Lancaster parkrun event #160 12th Jan 2019

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:

Birthday celebrations!

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.


Lancaster parkrun event #158 1st Jan 2019

Tourist run reporter, Trevor Fear, tells us about New Year's Day parkrun at Lancaster below.

Not only do I wish to thank Trevor for his words and for (unexpectedly) assisting with the pre-run set up but also to apologise profusely for publishing the report of run #158 after #159 which is entirely our oversight.

Happy New Year

It was a pleasure to return to the Lancaster parkrun for my third consecutive New Year run. Unfortunately, I didn’t check the facebook page closely enough and so turned up for a 9am start as per my last two visits. I thought I was in trouble when the road was strangely deserted and I had my pick of parking places. Still it gave me a nice chance to chat with members of the core team and help do a bit of setting up with the finish funnel.

When we did get towards 10am and start time it was humming. I think clearly that extra hour is very welcome on a New Year’s Day morning! And what a glorious morning it turned out to be. After a rather grey Christmas week, the sun was out and the sky was blue. The views across the bay were gorgeous.

As usual there were lots of friendly volunteer faces:
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and of course a festive outfit or two was spotted:
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An impressive 242 parkrunners made it round the course and 32 parkrunners made their first visit to the Lancaster parkrun (including Thomas Davies who was first back in 18:06). There were no less than 28 PBs, what a great way to start the New Year!

Special Congratulations to Mike Turner and Alex Jameson who both ran at Lancaster for the first time to bring up their 100th runs.

Happy New Year everyone, may it be a happy and peaceful one for you all!


Lancaster parkrun event #159 5th Jan 2019



This week we feature a Run Report from Sharon Hartley.


So this is parkrun No 11 for me - something I NEVER thought I would be involved in. And now here I am - volunteering this morning helping set up the course and writing another Run Report.


I thought I'd share a bit of background and explain what led me to being involved in parkrun. Last September I set myself a personal challenge to give up alcohol completely for 90 days. During this time I vowed to take up new activities and try new things - parkrun being the one of the first on my list.


I'm now at 125 days and with that has come a new love of Lancaster parkrun! This isn't a new love of running. I hate it. I hate the thought of it and I hate it while I'm doing it. But I love it afterwards. And the thing with Lancaster parkrun it doesn't matter if you're a runner or not. You're made to feel welcome regardless of your ability or speed.


Speaking to the volunteers setting up the course at 08:00 this morning it's evident parkrun - be it as a participant or volunteer - is addictive. They'd starting by volunteering, then getting involved with the running and continue to show up every Saturday morning because they enjoy it.


Once the signs and cones were in place I was then able to take part in the run around the beautiful Williamson Park. Cold but dry - perfect running conditions!


Everyone was out. Seasoned park runners, newbies with their new Christmas running kit, veterans, dog walkers and toddlers in pushchairs.


Lancaster is a hilly course and not the easiest in parts - I was running behind a mum pushing two young children in a double buggy up some steep sections. The marshal thought nothing of giving her a helping hand as did a fellow parkrunner. And that's what it's all about. Getting involved and supporting one another.


It's fair to say it's my new - and much healthier - addiction!


(I've just found out I yet again failed to beat my PB - by 3 whole seconds. Maybe next week!)


Sharon Hartley, Garstang


This week 391 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 58 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 33 volunteers:

Linda STAPLETON • Emily STAPLETON • Stephen PERRY • David ROSEN • Patrick CORBETT • Rachel BARTON • David WALKER • Debra BUNTING • Imelda HATTON • Linda WALKER • Christine PERRY • Kirstie BANKSLYON • Tom MATTHEW • Peter MCDONALD • Pam HOLME • Emma BROOKS • Angela SINGLETON • Alice DAVIES • Tom PALMER • Erwin KALIS • Mariana RUFINO • Bob LOCHRIE • Paul JAMES • Jim FLETCHER • David JACKMAN • Rosie MORGAN • Vicky BOOTH • Helen ENGLEFIELD • Lee METCALFE • Tom GENT • Maria GENT • Sharon HARTLEY • Adam VENTRESS

Lots of Milestones and lots of chocolates. Well done Andy Thistlewaite on 100th parkrun and also Michael Breslin (+Ben the Staffie) also 100th. Special celebration too for Michael Greenhalgh on his 78th birthday running his 78th parkrun. Also two 50th parkrunners today, Ted Dempsey and Anonymous (Diane).

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 Emily JAPP who recorded a time of 18:21 on 15th September 2018 (event number 141).
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 6,350 participants have completed 39,850 parkruns covering a total distance of 199,250 km, including 7,811 new Personal Bests. A total of 429 individuals have volunteered 3,444 times.




Lancaster parkrun event #157 29th December 2018

Saturday brought us misty and damp but mild conditions and a lot of people wanting to burn off their festive feasts! 290 people and 24 volunteers turned out for the last parkrun of 2018. Thankfully it wasn't too muddy underfoot so Fenham Carr was kind to us and gave us not too many puddles to dodge!

Personally for me, Saturday was the first anniversary of my first ever parkrun and what a year! In September 2017 I had a bit of a wake up call and I realised I had to take better care of myself and to be a better example to my kids, so I set about overhauling my health - starting with my diet and fitness. I had a set of Nordic Walking poles gathering dust in my dining room after several half hearted attempts to take them out. I set about looking for something I could do that was measured, structured, local and walker friendly. After a few hours on Google I came across the parkrun website.

I registered on the main site, printed off my barcodes and then emailed the Lancaster parkrun team to ask if it really was ok it if turned up with my poles. After several reassuring emails, I decided to give it a go. Now with work commitments and chickening out it took me a couple of months to actually turn up and do it, and the 30th Dec 2017 was my first ever attempt at the Lancaster course. I completed the course in 46:38 and apologised to the tail walker several times for being so slow! I enjoyed the welcoming and encouraging atmosphere so much that I ended up coming back and getting 5 PB's on the bounce.


Walking the course and volunteering in several different roles has been a great source of inspiration to me, I have seen people of all ages running the course - people twice my age and small people a quarter of my age, I have seen people of all abilities running the course from the super speedy to those starting out on their fitness journeys, two legged runners, 4 legged runners, two legged pushing wheels runners. It never ceases to amaze me the amount of people who run or cycle to Williamson's Park, smash the parkrun and then run or cycle home.

I decided to try and defeat my little inner critic and try running, my inner critic was always telling me that I can walk faster than I can run, so don't even bother! So I started the NHS couch to 5k programme and slowly but surely I started running. Even though I could move faster than I could walk I was still not brave enough to try running the Lancaster course.

A year after I started my journey in September 2018, I ran the course for the first time clocking a time of 34:48 and I'm not ashamed to say I cried, I'd done it - I'd beaten the inner critic, I'd proved to myself that I could run, that I can run faster than I can walk! I still find running mentally tough and some days the inner critic shouts louder than I want them too. Some days I want to hang up my trainers but the support and encouragement I have found from the Lancaster team and all the runners just keeps you going - every cheer, every clap, every well done, just keeps you putting one foot in front of the other.

Today, on my first anniversary of starting my parkrun journey, I ran the course in 33:59,  not quite the fastest I've run it in but a whole 12 minutes and 39 seconds faster than a year ago. So now I have set a new target for 2019 - to be able to run Lancaster in under 33 minutes.


Thanking everyone involved with Lancaster parkrun for your support and encouragement and wishing everyone a peaceful, harmonious and healthy 2019.

Sara x


Lancaster parkrun #155, 22/12/2018

Run Report 22/12/18

A ‘Tourist’ Eye’s View





All words I have associated with Lancaster for many years… no less this morning. I am writing this as a Lancaster Parkrun ‘Tourist’ despite Lancaster being where I was born and lived until I went to uni. As a regular runner and volunteer at Parkrun in the warmer midlands (shoutout to Dishley Loughborough Parkrun!) I knew that being in a different place on a Saturday didn’t mean I couldn’t run, in fact I knew I would find a warm welcome with the extended Parkrun family!


 Heading up from the car park we met a gentleman attending his first ever Parkrun; Robert BURROW was nervous but excited for his first attempt. When running round I crossed paths with him a few times and he seemed to be enjoying it! Well done Robert on your first ever Parkrun!

I arrived at 8:30 for the volunteer briefing (a lovely 15 minutes later than in Loughborough, although the walk from the car park is a wee bit longer!) and was warmly welcomed by the team of high-vis heroes. I then wandered towards the start line. Bumped into a couple of friends including David CHEUNG and listened to the briefing. Well done to the two people completing their 100th parkruns: Louise WAREING and Lucas INTRONA!

Soon we were off on the run. according to some people I’ve spoken to, Lancaster is the 4th Hilliest Parkrun in the country, and it definitely feels like that on the way round – here’s a picture of Santa up the top of Fenham Carr… I’m still at the bottom! Great route though with fabulous views; looking out over Morecambe bay, or coming round the side of the


Ashton Memorial knocks the socks off all other Parkruns! Today we were cheered on our way with some spectacular music from Emily and Heidi on their instruments; here they are with their mum Liz. Thank you so much to them for the encouragement and support!

I have to say as I came round the Memorial and had been overtaken by a few runners coming into finish made me chuckle – not a chance I was going quickly up those stairs!!!! The second lap takes us round a slightly different loop which is nice, although I’m definitely going to be saving up for some trail shoes for next time I run Lancaster!

On the second lap I met another first timer, Drew WILSON and Minnie the Dog who is a lovely rescue from Greece. They were really enjoying their first Parkrun, although Minnie wasn’t up for pulling Drew up the hills! They will definitely be back!




As we reached the top for the second time and came round to the Memorial there were still loads of supporters and people cheering us on. Lovely to get such support, especially with these hills!!! After the run we popped intothe café for a cuppa and met the lovely Pam Holme who, despite volunteering today for the 108th time it was her first EVER actual Parkrun as she volunteered as tailwalker. Amazing!

It was great fun running around at my real ‘home’ Parkrun. The atmosphere is great and the route interesting and varied (as well as hilly, did I mention it was hilly?). As I ran down the bottom of the Carr the second time I felt myself relax after some busy weeks, and was reminded of the joy and freedom of being outside running and/or walking. Finding people to talk to a warm welcome just emphasised what Parkrun means and how it’s such an amazing activity.

Merry Christmas to all!

This week 297 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:

Stephen PERRY • Andrew HOLME • Chris BOWKER • Kirsten BURNETT • David WALKER • Helena LEWIS • Imelda HATTON • Christine PERRY • Tom MATTHEW • Peter MCDONALD • Amanda CHAPMAN • Pam HOLME • Emma BROOKS • Kathryn HOYLE • Terry WAIN • David HARRISON • Anna HARRISON • Joanna PELLEREAU • Harry FOX • Alice DAVIES • Tom PALMER • Lucy HARRISON • Mariana RUFINO • Heidi YATES • Bob LOCHRIE • Emily YATES • Jim FLETCHER • David JACKMAN • Seonaid DUGDILL • Lis YATES • Tom GENT • Maria GENT

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 Emily JAPP who recorded a time of 18:21 on 15th September 2018 (event number 141).
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 6,160 participants have completed 38,669 parkruns covering a total distance of 193,345 km, including 7,698 new Personal Bests. A total of 422 individuals have volunteered 3,343 times.


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