Leeds’ Temple Newsam parkrun will celebrate its first birthday this Saturday and organisers are eager to commemorate the event by planning an after party and awards ceremony following the run. The free, weekly 5k has become a popular fixture in the Yorkshire scene and even attracted the Olympic triathletes Jonny and Alistair Brownlee to an event in September.
Temple Newsam is one of 24 separate events in Yorkshire and Humberside, making it the most popular region in the north for parkrun. Since its launch, there have been 6,223 runs around the scenic country park course, and a total of 31,115km has been covered by 1587 participants. Regular attendance sits above 100 runners, with current course records held by Jason Cherriman (16:38) and Hannah Oldroyd (19:38).
The event made headlines earlier this year as founder Ronnie ‘Ronstar’ Bray was awarded parkrun personality of the year. After suffering a serious heart attack in the summer, Ronnie was left unconscious for several days.
During his road to recovery, Ronnie received messages of support from parkrunners across the globe. Over the last couple of weeks, Ronnie has managed to take part in the event again and has inspired others to join him.
For more information on the Temple Newsam parkrun, visit their website.