Christmas and New Year

We will be running as normal on Boxing day but we are not able to put on an extra parkrun on Christmas day. If you simply cannot wait to try out that shiny new running gear from your Christmas stocking don't forget your barcode is a passport to any parkrun so have a look around as several local parkruns are running.

New years day is always special in parkrun land as it is the only day when it is possible to complete 2 parkruns. We are intending to put on an extra run on New years day but for the benefit of those intending to do the double header or just see in the new year in style we will start at 10:15am. We will run as normal on 2nd January.

As many of our regular volunteers are going away over the holiday period we really need as many people as possible to help us, Please have a look at the volunteer roster and sign up if you can.

Last but not least as many of you will be aware the partnership between parkrun and Sweatshop came to an end in October so we are, belatedly, announcing our final prize winner. We had a difficult choice as three generations of the same family have all been among our biggest supporters, we decided it had to go to one of them but who? After a lot of debate we decided that anyone who can be our first finisher then grab a barcode scanner one week then happily volunteer to be tail runner the next deserved the prize. Please say congratulations to Kevin Francis for being our final prize winner. Thank you to Sweatshop for all the support and prizes and well done to all .



In the news today: Another Superstar runner gets a new pair of trainers, some strange goings on in the park on Halloweeen and we need some help.
Sweatshop Prize.

Firstly it is time for us to celebrate another amazing winner of our monthly Sweatshop prize, September’s winner started their parkrun journey at our first event back in June and since then has become a valued member of the Barclay parkrun community. With 15 runs and 1 volunteer stint under her belt. During this time she has improved her PB by an incredible 13 minutes (or to put it another way she would now be pretty close to a lap ahead of her first run!)

So please join with us in saying a massive congratulations to Hayley Cannon, we hope the new running shoes from your local Sweatshop help you continue to get faster. Thanks to Sweatshop and parkrun for the generous prize and to all our runners keep on running!


As Halloween just happens to fall on parkrun day this year we think it would be rude not to acknowledge the occasion. Watch out for some spooky goings on around the park and we would really love to see as many ghosts, ghouls, monsters, witches or whatever you would like to dress up as running round the park or volunteering. Watch this space for more information and if that isn't enough Halloweeen running fun why not head over to Cheshunt after the parkrun to dodge some Zombies in another 5k (


We still have a number of gaps in the Volunteer roster over the next few weeks, for this Saturday we still need a couple of marshals and a finish tokens person. For Halloween we need some Marshals, timekeepers, a barcode scanner, a grim reaper, a few ghosts and a tail zombie.

If you would like to volunteer please drop us an email to


The Barclay parkrun team



When it came to deciding the winner of the sweatshop prize in August it was difficult to choose and unusually for this message we wanted to acknowledge the special contribution two of our runners made during August, both ran regularly, volunteered and when they saw a fellow parkrunner in distress they both interrupted their run to help. We are very glad to have both of them as Barclay parkrun regulars.

In the end we can only have one winner and we are delighted to announce that the Sweatshop prize winner for August is Steven Pilcher.  Congratulations for both winning the prize and for your recent wedding, we hope you enjoy your new running shoes fitted at the local branch of Sweatshop when you get back from your Honeymoon. Thank you to sweatshop for the generous prize and to all our runners, keep on running and we hope you reach your running goals.


And the winner is…

After a few summer holiday related delays it gives us great pleasure to reveal the winner of July’s sweatshop prize.  One of the things we like to see is persistence and our winner has shown this quality more than anyone else, when I originally wrote this she was one of 2 people who had been to every Barclay parkrun and when I looked today I was not surprised to see that she is now the only person with a 100% attendance record since we started, which means she has completed an incredible 36 laps of the park! During July she improved her PB and always crosses the finish line with a smile.  So Brenda Alexander we hope you enjoy your new running shoes fitted at your local sweatshop.

Thank you to Sweatshop for the generous prize and to all of our growing community of parkrunners for making Barclay parkrun such a great event. Keep on running and see you on Saturday.

The Barclay parkrun team


Drum roll please…

We are delighted to announce the first sweatshop prize winner at Barclay parkrun, this goes to one of our youngest runners who has improved in each of the 5 runs he has completed and since we started he has knocked over 4 minutes off his personal best time around our course. Not only that but he took a week off running to volunteer along with his dad, simply brilliant!  So please join me in giving a huge round of applause and congratulations to Dylan Hosgood, we hope you enjoy your new running shoes fitted at your local sweatshop and they help you continue to get quicker.

Thank you to sweatshop for this generous prize. To those who came close and all of our parkrunners keep on running and good luck with your running goals.


The Barclay parkrun team