This week we celebrated Lancaster parkruns 3rd birthday. 347 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 55 recorded new Personal Bests.
A new record for the number of volunteers, with 38 of you helping out! Thank you to:
Ruth MEWIS • Stephen PERRY • Patrick CORBETT • Ronald HUMMELINK • Ryan MEWIS • Rachel BARTON • Michael CLEARY • David WALKER • Andrea TOWSE • Debra BUNTING • Imelda HATTON • Emma LAWRENSON • Christine PERRY • Cefn HOILE • Pam HOLME • Terry WAIN • Angela SINGLETON • Anna HARRISON • Kathryn FOX • Harry FOX • Tom PALMER • Lucy HARRISON • Heather HARRISON • Erwin KALIS • Mariana RUFINO • Paul COTTAM • Eleanor LEVIN • Dawn MITCHELL • Olga NAKALOVA • Paul JAMES • Beckie WAINE • Yura ROTAR • Jim FLETCHER • David JACKMAN • Helen ENGLEFIELD • Emily WAINE • Lee METCALFE • Lyndsey BECKETT
We had a few milestones reached today:
- Kathryn Hoyle, 100 completed
- Diane McGrath, 50 completed
- Junior runners Lily RAFFERTY, Jacob BARNES, Cameron WORTHINGTON and Emily TUNSTALL all completing 10 parkruns
Ryan Mewis has provided the following run report in honour of his own parkrun birthday:
Today marked the third anniversary of the first parkrun held in Lancaster. It also marked the fifth anniversary (and 1 day) – also known as my parkrun birthday - of me completing my first parkrun. My first parkrun was York parkrun (and probably my first ever real run), which I did on 11/01/2014. I finished in a time of 26.45. Back then I had a body mass index (BMI) of over 30 – after completing parkrun I spent most of the rest of the day on the sofa “recovering”. However, I kept going, and by April I had got my time down to 23.13. I was hooked. On Christmas day of 2014 I got my last personal best of the year, having got my time down to 22.23. parkrun had also led to me starting to enter races, buying some running shoes (sadly the Reebok classics had to be retired) and thinking about what I ate. I was actually becoming “fit”!
Fast forward to 2019, and I have now completed parkrun 184 times at 56 different events (including ones in Malaysia and Singapore*) with my best time being 20.12 (Crosby parkrun). I have also started to collect parkrun "badges" including recently completing the pirate challenge (running 7c's and an r. See the parkrun challenges webpage for details of all these challenges!). Perhaps more importantly is seeing my age grading increase year on year – in 2014 my age grading was 58.08% whereas last year my best was 65.26%. My BMI is now far better being just above 22. parkrun has also helped me to complete a personal challenge of running a 1000 miles in 2019. It was only fitting today that I gave something back to parkrun by volunteering – after all it has given so much to me. parkrun goes much beyond the physical fitness, it also gives something to the soul. The Lancaster parkrun community is fantastic – most of the people I know in Lancaster are parkrun enthusiasts. I have lived in many cities in the north during my life and this is probably the first time that I have felt like I belong somewhere. It has also led to my wife to becoming a run director at Lancaster parkrun – parkrun is certainly an activity that we do together no matter where we are in the world.
*Future parkrun holidays are planned to Jersey, Norway, Sweden, Poland and Italy.