By Louise Cox
Little did I know how much parkrun would change my life when I first lined up to start at Lytham Hall on 1st April 2017. Since then I have run 178 times at 51 locations in 4 different countries, completed the alphabet challenge, made some wonderful friends and had a role as Grant Ambassador for parkrun Australia. It took me a while to start volunteering, starting with marshalling then run report writing, all the roles around the finish funnel, tail walking, junior parkrun and the first timers brief. Finally today I felt confident enough to have a go at being Run Director on my 83rd time volunteering.
So how was it? The weather was as good as it gets in November. There were plenty of experienced volunteers and event director Kirsten to guide me. I think I managed to get most of the important points across in the run brief including next week’s cancellation(20th November), we avoided a false start and no incidents were reported to me. Yes, it was a good experience and yes, I would do it again.
All the milestone achievements at event number 217 were for volunteering. Neil Tate got his 300th credit for helping with set up whilst June Brocklebank got to 50 marshalling in her now usual spot at Forest Gate and Jacob Ryott made it to 25 credits. Kirsten Burnett got to 249 volunteer episodes (she got to 250 the next day at junior parkrun). Did you know that you can now buy parkrun volunteer T shirts after 10 (white – juniors only), 25 (purple), 50 (red), 100 (black), 250 (green as worn by Neil) and 500 (blue) on-line from pro-direct running. They are another great reason to volunteer.
In addition to almost perfect running conditions there was a stunning beautiful autumn setting with the leaves on the trees having shades of yellow, orange, red and brown. This week 216 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers with 16 of these running their first ever parkrun. There were visitors from places that included Glasgow, Preston, Falkirk, Wilmslow and Scarborough. A brilliant 19 participants recorded new Personal Bests and representatives of 26 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by a top top team of 35 volunteers who made my job as run director so easy:
Clive John BERRY • Kirsten BURNETT • Julie ROONEY • Roy STEVENS • Neil TATE • Nigel KIDNER • Michelle SHERIDAN • Nicola WISEMAN • Greg OULTON • Louise MCLAREN • Darran AMES • June BROCKLEBANK • Donna COWLEY • Will TROHEAR • Jen TROHEAR • Gay FREEMAN • Charlotte Laura COPELAND • Marion WILSON • Claire MARKHAM • Jim HELLEWELL • Julie WISEMAN • Debbie PRESTON • Peter ROONEY • Phoebe HELLEWELL • Louise COX • Kenneth COX • Peter BAMFORD • Sue HENRY • Eugene TANSEY • Rich SPILMAN • Jane ALIBAND • Ian MCALLISTER • David RYOTT • Jacob RYOTT • Steve KENDALL
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Lytham Hall parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Andy BENSON who recorded a time of 15:31 on 11th February 2017 (event number 59).
The female record is held by Hayley CARRUTHERS who recorded a time of 16:38 on 4th January 2020 (event number 194).
The Age Grade course record is held by Maureen LANEY who recorded 94.93% (21:02) on 21st January 2017 (event number 56).
Lytham Hall parkrun started on 28th November 2015. Since then 7,550 participants have completed 45,682 parkruns covering a total distance of 228,410 km, including 8,345 new Personal Bests. A total of 618 individuals have volunteered 5,563 times.