The New Year’s Day Run. 304 of us…

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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.

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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.

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Well done to Richard Lee for completing his 50th run with us.

Here are the statistics for the run:

Keswick parkrun
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.

 

The David Robinson parkrun and Christmas

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The photo above captures something of the suddenness of losing a friend. The text below formed the main part of Saturday's run briefing.

It’s something of a sad occasion for us here at Keswick parkrun because there is a gap in the crowd of runners this morning. Keswick AC have lost someone. The New Balance Run Group have lost someone. Keswick Lions have lost someone, and the beer festival organisers have lost someone. Keswick School have lost someone. In fact the whole town feels the loss of David Robinson in some way or another, and many of you have worn something that marks your connection with David in some way.

David’s last parkrun, before his tragic and sudden death, was at Penrith. It was his 100th parkrun, and in typical style, he got a PB. I can’t tell whether that makes me happy, or terribly sad. Probably both at the same time. I’m proud to say I was there. I don’t think you can ask for more than that.

Thanks to Adrian Holme for the kind words and good advice that he gave me recently: “Stand tall and be proud to have been his friend. Now lace up and run!”

As we run, we can laugh, smile or cry, but do so with joy and think of David and his family. Let’s make today as celebratory as we can manage. It’s not a cliché to say that that is what David would have wanted. Insisted on, even.

Once again, love to David's friends and family.

parkrun is often a joyous and funny occasion. It couldn't be so this week, and I am sure those visiting understood, and were prepared to let us take a moment, as a community, which is also what parkrun is for.

It felt like something of a risk to think about offering a Christmas Day parkrun, in that I knew I was asking volunteers to give up their time on Christmas Day. It was no more difficult than usual to put a roster together though, and the photos on the website make it look like a correct decision. I think, and hope, that we have a permanent fixture on the Keswick calendar. It meant that we had a run of parkruns from Saturday to Monday, thanks to junior parkrun.

Can I say a huge thank you to Vanessa and Mike, and this week's team of volunteers for making sure the Christmas Day parkrun went ahead.

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Here are the details of the Christmas Day Run:

This week 128 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Louise DUNN • Leon BOND • Lorna GOLD • Nick EVANS • Maureen SHIRVELL • Mike HIRST • Sarah BLUNDELL • Vanessa METCALFE • Peter TOES • Kathryn CLARKE • Catriona WILSON • Annabel GOLD

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 7,640 participants have completed 23,444 parkruns covering a total distance of 117,220 km, including 3,836 new Personal Bests.

I'm ready to start collecting volunteers for the next parkrun weekend, with events on Saturday and Monday. Please email in, or contact me via Facebook if you can help.

Saturday's event will be at 9:00am as usual, but the New Year's Day event will be at 10:30am. I haven't checked the timing of the other local parkruns, but Carlisle is taking place at 9:00am, and a group of us have "done the double" in the past. It would be great if any of you could join us, but although you can run as fast as you like (!) please, please drive carefully between the two events.

I look forward to seeing you all on Saturday, for our last parkrun of 2017.

Adam

 
 

New Year’s Day

We will be holding a New Year's Day parkrun at 10:30am. I haven't checked which other local events are holding a parkrun on New Year's Day, except Carlisle, whose event starts at 9:00am. The timing has been organised so that it is possible to do a double parkrun. It is the only day of the year where this is allowed.

Should this option tempt you, please run fast and drive slowly!

See you there...

 

Christmas Day parkrun

We will be holding a parkrun on Christmas Day. Mike Hirst has kindly offered to be the run director, with Vanessa Metcalfe processing the results. We can go ahead with a slightly reduced crew, but I would appreciate offers of help early for this one please!

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