Saturday 6th April

As some of you are aware there was an incident at yesterday’s parkrun, which required the use of the park’s AED (defibrillator) and the attendance of 2 ambulances. I would like to thank everyone who assisted both directly and indirectly in supporting the rapid response.

The gentleman concerned, Phil, is currently being treated in hospital. Our best wishes go out to him and his family and we hope he continues his recovery.

Both Phil and his wife Nicky and his family have asked us to express their gratitude to all the people who helped him.


Festive Plans

A little late (sorry) but here's what's happening over the next couple of weeks!

Tuesday 25th - Christmas Day parkrun @ 10:00
Get ready for Christmas lunch with a special parkrun at 10:00 from the cafe. IMPORTANT - yes, I'm aware that Ormskirk are starting earlier than us and that it might be tempting for faster runners to do both. However, if any person that appears in both sets of results we will get an email asking us to delete them and until we sort it the next set of results can't be submitted. So please save me the job of deleting people next week by only appearing in a single set of results. Many, many thanks!!!

Fancy dress, Santa hats, mince pies etc all welcomed!

Please note that the cafe won't be open this day possibly the toilets not open also.

Saturday 29th
You'll be getting fed up of Christmas jumpers by then, so let's have a Christmas Jumper parkrun (or not, if you really are fed up with them). I'll model mine if someone reminds me...

Also, we've got what I think is a dream team of marshals for you. I think next week will be the best support around the course ever (look at the roster if you don't believe me!).

Tuesday 1st - New Year's Day parkrun @ 09:00
It's our turn to be up early this year so our NYD parkrun is at 09:00, then over to Ormskirk for the only day of the year Head Office allow us to register a 2nd parkrun. Their's starts at 10:30 (ish). I'll be last of the people going to leave Hesketh Park so please don't rush there - drive safely and Ormskirk will know we are all there when I arrive.

Cafe is expected to open normal time, not sure on the toilet situation...

Then back to 'normality' on the 5th January for what is traditionally some of the busiest few weeks of the year with all of those New Year's Resolutions.

The roster is looking good for the 29th, but could do with more people for all other events.

Volunteers for Christmas Day - remember that we are starting an hour later so it will be meet 09:30, finishing 10:40 / 11:00 depending on your role.

Many thanks.



Southport parkrun – Event number 124 – 6th October 2018

We've been quiet on the announcements fora few weeks - do let me know if there are any celebrations, birthdays etc to give a shout out for. Looking back through the results well done to Daniel Marshall (JM10) and David Marshall (VM50-54) who both completed their 50th runs this week and Jane Blacklin (VW55-59) and James Dean (VM45-49) who both completed their 100th runs. We just about heard in time to celebrate Jane in the briefing and I remembered on the run that I'd seen James had previously completed 99 runs.

This week also saw our 5,000 registered runner cross the finish line. Great to see so many people have been involved here.

Drop us an email at if there is anyone that you know celebrating a milestone or anything else. Don't be shy!

This week 398 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 62 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Keith LUNT • Monica GANNON • Mike LEATHERBARROW • Katie MAWDSLEY • Sarah DAVIDSON • Helen HIBLE • Jayne FINCH • Brian DAVEY • Sarah YOUNG • Adrian SHANDLEY • Martin CARR • Tricia TABRON • Pat DODD • Eileen COCKWILL • Connor JAMES • John HARRILD • Sophie REDFORD • Benjamin THOMPSON • Joseph THOMPSON • Malcolm TEALE • Bob FAIRHURST • Stephen BENGE • Tony HOLLISTER • Matthew PORTER • Elizabeth WARD

Southport parkrun started on 11th June 2016. Since then 5,021 participants have completed 36,020 parkruns covering a total distance of 180,100 km, including 7,320 new Personal Bests.


A big hooray to Bob! #118, 25th August 2018

Only one announcement today, but unfortunately he had walked off to his post by the time of his moment of fame so missed our celebration. And that was a big thank you to Bob Fairhurst, our stalwart marshal that every regular runner will know, if only by the sight of his coffee flask and the sound of his enthusiastic cheering on.

Some facts about Bob. He first volunteered with us just over a year ago - 12th August. Since then he's only missed 6 Saturdays, plus also volunteered on Christmas Day and New Year's Day, meaning today he racked up his 50th volunteering stint. He's not the overall most prolific volunteer, but he certainly is the most prolific in the last 12 months and what makes this notable is that he has never once taken part in a parkrun. Regulars all know and appreciate his cheering from behind his coffee flask. Only once has he been seen without that flask when he left it behind, but he was quickly reunited with it before we'd finished results.

We have a few people, including many in the Core Team, who volunteer a lot more than they run. Thanks to these people who obviously enjoy the volunteering more than the running because they certainly make the event and fill the roster.

This week 313 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Keith LUNT • John ALLEN • Sarah LUNT • Kate BLACK • David RICHARDSON • Chris HEWITT • Molly RIDING • Simon TOBIN • Matthew TOBIN • Robert MOUNT • Rachel FINCH • Martin CARR • Tricia TABRON • Scott MONTGOMERY • Paul HILL • Louis VERITE • Eileen COCKWILL • Glenys HURST-ROBSON • Louise JAMES • Zana LADIPO • John HARRILD • Sophie REDFORD • Bob FAIRHURST • Claire RODRIGUEZ • Freya BECKHAM • Ruth SARGENT • Peter STEELE • Joan JAMES • Sam HOPPER

Southport parkrun started on 11th June 2016. Since then 4,824 participants have completed 33,857 parkruns covering a total distance of 169,285 km, including 7,001 new Personal Bests.


2 dinosaurs and a birthday??? – Event number 117 – 18th August 2018

Welome to all of the first timers who joined us today - I know we have a few tourists running with us whilst on holiday and / or visiting the flower show. Plus 11 brand new to parkrun first time runners joined us. Plus a huge 38 unknown runners - over 10% of our field. Actually, that's quite good for Southport parkrun!

Well done to Jo & his friend on their dinosaur parkrun for Jo's stag do. If you were there you won't have missed the inflatable dinosaur suits which grabbed my attention as soon as I arrived at the briefing area.

2 inflatable dinosaurs running around the lake

And a very happy birthday to Carl Pedder (thanks to Tracey Barlow for tipping me off, in case Carl wants to get his revenge). I wasn't told his age, but have noticed that today was his first run in the VM55-59 category. His birthday wouldn't have been much of a secret with his birthday hat today and Carl does have a history with his fancy dress at parkrun - you may remember him running in a "revealing" hospital gown on the NHS70 / 2nd anniversary run. Carl was also lucky enough 10 days ago to have his name pulled out of the hat first and to win the Southport Waterloo AC London Marathon place. I'm sure with all of his miles of training (he also ran a 10k BEFORE parkrun today with Vicki, who was one of our timekeepers) that should go well.

Carl Pedder being handed his birthday hat whilst others laugh

You may also have noticed a lot of Southport Waterloo AC Vests and t-shirts about today. That was because the club was there for one of it's Grand Prix events, which explains the turnout of 35 members. The club is arranging a trip back to Crosby on 15th September for a takeover event there, so we will need to put a volunteer team together of non-members for Southport parkrun. So if you are available for any Saturday in September let me know at We're only in need of marshals now for the 1st, but all other roles for the rest of the month.

Group of 3 Southport Waterloo AC Runners

We also have the opportunity to earn some cash for our pot. We'd like a couple of new signs to make the course clearer for new runners plus would like to buy some pacing vests. So if you haven't already been in touch but would be available to marshal at the Southport Seaside 10k on Sunday 22nd then also drop me a email at

Speaking of pacing... We've not had a pacing event for a while. So how about it? If you would like to pace on the 8th September then you know the email address... We'll do 21, 24, 27, 30 & 33 if we can cover those times.

Close up of rear of tail walker hi vis

This week 364 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 59 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Keith LUNT • Susan COOPER • Mike LEATHERBARROW • Katie MAWDSLEY • Sarah LUNT • David RICHARDSON • Chris HEWITT • Victoria JAMIESON • Mari DYSON • Paula ADAMSON • Robert MOUNT • Caroline KESSLER • Scott MONTGOMERY • Pat DODD • Tony TUDOR • Louis VERITE • Emma STOKES • Glenys HURST-ROBSON • Louise JAMES • Connor JAMES • Matt DODD • Zana LADIPO • John HARRILD • Bob FAIRHURST • Claire RODRIGUEZ • Matthew PORTER • Peter STEELE • Barbara EVANS

Southport parkrun started on 11th June 2016. Since then 4,791 participants have completed 33,544 parkruns covering a total distance of 167,720 km, including 6,953 new Personal Bests.

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