Keswick parkrun Event number 257 4th May 2019


Way back in December 2015, when Keswick parkrun was a very young thing, Storm Desmond caused an immense amount of destruction. Our turn around post at the 2.5km mark was swept away, despite being chained to a fence. The fence disappeared, along with the bridge, so we didn't stand much chance! I put out a post on facebook at the time: "I want this back NOW! Massive reward." I was half joking, and certainly didn't have a massive reward planned. However, it has stuck in the imagination of various runners, walkers and users of the railway path. It turned out that the Macauley family's search for tadpoles took them to exactly the right place - not far from where the post was originally chained up, as it turned out. It must have taken a fair amount of digging and heaving to retrieve it, but that's what they did. They also managed to get it back to Keswick, and it's not light.

The first thing I did was put it in the bike trailer to show it's creator, Mike Hirst. You can see how delighted we both were.


A huge thank you from all of us - it's a symbol of our resilience in the face of Storm Desmond, and comes at a time where we're looking forward to getting the Threlkeld route back, bigger and better than ever before. It was really kind of Mike and Maureen, Keswick parkrun supporters and regulars, to provide a cake-shaped massive reward! You'll be able to view it, once Mike has restored it to its former glory, as we'll be using it as a base for the parkrun flag at the start area.

I hope you all enjoyed celebrating this unusual occasion at Keswick parkrun as much as I did.

Many thanks to our team of volunteers this week - the whole thing ran very smoothly, and well done to everyone who came and ran. If you would like to be part of the volunteering team next week, please contact me on

See you soon!

This week 239 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 82 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 52 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 9 volunteers:

Dave BOTTOMS • Adam CAMPION • Peggy CAMPION • Mike HIRST • Paul TITLEY • Sarah BLUNDELL • Duncan BOOTH • Caroline NEWTON • Tony DUNCAN

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 11,617 participants have completed 37,189 parkruns covering a total distance of 185,945 km, including 5,730 new Personal Bests. A total of 370 individuals have volunteered 2,732 times.