Andover parkrun Event 442

Run Report – Andover parkrun 21/09/2019

Magnificent weather for Saturday’s run. Hopefully we haven’t seen the last of the sun, but if we have, what a way to go. We welcomed 372 runners and walkers at Andover, who hopefully enjoyed their time with us. The number included 21 first timers to our event, with some completing their first ever parkrun. Although as rare a sighting as a Red Squirrel, it was lovely to see the Andover parkrun Event Directors past and present, Jon Simmonds and Simon Eggington running together.

Congratulations to Maggie Fettes on completing her 100th parkrun and to Andy Low and Craig Kennedy for their 50th. Lovely new milestone shirts have been well earned. Happy Birthday to Charlie, who decided to celebrate by running the parkrun wearing a shark outfit. Presumably it was just hanging in the wardrobe, waiting for a momentous occasion such as this. It is a shame that Charlie did not have the “Jaws” theme blaring out of a mobile device, as it would have made the people in front him run faster.

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

Ian OLDACRE • Sandra BLOWERS • Chris PLUMMER • Graham COOK • Matthew JEFFERY • David CLEGHORN • Julie JACOBS • Kelly STOKES • Jayne FLEMING • Lucy OTTLEY • Carolyn THOMSON EASTER • Ruaridh THOMSON EASTER • Shaun WILDGOOSE • Deborah ASKEW • Claire COLLIER • Bas JACOBS • Kerry WARDELL • Christina SEARLE • Rebekah SEARLE • Kyle BECKETT • Rebecca MCCOY • Abi WOOLASTON • Paris JONATHAN • Rebecca PRIDE • Amelie OTHMAN • Yana OTHMAN • Devon STEWART • Zacharius BURTON

It was another winning performance by everyone involved and it was particularly lovely to have a large number of Marshals, shouting encouragement. I hope that everyone enjoyed the sight of Batman himself, Colin Stokes on the bridge, showing the way. If you can support us in volunteering, please message us on our Facebook page or email us at

The conditions today resulted in 62 new personal bests. Congratulations to everyone that achieved it this week.

Next Saturday we have a pacer day, where some volunteers will be running to a specific time (e.g. 30 mins). This is a great way for you to try to beat that previous PB or set a fastest time for the year, should you wish to have a go. We will announce the pacers and times designated during the week.

Also, next Saturday, we will be visited by the Recycling Stars team. They will be there to answer any recycling questions you may have and they also encourage anybody to bring along any unwanted sports clothes or shoes (and any other clothes or shoes if you have them). These will be donated to the Salvation Army.

Lots to look forward to. See you next Saturday