On Saturday 13th April, Roundhay Runners hosted our local parkrun – a run route familiar to many of us, as the park serves as our regular training location throughout the summer.

Our members stepped in to a range of roles so important in keeping the event safe and smooth for participants each week. With Danny Smith as Run Director and Suzie Gillon cajoling our volunteers into position before taking her spot on timing duty, our club ensured that over 200 people were able to enjoy a free and welcoming experience.

As our long winter had recently seemed so keen to stretch it’s tail, it was a welcome relief to find conditions sunny and crisp. We enjoyed the finest running morning of a grim early spring. Which no doubt played a part in over 20 brand new parkrunners taking the plunge and toeing the start line on the 5k Roundhay course. After a short brief from Danny to welcome all-comers and outline the course, off went over 400 running shoes charging up the hill. A throng of Roundhay Runner encouragement lined the all important hill climb over the next three laps.

As well as covering each of the much needed volunteer roles, a number of our members joined the run. Including Bobak Walker, who recorded a PB of 18m 15s on his way to a marvellous third place finish, just one week before taking on the London Marathon. Sarah Oldroyd helped pace others runners to a 32 minute finish and Rachael, Monica, Anne, Alistair, Hayley, Sarah, Charlotte & Pidge all represented the club in RR colours. At the end of the run, with bar codes freshly scanned and the parkrun route returned to normal, it was time to retire to the Lakeside cafe for some well earned breakfast.

Parkrun events nationwide go from strength to strength, offering an approachable route into timed running for all abilities and running ambitions. Roundhay Runners were delighted to provide the volunteers for our local event once more and thank everyone for their attendance and support, helping to make the event an enjoyable experience for all.

There are loads of photos of the event in the photos section. Click here to see them.

Review by Alistair Urquhart.