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.