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 keswick@parkrun.com

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 keswick@parkrun.com.

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.

 

Keswick parkrun Event number 265 29th June 2019

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.

 

Keswick parkrun Event number 263 15th June 2019

Last week, the beer festival, with its usual eccentricities. This week we welcomed a slightly different crowd to parkrun, as the Lakesman Ironman Triathletes are in town. It still brought with it its share of eccentricities. An ironman is eccentric in itself of course, but the guy's in the speedos were with us, in increased number I thought (or do I just notice them more!?), and with ladies in swimming gear, too, now. It was impressive to see so many runners ready to take on our parkrun course, the day before a 4km swim in the lake, 180km on the bike and a marathon. If you are able to turn out and support tomorrow, I am sure it will be really appreciated. Good luck to all involved, and thanks for joining us today.

It was nice to check out the course in dry conditions today, before declaring the run ready to go. The tranquility of the route at 7:30 is shown below.

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This contrasted nicely to an hour or so later as 300 people gathered on the platform ready to enjoy the run!

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Results are all online, and I'll finish by saying a big thank you as always to the efficient volunteer team who helped the event happen. If you would like to be involved next week, please email me at keswick.parkrun.com and I'll add you to the roster.

This week 302 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 124 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 78 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Sian SALTER • Matt CHARLTON • Andrew Stephen GRAHAM • Adam CAMPION • Peggy CAMPION • Paul TITLEY • Fiona SOUTHERN • Kathryn CLARKE • Duncan BOOTH • John E MERRITT • Christopher SMITH • Perry CAMPION

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 12,168 participants have completed 38,710 parkruns covering a total distance of 193,550 km, including 5,929 new Personal Bests. A total of 384 individuals have volunteered 2,800 times.

 

Keswick parkrun Event number 262 8th June 2019

The parkrun always seems to reflect what's going on in town to some degree or another, and there were hints of the beer festival at parkrun this weekend...

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There has been a great relationship between the organisers of the Beer festival and Keswick parkrun over the years, with the festival being active fund raisers for us in the past, in part due to the excellent work of my late friend David Robinson. David's family made the journey North for the festival, and of course, included Keswick parkrun in their travels. Good to see you all.

It doesn't explain Scooby Doo, though.

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Scooby's partner is a runner firstly, but also a multiple sclerosis sufferer, and Scooby does lots of fund raising. Thanks for coming to visit us in Keswick, and I hope you enjoyed it.

As is often the case, there was some very speedy running going on at the front, with Salford Harriers' Chris Livesey completing the course in 16'11, Nathan Lawson on Dark Peak Fell Runners just behind in 16'17, and Keswick's Angus Wightman in 18'47. Good work all.

Wolverhampton's Hannah Pearson was first female in 19'46, followed by Nichola Jackson of Ribble Valley Harriers in 19'59, and Kenilworth's Esther Illman in 21'19 giving a complete podium for the tourists. Obviously worth the journey.

I have no idea what to expect next weekend, except that we have an Ironman triathlete on the volunteer roster, and hopefully a few more amongst the runners. I seem to remember a pair turning up in Speedos last year to run the course. Or was that a dream!? We'll see.

Triathlon or 5km, we'll look forward to welcoming you all one Saturday.

Here are some of the statistics from this week's run. See you soon.

This week 205 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 70 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 53 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Lance SAXBY • Dawn SAXBY • Adam CAMPION • Jane BOND • Mike KOLODYNSKI • Kathryn CLARKE • John WILLIAMS • Chris SMITH • Duncan BOOTH • John E MERRITT • Maggie COOPER

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 12,044 participants have completed 38,408 parkruns covering a total distance of 192,040 km, including 5,901 new Personal Bests. A total of 381 individuals have volunteered 2,788 times.

 

Keswick parkrun Event number 260 25th May 2019

I'll start with a big thank you to this week's team of volunteers, who help make parkrun happen each week, and results processing was quick and easy as usual, thanks to their efforts.

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As I explain from time to time, we don't single out visitors at Keswick parkrun for a shout out at the run briefing, and this week seemed to illustrate why, particularly well. It looked like well over half the field were tourists at Keswick parkrun. The visitors were well rewarded, too, enjoying some great running, with 33 new PB's from among the runners. I wanted to list them, but there are way too many to do that, which is a great problem to have.

Tom Day of Keswick AC was first, in 17:19, followed by Julian Hood of Skipton AC in 17:29, and Gary Grounds of Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers and AC in 17:32.

Among the ladies, Amelia PETTITT of Vale Royal AC came through the finish in 18:57, with Kate MOULDS also of Vale Royal AC in 20:00, and Gillian MANFORD of Gateshead Harriers & AC in 20:19.

Well done to everyone who completed the course though - it was a great run out in the sunshine.

Lance saxby will be organising parkrun this coming Saturday. In fact, he was on barcode scanning duty this week. Lance generally runs. before helping out around the finish area, but there was no running for Lance this week, following a fairly serious accident at the Lakeland Trails 50k race the previous weekend.

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In Lance's own words:

"Having set off on the 50k run on Sunday and ended up in Carlisle hospital after taking a fall on the way down to Ashness Bridge, I wanted to say thank you to the event organisers, crew, and participants . Whilst I was unconscious, the marshals and event paramedics, along with fellow runners took care of me until Keswick Mountain Rescue arrived and scooped me into an ambulance. Because of their timely actions I was able to return to my family with only a cracked cheek bone, some stitches, and a few staples. So thank you very much."

In fact, two of the first rescuers at the scene were Adrian Holme, and Donald Ferguson. Both are regular Keswick parkrunner, and were able to put their parkrun training to good use to help an injured friend. I understand that Adrian asked Lance his parkrun PB time to establish his level of consciousness, but I have not been told whether Lance was truthful and / or lucid! Joking aside, it was great to see members of the community supporting Lance, who in turn, has done a lot for parkrun. We wish him a speedy recovery, and would like to pass on our thanks to the excellent Lake District Mountain Rescue teams, and of course, Keswick Team in particular on this occasion.

This week's statistics are as follows, and if you would like to help next week, please get in touch.

This week 238 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 77 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 57 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Lance SAXBY • Adam CAMPION • Peggy CAMPION • Anna CAMPION • Donald FERGUSON • Gail FOSTER • Sarah BLUNDELL • Kathryn CLARKE • Alice MELVILLE • Jane MCGREGOR • Duncan BOOTH

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 11,869 participants have completed 37,942 parkruns covering a total distance of 189,710 km, including 5,849 new Personal Bests. A total of 375 individuals have volunteered 2,764 times.

 

Keswick parkrun Event number 258 11th May 2019

I'll start this week's run report by saying many congratulations to Keswick's own Ryan Sibley, who was enjoying his last parkrun as a single man, before heading off to get married. I know he'll be even faster as a happily married man!

It wasn't the only celebration, though, and we were able to enjoy the company of a hen party from Durham parkrun. When I went over to say hello, Jill Young offered to write the report, and it's great to get a visitor's perspective on our run. I'll hand over to Jill...

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Is there a better way to clear a hangover and start a Saturday than a jog around the beautiful parkrun that is Keswick.

Our rather fragile hens and their bride to be were warmly welcomed this morning with a special shout out for the bride.

A first for Keswick this morning we were told, both a bride and groom in attendance at parkrun. Now let’s get this straight they were not marrying each other. Jane (our hen) incorporating some tourism on her hen weekend. Ryan Sibley (the groom) was actually getting married this afternoon.

So after some start line selfies we lined up with the other 241 parkrunners and we were off. The beautiful course is out and back with views of the surrounding mountains, river crossings and high bridges. We loved the warm and friendly atmosphere from both the volunteers and the other runners.

Ok now the stats... 241 participants run, jogged and walked at Keswick this morning. There were 76 first timers or which 5 were completely new to parkrun.

Thomas Whyte joined the junior 10 club.
Emily Heron-Southward joined the 50 club.

First Lady this morning was Hayley Reed in 21.01. First male was Jarlath McKenna in 16:22.

Thank you to all the amazing volunteers. parkrun cannot happen without you all.

Thank you for welcoming us. We loved your parkrun and would welcome you to our Durham parkrun anytime.

The Wee Hen Do Ladies.

Thank you, Jill - we'll take you up on that!

Here are the standard statistics for this week. See you all again soon, and remember, if you would like to help out, please contact me on keswick@parkrun.com

This week 241 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 76 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 46 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 10 volunteers:

Peter John BATTRICK • Gill MASON • Adam CAMPION • Peggy CAMPION • Maria QUIGLEY • Kathryn CLARKE • Petra SHEARD • Tom CHAPMAN • Robert ROYALL • Jake BLACK

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 11,693 participants have completed 37,430 parkruns covering a total distance of 187,150 km, including 5,773 new Personal Bests. A total of 372 individuals have volunteered 2,742 times.

 

Keswick parkrun Event number 257 4th May 2019

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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.

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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 keswick@parkrun.com

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.

 

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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 Keswick@parkrun.com 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.

 

Keswick parkrun Event number 255 20th April 2019

Many thanks to the Saxby family for stepping up again to ensure that Keswick parkrun took place nice and smoothly. It was great to see another big, festive attendance. In fact, 362 runners is our second biggest attendance, and our biggest Saturday attendance ever - the record being held by our New Year's Day run this year. I have always said that I don't care how many people come to join us at parkrun, as long as they enjoy the experience, but it's also really satisfying to see the run continuing to grow in popularity.

I spent some time over the last few days sending off paper work to ensure that we can move quickly to a three lap Fitz Park route, as and when we lose access to the usual route. I will delay things as long as possible so that we can continue to enjoy the route as long as possible, and as soon as I get word that work is re-starting, I'll press the button. Watch this space, but the aim is to keep continuity, with a run each Saturday. I have chosen Fitz Park - there actually aren't many viable traffic free options, in order to continue our support of Café West, in recognition of their support for us. I hope you understand, especially if a flat three-lapper is not your favourite sort of run!

Anyway, despite the big attendance, none of our visitors outran our own Mark Lamb, who finished in a speedy 16:32, followed by Tom Humphries of Eden Runners in 17:17, and Alex Cruttenden of Brighton Phoenix in 17:32. Well done all, and I hope the long journey North from Brighton was worth it, Alex? We think it's an awesome parkrun!

Lizzie Pawson of Seaton AC was first female in 20:21, with Katherine West in 20:31, and Hayley Read in 20:50 getting a PB. Well done ladies!

A big thank you to all of our volunteers of course - don't forget, they're all runners who happen to want to help out that week, so don't be afraid to step up and join the team. you'll find it rewarding, and you only have to email parkrun@keswick.com and I'll get you organised.

This week 362 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 145 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 67 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Sophie DARLING • Lance SAXBY • Dawn SAXBY • Sian SAXBY • Sue WALSH • Vanessa METCALFE • Lyn THOMPSON • Kathryn CLARKE • Duncan BOOTH • Ailsa BENSON • John FOSTER • 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 11,495 participants have completed 36,788 parkruns covering a total distance of 183,940 km, including 5,673 new Personal Bests. A total of 368 individuals have volunteered 2,712 times.

 

Keswick parkrun No. 253

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As often at this time of year, Peggy and I are away from parkrun for a week or two, and I would like to say that I am handing things over to Lance. In fact, it's bit of a family affair in both cases, and in reality, the Campion family are handing over to the Saxby family. Lance has written this week's run report, so all I'll do is say thank you to everyone who has been involved with parkrun Keswick over the last five years. Here's to the next five! Over to Lance...

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So today was our 5th anniversary parkrun. Keswick parkrun No. 253 ! it's a shame that founder Adam and Peggy couldn't be here to celebrate; it turns out that they have a life outside of parkrun, but thank you to the 195 parkrunners who helped out. A rousing rendition of Happy Birthday was followed by a charge under the parkrun banner and out on to the course.
My thanks go to Mike and Maureen for their time and energy putting up the banner and bunting - it is really appreciated.

The volunteers managed to sort themselves into a semblance of order and processing the results was a doddle; thank you. Your parkrun was brought to you by the selfless actions of Annette Grogan, Dawn Saxby, Dawn Titley, Duncan Booth, Gwyneth Timson, Kathryn Clarke, Mandy Haworth, Maureen Shirvell , Mike Hirst, Paul Titley, Sian Saxby, Susan Barnes, Vanessa Metcalfe.
First finisher was Peter Molloy on his first visit and still under 18 years of age.I take off my hat to you Peter. We've had 238 different first finishers over the 5 years, all of them amazing runners.

However, to all of the non-first finishers, of which there are many more, thank you for turning up, completing the course and making parkrun happen - we couldn't do it without you.

Over the five years the statistics say that 11,216 runners have done 36,022 Keswick parkrun and covered 180,110 kilometres up and down the old railway line. In total we've collectively spent 1 year 352 days 5 hrs 44 mins and 36 seconds parkrunning at Keswick; what did we all used to do on Saturday mornings ? (Comment on social media if you want to share what you've given up on Saturdays - for me it was shopping at Morrisons).

As we look forward to the next five years there are changes that will happen and we'll have to work with. The boardwalk will be removed, the long tunnel will be reinstated, and the track will be laid to tarmac. During the construction we will have to relocate temporarily and work is underway to ensure the continuity of Keswick parkrun, and to continue to support the brilliant work that our friends at Cafe West do. Watch this space.

For now, feet up, gin poured, happy Run Director !