Carlisle parkrun is cancelled on 2021-10-16 – Wedding at Morton Manor

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.