Run Report – 469

Run Report – Andover parkrun 14/03/2020

For the second week in a row we were on our newly amended course, which consisted of a short lap and a long lap with a trip to our old friend the barrier. The course posed a problem for some of the frontrunners this time as they went the wrong way up the field, which resulted in me running down the field in my wellies in order to divert the next wave. A memorable experience for me I hope that the 340 runners and walkers also enjoyed it. The number of participants included 31 first timers 9 of whom completed their very first parkrun.

There were milestones in many different categories on Saturday. Congratulations to Amelia Noble for her 10th run, Lyndsey Kelly and Molly Carter for their 50th and also to Theo Channer, Jonathan Gwynn & Nick Collier for their 100th. All equally magnificent achievements. Many thanks to Nick, who celebrated by providing a big box of chocolates and to Rebekah Searle who brought flapjacks along.

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

Janice COOK • Ian OLDACRE • Martin HUGHES • Colin STOKES • Steve TURNEY • David CLEGHORN • Julie JACOBS • Helen JUDE • Ali PAY • Jade NEWSUM • Bas JACOBS • Kathleen WEYERS • Christina SEARLE • Rebekah SEARLE • Raymond SEARLE • Charlie MCCOY • Rebecca MCCOY • Alice BLOOR • Patrick CLARKE • Adam EARLEY • Louise BROWN

It was a brilliant performance by everyone involved and we couldn’t do it without them.

The conditions today resulted in 35 new personal bests. Congratulations to everyone that achieved it this week.

I write this after hearing the news that parkrun (alongside all similar events) has been temporarily cancelled due to the coronavirus. All the normal experiences that we take for granted, such as seeing running friends week to week, encouraging others around the course and clapping the volunteers and milestones are all things that we will look forward to doing again soon. In the meantime, stay safe and remain with those that you love. Hopefully it will not be too long before we return.





Event 468 run report

After a month of parkruns named after storms in the wind and rain, it was great to have conditions more suited to running. The course had taken on a lot of water in that time and needed resting in places. 352 of you were the first to run, jog or walk our new route consisting of a shorter first lap, followed by a longer second with a trip to the barrier and back. This route should take away the worst of the mud, a bit more tarmac, and more opportunities to see and encourage fellow runners and friends. It was great to receive so many positive comments afterwards and we aim to keep this route for the near future and as always will be monitoring the course.

For 31 of you the new route and better conditions helped achieve your fastest time at Andover, well done all of you. Without the long slog up the far side of the field a lot of comments said the route felt shorter, thats great but i can assure everyone it is exactly 5 km as i walked it twice with a measuring wheel in the week.

This weekend  parkrun joined with This Girl Can to celebrate  International Womens Day. This was another opportunity to bring a colleague, friend or family member along to parkrun. Welcome to 31 new runners to Andover parkrun especially 12 of you who made this week your first ever parkrun. We welcome first timers every week and always have a first timers brief, so if you couldnt make this week there is always next week.

Congratulations to James Baker and Peter Lock on reaching 50 parkruns and earning the red milestone t-shirt, and Kirsty North on 250 parkruns earning the coveted green milestone t-shirt, a great achievement.

It was fantastic to see so many new milestone t-shirts being worn with pride at this months photo.

I left the best to last so thank you to our amazing team of volunteers, all 28 of you not only did an amazing job but help create that friendly supportive atmosphere we love at Andover. You can volunteer at any age, 9 of this weeks volunteers are at school and all were brilliant. Under 11s do need to be accompanied by an adult. If you would like to give it a go check the roster at and send us a message when and what you would like to do at or our facebook page.

Enjoy your week




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.




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





New Year’s Day Report (Aka Event number 458)

As many of you know, parkrun allows you to take part in two events on New Year’s Day. Many of you that joined us at 9am (almost on the dot!) went on to complete one of the later events held at Eastleigh or Newbury. This included our very own Lewis Jones who completed his 400th parkrun at Newbury – congratulations on this achievement!

We welcomed 48 tourists to Andover this week and 11 first timers who are new to parkrun, we hope to see you all at another Andover event soon.

A massive thank you to everyone that volunteered during the busy Christmas and New Year period, your support has been very much appreciated.

This week’s magnificent volunteers were;

Ian OLDACRE • Sheila OLDACRE • Lewis JONES • Melody HUGHES • Gaynor BRINDLEY • Steve BRETT • Carolyn THOMSON EASTER • Bas JACOBS • Kathleen WEYERS • Ian MORRISON • Kyle BECKETT • Charlie MCCOY • Rebecca MCCOY • Catherine MASSEY • Elizabeth MASSEY • Alice BLOOR • Tracey MASSEY • Helen KILBY • Louise BROWN

We had one T-Shirt milestone this week; congratulations Andrew Gow on your 50th parkrun.

Many of you know how much Simon loves his statistics, so I’m sure he’ll be very interested to see how our numbers have increased year on year for New Year’s Day:

2013 – 46

2014 – 79

2015 – 101

2016 – 147

2017 – 182

2018 – 211

2019 – 313

2020 – 335

See you all on Saturday and if you would like to volunteer, then please do get in touch.



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





Run Report Event 454 – The one with all the pacers

Well done to all 254 of you who joined us this morning. The rain held off for our event today, unfortunately the wind and mud was plentiful.

Despite the windy and boggy conditions, 11 of you recorded personal bests - congratulations!

We had a sea of orange bibs today with 19 pacers out on the course, aiming to complete the course in times ranging from 20 minutes to 40 minutes. Thank you all for doing a fantastic job today.

We had the highest ever number of volunteers at Andover so far, thank you to our 43 hi-viz heros:

Emma POTTER • Janice COOK • Ian OLDACRE • Chris DALTON • Lewis JONES • Simon EGGINGTON • Sandra BLOWERS • Chris DEWEY • Kelvin MASON • Chris WOOLLEY • Colin STOKES • Jeremy BARBER • Michael STONE • Julie JACOBS • Kelly STOKES • Catherine HICKLIN • Les BLOUNT • Jade NEWSUM • Carolyn THOMSON EASTER • Juliette WARBURTON • Nick GRACE • Nick COLLIER • Bas JACOBS • Kerry WARDELL • Christina SEARLE • Rebekah SEARLE • Amelie SEARLE • Simon COX • Craig KENNEDY • Sophie HICKLIN • Ian MORRISON • Atholl FINLAYSON • Kyle BECKETT • Charlie MCCOY • Rebecca MCCOY • Alice BLOOR • George CRAIG • Maisie COX • Etienne COX • Emma SHERMAN • Jasmine KALTON • Colin TEESDALE • Louise BROWN

I‘d like to give a special mention to our tail walker for today, Chris Dalton. Chris has now completed 94 parkruns, and has never completed the same event twice! We hope you enjoyed your visit to Andover.

We had one milestone today, congratulations Michael Emmett on your 50th parkrun.

Please note that we are likely to move to a variation of the winter course from next week which we will explain during the welcome brief, so please aim to arrive at 8:55 for the briefing.

Don’t forget we are holding two extra events on Christmas Day and New Years’ day, both starting at 9am. Please be aware that for these runs (and Saturday 28th) the toilets and car parks are unlikely to be open, this is out of our control but we would like to thank the council for allowing us to use the park on these days. Please park on the industrial estate and do not block any of our neighbours drives or the emergency entrances.

See you next week,





Run Report 452

Run Report – Andover parkrun 30/11/2019

It was very cold on Saturday, but the weather did not deter the 279 runners and walkers. The number included 30 first timers to our event, with 13 completing their first ever parkrun. I hope that their experience was a positive one.

Congratulations to Sandra Blowers on completing her 100th parkrun and to young George Noy for his 10th. It was also nice to see Andover regular Jim Dundas get to his 400th parkrun. Not an official milestone, but mightily impressive.

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

Ian OLDACRE • Martin HUGHES • Lewis JONES • Colin STOKES • Phil NORTH • Ian BEVERIDGE • Wendy BEVERIDGE • Kelly STOKES • Les BLOUNT • Lucy OTTLEY • Oliver NOY • Jade NEWSUM • Amanda SCOTT • Carolyn THOMSON EASTER • Ruaridh THOMSON EASTER • Bas JACOBS • Jack SEARLE • Miles HUGHES • Alice BLOOR • Paris JONATHAN • Yana OTHMAN • Louise BROWN • Martin KAIRYS

It was a brilliant performance by everyone involved, particularly in the cold weather. My hands were freezing and I was fortunate to be able to put gloves on, unlike many of the volunteers. I would like to give a mention to fellow RD Ian, who took over the results processing (helping Ruaridh) as I had to dash off.  There are a number of runs coming up, as we are staging additional events on Christmas Day and 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 20 new personal bests, which is good going. Congratulations to everyone that achieved it this week.

We will be staging another pacer event at Andover on 14th December. This is 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.




Event 449 Run Report

The weather couldn't have been much more different from last week - Saturday morning was fresh and frosty which made for almost perfect conditions for parkrun (perhaps it got a little slippery as things warmed up and the mud thawed, but I was very pleased that the rain held off until we had finished), and 24 of you achieved personal bests - well done to all of you.

We welcomed 347 walkers, joggers and runners this week, including 30 first timers - for 8 people it was their first parkrun ever. Thank you for choosing Andover parkrun; I hope to see you again soon.

Congratulations to Tracy Green for earning her 100 parkrun milestone - a fantastic achievement. It seems we forgot to do the milestone t-shirt photo again this week - I do hope that those of you have have received their t-shirts recently will wear them again in a few weeks time (7th December).

This week, parkrun was made possible by the following volunteers:

Janice COOK • Ian OLDACRE • Martin HUGHES • Lewis JONES • Colin STOKES • Julie JACOBS • Helen JUDE • Jade NEWSUM • Jim KENT • Anna B • Bas JACOBS • Christina SEARLE • Rebekah SEARLE • Raymond SEARLE • Ian MORRISON • Miles HUGHES • Rebecca MCCOY • Jane WHITING • Paris JONATHAN • Zacharius BURTON • Louise BROWN

Thank you all for your continued support - we couldn't do this without you. Please have a look at the future roster if you would like to be involved. All of the roles are straightforward, you’ll be given full instructions on the day, and will be supported at all times. Volunteering at parkrun is a great way to support the community, meet new people and learn new skills. If you would like to discuss any of the roles, please do come and see me or another of our run directors one Saturday.

The full results from this week’s event can be found on the Andover parkrun results page.

Have a great week,



Event 448 Run Report

It was always going to be a low turn out with England in the rugby World Cup final and it being half term but to add to that heavy rain and 50 mph winds really tested the urge to stay at home in a warm bed. It was great to see 134 of you brave the conditions and potentially getting your highest finishing position, and a magnificent team of smiling volunteers who we all really appreciated. We were joined by 17 first timers to Andover which included 3 making their parkrun debut.

Well done to Adam, Andrew and Louise who achieved pbs, if you can do it in those conditions then there are certainly more to come.

Harry Pannell earned his red 50 milestone t-shirt.

It wasn’t a day for hanging around at the start, ok I forgot the milestone t-shirt monthly photo so we will do it next week. I think getting started at 9.02 was appreciated though. We always aim to do the first timer brief at 8.50, the main brief at 8.55 and get going as soon after 9.00 as possible, please arrive in good time.

We were treated to some blue sky and sunshine at the end. Thank you Ali for tailwalking at the last minute.

A great big thank you as everyone remembered their barcodes meaning no unknown runners on the results and no missing tokens. Perfect timekeeping and barcode scanning all matched up with Rebekah’s number checking, results finished at 10.36.

We process the results upstairs in McDonalds once everything is packed up and put away. Feel free to join us for a coffee and a chat and maybe help with  the token sorting.

See you all next week and if you would like to volunteer send us a message.


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