Keswick parkrun Event number 256 27th April 2019

Variety was the order of the day, with lots of nice events coinciding. Our regular marshal at the turn around was celebrating his birthday, so I put a Happy Birthday banner at the turn around. I'll take this last opportunity to say Happy Birthday, Duncan, as so many of you did at the 2.5km mark.

Keswick local Simon Grisdale was celebrating a mile stone birthday, with a day of activities - Happy Birthday Simon, and thank you for choosing to start the day at keswick parkrun!

Keswick regular Peter Toes was celebrating his 200th run, and I know many of those have been at Keswick. Peter is a key player in the ongoing success of Keswick junior parkrun, so congratulations, and thanks for all your hard work in our local running community.

It has become a feature of Keswick parkrun (are we unique in this?) where Bob Bryden acts as unofficial counter as we run past. It's not an official volunteer role, but who cares? We like it. Bob was around in fancy dress to publicise a local Comedy Walks Event. Details are shown on the flyer below. I am sure it will be a great success.



I can't explain this one. As far as I am aware, it wasn't a stag do, or wedding morning or anything else. If you want to dress up and enjoy a good run, crack on!


After all that, we actually had time to do a little running. In fact, Steve Birkinshaw was first home. Steve's story is well worth reading about, but I'll just say here that he holds the record for running all of the Lake district Wainwright fells in 6 days and 13 hours. He has a very impressive running CV, so if you couldn't catch him, you're not alone! Well done Steve, and thanks for joining us.


Matt Downey was second in 20:27, followed by Derwent AC's David harper in 20:30. Well done both.

Keswick AC's Catherine Evans (pictured below) was first female in 20:36 - well done on the new PB. Esther Illman of Kenilworth Runners was second in 21:09, with Morpeth Harriers' Victoria Gibbs third in 21:26. Top running all, and I hope the visitors enjoyed the course.


As if that wasn't enough, after a long search, the metal turn around post, swept away from the course at the height of Storm Desmond in 2015, has finally been found! It sounds like Sue Macauley and family have been on a quest to retrieve it, and it's finally home. The official reuniting ceremony and unveiling will take place just before the start of the next run. An event which will surely draw a crowd! More on that next week...

Many thanks to the team of volunteers who made this week run smoothly, and if you would like to be involved in future events, please contact me on and I would be delighted to add you to the roster. No experience needed and full training given.

See you all soon.

This week 162 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Lance SAXBY • Dawn SAXBY • Sian SAXBY • Sue WALSH • Gwyneth TIMSON • Adam CAMPION • Peggy CAMPION • Orla TOWNEND • Duncan BOOTH • Dave PIERCY • Kathy MORRIS

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

The male record is held by Sam STEVENS who recorded a time of 15:29 on 27th August 2016 (event number 117).
The female record is held by Hayley CARRUTHERS who recorded a time of 17:22 on 1st September 2018 (event number 221).
The Age Grade course record is held by Janet KENYON who recorded 89.24% (20:17) on 25th July 2015 (event number 69).

Keswick parkrun started on 5th April 2014. Since then 11,534 participants have completed 36,950 parkruns covering a total distance of 184,750 km, including 5,698 new Personal Bests. A total of 368 individuals have volunteered 2,723 times.