Lancaster Parkrun No. 186, 10th August 2019

My name is Harry Fox and I come to Parkrun every week to either run or volunteer. I run to stay healthy and volunteer as part of my Duke of Edinburgh bronze award. I come to Parkrun as it gets me up in the morning and there’s a relaxed friendly atmosphere. Some people just come to stay healthy, but some people are part of popular running clubs such as Bowland Fell Runners and Lancaster and Morecambe AC. I started coming to Parkrun because my family did, and now we all come every week. Once I started my Duke of Edinburgh bronze award, I realised Parkrun would be a great place to volunteer and help out. There are a variety of roles available, including some that allow you to run as well.

Anyone is welcome at Parkrun, and there’s always a tail walker so no one is left behind. This week had only 155 people, because of the poor weather. When the weather is like this, getting wet and muddy is a given, because there’s no way to get around the huge puddles in Fenham Carr. This was the least amount of people coming to Lancaster Parkrun in 2019, and the second week in 2019 to have less than 200 people. The rain held off at the start, but midway through the race a downpour ‘encouraged’ the runners to speed up a bit. Possibly as a result of this, 13 people managed to get a new personal best!

This week I ran with a friend, as well as helping to close down the finish line. It’s always a good idea to run with someone, as you will both push each other to get a better time. Even if you run alone though, everyone is friendly and encouraging. As I started walking in Fenham Carr, I was encouraged to keep running by the people next to me.

When I was waiting around at the finish, biscuits were handed out to celebrate Karen Chandisingh’s 50th Parkrun. This is a common occurrence at Lancaster Parkrun but is always a nice surprise. Those completing their 50th included Wendy Dodds, Rosie Mutton, Karen Chandisingh and Eileen Dodwell, with John Birchall and Stella Birchall completing their 100th run this week.

Michael Ennis also completed his 50th Parkrun and got a new personal best at the same time. However, he was beat by speedy son, Sam Ennis, who is almost at his 50th Parkrun as well.

Although I didn’t achieve a new PB this week, I still felt good for getting up on a Saturday morning and doing the run. I am lucky to have a Parkrun event so close to where I live, and I think everyone should do Parkrun!

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Stephen PERRY • Andrew HOLME • Patrick CORBETT • Constanze VAGELER • Russell WAREING • William WAREING • Louise WAREING • Elizabeth WAREING • Christine PERRY • Phil CORRIS • Catherine DOUGLAS • Peter MCDONALD • Pam HOLME • Alan HATTON-YEO • Francesca CITRON • Anna HARRISON • John RODGERS • Kathryn FOX • Harry FOX • Heather HARRISON • Bob LOCHRIE • Katharina JANKE • Jim FLETCHER • Steve SMITH • Andrew HOLLAND

 

Lancaster Parkrun No. 185, 3rd August 2019

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It was with rather a sinking feeling that I saw the email from the Park's managers. (In fact it did make me consider feigning illness to avoid Run Director duties!) This mail advised us that there was to be an early wedding ceremony on Saturday morning, which coincided with our event and 'would we be able to avoid the area directly in front of the Ashton Memorial??!' Well, we did have an alternative , only ever used once before when we had a real icy morning, but yes, I suppose we could move? So, it was a change from our tried and tested 2 lap course, and on to our once used '3 and a bit' times around Fenham Carr! I remember thinking how thrilled our runners will be ascending those steps 3 times! Not to mention the wonderful uphill finish alongside Fenham Carr gates!stadtler and waldorf

 

So it was a slightly earlier start on event set up  and quite a different arrangement of start / finish  / token hand out barcode scanning etc etc  but as always, our volunteers adapted wonderfully to the changes. First timers briefed and we were soon ready to gets things underway . At this point It became apparent that there were quite a number of slightly  'anxious' looking runners congregated outside the doors to the cafe . The cause  of this anxiety being that the toilets were locked and the keeper of the  key was nowhere to be seen! To avoid any further discomfort the start was delayed, the keeper of the key was located, the doors were opened  and the relief was almost palpable!

My concerns of earlier in the week were proven to be unfounded, the event proceeded with scarcely a hitch. The sun shone, the runners took it all in their stride and smiled, (eventually!) the volunteers carried out their roles wonderfully well. Meanwhile over at the Ashton memorial, a knot was tied.

This week 197 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Stephen PERRY • Andrew HOLME • Rachel BARTON • Imelda HATTON • Becky SIMNETT • Christine PERRY • Phil CORRIS • John HOWARTH • Catherine DOUGLAS • Peter MCDONALD • Jack BAXTER • Pam HOLME • Ben COOPER • Anna HARRISON • Kathryn FOX • Harry FOX • Tom PALMER • Christine CURRAN • Seonaid DUGDILL • Rosie MORGAN • Vicky BOOTH • Harjit HULLAIT • Sara ATKIN • Ryan HUNT • Phoebe ATKIN

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Lancaster parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Michael KALLENBERG who recorded a time of 16:09 on 13th May 2017 (event number 71).
The female record is held by Clara EVANS who recorded a time of 17:41 on 23rd March 2019 (event number 167).
The Age Grade course record is held by Maureen LANEY who recorded 89.07% (22:25) on 8th October 2016 (event number 39).

Lancaster parkrun started on 9th January 2016. Since then 7,209 participants have completed 47,130 parkruns covering a total distance of 235,650 km, including 8,930 new Personal Bests. A total of 498 individuals have volunteered 4,198 times.

 

Lancaster parkrun Event no.182 13th July 2019

This weeks run report is brought to you by budding run director Phoebe:

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I have been helping out at parkrun doing lots of different things to help. Today I did the First Timers Briefing. I was really nervous about it, but I had been practicing at home. There were lots of First Timers and Tourists today, but I had my words to read so I wouldn’t forget anything. Mum had to remind me to speak up a little bit and I got a round of applause, I hope they come back to see us soon. Even though I was nervous, I really enjoyed it and it’s given me confidence and I hope to train to be the Run Director.
Today I also was running and walking for the first time, I have only tailwalked before in 56 mins and 19 seconds so I was hoping I would be quicker than that. I asked Mum if we could run down the hills and walk up them and she said yes. I remembered to say thank you to the Marshall’s on the way round. It was really hard and on my second lap I was tired so it was more walking than running.

Even though I was really tired, mum said to do a sprint finish if I could. I didn’t think I could do it, but when I saw the finish line and heard everyone cheering, I managed to run really fast.

Mum told me I had done under 45 minutes so I could sit on the PB bench and ring the PB bell. I was really happy that I got a PB as I didn’t think I could.

Phoebe on the pb bench

My mum said she would get me a sausage butty if I ran / walked the course, so after we finished we went to town. I was very happy with my sausage butty, it was delicious and I was really really happy to find out I got a time of 43:19.

If I beat my PB next time I’m getting a burger!

Phoebe

 

Lancaster parkrun Event no.181 6th July 2019

Run report by Dr Damien Cheema, Lancaster Medical Practice

I first discovered parkrun a few years ago when I ventured across to Williamson Park one Spring Saturday morning. Although I like to keep fit I had never particularly been a runner before and so was intrigued by what I would find. As hundreds of people of all ages and abilities congregated next to the Pavilion cafe I was struck by the real sense of community. Thousands of people across the country were also gathering at the same time to take part in this free timed 5K run, made possible by teams of dedicated of volunteers. As I ran the 2 laps around the rather hilly course I saw how people were encouraging each other forward. I finally crossed the finish line, and sat down on the memorial steps to recover, where a warm feeling of accomplishment came over me.

At the time I was in training to become a GP, which involved rotating through a variety of hospital posts and often working weekends meaning I wasn’t able to go back as often as I would have liked. I completed my GP training last year and joined Lancaster Medical Practice (LMP), which meant my Saturday mornings were now largely free for me to go more regularly. Initially this was to try to improve on my previous performance but I then found it increasingly becoming an integral part of my wellbeing. This year I targeted reaching the milestone of 50 parkruns, which has meant my wife having to get used to planning our weekends around this wherever in the country we may be. I also found myself occasional talking to patients about parkrun and was astounded by a chap in his 80s who was usually the fastest & only runner in his age group!

I then became aware of the possibility of forming a partnership between LMP and Lancaster parkrun, in order to try to encourage greater participation amongst our practice population. When I approached event directors Ronald and Ruth, they were both enthusiastic about this, resulting in us now being an official parkrun practice. It was suggested that LMP take over the running of an event, which I organised to take place this week, where the majority of the volunteers were LMP staff and their family members, including receptionists, pharmacists, managers, nurses and GPs. Some of our staff were already regular attenders, but for others this was a chance to see first-hand how things work.

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As for me I was still keen to run, with this week being my 41st parkrun and I manged to get a new PB! I got chatting beforehand to a tourist couple from Wales, who had first heard about parkrun from a hospital consultant which had since transformed their lives, with both now having run over a 100 times each. This was actually the first time I had been to Lancaster since April as I can’t seem to get the hang of running uphill and so was keen to try out the new Morecambe Prom parkrun when it started. I was amazed to see how much my time was slashed in comparison and have been going back since to see how fast I can eventually go. Williamson Park will always be special however and I hope to be return at least once more this year for my 50th parkrun. As a practice we will continue to encourage our staff and patients to take part, either by running or volunteering, in an event which allows us all to lead happier and healthier lives.

This week 284 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 50 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 37 volunteers:

Ruth MEWIS • Stephen PERRY • Patrick CORBETT • Ryan MEWIS • Paul HANLON • Rebecca SHEPHERD • Avril MCCLELLAND • Clare ROLLASON • Christine PERRY • Sadie MCKEAND • Peter MCDONALD • Vijayant YADAV • Amy WALLACE • Harry FOX • Alice DAVIES • Ian ROBERTS • Lucy HARRISON • Mia READ • Erwin KALIS • Mariana RUFINO • Paul FOX • Amanda MCGARTLAND • Damien CHEEMA • Andrew FIRKINS • Lael WALSH • David JACKMAN • Sara ATKIN • Phoebe ATKIN • David KILBURN • Olivia KILBURN • Jenny ARCHER • Bridget KINGCOX • Amy WILLIAMS • Bill WILLIAMS • Anna MATHEW • Kirsty LEE • Charlotte BINNEY

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Lancaster parkrun Results Page.

 

Lancaster parkrun Event no.180 June 29th 2019

What a difference a week makes! Last week I was running my 200th parkrun, and this week I acted as a run director, under the watchful gaze of a pro-director. Unlike other run directors at Lancaster, I had not prepared the volunteer roster, did not prep the marshals (although I did shadow extensively in preparation for the future) and I did not process the results. So, you could say I didn’t go the “full hog”.

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You might now be asking yourself why I acted as a run director today. The simple reason is that Lancaster could do with a few more currently. I am just doing the odd one to plug a gap. Having done timekeeping, barcode scanning, marshalling, setup, take-down, funnel manager, token sorting, the odd run report and giving out the tokens at the end, you could say that I am fairly experienced, but this doesn’t mean that anyone interested in undertaking the role of run director needs to have tried all the roles before.

So what does being a run director involve? According to the parkrun wiki, a run director is in charge of a particular event on a specific day. Ultimately they decide if the conditions are suitable, with input from the volunteers, to proceed with the event. Most of our run directors take on more responsibilities simply to make sure the day runs smoothly, but ultimately, as long as someone is willing enough to take on the mantle of responsibility, anyone can do the role. You can avoid the technical aspects! Most importantly, run directors at Lancaster are supported by a fantastic group of volunteers on the day, as well as the other run directors and event directors, as shown by my experience this week.

So if you are vaguely interested in getting involved, in any form of volunteering and not just acting as a run director, please do get in touch. lancaster@parkrun.com

Ryan Mewis

This week 204 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Ruth MEWIS • Stephen PERRY • David ROSEN • Miriam ROSEN • Bernie CHESHIRE • Ryan MEWIS • David DOWNES • Andrea TOWSE • Christine PERRY • Phil CORRIS • Peter MCDONALD • Mark SIMMILL • Ian ROBERTS • Tom PALMER • Lucy HARRISON • Mia READ • Iain BERTRAM • Alexander BERTRAM • Katharina JANKE • David JACKMAN • Vicky BOOTH • Liam SHANNON • David KILBURN • Olivia KILBURN • Hal SHANNON

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Lancaster parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Michael KALLENBERG who recorded a time of 16:09 on 13th May 2017 (event number 71).
The female record is held by Clara EVANS who recorded a time of 17:41 on 23rd March 2019 (event number 167).
The Age Grade course record is held by Maureen LANEY who recorded 89.07% (22:25) on 8th October 2016 (event number 39).

Lancaster parkrun started on 9th January 2016. Since then 7,038 participants have completed 45,943 parkruns covering a total distance of 229,715 km, including 8,787 new Personal Bests. A total of 475 individuals have volunteered 4,053 times.

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