Boston parkrun #169 – The first of 2019!

This week marked Boston’s 169th event and its first of 2019, there were no photographers this week so excuse the rather plain run report!

180 people (plus some four legged friends) ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests.

Steven Dowse was first finisher in a time of 19:04 and Jill Rymer was first female in a time of 23:56.

The event was made possible by 22 wonderful volunteers, it was my second time ‘flying solo’ so thank you to you all for making it run so smoothly!

Terry HUDSON • Andrew WELCH • Judith JAIN • David SCOTT • Sarah BURTON • Samantha CROSS • Catherine PANTER • Amanda CLAYTON • Matt TUNNARD • Claire TUNNARD • Oliver TUNNARD • George TUNNARD • Christine SIMPKIN • Andrew MEPHAM • Joanne LEWIS • Andrew SIMPKIN • Maddie LAMBE • Stephen CORNWELL • Sue DUCKWORTH • Adam LUCAS • Eleanor CRAVEN • Clifford SANDS

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

The female record is held by Gemma HOLLOWAY who recorded a time of 18:28 on 25th December 2017 (event number 115).

The male record is held by Adam HOLLAND who recorded a time of 15:52 on 14th July 2018 (event number 143).

The Age Grade course record is held by Cath WHEELER who recorded 87.80% (21:11) on 11th August 2018 (event number 147).

Boston parkrun started on 24th October 2015. Since then 2,977 participants have completed 19,870 parkruns covering a total distance of 99,350 km, including 3,924 new Personal Bests. A total of 350 individuals have volunteered 3,799 times.

Andy Welch is your RD next Saturday, if you’d like to volunteer drop us an email at or message our Facebook Page.

Thank you,

Oliver Tunnard


Boston parkrun #168, 29 December 2018

Hello All

Just one parish notice before you read Jayne's run report. Please could you respect all the RDs and keep quiet during the run brief. Whilst most weeks there maybe similar messages, there maybe on occasions more important information to pass on. Thank you. Over to Jayne....

Run brief, quiet please!

After an amazing turnout on Christmas Day, the last Boston parkrun of 2018 saw 203 (our second highest attendance) people making their way around our course in Witham Way Country Park. I do hope the 24 first-timers were’t too disappointed by the lack of post-run sweet treats (our reputation spreads far and it’s been weeks since we last had no nibbles). We also had 22 PBers and representatives of 25 different clubs taking part.

Our first-timers being briefed by Andy Bailey.

Charles Hardy went one better than his Christmas Day run and was the first male home in 16:46, earning a new PB and being only the 7th member at Boston to join the Sub 17 Club. Colette Vinter was the first female home in 23:48. Well done!

Now I don’t know what parkrun have on their To-Do List for 2019, but they might need to find a way to give dogs their own entry. Charlie Dog Knight teamed up with Daniel Clark to earn himself a new PB. They ran the ‘Lil Loop’ in a blistering 4.57 minutes, had a little rest on the second lap, but still crossed the line in 4th place in a time of 20:33! Not to be outdone by his pooch, seven-year-old Harrison earned himself a new PB of 25:22. Well done to you both!

And they are off!!

If you’re casting around for a new year’s resolution, you could do a lot worse than signing up for the occasional bout of marshalling, timekeeping, barcode scanning… or even run reports! Parkrun certainly wouldn’t happen without our volunteers, so as always, a big thank you to the 23 who offered their services:
Andy BAILEY • Duncan BALLANS • Lynsey BALLANS • Carmen CLARK • Jayne CLEMENTS • Kelvin CLEMENTS • Stephen CORNWELL • David DALES • Richard EGGLETON • Ben JACKSON • Simon JACKSON • Judith JAIN • Adam LUCAS • Adam MILBURN • Frances MILLS • Catherine PANTER • Clifford SANDS • David SCOTT • Andrew SIMPKIN • Christine SIMPKIN • Jenny WILLIAMS • Andrew WELCH • Maria YUILL

If you would like to volunteer, please see the person with the volunteer board on the day or contact the Boston office on There’s a role for everyone, even if you want to participate in the run too.

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

The female record is held by Gemma HOLLOWAY who recorded a time of 18:28 on 25th
December 2017 (event number 115).

The male record is held by Adam HOLLAND who recorded a time of 15:52 on 14th July 2018 (event number 143).

The Age Grade course record is held by Cath WHEELER who recorded 87.80% (21:11) on 11th August 2018 (event number 147).

Boston parkrun started on 24th October 2015. Since then 2,950 participants have completed 19,690 parkruns covering a total distance of 98,450 km, including 3,895 new Personal Bests. A total of 350 individuals have volunteered 3,777 times.

That’s all for this year, can 2019 match 2018 for Boston parkrun? Happy New Year to you all and we will see you at the next parkrun, which is on Saturday 5 January 2019 and Oliver Tunnard will be your run director.

Jayne Clements


Christmas 2018 Boston parkrun # 167

Last Christmas, I gave you my heart... no, hang on, wrong gig!

Last Christmas Day (2017) 124 of you fine people attended Boston parkrun. Well this year you totally smashed that figure out of the park (so to speak) with 181 of you completing Boston parkrun number 167!

Was it the free bucks fizz? Was it the truckload of mince pies on offer? Was it that people couldn't think of anything better to do on Christmas morning? No, it was because Christmas Day parkrun is quite simply the best parkrun of the year and we have the figures to prove it!

There was much fancy dress on display so thank you very much for entering into the spirit of things! Eighteen volunteers put the event on today and our grateful thanks go to them as well as to the countless volunteers who make the whole thing happen so seamlessly week after week! If you haven't done it yet, come and give it a go for I guarantee you will get every bit as much out of it as you do out of running.
The first male across the line was Aston Perrin whose home parkrun is Long Eaton, in a time of 16.51 and his proud Mum has since informed me that this was his 50th first finish which is some going, nice one Aston! First female home, for the second parkrun in a row was someone brand new to parkrun, Katie Ball in a time of 20.25. Are we making this thing too easy? She was not alone though as twenty two others were doing Boston parkrun for the first time and amazingly, given that it was Christmas Day, ten of those were people who had never done any parkrun before, well impressive! As if this weren't exciting enough, twenty of you recorded new pb's! I wonder how many were feeling slightly secondhand after the night before! And finally for this section, as I was trawling through the results looking for tourists, I happened to notice that Zara Thomas has done 55 parkruns without repeating one! That's over a years worth and shows extreme dedication to the tourist cause!
On just two days of the year, Christmas Day and New Years Day, parkrun allow any event teams that want to, to put on an extra parkrun. Whilst we are hosting a Christmas Day event, we are very much in the minority and as such we appear to have attracted a goodly number of tourists whose home parkruns are listed below, if I've missed yours off I'm sorry! We had tourists from Long Eaton, Lincoln, Scarborough, Edinburgh, Belton House, Newark, Grovelands, Woking, Great Notley, Wimbledon Common, Durham, South Manchester, Peterborough, Reading, Canon Hill, Roundhay, Falkirk, Basingstoke, Fulham Palace, Heron Banks South Africa, Thornbury, Kesgrave, Cirencester and Woodbank! Lovely to see you all and thanks for helping the day go with a swing!

As if all this wasn't exciting enough, we had Liping Wen, a regular visitor from Woodbank parkrun, running her 250th parkrun with us, thank you Liping. We also had our very own Fran Mills running her 50th as were Nick and Mary Turner, excellent stuff, you'll look awesome in those green and red tee shirts!. Not to be outdone it was Nick Ironmongers birthday though no one seemed too willing to divulge which one! DSCN0175DSCN0179

I did take a few photos with my cheap and nasty camera (which I later discovered was set on 'portrait' not 'sport') and so most of them were blurred beyond recognition but the few that were acceptable I've posted on our Flickr page.

So that's another Christmas parkrun done! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did and on a personal note, many thanks to all those who have volunteered and helped me out in so many other ways this past year, you are simply awesome!

Richard Eggleton will be you Run Director for the very last parkrun of 2018 so come along and lets give this year the send off it deserves! All the very best,

Andy Bailey


When it all goes to hell in a handcart… whistle a happy tune!

This will be a short one because we are doing it all again in a couple of days! A big thank you to the 141 of you who ran, jogged and walked Boston parkrun number 166. We played host to nine first timers and eighteen personal bests were recorded. Danny Seldon who runs mainly at Poole parkrun was first across the line for the males in a time of 18.28 whilst Jennifer North was the first female home in 23.11 at her first parkrun ever... now that's what's known as setting the bar high!
We had a pleasing number of tourists with Rooie Van Zyl joining us from Heron Banks parkrun in South Africa for the third Christmas in a row and he'll be back on Christmas Day with his wife. From the southern hemisphere as well was John Simpson who calls Brightwater parkrun in Austrailia his home parkrun. A little closer to home but no less welcome we had tourists from Bournemouth, Marple, Bideford, Newbury, Leamington and Huntingon, welcome to you one and all.
David Dales was here once again with his trusty camera and his magnificent photos can be found on his Facebook page Sports/Acrtion Images.
Now this is where I fall on my sword... the results! Normally things go swimmingly well and the odd mistake that does creep in can be easily rectified but this time it turned out to be a little more challenging! Some finish tokens were handed out in the wrong order, the trouble is we weren't 100% sure where it started or ended! I am totally indebted to Sarah-JaneMatthew and Abigail who came home with me whilst we fiddled about with the results. It was one of those things where you moved something here and it altered something there and in this case four heads were most definitely better than one for I fear that left to my own devices, my teddy's would have been exiting the pram in double quick time!
The version of the results we have published is, we believe, the best we can do. Your times will be about right but you could well be a place or two removed from the finish token you were given. Talking of which, if you have taken token number 138 home with you or you know someone who has, could we have it back please? We do need it for future runs! Anyway, back to the results and as they say, the buck stops with me and as we have another run in a couple of days, what we have will suffice... thank you for your understanding.
A massive shout out to our twenty one volunteers who give their time freely to ensure your safety and enjoyment. Your behaviour is exemplary but just a little reminder that that we expect them to be shown politeness and that any instructions they give are complied with as it is for your own safety and wellbeing, thank you!

That'll do for now! What say we do it all again on Christmas Day? I feel a Santa suit coming on and I've heard rumours of mince pies and back fizz!

Thanks for reading, see you next time.

Andy Bailey


Boston parkrun no 165

121 people enjoyed Boston's 165th parkrun at Witham Way Country Park on the 15th December 2018. It was a cold morning with a biting wind, not the best weather for Personal Bests, although an excellent 17 in total managed a PB. As always, thank you to the volunteers who without their effort this weekly event wouldn't run. Congratulations especially to Adam Lucas who volunteered for the 25th time - hopefully the volunteer t-shirt will be winging it's way to you soon. Congratulations also go to Fiona Wrisberg who ran her 50th parkrun, and Diane Houghton & Steven Roberts who both ran their 100th. A great effort by all. It was also a day of celebration for Joely Apps who turned 18.
We welcomed 5 first timers - hopefully the cold didn't put you off and you will be back in the future.

First over the line was Matthew Kingston-Lee in a superb time of 18:10. Matthew must have run a lonely race as he was well in front of the rest of the field. The first female over the line was Evie Brooks, a young lady in the 11-14 age category who bagged a PB and a tremendous result all in one. Parkrun is a fantastic event - enjoyed by so many different people from all walks of life. It doesn't matter if you run it quickly or slowly, it's a run rather than a race. Everyone from the young to the old, the fit and the not-so-fit all receive the same benefits. Not only is it a health benefit but the parkrun community is a very social group, and you will meet and make lifelong friends. It becomes a staple part of your weekend and is highly addictive!

We also had a number of happy dogs joining us, the first home was Charlie Knight who bagged a PB kindly leading John Burton in a very good time of 22:41 despite starting near the back of the field. Charlie wanted to contribute a little to the report:

My name is Charlie Knight and I'm 5 years old. I had a very unhappy childhood as unfortunately my elderly owners kept me locked up in a cage for much of my first 5 years. I was then lucky enough to be rescued and rehomed by my mum, Tanya. And wow, what a life I live now. Barkrun day is my favorite day of the week - today in particular was very exciting. I was so excited I did a little singing at the start line, just to make sure that everyone knew I was there. Today I ran with John who needs me to look after him. Last time I ran barkrun with John a tree jumped out and bashed into him - this week I managed to make sure he went around the tree rather than through it. A definite improvement. I steered John around the course making sure that his heart was beating out of his chest. We like barkrun to be exciting! There were lots of other doggies this week which was a nice treat. I do think barkrun should let us doggies have a barcode however - I feel a bit left out at the end when everyone else is getting their barcodes scanned.
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Christmas is coming, which is very exciting. Not least because we get an extra barkrun on Christmas Day. We hope to see as many runners & dogs as possible. Fancy dress will of course be highly encouraged.
Andy Baily is your run director next week and for Christmas day, so if you are interested in volunteering, contact us at

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