Peter Pan parkrun is cancelled on 2021-05-08 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

A review of 2020 (or the first 11 weeks}, by Rob Newton

2020 - a year to remember ?

At the start of each year we like to look back on the highlights of the previous year and recognises successes and achievements, and generally all the fun stuff we've had throughout the year at Peter Pan parkrun. Who would have guessed way back in January that this year would turn out as it has ?. Many words could be used but let's not dwell on that but reflect on the good things that happened between Event # 349 on 1st January and Event # 360 on 14th March .......

As has been the tradition, we wished each other a Happy New Year and started our parkrun adventures on 1st January, a mild but breezy morning capable of blowing anyway any cobwebs from the night before !. Last year we realised that the NYD 'double parkrun' with our friends at the Humber Bridge parkrun was proving to be difficult to manage as both our parkruns were being overwhelmed by the volume of participants. Much as we enjoyed having so many visitors it was evident our relatively small parkruns couldn't really cope with such large numbers and put a huge burden on our volunteers and the course. Thus we agreed to reverting back to starting both our events at the same time.

We dipped into our funds and invested in a much needed new laptop to replace the trusty (but now clanky) original laptop which had served well since Event 1 way back in April 2013. Our results processor and regular volunteer Olivia BETTS put it to immediate use, ensuring an even speedier uploading and distribution of the all-important and eagerly awaited results.

As ever we celebrated (with chocolate and cake !) and congratulated our Milestone Achievers within our pre run announcements. A very big Well Done to the following :-

250 Parkruns

  •  Ivor ROBERTS
  •  Kim HEWSON
  • David RIVERS
  • Mike WATSON

100 Parkruns

  • Lily CRAVEN
  • Emily CRAVEN
  • Jane ALLEN
  • Andy HAGYARD
  • David LLOYD
  • Neil GOURLEY
  • Paul JACOBS
  • Mike GILL

50 Parkuns

  • Julie GIBSON
  • Darryl JONES
  • Craig NELSON
  • Lorraine SCOTT
  • Alex WILSON
  • Jonathan SHAW
  • Graham HUGHES
  • Tracey JACKSON
  • Samantha WISHART
  • Antony BARTON

10 Parkruns (junior runners)

  • William WESSON
  • Fynn COUNTER
  • Luke SUTTON

I'm sure once we're back at parkrun again there will be an abundance of milestones to celebrate with much applause (and maybe some cake and chocolate ?).

Of course parkrun can't happen without the hard work and commitment of our volunteers. Our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers Jasmine THOMPSON, Kathleen WILKS and Olivia BETTS all passed the 50 volunteer session mark. They also brought along their friend Molly ELLISON-EDWARDS who has now become a regular and dependable volunteer. I have nothing but praise for these young volunteers who carry out their roles in a polite and friendly manner, reflecting well on our parkrun.

Some other highlights .....

The West Hull Ladies running club brought their 0-5K club mates who were to embark on their first parkrun on what was one of several wet Saturdays in March. Each of the parkrun 'first timers' were accompanied by a running buddy. As always, the West Hull Ladies kindly provided absolutely loads of cakes, biscuits and chocolates for all to share at the finish line.

We had a Ladies volunteer takeover day as parkrun celebrated International Women’s Day in conjunction with ThisGirlCan. Celina APPLEBY took on the role of Run Director, carefully co-ordinating her volunteer team, and making sure that the male volunteers got a run in (no excuses were accepted apart from our trusty everpresent timekeeper Graham COOK).

One of the 15 UK parkrun Golden Batons arrived via Hull parkrun on its trip around the UK, and Rob NEWTON passed it onto a snowy Victoria parkrun in Glasgow the following week.

Mike MANDERS appeared in a full suit of armour, much to our surprise, and proceeded to record a most credible 44 minutes 22 seconds. Mike was using parkrun as part of his training for the Hull 10K and Great North Run, which he'd planned as a sponsored run for the Action for Children charity.  Mike mentioned that his suit of armour weighed a hefty 5 stone 3 pound !.

Sadly we said goodbye to Ziggy, our four legged Sheltie friend who would be found at Ziggy's Corner with his 'mum' Shirley GOY in all but the worst of weathers. Ziggy had been a regular at Peter Pan for a number of years.

In August we also sadly said goodbye to Lynda BURTON, a regular volunteer and parkrunner and very much a part of our parkrun community, bringing along other members of her family to parkrun.

Our last parkrun was on 14th March, we didn't realise then how long we'd be away from each other and miss our little parkrun community and weekly 5K jaunt in the park. parkrun introduced (not)parkrun in June as a means of motivating people to keep some exercise routine going, which some of you have taken up. For more information on (not)parkrun and how to get involved, please visit our FAQs.

However out of darkness comes light, and there is hope such that we will return to parkrun sometime on a joyful day within the coming year.

Wishing you health and happiness.





(not)parkrun is here!

(not)parkrun is here!


We’re excited to announce the launch of (not)parkrun!


Over the past several weeks whilst parkrun has been suspended we’ve been finding different ways to keep the parkrun community engaged: from quizzes to the School of parkrun, Instagram and Facebook Live interviews and warm-ups on YouTube.


Many parkrun events have also been creative in finding new ways to entertain and support their parkrun community but one question has been asked more than just about any other: can we organise a ‘virtual’ parkrun, for people to participate in in the absence of their usual Saturday timed 5k walk, jog or run?


Many people have come to us with a suggestion on how this could work, and it was one question we were frequently asked in our recent calls with 1,000 ambassadors and event teams around the world.


We gave it plenty of thought and realised there was something we could do. So we wrote some code and put our creative minds together to come up with a catchy name…


And we’re delighted to announce the launch of (not)parkrun!




What is (not)parkrun? Well, it’s not parkrun. It’s not about walking, jogging, or running at your regular parkrun location, and definitely not necessarily doing so on a Saturday morning.


And it’s not a replacement for parkrun, or in any way planning for a ‘new normal’ where parkrun events don’t exist (we definitely will be back).


Launching sometime next week, (not)parkrun is an opportunity for parkrunners to submit a 5k walk, jog, or run, on a route of your choosing, wherever you are in the world and following appropriate guidelines for physical activity wherever you’re based.


It works a bit like the parkrun ‘Freedom run’ – an opportunity for you to self-declare the date and time of a walk, jog or run and at the same time represent your home parkrun. You can record up to one activity per day, with your fastest time each week included in a weekly results table.


There’s no need to re-register to take part in (not)parkrun, your existing parkrun profile will allow you to log and view your (not)parkruns.


We’ve put together a simple guide and some FAQs here.




(not)parkrun is entirely separate to, and different from, parkrun. Participating in (not)parkrun does not count towards parkrun milestones and there are no volunteering opportunities at (not)parkrun – this is simply a walk, jog, run initiative.


parkrun events are welcome to promote it, but there’s no requirement to do so. If events have their own ‘virtual parkrun’ established they are welcome to continue organising that as well.


parkrun will be back. In the meantime, and just for fun, we invite you to participate in (not)parkrun.


Why not?




Event # 360, Saturday 14th March 2020, by Rob Newton

Ziggy, our four legged friend


Earlier in the week we'd received the sad news that Ziggy, our four legged Sheltie dog friend had passed away at the grand age of 17.  Ziggy and his 'mum' Shirley Goy had looked after the turn point at the far side of the park, which we named Ziggy's Corner, since 2017.  Ziggy's 'dad' Andy Goy joined us at event 192 back in November 2016 and not too long after Shirley came along with Ziggy and offered to marshal. All 3 of the Goys soon became Peter Pan regulars, such that Shirley was one of the first names on the volunteer roster, unless otherwise advised.

Shirley, Andy, and Ziggy were usually amongst our earliest arrivals on a Saturday, allowing time for a quick chat with everyone and a bit of fuss over Ziggy, although he was a quiet shy, chap.  It was always a pleasure to notice Ziggy quietly wondering why 'us humans' passed him not once, or twice, but three times every morning.  As seen above, Ziggy also had a hi-vis jacket, to which Shirley added her homemade 25, 50 and 100 badges to recognise the number of volunteering attendances by Ziggy. When it was a little cold or wet Ziggy would stand on a blanket to keep his paws warm, although more recently Shirley and Andy would leave him at home in the inclement weather.

A much loved character, Ziggy volunteered at parkrun an incredible 114 times, predominantly with ourselves but also at Humber Bridge and Seaton in Devon, a favourite destination of Shirley and Andy.  Such is the fame of Ziggy that he was once recognised at Seaton by a runner visiting from Hull. We feel saddened that we've lost both Oliver and Ziggy in the space of just 3 months, although Shirley and Linda both feel they're both together somewhere enjoying canine adventures.

We acknowleged the magic and support that Ziggy brought each week to our little parkrun by heartfelt warm applause.  Thank you Ziggy.  Forever Ziggy's Corner. x

Once again we were able to congratulate a number of our Peter Pan regulars on some amazing running achievements.  David River brought along a very tasty chocolate cake which his wife had baked and iced in green with the parkrun logo.  David was about to embark on run number 250, and we look forward to seeing him in the parkrun green t shirt. For the record David's 250 parkruns include 131 with us, 29 at Humber Bridge, 15 at Hull and the remainder at a huge variety of parkruns throughout many parts of the UK.  David is a parkrun tourist, on the quest to the alphabet of parkruns, i.e. a parkrun from every letter of the alphabet (although I'm not sure if there's a Z in the UK, yet).


David River's 250 cake

Some unofficial but highly commendable milestones were celebrated by Nicole Redfern (200) and both Ian Morley and Jon Robinson (150).  Very much noteworthy, Ann Holmes recently completed her 100th marathon and was seen this morning in her 100 marathon club t shirt. Many congratulations to you all.


Ann Holmes (100 marathons), David Rivers (250 parkruns), Ian Morley (150), Nicole Redfern (200) and Jon Robinson (150).

Following a week of relatively dry weather we'd hoped to return to the field, however a heavy downpour on Friday night and some rain on Saturday morning meant that the ground still seemed boggy. Thankfully we're still able to fit 5K into the park using the paths, although this does mean sensible running to avoid collisions on the paths to and from Ziggy and Oliver's Corners. We also suggested that those of you who wanted to tackle the field could do so, although the firmer ground of the paths has proved beneficial to some as 25 PBs were recorded today.  Well done if you got the magic PB against your time. 12 people joined us at Peter Pan for the first time.  We hope you enjoyed it and will return again sometime.

Making an appearance in a rather unusual manner was Mike Manders, who donned a suit of armour !.  Mike was using parkrun as part of his training for the Hull 10K and Great North Run, which he is doing as a sponsored run for the Action for Children charity.  Mike mentioned that his suit of armour weighs a hefty 5 stone 3 pounds, which he was relieved to remove after an enduring 44 minutes 22 seconds.  By comparison Mike's Peter Pan PB is 20 minutes 36.  Mike received much encouragement by everyone on the course as he clanked his way round, receiving many cheers from his family.  Good luck in your sponsored runs Mike, and we look forward to hearing how you get on.


 The armoured man, Mike Manders

As always we are grateful to our volunteers who help to make the event happen, before, during and after the event . David J BELL • Graham COOK • Alex HOGGARD • Kathleen WILKS • Rob NEWTON • Andrew HALL • Liz PHILLIPS • Paul MAUNOURY • Dinah ASHBRIDGE • Jackie LONG • Andy GOY • Andy NAYLOR • Barbara WESSON • Shirley GOY • Lynda BURTON • Jasmine THOMPSON • Robert BURTON • Molly ELLISON-EDWARDS • Michael NAYLOR • Jack DESFORGES

Normally I'd finish by saying hope to see you next week, but with the current uncertainty over when our next parkrun will be, please stay safe and healthy. Our 7th Birthday is 11th April, which we'll celebrate later in the year.


This week 203 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

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

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:00 on 16th August 2014 (event number 71).
The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who recorded a time of 15:55 on 1st January 2017 (event number 198).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane Ruth MORLEY who recorded 91.24% (21:53) on 20th February 2016 (event number 152).

Peter Pan parkrun started on 13th April 2013. Since then 5,822 participants have completed 50,789 parkruns covering a total distance of 253,945 km, including 7,531 new Personal Bests. A total of 518 individuals have volunteered 4,765 times.


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