Saturday, February 18, 2023

Penrith parkrun Event number 390

Penrith, Cumbria. Saturday 18-February-2023.

This week a cool Saturday saw 293 people run, jog or walk the course, of whom 48 were first timers and 32 recorded new personal bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

We had a couple of milestones. Wade Tidbury achieved his 100 parkrun milestone.

Alison Rowsell celebrated her 100 volunteer milestone. 

Nine of those first timers were doing their first ever parkrun and we hope to see them again next week. The other 39 are tourists visiting from other parkruns around the country. Some are opportunistic parkrun tourists - if you happen to be away see if there’s one nearby. Others plan every weekend to tick off another venue or complete a challenge like the alphabet. One of the great things about parkrun is that whenever you are away from home, you can simply turn up at the nearest parkrun armed with your barcode (#DFYB) and be assured of a warm welcome. 

The lakes being a tourist destination we get plenty of visitors. There is a steady supply of people staying at Centre Parcs. Others are here because of specific events such as weddings, music competitions, or simply visiting friends, etc. This week we had, amongst many others, sisters Lorraine Chamberlain and Nicole Rose visiting from Coventry taking the essential frame picture (with Andrew Richardson trying to photo bomb!)

We also had Dave Bottoms, one of the run directors from Keswick parkrun, over our way to do some shopping!

Note Dave's yellow and black buff (aka Cow Cowl) indicating that he is a member of the facebook group UK parkrun Tourists who are keen parkrun tourists having done at least 20 different UK venues. If you see one it means they are available to chat, go up and ask them where they are from. We had visitors from Stockton, Whitley Bay, Scotland and many more besides. 

Thanks to our lovely volunteers who make our guests feel so welcome.

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