Foodbank Collection


Between now and parkrun on Sat 14th December, we will be collecting for the Foodbank. If you are able, and would like to contribute, please bring items to parkrun over the next 5 weeks.

You can find a comprehensive list of items they need HERE but they have told us that they are always in need of the following:

Tinned meat and fish
Packet mash and tinned potatoes
Long life milk
Tinned fruit.

If you have any surplus Bags For Life, they would also be gratefully received and as it's approaching Christmas, some seasonal items would be lovely.

Thanks in advance!


Christmas and New Year

Once again we will be putting on extra events on both Christmas and New Year's Day. We will start at 9am on both days - our friends at Penrith start at 10.30am on Jan 1st allowing those who want to the chance to do the New Year's Day Double.

As always, we can't run without our wonderful volunteers - please get in touch if you'd like to help out on either date.


Foodbank & Red Box collection

This Saturday we're going to be collecting for Carlisle Foodbank and The Red Box Project. It would be great if you would consider bringing a donation for either.

Suggested items for both are listed below:


Christmas items (selection boxes, Christmas cake etc)
Tinned rice pudding
Tinned fruit
Milk (UHT or powdered)
Packet soup
Custard (tinned or powdered)
Tinned sponge pudding

Red Box Project

Normal sanitary towels with wings
Night time sanitary towels
Packs of knickers (sizes 6-16)

Links to both organisations can be found below:

Red Box - North Cumbria

Carlisle Foodbank

Thanks in advance for your generosity.


Christmas and New Year…..

We're rapidly hurtling towards December which means its time to tell you of our plans for the festive period. Christmas and New Year's Days are the only time we can hold parkrun outside of a Saturday and we're pleased to say that this year we will have an event on both days - starting at 9am as usual.

In addition, New Year's Day enables parkrunners to do the double, with local events adjusting start times to allow for travel between the two. For the third year in a row, our friends at Keswick will start at 1030am. (This is the bit where we remind you about driving sensibly between Carlisle and Keswick!)

Obviously these events can only go ahead with the support of our volunteers so do get in touch if you'd like to be part of the festive fun!


The birthday event………


I can't quite believe we are 5! That's 43,950 runs, 5,083 different participants, 7,856 PB's and a total distance of 219,750km run. On Saturday we welcomed 258 finishers, 17 first timers and a lone first time tourist from.............Penrith! This year alone, 90 people have registered with Carlisle as their home run. If you're one of them but haven't yet come along - what are you waiting for???

There nearly wasn't a birthday run, but thanks to the small army who turned out to help grit the entire route early on Saturday morning, the 1k lap was the safest patch of path in the park! You may have seen Lindsay's Facebook post last week about raising funds to buy a gritting machine. The team are not able to handle any cash, but if anyone would like to make a donation (and huge thanks to those who have done so already), you can do so by following this link: .




As well as the gritters, our usual volunteers were as brilliant as always and first-time RD Paula Harmon did a great job. Huge thanks to each and every one of you. The support around the course was amazing as were the array of cakes and sweets at the finish!

Please do get in touch if you would like to volunteer - our future roster is HERE and we'd love to have you don the hi-viz!


Just the one milestone to report from last week. Steve Viney delivered the First Timers Brief and in doing so joined the Volunteer 25 Club. Congratulations Steve and thank you for all your help.





30 runners recorded a new PB on Saturday. Well done to all of you, including Robert Charlton, Jennifer Williams, Luke Christian and juniors William Carter, Charlotte Graves and Lucy Harris.



Since the New Year, the Manor has been noticeably busier on a Saturday morning due to different groups starting up. If at all possible, please use alternative forms of transport rather than driving, and if you do drive, car share where you can. If the car park is full when you arrive, use your common sense when parking on surrounding streets and don't block any driveways!

While we're on the subject of the Manor, the cafe will be closed this Saturday.

Enjoy the rest of your week, and we'll see you on Saturday,

Thanks to Kathryn Holliday for the photos above. The entire album can be found HERE

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