parkrun Competition

The parkrun competition, started in 2017, was set to run for a fourth year in 2020, again with a few tweaks. Unfortunately, COVID-19 caused the abandonment of parkruns and hence the competition. Whenever parkruns are able to start again in the UK, the 2021 competition will begin and follow exactly the same format as planned for 2020.

There will be six set parkruns: Barnsley, Concord, Hyde, Penistone, Rothwell and Storthes Hall. You don’t have to do all these to qualify for the competition, but your best result of the year (the one that gets you most points – see scoring below) from each one will count.

You will get three wildcards: out of all the UK parkruns you do (excluding the six set parkruns), the three that score you the most points will be counted.  Limiting it to UK parkruns only is necessary because the formatting of results on the parkrun sites for some other countries is inconsistent, so including them would be a huge amount of work and it is clearer just to exclude all overseas parkruns. The highest-scoring parkruns are chosen automatically.

You will get one tourist point for each different event (ie different location) you run during 2020, up to a maximum of 20. This includes the set parkruns and the points will be added automatically.

Finally, there are points for volunteering – in 2020 you will get points for volunteering each time up to a maximum of 20. You will score 15 points for each of the first 3 times you volunteer, and then 1 additional point for each of the next 17 times you volunteer (maximum 62 points).  Again, these will be added automatically, as long as you are on the results pages as an official volunteer for any event during the year.  For new members or those new to parkrunning, volunteering points will only appear after you have run a parkrun (for technical reasons), but those you accumulated before you ran will be counted once you have run.


You earn points based on the following:

Age grading 70+ 65+ 60+ 55+ 50+ <50
Points   6   5   4   3   2   1
Category position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th–5th 6th–10th 11th+
Points   6   5   4       3               2             1

Bonus Points for PB: if you get a course PB then you get 3pts (first time appearance does not count, you need to have done at least two at same venue for a PB to count).

You will score points as above at the six set parkruns (your best points haul from each will count) and from three additional wildcard parkruns during the year (again, the three that score highest points).

In addition, you score points for volunteering and tourism points as described above.

Qualifying runners
All first claim members will be included as long as they have Penistone Footpath Runners registered with parkrun as their club. To add Penistone as your club click on “manage my profile” in any of your results emails from parkrun, and then use the “update” link on the My Links page.

You must volunteer at least once to qualify for prizes at the end of the year.

Penistone parkrun tour
Not part of the parkrun competition, but as a social club event, each month, a member nominates a particular parkrun and a few members go as a club jolly. Each person nominating a parkrun also nominates the next person. The list of nominees, parkruns and attendance is here. In 2020, if the parkrun competition ends as a tie, the runner who has attended the most Penistone parkrun tour events will be the winner.

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