Return of Workington parkrun – 24/07/21

Welcome back to Workington parkrun

The period of time, spanning almost a year and a half, has been an extremely challenging one; and all of the event team, here at Workington, want to ensure as safe a return as possible to the thing that may have previously become part of a welcome and expected aspect of your weekly routine.  To help us achieve this, parkrun UK have ensured that the majority of the recording processes are now entirely hands-free. What remains an essential element of the parkrun code is that Runners and Walkers bring their Barcode (on paper, wristband or key fob format).

Don't Forget Your Barcode.

In addition, Workington parkrun has considered and tested its processes, prior to Saturday 24th July. This has resulted in need to adhere to a few basic guidelines in the first weeks, some of which will gradually return to previous practice when it is safe to do so. Please adhere to the following until further notice:

  1. Please park in designated car parks (Allerdale pay and display). We do not, as yet, have access to Workington leisure centre to enable free parking or use of their toilets. Further (1 hour) disc parking is available in Workington town centre, where easy access to the parkrun start area is available via the steps by Wilko/Gala Bingo building. A relatively new private (pay and display) car park is sited next to Workington police station. Limited free parking is available alongside the River Derwent, on a minor road, just off the beginning of Workington bridge as you proceed out of town.
  2. Please arrive to the start in timely fashion, maintaining effective social distance as the start is assembled.
  3. The first timers brief will be clearly flagged and signalled when it is about to begin.
  4. The starting brief will be brief! Please remain quiet to ensure all instructions are heard.
  5. On return throught the finish funnel Please keeping moving; Hold out a hand for your postion token; You will be directed to the scanning team; Hold out your personal barcode to be scanned (in paper, wristband or key fob format); Hold out your Position token to be scanned; Drop the token in a bucket; You will then be directed toward any belongings and away from the start/finish area.
  6. Please avoid congregating.
  7. We will aim to return to our Sociable after-run gathering very soon; but in the meantime, we will not be gathering at Workington Cricket club

Return of Workington parkrun – Update

Background work at organisational and local levels has stepped up a pace in preparation for the long awaited return of parkrun in England. Junior parkruns have happily begun and we wait with growing excitement to see the 5k version return on the 5th June if possible.  In the meantime keep well and Happy Running All.


Workington parkrun postponement

As expected, were sorry to confirm that parkruns remain cancelled until the end of April 2020 and probably afterwards too. Regular global updates will be sent out next week. Keep safe all.


Saturday 9th August – uploading issue

You may have already spotted the note on the Workington parkrun page that there is an issue with the uploading of the results from Saturdays event - the scanner would not connect to the computor.

We are still looking to see if this is something we can overcome and hope to get the results up if we can. Thank you for your patience and apologies for any delay!

Workington parkrun


Nearly 1 year old!!

Well on the 21st June we celebrate our 1st birthday, and we want everyone to come join us and celebrate with some sparkly beverages and a piece of cake!

We've had 775 runners in that time what are the chances we could get most of those back on Saturday (possibly not those who've traveled from all corners of the Country although it would be great to see you again!) - even if you haven't ran since that 1st run on the 22nd June 2013 come and share half an hour after the morning run with us.

We will be awarding some prizes once everyone is back from the run including top points scorers (male and female) and the Workington parkrun champion.

Us volunteers have had such a fantastic time over the last 12 months, meeting new people and listening to all the wonderful stories from our runners parkrun journeys and we hope this will continue for many years to come so thank you for all your support.

If anyone wants to get involved in the coordination or development of the parkrun please just talk to one of us and we'll find you a job, although I'm not sure Tony will give up his role as none scanner note taker very easily!

Our June 7th front runners were:
Women -
Susan CAIN was first (13th overall) 21:28
Dawn PRITCHARD was second (17th overall) 21:40
Kelly BARRATT was third (19th overall) over the line in 22:03

Men -
Andrew HENDERSON was first over the line in 17:22
Gary PALA was second over the line in 18:13.
Des MORRIS was third over the line in 18:27.

Well done to our most recent sweatshop winner Chris Wear hope you've got yourself some hot new footwear!

And finally, if anyone has borrowed one of our delightful hi viz vests in the past, please can we get it back! We've lost a couple and we're very fond of them!

See you Saturday!



Spring into Spring! We’ve reached event 42

Hey all!

The sun is starting to shine on the West Coast again.

Well we're 8 events off the big 50, anyone who's been with us from the start will be looking forward to their 50 tshirt! Don't think anyone is quite there in terms of running, I think Bev is probably the closest at 36. Shaun should get one though, for not missing one since the start in June, not sure if they give them to volunteers though! But we know you're a parkrun hero Shaun!

Speaking of t shirts, well done to Cameron Lawler who reached his 10th run on Saturday so should have a shirt in the pipeline.

Our February Sweatshop winner was Sharon Jones, hope to see some new dazzlers at the bottom of her legs hitting the track in the near future.

Welcome to the 15 first timers who rocked up this week and well done to visitor Adrian Holliday from Tipton Harriers broke the track record and to the 34 runners with new PB's achieved, a fantastic result, must have been the lovely weather! We've had some great runs over the last 4 or 5 weeks, 92 at one event, lets try and keep those figures up.

We had a great group of new starters from the St Bees Triers, don't be strangers guys hope to see you again soon.


Just a quick request regarding volunteering, firstly thank you so much to those who have helped with setting up, managing the event and helping tidy up at the end but there is always room for more help. Tony, Sheila and Shaun are there every week and there are other regulars who take a break from running to support but it we'd love to give these guys a run every now and then so if our Workington parkrun friends are able to offer a Saturday morning to manage over the stopwatch (it's not that hard, honestly!) that would be much appreciated.

Good luck this weekend!

Workington parkrun


And with rain………

It's been over a month since we've put anything on here, time goes so fast! I wil just say again though, if anyone has anything they want to put on here just send an email to the workington inbox and we can put it on.

I want to start by letting you read an email sent after the 34th event:
"Just a quick note to say thanks for a lovely parkrun yesterday. Having lived for several years between Carlisle and Dumfries, I remind myself everytime I travel out west, that I must go that way more often!
It was great to come to a small friendly run for my friend/clubmate's parkrun debut!

An interesting fact about workington parkrun is that you must be the only parkrun that has the male and female course records set by runners nominated for the uk ultra runners of the year awards ( an award that relies on public vote on Amazing to be in a list with runners such as Ricky, and goes to show that you have to work at short distance as well as long!

Thanks again to the marshals/timers/organisers and especially to whoever provided the hot drinks

It's interesting to hear people (and podcasts such as the parkrun show) talk about huge numbers and attendance records....but smaller events have such a personal touch and seem v friendly. We don't have a "local" parkrun so if running one, we often see different people, hence the friendliness, chat and camaraderie really makes the trip worthwhile. Keep up the good work, and hope to be back"
Joanna Zakrzewski x

Thank you Joanne and well done for setting the new womens record on Saturday 1st Feb. It's always nice to get some feedback, especially when it's as good as that above, makes it all the more worthwhile getting out of bed on a Saturday morning for volunteers and runners alike.

Anyway - Well done to David Chapman to was the December sweatshop winner, and to Tony Briscoe the January winner.

Christina Davies, Nichol Moffat, Jenny Jennings, Ben Crelling, Sara Huddart, Marie Duxbury, Heidi Martin, Joanne Hughes have all got PB's in their latest runs since joining us in the new year so congratulations to you!

From the last event we had some quick finishers:

Russell MADDAMS (VM40-44) first over the line in 16:44
Brian TAYLOR (VM45-49) second in 16:57
Blain ROONEY (SM25-29) was third in 17:27.
Joasia ZAKRZEWSKI (VW35-39)  was first over the line in 17:50
Pippa MADDAMS (VW35-39) was second over the line in 18:50.
Faye MALKINSON (SW25-29) was third (18th overall) in 21:14

So from our first event in June 2013, up until our 34th event we have completed 1,674 runs covering a total distance of 8,370 km, and 508 new Personal Bests!

Well done Workington, it's neighbours and it's visitors!

Until next time.......


Welcome to 2014

Well it's a brand new year and on the 3rd January, Workington parkrun will reach it's 30th event which is a fantastic achievement.

I would like to say a huge thank you to those volunteers who have made it possible each week and supported the setting up of the event, otherwise, frankly, there would be no run! Special thanks to Shaun, Tony, Sheila, Keith, Chris, Matthew who have given up their running time so often during those 30 weeks to make sure we have the scanners, timers and barcodes covered. There are lots of others who have also covered those roles, marshaled and set up but I don't want to start naming them all in case I miss someone! Their are new runners and supporters coming forward each week wanting to lend a hand which is great so lets keep it going.

The New Years day results aren't up yet but will be over the weekend, but each week we see new first timers giving it a go, and hopefully we can encourage some more to start their New Years resolutions with us!
From the run on the 28th December:

Fabulous to see first timers - Martin Kirkbride, Hannah Simm, Julie Richardson, Tracey Owen, Matt Sullivan and Christian Jones - hope we see you back again soon.

Well done to the 4 ladies who got new PB's (come on fellas!) Jaclyn Grey who go a new PB at 35.11 minutes an improvement of 1.45 minutes over 3 runs, excellent, Ann Slaymaker, Rhiannon Jones, Ashlyn Holliday also got new PB's on the 28th.

Our 1st female to cross the line first was on the 28th December, Abbie Hetherington did the course in 18 minutes, obviously not feeling the effects of the turkey and chocolates. Abbie was closely followed by the first male over the line - Philip Cueto who completed in 18.56 minutes. Well done to both.

Just a quick mention to those who have now achieved their 20th Workington runs - well done to Bev Faulder (24 runs, wowsers!), David Chapman and Richard Williams (both 22 runs), and loads have reached their 10th run over the last few weeks - Norman, Tony Briscoe, Stephen Hackley, John Thompson, Tony Jewell, Faye Malkinson, Ian Vatter, Daniel Strange and Joanne Coyle so well done to all of you as well, it's a great effort.

So happy new year to all, hopefully we'll see you more regularly as we come into the spring, the routes lovely and dry so no more soggy socks!

See you soon



And 2013 comes to a close!

Just a quick one - just a reminder fancy dress festive style is welcomed at this weekends parkrun (21st) - if anyone wants to bring a shot of the mulled stuff for the volunteers (it looks due to be pretty windy!) I'm sure it would be much appreciated.

We could do with an idea of numbers interested in doing a parkrun on New Years Day before we commit to doing it, so if you are up for it please drop us an email or let us know on Saturday or put it on the facebook page. We would be looking at a 9.30am start.

Well done this week to Camilla McKnespiey who got a new female course record (don't know how in that wind!) and to Ricky who got a new make course record on the 7th December.

Sheila McVeigh was our November sweatshop winner, excellent job Sheila well done!

That's all for now, see you Sat! And don't forget the run is on as normal on the 28th December.

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