Event number 198
24th March 2018
Many thanks to this week's team of volunteers. We all appreciate what you do. It was good to see Sue and Don Esslemont, regular visitors to Keswick parkrun, despite their home parkrun being Banstead Woods in South London. Thanks for timekeeping for us this week Don.
Welcome to all our other parkrun tourists - I hope you all enjoyed your visit to our parkrun. The numbers seem to be creeping up, and we should soon see the locals being outnumbered once again.
Well done to Heleen Franken Gill, who ran her 150th parkrun with us today. I know it's not one of the official landmarks, but it's such a long way to 250, we need to celebrate now and then, eh?
Most stylish finish of the week came from Sam Campion, who sprinted ahead of Carla Gengnagel, before performing a high speed pirouette, and a bow, to allow her to finish ahead of him. He didn't learn that one from me!
I am away from Keswick parkrun for a while now, so I can enjoy a bit of holiday, then it's London Marathon time again. I'm handing over to the Saxbys for a couple of weeks, then Nic Wiseman is taking over for one week. Nick's been doing fantastic work at our next door neighbours, Keswick Junior parkrun, so it's only a small change to setting the old folk off for a 5km run. Don't let him short change you, though, it's still a 5km event, not 2km, like the junior event. I'll be keeping an eye on the email, and rallying volunteers as usual, so let me know if you're available to help at any of these next events, and I'll get ahead with the roster.
You may have seen Heather Askew around this morning. Heather is co-ordinating the fund raising to help reinstate the Keswick to Threlkeld link - I can't wait to see the end of the big green fence, and have a beautiful 10k run back. I'd love to see a permanent parkrun course, with 1km markers, and also think it would be a great venue for an evening 10k race. You heard it here first: the Keswick Railway 10k...
Details below, but if you'd like to run the route, take a selfie (that's where young people hold their phone out and photograph themselves, I'm told), donate something, and nominate someone else to do the same.
Keswick to Threlkeld Railway footpath update:
A whopping £5.4 million is needed to restore this much loved route which was devastated in the 2015 floods. Highways England have given £2.5 million. The community needs to raise £300k in order to release other funds to enable us to reach the full amount. I've completed the #K2TChallenge to raise funds and I’d like to nominate Keswick parkrunners to do the same:
1. Complete 5km anyway you like. Walk, run, cycle, push the buggy, walk the dogs or swim!
2. Take a selfie or a quick video
3. Use #K2TChallenge
4. Nominate 5 friends to take up the challenge
5. Donate by texting "KTOT18 £5" to 70070 or donate online at lakedistrictfoundation.org
Thanks go to Keswick Park Run people who suggested the idea - if you are in Keswick, why not join in along the first part of the railway path?! We need to raise £300,000 by June towards the overall cost. If you've ever enjoyed this lovely route between Keswick and Threlkeld please help!
Please share this one as much as you can.
Details of this week's run here:
This week 152 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 10 volunteers:
Don ESSLEMONT • Martha WISEMAN • Gill MASON • Adam CAMPION • Peggy CAMPION • Rhys FOSTER • Sarah BLUNDELL • Leo BOOTH • Duncan BOOTH • Stephen BUTTERFIELD
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Keswick parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Sarah Ann MCCORMACK who recorded a time of 17:38 on 14th February 2015 (event number 46).
The male record is held by Sam STEVENS who recorded a time of 15:29 on 27th August 2016 (event number 117).
The Age Grade course record is held by Janet KENYON who recorded 89.24% (20:17) on 25th July 2015 (event number 69).
Keswick parkrun started on 5th April 2014. Since then 8,085 participants have completed 25,520 parkruns covering a total distance of 127,600 km, including 4,168 new Personal Bests.
See you all on the other side of Easter, and that jog around London on the 22nd April!