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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.


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


The festive period……..




4 parkruns in just over a week. 5 for those of you that made it to Keswick. It must be Christmastime at parkrun! The only time an offical parkun can be held outside of our usual Saturday, and New Year's Day also offers the opportunity to run twice in one day. For the second year we liaised with our friends in the Lakes and many of us hit the road to be in Keswick for 1030am.






We had 840 finishers (with a total of 33 first timers) over the 4 runs - including our highest NYD attendance - so thank you to each and every one of you for contributing to our brilliant community. 84 people volunteered across those runs and an even bigger thank you to all of you. Christmas Day was not kind to us weather wise and I'll be eternally grateful to everyone that stood out in the rain to enable the run to go ahead.

While I'm on the subject of volunteers, those of you who were there on the Christmas Day may have noticed we had a different volunteer to usual handing out the finish tokens. Allan Campbell had told us he couldn't do it because he had something on. Turns out that something was participating! The last time he completed a parkrun was in 2013. Congratulations Allan - but don't scare us next time by falling over!







Please do let us know if you'd like to help out one Saturday. If you've never volunteered before, why not make it a New Year's Resolution to give it a go? Check out the website volunteer  page and get in touch.






Thanks as well to Roy Waller (Lindsay's Dad) for the mistletoe and Family Messenger for the sweets!







I'm going to attempt to namecheck those of you who ran a milestone over Christmas, but due to there being no foolproof way to do it (apart from me checking after each run, which I didn't do) I may miss someone. Apologies in advance if I do - please let me know and I'll make sure you get a belated shout out next week.

So, here goes........

50 Club - Mary Oghani, Carole Steel and Benjamin Scott

100 Club - Martin Curran, Rebecca Thompson and Jules Ponsford

The Unofficial 200 Club - Paul Graves, George Oghani, Rebecca Errington and Frances Braithwaite

Congratulations to all of you!






We welcomed tourists from far and wide. Our first finisher on NYD - junior Kieran Cooper - and his Dad ran with us as part of their epic Carlisle-Tollcross double. Other parkruns represented over the 4 runs include Sale Water, Cambridge, Druridge Bay, Burnage, Wimbledon Common, Wolverhampton, Chichester, Great Cornard and closer to home, Keswick, Penrith and Workington!






49 new PB's were recorded over the Christmas period - with 19 on Christmas Day itself! Well done to all of you - brilliant running.




The full results and a complete event history can be found on the Carlisle parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Jon FLETCHER who recorded a time of 16:03 on 15th August 2015 (event number 132).
The female record is held by Isabel CLARK who recorded a time of 17:47 on 26th August 2017 (event number 237).
The Age Grade course record is held by Janet KENYON who recorded 89.43% (19:43) on 6th July 2013 (event number 24).



I absolutely love the Christmas parkruns and I hope everyone else enjoyed it as well.  We turn 5 in a few weeks (the 20th) so I hope you'll be there to celebrate with us.  Here's to a wonderful 2018.





Carlisle parkrun #251 Run Report

Happy Friday everyone!

175 people crossed the finish line last weekend. We welcomed 13 first timers, tourists from Cambridge and Harrogate parkruns and the latest graduates of the Border Reivers beginners course. It was lovely to see everyone making their way around the park and I hope you join us again soon.




Huge thanks to all our volunteers and a special mention to those who answered the call late last week!

Morag THOMPSON • Dave THOMPSON • Allan CAMPBELL • Sarah HAMILTON • Steve VINEY • Louise DUFFY • Bethany DUFFY • Michelle MACKAY • Gordon THORBURN • Luke HAMILTON • Neil ERRINGTON • Ivor NORMAN • Jo GRUCHY • Gordon BEATTIE • Keith MILLICAN • Maisie MACKAY • Beverley ARMSTRONG • Wayne STEVENS • Susie MCNEILL


(Maisie started her volunteer coordinator training on Saturday and a very good job she did too!)

Please have a look at the volunteer page on our website and get in touch if you can help out one weekend.



Just the one milestone to mention. Congratulations to Garry English who FINALLY joined the 50 Club! It's been a long time coming so huge well done Garry and thanks for the cake.



36 runners recorded a new PB last Saturday. Congratulations to all of you, including Carole Jardine, Hugh McCory, Gary Chandler and juniors Abie Mair, Rebecca Long and Harry Sidaway.



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




Thanks to everyone who donated to the foodbank. We'll be doing that again tomorrow and on the 16th so please being something along if you can.



Keep an eye on the weather for tomorrow, hopefully nothing will get in the way of our 9am run but it'll be posted on social media should the conditions force us to cancel.



Event #250 Run Report


250 parkrun events in Carlisle! Whether you've been there from the start or were one of our 9 first-timers last week, thank you for being a part of our amazing community.

I'm hoping that someone from this amazing community will come forward and help complete the roster for tomorrow. Barcode scanner or funnel manager, the choice is yours! Lots of our regular volunteers and runners are away, so if you've ever thought about volunteering but haven't got around to it yet, tomorrow is the perfect opportunity! Drop us an email at carlislehelpers' .

While I talk volunteering, huge thanks as always to last weeks hi-viz heroes:

Alicia CARTER • Allan CAMPBELL • Andrew CARTER • Andy BAKER • Bethany DUFFY • Christine SOUTHAM • Gordon BEATTIE • Gordon THORBURN • Heather ROWE • Ivor NORMAN • Kathryn HOLLIDAY • Keith MILLICAN • Kevin MULVEY • Lindsay GRAHAM • Louisa WEEKS • Louise DUFFY • Matt CHARLTON • Neil ERRINGTON • Nicola JACKSON • Sarah HAMILTON • Steve VINEY • Vicky VINEY • William CARTER

Jobs on our Christmas and New Year's Day runs are up for grabs as well. Both events start at 9am and on NYD there is also the opportunity for a double run with Keswick starting at 10.30am. Check out the parkrun CHRISTMAS COMPENDIUM if you're going to be away over the Christmas period to see if an event near you is on.



There were 194 runners last week for our first really cold run of the season. As well as the aforementioned 9 first timers, we welcomed tourists from Lee On The Solent, Bolton, Medina, Forest Rec and Dumfries junior parkruns. I hope you all enjoyed your trip to Chance's Park.



Just the one milestone to report - congratulations to Michael Nattrass on joining the 50 Club last weekend.


14 of you ran a new PB last Saturday. Congratulations to Lawrence Payne, Lisa Smith, Michelle Moore, Clare Brown, Maggie McLellan, Tori Wylie, Gary Chandler, Katie Williamson, David Ferguson, Andrew McManus, Susan Holliday, Will Barnes, Maria Stevens and Matthew Emmerson.



Don't forget for the next 3 Saturdays we will be accepting donations for the Foodbank. Please bring something along if you can - there will be a box near the start - and take a look at their website HERE to see what they need. Thank you in advance!


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

Have a great Friday, see you tomorrow,

Thanks to Emma Taylor for the great header photo.

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