International Women’s Day parkrun

Come and join us on 7th March at Carlisle parkrun to help us celebrate International Women's Day.

We'd like to celebrate by asking you all to try and bring an extra female friend or relative down to run, walk or volunteer at parkrun on this day.

We actively encourage walking - don't be put off by thinking it's a run. You can bring the kids, the dog (one per person), a buggy... Everyone is welcome!

74399032_3215444715169099_8694161838977318912_n 75063960_3317208378326065_3557969848812175360_n 80319186_3369090709804498_7415820275645677568_n 80207688_3369091969804372_7476063007357796352_n 81475377_3375871462459756_5424063225446531072_n


Carlisle parkrun 2019 Highlights Report

As 2019 draws to a close we thought it would be an appropriate time to reflect on the last year and some of the key highlights that have been part of the Carlisle parkrun journey in 2019.

This year has seen many firsts for Carlisle parkrun. From our first unofficial 300 club runner (Lindsay Graham) and our first 300 volunteer club member (Allan Campbell) to our first dinosaur running round Chances Park!

Image may contain: 1 person, standing, tree, child and outdoor

Just before 2019 began, Kev Mulvey stepped down as Co-Event Director after nearly six years in the role. Kev was instrumental is establishing Carlisle parkrun as the sustainable, inclusive, community event that it is, alongside Andrew Graham, and for that we will be forever grateful. Thank you, Kev!

Image may contain: 1 person, standing, child and outdoor

This year we developed a total of 6 parkrun practice partnerships including Carlisle Healthcare, Dalston Surgery, Eden Medical Centre, Brampton, Caldbeck Surgery and Spencer St Surgery. parkrun practices are GP practices that sign up to promote parkrun to their staff and patients. We set up our parkrun buddy scheme and that saw Paula Harmon, our first buddy, meet a brand new parkrunner from a parkrun practice and help them to feel comfortable to take part in parkrun. Thank you, Paula!

Image may contain: 8 people, people smiling, people standing, sky, tree, outdoor and nature

We have also supported many young people to complete their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver Awards!

We started the year with parkrun on New Years Day and many of our regulars then made the journey to our friends at Keswick parkrun to take on a parkrun double. Thank you to all the team at Keswick parkrun for managing the unexpectedly huge turnout!!!

January also saw Carlisle parkrun celebrate our sixth birthday. We were on the 5 lap course and it was a very wet event so not much fun celebrating! However we were given an amazing birthday present from parkrun HQ... our very own self frame unwrapped by Ollie Ramshaw, one of our regulars!

Image may contain: 2 people, outdoor

Image may contain: 3 people, people smiling, people standing and outdoor

In February, Matt Charlton, a member of our core volunteer team, joined Lindsay Graham as the new Co-Event Director. Although Matt was in disagreement, it was clear that he was the brains while Lindsay was the beauty in our partnership!

We also had the amazing experience of Rosie Holliday taking part in parkrun throughout her pregnancy with her final parkrun at 41 weeks pregnant! Rosie was a great advocate for exercise through pregnancy and we were really proud when she was featured in parkrun UK’s newsletter, it also didn't take her long to be back in the park accompanied by baby Alf! Well done Rosie.

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, standing and outdoor

In June we took part in our second NHS parkrun where we celebrated our national institution that is the NHS. We had loads of NHS staff, volunteers and patients taking part and we were able to build our relationships with current and future parkrun practices.

Following an appearance in parkrun UK's newsletter, in July our very own regular parkrunner, Dave Campbell, was invited to the National parkrun Ambassador Conference to talk about the impact that regular exercise at parkrun has had on his diabetes. We were very proud to be put on the parkrun map in this way! Thank you Dave.

In September, we had our first ever dinosaur take part in Carlisle parkrun (Co-Event Director Matt on the morning of his stag do!). What a sight it was to see him waddling round in a very impressive time of 27.54!

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, standing, grass, tree, shoes, outdoor and nature

In November, Emma organised our second ever barkrun. It was a firm favourite amongst our canine friends and luckily their owners stuck to the parkrun rules of one dog in a short lead per participant. Thank you Emma for all the effort you put into the little goody bags for the dogs.

We also had a parkrun practice ‘Takeover’ where Dalston Medical Group and Carlisle Health Centre provided all the volunteers to help promote Self Care Week.

In December we had our annual collection for Carlisle Food Bank. Thank you to everyone who donated and to Sarah Hamilton for co-ordinating.

Image may contain: food and indoor

We also saw our Christmas Day parkrun attendance record smashed by over 120 to set a new record of 376 participants! Only 5 away from our overall course record! We were also greeted by our first tourist 500 club runners on the same day! Amazing!

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people standing and outdoor


We are really looking forward to the year ahead and we wouldn’t be Carlisle parkrun without the amazing volunteers who gift their time week in week out to make sure our event runs smoothly every Saturday and the days in between. A huge thank you to each and everyone of you who has volunteered this year, with a special mention to all of our core team of run directors and volunteer coordinators, we really appreciate all of your support! If you'd like to get involved in 2020, then have a read here -

As you can tell it's been a very busy year, if we've forgotten anything we should have mentioned then please let us know!

Thank you and happy parkrunning in 2020!

Matt and Lindsay


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.

⇐ Newer Posts