Huntingdon parkrun #204 (the one with all the pbs)

Spring has sprung! The grass is riz! I wonder where those parkrunners is? Well, 285 of them were jogging and sprinting their way around Hinchingbrooke Country Park this morning, for Huntingdon parkrun #204. The course was dry, toads were frolicking in the ponds, Henry was in full bellow on his hill (almost drowned out by the birds), and it was generally a good time to be alive. We welcomed visitors from Horsham, Northampton, Bury St Edmunds, Bedford and Wimpole, and had only 6 unknown runners.

A huge 21 parkrun first timers joined us today – we hope that they enjoyed themselves and that they will be back for many more parkruns to come. Two people who definitely like their parkruns are Sam Brown and Cameron Smith, who completed their 200th; Cameron is still in the JM11-14 category! Very well done to both. Neil Whitaker and Adam Covell completed their 50th parkruns, in Neil’s case with a new PB – well done to them too!

First Timer Briefing by Run Director Sarah Hall

First finisher today was relative newbie James Rixon, in only a couple of seconds off a new course PB – after being second finisher the week before, this must have felt pretty satisfying. First female finisher was Georgia Hine, who has been first female finisher twice before at Huntingdon. Personal bests went to 55 people, a record-equalling number – congratulations to all who beat their previous best time. Special shout out to all the under-14s who got a PB: Maria Pacheva, Esme Lydon, Adam Read, Freddie Hardy, Amelia Fleming, Henry Waller, Ciaran Burke, Molly Webster and Elliot Mortimer.

Thanks and big wet kisses to our lovely volunteers, as always. If you’ve never volunteered before, please do give it a try sometime. If you do it 25 times you get a nice purple t-shirt to swank about in. Which is far less effort than running 50 times to get a red one…

A reminder that on 8 April, it will be our fourth birthday! Fancy dress optional, with a back-to-school theme (but please, more like Hogwarts/Just William and less like St Trinians, to keep things family-friendly). As the event is likely to be busy, please do take advantage of the free parking up at the hospital in the Treatment Centre carpark – just show your barcode to park for free from 8.30am to 10.30am.

Huntingdon parkrun's 4th birthday celebrations

See you next Saturday – happy running, and don’t forget your barcode!


Volunteers needed for local charity running events

Volunteers needed for charity running events
Cambridge-based company, hoohaah, are organising a series of running events in 2017 with the aim of raising money for local brain injury charity Headway Cambridgeshire.

You don’t have to be able to run miles to help us out. We are looking for volunteers to marshal the events, so if you fancy a Sunday morning in the fresh air helping to support this fundraising endeavour, we would love to hear from you.

Volunteers will be part of a team ensuring the success of the races, which take place in some unique outdoor surroundings. Volunteer marshals will be provided with refreshments and cake and will get free entry into their own hoohaah event. Anyone that marshals at three of the events will also receive a free hoodie.

The events take place as follows:
23rd April - Childerley Estate
21st May - Wimpole Estate
18th June - Hatfield Forest
9th July - Thetford Forest
8th October - Wimpole Estate

To volunteer for one (or all!) of the events please:
Telephone: 01223 576550


Huntingdon parkrun #203 (the one with the tourist from Founder).

Henry Bailey receiving a copy of the "Henry's Hill" sign from Paul Sinton-Hewitt. Also in the photo is Event Director Suzie Hall (left) and Run Director Alison Ainsworth (centre)

Saturday was a very special day for Huntingdon parkrun as we had Paul Sinton-Hewitt, the founder of parkrun with us for the morning! 382 of you decided to take the opportunity to meet the founder (and be encouraged by Henry as you passed his marshal point on Henry's Hill :).


Today was also notable as the 100th time Marie Williamson (left) and Kathryn Ayres (right) had run parkrun (cue jokes about rolling in big time celebs to celebrate their parkrun milestone!!).

Sandra Acton and Christopher John with Paul Sinton-Hewitt

First finisher today was David Hudson in 17:01 (PB stays at 16:51) and first lady finisher was Jess Williams in 19:42 (and a new PB!!!).

We had 32 first timers with us today! Congratulations to Freddie Hardy, Luke Hay, Ian Hardy, Gary Wilson, Virginia Adams, Charne Rockford, Lydia Parkinson, Donna Riley, Alfie Thomas, Amelia Davis, Sue Hall and Alisha and Zayheda Khan and all the other first timers for making time to join in and parkrun on Saturday morning. Honestly, your Saturday mornings will never be the same again!!

There were also 17 unknowns and an amazing 54 new PB's! Congratulations to Gary Parr, Veronica Middlehurst, Farrell Macrae, Liz Scott, Michael Sells, Esme Lydon, Krzysztof Mucha, Hannah Winser, Jess Williams, Mark Lecomber, Donna Dunbar, Adam Roberts, Maria Pacheva and everyone else who ran down a PB!!

Keith Wrycraft showing us just how excited he was about the founder of parkrun visiting today

Dont forget if you can't run because of injury or you just want to try something different then please come and volunteer. You will be surprised by how much fun it can be!




Huntingdon parkrun #202 (the one with five finishing funnels!!)


The sun shone brightly on the 260 Huntingdon Park Runners who turned out on Saturday morning but oooh it was muddy. So much so that the finishing funnel needed to be moved 5 times throughout the duration of park run!

Today was made ever so slightly more of a special Saturday morning by the renaming of Bobs Hill to Henry's Corner. Please don't be afraid to say hello to Henry as you run past him :)


We were visited today by tourists from Stamford, Wimpole, Hampstead Heath and Leicester and welcomed 33 first timers. Welcome to the Park Run family. We look forward to seeing you again next week.


Hannah Viner was first finisher in a fantastic time of 18:32 followed by Simon Margot in 19:24 mins. There were a notable 31 PBs, which is impressive considering the muddy conditions. Great running everyone. Isabelle Wilkins also broke the JW11-14 record in a time of 20.37mins. Well done Isabelle!


Congratulations to Jonathon Eason on reaching his 50th milestone and to Jamal Eason for reaching his 20th. Not bad for a 5 year old!

I know I am not alone in appreciating the support and motivation of the legend that is Henry Bailey, the best park run volunteer in the land! Having volunteered over 100 times, we have officially recognised how much we love him by naming the hill “Henry’s Hill” complete with official sign. Thank you Henry for being so fab.

Next week, Huntingdon park run will be delighted to welcome Paul Sinton-Hewitt, founder of park run. We are expecting more visitors than usual so please arrive early, park responsibly and remember it is free to park at Hinchingbrooke hospital for 2 hours until 10.30am. All you have to do is show your bar code.


Finally don't forget that Paul Sinton-Hewitt (the founder of parkrun) will be visiting us on Saturday the 11th of March!!!

Have a great week and DFYBC!

Aunty Clare


Huntingdon parkrun #200 (the one with all the purple!!!)


An amazing 339 of you turned out on a lovely cool, slightly damp morning to celebrate our 200th parkrun!! The theme was to turn the parkrun purple in recognition of our wonderful volunteers who keep our event going every weekend. We also welcomed tourists from Oxford, Rugby, Seaton, Glasgow and Cornwall.

One of the many amazing, and utterly fascinating statistics about todays 200th run is that it is exactly 200 weeks since our very first parkrun held way back on the 13th of April 2013!

16602669_10158084688550214_8131839130214412058_nThe wonderfully purple Papworth Runners (and RD ScottyB).

Today was also notable for Clive Best completing his 50th parkrun, Claire Middlehurst completing her 100th parkrun, Elaine Gaines completing her 150th parkrun and Sarah Hall completing her 200th parkrun (on the sly a couple weeks ago!!).

Hunts pr 200 2017-02-11 104Claire Middlehurst taking part in her 100th parkrun

First finisher today was Michael Taylor in 17:01 (new PB) and first lady finisher today was junior Ella Robinson in 21:03!

We had 16 unknown runners, 24 first timers and 56 PB's. Congratulations to Sam Palmer, Markus Downhill, Susan Millward, Jennifer Warburton, Michael Bedford, Teri Francis, Charlotte Abrams, Sarah Hazzard, Esme Lydon, Eric Abrams and Martin Jackson and everyone else who scored a hard earned and well deserved PB today.


If today wasn't amazing enough we had a really exciting update from the Junior parkrun team that has been proposed for Jubilee Park...Public Health Cambridgeshire has agreed to cover the entire £3,000 funding requirement to get the Junior parkrun up and running!!!

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As this was our 200th parkrun, the Huntingdon Core Team would like to thank each and every one of the nearly 40,000 runners and volunteers that has helped to shape our parkrun in to the wonderful event it is today. Without you there is no parkrun!

FINALLY, parkrun on the 18th of February is CANCELLED due to another event taking place in Hinchingbrooke Country Park on Saturday.

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