parkrunday 3rd February 2024

There were 58 HPH women and 65 HPH men out parkrunning across 49 venues this week.

Twenty-eight Hyde Park Harriers travelled to try out a new course and amongst these four were new to the HPH list. These were Harrow Lodge in Havering by Monika Pugeviciute; Five Arches in Radstock by Sarah and James Underwood; Castlemaine in Australia by Louise Gardham; and Ballito in South Africa by Becky Webb.

Harrow Lodge Park, Hornchurch is the largest urban park within the London Borough of Havering. It was established in 1937 when 42 acres of land purchased by London City Council was combined with 35 acres to be used as a public open space was donated by Costain as part of a planning application. The park has a varied landscape with woodland areas, amenity grassland, conservation areas and two lakes. The lakes are home to a number of aquatic bird species including Mute Swans, Canada Geese, Egyptian Geese, Grey Heron and the occasional Cormorant. In 1961 an area of the park called the Garden for the Blind opened. This garden had wider pathways and aromatic plants with a centrepiece dolphin fountain creating sound for visitors. Though the garden declined over time, it has been revived in recent years through the efforts of volunteers and is known as the Secret Garden. The parkrun course is a single lap on a mixture of grass and tarmac paths. In winter and wet conditions trail shoes are recommended.

The route of Five Arches parkrun in Radstock is along a flat, tarmac path utilising the old Somerset and Dorset Railway on the Norton-Radstock Greenway. The path passes by woodland, fields and through the Five Arch railway tunnel. The parkrun course consists of one short loop and one longer loop, starting and finishing in the same place.

Castlemaine parkrun in Australia is a three lap anti-clockwise course through Castlemaine Botanical Gardens. The gardens were carved out of the traditional lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung people and fenced off in 1860 in the heat of Victoria’s gold rush. The gardens are an outstanding example of a regional public garden created in colonial Victoria. The oldest tree in the gardens is an oak that was planted in 1863 to celebrate the marriage of the Prince & Princess of Wales. It now stands 22 metres tall with a canopy of over 35 metres and was named the 2021 Victorian Tree of the Year by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria). Castlemaine XXXX beer is named after the town where Castlemaine Brewers was founded. However, the beer itself is now brewed in Milton, Brisbane.

Ballito is an affluent coastal town located in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Ballito is about 40 kilometres north of Durban and 24 kilometres south of KwaDukuza. The Ballito parkrun course is in Sugar Rush Park – featuring areas such as the Jump Park – an all-weather indoor trampoline park; tree trails – a high ropes obstacle course; Unicorn Slime – the experience of making slime and getting crafty; and Ndlondlo Snake and Reptile Park.

There were three first finishing Hyde Park Harriers. These were Michael Vargas in 18:07 at Roundhay; Greg Judges in 20:23 at Armley; and Gary Grant in 21:35 at Knocknacarra in Ireland. There were nine PBs. These were by Matthew Drake with 26:13 and Dan Lee with 50:12 at Woodhouse Moor; Conor Gould with 24:42 at Whitley Bay; Vicky Houghton with 23:53 at Huddersfield; Joe Lawley with 22:49 and Sarah Jewers with 26:56 at Roundhay; Abdu Ahmed with 16:54 at Storeys Field; Peter Noren with 17:34 at Alstervorland; and Jessica Wanless with 32:09 at Kagerzoom.

Daniel Roberts joined the parkrun 50 club with his run at California Country.

Top female Age Grade% was 67.95% by Helen Noyes at Woodhouse Moor and top male Age Grade% was 76.33% by Abdu Ahmed at Storeys Field.

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


Aisling DAVISWoodhouse MoorUK32:3745.38%37
Alison HARGREAVESWoodhouse MoorUK29:0453.33%168
Alys GRIFFITHSLister ParkUK26:5555.23%295
Amber EDWARDSSheffield CastleUK25:1058.87%1981st
Amy RAMSDEN-YOUNGThorp PerrowUK25:2758.74%2421st
Anna STOCKSThorp PerrowUK25:2758.15%3651st
Becky WEBBBallitoZA30:3548.39%1131st
Bethany CHAMBERSWoodhouse MoorUK24:0461.50%139
Beverley MILLERPontefractUK31:1762.92%384
Carol ROGERSWythenshaweUK28:1365.92%2251st
Caroline SANDERSWoodhouse MoorUK28:3857.16%319
Catherine MCGUIREArmleyUK31:3747.87%164
Charlotte Victoria EVAWoodhouse MoorUK28:4352.41%19
Claire BOOTHWoodhouse MoorUK28:3053.10%254
Claire HOUGHAMWoodhouse MoorUK34:2046.70%358
Claire LYONSWoodhouse MoorUK28:3254.73%202
Clare EVANSBramleyUK27:3353.96%318
Clare MAXWELLWoodhouse MoorUK32:0756.36%437
Claudia BAUERWoodhouse MoorUK34:5543.34%327
Debbie BROWNChevin ForestUK37:5747.69%288
Ellie SHIPPWoodhouse MoorUK28:5751.12%85
Emma AMORHazleheadUK31:0848.02%198
Fiona CAMPBELLYorkUK27:1854.27%14
Gemma NEWMANWoodhouse MoorUK29:0750.89%81
Grace WHYMANSalisburyUK29:2350.37%871st
Hannah SUTTONPotternewtonUK28:4151.71%211st
Helen NOYESWoodhouse MoorUK28:3367.95%233
Hilary M Z LUNDPontefractUK35:4159.46%336
Jane PRUSTGooleUK30:2866.52%1461st
Jaz BANGERHWoodhouse MoorUK39:5644.16%655
Jessica WANLESSKagerzoomNL32:0946.24%33PB
Julie ROBSONWoodhouse MoorUK51:2735.67%190
Karly STRINGERCross FlattsUK28:2453.29%186
Kay JEFFERIESWoodhouse MoorUK55:1433.22%413
Laura HASTINGSKeswickUK32:0346.96%248
Lesley-Ann DONNELLWoodhouse MoorUK29:2151.11%229
Liz JONESPotternewtonUK40:0350.60%604
Lizzie COOMBESWoodhouse MoorUK27:4666.09%288
Lorraine BEAVISTelfordUK38:2156.19%298
Louise GARDHAMCastlemaineAU27:0064.51%1881st
Lucy RIDERPontefractUK31:0350.30%324
Lydia GREENWoodhouse MoorUK27:2254.81%51st
Manesha CHAUHANOaklandsUK43:2036.65%170
Matilda RHODESThorp PerrowUK51:1728.86%2111st
Monika PUGEVICIUTEHarrow LodgeUK25:0259.52%1021st
Nicki DERRICKRothwellUK25:5257.22%259
Poppy FORWOODHuddersfieldUK48:0034.65%216
Rebecca GOODYWoodhouse MoorUK50:1131.12%52
Rebecca GRAYWoodhouse MoorUK51:2628.97%345
Robin CULSHAWRoberts ParkUK28:4451.86%101
Robyn JOHNSONRothay ParkUK33:4344.64%274
Ruth MALTBY-SINKLERBushyUK27:3054.18%671st
Samantha TECWYNWoodhouse MoorUK29:0351.29%38
Sarah JEWERSRoundhayUK26:5654.95%93PB
Sarah UNDERWOODFive ArchesUK28:0453.27%2021st
Susie BARRETTWoodhouse MoorUK39:0164.46%110
Tami BONDSouth Boulder CreekUS31:0860.60%79
Vicky HOUGHTONHuddersfieldUK23:5364.90%452PB


Abdu AHMEDStoreys FieldUK16:5476.33%67PB
Andrew BASSETTQueen’sUK23:4154.47%2751st
Andrew CARRIERRoundhayUK20:4762.23%57
Andrew P NICHOLLSForo ItalicoIT23:4471.35%478
Andrew SMALLWOODWoodhouse MoorUK27:3750.57%39
Andy JUDDWoodhouse MoorUK28:0556.14%310
Ben HARTLEYPotternewtonUK39:5635.77%339
Chris JONESPotternewtonUK24:4369.12%686
Chris WORFOLKCabinteelyIE26:2750.47%339
Conor GOOLDWhitley BayUK24:4253.10%82PB
Craig MORLANDRoundhayUK22:0659.05%51st
Dan LEEWoodhouse MoorUK50:1227.59%31PB
Dan STEVENSONWoodhouse MoorUK29:0246.33%97
Daniel FAWCETTWoodhouse MoorUK28:1445.69%57
Daniel ROBERTSCalifornia CountryUK24:2053.15%50
Daniel WAASThonock Lane FarmUK29:4446.58%455
David DANIELWoodhouse MoorUK31:0247.15%46
David GREALYNorwichUK20:5363.93%1371st
Frazer CARRKing’s LynnUK17:1774.83%1251st
Gary GRANTKnocknacarraIE21:3561.85%1801st
George SULLIVANWoodhouse MoorUK23:3754.62%205
George WEBSTERWoodhouse MoorUK32:2539.79%125
Gordon CRAWFORDWoodhouse MoorUK23:4675.11%229
Greg JUDGESArmleyUK20:2364.35%47
Ives SOLOWoodhouse MoorUK33:1145.91%181
Jack CLARKEWoodhouse MoorUK22:2861.20%8
Jack ROSEYorkUK20:1964.23%202
James UNDERWOODFive ArchesUK28:1846.58%1161st
Jamie RYANMyrtleUK22:0958.39%2951st
Jason NEWELLGooleUK27:5153.80%3231st
Joe LAWLEYRoundhayUK22:4956.83%133PB
John BLATHERWICKRoundhayUK24:1754.63%352
John PRATTWoodhouse MoorUK24:2456.35%136
Jonathan COADENostellUK20:0764.29%561st
Jonathan PRYORWoodhouse MoorUK39:5732.83%139
Lee TAYLORPotternewtonUK26:2054.24%90
Liam BROWNSouthamptonUK27:5246.29%59
Mark HADDRILLWoodhouse MoorUK24:0157.25%336
Matt BARTONBramleyUK27:3450.67%249
Matthew DRAKEWoodhouse MoorUK26:1353.66%3PB
Matthew GRAYWoodhouse MoorUK33:2339.29%162
Michael GARTSIDERothay ParkUK26:5050.50%117
Michael VARGASRoundhayUK18:0774.79%214
Nigel WALLISWoodhouse MoorUK24:1658.86%72
Paul MILLIGANWoodhouse MoorUK28:3848.78%75
Paul RAMSDENWoodhouse MoorUK28:3551.20%213
Paul ROBINSONCross FlattsUK26:1853.11%143
Peter NORENAlstervorlandDE17:3473.43%70PB
Phil LINDSAYWoodhouse MoorUK33:3853.77%439
Richard EDWARDSWoodhouse MoorUK28:0151.40%337
Rob RILEYCaffarellaIT19:2366.64%1821st
Robert BUTLERThorp PerrowUK29:2948.11%127
Sam DOOLEYMiddleton WoodsUK28:1257.86%344
Sam TOWNSONRoberts ParkUK21:0261.33%161st
Simon MCGRATHWarringtonUK20:1266.09%238
Simon ROGERSWythenshaweUK26:5560.12%260
Stephen PRUSTGooleUK36:0646.03%1371st
Steve BROWNChevin ForestUK34:0045.98%247
Steve MILNEKingstonUK21:5562.28%3821st
Tariq ROBERTSWoodhouse MoorUK22:4457.99%31
Thomas MOULDINGWoodhouse MoorUK17:4972.59%125
Timothy LINLEYWoodhouse MoorUK20:0868.29%103
Tom ELCOCKHamsterley ForestUK28:0149.43%4321st
Tom MCNEILLIERoundhayUK23:3156.06%79
Vicente PONSODAWoodhouse MoorUK23:4455.27%77