11th birthday parkrun at Crabtree Plantation this Saturday 6th July – PARKING INSTRUCTIONS INCLUDED

Because of the B Love Festival at War Memorial Park this weekend, Basingstoke parkrun will be held at its alternative venue at Crabtree Plantation this Saturday 6th July. It is also Basingstoke parkrun's ELEVENTH BIRTHDAY and we would encourage everyone to get there early - the first timer briefing will take place at 8:45am and the main briefing will start at 8:50am to allow for birthday presentations and the result of the Hall of Fame vote. We will return to War Memorial Park next week 13th July. As it's our birthday we'd love people to bring cake to share if you would like to.

Please pass this message on to your fellow parkrunners to avoid panic jogs from War Memorial Park to Crabtree as the start time approaches and later (it happens every time!).

Please if at all possible walk or cycle to the event, and given the earlier start to proceedings arrive allowing plenty of time to reach the briefing place.

Crabtree car parking arrangements.

The parking arrangements below have been devised to help us to be allowed continued use of Crabtree Plantation for parkrun and remain good neighbours with those who live nearby. You are urged to follow them, otherwise we may lose permission to use the course, and be forced to cancel some summer parkruns.

Please see the map below for advice of where to park. Your choices are:

i. Free parking available at:

  • A30 Crabtree car park (but DO NOT park on the A30 outside of the car park)
  • Lime Pits (closest car park to the start and there is a crossing island on the A30)
  • Rucstall Community Centre (access from Holbein Close)
  • The usual War Memorial Park car park at Crossborough Hill.

ii. Plenty of pay and display car parks in Basingstoke Town Centre, which are a warm-up run away from the Crabtree start.

We strongly encourage you NOT to park at Black Dam Ponds car park (not shown on the map) as this gets very busy and there is then no space for regulars. Please do NOT park on Black Dam Way, as this can cause issues for public transport using the road. It may mean we can't use Crabtree for parkrun at all in future if these requests are not followed.

In summary - please park responsibly and safely.


Skylarks nesting at Crabtree.

There are signs on parts of Crabtree Plantation warning visitors to keep clear as there is a nesting area for skylarks (they nest on the ground). We have changed the course this year at the request of the Council to avoid the nesting site. Please take heed of these signs and keep animals and children that you are responsible for away from this area. Please ensure you follow the directions of the marshals on the course.

Previous parkruns at Crabtree.

Previous Crabtree visits (so you can check your "Crabtree" PB if you have one) were for these event numbers: 53, 56, 102, 107, 111, 124, 156, 158, 161, 173, 178, 211, 214, 217, 218, 220, 230, 266, 272, 284, 318, 320, 326, 338, 342, 375, 378, 380, 382, 392, 429, 430, 433, 434, 435, 436, 442, 446, 483, 486, 488, 496, 500, 537(s), 538(s), 539(s), 542(s) and 555. (s) means the event was run on the "Skylark" course, as it will be at today's event.

Basingstoke parkrun will also be at Crabtree on the following additional date in 2019:

Date Reason
5th October Basingstoke Half Marathon site build


Milestone T shirt photo this Saturday.

If you have any parkrun milestone T-shirt (whether for running or volunteering) we'd like to take a photo of people wearing them for our birthday, so please wear them when you come along. This is not just for new milestone achievers but for anyone who has a milestone shirt, as part of our celebrations.