Wotton parkrun #69 – 17th March 2018

The Beast from the East MK2 was out in force this weekend and despite hopes that we would avoid the wind and snow we weren't to be lucky this week.

However it didn't stop 37 hardcore runners from taking on the legendary Wotton parkrun course.


As spring is on the way (we hope) this might be one of the last weeks that the course will be in full winter conditions, so hurry up and run here if you want to take on the course at it's best! An extra special thanks to our volunteers this week as it was especially cold, and snowy.

However the enjoyment from those that took part this week more than made up for the cold hands and feet. In as Ann provided 2nd finisher, Kerry with birthday Cake!


We had some impressive milestones to celebrate this week with Vanessa Armond visiting Wotton for the first time to celebrate her 50th parkrun.


We also had a mother and daughter team Jo & Anna celebrating their 100th & 50th event respectively!  I think we are all ready for Spring now!DSC_0166


Wotton parkrun #68 – 10th March 2018

21 hardy volunteers were delighted to be able to put on an event, after we were snowed off last week.


Thanks again to Ann Fitzjohn, Ashley Wilks, Barnaby Beere, Carl Jenner, Charlie Beere, Charlotte Dover, Christopher Sluman, Dave Draisey, David Fitzjohn, Helen Lennox, Jeremy Hull, Julie Jenner, Mary Lennox, Oliver Beere, Pete Dunn, Pete Wintle, Stella Laing, Sue Smith, Tom Beasley, Yvonne Hull and Zosia Young


We had 48 runners, including 4 first-timers and a late arrival from Thornbury where they decided to cancel. Congratulations to everyone for getting through the mud and still smiling.


In heavy going, none of the regulars managed to beat their PBs. Closest was first female finisher Faith Geraghty, who got within 32 seconds. The average gap was 3 and a half minutes. First male finisher was John O'Dwyer, for the 4th time running. Best age grade was Simon Wigg with 66.6%.


The puddles were plentiful but thankfully lifeguard rescue was not required.



Wotton parkrun #67 – 24th February 2018

Jack Frost had visited Wotton Community Parc over night and despite the clear skies and sunshine the temperature remained firmly below freezing as 21 of our amazing volunteers arrived to get Wotton parkrun #67 under way.



A huge thank you to: Neil Truelove, Nicki Cowle, Harriet Roberts, Ann Fitzjohn, David Fitzjohn, Julie Gowing, Yvonne Hull, Jeremy Hull, Julie Jenner, Stella Laing, Sarah Watt, Pauline Draisey, Michael Brown, Charlotte Dover, Carl Jenner, Dave Draisey, Catherine Pinnock, Laura Jenner, Christopher Sluman, Mary Lennox & Helen Lennox.



Undeterred by the cold, 62 members of the Wotton parkrun community turned out to navigate the icy trails.


On the start line were 11 parkrunners visiting Wotton for the first time. It was great to have you and we hope to see you again soon!


The firmer conditions underfoot helped 11 parkrunners achieve new Personal Bests! Congratulations to Fr Chris Kinch, Charles Knights, Philip Kirk, Thomas Cummins, Fergal Cummins, Rachel Brown, Rebecca Flint, Damien Davis, Victoria Bate, Evie Townsend & Claire O'Connell on your PBs and to everybody that ran, jogged and walked with a smile this week!


See you all next week - it promises to be another cold one!!


Wotton parkrun #66 – 17th February 2018

The course was still a little squidgy underfoot as 63 parkrunners set off for our 66th event. The weather was kind to us this week and the sun even came out which made the Parc look fantastic full of colourful runners.

DSC_0038We had five people taking part in their first ever parkrun and a group of visitors from Bedford who enjoyed their cross-country experience. Four personal best times were achieved despite the challenging muddy conditions, well done Richard, Shane, Michael and Rebecca - it was great to hear the PB bell ringing at the finish. DSC_0020

Our first finisher John was running his 66th parkrun and achieved an age grading of 66% - this was a little spooky as it was also our 66th run!


As ever we would like to say a huge thank you to all of our volunteers - without volunteers this parkrun would not happen. If you enjoy taking part in parkrun and would like to volunteer please contact wottonhelpers@parkrun.com.


This weeks hi-viz heroes were Margaret Badger, Tom Beasley, Michael Brown, Dave Draisey, Pauline Draisey, Ann Fitzjohn, Tom Fitzjohn, David Fitzjohn, Julie Gowing, Carl Jenner, Julie Jenner, Fr Chris Kinch, Andy Kirkup, Helen Lennox, Mary Lennox, Ian Roberts, Harriet Roberts, Kris Rymer, Christopher Sluman, Sarah Watt and Isobel Whitwam.

See you all next week.


Wotton parkrun #65 – 10th February 2018

Let me start this week with a big thank-you to our hi-vis heroes. We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Lara BASU, Rachel BROWN, Charlotte DOVER, Pauline DRAISEY, Dave DRAISEY, Ann FITZJOHN, David FITZJOHN, Rachael GOATMAN, Samantha HILL, Lisa HINDSHAW, Julie JENNER, Mary LENNOX, Helen LENNOX, Lee MASTERS, Deborah MCFARLAND, Christopher SLUMAN, Neil TRUELOVE, Sarah WATT, Kerry WHITTON, Lisa YOUNG




The weather did it's best to put a dampener on proceedings but to quote Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE "There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing." as our intrepid runners demonstrated! 




Special mention this week for regular Wotton runner Millie who mastered the conditions to  hold off all but one of the male runners to storm home in second place.







Always good to see some of our younger runners prepared to take on the distance and these two certainly kept their "responsible adults" on their toes and made them work hard all the way to remain within arms reach of their off-spring!





Meanwhile one of our more senior runners and regular volunteers, Pat, has finally revealed the secret of his youthful looks - a generous application of Wotton Community Parc mud applied liberally to the phisog....sweet! See you all next Saturday.



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