Twyford Fun 2k, 5k and 10k

At Winchester parkrun we love to promote local commmunity events that involve physical activity.

So how do you fancy signing up to a great local event for a worthy cause?

Twyford St Mary’s PTA are organising a fun community 2k, 5k and the 10k through beautiful South Downs National Park countryside. This is on Saturday 28th April at Hunter's Park, Twyford. Registration opens at 1pm for a 2pm start.

The 2k Kids Run is flat and great for children any age. They can run on their own as it’s safe or parents or carers can run with them. The 2k Kids Run will start after the 5k and 10k so parents can do both.

The 5k Run is a little more challenging but it’s still an enjoyable run over lovely fields. This is one to take your time to run for yourself.

The 10k Run is for those that want to challenge themselves more but again it’s not a race and we guarantee a beautiful run over South Downs countryside.


Sign up here:



Fundraising Appeal for a Defibrillator (AED)


We love Winchester parkrun, and enjoy being part of a great community that has been going and growing for nearly 5 years. We are really fortunate that we have never had any major incidents.

We are conscious that, as we have more and more participants, the risk of one of our participants experiencing cardiac arrest increases. Should this happen, the chances of a positive outcome for the sufferer can be dramatically increased if an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is available and deployed quickly.

In fact, they have already saved the lives of participants at parkrun events as far afield as Australia and Leeds.



Brett Orpwood. Brett went into cardiac arrest while doing the Mullum Mullum parkrun and was saved by a fellow runners and a defibrillator. Picture: James Ross.


AEDs, also known as PADs, Defibrillators or “Defibs”, are portable electronic devices that in the event of a cardiac arrest, use an electric shock to re-establish an effective heart rhythm. Quite simply, an AED can be the difference between life and death.

Although the Leisure Centre has an AED, the time to get there, find the right person, find the AED, and get back would be far too long.



So, the core team at Winchester parkrun want to purchase our own AED and we need your help to do this.

 What do we need?

We have been looking into different options. We want to get this model which is simple to use. It guides the rescuer through CPR and will only deliver an electrical charge if it (not the rescuer) detects that one is needed.  Initially we would house it in the pavilion.

Although the AED is designed to be used without any training, we are also looking into a training session for the Run Directors to familiarise them with the equipment and increase their confidence in it's use.

We are looking at a total of around £1000. I'll post again when I have the exact amount.


Donations are easy!

This is where you, our fantastic Winchester parkrun community, come in. We have started an appeal to help raise the funds.

We are grateful for any donation that you can give, no matter how big or small, as they will all help us reach our target.

You can donate through the "About Us" page on the Winchester parkrun website. Click on the "donate to parkrun" button in the middle of the screen. On the screen after you enter your PayPal or card details add a "Special instruction to the seller" saying "For Winchester parkrun AED".

Finally, if you know of any companies or organisations that may be willing to make a donation then please let us know.

We really appreciate your support and it will benefit the whole of the Winchester parkrun community.

The core volunteer team.


Great Photos of Winchester’s 250th parkrun


Spot Yourself Online and In Print

If you haven't already seen the amazing photos from our 250th event then have a look online at the Hampshire Chronicle website.

Can you spot yourself


And if you want a hard copy for posterity, there will be more in this week's newspaper!

Can you spot yourself


So whether you ran, walked, jogged, volunteered or applauded take a look to see if you made it in.

Can you spot yourself


This is David. He is not shouting. He is congratulating.

Can you spot yourself


And if you want to get your weekend off to a friendly, fun and refreshing start then come and join us at 9am, every Saturday, at the North Walls Recreation Ground - behind the River Park Leisure Centre.


#loveparkrun #DFYB


Winchester parkrun #249 – The Beast From The East

The one with all the snow...

Winchester was in a very select group of parkruns this week as 81% of all UK parkruns were cancelled due to snow, ice, and various other hazardous conditions, but Winchester was ON!


As the snow fell throughout Thursday and Friday the Winchester event core team took repeated trips down to the North Walls Recreation group at all hours to check out the course to see if there was a chance of running come Saturday morning - and the good news was, we did! If there were any doubts about being able to put on a safe event then we would have obviously cancelled - but with nice fresh, dry snow there was lots of grip and no icy patches to fall foul of.

Attendance was naturally down with only 138 runners joining us - with personal transport a problem for many (cars stuck in drives seemed to be a common problem!). We did, however, get what appeared to be the entire run directing team from Poole parkrun, who took the opportunity of unfortunately having had to cancel their run to do a bit of touristing of their own :)

As it happened, Poole regular Graham FILMER had the same idea, and completed his 250th parkrun with us in the snow - well done Graham!


We were especially indebted to all the volunteers this week, as we are of course every week, but in particular with many volunteers unable to make it due to transportation problems there were plenty of people willing to step up at the last minute and help to make the event happen.

We had so many comments from runners who said this was one of the best events that they had attended which was so nice to hear - it was really rewarding for everyone involved to be able to put on such a fun, engaging, but most of all safe event. We think the snow of the 3rd of March 2018 is likely to go down in history as one of the highlights of Winchester parkrun!


After all the excitement of the snow we are entering a period of festivities for Winchester parkrun, with the 250th event due to happen next time out (10th March 2018), and then our official 5th birthday celebrations on the 28th April 2018. As they don't award milestone T-shirts to the event itself we would love if you could all come in green (or a Winchester Apricot at a push) and we'll celebrate the milestone together on Saturday. We will save the full parkrun party until the birthday in April, when I'm sure there will be lots of cake - and hopefully some nice sunshine to go with it.

See you next time (in green!),


Winchester parkrun #241

Well that was a glorious sticky, gloopy mess of a parkrun! The recent rubbish weather, coupled with an already saturated field meant that this weeks run was a real mud bath...AND I LOVED IT! For me this is when Winchester parkrun is at its best. It's just so much fun. It takes me back to being a kid and loving to jump in the muddy puddles. Here's a poem I found which describes how I feel...

I'm In Love With Mud by Gareth Lancaster

I'm in love with mud,
It's sad, I know, but true.
I just can't help but splash in it,
Or stomp a path right through.

It's sticky and it's dirty,
And it covers all my clothes.
But when I see it lying there,
A voice inside me grows...

...You can't resist, you know I'm right,
It's fun to play in mud!
Look at it just sitting there,
I really think you should!

I splatter in the grimy gloop,
I can't resist the ooze!
I run, I jump, I stamp about,
It drips into my shoes!

As ever the parkrun was superbly organised and well supported by an amazing set of volunteers. Of particular note was DofE student Amelie who did an absolutely stellar job of run directing. The full list of volunteers is as follows:

Adrian HAUGHTON • Amelie DE LARA • Ann STANHOPE • David CORNFORTH • David HOWELLS • Drew K FORREST • Guillaume HERSENT • Janet HAUGHTON • John SWEENEY • Joshua REVETT • Julia BROOK • Kate HAMPTON • Lynne FRANKS • Marie-Claire MENEZ • Mark JACKSON • Peter ALDRIDGE • Robbie DOWNER • Sarah Rachel DENNISON • Su BROWNING • Thomas SIDDALL

There were 14 first timers parkrunners today...welcome to the parkrun family! In addition, there were 30 runners who were first time visitors to Winchester. A number of these came from the cancelled run at Eastleigh, but there were also runners from Bristol, Jersey, Tilgate and Norfolk.

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