Run Report NHS Special by Katy Coe TVN

Hyndburn parkrun
Event number 32
9th June 2018

This week we joined over 300 other parkruns in celebrating the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service. As an employee of the NHS I was quite excited that Hyndburn was participating but what could we do to mark the occasion?  Myself, Sarah Johnson, a local midwife and Sally, who works in communications for East Lancashire Health Trust decided we should commemorate the momentous milestone by asking past & present NHS staff to volunteer for the morning. It soon became apparent how many of our local runners were NHS staff so after a couple of recruitment posts on social media, we very quickly had 25 volunteers all willing to take on new roles for the morning.

As the volunteer coordinator I was a little apprehensive, I’m used to managing complex wounds, not organising a team of people! 14 of the helpers had never volunteered at parkrun before but we were lucky to have a few experience volunteers, who were also NHS staff, that could offer support. Lyndsey, a special needs school nurse, took hold of a stopwatch to take on role of timekeeping. Adam, a data analyst, swapped his computer for a camera to photograph all the lovely runners and sisters Ruth & Rachel, a nurse & physiotherapist, were two of the thirteen marshals on the course. I think there were some initial concerns how a team of new volunteers would manage but these are NHS staff we are talking about and as usual they stood up to the challenge and without a glitch allowed 136 runners to complete the course.

Sarah, who has previously been a cardiac intensive care nurse and is now a midwife, took on the role of run director. She teamed up with Kevin McGee, the chief executive of East Lancashire Health Trust, to welcome everyone to Hyndburn parkrun and set the runners off.

On the volunteer roster we had a physio, a GP, a data analyst, a biomedical engineer, an assistant practitioner, various nurses, midwives, health visitors, two lovely (and lucky!) ladies who are now retired and a student midwife. Big thanks to every single one of you!!


Also we would like to thank all the runners who came down to support us and help us eat all the cake that was donated. It was especially lovely to see those with NHS t-shirts, NHS lanyards and even someone thanking the NHS for the treatment she has received.


With public health being high on the NHS agenda I felt it was fitting that parkrun chose to support and celebrate the anniversary. As well as those who enjoy running, parkrun has helped people who would not normally participate in regular exercise to run / jog / walk 5 Km every week. It has reached those groups who are usually the hardest to target and provides free, accessible and achievable exercise every week. Parkrun is not just good for your physical health but your mental wellbeing too, whether that is the early get up, the run itself, or the social aspect. It could be said it’s medicinal!

There was a great atmosphere on Saturday with Annabel Ralph getting a new female course record of 20.22.  We had 52 new PBs in total and 35 joined us for the very first time.

All in all, we had a wonderful morning at parkrun celebrating a unique organisation that provides a great service who I am proud to say I work for.


Tissue Viability Nurse

Hyndburn parkrun core team member


parkrun for the NHS this Saturday – exciting news!

We’re excited to be joining hundreds of other parkrun events this weekend in celebrating the 70th Birthday of the NHS.

At Hyndburn, there’s something extra special about our volunteer roster this week. We have a few very special guests!

We're looking forward to welcoming the CEO of East Lancashire Hospitals Trust, Kevin McGee. He will be teaming up with midwife and parkrun regular Sarah Johnson in taking charge of the Run Director reins with their army of NHS staff. Yes that’s right, every single person on this list is/was employed by our wonderful NHS. We have midwives, health visitors, various types of nurses, a GP, a biomedical engineer and an analyst to name just a few!

It’s going to be a very special morning and we hope you can join us. The theme is fancy dress dedicated to our health service so medical attire is welcome or simply NHS blue would be a nice touch! Lots of yummy treats & the usual refreshments will be available back at the pavilion.

So come down and help us celebrate in style. It's certainly safe to say that all our parkrunners will be in good hands!

roster pic




Safeguarding: Under 11s at parkrun

As you will know we welcome children at parkrun. We love to see families running together and having fun but we do have a minimum age of 4 and we insist that all children under 11 are accompanied by a responsible adult and be within arms length at all times.  This can be a parent, or a friend/family member (but they must be 18 or over).  If the latter, or you do not share a common surname as the under 11, then please contact us (ideally by email), stating the adults name and the under 11s name.  Each week we will check the results and any under 11s found without their responsible adult next to them in the results will be removed.  This is not something we would want to do but as event organisers, we have a duty to stress how important this rule is and to keep parkrun as fun and safe as we can for everyone.  

parkrun has very few rules, so lets try and not break them!



Run report #28 – PBs & New Records Galore

132 runners hit the woodlands on Saturday, welcomed by glorious spring sunshine.  For the first time in Hyndburn's existence, no coats were required or seen!  Hurray, how us volunteers had longed for a morning like this throughout the long winter!

24 runners were perhaps seduced by the sunshine, of which 10 joined the parkrun craze for the very first time.


Spot the PB hunters ;-) 


Male Finishers

Young Payton Taylor was first to hear the stopwatch beep and crossed over the line in 20:19.

Second male home was Accrington Road Runner Josh Woodstock with a time of 21:07 - a PB for him, third through the funnel was Trawden FC's David Lord who recorded 21:13.

Female Finishers

Huge congratulations to Accrington Road Runner Annabel Ralph who broke the female course record on only her 2nd attempt with an unbelievable time of 20:52.  Next over the line was Sharon Snape in 24:20, shortly followed by Dany Robson who came in on 25:21.

Special Mentions

It was an absolute honour to meet 78 year old tourist Norman Bush.  He is now our record holder of his age category (VM75-79).  He finished an impressive 17th overall with a time of 24:21.  Well worth the trip all the way from Ripon.

Talking of record holders, Payton (JM15-17) and Annabel's (SW25-29) amazing runs means they too boss the league tables in their age categories.  Not forgetting Heaton parkrun regular Ian Richard Smith who now sits at the top of our VM65-69 table with a time of  24:13.  This was Ian's 235th parkrun! 


Top to bottom, left to right - Payton, Annabel, Norman & Ian


Lindsay Walsh has volunteered at Hyndburn 20 times but for event #28 decided to run it for the very first time!  She wasn't alone though and was accompanied by some of her fellow regular volunteers who swapped their usual high vis for glittery, sparkly unicorn outfits!  Good effort ladies.

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Event #28 lists 9 'unknown runners'.  It's always nice to be able to put a name to a position so do remember to bring a printed copy of your barcode!


Other noteable parkrunners in attendance this week:

9 in the 100 club

17 in the 50 club

PB corner

Considering the very warm conditions of the morning, I personally didn't expect too many PBs this week.  How wrong was I?  A massive 50 smashed their times, hats off to each and every one of you!!


We're very lucky to have a big core team here at Hyndburn and now we're 28 events in we're starting to see many of them hit the 25 volunteer club - the milestone of giving up their time on 25 several occasions.

Huge, huge thank you for such dedication to our parkrun, it really is appreciated.

Melanie Finch

Katy Coe

Anne Ellwood

Andy Armstrong (also recently helped out at our neighbours Clitheroe Castle Junior parkrun)


The full team from Saturday (minus me, too busy nattering no doubt!):

Andrew ROBINSON  •  Andy ARMSTRONG  •  Anne CARROLL  •  Anne ELLWOOD  •  Benjamin ASHWORTH  •  Diane REID  •  Elizabeth ASHWORTH  •  Isabella HAMILTON-CONBOY  •  Janine HOCKETT  •  Jennifer HAWORTH  •  Julie MOLINEUX  •  Kristian KNIGHT  •  Lesley SMITH  •  Linda BAMBER  •  Lindsey YATES  •  Liz NEWTON  •  Louise GREENWOOD  •  Louise HODKINSON  •  Melanie FINCH  •  Michelle CLAYTON  •  Michelle HAMER  •  Natalie COE  •  Nick PALICH  •  Nicola WILKINSON  •  Sarah JOHNSON  •  Tamara-Jane ROBINSON  •  Tyler KNIGHT



For a full breakdown of Saturday's results, click here.


Until next time....



Superheroes take on Hyndburn Parkrun

Superheroes take on Hyndburn Parkrun
Well 141 people representing 22 different clubs completed the superheroes Hyndburn parkrun event #27. We had 37 first timers and an amazing 40 PB’s!
We also now have our very own PB bell which was rung by our first runner home, Matthew Lalor who set a new course record of 17:49. He certainly had his superhero breakfast!



We had an array of colourful runners, walkers and volunteers with their amazing outfits. Supermen, wonderwomen, Spider-Man, Batman and even Toy story’s Woody turned up. Definitely worth checking out the photos.
This coming Saturday we enter a magical world  as many complete their parkrun dressed as unicorns. Anyone is welcome to join the fun.
Last and by far the least a massive thank you to the 29 volunteers who make it all possible.
Sarah JOHNSON • Louise GREENWOOD • Jennifer HAWORTH • Lesley SMITH • Cobi DOYLE • Michelle HAMER • Katy COE • Liz NEWTON • Bernadette KNIGHT • Andy ARMSTRONG • Gail SMALLEY • Marie EASTWOOD • Lindsay Jane WALSH • Melanie FINCH • Julie MOLINEUX • Louise HODKINSON • Carl ELLWOOD • Natalie COE • Tamara-Jane ROBINSON • Loraine ARMSTRONG • Elliott CAROL • Chris SLEDGE • Anne ELLWOOD • Kristian KNIGHT • Graham WALSH • Isabella HAMILTON-CONBOY • Tyler KNIGHT • Diane REID • Shane GREGSON
See you soon


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