run report event #173

It’s  definitely the time of year where we are greeted by a cool and dark start to a Saturday morning, at least the rain held off (for now). Some might say perfect weather for a run around our lovely award winning park ... I am not one of those people and deeply regretted not having a long sleeve on but at least you all got to see my shiny new volunteer 50 shirt - only to be trumped by CoED Catherine in her 100 volunteer shirt... I'm not *that* far off :-)

Lets see some more of you in parkrun milestone shirts soon!

Anthony BLIGHT and Daniel GRAHAM joined the 50 club - well done guys.

CONGRATULATIONS

CONGRATULATIONS

I'd like to thank each and everyone of you that contributed to our collection for Blackpool Food Bank and special mention to the few of you who helped the wife and I carry it all to the van! I have dropped it off this morning and they were so grateful. It’s s also been brought to our attention that perhaps some of you missed the announcement of our collection so we will taking contributions again this Saturday.

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Parkrun is a brilliant event for all abilities but just a polite reminder that we share the park with everyone so please try to avoid being more than 2 runners wide and stick to the left unless overtaking where possible as that’ll prevent the full paths being blocked especially in the narrower sections of the park.

This week 226 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 33 volunteers:

Chris BLUCK • Simon SCARR • Catherine FLETCHER • Paul EATON • Rafael EATON • Eve DUNN • Grace DUNN • David MARSLAND • Fiona LITTLE • Paul WHITE • Sarah BROWN • Mark GILLATT • Martha BROWN • Helen JENKINS • Duncan BEATTIE • Andrew SOUTHWELL • Rae WILLOUGHBY • Leanne BLUCK • Amanda FULLER • Angela TURNER • Carrie COURTNEY • Jade EARLEY • Ann MOYES • Sandra ANDERSON • Matthew ISHERWOOD • Rachel Elizabeth BROWN • Edward MOYES • John MULLINEAUX • Liam MURRAY • Mark BOWLEY • Donna JONES • Helena HOUNSLOW • Yvonne TAYLOR

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

The female record is held by Liz ABBOTT who recorded a time of 17:44 on 2nd February 2019 (event number 103).
The male record is held by Andy BENSON who recorded a time of 15:56 on 1st January 2020 (event number 149).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paul MULLER who recorded 91.17% (17:45) on 23rd June 2018 (event number 71).

Blackpool parkrun started on 4th February 2017. Since then 7,873 participants have completed 37,039 parkruns covering a total distance of 185,195 km, including 6,823 new Personal Bests. A total of 615 individuals have volunteered 4,282 times

 

The one where we welcomed Forrest Gump – Event number 172 9th October 2021

It was very early in the morning, before 06:00, when some dedicated members of the Blackpool parkrun core team were stirring in their beds. Despite the darkness, they made their way to Stanley Park to welcome a special early morning visitor to our parkrun.  Rob Pope, a.k.a. Forrest Gump, who in 2016 ran 15,700 miles across the USA, was on a mission to complete a different parkrun course every hour, coast to coast and managed 38 separate courses in 43 hours.  Blackpool was very pleased to be his starting point, despite the 6am start. A massive thank you to Paul EATON and Brian CUMPSTY from BW&FAC and TCRC running clubs who acted as his guides over a very dark course. Nine runners from as far afield as Lancaster came to support Rob at the start of his epic parkrun Ultra.  Very impressive, as I don’t know about you, but one parkrun a day is definitely quite enough for me.  You can find out more about Rob’s challenge at:

 https://www.facebook.co/325003944506646/posts/1532301713776857/

Once our special visitor had completed his run, and our fabulous set-up volunteers had prepared the course, we were then ready to welcome our usual crowd of runners and walkers and this week there were 215.

Awesome start to Rob ‘Forrest Gump’ Pope’s epic ultra parkrun

Awesome start to Rob ‘Forrest Gump’ Pope’s epic ultra parkrun

What a fantastic result for Adam COCKBAIN on his very first parkrun ever, coming in as first finisher in 17:32. Well done young man! 

We had visitors from West Yorkshire, Irvine, Brighton, Glasgow, Melton Mowbray, Sheffield, Leeds and Wolverhampton, to name just a few!

Visitor, Ian JONES, from Barrow bagged a lovely PB on his 363rd parkrun and gained a volunteer credit to boot by helping with the token sort.

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Tony MITCHELL, Carrie COURTNEY  and Angela TURNER all completed their 100th parkrun. William CARUANA completed his 50th, with Gavin HATHAWAY and Leslie ENDEAN achieving their 25th and the new changes to the milestone system mean they are all now eligible to apply for a t-shirt to celebrate this.  A fabulous 11 people did their first ever parkrun this week.  All I can say is that Saturday mornings may never be the same again!  A further 20 runners tried out Blackpool parkrun for the very first time. And some visitors from Glasgow were telling me how they thought Blackpool parkrun was one of their favourite parkruns. I certainly couldn’t argue with that! and they have some stunners around that part of the world!

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A massive well done to the London Marathoners who proudly wore their shirts, medals and tailwalker kits as they ran or volunteered. We haven’t managed to include you all in the photo collage … but we do celebrate your achievement.

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Important News

On Saturday the 16th of October Blackpool parkrun will be taking a collection for Blackpool Food Bank - just in time for the start of half term, a known pressure point.

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This week 215 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 36 volunteers:

Ian JONES • Roy TOMLINSON • Michelle TOMLINSON • Chris BLUCK • Gavin HATHAWAY • Sue HATHAWAY • Steve DUNN • Simon SCARR • Catherine FLETCHER • Matisse BRIGNALL • Paul EATON • Eve DUNN • Grace DUNN • David MARSLAND • Paul WHITE • Tracy SMALLEY • Mark GILLATT • Martha BROWN • David SARGENT • Rae WILLOUGHBY • Leanne BLUCK • Amanda FULLER • Lesley SMITH • Mick ARTHUR • Andrew WOODWARD • Amy BAKER • Tom SMALLEY • Louise WAINWRIGHT • David LARDNER • Anne HAMER • Matthew ISHERWOOD • Edward MOYES • Steve WILSON • Sally HART • Allison BIDDER • Elizabeth GOMM

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

The female record is held by Liz ABBOTT who recorded a time of 17:44 on 2nd February 2019 (event number 103).

The male record is held by Andy BENSON who recorded a time of 15:56 on 1st January 2020 (event number 149).

The Age Grade course record is held by Paul MULLER who recorded 91.17% (17:45) on 23rd June 2018 (event number 71).

Blackpool parkrun started on 4th February 2017. Since then 7,842 participants have completed 36,813 parkruns covering a total distance of 184,065 km, including 6,785 new Personal Bests. A total of 610 individuals have volunteered 4,249 times.

 

What a wet miserable start to #171.

Saturday may have started with a bit of drizzle and a definite autumnal feel but that didn’t stop us as we welcomed runners from all over the UK - some of whom were supporting relatives and friends in the Blackpool Dance Festival at the Winter Gardens. One chap had come all the way from Yeovil! Amongst those we welcomed were runners from Derwent Valley, Blyth Bridge, North Bolton, Barnsley, Accrington, East Cheshire as well as those from North of the Border. We had 15 runners who were  first timers at Blackpool parkrun, 5 of whom were doing their first ever parkrun. Well done to those starting your parkrun journey.

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The damp start did not stop the 162 parkmates who ran, jogged and walked. Twenty speedy runners achieved a new personal best time and deserve a big well done (as do all those who braved the elements on Saturday morning). Thomas CRABTREE of Wesham Road Runners was first home and BW&FAC Nicola UNSWORTH was first woman. All results can be found at https://www.parkrun.org.uk/blackpool/results/latestresults/

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As many of you will know, Saturday was the 17th anniversary of the first-ever parkrun at Bushy Park. parkrun shares its birthday with, among others, Sting, the novelist Graham Greene, and the ill-fated monarch Richard III. parkrun has gone from strength to strength over the years and hopefully will continue to develop as we recover from the pandemic-induced shutdown which is still affecting events in many countries.

Happy 17th Birthday parkrun

Happy 17th Birthday parkrun

In other exciting news we’ve heard from Rob Pope …. better known as the chap who recreated Forrest Gump's run a few times across the USA. He’s hoping to enlist all of our help for a fun attempt to do a different parkrun every hour for at least 24 hours and hopefully right across the country. AND he’s starting right here in Blackpool. parkrun HQ are aware and excited by the challenge and we hope you will be too! This is going to happen over the weekend of the 9/10th  October. 

This epic parkrun ultra will start at 06:00h at Blackpool on the  9th, before moving on to Lytham. Rob is aiming to run each parkrun at around 22-25 min pace to allow a few people to run the whole course with him. We would like to encourage those of all abilities to come and start and maybe do a lap our course with him. It will start roughly on the hour, though we would ask people to get there 10 mins before, meeting at the Clock Tower. Please bring some sort of torch if you are joining us … we all know the trail section can be a bit naughty in broad daylight so what will it be like in the gloom just before the sun is rising!

As always Parkrun could not happen without the sterling efforts of a core team of volunteers. Many thanks to all of them. If you haven’t volunteered yet, why not give it a try? It’s rewarding and enjoyable and some of the roles can be combined with running (including report writer!). Without the volunteers we would not be able to stage parkrun so anybody who would like to help out, please contact via the website or on the Blackpool parkrun Facebook page. We really do need your help.

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Green Drive 5’s on the 24th Oct.

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This week 161 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Deborah TERRAS • Simon SCARR • Catherine FLETCHER • Paul EATON • David MARSLAND • Waine BOLGER • Tracy SMALLEY • Mark GILLATT • Wendy ROBERTSON • Les ROBERTSON • Mick ARTHUR • Andrew WOODWARD • Luke HELMN • David LARDNER • Christine HEMS • Malcolm HEMS • Helen BAKER • Anne DODGSON • Matthew ISHERWOOD • Edward MOYES • Paul FLETCHER • ElizabethGOMM • John MULLINEAUX • Hannah BOLGER • Liam MURRAY • Mark BOWLEY

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

The female record is held by Liz ABBOTT who recorded a time of 17:44 on 2nd February 2019 (event number 103).

The male record is held by Andy BENSON who recorded a time of 15:56 on 1st January 2020 (event number 149).

The Age Grade course record is held by Paul MULLER who recorded 91.17% (17:45) on 23rd June 2018 (event number 71).

Blackpool parkrun started on 4th February 2017. Since then 7,811 participants have completed 36,598 parkruns covering a total distance of 182,990 km, including 6,755 new Personal Bests. A total of 607 individuals have volunteered 4,214 times.

 

Run report event #170

Despite what appears to be going on in other sectors of the country one thing we weren't short of on Saturday was parkrunners! Slowly but surely our attendance is creeping back up to the level we were at before... well you know.

An attendance made even more impressive when you factor in the larger events taking place on the Sunday - This RD did the Beaverbrooks fun run (my word it was hot!) and it was great to see a good deal of regular parkrunners both participating and supporting others.

Images courtesy of Mick Arthur

Images courtesy of Mick Arthur

Long run Sundays are the perfect opportunity to volunteer on Saturday! We really need some more of you to come learn the finish funnel roles (timekeeping, funnel manager, finish tokens, barcode scanning, number checker)  - none of the roles are too taxing and full training will be given. If this sounds like something you could help us with then email: blackpool@parkrun.com

It was a big week for Paul Eaton - his 100th Blackpool parkrun (133 total) resulted in a PB! Well done mate.

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David Scoins from Wallsend Harriers joined us for his 100th parkrun making him this weeks sole centurion. No 50’s this week, but we did have more first timers than I can list here!! Well done each and everyone of you - come back soon

Congratulations

Congratulations

Regular volunteer Declan Sheridan's organised collection for the BBC kit out the nation appeal was a success and I shall leave describing that to him.

“...  last week saw Blackpool Parkrun participate in the BBC Kit out of the Nation campaign. The appeal asked for preloved kit which could be recycled and reused and given to children and young adults to enable them to have the correct gear to participate in their chosen sport.
Ahead of this week’s event an appeal was made to the parkrun family for any unwanted good quality sports kit. The response to the appeal was amazing. Not only did we collect 16 pairs of running shoes, we were able to hand over 9 bags of sports clothing , made up of tech shirts , shorts , leggings and one pair of golf trousers. We can not thank the park athletes who donated to this appeal enough. You are all superstars! “ …. I wonder how many of our parkmates shoved a new top into the donation bag thinking it was an old one!!

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One final thing from me, we only ask when we genuinely need something. As you know we are an event wholly reliant on volunteers and donations  - we would like to purchase some two way radios to make communication between volunteers out on the course more simple and help keep you guys safe. If you can please consider contributing - you can find out how here:

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/blackpool/aboutus/

You can see on that page just how your money is being spent. Although you may think we have lots of money we have to have a certain amount of "float" for spares and maintenance for the defib.

This week 301 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 50 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Jonathan DOYLE • Chris BLUCK • Simon SCARR • Catherine FLETCHER • Paul EATON • Eve DUNN • Grace DUNN • David MARSLAND • Shaun HAYNES • Paul WHITE • Tracy SMALLEY • Mark GILLATT • Helen JENKINS • Andrew SOUTHWELL • George LUI • Leanne BLUCK • Amanda FULLER • Naomi WRIGLEY • Mick ARTHUR • Sherry HOGARTH • Luke HELMN • Tom SMALLEY • Liz POWELL • David LARDNER • Christine HEMS • Geoff CURETON • Michelle BROWN • Declan SHERIDAN • Matthew ISHERWOOD • Edward MOYES

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

The female record is held by Liz ABBOTT who recorded a time of 17:44 on 2nd February 2019 (event number 103).
The male record is held by Andy BENSON who recorded a time of 15:56 on 1st January 2020 (event number 149).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paul MULLER who recorded 91.17% (17:45) on 23rd June 2018 (event number 71).

Blackpool parkrun started on 4th February 2017. Since then 7,796 participants have completed 36,437 parkruns covering a total distance of 182,185 km, including 6,735 new Personal Bests. A total of 604 individuals have volunteered 4,188 times.

 

One Great Thing After Another

 

Images courtesy of Mick Arthur

Images courtesy of Mick Arthur

One of the great things of regularly attending parkrun is the chance to see the changing of the seasons. Saturday dawned quite warm but with a definite feel of autumn in the air. Although I couldn't "run" the event this week as I was "running" the event (if you see what I mean) it was my pleasure to walk the course and see first hand autumns golden canopy and carpet of leaves particularly in the trail section. Wonderful but tinged with melancholy at the end of another summer.

Another great thing about being run director is having the chance to schmooze with visiting runners or parkrun tourists. parkrun tourism is an industry of it's own and being on the Fylde Coast we're in a position to attract runners from near and far. It was my pleasure to speak to tourists from Conkers, North Lanark & Pontefract parkrun. Also visitors from Edinburgh and Newtown. Pride of place though has to go to Daniel Warner doing his 100th different parkrun at Blackpool. He's also managed to rack up 122 runs at his home run of Bognor Regis as well as over 25 volunteering stints. Well done Daniel here's to the next 100.

From Bognor Regis to Blackpool - this runner chose our resort for his 100th Tourist parkrun. Congratulations. Image courtesy of Elizabeth Gomm

From Bognor Regis to Blackpool - this runner chose our resort for his 100th Tourist parkrun. Congratulations.
Image courtesy of Elizabeth Gomm

Talking of milestones Matt Taylor achieved his 50th parkrun this week and Michael Webb his 25th.

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A third great thing happened this last weekend with the arrival of Anchorsholme  junior parkrun at Blackpool’s Anchorsholme Park. This 2k event is at 9am every Sunday and forty five 4 to 14 year olds completed the inaugural run on Sunday. Please spread the word and maybe take your youngsters along for their first parkrun experience. Of course they also need volunteers to marshal the course and it's a wonderful way to get youngsters out of bed, off the tech and having fun in the park on a Sunday morning. A really great thing all round.

Anchorsholme junior parkrun Image courtesy of Michael Shepherd

Anchorsholme junior parkrun
Image courtesy of Michael Shepherd

My final great thing for the week is Kit Out The Nation. This is a BBC initiative to do what it says on the tin. What you can do is donate your pre loved sports equipment, kit and footwear (in good condition of course) to help under privileged youngsters get kitted out. It's recycling on a grand scale and it's easy to join in as regular parkrunner Declan Sheridan has kindly volunteered to co ordinate the collection. He'll be at parkrun on Saturday at the finish so bring along your kit and make sure he earns that spontaneous round of applause you generously gave him on Saturday.

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That's all folks. Remember Blackpool parkrun relies on volunteers and if we don't have enough then it won't happen. It's entirely up to you.

This week 212 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 38 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Chris BLUCK • Karen LIVESEY • Catherine FLETCHER • Paul EATON • Eve DUNN • Grace DUNN • Shaun HAYNES • Paul WHITE • Mark GILLATT • Leanne BLUCK • Lesley SMITH • Mick ARTHUR • Tracey HUNT • Liz POWELL • David LARDNER • Christine HEMS • Malcolm HEMS • Matthew ISHERWOOD • Edward MOYES • Allison BIDDER • Angela LAIDLAW • Berni ASHWORTH • Elizabeth GOMM • Victoria ALAND • Liam MURRAY • Mark BOWLEY

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

The female record is held by Liz ABBOTT who recorded a time of 17:44 on 2nd February 2019 (event number 103).
The male record is held by Andy BENSON who recorded a time of 15:56 on 1st January 2020 (event number 149).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paul MULLER who recorded 91.17% (17:45) on 23rd June 2018 (event number 71).

Blackpool parkrun started on 4th February 2017. Since then 7,746 participants have completed 36,136 parkruns covering a total distance of 180,680 km, including 6,692 new Personal Bests. A total of 603 individuals have volunteered 4,157 times.

 

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