Run report: event #87, 9 September 2017

This week it rained, a lot. Despite that 192 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part. Junior runners Honey Griffith and Jake Rodwell ran their 10th parkrun, while Andrew Ottewell and Stephen Smurthwaite joined the 10 club – well done all!

The event was made possible by 26 superb (and soggy) volunteers including our fabulous Duke of Edinburgh students:

Alex ROWE • Sharon COOPER • Jeremy MCCANDLESS • Kirsten BURNETT • Christine BURGESS • Julie ROONEY • Roy STEVENS • Karen KIDNER • Martyn BURNETT • Sheila STEVENS • Hannah CONNELL • Matthew LARDNER • Nigel KIDNER • Connor BURNETT • Michelle COPELAND • Finlay MCCALMAN • Trinny WHARRIER • Matthew COOPER • Marion WILSON • Claire MARKHAM • Kyla MURRAY • Harry THOMPSON • Paul ROGERS • Peter ROONEY • Patrick HILLS • Benjamin EICHHÖFER

There is no event this coming Saturday (16 September) as there is a steam fair at Lytham Hall. Preston is also cancelled. The other cancellation date that we expect this year is 18 November.

Some money was dropped on Saturday and handed in. If you have lost any, please contact lythamhalloffice@parkrun.com, giving details of what was lost.

The new route means less congestion and overtaking than we used to have, which is great. However, we do have runners and walkers going at different speeds, including those with buggies and dogs. We expect all our parkrunners to be considerate, but sometimes there can be difficulties if a runner is being overtaken and doesn’t hear a shouted warning, because of wearing earphones. We know some of you like to run to music, but please make sure this is at a volume where you can still clearly hear people around you. This helps avoid bumps and people getting cross with each other, especially when things like puddles might mean someone in front suddenly stepping to one side.

On 30 September, Lytham St.Annes Road Running Club will be taking over the main volunteer roles for the day. They’ll be tempting you to join the annual Green Drive Five (and junior mile). This is a popular run and a great chance to try a different distance. It’s a perfect opportunity to have a chat with one of the club members if you’ve been thinking about joining a running club too! We’re always well-supported by our local clubs so wherever you live or whichever nights you’re free, there’s probably a local club for you. They’re all friendly and you don’t have to be fast or able to run a long way.

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

Male placings:

- Neil TATE (VM35-39) of Lytham St. Annes RRC, was first over the line in 18:06 - third time in 51 appearances.
- Chris MILES (SM25-29) of Preston Harriers, was second over the line in 18:24.
- Robert MORGAN (SM20-24) of Chorley Athletic and Triathlon Club, was third over the line in 19:26.

Female placings:

- Catherine CARRDUS (VW45-49) of Lytham St. Annes RRC, was first (4th overall) over the line in 19:40 - 7th time in 8 appearances.
- Jeanette WHITHAM (VW40-44) (Unattached) was second (30th overall) over the line in 23:10.
- Alice BURR (JW11-14) (Unattached) was third (33rd overall) over the line in 23:45.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

- Catherine CARRDUS (VW45-49) – 81.53% for the time 19:40 (4th overall).
- John Graeme BERTENSHAW (VM60-64) – 79.46% for the time 20:22 (7th overall).
- Neil TATE (VM35-39) – 74.31% for the time 18:06 (first overall).

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 3,480 participants have completed 16,025 parkruns covering a total distance of 80,125 km, including 3,973 new Personal Bests.

 

Run report: event # 86, 2 September 2017

This week 233 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

This was the second parkrun on the new two (and a bit) lap course. Intermittent sunshine helped to make the grounds of Lytham Hall look magnificent as parkrunners were treated to the varied views of ponds, woodland, gardens and livestock in an adjacent field. Aspects of the course’s beauty are captured in the event photographs taken by David Wood. These can be accessed via the Lytham Hall parkrun Facebook page.

Some parkrunners may have noticed that there was a participant in distress during the event on Saturday. He quickly recovered. It is useful to be aware of the correct action should this occur again. If there's an emergency situation, people should let the nearest marshal know and someone should call 999 as soon as possible. All runners should help out where required and it is possible that a runner will be the best placed person to ring 999 rather than waiting to reach a marshal. We have a defibrillator in the cupboard just as you enter the tea rooms. We also have a first aid kit available at the finish. Any incidents should be reported to the Run Director. parkrun doesn't have designated first aiders but given the number of people attending events there are likely to be willing and capable people nearby.

We are cancelled on Saturday 16th September as there is a Steam Fair at Lytham Hall. It is a good opportunity to try out other local parkruns but please note that Preston parkrun is also cancelled on this date.

On Saturday, we had visitors from locations that included Preston, Cuerden Valley, Barnsley, Brierley Forest and Brueton. Ten members of Blackburn Road Runners visited with 5-week old Arthur being carried around the course (at walking pace). We had two milestones to celebrate. Ben Wrigley completed his 50th run and Keith Rhead did his 25th volunteer occasion. A big thank you to the wonderful volunteer marshals who excelled in guiding and encouraging the participants round the turns in the new route.

Coming up next month for anyone who wants to try a different distance is the Green Drive Five, a five mile event starting on Green Drive (the clue’s in the name!) and heading out around the country lanes towards Warton. The t shirts are always popular - it’s worth entering just for one of those! The event is run by Lytham St.Annes Road Running Club. There’s also a mile race for the juniors. It’s on 22 October and places are already filling up.

The event was made possible by 27 wonderful volunteers:

Richard Harry STOREY • Clive BARLEY • Sharon COOPER • Kirsten BURNETT • Roy STEVENS • Karen KIDNER • Martyn BURNETT • Sheila STEVENS • Matthew LARDNER • Nicola WISEMAN • Greg OULTON • David WOOD • Connor BURNETT • Debbie BELL • Keith RHEAD • Marian RHEAD • Trinny WHARRIER • Joyce BOND • Matthew COOPER • Claire MARKHAM • Kyla MURRAY • Harry THOMPSON • Paul ROGERS • Louise COX • Patrick HILLS • Benjamin EICHHÖFER • Peter BAMFORD

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

Male placings:

- Andrew DRAPER (VM35-39) of Lytham St. Annes RRC, was first over the line in 17:26 - 4th time in 31 appearances.
- Joe GREENWOOD (SM25-29) of Lytham St. Annes RRC, was second over the line in 17:33 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
- Paul VEEVERS (VM35-39) of Lytham St. Annes RRC, was third over the line in 17:53 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Female placings:

- Gill DRAPER (SW30-34) of Lytham St. Annes RRC, was first (16th overall) over the line in 20:54 - second time in 23 appearances.
- Jennifer HILL (SW30-34) of Lytham St. Annes RRC, was second (18th overall) over the line in 21:01 - was first to finish once before.
- Emily BALSHAW (JW11-14) of Lytham St. Annes RRC, was third (24th overall) over the line in 21:20.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

- Trevor RAYNER (VM50-54) – 77.99% for the time 19:32 (8th overall).
- Sophie BOHANNON (JW11-14) – 76.53% for the time 21:44 (29th overall).
- Andrew DRAPER (VM35-39) – 76.10% for the time 17:26 (first overall).

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 3,437 participants have completed 15,833 parkruns covering a total distance of 79,165 km, including 3,951 new Personal Bests.

 

Run report: event #85, 26 August 2017

Finally! This week we switched to our new 2 lap course, which takes in far more of the beautiful Lytham hall grounds and means that the field of runners will be more spread out – less overtaking and lapping! Thanks to everyone involved in planning, measuring, preparing paths, cutting back plants, setting up and then joining our wonderful volunteer team on the day. We put out loads of marshals and we’ll try to do so again this week, until more runners are familiar with the route. If you can help this week, please get in touch. Three of our volunteers qualified for their purple 25 volunteer stint t-shirts this week. Huge thanks to Darran Ames, Julie Wiseman and Marian Rhead. Here’s the full list of high-viz heroes:

Stephanie COSTICH • Clive John BERRY • Clive BARLEY • Sharon COOPER • Kirsten BURNETT • Julie ROONEY • Roy STEVENS • Martyn BURNETT • Sheila STEVENS • Matthew LARDNER • Neil TATE • Nicola WISEMAN • David WOOD • Connor BURNETT • Keith RHEAD • Marian RHEAD • Joyce BOND • Matthew COOPER • Marion WILSON • Julie WISEMAN • Claire WISEMAN • Paul ROGERS • Mark HUGHES • Sue ARMSTRONG • Patrick HILLS • Peter BAMFORD

There are more twists and turns than on the old course but 26 of our 185 parkrunners managed to get themselves a pb. We had 26 first-timers including more couch to 5k graduates. It’s always great to welcome new runners.

Cancellations

We’re cancelled on 16 September due to a Steam Rally event at the Hall. Preston parkrun is off that week too. Why not try Blackpool or Cuerden Valley, or venture a little further afield?

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

Male placings:

- John MACNAMARA (VM40-44) of Cambuslang Harriers, was first over the line in 17:38 - first appearance.
- Joe GREENWOOD (SM25-29) of Lytham St. Annes RRC, was second over the line in 17:39 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
- Kristian LOWE (VM35-39) of Red Rose Road Runners, was third over the line in 19:18.

Female placings:

- Michelle HOOK (SW25-29) of Lytham St. Annes RRC, was first (6th overall) over the line in 19:51 - second time in 13 appearances.
- Joanna GOORNEY (VW45-49) of Lytham St. Annes RRC, was second (12th overall) over the line in 20:29 - has been first to finish on 24 previous occasions.
- Jayne MACNAMARA (VW45-49) of Bellahouston Harriers, was third (25th overall) over the line in 21:41.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

- Joanna GOORNEY (VW45-49) – 79.90% for the time 20:29 (12th overall).
- John MACNAMARA (VM40-44) – 77.98% for the time 17:38 (first overall).
- Philip DAVIDSON (VM55-59) – 74.78% for the time 20:33 (13th overall).

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 3,410 participants have completed 15,600 parkruns covering a total distance of 78,000 km, including 3,908 new Personal Bests.

 

Run report: event #84, 19 August 2017

This week 221 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 68 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

It was the last event of the four lap route. Next week there will be a new two (and a bit) lap route. For more details please see http://www.parkrun.org.uk/lythamhall/news/2017/08/22/new-route-starts-saturday/

This was the graduation run for the latest cohort of the Fylde YMCA Y: Women Can couch to 5k programme. 34 ladies in splendid blue shirts brightened the grey skies as they all completed their parkrun. Encouraged by Jonas Bartle and Amanda Jurin, there were some great sprint finishes. This is the culmination of a nine week programme that has taken place in Kirkham, St Annes and Lytham. We anticipate that there will be more first timers from this scheme who could not make last Saturday to parkrun in Lytham next Saturday. There are new couch to 5k programmes starting on 11th September and a 5k to 10k programme so please spread the word if you know anyone who may benefit. The local running clubs also welcome beginners.

parkrun had received a lot of publicity during the preceding week due to #teamparkrun. Across the UK there were approximately 100 Paralympians and Olympians as tail walkers. At Lytham, we didn't have an Olympic athlete but our own star, Joyce Bond, doing the tail walking role.

We had four 50 milestones to celebrate. Well done to Steve Zeal, David Twizell, Robert Parker and Phil Atherton. It was also the birthday run for Jennifer Hill. We also had a few visitors from locations that included County Durham, Liverpool, Oxford, Reading, Leeds and Reigate.

Unfortunately, there was an incident of an under 11 running alone. It is a rule of every parkrun that children over 4 can run but must be at arms-length from a parent, guardian or another designated adult of the parents’ choice. This is for insurance reasons. There are no exceptions to this rule. For more details see https://support.parkrun.com/hc/en-us/articles/200566273-Can-children-take-part-. If children want to run unaccompanied there is a junior parkrun (2K) for ages 4-14 at 9am on Sundays at QEII Parkview Playing fields in Lytham.

Some of the volunteers played a game of guess the number of participants during the event. This week the run director, Sharon Cooper, was closest to the actual number of 221. Please consider joining in the fun and volunteering for future parkruns so some of the regular helpers can run themselves.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Stephanie COSTICH • Richard Harry STOREY • Clive BARLEY • Sharon COOPER • Nicola WISEMAN • Greg OULTON • David WOOD • Andrew COPELAND • Darran AMES • Maisie COOPER • Joyce BOND • Matthew COOPER • Sarah BAGSHAW • Marion WILSON • Claire MARKHAM • Harry THOMPSON • Terri WOLSTENHOLME • Paul ROGERS • Martha BROWN • Louise COX • Kenneth COX • Peter BAMFORD
This week's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Lytham Hall parkrun Results Page.

Male placings:

- Benjamin DOUGLAS (SM25-29) of Notts AC, was first over the line in 16:34 - first appearance.
- Andrew DRAPER (VM35-39) of Lytham St. Annes RRC, was second over the line in 17:27 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
- Alex TATE (SM30-34) of Lytham St. Annes RRC, was third over the line in 18:27 - was first to finish once before.

Female placings:

- Catherine CARRDUS (VW45-49) of Lytham St. Annes RRC, was first (7th overall) over the line in 19:22 - 6th time in 7 appearances.
- Isobel SOUTHWORTH (SW30-34) of Roundhay Runners, was second (12th overall) over the line in 20:20.
- Brogane MURPHY (JW11-14) (Unattached) was third (17th overall) over the line in 20:44.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

- Catherine CARRDUS (VW45-49) – 82.79% for the time 19:22 (7th overall).
- John Graeme BERTENSHAW (VM60-64) – 81.12% for the time 19:57 (10th overall).
- Graham WEBSTER (VM65-69) – 80.03% for the time 20:57 (21st overall).

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 3,385 participants have completed 15,415 parkruns covering a total distance of 77,075 km, including 3,882 new Personal Bests.

 

New route starts Saturday!

Here is a detailed route description of our new 2 and a bit lap course which starts on Saturday. Where we have used the term “run”, we do of course include walkers!

Please do not park on the main drive. Only our gate marshal is allowed to park near the inner gates so that they can arrive for the start of the event. The course will have signs, cones and marshals to show the correct route, so be observant until you are familiar with the new route. We hope you will enjoy seeing more of the grounds than you do now and that there will be less congestion, which should compensate for a few extra twists and turns.

The start is close to where it has been with our B route and the finish is exactly the same.

To begin with you run up to and around to the right of the Hall, as now. Turn left beside the Dovecote and along the path. You will see the finish funnel off to your left for the first time and this is where the first of the 2 full laps begins.

Continue straight on and turn right to run around Curtains pond. This is where the course changes. Just before leaving the pond area, you will be directed down a path to the right: it’s a slightly winding path that takes you to the Forest Drive gate. Just before the gate, you will make an almost 180° turn and follow another path back towards the pond entrance. Here – next to where runners behind you are entering the pond - you will turn right and follow a path which takes you to the South Prospect gardens. Turn left shortly after the gate and run parallel to the wall to the other end. Just before the gate near the Hall you will turn right and right again back towards the Mound. At the Mound, turn left and follow the path to the gate. Here you join Bogies Path which is part of the current route. When you reach the main drive, instead of turning left as now, you will turn right and follow the main drive until just past the inner gates. Turn left and follow the Old Ballam Road path alongside the fields and through into the woods. Turn left at the end of the path and continue forward for a short distance before turning right to run around the Lily Pond. Take care around this area as some of the path slopes down a little towards the water. We’ll be putting stakes and tape around the risky section. On exiting the pond, turn right and run past the car parks towards the dovecote and straight on to see the finish funnel for the second time.

Repeat the previous lap (round Curtains Pond, off to the Forest Drive gate and back, through the South Prospect Gardens, down Bogie’s path, main drive, Old Ballam Rd, round the Lily Pond, past the dovecote) and then you will reach the finish funnel for the third and final time, so this time turn left, cross the finish line and take your token!

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