Gibside parkrun is cancelled on 26 September 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)


Gibside are having to close the estate fully tomorrow (Friday 21st Feb), which means no staff are allowed to be on site. The knock on effect means that there isn't sufficient time for safety checks to be carried our ahead of parkrun on Saturday. There have been a few fallen trees over the last few weeks so with gusts of over 50mph forecast for Friday, there's a high chance of more.

Save your cake eating stomach for next week as it means our anniversary is also postponed.


International Women’s Day 2020

This year parkrun are joining forces with Sport England and This Girl Can to encourage female participation at our events.

parkrun research has found that despite 54% of global registrants being female, they are less likely to take part and continue participating. So on the 7th of March our event will be focused on encouraging more ladies to get out there and start parkrunning.

Keep an eye out for more details closer to the day!


14th September 2019

Event number: 256
Weather: Fresh with sunny intervals
Number of finishers: 104
First timers to Gibside: 28
Participants completing their first parkrun: 9
Milestones: Jan Oliver 50th parkrun, Simon Longstaff 50th parkrun,
Simon Francis 100th Gibside parkrun
Personal bests: 16
Finish tokens lost: 0 - Chicken dinner!
Funnel duckers: 1 - please take a finish token if you cross the line
Double crossers: 0
Awesome volunteers: 11
Really excited barkrunners: 1
Attempts taken to put away the pop up sign: 1 - Result!



Event number 250!

It's actually not that often that we get a soggy parkrun, but when we do we really do! Hopefully it was a nice refreshing change to being too warm this week.


Well done to all of our 82 participants today. We really weren't expecting as many with the way the weather was looking. But you all well and truly earned your breakfast this morning. It's always good to see new faces every week. Today we had visitors from outside the region today, including Worcester, London, Barnsley, Penrith, Cambridge and our furthest from Australia.

Huge thanks again to our amazing volunteers this morning. Congratulations to Shona Gillespie who joined the 25 volunteer club this morning. Shona is hopefully going to be joining our Run Director team shortly, so keep an eye out for her debut. ;)

As parkrun looks to a more sustainable future, you'll have seen us encouraging more use of the virtual volunteer app. We appreciate that not everyone has a smart phone, but if you're one of those people that has an old one lying around in a drawer somewhere we'd love it if you'd consider donating it to our event. Some older phones may not be compatible, so it's worth a check first. There's further information about the app in this news item:

Virtual volunteer
So, the bit I know you've all been waiting for - some stats!
  • Over our first 250 events we've seen 2092 people register with parkrun and listing Gibside as their home event, including 296 in the last 12 months.
  • 3761 people have completed 17215 parkruns at Gibside. That's over 86,000km - more than twice around the world!
  • 556 people have volunteered on 3081 occasions.  So at an average of an hour each, that's more than 128 solid days of volunteering, more than the gestation period of a lion!
If that's not enough for you, here's a sexy little chart showing the demographic of our registered parkrunners.
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Both our male and female course records have also been broken this year. Callum Hanson with a speedy 16:24 and Danielle Smythe with a very impressive 18:46. Yes, even up those hills!

Thanks to everyone who has supported us by running, jogging, walking or volunteering so far. Here's to the next 250!


New Year New You?

Team Gibside

So now that the decorations are down and we roughly know what day of the week it is, it's time to turn my attentions to the future of Gibside parkrun. Unfortunately we are saying a very sad thank you and farewell to 2 members of our Run Directing team. Rachael has now turned her attentions to the very important role of being a Mam, and Craig will be stepping down after his last RD stint on the 12th of January to focus on his exams at work.

Between Rachael and Craig, they've volunteered on 80 separate occasions and have been critical to the ongoing success of parkrun at Gibside. To fill the gap left on the team, we are now looking to bring another 2 Run Directors onboard. Ideally you will have some volunteering experience already, especially in the roles around the finish area. If you'd like to find out more, check out this article on our support site  - What do the volunteers do?, and drop us an email to

Run Directing is a great way to get to know more of your parkrunning community, whilst developing new skills. Commitment wise, we operate a rota so that we all do roughly once a month, leaving plenty of opportunities for us to parkrun ourselves.

So if it's something you've thought about before or even if this is the first time you've considered getting a bit more involved, we'd love to hear from you.


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