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 !

 

Keswick parkrun Event number 252 30th March 2019

A nice opportunity to wish one of our visiting park runners a happy birthday reminded me that it is almost Keswick parkrun's birthday. Next week, we celebrate five years of park running at Keswick.

In fact, the magic began five years ago today, as twenty something runners set off on our test event. Phil Winskill can be seen here as the event's first ever finish token volunteer. I can't seem to remember if we put Phil in that same volunteer role again, or not...

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It was not clear where the fun and games of that day would lead, but I think there is a big community of people who would now agree what a great journey it's been. Thanks for all your help along the way, and well done for the 180,000km of running we have since done together!

Carl Bell was back in business today, running 16:43 as first finisher. Our butter fingered former token volunteer Phil Winskill reminded us what he does best, with second place in 18:14, with Keswick AC allowing the third spot to go to Cumberland Fell Runner's Sam Holding in 18:21. Well done!

Abigail Mason was first female in 22:10, followed by Jessica Mason, with a new PB of 22:29, and Collette Whitfield of Heaton Harriers in 23:00, running at Keswick for her first time. Well done, all, and I hope you enjoyed it.

I often post a picture of each gender's first finisher but this young athlete caught my eye today. I couldn't track the name down, as it looks like he ran without a barcode, but what a great run, and a great finish, so I hope we see plenty more of your running!

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Lastly, a big thank you to today's volunteer team, and a big thank you to everyone who has made Keswick parkrun possible over the last five years, and 252 events. Next week will be our official birthday, but I thought I would mention it today, because the test event was where it all happened for the very first time. Happy days, in a parkrun sense, at least!

This week 177 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 9 volunteers:

Gill MASON • Adam CAMPION • Peggy CAMPION • Gail FOSTER • Vanessa METCALFE • Kathryn CLARKE • Duncan BOOTH • 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 11,216 participants have completed 36,022 parkruns covering a total distance of 180,110 km, including 5,567 new Personal Bests. A total of 361 individuals have volunteered 2,674 times.

 

Keswick parkrun Event number 251 23rd March 2019

I know I always seem to start these reports with a round up of the weather, but what relief to get a dry day for a run. Foolishly mentioning the fact that's it's frequently dry for parkrun led to a spectacular run, so I won't be doing that again.

It was nice to give the locals a shout out in the briefing, and we did seem pretty dominated by tourists - a sign of things to come, as the season ramps up, perhaps. This was reflected in the finish positions, with Julian Hood of Skipton AC finishing first in 18:15, followed by Patrick Farrell in 18:52, and Ben Dixon of the Vo2Max Race Team in 19'44. Well done, gentlemen. I didn't catch Julian until he was coming back for scanning - too much chatting to the other volunteers!

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Among the ladies Carol Baker, pictured below, of Eden Runners was first in 22'03, with Imogen Porter, a first timer at Keswick finishing in 23'05, and Sophie Sinclair getting a 23'05 PB. Well done all.

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In other news, I received the following from our neighbours up on the hill: it's a beautiful place to run, but be warned, if you think the first part of Keswick parkrun is hilly, you might just want to visit the café!

New running routes opening at Whinlatter Forest
A 5k and 10k running route are opening at Whinlatter Forest. Join us for the launch on 30 th
March at 10.30am when the routes will be officially opened and you can hit the trails.
These are challenging routes with great rewards of spectacular views to Derwentwater,
Keswick, Skiddaw and the surrounding mountain ranges.
The new 5k route has been home to the Whinlatter Forest parkrun and this well-tested
route is known as one of the most challenging - and scenic - parkruns in the country. Push
yourself further on the 10k route venturing into the less explored, quieter, south side of the
forest, where you’ll be met with a second big climb after recovering from the first one on
the north side.
Local businesses BodyFit and Buggyfit will be leading groups around the 10k and 5k routes
respectively once the trails are opened at 10.30am on Saturday 30 th March, meeting at the
trail head just below Cyclewise at Whinlatter.
Jen Wilson from Buggyfit said:
“Buggyfit is an outdoor, all weather, post-natal fitness programme and I’ve been
running classes at Whinlatter since July 2017. It’s my favourite class location with
fabulous surroundings and views to enjoy whilst we exercise – the new 5k route is
an excellent addition. Mums attend from the West, Keswick, Penrith and I’ve had
some from as far as Shap! It’s a great social class too as there’s always time for a
cuppa and a crack afterwards.”

Sonia Dryden, Forestry Commission, said:
“It’s fantastic to engage more people in the outdoors and support running with our
amazing trails at Whinlatter Forest. These new waymarked routes provide great
opportunities for people to explore scenic and quiet areas of the forest.”
Running is a fantastic activity to support good mental health and physical wellbeing. Our
waymarked trails give the confidence to run by yourself knowing you’re heading in the right
direction. The trails provide lots of space so if you’re running as part of a group you can all
run together.

Back to Keswick parkrun with a big thank you to all of the volunteers who keep the whole thing going, and if you would like to try being part of the team, please get in touch at keswick.parkrun.com

This week 151 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Martha WISEMAN • Gill MASON • Adam CAMPION • Peggy CAMPION • Sarah BLUNDELL • Jane MCGREGOR • Ree O'DOHERTY • Ian TEASDALE • Henry TEASDALE • Duncan BOOTH • 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 11,173 participants have completed 35,845 parkruns covering a total distance of 179,225 km, including 5,544 new Personal Bests. A total of 360 individuals have volunteered 2,665 times.

 

Keswick parkrun Event number 250 16th March 2019

Well that was a wet one. It's not often that we don't get even the slightest break, but Saturday was one of those days. Running is fine in that weather - in fact I really enjoy it once I get going, and enjoy working hard in the rain. Volunteering is a slightly different matter. A big thank you, especially this week, to all the volunteers. Thank you to those working under the cover of the station canopy, doing the barcode scanning. Of course, an even bigger thank you to the time keeping crew, stood down by the finish line. No station canopy there! Thanks again all.

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The puddle on the platform was a completely new feature to Keswick parkrun. We hope you enjoyed a little paddle.

So here is what running in the rain looks like.

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It doesn't look so bad, does it? There were some epic runs straight through the puddle, but when I got down there to take some photos, some sensible runners were arriving, and swerving round it. Not Sue Walsh, though. Well done Sue.

Despite the conditions, Luke Adams was able to run a very respectable 17'32 for Run, Eat, Sleep of South Shields, with Richard Harrison in 18'36, also of the same running club. Thanks for coming over. It was good to see a returning-to-form Angus Wightman make a comeback to parkrun with an 18'46 finish. Well done all.

Jenny Evans of Warrington Running Club finished in 20'03, followed by Sam Newland in 22'59 (I told Sam to get finished quickly, so she could get bar code scanning. Thank you Sam!), and Debbie Charlton of Keswick AC in 24'07. Again, well done.

It was mentioned to me on the platform that I must have been pleased to see so many out on such a poor day. I was, of course, but also, parkrun is always worth putting on, even if there are only a few of us running together. Still, make the most of these quiet ones. I think we'll see numbers building again dramatically as we move on through the year. Now's the time to get that PB.

Lastly, if you would like to get involved helping at parkrun, please email us on keswick@parkrun.com. I haven't run a footstep, due to injury, since December, but I am enjoying parkrun as much as ever. Volunteering keeps you involved with a wonderful organisation. You'll be thanked for giving up your time, but I don't think you'll feel like you gave up anything at all. I think you'll feel more like you gained something very positive.

See you there!

This week 128 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 7 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 10 volunteers:

Don ESSLEMONT • Adam CAMPION • Peggy CAMPION • Paul TITLEY • Samantha NEWLAND • Ian TEASDALE • Henry TEASDALE • Duncan BOOTH • Coral PRICE • Patrick HOLMES

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 11,136 participants have completed 35,694 parkruns covering a total distance of 178,470 km, including 5,518 new Personal Bests. A total of 359 individuals have volunteered 2,654 times.

 

Keswick parkrun Event number 249 9th March 2019

About this time last year, we had a particularly quiet parkrun of only 90 runners - it seems to hit at that point just after February half term, and rain reinforces the effect. However, having only 120 runners out this morning did nothing to spoil the atmosphere, and I enjoyed directing, and I hope you all enjoyed running.

I think we have had a female first finisher overall on just two occasions before, and it was great to see local runner Emily Robinson come first this week in 19:32. Coming first is no big deal at parkrun - it's not a race after all. However, I like the message that it gives to aspiring youngsters, that girls can come first, so if I celebrate a first place, that's why.

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Well done Emily, who was followed in by Esther Illman of Kenilworth Runners in 21:21, and Alice Clarkson of Cambridge Canoe Club in 21:50. Is it too much of a cliché to comment on a canoeist performing well on a Keswick winter parkrun? I'll leave that one out there for now.

On to the men. Etienne de Beer (below) was first man home in 19:47, with Darren Pyatt of Stone Master Marathoners in 19:48, and Tristan Featherby of Pocklington Runners in 19:56.

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The tourists dominated the show this week. It looked like mainly tourist hands went up at the briefing this morning, with the locals perhaps deciding that another hour in bed would be fine. parkrun is always there next week. It'll be sunny then, too.

A big well done to Julie Roberts of Bridgnorth Running Club - thank you for choosing to come to Keswick to join the 50 club.

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Lastly, can I just take a few words to explain some policy. The deal with parkrun is that anyone can come and run, but if you want to have a time recorded, you have to bring a paper copy of your barcode, or some sort of wrist band or token. These are the items that our scanners can read, and you can rely on that at every parkrun. Every week, we have to apologise to runners asking to be in the results, who have come without a barcode. I know it seems harsh, but if we make exceptions, then every week we would have to make more exceptions, until the rule became, bring a barcode if you like, otherwise, we'll do the results manually. This would be time consuming at Keswick, and completely unmanageable at all of the large parkrun. We hate having to do anything to discourage people from joining us and being active, but it's world wide parkrun policy, and the best thing you can do for us at parkrun is bring your barcode, and join in the fun.

This week 131 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 10 volunteers:

Leon BOND • Lorna GOLD • Adam CAMPION • Peggy CAMPION • Paul TITLEY • Vanessa METCALFE • Kathryn CLARKE • Jane MCGREGOR • Duncan BOOTH • John E MERRITT

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 11,100 participants have completed 35,566 parkruns covering a total distance of 177,830 km, including 5,511 new Personal Bests. A total of 359 individuals have volunteered 2,644 times.

 

Keswick parkrun Event number 248 2nd March 2019

A nice, steady, winter parkrun for 162 happy runners. A great start to the day, with the best weather before what turned out to be a very wet day. I can't promise that it's always sunny in Keswick at 9:00am on a Saturday, but we do seem to get a good share of sunshine. I realise these words will come back to haunt me, and wish to apologise now.

It was a pleasure to meet Trudy Harrison MP, on behalf of our parkrun community last Saturday. The meeting was not really political, but we did get a chance to talk about the value of parkrun in promoting physical, and possibly even more importantly, mental well being. I had something of a captive audience, so I made sure she heard the whole story of Keswick parkrun (these people are paid to serve...) and she certainly now knows the value of it to our community. It was difficult to know what to want from the meeting, but it was a good chance to raise the profile of our wonderful event, and I did that.

One incident from last week is worth mentioning. Out of the course, a dog walker had let his dog off the lead, and was also momentarily distracted. This coincided with a group of very fast runners arriving, one of whom was tripped by the dog, leading to a fall, and some minor injuries. The runners was grumpy about this, and some feedback was provided for the dog owner, let's say. I smoothed the incident over, and reminded the runner that when we run at parkrun, we represent parkrun. I completely sympathised with both sides of this incident, and no harm was meant, but can I remind everyone that parkrun is not a race on closed roads, and we do need to remember that we share our railway path. That is, at least, until we have converted everyone to the cause. Over to you.

Well done to first finisher Josh Liddle, who unfortunately didn't bring a barcode, and appears in the results as an unknown. That means our first three male finishers were recorded as Keswick School and Keswick AC's Harry Greenbank in 17'18, followed by ex-Keswick School's A Level mathematician Harry Bolton in 17'40, and Keswick AC's Sam Stead in 18'46. Well done Keswick! Harry is pictured below.

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Our first three female finishers were Suzanne Toppin in 21'39, shown below, Louise Winter in 21'42, and Eden Runners' Karen Bridge in 22'36. Again, well done all.

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The statistics for this week are included below, but I'll just finish by saying that if you would like to be part of the team next week, please contact me on keswick@parkrun.com and I would be delighted to add you to the roster.

This week 162 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 10 volunteers:

Leon BOND • Adam CAMPION • Peggy CAMPION • Ella SCOTT • Lyn THOMPSON • Francesca LEE • Marie LEE • Kathryn CLARKE • Ian TEASDALE • 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 11,073 participants have completed 35,435 parkruns covering a total distance of 177,175 km, including 5,491 new Personal Bests. A total of 358 individuals have volunteered 2,634 times.

 

Keswick parkrun Event number 247 23rd February 2019

A quick check down the line first thing on Saturday morning showed what a great job the folks working for the National Park had done - I know there were muddy patches, but I felt like the track had been left in really good condition. It might take me a while to get used to the strange new view that greets us as we climb to the top of the rise just before the board walk, though, and I hope there are plans to replant trees when all the work is done - I like our run through the woods. Conditions out there were absolutely superb this week, as we got an early glimpse of spring. Enjoy it - but remember we might not have had our winter yet!

In this week's run, Sam Stead was our first finisher in 17:09. This isn't especially fast for Sam, but it looked like a really relaxed pace as he came through the finish. Stefanos Stephanou came through second in 17:52, with James Nicholls in 18:48.

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Hayley Read, pictured below, was our first female finisher in 21:08, with Keswick AC's Lyn Thompson in 23:00, and Samantha Newland in 23:40. Top running all, great to see.

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If I counted correctly, there were 63 runners running for their first time at Keswick, and 24 new PBs. We'll have to have conditions like that every week!

Next Saturday after parkrun, I have been invited to a lunch with a few representatives of the Keswick community, and Trudy Harrison, MP for Copeland. It will be a good opportunity to put forward ideas to help spread the parkrun word, and promote the active lifestyle that we have come to enjoy. I think a revitalised railway path are central to that, and I'll report back on that meeting here.

Thinking ahead to next week, if you would like to come and help make the magic happen in one of our volunteer roles, please get in touch via keswickoffice@parkrun.com and I'll add your name to the roster.

Here are the numbers for this week, and I'll look forward to seeing you all for running and coffee soon.

This week 193 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 64 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 45 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Leon BOND • Adam CAMPION • Peggy CAMPION • Louise WINTER • Maria QUIGLEY • Claire WILLIAMS • Kathryn CLARKE • Catherine FRYER-SPEDDING • Ree O'DOHERTY • Duncan BOOTH • 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 11,041 participants have completed 35,273 parkruns covering a total distance of 176,365 km, including 5,467 new Personal Bests. A total of 358 individuals have volunteered 2,624 times.

 

Keswick parkrun Event number 246 16th February 2019

The parkrun that I didn't think would happen. This was the week that saw the project to reinstate the Keswick to Threlkeld link move from publicity and fund raising to mud and digging. Despite being told that we could face several weeks of closure, I was delighted to receive the call from the National Park's Scott Henderson to tell me that the first part of the work was complete on Thursday afternoon. We will still have to keep an eye on developments, but it seems that Cubby's Construction have worked hard to tackle the initial phase of the project in the least disruptive way for us, and Cath Johnson and Scott Henderson have communicated well, and kept us in the loop. So thank you all, for showing that you value parkrun as much as we all do.

I was not around for parkrun this week, but the Saxbys were able to step up and make the run happen this week. It seems from Lance's worried looking lego run director that the results were not entirely without issue, but we got there in the end.

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I'll be around again this coming week, and it looks as though we are good to go with another week of park running. If there is an issue, I'll put the word out on social media and the website, bit otherwise, print your barcode, lace up your trainers and head for Keswick!

This week 149 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 47 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Lance SAXBY • Dawn SAXBY • Sian SAXBY • Claire WILLIAMS • Aurora WEST • Rhiannon WEST • Kathryn CLARKE • Thomas MOORE • Jodi BEAVER • Duncan BOOTH • John E MERRITT

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 10,977 participants have completed 35,080 parkruns covering a total distance of 175,400 km, including 5,443 new Personal Bests. A total of 357 individuals have volunteered 2,613 times.

 

Keswick parkrun Event number 245 9th February 2019

This might be the last run report for a little while, but keep everything crossed just in case. The work to restore our wonderful railway path so that it links once again to Threlkeld, for walkers, runners, and cyclists is about to begin. This is a good thing. I keep reminding myself of that! The initial phase of work is ground work, involving clearing of vegetation around the tunnel. This is the preparatory work that will provide a replacement route to the board walk. It should be a spectacular sight as you enter a tunnel from the “town end” of our route, to emerge at the other end with a view of Blencathra. This initial phase of work will be great, but simultaneously, very disruptive for parkrun, lasting from Monday 11th February to the 31st March. It may be that we can run on some of these weekends, but it may be that we can not. I did explore the option of moving to another venue, but parkrun staff prefer that we move once, then move back to our usual route. Given that this is not the main closure, I have opted to cancel for now, hoping that we can run once again on our route until a more substantial closure, at which time we will move venue for the duration. I will communicate via facebook and twitter, but all communication will also go out on the event web page, so please check before committing to a trip to Keswick parkrun. I will aim to cancel each event as late as possible, in the hope that if it emerges late that our route is clear, we will go ahead at the last minute. Once we have cancelled an event, that is final, so I’ll work on good communication, but a late decision.

During this period of disruption to our parkrun, there are going to be a couple of alternatives. Each Saturday that we can manage it, a run leader will organise a 5k run, local to Café West, and probably in Fitz Park, for groups interested in getting a 5km run completed in the style of parkrun. It will not be official of course, and will not count towards your parkrun total, but it will finish with a tea and coffee based social occasion, which is a vital component of parkrun for many of us! I realise that for some, nothing less that the genuine parkrun experience will do. I cannot recommend our wonderful next door neighbours up at Whinlatter highly enough. You’ll never grumble about the incline on the Keswick parkrun ever again, and I hope to split my time between running and volunteering at Whinlatter, and helping with a social run in Keswick, to continue our support of Café West, and I hope you will join me.

Following the cancellation of our run last week due to ice on the route, the weather had me nervous again this week. I did check the course at 7:30am this week, and though the wind was very blustery, and there was plenty of debris on the route, some of which I cleared, I felt that we could go ahead safely.

Keswick AC managed to occupy the first four places this week, which is great for local running, with Mark Lamb, Carl Bell, Kevin Frampton and Angus Wightman all posting great times for the men.

Our first female was Lou Roberts of Ambleside AC in 21:33, with Heidi Dyson of Derwent AC in 21:42, and Louise Winter of Keswick AC in 21:54. We’ll done all.

The two pictures I have chosen for this week illustrate something great about parkrun. It often brings together people who I would not have imagined running at the same event! Let's just say there's an experience gap, but they both seemed to be enjoying the same thing.

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Of course, a huge thank you to this week’s team of volunteers. Volunteering at parkrun is fantastic for mental health and well being. It can also be reasonably active. However, it is not active enough to keep you warm on a morning like that, so a special thank you from us all for helping make the magic happen for the runners.

Here are the statistics for this week, and I hope to be writing another run report soon.

This week 168 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 46 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 10 volunteers:

Leon BOND • Anna FINN • Adam CAMPION • Peggy CAMPION • Maria QUIGLEY • Claire WILLIAMS • Petra SHEARD • Ree O'DOHERTY • Tom CHAPMAN • 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 10,930 participants have completed 34,931 parkruns covering a total distance of 174,655 km, including 5,424 new Personal Bests. A total of 355 individuals have volunteered 2,602 times.