Complaint about Blyth Links

Unfortunately we have received a complaint that some of our runners are not giving way to other park users. Please be mindful that it is part of the parkrun code of conduct to give way to other people in the park, they do have right of way. The area is there for everyone to enjoy and the Council have been kind enough to let us host parkrun here.

Please ensure that you give other users on our route a wide berth, when running. We would also request that you listen carefully during the pre-run briefing and follow any instructions issued by the Run Director, not only for your safety and the safety of others, but also to ensure the continuation of the event.

Unfortunately, complaints are lodged from time to time. Whilst they can be hard to understand from the point of view of a parkrunner, we need to bear in mind that many people have been regularly using the beach area for years, and we are disrupting their routine, and are once again following our break due to the recent pandemic.

It is also important to remember that there are now often 200-400 runners at most of our events. The size of the 'pack' could be quite intimidating for some people if they are walking on the path or promenade and are not expecting to be overtaken by such a group of people.

Finally, a tiny minority of runners do not pay careful attention to their surroundings and do not give other users on the route a wide berth as they are so intent on getting a PB - please ensure that you are not one of these runners!

It would help to minimise complaints if we could ensure that parkrunners pay attention to other users, especially when overtaking, allowing plenty of room for others to pass. Please also make sure that you say 'good morning' to anyone you pass and 'thank you' to anyone who chooses to step off the path/out of the way (or a nod of the head or wave of the hand, if you're running out of breathe!).

We need your support, to ensure that the future of our event is not compromised!


International Women’s Day parkrun – 7/3/20

We are hosting a These Girls Can Run takeover for International Women's Day on Saturday 7th March (usual 9am start)

This will be a female-focused event but obviously everyone is welcome to join us and celebrate as usual!

Keep an eye out on here and our Facebook page for more info on our plans for the day


Event #39 – just a little blustery!

Blyth Links parkrun
Event number 39
11th January 2020
This week 367 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 71 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Dave LEWIS • Susan LAWS • Dave KITCHING • Rob HALL • Tony DUNN • Claire WALTON • Deb MCANDREW • Karen SMITH • Marcus GRUNDY • Jill THOMPSON • Lynne GRUNDY • Grace THOMPSON • Peter CRAIK • Alejandra VICENCIO • Kyle BENNETT • Katie HO • Matilda MCGRAITH • Lee DANSKIN • Nicky SHIELL • Louise LIDDELL • Sonya ROE • David WALKER • Kay COCHRANE • Jessica LIDDELL • Emily LIDDELL • Beth MCFETRICH • Jackie BOLAM • Ian MCGRAITH

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

The female record is held by Danielle HODGKINSON who recorded a time of 17:17 on 5th October 2019 (event number 24).
The male record is held by Daniel DIXON who recorded a time of 15:13 on 7th December 2019 (event number 32).
The Age Grade course record is held by Guy BRACKEN who recorded 94.46% (16:33) on 1st June 2019 (event number 7).

Blyth Links parkrun started on 20th April 2019. Since then 3,640 participants have completed 10,733 parkruns covering a total distance of 53,665 km, including 2,102 new Personal Bests. A total of 234 individuals have volunteered 1,005 times.


Event #29 Bede Academy (Primary) takeover! What a day!!

Bede Academy Blyth Links parkrun Takeover!

Eight weeks of excitable build-up to the ‘Bede Academy Blyth Links parkrun Takeover’ came down to a week of nail-biting torrential downpours and hourly weather forecast-checking throughout the eve of the event. 27% chance of rain… 44%... 80%...! Would the children and families who had signed up to the event in the sunny September sunshine eight weeks prior be deterred when they opened their curtains on Saturday 16th November only to be greeted by ominous skies, rain-spotted windows, wet ground and the prospect of encouraging their young ones around a 5 kilometre course?

The Bede Academy staff emerged on the seafront bright and early wrapped in winter woollies and waterproofs to join the dedicated regular team of core volunteers for Blyth Links parkrun. All hopefully put on their volunteer hi-vis vests, grabbed their green poms poms and waited. Happily, the undeterred parkrunners, new and old, began to arrive on the brisk promenade and a lovely warm feeling began to emerge! As more and more people arrived, the resilience, determination and sense of community became ever more apparent. The Bede Academy children, families and staff gathered for a team photograph and the warm feeling grew a little more!

At 9:00 the event was underway, and the smiling began! Volunteers and spectators cheered and encouraged the runners, walkers, buggy-pushers and piggy-back riders whole-heartedly and the sense of pride was felt by all. Jackson (6) said, “I clapped lots and cheered my friends, it was fun. My hands were super tired”. As the children spotted familiar faces from their school in a new context they began to wave, shout, smile and even run a little faster! Harrison (7) commented, “I enjoyed running with my family. It was fun spotting all the teachers on the way round. I felt good at the finish”. Nicholas (4) commented, “I was running super-fast!” Lola (4) said, “I enjoyed it, I liked running through the end”. Seeing children and their families enjoying the magic of parkrun together was a wonderful sight and created a very special, heart-warming atmosphere! As the rain came down, the smiles for many seemed to grow bigger – if you’re going to take on a challenge, why not make it a big one with friends! Harrison (6) said “it was good because it was fun running and I liked seeing my friends there”.

Once the first runner came through the finish funnel, they came thick and fast! Experienced parkrunners blazing the trail for over 100 youngsters - some aged only 4 years old completing the course on foot, not forgetting Bede’s youngest 3 year old students being pushed in buggies by determined loved ones. All travelling the same distance, all trying their best, all battling the bracing Northumberland weather, all with the same sense of accomplishment. From the first runner completing the course in 16:14 to the last through the funnel at 58:30, their achievement was equally amazing! Bede student, Grace (6), regular parkrun volunteer, had the honour of final finisher in her volunteering capacity: “I was helping out and had an important job of ‘Tail-Walking’, it was great!” The efforts of the children and their families did not go unnoticed by regular parkrunners who warmly embraced them into their parkrun family and could be heard encouraging them before, during and after the event. Regular Blyth parkrunner, Allan England, said “Well done all the kids from Bede! All the volunteers and supporters were fantastic and there was a fabulous atmosphere!” There have been so many wonderfully positive comments from participants following the event and they are hugely appreciated by all involved.

The parkrunners, volunteers and spectators all headed for well-earned refreshments at Coastline afterwards and the magnitude of what everyone participating had accomplished began to sink in. The power of parkrun is truly amazing. The opportunity to bring communities together in a very special way, whilst giving everyone who laces up their sports shoes in time for that 9:00 start on a Saturday morning, wherever they find themselves, the power to improve their health, well-being and sense of community, whether that be their local community or the parkrunning community. Bede Academy are proud to consider themselves members of both.

Jill Thompson, the Blyth Links parkrun co-director commented that “Blyth Links parkrun was set up for this reason in my eyes and we are so grateful for the effort school staff have put into it! The feedback we have received has been incredible.”

Katherine Peddie, Reception teacher at Bede said, “I loved seeing all the students taking part with such determination and huge smiles on their faces.”

Bethan Harding, Principal (Primary) at Bede, commented: “Fantastic effort Bede Academy! I saw determination from our students like I’ve never seen before! Seeing our students completing the whole circuit in the slashing rain and wind was truly inspirational. They showed they have real character and it was an honour to be part of the wider community for this event.”

Laura Cotterill, another Bede teacher said, “The atmosphere was amazing and helped them all to achieve and push themselves. I am just so proud to be part of it and am keen to do more”.

What a wonderful morning! Thank you to Blyth Links parkrun for making it possible and thank you to all the families who made it so magical. We loved supporting all of you! Look out for more Bede Academy Takeover events in the near future. In the meantime, we hope you’ll be lacing up those shoes for 9:00 for many Saturdays from here on out! Happy parkrunning!

Anna Tweddell, Early Years Lead, Bede Academy

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