Wotton parkrun #81 – 9th June 2018

Once again we were blessed with beautiful sunshine and fast ground at Wotton Community Parc as we celebrated the 70th Birthday of the NHS! To mark the occasion we had birthday cake and fancy dress - I'm pleased to say even our Event Director Dave scrubbed up well to take on the course!


With surgical precision 76 amazing parkrunners cut their way through the grass to complete the course. On our list this week were 12 first timers and parkrun tourists joining us from from Bournemouth, Bognor and Australia!


This week 16 of our runners recorded new Personal Bests including regular volunteer Mary Lennox who took more than 2 minutes off her previous best time - well done Mary!


Taking care of operations this week were 19 of Wotton's most enthusiastic volunteers, including Dave Draisey who was volunteering for the 50th time - thanks Dave! This week's team was: Sheila Turner, Lisa Cropper, Chris Anthony, Jennifer Anthony, Tracey Strickland, Ann Fitzjohn, David Fitzjohn, Julie JENNER, Stella Laing, Pauline Draisey,Leanne Fare, Michael Brown, Sue Smith, Carl Jenner, Dave Draisey, Christine Gordon, William Gordon, Helen Lennox, Max Laing


If you would like to give volunteering a go we would love to have you with us, so please do send us an email at wottonhelpers@parkrun.com and join the team!


Don't forget that due to Party in the Parc festival taking place in the Community Parc, next week we will be running our alternative course around KLB school field and to go with the party theme, once again we are inviting you to run or volunteer in fancy dress! We look forward to seeing you there!



Alternative course – 16th June 2018

Due to Party in the Parc festival taking place in the Community Parc on 16th June, we will be running Wotton parkrun on its alternative course around KLB school field. The car parking remains in KLB school

16/06/18 - Alternative KLB Route


Wotton parkrun #80 – 2nd June 2018

Despite the storms earlier in the week, we had a beautiful morning on Saturday to cheer 106 walkers, joggers and runners round the Wotton course. Sadly the watersplash or puddle which features heavily in the winter and had returned on Friday, was no longer present by Saturday morning!

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We welcomed 28 first timers this week with quite a few visitors from the Hogweed Trotters - Caroline Nicholas one of them, creating a new age category record on her first run with us. We also had 18 returning runners achieving a PB – congratulations to all.


We had some lovely feedback from a tourist this week, saying our volunteers were ‘the best!’ so thank you to this week’s volunteers and if you’d like to join the team and gain some cheering experience, please do join us. wottonhelpers@parkrun.com


Finally, a note of congratulations to Rose and Andy on the birth of Rupert, we look forward to meeting him soon.


Don’t forget parkrun is celebrating 70 years of the NHS next week, fancy dress with an NHS theme is encouraged!


Wotton parkrun #79 – 26th May 2018

The course at the marvellous Wotton Community Parc is really starting to dry and find it's summer speed - which proved tricky for this week's Run Director, Andy as it meant that everyone finished sooner than he was expecting. Fortunately, the team of 20 fabulous volunteers, kept him in line and organised - basically, he was just left on pointing duties!

DSC_0093Meanwhile, the 80 odd runners (odd as in more than, not odd as in odd!) put in a sterling effort as they ran, jogged and walked the course. First finisher, Ciaran McQuade , laid on a spectacular performance, especially as he started two minutes after everyone else! DSC_0015

Visitors to our humble parkrun came from across the planet this week - Australia, Texas (the US state, not the Scottish band from back in the day) and the distant and exotic land of Chippingham!

DSC_0097Members of 8 different running clubs and groups took part this week. A special shout out must go to the enthusiastic posse from the recently formed Wotton Trotters, resplendent in their new t-shirts, who were full of cheers and smiles on the way round. DSC_0085

A huge thank you to all of the volunteers this week - parkrun couldn't happen without you. Pip MARROW • Nicola LEWTON • Lee MASTERS • Margaret Ann SALES • Isobel BRITTON • Zosia YOUNG • Andy KIRKUP • Connie WATT • Rachel BROWN • John HIERON • Harriet ROBERTS • Jude RUGMAN • Tracey STRICKLAND • Ann FITZJOHN • David FITZJOHN • Diana GORE • Kerry CLARK • Pauline DRAISEY • Matt ROGERS • Dave DRAISEY • Fr Chris KINCH


If you get the chance to volunteer (rest days before races are good times) then email wottonhelpers@parkrun.com for the opportunity to cheer our fab runners on, point at things, do jazz hands and keep Andy in line too!




Wotton parkrun #78 – 19th May 2018

A great event this week - glorious spring weather, a good turnout and some exceptional results. Just as important, we had fun, none more so than the sight of fascinators circling our course in honour of a royal wedding day. If only the Queen could have lent us her diamond tiara!


For the first time in a few months, we had category records in adult age groups. Alice Lewis bettered her record by 18 seconds and set a new Wotton all-comers age-grade high score of 84.8%. Last week's new Run Director, Kerry Whitton, also set a new category fastest time, while equalling her Wotton PB from 9 months ago.


Altogether we had 41 PBs, right through the field from first finisher Andy Kirkup (32 seconds quicker) back to 94th finisher Mary Lennox who knocked more than 5 minutes off her previous time. Congratulations also to the 7 new tourists and 4 first-ever parkrunners.


This week's hardworking volunteers were Andy Kirkup, Ann Fitzjohn, Carl Jenner, Clair Norman, Connie Watt, Dave Draisey, David Fitzjohn, Harriet Roberts, Jeremy Hull, Julie Jenner, Lisa Hindshaw, Mark Easton, Mary Lennox, Neil Truelove, Nicki Cowle, Pauline Draisey, Pete Wintle, Sue Smith, Tim Smith and Yvonne Hull. We had a special mention for Pauline, as it was her 50th time volunteering.


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