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York parkrun Christmas Day 2019 – by Dave Piper

Santa Claus Is Running To Town
(Christmas Day, 2019 - York parkrun #361)

The Christmas holidays are ticking away, towards the drear of “back to school” and
January-itis. In a few short days, it’ll be 2020 - New Year - All The Best - Back To
Work. But, as the days gradually lengthen into spring and we face that cold, sharp
bite of February-March, we’ve got our memories. Memories of smiles, laughter,
bemused dogs in antlers, joggers dressed as Christmas presents, others dressed as
Santa, many with bells or tinsel or new, clean road shoes.
Memories of a misspent Christmas parkrun.

803 of York’s maddest (Bravest, shurely? Ed.) turned out of bed in the pitch black of
Christmas morning, shivering and sleepy-eyed, ready to brave it all for the glory of
the parkrun. Everyone was there - from the hardy group of heroes checking out the
course (“Look, no ice, hoorah!”), to the pace-setters and tail-walkers half an hour (and
a patch of freezing fog) later (“Woooooah, it’s all icy!”), to the
parkrunners/joggers/walkers themselves (“He’s wearing a present on his head!
Aaaaah! Ice!”). We got off to a fine start, Santa chasing an Elf, chasing a Christmas
Tree, chasing Santa, chasing a Christmas Present, being photographed by another
Santa, being watched by a dog in the festive finery. The cream of York (and
surrounding towns, counties & countries) was off. Not giving a figgie pudding for
lie-ins, relaxed starts to the day - or even opening presents! Dedicated instead, heart
and soul, to enjoying the blue sky and sunshine (the mist had cleared), chatting
nineteen to the dozen and avoiding the mudageddon next to the tarmac.
The atmosphere and sense of accomplishment, being out parkrunning on Christmas,
can probably be best summed up with a simple fact. Schools, town light switch-ons
and shopping centres are visited by Santa. We had at least 8, if not more! Do the
maths!

As always at Christmas, there were plenty of folk worrying about getting their brand
new running shoes wet. Someone should offer a pre-muddying service. Up &
Running, if you’re reading this, you can have the suggestion as a late Christmas
present! The rest of the talk round the track seemed to be a mix of surprise at the
weather (“No hailstones! No gale-force wind! No rain!”), plans for just what everyone
was going to do to that roast turkey later and cheers and cries as the 3 Christmas
Presents came in almost neck and neck on the last-but-one straight.
Some talk of their family parties, or holidays off in the sun. But give us a Christmas
parkrun - it’s a million times all the fun.

The Volunteers
(Without the Elves, Santa would be put out of business by Amazon Prime.
Without volunteers, this parkrun wouldn’t happen.)
A more-than-usually warm thank you to all our volunteers - who crawled out of bed
Christmas morning, earlier than most of us, to make sure we had a course to run and
people to time and cheer us all on! You guys are heroes - if you’ve never volunteered
at parkrun before, give it a go. Just chat to a hi-vis volunteer next time you’re down,
to find out more. The following parkrun people get themselves onto this week’s
honour roll:

Lisa BALLANTINE, David CHRYSSIDES, Paul EASTWOOD, Paul FOSTER,
Michael GREWER, Linda GREWER, Laurence GRIFFIN, Nick GRIFFIN, Ellie
GRIFFIN, Mark HARNEY, Simon HARRISON, Kirsty HENDERSON, Amy
IREDALE-MITCHELL, Catherine JONES, Neil LAWSON, Jane LAWSON, Oliver
LEADBETTER, Bethany LEADBETTER, Michael LEADBETTER, Hannah
LEADBETTER, Jane MORBY, Chris POULTON, Ruth ROBSON, Ste ROBSON,
Joseph ROBSON, Rob SEFTON, Brian SHARP, Anna SHARP, Nick SHIPLEY,
Myles SMITH, Steve SMOWTON, Graham TODD, Janet TODD, Robert WARD,
Ian WHITE, Clive WOOLLEY

The Results
(You know, Scrooge was keen on numbers? Just saying...).
A cheery Christmas Welcome to the 24 brand-new parkrunners - hope you had a
thoroughly festive time, and see you again soon. Of course, everyone who crossed
that finish line has recorded their fastest time this year, for a Christmas Day parkrun,
so well done! And a huge congratulations to the many parkrunners who notched up a
new all-time PB.

The following blokes were, overall, the most keen to get back to their presents:
Tim Stratton, from City of York AC who nipped round in a time of 16:08,
Tom Charlton, down from Tyne Bridge Harriers, who popped over the line at 16:11,
Alex Dickinson, with a new PB, who was hot on his heels in a time of 16:12.

The following ladies were fully focussed on notching up new PBs (or maybe on
opening that intriguing present under the tree!):
Charlotte Mason, from City of York AC (sounds familiar!) in a new fastest-time of
17:29,
Becky Hair, of Cambridge and Coleridge AC fame, jetting through in 17:59 (again, a
new PB!),
Ellie Fothergill with (guess what?!) a new PB of 19:59!

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and see you down the Knavesmire again!

 

York Run Report 14th December 2019 – by Caitlin Clark

York parkrun in winter is a bit of a gamble. When it's lashing down, there's no shelter and respite, especially as rainclouds are often accompanied by gales on the Knavesmire. However, Saturday 14th December was a bright winter morning, if a tad breezy, and 575 parkrunners made their way down to the racecourse for their Saturday morning 5km. The sun was rising over the 'mire as we huddled together at the start. A fellow parkrunner noted to me that although lovely, the sun would be full in the face on that first kilometre. Given that he then got a PB, I don't think it hindered too much!

After a briefing by RD Rob, a special guest from our sister parkrun at Heslington, we were off. Despite being on a well-drained racecourse, the York route does have a few puddles of long-standing fame, such as the puddle of broken PB dreams, but thankfully they weren't too pernicious this weekend. It was more muddy than anything else!

11 parkrunners chose to kick off their parkrun journey with us at York this week. Well done, and see you next week?
57 runners got a York parkrun PB this week; well done, especially with that headwind!
Clare Rowntree was first lady back in a time of 20:42.
Tobias Fletcher was first male home this week in a time of 16:29, which was also a PB.
Steve Asquith was the highest age grading with 79.32%

We also had quite a few milestones this week:
Liz Gilley, Anne Turner and Helen Dearlove ran their 100th parkrun.
Thomas Tam, Elisha De-Alker, Ailsa Parker, Russ Carr, Tony Simmonds ran their 50th parkrun.
Isla Nicholl and Mollie Nicholl ran their 10th parkrun as juniors.

Finally, it couldn't have happened without the 32 people who volunteered their time to make it happen:

Jane ANSPACH-SYKES, Ethan ARNOLD, Louise BARCLAY JOHNSON, Russ CARR, James CARTER, David CHRYSSIDES, Andrew CLARK, Caitlin CLARK, Cheryl DABROWSKI, Danny EVANS, Paul FOSTER, Helen GRAINGER, Mark HARNEY, Andy HAZELWOOD, Jordan HOWE, Rob HUNT, Neil LAWSON, Jane LAWSON, Linda LOCKETT, Grace LOVATT, Sam LYNN, Sharon LYNN, Jane Victoria MARSHALL, Charlotte MIDDLETON, Liz PIPER, Joanne RICHMOND, Nick SHIPLEY, Jack SLOCOMBE, Steve SMOWTON, Nicholas STAFFORD, Lynn STANNARD, David WATSON.

 

York Run Report #356 – by Sharon Fox

Y York?

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I’m sure York parkrun are used to Alphabeteers and this weekend I joined those who have travelled before me to gain my Y in the Alphabet Challenge. It was also a good excuse for a weekend away in beautiful York with husband Nick, brother Dave and Sister In Law Terri.

Saturday morning could not have been more Novemberish; it was grey, cold and very wet however everyone I came across seemed oblivious to this and just seemed happy to be at parkrun as usual. Following the directions advised on the Facebook page we parked easily and sought out RD Alan who welcomed us warmly and pointed us in the direction of the start.

As we reached the other side of the racecourse, around 8.45, I was surprised at how quiet it was, however, within a few minutes 429 people had appeared from nowhere and looked keen to set off so they could at least warm up a little. I’d noticed a 22 pacer who introduced himself as Ian and after a quick chat I’d committed to trying to stay with him in search of a PB (I’d heard it’s a flat course on a decent track so why not go for it!). The start was pretty congested and starting a little further back I think cost me a good few seconds and Ian was out of sight. There was plenty of deep muddy water to splash through to add to the frozen feet feeling and biting winds along the back of the course, but you soon warm up!

My PB wasn’t to be as although Ian was in sight my cold legs weren’t feeling it. Dave and Terri had good runs too and husband Nick was the hero keeping the bags dry for us at the finish (he recommends the coffee from the Café 2 U van at the finish line!). Then it was off to The Knavesmire to help with token sorting whilst warming up with more coffee and breakfast. All was going smoothly until we realised a bag of tokens had sneakily gone home with another volunteer so sorting was abandoned mid flow until the missing tokens could find their way back to HQ. Overall, despite the bitter weather, we all loved our York parkrun experience and really loved York in all its Xmassy glory.
A few stats from today;
There were 13 completely new parkrunners, welcome, it doesn’t rain every week I promise!
Trevor Clough was the highest age grade this week with 80.98%.
Adam Moger was the parkrun veteran with his 451 st parkrun, wow!
Congratulations to Janet Cordingley on her 250th
Rob Evans and Rachel Gillespie ran their 100th , congratulations!
Lisa Elwood ran her 50th too.
33 Knavesmire Harriers ran, the biggest club representation.
As always a big shout out to the volunteers who stood out in the rain and cold to make it happen;
Kevin ARMSTRONG, Ethan ARNOLD, Eleanor BALE, Matt BROWN, Andrew CLARK, Caitlin CLARK, Alastair CRAVEN, Jennifer DAVIS, Linda ETHELL, Ian FAIRLAMB, Lily FLEAT, Emma FOTHERGILL, John FOTHERGILL, Sharon FOX, Julia GAVIN, Tim GIBSON, Rachel GILLESPIE, Michael GREWER, Linda GREWER, Barbara GRIFFIN, Ellie GRIFFIN, Nick GRIFFIN, Paula KELLY, Michael LEADBETTER, Jane Victoria MARSHALL, Rachel MCMAHON, Yvonne ORTON, Ellie PAGE, Liz PIPER, Chris POULTON, Poppy PRIESTLEY, David ROGERS, Terri ROGERS, Adrian STIPETIC, Liam WARWICK, Alan WILKINSON
Why not get involved and volunteer? It’s so rewarding and there’s plenty you can do and still run
too!

Thank you York for a lovely morning. ☺️

 

Course & weather update – York parkrun 9/11/19

As of this Friday morning 8/11/19 the course is currently a bit puddly in places, a bit sandy in places, but perfectly runnable.

Tomorrow's forecast looks a crisp wintery belter - calm, sunny, speedy conditions. That said, the temperature is due to dip around zero at dawn, so a small chance of being greeted by frozen puddles when we arrive around 8. We're pretty confident all will be ok, but have put a contingency in place of diverting to our alternative grass course on Bustardthorpe field if the tarmac track isn't safe in the morning. In that event, we'll have a volunteer marshal at our normal start line until 9am directing people across the other side of the Knavesmire, and would give everyone time to get across.

Other piece of course news is there's a MoRun running event taking place straight after us tomorrow at 10.30. Their event HQ is around our half way point, so we'll have the novelty of running under their giant inflatable moustache. There might also be chip timing mats on the ground but they've assured us they won't create any additional hazards and we'll have a marshal in place there too.

Volunteers - see you at the finish area at 8.30. parkrunners - see you at the start, first timers briefing at 8.55.

Geordie is back with his coffee van at the finish line, and the Knavesmire pub is open for post parkrun brekkie.

Promises to be a lovely crisp wintery parkrun morning. Wrap up warm and don't forget your barcode!

 

Two Run Reports for the price of one! (York parkrun 351 & 2)

Run Report for event # 352 – The Soggy One.

By Dave Lingwood.

Nearly 275 headstrong and hearty souls braved relentless rain, cold temperatures and giant puddles of doom at the Knavesmire on Saturday to get their park run fix for the week.

Gathering at the start for the usual briefing at a soggy Knavesmire, by which time it had been raining non-stop in York for well in excess of 18 hours, there seemed to be a steely sense of determination in the air. After the customary group photograph of the Yorkshire Marathon and 10 mile heroes and heroines (well done all!) talk turned to milestones. Congratulations to Felicity Wheeler who celebrated her ton, and also to Elliot Thurland for completing his 50th. Lastly, congratulations to Adam Sefton, a Knavesmire parkrun stalwart, who was not only completing his 175th York parkrun but also celebrating his 25th birthday. A lovely tribute by Nick – who reflected on the positive impact that parkrun has on all of us as individuals and as a community – left a warm glow, lifting the gloom of the rain.

After the briefing was completed, Nick let us off along the Racecourse with the minimum if fuss. After only 15 seconds or so, it became clear that this week’s course would offer some steeplechase sections for those interested. After trying to avoid most of the first puddle of doom – realising it wasn’t really possible halfway through – I decided just to run through the next one. Whilst it was bitterly cold, it was a strangely liberating experience just plowing through without a care in the world. Looking around, it was reassuring to see that I was not the only parkrunner employing this tactic either! After navigating all of the waterlogged sections – which all appeared to be Cherry Lane side of the racecourse – the rain stopped a little which felt like a small victory. Thankfully, there was little wind, which can be punishing to say the least at York Racecourse. With no more rain, it was a case of keeping the head down and getting the miles done, in between a second stint of swimming York Racecourse style. Finishing in a bit of a slower time than normal and trudging and squelching my way back to the car, I wondered if I would ever feel dry again. Looking around it seemed like others were thinking the same thing. The one common denominator though – we all made it out and around, and that beats sitting on the couch!

Many congratulations to all the participants including the following:

Laurence Griffin– First Male Finisher (16:37) and Best Age Grading (78.44%)
Lucy Holland – First Female Finisher (21:39)
Adam Moger – Most Experienced Parkrunner, amazingly completing his 447th parkrun!

For the benefit of the statistically inclined we welcomed a whopping 49 first time visitors from different parkruns, and runners from clubs in Northwich, Preston, Islwyn, Kilbarchan, Wilmslow, Ystrad Mynach, Milton Keynes, Thames Valley, Leeds, Abingdon, Ingle and Worcestershire. An amazing 14 runners smashed their PBs, an amazing achievement given the hazardous conditions.

Lastly, but certainly not least, we welcomed 6 first ever parkrunners. Congratulations to Craig Haxton, John Lowe, Chris Allen, Lewis Hayler, Leanne Richards and Piyachart Promthong for being daft enough to start your park run journey this week. I think its fair to say that if you have the mettle to do your first ever parkrun in torrential rain, every subsequent one will considerably easier.

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 braved the challenging conditions:

David BANNISTER, Gavin DRYSDALE, David EGERTON, John ELLIOTT, Peggy FITZGERALD KAY, Lily FLEAT, Julia GAVIN, Ruairi GILES, Nick GRIFFIN, Laurence GRIFFIN, Barbara GRIFFIN, Ellie GRIFFIN, Roger HORBERRY, Dave LINGWOOD, Cormac MALONE, Jane MORBY, Yvonne ORTON, Liz PIPER, Chris POULTON, Poppy PRIESTLEY, Jeannie E. SNELLING, Robert WARD, Ian WHITE

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

The male record is held by Graham RUSH who recorded a time of 14:37 on 19th August 2017 (event number 253).
The female record is held by Laura Weightman who recorded a time of 16:12 on 12th March 2016 (event number 190).
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 20,552 participants have completed 130,000 parkruns covering a total distance of 650,000 km, including 21,454 new Personal Bests. A total of 984 individuals have volunteered 8,007 times.

Run Report for event # 351 – by Dave Lancaster

A lovely perfect clear day greeted 568 parkrunners on the Knavesmire this morning. Leading the filed all the way from Bedford was first timer Peter Grahamin an excellent 16 min and 21 secs. the runner up who set a new PB of 18 min 54 sec and was also achieving a new milestone of 50 parkruns was Jonathan Hardy (South Leeds)

Leading ladies were Sarah Hunter (Ackworth Road Runners) in a new PB of 18m 54 sec and Elizabeth Clough a first timer all the way from Peterborough clocing 19m 53 secs. I was also celebrating today by reaching a milestone of 200 parkruns and i chose my home course to achieve it on my 79th appearance here. I decided to remember it by presenting a Tesco voucher to teh oldest man and lady running today.

The two octogenarians showing everyone how it's done regardless of age were Don Gunnrunning an excellent 38 min 32 sec together with Dot Mockridge returning an impressive 56 min 52 sec. It was a pleasure to meet both of them and hopefully they will inspire other people in their age group to turn out on a Saturday morning as it is such a social atmosphere as well as for keeping fit.

Other park runners celebrating milestones today were James Carter (York Postal) also hitting 200 parkruns, well done and keep it going. Louise Fuller all the way from Northampton chose York for her 100th edition, as was Steve Simms fantastic efforts from both of you!

Another equally impressive tally was from Graham Todd of Ebor Orienteers who reached the magic total of 250 parkruns completed - terrific accomplishment!
Finally not forgetting Allyson Lyster, Anne Chaplin (Fit Mums and Friends) Anna Maughan (first timer) Helen Davis who also recorded a new PB of 28 mins 53 secs and Richard Lovedale all achieving an awesome 50 parkruns - well done to you all and keep setting new goals

As always the biggest cheers are for this weeks volunteers for without them we wouldn't be able to participate in parkrun - just almighty appreciation for you all.