Huntingdon parkrun #304 (the one with all the cakes)

This week's event was a blustery affair as the effect of some odd named storm either arrived or left. We had a field of 328 runners, joggers and walkers with buggies and dogs a plenty ably looked after by 27 fantastic hi-viz heroes. Despite the weather, there were 33 personal bests, 4 first timers and hardy tourists from the New Forest and Cross Flatts in Leeds.

Despite there being no milestones to celebrate, we know that Louise Markham and N Jones both completed their 50th run so that might explain the abundance of donuts, tarts and other goodies. Co-ED Stuart Ainsworth also provided a cake to celebrate his 5th anniversary of starting parkrunning and completing his 250th volunteering event.


First male home was Paul Vernon 16:59 and first lady home was Hannah Lord in 20:31.

Random stat of the week. Since Huntingdon parkrun started a total of 1,032 individuals have volunteered 8,170 times (are you one of the 1,032)??

See you next week.
The Core Team
Huntingdon parkrun


Huntingdon parkrun #302 (the one before the Cambridge Half)

Once again a chill descended on Hinchingbrooke Country Park for the running of the 302nd Huntingdon parkrun. After several weeks of higher than usual attendance numbers, many regulars took time out to support and volunteer in preparation for tomorrow’s Cambridge Half. Good luck to all those participating and volunteering - looks like the weather could be challenging to say the least.

There were 11 first timers and we had a bumper crop of tourists from Rushcliffe, Delamere Forest, Great Cornard, Norwich and Swindon and this week’s Top Trumps winners Amanzimtoti in South Africa.

Despite the chill, 328 finished the course with 65 new PBs! Congratulations to Robert Ellis, Tony Reeves, Dan Carter, Karen Keen, Andrea Nixon, Alice O'Connor, Sam Oram, Robin Thatcher, Christina Walker and Pamela Ayres, Rocco Strickland, Oscar Newsom and everyone else who bagged themselves a PB!!

Runners and walkers were supported and cheered on by 31 volunteers, many of whom came from local running club BRJ Run and Tri who did a takeover and followed parkrun with their annual Celebrating Success get together in the Countryside Centre. Congratulations to all those who were recognised for their achievements most of whom are regulars at Huntingdon parkrun.

We also celebrated 50th parkrun milestones with Tony Reeve, Yvette Adamson and Eszter Gulacsy - congratulations to you all. Another big cheer for Co-ED Stuart Ainsworth who completed his 200th parkrun.

First ‘gent’ home was James Orrell (JM15-17!!) in a time of 18:10 and first lady home was Hannah Lord in a time of 19:15.

We are always looking for volunteers - please check out our roster at

Dates for your diaries: our 6th birthday with a theme of ‘Back to Front, Inside Out’ will take place on April 13th and our Star Wars themed fancy dress extravaganza is, of course, on May the 4th (be with you).

See you all next week for Huntingdon parkrun 303.



Huntingdon parkrun #301 (the one with the Girl Guides)

The morning arrived misty and moody for Huntingdon parkrun’s 301st event at Hinchingbrooke Country Park. Despite the chilly start, 388 people ran, jogged and walked the course with no let up in the attraction for new participants in 2019 with 45 first timers today. The PB bell was working overtime, ringing out to record no less than 75 new Personal Bests.

We were joined for the day by leaders from the Girl Guide Association who were doing a takeover at 4 local parkruns - thanks for the great cakes! We had a total of 31 volunteers around the course encouraging the runners and walkers and of course keeping us all safe.

We also celebrated 50th parkrun milestones with James Haycock and Joanne Hart - congratulations to you both. There were 4 others who completed their 50th - don’t be shy, let us know and let the parkrun family celebrate with you!


Huntingdon remains as popular as ever with tourists both visiting the area and transiting elsewhere. This week we were joined by tourists from: Sheffield, Wiltshire, Surrey, Coventry, Ipswich, Northampton, Suffolk and Brighton. Thank you all for joining us and we hope you enjoyed our parkrun.

First home and collect one of our lovely new finish tokens was Tom Oliver in a time of 18:04 and first lady home was Mairi Thelwall in a time of 22:01.

Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who donated food last week at #Huntingdon300. We collected over 450 items of food for Godmanchester Foodbank, passing our 300 item target by some margin.

We are always looking for volunteers - please check out our roster at - including someone to pen this weekly Run Report. So if you are a budding Shakespeare or have a passion for blogging, let us know and you will get a volunteer credit as well as running credit.

Dates for your diaries: our 6th birthday with a theme of ‘Back to Front, Inside Out’ will take place on April 13th and our Star Wars themed fancy dress extravaganza is, of course, on May the 4th (be with you).

See you all next week for Huntingdon parkrun 302 with a takeover by BRJ Run & Tri.



Huntingdon parkrun #295 (the one where not a lot really happened)

A drizzly and grey morning welcomed 406 eager runners and walkers to Hinchingbrooke Park for the 295th edition of Huntingdon parkrun. 31 volunteers braved the cold, with special mention to Anna Best, who unfortunately broke her ankle at last week's event, but who arrived nonetheless ready to take part, albeit as a high-viz hero [for the next 8-12 weeks]! The volunteer board is looking a bit bare for the next few weeks, so if you fancy starting your weekend in a more leisurely fashion let us know!

Russell Trigg completed his 50th parkrun whilst Karl Taylor clocked up an impressive 351st event.

There were plenty of locals attending, with representation from Team Bex, Riverside and Huntingdonshire AC, and a whopping 46 from BRJ Run & Tri! From further afield, we had tourists from Birmingham, Burgess Hill and the winner of the "furthest tourist" award came from South Africa.

We saw lots of canicrossers making the most of the extra paw-power on offer from their 4-legged friends, and several buggy-pushers, with the youngsters (who were able to stay awake) watching for top tips for when they are old enough to show their parents how it's done.

Please remember to bring your bar code - this week saw 33 unknown finishers, including first past the post. Among those that did remember their bar codes, were the 24 attending their first ever parkrun - congratulations and welcome to the club. In addition, there were also 16 first timers to Hinchingbrooke Park, we hope you enjoyed our event and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Finally, a parkrun report wouldn't be right without a few finishing stats so:

1st male (who remembered his barcode!) - Tom Oliver
1st female - Hannah Lord
Juniors <10 - Max Greenley & Leonora Hiscock
Juniors 11-14 - Jacob Edmett & Stella Leach
Juniors 15-17 - Will Dales (in 3rd overall) & Mia Woods

Top age grading goes to Annette Newton (76.32%) & Neil Jarvis (71.8%)

Congratulations to the 24 runners who got them selves PB's, Andrew Brown, Darren Rice, Jacob Emmett, Samantha Minnis, Helen Richardson, Martin Graves, Diana Bass, Gareth Henry, Sarah Carey, Ann Crossman and the lovely Anna Horsfall to name but a few.


Huntingdon parkrun #294 (the one with broken bones and a new volunteer for the next 8-12 weeks)

Happy New Year! And what a great way to kick start the year off with the
first Saturday parkrun of 2019.

In my recent bid to become a member of the unofficial parkrun tourist
club, I've taken up the challenge of clocking up 20 different parkruns.
As luck would have it, my 20th different venue will also fall on my 50th
parkrun - 2 more to go! Alongside the tourist challenge, I’m working
my way through the alphabet so this weekend I picked Huntingdon as my
chosen venue at the very picturesque Hinchingbrooke Country Park where I
was greeted by such an enthusiastic and friendly bunch of volunteers.

A hugely impressive 379 people ran, jogged, buggy pushed, dog jogged and
walked at Huntingdon’s 294th event, with tourists from Braunstone,
Market Harborough and Cardiff to name a few. They welcomed 46 first
timers to Huntingdon parkrun, with 31 of those taking on their first
ever one. Thank you for joining us and embarking on your parkrun
journeys. You certainly won't regret it! 21 unknowns did show up in this
week's results so please remember - DFYB (don't forget your barcode)!
You may have read on social media, even the CEO of parkrun, Nick
Pearson, forgot his barcode this week…and he didn’t get a time

First up was the first timer’s briefing, then the full briefing and
then we headed down to the start. The course itself starts on the grass
and then leads onto the trails which run alongside the meadow and then
into the woods by the river. Definite PB potential here (if you can keep
up your speed on the gradual incline at the end of each lap). We were
encouraged by the enthusiastic high-viz heroes at various points which
was a very welcome sight. Henry greeted you with a loud good morning at
the start and shouted out your approximate time on the end of the first
lap. With plenty of other marshals shouting encouragement and a few foam
hand high fivers, it made for a very enjoyable experience. I
particularly loved the female marshal who gave me a shout out each time
I passed her for my running tights! I always like to run in bright gear
on a grey day.

Congratulations to the top three male and female finishers:

Matthew PELESZOK – 18.48. Matthew was also a first timer at

Finley HISCOCK – 19.22

Neil JARVIS – 19.31

Hannah LORD – 20.05

Diana Jade CHALMERS – 21.39

Lilli PETERS – 23.00

Just under 40 people achieved new PBs which is fantastic.

Well done to everybody that took part, particularly to all the first
timers. I guarantee it won't be your last.

This week's parkrun was brought to you by these wonderful volunteers:

Abbie KING • Alice NOYES • Alison AINSWORTH • Amanda BURRIDGE •
Hank SWEET • Hayley LAWRENCE • Henry BAILEY • Jane BOWLAND • Joy
SEILER • Judy SWEET • Kira SHIPLEY • Laura MEHEW • Louise
MARKHAM • Lulu ROBINSON • Lyndsay JORDAN • Paul HARRIS • Rachel
Sharon FITZGERALD • Sheila HUNTER • Steve JENKINS • Stuart

Thank you for all your efforts!

parkruns wouldn’t be possible without the amazing volunteers. There
are plenty of different roles that can be done with a little training
and it is very fulfilling giving back to your parkrun community. If you
would like to help out the future roster can be found here or if you have any
questions please email

Run completed, and with the usual Saturday morning [8]parkrun smile on
my face, it was back in the car for the journey home.

Thank you for having me Huntingdon. I hope you all have an enjoyable
2019 parkrun journey.

Lyndsay Jordan
Braunstone parkrun

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