Cancellation 13 October 2018

Unfortunately we are making the decision to cancel. There is a tree down at the hall and others down on nearby Green Drive. The forecasts all say different things but some are saying there will be very high winds in the morning. We need to consider the safety of our set up team and everyone coming along to the event. It may turn out to be over cautious but at least by cancelling now we can hopefuly get the message out and allow people to go other parkruns.

We'd be really grateful if you could share the news with anyone you think might be planning to come.

 

Run report: event #138, 6 October 2018

Saturday was ‘International parkrun day’, a celebration of the anniversary of the Bushy Park Time Trial that started parkrun in 2004. In the 14 years that have followed the inaugural event, parkrun has progressed to 20 countries with over 5 million people registered. From 13 friends in a park to a global fitness and friendship community. Quite a remarkable phenomenon.

Fittingly we had an overseas visitor at Lytham , Gemma from Sydney, who completed our course encouraged by Sheila, Roy and her family. We had a great chat about Kirribilli, Australia and UK travel. Other visitors from nearer home came from Haigh Woodland, Chorley, Manchester, Reigate, Eastbourne and the Blackburn Road Runners (with baby Arthur helping to marshal). It was also great to see so many Couch to 5K runners return but Jonas Bartle still forgot his barcode.

This week I was introduced to the joys of token sorting. Getting 206 finish tokens back into the correct order post event is critical to the success of the following week’s parkrun. At Lytham Hall it is a team approach to this volunteer activity. A rewarding task- it’s a bit like an early learning counting card game.

There was plenty to celebrate at Lytham Hall on Saturday: the forecast rain never arrived; Maddy Markham and Jacqui Murray reached the 50 run milestone. Maddy has also volunteered for us and will he helping with finish tokens next week; Jacqui’s volunteered on 7 occasions!

Peter Bamford has bought us a new PB bell; 26 participants could ring the PB bell this week and we’re really grateful for this contribution. We had George running on his birthday. George Lui usually runs at Blackpool and is a run leader at Parkview 4U friendly runners. He is known for his bright clothes and fun personality. Thanks for the cake, George. Paula Whipp, a regular volunteer, joined the 25 volunteer club byb helping at junior parkrun on Sunday – thanks Paula!

Louise Cox, run report writer

The fabulous volunteers this week were:

Richard Harry STOREY • Clive John BERRY • Clive BARLEY • Matt SIMPSON • James BUCKLEY • Roy STEVENS • Karen KIDNER • Martyn BURNETT • Nigel KIDNER • David WOOD • Roy GLENDINNING • Sarah BAGSHAW • Trevor REMNANT • Laura BUCKLEY • Daryl MURRAY • Julie WISEMAN • Susie BUCKLEY • Paul ROGERS • Neil COLERIDGE-SMITH • Louise COX • Benjamin EICHHÖFER • Peter BAMFORD • Millie WESTBOURNE • Raymond STILES • Elizabeth STILES • Isabella REID • Rachel HAY • Kevin REID • John MADGWICK

This week's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Lytham Hall parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 17:58 on 10th September 2016 (event number 39).
The male record is held by Andy BENSON who recorded a time of 15:31 on 11th February 2017 (event number 59).
The Age Grade course record is held by Maureen LANEY who recorded 94.93% (21:02) on 21st January 2017 (event number 56).

Lytham Hall parkrun started on 28th November 2015. Since then 4,940 participants have completed 25,858 parkruns covering a total distance of 129,290 km, including 5,521 new Personal Bests.

 

New Years Day Run – 10am

Hi parkrunners, we are pleased to announce that we will be holding a run on New Years Day at 10am. What better way to run off Christmas and meet up with friends to bring in 2019! Last year Blackpool held an event at 8.30am to allow you to do 'the double' early discussions are that they will be doing the same again, so watch this space.

Hope to see lots of your there, we'll be asking for volunteers nearer the time!

Lytham Hall parkrun office

 

 

Run report: event #137, 29 September 2018

Lytham Hall parkrun has not had many better days than this Saturday. The sun shone, the temperature was perfect for running and the turnout was our 12th biggest ever. It was pleasing that the group included many splendid graduates from the YMCA Couch to 5K groups: their obvious team spirit was a joy to behold. In all we had 35 people who had never done parkrun before and additional 15 where it was their first run at Lytham. 

 We had another centurion to add to our ranks with Neil Bayntun-Roberts achieving the milestone of 100 runs, he had a good run finishing 13th but not quite celebrating with a PB. Well done Neil.  For those of you that don't know, Neil is touring parkruns alphabetically!  Laughlan Maclean-Bristol and Lee Topping both ran their 50th and Ben Gregson and Oliver Barton (juniors) clocked up their 10th run!  Don't forget that you can also earn a t-shirt though volunteering on 25 occasions: 14 of this week's runners (and some of the volunteers) are in this club and it would be great to see that little purple t-shirt badge against more profiles.  The number of individual volunteers in our history is well below 10% of runner numbers - it would be brilliant to see that number rise, especially amongst Lytham regulars.

Another record was broken  – Bob Clough did the longest pre-race briefing in parkrun history!  He introduced the 9 pacers from Lytham St Annes Road Runners. The pacers proved a big success with several people tracking them and achieving PBs. There is an art in pacing a race (especially with the dodgy gps measurement on our course: it is 5k, we promise) and some have it better than others. The king of pacemakers is Neil Tate who will soon be crowned parkrun Event Director. Neil was aiming at 22 minutes and finished in 22.02. The wooden spoon belongs to Kev Murray who came in at an enthusiastic 23.54 aiming at 25 minutes. We did have a good PB week with 50 achieving this satisfying goal. 

One of the trailed items this week was the Green Drive 5 special offer. Bob and Anthea Clough manned their gazebo handing out cake and some free T shirts from previous year’s races asking for a small donation to go to Lytham Hall (we raised £15).  The special offer was for parkrunners to enter the race, which at 8K is a step up from parkrun distance, at the same rate as runners who are members of UK Athletics affiliated clubs. Leaflets were distributed and arms twisted! At the time of writing, there are very few places left so don't delay if you want to enter.

This week 242 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 53 were first timers and 50 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 33 wonderful volunteers:

Richard Harry STOREY • Alex ROWE • G BROWNE • Clive BARLEY • Sharon COOPER • Jeremy MCCANDLESS • Kirsten BURNETT • Martyn BURNETT • Neil TATE • David WOOD • Bob CLOUGH • Graham YOUNG • Alan BROCKLEBANK • June BROCKLEBANK • Andrew DRAPER • Sara BYRNE • Paula JAMES • Trevor REMNANT • Sophie TATE • Julie WISEMAN • Jacqui MURRAY • Kev MURRAY • Debbie PRESTON • Jo HAY • Paul ROGERS • Susan GREEN • Neil COLERIDGE-SMITH • Benjamin EICHHÖFER • Peter BAMFORD • Jason SHERIDAN • Millie WESTBOURNE • Helen EYRE • Rachel HAY

This week's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Lytham Hall parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 17:58 on 10th September 2016 (event number 39).
The male record is held by Andy BENSON who recorded a time of 15:31 on 11th February 2017 (event number 59).
The Age Grade course record is held by Maureen LANEY who recorded 94.93% (21:02) on 21st January 2017 (event number 56).

Lytham Hall parkrun started on 28th November 2015. Since then 4,908 participants have completed 25,652 parkruns covering a total distance of 128,260 km, including 5,495 new Personal Bests.

 

Run report: event #136, 22 September 2018

Three regular runners at Lytham Hall reached the 100 parkruns milestone on Saturday - Darran Ames, Dave Nixon and Neil Tate. All three have also volunteered with Neil and Darran having each volunteered over 100 times (at parkrun and junior parkrun) and Dave twice.

Neil is a committed, supportive and fast runner who will be familiar to most at Lytham Hall. He usually wears his green Lytham St Annes Road Runners club vest (although not this week). Neil has been at Lytham Hall parkrun from the trial and most runs since. He will be taking over from Kirsten as Event Director on the third birthday run (1st December) and is sure to be a very capable and encouraging replacement. It would be excellent if he could start his tenure with a full complement of equipment as some stuff has gone missing and others are not fit for purpose (heavy buckets of sand). If you are able to donate money (no matter how small) to help refresh the kit please visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk/lythamhall/aboutus/ and click the donate logo.

Another of the new 100 runclub members, Darran, tells his parkrun story as follows:

“My first experience of parkrun was on a cool spring morning back in April 2016, when I turned up not knowing really what to expect – other than I had to make it round a 5km course, which I did, just! The following week, I undertook a spot of parkrun tourism, down in Cheltenham where I ran with my much fitter twin brother, and my younger sister. At one point, my brother was worried I might suffer a heart attack. Thankfully that didn’t happen and I was quickly embraced into the parkrun family. It did not take long for my weekend routines to change: if they didn’t start with parkrun something was very much wrong.

In the last two and half years, I have now managed 100 runs (including a satisfying triple in a single week at the start of this year – New Year’s Day specials at both Blackpool and Lytham, followed by the regular Saturday morning), and 141 volunteer roles (spread between Lytham Hall and Park View juniors) plus a generous helping of PBs along the way. It’s fair to say that I get almost as much enjoyment from the volunteering aspect as I do the running (though as people who know me will agree, my heart is when I’m out pounding the route). Needless to say it was fitting to share my 100th run with Neil, our forthcoming Event Director.

The impact of parkrun is clear to see within our family – as not only do our Saturdays involve parkrun, but so do Sundays with junior parkrun for my son, Lewis (now at 76 junior events and 7 Saturday runs). It is fair to say that parkrun re-started my love of running, after a 20+ year break – so thank you parkrun, and in particular all those at Lytham Hall who stage a great event week-in, week-out, and allowing me to be a part of it.”

This week 180 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers, 6 of these running their first ever parkrun. There were visitors from Manchester, Stockport, Leeds and Poole. Amongst the 36 new Personal Bests was a mother and daughter, Claire and Maddy Markham, both recording excellent improvements in their times. Further afield at Taman Sudu Ulu parkrun (Kuala Lumpar) one of our regulars, Howard Henshaw, ran 29.10 last week, a Malaysian record for men aged over 75. Well done Claire, Maddy, Howard and all those who got a PB this week or just a satisfying run.

If you have a PB in mind, perhaps a pacer will help. Next week (29th) Lytham St Annes Road Runners will be pacing the following times: 18, 22, 25, 27, 30, 32, 35 and 37 minutes. Additionally there will be a run /walk pacer ("jeffing"), running for 60s, walking for 30s and repeating aiming for 34 minutes. There will also be the opportunity to able to enter the Green Drive Five event which is on Sunday 21 October. Five miles is a great initial step up distance for anyone who is used to doing parkrun. Non-club runners entering at parkrun next week (and paying cash) will be able to benefit from the lower price of £14 usually reserved for UKA club members!

The event was made possible by 35 brilliant volunteers:

Alex ROWE • Clive John BERRY • Sharon COOPER • Jeremy MCCANDLESS • Kirsten BURNETT • Julie ROONEY • Karen KIDNER • Martyn BURNETT • Neil TATE • Nigel KIDNER • Greg OULTON • Helen TASKER • David WOOD • Paula MCCANDLESS • Darran AMES • Joan CARLSSON • Trevor REMNANT • Debbie PRESTON • Paul ROGERS • Jo HAY • Sue WALSH • Neil COLERIDGE-SMITH • Nicholas HOLTON • Louise COX • Paul BROGDEN • Benjamin EICHHÖFER • Millie WESTBOURNE • Sue HENRY • Andy VICKERS • Lewis MCAFEE • Rachel HAY • Mark HOLTON • John MADGWICK • James MCAFEE • Peter THOMSON

This week's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Lytham Hall parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 17:58 on 10th September 2016 (event number 39).
The male record is held by Andy BENSON who recorded a time of 15:31 on 11th February 2017 (event number 59).
The Age Grade course record is held by Maureen LANEY who recorded 94.93% (21:02) on 21st January 2017 (event number 56).

Lytham Hall parkrun started on 28th November 2015. Since then 4,855 participants have completed 25,410 parkruns covering a total distance of 127,050 km, including 5,445 new Personal Bests.

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