Firstly, many thanks to Lance and Dawn Saxby for stepping up and overseeing the running of this week's event in our absence. Everything seemed to go as smoothly as usual, except results processing. That's no-one's fault, but our laptop is getting a bit creaky. We were saved by Nic Wiseman stepping in with the junior parkrun laptop - thank you Nic! I'll speak to Lance about this, but certainly over the next few weeks, I would appreciate it if prospective volunteers for the timekeeping role could come equipped with the parkrun virtual volunteer app installed on their phone. For the moment, I am happy to use the barcode scanners, although the phone app will also handle the scanning, but it would be useful to gradually move towards the app for timekeeping as it frees us up from one particular computer for processing. If you are not happy to do this, please do not let it put you off volunteering, there will be a gradual transition.
Speaking of transitions, Cath Johnson from the National Park Office has been in touch. We are nearing the point where work will begin on the line. I am aware of a petition to prevent tarmac from being used on the route. I have stayed out of it so far, largely because a petition against tarmac is also a petition against the involvement of Highways England, who have provided a significant amount of funding. I would be happy to see a petition in favour of something, but I would urge consideration, here, as I think our priority is the re-opening of the route. I am aware that views will differ on this one. Cath tells me that we will have access to the route until at least the 12th July, but the time is coming when we need to be prepared to move.
The planned move has always been to Fitz Park. Unfortunately, the route down by the lake was becoming dangerous as drivers repeatedly used a section of the route during the run, and runner's safety is paramount. Fitz Park also allows us to continue our involvement with our partners Café West - a relationship I think we all value. My first choice was a three lap circuit of Upper and Lower Fitz park. Unfortunately, however, we have not been given permission to use Upper Fitz Park, and our remaining option, other than cancel for 15 months or so, is to use five laps of the main part of the park. I am aware that this will not be hugely popular, but we have given lots of consideration to this, and the various factors involved, but largely that of no interaction with traffic, have reduced our options to this. I hope you'll all continue to support Keswick parkrun during this period.
Lastly, of course, the run itself! A big thank you to our team of volunteers, and everyone who ran this week.
This week 223 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 77 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:
Nic WISEMAN • Lance SAXBY • Dawn SAXBY • Poppy METCALFE • Catherine WETHERFIELD • Henry TEASDALE • Duncan BOOTH • Robert ROYALL • John E MERRITT • Kathy MORRIS • Jackie KNIGHTS
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 12,298 participants have completed 39,109 parkruns covering a total distance of 195,545 km, including 5,973 new Personal Bests. A total of 387 individuals have volunteered 2,822 times.