Run Report 457

Run Report – Andover parkrun 28/12/2019

I hope that everyone had a good Christmas. It was lovely to see 342 parkrunners running or walking off their festive food. The number included 31 first timers, 7 of whom completed their very first parkrun. I hope that everyone enjoyed the sticky, muddy conditions of our winter course enough to return. It was lovely to see Mr Marmite, Matt Lane pay us a visit a week after completing his 500th parkrun. Happy Birthday to BADAS.SS Colin Younger. Not bad at all for 75.

There were numerous magnificent milestones on Saturday. All milestones are important to all that achieve them and the parkrunners and their milestones are below

10 – George Massey, Sophie Warner, Jacob Warner

50 – Guy Terry, Martin Pearce, Trish McCarthy

100 – Colin Hannah, Kathleen Moore, Shaun Wildgoose, Clare Price

250 – Jodie Warr, Matthew Warr

Some fine stage management took place, as juniors Jacob & Sophie Warner ran their 10th parkrun together and Jodie & Matthew Warr completed their 250th together alongside Trish McCarthy (Jodie’s Mum) for her 50th. It was great to see families enjoying parkrun together. Well done Shaun Wildgoose, who ran in costume to celebrate his 100th run.

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

Janice COOK • Ian OLDACRE • Simon EGGINGTON • Colin STOKES • James MASTERS • Ian BEVERIDGE • Gaynor BRINDLEY • Kelly STOKES • Helen JUDE • Stephen STROUD • Steve BRETT • Kev YOUNG • Ruaridh THOMSON EASTER • Claire MCGILVRAY • Julia FITZPATRICK • Ava JUDE • Fraser MCGILVRAY • Christina SEARLE • Amelie SEARLE • William JUDE • Raymond SEARLE • Anna MCGILVRAY • Kyle BECKETT • Charlie MCCOY • Rebecca MCCOY • Alice BLOOR • Helen KILBY • Louise BROWN • Martin KAIRYS

It was another match-winning performance by everyone involved. I would like to mention the McGilvray family for doing a great job handing out the finish tokens. There are 2 runs coming up in the next week, as we are staging an additional event on New Year’s Day, so 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 18 new personal bests, which is good going. Congratulations to everyone that achieved it this week.

The New Year’s Day parkrun will start at 9 and we will do our best to get it started on time. Please note that the toilets and the car parks will not be open, so please park on the industrial estate and give yourselves plenty of time to get to the start on time. On this day you have the rare opportunity to participate in 2 parkruns, as there will be some events starting at 10:30. Look online to find the events near to you that offers this opportunity.

If we do not see you on Wednesday, I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year from the team at Andover parkrun. Thank you for changing our lives for the better and we hope to see you at Andover in 2020