Louise Cox, who likes to volunteer and run if possible, has written the run report this week.
The mini Beast from the East caused the St Patrick’s Day parkrun to be a chilly one. Amongst those braving the weather at Lytham Hall were visitors from Garstang, Chorley, Darwen, Manchester, Preston and Huddersfield. There was also a group of Couch 2 5k graduates from Freckleton and Warton Running Club.
One of the visitors tweeted, “Continuing the #Lancashire @parkrunUK tour, this time to Lytham @Lythamparkrun, beautiful surroundings and a very friendly group of runners of all abilities. Impressive couch 2 5k graduates today”. It’s wonderful to get such great feedback.
There were two milestones to celebrate. Scotland rugby’s finest Craig McIntyre completed his 50th run and Ruby Hodgkinson joined the 10 club. Congratulations to Craig, Ruby and to all those participants who achieved personal bests this week.
During the pre-run briefing Kirsten informed parkrunners about the possibility of an altered route over the next few weeks due to herons nesting on the paths near the second pond. The starting point for the alternative “heron route” is going to be near the first pond - see last week’s report for more details.
A big thank you to the wonderful volunteers who made the event possible in the bitterly cold weather. Please consider volunteering, as the roster is looking sparse over the next month. There are lots of different roles and if you write the run report as I have or do the pre-event set up then you can still run.
On a personal note this was my first time back at Lytham Hall parkrun following five months in Australia. It is great to be back but such a contrast to Batemans Bay, my local event down under. They have an 8am start time (some events in Australia start at 7am); it’s a flat course along the seafront; running in the heat (much harder than the cold); about 50 regular participants with larger numbers during holiday periods; you are encouraged to volunteer 1 in 5 and the risk of very smelly pelican droppings landing on parkrunners. There is one big similarity though; the friendliness of the Batemans Bay parkrun community is akin to Lytham Hall.
This week 168 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 25 volunteers: Richard Harry STOREY • Philip LEAVER • Sharon COOPER • Kirsten BURNETT • Roy STEVENS • Neil TATE • Nicola WISEMAN • Susan HAWITT • Gary LANIGAN • Derek HARRISON • Debbie BELL • Darran AMES • Joan CARLSSON • Claire ENGLAND • Bill ELLISON • Claire MARKHAM • Kev MURRAY • Paul ROGERS • Zoë ARMSTRONG • Angela CLARK • Paul BROGDEN • Peter BAMFORD • Lynn HOWARTH • Thomas HOWARTH • Max PENDRY • Louise COX
The 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 4,063 participants have completed 20,293 parkruns covering a total distance of 101,465 km, including 4,607 new Personal Bests.