Course inspections at Coventry parkrun

Our Run Directors carry out course checks weekly at Coventry parkrun. This is to ensure that the course is hazard free and safe to use before deciding whether Coventry parkrun can go ahead or be cancelled.

There’s two main reasons why we may cancel Coventry parkrun:
- Other events in the park: The park is a public place and other events may take place on a Saturday morning. These can have vehicles that may use or block our course and so we would need to cancel

- Weather: Occasionally, and normally due to wintery weather, our course isn’t able to be safely negotiated and so Coventry parkrun will be cancelled.

There is one other reason that we may cancel, which we hope never to have to do, and that is due to lack of volunteers. If we don’t have a team of volunteers sufficient to safely operate parkrun then we will cancel and this can happen up to the very minute of the scheduled start time.

When will we let you know about cancellations?

If we know we’re cancelling due to an event taking place then we’ll let you know in advance on the Coventry parkrun website, faceboook, twitter etc..

If it’s weather related then we will carry out the usual course inspection on the morning of the parkrun. If there’s thick, sheet ice on the course then we can make a very early call not to go ahead. If it’s a ‘little slippy’ in places then we may make the decision to go ahead or not closer to 9am to allow for any thaw to happen or make minor course changes off the pathway onto grass if possible and appropriate.

The decision is entirely based on conditions on the morning of the parkrun and a judgement call by the Run Director to the best of their ability and with very best intentions.

If we do decide to cancel then, as soon as we’re able, we will do our best (technology permitting) to inform our volunteers by email about the cancellation. We will update the Coventry parkrun website and facebook and speak to those who look like they’re in the park for parkrun about the decision.

If a cancellation means that you won't make a milestone parkrun or will cause you distress then do look for another parkrun that may be more likely, although not guaranteed, to go ahead. If you're in doubt as to whether to travel or not to Coventry parkrun then please err on the side of caution ie don’t travel – we’re generally on the following week.


On 3 February Coventry parkrun will be 8 years old.

On 3 February Coventry parkrun will be 8 years old.

As is customary, it will be a fancy dress affair. We know you like a theme so come dressed wearing your favourite sports kit (rugby, tennis, cricket etc..) or as your favourite sportsperson.

There will be celebrating and cake.

We'll be heading to the City Arms in Earlsdon after parkrun.


Coventry parkrun – Christmas Day 2017

Have yourself a merry parkrun Christmas…

Is there anything better than an extra bonus parkrun before the food feast that is Christmas? Planning our Christmas parkrun was a diplomatic challenge – would we be allowed out at the prime present opening time to run around War Memorial park? Or would we have to drive up from the south coast on the morning, take in a parkrun en route and then arrive (parkrun fresh) to Christmas lunch? Negotiations complete to our satisfaction, Harriet was added to the volunteer roster and I packed useful items like trainers and my barcode. We did forget some presents but that’s one of those things…

We had a lovely welcome – I understand that there were a number of Leamington parkrunners who arrived to swell numbers to 512. There were fancy dress outfits – loved the turkey – and even the dogs were dressed with Christmas hats. The run itself was chatty and fun – the very spirit of parkrun. After our home run of Queen Elizabeth, it was nice to run around a flat path, though with considerably more people than we are used to sharing space with. War Memorial park is really special, we didn’t have the chance to see if the trees were still planted in the shape of the plough constellation, but we will be back to check in 2018.

To the results: 6 brand new parkrunners ran, were recorded and had their barcodes scanned. Well done and do come back. 42 other first timers came to Coventry – 8% of the total runners and an amazing 43 new PBs today including first finisher Patrick Roddy.

Peter Shew and Philip Fusi joined the 100 club, Diane Davies, Michael Parker and Craig McNaney joined the 50 club. There were no juniors joining the 10 club today but there were 3 juniors running their 9th. Here’s to a good run on Saturday.
26 amazing parkrun elves gave up their Christmas dinner busting run and volunteered so that we could run. Thank you very much.

In all, a splendid day – we will return!
Pippa White


Christmas at Coventry parkrun 2017

Christmas at Coventry parkrun - 2017 (Edited)

23 December - will be this year's Coventry parkrun Santa run.

Come along in your santa suit, elfwear, reindeer regalia... and enjoy your regular, super, parkrun! Why not bring some festive snacks to share with your friends afterawards.

25 December - there will be a parkrun starting at 9am.
NB - there will be NO facilities open in the park on this day.

(Not strictly Christmas, but there will not be a Coventry parkrun on New Year's Day)


Coventry parkrun 384, 16 September 2017

This week 651 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 55 were first timers and 99 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.

Volunteer heroes!

Thank you to all of this week’s volunteers: Peter Estick, Maggie Morgan, Jane Cooney, Phyll Douglas, Joy Douglas, Andrea French, Paul Slatford, Julie Flanagan, Kevin Hinson, Richard Le Mare, Helen Hodge, Alison Payne, Gary Smith, Iris Assing, Charles Brimble, Bryan Mercer, Brett Parton, Nadine Starling, Lucy Leonard, Peter Carroll, Maisie Kavanagh, Paul Shipman, Sadie Newell, Akaljot Bhogal.

Volunteers, we need you!

We always need new volunteers to get involved and help to make parkrun the enjoyable and successful event that it has become. Take a look at to see the dates and volunteer roles available and drop us an email at & let us know you can help. We can't wait to hear from you.

This week's parkrun

You can view this week's times online at

Photos from the run can be viewed at:

Coventry parkrun started on 6th February 2010. Since then 14,209 participants have completed 145,803 parkruns covering a total distance of 729,015 km, including 24,850 new Personal Bests.

Problems with results?

Any problems with your results? Don't panic, remain calm and contact us by email at

Runners under 11 year's old

Please remember that children under 11 are really welcome to join us for parkrun, but they must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the run. Come along and run with your kids - you'll all love it

Congratulations to:
Charlie Blaszczyszyn, Robert Hodge, Rupert Powell on their 10th parkruns
Andy Scruton, Daniel Baynton, Nathan Field, Nickola Harris, Rachel Hodge on their 50th parkruns
Helen Hodge on her 100th parkrun

Thanks All!!

Stay in touch

Contact us:
parkrun website:
Coventry parkrun website:
flickr (photos):

In summary


The three highest age grades were recorded by:

Kev Hope (VM35-39) – 77.50% for the time 17:29 (first overall).
Nikki Carter (VW65-69) – 76.98% for the time 27:09 (253rd overall).
David Leadley (VM50-54) – 76.67% for the time 19:43 (12th overall).

Female placings:

Lucinda Wilson (VW35-39) (Unattached) was first (52nd overall) over the line in 21:50 - second time in 24 appearances.
Sue Leonard (VW45-49) (Unattached) was second (56th overall) over the line in 22:00 - was first to finish once before.
Sarah Wixon (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (62nd overall) over the line in 22:15.

Male placings:

Kev Hope (VM35-39) of Kenilworth Runners, was first over the line in 17:29 - 7th time in 72 appearances.
Adam Walmsley (JM15-17) of Coventry Godiva Harriers, was second over the line in 18:19.
Rupert Williams (SM30-34) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:37.

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