parkrunday 2nd April 2022

On a chiily morning in the UK the numbers of Hyde Park Harriers out parkrunning this week were down slightly with 43 HPH Women and 39 HPH Men across 30 venues. There were no new venues added to the HPH list, but there were a couple of special events attended by Hyde Park Harriers. Roundhay was celebrating its 500th and Sam Dooley, Alexander Perkin, Faye Stringer and Mohammed Aslam joined in the fun.

Over in Japan they were celebrating their 3rd parkrun birthday and Vikki Hawkins – a Hyde Park Harrier who had been at their first event was there again and she has wriiten a piece about her parkrun story in Japan. Here it is.

“Three years ago, a very nervous me set off for Tokyo on my first trip to Japan. I was living in Dubai at the time and had to travel to do parkrun. When I saw the inaugural Japan parkrun was during the school holidays, I made the decision to go. A 10 hour flight and a 4 day stay seems crazy even now, but I am so pleased I did it.”

“When I arrived at Futakotamagawa Station I immediately spotted other parkrunners and introduced myself then went with them to the park. I saw Tom Williams (he was in the same running club as me back in the UK) and as I had not seen him for many years, it was lovely to have a catch up. I met Paul Sinton-Hewitt for the first time and had a chat to Noel Thatcher, who I had met before at a special event at Woodhouse Moor many years before. It felt totally unreal to be there at an inaugural for an event let alone a completely new parkrun country.”

“The event itself was quite simply parkrun. The same community feel that I have experienced all over the world. Absolutely awesome.”

“That summer I went back to Japan for three weeks and did my 100th parkrun at Futakotamagawa.”

“Fast forward to 2022. I am actually living in Tokyo now and Futakotamagawa is my local parkrun. I totally fell in love with Japan during that very first visit and last year I got a job here.”

“The team are so incredibly friendly and helpful. My colleagues from work have started coming to parkrun too. Two of them walk and love it because they are doing 5k and having a good chat. I’ve made friends at parkrun and going for coffee after the event is so lovely.”

“I feel so lucky to have parkrun back in my life again. Each Saturday morning, I go to the park, see the parkrun flag and I am home.”

Meanwhile over in Poland another Hyde Park Harrier – Liz Jones – was completing her parkrun alphabet with a Z at Zamek w Malborku.

There weren’t any first finishing Hyde Park Harriers this week, but there were 10 PBs. These were by Ralph Kidner with 31:15 at Chevin Forest; Alison Pullan with 24:36 at Millhouses; Ben Hartley with his first sub 20 minute in a while – 19:58 – at hilly Potternewton; Cara Gates with 22:35, Sarah Underwood with 23:13, Richard Edwards with 24:45, Jo Rhodes with 25:16 and Heather Fulton with 30:57 at Roberts Park; Sam Dooley with 23:40 at Roundhay; and Abdu Ahmed with 21:31 at Woodhouse Moor – a whole minute off last week’s PB there.

Jane Prust joined the parkrun 50 club with her run at Glossop which was also this week’s top female Age Grade% of 68.81%. Top male Age Grade% was 76.69% by Gordon Crawford at Woodhouse Moor.

Here are the details of this week’s parkrunning Hyde Park Harriers.


Alexandra Natalie SMITHRothwellUK28:3751.72%66
Alison HARGREAVESWoodhouse MoorUK34:0045.00%109
Alison PULLANMillhousesUK24:3660.16%119PB
Alys GRIFFITHSRoberts ParkUK25:4557.54%204
Amy RAMSDEN-YOUNGWoodhouse MoorUK24:2360.97%161
Anna MOGERYorkUK28:1554.87%230
Anna STOCKSRothay ParkUK22:2665.97%266
Anne AKERSWoodhouse MoorUK38:4051.64%335
Cara GATESRoberts ParkUK22:3565.98%147PB
Catherine MCGUIREArmleyUK29:4750.36%104
Charlotte PUGSLEYWoodhouse MoorUK25:5457.14%53
Claire BOOTHWoodhouse MoorUK24:4760.52%182
Claire HOUGHAMWoodhouse MoorUK32:2948.44%280
Claire LYONSWoodhouse MoorUK27:3355.84%140
Clare EVANSWoodhouse MoorUK26:3655.76%245
Clare MAXWELLAlexandraUK27:0065.31%353
Danni BRYANTWoodhouse MoorUK27:0354.71%74
Debbie BROWNBurgessUK42:2141.64%241
Ellie CROSSLEYChevin ForestUK30:3948.29%51
Emma AMORDunfermlineUK30:0849.34%144
Emma BROWNWoodhouse MoorUK24:1561.03%186
Emma WHITLOWWoodhouse MoorUK40:4936.30%42
Faye STRINGERRoundhayUK29:1451.48%83
Heather FULTONRoberts ParkUK30:5748.14%137PB
Helen BEDDOWWoodhouse MoorUK28:5051.39%84
Hilary M Z LUNDRothwellUK32:1863.73%278
Jane PRUSTGlossopUK29:0168.81%50
Jasbir BANGERHWoodhouse MoorUK33:0751.89%556
Jo RHODESRoberts ParkUK25:1658.71%170PB
Katherine KIRKHAMWoodhouse MoorUK37:2542.45%108
Larissa BROWNDruridge BayUK24:0061.67%90
Laura HASTINGSHastingsUK28:1053.08%201
Laura KETTLEWELLWoodhouse MoorUK27:3456.23%166
Liz JONESZamek w MalborkuPL39:2150.02%503
Lizzie COOMBESWoodhouse MoorUK26:1368.15%207
Lorraine BEAVISWoodhouse MoorUK36:3957.03%249
Nicki DERRICKRother ValleyUK30:0849.12%185
Rosalie DANGAlbertUK28:1252.48%35
Sarah UNDERWOODRoberts ParkUK23:1364.03%128PB
Sophie STUDHOLMECarlisleUK25:0858.89%17
Tami BONDSouth Boulder CreekUS30:2260.43%49
Vicky HOUGHTONMillhousesUK24:1862.96%364
Vikki HAWKINSFutakotamagawaJP30:0056.56%122


Abdu AHMEDWoodhouse MoorUK21:3159.95%4PB
Alasdair FELLOWSWoodhouse MoorUK22:2457.59%7
Alex FELLSChevin ForestUK30:3942.14%58
Alexander PERKINRoundhayUK26:0349.52%37
Andy JUDDWoodhouse MoorUK32:2948.13%272
Aron FULTONRoberts ParkUK30:5942.33%156
Ben HARTLEYPotternewtonUK19:5870.45%263PB
Charlie JACKETTTemple NewsamUK24:0957.35%166
Chris JONESZamek w MalborkuPL25:2366.05%584
Curtis LEDGERWoodhouse MoorUK1:00:0323.98%63
Daniel WAASLincolnUK27:0650.37%355
Frazer CARRRoberts ParkUK19:0067.89%37
Gordon CRAWFORDWoodhouse MoorUK22:4476.69%205
Jack ROSEYorkUK23:2255.49%145
James UNDERWOODRoberts ParkUK25:4650.65%68
Jamie DOBSONStrathclydeUK24:4353.34%270
Jamie RYANRother ValleyUK34:5536.95%221
Joseph ELMESWoodhouse MoorUK21:0061.43%10
Mark HADDRILLWoodhouse MoorUK21:0664.22%253
Matt BARTONWoodhouse MoorUK22:4460.48%170
Michael VARGASRoberts ParkUK18:1972.88%176
Mohammed ASLAMRoundhayUK30:2950.41%180
Nick PAYNEWoodhouse MoorUK21:0663.74%94
Nick SHAKHLEVICHWoodhouse MoorUK20:2064.51%23
Paul DICKENSHampstead HeathUK27:5547.52%102
Paul RAMSDENWoodhouse MoorUK24:1559.38%139
Peter WHITE 2015Woodhouse MoorUK33:0249.85%177
Phil LINDSAYWoodhouse MoorUK32:2654.37%365
Philip FISHERChevin ForestUK22:4757.06%194
Ralph KIDNERChevin ForestUK31:1555.20%333PB
Richard EDWARDSRoberts ParkUK24:4557.31%262PB
Rob HEAPRoberts ParkUK22:4062.57%61
Robert BUTLERWetherbyUK50:4127.56%47
Sam DOOLEYRoundhayUK23:4067.75%261PB
Simon MCGRATHStretfordUK21:0262.68%184
Simon ROGERSHeatonUK23:4566.95%182
Stephen PRUSTGlossopUK37:3443.43%45
Steve BROWNChevin ForestUK54:2228.26%189
Tom ELCOCKWhitehavenUK25:0054.60%335