Blackpool parkrun number 39, 11.11.17

So, Blackpool parkrun number 39 …

The one where I boldly went forth and became the Run Director! It all seemed such a good idea earlier in the week when the combined forces of holidays and work gave the opportunity to volunteer for the first time in a while. Knowing there are a limited number of people that are willing to fill the job I thought it wouldn’t hurt if there was another so I volunteered and the rest as they say is history.

Saturday the 11th dawned without copious amounts of water falling from the sky and there was even the sight of a bright round thing to be glimpsed too. The day was looking positive as I dragged the family to Stanley Park much earlier than they are accustomed and almost instantly managed a bit of delegation as they pulled the bin from the Sports Centre after being handed over by the bleary eyed staff. For me it was challenge number one of cycling round the park without a major incident involving a dog walker to check the course. Managed that one!

HeadI arrived back to find more volunteers already arriving and setting off to sign the course and set up all the other little bits while I checked in and made any explanations needed for our wonderful volunteers as they arrived. That was followed by a bit of wandering round, greeting, answering questions and assisting runners as they started to arrive and gather for my main moment, the run brief. Now, we all know that the run brief is where the RD gets to stand at the front, do the welcomes, shout outs and relay the important messages. In my case I was privileged to also lead all the runners and volunteers assembled in a minutes silence to mark Armistice Day. It was a pleasure to share the moment with you all and to witness the spontaneous round of applause at the end. Not so sure about the crowd interaction that followed though. I asked “Has anyone come far?”. I’m still convinced the reply was Portsmouth even though people keep telling me it was Barrow! However, the main thing is, wherever our runners come from, they’re all welcome. Then came the walk to the start and getting ready to start my very first parkrun. My, weren’t some of you keen! I’ve not really seen the start from that angle before, it looks a bit different through the camera viewfinder but Saturday was an education. With all the concentration of a top racing driver the front row lined up, leaning forward a little with intense concentration. Not towards the first bend and who would get there first, but to the electronic gadgets on their wrists. Some even became vocal, suggesting we set off before the rear of the field were assembled, but I held firm and with a “Three, two, one, go!” accompanied by a cacophony of beeps from the wrist mounted technology, the run was underway. IMG_0160

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Oddly that’s the point where being RD gets a bit boring as I just stood around watching others do what they’re so good at. I got to clap and cheer runners and generally kept out of the way. In reality it’s a good thing I didn’t have anything much to do as generally that means things are going to plan but it is a slightly odd sensation. What was good though was the opportunity to take in the finish funnel and the emotions of pride, frustration and achievement as you all crossed the line and began to analyse your run.

It was a pleasure to direct your run, to ensure that things ran smoothly and were in place for you to take part. To see your reactions, the support given to others, the smooth operation of the volunteers confident in their roles and the overall family atmosphere that is Blackpool parkrun.

Just so you’re aware, the next parkrun I can make I’m fully intending to be at the top of that hill with the camera!

In closing there are some statistics below about Blackpool parkrun number 39 but there’s one thing not there that I should have mentioned as a Dad and Run Director. Blackpool parkrun 39 was our son, Zachary’s 10th parkrun and he is now a member of the parkrun 10 club.

This week 165 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

George KENNEDY • David BARON • Janet WILKINSON • Judith GREEN • Graham JONES • Daisy SEVILLE • Catherine FLETCHER • Lynn SHAW • Chris WADE • Julie CHAPMAN • David BARKER • Jenny SHEPHERD • Michael O'BRIEN • Paul WHITE • Alexander SHAW • Stephen DUNSTAN • Lesley SMITH • Melanie JONES • Russell JONES • Danielle GLOVER • Sarah NOBLET • Jamie WARD

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

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 2,454 participants have completed 7,413 parkruns covering a total distance of 37,065 km, including 1,855 new Personal Bests.

 

 

Blackpool parkrun, Event number 37


28th October 2017

This week we had our trainee Run Director assisting doing a brilliant job, you may have noticed Imogen standing next to the Run Director while giving the welcome and run brief. Imogen was also the starter this week and your round of applause for her at the start was fantastic.

22780679_10155803541641382_5520543210580969945_nIt is all about numbers this week for our 37th Blackpool parkrun.

  • Blackpool has 1 parkrun and this week it had 2 Run Directors (RDs), Imogen and David, overseeing everything and making sure that everything went according to plan. Of course, the RDs cannot make it happen without those that give up their time on Saturday mornings to make sure that you have a good time and make sure that you get your times. This was made possible on this occasion by 20 volunteers: Sara Ward • Lindsay O'dea • Janet Wilkinson • Graham Jones • Jane Wade • Chris Wade • David Barker • Nichola Griffiths • Fiona Little • Kyle Little • Paul White • Anna Beaumont • Gareth Evans • Imogen Evans • Mark Gillatt • Michael Mcshane • Kayla Hammond • Melanie Jones • Andrea Hammond • Jamie Ward.

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  • 1 RD, Imogen, counted you down from 3 to start the 174 people that were taking part this week, on the 5 kilometre, 2 lap course. There were 64 females and 105 males taking part. I hear you saying that this does not add up to 174! This is because we also had 5 unknown parkrunners to make up the numbers. Remember ‘No Barcode, No Time!’.
  • The 27 clubs represented this week were Billingham Marsh House Harriers & AC, Blackpool Aquatics Triathlon Squad, Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC, City of Norwich AC, Civil Service Hrs and A.C., Clayton-le-Moors Harriers, Cleobury Mortimer Running Club, CSSC Sports & Leisure, Darwen Dashers RC, Dursley Running Club, Fylde Coast Runners, Ivanhoe Runners, Kirkby Milers AC, Lancaster & Morecambe AC, Lytham St. Annes RRC, NHS Couch to 5k, Ricky Running Sisters, Rossall Triathlon Club, Royton Road Runners, Stotfold Runners, Stratford-upon-Avon AC, Swindon Triathlon Club, Thornton Cleveleys, Wallsend Harriers & AC, Wesham Road Runners AC and Withernsea Harriers. Of these club runners there was 4 of you that got a Personal Best (PB), so congratulations to Hannah Taylor from Darwen Dashers RC, Heidi Haigh from Fylde Coast Runners, Paul Veevers from Lytham St. Annes RRC and John Sweeney from Royton Road Runners.
  • There was an additional 39 Personal Bests this week, congratulations to: Steve Simpson, Elliot Hamilton, Malcolm Wright, Will Hamilton, David Giles, Tom Dunbar, Darren Dickinson, Andrew Brown, Thomas Eccles, Alex Kilpatrick, Jessica Glover, Danielle Glover, Paul Hammond, Paul Dixon, Helen Walker, Thomas Wilkinson, Zara Byrne, Esther Byrom, Olivia Sellars, Cynthia Scoins, David Turner, Amanda Wilkinson, Tracey Sharrock, Klinkaew Traynor, Gary Kane, Leah Hammond, John Wellings, Helen Jenkins, Tracey Jarrett, Louise Cabral-Jackson, Carrie Courtney, Natalie Masterton, Naomi Wrigley, Alison Rigby, Julie Douglas, Jackie Hammond, David Hammond and Judith Jones making  a total of 43 PBs.
  • We were joined by 22 Junior parkrunners this week with 8 getting new PBs and are mentioned above.
  • Since starting Blackpool parkrun has seen 1,773 new Personal Bests.
  • We welcomed 41 first time runners at Blackpool parkrun this week: William Metcalf, David Carrie, Kieran Gallagher, John Laird, Jamie Ford, Hylton Smith, Matthew Brown, Michael Roy, Paul Douglas, Gemma Greenwood, Chris Adams, Alan Brown, Clive Parkinson, Stuart Day, James Day, William Gallagher, Phil Morgan, Russell Anderson, Pete Dunn, Helen Jane Hill, Jack Adams, Iain Siney, Joe Delaney, Greg O'Brien, Gary Ford, Christopher Bligh, Dave Sandiford, Jessica Southwart, John Alexander, Michael Foster, Sherry Hogarth, Alison Speed-Andrews, Malcolm Daley, Josh Porter, Gillian Taplin, Stuart Rutter, Ariane Bramall, Melissa Valentine, Sarah Richens, Alison Mckenna and Joanne Mckenna. Well done to each of you, hope to see you all again soon.  IMG_6915
  • This week the 174 parkrunners walked, jogged and ran a total combined distance of 870km while taking part. Since starting on the 4th February 2017 parkrunners at Blackpool have completed 35,495km. This means that we have had 2,403 different participants completing 7,099 parkruns with us.

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  • Between this week’s 174 parkrunners a total of 2,870 parkruns have been completed since you started taking part in parkrun. Meaning that between everyone that ran this week you have travelled 14,350km while taking part in parkrun around the country and the world.
  • This week the individual parkrunner that has travelled the furthest with parkrun is Chris Pike from Wesham Road Runners AC who has now completed 113 parkruns, which means he has run 565km while taking part, well done Chris.

All of these numbers add up to 1 epic event! 

Remember parkrun is only made possible because of the volunteers, if you can help out every so often please let us know. This would mean that the volunteers can get to take part every now and again. Go to: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/blackpool/volunteer/ to find out more.

All photos can be found on the Blackpool parkrun Flickr page, thanks once again to Graham this week photographer. Also thanks to Chris for his fantastic videos that can be found on the Facebook page.

If you would like to donate to Blackpool parkrun please go to http://www.parkrun.org.uk/blackpool/aboutus/ and see how you can do this. All monies will be used at Blackpool parkrun to enhance the experience of those taking part.

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

Male placings:
George Cardwell (JM15-17) of City of Norwich AC, was first over the line in 17:37 - second time in 4 appearances.
Paul Veevers (VM35-39) of Lytham St. Annes RRC, was second over the line in 17:45.
William Metcalf (SM20-24) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:38.

Female placings:
Jenny Clark (VW35-39) of Thornton Cleveleys, was first (13th overall) over the line in 21:47 - second time in 5 appearances.
Cathy Brady (VW45-49) (Unattached) was second (24th overall) over the line in 22:41.
Gemma Greenwood (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (27th overall) over the line in 22:48.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
George Cardwell (JM15-17) – 77.77% for the time 17:37 (first overall).
David Scoins (VM60-64) – 76.63% for the time 21:41 (12th overall).
Paul Veevers (VM35-39) – 75.77% for the time 17:45 (second overall).

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).

See you all again soon.

 

Blackpool parkrun, Event number 36

21st October 2017

Well the weather forecast was not the best this week with storm Brian due to arrive in the northwest on Saturday morning but you were all too quick for Brian and he did not catch you all.
Brian did not deter the 243 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 78 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part. Thankfully Brian did not join us until later in the day. This did mean that Lytham parkrun was rightly cancelled by the landowner for safety reasons, luckily at Stanley Park the trees are not as tall and after checking the course first thing all was well and good to go.
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This week we had 10 volunteers visiting Blackpool parkrun from around the country that joined our local volunteers to help assisting set up the course, marshalling and the roles around the finish line. IMG_4911

Thank you to the visiting volunteers: Jeanette Mitchell (Glossop) • Gail Jazmik (Glossop) • Andrew Chilcraft (Linford Wood) • Nadhim Bayatti (Lyme Park) • Vince Ashton (Bolton) • Calum Burrell (Burnage) • Lynsey Burrell (Burnage) • Simon Harrop (Woodbank) • Liping Harrop (Woodbank) • Jamielee Johnston (Glossop) you all did a fantastic job and it was a pleasure to meet you all.

A special thanks to our local volunteers: Sara Ward • Janet Wilkinson • Graham Jones • Andy Bray • Daisy Seville • Jamie Bowes • David Barker • Martha Brown • Suzanne Leonard • Rebecca Leonard •Ella MayLeonard  Andrea Hammond • Sarah Noblet • Daniel Gaynor • Jamie Ward without whom Blackpool parkrun we would not be able to happen. While they are cheering you on they are also making sure that you are all safe too.

With our friends visiting this enable a number of the ‘normal’ marshal to have a week off and take part in the run this meant that husband and wife team Jane, who has been a volunteer at Blackpool parkrun 18 times, and Chris who has volunteered with us 25 times could run the course for their first official runs. As you can see Jane was very excited to have completed Blackpool parkrun.IMG_5818 - CopyChris was a little more subdued at completing Blackpool parkrun but just as happy on the inside I am sure :-)   IMG_5954

We were also joined this week by two separate groups of runners who were completing their C25K journey. It was good to see Rashmi Sharma, Alison Rigby, Katy Ryland and Katie Seville from Blackpool Victoria Hospital C25K and the group from Poulton YMCA C25K.poulton ymca c25k
Well done to you all and we hope to see you all joining us again soon.

Well done to everyone that walked, jogged and walked the course this week and a special thank you to Janet Wilkinson who was this weeks tail walker making sure that you all got around the course.IMG_6274

This week we saw a first for Blackpool parkrun (and as far as we have currently found for parkrun UK), we had the first 4 finishers come across the line together hand in hand.IMG_5486
Congratulations to: Andrew Draper, Paul Muller, Robert Lees and James Greenaway.

This was Paul's (2nd from left) 50th parkrun, Paul is a regular runner at Blackpool and Lytham parkrun. You will have seen his picture in last weeks report also as he was the first finisher. Unfortunately we are unable to give all 4 of you 1st position on the results.

To me this demonstrates the ethos of parkrun, showing it is a run and not a race. This is one fantastic photo that puts a smile on my face every time I see it. Thanks this weeks photographer Graham Jones for his quick eye and catching the special parkrun moment. The visiting volunteers all commented how they had never seen this before.

This was a bit of a challenge for the visiting time keepers  to try and get all 4 of them clocked in as they crossed the line but I think that getting them all within 1 second is a fantastic achievement.

Congratulations to Deborah Zeal join us this week from Lytham parkrun who also completed her 50th parkrun with us.

All photos can be found on the Blackpool parkrun Flickr page at:  https://www.flickr.com/groups/blackpool-parkrun/

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

Male placings: All position 1 really!
Paul Muller (VM60-64) of Horwich RMI Harriers, was first over the line in 18:27 - second time in 9 appearances.
Andrew Draper (VM35-39) of Lytham St. Annes RRC, was first over the line in 18:28.
Robert Lees (VM40-44) of Penistone Footpath Runners AC, was first over the line in 18:28.
James Greenaway (VM35-39) Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC was first over the line in 18:28

Female placings:
Danielle Jepson (VW40-44) (Unattached) was first (14th overall) over the line in 20:58 - first appearance.
Susan Samme (VW50-54) of Lytham St. Annes RRC, was second (18th overall) over the line in 21:35.
Gill Draper (SW30-34) of Lytham St. Annes RRC, was third (21st overall) over the line in 21:46.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Paul Muller (VM60-64) – 86.90% for the time 18:27 (first overall).
Susan Samme (VW50-54) – 81.70% for the time 21:35 (18th overall).
Danielle Jepson (VW40-44) – 74.48% for the time 20:58 (14th overall).

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 2,362 participants have completed 6,925 parkruns covering a total distance of 34,625 km, including 1,730 new Personal Bests.

 

Blackpool parkrun, Event number 35

14th October 2017

Following on from an epic "parkrun birthday" last week, we had a tough act to follow but when you realise that every week there are people achieving their own epic goals and pushing their own boundaries, there's always a parkrun story to tell.

This week, after having been blessed with a few days unseasonably tropical temperatures that favour those of us that look out of the curtains in the morning and see an opportunity to avoid the couch. Our enthusiastic throng of 22 volunteers were joined by 145 vivacious and energetic runners, some from as far away as Spain to gather around the Clock tower in preparation to run 2 laps around our awesome parkrun course.

22449905_10155764875056382_6067632521161673954_nWe were visited this week by 12 intrepid runners from the Darwen Dashers, 2 of whom have completed an impressive number of parkruns to date. Barry Shackleton had completed 329 parkruns to date, securing a PB at Blackpool parkrun today and Karen Shackleton completing her 275th (it was Karen’s first time at Blackpool…pleasure to see you Karen!).

In addition to our Spanish visitors, led by Marina (Marina Isabel Fernandes Abellan) who was running Blackpool parkrun for the first time today with her two friends (also from Spain) we had runners travel in from Linwood in Scotland, Milton Keynes, Cheltenham, Abingdon (Melanie Jefferies - 186th Parkrun and first time at Blackpool!) and many others.

Once the "bongs" (as my daughter calls them) had subsided, and the runners had watched in amusement at my first try of using a bullhorn whilst simultaneously waving my hands around like Magnus Pyke giving a run briefing, it was time to make our way to the start! Although it is not a race, and with Hurricane Ophelia on her way across the Atlantic, it was appropriate that we had a number of particularly speedy men and women running like the wind blows this week. 22490008_10212783152046958_3111959412251407458_nFirst male runner past the finishing post was Paul Muller of Horwich RMI Harriers, in a time of 17:59 and he had led through both laps…. Let's make it clear that Paul is 60 years young people and he's still blasting out 5k's in sub 18 minutes!  First lady past the post was Daisy Seville in a cracking time of 22:24 and she still looked as fresh as a… well you know. Well done Daisy.

Everyone that turns up on a Saturday morning for parkrun is doing something special.  Whether you're using it to maintain your couch to 5k program… get fresh air…. give the dog a walk, get your kid off the XBox for a couple of hours, blow out the cobwebs from a well-deserved Friday night blow-out, or just to meet a bunch of kindred spirits… everyone that turns up at the clock tower to run, walk or crawl is a welcome addition to the throng.

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The parkrun team look forward to seeing you again very soon and if you want a wonderful warm feeling for the rest of your day…come and volunteer and get to know the crew.  You get to wear High Viz jackets and support some of the most genuine people you'll ever meet.

If you're a fan of stats….get a load of this lot!

This week 145 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Colin Simpson • Janet Wilkinson • Judith Green • Jane Wade • Chris Wade • Julie Chapman • David Barker • Paul White • Sarah Brown • Anna Beaumont • Gareth Evans • Imogen Evans • Mark Gillatt • Stephen Dunstan • Adam Callow • Christopher Wylie • Kayla Hammond • Zara Byrne • Danielle Glover • Jessica Glover • Andrea Hammond • Sarah Noblet

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

Male placings:

Paul Muller (VM60-64) of Horwich RMI Harriers, was first over the line in 17:59 - first time in 8 appearances.
Miras Eskander (VM35-39) of Northern Veterans AC, was second over the line in 19:38.
Steve Hallas (VM40-44) of Preston Harriers, was third over the line in 19:47.

Female placings:

Daisy Seville (SW30-34) of Thornton Cleveleys, was first (15th overall) over the line in 22:24 - third time in 10 appearances.
Cathy Brady (VW45-49) (Unattached) was second (21st overall) over the line in 23:12.
Andrea Smith (VW50-54) of Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC, was third (23rd overall) over the line in 23:23.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Paul Muller (VM60-64) – 89.16% for the time 17:59 (first overall).
Peter Sandford (VM60-64) – 76.37% for the time 21:22 (9th overall).
David Scoins (VM60-64) – 76.28% for the time 21:47 (11th overall).

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 2,284 participants have completed 6,682 parkruns covering a total distance of 33,410 km, including 1,697 new Personal Bests.

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Blackpool parkrun Event number 34

7th October 2017

This week was a special one for parkrun generally and for many taking part; volunteers and participants.

parkrun celebrated its 13th birthday having seen a growth from friends running together to an international organisation were new friends are made every week and were new milestones are passed weekly.

Celebrating his 50th birthday was Adam Bull running with his wife Carol. Tom and Carol were tourists from Leeds taking part in their 103rd parkrun and to celebrate his Birthday Tom brought brownies and millionaires shortbread, which went down a treat with everyone after the run.

Another person celebrating, and showing how our participants move (like parkrun) from small beginnings, was Tom Lamb taking part in his 10th parkrun - congratulations Tom. Whilst at the same time one of our volunteers reached his 25th event and so the celebrations continued.

And boy did they continue….

Blackpool parkrun started on 4th February 2017 and since then 2,250 participants have completed 6,537 parkruns covering a total distance of 32,685 km, including 1,677 new Personal Bests.

For much of that time the course record has been held by “unknown runner” (no barcode, no time!). However, on this day of celebrations, where we had 183 people running, jogging or walking the course Joseph Monk of Blackburn Harriers & AC, was first over the line in 16:06. His first appearance and a new course record!

Well done Joseph!!

51 participants were first timers and 34 of the 183 recorded new Personal Bests with representatives of 28 different clubs taking part and the event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Andrew Fairbairn • Lindsay O'dea • Janet Wilkinson • Robert Massey • Catherine Fletcher • Vikki Wrigley • Jane Wade • Chris Wade • David Barker • Nichola Griffiths • Kyle Little • Anna Beaumont • Martha Brown • Myles Woodman • Chris Hammond • Adam Callow • Kayla Hammond • Michelle Davies • Melanie Jones • Suzanne Leonard • Ella May Leonard • Rebecca Leonard • Karen Woodman • Sarah Noblet

We had a great day for running and following the new course leader Sam Purvis was second over the line in 17:35 with an unknown runner third.

Michelle Tickle was first lady finisher (16th overall) over the line in 21:49 and Nicola Unsworth was second lady (18th overall) in 21:51. Lucy Tickle was third lady (21st overall) over the line in 22:00.

Once again, the day was rich in visitors from many varied places, such as Sussex, Marple, Ilkley, Leeds, Kirkcaldy Northumberland and Australia!

Since starting 13 years ago, parkrun really has got that big and that popular it now covers the entire globe! We have probably run all the way round it a few times by now so let's continue the celebrations and growth…

One foot in front of the other and keep going…nothing can stop us at 9 o’clock on a Saturday morning. See you next week!

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