Lancaster parkrun event #108 13th January 2018

 

The beautiful views possible from Williamson Park come with the downside that the park can be rather exposed to the elements and exposed to the elements we were this week. The biting wind, however, didn't deter too many runners and we were pleased to welcome over 300 runners to Lancaster parkrun.

Usually found at the back of the pack as our fantastic tail runner, Phil Corris celebrated his 100th parkrun this week. 99 of those runs have been at Lancaster, which isn’t bad at all considering we have only held 108 events! Phil is an exceptionally positive person and we are lucky to have his support (and also his chocolates, thanks Phil!). We look forward to celebrating your 100th Lancaster parkrun next week (Will you bring more chocolate? Please?). A summertime photo:

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We had three other milestones to celebrate this week too. Junior Sebastian Bowler completed his 10th parkrun with Lester Smith and Papa Essilfie reaching 50 parkruns each. Well done to you all and we hope you continue to enjoy running with us!

Some fantastic running this week, no doubt due to the Gladiator start that one particular runner had been hoping for! Forty personal bests were recorded and a brilliant run from Charlie Batho to come in second place on his first visit to Lancaster - he’s had plenty of running practice though - Charlie has run over 300 parkruns in over 20 different locations!

You no doubt missed Christine cheering you up the hill and her fab photos this week. We all wish you well and hope you feel better soon! A great team of volunteers still provided plenty of support to our runners. Thanks this week to:

William FISH • Ruth MEWIS • Linda STAPLETON • Stephen PERRY • Andrew HOLME • Simon GORA • Andrea TOWSE • Kelly SEWARD • Charles SATTERLY • Cefn HOILE • Pam HOLME • Eleanor SOWERBY • Philip BOYLE • Kathryn HOYLE • Terry WAIN • Holly SATTERLY • Andrea TOWSE • Angela SINGLETON • Rozanne BRAYSHAW • Aston KIESWETTER • Paul JAMES • David JACKMAN • Anna GISBOURNE

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

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Lancaster parkrun event #107 6th January 2018

 

Being a Run Director at Lancaster parkrun is a great role. Here’s my account of (my slightly rushed) Saturday:

My alarm went off at 6.45am, I snoozed it…. and snoozed it again. All of a sudden it was 7.15am. I needed to leave the house at 7.30am and the car wasn’t packed. Andy and Pam, setter uppers extraordinare, were meeting me at the park at 8am and I didn't want to keep them waiting. Up, wash, dress, kettle on, toaster on, head outside with laptop and roster in hand. Came back in, picked up tea in my thermal mug and toast on a plate to eat in the car on the way. Signs went in the car, first aid kit, megaphone, hi-vis vests, cones. 7.36am. Not too bad.

Arrived at the park at about 7.55am so was able to put the cones and signs up at the Quernmore Road entrances. Andy and Pam met me at the Memorial. Pam greeted me with a hug and I mumbled something about not being a morning person but quickly enough things perked up. The dawn light on the memorial was beautiful and the lights across Lancaster and Morecambe were twinkling.

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Andy and Pam took charge of setting up whilst I checked through the kit so that it was ready to hand out to volunteers. FINISH TOKENS! Where were the finish tokens? In my rush had I left them in the garage? No!!! I ran back to the car, nothing in the boot. Could I call my husband to bring them? Would they get here in time? Earliest I’ll need them would be 9.15am… Then, I remember, they are sat in the foot well of the passenger seat. Breathe.

Volunteers turned up one by one. It was lovely to meet Rachel Barton a new volunteer,  the Jolly family who were visiting volunteers from Lincolnshire and also Bob’s beautiful dog, Rab! Everybody had turned up and knew what they are doing. So far so good! Phew!

It was soon time for the runners brief. Surprisingly, I was a little bit nervous. Usually, I’m fairly happy welcoming everyone to the parkrun and reminding everybody of things to watch out for. Maybe it was the rushed start to the morning? Anyway, count down the run (to Ryan’s disappointment not in the 1990s Gladiator style he’s been hoping for) and watch everybody start.

It’s always great to stand at the top of Fenham Carr to see people coming in and out and cheering people up the hill. Lucas Pinnington was flying round. Lucas is one of our super speedy junior runners and did fantastically to hold on to his lead for the entire run. It was great to see some familiar faces and lots of new people, we had 34 first timers this week.

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As the lead runners came back into Fenham Carr for the second time, the finish funnel volunteers made their way to the memorial ready to receive the finishers.  This week I stood at the entrance to the funnel watching people finish. When I’m not RD, my favourite role is barcode scanning, so I’m usually at my busiest during this part of the morning. It feels strange to be only cheering people on but I’m pleased that I’m not needed. An incident free week is the best kind of week. A quick chat with the groundsman about the lavender near the start on the run (please keep off of it!). Then one of the nicest things about being RD. Those parkrunners who come up and say thank-you. It puts an extra smile on your face and gives you that extra reminder that people really appreciate the effort that the team has put in to put the event on. Had a nice chat with some of the finishers and watched the tail walkers come through in positions 285 and 286, a great turn out.

Steve Perry did another lap of the course picking up the cones and signs and others gave a hand bringing the kit in. Jim bought me a very welcome coffee, by then my hands were freeeeezing. Ruth, Jim and I got the laptop out to process the results. We knew that one of the stop watches had an extra click, there were a couple of duplicate entries, but otherwise the data seemed to be in good order. 10.30am and I had to dash off to Chester leaving Jim and Ruth finishing off the results making sure that all these fab volunteers were credited for their hard work:

Ruth MEWIS • Stephen PERRY • Andrew HOLME • Rachel BARTON • Anne JOLLY • Marsaili JOLLY • Elspeth JOLLY • Helena LEWIS • Jenny LOWE • Andrea TOWSE • Imelda HATTON • Christine PERRY • Pam HOLME • Holly SATTERLY • Angela SINGLETON • Anna HARRISON • Alice DAVIES • Bob LOCHRIE • Vicky BOOTH • Jim BACON

After coming back from Chester I checked e-mails to make sure that there were no incidents that I wasn’t made aware of at the time and then today I remembered that I hadn’t written a run report! Next time I will be more organised. But organised or not it’s always great to be involved with such a positive event. See you all soon!

For all of this week's results: Lancaster parkrun Results Page

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Lancaster parkrun event #106 New Year Run Report 1st January 2018

What better way to start 2018 than with Lancaster parkrun!

On a blustery and wet morning it looked like the weather was going to be against us for the run, but right on cue the rain stopped with just a few minutes to spare. However, the wet weather had caused a long puddle to form on the straight by the side of the reservoir in Fenham Carr which added an extra challenge to the course. Hands up who wished they'd asked Santa for some waterproof socks!

114 people completed the course, well, 112 people, a penguin and a tiger! Thanks Jack and Damien for the new year smiles.

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Well done to all, and to those of you who supported friends and family taking part.

The first finisher was James Edwards (first time first finsher) and the first woman was Ellie Homewood (fourth time first finisher). There was one milestone run this week, congratulations to Peter Lloyd for completing his 50th parkrun.

Thanks indeed to all of the hi-vis heroes who volunteered.

For those of you setting new year's targets, the parkrun website compiles several interesting pages. Here's the site: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/lancaster/ For example, from the Lancaster event page under the results tab one of the links is to an age category records page. On that page clicking on an age category takes you to a separate page with a ranking of the personal bests in that category.

This week 114 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 4 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests.

The event was made possible by  volunteers: Jim BACON, Caroline BORLASE, Keith CARMAN, David CHEUNG, Patrick CORBETT, Phil CORRIS, Alan HATTON-YEO, Lucas INTRONA, Georgie INTRONA, Paul JAMES, Eleanor LEVIN, Jenny LOWE, Tom MATTHEW, Angus MURRAY, Tom PALMER, Stephen PERRY, Christine PERRY, Tamara RAKIĆ, Andrea TOWSE, Linda WALKER, David WALKER.

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

The female record is held by Carolyne BAXTER who recorded a time of 18:26 on 7th May 2016 (event number 17).
The male record is held by Michael KALLENBERG who recorded a time of 16:09 on 13th May 2017 (event number 71).

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 4,446 participants have completed 24,854 parkruns covering a total distance of 124,270 km, including 5,514 new Personal Bests.

 

Lancaster parkrun event #105 30th December 2017

Lancaster parkrun event #105   30th December 2017

 Another terrific bunch of volunteers ready to administer parkrun.
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Today we recognised the enormity of the volunteering effort of Christine Perry. A Lancaster parkrun legend. The runners and volunteers waved 100 flags at the start, as we presented her with a certificate to remember this day.   cert

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Flags were numbered 1-100 and the lucky winner of a spot prize for waving flag 63, chosen by Christine at random, was clearly ecstatic receiving a large jar of Jelly Babies. Share them with your girls Colin.   i won

Some runners ran with and waved their flags up and down hills and through the mud and puddles.   run flag 2

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Of course there was cake afterwards, provided by Christine, a birthday cake with a 100 volunteer theme. Magnificent detail on the decoration and tasted terrific too.

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We also thank Paul James for reaching his 25th volunteer at Lancaster.

Well done to Paul Gillon running his 50th parkrun, and two under 11’s who did their 10th runs, Louisa Wild and James Brassington.

 

This week in short summary.

This week 244 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 53 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Stephen PERRY • Richard JONES • Simon GRANT • Andrew HOLME • Rebecca WILLMOTT • Sophie GRANT • David WALKER • Mark MCTIGUE • Jim BACON • Rebecca SHEPHERD • Maggie WILD • Debra BUNTING • Imelda HATTON • Linda WALKER • Christine PERRY • Martin WILSON • Annette QUARRY • Pam HOLME • David CHEUNG • Helen RYAN • Colin BRIFFETT • Alice BRIFFETT • Paul JAMES • Luke GRANT

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

The female record is held by Carolyne BAXTER who recorded a time of 18:26 on 7th May 2016 (event number 17).
The male record is held by Michael KALLENBERG who recorded a time of 16:09 on 13th May 2017 (event number 71).
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 4,442 participants have completed 24,740 parkruns covering a total distance of 123,700 km, including 5,506 new Personal Bests.

 

Lancaster parkrun event #104 25th December 2017

Christmas Day parkrun - we loved it :-)

There were hundreds of us...
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And we got all dressed up... medley

There was peace and good will not to mention great cakes and mince pies,

The following volunteers made it happen:
Jim BACON, Claire CORRIS, Phil CORRIS, Marian DE SILVER, Carol DENT, Simon GRANT, Luke GRANT, Sophie GRANT, Grant GRIFFITHS, Wendy HANLON, Paul JAMES, Jenny LOWE, Ruth MEWIS, Ryan MEWIS, Stephen PERRY, Christine PERRY, Tamara RAKIĆ, Linda STAPLETON, Jennifer WELLOCK

And a yo-ho-ho to the random pirate in hot pursuit of those Santas.
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Merry Christmas everyone.
Report by Jim (m'lad)

 

 

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