A happy 2 years old to us!

What an amazing turnout we had this week, helped no doubt by the much kinder weather than our first anniversary!

When we started Southport parkrun 2 years ago I thought we might be able to reach 110 runners per week if we were lucky. I thought that would get us a big enough event to make it a success. Breaking 250 on event #18 amazed me, something I never dreamt would happen and thought might never happen again. So to now be regularly seeing 400 plus runners and an amazing spectacle of 510 runners this week is beyond my dreams for the event. So from me to everyone who has ever taken part a huge thank you!

To see so many people taking part and to hear all of the inspirational stories just amazes me. We had the BBC filming some of these stories this week for a broadcast on North West Tonight in July, and it is those stories that really do give everyone involved in putting on the event a lot of payback. The stories of people who never even thought they could take part in an organised run event, health issues improved or even reversed and the social aspect of the run. That's why we were so happy to be involved in the NHS70 celebrations too.

As of this week 29,909 finish tokens have been handed out at Southport parkrun. This means that runner #91 next week (probably just over 25 minutes) will be the 30,000th across our finish line. This will mean a staggering 150,000km ran around the paths of Hesketh Park just in parkrun alone. And we know from random visits to the park that many of you go back in the week for more training there. 4,433 different registered runners have now taken part at our event.

3 age category records were set this week even with the large turnout of runners and I think they are worthy of mention in a week when we are celebrating NHS70:
Katherine Harris (SW20-24) 19:59
Susan Stewart (VW70-74) 25:15
Steve James (VM80-84) 25:51

And yet whilst we look at fast times I noticed that this week our average finish time since day 1 dropped to 29:53 (has been 29:51 recently). Yes, it's brilliant to see age category records falling, but please don't think parkrun is just for runners. The last 6 took just over the hour to get around and we hope to see them again next week and we'll all be there at the end waiting to cheer them in again. We want to see you taking part and feel free to share your stories with us when you finish!

Our 2nd anniversary saw a huge 50 first timers of which 30 were first time parkrunners and the rest first time visitors from places such as Newcastle and Australia!

Andy Dagger was the only person to enter the 50-club this week. Sorry, we were aware you were running with us but with everything going on a shout out was not given. Jean Mitchell also ventured over from Skelmersdale and joined the 100-club on her 11th run with us at Southport.

A huge thank you to Zana Ladipo and Jill Watson for providing the excellent cakes (plus an anonymous cake donation).

And lastly, as I said on the morning a huge thanks to Simon Tobin not just for his efforts as Run Director on Saturday and the preparation for the event, but for everything that he does for parkrun. He really is a huge help in the ongoing organisation of the event, a support to whoever is RD each week and a voice of reason when someone is winding me up. He's recruited many of you to our event and in doing so has hopefully avoided patients having to take a lifetime of medication and he continues to spread the word of parkrun through his activities as a Health and Wellbeing Ambassador (Volunteer) for parkrun, through helping to plan initiatives such as these celebrations and by attending health conferences to talk about how increased participation in activity can improve lifestyles.

This week 510 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 50 were first timers and 74 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 36 volunteers:

Keith LUNT • Carole WILLIAMS • Katie MAWDSLEY • Chris ATHERTON • Sarah PICKERILL • Sarah DAVIDSON • Helen HIBLE • Jayne FINCH • Janey LUNT • Robert WILLIAMS • Sharon SAUNDERS • Adrian SHANDLEY • Simon TOBIN • Matthew TOBIN • Paula TOBIN • Joseph PICKERILL • Liza SMALLMAN • Tricia TABRON • Paul HILL • Sophie HEPPLE • Eileen COCKWILL • Ed UNWIN • Lola JIMENEZ • Glenys HURST-ROBSON • Anna HEYES • Alex SMITH • Connor JAMES • Aoife LEWIS • Zana LADIPO • John HARRILD • Sophie REDFORD • Bob FAIRHURST • Freya BECKHAM • Matthew PORTER • Avyn JOHNSON

Southport parkrun started on 11th June 2016. Since then 4,432 participants have completed 29,909 parkruns covering a total distance of 149,545 km, including 6,325 new Personal Bests.


Southport parkrun – Event number 106 – 2nd June 2018

Huge apologies to regulars Marc Taylor and Martin Carr - I didn't give either a mention yesterday for earning their 25-club t-shirts plus Martin was also doing the 'double' by running his 50th parkrun. I was a little distracted by goings on at the Greenhouses. Well last week it was the swan family, this week a film crew!

Joan Ford, Karen Eatough, Julie McSloy and Fiona Haigh all also ran their 50th parkruns but only Joan's family let me know she was there and attempting attempting a sub-30, which she achieved!!!

A few problems with about 10 results, but hopefully after 2 separate hour plus sessions on the computer (and a few late night text messages waking me up telling me the first attempt wasn't right!) we're there now. If there are still any corrections (and I've had to best guess 3 positions) please email me.

FYI, issues such as this are never looked at on Saturday afternoon. The parkrun servers are too busy and after spending around 3 hours putting on the event I usually want to get away from it for a while and see my family. I did have a couple of people surprised that the fix / missing runners wasn't sorted earlier.

Next week... It's the joint 2nd anniversary run and NHS70 celebrations. Drag along anyone you know who has been involved in the NHS or who wants to celebrate the NHS! Come and enjoy the cakes and please hang around for a short while like last year to cheer on those finishing after you. Would be great to see 600 people cheering in the Tail Walker!!!

This week 354 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 71 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Keith LUNT • Mike LEATHERBARROW • Katie MAWDSLEY • Sarah PICKERILL • Mena LAWRECE • Chris HEWITT • Robert WILLIAMS • Garry VAN • Katrina HOOTON • Simon TOBIN • Matthew TOBIN • Rachel FINCH • Martin CARR • Sharon SPENCER • Pat DODD • Marc TAYLOR • Anna HEYES • Catherine FEARNLEY • Louise JAMES • Connor JAMES • Jill MOLLOY • James TAYLOR • Bob FAIRHURST • Stephen BENGE • Freya BECKHAM • Rachael BAKER • Benjamin BAKER

Southport parkrun started on 11th June 2016. Since then 4,382 participants have completed 29,399 parkruns covering a total distance of 146,995 km, including 6,251 new Personal Bests.


Southport parkrun – Event number 103 – 12th May 2018

Southport park-duathlon-run??? Well, it was going to happen eventually and after 103 runners it finally has.

Well done to the 413 runners, 25 volunteers and rather a lot of spectators who don't always get a mention but are as much a part of the community as everyone else so always good to see.

A good example today of why we need everyone at the Pre Run Briefing. Although virtually all was cleared by the time the runners got there at least we were able to warn of broken glass on the side of the course. I know a few people are tempted onto that grass on lap one.

A few nice feedback emails and Tweets today - we love to hear them. From first time runners to seasoned regulars getting around without inhalers, lovely to hear the stories.

Well done Jessica Lowe and Alannah Beckham on their 10-clubs and Matthew Nelson, Collette Meadows and Jill Westfield on their 50-clubs today.

48 people joined us for the first time today including 29 brand new to parkrun. Welcome to Southport parkrun and the parkrun family. The First Timers' Briefing wasn't that busy, so I hope a few of you didn't miss it if you wanted to join us. For future first timers - the First Timers' Briefing is at 08:50 - optional, but it's there if you want it.

42 unknowns today - over 10% and well over the typical average of abut 6 - 7%. We love to be above average in Southport, maybe not in this respect but I've no idea why we have so many unknowns each week.

7 of our runners today were eligible to wear the coveted V25-club purple t-shirt, including 4 tourists, 3 of whom were on return trips. Hopefully for those waiting for these they will be distributed very soon which is good news as next week one of our DofEs earns the t-shirt and a couple of other volunteers in following weeks.

And the "swimmer"... Time to embarrass Jane Thompson again but we've finally had someone accidentally go into the lake. Just under 2 years it's taken us and just as Paolo, our parkrun Ambassador, was in the cafe discussing if it had ever happened. A bit of a worry for the first time marshals, but all was OK in the end she just had very muddy legs and a rather happy dog.

And a quick reminder... We're still losing finish tokens. If you have any at home we'd love them back and please return all tokens at the end of the run. We always need them for next week.

Speaking of which... Next week there seems to be a social clash with some wedding... If you want to celebrate with red, white and blue it's up to you. There might even be a cake or two afterwards if any of you are feeling up to it?

Then on the 9th June it's our big double celebration. It's our 2nd anniversary AND the parkrun UK NHS70 celebrations. We'd love as many NHS people as possible to be involved (run, walk, volunteer, spectate) plus we'll do 'freeform' fancy-dress and no doubt a few more treats to celebrate. Yes, more cakes then too...

Dr Simon Tobin is leading for the 9th June, but you can volunteer in the normal way too.

This week 413 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 48 were first timers and 64 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Mike LEATHERBARROW • Keith LUNT • Susan COOPER • Annie MCCAFFREY • Sarah DAVIDSON • Alan MELIA • James BURT • Adrian SHANDLEY • Martin CARR • Liza SMALLMAN • Paul HILL • Sophie HEPPLE • Ed UNWIN • Marc TAYLOR • Catherine FEARNLEY • Alex SMITH • Connor JAMES • Aoife LEWIS • James TAYLOR • Sophie REDFORD • Bob FAIRHURST • Mark LOWE • Freya BECKHAM • Matthew PORTER • Avyn JOHNSON

Southport parkrun started on 11th June 2016. Since then 4,275 participants have completed 28,264 parkruns covering a total distance of 141,320 km, including 6,041 new Personal Bests.


Southport parkrun – Event number 102 – 5th May 2018

Thanks to everyone who joined Southport parkrun today for a very sunny run and the third biggest to date. 23 willing and eager volunteers made it happen so that 406 people could complete the course.

I neer dreamt of breaking 200 runners when we were creating the run, let alone 400 on 3 occasions in the first 2 years! And we've also had some wonderful feedback from runners this week telling us what parkrun means to them. Always great to hear. Never be afraid to tell us or email us. We'll listen to that all day!

Well done to Mike & Jon on their 100th runs today. Jon has done all of those 100 with us, Mike has done 81 with us. They've also both managed to squeeze in a couple of volunteer stints too along the way!

Talking about first 2 years... Just 5 weeks now until our second anniversary on the 9th June. We'll be making a bit of an event out of that not only for our anniversary but it also coincides with the NHS70 event. Hopefully better weather than last year (could it be worse???)! But we'll repeat the 'freestyle' fancy dress for those who wish to. More nearer the time, just a little teaser now so you can get thinking and planning.

If you work within the NHS and want to be part of the NHS70 event please get in touch. Don't mind if it's your first or 101st parkrun, whether you want to run, walk, volunteer or spectate. We just want you involved! Dr Simon Tobin will be in charge on that day making it all happen.

This week 406 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 47 were first timers and 87 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Mike LEATHERBARROW • Katie MAWDSLEY • Helen HIBLE • Sarah YOUNG • Adrian SHANDLEY • Liza SMALLMAN • Caroline KESSLER • Tricia TABRON • Sophie HEPPLE • Ed UNWIN • Lola JIMENEZ • Louise JAMES • Alex SMITH • Connor JAMES • Zana LADIPO • James TAYLOR • Vernon YULE • Bob FAIRHURST • Dianne BURNETT • Freya BECKHAM • Guy HOLDEN • Matthew PORTER • Avyn JOHNSON

Southport parkrun started on 11th June 2016. Since then 4,227 participants have completed 27,850 parkruns covering a total distance of 139,250 km, including 5,977 new Personal Bests.


Southport parkrun – Event number 98 – 7th April 2018

Well, if you thought it was wet for the run, you should have seen the park when we left. Slightly slower than usual due to a few issues in the results, but the paths were flooded as we left in torrential rain.

A huge well done and thanks to Matthew Tobin who earned his V25 t-shirt with his 25th volunteer stint this week, and he's only ran on 26 occasions.

Also Catherine Fearnley earned her 50 club t-shirt whilst Sophie Redmond earned her junior 10 club t-shirt. Sorry, but still waiting on more information as to when the club t-shirts will be available to wear though. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks.

Speaking of the V25 club, this week we had 23 volunteers of which 13 have already earned these prestigious t-shirts. That's 13 people volunteering this week who have volunteered at more than 25% of our events to date and not all of our v25 club members were with us! This obviously shows that our regular volunteers, such as Bob Fairhurst, really enjoy what they do, but it does also show we need some new volunteers on the team, please! So a huge thank you to Shaun Simpson who joined us as a first time volunteer this week. I'm sure you all know what to do to volunteer - just email me at southportoffice@parkrun.com saying a date (or dates!) and I'll take care of the rest.

Even with the heavy rain we still had 24 first time park runners braving it and 8 first time tourists, including Garry Fenley and friends from Cheltenham who sent a kind email thanking the volunteers: "We all thought it was a lovely course and all did good times (for us at least). We were impressed by the friendliness and efficiency of everyone there." There were also lots of kind words on Facebook after the run - obviously a few people really thankful to the marshals who'd stood in the rain.

Special mention to Jean Mitchell of Skelmersdale Boundary Harriers who joined us for her 91st parkrun and finished 91st.

Lastly, I have been made aware that the toilets have been out of order before the run for the last few weeks. This has been passed up to the council and hopefully we'll see them back in use soon.

This week 309 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Keith LUNT • Mike LEATHERBARROW • Katie MAWDSLEY • Sarah LUNT • Helen HIBLE • Mari DYSON • Simon TOBIN • Matthew TOBIN • Paula TOBIN • Liza SMALLMAN • Tricia TABRON • Paul HILL • Sophie HEPPLE • Ed UNWIN • Lola JIMENEZ • Anna HEYES • Alex SMITH • Sophie REDFORD • Vernon YULE • Bob FAIRHURST • Freya BECKHAM • Shaun SIMPSON • Matthew PORTER

Southport parkrun started on 11th June 2016. Since then 4,081 participants have completed 26,270 parkruns covering a total distance of 131,350 km, including 5,673 new Personal Bests.

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