Christmas / New Year and 2018 Planning

Your Core Team have been very busy planning and putting together ideas for the next 12 month. More on that later though. Whilst we were busy thinking ahead we all let our 250th Event go head unnoticed until we were processing the results!

Belated Happy 250th Barnstaple parkrun

Christmas and New Year

As you are aware Christmas and New Year are the only days we can put on extra parkrun events and on New Years Day you are able to record 2 runs on the same day. With that in mind the Barnstaple Core team have made the decision NOT to hold an event on Christmas Day however we are happy to hold an extra event on New Years Day. Our event will start at 10.30am as Bideford are also holding an extra event and theirs will start at 9am. This will enable you, if you so wish to take part and have credit for runs at both events on the same day. Of course we can only put on these events with the support of our wonderful Volunteers. We do not want our Run Directors having to worry about sorting volunteers over Christmas therefore for the New Years Day event to go ahead the roster will need to be filled by 16 December or we will cancel the event. We hope you understand.

Pacer Days and Fancy Dress
These have both been requested by our parkrunners and we have put together some suggested dates for your diaries as follows:-

Pacer Days                               Fancy Dress
2 December 2017                      23 December 2017 – Christmas Theme
20 January 2018                        6 January 2018 - 5th Birthday  – Parkrun T-shirts theme
17 March 2018                           31 March 2018 – Easter Theme
12 May 2018                              21 April 2018 – St George’s Day Red & White theme
7 July 2018                                 27 October 2018 – Halloween Theme
8 September 2017
3 November 2017

If you would like to be a pacer or would like to be paced for a specific time please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate the times requested.

Volunteer Take Over Days
We are fortunate to have some regular volunteers who help us bring you this wonderful, free, timed event every week, however sometimes the Run Director feels quite lonely when the roster is looking very bare. We would like to encourage more of you to volunteer if you are able to. To help with this we will have a number of themed Volunteer weeks, last year you may recall the local Triathlon club had a takeover day (we are hoping they will do it again next year too )
Our first themed day will be on our 5th Birthday on 6th January 2018. We would like Milestone Volunteers to fill the roles. So if you have the highly coveted 25 Volunteer Shirt, 10, 50, 100 or 250 shirts then we would love to hear from you. All the roles are easy, honestly! We will show you what to do. There is nothing to be afraid of.
If you are part of a club or group and would like to “take over” parkrun we would be very happy to have you.

If you have any other suggestions or ideas that you would like the Core Team to consider then please either email us at or speak to one of the Run Directors on Saturday.

Happy parkrunning


New Year

We are pleased to announce that we will host an additional event on New Years Day subject to enough volunteers coming forward to help us bring you this event. New Years Day is the only day of the year in which you can register two results in one day.  We shall therefore hold our event at 10.30am as Bideford have kindly elected to start at 9am. Therefore you can go do Bideford and then safely drive to Barnstaple to take part here too at 10.30.



Christmas 2017

There will NOT be an event at Barnstaple on Christmas Day 2017


Event Number 216 – 11 March 2017

This week 197 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Barnstaple parkrun Results Page.

Male placings:
An unknown runner was first.
Iain HINDES (VM45-49) of North Devon Triathletes, was second over the line in 18:40 - has been first to finish on 37 previous occasions.
James EKE (JM15-17) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:51.

Female placings:
Beth BARRINGTON (VW35-39) of Ilfracombe Running Club, was first (14th overall) over the line in 20:18 - third time in 7 appearances.
Helen WRIGHT (VW35-39) of Keighley & Craven AC, was second (16th overall) over the line in 20:38 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Samantha BAKER (SW30-34) of North Devon RR, was third (37th overall) over the line in 23:10 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Iain HINDES (VM45-49) – 77.14% for the time 18:40 (second overall).
Jenny STONE (VW70-74) – 76.43% for the time 30:07 (120th overall).
Rich PEGLER (VM40-44) – 74.03% for the time 18:52 (4th overall).

The female record is held by Ruth BARNES who recorded a time of 00:18:07 on 26th March 2016 (event number 166).
The male record is held by Phil NORMAN who recorded a time of 00:15:08 on 25th February 2017 (event number 214).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela COPSON who recorded 98.51% (21:13) on 27th April 2013 (event number 17).

Barnstaple parkrun started on 5th January 2013. Since then 4,570 participants have completed 24,412 parkruns covering a total distance of 122,060 km, including 4,747 new Personal Bests.


Christmas and New Year

Just a quick reminder of our events over the next few weeks :-

24th December  Christmas Eve - 9am start  Festive Fancy Dress

25th December - Christmas Day - NO EVENT

31 December - New Years Eve  - 9am start

1st January  -  New Years Day - 10.30 start  (Bideford starts at 9am so you can double up.  This is the only day of the year that you can record two runs)

7th January - Barnstaple parkrun 4th Anniversary Event  9am  - followed by breakfast at Spoons (Watergate)

We hope to see you at one or all of these events.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Heathy New Year

from Sonya, Michelle, Julie & Edwina xxxx


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