nick GRIFFIN, John REEVELL, Stefan DURKIN, Adrian STIPETIC, Cheryl DABROWSKI, Laurence GRIFFIN, James MACDONALD, Kirsty HENDERSON, Barbara GRIFFIN, Ellie GRIFFIN, Caitlin CLARK, Roger HORBERRY, Christine COCKETT, Ian FAIRLAMB, Peter GRAYLEY, Adrian GUNN, Ethan ARNOLD, Gillian SELLARS, Terry BROMFIELD, Peter NORTON, Alastair CRAVEN, Lucy HOLLAND, Duncan WILLS, Andrew CLARK, Louise STRINGER, Linda ETHELL, Yvonne ORTON, Ruairi GILES, Fraser ARNOLD, Sally MINSKIP, Amanda CHAMBERS, Samantha BROADBENT, Marc CROSBIE and Danny EVANS

If you would like to join our band of happy volunteers - there are plenty of opportunities to help out and we are always pleased to see new recruits.  Just take a look at our park run web page and send us an email at yorkhelpers@parkrun.com if you would like to take part as a volunteer.  See you next Saturday!

And now for the results.

Male placings:

First past the post in a time of 16mins 39 was Laurence Griffin from York Knavesmire Harriers.  He was followed by Chris Poulton of York Acorn AC in 16mins 41 and Jake Stephens of Vegan Runners who came in third place with a time of 16mins 50 which is a new PB for him.

Female placings:

Madeline Reynolds came in first woman in a time of 20mins 32.  She was followed by Sue Crabtree of Crossgate Harriers AC in a time of 20mins 52 and Kate Osborn from York Kavesmire Harriers came in third with a new PB in a time of 21mins.

Well done to all of you.  #Three Cheers!

A word of encouragement - please don’t think you have to be another Mo Farah or Kelly Holmes to join us.  This week we had pacers for all paces and, whatever your speed or ability, you are welcome to join us.  You will never be the last person in - we have a tail walker who takes that position - and there is usually the coffee van at the end for a warming drink.

Whether you walk, run or jog, you deserve a round of applause for taking part and finishing this 5k course.  Because for mast of us Parkrun is not so much about racing and winning, but a warm and welcoming social event with a run or walk thrown in for good measure.  So come along and try us out!  We look forward to seeing you again next Saturday.

 

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.

 

York parkrun #364 04/01/2020 – run report

Oh What a Beautiful Morning  

As the sun rose over the Knavesmire on Saturday 4th of January, it most certainly was a beautiful morning. With blue skies, sunlight glinting down and sending golden shadows over the grass and a degree of warmth greater than previous days, 616 eager people gathered to take part in the 364th Knavesmire parkrun. No puddles, no mud and no shivering - hard to believe it is actually January! And the coffee van was there.

With due celebrations for those achieving milestone runs (more about that later), cheers for Adam who was running his 200th and for Peter celebrating his birthday (not saying which) with gingerbread for all; after a round of applause for all our amazing volunteers and the usual safety messages, we were off with our wheelchair runner at the fore!

parkrun is not a race, although some choose to make it that, striving to beat their previous times each week and to attain a personal best (PB). For most it is more about the company, the exercise and just running and making new friends. It is good to see how many of us are taking part in initiatives such as RED January and other charities. Oh and the gingerbread was good too!

Celebrations

  • Cheers today were in order for Jason Newman celebrating his 250th run, for Steve Rhodes and Lindsey Illingworth celebrating their 100th and for Sarah Brennan and Jane Ruston celebrating their 50th runs.
  • Cheers also to the 45 runners who gained a new PB. Congratulations and well done!
  • A round of applause too to the 85 people celebrating their very first parkrun, you know who you are and should be proud of your achievement. Hope to see you all again next week!

Now, firstly, a big thank you to all of the volunteers who worked to set up the course, marshal, cheer us on, scan bar codes and all the other jobs that ensure that we are able to run. Without your help, runs would have to be cancelled (two down south were cancelled last year due to lack of volunteers). We really do appreciate what you do for us!

This week our volunteers included the following 32 amazing people:

Danny SAMPSON • Chris POULTON • Stephen WILSON • Lynn STANNARD • Andrew DAVIS • Don FORMHALS • Nick GRIFFIN • John REEVELL • David CHRYSSIDES • Kate OSBORN • Barbara GRIFFIN • Ellie GRIFFIN • Tim GIBSON • Andrew GREEN • Anna MARSHALL • Ian JENKINSON • Michael HEMSWORTH • Jennifer ROBERTS • James CARTER • Alan WILKINSON • Ellie PAGE • Ethan ARNOLD • Caroline DOCHERTY • Abigail BROOKS • Yvonne ORTON • Emilia BROOKS • Sally MINSKIP • Gill TAYLOR • Toni JENKINSON • Marc CROSBIE • and Danny EVANS

 

And now for the results.

Male placings:

First past the post in a time of 16mins 29 was Tom Charlton from Tyne Bridge Harriers. He was followed by Chris Poulton of York Acorn AC in 16mins 49 and Paul Begley who came in third place with a time of 17mins 29.

 

Female placings:

Katherine Davis from North Shields Polytechnic AC came in first woman in a time of 20mins 48. She was followed by Sophia Sachedina of Striders of Croydon AC time of 22min 15 and Gemma Walker came in third with a time of 22min 23.

 

Well done to all of you. #Three Cheers!

 

And now a word of encouragement - please don’t think you have to be another Mo Farrah to join us. This week we had pacers for all paces and, whatever your speed or ability, you are welcome to join us. You will never be the last person in - we have a tail walker who takes that position. For mast of us parkrun is not about racing and winning, but a warm and welcoming social event with a run or walk thrown in for good measure. So come along and try us out!

You might even like to join our band of happy volunteers - there are plenty of opportunities to help out and we are always pleased to see new recruits. Just take a look at our park run web page and send us an email at yorkhelpers@parkrun.com if you would like to take part as a volunteer. See you next Saturday!

 

 

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