The joy of guide running…it’s as easy as 3-2-1

Basingstoke parkrun #647, 23rd October 2021, Run Report by Richard Pickard

Last week was Matt Pillinger’s 37th run report. This is my first one and much like parkrun it’s just as enjoyable as running (well almost, it did take me longer to write this than to run parkrun!).

I think one of the great things about parkrun is its variety. It doesn’t matter whether you are at the front, in the middle, walking or volunteering; there are so many ways to get involved, Visually Impaired (VI) guide running is one of them.

In 2015 a few of us got together and worked out how we could support the local VI community a little further. As a result, we set to work in creating the Basingstoke Guide Runners.
Our team help guide a couple of our VI runners around the course each week. It’s hard to miss us! We usually wear luminous running tops and are frequently talking to our runners, helping with some directions and above all trying to prevent any comedic falls or incidents (of which they have been a few!)

Much like parkrun we all have our different approaches to guiding. I tend to talk frequently (perhaps a bit too much) and describe where we are on the course, what’s coming up and any change in terrain. The difficult moments are in the first lap, when understandably the course is very busy with other runners, and when we change surface from grass to path, and especially over any tree roots.

Our fellow parkrunners are always brilliant and give words of encouragement and allow a little extra space. I’ve always found counting down when you are approaching a corner, or change in surface, works well, e.g. “corner coming up...we’ll be turning right in 3-2-1". Over time it becomes easier to guide, and you and the VI runner gain ever more confidence. It’s amazing to see how much we all get as group from doing this. It’s given our VI runners the confidence to run at other events, including the Great South Run, Bristol 10k and Basingstoke half marathon.
Our two regular VI runners have now completed over 300 parkruns between them, mostly at Basingstoke, which is incredible.

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If you’re interested in becoming a guide (it counts towards volunteering), or know of any visually impaired runners/ joggers/ walkers who might like to come along please do reach out to the team, via, or speak to one of the guides before or after parkrun. We’re always looking for support.And you don't need to be a fast runner - one of our regular VI participants walks the course.

You can shadow one of the guiding running team and in due course consider doing one of the England Athletics courses, which provide additional information, accreditation, and DBS clearance.

A big thank you to Kerry Monaghan too for being today’s VI guide runner.

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This week 446 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 50 recorded new Personal Bests. There were 15 first time parkrunners. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 44 volunteers:

Darren ROLFE • Mark WHITELAW • Jenny FROUD • Caroline PARTNER • Avi GOVIND • Peter CHIVERTON • Nicola LAWRENCE • Kerry MONAGHAN • Andrew LINEHAN-HILL • Phil HALE • John MANNION • Michele LINEHAN-HILL • Tony MOORE • Richard PICKARD • Brian WORTH • Darren PRATT • Tilbikram SAMBAHANGPHE • Jane HOPE • Ryan PARTNER • Rich EBURNE • Ben HASTINGS • Mark NORRIS • Robin HOPE • Samuel VAUGHAN • Mariusz BENNETT • Shreya SINGH • Denise HOPE • Louise BOWLES • Craig GILBERT • Jonathan MAIN • Laura LINEHAN-HILL • Davina LUTHRA • Ambrose SCOTT-MONCRIEFF • Ruth FROGGATT • Louise MCCARTHY • Ivy EBURNE • Richard MOORE • David DUNFORD • Dave OXLADE • Anthony LANE • Michael PARKER • Peter EVANS • Alex CONBOY • Dave EDWARDS
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Basingstoke parkrun Results Page.

Congratulations to all the volunteers, without which parkrun couldn’t take place. Also great to see the volunteering contingent from Hooks Runners (my running club!) who are busy working on completing their ABC course in November.

50 people achieved a PB and congratulations to the following for reaching various official and unofficial milestones:

Jon Powell for completing 200 parkruns,
Sarah Gambrill for completing 100 parkruns,
Dave Turner for completing 50 parkruns,
Jack Gibson (Junior) for completing 50 parkruns and for having the best balloon on course! Well done.

Today’s first finishers were as follows:

Jessica Brackenbury (first timer at Basingstoke!) 22:14
Rebecca Reid 22:34
Ruth Hayward 23:30

David Fry (first timer!) 17:59
Edward Buckley (new PB!) 18:10
Nick Onslow (new PB!) 18:34

Age Grades:
Andrew Le Roux 78.72%
Nick Onslow 77.56%
John McElroy 76.97%

The female course record is held by Sophie MORRIS who recorded a time of 16:56 on 29th November 2008 (event number 21).
The male course record is held by Dave RAGAN who recorded a time of 15:29 on 29th July 2017 (event number 491).
The Age Grade course record is held by Margaret MOODY who recorded 94.06% (21:53) on 21st March 2015 (event number 364).

Basingstoke parkrun started on 5th July 2008. Since then 16,960 participants have completed 199,703 parkruns covering a total distance of 998,515 km, including 28,601 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,355 individuals have volunteered 15,064 times.


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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It’s a parkrun, not a marathon…

Basingstoke parkrun #645, 9th October 2021
Run Report by Avi Govind

A number of you reading this report will know that, last Sunday, I was lucky enough to take part in the London marathon.

As I reached the 23 mile point, I heard a couple of people make the iconic shout that I often hear towards the end of a long run or race:

“Just a parkrun to go!”

Immediately, a guy running next to me remarked that a marathon was nothing like a parkrun. I was too tired at this point to disagree with him (and he was also running faster than me!), but, in the vague possibility that he is reading this run report, I’d like to argue that, in many ways, a marathon is very much like a parkrun:

It is inclusive to a range of abilities

While a marathon is obviously more than eight times longer than a parkrun, there is still a massive range of people taking part. The London marathon was won by Sisay Lemma in 2:04, which equates to a 15:30 parkrun, nearly equal to the course record at Basingstoke. And, in a new innovation this year, the London marathon had tail walkers who helped accompany people who took over seven hours.

In fact, there were a number of people who took over eight hours, equivalent to the typical pace of our tail walkers at Basingstoke - and I have walked two marathons in that sort of time before.

It wouldn’t happen without a lot of volunteers

The tail walkers at the marathon perform just one of a multitude of roles - many of which we don’t need at parkrun (for example we don’t give out drinks on the course or space blankets after we finish - although sometimes they would be appreciated - and conversely there’s no barcode scanning or finish tokens in a marathon).

But the course still needs to be set-up, everything has to be checked for safety, there’s a lot of communication with participants and effort at the finish to make sure everything has gone smoothly.

As I thanked the baggage volunteer on Sunday for opening my drop bag (my fingers had temporarily gone a bit numb due to dehydration), she said that she loved volunteering and being appreciated by the runners made her proud to help. Hopefully that’s the same for volunteers at Basingstoke parkrun, and you can help make sure that it is by thanking our volunteers when you see them around War Memorial Park.

Landmarks - and me!

They have their own landmarks

The London marathon goes past Cutty Sark (I was actually seen on BBC TV running round it!), across Tower Bridge, past Canary Wharf and The Houses of Parliament and pretty much finishes at Buckingham Palace.

Basingstoke parkrun has Tennis Court Hill. Everyone who has done Basingstoke parkrun knows Tennis Court Hill.

Enough said.

Everyone has different aims

At London, many participants are out to get a personal best time, and they relentlessly follow the blue line painted on the road that promises the best and quickest route. I was certainly one of those people! While we can’t offer that service at Basingstoke parkrun, there is a similarity in that I had to be constantly mindful of others around me - some hadn’t realised they were straying onto the blue line, I overtook thousands of people during the race and was overtaken by a number as well.

We would all do well to ensure that we are aware of what is going on around us at parkrun, too, whether we are about to overtake or be overtaken, when we are on narrow sections where it is best to be in single file, or going round corners. We all hopefully know that parkrun is a run and isn’t a race, but a little more understanding by everyone will help avoid some of the incidents we have had in recent weeks with people being clipped, shouted at or obstructed.

All of this can be avoided by people looking out for each other - not darting through gaps that are not really there, not walking across the whole path when there could be people coming up to you, and certainly not shouting abuse at people.

Many other people in the marathon, and in parkrun, have other aims - whether it’s to get some exercise in the fresh air, to do something with friends, to get fitter, get some bling, to increase the number of events or places they have seen, or just to finish. Their achievements may not be seen as much but should still be celebrated.

It takes some preparation

Most people would find it reasonably easy to go out and walk a parkrun. But most would find it reasonably hard to go out and continuously run a parkrun, hence the popularity of programs like Couch to 5k for those who decide to train for the event.

Most people would find it impossible to run a marathon without a decent amount of training - and it was the programme I followed with my club that I credit with getting me to the start line on Sunday in sufficient shape to beat my personal best by 12 minutes.

The beauty of parkrun is that all you really need to take part is to bring a barcode - and not even that if you are a volunteer - and you don’t have to enter months in advance or go through ballots to get a place.

It’s a talking point and something you have in common with people

A joke I have heard a few times goes along the lines of ‘How can you tell if someone you know is running a marathon soon? You don’t need to - they’ll tell you.’

But parkrun is also a talking point for many people - finishing a parkrun is something that each participant has in common with over 4 million other people. Most people I speak to have at least heard of parkrun even if they haven’t done one, and more people are willing to give parkrun a go than offering themselves up to do a marathon!

It’s all about what you make of it

I had a great time in London on Sunday.

Obviously it was good to get a personal best, but the experience was great, the support on the course wonderful, and the company of friends before the race in the build-up, after the race for food and drink, and also fleetingly during the race was fantastic.


On other occasions I would have had more time or inclination to soak up the atmosphere, take more note of the many sights I passed, or acknowledge the crowd more, but that may happen another time.

It’s the same for parkrun. Even since the return in July I have had different experiences, including volunteering three times, doing an inaugural parkrun, running at the end of a long training run and tail walking last week. Each of those experiences was very different, and the variety and community is what makes me keep coming back.

It’s possible to do it virtually

Last year, in response to the Covid pandemic, the London marathon went all virtual (unless you were an elite runner), and allowed 50,000 people to do a marathon distance on the day that the elite marathon took place in October.

It was such a success that, this year, the virtual London marathon took place again alongside the actual one.

Last year, in response to the Covid pandemic, parkrun started the (not) parkrun initiative, and allowed anyone to do a 5k walk, jog or run at any time, on any day of the week.

It was such a success that, this year, (not) parkrun continues to take place alongside the actual one.

A misty morning

Anyway, I’m sure that’s enough marathon talk from me for everyone - let’s get on to what happened at today’s parkrun.

It was a misty and quite chilly War Memorial Park that was waiting for the 470 people that took part in the event - more than double our attendance from last week’s visit to Crabtree.

Among them, we had 18 people doing their first-ever parkrun - so a warm welcome to:

Kate Hatton, Kirsty Anthony, Saffron Lacey, Leah Rogers, Freddie Killick, Nikki Le Roux, Jasmine Lacey, Daryl Blair, Stevie Chadwick, Matthew Girle, Kirstie Mallaney, Christopher Ward, Emily Battershall, Sarah Parker, Rochelle Bray, Rudi Medhurst, Charlie Phipps and Simon Ernest.

Also, 17 people visited Basingstoke for the first time - we hope you liked us and return soon:

Craig Bickerton, Joan Buitendag, Ashley Webb, Elise Williams, Paul King, Archie Murdoch, Neville Insley, Tom Williams, Sophie Berard, Peter Barnett, Barney Crook, Mark Gibson, Nick Hamer, Chris Dalton, Alex Burton, Jack Dundas and Paul Bessant.

I’m not typing out the 52 people who got PBs, but congratulations to all of you - the most ‘experienced’ person to get a PB was Ryan Firth in his 160th parkrun.

Our first finisher was Tom Harding, in 17:34, with his 67th first-finish in his 134th Basingstoke parkrun (a rate of exactly 50%). Second home was Hari Bakhem in his 39th Basingstoke parkrun, and third finisher was Oliver Delve, whose only two previous parkruns were on New Year’s Day in 2019 and 2020.

First female finisher was Chrisi Halls, who set a new PB of 20:35 in her 40th parkrun at Basingstoke but first since July 2019. Hannah Bliss was second female finisher in her 20th Basingstoke parkrun but first since July 2018 (there’s a pattern here!). Hayley Randell was third female finisher, but she breaks the pattern having run here last month - it was her 28th Basingstoke parkrun in total.

I’m going to claim the position of ‘first marathoner’, as named by one of the marshals standing in the bandstand - although to be honest I was only the first person wearing a London marathon t-shirt to finish, as Michal Bursak (whose t-shirt for the virtual London marathon hadn’t arrived yet), was seven places ahead of me.

Our highest age-grading today was from Chris Furness, who achieved 79.29%. For those of you who don’t know what the age grading is, it compares your time to the world record for your age and gender allowing comparisons between the times of any two people.

Second highest age-grading was from John McElroy (76.79%) and third highest was from Tilbikram Sambahangphe (75.77%). Highest female age grading went to Chrisi Halls with 72.87%.

Before the start

We also had a number of milestone runners this morning.

The only person doing their 10th run as a junior was Giovanni Bahia, who is now eligible to buy a white milestone t-shirt. There’s also now a new milestone club for reaching 25 runs - which Julie Ward and Pietro Ferizolla did today - and that earns them the opportunity to buy a purple t-shirt.

Nigel McCarthy did his 50th run, and can get a red t-shirt, while Tina Larkham with her 100th run is able to get a black t-shirt. There were unofficial milestones for David Ansdell and Hannah Beaven, reaching 200 runs or 1,000km each around parks.

Topping them all, though, is Bethan Mason, who today did her 250th despite being only 13 years old. She comes from a parkrunning family - dad Andrew has done a hefty 624 parkruns - but getting to 250 shows impressive dedication.

One of Bethan’s friends, whose birthday it is today, writes:

“She’s been running since such a young age and so consistently. She had a year of plantar fascitis and just plodded round when she could. Now she's on the mend and running with me. She might have quite a few volunteer points as well.” (36, in fact, including once processing the results for Basingstoke parkrun alongside me.)

As we get near the end of the report, a word for our volunteers. There were 39 today, led by Run Director Mark Norris. Impressively, Mark notched up his 300th volunteering stint at Basingstoke today. At the other end of the spectrum, Jane Bradbury, Janeine May and Heather Pascoe volunteered for the first time. We owe them, as well as the other 35, a huge thank you for giving their time to ensure that Basingstoke parkrun can operate.

300th volunteering stint

If you would like to volunteer, then get in touch with the core team at - or, as the volunteer roster can never be full, you can simply come to the park on the day. But getting in touch early will ensure you can do your preferred role. There’s no pressure and you can discuss which roles may be best for you - so just give it a try!

One of the roles we are looking to fill for the near future is run report writer - especially as a number of our regular reporters are taking a break for a while. Reports don’t have to be as long as the one you are currently reading, we can guide you through the key elements if you like.

To close - another bit of marathon talk. The ballot for the 2022 London marathon closed yesterday, and I have entered once again - so maybe in a year’s time you’ll be reading a similar report from me…



Basingstoke parkrun goes on tour

Basingstoke parkrun #644 – 2nd October 2021 – Run report by Peter Chiverton.

Because of Covid, Basingstoke parkrun has missed out on celebrating TWO birthdays – we should have been celebrating our twelfth birthday parkrun on 4th July 2020 and our thirteenth on 3rd July this year. So Basingstoke parkrun is now a teenager. But parkrun as a whole is well into its teenage years. And 2nd October is a special day of the year for parkrun because it was on 2nd October 2004, SEVENTEEN years ago that thirteen runners lined up at Bushy Park, for the first Bushy Park Time Trial, the event that started off parkrun.

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The first thirteen parkrunners at Bushy Park Time Trial

It means that today around 200,000 people will be out this Saturday to run, jog, walk or volunteer at their local free timed 5k parkrun, not just in the UK, but in many other countries around the world. To mark the anniversary of the start of parkrun, the first Saturday in October is known as International parkrun Day (IpD).

So how to celebrate the birthday of parkrun? Some may have decided to visit a different parkrun to their own – in 2019 I visited the birthplace of parkrun, Bushy Park, to celebrate its (then) fifteenth birthday. Some may decide to parkrun at their home event, for me being Basingstoke. But Basingstoke parkrun itself celebrated IpD by going on tour! As Sunday 3rd October is the day of the Basingstoke Half Marathon and 10k, our normal home of War Memorial Park was in the process of being turned into race HQ, so Basingstoke parkrun took a trip of about a mile and a half across to its second home of Crabtree Plantation. We are very privileged to have this alternative home to use when War Memorial Park is not available – including today’s parkrun, on fifty one occasions out of our six hundred and forty four events we have come to Crabtree.


The attendance at Crabtree tends to be lower – it seems that some people avoid running parkrun there. Sometimes this is because they are running the Basingstoke Half Marathon or 10k (or this year the London Marathon) the next day and have decided not to overdo things. Sometimes they decide That Hill is just too much to contemplate. Some therefore decide to volunteer instead. If you are one of those hallowed volunteers, whatever the reason for you volunteering today, thank you for giving your time to allow your fellow runners/ joggers/ walkers to complete their parkrun today. Special thanks to Grant Hodgson our “remote marshal” today who was in War Memorial Park to reroute parkrunners who hadn’t realised about today's course change.


Tales of the unexpected

For those of you who are fairly new to parkrun, you may be able to remember specific different things about all the events you have attended. For those (like me) who have attended a few more, it can become harder to differentiate the parkruns you attend each week. But two things happened for me this week that I have never experienced at parkrun before.
The first was while I was car park marshal in the A30 car park and a car pulled in, but the car park was full. A couple got out and we told them there was no room but they said they just needed to stop for a few minutes – upon which they opened the boot of their car, which contained a basket. They opened the basket and it contained a dozen white pigeons which flew around as a group above the trees before heading away. The couple told me the pigeons were doing a training flight back to Reading. I know we say parkrun is “a run not a race” but presumably they were doing “a flight not a race”.

The second thing happened while I was completing my second lap of the park, and was when I discovered that I was running with the High Sheriff of Hampshire, Phillip Sykes. We didn’t have time or the breath for me to find out what a High Sheriff of Hampshire does while panting our way up Crabtree Hill for the second time, but he did tell me he had started parkrunning following encouragement from his children, and has done 38 so far, all of which have been at Basingstoke. I have since found out that the High Sheriff is an independent non-political Royal appointment for a single year and the role normally focuses on supporting crime prevention agencies, the emergency services and the voluntary sector (which of course includes parkrun).


So what happened in today’s parkrun?

(I’ve waited a long time to write those words – my last run report at Basingstoke parkrun was in February 2020 :-)).

The weather conditions were grey and gloomy, eventually just starting to rain, and presumably that together with the upcoming events of Sunday and our move to Crabtree, meant a greatly reduced total of 222 people completed a parkrun at Crabtree today. That is the lowest number of attendees since the first run in March 2018 when there was significant snow due to the Beast from the East. Kudos to the 8 who were completing their first parkrun anywhere today – I think if you come to War Memorial Park next time you should find things easier, perhaps giving you a great chance of a PB. Huge congratulations then to the 24 who managed a Basingstoke parkrun PB today on what in my opinion is our tougher course. Unfortunately the website does not differentiate between which course was run each week, but fear not – events 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, 538, 539, 542, 555, 595 and 608 (as well as today’s) were run at Crabtree so you can work out your Crabtree PB if you wish.
We welcomed 11 first time visitors to Basingstoke parkrun also; we hope you enjoyed your time with us and we hope to see you parkrunning with us again soon.


First finisher for the men was Tom Harding in 17m19s, while first finisher for the women was Sarah Dawson (17th overall on parkrun’s 17th birthday, and with a PB too!). Best age grade of the day went to Cath Wheeler at 88.58%.

Well done to the two T shirt milestone achievers today - Will Coles and Dean Turner both completed their 50th parkruns today and will be able to wear a red 50 shirt soon. Also congratulations to the following who reached unofficial milestones today: Graham Arnott did his 150th parkrun, Dave Hope ran his 300th and Nicholas Mitchell completed his 350th.


A huge thank you to today’s volunteer contingent for making our only Crabtree parkrun of 2021 happen: take a bow James BATE, Jessica BATE, Sally BLANC, Andrew BRACE, Finlay BRACE, Harrison BRACE, Michal BURSAK, Cami CAMERON, Joanna CHIVERTON, Peter CHIVERTON, Nicola DALE, Lynda DAY, Chris ENGLAND, Peter EVANS, Louise GIRLE, Avi GOVIND, Luxmi GOVIND, Lisa HEDDERLY, Tony HEELEY, Geoff HERRON, Stella HERRON, Dave HOPE, Denise HOPE, Alison Rachel JONES, Pemba LAMA, Sara LEE, Ben LONDESBROUGH, Rob LUCAS, Katy MACKLIN, John MANNION, Bruce NEWLANDS, Amanda OXLADE, Richard PICKARD, Nathan PITSCH, Sam PURNELL, Lauren ROSE, Tilbikram SAMBAHANGPHE, Shreya SINGH, Tom STECKIW, Steven STUBBINGS, Chris TOWNLEY, Jacqui TOWNLEY, Douglas VAUGHAN, Samuel VAUGHAN, Vivianne WALTERS, Rebecca WILLIS and Brian WORTH.

To join them in a future week go to to see the vacancies, and email your choice to You can do this either for the next week, or for some weeks ahead so you can choose the role you want to try. There will always be assistance available from the team on the day to help you know what to do, and lots of thanks on the day from your fellow parkrunners.



One volunteer role you might consider having a go at is writing a run report! For some years there has been a rota in place of regular writers but we’re always looking for different viewpoints – I love the variety of styles and content choices of our writers – so do let us know either if you would be interested to find out more about joining the rota or if you fancy having a one off go at writing a report. There is lots of information easily available to help put a report together without too much effort. You can also volunteer in this way while still completing a run/ jog/ walk if you wish. And you can provide enjoyment to people who (like you) make time to read our run reports. So if you enjoy writing and would like to be involved in the team, even to write one report, drop an email to – we are just putting together the rota for the next few months so now would be a great time to let us know if you would like to have a go.

And finally:
Best wishes to everyone doing Basingstoke Half Marathon or 10k, London Marathon or other race tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you in your race T shirts at next week's parkrun.

And finally finally:
Don’t forget for next week's parkrun we are back in War Memorial Park!


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.