There were bumper turnouts for parkrun across the north of England on Saturday (22 September) with eight events attracting record attendances and six with over 300 participants. Huddersfield just missed out on the magic 300 figure but the 295 field in the West Yorkshire town set a new event record.
The Huddersfield run produced an exciting finish with Stadium Runner Michael Hyde (17:06) edging teenager Peter Brookes. Youngster Natalie Jo McGuire (Longwood Harrier) was fastest female in 20.11 ahead of 40-something Dawn Broom. Keith Wild (26:36) was the mid-point runner and the final runner crossed the line on 54:22. Veteran Lynne Mannion raced round in 21:47 achieving an impressive time/age score of 89.06%.
Autumn sunshine and a Great North Run bounce saw record fields at Sunderland (147) and Gateshead (98). 50-something Sunderland Stroller Jillian Connolly enjoyed a red letter day at the Silksworth Sports Complex clocking a PB of 28:18 on her 41st parkrun while Zoe Evans produced the standout performance at Gateshead. The Elvet Strider followed up success at Sunderland last week with a PB of 23:21 and another first place.
Barnsley (121), Pontefract (141) and Leeds Roundhay (202) all set attendance records while west of the Pennines, Barrow (99) and Pennington Flash (122) recorded new highs. Standout performance was at Roundhay Park where Graham Pawley achieved a PB of 20:58 on his 101st parkrun. A regular volunteer and pacer Graham might have secured the coveted personal best on the day he was presented with his 100 run t-shirt however Roundhay parkrun was celebrating 'International Talk Like A Pirate Day' so that might have meant a loss of focus for the proud centurion.
To find out more about the free weekly 5k timed run and if there is one in your area visit the parkrun website.
Pirate image courtesy Wayne Herbert.