Run Report: Andover parkrun 465

Another weekend, another storm! This time it was Storm Dennis making an appearance, but we were very lucky to miss most of the foul weather on Saturday morning. Due to the storm there had been a number of cancellations, so we had plenty of visitors enjoying our course (at its most slippery - how five of you managed a PB is quite remarkable) - in all we had 40 first timers this week; I hope to see you again soon. We only had to make a few minor alterations to the course to accommodate the windy conditions, but we are very lucky to have a location that allows us to hold our event under most circumstances.

We had quite a few milestones reached this week, with Tom and Katie visiting from Winchester and Southampton respectively to complete their 100th parkrun at Andover. There were a few home grown 50s (Paul Miller, Lorraine Flaherty and Lucy Jones) and a special shout out goes to Julie McCabe for completing her 250th parkrun. Well done to you all, it’s great to see people coming back to parkrun each week.

As always, many thanks to the brilliant team of volunteers that braved the storm so that we could hold our event:

Ian OLDACRE • Martin HUGHES • Lewis JONES • Colin STOKES • David CLEGHORN • Julie JACOBS • Oliver NOY • Jade NEWSUM • Laura HIGDON • Stephanie BENNETT • William TAVERNER • Bas JACOBS • Kerry WARDELL • Christina SEARLE • Rebekah SEARLE • Raymond SEARLE • Kyle BECKETT • Rebecca MCCOY • Alice BLOOR • Patrick CLARKE • Julie KALTON • Jasmine KALTON • Rose NOY • Louise BROWN • George CHINN

You worked together brilliantly, so much so that I was able to process the results in record time up at McDonald’s (some of you may have spotted your text or e-mail confirming your time a little earlier this week). If you’d like to volunteer with us just drop us a message or e-mail and we’ll give you all the information you need, and will be on hand to provide training and support on the day.


8th February 2020 # 464 

Today’s run report has been written by Alison who visited Andover parkrun today - it’s a fantastic write up, thank you Alison, we hope to see you again soon!


So this morning I checked that Storm Ciara was still safely over the Atlantic before I set off across Salisbury Plain and up the A303 to visit Andover parkrun. I was very early. I have to rely on getting lost at least once (good think parkrun has marshals and cones!), and despite the simplest of routes I ended up touring the one way system through the industrial estate twice before spotting the sign for the leisure centre.

In a nearly empty car park (still very early) the first person I got talking to was the fabulous Cheryl Angell. A true parkrun angel as we got chatting and she gave me a very informative first timers briefing as we walked some of the course.

It wasn’t long before 428 of us were gathered in the middle of a muddy field and 25 brand new first timers to parkrun were welcomed. I am impressed with that. And what is just as impressive is the 18 parkrunners who were back this week for their 2nd parkrun. And many of them did a pb. Congratulations.

Before the 3,2,1, all 33 tourists were welcomed as well. A pretty mixed bunch of us had arrived from Leicester, Chelmsford, Lee-on-the-Solent, Eastleigh, Chipping Sodbury, Rushmoor, Darlington, Winchester, Bracknell, Newbury and then there was me, from Southwick Country Park parkrun near Trowbridge.

With blue skies and not too cold, we set off en masse across aforementioned very muddy field by the rugby pitches. By the time we arrived on the tarred path I was carrying extra weight on my muddy shoes and had a slightly rocky sensation as the mud settled unevenly in the treads. It seemed to level out eventually as we meandered along a lovely route by a lake and over two bridges. There were some very noisy Canada geese and some lovely wading birds and I completely forgot to look for the otters although if they had any sense they would have taken to the water rather than watch several hundred people sprinting, jogging or walking round their park. We passed two fishermen on one side of the lake though I suspect the fish had also taken cover.

For much of the route i followed along behind a lad celebrating his birthday by running as a sumo wrestler. He still beat me!
2 laps is a nice way to do 5k when you are a tourist. By the time you are on the second lap you know you must be over half way. Hilariously (I think) the second lap took us back across the muddy field to accumulate more mud on my shoes and I again had to adjust to the rather inconsistent levels!
On the second lap I noticed the couple cheering us on over their fence at the bottom of their garden. What lovely thing to do. That and all the fabulous 28 volunteers who kept us on track added up to a win win morning.

I managed to run the whole 5k and was very happy. I didn’t do a pb but 55 others did. Tremendous achievement. And I got to catch up with Cheryl at the end which meant we got to talk about trying to meet up at another parkrun next week. Parkrun friends are awesome and parkrun communities are especially special. It doesn’t matter how you do your 5k or whether you are supporting others to achieve theirs, Saturdays before parkrun were no where near as fun as they are now. Thank you to everyone at Andover parkrun this morning for being so welcoming and I hope everyone keeps safe during Storm Ciara and has a good week.

By Alison Bremner


Run Report 463

Run Report – Andover parkrun 01/02/2020

For the first Saturday in February the weather was kind to us by being sunny and mild. This was in stark contrast to the same weekend last year, when heavy snow forced us into one of our alternate courses. Those that were there last year can probably remember RD Paul North telling the runners that the course was not quite 4 laps. We are nothing if not resourceful at Andover parkrun. The conditions this week attracted 429 runners and walkers including 38 first timers 17 of whom completed their very first parkrun. Welcome to the parkrun family. Thank you to Julie Dinkele for supplying parkrunners with oranges as post run refreshments. The first Saturday of the month is milestone shirt day, where anyone that has recently received a shirt can get a lovely group photo taken. There were quite a large number in the picture this month and the different colours displayed showed the wide spectrum of personal achievements. Well done to everyone involved.

There were numerous magnificent milestones on Saturday. Congratulations to Andrew Jackson, Deborah Askew, Fiona Teasdale and husband & wife (great stage management) Mark & Gretta Lovell, who all reached the magical 50 mark, which is the most important in my humble opinion.

The parkrun this week was made possible by the below volunteers.

Janice COOK • Ian OLDACRE • Martin HUGHES • Colin STOKES • James MASTERS • Rob WEST • Ian BEVERIDGE • Julie JACOBS • Megan MARCHANT • Steve BRETT • Jeff BIRKS • Kathleen MOORE • Emma GRAY • Jonathan BURDETT • Bas JACOBS • Kerry WARDELL • Christina SEARLE • Rebekah SEARLE • Jack SEARLE • Amelie SEARLE • Kyle BECKETT • Rebecca MCCOY • Louise BROWN • Martin KAIRYS • George CHINN

It was a fine performance by everyone involved. I would like to mention Emma Gray and Jonathan Burdett, who were travelling down from Northampton on their way to a run on Sunday and wanted to volunteer. Also to Megan Marchant whose attitude to parkrun was infectious. Please check the volunteer roster and please support us in volunteering if you can. To do so please speak to a Run Director, message us on our Facebook page or email us at

The conditions today resulted in 44 new personal bests. Congratulations to everyone that achieved it this week.

Many people spoke to me this week and told me that they enjoyed the run and in particular, the warm and friendly atmosphere. This is testament to all of you lovely runners and volunteers that make the magic happen week in and week out and it is lovely to hear.




‘IWD’ at Andover parkrun

As part of the this girl can campaign and international women’s day why not bring along a female friend/work mate or family member to parkrun on the 7th March.

Please register at

Just bring your printed barcode.


Event 462- Run Report, Rob Wests 250

459 runners and walkers completed the 462nd Andover parkrun of which 50 it was your first visit with us and for 20 your very first parkrun, I hope this will be the first of many. Its not long before those parkruns start to add up and this week we celebrated a number of milestones. Angela Smith, Tracy Spears, Howard Langer and Vinny Goodfield earned their 50 red t-shirt, Stacey Humphrey her black 100 t-shirt, and the long awaited 250 for Rob West (thanks for the sweets).

The course  is holding up well and with the new years  hard work starting to pay off, we had 55 personal bests. Well done Anthony Groves dipping under the 20 minute barrier for the first time, and Jane McMahon defeating the 35 minute barrier.

A massive thank you to all the volunteers who not only make it run smoothly but create such a fantastic, friendly and encouraging atmosphere. If you fancy having a go at volunteering have a look at the roster at and send us a message when and what role you would like to do.

Volunteering at parkrun is very rewarding, it gives you a chance to make new friends, learn new skills, and give something back to the community, and its fun. Andover parkrun is 100% run by volunteers, and there is never an obligation to volunteer. All we ask is to remember your barcode, thank the volunteers, and a few minutes of quiet so everyone can hear the run brief.

As we enter February (when all the snow arrived last year) for the first time the 29th February will fall on a parkrun Saturday, don't miss it.

Have a great week




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