New t-shirts

The eagle eyed amongst you will have spotted some different parkrun t-shirts this week.

Traditionally we've had V25 (for volunteering 25 times) and run 10 (junior), 50, 100, 250 and 500.

parkrun have now levelled up the running and volunteering t-shirts, so there is run 10 (junior), 25, 50, 100, 250, 500 and also volunteer 10 (junior), 25, 50, 100, 250 & 500.  These are in the usual colours, of white, purple, red, black, green and blue.


This one is almost as rare as hen's teeth

If you are wondering how you find out if you are eligible for, or order these tops, here's a simple guide;

Go to your results email from parkrun and click on 'manage my profile'


This takes you through to your profile on the parkrun website, click on milestone club progress

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You are then routed to a page which shows which run/volunteer clubs you are a member of and a little trolley symbol;

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Add which-ever top you want (& have qualified for) to your basket and you are routed to the prodirect website, where you choose your size.  Each t-shirt costs £16, which is great value for a running t-shirt.

You can also use this link to order replacements of previously earned tops - I ordered a new run50 as my original one doesn't fit me so well anymore.

Malcolm reminds me that if you haven't previously ordered from prodirect you will need to create an account with them also - fairly simple, there is a prompt at the checkout stage;

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I'll be looking forward to seeing lots of new t-shirts soon.

Onto today, 350 runners completed the 5k course around the War Memorial park, slightly down on recent levels, but way above the 208 average for all UK parkruns across all events (36.4m runs completed across 175k running events).  We were led round by Edward Buckley in 18:23, closely followed by Tom Mount in 18:44 (PB) and Chris Furness in 18:47.  For the women, Hannah Bliss took top spot in 20:39, followed by Rebecca Willis in 23:05 and Angela Goodwin in 23:10.  Age Grade wise, Chris Furness (79.15%) led Andrew LeRoux (79.07%) and Andy Rogers (75.06%, PB).

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On the subject of PB's, 41 people recorded their best ever time at Basingstoke today - congratulations to them all, while 25 runners were competing at Basingstoke for the first time, including 9 completing their first ever parkrun.

None of this would be possible without the support of our helpers today, expertly led by Frankie Wellings, thank you to Mark Norris, Darren Rolfe, Richard Wellings, Ashley Pither, Dave Hope, Claire Esslemont, Jacqui Townley, Sara Lee, John Mannion, Brian Worth, Praveen Singh, Shravan Singh, Ross Cartwright, Samuel Lomax, Marcus Simpson, Denise Hope, Peter Evans, Chris Townley, Debbie Faulkner, Nicola Dale, Tim Mortlock, Malcolm Brown, David Dunford, Tanya Hare, Mike Hastie, Michael Hickey, Ruth Mortock, Shelley Rounding, Lisa Hedderly, Ben Hastings, Brendan Vickery, Karen Patterson, Nicola Lawrence, Alex Conboy, Rebecca Vincent, Michael Parker, Jack Hedderly, Grant Hodgson, Matt Pillinger, Caroline Partner, Ryan Partner & Avi Govind.


They all contribute towards a well organised, timed, safe, free run

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I'm hoping all of these post-its say 'thank you' in different languages - I recognise Portuguese, French, Italian, British, Spanish and German.


parkrun doesn't happen without helpers - please do consider helping out in future weeks - it's a great way to see parkrun from an alternative perspective and be amazed at how quick some of the runners are!  All you have to do is email with the dates you can help out and if you have a preference.  There is a helpful guide to what each role entails here What do the volunteers do? – parkrun Support


And to round of - this is my 37th and final run report, my first being event #292 on 21 December 2013. During that time I've been fortunate enough to have some great topics to cover, from notes on each of our 10 courses, Eliud Kipchoge's sub 2 hour marathon, to the 29th February 2020 parkrun, perhaps most of you will remember the 'meet the parkrunner' slots, and 'Matt the Stat' reports. It's been a great privilege to write these reports, but as my pen runs out of ink, or more precisely, my brain runs out of ideas, it's time to hand the quill over to other writers and I do so, heavy of heart, while hoping that I've brought a small amount of pleasure to the readers of these articles.

I might be back to report writing in the future, but in the meantime, there is a great and capable report writing team, if you are interested in joining them, please let Peter Chiverton know or email   There's no need to sign up for more than 1 report and no specialist IT knowledge is required.

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Basingstoke parkrun at Crabtree this Saturday 2nd October

Because of the Basingstoke Half Marathon site build at War Memorial Park this weekend, Basingstoke parkrun will be held at its alternative venue at Crabtree Plantation this Saturday 2nd October, usual time 9am.

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

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

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 regular users of this car park not involved with parkrun. 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.


Previous times 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), 555, 595(s) and 608. The (s) suffix means the parkrun was run on the special course avoiding skylark nesting areas. This week's parkrun will not use the skylark course.

This will be the only Basingstoke parkrun at Crabtree in 2021. From 9th October onward Basingstoke parkrun returns to War Memorial Park.



Reminder: Basingstoke parkrun at Crabtree 2nd October

Due to the Basingstoke Half Marathon site build taking place at our usual War Memorial Park on Saturday 2nd October, Basingstoke parkrun will be relocating for the day to Crabtree Plantation.

A map showing the location and places you can park will be published here in the week leading up to 2nd October.

Please pass the message on, and avoid parkrunner disappointment or need for panic jog from War Memorial Park to Crabtree on Saturday 2nd October.

This will be the last parkrun at Crabtree in 2021.

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Advance Notice: Basingstoke parkrun at Crabtree 2nd October

Due to the Basingstoke Half Marathon site build taking place at our usual War Memorial Park on Saturday 2nd October, Basingstoke parkrun will be relocating for the day to Crabtree Plantation.

A map showing the location and places you can park will be published here in the week leading up to Saturday 2nd October.

Please pass the message on, and avoid parkrunner disappointment or need for panic jog from War Memorial Park to Crabtree on Saturday 2nd October.

This will be the only parkrun at Crabtree in 2021 so don't miss it!



Late news update about Basingstoke parkrun 11th September 2021

(Notice from Basingstoke parkrun core team 10th September 22:30 regarding Basingstoke parkrun 11th September 2021 event).

Although it is late in the day, we have to advise you that, due to lack of volunteers, we will not be able to supply participants with accurate times tomorrow.

Instead, everyone who takes part in Basingstoke parkrun will receive a time of 59:59.

The reason for this is that, despite a number of e-mails and communications requesting volunteers, we have not got sufficiently many to fill all the safety critical roles (like marshals and tail walkers) as well as enough to fulfil all our obligations under parkrun’s Covid framework (for example, one scanner per 50 participants).

We are currently at least six people short of this, and while we know people may still offer help, as a core team we don’t want to pressure anyone, and we also feel it is unfair for the volunteer co-ordinator to still be searching for volunteers this late in the day - as has often happened in the past - so our decision is final and we wanted to let people know tonight rather than in the morning.
While we appreciate that you may be disappointed, remember that your walk, jog or run will still be a valid parkrun, you will receive a position, and it will count for milestone clubs, etc.

Note that as the run tomorrow WILL go ahead, we still need the volunteers that have committed so far for marshalling, set-up, close-down, VI guide, tail walkers, first-timer's briefing, car park marshal and run report writer - just not the timekeepers who have already been contacted (at this late stage).

See you in the park tomorrow morning.



We are coming back but some things are changing

Not long to go now until we are back in the park on Saturday - and we've been getting everything ready for our return, including polishing the signs!

But as we've said before, there will be a few changes to the normal parkrun that you are used to, as well as a few things to remember:

  • bring your physical barcode along - as you've not used it for a long time, you may not know where it is, so you should start looking now else you won't get a time... #dfyb
  • we're not going to have the tarpaulin, so you will need to look after any extra layers that you are wearing / bags that you bring
  • the run brief will be at the start area (next to the finish funnel) and will be brief, so we don't want to gather in a group for an excessive period of time
  • at the start, please try to stand where you think you might finish - this can be hard to judge but do your best
  • because the start is far narrower than before, we are requesting that people don't bring dogs to the event if possible for the first few weeks
  • we will be aiming to start at 9am sharp, so don't be late!
  • also, give people at the start some room and maybe for the first event or two just enjoy the return of parkrun and don't aim for that pb (the course is slightly longer than 5k anyway)
  • when you finish, move through the funnel quickly to get your finish token, and if you want to gather and chat, please do this away from the finish area
  • our timing and scanning volunteers will be using the app for probably the first time, so please be patient with them if there are any technical difficulties
  • in fact, please do your best to thank the volunteers who are giving up their time to make this parkrun happen - and go easy on the Run Director who has had a 16-month break from parkrun and may be a bit rusty!

Once you have finished, you may want to take advantage of the Orchard café in the park which will be open for drinks and snacks from 8:30am - they are planning an offer for parkrunners.



It’s a matter of course

Not long now until parkrun is back on Saturday!

Over this week we will be publishing some important information - and we start with news about some changes to our course.
This Saturday’s parkrun will take place on a slightly modified course. This is within the new parkrun Covid framework, which we will be following and which allows the course to be a little longer than 5km. It recommends avoiding wide start lines, as well as suggesting not having to move people to the start line from the briefing and asking participants to self-seed at the start line.

Saturday’s course will therefore be slightly longer than 5km and we have designed it to add some measure of safety to the event - a map is below.

It’s very similar to the current course, but with the finish funnel in the top left corner of the football field (a little bit earlier than before) and the start line also moved back to that same corner, where the pre-event briefing will take place.

You will also notice some other modifications in line with the parkrun Covid framework, for example we are heavily reducing signage to minimise the level of equipment we need to use.

We’ll have more information on this as we go through the week.

2021 course


(Not) parkrun week one – and my not (not) parkrun at War Memorial Park.

Basingstoke (not) parkrun #1, 20th June 2020. (Not) parkrun Run Report by Peter Chiverton

It's been FOURTEEN weeks since we were last able to run, jog or walk together at Basingstoke parkrun (14th March) and since then we have all had to endure the difficulties of lockdown, the uncertainties of different work situations, trying to help our children learn while unable to attend school, keeping vulnerable family members safe perversely by not going near them, and many other things. We're not at the end of things yet although gradually we are emerging from lockdown. Hopefully you have been out running, jogging or walking at other places and times while parkrun is not happening.

Well, parkrun is planning for its return. Not just yet in the UK obviously, but you may have seen that parkrun will restart in New Zealand on 4th July ( Hopefully it won't be too long before this extends to other parts of the parkrun world, once it is safe to do so.

In the meantime, have you done a (not) parkrun? I don't just mean a run anywhere that isn't a parkrun, but parkrun this week have allowed us to record our own 5k run, jog or walk anywhere (even on a treadmill if you like?) and at any time during the week (just please don't meet at Basingstoke parkrun's course at 9am to run - we've been asked not to). You can record this against your parkrun profile (you don't need to re-register); to do so click the "manage my profile" link in any email you have received from parkrun (eg for completing a parkrun or for volunteering), and then select the (not) parkrun option. The fastest result you enter for a week will then be displayed on your home run's weekly page - for Basingstoke that's at Unfortunately your (not) parkruns don't count toward your milestone T shirt run count for parkrun, but having just had a look it's great to see some familiar names recording times for this week.

I noticed on the Basingstoke parkrun page this week that Event Director Avi Govind posted this picture of War Memorial Park.

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The patterns in the grass show that the park bandstand (here in the background) used to instead be in the middle of the park. I suggest you look at the Basingstoke parkrun Facebook page for the interesting ensuing discussion about the history of the park. It reminded me that whereas a lot of us visited War Memorial Park regularly until mid March for parkrunning or volunteering, and those living close may have continued to do so, many of us (like me) will have visited rarely or even not at all. It therefore encouraged me to go to the park on Saturday for a walk - not for a (not) parkrun as I wasn't planning to do 5k - just to relax after a busy week.

I arrived with Maggie just after 1130am, parking without difficulty at Crossborough Hill car park (finding it considerably easier than normally is the case for parkrun!) and we were pleased the park didn't seem too busy, making it easy to keep distanced from the other groups making use of it. Certainly the area we gather normally before the start was nowhere near as populated with people.

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We were upset that the grass area had quite a lot of litter - thankfully something we don't normally see as a result of our parkruns - and were pleased we had a sparecarrier bag to try to clear up a bit as we walked. There are lots of bins in the park so it's beyond me why people can't use them.

Near to where we normally start to parkrun, we spent some time walking around the Community Orchard (which I knew about but had forgotten was there - details at - this is an area of fruit trees that were planted by volunteers and the nearby notice says people are welcome to pick a few fruit once they are ripe.

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It's a bit early yet for picking but fruit is already growing.

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Maybe parkrunners can munch an apple waiting for the start later in the year?

We enjoyed our stroll under the trees and up Tennis Court Hill (so much easier when you aren't trying to complete it in a hurry) in the shaded sunshine, saying hello to a few people walking the opposite way and keeping our distance from each other. Part of the park has been allowed to grow wild flowers at this point, and poppies and Marguerite daisies are doing particularly well here.

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At the top of the hill the widening path under the trees

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passes the children's playground, sadly still closed,

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and we walked on past the aforementioned bandstand, the very noisy aviary (does everyone else think the birds everywhere seem much louder than in previous years? I'm sure it's not just the lack of traffic during lockdown!)

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and we stopped at the Peace Garden (which as a parkrunner I must confess hardly noticing as I'm normally focussing on getting round the park) to look at the statue of Sir Harold Gillies there, who I discovered was a pioneer of plastic surgery during WWII at Park Prewett Hospital, Rooksdown.

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There are also a number of plaques on the ground with messages and images around the theme of peace. I liked this one which seemed to speak to me during these turbulent times.

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Not missing another area of wild flowers near the Council Offices which we enjoyed too.

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We wandered through the wooded area back to the car park. Far enough for us today, and we'd enjoyed our walk in our lovely park - the sights on offer there change so much through the seasons and it was great to see it in its summer guise. Indeed, at this time of year the park is normally preparing for summer events - dog shows, food festivals and of course the Basingstoke Festival, meaning we normally have to travel across to Crabtree Plantation for a parkrun or two. I visit that more often in my runs from home - I'm sure we've all missed our trips up this infamous hill.


Here's hoping it won't be too long until we can meet again as a parkrun community, but I'd encourage you to find time to visit our fantastic park in the meantime, perhaps for a distanced walk with friends.

And hope to see your names at least on the Basingstoke (not) parkrun table in the weeks to come?


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


Important – Basingstoke parkrun 18th January 2020

We have been to the park this evening 17th January and inspected the course. There are some areas of standing water and mud, but as it stands we are NOT cancelling the event.

We will conduct a further risk assessment in the morning, allowing for potential ice due to tonight’s weather - note that we may need to cancel at short notice.

If this is the case, we will give as much warning as possible.

Should we, as is likely, go ahead, please note that there will be muddy / wet areas.

We urge you to use suitable footwear, watch out for slippery areas and, above all, TAKE IT SLOWLY rather than trying to get a PB.

You may also want to bring a spare pair of shoes for the journey home...

Thank you for your understanding.

Basingstoke parkrun core team

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