Run Report 372

Run Report – Andover parkrun 02/06/2018

A new magnificent Andover parkrun attendance record. 398 runners and walkers took part, which means that tailwalker Catherine Hicklin now has the honour of taking our highest ever numbered finish token. The magical 400 barrier will hopefully be broken very soon and if it continues in this fashion timekeeper Colin Stokes’s thumb is sure to fall off. The number of participants included 43 first timers and visitors, with some coming from South Africa, which proves that Marshal Bas Jacobs fame knows no boundaries. It was also great to see Ian Oldacre back participating.

It was the first Saturday of the month, which meant that it was photo day for anyone that had recently received a milestone shirt. The photograph featured 25 proud wearers of 50, 100 and 25 Volunteer shirts and it was great to see so many celebrating personal achievements, even if Elizabeth Messum appeared to be hiding.

Saturday was a milestone day for Shaun Wildgoose and David Penfold, who both completed their 50th runs. Congratulations also to Beccy McCoy on volunteering for the 25th time.

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

Sarah ROLFE • Paul NORTH • Colin STOKES • Christopher EDWARDS • Graham COOK • Julie JACOBS • Kelly STOKES • Catherine HICKLIN • Les BLOUNT • Isabell Ann WELBOURNE • Jez HOLMAN • Ruaridh THOMSON EASTER • Karen COOK • Colin WELBOURNE • Bas JACOBS • Christina SEARLE • Jack SEARLE • Amelie SEARLE • Raymond SEARLE • Oliver HICKLIN • Sophie HICKLIN • Charlie MCCOY • Rebecca MCCOY

Everyone did a wonderful job, not only in their roles but also with their fantastic encouragement as the runners and walkers went past. If anyone would like to volunteer please message our Facebook page, or email the team at

The weather got very hot 10 minutes after the run started, but in spite of the hot conditions 51 new personal bests were achieved. Well done to everyone on putting in such a magnificent effort, including Jack Dundas, Laura Stroud, Michelle Younger and 2 members of the Bone family, Angus and Briallen.

Next week we are holding a special parkrun to celebrate the 70th Birthday of the NHS. Look out for posts on our social media sites for further information. We are also holding a pacer day on the 16th of June, which is a great way to have a crack at that personal best.