Keswick parkrun Event number 267 13th July 2019

Lots to report since I last wrote. It was good to see the Café West Mascot running with us last week. Westie was joined by a crew of coloured pencils, which did not look like the easiest way to run! Our relationship with Café West has been a close one from the start, and they seem to absolutely "get" the parkrun ethos, and I think we have a good appreciation of their ethos too. Long may the partnership, established over many cups of coffee, continue.

I need to update everyone on the situation with our route, too. Work is due to begin imminently on the reconnection of the Keswick to Threlkeld route, of which our parkrun is a part. This could mean losing access to our course as from Monday, but Cubby's Construction have been proactive in working with us so far, and it is possible that we will have continued access to our route on Saturdays. Gambling on this is why I have held off moving the course thus far. That gamble may fail, and if it does, we could face have a week or two of cancellations while everything is updated, and we move to Fitz Park. I am trying to avoid that, but the only way to guarantee it would have been to move ahead of schedule, and I did not really want to do that. Our special course is widely appreciated. I am meeting with the Lake District National Park, and Cubby's Construction in the early part of the week, will make a decision then, and spread the word widely. Please share this message when it gets out to help spread the word.

Linked to this, but as part of a longer term project that extends beyond parkrun, I am looking to see how we can make the railway line even better than it was before Storm Desmond. I will be speaking to the Lake District National Park about this, but the plans are as follows: a permanent marked 5km parkrun course, with 1km markers, a permanent 10km route, also with 1km markers, which will be partly shared with the 5km route, and some exercise stations along the route. If you have ever seen a French "parcours de santé" you'll know what I am thinking of, but essentially, stations to do sets of gym workouts at set distances along the route. I am applying for funding for this, and need to give approximate costs. Anyone who can help me with a quote for any parts of this project, please get in touch via the usual email address

After all that...we had a parkrun. Bob counted us out and back, and got to spend some time with the ladies of Notts Women's Runners as a result. I'll post photos on social media, and if you're reading the print version of this report in the News and Star, you'll see them there. It was a bumper crowd of 313 runners - encouraged, I think, by the prospect of losing access to our wonderful course for a while. I'll take this opportunity to say a big thank you to our volunteer team, and if you would like to help out at future editions of Keswick parkrun, please get in touch through

Stats are below, and I'll look forward to seeing you all again soon!

This week 313 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 106 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 62 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Don ESSLEMONT • Leon BOND • Lorna GOLD • Adam CAMPION • Peggy CAMPION • Heleen FRANKEN-GILL • Helen HEENAN • Henry TEASDALE • Duncan BOOTH • Kathy MORRIS • Richard DOWNING • Dawn TITLEY

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 12,495 participants have completed 39,686 parkruns covering a total distance of 198,430 km, including 6,045 new Personal Bests. A total of 388 individuals have volunteered 2,845 times.