Andover parkrun Event 447

Run Report – Andover parkrun 26/10/2019

It was a foul week in regards to the weather in the lead up to Saturday, but the rain kept away for our lovely parkrun. The conditions however were soft in places, but despite that, the current course held up reasonably well. We welcomed 244 runners and walkers, which was not bad at all, considering England were playing the All Blacks in the Rugby World Cup semi-final at the same time. It will be interesting to see how many we see next Saturday, when they play in the final against South Africa. The number of parkrunners included 19 first timers to our event, with some completing their first ever parkrun.

Congratulations to Mason Askew on completing his 100th parkrun and to Jake Dinkele and Paul Price for their 50th. It is great to see so many junior runners achieving these T-Shirt milestones and lovely new shirts have been well earned. Congratulations also go to Tracy Green for volunteering for the 25th time. Tracy celebrated this momentous event by marshalling at the basketball court.

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

Martin HUGHES • Simon EGGINGTON • Colin STOKES • Ian BEVERIDGE • Graham COOK • Karen CAREY • Derek VINTEN • Kerry WARDELL • Christina SEARLE • Rebekah SEARLE • Tracy GREEN • Raymond SEARLE • Charlie MCCOY • Miles HUGHES • Rebecca MCCOY • Paris JONATHAN • Zacharius BURTON • Louise BROWN

It was a great performance by everyone involved, but it was a struggle for volunteers this week. As a result, I was grateful for the help of fellow RD’s Beccy and Charlie McCoy and also Eggy for helping with the finish tokens after completing his run. If you can support us in volunteering, please message us on our Facebook page or email us at

The conditions today resulted in 9 new personal bests, which is good going. Congratulations to everyone that achieved it this week.

You may have noticed that the parkrun results page has now changed. It now gives more options in how the results can be viewed.



Event 446-Run Report

Autumn is well and truly upon us now so we were all very pleased to have blue skies and sunshine.

318 runners and walkers completed the 5km distance with a huge thank you to our wonderful team of volunteers.

We were joined by 27 first timers to Andover, 9 their first run ever. We hope you enjoyed our course and will be back soon.

There were 30 personal bests including regular Joseph Hughes getting ever closer to braking 23 minutes after 175 runs !

Lucie Davies earned her junior 10 milestone t-shirt, Martin Whatley earned his red 50 shirt, Harry Pay and visitor Jon Cooney earned their black 100 shirts. Amelie Othman also completed her 13 weeks of volunteering as part of her bronze DofE award. Congratulations all of you, a great achievement.

We have four DofE volunteers with us at the moment who as part of their award do all the volunteer roles (including results processing). We very much appreciate all your efforts Amelie, Rebekah, Zach and Paris, thank you.

This also takes the pressure off us trying to fill the volunteer roster every week. Along with Bas and Colin (our volunteer treasures), our roster has been full without having to put out appeals and this is very much appreciated by the Run Directors. Volunteering at parkrun is not compulsory or a chore, but something that is enjoyable, can be done with family and friends and gives you a chance to meet new people and give something back to the community, as well as being good fun. If you fancy giving volunteering a go, have a look at the roster at , see what role you would like to do and send us a message, we do have some roles which you can do and still get your run as well.

On a personal note I was fortunate to be nominated for the Pride of Andover awards as Event Director of Andover parkrun, and made it to the final this week. Amazingly I won the Community Champion Award presented by Sally Taylor of South Today. I was very surprised and honoured and really couldn’t do it without my fantastic team (Janice, Lewis, Ian, Beccy and Charlie) and all of you. Thank you everyone who sent such kind messages or took the time to speak to me this morning.

Good luck tomorrow if you are doing the Great South Run or any other event, we love to see your medal photos and know how you got on.

Have a good week





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



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.



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




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!)


Event 431- Run Report

A very warm and sunny parkrun morning saw 392 runners and walkers complete our two lap course. Thank you to our incredible team of volunteers who all did a fantastic job.

A warm welcome to the 23 first timers to Andover, if you were visiting or it was your first parkrun ever, I hope you enjoyed it and will be back soon.

The warm conditions didn't stop 41 of you recording a personal best, congratulations.

We had a number of milestones reached, Robert Cliffe his 250 green t-shirt, Jemima Drummond, Jasper Valler and Thom Huggins their 50 red t-shirt, and Oscar Gailer his white junior 10 t-shirt. Congratulations all of you.

Andover parkrun is run 100% by volunteers and we really appreciate every one of you. If you have never volunteered give it a go, all the roles are straight forward and enjoyable. We understand how important peoples run is on a Saturday morning but there are still some roles you can do both, course set up and check, tail walker, token sorting or write a run report . You can view the volunteer roster at and send us a message when you would like to volunteer and what role you would like to do.

We are now just two Saturdays away from our 8th birthday, I hope you can all make it on the 20th July.

See you next week.






Andover parkrun 430

Run Report – Andover parkrun 29/06/2019

What an absolute scorcher. 24 degrees greeted the magnificent 362 runners and walkers on Saturday and continued to rise during the event. A few people commented that it was the hottest Andover parkrun that they could remember. There won’t be many runs like this, so I hope that everyone enjoyed the experience.

There were many t-shirt milestones today. Congratulations to Leigh Drummond and Nick Wall on completing their 50th parkruns. Kathleen Weyers and Jenny Casson ran their 100th (well done to the BADAS.SS team for their white glove tribute). Dougie Brisco joined the 250 club and celebrated by providing 400 satsumas, a table and a bin to put the peelings in, which was a nice touch. Kathleen also brought chocolates, so there was a nice variety for the finished runners to choose from. I hope that everyone looks forward to the relevant coloured shirt that they have earned.

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

Janice COOK • Ian OLDACRE • Sheila OLDACRE • Sandra BLOWERS • Colin STOKES • James MASTERS • David CLEGHORN • Margaret JONES • Kelly STOKES • Helen JUDE • Alice CORNEY • Ann EGGINGTON • Kathleen MOORE • Tracy GREEN • Trevor LEWIS • Armelle BRYANT • Amelie OTHMAN

It was another terrific performance from all concerned and it was lovely to have some first-time volunteers, who I hope enjoyed that side of parkrun. If you can support us, please message us on our Facebook page or email us at

The heat resulted in some sensible running, but there were still 27 new personal bests. Congratulations to everyone that achieved it this week.

Our birthday parkrun will take place on 20th July, which means that there are 2 more opportunities to beat your best time this year. See you on Saturday.




Event 429 Run Report

Run Report – Andover parkrun 22/06/2019

What glorious weather we had for our lovely parkrun. The warm sun lured 351 runners and walkers from their beds to tread our course. I hope that everyone enjoyed their time with us. We even had an event taking place in the lower half of the field, so people could get a good view of the runners going past, although they were probably trying to get a view of Bas.

Congratulations to Oliver Hartnell on completing his 10th parkrun and to Toby Brawn and my good friend Pat Hunt on completing their 50th parkruns. All wonderful achievements and magnificent white and red respectively milestone shirts have been well earned. Toby celebrated his milestone by crossing the line first and Oliver celebrated with a new PB.

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

Luke PIERCE • Janice COOK • Colin STOKES • James MASTERS • Graham COOK • Roger BURROWS • David CLEGHORN • Margaret JONES • Helen JUDE • Stephen STROUD • Kev YOUNG • Kathleen MOORE • Bas JACOBS • Christina SEARLE • Rebekah SEARLE • Amelie SEARLE • Raymond SEARLE • Victoria WEISS • Lucille SNOW

It was a great performance by everyone, particularly as I had to make some last minute adjustments. I would like to mention Roger Burrows, who switched from barcode scanner to timekeeper. Steve Stroud, who took on the barcode scanner role after running and to the magnificent ladies on finish tokens, Kathleen Moore and Lucille Snow, who had a great time. I don’t know if they had met each other before, but they got on very well. Meeting and talking with other parkrunners is one of the benefits of volunteering. If you can support us, please message us on our Facebook page or email us at

The conditions today resulted in 54 new personal bests. Congratulations to everyone that achieved it this week.

Our birthday parkrun will take place on 20th July. It would be great to see you there. We will be 8 years old, so not far off a 10 milestone shirt.




Event 425 Run Report

441 runners and walkers started the bank holiday weekend with a 5km at Andover parkrun. We had 48 first timers which were made up of tourists and 32 first time ever parkrunners. It was great to see friends and family join John and Susie for a pre wedding run, congratulations to you both.

The warm and dry conditions allowed for 76 personal bests including some great performances from our younger runners. Toby Brawn dipped into the 16s for the first time, Ava Jude, Ruaridh Thomson Easter and Oscar Thompson all producing great performances.

Two milestone t-shirts earned this week, Rebecca Watkins the red 50 and Rob Bryan the green 250. Don't forget tomorrow is our monthly photo, if you have received a new milestone t-shirt since the last photo wear it tomorrow.

Tomorrow is also parkrun practice pledge day which will see nearly 2000 GPs and thousands more practice staff taking part at local parkruns. Over 1000 GP practices are now partnered with local parkruns. Andover is partnered with St Marys Surgery, Castle Practice and are in the process of welcoming Andover Health Centre. We look forward to seeing lots of you in the morning.

A fantastic team of volunteers made everything run like clock work and results were published with no issues. If you would like to volunteer have a look at the roster at and send us a message of what you would like to do.

We are fast approaching our 8th birthday, so keep the 20th July free, fancy dress and cakes are always welcome.

See you all in the morning and don't forget your barcode.