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



News Year’s Day, Volunteer of the month award and volunteering news

Hello All

New Year Runs

We are very pleased to announce that Shelly has agreed to direct a run on new Year's Day, starting at the unusual time of 11a.m. This is due to the staggered starts being offered so runners can log 2 runs in one day.


As Bideford parkrun is in  between the Barnstaple and Tamar they will be starting at 9a.m as usual, and Tamar Lakes parkrun will be starting at 10.30a.m. This gives all runners the chance to run Bideford at 9 and car share to Tamar or Barnstaple parkruns to log an extra cheeky run!


This means you can log THREE runs in one weekend for a very Happy parkrun New Year from all of us.


Volunteer of the Month Award

Huge well deserved congratulations to our very own remarkable Shelly who won volunteer of the month in the Active Devon monthly volunteer celebration awards.


Here is what a few of us had to say about this amazing lady we are privileged to have as a Run Director;

Louise Harris;

"Shell is the membership officer at the mo on the club committee. She makes sure the membership is paid, and reminds people if they haven't, and comes along to every committee meeting to add her views and vast experience. In the past she has been secretary (you know what that involves. Pretty much everything!) Shell runs the club Xmas aquathlon and does registration and sorts prizes for that race, as well as for Bideford tri and Ilfracombe tri. She also does registration for barny marathon and most NDRR races like Arlington/Hartland heartbreaker etc. Shell also goes to almost all of the club swim sessions to collect the monies and liaise with the coach then banks the cash for our treasurer, every week sometime twice a week at the mo. And she has done this level of volunteering at the club for more years than I can remember. Just writing that was exhausting she is one amazing lady!"


Mark Read

"She has been the 'backbone of NDT' for many a year. She is always happy to help, responses amazing fast to any email sent to her. There is also registration & time keeping in the. huff & puff events up Codden hill. Is this lovely lady ever without a stop watch at many event like Hartland Hartbreaker. She is amazing, selfless, humble & a truly unsung heroine of the sports volunteer world"


Iain Hindes

"Never heard of her..." 


Sonya Webb

I have nominated Michelle as she has been volunteering as part of my parkrun team for nearly 4 years at Barnstaple parkrun. I cannot state enough how much she has done for this event and how she has often carried me when I have been struggling to keep on top of everything. She keeps up to date with everything parkrun, she runs when she can but more often than not she is too busy volunteering to do any running herself. She is so totally selfless and all the volunteering she does is her hobby.

She is always smiling and giggling and nothing is ever too much trouble. I do not know anyone who deserves to win this more as she has volunteered locally for many years, she is very dedicated.

She makes Barnstaple parkrun a real pleasure to attend and has supported and encouraged runners from the Tri club and North Devon Road Runners to attend and make the most of the event."

Volunteer News

As some of you may have seen we have added pacer weeks and volunteer theme weeks to our Barnstaple parkrun. Please see dates and details below. If you fit any of our theme weeks please notify us as soon as possible and we will add you to the roster to fulfill any role you please. If you fancy becoming a run director then have a chat with Sonya to see what is involved, the more the merrier!!!

10th Sept - Volunteer theme = 100+ parkruns
17th Sept - Pacer week
1st Oct - Volunteer theme = Marathon finishers
8th Oct - Pacer week
22nd Oct - Volunteer theme = Jnr 10+ parkruns
29th Oct - Pacer week
12th Nov - Volunteer theme = 1st finishers
26th Nov - Pacer week
3rd Dec - Volunteer theme = Club runners, wear your club t-shirt with pride
10th Dec - Pacer week
24th Dec - Volunteer theme = Families and....
Fancy dress run, it is Christmas Eve so the theme has to be... Christmas.

1st January - New Year's Day special run at 11a.m All volunteers greatly received

Kindest regards one and all

Sonya Webb

Event Director



Event number 185 13th August 2016

Wow what a morning! First I thought I wasn’t going to have any timekeepers, then when I had got that sorted (Thank you Naomi and Karen Duncan) I forgot the stopwatches, scanners and finish tokens. All the way to Rock Park I was trying to think if I had picked them up. I did think about stopping to check but thought that would waste time so carried on. Luckily Chris Dent, Terry Pike and Claire Pike had all arrived early and took charge for me setting up the course and organising the volunteers as they arrived whist I nipped home and picked up the tin with everything in. Got back to the park with 10 mins to spare. That is not something I have ever done before and do not plan on doing again!!
We had a lot of visitors this morning and we had been given notice of one of our visitors, Cath Gray of doing her 200th parkrun. She joined one of our regular runners, Andrew Samuel, who was doing his 100th parkrun and Sarah Kimberly of Royston Runners doing her 50th parkrun. All three of them donned our Superhero capes for their anniversary runs. (Check out the photos on the facebook page) After the run Adam Parton of Valley Striders told me it was also his 200th parkrun. I had a spare cape had he told me before!
It was a rather soggy event on Saturday. Huge thanks to everyone who took part, came to support family and friends and to our High Vis Heros (Adrian Colwill, Kim Cook, Josh Cummins, Chris Dent, Naomi & Karen Duncan, Sharon Found, Tricia Morris, Claire & Terry Pike, Karen Sandwell, Jenny Stone & Paula Swanson) who enabled this weeks event to take place. If you would like to be a High Viz Hero please do let us know. Please be assured it is NOT scary! However if you would rather shadow someone else first that’s absolutely fine.
Just before the stats for this week, don’t forget we have our “I am Team GB” event on 27th August. More details to follow but the event brief will take place at the earlier time of 8.35am followed by a fun warm up routine at 8.45 and parkrun starting at the usual time of 9am. There will be lots of activities in the park after parkrun so please do stay around, bring the children down and come join in the fun.

Kind Regards, Shelly

Male placings:
James THOMPSON (SM30-34) of kingstone Runners Barnsley, was first over the line in 17:38 - first appearance.
An unknown runner was second.
Jamie BLACKMAN (SM30-34) of Bideford AAC, was third over the line in 18:11 - was first to finish once before.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Colin FOUND (Unattached) 2463 pts.
Julian BALDREY (Unattached) 2181 pts.
Josh CUMMINS (Unattached) 2069 pts.
Female placings:
Sarah FRANCIS (VW40-44) of North Devon RR, was first (36th overall) over the line in 22:17 - second time in 6 appearances.
Samantha BAKER (SW30-34) of North Devon RR, was second (51st overall) over the line in 23:05 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Paula ISAAC (VW50-54) of North Devon RR, was third (60th overall) over the line in 23:56 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Mei SMITH (Unattached) 2417 pts.
Katie BAKER (Unattached) 2296 pts.
Paula ISAAC (North Devon RR) 2289 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Melvyn HEYWOOD (VM55-59) was graded 77.54% for the time 19:49 (11th overall).
Colin FOUND (VM60-64) was graded 75.19% for the time 21:42 (27th overall).
Julian BALDREY (VM45-49) was graded 74.72% for the time 19:35 (9th overall).
This week there were 177 runners, of whom 47 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different athletics clubs took part.


Dates for Diary

Friday 25th December – Christmas Day – NO parkrun
Saturday 26th December – Boxing Day – Usual 9am start
Friday 1st January – New Years Day – NO parkrun
Saturday 2nd January - 3rd Anniversary parkrun usual 9am start - Cake at Tarka Tennis after to celebrate

The Barnstaple parkrun Team would like to wish you all  a very

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


Tourist Run Report 24th October By Jenny Mulhearn

On Saturday 24th October, I awoke to the sound of gentle rain on my caravan roof in Woolacombe. I was around 4 hours drive from home, but I had prewarned my friend that I was going to be a parkrun tourist and the weather wasn't going to stop me! I had been in contact with Barnstaple parkrun through twitter to confirm that it was my closest and was looking forward to trying a new course.

My sat nav was set to Tarka tennis centre, which took me past Tescos and to huge concrete barrels that prevented access to the tennis centre car park. As I was worried about being late I parked in Tescos car park, knowing full well that I had to go shopping afterwards and after reading the signs, customers can park for 3 hours...

I used Google maps to find the path to Rock Park. I was happy to have a runner jog past me as I found my way and in true friendly parkrunning style I was given directions! Once on the bridge I saw a huddle of high vis and headed towards them. After checking that I hadn't missed a briefing, I watched as the crowd grew for a couple of minutes before we were all briefed together. Congratulations to Paul CUMMINS who was celebrating 100 parkruns (wearing a cape!) and the two runners celebrating 50 parkruns. I still have some way to go for that!

The Barnstaple parkrun is 2 1/2 laps of Rock Park. I'm used to a 3 lap course (Woodley) and like at home, I just followed faster runners and counted! It's a flat course, apart from the small slopes up and down from the river bank, with an flattened figure of 8 shape and a pinch point in the middle. It was dry when we started running, but it did turn drizzly and I was definitely damp at the end! I followed runners who ran at about my pace around the course and despite being tempted to slow down to take off a layer or to wipe the rain drops off my glasses, I decided to keep up with them, so I was melting with dodgy vision at the end of my run. Many thanks to the volunteers who must have been really quite wet when they finished. I hope that I said "thanks marshall" to everyone at least once.

Despite the weather, I really quite enjoyed my trip to Barnstaple parkrun, and not just because I now have a new overall parkrun PB! If in the area again I will definitely return. The surfaces are easy to run on, the course is mainly flat and everyone is friendly. It is definitely PB worthy!

I was just one of 121 runners on October 24th. Congratulations to the first runner across the line: Iain HINDES with a time of 18:07. The first female was Samantha ANTELL with a time of 21:54. Well done to all who ran and thanks to all the volunteers, without whom the run wouldn't happen.

If you, Tourist or Regular Barny parkrunner, would like to write a report about your experience at Barnstaple parkrun then please just email us at

We would love to hear from you :)


Event 139 – 19th September 2015

Thank you. Well Done. Amazing performances.

Thank you to our amazing High Viz Heros who do us proud week after week. A special thank you to Edwina Stevenson for being my voice for the run brief as my voice seems to have gone AWOL!

Well Done to everyone who took part today in particular the 14 people who did their very first parkrun here at Barnstaple joined the parkrun family and the visitors from other parkruns around the country. Welcome xx

Here are the stats for today's event

Male placings:
Paul James MORBY (VM35-39) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:07 - second time in 9 appearances.
Iain HINDES (VM45-49) of North Devon Triathletes, was second over the line in 17:56 - has been first to finish on 25 previous occasions.
Paul HARTMAN (SM30-34) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:26.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Wayne FENNELL (North Devon RR) 2897 pts.
Julian BALDREY (Unattached) 2821 pts.
Iain HINDES (North Devon Triathletes) 2572 pts.

Female placings:
Samantha ANTELL (SW25-29) of Bideford AAC, was first (5th overall) over the line in 19:05 - 17th time in 37 appearances.
Jaydee PETERS (VW35-39) of Woking AC, was second (13th overall) over the line in 20:34.
Catherine WRIGHT (VW60-64) of Corby AC, was third (27th overall) over the line in 22:05.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Edwina STEVENSON (North Devon RR) 2759 pts.
Samantha ANTELL (Bideford AAC) 2617 pts.
Paula ISAAC (North Devon RR) 2463 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Catherine WRIGHT (VW60-64) was graded 87.85% for the time 22:05 (27th overall).
Iain HINDES (VM45-49) was graded 79.09% for the time 17:56 (second overall).
Samantha ANTELL (SW25-29) was graded 77.55% for the time 19:05 (5th overall).

This week there were 109 runners, of whom 24 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different athletics clubs took part.

Barnstaple parkrun started on 5th January 2013, and since then 2,789 different runners, including participants from 353 athletics clubs, have completed 13,090 runs covering a total distance of 65,450 km, and there have been 2,959 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Vicky GILL who ran in a time of 00:18:16 on 2014-10-11 (event number 92).
The male record is held by Frank BADDICK who ran in a time of 00:15:12 on 2014-04-19 (event number 67).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela COPSON who recorded a 98.51% run (21:13) on 27th April 2013 (event number 17).

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