The town of Lytham is situated on the Fylde coast, south of Blackpool, in the North West of England. Among the various attractions the town has to offer, there is of course, a parkrun!
Lytham Hall parkrun Event Director Kirsten Burnett tells us more…
As a new runner myself, I went to Preston parkrun as I’d been hearing about parkrun through Runner’s World and I loved the camaraderie.
I kept wishing that someone would start a parkrun near me and eventually (when nobody did), I contacted the local Council with a short report on why parkrun would be great to bring to the borough.
Shortly afterwards the chair of the local running club got in touch with the same mission and we formed the beginning of what was to become a great core team, and our event then launched in November 2015.
Our lovely two-lap course is set in the woodland grounds of Lytham’s stately Georgian home, Lytham Hall, just a short walk from Lytham town centre and less than a five minute walk from Lytham railway station.
The route takes place over a mixture of trail and other paths, and includes walking, jogging or running around two large ponds. The course is almost completely flat, which appeals to many!
The most famous landmark along the 5k has to be Lytham Hall itself – an iconic building which we hope to see getting a welcome lick of paint. It relies on grants, donations and charity fundraising and we hope that we help raise its profile and introduce new people to the venue each week.
We have the grounds to ourselves during parkrun and it’s relaxing just being there. At the end of every run brief we ask “What’s the most important rule?” and wait for the response, “Have fun!”
One interesting story involved one of our newer parkrunners. She recently trained for couch to 5k in secret, and then ran and volunteered for us a couple of times, so she could surprise her son who is an Event Director at another event!
The community has also benefited from Lytham Hall parkrun, and there are loads of people who have only started running since we launched our event.
This has seen the local running clubs benefit from increased numbers, but not just speedy runners – I think it’s also changed the clubs to be more welcoming to all abilities.
It’s also sparked a junior parkrun to start just nearby, Park View junior parkrun, which is fantastic for the children and parents alike.
As well as that, for our anniversary in 2017, we collected food for Fylde food bank, which made a really practical difference to local people – it showed how we are one big family at Lytham Hall.
After parkrun we head to the tea rooms, which are gorgeous. Warm, cosy, dog-friendly, you’ll get your tea served from a pot with a cup and saucer and the food choices are fantastic!
If I was trying to convince a parkrun tourist to come and join us, the two most important things are “We’re really friendly and we have the best tea rooms!” - but why not come along and see for yourself?
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