Southport parkrun – Event number 124 – 6th October 2018

We've been quiet on the announcements fora few weeks - do let me know if there are any celebrations, birthdays etc to give a shout out for. Looking back through the results well done to Daniel Marshall (JM10) and David Marshall (VM50-54) who both completed their 50th runs this week and Jane Blacklin (VW55-59) and James Dean (VM45-49) who both completed their 100th runs. We just about heard in time to celebrate Jane in the briefing and I remembered on the run that I'd seen James had previously completed 99 runs.

This week also saw our 5,000 registered runner cross the finish line. Great to see so many people have been involved here.

Drop us an email at if there is anyone that you know celebrating a milestone or anything else. Don't be shy!

This week 398 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 62 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Keith LUNT • Monica GANNON • Mike LEATHERBARROW • Katie MAWDSLEY • Sarah DAVIDSON • Helen HIBLE • Jayne FINCH • Brian DAVEY • Sarah YOUNG • Adrian SHANDLEY • Martin CARR • Tricia TABRON • Pat DODD • Eileen COCKWILL • Connor JAMES • John HARRILD • Sophie REDFORD • Benjamin THOMPSON • Joseph THOMPSON • Malcolm TEALE • Bob FAIRHURST • Stephen BENGE • Tony HOLLISTER • Matthew PORTER • Elizabeth WARD

Southport parkrun started on 11th June 2016. Since then 5,021 participants have completed 36,020 parkruns covering a total distance of 180,100 km, including 7,320 new Personal Bests.


A big hooray to Bob! #118, 25th August 2018

Only one announcement today, but unfortunately he had walked off to his post by the time of his moment of fame so missed our celebration. And that was a big thank you to Bob Fairhurst, our stalwart marshal that every regular runner will know, if only by the sight of his coffee flask and the sound of his enthusiastic cheering on.

Some facts about Bob. He first volunteered with us just over a year ago - 12th August. Since then he's only missed 6 Saturdays, plus also volunteered on Christmas Day and New Year's Day, meaning today he racked up his 50th volunteering stint. He's not the overall most prolific volunteer, but he certainly is the most prolific in the last 12 months and what makes this notable is that he has never once taken part in a parkrun. Regulars all know and appreciate his cheering from behind his coffee flask. Only once has he been seen without that flask when he left it behind, but he was quickly reunited with it before we'd finished results.

We have a few people, including many in the Core Team, who volunteer a lot more than they run. Thanks to these people who obviously enjoy the volunteering more than the running because they certainly make the event and fill the roster.

This week 313 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Keith LUNT • John ALLEN • Sarah LUNT • Kate BLACK • David RICHARDSON • Chris HEWITT • Molly RIDING • Simon TOBIN • Matthew TOBIN • Robert MOUNT • Rachel FINCH • Martin CARR • Tricia TABRON • Scott MONTGOMERY • Paul HILL • Louis VERITE • Eileen COCKWILL • Glenys HURST-ROBSON • Louise JAMES • Zana LADIPO • John HARRILD • Sophie REDFORD • Bob FAIRHURST • Claire RODRIGUEZ • Freya BECKHAM • Ruth SARGENT • Peter STEELE • Joan JAMES • Sam HOPPER

Southport parkrun started on 11th June 2016. Since then 4,824 participants have completed 33,857 parkruns covering a total distance of 169,285 km, including 7,001 new Personal Bests.


2 dinosaurs and a birthday??? – Event number 117 – 18th August 2018

Welome to all of the first timers who joined us today - I know we have a few tourists running with us whilst on holiday and / or visiting the flower show. Plus 11 brand new to parkrun first time runners joined us. Plus a huge 38 unknown runners - over 10% of our field. Actually, that's quite good for Southport parkrun!

Well done to Jo & his friend on their dinosaur parkrun for Jo's stag do. If you were there you won't have missed the inflatable dinosaur suits which grabbed my attention as soon as I arrived at the briefing area.

2 inflatable dinosaurs running around the lake

And a very happy birthday to Carl Pedder (thanks to Tracey Barlow for tipping me off, in case Carl wants to get his revenge). I wasn't told his age, but have noticed that today was his first run in the VM55-59 category. His birthday wouldn't have been much of a secret with his birthday hat today and Carl does have a history with his fancy dress at parkrun - you may remember him running in a "revealing" hospital gown on the NHS70 / 2nd anniversary run. Carl was also lucky enough 10 days ago to have his name pulled out of the hat first and to win the Southport Waterloo AC London Marathon place. I'm sure with all of his miles of training (he also ran a 10k BEFORE parkrun today with Vicki, who was one of our timekeepers) that should go well.

Carl Pedder being handed his birthday hat whilst others laugh

You may also have noticed a lot of Southport Waterloo AC Vests and t-shirts about today. That was because the club was there for one of it's Grand Prix events, which explains the turnout of 35 members. The club is arranging a trip back to Crosby on 15th September for a takeover event there, so we will need to put a volunteer team together of non-members for Southport parkrun. So if you are available for any Saturday in September let me know at We're only in need of marshals now for the 1st, but all other roles for the rest of the month.

Group of 3 Southport Waterloo AC Runners

We also have the opportunity to earn some cash for our pot. We'd like a couple of new signs to make the course clearer for new runners plus would like to buy some pacing vests. So if you haven't already been in touch but would be available to marshal at the Southport Seaside 10k on Sunday 22nd then also drop me a email at

Speaking of pacing... We've not had a pacing event for a while. So how about it? If you would like to pace on the 8th September then you know the email address... We'll do 21, 24, 27, 30 & 33 if we can cover those times.

Close up of rear of tail walker hi vis

This week 364 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 59 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Keith LUNT • Susan COOPER • Mike LEATHERBARROW • Katie MAWDSLEY • Sarah LUNT • David RICHARDSON • Chris HEWITT • Victoria JAMIESON • Mari DYSON • Paula ADAMSON • Robert MOUNT • Caroline KESSLER • Scott MONTGOMERY • Pat DODD • Tony TUDOR • Louis VERITE • Emma STOKES • Glenys HURST-ROBSON • Louise JAMES • Connor JAMES • Matt DODD • Zana LADIPO • John HARRILD • Bob FAIRHURST • Claire RODRIGUEZ • Matthew PORTER • Peter STEELE • Barbara EVANS

Southport parkrun started on 11th June 2016. Since then 4,791 participants have completed 33,544 parkruns covering a total distance of 167,720 km, including 6,953 new Personal Bests.


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.

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