parkrun report number 22, 15.07.17.

Arriving for Blackpool’s 22nd parkrun, it was hard to believe how many runners would want to sacrifice their Saturday morning lie-in for a full drenching in the pouring rain. However, 149 hardy souls turned up for the 9am start of whom 40 were making their debut at Stanley Park. In fact, 7 of those it was their first ever parkrun, so big respect for waking up, seeing the rain outside and still saying “I'm going to do it!”.

Staying with first timers, I was talking to Shelia Kirkham who is part of Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde’s AC couch to 5k course. Shelia ran the course for the first time with a fantastic time of 37:47. After her run and still looking fresh, Shelia told me she already has a place booked to run the London Marathon 2018 for Leukaemia. Well done Shelia, all the best with your training and well done to all of the first timers.

From first timers to visitors. As Blackpool is a tourist resort we’re always blessed with a good number of visitors however, this week we had a coincidence happen as two runners both from Hanley parkrun visited us without each other knowing about it! Cue the conversation they had with each other of “are you from Hanley?” “Yeah, fancy seeing you here!”. Also visiting were runners from Black Park in Buckinghamshire and Waterworks Park in North Belfast. Thank you to everybody who visited us and we hope to see you all again soon.

On to PB’s, and I need to make a special mention to Trevor Eagle. Trevor told me that he only took up running a couple of months ago. He’s ran Blackpool parkrun on 4 occasions with every run being a PB. The difference he’s made from this week run to his first time running is 3 minutes. Great effort Trevor and all of our other 29 runners who got PBs. You should all be very proud.

This week’s top three male runners are - Jon AARON (VM35-39) of Didsbury Runners, was first over the line in 17:52. In a sprint finish Jon just pipped James GREENAWAY (VM35-39) of Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC finishing second in 17:54. Third place went to James Michael MULVANY (VM35-39) of Wesham Road Runners AC in 18:07.

This week’s top three female runners are – Nicola UNSWORTH (VW45-49) of Wesham Road Runners AC, had a strong second half to her run to come in first in 22:05. Andrea SMITH (VW50-54) of Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC finished second in 23:30. Top three rounded up with Yvonne HUNG (VW35-39) of Dibsbury Runners finishing third in 24:39.

To sign off, I want to give a massive thank you our volunteers, they are David BARKER, Jamie BOWES, Stephen DUNSTAN, Catherine FLETCHER, Judith GREEN, Helen JENKINS, Hayley MCMAHON, Michael O'BRIEN, Tracy ROTHWELL, Jenny SHEPHERD, Michelle TREGONNING, Paul TREGONNING and Chris WADE.

This motley crew are the heart beat to Blackpool parkrun and again carried out a marvellous job to make sure Blackpool parkrun runs seamlessly. So many new people have developed a love of running because every week your there making it happen so from myself and all the runners ……….. THANK YOU!

See you all next #DFYBC

Jamie ☺



Blackpool parkrun – Event number 21 – 8th July 2017

What an absolutely gorgeous day for a park run! 8am and we already had big blue skies and warm sunshine! The course was clear and our fabulous volunteers gathered to help set up Blackpool parkrun #21.

This parkrun was unlike any that we have had before. This weekend we were sharing the park with some very special people who were celebrating the 90th birthday of Stanley Park. Runners in lycra mixing with The Friends of Stanley Park who were all dressed in vintage clothing. It was quite a sight and one you’ll probably never see again!

9am and we’re ready for run brief. During our brief we took a moment to remember Ben Ashworth. Ben was a very prominent figure in the running community who sadly lost his battle with Bowel Cancer earlier in the week. Rather than observing a moments silence, we decided to have a round of applause. We would like to thank you for all observing and joining in with the applause, it was very moving to be a part of it. We know that park runs all over the country took a moment to remember Ben as well.

On the start line this week we had an incredible 59 first time parkrunners (including our own super volunteer, Mick O’Brien) this week…wow….just wow! We also had a group of school children from Moor Park who were running with their teachers.

We love seeing you all cross the finish line, but one of our favourite bits is taking our places after you have all set off so we can cheer you all on and dish out high 5s. Well worth volunteering just to make people smile!

45 of you took advantage of the good weather and recorded new Personal Bests. Did you know that we have a PB bell at the end of our funnel? If you get a PB you gotta ring the bell, so we can give you a cheer!

We had representatives of 23 different clubs this week. We hope you enjoyed the Blackpool park run hospitality. Tell your friends.

Our first male finisher this week was an unknown runner. Second male to finish was Robert Burn in 19:02.
Our first female finisher was Jenny Clark in 21:24 who was quickly followed by our second female to finish, Nicola Unsworth in 21:31.
Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Blackpool parkrun Results Page.

One thing that doesn’t get logged on our parkrun stats are the number of parkrun dogs. This week we had Charlie the dog manning the finish line, keeping an eye on us all and making sure we were doing a good job and we had 3 dogs cross the finish line with their owner. All very good dogs and all deserving of belly rubs.

It was impressive to see so many people running who had also taken part in the 5k Lytham Beer run the previous evening. That includes the Run Director.

We have to get a little bit serious here, not something we like to do. A member of the public grabbed me just before the start for a quick word. Over the past few weeks he has noticed a few runners (not necessarily parkrunners) nipping in to the gardens for a quick pee. He was lovely about it and didn’t want to make a fuss and we really don’t want to make a big deal of this, but we have to respond to any complaints or issues raised. We have toilets located at the Sports Centre which all runners are more than welcome to use. Please ask a volunteer if you are unsure of where the toilets are located and they will be happy to direct you.

Ok, back to the fun and wonderful stuff, and what could be more fun and wonderful than our incredible volunteers.
Big thanks to:
Joanne Adams • Martin Palastanga • Peter Cooke • Judith Green• Catherine Fletcher • Chris Wade • David Barker • David Marsland • Michael O'Brien • Sarah Brown • Alexander Shaw • Stephen Dunstan • Martha Brown • Michael MCShane • Chris Hammond • Tracy Rothwell • Susan Ashton

Not only do these guys make parkrun happen each week they help to create a great atmosphere come rain or shine, they also look fabulous in hi-vis.

If you are interested in volunteering and have any questions, please drop us a message and someone will get back to you.

Congratulations to each and every runner, jogger and walker who took part this week. We look forward to seeing you again next Saturday.


Blackpool parkrun run report, Event number 20, 1st July 2017

When I arrived to check the course at 7.30 there was a brief shower, and the forecast sun didn’t look to be making an appearance.  Thankfully I needn’t have worried as we were enjoying sunshine by the time of the briefing at the clock tower, and it stayed nice for the whole of the race.

Talking to runners before the start it was nice to meet a couple of new runners from out of the area.  One had come from Lancaster, and told me afterwards how scenic the course was and fun to run being so flat.  We also had visitors from Scotland this week.  It was also good to see the Blackpool parkrun emu making a reappearance, and giving some of the volunteers a peck as he went round to start his second lap.

This week 144 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Martin PALASTANGA • Debbie COLLIER • Sarah TUSON • Jamie BOWES • Jane WADE • Chris WADE • Matisse BRIGNALL • Alexandra CHESTER • David BARKER • David MARSLAND • Michael O'BRIEN • Jane WEST • Liam ASHWORTH • Alexander SHAW • Stephen DUNSTAN • Zachary SHAW • Michael MCSHANE • Chris HAMMOND • Susan ASHTON

New volunteers are always welcome, particularly over the summer when holidays can leave a big hole in the numbers.  Look on the Blackpool parkrun volunteers page to get an idea of the type of roles that are available, we are a friendly bunch and it’s good fun volunteering.

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

Male placings:
James GREENAWAY (VM35-39) of Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC, was first over the line in 17:46 - first time in 2 appearances.
Phil SUTCLIFFE (VM50-54) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:05 - was first to finish once before.
Neil SHORT (VM45-49) (Unattached) was third over the line in 20:05.

Female placings:
Helen LAWRENSON (VW45-49) of Wesham Road Runners AC, was first (10th overall) over the line in 21:10 - 6th time in 8 appearances.
Jenny CLARK (VW35-39) of Thornton Cleveleys, was second (14th overall) over the line in 22:10.
Daisy SEVILLE (SW30-34) of Thornton Cleveleys, was third (16th overall) over the line in 22:33.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Phil SUTCLIFFE (VM50-54) – 77.29% for the time 19:05 (second overall).
Alison TITTERINGTON (VW60-64) – 77.25% for the time 24:46 (39th overall).
Helen LAWRENSON (VW45-49) – 76.54% for the time 21:10 (10th overall).

The female record is held by Amelia BEAMAN who recorded a time of 00:18:39 on 8th April 2017 (event number 9).
The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 00:16:08 on 11th February 2017 (event number 2).
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 1,561 participants have completed 4,026 parkruns covering a total distance of 20,130 km, including 1,095 new Personal Bests.


Blackpool parkrun, Event number 19, 24th June 2017

After a week off doing various other things around the country the team of volunteers have been hard at work behind the scenes making sure that this week’s Blackpool parkrun was good to go. However, the weather report was playing games with us during the week everything from a scorching heatwave to torrential downpours, luckily on the morning of the 24th Blackpool parkruns event number 19 the weather decided to be kind to us.

Among those joining us this week were Paolo Dale who is our parkrun ambassador, and Roseanne and Steven Soar. Paolo had come to have a run and talk shop about parkrun, and Roseanne and Steven had come along separately as parkrun tourist and they recognised each other because of their parkrun running shirts.


We were also joined by Sam Chapman who is starting his Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) and is looking to use running to complete the physical section over three months. Sam has set himself three goals for his DofE:
• To run 12 parkruns
• To improve his Personal Best (PB) time and is aiming for a sub 30 minute 5k
• To complete the Run Down Dementia Challenge and run 100K in 12 weeks.
Sam has already started on the DofE journey, he has completed three parkruns with his current PB being 31 minutes 10 seconds and has run 25k raising money for the Run Down Dementia Challenge. Sam has asked Dave (Blackpool parkruns Event Director), to be his DofE assessor. We wish Sam all the best in reaching his goals and will be monitoring progress.


This weeks event was made possible by 17 volunteers:
Roy Tomlinson • Michelle Tomlinson • Joanne Adams • Judith Green • Jamie Bowes • Chris Wade • Craig Stones • David Barker • Michael O'Brien • Jane West • Liam Ashworth • Paul White • Alexander Shaw • Stephen Dunstan • Zachary Shaw • Martha Brown • Sabine Dunstan. We are always happy to welcome new volunteers and you can get involved by going to and sending us an email.

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

Now for this weeks Stats:

After looking at some of the statistics for Blackpool parkrun we now have 1037 people registered with parkrun since we started that say Blackpool is their home parkrun. Of these, we are happy to say that 866 of you come from a local FY postcode showing that we have a growing number of people joining the parkrun community across the Fylde coast.

This weeks results

Male placings:
Chris McCarthy (SM30-34) of Lytham St. Annes RRC, was first over the line in 17:16 - first appearance.
Andrew Draper (VM35-39) of Lytham St. Annes RRC, was second over the line in 17:29.
David Taylor (SM30-34) of Wesham Road Runners AC, was third over the line in 17:34.

Female placings:
Catherine Carrdus (VW45-49) of Lytham St. Annes RRC, was first (8th overall) over the line in 19:26 - second time in 2 appearances.
Helen Lawrenson (VW45-49) of Wesham Road Runners AC, was second (12th overall) over the line in 20:25 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
Michelle Tickle (VW40-44) of Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC, was third (25th overall) over the line in 21:51 - was first to finish once before.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Paul Muller (VM60-64) – 87.14% for the time 18:24 (6th overall).
Catherine Carrdus (VW45-49) – 81.73% for the time 19:26 (8th overall).
Helen Lawrenson (VW45-49) – 79.35% for the time 20:25 (12th overall).

The female record is held by Amelia Beaman who recorded a time of 00:18:39 on 8th April 2017 (event number 9).
The male record is held by Unknown Athlete who recorded a time of 00:16:08 on 11th February 2017 (event number 2).
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 1,530 participants have completed 3,882 parkruns covering a total distance of 19,410 km, including 1,049 new Personal Bests.

See you all again on Saturday, usual place, usual time.



Run Report 18, 10/06/17

Run Report 18

Well , that has to be one of the wettest parkruns we have had, and yet 104 of you still showed up to run.

Participants and volunteers at the 18th Blackpool Parkrun.

Massive thanks to all 22 volunteers who helped as well, without your help , there would be no parkrun. (

Just about everyone was soaked to the bone, along with the megaphone which packed in as I got started, thanks David for stepping in and finishing off the brief.

It was very muddy in the trail and one or two puddles about, yet that didn't stop a good few of you getting PB's, in particular Jenny Sheppard who smashed it this week 33:24, very very well done.

Don't forget, there is no parkrun this Saturday as we will be at the Lakesman Triathlon in Keswick for the weekend ( So pop along to Lytham Hall parkrun ( which is nearest to Blackpool, or if you fancy it, why not become a parkrun tourist and visit Cuerden Valley parkrun ( or Preston parkrun ( up the road.

Full results can be found on the Blackpool parkrun website (

Blackpool's next parkrun is on the 24th June.

Mick O'Brien

Volunteer Coordinator

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