16th September 2017
A bit of a drier parkrun at Blackpool this week, a slight drizzle just after you all set off but that soon cleared. I did, get one (light hearted) complaint that we did not have enough puddles this week for on person taking part, however I am sure that everyone else was glad for a drier morning.
This week, it was good to see our numbers being swelled by lots of extra parkrunners that usually run at Lytham or Preston parkruns, who were having a week off. As always, you are welcome at Blackpool parkrun so that you can get your parkrun fix. I managed to have a chat with some of the team from Preston parkrun that joined us, having a well-deserved rest, glad to hear that you enjoyed our course at Blackpool.
As always, it was good to see all our regulars and those that visit us from further afield. This week 288 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 90 were first timers at Blackpool with 31 new to parkrun. Congratulations to the 73 of you who recorded a new personal best time. With some of you representing 38 different clubs from around the country.
A few shout outs this week:
- A big thank you to Stephen Dunstan for his 25th time volunteering at Blackpool parkrun, as always you did a fantastic job helping out pal.
- Thank you to everyone for singing and wishing George Kennedy (the marshal as you went out through the park gate), happy birthday. Hope you had a fantastic birthday George.
- Well done to Dan Rowson, from Beeston in Nottingham, who joined us to complete his 50th parkrun at Blackpool.
- We also had another happy birthday for Debbie Ashton from the Darwen Dashers RC, I will not mention how young you are Debbie.
- I would like to say congratulations to all those that did the Great North run last weekend, too many to mention individually. Also congrats to all those that took part in the Northwest Tough Mudder. Plenty of Mudder finisher T-shirts present this week. Well done to everyone else that took part in other events last weekend too.
If you are joining us this coming Saturday there will be a number of runners that will be taking part in parkrun dressed for a wedding. This is to celebrate the forthcoming wedding of Naomi Simmons from Thornton Cleveleys Running Club. We are looking forward to seeing you all dressed up.
Also if you are taking part in or supporting someone at the ‘Pretty Muddy’ run in Blackpool on Saturday (https://raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/find-an-event/lawson%27s-showground-pretty-muddy-5k-2017-09-23-1000), why not come and join us beforehand to take part or cheer on all the parkrunners, we are only 5 minutes’ walk from the Pretty Muddy run.
This weeks event was made possible by 20 volunteers:
George Kennedy • Chris Pike • Janet Wilkinson • Michael Todd • Catherine Fletcher • Lynn Shaw • David Barker • Michael O'brien • Paul White • Sarah Brown • Alexander Shaw • Mark Gillatt • Stephen Dunstan • Zachary Shaw • Martha Brown • Chris Hammond • Suzanne Pettitt • Tracy Rothwell • Melanie Jones • Lisa Daniels
If you would like to volunteer with parkrun please go to the volunteer page on the website at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/blackpool/volunteer/ and email our Volunteer Coordinator.
This week’s full results and a complete event history can be found on the Blackpool parkrun Results Page.
Steve Swarbrick (VM45-49) of Bowland Fell Runners, was first over the line in 16:58 - first time in 2 appearances.
Alex Parsons (JM11-14) of Team Bath AC, was second over the line in 17:20.
Jake Acton (JM15-17) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:06.
Helen Lawrenson (VW45-49) of Wesham Road Runners AC, was first (22nd overall) over the line in 20:09 - 8th time in 11 appearances.
Gill Draper (SW30-34) of Lytham St. Annes RRC, was second (36th overall) over the line in 21:35.
Belinda Houghton (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (37th overall) over the line in 21:44.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Paul Muller (VM60-64) – 88.34% for the time 18:09 (4th overall).
Steve Swarbrick (VM45-49) – 83.60% for the time 16:58 (first overall).
Robert Ian Calderbank (VM65-69) – 81.97% for the time 21:16 (33rd overall).
The male record is held by Unknown Athlete who recorded a time of 16:08 on 11th February 2017 (event number 2).
The female record is held by Amelia Beaman who recorded a time of 18:39 on 8th April 2017 (event number 9).
The Age Grade course record is held by Maureen Laney who recorded 90.83% (21:59) on 11th March 2017 (event number 5).
Always remember to bring your Barcode to parkrun, as ‘No Barcode, No Time!’
Blackpool parkrun started on 4th February 2017. Since then 2,118 participants have completed 5,985 parkruns covering a total distance of 29,925 km, including 1,555 new Personal Bests.