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.

It is currently planned that all UK 5km parkruns will restart on Saturday 5 June. The 2021 parkrun competition will not restart immediately. If all goes to plan, in order not to encourage people to rush back to parkruns and add to the inevitable overcrowding, the competition will restart from 10 July, with a different format to reflect the times – scoring will emphasise small parkruns and local parkruns, so we are not seen to be encouraging unnecessary travel or large gatherings. More details to follow.


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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