Event 319 – 24/07/2021


Lincoln parkrun

It's come home. 70 weeks of hurt. False start. Double wave.....

Ladies and Gentlemen, boys, girls, parkrunners all. WE ARE LINCOLN PARKRUN AND WE ARE BACK.

Oh, how good does that feel! Yes, the core team met at 7.10am, our earliest ever start. We checked the course, brought out the kit, met our most awesome team of volunteers and set up al the equipment. Much had not changed, and some essential changes had been fitted into the processes, most notably, all volunteers used their own smartphones rather than parkrun provided watches or scanners.

Volunteers Lincoln parkrun

But firstly, one big change: a planned retirement from the core team. Pat left us during lockdown (and can now be found in an NHS uniform) and so we wish him the very best of luck, good fortune and our love. Many thanks for all your support Pat, pop back when you can!

We also welcome Mark as one of our Run Directors. Mark had served with us a few months before moving south, but is firmly back in Lincoln and already providing his expertise, humour and hopefully, next week's coffee and biscuits while we process the results!

So, at 8.50, Jim picked up the microphone, and with a cheeky smile, called out, "Hello Lincoln!" for the first time in 70 weeks. Oh, how good that felt! Peter welcomed some new starters, and Louisa took over with the formal pre-run briefing.

Lincoln parkrun new runners' briefing

The start has to be narrow for the forthcoming months, but that didn't phase anyone - with a smile and a space everyone, perhaps slightly nervously, lined up behind the start line, ready for that faintly memorised announcement,

3 - 2 - 1 - GO!

the return of Lincoln parkrun, 24 July 2021, Boultham Park, Lincoln

The parkrun took its usual feel - a few spectators and the volunteers lined the finish area, cheering runners and walkers on the first laps. Will led the field out and appeared as if he could never be caught. Lewis gave chase, and with a PB could well catch him in the coming months.

After an hour, 348 people finished, 36 of them first timers! So a massive welcome and well done to:

Alastair SIMSON, Alex FLYNN, Barry SKINNER, Cailean MCLEAN, Charlotte MCMILLAN, Chris COVELEY, Courtney DENTON, Daniel BROOKS, David EMERSON, Denise LOCK, Ella JENKINS, Evie MILLOTT, Gareth SPEED, Heath MILLOTT, Ian KNAGGS, Jake SPEED, James PEPPER, Joe BATEMAN, Joe WILSON, John RADLEY, Kevin SCRIMSHAW, Lewis HULL, Linda FROGGATT, Maureen ALDOUS, Natasha BURNS, Neil BUCK, Neil DARBY, Peter SMITH, Richard CHARLES, Sean OBRIEN, Sharon REANEY, Steve NEILL, Sue CHAFER, Thomas BEAN, Thomas PEPPER, Tony HARRISON.

We also congratulate the following people for their most eagerly anticipated milestones (!):

Junior 10: Jack CODD - well done on the PB too!


100: Ian SPRIGG

And also congratulations to two "young" gentlemen who beat age category records:



(and remember, these records cover all age groups - so whether you're a 14 year old boy or a 70 year old lady, you just have to beat those the same age as you!)

And happy birthday to everyone who's had a birthday since we last ran. Yeah. We know. That's everyone!

We'll be back on Saturday - New Runners' briefing prompt at 8.50am, main briefing prompt at 9.00am. See you then!

Louisa, Andy, Mark, Jim

Event number 319: 24th July 2021

This week 348 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 54 were first timers and 45 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 38 volunteers:

Stu BLISSITT • Andy FURNELL • Jim ARAM • Sarah WASHBOURN • Mark NOTT • Shirley DEVLIN • Louisa DENNETT • Samantha NOTT • Andy M JONES • Sam C JONES • Trish GROVES • Helen SEGEBARTH • Eleanor GARBUTT • Penny FATCHETT-LAWRENCE • Katie STARK • Spencer CREEK • Lester CRAVEN • Alice CARTER • Stan BARBER • Sarah HARPER • John KILCOYNE • Eileen PEARSON • Jim DIAMOND • Helen CREEK • Jack BALCHIN • Caroline HARRISON • June BRAMMER • Peter WARD • Will NICKELL • Penny AINSLEY • Paul REES • Sarah HARPER • Jules MCGINN • Mike KEAL • Sally MILNES • Sam BRETT • Barbara MCBRIDE • Sophie THORNDIKE

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

The male record is held by Matthew BOWSER who recorded a time of 14:54 on 24th May 2014 (event number 26).
The female record is held by Abbie DONNELLY who recorded a time of 16:54 on 21st September 2019 (event number 292).
The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 95.13% (24:37) on 8th October 2016 (event number 144).

Lincoln parkrun started on 16th November 2013. Since then 12,442 participants have completed 108,112 parkruns covering a total distance of 540,560 km, including 19,025 new Personal Bests. A total of 893 individuals have volunteered 7,313 times.


Welcome Back!

The return of Lincoln parkrun


Finally after 16 months of no weekly parkrun fix, we are set to return this coming Saturday, 24th July, 2021.

Whoever would have thought it would have been this long before we could all meet again to enjoy and benefit from everything parkrun has to offer? There are lots more people running now and so we’re not quite sure what to expect at our first event. Some are very excited, some are excited and also a little apprehensive, and some may still not feel comfortable in the ‘mass gathering’ environment.

One thing we can assure you, is it’s the same Lincoln team, with the same passion for parkrun as the day we finished in March 2020 and we’re all really looking forward to seeing you all again.

parkrun is that simple Saturday morning social fix along with some exercise that means so much to many. I’m sure there have been times when many of us would have benefited from that weekly escape and had to do without. Well fear not, we’re coming back and we’re here to look after you!

We want our parkrun to be just like it was and our passion and drive is there the same as it always was, but with Covid doing what it’s done to the world, there will be a few changes to help keep you all safe.

The park is looking stunning after the works that have taken place and we’ve been fortunate in a way, that parkrun events haven’t been happening, but the work has – our event would have been halted by the works anyway, so at least there shouldn’t be any disruption now we’re starting again.

Please read on as we highlight some of the changes that need to happen within the Covid framework set out by parkrun HQ:

Car Parking:

Unfortunately, the bowls club is closed to us for breakfasts for the time being, but we have been fortunate enough to be allowed to use the car park as an overspill car park.

We ask that you run, walk, cycle to parkrun where possible. Enjoy the outdoors – it’s the safest place to be anyway and it’ll warm you up nicely for the event. However, if you must drive, please park considerately in the neighbouring area. Preferably using the car parks at Boultham Park itself.

There is the main car park accessed by Hall Drive, or the car park BEHIND the Doctor’s surgery (don’t use the surgery itself) on Boultham Park Road. If parking roadside, please don’t block driveways or footpaths.

The Bowls Club car park will be manned by one of our volunteers. To gain entry, you must show a parkrun barcode and please be aware it will be locked at 8.55am. By this time, everyone should be in the park anyway. It won’t then be reopened until 9:30. Everyone must have left the car park by 10:30 when it will be locked. We hope that this works, if we find that there are still cars there after 10:30 then we won’t be able to offer this any longer. The Run Director needs to be free to leave to sort kit, process results etc. The Run Director’s morning extends long after everyone has vacated the park, so please help us with this!


The first timer briefing will still take place at 8:50am by the finish area. It’s important that anyone new attends this as the information covered in this, will not be covered in the main briefing. The main briefing will be no longer than two minutes. Please spread out and be quiet. We used to say ‘gather in’ – we can’t do this anymore, so it’s important we have silence and people listen.

Unfortunately our milestone celebrations can’t take place. They take up too much time and to be honest, are difficult for us to administer now as our event is so big. Feel free to borrow our cards though, and send us your photos – we can Facebook share them.

Start Area:

The start area will be narrower but longer. It will also be marked out with your estimated finish times. Please do be considerate with this. It will help alleviate the bottle neck at June’s bridge. So if you unless you know you'll finish in 15 minutes, please don’t stand on the front line!! Please enter the start area from the back. It will be marked out with the finish funnel and we will then move this to the finish once the event has started.

We’ll please ask that pushchairs start towards the back, along with anyone wishing to run with a dog. Cani-cross harnesses are not permitted at Lincoln. Dogs must be kept on a short lead and it is one dog only per runner.

The course itself:

Please keep to the paths and please take extra special care not to cut corners or trample on any newly planted areas. Boultham Park has become increasingly popular throughout lockdown and there may well be a large number of other park users. Remember we are all allowed to be there, so show them what a friendly bunch we are. There’s no need for any pushing or shoving and please don’t spit! A little random but this is actually noted in the Covid framework! We’ll have the same friendly marshals we have always had – any problems and they’re there to help you. Please don’t high five them though and unfortunately, for the time being, they’re unable to hand out sweets.

Finish Funnel:

Only cross the finish line once and only after three laps. If you can’t manage three or have run an extra lap with family, step off the course well before the timekeepers. Once in the funnel, stay in order, keep your distance but keep moving.

We will have funnel managers who might sound as though they’re nagging you, but again, they’re there to keep you safe and help everything run smoothly.

Please have your hand open to take your finish token. All tokens need to be returned to the scanners.

We have more scanners now. They will not be digging in your pockets or undoing your trainers to retrieve your token from wherever you’ve kept it safe! (trust me, we’ve been asked to rummage around for tokens before!!) And as much as we’d like to help you, we just can’t. The parkrunner needs to hold up their barcode to allow the scanner to scan it, then the parkrunner needs to hold the finish token up and once this is scanned, place it in the box on the floor. There must be no physical contact between parkrunner and the person scanning.

If you don’t have a barcode, please return your token to either the barcode scribe person if there is one available, or to one of the Run Directors (black and white jackets and temporary yellow assistant run director jackets). It help us to know which tokens haven’t been scanned.


Of course, enjoy the event, have a chat, but be mindful of how others feel about things. The Run Directors cannot wait to be back, but please bear with us – we’ve a lot to remember and a lot of responsibility. We can’t chat for long; we’re not being rude, we’re just busy! As mentioned earlier, our morning doesn’t end when we leave the park. We have results to process and this process has changed. We have spent time looking at this and learning the new way, but if your results are later than they used to be, please don’t panic. In fact, they can actually be processed at any time, so sometimes it depends what other commitments they have. Everyone is a volunteer and sometimes other things just take priority.


Please thank them and please consider volunteering yourself. Everyone is a volunteer and so only by sharing the load, can the event take place. We do need more people than normal at the moment. For timekeeping and scanning, the person volunteering does need to have their own mobile phone with the Virtual Volunteer App downloaded. We are no longer using the parkrun watches and scanners. It does work so much better though and we’re very excited about this. If you would like to volunteer, please opt in to our volunteer emails or drop us a message at Lincoln@parkrun.com We can book you in months in advance. You can see the roster for future weeks HERE.

So how excited are you?! We cannot wait to see you all and shout 3,2,1 go! We’ve waited a long time for this, so let’s enjoy it. Remember it’s a run not a race and Lincoln parkrun is a beautiful event from start to finish, so let’s carry on where we left off!

See you on Saturday!

Best wishes,

Louisa, Jim, Andy and Mark

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Not an Event #1

That Was the Week that Wasn't

Wow. This is hard. Last week we joked and laughed and ran and walked and stood on corners cheering each other. We had full fridges and celebrated milestones and waved to the ladies in the Care Home.

Oh how so much has changed.

Oh how so much HAS NOT CHANGED. Right, sad face - in the bin. We're better than that. We can distance ourselves physically, because that's what saves lives. But as a parkrun community, WE HELP EACH OTHER.

And some of us have been posting great reports of running to keep healthy, running to help mental well-being, and chatting on the phone to prevent strangers becoming lonely. We did this, and will continue, because we are parkrunners and we are awesome.

Just to quote one regular,

"we chose signs and lampposts to represent our favourite marshals and did virtual high 5's along the way" - brilliant!

Stay safe folks, stay inside, keep on social media to keep yourselves mentally active!

All the best,

Louisa, Jim, Andy, Pat

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Event 318 – 14/03/20

We're (NOT) All Doomed!

Well, good grief. A lovely event was enjoyed by everyone who came along! Some people ran, some walked, some jogged, and 24 volunteered their time and effort so it could happen. Health and safety was a concern, but quite simply, we took care, though we did make the shocking announcement that volunteers couldn't "high five" or hand out sweets! Your cooperation was most gratefully appreciated, so from the core team here's a big thanks to everyone who simply just used common sense! Our event will - as far as we know at the moment - continue, but obviously if the government or parkrun national headquarters decide to stop "mass gatherings" or other events that would include us, we'll have to pause our excitement on our favourite weekend mornings! Unusual as it may seem, I'd also ask people not to meet in large groups for "freedom" runs, as has been suggested on social media - you're welcome to run round the park when you like - but if 100 people decide to all run at once it'd not help the situation! Run when you can, however, we don't want everyone losing fitness! Health is the key, so don't compromise yours just for a short run! As soon as we know what's happening, we'll be in touch via our social media, so keep in touch! Next week we may well know more. Despite the apparent gloom, we do hope to continue our magical event, helping people gain and maintain fitness, both physically and mentally!! So I hope to see you then!!

Run Director

Lincoln parkrun:

Event number 318, 14th March 2020

Congratulations to our milestone runners:




Birthdays: Louisa DENNETT, Julie TRUMAN

This week 366 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Jim ARAM • Shirley DEVLIN • Louisa DENNETT • Andy M JONES • Betty STRACEY • Sandra PURDY • Andrew GARBUTT • Pieter MOSTERT • Jane STRAW • Spencer CREEK • Lester CRAVEN • Debbie RICHARDS • Pat SMITH-HOWELL • Helen CREEK • Jack BALCHIN • June BRAMMER • Peter WARD • Jamie SWINDALE • Jonathan ASHTON • Craig BREWER • Tracey MORGAN • Katie TAYLOR • Samuel RUEDISUELI • Sam BRETT

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

The male record is held by Matthew BOWSER who recorded a time of 14:54 on 24th May 2014 (event number 26).
The female record is held by Abbie DONNELLY who recorded a time of 16:54 on 21st September 2019 (event number 292).
The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 95.13% (24:37) on 8th October 2016 (event number 144).

Lincoln parkrun started on 16th November 2013. Since then 12,388 participants have completed 107,764 parkruns covering a total distance of 538,820 km, including 18,980 new Personal Bests. A total of 890 individuals have volunteered 7,275 times.


Event 317 – 07/03/2020

This Girl Can (as can everyone at parkrun!)

This is a brief Run Report this week, lots of you may know we had a runner who was taken ill in the funnel. Firstly, please may I reassure you all that the runner is absolutely fine. A huge thank you to those who assisted in this situation, thank you also to the runners who finished around this time for their patience and concern. Our volunteer team was simply amazing - the event carried on as normal around this challenging situation. As Run Director - thank you so much, it's definitely proof that our plans and procedures work and that we have a truly precious community that pulls together in times of need. Thank you also to the Paramedic from EMAS and one of our parkrunners who also happens to work on the ambulance control, who happened to be on duty and assisted in the dispatch of the ambulance car.

We were pleased to be supporting International Women's Day this week, alongside the #thisgirlcan campaign, and after lots of Facebook promotion, were delighted to see lots of women and girls taking part on Saturday. The Bandstand was prettied up with some purple bunting, lots of runners donned the purple dress code, plenty of female volunteers around the course and the new selfie board was extremely popular indeed. Photos can be seen on our Lincoln parkrun official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/lincolnparkrun/

It was mentioned in the briefing, that although we were supporting the campaign, we were actually not doing anything differently to what we normally do at parkrun, but it was indeed a fabulous opportunity to encourage lots of new faces to join us and see just how friendly and inclusive we are. We hope to see you all again soon.

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We did celebrate some milestones again this week along with a birthday. Congratulations to you all! Wishing you all many more happy parkuns!

It was a pleasure to host the parkrun in calm conditions and we hope this continues! Of course we do have a global issue to contend with at the moment. Please always check the Facebook page and parkrun websites for any updates, but as it stands at the moment, I will leave you with this:

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Jim will be taking care of you this coming week and the Lincoln Half Marathon team will be visiting! See you then!

Lincoln parkrun
Event number 317
7th March 2020

This week 477 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 92 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 33 volunteers:


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

The male record is held by Matthew BOWSER who recorded a time of 14:54 on 24th May 2014 (event number 26).
The female record is held by Abbie DONNELLY who recorded a time of 16:54 on 21st September 2019 (event number 292).
The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 95.13% (24:37) on 8th October 2016 (event number 144).

Lincoln parkrun started on 16th November 2013. Since then 12,366 participants have completed 107,398 parkruns covering a total distance of 536,990 km, including 18,932 new Personal Bests. A total of 889 individuals have volunteered 7,251 times.






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