Blue skies and sunshine have become the normal conditions for Saturday mornings this summer. This hotter weather makes shade desirable so the trees on our Lytham Hall parkrun route are much appreciated (as they are when it is rainy or windy). We really are so lucky to have such a beautiful and weather resilient course.
We were back on the non-Heron two lap route for the 3rd week with the Run Directors’ pre-event briefing in front of the main entrance to the hall. In addition to music corner, there were cowbells to be heard near the finish line, brought to encourage by the partner of one of our visitors (usually a fell runner).
Results were delayed this week and took longer to process because we had a funnel ducker. This is someone who crosses the line - getting a stopwatch click - but ducks out before taking a finish token. The numbers then don't match and it takes some figuring out to try and make sure people have the right time. If you don't want a time, or have forgotten your barcode, please either run to the side of the finish line but not through it or take a token and put it straight in the bucket.
This week 201 people ran, jogged and walked the course. There were 24 first timers, amongst whom were 5 people completing their first ever parkrun. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part. Some of the members of our local club, Lytham St Annes Road Runners may have had sore heads following the green tie ball the previous night (and a lot stayed in bed).
There were some notable achievements. Congratulations to Georgia Rodwell and Peter Gibson who completed their 50th parkrun. Well done also to all those participants who achieved new personal bests. There were an impressive 38 improvers this week.
High viz (and mini high viz) heroes
The event was made possible by 21 brilliant volunteers. Thank you to Alex ROWE • G BROWNE • Clive John BERRY • Sharon COOPER • Roy STEVENS • Martyn BURNETT • Sheila STEVENS • Matthew LARDNER • Stephen TATE • Greg OULTON • Darran AMES • Malcolm GLEN-BOTT • Paul ROGERS • Neil COLERIDGE-SMITH • Nicholas HOLTON • Louise COX • Peter BAMFORD • Mandy PRICE • Caleb PRICE • Mark HOLTON • Kevin REID
Photographs were taken from the perspective of a six-year old - thank you Caleb. The young volunteer has made a wonderful contribution. Check out the Lytham Hall parkrun FaceBook page to view the album. In addition one of our younger runners, Lewis, had a significant day. He decided to complete parkrun with his Dad rather than play football. It’s so good that regulars from the junior parkrun also enjoy running the longer 5k full event (he has also volunteered 34 times).
Be a record breaker!
Next week (21st July 2018) there is the opportunity to support a Guinness World Record attempt after parkrun. Fylde coast NHS are looking to help break the record for the most people exercising to a fitness video at a single location as part of #NHS70 birthday celebrations and Fitter Fylde Coast initiative. The current record stands at 4,814 people. The attempt will take place at Lytham Festival from 10am. For full details and to sign up, visit www.fitterfyldecoast.nhs.uk/sign-up
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 4,590 participants have completed 23,717 parkruns covering a total distance of 118,585 km, including 5,181 new Personal Bests.