Penrith parkrun is cancelled on 26 September 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Frenchfields is closed

Please be aware that Frenchfields sports pitches are now closed.  You should not attend or attempt to use Frenchfields until the Council re-open it.  This was taken with discussions with the police so it is safe to assume that the police will be enforcing this and fines maybe issued.

Please follow the government advice and stay safe

The message from Eden Council:

We have been asked by the police to lock up Frenchfield sport pitches as people were gathering there for a kickabout and to exercise. Please stay at home and take your daily walk or other exercise in your neighborhood. Remember: Stay At Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives


Saturday 7th March 2020

Penrith Parkrun report for Saturday 7th March 2020 by Paul Wilson

This week Parkrun celebrated female participation ahead of International Women’s Day on the 8th March. Out of the 362 runners, and walkers 11 women completed their first ever Parkrun. Holly Arnold, who completed her 7th Parkrun today shared Parkrun thoughts:

Why did you get involved with Parkrun?

Having decided to try running as a way to help look after my physical and mental wellbeing after having my daughters, I used the 'One You' couch to 5k app to gradually build up my fitness. Parkrun was a perfect target to aim for upon completing the program and having heard great things about it from family members, I set myself the challenge and decided to give it a go.

How easy or otherwise was it to get involved?

I was nervous about doing it at first as I wasn't sure whether I would be able to run 5k and thought I might get left behind, but I found the whole set up so easy to follow and so inclusive that those nerves quickly disappeared and I loved it. You really can just go at your own pace and there's so much support around the route that it's easy to keep going.

What has/does Parkrun do for you?

I'm amazed by how quickly Parkrun has helped me keep going and go further with my running. Seeing your times improve each week is a real confidence boost and it feels like a really safe environment to push yourself that little bit harder each time. I'm more motivated than ever to get out running between each Parkrun and see how much quicker I can go! A few months ago, that would have felt unimaginable to me.

What would you say to someone contemplating Parkrun?

Definitely give it a go, it really is for everyone. It's a great way to start the weekend and the atmosphere is amazing. And if that doesn't motivate you, there's an incredible array of cakes and hot drinks at the end!!

How do you feel before/after Parkrun?

Before Parkrun I usually feel quite tired and a bit frantic having been woken in the night by a hungry baby and having run the gauntlet of leaving the house at peak toddler dressing and feeding time. However, afterwards I always feel energised and pleased that I made the effort to go. It's great knowing that I can enjoy the rest of the day with my family safe in the knowledge that I've ticked off my exercise for the day.

Three things you love about Penrith Parkrun?

I really love how inclusive it is. There really are people of all ages and abilities coming together each week and supporting each other in doing something that's so good for us all.

I love seeing families coming together to take on a challenge. I see so many children each week running with their parents, as well as mums and dads being cheered on by babies and toddlers on the side-lines. My daughter has loved coming to cheer on not just her mum but her nana, great uncle and aunt as well! Hopefully, watching these things will help motivate and give her the confidence to be fit and active herself as she grows up.

It's a great way to start the weekend. Everyone is so positive and the atmosphere really lifts you up no matter what your week's been like. I love going home knowing I've done some exercise and feeling more energised to play with my kids and enjoy my weekend.

First home for the ladies was Amelie Marshall (19:28), Suzanne Smith with a new PB of 20:55 and Karen Bridge (20:58). Jonathan Cox was first home with a time of 17:21 followed by Ben Grayson (17:50) and James Grinbergs (18:48).

Other personal milestones (Parkruns completed) today were:

Junior runner Charlotte Bridson – 10

Richard Unwin – 50

Judith Robertson – 150

The blue and green vests of local running club Eden Runners were out in force today competing in their 3nd Parkrun Champs of 2020.

Everyone is welcome at Parkrun. It is a timed event and free to all. You don’t have to be fast or even run. Today’s times ranged from 17:21 to 46:22. You’ll never be left out on the course on your own. A volunteer “tail walker” is always last in. You can see a full list of times at:

Do come and join us soon and run, jog, walk or volunteer – and enjoy coffee, tea, cake and a wonderful atmosphere. For more information and to register see:

Report by Paul Wilson



Penrith Parkrun #306 – 22nd February 2020

Following a third consecutive Friday evening of relentless rain and stormy conditions on the eve of the Penrith Parkrun #306, the undefeatable nature of the stalwart Parkrun volunteers was present yet again to keep Penrith moving. The River Eamont had burst its banks and flooded inwards towards Frenchfield Sports Centre, decimating the normally scenic and many Parkrunners favourite part of the course, ‘the canal turn’. This did not put off the hardy bunch of volunteers, whom were in action at the ungodly time of 7.30am to ensure that an alternative safe and uncompromised 5km (3.1 mile) route could be enjoyed by all participants.

A temporary route was now in place with cones and supportive marshals at every corner ready to encourage the eager participants. Penrith Parkrun #306 commenced in relatively calm weather given the previous evenings stormy conditions. This week 278 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 48 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Best times. A fantastic achievement given a change in weather at the midpoint of the event, whereby driving hail stones rained down on both participants and race organisers. In addition, to their pre-event commitment the generous 33 volunteers painstakingly marshalled the event in cold and snowy, wet and blustery conditions encouraging each and every participant.

James Fargher (Eden Runners), Stephen Morland (Knaresborough Striders) and Oliver Saxon (Eden Runners) crossed the line in first, second and third respectively. James still managed to clock a fantastic time of 19 minutes and 4 seconds in less than ideal running conditions. Karen Bridge (Eden Runners), Nicola King (Eden Runners) and Rachel Kraft (Unattached) were first, second and third ladies over the finish line respectively. Karen crossing the line in a time of 21 minutes and 48 seconds.

The post event scene was one of Frenchfield Sports Centre Pavillion steamed up from the inside from the temperate bodies of laughing and joking participants and marshals. A place where people of all generations were able to share their individual story of the mornings event over a mug of something warm and homemade cakes, made the evening before by the avid bakers within Penrith Parkrun ranks. Until next week (and all those Saturdays that follow), Saturday 29th February 2020 at 9.0ParkRun1ParkRun2ParkRun30am, Frenchfield Sports Centre, we will all meet again.


International Women’s Day ( 7 Mar 2020) – This Girl Can

International Women's Day ( 7 Mar 2020)

We will be staging a special event for International Women's Day

This event will be supported by the This Girl Can campaign, and our partners Sport We’d love it if you could share them to help us encourage as many women and girls as possible to join us on the day.

Why are we being encouraged to celebrate International Women’s Day?

Our research shows us that, across the world, women are less likely than men to take part in parkrun. Despite the fact that females make 54% of registrations, they are less likely than men to take part in parkrun and to continue participating. IWD parkrun is a fantastic opportunity to encourage more women and girls to participate in parkrun events all over the world. 

Can men still participate in parkrun on this day?

Yes, everyone is always welcome to participate at parkrun!


Saturday 8th February

Penrith Parkrun report for Saturday 8th February 2020 by Paul Wilson

Happy Birthday to Penrith parkrun which started on 8th February 2014. Since then 8,516 participants have completed 52,423 Parkruns covering a total distance of 262,115 km, including 9,070 new Personal Bests (PB’s). A total of 284 individuals have volunteered 4,271 times. Today Penrith Parkrun were supporting the Great North Air Ambulance Service.  Monies donated, in collection buckets and for teas, coffees and cakes (today and next week), will be given to GNAAS.

Today was also a special for Dylan Robinson who completed his 100th Parkrun… at 7 years young. See picture of Dylan with pal Hayden Boyd. Quite an achievement for Dylan who only began his Parkrun career in November 2017. Dylan bought along cakes (see pics) for Parkrunners to join his celebration and to thank the volunteers. As well as running Dylan likes to cycle, play football and watch The Simpsons on TV.

Other personal milestones today were: Anthony Nicholson and Tim Southorn both notching up 150 Parkruns. Elaine Sargent also completed her 100th Parkrun with a PB of 24’38”.

Jonathan Cox was first home today with a time of 16’40” followed by Stephen Gibson (18’18”) and Jamie Coates (18’42”. First home for the ladies was Nicola King (21’10”), Emma Nielsen (21’11”) and Victoria Lawson with a PB of21’22”.

A plethora of blue and green vests were in evidence today as local running club Eden Runners were out in force competing in their 2nd Parkrun Champs of 2020.

Parkrun is a timed event and free to all. You don’t have to be fast or even run. Today’s times ranged from 16’:40” to 55’:17”. You’ll never be left out on the course on your own. A volunteer “tail walker” is always last in. You can see a full list of times at:

Do come and join us soon and run, jog, walk or volunteer – and enjoy coffee, tea, cake and a wonderful atmosphere. For more information and to register see:

Report by Paul Wilson.

Dylan on the left.

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