A big thank you to Susan Glover for writing a fantastic run report.
Happy New Year and welcome to your parkrun report for the 1st January 2019.
New Year’s Day can only mean one thing, an extra parkrun (and for lots of us the chance to ‘do a double’ – complete two parkruns in one day)!
My alarm went off at 6.45am and by 7.15 I was on the road, heading over from Manchester to Blackpool. I’m part of a group: UK parkrun tourists, who enjoy going to lots of different courses around the country and overseas. Blackpool would be my 38th different course.
It was a lovely morning, perfect for running and I enjoyed watching the sun come up on a new year as I drove past the Little Marton windmill.
Just before 8.30, run director Alexander gathered us at the clock tower and welcomed us to Stanley Park.
We welcomed tourists from all over the country. I spoke to people from Oxford, Conwy and Milton Keynes. There were also a group from my home run in North Manchester. Hello Heaton Park runners! Four runners were completing their 50th parkrun – well done to Iain Smith, Chris Hammond, Matisse Brignall and Janet Wilkinson.
Then we were off.
Blackpool is a pretty flat course but there are enough ups and downs, as well as different surfaces, to keep things interesting. You get to run along the park boundary, and then through a woody trail section, before hugging the lake and watching the swans by the bandstand as you jog along.
The marshals and photographers were in particularly fine voice today, willing us on at every turn, particularly the man as we ran down to the lake, who shouted at us that we were all achieving a 2019 personal best. Thanks for the encouragement!
Two laps of the course later, and a final sprint towards the clock tower, and we were done.
260 of us ran, jogged or walked the 98th Blackpool parkrun.
The speediest runners were Liz Abbott who was fastest female in 18:34, and Christopher Tully who was fastest male in 17:30. Highest age grading of the day, of 88.30%, went to Barbara Holmes.
Twelve people chose the 1st January to do their first ever parkrun: welcome to Christopher Hastwell, John Stanhope, Basia Pawelczak, Belinda Johnson, Stephanie Smith, Julie Pethick, Callum Cruickshank, Emma Faller, S T Eaves, Charlotte Palmer, Ryley Palmer and Keith Allsopp. Hope that 2019 is full of parkruns for you.
Last night’s partying didn’t hold back twenty eight runners who managed to start the year with a personal best. Of these, fourteen people have completed over twenty parkruns. Well done to Jack Tickle, Iain Smith, Dougie Potter, Mark Walker, Allan Sumner, Andrew Charlesworth, Ian Williams, Suzanne Leonard, Claire Markham, Neil Houghton, Ian Scott, Debra Whitaker, Mark Osten and Liz Mounsey.
Particular well done to Andrew Charlesworth who managed to run a pb on his 200th run. Great effort Andrew!
Thanks for welcoming me to Blackpool and to all the volunteers who make it possible for us to have our Saturday morning runs. The hi-vis heros this week were: Keith ALLSOPP, David BARKER, Martha BROWN, Sarah BROWN, Kathryn CHESTER, Brian CUMPSTY, Catherine FLETCHER, Michael FOSTER, Mark GILLATT, Nichola GRIFFITHS, Lemonie JONES, Russell JONES, George KENNEDY, David LARDNER, Suzanne LEONARD, Wendy ROBERTSON, Alexander SHAW, Lynn SHAW, Zachary SHAW, Tracy SMALLEY and Tom SMALLEY. Thank you so much, all of you, particularly today, for giving up your New Year’s Day lie in.
New volunteers are always welcome, full training provided! Just get in touch with the Blackpool team.
Thanks for having me. I then popped over to Lytham to complete the double – well done to everyone who managed it, it was a great start to the year. Happy parkrunning for 2019, Susan.
All photos can be found at https://www.facebook.com/pg/blackpoolparkrun/photos/?tab=album&album_id=695760784154575