Hunstanton Promenade parkrun is cancelled on 2021-05-22 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Hunstanton Promenade parkrun 14th March 2020 #23

Looking for Linda

On the drive from my east coast hometown of Great Yarmouth to Hunstanton you realise just how large Norfolk is. From the Acle Straight and its desolate marshes to the beautiful village of Guist with its clock tower, the journey has many rewards for the early riser. On the promenade it wasn’t a case of Sunny Hunny as grey cloud, drizzle and a strong breeze reminded all that it was still early spring. Thankful to be running in light of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, 88 people turned up to participate in Hunstanton Promenade’s 23rd event. Run director John Crowley commendably got us underway quickly after a briefing in which Linda from Watford’s birthday (more on this later) was announced along with Emily Crown’s 50th run (which she celebrated with a new pb of 25:32). Visitors came from as far afield as the Middle East and Barking.

And so we were off along a slippery promenade, periodically sprayed by waves crashing into the concrete seawall. The Wash was resplendent in its melancholic vastness. Heads down, the journey south took us past the Sea Life Centre and deserted fun fair (with a bizarre Dracula ride) to the turning point on the precipitous Hunstanton Hump, itself a slipway! Relieved to have a tailwind, it was great sharing a word or two with the fabulous marshals (20 terrific volunteers this morning), even receiving some lovely feedback on my run reports from a runner, thank you all! A second out and back lap led to the finish funnel; exhausted but pleased to have run in the circumstances. Renegade Runner Charlotte Dixon defied the wind to record an overall parkrun pb of 27:38.

My run distance counted towards the UK’s team total in the Vitality Running World Cup. The UK progressed from the qualifying group in 4th place and is now facing Egypt in the Last 16. For those wishing to register runs and compete for their country if they’re still in the tournament, visit The world may still be in motion, if only from a running perspective.

The post run drinks were shared in the Sailing Club, free from the bracingly cold breeze which dogged us. A total of 29 runners beat the poet (26:56), the scribbler struggling with the gusty breeze off The Wash! Those in front were Thetford AC’s Andy Fleet who ran a new overall parkrun pb (22:16)! Andy paced me to a parkrun pb at Thetford last year, so I was pleased to see him achieve his.

In this remote corner of The Wash, whose name derives from the old English word for mud, slime and ooze, are wonderful chalk cliffs with a seam of red chalk. The cliffs are just a short walk from the finish and a must see before you leave Hunstanton. Completing the three parkruns bordering The Wash (Boston, Hunstanton and Skegness) is a challenge I’m calling The Wash Over!

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After the run, I caught up with Linda and her husband David in the Sailing Club. Our discourse pogoed from punk to the seawalls and sandbanks of the Wash. I was interested to learn that the Romans built seawall embankments to protect land from flooding, giving the area a long history of human colonisation. So inspired to have met some genuine folk, I’ve written a short poem about our lengthy chat:


the Pistols

on a Yarmouth juke box

in Seventy-seven

enough to drive you

to Fleetwood Mac

you saw the isolation

in post-punk eyes

joy unleashed

by the loneliness

of The Wash

As the team of volunteers departed, I was informed that I was talking to Linda from Barking, not Linda Hallahan from Watford with the aforementioned birthday! Amid the confusion, I had made friends with Linda and David Weaver, Barking parkrunners on tour! Musing on an interesting morning, I will definitely be back to run the summer route which takes athletes up the cliffs to the lighthouse.

Tim Gardiner

aka the parkrun poet

twitter: @parkrunpoetry


Hunstanton Promenade parkrun 7th March 2020 #22

We are really pleased to share the written contributions of 2 parkrun tourists who came along to our parkrun on Saturday and volunteered to write run reports for us:

#thisgirlcan run beside the seaside for international women's day.. Oh I do like to be beside the seaside.. OK enough if that into this week's run report.

What could be better combining parkrun and my love for running by the sea. I won my request to parkrun by the sea while ending a family holiday in Norfolk despite it being out of my way home for the return home to Newcastle.

Did a bit of a recce of the course earlier in the week as part of a solo club session for my club Tyne Bridge Harriers seeing as I missed the club session this week.  I knew it could be a good opportunity to see what I could do.

Arrived at Hunstanton this morning knew a PB was a long shot due to an icy cold wind on the outward stretch for both laps of the course but it was an enjoy and see what happens.

Lovely visiting volunteer from King's Lynn came towards me with to my delight a this girl can international women's day selfie frame and kindly took my picture against the start sign Hunstanton parkrun my 53rd different location (home run Newcastle) on my 130th parkrun.

Huddled in the warmth until the first timers briefing quite a few new to Hunstanton and a few visiting runners from Peterborough.

Huge thanks to the ladybirds for volunteering today your volunteering is appreciated by all runners.

So now onto the run after a briefing we were off facing the direction of the wind but knew when we turned it would be better. What's great about this course is you can encourage runners coming the opposite direction 4 directions throughout the run great to see other parkrunners as you go nice change from other parkruns were you don't see parkrunners multiple times through the run.

Lovely volunteer on the ramp at the turning point encouraging us to smile. Thanked volunteers as I went then turned around near start for final lap encouraged the leaders on their return leg and other runners coming into finish and knew that when I got to the lovely volunteer on the ramp the wind would be behind us for the home stretch.

By this point I knew my PB 31.44 set unplanned at Westpark Munich on 15th February for my 50th different venue was a little out of reach but held out for a sub 33 and with a strong finish crossed the line at 32.24 my third fastest parkrun to data and finally a new stopwatch bingo number so now on 51/60 (one of these daft parkrun challenges on the app to get all the seconds between 00 and 59 on the clock)

Waited for mum to complete her parkrun and ended up coming in with Gordon who was given a guard of honour for his birthday.

Thanks to the team and volunteers for making my visit a very welcome one and #thisgirlcan parkrun for International Women's Day.

Thank you Claire Wynarczyk

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The 5:30am alarm goes off and of all the 137 parkruns I’ve done, this is the earliest I’ve woken up to complete one. However, when a family trip to the beach coincides with parkrun day, how could I pass on the opportunity. It’s a stress-less drive from Leicestershire to Hunstanton and we arrive at Hunstanton Promenade parkrun at 8:50am. I’m just in time for the first timers briefing where I’m accompanied by 35 other tourists and 5 first timers to parkrun. The briefing promised a scenic two lap course along the seafront and didn’t disappoint.

It was a very fresh morning and we were all eager to start to get a little bit warmer. 108 parkrunners walked, jogged or ran Hunstanton Promenade parkrun number 22. This was one of my favourite parkruns. Every volunteer was friendly, supporting and very encouraging. Thank you for giving up your time on a chilly Saturday morning to make event. number 22 happen. It was also great to see so many parkrunners wearing purple in celebration of the ‘This Girl Can’ campaign and International Women’s Day.

Three quarters into the parkrun, parkrunners behind me confirm I’m on for an all time PB. A fellow parkrunner ran with me all the way to the finish, encouraging me each step of the way and even promised to hold my hair back if I threw up (to confirm, I didn’t!). This is why I love the parkrun community so much. Thank you to the fellow parkrunner who got me 4 seconds off my parkrun PB, which I haven’t been anywhere near since March 2019. It was very much appreciated and I won’t forget my 137th parkrun. Well done to all 30 parkrunners who achieved a new PB on Saturday but most importantly, well done to all 108 parkrunners who crossed the finish line.

Overall, I absolutely loved Hunstanton Promenade parkrun and cannot wait to return. I’ve done 29 different events and this was one of my favourites. The parkrun really embeds the parkrun ethos with a fantastic community spirit. The volunteers and parkrunners have been some of the friendliest and encouraging I’ve met. I also loved the availability of beverages afterwards with a blind donation, it encourages socialisation between parkrunners, spectators and volunteers whilst raising money. A fantastic morning and I can’t wait to return.

Thank you Molly Smith

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Cancellation of parkrun 29th February 2020

Unfortunately given the forecast tomorrow morning of high winds, rain and most significantly a high tide just after 9am we have decided to err on the side of caution and cancel our parkrun.
Whilst the high tide will probably not affect all of the prom route, we believe that both runners and volunteers could be placed at risk, particularly as yesterday evening when the wind was not as strong as is anticipated tomorrow morning, the waves were seen to repeatedly crash over the prom near to the Waterside pub area
For those of you who were intending to take part in our leap year parkrun we hope you are able to complete this successfully at King's Lynn parkrun or another parkrun locally.
Let's hope the weather starts to settle down and we can all look forward to our International Women's Day parkrun on Saturday 7th March!

Hunstanton Promenade parkrun 22nd February 2020 #21

Very well done to the 106 people who braved the very windy and at times wet conditions and ran, jogged or walked the course along the prom this morning. They had to run head on into the wind as they started but thankfully were very much wind assisted on their way back!

Great to see 35 first timers and that 9 people recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives from 21 different clubs took part and people visiting the local area from various places including Chesterfield, Lincoln, Eye, St Albans, Barrow,Stratford -Upon Avon and the Chilterns.

A special mention and well done to Zena Plenty who recorded a personal best, almost achieving her Cancer Research UK fundraising goal of breaking 30 minutes, and to Phil Palmer who supported her efforts from start to finish!

Look forward to seeing runners, joggers and walkers next Saturday morning for our leap year parkrun which will not fall on a Saturday again until 2048!

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Sophy TARSEY • Kevin Richard WALES • Jo RICHES • Matilda RICHES • Jacqui SCOTT • Kirston PLUMMER • Dave PLUMMER • Georgie PLUMMER • Michael SHAW • Rita CALDICOTT • Louise FISHER • Bill BRAKES • Nicola WALLACE • Janine SCOTT • Steve DAVIS • Ben GREAVES • Bobby SALAZAR • Kit DOUGLAS-DE-FENZI4

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Cancellation of Hunstanton Promenade parkrun 15th February 2020

Regrettably, due to the forecast of high winds and rain we have taken the decision to cancel tomorrow mornings' parkrun. We look forward to seeing you all again on the following Saturday (22nd February).

Thank you for your continued support.

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