Lancaster parkrun event #121 21st April 2018

We are very lucky to have such a beautiful park to run in and Saturday was the best of days to see it - a sunny, still, spring day. I went early because I was ahead of schedule and I couldn't think of a better place to pass my time. I was admiring the fritillaries and cowslips on the bank beside Quernmore Road before I was even in the park.

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Blossom and blue sky

I want to thank all the park staff for keeping it so beautiful and for supporting parkrun in many ways. Today I was grateful for them telling me about a couple of loose paving stones which were promptly coned to protect runners from tripping on them. Gosh I wish I hadn't forgotten the name of the man who helped. I was further aided when I went to the cafe to ask if they had some ice which we might put on a sore ankle. I need to repay that one.

The good weather brought out the runners. We had 292 finishers, the biggest number in two months, and 55 of you definitely had a spring in your step and recorded personal bests. Nicky Meer, in particular, was surprised to get an email telling her she had beaten her PB by 6 minutes or so. Her son needs to get a move on if he wants to keep up. Sadly, it turned out to be an error in the results. There were quite a few problems to sort out this week one of which you can help us with. If you have accidentally taken a finish token home, please bring it back. They are not for you to keep! We reuse them each week and missing ones cause a problem.

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Two DofE volunteers at work

Thanks, as ever, to the volunteers who made it possible. A special mention for Anna who completed the voluntary section of her silver Duke of Edinburgh award with us. She has volunteered 40 times and has been a great asset. I am pleased to say that we will continue to see her at parkrun.

[JB]

 

Lancaster parkrun event #120 14th April 2018

Diary of a first time Run Director (RD)

Some of you may know that I was due to be RD previously but had to cancel due to snow/ice. Today, on my inaugural day I thought I'd share this week's preparation to ensure the day ran smoothly.

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The plan: attend parkrun, run and collect the kit after arriving from holiday back in the UK at midnight.

Reality: 8 hour flight delay, via Gatwick, arriving in Manchester around 8.20am.  Finally back in Lancaster by 10.20am, quick dash to the park to get the kit so I could sort it all out before the next week (who needs sleep?).

Once kit was home, I dried out the volunteer bibs (alongside the mountain of holiday washing) and then organised the kit ready for its next outing.

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Before (left) and after (right - this is honestly organised!)

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Monitoring the volunteer emails and adding people to the roster. It's great to get lots of offers for volunteers so early in the week and I was lucky to have filled the roster by late Tuesday so I didn’t have to put out any additional requests.

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Printed the volunteer roster and assigned marshals to the various points. Unfortunately, our ace Co-event director, Andrea Towse, (sensibly) decided she wouldn’t be able to volunteer due to having a possibly broken ankle (get well soon Andrea!), so a quick re-think of how to fill this role. I'm lucky as I knew other RDs would be available on the day if needed and my incredible husband, Ryan, is always my emergency volunteer (thank you all).

Received a request for a guide for our regular visually impaired runner David and asked for volunteers via FB to find Maggie had already arranged this with David. It would be great to have a pool of volunteers to guide any VI runners who may wish to join us so do let us know if you would like to volunteer in this role.

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Time to clear the barcode scanners and timers from last week and charge them along with the laptop and mobile. Had a look to see if any runners may be completing a milestone so I could mention them at the briefing. A final check and everything was all ready to go in the morning.

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Up early, quick check of the kit and car loaded, and it's off I go! Arrived around 8am to get myself sorted and meet the kind volunteers who were setting up the course. It's useful to have a couple of people to do this and it can be completed before running so it’s a good option for any of you wanting to do both.

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Greeted the volunteers as they arrived, talked through the role with them to make sure everyone knew what to do. We always train new volunteers so don't be put off if you might not know what to do. Suddenly its 8.55am and time to do the briefing. Argh, its finally here. Must get this right! Quick briefing and off the runners go! A sigh of a relief (and a wonderful feeling) to see all the runners on their way.

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Whilst the run is in progress, chatted to the volunteers, spectators and runners. It's great to speak to lots of people. And just like that, the last runner/walker finishes and it's time to leave the volunteers to pack up and head to the café to process the results.

I was glad to have other RDs on hand to help with the results processing, particularly when I didn't seem to have any times to upload.... Minor panic and realised I needed to press one more button first! (Thanks Andy and Jim).

Easy job of processing, with only one small error of an additional finish token being given out – but I knew about this so no problem. Finalise the results and send to HQ along with the volunteer list.

Get the sorted tokens back from the volunteers with a note that one is missing. Please, please, please do not take the finish tokens home with you as we need them each week, and each week one or two seem to go walkabout. Do return any you may find lurking at home!

Re-packed the car and dropped the kit off with Jim for next week.

Home, checked the emails for any issues with results and now for a sit down and report writing.

Phew, I survived! Thank you to all the volunteers who really did make my job easy this week. As ever they just get on with running parkrun with little input needed from me! We couldn’t do this without you.

This week has really made me realise how much work goes on behind the scenes to make parkrun happen. Thank you to all the RDs and our Event Directors for doing these invisible roles.

Lancaster parkrun Event number 120 stats

This week 279 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Well done all and welcome to the visitors and first timers. We hope you will be back. It was great to see a family group complete parkrun this week after seeing the event in the park last week and deciding they would give it a go! We look forward to seeing you next week.

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The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Ruth MEWIS • Andrew HOLME • Ryan MEWIS • Rachel BARTON • David WALKER • Maggie WILD • Linda WALKER • Becky SIMNETT • Christine PERRY • Phil CORRIS • Amanda CHAPMAN • Pam HOLME • David HOLME • Holly SATTERLY • Angela SINGLETON • Francesca CITRON • Anna HARRISON • Adam ROWNTREE • Alice DAVIES • Paul COTTAM • Michael GISBOURNE • Nicky MEER • Anna GISBOURNE • Simon METCALFE

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

 

Lancaster parkrun event #119 7th April 2018

 

What a way to spend our Wedding Anniversary.

 

I can’t believe that I had to get up at 6.30am today (on my 34th Wedding Anniversary) and to leave the house by 7.30am to be at Lancaster parkrun. The reason is to support my hubby (David Walker) who was Run Director today. It took him 2 years to turn me into a Walker, but then a further 32 years to turn me into a runner – work that one out.

Last weekend I washed all the volunteer Hi-Viz jackets, so they were nice and clean for today. They got another rinse this morning, as just as the run was about to begin, the heavens opened. Well, it is April so we shouldn’t expect anything less should we?

At the start line it was discovered several tourists had acquired passports to come into Lancashire. We had visitors from Didsbury, Brighton and Shrewsbury (well done young Jack  JM11-14 on your PB) and other fine places. Hopefully they’ll return to see us again very soon.

We also had a very young volunteer today – baby Jasper who is 7 months and could be spotted keeping nice and dry under dad’s (Ronald Hummelink) waterproof jacket. Jasper was very smiley at the start, but I think he was bored by the end as he’d fallen asleep. Ronald is an Event Director here at Lancaster.

There was also an appearance from our other Event Director (Andrea Towse). Andrea was sitting down on the job today. She had good reason to sit down though as she had a fall last week whilst “touristing”. Andrea badly injured her ankle and was on crutches today. All credit to her for turning out to volunteer today. If you are injured, there is always a role you can volunteer for.

Here they taking a well earned rest in the café.
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Well done Paul Yates on your 50th parkrun, and thank you for helping with the course set up and close down afterwards too.

I ran the course today and I think the hills seem to get steeper every week. It was a tad muddy – but it’s been much much worse. I wonder sometimes though (on wet and cold days) if it’s harder being a Volunteer than a runner.

By writing this run report today it’s given me my 25th time a Volunteer, so I’ll soon be joining the purple T-shirt club.

For me, parkrun has created so many friends and they give encouragement and running tips. They are a shoulder to cry on when needed. They support me through the good times and the bad times. The parkrun family in Lancaster are the best. Thanks guys.

Linda Walker

 

 

This week in short summary.

This week 289 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 54 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Stephen PERRY • Patrick CORBETT • Ronald HUMMELINK • David WALKER • Helena LEWIS • Rebecca SHEPHERD • Andrea TOWSE • Georgie INTRONA • Imelda HATTON • Linda WALKER • Peter LLOYD • Christine PERRY • Lucas INTRONA • Pam HOLME • Angela SINGLETON • Anna HARRISON • Alice DAVIES • Tom PALMER • Paul YATES • Valerie GILL • Seonaid DUGDILL • Michael GISBOURNE • Anna GISBOURNE

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

The male record is held by Michael KALLENBERG who recorded a time of 16:09 on 13th May 2017 (event number 71).
The female record is held by Lizzie BROWNE who recorded a time of 18:25 on 3rd February 2018 (event number 111).
The Age Grade course record is held by Maureen LANEY who recorded 89.07% (22:25) on 8th October 2016 (event number 39).

Lancaster parkrun started on 9th January 2016. Since then 4,850 participants have completed 28,440 parkruns covering a total distance of 142,200 km, including 6,047 new Personal Bests.

 

Lancaster parkrun event #118 March 31st 2018

Easter parkrun saw some rabbits and chickens on the course.

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Lots of regulars were away but, conversely, we were able to welcome lots of visitors on their holidays; we had 49 first timers.

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There was some great running with 31 new Personal Bests including first finisher Sean Bolland who ran with tremendous power from start to finish.

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This week 274 people ran, jogged and walked the course. The event was made possible by a fabulous team of 26 invaluable volunteers:

Stephen PERRY • Patrick CORBETT • David WALKER • Ant ETHERINGTON • Jim BACON • Rebecca SHEPHERD • Jenny LOWE • Russell WAREING • William WAREING • Louise WAREING • Debra BUNTING • Imelda HATTON • Linda WALKER • Christine PERRY • Phil CORRIS • Charles SATTERLY • Ben RANSOME • Jack BAXTER • Claire CORRIS • Holly SATTERLY • Angela SINGLETON • Anna HARRISON • Susan JARVIS • Paul COTTAM • Paul JAMES • Vicky BOOTH

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

 

 

Lancaster parkrun event #117 March 24th 2018

It was a lovely, crisp and dry spring day on the 117th Parkrun! There were people (and dogs) of all ages and good vibes all round!

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This week an impressive 259 people ran, jogged and walked the course, 32 of whom were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. The first male to finish was Ben Batho of Stockport Harriers & AC with a time of 18:34 and first female was Mary Hodgson of Lancaster & Morecambe AC with a time of 22:12, congratulations!

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Well done to everyone that ran on Saturday and special shout out to Steve Rhodes, Mark McTiigue and Louise Goddard who ran their 50th Parkruns!

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

The event was made possible by the 30 volunteers below​ - thank you for all your help! And thanks to all those who took part for their enthusiasm and for making it another great run :)

Stephen PERRY • Jennifer TURNER • Ronald HUMMELINK • Jim BACON • David DOWNES • Andy HALLADAY • Jenny LOWE • Andrea TOWSE • Georgie INTRONA • Christine PERRY • Lucas INTRONA • Pam HOLME • Barbara BUSH • Jack BUSH • Matt YATES • Paula VÄÄNÄNEN • Kathryn HOYLE • Terry WAIN • Angela SINGLETON • Francesca CITRON • Anna HARRISON • David CHEUNG • Sophie GUINARD • Heather HARRISON • Bettina ROEHRICHT • Paul YATES • Heidi YATES • Imogen WEBB • Emily YATES • Nicky MEER
[And thanks to Sophie Guinard for the run report - JB]
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