Peter Pan parkrun is cancelled on 2020-11-28 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

(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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Thinking of coming along to parkrun?

How does parkrun actually work?


You’ve heard of parkrun and are thinking of coming along, but you’re not quite sure how it works…


We’ve put together this handy guide taking you through parkrun step-by-step!


1. Signing up


It’s completely free to register and you only need to sign-up once. Simply complete this form and then either print your barcode, or you can purchase a key tag or wristband. Your barcode is valid at every parkrun in the world.


If you have already registered in the past, but you’ve lost or forgotten your login details, please don’t re-register



Each event website details important information, such as where the event takes place and the location of the start. You can also find out what the course is like.




2. On the day


You’ve signed up, got your barcode and have picked your parkrun of choice. Good work!


There is no mandatory dress code at parkrun, you can wear whatever you feel most comfortable in – that could be comfy pair of jogging bottoms, or lycra, or a pair of chinos. Anything that you feel comfortable walking, jogging or running 5k in.


On the day, aim to arrive 15-20 minutes before the start. parkruns start at 9:00am in England & Wales, and at 9:30am in Scotland & Northern Ireland.


Most parkruns have somewhere you can leave your belongings, but it’s always best to just bring the essentials and check with your local event if you have any specific questions.


You don’t have to sign-in or register on the day and you won’t need to do anything with your barcode until you’ve finished.




3. Before your parkrun


Around 10-15 minutes before parkrun starts, the majority of parkruns will then have a first-timers briefing.


This welcome briefing is specifically for anyone who is new to the event and gives you the opportunity to ask any questions.


The course will also be explained to you and you’ll get to meet other people taking part for the first time.




We know some people are more confident than others when it comes to crowds and meeting new people, so remember there’s no pressure at all to talk to anyone!


You are more than welcome to listen to music or do your own thing. Whatever makes you comfortable.


Then, the main briefing will take place. This is carried out by the Run Director, who will usually be wearing a black and white hi-vis vest, and generally takes place near the start of your parkrun.





Even if you’ve been before, it’s important to be quiet and listen to the briefing so you don’t miss any announcements or course changes, as well as the chance to celebrate milestones.


Then it’s time to start. The Run Director will usually count down from three, and then you’re off! It’s at this point that the timing starts.





4. During your parkrun


As you make your way around the course, please don’t worry about being too slow or not being fit enough.


It’s absolutely fine to stop, only complete some of the course, walk-run, or walk the entire way – at parkrun there is no time limit.


Literally, thousands of people walk every week: In 2019, around the world 301,133 different people walked at parkrun. Every event has a volunteer Tail Walker, meaning nobody finishes last.




You also don’t need to memorise the course or carry a map! parkrun courses are signposted and there will be Marshals along the route offering you encouragement and support.


There will likely be other people out using the park, such as dog walkers, so please do be mindful and accommodating we do share our wonderful open spaces with others during parkrun.


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5. When you finish


As you reach the end of your parkrun you’ll see the finish line, or what we call the finish funnel. You’ve made it!


This is the point where your parkrun finishes and volunteers will record your time as you cross the line.




Once you’re in the finish funnel, it’s important that you stay in order and take a finish token. This is just a small plastic tag that has a number on – that’s your finish position.


You then simply take your finish token and your own paper barcode or wristband to the Barcode Scanners.


They’ll be wearing hi-vis and they will scan your barcode first, give it back to you, and then scan your finish token, which they will keep so it can be re-used again next week – please don’t take the tokens home as a souvenir!




For various safety and operational reasons, we do not accept barcodes on mobile phones, so if you’ve forgotten your barcode, just give your token back to the Barcode Scanners. This does mean you won’t receive a time, but you’re still welcome to take part.


Sometimes there’s a queue to be scanned, but don’t panic, it doesn’t matter if you don’t get scanned immediately as all results are processed together once everyone has finished.




6. After parkrun


Once you’ve had your barcode and token scanned, and handed back your token, you are free to dash off and celebrate how you wish.


Most parkruns will have a cafe or meeting point close by where many people will gather for a chat and a drink and it’s a great way to meet and chat with fellow parkrunners over a coffee.


The results are processed by the volunteer team and you’ll receive an email or text message confirming your time, position and other useful stats. It can sometimes take a while for this to happen, so don’t panic if you haven’t received within 48 hours.


Most importantly, make sure you enjoy and celebrate your parkrun! You got yourself out of bed on a Saturday morning and completed 5k. That’s awesome! #loveparkrun


Happy parkrunning


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