As I write, Keswick parkrun is operating from its third venue. The railway line is our home, of course, but Storm Desmond forced a relocation to the lakeside. Having moved back for a while, we are in Fitz Park whilst the repairs take place. I set up the move, before disappearing on a trip abroad, leaving everything in the very capable hands of the Saxby family. It was quite strange coming back, therefore, to a course, and routine with which I was not particularly familiar or practised.
Luckily Lance Saxby was happy to run the show for one more week allowing me a little acclimatisation time. I am told that we received an excellent reintroduction back into Keswick parkrun life, with an hour of nearly continuous torrential rain. Upon trying to complain, I was was put firmly in my place with the comment that it had only rained twice during the six week school holidays, once for two weeks, and once for four! I thought I had better say no more. I joked about this with some visiting runners, and they went away laughing at what great banter us Northerners always have, clearly not picking up on my Hampshire accent...
Since many of our volunteer team have clearly spent much of the summer very wet, I'll make sure to say thank you to all involved in Keswick parkrun over the summer. Mike Hirst has obviously been much appreciated as the provider of the tent around the scanning area, but I know lots of you have supported our event, so thank you one and all.
Fitz Park has unsurprisingly seen some fast running, on the flat course, and this week, Maciej Bialogonski was the first of three runners to complete the route in under seventeen minutes, in 16:32. Maciej, of Bristol and West AC, was followed in 16:37 by George Rudman, and 16:57 by Tom Humphries.
Helen Newberry, also of Bristol and West, was first female finisher in 18:37, with Lydia Davis in 20:29 and Isabel Mastrolonardo in 21:58.
The course produced another 23 personal bests. I'll be trying to get one myself, before we move back to our sparkly new railway line! Well done all.
Looking ahead to next week, you may be aware that Lakeland Trail Races are coming to town. They will be using the park, but we will be on as normal, and will be working together to ensure a smooth running of our event.
The volunteer roster is more or less full for this week, but if you would like to join our fantastic team in the future, and it's a great way in to the parkrun community, get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org
A few statistics are included below, and all the results are on our web page. See you all again soon.
This week 148 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:
Lance SAXBY • Dawn SAXBY • Sian SAXBY • Peggy CAMPION • Mike HIRST • Sarah BLUNDELL • Anna HUMPHREYS • Stefanos STEPHANOU • Marie LEE • Duncan BOOTH • John E MERRITT • Helen HUMPHREYS • Laura HALL
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 Shirley Rose GIBSON who recorded 89.85% (25:37) on 24th August 2019 (event number 273).
Keswick parkrun started on 5th April 2014. Since then 12,949 participants have completed 40,879 parkruns covering a total distance of 204,395 km, including 6,231 new Personal Bests. A total of 394 individuals have volunteered 2,946 times.