Ciara 4 Dennis – true LOVE

Basingstoke parkrun #629, 15th February 2020. Run Report by Lynn Brastock

Well, Dennis was starting to show his face this morning after celebrating St Valentine’s Day with his LOVE for Ciara; he was chasing her downwind all week leaving the core team with the problem of “will we - won’t we” have to cancel our run this week.

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As it was St Valentine’s Day yesterday, how many potential parkrunners were celebrating with their LOVEed ones the night before and didn’t get up early enough to get to parkrun? How many cried off because of the impending storm Dennis? How many went to another parkrun where they thought the conditions were more favourable to War Memorial Park? Well 434 people clearly showed their LOVE for our parkrun by running, jogging, walking and today sliding their way to the finish line. The ground underfoot was very slippery in places; notwithstanding that, 31 people managed to get themselves a shiny new PB. Congratulations to you all.

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Milestones were achieved today by:

Official (parkrun T-shirt earning)
Elsie Le Roux - junior - 10th parkrun
Stuart Brownen and Yog Phagami - 50th parkruns
Patrick Dingwall - 100th parkrun

Unofficial (multiple of 50)
Oliver Nottidge - 150 parkruns
Mark Slaney - 300 parkruns
Sarah Aldridge - 550 parkruns (Sarah normally runs at Winchester (cancelled yesterday) but has completed 197 parkruns at Basingstoke since her first run here in April 2009).

We had 10 people, who had never done a parkrun before braving the threatening Storm Dennis and 20 first time visitors from afar (Walton on Thames, Great Yarmouth and Aberdeen among others), perhaps claiming a tourist badge towards their “Cowell” or other fun target (enter to see various just for fun challenges around attending parkrun). Incidentally Chris Cowell, the man himself after whom the challenge of completing 100 different parkrun events was named (because he was the first to do it), did his first parkrun at Basingstoke’s 2nd event, 19/07/2008. Chris has now completed over 500 events, and appears on the table later in this report of those completing most parkruns by a Basingstoke registered parkrunner.

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Back to today. Tom Harding was the first over the line in a time of 17:24 with Sam Skerratt very close behind with 17:31 with Justyn Moore a little way behind with a time of 18:52. The first ladies were Rebecca Cairns in a time of 22:12 very closely followed by Abbie Nadin at 22:14 and then a little gap before Emma Hope crossed the line in a time of 23:21.

At the other end of the field we had Seun Lawal, who appears to visit once a year; well done for turning out to defy Storm Dennis. A few minutes ahead was Alison Parker, whose parkrun journey started at Basingstoke at the end of 2018; she has attended most weeks throughout 2019 including a little parkrun tourism, both in Britain and in Tøyen, Oslo. A couple of minutes ahead of Alison was Celia Floyd who got herself one of those shiny new PBs mentioned before. Celia completed her 7th parkrun after starting in October 2019 with 2 runs; she returned in January this year and has attended 5 weeks on the trot, improving her time by 2 minutes. May I also mention that Celia is one of our more mature runners, just proving it’s never too late to start something new. I hope you continue to parkrun and your PBs yet to come are satisfying and rewarding for you.

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Of course, even though the three ladies mentioned above were last participating finishers, the actual people last over the line were the volunteer tail walkers making sure that all was well around the park and that the slower people were supported all the way round. A huge thank you to you and all the other volunteers who allowed us to get our weekly parkrun fix. Please show your LOVE for your parkrun by trying to volunteer at least 3 times a year; check out the volunteer roster to see where there are spaces and get your name down. Some of the jobs even still allow you to parkrun, and the ones that don’t allow you to watch the parkrun take shape, have a chat and make new friends with other volunteers and above all win the LOVE of the people who do parkrun. Volunteer on 25 different occasions and get yourself a brilliant new T-shirt to wear with pride. Email to offer your services soon. All jobs are taught on the day as they are very easy to understand and actually do!

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Below is the aforementioned table of most runs by a Basingstoke registered runner. Another parkrunner included here is Paul Fielding, who has attended the most different UK parkruns of anyone. He's not only registered at Basingstoke but also lives here.

Basingstoke parkrun Home Runners - Most Runs Leaderboard (Top 25 as at 15th February 2020)
Here is the latest update on the Basingstoke parkrun leaderboard. These parkrunners have a combined total of 11,195 runs completed at many different events across the UK and abroad.

LynnBrastock table 15022020 #629

We'd LOVE to see you again next week. Perhaps not the aforementioned Ciara or Dennis.


Don’t downplay your achievements

Basingstoke parkrun #628, 8th February 2020. Run Report by Naomi Holborough

My recent run reports have focussed on our high viz “heroes”, but for this issue of “How Naomi sees it”, I want to focus on our other heroes…the runners.
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Our RD for this week

I was one of the 648 parkrunners who, thanks to Run Director David Picton and his team of volunteers, completed two laps of the park. We had 24 first timers and 20 visitors; hopefully you all enjoyed it and we will see you all back again soon. There were 81 personal bests, possibly a result of the firmer ground…or a result of everyones hard work…Congratulations to you all.

Other than the ground having noticeably firmed up, it felt like an ordinary Saturday parkrun to me…but it wasn’t…and I don’t believe an ordinary parkrun exists anymore. 181,525 people in the UK did parkrun this week…do you think that’s ordinary? Because I don’t.
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Does that look ordinary to you?

I bet you’re thinking “what’s brought this on?” so I will tell you. I went to my friends birthday celebration on Saturday evening and the group conversation got on to running (I swear it wasn’t my fault!). One of the other party goers, let’s call her A, proudly announced that her husband had bought her a place in the Bristol 10km as an anniversary present and she was doing the couch to 10km to train for it…amazing right. The conversation then turned to my own running (again not my fault) and I was asked how my marathon training was going. Now we get to the moment that has inspired this run report. At this point, A, downplayed her 10km and said “oh 10km is nothing compared to a marathon” and lost her excitement. I felt terrible. Me doing in a marathon is no better than A doing a 10km; like her I’ve never done one before. Is it better because it’s longer in distance? No of course not. We both go out to train, and we will both turn up to our races and try our best to run as fast as we can.
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Birthday party looked like this
What I’m trying to get at, and probably not doing a very good job of it, is that running is hard, and with a growing obsession over distance I wanted to remind everyone that running 5kms is AWESOME. I’m up to my parkrun 93 and I can say that the 93rd was just as hard as the first, perhaps not in the same way but it’s still hard and worth SHOUTING about proudly.

Okay enough of my ramblings, in true Oscars style, let’s see who our award winners are this week:

Congratulations to these parkrunners on achieving their parkrun milestones:
50 parkruns:
• Sue Kerr
• Chandrakuber Angbuhang
100 parkruns:
• Helen Larkin
25th Volunteering
• Rob Lucas
While not an official parkrun milestone, this is still worth celebrating:
350 parkruns:
• Jeff Mitchell

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Well that’s a work of art

Results highlights
Male placings:
1st goes to Tom Harding (SM25-29) of Basingstoke and Mid Hants AC with a time of 17:35.
2nd goes to Rory Horseman (SM30-34) of Hatch Warren Runners with a time of 18:32.
3rd goes to Tony Watkins (VM55-59) of Basingstoke and Mid Hants AC with a time of 18:42.

Female placings:
1st goes to Alison James (VW50-54) (Unattached) with a time of 20:41.
2nd goes to Yvette Dollin (SW30-34) (Unattached) with a time of 22:41.
3rd goes to Sarah Witt (VW45-49) of Windsor and District AC with a time of 22:54.

And finally, In the Volunteer Category, our winners are:
Aidan LEAVEY  •  Alex STUART  •  Avi GOVIND  •  Barbara WEST  •  Boyd JNO-LEWIS  •  Brian WORTH  •  Caroline Jane MOORE  •  Caroline PARTNER  •  Craig GILBERT  •  Dave HOPE  •  Dave OXLADE  •  David PICTON  •  Denise HOPE  •  Duncan ROUNDING  •  Eleanor MATTHEWS  •  Emily CARTER  •  Frank MADDEN  •  Frankie WELLINGS  •  George HEDDERLY  •  Grant HODGSON  •  Hannah ERSKINE  •  Jack HEDDERLY  •  Jonathan MATTHEWS  •  Karen TURNER  •  Katie TURNER  •  Lisa HEDDERLY  •  Lucy BRAND  •  Lydia VICKERS  •  Maisie GILBERT  •  Mark COUGHLIN  •  Mark NORRIS  •  Matt PILLINGER  •  Michael HICKEY  •  Mike ATHROLL  •  Naomi HOLBOROUGH  •  Peter ADAMS  •  Peter CHIVERTON  •  Peter EVANS  •  Rob LUCAS  •  Ryan PARTNER  •  Sam HIDSON  •  Sam HUTCHINGS  •  Sarah GAMBRILL  •  Sue JACKSON  •  Thomas JOHNSON  •  Tom HARDING  •  Tommy MILLAR

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Our wonderful volunteers

We will be back in the Memorial Park again next Saturday so see you all then and as always, don’t forget your barcode!


International Women’s Day special parkrun – Saturday 7 March 2020

parkrun is celebrating International Women’s Day and Basingstoke parkrun is joining in by organising a special parkrun the day before, on Saturday 7 March 2020.

We will release more details nearer the time but, for now:

  • Put the date in your diary!
  • We are aiming for a record participation of girls and women both as runners and volunteers on the day.  You can already share your interest in helping on the day by e-mailing us at with the role you would like to do (please include your parkrunID / barcode number - in the form of A12345678). A list of roles can be found here: (nearly all roles require no prior experience)
  • Keep a look out on this page for more details, as well as our Twitter ( and Facebook ( And, if you're not already signed-up, why not opt-in to our Basingstoke parkrun volunteer email list where you can hear about other opportunities?

In England, #IWDparkrun will also be supported by "This Girl Can", a campaign created by parkrun partner Sport England.

Thank you in advance - your Basingstoke parkrun core team


What is parkrun going to be for you this year?

Basingstoke parkrun #627, 1st February 2020. Run Report by Penny Metcalf

Today started with a lovely sunny winter’s morning for our parkrun. It was not cold, not raining, not windy. Perfect weather for running, jogging, walking, volunteering, cheering people along, chatting to old friends and making new ones. Perfect for everything that parkrun is about.


The ground has dried up a lot since the mud soup of a few weeks ago. It is much safer generally around the course with a few slippery areas. That said, caution is still needed on those areas, round the slippery bends and where the mud meets the pavement. Because of this, me and my team (children) have decided to run parkrun to effort rather than to time until the ground hardens up. This is to encourage us all to take our eyes off our watches and run more safely. Putting the effort in now should reap rewards later when the ground is harder and it is good practice to run by effort rather than pace. That said, despite the mud, 53 amazing people got a PB toda; well done you.

Also to be congratulated are: Adam Triner who gets his Junior 10 white T-shirt. Mike Wall, Richard Parker, Nalini Ramachandram Mags Chitty, Mark Hunt, Denise Wright, Mark Kane who made it to 50 parkruns and will be the owners of shiny red T-shirts. Matthew Ward, Stephen Franks and Ninian McBride made it to 100 and earnt themselves a black T-shirt. Unofficial milestones were - 150 - Ben Nicholl and 200 - Tilbikram Sambahangphe. Well done to everyone.

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We had 608 runners, 24 new parkrunners, 15 who were new to Basingstoke and one 70th birthday - Happy Birthday to Georgina Lock.


Thank you to our Run Director Mark Norris and the great team of volunteers who cheered everyone along and kept the show on the road.

tail group

How are your New Year’s Resolutions going? Is it time to review them and remind yourself of them? Do you have any goals around parkrun? Make sure your goal is relevant to you personally to decrease any anxiety or comparison to others. When you make your goal for this year, it could be worth taking a few minutes to think about what you need from your running in terms of the rest of your life. What do you need it to be, and how will you bring that about?

The brain is an important part of running right from the point at which we decide we’re going to get our kit on and go out, to what we do when we are out. It’s important to take the stress out of running and make it as enjoyable as it can be. Sometimes it is an achievement just to be able to make it to parkrun on a regular basis with all the other commitments that we have.

We have to remember to celebrate any, and every, success along the way whether it is a PB, running a bit further or a bit faster or just making it to the start line. Or maybe volunteering for the first time or taking on a new role or talking to a new person.
You might have a goal about maintaining sustainable fitness or weight loss or wellbeing. It could be around managing your pacing. It is good to have a goal which is achievable and will help you get there and feel happy with your result.


Today my goal was to run as fast and as safely as I could without exacerbating an injury. But in the process I caught up with old friends and chatted to new people and felt warmed by the winter sun and the community that is parkrun.

What is your goal going to be?


Numbers, numbers everywhere!

Basingstoke parkrun #626, 25th January 2020. Run Report by Dan Keates

To follow last weeks run report focus on words, I would like to bring to attention my second favourite thing after parkrun…. Numbers and stats. Yes, I am a stats geek.

This week’s roundup will be scattered with a whole variety of numbers so let’s kick it off with some basic ones.

636 – The number of runners, joggers, walkers and everything inbetweeners who braved an early Saturday morning start with fortunately slightly better weather conditions than we've seen recently.


And they are off...

34 – first timers to parkrun, we hope you enjoyed it and will come back! They say your first parkrun is hard, but your second is really where the fun, hard work and addiction begins.

19 – Added Basingstoke to their list of travels. We hope to see you parkrunning with us again very soon.

86 – Hit personal best performances, which is 13.5% of Saturday’s runners and by my reckoning is a fine effort so congratulations to all.

Now a shout-out to all the official (and unofficial!) milestone runners:
Junior 10: Oliver Jno-Lewis & Ashley Omeso
100: Alex Stuart
200: Clair Mennear, Steve Mennear, Mark Richards
300: Kevin Nicholson
400: Peter Chiverton – extra well done for the Spiderman costume.. it looked pretty warm inside the suit!


Our very own friendly neighbourhood Spiderman

Well done and keep going to the next milestone!

Back to some more stats!

950,095 – Total kilometres run at Basingstoke parkrun –which means the 9981st finisher from now will be one to break 1 million km at Basingstoke…. Could it be you? Quite possibly. If we carried on with the same number of runners as this week it will be in about 16 weeks so keep your eyes peeled.

29:37 – the median time run at this week’s event, it was 28:48 from 3 years ago – the idea being the slower the median time is the more inclusive parkrun is getting which is great (also we’ve gained an extra 100 runners so good job everyone and keep spreading the word).

1 – number of parkrunners on Saturday who then followed it up by getting married on the same day! Congratulations to Tom Ferguson and I hope your day went fantastically and fair play with the commitment to parkrun.

27 – number of participants from the 5k Your Way group – well done everyone and we look forward to seeing you back.

4 – Number of runners named Marshall! (Editors note: didn't see any marshalls called Runner, Jogger or Walker!)

36 – number of runners who didn’t scan and receive a result. If you did by mistake then remember next week don’t forget your barcode! #DFYB

1671 – the total number of parkruns worldwide on Saturday proving that you really are part of a huge community!


I wish I looked this happy when I finished!

And finally, as always a big shoutout to the real heroes - our volunteers who stand out there in all weather conditions to support all of us parkrunners:

Michael HICKEY • Caroline PARTNER • Avi GOVIND • Jonathan MATTHEWS • Grant HODGSON • Peter CHIVERTON • Alison JAMES • Tommy MILLAR • Dave HOPE • Mark NORMAN • Eleanor MATTHEWS • Matt PILLINGER • Tony MOORE • Caroline Jane MOORE • Brian WORTH • Frankie WELLINGS • Richard WHITE • Lorna GORDON • Jonathan RUDDLE • Katy MACKLIN • Hannah ERSKINE • Ryan PARTNER • Vicky HAMBLIN • Lynda DAY • Sam HIDSON • Karen VAN GRAMBERG • Boyd JNO-LEWIS • Meredith SMITH-MACKLIN • Jamie VAN GRAMBERG • Mike STANFORD • Lisa HEDDERLY • Denise HOPE • Aidan LEAVEY • Craig GILBERT • Michelle HORSEMAN • Naomi HOLBOROUGH • Daniel KEATES • Maisie GILBERT • Tom HARDING • Peter RAILTON • Mike ATHROLL • Chris TOWNLEY • Steven SHILLINGFORD • Sarah GAMBRILL • Jane LOWE • Deborah RIVERS • Nicola LEDINGTON • Peter EVANS


A few of our hi-viz heroes

If you feel like you can offer some help or fancy a week off from running, then check out the volunteering roster and get in touch - the Basingstoke parkrun office email address is on the website.

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