Keswick parkrun Event number 242 12th January 2019

Can I start by saying thank you for indulging me at the start. I know it was cold, but thanks for letting me take a short video wishing our next door neighbours at Whinlatter parkrun a happy birthday. They certainly appreciated the thought. It was a lesson for me too. I have made a note never to organise anything except the start of the run with a countdown. 3, 2, 1, Happy Birthday, sounded like a good idea in my head. I didn’t expect anyone to then start running. It was a very funny, Pavlovian, sight, and I was glad to be able to recall everyone and finish the briefing. I won’t do that again!

It was nice to see another steady winter-sized turn out of 175 runners, which is enough to create a sense of community, without over crowding the course.

Our first male and female finishers this week, both pictured below, were both unknowns in the results, unfortunately. Well done whoever you are!

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The first three known runners from the results were therefore: Keswick AC’s Julie Carter in 22:43, Katherine Downie in 22:44, and Keswick AC’s Louise Brown in 22:58. Unknown runners are not assigned a gender, so these three ladies are the first three on the results sheet, too.

Among the men, Keswick AC and ex-Keswick School’s Ben Holmes was first in 19:29, followed by Derwent AC’s Philip Cueto in 19:32, and Lee Procter in 19:35. Well done all.

A big thank you to this week’s volunteer team - it’s always cold being inactive for an hour at this time of year, and we were doused with a cold shower of rain towards the end, which made a trip to the wonderful Café West even more rewarding.

Please get in touch if you would like to be on the volunteer roster for next week. It is a much more rewarding experience than I have just made it sound. It will be sunny next week, I promise!

This week 175 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 10 volunteers:

Lance SAXBY • Adam CAMPION • Peggy CAMPION • Paul TITLEY • Kathryn CLARKE • Paul COLDHAM • Aisling BOLGER • Tom CHAPMAN • Henry TEASDALE • Duncan BOOTH
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Keswick parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Sam STEVENS who recorded a time of 15:29 on 27th August 2016 (event number 117).
The female record is held by Hayley CARRUTHERS who recorded a time of 17:22 on 1st September 2018 (event number 221).
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 10,837 participants have completed 34,446 parkruns covering a total distance of 172,230 km, including 5,369 new Personal Bests. A total of 353 individuals have volunteered 2,569 times.

 

Keswick parkrun Event number 241 5th January 2019

Thank you so much for all the messages of thanks and support following our New Year’s Day run. We will be doing that again. Everything went well, thanks to a host of runners stepping up to help, but I had planned for an attendance of around 350 runners, based on previous experience, and was a little surprised by 500. Being of a mathematical nature, I drew a graph to see if I should have been less surprised.

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Having looked carefully at that, I’m still not quite sure where you all came from!

Despite all that, it was good to be back to normal, and I was a little relieved when a small crowd gathered for this week’s run. Despite looking like a small attendance, it was still a crowd of 192 runners. From our start in March 2014, this would have been our record attendance until December 2016. It’s great to see parkrun growing like this and whilst 500 every week would be a bit manic, don’t feel afraid to share the parkrun love just yet!

Well done to our first three male finishers this week, Andy Mcque of Stoke AC in 17:54, James Hodgson in 19:23, and Philip Cueto of Derwent AC in 19:39. Andy Mcque is pictured finishing below.

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Our first female finishers were Anna Lupton of Balck Combe runners in 19:48, Rosie Hodgson in 20:47 and Hayley Read in 20:58. Anna is pictured finishing below.

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Having celebrated the achievement of the runners at the front of the pack, there seems to be as much joy from completing the 5km distance in whatever time suits you, as Kathryn Clarke is demonstrating here. Kathryn has been a great help time keeping at a couple of the recent really big events, so thank you again!

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A big thank you to this week’s volunteer team, of course. If you would like to volunteer for next week, please get in touch via email or social media. All the usual data is shown below, so it just remains to say hang in there, because there is now not a parkrun for a whole week. We need to get back out there and get some work done, and try to remember how we coped without a huge parkrun every three days.

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This week 192 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 10 volunteers:

Louise DUNN • Matthew ATKINSON • Adam CAMPION • Peggy CAMPION • Paul TITLEY • Teagan QUIGLEY • Sarah BLUNDELL • Aisling BOLGER • Henry TEASDALE • Duncan BOOTH
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Keswick parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Sam STEVENS who recorded a time of 15:29 on 27th August 2016 (event number 117).
The female record is held by Hayley CARRUTHERS who recorded a time of 17:22 on 1st September 2018 (event number 221).
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 10,809 participants have completed 34,271 parkruns covering a total distance of 171,355 km, including 5,348 new Personal Bests. A total of 353 individuals have volunteered 2,559 times.

 

Keswick parkrun Event number 240 1st January 2019

An amazing day for parkrun, locally and nationally, with 150 different events recording record attendances. The day began for me, helping out at Whinlatter parkrun’s 9:00am start. It was busy - out of all proportion to Whinlatter’s usual standards, with runners arriving in a constant stream. The run brief was crowded, and as soon as runners began arriving it was obvious that we were dealing with a big one. New Year’s Resolutions, and fantastic lake district weather, perhaps?

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I continued to help out around the finish area, managing the funnel, and then bar code scanning as things got very busy. I left as they were giving out tokens in the 250s. For Whinlatter, this is a huge new attendance record. I couldn’t help noticing another stream of runners and cars all heading down the hill towards Keswick, possibly for the 10:30 start of Keswick parkrun.

I arrived at the start of Keswick parkrun at 10:00 where our volunteer team had already set up bunting, banners, flags and a cake stall. Shelley was selling coffee as fast as she could serve it from her Bean on the Fell van and the whole start area was very, very crowded.

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The atmosphere was fantastic as I wished the crowd of runners a happy new year and the run got under way in bright sunshine, with at least 160 runners having come down from Whinlatter to complete a once-a-year parkrun double, and many others having come from Carlisle to do the same.

I knew this was going to be a big event, in fact, we had combined with Whinlatter and Carlisle to make it so, but this looked huge. I had a big volunteer roster, but this one looked like it was going to test us out. We are also only equipped with 400 finish tokens. Our largest ever attendance of 307 meant we should have been covered, but we had prepared to give out post it notes, and even write finish positions on runners’ hands, should we go past 400.

The first runners arrived, with Carl Bell coming second to Luke Bowen, having just finished first at Whinlatter. Bertie Houghton of Doncaster AC was third. Warrington’s Jenny Evans, DH Runners’ Anni Stumpf, and Keswick AC’s Jenn Mattinson made up the first three ladies.

And they kept coming! We were into the busiest part of a normal parkrun after a few minutes, and it took no time at all to pass our previous attendance record of 307. In fact, that period felt nearly as busy as the middle of a standard run. We gave out the last official finish token at 400, with extra volunteers being drawn in from everywhere to help man the finish area, as we wrote finish positions on post-it notes. In fact, rather than feeling like a crisis, it was hugely positive as everyone came together to make the event we love function something near normally. People’s capacity to help each other for nothing and work together as a team always impresses me, and in that sense, this was our best day yet. I wouldn’t plan for it, though! Our stop watch holds 500 times, so as runners continued to come in past 480, we set up a back up timer to record the last few. It was with a sigh of relief that we pressed the lap timer for the 500th time as the tail walker came though.

I spent a little time with other runners enjoying the cakes that Mike and Maureen, two of our regular runners and volunteers, had provided, but I really wanted to get back to see if we could process the results. Every runner after the 400th had to be entered into the results by manually typing in names, a process which is normally complete in five minutes took around two and a half hours. My wife and I were number blind, but still on good terms by the end. Thank you Peggy!

I followed this up today by dealing with the influx of enquiries. I think we manually entered something in the region of 180 times by the end. Our first event was attended by 113 runners, for the record!

Social media was alive for the following few hours, with many event directors discussing what they would be sitting down to drink at the end of a landmark day for parkrun.

Thank to you all the volunteers. Thank you to the volunteers who had planned to volunteer. Thank you to the runners who volunteered - by sitting on the cold concrete and sorting tokens, or the visitors from Edinburgh who suddenly became the results team, or the runners who went to get extra pens and paper. I could go on. Well done to everyone who ran one parkrun, two parkrun, or those who just got involved somehow. 2019 should be a great year for parkrun and the friendship and camaraderie we find here should serve us well.

I’ll say it again. 500!?
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This week 500 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 161 were first timers and 55 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 90 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Barry DAVIE • Julie GRAHAM • Pete SCOLLS • Andrew SELBY • Claire SELBY • Adam CAMPION • Peggy CAMPION • Paul TITLEY • George SELBY • Benita LAPTHORN • Kathryn CLARKE • Nicola EDWARDS • Kevin ROBINSON • Aisling BOLGER • Tom CHAPMAN • Duncan BOOTH • Daniel CROOKS • Megan EDWARDS • Evie ROLLS

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Keswick parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Sam STEVENS who recorded a time of 15:29 on 27th August 2016 (event number 117).
The female record is held by Hayley CARRUTHERS who recorded a time of 17:22 on 1st September 2018 (event number 221).
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 10,778 participants have completed 34,079 parkruns covering a total distance of 170,395 km, including 5,312 new Personal Bests. A total of 352 individuals have volunteered 2,549 times.

 

The Christmas parkruns…

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What a great period for parkrun! We seem to have been continually in the process of setting up, organising, or tidying away a parkrun, but I could definitely get used to having a parkrun every three or four days.

First up over the holiday period was our run on the 22nd December - a pretty quiet event with only 142 runners. Carl Bell was first in 16:36, which would have been very impressive even without the Christmas hat. Graham Airey, also of Keswick AC, was second in 18:23, with Ashington Hirst Running Club’s Rob Morris third in 18:44. Jenn Mattinson and Louise Winter, both of Keswick AC came first and second for the ladies in 19:39 and 21:15 respectively, with the ever improving Keswick School student Zhu Li McGurk third in 24:05. Well done all.

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[Visitors from San Francisco, enjoying their first ever parkrun at Keswick!]

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Getting 142 runners on the 22nd threw me a bit, because I thought we were enjoying a nice quiet Christmas spell. I still thought that at 8:45am on Christmas Day, as I was putting the finishing touches to the set up for our second ever Christmas Day parkrun. Because I was busy setting up and checking the course, I did not realise that runners were converging on the parkrun start from every direction. Actually, not every direction - despite the number of Santa outfits, none came down from the sky, but they might as well have done. Luckily we have three barcode scanners for these big occasions. Less luckily, I had left it at home. There were huge queues at the scanning table, but it was a really good natured crowd, and absolutely did justice to the spirit of the day. I had never been run director on Christmas Day before, but what a treat to be able to wish nearly 300 runners “Happy Christmas”. Thanks so much to all our volunteers for starting their Christmas Day by doing something for others.

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Of course, Carl Bell gave no gifts, finishing first in 17:38, followed by Stefanos Stephanou in the same time to the nearest second, and Will Morris of Barnet and District AC third in 17:53.

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[A great squad of volunteers and supporters cheering the runners home]

Victoria Sewell of York Knavesmire Harriers was first lady in 19:07, then Joanna Goorney of Lytham St Anne’s RRC in 20:31, and Kristy Guneratne of St Radegund RDC in 20:46.

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[Victoria Sewell speeding to a 19:07 finish]

Christmas Day gave us a chance to celebrate the occasion of Rhiannon West’s 50th parkrun, and mum Claire’s 100th parkrun. Well done both.

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parkrun 29th December

After the surprise of realising that no-one stays in bed on Christmas Day anymore, I was ready for a sizeable event today, and so it proved with 266 runners again converging from all four corners.

Carl Bell had taken a day off, but our first placed runner showed up as an unknown, so the first place on the board for the day went to Oliver Gajdowski of Ambleside AC in 17:07, then Ben Hague of Rotherham Harriers in 17:25.

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[Our first placed runner - unknown!]

Keswick AC still made the imaginary podium though, thanks to Cat Spurden finishing in 20:19, and Lousie Winter in 21:26. Gemma Harcombe Moore was third in 21:33 so there can have been no relaxing there.

I have already mentioned the volunteers, but can I take another chance to say thank you to everyone who has contributed to parkrun over this busy period. Runners often ask me to “thank the volunteers”, but can I remind everyone that there are no volunteers as such, just runners who have decided to help out on the day. Thank you all, and a last Happy Christmas from all at Keswick parkrun.

Here are the stats so far, as we head into the New Year. Don’t forget that we are running at 10:30am on New Year’s Day. Runners wishing to “do the double” can choose to visit our partner events at Whinlatter or Carlisle, as these both set off at 9:00am. If you choose to do so, please drive, run or cycle very carefully between the events, and if you choose Whinlatter, I’ll see you there.

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This week 266 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 77 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 51 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Leon BOND • Dawn SAXBY • Sian SAXBY • Adam CAMPION • Peggy CAMPION • John HUNSTON • Richard SCOTT • Heleen FRANKEN-GILL • Kathryn CLARKE • Henry TEASDALE • Duncan BOOTH
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Keswick parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Sam STEVENS who recorded a time of 15:29 on 27th August 2016 (event number 117).
The female record is held by Hayley CARRUTHERS who recorded a time of 17:22 on 1st September 2018 (event number 221).
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 10,617 participants have completed 33,579 parkruns covering a total distance of 167,895 km, including 5,257 new Personal Bests. A total of 343 individuals have volunteered 2,530 times.

 

Keswick parkrun Event number 236 15th December 2018

Many thanks to all our volunteers this week. Ailsa made the leap from running to helping out, having completed her 50 parkruns, and was a very welcome addition to the squad. The team made sure it was a very smooth week, and I am very grateful as we head in the parkrun crazy season, with runs on each Saturday, and extra runs on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. There is a real sense of families wanting to run together, and others wanting to come and volunteer, to give something back on Christmas Day itself. I can't wait - it should be a really nice experience, and although we have had a Christmas Day parkrun in keswick before, it will be my first chance to run direct. The roster is filling up nicely for the period, but please get in touch if you would like to be involved. We often talk about giving when we volunteer, but I am sure that it's the volunteers who will gain something from the experience.

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As for the running this week, Adam Dunajko was first over the line in exactly 18 minutes, according to the official times. We did look at the times before uploading the data, and I am sure it was 17'59'59, but it looks to have been rounded. Sorry Adam! Jamie Coates came in next in 19'53, with Jason Barlow in 20'07.

Catherine Evans of Keswick AC was first lady home in 21'13, chased down by Emma Tune, of the scary sounding Goole Viking Striders in 21'42, with Hazel Davies of Body Fit Cumbria getting a great new PB of 22'16 for third place.

Well done all - it looked like good running conditions, and we got a good little break in the weather for it.

It was nice to be able to take the chance to welcome Lance Saxby officially to the role of Co-Event Director. Lance, Dawn and Sian Saxby have been a big part of Keswick parkrun since early on, and have all been involved in supporting the event, with Lance often run directing while I am away. And Lance can run quickly these days, too.

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See you all for the start of the mad season on Saturday! parkruns every three days or so...

Adam

This week 127 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 10 volunteers:

Leon BOND • Lorna GOLD • Adam CAMPION • Peggy CAMPION • Richard SCOTT • Susan BARNES • Trish GALE • Ian TEASDALE • Duncan BOOTH • Ailsa BENSON

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

The male record is held by Sam STEVENS who recorded a time of 15:29 on 27th August 2016 (event number 117).
The female record is held by Hayley CARRUTHERS who recorded a time of 17:22 on 1st September 2018 (event number 221).
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 10,435 participants have completed 32,894 parkruns covering a total distance of 164,470 km, including 5,180 new Personal Bests. A total of 340 individuals have volunteered 2,498 times.

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