Public Space Protection Order in County Durham.

Some parkrunners may already be aware that from June 1st, Durham County Council are introducing a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) in County Durham.

Basically this will have an impact on dog owners throughout the county and will directly have an effect on us at Hackworth parkrun, particularly the part of the order which says it is an offence to; Allow a dog into any fenced-off play area named in the PSPO

At present the play area at Hackworth park is not fenced off, but in the near future it will be. There will be gates on the footpaths that lead into the play area so we'll be able to open those and parkun in itself will not be affected, but it does mean that once the fencing is erected, that unfortunately we will not be able to allow runners to run with their dogs at Hackworth parkrun. We're really sorry to have to announce this but as you'll all appreciate we at Hackworth parkrun, and parkrun as a whole, must abide by the rules and regulations that exist within the areas that we utilise for our free runs every Saturday morning.
However there is nothing to stop anyone from bringing their dog to Hackworth park on a Saturday morning, all responsible dog owners are welcome, that hasn't changed.

To read more about the PSPO please follow the link below which will take you to the DCC website where everything is explained in detail.

Follow the link below to see a list of Town Council Fenced off play sites.

And DCC owned fenced off play sites


Hackworth parkrun Defibrillator update

Hi Everyone.

Earlier this year parkrun UK released the following statement.

"Our vision is that 100% of our 5k events have a defibrillator either at the finish line or within 5 minutes of the finish line by the end of 2017"

On the 8th of October this year we at Hackworth parkrun announced the start of our appeal to raise the funds to enable us to purchase our own defibrillator.

Following our incredibly successful (sold out) Curry & Quiz night on Monday December 5th we can now announce that we have smashed our target and now have sufficient funds to allow us to buy the Defibrillator.

All of the funds raised from our various endeavours like our Coffee Morning in November have been sent off to parkrun UK and as soon as they have been added to the other donations in the Hackworth parkrun donations pot we will be placing our order.

We are also aiming to purchase a secure AED Cabinet in which to house the defib and are currently in discussions as to where we will be able to site the cabinet in the town in order to make this life saving piece of equipment available to all of the people of Shildon as well as our runners at Hackworth parkrun.

From everyone here at Hackworth parkrun, and on behalf of parkrun UK, we would like to thank you all, everyone who has donated, helped spread the word, offered their time or contributed in any way, without you this would all have been impossible. In just eight weeks we have achieved so much and your support has made it possible. You have all given to, and become part of something that has the potential to save lives.

We are all part of such a fantastic community.

Thank You all.


The Hackworth parkrun team.


Help us to get a Defibrillator for Hackworth parkrun

Fellow parkrunners

The following is a statement from parkrun UK

"Our vision is that 100% of our 5k events have a defibrillator either at the finish line or within 5 minutes of the finish line by the end of 2017"

Why do parkrun want this? Because defibrillators save lives.

Evidence of that can be seen by following the link below to an article in the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Many parkruns already have access to a defibrillator or are currently raising funds in order to purhase one.

We at Hackworth parkrun would like to purchase a defib unit as soon as possible and are currently looking at sources of funding that will allow us to do so.

In many cases, potential funding may be easier to access if we can demonstrate that we are also raising money ourselves, this is called "Match Funding"

If you would like to help us raise money in order to purchase a Defibrillator then please follow the instructions below,

How do I donate?


1. Visit the Hackworth parkrun About Us page:

2. Click the "Donate to parkrun" box, which will take you to the Paypal site.

3. Enter the amount of your donation, then enter your address and the other details requested before submitting the form.

4. This will take you to a confirmation screen. Under the summary line, be sure to click "Add special instructions" or "Send a note to seller"

5. Enter "Hackworth parkrun AED fund" in the special instruction field to indicate that this donation is specifically for our Defibrillator effort. parkrun UK will then exempt donations marked as such from the usual 15% contribution to the new event fund.

6. Review the rest of the details, and click 'Donate' at the bottom of the form if you're happy.

7. parkrun UK will process your donations within a week or so, and send you a confirmation. Note that the confirmation email will still refer to the 15% contribution to the new event fund but this will not apply.

Please help Hackworth parkrun to achieve its goal as soon as possible, your donation could help to save a life.


Neil & Diane Wood,
Event Directors,
Hackworth parkrun


Hackworth parkrun Housekeeping Notes

Everyone agrees that parkrun is a huge amount of fun and each week we here at Hackworth parkrun aim to do our best to make it more fun than ever. However sometimes to do that you have to introduce just a little bit of a serious note into the frivolity.

Generally speaking we don't have any issues at Hackworth but listed below are a few things that if they do occur can cause problems for the results team. If we can avoid them then we're on to a winner.

Funnel Ducker:

This is when a runner crosses the finish line and doesn't take a finish token, If you cross the finish line you must take a finish token to keep the timings right for everyone else.

If you don't want your time recorded that's entirely up to you.
Just give your token to the person scanning and tell them that you don't want your time to be recorded.


Double Crosser:

This is when a person runs through the finish line more than once, it is usually someone who has run back to encourage another runner to the finish.

This is fine but please be aware that crossing the finish line twice causes huge problems for our timers, they can't remember everyone who has already crossed the line so as you cross the finish line for the second time the timer will have given you another time.

If you do run alongside someone to encourage them please peel off well before you reach the finish
If you do cross the finish line for a second time then you must take a second token and go to the Run Director or the barcode scanners and let them know and we can remove the extra time position

Simplest option is not to cross the finish line more than once.



If you have forgotten your Barcode please remember that once you've crossed the line your time has already been recorded, so please still take a finish token and then hand it straight back to the volunteer with the scanner and inform them that you don't have your Barcode. The finish token will not be scanned and the time will be allocated to an unknown runner.



* We operate a "No barcode, No result" policy.


If you forget your printed barcode, you won't get a time.


Don't Forget Your Barcode ‪#‎DFYB


That's it. Back to the FUN.


Saturday 10th August – CANCELLED

Hackworth parkrun on Saturday 10th August will not take place as there is another event taking place in the park.

Why not try another parkrun in the North East - there are plenty to choose from!

Visit to find out more.

We look forward to seeing you all back at Hackworth on Saturday 17th August.



Uploading photos

Many thanks to Durham parkrun for sharing these intructions with us!

Our event uses a shared flickr group for photographs. This means anybody who takes a picture can submit them.

There are four steps if you've never used flickr before.

•Sign up to flickr
•Join the Hackworth parkrun group
•Upload your photos to flickr
•Add your uploaded photos to the Hackworth parkrun group

:: Signing up to flickr

Signup at: - You can sign up to flickr using your existing yahoo, facebook or google login. You'll have a few basic questions to answer, but it shouldn't take more than a minute or two or a few clicks.

When signing up, be sure to check the right license for your content. You can review and change this in your Privacy and Permissions: - Most people choose to copyright their submissions, but you may prefer to allow non-commercial use.

:: Joining our event's parkrun group

You can join the group by browsing to the event's Photos page, clicking on the flickr link in the text at the top. This will take you to the flickr pool. You just then need to click 'Join this Group' at the top, under the event name. You'll then be asked to confirm you want to join the group: Click the blue 'Join this group' link.

Our event group is at:

:: Upload your photos to flickr

There are two options. It depends on whether you've reduced the size of your photographs. If you haven't, you may have a very long wait (and use up your storage quota very quickly). Most images of sweaty, hard pressed runners, are fine at 'screen resolution' (800px or so). We don't really need high resolution gurning.


•If you've not reduced the size of your photos, you'll probably find it easier to use one of the flickr uploader tools. Download from - Once you've downloaded the tool, start it up, and sign in with your flickr details. Once it's running, the most important thing is to then visit preferences and set the 'Automatic resizing': 800 pixels is best for parkrun purposes. This will speed up upload times substantially.
•If you've already reduced the size of your photos (programs like iPhoto and Picasa offer this), you can upload pictures via:

Once you've uploaded your pictures, you should see your pictures appear in your photostream, which are available at your personalised landing page at:

Once you've got used to the uploading process, start thinking about tagging your photos - this makes it easier to link to all the photos for an event. Tag them "2011-April-16" (ie. "YYYY-MMMMMMM-DD"), "event parkrun" (eg. "Hackworth parkrun"), and "parkrun". Use double quotes, and separate tags with a comma.

:: Add your photos to the group

So with your pictures uploaded to your photostream, the last remaining step is to submit them to the group. Do this in the Organiser:

•Click Groups, and select your events group. This will list all the pictures currently in the group.
•At the bottom of the screen there's a horizontal bar containing your photos. These are your currently selected content, and defaults to everything.
•We need to select your latest upload, so click the dropdown (by default is shows "All your content"), and select from underneath "Content uploaded on...", the date you uploaded your pictures (probably today's date). This should change the horizontal bar to show your uploaded pictures.
•Click "Select all". You'll see all the pictures get a pink bar, to indicate they've been selected.
•Drag any of the pictures from the bottom bar, into the group area. This will ask you to confirm you wish to add the pictures. Click OK.
•Done! Your pictures are in the group pool!

The only caveat to add is that if you've only just signed up to flickr it may take a little while for your pictures to actually appear on our event website. This is because flickr delay new accounts from doing that for a few days. So long as your pictures appear in the group in the Organiser, they'll soon appear on our event page.

Hope that helps, and we look forward to seeing your pictures soon.


Announcing the start of Hackworth parkrun

Hackworth parkrun starts 09 March 2013

We are delighted to announce the launch of Hackworth parkrun on 9th March 2013, 9am at Hackworth Park, Shildon. We hope you'll be able to join us for the launch and a coffee afterwards in a local cafe!

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