The festive period……..




4 parkruns in just over a week. 5 for those of you that made it to Keswick. It must be Christmastime at parkrun! The only time an offical parkun can be held outside of our usual Saturday, and New Year's Day also offers the opportunity to run twice in one day. For the second year we liaised with our friends in the Lakes and many of us hit the road to be in Keswick for 1030am.






We had 840 finishers (with a total of 33 first timers) over the 4 runs - including our highest NYD attendance - so thank you to each and every one of you for contributing to our brilliant community. 84 people volunteered across those runs and an even bigger thank you to all of you. Christmas Day was not kind to us weather wise and I'll be eternally grateful to everyone that stood out in the rain to enable the run to go ahead.

While I'm on the subject of volunteers, those of you who were there on the Christmas Day may have noticed we had a different volunteer to usual handing out the finish tokens. Allan Campbell had told us he couldn't do it because he had something on. Turns out that something was participating! The last time he completed a parkrun was in 2013. Congratulations Allan - but don't scare us next time by falling over!







Please do let us know if you'd like to help out one Saturday. If you've never volunteered before, why not make it a New Year's Resolution to give it a go? Check out the website volunteer  page and get in touch.






Thanks as well to Roy Waller (Lindsay's Dad) for the mistletoe and Family Messenger for the sweets!







I'm going to attempt to namecheck those of you who ran a milestone over Christmas, but due to there being no foolproof way to do it (apart from me checking after each run, which I didn't do) I may miss someone. Apologies in advance if I do - please let me know and I'll make sure you get a belated shout out next week.

So, here goes........

50 Club - Mary Oghani, Carole Steel and Benjamin Scott

100 Club - Martin Curran, Rebecca Thompson and Jules Ponsford

The Unofficial 200 Club - Paul Graves, George Oghani, Rebecca Errington and Frances Braithwaite

Congratulations to all of you!






We welcomed tourists from far and wide. Our first finisher on NYD - junior Kieran Cooper - and his Dad ran with us as part of their epic Carlisle-Tollcross double. Other parkruns represented over the 4 runs include Sale Water, Cambridge, Druridge Bay, Burnage, Wimbledon Common, Wolverhampton, Chichester, Great Cornard and closer to home, Keswick, Penrith and Workington!






49 new PB's were recorded over the Christmas period - with 19 on Christmas Day itself! Well done to all of you - brilliant running.




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

The male record is held by Jon FLETCHER who recorded a time of 16:03 on 15th August 2015 (event number 132).
The female record is held by Isabel CLARK who recorded a time of 17:47 on 26th August 2017 (event number 237).
The Age Grade course record is held by Janet KENYON who recorded 89.43% (19:43) on 6th July 2013 (event number 24).



I absolutely love the Christmas parkruns and I hope everyone else enjoyed it as well.  We turn 5 in a few weeks (the 20th) so I hope you'll be there to celebrate with us.  Here's to a wonderful 2018.





Carlisle parkrun #251 Run Report

Happy Friday everyone!

175 people crossed the finish line last weekend. We welcomed 13 first timers, tourists from Cambridge and Harrogate parkruns and the latest graduates of the Border Reivers beginners course. It was lovely to see everyone making their way around the park and I hope you join us again soon.




Huge thanks to all our volunteers and a special mention to those who answered the call late last week!

Morag THOMPSON • Dave THOMPSON • Allan CAMPBELL • Sarah HAMILTON • Steve VINEY • Louise DUFFY • Bethany DUFFY • Michelle MACKAY • Gordon THORBURN • Luke HAMILTON • Neil ERRINGTON • Ivor NORMAN • Jo GRUCHY • Gordon BEATTIE • Keith MILLICAN • Maisie MACKAY • Beverley ARMSTRONG • Wayne STEVENS • Susie MCNEILL


(Maisie started her volunteer coordinator training on Saturday and a very good job she did too!)

Please have a look at the volunteer page on our website and get in touch if you can help out one weekend.



Just the one milestone to mention. Congratulations to Garry English who FINALLY joined the 50 Club! It's been a long time coming so huge well done Garry and thanks for the cake.



36 runners recorded a new PB last Saturday. Congratulations to all of you, including Carole Jardine, Hugh McCory, Gary Chandler and juniors Abie Mair, Rebecca Long and Harry Sidaway.



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




Thanks to everyone who donated to the foodbank. We'll be doing that again tomorrow and on the 16th so please being something along if you can.



Keep an eye on the weather for tomorrow, hopefully nothing will get in the way of our 9am run but it'll be posted on social media should the conditions force us to cancel.



Event #250 Run Report


250 parkrun events in Carlisle! Whether you've been there from the start or were one of our 9 first-timers last week, thank you for being a part of our amazing community.

I'm hoping that someone from this amazing community will come forward and help complete the roster for tomorrow. Barcode scanner or funnel manager, the choice is yours! Lots of our regular volunteers and runners are away, so if you've ever thought about volunteering but haven't got around to it yet, tomorrow is the perfect opportunity! Drop us an email at carlislehelpers' .

While I talk volunteering, huge thanks as always to last weeks hi-viz heroes:

Alicia CARTER • Allan CAMPBELL • Andrew CARTER • Andy BAKER • Bethany DUFFY • Christine SOUTHAM • Gordon BEATTIE • Gordon THORBURN • Heather ROWE • Ivor NORMAN • Kathryn HOLLIDAY • Keith MILLICAN • Kevin MULVEY • Lindsay GRAHAM • Louisa WEEKS • Louise DUFFY • Matt CHARLTON • Neil ERRINGTON • Nicola JACKSON • Sarah HAMILTON • Steve VINEY • Vicky VINEY • William CARTER

Jobs on our Christmas and New Year's Day runs are up for grabs as well. Both events start at 9am and on NYD there is also the opportunity for a double run with Keswick starting at 10.30am. Check out the parkrun CHRISTMAS COMPENDIUM if you're going to be away over the Christmas period to see if an event near you is on.



There were 194 runners last week for our first really cold run of the season. As well as the aforementioned 9 first timers, we welcomed tourists from Lee On The Solent, Bolton, Medina, Forest Rec and Dumfries junior parkruns. I hope you all enjoyed your trip to Chance's Park.



Just the one milestone to report - congratulations to Michael Nattrass on joining the 50 Club last weekend.


14 of you ran a new PB last Saturday. Congratulations to Lawrence Payne, Lisa Smith, Michelle Moore, Clare Brown, Maggie McLellan, Tori Wylie, Gary Chandler, Katie Williamson, David Ferguson, Andrew McManus, Susan Holliday, Will Barnes, Maria Stevens and Matthew Emmerson.



Don't forget for the next 3 Saturdays we will be accepting donations for the Foodbank. Please bring something along if you can - there will be a box near the start - and take a look at their website HERE to see what they need. Thank you in advance!


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

Have a great Friday, see you tomorrow,

Thanks to Emma Taylor for the great header photo.


Carlisle parkrun #249 Run Report


194 runners crossed the finish line last Saturday, with 14 brand new parkrunners joining us and tourists from Alice Holt, Worcester. Workington, Coventry and St Andrews parkruns.



Saturday's volunteers:
Matt CHARLTON • Caroline Sarah EVANS • Allan CAMPBELL • Louise DUFFY • Bethany DUFFY • Michael SCOTT • Gordon THORBURN • Neil ERRINGTON • Tony MILLS • Ivor NORMAN • Lindsay MECHIE • Kathryn HOLLIDAY • Julie DODD • Michael NATTRASS • Keith MILLICAN • Christine SOUTHAM

Thanks to every single one of you, and well done to Matt Charlton on his debut as Run Director. You (ably assisted by Caroline Evans) did a great job.

We are still looking for some willing volunteers for Saturday. Please get in touch if you can help. Have a look at the volunteer page on our website.



There were 27 PB's last weekend. Congratulations to all of you, including Lottie Grace, Ian Mercer, ken McGarva and juniors Harry Sidaway, Olivia Morrison and Ellis Graves.





There was cake aplenty thanks to new 100 Club members Louisa Weeks and Angus Timmins. Aidan Martin joined the junior 10 club while the volunteer 25 Club welcomed Louise Duffy. Well done guys!



All of Saturday's results and a full event history can be found on the Results page of our website. Take a look!

Have a great Friday and we'll see you in the park,


Run Report, Event #248


Autumn is well and truly here. The park looked absolutely gorgeous on Saturday morning, and while it started off a little chilly, by the time I reached my 4th lap it was very warm!

Among our 236 finishers were 12 official first-timers and one very cute unofficial one. Natalie Storey returned to parkrun for the first time since having baby Oliver and he accompanied her around the course. It's lovely to have you back Natalie!




We welcomed tourists from Stamford park, Pontefract, Newcastle, Keswick, Bolton, Doncaster and Northampton parkruns. We hope you enjoyed our course and that we see you again!





Huge thanks as always to our volunteers. I'd like to give a special mention to our new Run Directors - the sister act of Kathryn Holliday and Nicola Jackson (accompanied by fabulous set-up teams and volunteer coordinators) did a great job over the last 2 weeks. Well done ladies! If you've ever doubted that volunteering can be fun, take a look below - Nicola and Kev are having a brilliant time processing the results! If you want to join in we'd love to have you! Check out the volunteer page on our website.




In milestone news last week, Jordan Williamson and Katie Williamson both joined the junior 10 club. Well done both of you!


At event 247, our superstar volunteer Allan Campbell reached his 200th stint in the hi-viz. Congratulations Allan - the end of the finish funnel wouldn't be the same without you!



There were a whopping 43 PB's last weekend. Congratulations to all of you including Delyth Owen, Paul Whitehead, Adrian Wood and juniors William Carter, Katie Blaylock and Aidan Martin.




During December, we will be collecting items for the foodbank each Saturday. Please take a look at their shopping list HERE and if you can, bring something along and drop it off in the start area. Thank you in advance!



Enjoy the rest of your week,

PS - Last Sunday, the 2nd junior parkrun in Cumbria started in Keswick. Congratulations to the team for their hard work. Check it out if you're down there for a weekend!

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