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About Us

Lancaster parkrun is a FREE weekly 5km event for participants of all standards, which takes place every Saturday at 9:00am in The Ashton Memorial, Williamson Park, Quernmore Road, Lancaster, LA1 1UX. It is not a race against other runners, but a 5k timed event and it can really be whatever you want it to be, whether that's for fun or as part of a training plan.

It offers an opportunity for all the local community, regardless of age or gender, to come together on a regular basis to enjoy this beautiful park and get physically active into the bargain. We want to encourage people to run, jog or walk together irrespective of their ability – this event is truly open to all and best of all it really is FREE!

Taking part is easy – just register before your first ever parkrun. The great thing is that you only ever need to do this once! Then just set your alarm for Saturday morning and get yourself there!

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in The Pavilion Café, Williamson Park - please come and join us! Maybe swap stories about your run that day, chat to other parkrunners over a cup of tea or coffee and just be an important part of this new community.

So whether you are a complete novice looking to get yourself started on your own "running journey" or a seasoned athlete wanting to use this as a part of your training schedule, you’re welcome to come along and join us.

  • Galbraith Trust: The Galbraith Trust came into being in March 2001 with an endowment from the estate of Ian Galbraith, whose family had run hardware stores in Lancaster since the 1950s until Ian’s retirement.

  • The Lancaster Community Fund: The fund was set up with funding from Lancaster City Council and is administered by the Community Foundation for Lancashire.

  • Local member grants: Grants have been received from 4 local Councillors: Gina Dowding, Chris Henig, Susie Charles and Richard Newman-Thompson.

  • The Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund: This fund supports communities based causes within the historic County Palatine of Lancaster.

  • Lancaster District CVS: The Lancaster district CVS administers the Galbraith Trust. They also provided invaluable in-kind support when setting up Lancaster parkrun.

    Your donation will be wisely spent by the event team (as custodians of the local purse) on the upkeep of our parkrun.

    For donations prior to 1 February 2017, 85% was allocated to the event and the remaining 15% to the New Event Fund.

    We are unable to accept donations to events that are made via third party employer contribution schemes or any form of cashback schemes.

    We no longer accept cheques for event donations. The only way for individuals to contribute to an event pot is by donating directly through the PayPal link on this page.

    parkrun is completely open about all donations. All donations to this event (and withdrawals that the event teams makes) will be published below. You can also view all donations in this country here.

    parkrun UK is a not-for-profit organisation.


    Donation DateNameRecipientDonationContribution to EventContribution to New Event FundNote
    2021-04-30Terry WainLancaster£200.00£200.00£0.00To help with costs incurred due to Covid-19. Thank you for enabling the fun of 100+ Parkrun's.
    2019-11-21Lynne WebsterLancaster£5.00£5.00£0.00Grateful tourist
    2019-03-10Kathryn HoyleLancaster£100.00£100.00£0.00To celebrate my 100th Parkrun this is a thank you to all those that make this event possible. KH
    2018-12-20Darren NormanLancaster£40.00£40.00£0.00With Motivation, Determination and Teamwork ANYBODY can achieve. This is what we at @TEAMLEGLESS believe and LANCASTER Parkrun demonstrate. Hope this donation helps
    2018-06-14Ruth MewisLancaster£75.00£75.00£0.00To celebrate reaching 150 runs we'd like to give something back to be used for new tokens. A bargain at 25p a run ;).Thank you to all! (RM)2
    2018-03-19Reimbursement of NEF deductionLancaster£90.00£90.00£0.0015% re-imbursement
    2017-07-02Alexander LaughlanLancaster£10.00£10.00£0.00
    2017-02-28Lancaster City CouncilLancaster£765.90£765.90£0.00For AED fund
    2016-11-10Lancaster Community FoundationLancaster£500.00£425.00£75.00For AED


    Withdrawal DateEventAmountNote
    2017-03-28Lancaster£1240.00AED package
    2018-06-25Lancaster£80.002 sets replacement tokens
    2018-11-19Lancaster£30.00Laptop repair
    2019-05-01Lancaster£20.00First aid kit
    2019-05-09Lancaster£30.00Defib pads
    2019-09-06Lancaster£10.82Finish funnel alternative (poles/rope etc)
    2019-09-06Lancaster£10.82Finish funnel alternative (poles/rope etc)
    2019-09-23Lancaster£15.00AED training venue hire
    2019-09-30Lancaster£5.17Return shipping training AED
    2019-10-06Lancaster£15.98Event kit storage/transportation, Stationery items (not flyers)
    2021-04-20Lancaster£54.06AED replacement pads (public location)