While most parkruns in the UK were boiling under an unforgiving sun at Sunderland, we remained humectant. Or at least we did for the first 5 minutes then the sun came out and we roasted along with the rest of the country.

The course is looking spectacular with its early summer greenery everywhere and what could be cuter than the three cygnets and their parents paddling alongside us as we ran around (remember always within arms length until 11).

This was the third week of our new style course which is all downhill, followed at the end by a tiny incline of opportunity. I am assured that the improved warm up (it’s down not up now) means lots and lots of us will get PB’s. We also have a new place to park, but it’s still busy and to alleviate the crush to get out around 10am we have a party room set aside with free tea, coffee and nice company in the ski lodge. So relax have a coffee and glide off later. All manner of food as well and you can even preorder your bacon sandwich to celebrate your guaranteed PB before you set off for a run, what more motivation could you need?

Nine first timers perhaps tempted by the promise of sun, and one of those newcomers this week finally giving in to her husband telling her how great it all was. Jackie Whitmore did her first parkrun and got 51.37% age rating at her first effort, only 363 more parkruns and she will overtake David.
If you are up for some Tourism there is a new run at Horden which about 15 of us deserted to do this last week and it was magnificent in the sunshine, what else could it be with two laps of a wildflower meadow along a cliff top and with added sculptures? Windy Nook is also open for business with commanding views over rolling pastures it’s the North East’s closest guarded secret.

The heat didn’t seem to affect everyone, John Cook was first home 2 seconds outside a PB, in 16:54 but Paul Collins did get a PB in 4th in 18:08 and an amazing age grading of 86.21%. Great running.

But have you seen the litter around the skate park? Something has to be done!


Change of route from this Saturday (16 June 2018)

Hello Sunderland parkrunners.

So this post is to let everyone know that from this Saturday (16 June 2018) Sunderland parkrun will start and finish near the Ski Lodge at the Skate Park.

We have made this change as Everyone Active have kindly offered use of a room within the Ski Lodge both before and after the event, in addition we will have access to toilets and shower facilities. Storage will also now be right next to our start finish area making it easier for those involved in event setup and close down.

We welcome the benefits of this new arrangement including free tea & coffee after the event while the café will be open to serve breakfast sandwiches etc (price to be arranged).
This gives us a great opportunity to meet together in our own space, share milestone cake and have a cuppa.

The route will take place along the same paths as before.
The event starts at the Skate Park and participants head along towards Silksworth Lane. Turn at the tree and go back along the path taking the turn to the right and head down the hill. At the bottom of the hill turn left and follow the bottom path along to the end.
At the end of the path head left and complete two laps of the lake. On completing the two laps head back along the bottom path turning right at the bridge and finishing back at the start.

We hope that more of you will join us in our new space after the event where we will enjoy a hot drink while we process the results and sort the tokens.

We’d like to thank Everyone Active for their support in making this space available to us.

Jane (Sunderland parkrun ED)


A roving parkrun run report – First at Des Moines

Our 'en vacances' run reporter has sent in this report where a new US parkrun just happened to start up the week he was visiting - how lucky.

"First at Des Moines!

Well that wouldn’t be me, on a parkrun tour to the Pacific Northwest. The honour of crossing the line first went to Ben Snowball in 17:19 and only his second parkrun ever. Ben is a member of the British Underwater Hockey Club, which explains where my running is going wrong. It was a surprisingly international group, with runners from England, Ireland, and Wales as well of course as the home country.

The course is out and back but its beauty should not be underestimated, there is great Pacific rainforest on this trail, a very scenic stream, even Salmon sculptures and a view at the finish over Puget Sound which is to die for, Olympic National Park eat your heart out.

We had great volunteers several from nearby Renton parkrun, which was doubly kind because just a week or two ago Renton was mentioned as the 4th most remote parkrun in the world, it’s nearest neighbour being Chrissie Field in San Francisco hundreds of miles away, now it is demoted to 600th or so, Des Moines being just a few miles away, but it is nice to have company.

Afterwards the farmers market with food piled high in the sunshine, and out door seating on which to enjoy it, a pretty near perfect way to start a Saturday I would say. Des Moines looks to have a great future in parkrunning.


Thanks John, and great to have another possible holiday location to add to the list.

If anyone wants to know what happened at Sunderland parkrun this week, then we need a run report from a more local viewpoint (your publisher was in Harrogate so cannot comment although I expect lots of NHS celebrations took place, alongside cake and pre Blaydon Race volunteering). Here are the Sunderland stats for this weekend.


Sunderland parkrun, Event number 437, 9th June 2018

This week 240 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Harry HARRISON • Jane NIVEN • David WHITMORE • Paul DUNLOP • Paul MUSTARD • Bill KIRK • Sue TATE • Fred GUY • Stephen SNOWBALL • Kim FOX • Anthony BOYES • Anna HARGRAVE • Linda DODSWORTH • Andrea HETHERINGTON • Elizabeth COLEY • Martin GLEGHORN

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Sunderland parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Liam TAYLOR who recorded a time of 15:26 on 6th August 2011 (event number 90).
The female record is held by Aly DIXON who recorded a time of 16:46 on 9th February 2013 (event number 165).
The Age Grade course record is held by Aly DIXON who recorded 89.37% (16:56) on 2nd September 2017 (event number 403).

Sunderland parkrun started on 10th October 2009. Since then 5,954 participants have completed 58,451 parkruns covering a total distance of 292,255 km, including 9,596 new Personal Bests.


Foodbank collection Sat 2nd June

This coming Saturday is the first parkrun of June so we will be holding our regular 'first parkrun of the month Sunderland foodbank collection'. If you're going shopping this week and can add a little extra into your trolley, they are most in need of Longlife milk, tinned fruit, sponge puddings and tinned vegetables. Thank you.


A large slug of parkrun

Well it was a pretty near perfect day for a parkrun. Not too hot, but still sunny and bright, the trees and grass looking rich (and litter free). Sunderland parkrun was a great place to be this Saturday morning. A visitor last week pointed out how nice the course is, and it’s true we often take it for granted.

I did however get quite a shock when I heard that someone had been violent to the slower parkrunners. I was aghast at such a breach of parkrun etiquette. Who had done that? When I asked all I was told was that some people hadn’t seen them and squashed quite a few snails at the start. Since I was 251st I was quite worried, but in fact it was the terrestrial pulmonates, cornu aspersum or common garden snails that were endangered, until the nice people at parkrun formed a guard to stop the carnage.

Snails weren’t the only visitors though, we had 17 people new to parkrun, who hopefully will become regulars, and at least 6 visitors from other park runs. An excellent day for it.We had a great first home by Andy Powell in 16:06 over a minute and a half ahead of Kevin Connolly who was second, and still 20 seconds short of a pb. We do get some amazing runners.

Lots of congratulations this weekend. You may recall I mentioned Sue Cuthbertson and her bid to run everyday, including a parkrun wherever possible. Today was her 177th consecutive run, and her 50th parkrun, with 50 also for Sarah Lake. Dave Rylance and Chris May achieved 100 parkruns and the eligibility to claim their black milestone T shirts. Jackie Wilson achieved the wonder that is 250 parkruns, but lost his parking space, for which a green milestone T shirt is the compensation.

We had three cakes and knowing the weather was going to be good, Harris Grotz brought us ice pops to celebrate his milestone of completing 10 parkruns and his first parkrun T shirt. Many congratulations Harris, and thanks for the ice pops, they were great. Roger Moore was able to make time to do the parkrun despite his role as keynote speaker at the Durham Hot Air festival. We also had a rare visitor in Tom Sloanes sporting his sleek 100 shirt and his fell fettled legs the colour and texture of walnuts, it’s definitely this season's look.

And now Father Andrews thought for the day:
“Before criticising another runner, you need to run a mile in his shoes. This is because, firstly you will have a mile head start, and secondly you will have his shoes”
The preacher for the next parkrun will be nailed to the door of the puma centre.


Mr Aitken is on holiday for the next 3 parkruns so if you've been enjoying these weekly reads and don't want everyone to miss out, why not have a go at writing one yourself, you will get a nice shiny volunteer credit for it too. If interested, and for any other volunteer role you can help out with, please email us at


and now for the stats....

Sunderland parkrun, Event number 435, 26th May 2018

This week 261 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Jane NIVEN • David WHITMORE • Paul MUSTARD • John AITKEN • Roger MOORE • Doug KNOX • Gabrielle NIVEN • Mark John RALPH • Anna CORBY • John COSGROVE • Tom SLOANES • Fiona AITKEN • Stephen SNOWBALL • Emily WHITMORE • Martin BALDRIDGE • Linda DODSWORTH • Pauline URWIN • Steve DODSWORTH • Paul THOMPSON • Ruth COOK • Jim PHILLIPS • Beth MULLIGAN

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Sunderland parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Liam TAYLOR who recorded a time of 15:26 on 6th August 2011 (event number 90).
The female record is held by Aly DIXON who recorded a time of 16:46 on 9th February 2013 (event number 165).
The Age Grade course record is held by Aly DIXON who recorded 89.37% (16:56) on 2nd September 2017 (event number 403).

Sunderland parkrun started on 10th October 2009. Since then 5,905 participants have completed 57,980 parkruns covering a total distance of 289,900 km, including 9,509 new Personal Bests.

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