Blackpool parkrun # 76 – 28/07/2018

After the recent warm weather it was a welcome change that Saturday morning was a bit cooler than it had been. However the wind was threatening to make it a challenging parkrun, luckily this was not really too much of an issue.

As the volunteers started to gather at the clock tower Christine arrived bearing gifts. For those that are do not know there is a brand new parkrun starting on the Fylde Coast on the 4th August 2018. This is Fleetwood Promenade parkrun ( . Over the last few months the Fleetwood team have been training/practising at Blackpool parkrun, they have worked hard and are now ready to put into practice everything at Fleetwood. Anyway Christine arrived with a cake to say thank you to all the volunteers at Blackpool for helping the Fleetwood team prepare for their own parkrun.
A big thank you from the team at Blackpool and we wish you well at Fleetwood, we will endeavour to come and run the course when we are not volunteering. The cake went down well with the volunteers who soon made it disappear whilst doing the results and sorting the tokens for next week.

This weeks amazing volunteers that made Blackpool parkrun possible were:

James Michael MULVANY • Lesley SMITH • Ashley HUGHES • Christine BROOK • Catherine FLETCHER • Kathryn CHESTER • Yvonne DAVIES • David BARKER • Wayne FILER • Anna BEAUMONT • Tracy SMALLEY • Stephen DUNSTAN • Michael MCSHANE • George LUI • Andrew WOODWARD • Suzanne LEONARD • Michael FOSTER • Tom SMALLEY • Gill HAYES • Nicola DOOLEY • Elspeth MACPHERSON

Thank you so much to each of the volunteers without this fantastic team of people we would not be able to have parkrun. If you would like to join the team and volunteer at Blackpool parkrun please contact us by email at or message us through the Facebook page (

This week 163 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

This weeks full results and a complete event history can be found on the Blackpool parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Joseph MONK who recorded a time of 16:06 on 7th October 2017 (event number 34).
The female record is held by Tessa ROBINSON who recorded a time of 18:20 on 23rd June 2018 (event number 71).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paul MULLER who recorded 91.17% (17:45) on 23rd June 2018 (event number 71).

Blackpool parkrun started on 4th February 2017. Since then 3,787 participants have completed 14,342 parkruns covering a total distance of 71,710 km, including 3,263 new Personal Bests.


Blackpool parkrun #72 – 30/06/18

Blackpool parkrun #72 – 30/06/18

When the Police arrived at the parkrun and said an animal had escaped from the zoo we had a momentary coronary… quickly was reassured that the parkrun could go ahead; but could we ask the participants to keep an eye out for the escapee Lemur.

We had another glorious sunny morning where 200 parkrun participants ran, jogged and walked the 5km 2 lap course of Stanley park. Welcoming 43 first timers. A staggering 37 participants attaining new personal best times FANTASTIC. Only 1 of those, Mya Hammond, going on to post a celebratory “shuffle” online afterwards.

We had a group from Liverpool Running Bugs club who showed outstanding support for each of their club participants and they stated that this was the “friendliest” parkrun they had had the pleasure of taking part in

Notable results:-
17.59 Charlie Spencer, Halifax Harriers & AC, First timer.
18.17 Paul Muller, Horwich RMI Harriers.
18.55 Steve Hallas, Preston Harriers, New PB.
19.17 Adam Callow, Blackpool Wyre & Fylde AC
19.21 Paul Sparrow, Blackpool Wyre & Fylde AC, New PB.
22.30 Nicola Unsworth, Blackpool Wyre & Fylde AC. (First Female)
59.59 Lee Mur, Blackpool Zoological Gardens, First Timer.

A big thank you to all our volunteers without whom the event would not go ahead, please consider getting involved in volunteering ask the Run Director who will be happy to get you started.


71st Blackpool parkrun, 23.06.18

The weather could not have been more perfect with beautiful clear blue skies and the slightest hint of a westerly breeze for the 71st Blackpool parkrun.

This being my inaugural parkrun as Run Director I was excited and arrived super early to take a ride round the course moving a few branches along the way but otherwise the course was all clear.

The volunteers began arriving I gave my first sigh of relief as we all know “no volunteers – no parkrun”. As always I was astounded by the seamlessness of the volunteer co-ordination, the volunteers’ enthusiasm and their ability to “get the job done”.


As Lytham Hall Park-run was cancelled due to it being Lytham club day , Blackpool parkrun saw a bumper attendance with a field of 264. Welcoming tourists from Darwen, Rochdale, Blackburn Shrewsbury and South Africa.


Notable results:

Steve Swarbrick 16:55 (PB)

Phil Boynton 17:32 (1st timer)

Paul Muller 17:45 (PB)

Lee Barlow 18:14

Tessa Robinson 18:20 (1st timer)


Congratulations to all those who got their PB times the PB bell was ringing a great deal, a special mention to our veteran Park runners who at 96 years young just prove that park run has no age limit and came all the way from Shrewsbury to enjoy the Blackpool parkrun.


Blackpool parkrun to mark NHS 70th birthday with celebration event on 9 June.

Blackpool parkrun at Stanley Park will be one of hundreds of ‘parkruns’ around the UK to host a special NHS birthday celebration event on Saturday 9 June. The initiative, known as ‘parkrun for the NHS,’ aims to recognise the contribution of the NHS to the health of the nation and inspire people to take part in physical activity and volunteering.

Blackpool parkrun is a free 5k event that takes place every Saturday morning at Stanley park at 9am. It is open to walkers and runners of all ages and abilities and is coordinated entirely by volunteers from the local community.

On 9 June participants at Blackpool parkrun are being encouraged to wear their NHS uniforms, or NHS themed clothes and colours, and donate their miles to the #NHS1000miles Challenge. All Blackpool and Fylde NHS staff should be aware, so we are looking for new runners and new people to come along and cheer us on!

David Barker, Blackpool parkrun event director said, “We would love to see as many NHS staff as possible on the day, to walk, run, volunteer or simply receive a well earned round of applause for the incredible contribution they make to our community. If there’s one thing we know how to do at Blackpool parkrun it’s how to host a party - and everyone is invited!” Dave, run director for the event said, “Blackpool parkrun is a friendly, welcoming event that provides a perfect opportunity to get out in the fresh air to socialise and be physically active in a supportive environment.”

The ‘parkrun for the NHS’ initiative is being supported by Dame Kelly Holmes, a regular parkrunner who worked as a nursing assistant before going into the British Army and later becoming a full-time athlete, said: “Increased levels of activity leads to improved mood, self-esteem and a wide range of health benefits. I know from first-hand experience how sociable and welcoming parkruns are, so it’s fantastic to see it join forces with the NHS in its 70th year to encourage even more people to get active in this special year.”

The growing levels of obesity in adults and children is a major health issue for the NHS, as it can lead to a number of serious and potentially life-threatening conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, some types of cancer and stroke. Obesity can also affect quality of life and lead to psychological problems.

The cost to the NHS of treating diabetes alone is around £10 billion every year – nearly 10% of the NHS budget. It is estimated that obesity related illnesses are responsible for more than 30,000 deaths each year and that obesity could overtake tobacco smoking as the biggest cause of preventable death.


Registration is free on the parkrun website at:

The Blackpool parkrun website is


For more information about the celebration, contact us at Blackpool parkrun,


Event number 67, 26th May 2018

Blackpool parkrun
Event number 67
26th May 2018

Hello parkrunners

Hope you are ready for Event number 68 at Blackpool parkrun tomorrow on Stanley Park.

At the our 67th event we were once again joined by new and old friends, with familiar faces that join us on a regular basis and visitors from the length and breadth the country. It was good to see a number of first time parkrunners from Blackpool and the surrounding area, we hope that you enjoyed yourselves and soon start to take part as often as you can. This week 185 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible for you by these 25 fantastic people:

Louis Swarbrick • Christine Brook • Catherine Fletcher • David Barker • Nichola Griffiths • Paul White • Anna Beaumont • Verity Beaumont-Cooke • Andrew Say • Susan Ashton • Christine Young • Sherry Hogarth • Michael Foster • Howard Piperides • William Shepherd • Charley Cook • Amy Dunn • Isabelle Dunn • Catherine Anderton • Gill Hayes • Aileen Eaves • Steven Cartmell • Gabrielle Griffiths • Vicky Swarbrick • David Lardner

I am sure that you will all join me in thanking them for being there to make parkrun happen for you. These are the people that help keep parkrun free for everyone forever. We always welcome new volunteers and the regular volunteers would be appreciative if we had more volunteers so that they could have a turn at running too.

After parkrun has finished why not relax at one of the parkrun friendly cafes around Blackpool. Look out for this poster.


There are currently two cafes in Blackpool with these on display, these are the Parks Art Deco Cafe on Stanley Park ( and Cybelé Vélo on Coleridge Road, Blackpool (, Check them out for fantastic food and drinks when you get chance.

Last Saturday’s full results and a complete event history can be found on the Blackpool parkrun Results Page. If you are visiting us or new to parkrun this week this is what the course looks like

Map from South 4.0

It is quite a flat course (compared to some parkruns) with a mixture of tarmac and well maintained gravel paths. If you look around while you are running you will notice the wildlife and iconic buildings on the park, including the Heronry on the island at the end of the lake and the Bandstand where bands play throughout the summer offering events and free entertainment. More information can be found at and

We look forward to seeing you the next time you can join us.

The female record is held by Amelia Beaman who recorded a time of 18:39 on 8th April 2017 (event number 9).
The male record is held by Joseph Monk who recorded a time of 16:06 on 7th October 2017 (event number 34).
The Age Grade course record is held by Maureen Laney who recorded 90.83% (21:59) on 11th March 2017 (event number 5).

Blackpool parkrun started on 4th February 2017. Since then 3,410 participants have completed 12,496 parkruns covering a total distance of 62,480 km, including 2,893 new Personal Bests.

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