Durham parkrun 384

What better way to start the weekend than by tackling your 100th parkrun on your home course of Durham.
I’d asked Jill, today’s run director and my better half to keep the fact that it was my 100th quiet. Fortunately for me she obliged and I received the briefest of mentions in the run briefing. Today wasn’t about me though, or super volunteer Katherine Hay-Heddle, who was going one better than me by taking part in her 200th week of volunteering! Yes that’s 200 separate weeks! Today was, as parkrun always is, about the 333 runners, joggers, walkers and of course volunteers who make parkrun what it is. A free, fun event to start the weekend with.
It’s been a while since I’ve actually ran the Durham course with volunteering, tourism or other commitments taking up my time in recent weeks, so I was pleased to get on the start line in some decent weather (last week anyone?).
I’d been suffering during the week with some kind of chest infection so hadn’t managed to get out running and with that in mind planned a steady 27-30 minute run. I’m happy to report that I stuck to that pace and got round in 29:34, several ‘shandies’ the night before may also have contributed to this time.
Durham parkrun for me doesn’t really start to become something special until  it leaves the grounds of Maiden Castle and the sports fields behind and you hit the riverside paths.
Running towards the fantastic city that I’m proud to call home (Even if not where I’m originally from), passing the rowers at the rowing club, heading round the bend of the river to climb the gentle, and somewhat unwanted, incline only for the trees to disappear and that backdrop come into view. Wow, just wow! The bandstand, the finish, the Castle, the Cathedral. Need I say more? Durham parkrunners you have a final 1k  to shout about!
Now onto the statistics...
This week 333 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 66 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.
We had many visitors from the South of England, all of whom were top trumped by the gentleman who joined us for his first ever parkrun today all the way from Melbourne Australia!
see you all next week! IT's OUR BIRTHDAY!!!!!!
#dfyb #loveparkrun

383 The wet, wedding day parkrun

Durham parkrun - run report, event 383 - wriiten by Mrs Katie Chaganis (nee Davison - The Bride)

This will probably be recorded as the wettest parkrun known to man and not only that but it was mine and Matthew’s wedding day. IMG_8921 IMG_8932

Ever since I joined the parkrun family back in November 2015 parkrun has became a huge part of my life and my wedding day wasn’t going to change that.

The heavens opened and everyone was soaked but that didn’t stop the 226 brave parkrunner’s not to forget the 28 volunteers that made the parkrun possible!

The last Saturday of the month at Durham parkrun is pacing week, which helped 20 people managed a PB. Maybe it was the fact they just wanted to get out of the rain so they dashed around the course. Well done to all of you.

Also well done to the fantastic 4 people that did parkrun for the first time, you smashed it and I hope your next parkrun is slightly less damp!

I started with my husband to be (who also wore a veil) a few groomsmen and my best park running friends and we all stuck together throughout the event. It was such a special 5k. Thank you to everyone who ran past shouting out ‘congratulations’ and my personal favourite ‘are you crazy’, which maybe we were, slightly.

Thank you to the Co-op who were at the finish giving out healthy swap boxes. It was a welcome treat.

As for the wedding, the rain didn’t stop, sadly. But it was the best day ever. And at least the parkrun warm up meant that running for shelter during photos I didn’t pull a muscle! I’m already looking forward to parkrun next week. Hopefully I’ll see you all there.

So onto the stats.

This week 226 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Colin EVERSON • Laura JACKSON • Ken BRADSHAW • Helen HACKETT • John ROBSON • Michael BOYLE • Judith BUMBY • Jane BAILLIE • Clare CLISH • Lisa HARDY • Simon GRAHAM • Antony CLISH • Robert SCHOFIELD • David CASE • Neil JENNINGS • Elaine JENNINGS • Jill YOUNG • Struan JACKSON • Katie DAVISON • John Paul HARDY • James PARKER • David COWELL • David TAYLOR-GOOBY • Annie LOPEZ • Val HANCOCK • John CRAGGS • Fay GIBSON • Mark GIBSON

The male record is held by Dan GARBUTT who recorded a time of 15:12 on 17th March 2012 (event number 32).

The female record is held by Jennifer WALSH who recorded a time of 16:31 on 26th May 2012 (event number 42).

The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 97.65% (24:50) on 16th June 2018 (event number 329).

Durham parkrun started on 13th August 2011. Since then 13,542 participants have completed 109,757 parkruns covering a total distance of 548,785 km, including 18,968 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,146 individuals have volunteered 9,409 times.



Durham parkrun event number 382, 20th July 2019.

It was all looking so lovely until the rain started pouring down just before the start of the run today!  Special thanks, then, to all the hardy volunteers who got a proper soaking this morning, it wasn't the best weather for standing around and you all managed to carry on giving encouragement to everyone running and walking today so give yourselves a pat on the back.

As the summer season starts we always see plenty of tourists at Durham parkrun who've come to visit our beautiful city and today we welcomed visitors from Bristol, Brighton, Bradford, Blackpool, Harrogate, Wallasey, London and Lytham. We also welcomed 46 first timers to the course, hope you all enjoyed yourselves and we see you back at Durham parkrun very soon.

There were plenty of milestones to celebrate today too with Liam White joining the junior 10 club, core team member Nick Latham completing his 50th, Dave Toulmin his 100th and both Alan Ross and Jim Nicholson completing their 150th runs.  Alex Latham completed his 25th volunteer today too so it was a good day all round for the Latham family.  Well done to you all!

This week 355 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 46 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Alan SMITH • Audrey CHRISTIE • Yvonne COLLINGHAM • Katherine HAY-HEDDLE • Marie GLANVILLE • Noah GLANVILLE • Benjamin GLANVILLE • Clare CLISH • Andrew CORBIN • Nick LATHAM • Antony CLISH • Edward HASLAM • Naomi ERLEBACH • Gary COULTER • Deborah TAYLOR • David COWELL • Jack FULTON • Jamie CARESS • Val HANCOCK • Alex LATHAM • Sterling GIBSON • Emily FAWELL • Fay GIBSON

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

The male record is held by Dan GARBUTT who recorded a time of 15:12 on 17th March 2012 (event number 32).
The female record is held by Jennifer WALSH who recorded a time of 16:31 on 26th May 2012 (event number 42).
The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 97.65% (24:50) on 16th June 2018 (event number 329).

Durham parkrun started on 13th August 2011. Since then 13,515 participants have completed 109,531 parkruns covering a total distance of 547,655 km, including 18,948 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,144 individuals have volunteered 9,381 times.


Durham parkrun 381 – the one with the dogs and the novice

Durham parkrun number 381 was made particularly special by some fine weather, a great volunteer team and all you lovely runners, joggers and walkers! We also seemed to have a good number of dogs today, who all did as well as their owners.

5k on the shortest legs

5k on the shortest legs

Today we had 63 people participating for their first time at Durham, of which 31 were completely new to parkrun and we welcomed visitors from near and far, including Perth, Fulham Palace, Tuscon (Arizona) and New Zealand. Congratulations to the 38 people who achieved new PBs!

There were a few special milestones to celebrate:

  • Tom Davidson and Stephanie Barlow (50 runs each)
  • Jonathan Hamill and Andrew Thurston (100 runs each)
  • Jean Bradley, John Gardiner and Chris Shearsmith, for the unofficial (but no less awesome) milestones of 150, 150 and 200 runs each respectively

When I first started running in parkruns, I gradually started to understand some of the volunteer roles; as a repeat volunteer I learnt these roles and became more aware of what the Run Director (RD) does. When I was asked by the Event Directors to start training as a new RD, I was excited to take on the challenge. This week I was shadowing our experienced RD Katherine; I got the chance to do a large part of the role and a quick recap of my parkrun week will give you an idea of what goes on behind the scenes.

There's a lot of communication to think about during the week between runs - emails from volunteers, updating the roster, social media posts, and fielding emails from participants, both from previous events and prospective runners for the coming week. Katherine and the core volunteer team handled that, which left me to concentrate on the logistics.

I picked up the kit on Wednesday evening from last week's RD. All was neatly packed and organised, pacer bibs washed and tokens sorted. The only thing which I needed to do was charge the laptop and scanners and clear down the scanners and watches from the previous week.

Saturday morning came around and at 7am I checked the second half of the course, Katherine covering the first half, to make sure there weren't any changes or hazards we needed to consider before setting you loose on it. After a brief interlude for family taxi duties, I returned to set up the finish funnel with some help before heading to the volunteer meet-up at Maiden Castle car park. Once there, I checked in the volunteers as they arrived, distributed hi-viz vests and assigned marshal positions with a thought to both directing runners and safety coverage in case of an incident. Everyone was briefed to make sure they all knew their jobs.

The finish funnel awaits

The finish awaits

After Jill's fabulous First Timers' Briefing (I've never had a round of applause for mine, that's something to aspire to!), Katherine did your main run briefing this week (signed by James); I'll tackle this next time. Once you'd been set away, the team headed off to the finish - those who weren't Marshalling, Pacing or Tail Walking, anyway. We came across a few late starters on the way who Katherine pointed in the right direction.

We arrived with a couple of minutes to spare, setting up the banners just as the first finisher came over the line. Then the main job was to keeping things running smoothly and make sure participants and volunteers are OK. One of the scanning devices stopped working, so I moved our volunteer to help distribute tokens. When the scanning queue reached a peak, we roped in one of our regulars to do some scanning using the smartphone app.

Between Katherine, funnel manager Antony and me, we made sure our excellent timekeepers and tokens were in sync, keeping a note of where something didn't go right. As a runner, there are some simple rules you can follow which helps the volunteers enormously - the fewer deviations there are, the easier the results are to get right and the faster they can go out:

  • Only cross the line once.
  • Once you've crossed the line, don't duck out of the funnel.
  • Stay in the order you finished until you've been given a token.
  • If you cross the line, take a finish token (even if you don't have a barcode).
  • Present your finish token to either the scanners or scanner support (what we affectionately call the "writey-downey" person) - don't go home with your token.

Once the Tail Walker was in, we packed up the finish and headed back to the cafe. The first job (after getting a coffee!) is to update the volunteer roster for some last-minute changes so that everyone gets the right credit. Then it was a case of downloading the data from the scanners, phone app and watches then compiling the results, manually adding in those people whose barcodes wouldn't scan and making any adjustments. We had very few problems this morning and that was a reflection of the brilliant volunteers and great support from all of our fab participants. Our parkrun couldn't happen without either of you!


This week 343 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 63 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Karen JONES • Denise SMITH • Lorna PEARSON • Colin EVERSON • John HUTCHINSON • Katherine HAY-HEDDLE • Michael O'DONOVAN • Nick LATHAM • Antony CLISH • Rachel BOAL • David CASE • Jill YOUNG • Deborah TAYLOR • Angela COWELL • James PARKER • Val HANCOCK • John CRAGGS • Alex LATHAM • Emily FAWELL

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

The male record is held by Dan GARBUTT who recorded a time of 15:12 on 17th March 2012 (event number 32).
The female record is held by Jennifer WALSH who recorded a time of 16:31 on 26th May 2012 (event number 42).
The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 97.65% (24:50) on 16th June 2018 (event number 329).

Durham parkrun started on 13th August 2011. Since then 13,469 participants have completed 109,176 parkruns covering a total distance of 545,880 km, including 18,906 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,142 individuals have volunteered 9,358 times.


Durham Mums on the Run Take over – Durham parkrun 379

It was a beautiful day for our third Durham Mums on the Run ‘parkrun takeover’, we felt very fortunate that (just like last year’s take-over!) the sun was shining and the sky was as blue as our kit. Lots of DMotRunners run parkrun each week so it’s really lovely to be able to give something back and support the core team. It’s also really great as some of our newer runners can come and give parkrun a go knowing that there will be marshals they recognise who are sure to give them a huge cheer! We had an enthusiastic bunch taking on all the volunteer roles (apart from marshals, Colin, Steve, John and the 22 minute pacer Neil, but he was made a DMotR for the day as he was wearing blue!). I got to be ‘Run Director’, (an honorary role as really the regulars do the hard work). However, it’s such a privilege to stand up and chat to everyone, give the official announcements and introduce our lovely DMotR Run Together group. After all the announcements, with a ‘3,2,1’ I set the runners away. 391 runners streamed out of Maiden Castle and we had to pick up our DMotR flag and hustle to the end of parkrun as we knew there were some speedy runners in the pack!

At the finish the team were in place, ready for scanning. A brief pause to appreciate the amazing setting that Durham parkrun enjoys, alongside the River Wear, with the Cathedral and Castle presiding over the City…and then we spotted the first runners coming along the river banks on the far side of the Wear, set for a speedy finish. After the first runners were in, the pace of the job picked up a bit as runner after runner crossed the line. The time passes in a blur from then on and suddenly we spotted the tail walkers and parkrun was over for another Saturday. Packing up happens like a well oiled machine and it’s back to Maiden Castle for a well earned coffee and a chat. If you’ve never volunteered before can I urge you to give it a go? It’s a wonderful thing to see people of all ages and levels of fitness out enjoying a run on a Saturday morning. Email durhamhelpers@parkrun.com if you’d like to be involved. And if you heard about DMotR for the first time this morning and want to know more, then check out our Run Together page, we’d love to see you: https://groups.runtogether.co.uk/DurhamMumsontheRun 

We welcomed international visitors from New Zealand, NSW Australia and Poland. Uk tourists from Perth, Bradford and Warwickshire. 

Another first finish for Dan Jenkin, who kept it very quiet he was also doing his 100th parkrun today! First Lady today for Elaine Bission, swapping the mountains for Durham riverbanks!

Milestone runs today for Maddy McCarthy and Matt Hamill both joining the 50 club. As mentioned Dan Jenkin joined the 100 club along with Lesley Charman. Well done to you all.

This week 391 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 43 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 39 amazing high vis heroes!:

Denise SMITH • Colin EVERSON • Rachel WRIGHT • John HUTCHINSON • Neil YOUNG • Mark HERKES • Yvonne COLLINGHAM • Karen BYNG • Kate MACPHERSON • Sarah ERLEBACH • Carla CLARKE • Nina Ann ROBINSON • Katherine DODD • Claire LITTLE • Laura GIBSON • Steve FARROW • Helen WILSON • Neil WILSON • Lesley HAMILL • Rachel LEIGH-FIRBANK • Elaine JENNINGS • Ruth STOKES • Jill YOUNG • Jessica JONES • Jane DOWSETT • Janet TELFORD • Louise COLLINS • Lisa EDWARDS • Deborah TAYLOR • Marian MUNDELL • Susan RODDA • Maxine WARD • Georgette CLARKE • James PARKER • Rebecca BLACKWOOD • Harry HUGHES • Kathleen VALLANCE • Rosemary FINN • Lucy WHELAN

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


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