Darlington South Park parkrun is cancelled on 18 July 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Considerate parking please!

Please can we remind parkrunners of the importance of parking appropriately on a Saturday morning around the South Park. We are starting to notice a few more reports of bad parking, particularly the blocking of driveways of local residents, which is unacceptable. parkrun relies on the support of everyone involved and this includes local residents.

We encourage you to arrive by foot, by pedal-power or by public transport if you can - your efforts help to reduce our impact on the park and the local area. If this is not possible please consider car sharing to reduce the number of cars that are around the park.

There are plenty of parking facilities in the town centre, under a mile from the South Park. Some of these are free and for some there is a small charge. It also allows chance for a warm up and cool down! Please see the link at the bottom of this post for information on parking in Darlington town centre. 

Ultimately, we don’t have the authority for parking around the park and if local residents have any issues they should contact the relevant authorities for advice. We can also be contacted by email on darlingtonsouthparkoffice@parkrun.com



Fundraising for AED Cabinet

We want to share our AED!

Image of AED CabinetDarlington parkrun owns an AED (automated external defibrillator) - an amazing bit of medical technology used to help those suffering cardiac arrest. They're easy to use devices which save hundreds of lives every year.

Our defibrillator is currently only made available during Saturday 5k parkrun and Sunday 2k junior parkrun. We think it makes sense to make this potentially life-saving device available to the general public in South Park.

We can do this by purchasing a special locked AED cabinet, which will be mounted to the wall of the Education Centre, next to the Clock Tower. The cabinet is opened using a keycode - this code will be known to the parkrun volunteer teams, and will be registered with North East Ambulance Service, who can advise the code to anyone who calls 999.

AED cabinets are a proven, effective, secure way of making life-saving AEDs broadly available.

We need your help! We have got permission from the council to mount the cabinet... we have a most generous offer to install the cabinet for free, from one of our lovely parkrun community... now we just need some money. The cost of an appropriate AED cabinet is just £439, and we're asking for donations from the local parkrun community to fund this.

You can ONLY donate to this appeal by visiting http://www.parkrun.org.uk/darlingtonsouthpark/aboutus/ and clicking the "Donate to parkrun" button.

We'd love to donate access to our AED to the community, who let us enjoy the park every week. Thanks.


Darlington South Park parkrun Event #300 – Saturday 15th September 2018

Happy 300th event to us! This week 406 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers (welcome!) and 83 recorded new Personal Bests (well done!) Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

This event was made possible by 35 fabulous volunteers:

Brian BURDON • Ian BARNES • Stephen MOORE • Will GIBSON • Emma JOYEUX • Gemma MARSHALL-MOORE • Michael KING • Harbhag SINGH • Gillian HARRIS • Lee MORRIS • Karen NEWTON • Marc ELLIS • Ashleigh ATKINSON • Steven WILKINSON • Abigail ROWCROFT • Rebecca BOWES • Dave JONES • Rachel BOWES • Hilary BEVAN • Barbara CRAWLEY • Mark ROWCROFT • Corey HORN • Olly MARSHALL-MOORE • James BANHAM • Adele JAAB • Wendy THOMPSON • Lizzie THOMPSON • Steven CRAGGS • Aaron SPARROW-WOODS • Gareth KYLE • Laurence WARNER • Pauline GORMAN • Charlotte GIBBS • Philip WARNER • Mike WRIGHT

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

Massive thanks to everyone who helped, and brought goodies to eat and drink. A special shout out to our team of pacers this morning, who did a fantastic job of pacing a wide variety of times. Just for fun, here's how accurate they were...!

Pacer accuracy - just for fun!


Guest run report – Saturday 8th September, by Anita Watkins

What a lovely warm welcome I got from Darlington South Park parkrun this morning!

I’m visiting from the south coast for the Great North Run tomorrow.  I was born in Sedgefield, and it has been a great opportunity to catch up with family but I couldn’t miss my regular parkrun fix.  First impressions were that South Park is very pretty and much bigger than my local Hotham Park in Bognor Regis.  I exchanged good mornings with a few before joining the parade for the first timers briefing.  All of the important points were very clearly explained, including where to leave my sweatshirt during the run.  I was only slightly worried at the mention of Squirrel Hill.

I’d arrived planning a very gentle outing, maybe run/walking to stretch my legs after a long drive and too many hours on motorways, then Lee’s run brief mentioned that there was a 35 minute pacer today.  Just for context I haven’t run a 35 minuteparkrun for AGES!  ‘Just one lap with the pacer’, I thought to myself – then I’ll take it easy ready for tomorrow.

I set off with pacer Michael’s entourage and managed to avoid my usual trick of losing my pacer within the first 30 seconds!  Running past the aviary brought back some childhood memories, and the railway tracks are much more impressive than our miniature railway in Hotham Park.  Then there was the lovely slightly, but definitely, downhill stretch to ease into.  Then after a straight came Squirrel Hill.  It may not be long, but it is a bit vicious!

At the end of the first lap I was pleased to see I was still keeping pace with Michael, just a little bit further then - I won’t be able to keep up for much longer!  It was nice hearing times called out by one lovely marshal on the course.  Michael explained that that was the halfway mark for each lap, and his encouragement meant that I did not drop my pace as I’d expected.  He was telling me about his experience of the Great North Run, and because I wanted to hear more I stuck with him a bit further.

At the end of the second lap I was still on 35 minute pace.  When we got round the corner to the downhill stretch I decided that I was now committed to seeing this pacing lark through to the end.  I stepped out a little bit to take advantage of the extra gravity and pulled a bit ahead of pacer Michael.  My thinking was if I can get a bit ahead I might be able to hang on up Squirrel Hill!

Every step of the last half lap I expected to see Michael coming past me, but I managed to hang in there up Squirrel Hill and past the monument, then into the finish funnel for my fastest 5K in quite a while.

I pottered around for a while taking pictures and chatting to a few fellow parkrunners over coffee and a well earned bacon roll, it turns out there are a few of us running GNR tomorrow (who’d have thought it!! 


Darlington South Park parkrun Event #299 – Saturday 8th September 2018

This week 317 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 62 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Allen HAZLETT • Will GIBSON • Emma JOYEUX • Michael KING • Harbhag SINGH • Lee MORRIS • Jane TEAGUE • Jon BRUCE • Abigail ROWCROFT • Laura JACKSON • Lisa ALDERSON • Darren ALDERSON • Dave JONES • John MCGRATH • Barbara CRAWLEY • Corey HORN • Naomi DIXON • James BANHAM • Katherine WORKMAN • Wendy THOMPSON • Andy BROOK • Lizzie THOMPSON • Jayne DAVIES • Josh CRAWLEY • Ruth VAN LEER • Lisa BUCKLEY • Mollie WORKMAN JONES • Ginny GANNAWAY

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

The female record is held by Sarah TUNSTALL who recorded a time of 17:13 on 13th September 2014 (event number 94).
The male record is held by Cameron Ross BOYEK who recorded a time of 14:52 on 25th December 2014 (event number 109).
The Age Grade course record is held by Shirley Rose GIBSON who recorded 93.53% (24:12) on 16th September 2017 (event number 251).

Darlington South Park parkrun started on 15th December 2012. Since then 8,557 participants have completed 73,827 parkruns covering a total distance of 369,135 km, including 14,185 new Personal Bests.