Blackpool parkrun cancellation

A reminder that Blackpool parkrun is cancelled tomorrow (12.05.18) due to an event being held on Stanley Park. Normal service will resume on 19.05.18. 

Remember Lytham Hall parkrun is only down the road and they would be more than happy for you to join them so you can complete your Saturday morning 5K.

See you all on the 19th May at the Clock Tower.

Blackpool parkrun Volunteer Team


Blackpool parkrun, Event number 62

Blackpool parkrun

Event number 62

14th April 2018

Today’s sunshine has reminded me of something, I haven’t written the run report yet.  Well I promised sunshine for last Saturday and I promised I’d do the report too so here it is.

Is was an unusual pleasure to be doing the recce of the course in dry weather; even if there were still patches of water on the path there wasn’t any falling from the sky Which was largely blue with an unfamiliar yellow sphere poking out from behind those clouds that were about.

To add to the sense of excitement at seeing the  warmer drier weather we had two other reasons to celebrate. Firstly,  one of our regular runners, May Hammond, was running with several members of her family and celebrating her 13th birthday which fell the following day.  The Hammond's as well as running are regular volunteers and you will see Dad’s  (Chris’s) videos of the runs on our Facebook page.  So thank you all, thank you Chris and Happy Birthday Mya!!!


Secondly, we were joined by runners from Thornton Cleveleys Running Club who were using our run as one of their Championship runs.  It was a real pleasure to see so many runners in their colours join us on such a lovely day.


We were missing two regulars though,

Les and Wendy (you will always see them running together) are holidaying in Lanzarote where, unbelievably there is no parkrun.  So, taking their barcodes with them, they ran the inaugural Los Pocillos parkrun and finished joint first!!!


Well Done!!!!

They were missed by all the volunteers and we look forward to seeing them in a couple of weeks, after they finish first places again in the second Los Pocillos parkrun.

Speaking of the volunteers, a big thank you please to all those making the event possible

Alexander SHAW  •  Andrew WOODWARD  •  Anna BEAUMONT  •  Billy COOK  •  Catherine FLETCHER  •  Charlotte FULLER  •  Chris WADE  •  Christine BROOK  •  David BARKER  •  Dawn BARON  •  Eve DUNN  •  Fiona LITTLE  •  George KENNEDY  •  George LUI  •  Harrison CARDWELL  •  Hugo MACE  •  Isabelle DUNN  •  Jamie WARD  •  Judith GREEN  •  Louise WAINWRIGHT  •  Lynn SHAW  •  Michael FOSTER  •  Paul WHITE  •  Richard ASPDEN  •  Richard FOSTER  •  Sarah COOK  •  Steve DUNN  •  Terence DALEY  •  Tracy SMALLEY  •  Zachary SHAW

For you statistic hounds... This week 251 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 48 were first timers and 61 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

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


Easter Weekend parkrun

Blackpool parkrun 31/03/18

You might be forgiven for thinking Spring’s refusal to download in the UK might have an effect on attendance numbers at Blackpool parkrun. But not a bit of it and we recorded a healthy attendance of over 200 for the second consecutive week. Considering quite a few regular attendees were missing, it was pleasing to see quite a few parkrun tourists swelling our numbers for the Easter eggstravaganza. More about eggs later.

So 212 runners, joggers & walkers gathered at the clock tower for the 9am briefing a gathering that including course record holder Joseph Monk hoping to beat his previous achievement, and 14 first time anywhere parkrunners including Sam & Denholm Edwards who’d come over from Knaresborough to have their parkrun baptism.

A request from the RD for tourists to identify themselves elicited such a response that I couldn’t keep track of them all. However it was my pleasure to grab a word with a quite a few before and after the run. I spoke to Ronald Simms who normally runs at Wallace parkrun in Lisburn. I’m sure he said it was his second at Blackpool. Only one is recorded though so maybe he forgot is barcode last time. Chloe Hudson & Jeremy from Valley Striders AC who normally run at Roundhay parkrun, Leeds, Esther & Joel Stanier from Cuerden Valley parkrun who said Blackpool was tougher than expected but not as tough as Cuerdens undulating course, Kim Holmes running at Blackpool for the second time, normally a participant at Rosliston parkrun near Burton on Trent, Oliver Heaton from Manchester and Craig Jallal a first timer who normally runs at Huntingdon parkrun. Interestingly Craig is trying to start a parkrun near is home at St Neots. Good luck with it Craig. I look forward to St Neots joining the parkrun family. I’m sure it’s a rewarding thing to do.

An appeal for anyone achieving a landmark run was met with a silent response. So, I couldn’t give a shout out to junior parkrunner Kayla Hammond achieving her 10th run. Shame on you Chris for not realising


Blackpool parkrun, 03.03.18

Number 56

In a week dominated by stories about the weather and terrible conditions up and down the country. It was pleasing that the micro climate of the Fylde coast emerged largely unscathed and that locals and tourists alike were able to obtain their weekly parkrun fix at Blackpool. Touch wood we’ve never lost a parkrun due to inclement weather and I guess that makes us a reliable destination for anyone fancying a spot of parkrun tourism.

Speaking of tourists it was my pleasure to speak with a few of this week’s tourists. There was at least four (possibly more) who had braved the M62 all the way from Halifax. Thanks for coming, Karen, Julie, Gerry & Dave.  I also met Eleanor from Heaton parkrun. Another tourist I spoke with was Tom Yates. Tom has challenged himself to do 50 different parkruns this year. Blackpool was number nine and he came in at 20.05. Good luck with your challenge Tom hope to see you at Blackpool again next year. I also met Neil Bayntun Roberts who has also set himself a monumental challenge of doing every mainland UK parkrun in alphabetical order. He’s completed all the As and he’s well into the Bs. Blackpool wasn’t strictly his next one in alpha order but with 409 cancellations and only 97 parkruns taking place I think we can allow him doing one out of sequence.

Several runners were celebrating milestone runs. Among the many visitors from Lytham Hall parkrun were Michelle Sheridan & Carl Groome both celebrating 50 runs. Peter Gaskell from Walsall Arboretum, the afore mentioned Julie Banham from Halifax & our own Michael Cheshire also achieved a 50th parkrun on Saturday. . Roy Glendinning from Lytham Hall achieved 100 runs and celebrated with a PB. Congratulations to all. Also congrats to the five people who recorded their first ever parkrun. It can only get warmer folks.  I’d like to make a special mention to Robert Walsh (Mike) a regular participant at Blackpool. Mike turns 86 shortly unfortunately he’ll be away from parkrun for a few weeks. Hurry back Mike we’ll all be waiting by the finish line for you.

First finisher this week was Niall Heaton in a time 18.27 a PB. Well done Niall. Two (first finishes) out of three (parkruns) ain’t bad Niall. First female home was Jennifer Hill in 21.12 No need to Rush Jennifer. Well done to both.

Finally a mention must go to our 20 intrepid volunteers without whom etc and especially on this bitterly cold today. Our Hi Vis heroes this week were as follows

Anna BEAUMONT  •  Catherine ANDERTON  •  Chris HAMMOND  •  Chris WADE  •  David BARKER  •  George KENNEDY  •  George WALKER  •  Harrison CARDWELL  •  Hugo MACE  •  Jane WADE  •  Kyle LITTLE  •  Lynn SHAW  •  Mark GILLATT  •  Michael MCSHANE  •  Naomi SINGLETON  •  Paul WHITE  •  Robert MASSEY  •  Sarah BROWN  •  Susan ASHTON  •  Zachary SHAW

This week 173 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 38 recorded new personal bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

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, 24th February 2018

Event number 55

On a bright but bitter day the course inspection showed a couple of patches of ice, but nothing that couldn’t be avoidable so we were good to go. One of the pleasing things about this parkrun was the excellent volunteer turnout. As well as the core team this included young ladies Imo and Izzi who treated the assembled runners to a rendition of ELO’s Mr Blue Sky on ukuleles, well done girls for performing so well in front of around 250 people.

The start was slightly held up by latecomers. Given we don’t do the run briefing until after nine and then walk round to the start some people aren’t arriving on time. Please can we ask you to be present in good time, we know it can be challenging standing round on colder and wet days but we need to be fair on runners arriving on time.

There was a very good turnout of over 220 runners, probably bolstered by people doubling up with the 10k run in the park later in the morning. First athlete to finish was Andrew Draper of Lytham St Annes RRC in exactly 18 minutes. An incredible 56 people beat their Blackpool parkrun personal best, whilst no fewer than 46 people were doing their first Blackpool parkrun. Parkrun tourists came from amongst others Derby, Mossley Rugby, Stockport, Totley, Wallsend and the excellently named Shropshire Shufflers.

Thanks to our volunteers, several of whom were sacrificing warm up time before the 10k. The full team was Catherine Anderton, Catherine Fletcher, Chris Hammond, Chris Wade, Christine Brook, Clare Tomlinson, David Barker, David Hammond, George Kennedy, George Walker, Harrison Cardwell, Hugo Mace, Jackie Hammond, Jane Wade, Judith Green, Kate Baird, Kate James, Louis Swarbrick, Martha Brown, Matthew James, Paul Stubbins, Richard Foster, Samantha Edwards, Sarah Brown, Stanley Hammond, Stephen Dunstan, Steve Swarbrick and  Susan Ashton.

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