Happy fifth birthday to Middleton Woods parkrun

Middleton Woods parkrun celebrated their fifth birthday on Saturday (6 May 2023) with 102 people taking part in the 5km run, jog or walk.

Parkrun Volunteers.

Commenting on the day, the organising team said:

“Firstly we want to say a massive thank you to everyone who brought cakes and treats, and to the volunteers who were out early setting up the course and then stayed to clap every runner, jogger and walker across the finish line. We appreciate it so much and it shows what a great little community event we have going on.”

There was a sea of red, white & blue from both runners and volunteers as people dressed to celebrate the Coronation. There was even a Queen Bee out on the course.

Parkrun Royalty.


There was even a visit from Royalty before their big day.

Congratlations to Graeme who completed his 100th parkrun on the day with Monty.

Four first time runners joined in as Brook, Hannah, Sharon, Kenzie & Nikki were welcomed to The Parkrun family for the very first time.

Queen Bee

The event was made possible by 14  volunteers: Rachel Wright, Karen Head, Charlee Roney, Neil Wright, Josh Dixon, Martin Kaye, Linda Featherstone, Roger Burkill, Mark Bowman, Kirsty Johnson, Maggie Credland, Russ Vickers, Ewan Johnson and Kenneth Ingram.

Organisers appealed for people to volunteer at next week’s event (13 May) as they are currently a few short on the roster. They suggested any runners resting ahead of next Sunday’s Rob Burrow Marathon might ‘give an hour back’ on Saturday morning.

parkrun is a free, weekly, timed, 5km run, jog or walk. Middleton Woods parkrun starts at 9am every Saturday at Leeds Urban Bike Park on the Ring Road. You don’t need to book, just turn up, but do register and get your barcode at www.parkrun.org.uk/register before your first visit.


Main photo: parkrunners gather at the start line


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