Happy New Year all. I'll start with a big thank you to the volunteers who made parkrun possible over the Christmas and New Year period. Volunteers gave up their time to keep parkrun operational on Christmas Day and New Year's Day, as well as the usual Saturdays. I think you'll all understand why Mike and Maureen might be worth singling out. Their love of parkrun was expressed in the form of cakes and bunting, which helped contribute to the wonderful atmosphere. Thanks again you two!.
Although results processing was challenging on a couple of occasions (!) the whole thing was a huge success. It was enormously rewarding to start the year with a huge turn-out of 304 runners on New Year's Day. I was there to intercept our 300th park runner, Clare Archbold, who looks as delighted as I was with the whole experience.
Congratulations to anyone who made the Carlisle parkrun, to complete the "double", and I hope our extended family from Carlisle, and other neighbouring parkruns, enjoyed their visit to Keswick. Thank you too, for all the messages of thanks and support from this week's visitors.
Well done to those celebrating milestone parkruns: Jos Higgins, Anna Campion, Sue Walsh and our run director Vanessa Metcalfe all celebrated their 100th run with us. I am sure that some careful planning went in to making these runs happen on New Year's Day itself, and in Anna's case, well done for running her 99th run at Carlisle earlier that morning.
Well done to Richard Lee for completing his 50th run with us.
Here are the statistics for the run:
Event number 187
1st January 2018
This week 304 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 91 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 58 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 10 volunteers:
Gill MASON • Peggy CAMPION • Paul TITLEY • Rhys FOSTER • Yvonne BOOTH • Peter TOES • Rosie MASON • Kate ASHTON • Duncan BOOTH • Alexandra BOARDMAN
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 7,788 participants have completed 23,993 parkruns covering a total distance of 119,965 km, including 3,918 new Personal Bests.
In other news, the total distance covered at parkruns around the world, since its inception, now covers the average distance between the earth and the sun. Happy days. Where next?
Happy 2018 all, and hope to see you all on Saturday.