Wotton parkrun #94 – September sunshine

Another beautiful sunny morning at the Wotton community parc, and there was much to celebrate among our 88 parkrunners and their supporters.


Sue Smith reached her 50th parkrun milestone.

Sue Fowler came down the hill to run with us on her 60th birthday. She even roped in her father-in-law David Gay, who at 83 became our oldest ever participant.


At the other end of the age scale, Ellis Woolley was first female and got a 77% Age Grading with a new PB of 21.36.

We had 5 first-ever parkrunners, 22 Wotton PBs, and 4 tourists visiting us for the first time. They included first male finisher Alexander Whittaker, and in 59th position Alison Sommerville who got inside 31 minutes for the first time. I hope we'll see you all back in future weeks.


Cheering them all on were volunteers Alice Lewis, Ann Fitzjohn, Carl Jenner, Chris Anthony, Dave Draisey, David Fitzjohn, Helen Lennox, Imogen Testa, Jennifer Anthony, Jeremy Hull, Julie Gowing, Julie Jenner, Kevin Brockway, Lee Masters, Lisa Cosnahan, Pauline Draisey, Peter Chaffer, Pip Marrow, Veronica Higgins, Yvonne Hull and Zoe Hill.



Wotton parkrun #93 – a Wotton Trotters Takeover!

This week was a Wotton Trotters Takeover as members donned the high-vis to fill all the usual voluntary roles from time-keeping and barcode scanning to tail-walking and funnel management. Thank you to the Wotton Trotters and in particular to Julie Jenner who this week volunteered at Wotton for the 50th time!

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A fun time was had by all and our thanks as always go to the volunteers that made it all happen: Lynsey Powell, Heather Cole, Ann Fitzjohn, David Fitzjohn Lynne Brooks, Amanda Pearson, Julie Jenner, Sarah Watt, Alli Smart, Karen Perry Michael Brown, Fiona McPhail Christine Gordon, Lorraine Smith, William Gordon, Denise Mayer, Mark Gilling, Sarah Deadman, Carolyn Price, William Sargent and Penny Witherick.Wotton parkrun 080918

To ensure they had something to clap and cheer about, 69 people ran, jogged, walked and, in the case of regular runners Matt and Chris, nattered their way around two laps of Wotton Community Parc on a drizzly September morning. Wotton parkrun 080918

Amongst their number, 8 were taking on Wotton parkrun for the first time including 5 joining us for the challenge of their first ever parkrun. Well done everybody and we hope to see you again soon! Wotton parkrun 080918

Taking advantage of the Trotters Takeover this week were several of our regular high-vis heroes who took to the course with the same commitment and enthusiasm they bring as volunteers. A big shout out must go to Carl Jenner (usually to be found cheering us on down at turn 6 which has affectionately become known as Carl's corner) who achieved a new PB; and to our very own Run Director Tom Beasley who was 'First Finisher' for the first time at Wotton. Well done to you all!

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In total 13 of our parkrunners recorded new Personal Bests as the late summer conditions continued to deliver fast times. A special mention for Nicola Lewton who ran her 200th parkrun this week - well done Nicola!

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As if all this wasn't enough excitement for one morning, as a post run treat the Trotters held a charity cake sale and raised a whopping £91 for the Wotton Lions' Defibrillator Appeal - great work guys! Wotton parkrun 080918


Wotton parkrun #92 – 1st September 2018

Pinch, punch first of the month! What better way to start a new month than with a parkrun. Eighty two parkrunners joined us to run, jog or walk round Wotton Community Parc on Saturday, enjoying the lovely warm conditions, including a warm welcome to 9 first timers at Wotton parkrun.


Wow! Must have been something in the Wotton water this week! 22 PBs set which included 2 age category records – Congratulations to Millie Porter, who now holds the record for JW 15-17 with a time of 19:21. Also congratulations to Alex Alliston who crossed the line just ahead of Mille setting a new PB and age record for VM55-59 with a time of 19:13. DSC_0011

The course must have been ideal this week for a great run, another to achieve a new PB is one of our regular tail walkers Julie, who is getting ever closer to that 30 minute marker; it’s nearly a year since setting her last PB.


As always thank you to our wonderful group volunteers who are always here to cheer people round the lovely course, and make sure the event happens for us to enjoy every week. It really is good fun. Thank you to Alice LEWIS  •  Ann FITZJOHN  •  Barnaby BEERE  •  Carl JENNER  •  Caroline BIRD  •  Chris ANTHONY  •  Dave DRAISEY  •  David FITZJOHN  •  Helen LENNOX  •  Jennifer ANTHONY  •  Jude RUGMAN  •  Kerry WHITTON  •  Laura JENNER  •  Michael BROWN  •  Patrick COMER  •  Pauline DRAISEY  •  Sarah WATT  •  Zosia YOUNG
Do have a go at volunteering once in a while. Next week we have a Trotters Takeover to look forward to and there will be a 'cakes for donations' table full of delightful cakes (raising money for Wotton Lions defibrillator fund) - see you there. DSC_0004


Wotton parkrun #91 – Goldilocks And The 125 parkrunnerists!


...just sometimes...

...it all comes together.

Cool but not cold (dress for the run, not for the car park). Ne'er a cloud in the azure sky. Not even the merest hint of a zepher. Firm but not hard underfoot. And, most importantly, Finish Line cake - Goldilocks conditions had paid a visit to Wotton parkrun and, whoa, was everyone psyched for it!

Wotton parkrun 91(68).jpgA sea of blue Dursley vests filled the view, some having trotted over the hill, all here to celebrate Garry Strickland's 100th parkrun (chapeau) and earn their cake. Claire Brown had donned a pink tu-tu (I can personally endorse this as the most excellent of running attire) for her 40th birthday celebrations and Jennifier Anthony was about to earn her purple T for 25 volunteers (get amongst it if you haven't volunteered yet - all the fun of parkrun with much less effort!). Wotton parkrun 91(32).jpg

The stage was set, Goldilocks and her conditions looked like they'd hang about until at least 10 o'clock and the Run Director wasn't waffling on too much - we were game on!

Wotton parkrun 91(13).jpgAnd what a game it was! Of the 125 finishers, 20 recorded PBs including Aaron McTear who hung valiantly onto the coat tails of incredible Millie Porter to go sub 20. Ann Jones and Sarah Willcox both smashed PBs too while Rosie Wintle and Emma Boxall were among the 22 who took advantage of our mate Goldilocks to complete superb finishes on their first visits to Wotton parkrun. Wotton parkrun 91(18).jpg

It wasn't just the conditions that were perfect. As runners completed the course, whoops, cheers and a spread of delicious cake and a tip top buzzing atmosphere greeted them. Money was raised for the Alzheimer's Society (thanks for your donations) and 125 happy runners headed off for a second breakfast - I couldn't tell you if their porridge too hot or too cold or quite as good as the parkrun though!

Wotton parkrun 91(2).jpgA big shout out to our 19 volunteers - you're all perfect and parkrun would not happen without you - Andy KIRKUP • Jennifer ANTHONY • Eileen HIERON • John HIERON • Ali BIENEMANN • Richard HENSMAN • Ann FITZJOHN • David FITZJOHN • Julie JENNER • Stella LAING • Sarah WATT • Barnaby BEERE • Patrick COMER • Pauline DRAISEY • Sue SMITH • Carl JENNER • Clair NORMAN • Helen LENNOX • Jonathan HUNT Wotton parkrun 91(25).jpg


Wotton parkrun #90 – 18th August 2018

This Saturday at Wotton Community Parc 78 people ran, jogged and walked their way to complete the 90th instalment of Wotton parkrun!

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The field which included 13 first timers was led out, and home, by our very own Andy Kirkup.

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The improving conditions underfoot helped 19 parkrunners achieve Personal Bests, including a time of 19:46 from first female finisher Millie Porter - well done to you all!Wotton parkrun 180818 by Naomi Dix

Wotton parkrun could not happen without our fabulous volunteers and this week the hi-viz heroes were Neil Truelove, Zosia Young, Andy Kirkup, Jude Rugman, Garry Strickland, Heather Cole, Ann Fitzjohn, Alice Lewis, Yvonne Hull, Moira Buist, Jeremy Hull, Julie Jenner, Sarah Watt, Pauline Draisey, Michael Brown, Carl Jenner, Helen Lennox, Naomi Dix, Olivia Dix and Jonathan Hunt. Our thanks to you all! Wotton parkrun 180818 by Naomi Dix

This week we were joined by tourists from Pontypridd, Essex and Birmingham - thanks for visiting, we hope you enjoyed it and would love to see you back again soon!

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We look forward to seeing you all next Saturday for Wotton parkrun number 91!

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