Run Report Event 441

Andover parkrun #441 – 14 September 2019

What a lovely Saturday for a parkrun. 359 of you joined us in the surprising September sunshine for the two-lap run, jog or walk around Charlton Lakes. The conditions were almost perfect if it hadn’t had been so hot by the end! There was little breeze and the rain that had been out in force earlier in the week, fortunately stayed away. Congratulations to Mike Webber, who came in first for the first time in 18:34 and Abi Woolaston who was first female in 19:01.

We were joined by a number of tourists from Chichester, Harlow, Salisbury and Norwich and 29 first timers. Welcome to Andover parkrun and we hope to see you again soon. Having touristed elsewhere, believe me when I tell you that Andover is one of the best parkruns around. We are fortunate that we do not have things called hills incorporated into our 5k, like some others.

Even though it was warm, 54 of you achieved PBs (personal bests). Special congratulations to 12 year old Joshua Rodwell who earned his 50 parkrun milestone t-shirt. Thank you to his family who provided us with fruit and cakes afterwards to celebrate his achievement. It was a pleasure to chat to Joshua’s Dad to find out about the positive impact that parkrun has had on their family life and how much Joshua enjoys it. Having a child of the same age myself who can’t get up in time for parkrun, I take my hats off to all children who participate week in week out.

Talking of children, it was particularly noticeable this week how many children were assisting with the volunteering. All of them were greeting the parkrunners with smiles, hi-fives and words of encouragement, which is always very much appreciated (especially when you feel like you are flagging). Rebekah Searle, was one of them who yesterday celebrated her 50th volunteering stint. Special thanks to all of our 26 volunteers: Ian BEVERIDGEZacharius BURTONDavid CLEGHORNGraham COOKAlice CORNEYAndrea DASHWOODChristopher EDWARDSAnn EGGINGTONSimon EGGINGTONJulia FITZPATRICKJayne FLEMINGEmmeline FRYEROliver FRYERBas JACOBSParis JONATHANKaren KILWORTHClaire MCGILVRAYAnna MCGILVRAYAmelie OTHMANJack SEARLERaymond SEARLEChristina SEARLERebekah SEARLEKelly STOKESColin STOKESShaun WILDGOOSE. If you would like to volunteer at a future parkrun, please email: New volunteers are always welcome and training is provided.

There are many parkrunners who have milestones coming up next weekend so we look forward to seeing you and everyone else next parkrun day, formerly known as Saturday.

Have a good week.



Event number 440 – 7th September 2019

Welcome everyone to this week’s run report. Good running weather and the course was in good condition allowing for good finish times resulting in an astonishing 69 PBs. This week we were joined by 432 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 56 were first timers.

We are very grateful to our 22 volunteers who made this event happen: who made this week’s event possible. Our wonderful volunteers this week were: Janice COOK • Colin STOKES • Ian BEVERIDGE • Wendy BEVERIDGE • David CLEGHORN • Jayne FLEMING • Lucy OTTLEY • Alice CORNEY • Ann EGGINGTON • Kirsty NORTH • Laura BEAN • Maurice KING • Elizabeth HENLEY • Karen KILWORTH • Molly BEAN • Charlie MCCOY • Rebecca MCCOY • Eleanor BEAN • Gretta LOVELL • Nathaniel LOVELL • Paris JONATHAN • Zacharius BURTON.

A few Milestone T-Shirts were reached today. So congratulations to: Sophie COLE 10th parkrun, Harrison DAVIES 10th parkrun, Annette OAKMAN 50th parkrun, Louisa VERE 50th parkrun, Atholl FINLAYSON 50th parkrun, Nick THOMPSON 50th parkrun, Neil RAYNSFORD 50th parkrun, Penny EALAND 50th parkrun, Annabel DONEY 50th parkrun and Marc WILDING 100th parkrun.

That’s all folks. See you all next week.



Run Report Event #439

This week 403 people ran, jogged and walked the course today in some unexpected sunshine. We welcomed 26 first timers, a mixture of tourists and new members of the parkrun family. There was an amazing 52 new Personal Bests this week!

Congratulations to Kyle Beckett (100) and Michael Gale (50) for their milestones. Whilst Dougie Brisco achieved his 250 milestone some weeks ago, today marked his 250th event at Andover, to celebrate he treated us all to some delicious satsumas, thank you Dougie.

We had a fantastic 27 volunteers this week;

Ian OLDACRE • Rachel PLATT • Lewis JONES • Paul NORTH • Chris PLUMMER • Jo PLUMMER • Colin STOKES • Graham COOK • Wendy BEVERIDGE • David CLEGHORN • Jayne FLEMING • Lucy OTTLEY • William PLATT • Christina LOWE • Ann EGGINGTON • Claire MCGILVRAY • Oliver FRYER • Bas JACOBS • Anna MCGILVRAY • Charlie MCCOY • Rebecca MCCOY • Karl GAILER • Jennie COOK • Paris JONATHAN • Amelie OTHMAN • Devon STEWART • Zacharius BURTON

If you’d like to volunteer, please do get in touch via email to Each role is straightforward, and any training will be delivered on the morning – it really is that simple! Volunteers who support parkrun for 25 separate occasions will be rewarded with a wonderful purple volunteer T-shirt.

So take a look at the Future Roster page and get in touch if you’d like to have a go.

Next week is the first Saturday of the month, which means it’s milestone T-shirt photo day.

On a personal note, thank you to everyone who has encouraged and supported us this week at our first event as Run Directors, we look forward to many more!

Beccy and Charlie


Run Report Event #438

357 runners and walkers enjoyed a spot of rare Bank Holiday sunshine at Andover parkrun. With very little breeze to cool us down, I think it’s fair to say it got a bit hot for everyone! However, this didn’t stop 46 participants recording new PBs; well done everyone who achieved a PB or another personal goal!

We welcomed 37 first timers today, including 13 who picked a great day to start their parkrun journey and 24 visiting us from far and wide. With lots of Bank Holiday events happening nearby, I hope everyone got their weekend off to a great start with us at Andover.

Each week parkrun is only made possible by a fantastic team of volunteers, this week’s hi-viz heroes were:

Ian OLDACRE • Sheila OLDACRE • Simon EGGINGTON • Colin STOKES • James MASTERS • Graham COOK • David CLEGHORN • Kelly STOKES • Les BLOUNT • Mandy ATKINSON-WILLES • Nick GRACE • Bas JACOBS • Christina SEARLE • Rebekah SEARLE • Amelie SEARLE • Jennie COOK • Paris JONATHAN • Devon STEWART • Zacharius BURTON

If you'd like to volunteer, simply email A list of the volunteer roles for forthcoming weeks can be viewed here:

Looking down the list of results there are a number of you nearing a T-shirt milestone, (10jnr, 50, 100 and 250) and several volunteers are close to their 25th purple T-shirt – it won’t be long! Congratulations this week to Jeff Stead who achieved his 50 T-shirt milestone.

Beccy and Charlie McCoy are your run directors next week, it’s their first event; we know they are going to be great!




Andover parkrun 437

Run Report – Andover parkrun 17/08/2019

We were very lucky with the weather today. After the filthy recent conditions, bright sunshine greeted the 381 glorious runners and walkers at Andover. The number included 44 first timers to our event, with some completing their first ever parkrun. I hope that everyone had a good time and I enjoyed talking with several tourists that had lovely things to say about their visit. Positive feedback is always appreciated.

Congratulations to the young Harrison’s, Jack and Charley on completing their 10th parkruns. Well done to Pete Harrison for stage managing the situation so well. Congratulations also to parkrun tourist James Rodliff, who ran his 50th parkrun with us today.

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

Janice COOK • Ian OLDACRE • Colin STOKES • James MASTERS • Graham COOK • Roger BURROWS • Julie JACOBS • Helen JUDE • Linda BARTON • Ann EGGINGTON • Gemma MERRITT • Juliette WARBURTON • Kathleen MOORE • Jane DYSON • Bas JACOBS • Rebekah SEARLE • Kirsty MARCHMENT • Charlie MCCOY • Rebecca MCCOY • Trevor LEWIS • Devon STEWART

It was a flawless performance by everyone involved and it makes the Run Director role an easy one. I would like to mention Beccy and Charlie McCoy, who shadowed me throughout the morning. I do like an audience, so I hope that I did not milk it too much. Beccy and Charlie recently joined the RD team at Andover and were preparing for their first parkrun in charge, which will be on 31st August. I am sure that they will do a brilliant job. If you can support us in volunteering, please message us on our Facebook page or email us at

The conditions today resulted in 43 new personal bests. Congratulations to everyone that achieved it this week.

May everyone wallow in loveliness until next Saturday




Event number 436 – 10th August 2019

Welcome everyone to this week’s run report. Windy conditions made the course a bit challenging for everyone this morning but everyone got round okay. This week 350 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Well done to everyone who achieved a PB today.

We are very grateful to our 23 volunteers who made this event happen. Our Volunteers this week were: Janice COOK • Ian OLDACRE • Colin STOKES • James MASTERS • Christopher EDWARDS • Ian BEVERIDGE • Graham COOK • Wendy BEVERIDGE • Kelly STOKES • Reg BRETT • Kev YOUNG • Maurice KING • Mandy ATKINSON-WILLES • Bas JACOBS • Christina SEARLE • Rebekah SEARLE • Jack SEARLE • Amelie SEARLE • Raymond SEARLE • Charlie MCCOY • Trevor LEWIS • Paris JONATHAN • Devon STEWART

Special mention goes to Maurice King who before the start cleared the course around the lakes area from fallen branches and twigs. It was also Maurice’s 200th parkrun today, no t-shirt, but congratulations. A few Milestone T-Shirts were reached today. So congratulations to: Joseph SHOWLER 100th parkrun, Brendan CLARKE 100th parkrun, David PENFOLD 100th parkrun, Leon WILDE 100th parkrun, and Gareth COPPING 250th parkrun. Also Birthday wishes from Andover parkrun go to tourist Michael NOBLE from Leeds who reached his 80th Birthday today.

That’s it from me. See you all next week.



Event number 435 – 3rd August 2019

Welcome everyone to this week’s run report. Quite calm with cloud cover meant ideal running conditions. This week 405 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and an amazing 62 recorded new Personal Bests.

Massive thanks to our amazing 22 volunteers who made this week’s event possible. Our Volunteers this week were: Lewis JONES • Colin STOKES • James MASTERS • Ian BEVERIDGE • Graham COOK • Wendy BEVERIDGE • Jonathan GWYNN • David CLEGHORN • Julie JACOBS • Reg BRETT • Kev YOUNG • Matthew THOMAS • Jez HOLMAN • Laura HIGDON • Maurice KING • Nick GRACE • Bas JACOBS • Atholl FINLAYSON • Karl GAILER • Katelin LOVELL • Amelie OTHMAN • Devon STEWART

A few Milestone T-Shirts were reached today. So congratulations to:   Caitlin HANNAH 50th parkrun, Sheila DUKE 50th parkrun, Ian MORRISON 100th parkrun, and Patricia COLLYER 250th parkrun. No T-Shirt but Lee GREGORY reached his 200th parkrun today. Congratulations to everyone who reached their own personal milestone today.

See you all next week.



Run Report Event 434

Run Report Event 434

Well done to all 380 of you that completed a wet and soggy parkrun at Andover this week. The cooler weather must have favoured running as 62 of you recorded new PBs congratulations to you all.
We welcomed 20 new parkrunners to the parkrun family this week and 26 parkrun tourists visited Andover for the first time.
Thank you to a team of 24 volunteers that made our event possible this week, who all did a fantastic job, they were: Ian OLDACRE • Paul NORTH • Jan NORTH • James DUNDAS • Colin STOKES • Ian BEVERIDGE • Steve TURNEY • Graham COOK • David CLEGHORN • Julie JACOBS • Kelly STOKES • Kev YOUNG • Jez HOLMAN • Oliver FRYER • Thomas FRYER • Bas JACOBS • Christina SEARLE • Rebekah SEARLE • Jack SEARLE • Amelie SEARLE • Raymond SEARLE • Amelie OTHMAN • Yana OTHMAN • Devon STEWART

Milestones this week were. Alfie Hands, Amelia Owen , Ellen Button and Lily Cook on 10. Hamish Morton, Martin Ruddick and Karl Gailer on 50 and Roger Burrows, Rachel Ruddick and Kris Day on 100, congratulations to you all

On a personal note I would like to thank everyone that wished me well once they knew that I had decided to step down as a regular Run Director. After 69 stints wearing the RD ‘s vest this was my last week in that role. This was a very difficult decision to make and involved a lot of head scratching. I truly treasure all the lovely comments and kind words that you posted on my Facebook page, it was nice to be appreciated by the lovely people of Andover.
I have been very proud to be part of such a great team of RDs both past and present. Both locally and nationally parkrun has changed a lot during the five and a half years that I have been an RD but the founding principles of it being a Free Weekly Timed run, open to all remain the same.


8th Birthday Run report

Run report – Andover Parkrun #433
Happy 8th Birthday Andover Parkrun
What an honour it is, to write my first run report on Andover's birthday; I hope I don’t let you down as the bar has been set very high!
Well there ain’t no party like a parkrun party. Thank you to those who celebrated in true party style by dressing up for the occasion. The person dressed as a shaggy dog must have been pleased that the temperature was slightly cooler today , running in that costume!
So Andover Parkrun started 8 years ago today. Thank goodness that it did because it has brought so much to our local community over the years. Dame Kelly Holmes echoed that in the BBC programme “The Power of Parkrun" on Monday night when she emphasised the positive effects of Parkrun on people's mental wellbeing as well as the physical benefits. Andover has always been so welcoming, whether you are 10 years old or 95, or run it in 17 mins or walk it in an hour. Parkrun is for everyone and certainly becomes a way of life every Saturday at 9am. I personally wouldn't be without it now.
Andover Parkrun now attracts considerably more people than it did back in 2011, when around 100 people would turn up every week. In the 432 events, 8,789 people have pounded around Charlton Lakes and there have been weeks where over 400 pairs of feet have completed our two lap course.
So today the birthday 2019 honours were as follows:
Volunteers of the year: Bas Jacobs and Colin Stokes
Junior volunteer of the year: Rebekah Searle
Parkrunners of the year: Becky and Charlie McCoy
Junior parkrunner of the year: Toby Brawn
Today, 391 people walked, ran or jogged the course. The rain that had been threatening us all week held off and it was much cooler than the past few very hot Saturdays (although the sun did make an appearance). This must have helped 38 of you to achieve PBs this week – well done to you.
Andover welcomed 29 first timers this week. We hope that it is your first parkrun of many. Before you know it, you'll be reaching a milestone like these did today. Congratulations to Jo Craggs (250), Roger Bertram (100), Kate Finlayson (50) and Grace Davis (10). We look forward to seeing you wearing your milestone t-shirts soon. A special mention also goes to Rosie Davies who visited the Andover course today before her own 2pm wedding!
And last but by no means least, special thanks to the 27 volunteers that made today happen: (infact where would we be without these very special people cheering us on, setting up the course, processing the results, scanning barcodes etc?):
Enjoy your week and see you next Saturday (unless you're on holiday nowhere near a parkrun like me – I won’t make that mistake again!)


Run Report Event #432

As we head towards our 8th birthday (Saturday, 20th July), congratulations to everyone who has taken part in one of our 432 events or who has been one of the 571 individuals who have volunteered; you are part of something special.

Event number 432 saw a wonderful 417 people run and walk Andover parkrun, all made possible this week by the following hi-viz heroes:

Ian OLDACRE • Simon EGGINGTON • Colin STOKES • James MASTERS • Graham COOK • David CLEGHORN • Julie JACOBS • Kelly STOKES • Les BLOUNT • Kev YOUNG • Laura HIGDON • Bas JACOBS • Atholl FINLAYSON • Kyle BECKETT • Armelle BRYANT • Jennie COOK • Amelie OTHMAN • Devon STEWART

A crop of T-shirt milestones were achieved this week: Simon Pay, Karen Winnett and Claire Collier (50th), and Ali Pay (100th). Well done everyone!

See you all on Saturday for our birthday.



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