York parkrun is cancelled on 2021-05-15 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Christmas & New Year

We will be holding a parkrun on both Christmas Day 2019 and New Year's Day 2020, both at the usual start time of 9am.

Look forward to seeing you all there!

 

York parkrun #350 05/10/19 run report – Ian Fairlamb

 
On Saturday 2nd of October 2004, 13 runners and 5 volunteers turned up to Bushy Park in Teddington, for a free, timed, 5k run, called the Bushy Park Time Trial. They couldn't have known what they had started, but some 15 years later, more than 4 million different people from around the world have completed a parkrun across 21 different countries. Between them, that’s a staggering 53.8 million parkruns!  The parkrun movement and global ethos that accompanies it is ingrained in all things that are York parkrun! Indeed, the autumn is a special time in York, and a fairly crisp morning with leaves falling from the trees reminded us that the seasonal change had a cometh. The Knavesmire was cloaked with a thin veil of mist, with the still air making it quite simply the perfect parkrun day. 484 People came along to enjoy the autumn air and wonderful atmosphere, which led to what can only be described as a PB-fest, with 77 people obtaining personal bests! Together we ran 2,420‬ km, which is roughly the same distance to get from York to Sevilla (Spain) by road. Clare Moffatt was our enthusiastic Run Director, on this the 350th York parkrun.

We are very fortunate to benefit from wonderful volunteers. They so willingly get involved and this is one of the reasons why the parkrun movement continues to go from strength to strength. Therefore, the following 32 awesome volunteers are thanked for dedicating their time and effort, ensuring that the event ran so brilliantly:

Clare MOFFATT • Chris POULTON • Mark HARNEY • Rebecca CRAVEN • Don FORMHALS • Nick GRIFFIN • Richard PENNY • David CHRYSSIDES • Paula KELLY • Stuart LESLIE • Kate OSBORN • Barbara GRIFFIN • Jane ANSPACH-SYKES • Ellie GRIFFIN • Liz PIPER • Linda GREWER • Roger HORBERRY • Anna MARSHALL • Ian FAIRLAMB • Paul FOSTER • Poppy PRIESTLEY • Peggy FITZGERALD KAY • Gail HITCHENS • Yvonne ORTON • Becky SHEARD • Kirsty DINSMORE • Sally MINSKIP • Toni JENKINSON • Justin ABBOTT • Sally DANIELS • Ella DANIELS • Lily FLEAT

Milestones define so many of us parkrunners and so on this day we congratulate the following people for reaching their amazing milestones:

William TORGERSON - 100 parkruns
Sue COWARD - 50 parkruns
Danny GOLDING - 50 parkruns
Les MAGUIRE - 50 parkruns
Kate WOZNIAK - 50 parkruns

The first female finisher today was Emma TUNE of Goole Viking Striders in a time of 20:59. The first male finisher was Jonathan WALTON of Leeds City AC in a time of 16:15, with the highest Age Grade of the day - 90.77%.  Mary Farmery had the highest female Age Grade of the day - 82.34%.

There were 74 first timers at York parkrun. Congratulations to all, especially those starting their parkrun journey today (27 in total), namely Bhumiraj GURUNG, Steve HEDAR, Jonathan CAMPBELL, Harry MOORE, Luke ZWALF, Kevin MOORE, Samantha SYMES, John LAVERTY, Jim LAYCOCK, Greg POTTS, Linda WAYMAN, Karen MARSHALL, Ursula LANVERS, Anna COPPING, Rachel BLATCHFORD, Michael SYMES, Charles BOWMAN, Emma PEGGS, Molly HAZELWOOD, Sophie CLARKE, Luke WHITELAW, Connor PEARS, Billy OGILVIE, Natalie KESTERTON, Daniel GILES, Ramsay TAYLOR and Sinead WILLIS.  We look forward to seeing and welcoming you back again at York parkrun.

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

The female record at York parkrun is held by Laura WEIGHTMAN, recording a time of 16:12 on 12th March 2016 (event number 190).
The male record is held by Graham RUSH, recording a time of 14:37 on 19th August 2017 (event number 253).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela OLDHAM with 97.59% (in a time of 21:25) on 17th November 2018 (event number 308).

York parkrun started on 14th January 2012. Since then 20,304 people have completed 129,159 parkruns covering a total distance of 645,795 km - fun fact of the week: only 123,005 km to go until we will have collectively (metaphorically) travelled to the Moon and back (~768,800 km). When will that be? the current estimate is the back-end of 2020. A total of 974 individuals have volunteered 7,953 times at York parkrun.

 
 

28th September – Access and parking restrictions on Knavesmire Road

Hello parkrunners! This coming Saturday (28th Sept) we'll be sharing the Knavesmire with the York Balloon Festival, and there are traffic restrictions and NO PARKING on Knavesmire Road.

Full details are in the link below, but if possible please do consider if you need to drive and do allow a bit of extra time this week. Parking looks to still be available behind the racecourse stands, but with our friends at Heslington not running this week we are expecting a bigger than normal turnout so space will almost certainly run out.

https://www.york.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/18409/balloon_festival.pdf

 

Saturday 21st September 2019 – Liz Piper

Saturday 21st is memorable for being National Pecan Cookie Day, making it a natural for getting up and heading off into the fresh air.  A beautiful sunrise was accompanied by glorious weather, therefore, at 9am it was time for a run - in fact time for the 348th Knavesmire parkrun!  So, beneath a deep blue sky, in sparkling sunlight, 539 people along with assorted dogs, pushchairs and other appendages, gathered to run, jog and walk around the course.  Knavesmire parkrun is known for its biting little headwind on the home straight but today the wind was gentle and barely there, giving us all a pleasant surprise.

Celebrations

Cheers were in order for Damien Parkinson celebrating his 250th run, for Richard Penny celebrating his 100th and for Orna O’Toole and Andrew Lowson celebrating their 50th .

A round of applause too to all those 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!

Visitors:

Parkrun tourists travel from far-flung places and distant climes such as Canada and Heslington.  However I must mention one group - Sole Mates.  Having followed them to the Knavesmire and then around the course I had to find out more.  They are a group based in Matlock who run to support each other during life’s hard times and aim to have fun!  They turned up to celebrate a friend’s special birthday - and were heading for a cooked breakfast when I caught up with them.  Hope you enjoyed the run, guys.

Now, first, 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 have been cancelled recently due to lack of volunteers).  We really do appreciate what you do for us!

This week our volunteers included the following amazing people:

Claire ANTROBUS, Ethan ARNOLD, Jerry BARNES, Bethany BENGER, Yakov BOANI, Duncan CHAMBERS, David CHRYSSIDES, Caitlin CLARK, Charlotte ELKINGTON, Peggy FITZGERALD KAY, Lily FLEAT, Don FORMHALS, Julia GAVIN, Linda GREWER, Barbara GRIFFIN, Mark HARNEY, Toni JENKINSON, Jane LAWSON, Neil LAWSON, Clare MOFFATT, Adam MOGER, Ellie PAGE, Poppy PRIESTLEY, Pauline REEVELL, John REEVELL, Rob SEFTON, Louise STRINGER, Alan WILKINSON, David WOOLER and Carol WOOLER

#Three cheers!

And next for the results.

Male placings:

First past the post in a time of 16mins 34 was Rob Byers.  He was followed by Jake Stephens in 16mins 52 (a PB) and George Phillips from University of York AC Harriers (another PB) who came in third place with a time of 16mins 59.

Female placings:

Monika Smutek came in first woman in a time of 20mins 45.  She was followed by Brooke Poynter in a time of 22min 04 and Alissa Sharma from Roundhay Runners who came in third with a time of 22min 11 (a new PB).

More milestones:

Today there were 19 first timers  doing their first ever Parkrun and a further 91 people running the Knavesmire course for the first time.  Nice to meet you all.  This means that you have all gained a personal best time.

In fact today a further 56 people gained new PBs.

Well done to all of you.

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 most 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!

 

 

York parkrun No.347 – 14/9/19 – Paul Foster

Well, the day dawned, cold but dry. For only the 3rd time in the parkrun history, we were set to run on course C.  A group of brilliant and energetic volunteers set  up(very well in my personal opinion, but I did help!) the course under the leadership of run director Nick.

The big question was, would the people find us stuck in a corner of the Knaivesmere find us?, well they did , 302 people ran, jogged and walked the course. Chapeau to all!

Before we go any further, the deserved  fanfare for the said volunteers that helped get the show on the road:

Chris POULTON • Clare ROWNTREE • Jane Victoria MARSHALL • Nick GRIFFIN • David CHRYSSIDES • Barbara GRIFFIN • Ellie GRIFFIN • Kate DAVIDSON • Liz PIPER • Sean WITHILL • Roger HORBERRY • Julia GAVIN • Ethan ARNOLD • Graham ROBERTSON • Monica TURNER • Ric WOODCOCK • Zoe BOUNDS • Alastair CRAVEN • Paul FOSTER • Peggy FITZGERALD KAY • Yvonne ORTON • Elaine DANBY • Sally MINSKIP • Samantha BROADBENT • Lily FLEAT • Ruth LAIRD

To all, thanks so much as the parkrun would not happen without every one of you.

And before we knew it, we were off, 4 laps of the course, which was mostly grass with a bit of tarmac path , so we  didn’t miss our normal course too much! . As normal, there was a bit of jostling initially, but everybody soon got into their stride and looked like seasoned pros.

 

And after everybody's efforts, the results were:

Fastest male :Joe Morrow 16.21, fantastic run considering how much running on grass makes a difference, but a few mins off the fastest ever: Graham RUSH who recorded a time of 14:37 on 19th August 2017 (event number 253).

2nd   Kim Critchley 17:02                                                3     rd  Chris Poulton 17:11

Fastest Female: Helen GAVIN 22:14, very close to  her PB, but this still leaves  Laura WEIGHTMAN who recorded a time of 16:12 on 12th March 2016 (event number 190) as the fastest female still.

2nd     Ruth Barker 23:49                                                      3rd    Deidre Souch 24:07

But to every finisher , no matter what time , congratulations to all, you were all amazing!

The Age Grade course record is held by Angela OLDHAM who recorded 97.59% (21:25) on 17th November 2018 (event number 308).

To all runners and volunteers, we hope to see you all again next week for another fun filled parkrun on the normal course.

And a to finish on: York parkrun started on 14th January 2012. Since then 20,029 participants have completed 127,684 parkruns covering a total distance of 638,420 km, including 21,191 new Personal Bests. A total of 963 individuals have volunteered 7,857 times.