Didcot parkrun – Food-bank Collection


Didcot parkrun - Food-bank Collection


Didcot parkrun would like to help support Didcot Food-bank by collecting items and delivering them to the Food-bank on our parkrunners’ behalf.

Can you help to add some cheer to someone else’s life? The Food-bank has a list of items that they currently need:

• tinned meat/meat pies
• long-life baguettes (ie that require baking before eating)
• pasta sauces, preferably tomato
• packet puddings
• whole UHT milk
• pkt potato
• long life juice
• biscuits
• treats
• cereal
• sugar
• tinned veg




In addition, the organisers say that some people make it their particular aim to give non-food items like nappies and wet wipes, or dog and cat food, toilet rolls and hygiene items. The list of items currently needed can also be found here:


By the way, they ask for no more baked beans! We will collect items in the Didcot Town Football Club carpark near the gate through to the parkrun start for the following couple of parkruns, and aim to take the items to the Foodbank in the week before Christmas.

So please feel free to bring items along at Didcot parkrun on 8th and 15th December. If you come to post-run coffee in the Clubhouse we can always collect items then too.

Thank you in anticipation.

You can also donate to your local foodbank by dropping items into boxes at major supermarkets, taking items directly, volunteering or making financial contributions.

The web site for our local Didcot foodbank is: https://www.didcotbaptist.org.uk/…/l…/emergency-foodbank.php.





Christmas & New Year at Didcot parkrun


Christmas & New Year at Didcot parkrun


Due to popular demand and a successful event last year, Didcot parkrun will be hosting an extra festive event on Christmas Day this year in addition to the regular parkrun on Saturday 22nd December.

Our usual start time of 9:00am applies for Christmas Day.

Please feel free to get into the festive spirit, Santa suits and fancy dress are more than welcome however Saturday 22nd will be the main fancy dress run.

Here's your Christmas parkrun pass:


For a full list of other parkruns that are taking place on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, please see the full list via the below link.


PLEASE NOTE: Didcot parkrun will not be hosting an event on New Year’s Day, but other venues close by will be. Start times for other events may vary so please check the list carefully.

Many thanks,

Didcot parkrun



Didcot parkrun #186 – 3rd November 2018


Didcot parkrun #186 - 3rd November 2018
by Lewis Cousins A400052


Who doesn’t love parkrunday and Didcot parkrun Event 186 did not disappoint, there were running and volunteering milestones, first time runners and tourists galore.


This week 243 people ran, jogged and walked the course, 15 were first timers of whom 8 were taking part in their first ever parkrun and 44 recorded new Personal Bests too. We saw an incredible 1,215 km (753 miles) covered in this one event alone and this takes us to 145,290km (6,380 miles) since Didcot parkrun launched in February 2015.




This week’s milestones are:

10 parkruns (juniors) • Arsham Abyaneh • Daniel Brenchley • Reggie Duckham

100 parkruns • Alison Gordon • Lewis Cousins 100 volunteers •

100 Volunteers – Helen Brind  



There seems to now be a regular turnover of milestone achievements at Didcot parkrun and we can’t wait to see more milestone t-shirts being worn at the event but a big thank you must go to one of our Run Directors, Helen Brind as reaching 100 volunteers is the equivalent of giving up two years of Saturday mornings!!  


This was a special occasion for myself in particular as I had finally reached the 100 milestone parkruns but it was even better to share the occasion with some other fab milestone parkrunners. For this event I decided to Tail Walk and take in parkrun from another perspective, I also thought I could get away without any fuss until my lovely wife decided to dress me in Fancy Dress topped off with my very own tail!!






All the volunteer roles are great fun but Tail Walking was a wonderful experience as I got to see all the runners at least twice, cheering runners on and chatting to the parkrunners as they passed by. I spent most of the event trying to keep up with Charlie and Rebecca Warrington while stopping to take photos with every volunteer along the way.





Whilst walking the course you get to see the faster runners as they glide around the course, those pushing to improve on last weekends time, families running together and parkrunners embarking on a run walk strategy where age, shape and size are not barriers. We are blessed with a fantastic parkrun family and there is a great community feel good factor at the event.  




The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:


Helen BRIND • Simon HEWERDINE • Sue HENDERSON • Michael SUGGATE • Lewis COUSINS • Noel FRANCIS • Carla HOWES • John TALBOT • Tracey TALBOT • Jasmine TALBOT • Daniel BLOUNT • Conor BYRNE • Christopher MOFFATT • Jonathan BOUCARD • Simon JENNINGS • Stuart TURNER • Karen SPACKMAN • Fo KRABBEN • Pete WEBSTER


If you have never volunteered before then why not come and give it a go by joining our volunteer one weekend. Email us at didcothelpers@parkrun.com where we would love to add you to the roster, you will be given training on the morning by the Run Director and have a variety of volunteer roles available.


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

We hope to see you all again at Didcot parkrun #187 this weekend and please let the Run Director know if it's your First Time parkrun, a milestone event or if you're taking in our event with some parkrun tourism.

Many thanks,

Lewis Cousins A400052



Didcot parkrunners of the Month – August 2018


Didcot parkrunners of the Month - August 2018




Daniel and Olivia Brenchley have been fantastic supporters of Didcot parkrun in volunteering regularly since joining us in June 2018, they really are an inspiration to us aren’t afraid to get involved with all aspects of parkrun.


Olivia has embraced all the volunteering roles whilst being the first to cheer and high five our parkrunners, she has the best sense of humour whilst always wearing a smile.


Daniels running has seen him gain an almost 8 minute improvement since June and gaining a PB of 36:32. We love having both Daniel and Olivia involved with Didcot parkrun and we hope it can help inspire other young people to come and join in.




Daniel Brenchley
9 runs completed (all at Didcot parkrun)
3 PB’s
8 Volunteered


Olivia Brenchley
14 times Volunteered


1) How did you hear about Didcot parkrun?

Olivia: My mum told me and I was like yeah!

Daniel: From my mum


2) What did you do on a Saturday morning at 9am before Didcot parkrun?

Olivia: Watch YouTube videos

Daniel: Sit down and watch cartoons or YouTube


3) Your Barcode - is it paper, laminated, permanent or other?

Olivia: I don't have one yet

Daniel: Paper


4) Do you have any parkrun goals?

Olivia: I want to run it when I'm a teenager

Daniel: To get my time below 30 minutes


5) Do you have a favourite parkrun moment?

Olivia: Seeing my friend Maya and her family and seeing Eddie & Dot

Daniel: When I beat my first PB


6) Has parkrun changed your attitude to running, fitness and general wellbeing?

Olivia: Yes

Daniel: Yes, I want to do more running


7) What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Didcot parkrun?

Olivia: Overtake!

Daniel: That they should do it because it gives them a goal to achieve, to get faster. It's a great way of socialising and meeting people


8) Which do you prefer……Laps on the field or the long path to the finish?

Daniel: Laps on the field


9) What’s your favourite volunteer role?

Olivia: I like marshalling at point 2

Daniel: Same as Olivia, marshalling at point 2


10) What is your favourite parkrun to date?

Olivia: My first one

Daniel: The one where I got my current PB (29/9/18)


11) Describe what parkrun is to you in three words?

Olivia: Tiring, fun, jolly

Daniel: Fun, achieving, motivating


Halloween Spooktacular Themed parkrun – Saturday 27th October 2018


Halloween Spooktacular Themed parkrun - Don’t be scared - Saturday 27th  October 2018



Do you like to dress up? Do your children like to dress up? Well guess what, you can at Didcot parkrun!


Where: Didcot parkrun


When: Saturday, 27th October 2018 at 9am


What do I wear? Halloween based outfits which are safe to run in!


Do I have to? Of course not, but beware of Zombies, Ghouls or witches cats trying to change your mind!


Can I bring my friend Frankenstein? Of course you can, as long as he has his barcode #DFYB


It's time to dust off the cobwebs from last year's costumes and come to Didcot parkrun for a treat.


#DFYB  #loveparkrun




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