Bath Skyline parkrun is cancelled on 30 May 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Saturday 25th January 2020

Saturday Morning Fever

The run report with Snap, Crackle, Pop and Bee Gees by John Chapman

I woke up with my usual Saturday enthusiasm, as it’s the day for either parkrun or an away trip watching Bristol City. Today is parkrun day, and I decided that it’s most definitely a Rice Krispies T-Shirt day, my regular big pre-run dilemma. Today was my 25th run, so that’s 125km, and still only halfway to a T shirt. It would be much simpler to just buy one in Primark, but not half as much fun, mud or steps.

For those of us at the back, the briefing was the usual inaudible mumbling, so we just clapped, waved our arms, cheered and booed randomly, in the hope that we provided the right response. Maybe you need someone with cue cards halfway down, so that we get it right. The reward for finishing in the Top 200, you get to hear the words. The rest of us were guessing, which could be embarrassing if we got it wrong.

I am sure that most of you reading this know the course by now, congestion, nice view, steps, reasonable path, replica of Somme battlefield, rabbit holes, home straight, finish. A wide variety of times, a real mix of ages and abilities, and all of the runners participated enthusiastically, and (hopefully) had a great time.  There were 443 runners, that is real Wowzer stuff, and yet another amazing turnout. Not so good for us at the back, it takes even longer just to reach the starting line, and The Somme is even more churned up. Well done to the first person over the finishing puddle, Aled Anderson.

Today, as always, I met some wonderful people, all participating for different reasons, and even though it’s for fun, everyone has their personal goals that they wish to achieve. My goal has been to achieve a new PB. Today, I achieved that (2 minutes off my real PB).

Now the photos


Today, we welcomed some Leicester Tiggers egg-chasing fans, as they were playing the unimaginatively named Bath Rugby. Is there a Rugby Rugby? Welcome to all the newbies, for safety reasons we’ve Got To Get a Message To You about the course. I hope you had a really great time, and we see you back sometime soon. Loved the question “Is there a trophy?” Now that is a good suggestion, not that I will need to buy a trophy cabinet if adopted! Did anyone as How Deep Is Your Mud?


Talking of Tiggers, here is the culprit of about 99% of the muddy paw prints on runners clothing, Tiggerdog, aka Bobbie. How could you be cross with such a lovable dog though? Didn’t really capture her from the best angle in this photo. To finish, there’s a few random pics from today. As ever, thank you to all of the volunteers who make these runs happen, some magnificent arm-waving and pointing was evident today.

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A view of the runners, I’m sure that the guy at the back wearing the green jacket is pointing out that going straight to breakfast might be a better option.


And to those wondering whether to join us, as the Gibb Brothers nearly sang, You Should Be Running, or walking, or skipping, or dancing…. Would that be Jive Walking??? On that note, time to get my coat/ strait jacket.


Saturday 18th January 2020

Written by Reuben Zukas, Gold Duke of Edinburgh volunteer

Waking up this morning to see a bleak frost settling on the cars would probably have disheartened most people from going outside.

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However, seeing runners already warming up with light cheerful smiles definitely gave the place some warmth.

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On our 274th parkrun coincidentally we were joined by 472 runners, over 50 of whom achieved PBs. There was a variety of abilities and ages, all who gave this week their best shot.

The fastest male time was 17:36, taken by Thomas Halling, and the fastest female time was 21:26, secured by Sarah Sanderson.

My Duke of Edinburgh Gold volunteering at rainbow woods is an amazing opportunity that is just down the road. Yes, it is a little early, and yes, it is a little cold, but every Saturday morning I have spent at Bath Skyline has kickstarted my weekend.

Volunteering not only lets me give back to the community, but lets me do it in a setting where the beautiful woods are uplifting and peaceful.

Thanks goes to Run Director Helen, all the volunteers who without whom, parkrun wouldn’t be possible, and to everyone who got out of their warm bed this morning and braved it out in the cold.




Skyline 273 – Saturday 11th January 2020

Written by Polly Spedding - DofE volunteer

It was a very windy Saturday morning as runners gathered together for the 273rd Bath Skyline parkrun. It was the second biggest turnout with 501 participants, and we had lots of runners joining us from around the country.
The start to the run was slightly delayed due to cattle in one of the fields.  We happily share the paths with the sheep and cows and sometimes need to delay the start a little to ensure there is a clear path away from the gates to ensure both parkrunners and livestock can co-habitat safely.
Among the 501 runners was the first man, Will Bray, who completed the course in 18:23, and the first woman, Emma Butcher, with a time of 20:17. A total of 38 people achieved a personal best, so congratulations to them and everyone who took part!
I have been volunteering at the Bath Skyline parkrun since May 2019, as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Over these past months, I have met many different people - volunteers, runners and supporters - and everyone I have spoken to has been very friendly and supportive. I’ve really enjoyed my time volunteering at parkrun, and would recommend it to anyone who is contemplating offering their time to help out at one of these events. It’s been fantastic cheering the runners on and seeing their joy when they cross the finish line. I’m not a runner myself, but it has inspired me to give it a go too!
I’d like to say thank you to all the volunteers who have made me feel welcome, and shown me all the different jobs that need to be done to ensure each event runs smoothly. They all work so hard and really are brilliant!
Polly Spedding



New record! Huge start to 2020

Written by Dimitri Lang - one of our DofE volunteers

"For the past 13 weeks I’ve been volunteering at parkrun as part of my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. I have really enjoyed it, everyone there was very friendly and welcoming. I got to do many different roles, but my favourite was marshalling, its great to cheer the runners on. 

This week we had record attendance - our timers only had space for 500 people but we had 542! Helen had to jump in at the last minute to time the last 42. It was very exciting to see so many people come.
I would definitely recommend it to anyone, whether you’ve run before or never heard of parkrun. In fact, I’ve enjoyed it so much I might continue to volunteer after my Duke of Edinburgh award"  Dimitri
Thank you Dimitri, it's been great to have you with us!

New Year’s day 2020

Written by Sarah Regh

Happy new year! What we all definitely need is the challenge of double parkrun event coordination. This means: double the chance to partake in pre run hype and challenges with fellow running friends (20'20 anyone? pirate challenge, stopwatch bingo*), to (mis)understand course instructions, to thank marshals and generally to share the excitement of being outdoors on a misty 1 January.

If there were any hangovers, they were well hidden. Our journey from Melksham (thank you for having us, Melksham parkrun!)



to Bath Skyline was smooth, as was the run overall. Thanks to Run Director Andy and to the other superheroes in high viz (and to Steph who arranged for my first ever double parkrun accomplishment)! 

Huge congratulations to the 100+ first timers to the Skyline (including 14 complete newbies) and to the 30 or so new PB holders! There were 413 runners and walkers today (this number has more than doubled since 1 Jan 2019's 195 runners). No particular sightings to report on the Skyline, though the mud in the potato field claimed one runner's left shoe. My personal parkrun resolution is to up my volunteering total, maybe I'll join others with their goals of running in fancy dress more often or improving their age grading. In the meantime though, I hope everyone enjoys parkrunning, walking and/or marshalling in 2020 and I look forward to hearing more tales from the trails. Should we do it all again to celebrate Lunar New Year later this month?

*Google parkrun challenges or set a trend and make up your own (suggestions welcome for my current jumble of 'BCFHMPSW').