Scary Halloween Fancy Dress run – 2 Nov

We will be holding our Scary Halloween Fancy Dress parkrun on 2 Nov 19 when all runners are encouraged to wear something Halloween (2)

There will be a prize for the best Male/Female and youngster in fancy dress. There will also be something for every tenth runner at the finish.

Its also coffee and cake time again, so do bring in cakes or anything else that you think that might be tasty to share with your parkrun friends and help make it a Halloween party to remember.

This is also a Lynnsport Ladybirds Volunteer Take-Over day so expect to see plenty of red and black spots!



parkrun Christmas Party – Sun 22 Dec 19

This year's parkrun Christmas Party will take place in the Malting Q Club Function Room on Sunday 22nd December, commencing at 5 pm and finishing when everyone decides to go home.

Christmas Party 2019

Guests are requested to bring along party food to share with their running friends. Soft drinks, tea and coffee will be available and the bar will be open for those who want something stronger.

There will be the usual party games and those who think they can sing we will have a karaoke. We will be holding a Christmas Secret Santa, for which guests are asked to bring an inexpensive pressie.

All are welcome including children so why not join us for a bit of a pre-Christmas knees up with friends you might only usually see in running gear on Saturday mornings.


King’s Lynn parkrun New Years Day Run

As in previous years King's Lynn will be holding a special event run on New Years Day 2020. We will not be holding a run on Christmas Day.IMG_1129

Next year New Years Day falls on a Wednesday and our run will commence at 9 am as usual. However, runs are allowed to start at later times, thereby allowing runners who wish to do a 'double' to move on to another local parkrun, following completion of their run at King's Lynn.

We also ask runners to bring any unused food items from Christmas along particularly fruit to add to the New Year party atmosphere but with an emphasis on detox!

Do come along and start New Year off with a run with friends and a New Years resolution to continue parkrunning for the rest of the year.


King’s Lynn parkrun – Event Number 417 – Report by the parkrun Poet Tim Gardiner


Unknown Pleasures – King's Lynn parkrun #417, 10 August 2019

A long drive from Gorleston including a blustery Acle Straight, led me to The Walks. My visit formed part of a long tourist streak which has seen me run 36 different events in a row. I'm currently trying to run every parkrun in East Ran-glia (Cambs, Norfolk and Suffolk), focusing on my native Tour-folk (16 events). I also write poetry for parkruns and if allowed, the run report. I'm by no means the quickest poet runner in the east; that accolade belongs to Lynn regular, Elisabeth Sennitt Clough. Lightning Liz ran her first sub-20 parkrun on 3 August at the Lynn; I've yet to dip under 25 mins. She also edits The Fenland Reed, a top-notch poetry journal with a local theme.

Today, we had 405 athletes run, jog or walk The Walks, with over 40 pbs including Sarah Clough (29:25, JW10). A total of 128 people beat the poet (time 25:52), who was clearly suffering from a foray into the Wild West. I'm more accustomed to the east coast isolation of a windy parkrun at Gorleston, but enjoy regular pilgrimages to far-flung parts of the county. One Lynn ran this week (Sally Lynn Hurst), arriving in the Valley of the Kings (finish funnel mounds) in quick time (21:19). I’ve written a short poem dedicated to Sally Lynn's achievement:

red mount

a mere spectator

to the pilgrim

who runs every summer

under lime leaves

waiting for a dragonfly

to catch her breath

and hastily retreat

through the valley

of the kings

Cheering on the athletes this week was Elisabeth Sennitt Clough. She's written this wonderful poem, which I’m sure most parkrunners identify with:

On Taking the Lamp-post Turn Three Times at King’s Lynn Parkrun

When we touch its body:

flesh and galvanized steel.

lightness of breath, denseness of trunk

wider than any hand-span.

The space between each lap:

lay it down like a smooth song.

There’s something honest about a mile,

a solid distance to repeat and repeat…

With the thud of a palm,

the metal echoes, run, run, run.

The metal echoes, run, run, run,

with the thud of a palm,

a solid distance to repeat and repeat…

There’s something honest about a mile,

lay it down like a smooth song.

The space between each lap

wider than any hand-span.

lightness of breath, denseness of trunk

flesh and galvanized steel.

When we touch its body.

When we touch its body.

The metal echoes, run, run, run:

flesh and galvanized steel.

With the thud of a palm,

lightness of breath, denseness of trunk.

A solid distance to repeat and repeat,

wider than any hand-span,

there’s something honest about a mile.

The space between each lap:

lay it down like a smooth song.

I wind this run report up with a tribute to the magnificent Seven Sisters of King’s Lynn parkrun this week:

1. Sally Lynn Hurst (first female finisher).

2. Woman in Joy Division t-shirt. Super cool.

3. Pauline Sparrow. Highest female age-grade (84.62%).

4. Sarah Clough. New pb: 29:25.

5. Sophy Tarsey. Most parkruns (342).

6. Helen Sewell. Most volunteer credits (34).

7. Lynnsport Ladybirds. Women’s only club with most runners (7).

Tim Gardiner

aka the parkrun poet (twitter: @timgardiner3)


King’s Lynn parkrun Litter Pick – Sat 24 Aug 19

King's Lynn parkrun Litter Pick - Saturday 24 August 19

As part of our contribution to the Community we have decided to hold a 'parkrun' litter pick. The pick will take place on Sat 24 Aug 19, following our normal parkrun and will be centred on the cycle path leading to Lynn Sport and Gaywood.

All the necessary equipment will be provided and it is hoped as many parkrunners as possible will spare a an hour or two following parkrun to take part.

This will be our opportunity to contribute to the many litter picks that are now taking place in the area and will be a thank you to the parks staff who do so much to keep the Walks so clean but cannot be everywhere.

Further details will be announced at parkrun the week prior to the pick.


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