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.