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