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.



King’s Lynn parkrun Event No. 408

Event Number 408 – Kings Lynn Parkrun

Today I chose to run at Kings Lynn as am stopping in the area to celebrate my 43rd Wedding Anniversary with my wife. We both love Norfolk and I am a parkrun addict so since I attended our start-up at Peterborough have rarely missed a week. Today will be my 304th and of my 61 visits away from Peterborough have visited this friendly run 12 times now. Must admit only ever had one really good PB in September last year so felt able to ring the bell on that day. Made me feel even happier to share my joy. Unfortunately nowadays PBs not a consideration only course completion and keeping an age grading above 60% if I can. They are enough to motivate me to maintain my mobility and see friends with the ‘holy grail’ milestone of 500 on the distant horizon. Lol
Mind you being nostalgic I reminisced with some Kings Lynn locals and established that way, way, back in time on 10th September 2011 an intrepid group of runners first ran at Kings Lynn. On that day 61 achieved course completion with times ranging from 17.30 to 41.26. That day there were 28 men and 33 women. There were just 9 volunteers.
Fast forward to today and you can see how the event has grown in stature both in terms of numbers and inclusivity. Now we have completed 408 events with an average attendance of 200. Today 316 completed with times ranging from 16.59 to 57.52. Today there were 182 men and 134 women. Today nearly 20 additional volunteers were needed to ensure the smooth running of the event
Interesting to note there are some runners and some volunteers on both todays list and on the first. Wow what dedication and love of parkrun they must have. Well done to you all.
I found 8 people who took part in the first event and 2 of them have become a major part of the events success Fabia Pollard and Gary Walker. They both are noted for their volunteering work so it was good to see both have a run today. However Gary was still volunteering as a pacer to help others on his way back to fitness after injury and on the first event Fabia was a volunteer. It was also interesting to note that today’s first over the line, Matt Pyatt, only managed 4th place on that inaugural run. All the others who appear on both lists are lady club runners with Pauline Sparrow and Sue Smith from Ryston Runners, Beryl Barber and Liz Thomson from Lynnsport Ladybirds and Sophie Tarsey from Renegade Runners
As a person who doesn’t drive am reliant on friends or public transport. If buses ran earlier from Peterborough am sure would have done a lot more than the 12 so far. In fact have often stayed at the Globe with my wife for the weekend, run this parkrun, then visited Hunstanton as we often did with the children in the past.
Have always found this a friendly run and have always been impressed by the speed of result publication as often had these not long after finishing my coffee at the café in ‘The Walks’.

Today’s Event
It came as a bit of a shock to me when I learnt that the course had recently been changed and the distance confirmed to be just slightly over 5k. Apparently the ‘old course’ was a little under so today was one of a few alternatives being trialled to give more accuracy.
Having enjoyed both meal and drinks the previous evening I was expecting a ‘get round ok’ parkrun as opposed to a good time. I was very fortunate today to have an efficient pacer running 30 mins, Gary Walker. Early on I lost contact but the metronome pace enabled me to up my effort in the latter stages and get below that time. Many thanks Gary.
The course change had no real effect on the first across the line as Matt Pyatt (Renegade Runners) went over in 16.59 for the 172nd time at this venue. He was 1.48 in front of the 2nd who was Jessie Tierney (Unattached) but he was well pleased as he got his new PB of 18.47. Only 7 seconds behind in 3rd place was Jacob Kelman (Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds)
In fact it was a good day for Renegade Runners as they had both the 1st and 3rd lady as well as the Overall first over the line. The ladies were led home by Sally Lynn Hurst (Renegade Runners) in 17th place overall with 20.58. She was followed in 2nd place and 34th overall by Debbie Schwarz (West Norfolk AC) with 22.44 and in 3rd place by Lisa Pyatt (Renegade Runners) with 22. 57 in 40th place overall.
Today we had 34 shiny new PBs and these were obtained throughout the field and amongst many age groups from Jessie Tierney (JM15-17) in 2nd place to Alison Trudigan (VW45-49) in 310th place. They also ranged from Jessie Tierney (JM15-17)) up to Pauline Stevens-Smith (VW60-64).
We had 17 first timers today with 12 actually doing their very first parkrun. We hope you enjoyed this event and will come back again soon.
We had one person achieving the 50 Milestone today namely Michelle Howlett. We also had an ‘unofficial’ milestone that deserves a mention as John R Turner achieved his 200th today. Well done to you both.
On the age graded sort only one athlete got over 80% and that was Matt Pyatt with 81.55%. However two others got over 75% with Laurie James getting 76.84% for achieving a time of 22.27 in the VM (65-69) group and Kennie Addis getting 76.58% for achieving a time of 19.34 in the VM (50-54) group.
Today the age range was from under 10 to over 70 and the time range was from 16.59 to 57.52. The one thing all had in common is that they achieved the completion of a 5k distance using the parkrun principle of inclusivity where the objective is to maintain fitness and mobility by walk, run or a combination of both.
In the run itself I was saddened to see we had 16 occurrences of ‘Unknown runner’ so all of these will have no record of the days run and this reminds all……..#DFYB.
As always I thank the volunteers for ensuring the continuance of the event and ask all to consider how they might help. Am sure if you speak to Gary, Fabia or any other members of the team they would be pleased to discuss how you might help. Then it’s up to you to decide when you are able.
If you too would like to help then please email If you’re not sure what positions are available then you can check the roster on for up to 6 weeks in advance. Let’s see if we can fill up some of those spaces nice and early.


King’s Lynn parkrun Easter Bonnet run – 20 April 2019

King's Lynn parkrun will be holding its Easter fancy dress run on Saturday 20th April 2019.

As with previous years there will be prizes for the best fancy dress and it would be great to see a crowd of runners in their special Easter outfits!!

Please also bring cakes along so we can have a really special after run Easter party. You will have earned it!


King’s Lynn parkrun Christmas Party – Sunday 16 Dec 18

Its getting near that time of the year again when we have to start planning for Christmas and this year being no exception we are once again having a parkrun Christmas Party, which will take place in the Malting Function Room, off the Tuesday Market Place, at 5 pm Sun 16th Dec 18.

The usual entertainment is booked which will include the usual party games and raffle. Its a great opportunity to socialise with those you you only ever usually see out on shorts and leggings!

Everyone is asked to bring party food of their choice to help make the evening a party to remember. There will also be a very small charge to cover the cost of running the party, the bar will be open and all are welcome so please get the date in your diaries.


King’a Lynn New Years Day parkrun

We will again be holding a New Year's Day run on Tuesday 1st January 2019.

An excellent way to get over the night before and why not start the year with a New Year's resolution to keep running!!

Start time 9 am as usual allowing those who may wish to do two events that morning to get along to another local parkrun for a second run. Another run to add to your tee shirt total.

We will of course require a few Volunteers so if you just fancy shouting at people, parkrunners that is, then do sign up.


King’s Lynn parkrun 7th Birthday and 24 Hour Marathon

7th Anniversary Birthday Party
King's Lynn parkrun celebrates its 7th anniversary birthday on Saturday 8th September when parkrunners are encouraged to wear fancy dress and to bring along party food to help us celebrate the occasion in style.
It is also hoped that runners will allow time to stay for a few minutes longer than usual after the run to socialise and make new friendships with those you may frequently run alongside but still don't really know.

24 Hour Marathon
On on the heals of the Birthday Party will be the 24 Hour Marathon, which will go through until 9 am the following morning and for which runners are simply asked to run (or walk) the course for an hour of their choice until 9 am Sunday morning. Of course you can run for longer and if you haven't ever run during the middle of the night well now's you chance to do just that.
We also use the opportunity to raise funds for ask for donations towards improvements in The Walks and have contributed to a number of projects which have also been of benefit to parkrun.
The cafe will be open for longer for us and a Registration tent will be set up adjacent to the cafe, which will be manned throughout. All runners are requested to check in with Registration, where hot and cold drinks and snacks will also be available. This is the fourth year that we have held the event and so far we have always managed to have runners on the course throughout the 24 hour period, so please think about what time you would like to run and sign up to take part. Last year we collectively ran over 1,100 miles throughout the period so lets see if we can beat that and make this year as successful as those in the past.


King’s Lynn Event No. 357

King's Lynn parkrun - Event Number 357

I first visited this Parkrun one new year’s day in 2017 and since then have returned a few times with this now my 8th run at this venue.
Have always found this course quite testing with its many turns including as I observed some who swing round the lamp post near the start when beginning laps 2 and 3.
Love the dedicated effort giving out the mile times and the encouragement to dig in for the final journey to the finish.
As a senior runner who enjoyed being part of a Masters Team have frequently visited the Track and Field Complex at the Lynnsport Dow Track and so now that my days of active competition are over it is nice to see several friendly faces at this parkrun most notably from Ryston Runners.
As always when away from my main venue of Peterborough I check to see if any of those I know are touring and today we have Gordon Pearson who was instrumental in setting up the Event at Peterborough and was its Event Director for the first 4 years before becoming a Parkrun Ambassador who goes around venues to ensure consistency and good practice. Today he was volunteering as Tail Walker inspiring Grahame Peacock to raise a final flourish when finishing today.
Am usually at a parkrun well before the start as enjoy being part of Setup. So although away on Holiday could not get out of the habit and arrived early. Am glad I did as I found a group of interested people being told about all the roles that this Event has to offer and what constitutes each role. As volunteering is the lifeblood of all parkrun events it was good to see another way of increasing the pool of volunteers.

Today’s Event
Today we had 339 at the event with the mix of 201 male and 138 female. There was a good mix of ages ranging from under 10 up to 74 illustrating how parkrun is for all of us. This is further shown by the fact that performances ranged from 17.25 to 58.24 as those participating could choose whether they ran, walked or did a bit of both but were rewarded with a place and time once they had completed the course. As always all the participants were shepherded home by a Tail Walker who always comes last as that is the nature of the role.
I never fail to love the look of pleasure on the face of those taking part when they look down at their watch and say “Yes, got a PB” to which one of the marshals at the finish reminds them “Don’t forget to ring the Bell”. The bell is rung and another smile comes and seems to stay on the face of the lucky person. Today we had 55 shiny new PBs and hope that most of you got that double celebration
We had 23 first timers today with 10 actually doing their very first parkrun. We hope you enjoyed this event and will come back again soon.
It’s good to see that one of those participating today has already run 301 parkruns of which 296 have been at Kings Lynn. Yes Martin Blackburn should be proud of his loyalty to the event and the fact that he is also a proud owner of the Purple vest for having volunteered on 25 or more occasions.
There were three people celebrating achieving the 50 Milestone today namely Clare Mallet of Renegade Runners, Owen Burge of Ryston Runners AC and Darren Smith also of Ryston Runners AC. Well done to you all.
On the age graded sort 17 athletes got over 75%. There were 4 exceptional scores with Jane Ashby (Ryston Runners AC) VW70-74 getting the incredible 90.21% with her recording of 24.41 in 110th position. The others over 80% were, Pauline Sparrow (Ryston Runners AC) VW65-69 with 83.09%, Martin Milward (Fulham AC) VM60-64 with 82.40% and Jillian Davis (Renegade Runners) VW60-64 with 80.29%. A big well done to you all.
In the run itself I was saddened to see we had 15 occurrences of ‘Unknown runner’ so all of these will have no record of the days run and this reminds all……..#DFYB.
First over the line today was Daniel Guppy from Kings Lynn Triathalon club in 17.25. This is the 4th time he has achieved this and he led in a 3 time first placer John Hopgood from Ryston Runners AC who was twenty seconds behind. A further nine seconds behind John came Ryan Jones from Fenland Running Club. The ladies were led home by Bethan Everson from Fenland Running club who was 15th overall in 19.31. Second was Debbie Schwarz of West Norfolk AC in 28th position overall with 20.50. Third but only 8 seconds behind Debbie in 32nd place overall was Sally Lynn Hurst from Renegade Runners
A recent initiative on the results page is the publication of those who have received the purple 25 volunteering milestone tee-shirt. It was interesting to see that of the 339 participants’ today 21 have achieved this. A breakdown of this shows 5 also have a 250 vest 12 also have a 100, 3 also have a 50 vest and 1 has only this vest so far. Unfortunately this statistic does not show the full story as we are not aware how many of the volunteers manning tasks that don’t allow a run as well have also achieved this superb level of event support.
If you too would like to help then please email If you’re not sure what positions are available then you can check the roster on for up to 6 weeks in advance. Let’s see if we can fill up some of those spaces nice and early.

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