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.

 

Lancaster parkrun Event no.179 June 22th 2019

Lancaster Run Report. Event 179. 22 June 2019

It was a beautiful day for running – pleasantly warm, dry, clear, still and with the promise of sunshine to come. Run Director Ronald was very welcoming and was very interested in our story (more about that later!)

This week 242 people ran, jogged and walked the course. Very well done to everyone! Congratulations to the 42 runners who recorded new personal bests this week.

There were tourists from several different parkruns included visitors from Blackpool, Morecambe Prom, Stockport and also Lincoln (us!) enjoying Lancaster parkrun alongside the home runners. There were representatives of 25 different clubs taking part.

29 people were running at Lancaster for the first time of whom 10 were running their very first parkrun – brilliant! Sofie and Tanith ran their milestone 10parkrun as juniors, Matthew and Caroline ran their milestone 50 parkrun and Henry ran his milestone 100 parkrun. Look out for the email to claim your t-shirt. Chris and Ryan completed their ‘unofficial’ milestone 200 parkrun and David completed his 100 volunteer. Fabulous achievements and congratulations to everyone!

30 volunteers gave their time to make Lancaster parkrun a huge success this week. A massive thank you all for your support, cheering, clapping and helpfulness. Thank you very much to Sara for donating new buckets for the finish tokens – they are much appreciated and will be well used. Please do volunteer for a future event as it is great fun and a way to see parkrun from a different perspective.

Lancaster parkrun certainly has fabulous views both within the park and also across the surrounding countryside. As well as the stunning Ashton Memorial and the lovely Fenham Carr woodland to enjoy we could see the whole city, including the castle and priory church, and right across the bay to the hills of the Lake District. After we’d finished we headed to the Pavilion Café for breakfast, chatting in the sunshine with new friends; John assisted with results processing ready for when he becomes ED at a future new parkrun near us.

Lancaster was the final location in our ‘parkrun everywhere we’ve lived’ challenge. We’ve been to 22 diverse locations across the UK from Highbury Fields and Sheffield Concord via the West Midlands and Greater Manchester to Linwood in Scotland amongst many others. We both lived in Lancaster while at university – although not at the same time as John was there 1985 to 1988 and Helen from 1988 to 1992. Saturday was of extra special significance not just because Williamson Park, Lancaster is our final challenge destination. It was also exactly 25 years to the day since we met for the first time at an open air performance of Romeo and Juliet in Williamson Park. Helen invited John to share her picnic blanket – and the rest, as they say, is history.

It was lovely to meet you all this weekend and it was really great to celebrate with you all at Lancaster parkrun. Thanks for reading. Enjoy parkrun.

Helen Segebarth & John Kilcoyne

 

Lancaster parkrun Event no.178 June 15th 2019

I loved Parkrun on Saturday – sharing my 100th event with Colin Briffett, also 100 milestone, and Samantha Robinson who bravely ran with balloons for her 50th. The sun nearly shone, the rain stayed away and the puddles were just patches of sticky mud. It was great that I had family and friends with me – thank you!

I did my first parkrun whilst staying with my brother in Oxford, never considering myself a runner; but when Lancaster started in January 2016 I was hooked. I love that I have re-met old friends and made so many new ones through running – and every Saturday at 9am I am running with my family – even though they are at different Parkruns throughout the country. We also enjoy finding Parkruns when we are away – here are a few!

First Parkrun – Harcourt Hill, Oxford
Flattest Parkrun – Wanstead Flats
Hardest Parkrun – Whinlatter,
Furthest Parkrun – East Coast Park, Singapore
Hottest Parkrun – Evesham
Slippiest Parkrun – Fell Foot
Most scenic parkrun – Fountains Abbey
but
Friendliest parkrun – Lancaster!

And with apologies to the Proclaimers -

When I wake up, nearly every Saturday
I'm gonna wear my parkrun shirt and running shoes
When I go out, yeah I know I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be at Parkrun – free, weekly, timed
If I stumble, well I know I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be cheered on by marshalls all the way
And if I volunteer, yeah I know I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be a volunteer who cheers

But I have run 500k
And I will run 500 more
Just to be the one who runs a 1000 k
like I’ve never done before.

When I'm running, yes I know I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be one who’s running along with friends
And when the PB comes in for the run I do
I'll always want one more - Come on you!
When I come home (when I come home) well I know I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be the one who comes home with dirty feet
And if I grow-old (when I grow-old) well I know I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be happy that I ran when I was ‘young’

But I have run 500k
And I will run 500 more
Just to be the one who runs a 1000 k
like I’ve never done before.

Da da da (da da da)
Da da da (da da da)
Da da da dun diddle un diddle un diddle uh da
Da da da (da da da)
Da da da (da da da)
Da da da dun diddle un diddle un diddle uh da

When I'm at Parkrun, I’m never on my own
I'm gonna be with friends both old and new
And when I'm dreaming, well I know I'm gonna dream
I'm gonna dream about when I'm out on a run
When I Parkrun (when I parkrun) well I know I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be the one who Parkruns along with you
And when I come home (when I come home) yes I know I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be checking my position and age grade
I'm gonna be checking my position and age grade

But I have run 500k
And I will run 500 more
Just to be the one who runs a 1000 k
like I’ve never done before.

Da da da (da da da)
Da da da (da da da)
Da da da dun diddle un diddle un diddle uh da
Da da da (da da da)
Da da da (da da da)
Da da da dun diddle un diddle un diddle uh da
Da da da (da da da)
Da da da (da da da)
Da da da dun diddle un diddle un diddle uh da
Da da da (da da da)
Da da da (da da da)
Da da da dun diddle un diddle un diddle uh da

But I have run 500k
And I will run 500 more
Just to be the one who runs a 1000 k
like I’ve never done before.

Tricia Griffiths

A man and woman sitting on a park bench celebrating completing 100 parkruns with a 100 parkruns flag.

Well done Tricia and Colin - 100 parkruns!

A woman shows a card celebrating completing 100 parkruns.

A woman holds up a bell.

Our new PB bell!

This week 238 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Linda STAPLETON • Stephen PERRY • Rebecca WILLMOTT • Paul HANLON • Russell WAREING • William WAREING • Louise WAREING • Tricia GRIFFITHS • Christine PERRY • Stephen RALSTON • Peter MCDONALD • Pam HOLME • Holly SATTERLY • Alan HATTON-YEO • Anna HARRISON • Alice DAVIES • Tom PALMER • Lucy HARRISON • Heather HARRISON • Mia READ • Erwin KALIS • Mariana RUFINO • Katharina JANKE • Jim FLETCHER • David JACKMAN • Steve SMITH • Rosie MORGAN • Sara ATKIN • Louise Ann WILSON • 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 6,982 participants have completed 45,497 parkruns covering a total distance of 227,485 km, including 8,723 new Personal Bests. A total of 466 individuals have volunteered 3,998 times.

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