Cancelled – 21st July Event

Regrettably, we are having to cancel Abingdon parkrun this Saturday, the 21st July.

This is due to the "Prosecco in the Park" event taking place in Rye Farm Meadow.

It had been hoped that space would be left for us in Rye Farm Meadow, but on visiting the site on Thursday evening, this appears not to be the case.

Mike Shepherd
Co-Event Director


Event cancelled 23rd June 2018

Due to the Abingdon Food & Drink Festival taking place on Rye Farm Meadow on the 23rd June, we are cancelling Abingdon parkrun for one week only.

Other nearby parkruns include Didcot, Harcourt Hill, Oxford, and Witney.

If you're planning on travelling further afield, check for possible cancellations before setting out:


parkrun Milestone T-shirt Update

An update from parkrun UK:

"For the past few months we’ve been rebuilding the parkrun milestone t-shirt claim system from the ground up.

We're delighted to announce we're rolling out the new process!

Here's everything you need to know...  "


3rd March 2018 Event – Cancelled

Unfortunately, we have decided to cancel this week's event, the 3rd March 2018 due to the weather.
As well as the route being dangerous with ice and the remnants of the recent snowfall, there's also the risk to people making their way here, as well as expecting the volunteers to stand out in the very low temperatures for a couple of hours.
However, the forecast for the coming week looks a lot better, so all being well, we'll be back in action on the 10th March.
The Abingdon parkrun Core Team

Travellers parked in Rye Farm Car Parks

We have had confirmation from Indigo parking that there is a large number of travellers in both the car parks near Rye Farm Meadow. There is no news yet on how long they will be there. There are a few spaces left I understand that can be used but it might be wise to park in one of the car parks in the town instead.


Car Parking

While we take no responsibility for parkrunners' use of the Rye Farm car park, here is a helpful reminder:

Please observe all rules displayed for use of the car park, including parking in marked bays and displaying a valid ticket obtained from the machine.

Do not park in the Commercial Vehicle car park (lorry park) unless you are parking a commercial vehicle.  Different charges and rules apply and there's a fine for not following the rules.

WARNING  We have been informed that there's a very good chance of you getting a parking fine if you park in the lorry park from now on.

Rye Farm car park tends to fill up completely just before the event, so please consider avoiding the problem altogether by using an alternative car park, and allowing a few more minutes to get to the start of the event in time for the pre-run briefing.

There are six other car parks in Abingdon which are within easy walking distance of the start of our event:

Abbey Close car park
Audlett Drive car park
Cattle Market car park
Charter multi-storey car park
Civic car park
West St Helen Street car park

Full details are available here:

Please also consider getting to the event on foot or by bike, especially if you are local.


The Abingdon parkrun Core Team



International parkrun Day – 7th October 2017



On Saturday 7 October, we will celebrate International parkrun Day, marking 13 years of parkrun!
What does this mean for your event? There is nothing that needs to be done, but we would love your support in promoting this on social media. We are encouraging all parkrunners around the world to wear apricot t-shirts over the next two weekends, and to submit a photo of them wearing it at parkrun via social media, using the hashtag #parkrun13.
We will then collate these into a global album, with the aim of having a photo from as many events as possible. We will also be sharing a range of #parkrun13 related stats and facts over the next 10 days on Facebook and Twitter."


Volunteering to Marshal at the 2017 Abingdon Marathon as part of Abingdon parkrun

The annual Abingdon Marathon takes place this year on Sunday, the 22nd October.

Abingdon parkrun has provided volunteer marshals in previous years, and, by way of thanks, the organisers have donated to parkrun funds. This has proved an important resource for our event, enabling the purchase of a defibrillator, and replacing the aging laptop computer we rely upon for getting our results processed each week, both without needing to appeal to our runners for donations.

The Marathon organisers still need a large number of Marshals for this year's event, so if you were able to volunteer to help, you would be supporting this prestigious, local running event, and at the same time, you would be helping Abingdon parkrun.

If you can assist, please register your offer of help at the Abingdon Marathon website, on the "Contact Us" page, picking the subject "AM - Offering Help":

Please fill-in the message section with the name 'Abingdon parkrun' so the organisers can register our involvement.

Many thanks for considering helping Abingdon parkrun by volunteering to marshal at this important event.


A sad farewell

We said goodbye to Liz Houldey this week, one of our regular runners who very sadly passed away earlier in the month, and had run and volunteered at Abingdon parkrun since 2012.


Liz was a big fan of parkrun's friendliness and inclusivity, and many of our runners will have been spotted at their first few attendances and welcomed in by Liz, and then benefitted from her kind encouragement in subsequent weeks, especially when she volunteered as Tail Runner.

Liz was also involved with Jog Wantage and many current Abingdon parkrunners will have found their way to us via this scheme, helped by Liz, and indeed, the latest batch of Jog Wantage runners will be "graduating" at Abingdon parkrun this week.

At the gathering after Liz's funeral, the family had displayed the medals and T shirts from the races that Liz had taken part in over the years, including several London Marathons and Great South Runs.

The eagle-eyed would have spotted her parkrun '50' T shirt, and it is a shame that she was only 6 runs away from earning her '100' T shirt.


I'm sure Liz would not wish you to dwell too much on the sadness of her passing, and would want you to keep running, help and encourage others, especially beginners, and enjoy a nice chat in the cafe with friends afterwards.


Very Sad News

It is with very great sadness that we announce the death of one of our regular  park runners, Liz Houldey who died suddenly on 4th June. She was a regular runner and volunteer, she embodied the spirit of parkrun. Positive, supportive to others, friendly and helpful. She often joined us all after parkrun at Java and Co. We will miss her.Many of you will also know Dennis, her husband, a regular as well. We send him our condolences and hope to welcome him back to parkrun when he is ready.


This is the announcement from the Herald.
HOULDEY Liz Peacefully on 4th June 2017, aged 68 years. Dearly loved wife of Den, much loved mum of Neil, Miranda, Chris and Katheryn. Adored grandma of Seb, Ben, Joseph and Noah and will be sadly missed by all her family and friends. Funeral Service at South Oxfordshire Crematorium, Garford on Tuesday 20th June at 11.15am. Family flowers only please, donations if desired for Christian Aid c/o Edward Carter (FD), 15 Newbury Street, Wantage, OX12 8BU.


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