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: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/carlisle/aboutus/ .
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.
Thanks to Kathryn Holliday for the photos above. The entire album can be found HERE