Brueton parkrun is cancelled on 20 January 2018: Cancelled due to standing water on top of ice

parkrun report – 1st January 2018 – by Helen Pickering

Brueton parkrun Report #391

Happy New Year to all Brueton parkrunners! Those of you who were up and at Brueton for a 9am run on New Years’ Day have my utmost respect, and even more so the volunteers who had to be there even earlier.

Doing the double and parkrun tourism

I knew there was no way I was getting to Brueton after enjoying my New Year’s Eve revelries but I did manage to make it to Cannon Hill for a more civilised 10.30 start and a first appearance at our neighbouring run.

Having run my worst parkrun time in a year on 30th December I was happy to get round a new course, in the pouring rain, in a time I was content with. Apparently I’m an ok runner when fuelled by alcohol and buffet nibbles, who knew? Here’s my takeaway from Cannon Hill - if you’ve ever complained about having to finish Brueton by running up the hill, never run Cannon Hill!

I recognised several regular Brueton runners who were doing the double, having already done the 9am run at Brueton before heading to Cannon Hill for the second parkrun of the day. Well done to those keen people.

parkrun resolutions

The festive period saw two extra parkruns, with additional runs being held on Christmas Day and New Years’ Day. To that end this seems an opportune time to thank the core team and all the volunteers who made those events happen. One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to volunteer more in 2018 and it’s something many of us can and probably look to do more. There are even volunteering jobs you can do which still allow you to run, like this one! If you want to volunteer, check out the FUTURE ROSTER for available dates and jobs and let the team know when you can help out (email:

My other resolution is to try to double my current parkrun count and qualify for the 50 shirt by the end of 2018 – I probably won’t manage it but it should help make getting up early for a run on a Saturday morning part of my routine.

Do you have parkrun resolutions? Let us know in the comments.

Run 391

Brueton’s 391st run saw 410 parkrunners complete the course; a little down on recent numbers but that’s no surprise as many of us were probably recovering from the night before and in no mood to start 2018 with a run. In position 391 was Brueton first timer Shah BEGUM with a time of 39:50.

We had an impressive 85 first timers this week, probably largely people who normally do parkrun at other venues which weren’t doing a New Years’ Day parkrun. In 85th position was Daniel GREGORY in 23:36.

Representatives of 62 clubs appeared at Brueton – in 62nd position was Dave WHITTAKER with a time of 22:45.

Congratulations to the new milestone club members:

10 – Ciaran TURNBULL
50 – Kate Thompson and Nikita POTTER
100 – Chris QUARMBY

Finally, a virtual round of applause for the amazing volunteers who made it happen:

William ANDREWS, Isabel ARTHUR, Caroline ATKINS, Chris ATKINS, Paul BENTLEY, John BRADLEY, Edwin BRAY, Sarah CATTELL, John A COOPER, Siobhan COTTER, Stephen EVANS, Susan HARVEY, David JOHN, Darren JOHN, Peter KILBEY, Andrew LUCAS, Kate MARSH, Isobel MCDERMOTT, John MINIHAN, Amanda O'LEARY, Melanie PARRY, Joseph PENTON, Ben PENTON, Fiona PENTON, John PERRY, Helen PICKERING, Val RALPH, Nadege RUTTER, John SAVIN, Brian STEELE, Kerry Ann THOMPSON, Roger VARLEY, Ezra VARLEY, Michael WHATLEY, Phil WOOD

See you all next week!


parkrun report – 30th December 2017 – by Fiona Penton

Brueton parkrun Report #390

390 part 1

This is what greeted those who entered the park from the Warwick road end, and was a nice surprise for those who didn't! As we walked up, I wondered if the route was going to change as it was really quite a big puddle, more of a second lake...I had my answer when Andy declared it was going to be an aquathon today and to suck it up, and run through it (my words, not his, well except aquathon, that was his) Yet another reason why it's important to attend the run brief and actually listen. Just saying.

And with great water, comes great mud, and muddy it was! I arrived with a sandy coloured dog and left with this:

390 part 2

And, yes this is just a blatant 'Look at me dog, look how gorgeous she is' picture. My trainers didn't fare any better after trudging through this once I'd finished.

390 part 3

It was a cold and difficult run for me personally. The effects of too much alcohol, an awful cold and generally not doing very much in the last few weeks has taken its toll on my body, and I struggled. But this is the joy of group participation. Would I have got up at 7.30 and just ran 5 km on my own by where I live? No. I would've cried off, made the excuse I was too ill/tired/cold - insert excuse here - and stayed in bed feeling sorry for myself. But it was Saturday, it was parkrun, I was up. And surprise, surprise, I felt good for doing it, felt good for getting out and running with my girl (sorry, another shameless dog reference)

390 part 4

As our muddy trio left the park, I looked back over the second lake and it was completely unaffected by the 433 people running through it. I looked at us all soggy and covered in mud, the puddle had definitely left its mark on us, not dissimilar to the marks that 2017 had left on me. Some mud will stain, some I can just brush off and others will come off in time, but regardless of the marks on me, there will always be parkrun. Well only if people keep volunteering! I had to get it in somewhere... Huge thank you to everyone who makes this wonderful, special event happen each week, without you there would be no parkrun. Surely this is worth missing an odd run to volunteer?

There is no journalist report this week as I didn't copy it in time, so here are some random stats if you're interested:

It was the 390th event, and the 390th runner was Barbara SILCOCK, with a time of 37.56.
The person with the most runs under their belt was Chris BEARD, with a total of 391 runs and he was a first timer at Brueton. After a bit of stalking, I've also discovered he has done 85 events out of his 391, at different parkruns. Anyone else done as many tourist events as Chris?
There were 9 unknown runners, DFYB. The 9th runner was Paul BENTLEY, with a time of 19.25.
This was the last parkrun of 2017, the runner with a time of 20.17 was Thomas FRANKLIN.
There were 4 under 11s (make sure they're within an arm's length at all times) and the 4th runner was Jack BRISTOW, with a time of 17.53.
There were 116 women and girls who took part on Saturday, which is only 27% of the total, why do women take up less than a third of the total?

With that question, I am going to wish you all a happy New Year and see you all in the New Year.

390 part 5

Fiona and Kensi


parkrun report – 25th December 2017 – by Ellie Boot

Brueton parkrun Report #389

The Grinch Who Stole Parkrun

Every Brue Down in Brueton Liked parkrun a lot...
But the Grinch, Who lived just north of Brueton, Did NOT!
The Grinch hated Parkrun and the whole Christmas season!
He thought running on Christmas day should be treason!
It could be his head wasn't screwed on just right.
It could be, perhaps, that his pants were too tight.
But I think that the most likely reason of all,
May have been that his trainers were two sizes too small.
Whatever the reason, His pants or his shoes,
He stood there on Christmas Eve, hating the Brues,
Staring down from his cave with a sour, Grinchy frown,
At the warm lighted windows below in their town.
For he knew every Brue down in Brueton below,
Was busy now laying their trainers, to go .
"And they're laying out their gear!" he snarled with a sneer,
"Tomorrow is Christmas! It's practically here!"
Then he growled, with his Grinch fingers nervously drumming,
"I MUST find some way to stop Parkrun from running!"
"Why, for seven years I've put up with it now!"
"I MUST stop this parkrun from coming! But HOW?"
Then he got an idea! An awful idea!
"I know what to do!" The Grinch laughed in his throat.
And he made a quick Santy Claus hat and a coat.
And he chuckled, and clucked, "What a great Grinchy trick!"
"With this coat and this hat, I look just like Saint Nick!"
Then the Grinch said, "Giddup!" And the sleigh started down,
T’wards the homes where the Brues Lay asnooze in their town.
All their windows were dark. Not a sound inthe air.
All the Brues were all dreaming sweet dreams without care.
When he came to the first little house on the square.
"This is stop number one," the old Grinchy Claus hissed,
And he climbed to the roof, empty bags in his fist.
Then he slid down the chimney. A rather tight pinch.
But, if Santa could do it, then so could the Grinch.
He got stuck only once, for a moment or two.
Then he stuck his head out of the fireplace flue.
Where the little running shoes all sat in a row.
"These shoes," he grinned, "are the first things to go!"
And he stuffed them in bags. Then the Grinch, very nimbly,
Stuffed all the bags, one by one, up the chimney!
Then He did the same thing To the other houses
From the Smith’s, to the Boot’s, to the Chauses!
It was quarter past dawn... All of Brueton, still a-bed,
All the runners, still asnooze when he packed up his sled,
Packed it up with their running stuff! The shoes! The spikes!
He even stole the rickety old lead bikes!
"PoohPooh to the Brue’s!" he was grinchishly humming.
"They're finding out now that no Parkrun is coming!"
"They're just waking up! I know just what they'll do!"
"Their mouths will hang open a minute or two,
Then the Brue’s down in Brueton will all cry BooHoo!"
"That's a noise," grinned the Grinch, "That I simply MUST hear!"
So he paused. And the Grinch put his hand to his ear.
And he did hear a sound rising up from below.
It started in low. Then it started to grow.
But the sound wasn't sad! Why, this sound sounded merry!
It couldn't be so! But it WAS merry! VERY!
He stared down at Brueton! The Grinch popped his eyes!
Then he shook! What he saw was a shocking surprise!
Every Brue down in Brueton, the tall and the small,
Were running! Without any shoes at all!
He HADN'T stopped Christmas from coming! IT CAME!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!
And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet quite warm in the lack of snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling: "How could it be so?"
And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before!
"Maybe Parkrun, like Christmas, doesn't come from a store."
"Maybe Parkrrun, like Christmas, means a bit more!"
And what happened then? Brueton they say,
That the Grinch bought new shoes that day that day!
And the minute his shoes didn't feel quite so tight,
He whizzed with his load through the bright morning light,
And he brought back the bike! And the shoes for the run!
And he, HE HIMSELF! Did parkrun and had fun!
He ran and he ran the 5 kilometre course,
And being first time got a PB of course!
There was huffing and puffing and panting and wheezing,
And coughing and spluttering and grunting and sneezing,
But on ran the Grinch around the whole route,
Feeling rather quite sweaty in his big grinchy suit,
There was not just one runner, not just a few,
There was just a few shy of four hundred and two.
And that day in Brueton the say, so they say,
That grumpy old Grinch changed in a very special way.
He saw all the Brues, spectators, volunteers and runners alike
Sharing the joy of a hobby they so very much like,
And in his heart he knew that day, just you and me,
That this is the way our Christmas should be!
Merry Christmas everyone!!

Grinch running with (2)

389 part 3


parkrun report – 23rd December 2017 – by Peter Thomas

Brueton parkrun Report #388

This week we were celebrating the amazing achievements of Margaret Smith and John Cooper.

Margaret is a local celebrity who can be seen walking her dog Luna in the area on a daily basis, she is an inspiration to all and a Brueton legend. When finishing today she became the oldest female to complete 250 parkruns.

John is an unsung hero who can be seen on the finish line with a stopwatch and the video he records helps to make sure the results are correct each week. This was the 250th Saturday morning that he has volunteered.

Myself, everyone involved at Brueton and the wider parkrun community salute and applaud you. We hope to see you on many, many more Saturday mornings and in about five years or so we can celebrate you reaching 500!!!

The weather fairies were kind to us this week, no snow or ice and when I reached the park at 7.45am the conditions looked good for a great day. I met Anthony at the top car park where we unloaded a marquee and then carried it to the finish area. When we got to the Basketball area there was already a flurry of activity as about 20 extra people had turned up early to help. Andy the big boss had organised a plan and set all his minions to work. Two marquees were put up. Tables set ready for the cake. Some people were blowing up balloons, others had to chase the ones that blew away. The rest helped with the start area and finish funnel. There was a very happy mood and the excitement was building. It really was a team effort to get it all ready in time. Big thanks to everyone.

When the paparazzi had done a few photos of Margaret, John and Steve Armstrong, who was also doing his 250th run today, we all gathered for a large group photo (look out for the guy right behind Margaret) It is a great picture and hopefully this can be the new Brueton cover picture. We all walked to the start area and after a few announcements we got ready to run. 554 people took part today and lots were in Christmas fancy dress which made the party atmosphere even better. As people finished they started to line the route down the hill from the finish greeting every finisher. But John won't mind me saying this, they were really all waiting for the star attraction that we call Super woman or just Margaret by her friends. As she approached the clapping and cheering began, then just got louder and louder. It was an amazing scene that may never be repeated again at Brueton. After Margaret had scanned for the 250th time. Andy said a few words then presented her and John with cards and a memento of the day. They both then cut the large cake which was passed out to everyone. Nice cake, yum yum, could only manage 3 pieces! The local TV were there and did an interview with Margaret after as we all reflected on a brilliant morning.

Andy Lucas and all the team did us proud today to make this a memorable Brueton parkrunday.
I love it when a plan comes together.

26036613_1177764212356828_369550088_o (2)

25993040_1177740469025869_427730458_o (2)

25993485_1177739869025929_1889084629_o (2)

This weeks numbers-
50th place Norman WAKEMAN in a time of 20.39
150th place Martin VALENTINE in a time of 24.31
250th place Ryan WILLIAMS in a time of 27.54
350th place Jane LEWIS in a time of 30.26
450th place Lesley SMITH in a time of 34.48

A word from Margaret

Happy new year M that will be your name in future to have kept all those secrets. I can only say I am still amazed at the work and trouble that you and the team went to, I find it very difficult to put my feelings into words. Just to say thank you sound very feeble, but it was GREAT you are all so supporting, kind and friendly, Saturdays run sets me up for the week. (I love you all) Margaret &Luna .

PS I have had best wishes from all over the WORLD parkruns . Australia, Russia, and 3 other places I have not heard of!

John's story

Around 5 years ago my two sons, Paul and Ian became 'parkrunners'. They suggester that I might like to join them, however being diabetic and having suffered a heart attack a couple of years earlier I rejected the idea of even trying to run, however, having heard from them a little about parkrun I decided to go along and see what it was all about. I don't know whether the main motivation at the time was to support the boys or the promise of coffee and cake in the cafe when it was all over. Looking back I think that that the cake slightly shaded it because I was there even when they didn't run!

On my first two or three visits to Brueton parkrun I was just a spectator and with other like minded people was clapping and cheering and shouting encouragement to the athletes as they passed.

I really had no intention of volunteering until I was asked by one of the event directors one freezing Saturday morning if I would mind standing in front of a large patch of ice and directing the athletes around it. I was given a high viz safety vest and was directed to the offending area. For the next forty five minutes I stood in front of the ice flailing my arm around like a demented windmill shouting 'take care -ice'. The athletes were shouting back 'thank you marshal' - it made my day!. As I walked back to the cafe I had quite a feeling of satisfaction because everybody had passed the ice safely.

When I handed in the high viz vest the event director asked if I could help the following week, I did and I'm still at it 250 parkruns later.

People often ask "why do you still volunteer at parkrun", well you only have to be there on Saturday mornings to know the answer. You see the smiling, welcoming faces of old friends, you make new friends, and you have the odd bit of banter - all things that wouldn't happen if it wasn't for parkrun - all things that help to make up that rich tapestry of life.

parkrun is an inclusive activity that everybody can enjoy, serious runners, keep fit enthusiasts, walkers, dog walkers. children with parents and parents with buggies and if you can't do any of those things you become a timekeeper!

I really look forward to volunteering on Saturday mornings even when the weather is not very kind to us, the fantastic people at Brueton parkrun, runners, volunteers and supporters make it all worthwhile.


⇐ Newer Posts