Christmas and New Year’s Events

We are pleased and excited to announce that we will be holding parkrun events on Christmas Day and New Year's Day at Babbs Mill.

Get ready to wear your Santa hat or Christmas jumper and have a bit of fun.

Our amazing hi viz heroes will be ready to cheer you along, however we are always happy to have more volunteers so if you can and want to help, please let us know.

NOTE: car parking will not be available at the college for these 2 events.  There are 2 car parks in Babbs Mill park and roadside parking is available.  Please park responsibly and leave time to get to the start.

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Run Report – Event #51

Babbs Mill Parkrun Event #51 on 20/11/2021

As a parkrun tourist from Banbury this was my first visit to Babbs Mill parkrun, a lovely parkrun around the Babbs Mill Lake.  About 45 minutes from home - a last minute panic when my “old” sat nav got lost at the HS2 constructions and all of a sudden we had no idea where we were going. Fortunately we were able to pull over and change to Google maps which soon took us back on track, and managed to arrive at the start just as RD John was asking “ is Colin Taylor here?” “Yes I am!!” John remarked that is was normally a good thing to be present if you are to write the run report !

And after a “first timers briefing” from Emma and a few words of wisdom from RD John we were off!

A mainly flat course on narrow track with some wider new pathways and a few sections in grass. Over a couple of bridges, over the River Cole, around Babbs Mill Lake itself -what more could you ask for? I know DO IT ALL AGAIN! Yes 2 laps of this delightful mostly flat course were required before the sprint to the finish.

The details as follows-this week 87 people ran jogged and walked the course of whom 16 were first timers and 18 achieved their personal bests. Representatives of 9 different clubs took part.

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Keith ASTLEChris BROCKBANKJacob BURTONClare COLQUHOUNLucy-Hyewon COOKERob COOKECharlotte COURTEileen HATFIELDMark HAYESEmma HEYSJohn MINIHANChristine MOSSAndy REAJohn SAVINColin TAYLORHarry WARDAlexander WOODLucy WOODPhil WOOD


Run Report – Event #50

Babbs Mill is 50!

It's taken a little longer to get to 50 than we anticipated but it is great to reflect on what a great parkrun event we have at Babbs Mill.  Without exception, every week someone will come up to me and say how much they've enjoyed their run at the park and they'll definitely be back.

For our 50th celebration we asked everyone to wear something red and Keith didn't let us down! Thanks to everyone else who turned up in red - it was great to see a sea of red at the start line.

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A couple of notices this week:

Connection Cafe will be closed this coming Saturday (20th November) but will reopen the following Saturday.

Christmas and New Year parkrun - we still need more volunteers if we are to hold these events.  If you, your family or friends would like to volunteer for these events, please drop us an email to or speak to us on Saturday.  We will be making a decision on whether to hold these events during the first week of December so please let us know soon.

parkrun in numbers:

  • In 50th place we had Shalinder Marwaha who has run at Babbs Mill on 14th occasions
  • In 14th place was James Dean who has run 12 Babbs Mill events
  • In 12th place was Liam McCullagh who achieved his junior 10 Milestone and bagged a  PB (23:15) at the same time - well done Liam
  • In 23rd place was Adam Brear who completed his first ever parkrun - welcome to the parkrun family
  • In 1st place this week was Glyn Broadhurst.  Glyn runs for Badgers running club and has completed 169 parkruns (5 at Babbs Mill)

This week 68 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 7 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

John MINIHAN • Katie SHARPE • Phil WOOD • Lucy WOOD • Alexander WOOD • Keith ASTLE • Sophie JOHNSON • John BRADLEY • Debra WOOD • Wendy TEAGUE • Jacob BURTON • Wendy BRADLEY • Eileen HATFIELD • Mark HAYES


Run Report – Event #49

Event 49

After the horrendous weather on event 48, this week we had perfect autumn running weather.  As always, the course conditions were great. A big shout out to Keith Astle for the on-going course maintenance. Keith is out every week volunteering - trimming nettles back, cleaning paths so they are at the maximum width and this week he cut back a fallen down tree. We all appreciate the work you do Keith – thank you.

This week 113 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

Senthil Sivasubramanian achieved his 50th parkrun and now eligible for his red parkrun milestone T-shirt. Babbs Mill will also achieve this milestone this coming Saturday and to celebrate, we are asking everyone to wear red clothes.

We are now actively planning for Christmas Day and/or New Years Day parkrun events.  We can only hold these events if we have enough volunteers.  At the moment, we are a long way off having the required number of volunteers.  If you would like to volunteer for one or both of these events, please drop us an email at  We will make a final decision early December.

parkrun in numbers:

  • Event 49 and in 49th place is John Bradley. John is one of our core volunteers and will be Run Director at next Saturday’s event. John achieved an age grade of 61.9%
  • In 61st place is Angela McKay from Massey Ferguson RC and ran her 332nd parkrun. Angela’s age grade was 77.11%
  • In 77th place was Lesley Vann who completed her 2nd parkrun (always a good sign when you return after your first one!). Lesley was the 27th female to complete the course
  • In 27th place was Nicola Bowman from Badger running club. This is her 112th parkrun
  • In 112th place was Rob Cooke who was this week’s tail walker along with his wife Lucy and son Henry. Unfortunately, Henry is not old enough to gain a volunteer credit but is lucky enough to be pushed around the course in a buggy

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Rob COOKE • Peter THOMAS • Chris BROCKBANK • Lucy-Hyewon COOKE • John MINIHAN • Jack JOHNSON • Michael PRICE • Simon MOSS • Phil WOOD • Lucy WOOD • Alexander WOOD • Keir HARDY • Keith ASTLE • Sophie JOHNSON • Wendy TEAGUE • Jacob BURTON • Wendy BRADLEY • Eileen HATFIELD • Charlotte COURT

See you all on Saturday and remember to wear something red.


Run Report – Event #48

Babbs Mill parkrun #48

This week Centurion Running Club staged a parkrun takeover, with most of the volunteers and all of the cakes provided by the club. The weather was very unkind, but luckily we had a gazebo to keep the cakes dry. 
The weather was so terrible that at first we thought we would only have 1 runner, but it turned out that all the participants were sheltering in their cars until the last minute.  Most runners emerged five minutes before the start.
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The club meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm outside North Solihull Leisure Centre and is open to all levels of runner.  More details can be found on

We have agreed that our next takeover will be during the summer, so we stay dry.

Parkrun stats. 
This week 53 ran, walked or jogged the course, of whom 8 were first timers.  There were 7 PBs.

A big thank you to all our 21 volunteers:

Theresa WOOLLEY • Tanya MURPHY • Andy REA • Kev BALDRY • Eric John ROBATHAN • Edmund James WALLACE • Jeanette ROBATHAN • James HOUGHTON • Steven BROUGH • John SAVIN • Clare COLQUHOUN • John MINIHAN • Jessica BURTON • Laure BUREAU • Katie SHARPE • Phil WOOD • Keith ASTLE • Stephanie ROE • Jacob BURTON • Senthil Arumugham SIVASUBRAMANIAN • Eileen HATFIELD

The next day, I went to Coventry with our tail walkers, Jessica and Stephanie, to run the half marathon.   We bumped into Phil, our event director, and Steve, our scanner. The weather was just as terrible as during parkrun, with the added bonus of 10 extra miles and a few more hills. 

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