Lancaster parkrun Event no.177 June 8th 2019

A smaller number of runners than usual on this wet day meant that Williamson Park felt a little quieter than usual. It was lovely still to see nearly 200 people and somehow, despite the puddles and the mud, 23 people managed to secure a new personal best!

Congratulations to Dan who ran this morning. He is getting married this afternoon in Ashton Memorial - what a great way to start your day! We hope you have a beautiful day and all the very best!

It was lovely to see some Women on the Run again from Kendal. They were back in Lancaster for some hill training after having visited Morecambe parkrun recently to set some hardcore PBs. We hope to see you again soon!

We had some milestone runners this week and a few people getting very close to their next milestone. Kati Wood ran her 50th parkrun this week, thank-you for the chocolates! Constanze Vageler also ran her 50th today as did Liz Dean, but her official celebration will happen with friends in a couple of weeks. Well done ladies!

Today was a milestone event for me too – it marks volunteering on 100 separate occasions. Alongside running and behind the scenes volunteering, parkrun has been a big part of my life over the last few years so I thought I would mark it by sharing my top 100 memories of parkrun… only joking! That would too much for even the most ardent of parkrun lovers, so instead here’s what parkrun means to me in 100 words:


My first parkrun was at Fell Foot, over a year before Lancaster had started. My sister had mentioned some run in a park in London, I thought ‘What’s special about running in the same park, the same route, every week?’ I have since discovered that parkrun is so much more than a run in the park. For me, it’s the community and sharing the positive impact it has on people, it’s the lovely friendships, it’s the challenge, it’s the taking part myself with my friends and with multiple generations of my family in many different places. Long may it continue!



Many thanks to our very hardy volunteers:

Stephen PERRY • Keith CARMAN • Ronald HUMMELINK • Bernie CHESHIRE • Andrea TOWSE • Imelda HATTON • Emma LAWRENSON • Christine PERRY • Jo MATTHEW • Cate MATTHEW • Kathryn HOYLE • Terry WAIN • Anna HARRISON • Harry FOX • Ian ROBERTS • Lucy HARRISON • Heather HARRISON • Mia READ • Alice BRIFFETT • Ellen TOWSE • Paul FOX • Lauren FOX • Jim FLETCHER • David JACKMAN • Tom HARDING • Daniel TOWSE • Peter SMITH • David KILBURN • Olivia KILBURN

See you soon, Andrea


Lancaster parkrun Event no.176 June 1st 2019

Many thanks to Sara for this week's run report:

222 parkrunners visited Williamson’s park this Saturday morning in the ever changing weather, not quite warm but not overly cold but dry at least! The weather had been a little soggy in the run up to Saturday, so the forecast was muddy with the chance of puddles. Thankfully there was only one small puddle to be found in Fenham Carr, so we all came out of there quite clean. Quite a few of the usual suspects were conspicuous by their absence but we know they were galloping round Grasmere and the other races taking place this weekend.

We were joined this week by the Running Granny Angela White, who is attempting to set a new world record by being the oldest female to travel the length of Britain on foot. Angela is documenting this record attempt and her journey to better her health and wellbeing by taking “Small Steps “. Angela is focusing on making small sustainable changes to her diet, activity levels and overall well being. If you wish to follow Angela on her Running Granny journey you can follow her Facebook and Instagram pages ‘therunninggranny’ she is also tweeting her progress on twitter @running_granny. We are very much looking forward to welcoming the Running Granny back to Lancaster Parkrun very soon.

This Saturday was nationwide GP takeover day, with surgeries up and down the country taking the Parkrun Pledge. Many GP Surgeries are becoming Parkrun Practices by signposting patients to the Parkrun community and promoting the benefits of being out and about either running, walking or volunteering to improve health and wellbeing. We were joined by the lovely Lucy, who came along to promote the takeover and to also take part.

We also need to thank TMA Harding for taking pictures for us this week, all photos are up on the Lancaster Parkrun Facebook page. Please do check them out and see if you can spot yourself.

We had a couple of Milestones this week with Tony Burns and Mariana Rufino both joining the 100 club, huge congrats to you both. We also had 4 generations of the Breslin clan running on Saturday with Spike, Ian, Liam and Danny all taking part, just showing how Parkrun can be enjoyed by all ages.


Out of the 222 runners this week, we had 20 participants getting PB’s, we had 27 anonymous runners (don’t forget your barcode or to register) and we had 28 first timers. We all hope you had fun at Lancaster and we see you again soon.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and peaceful week, see you at 9am on Saturday Morning - don’t forget your barcode, don’t forget to return your finish token and if you fancy having a go at volunteering please drop the Run Director an email on


Lancaster parkrun Event number 173, 4th May 2019

It was a bright but cold spring morning for Lancaster's back holiday parkrun. This week 280 people ran, jogged, and walked the challenging 5km course.

Thirty three of these were first timers and 50 achieved new personal bests including two men in the top five. A special mention must go to Paul Gillon who completed his 100th parkrun in an impressive time of 21:05.

Marshalling at the bottom of the hill in Fenham Carr, it was great to see so many smiling faces despite that final challenging climb up the hill back to the finish.

A huge thank you to Tom Palmer our run director this week and to the other 30 volunteers for their enthusiasm and encouragement.

Lucy Harrison

Runners at the top of the first hill.

Runners at the top of the first hill.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Linda STAPLETON • Emily STAPLETON • Stephen PERRY • Jayne PERRY • Keith CARMAN • Andrew HOLME • William WAREING • Christine PERRY • Catherine DOUGLAS • Peter MCDONALD • Jack BAXTER • Pam HOLME • Francesca CITRON • Anna HARRISON • Tom PALMER • Lucy HARRISON • Heather HARRISON • Mia READ • Abi READ • Erwin KALIS • Mariana RUFINO • Paul YATES • Katharina JANKE • Emily YATES • Jim FLETCHER • David JACKMAN • Seonaid DUGDILL • Sara ATKIN • George PSOINOS • David KILBURN • Olivia KILBURN

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 6,874 participants have completed 44,378 parkruns covering a total distance of 221,890 km, including 8,573 new Personal Bests. A total of 458 individuals have volunteered 3,855 times.


Lancaster parkrun Event number 172, 27th April 2019

My name is Phoebe and I’m 10. My mum does lots of walking so I wanted to set myself a challenge to walk a mile everyday in 2019. Mum asked me if I wanted to try tailwalking with her at Lancaster Parkrun to get my miles done, so I’ve started volunteering at parkrun. Mum always makes sure I have my barcode, she says not to ever forget it!

So far I’ve done tailwalking two times, marshalling and helped my mum barcode scan. My favourite role so far is barcode scanning, I really enjoyed seeing everyone happy and telling them all well done, it was great to meet lots of people. I love speaking to people and I like helping.

I liked it when we were at the bottom of the steps and clapping and cheering when people were running up them.

This week we were tail walkers and it was harder because of the weather but I was quicker and even when tired I really enjoyed it. I was so happy when mum told me I had got a PB and took my picture on the bench.

It was great today because Emma and Terry got their 100 runs and Jim got his 25 volunteers and hope to get there one day, I am only 20 behind him! I hope to get my 10 tee shirt before I am 11.

Lancaster parkrun is so friendly and enjoyable, Parkrun gets better every time I do it!

Phoebe Atkin.

Girl sitting on bench.

This week 250 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Ruth MEWIS • Emily STAPLETON • David ROSEN • Patrick CORBETT • Ryan MEWIS • Russell WAREING • Debra BUNTING • Georgie INTRONA • Tricia GRIFFITHS • Christine PERRY • Lucas INTRONA • Grant GRIFFITHS • Peter MCDONALD • Claire CORRIS • Claire CLARKE • Kathryn FOX • Harry FOX • Erwin KALIS • Mariana RUFINO • Jim FLETCHER • David JACKMAN • Vicky BOOTH • Sara ATKIN • 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 6,841 participants have completed 44,098 parkruns covering a total distance of 220,490 km, including 8,523 new Personal Bests. A total of 454 individuals have volunteered 3,824 times.


Lancaster parkrun Event number 171, 20th April 2019

Glorious Easter

It’s a while since I can remember an Easter as sunny and warm as this one! What a beautiful day for heading up to Williamson Park for parkrun this morning with the sun glinting off the Ashton Memorial! Walking up to the park there is a bank full of cowslips and snake’s head fritillary (purple and a few white), what a lovely spring sight, and up in the park there are expanses of white daffodils (Thalia?) and still some glorious cherry blossoms. What a beautiful spot and you can do a parkrun there too!

As always at Lancaster parkrun there was a warm welcome…


and a good time was had by the young, the young at heart and the four-legged…  



238 of us took advantage of the lovely morning to go around the course this week. 38 were running their first parkruns at Lancaster (welcome and come again), and 12, including my nephew Tom Bryan, were running their very first parkrun anywhere (well done Tom, and everyone, I hope it is the start of many parkrun adventures for you all). An impressive 36 personal bests were also recorded this week – well done all!

Two runners were celebrating milestones this week, Andrew White completed his 50th parkrun and Georgie Introna joined the 100 club (with an accompanying black 100 flag there at the end, nice touch). Many congratulations to you both!


A special thank goes to Willem and Lawrence from South Africa, who brought us a present: beautiful flags to celebrate the club milestones!


Thanks as always to all the volunteers who made it possible for us:

Emily STAPLETON • Stephen PERRY • Imelda HATTON • Christine PERRY • John HOWARTH • Catherine DOUGLAS • Peter MCDONALD • Tara CHAPMAN • Alan HATTON-YEO • Francesca CITRON • Anna HARRISON • Trevor FEAR • Alice DAVIES • Eileen DODWELL • Lucy HARRISON • Heather HARRISON • Mariana RUFINO • Jim FLETCHER • Seonaid DUGDILL • Rosie MORGAN • Sara ATKIN • Sandra MEIJER • Phoebe ATKIN

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