Blandford parkrun is cancelled on 4 April 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Christmas Day

Once again Blandford parkrun will be hosting a Christmas Day parkrun. Same place, same time, but with the addition of mince pies and a festive tipple!

As always, fancy dress is encouraged and you will be greeted with a massive smile from all the volunteers!

Looking forward to seeing you all there! #DFYB



After great deliberation we have once again decided to run on Christmas Day, this has proved to be very successful in past years and is a great way of seeing friends.
We also hope it brings the community together for a special day over the festive period.
It will be at the usual time of 9.00am, so get the kids up and presents opened then bring them down to get ready for a day of binge eating ;)


Pre Christmas parkrun


What a fantastic turn out this week, the food bank appeal was really well supported and Phils Calais appeal was also well supported by runblandford members.
It was lovely to see so many of you getting in to the xmas spirit and dressing as a variety of characters from Santa to elves a christmas tree and even a Turkey, well basted by the end.


This year is the first time that we will be holding a parkrun on Christmas day, feel free to come along and bring any stray family members that you may have kicking around at a loose end whilst waiting for you to get home.
If you wish feel free to dress in appropriate Christmas clothing, with new new items of apparel you may have been gifted earlier in the day ;)

If we don't see you, we hope you all have a splendid day and look forward to seeing you all soon.

Best wishes,
Mark Way
Event Director
Blandford parkrun.


Event Number 108 – 13th August 2016

Event Number 108 – 13th August 2016 – Under 11 runners need to run with an adult!


The weather forecast set fair, most families on a caravan holiday in Dorset would head for the coast:- Weymouth, Swanage, Studland (Other beautiful places in Dorset are available) In fact the only planning I had done around my holiday was around which parkruns we could do. A quick check indicated two close parkruns – Blandford and Weymouth. Blandford got the nod ahead of Weymouth with a friends Facebook comment; 'It is an old school parkrun – nice, small numbers and really friendly.'

Parking at the leisure centre as recommended on the website and following the directions as well as the well positioned signs to the start we quickly found the way. The sight of lots of runners many sporting Tribesport 50 tops also provided an easy bread crumb trail to follow.

After congregating under the bridge to listen carefully to the run briefing, and being tempted with the 1 mile run later in the afternoon - the 114 runners were quickly off. With Coventry regularly hitting the high 500s and even 600+ runners each week, it is a real treat to run in a less crowded parkrun. Quickly the runners settled into their own pace and spread out along the route. The early tree lined tarmac trail gave to a beautiful road wide path into the countryside and corn and wheat fields lining the run, certainly different from a city centre park. In today's glorious sunshine the open fields look amazing although it was a very toasty run!

Blandford is a simple out and back course – simple as in only one marshal is needed at the turn point, which is visible from a long way out. I forgot how much I enjoyed an out and back course as you get to see how the faster finishers make running at speed look so effortless as they pass you on their return and I get to see that I am still faster than my son and daughter – which won't last much longer so it is good to enjoy it while I can. The description of the course makes no mention of the gradient – not hilly or flat... So this run was a little unknown for the tourist – and what is generally is a flat course has a few cheeky sharp undulations (certainly not hills – especially as this is Dorset) that are there to test the pace in the legs of runners giving it their all in a 5km effort!


What makes each parkrun special is the individual touches that each parkrun adds or brings in, and today's special touch was definitely the water barrel and the plastic cups – I am sure that bringing the barrel and cleaning the cups should be a volunteers roster job! After trotting around the course I was desperate for a sip or three of water and this was just the job.


It is one of the requirements of parkrun that all under 11s run within arms reach of an adult, however fast they run! Now both my children are now over 11 years old and allowed to run on their own I have no need to use distraction techniques or required bribery to keep my child moving (walking or running), keeping them within arms reach and not causing an obstacle to others on their parkrun.


Over the years I have really enjoyed running with my son. Although it may have been far nearer my easy recovery pace rather than a flat out effort as I would really have liked I enjoyed that father son time - I enjoyed our chats, running downhill with arms out making aeroplane noises and shouting monster under tunnels and bridges (I still do this part – and did today! - although at my age without him it looks a little weird) so I can never understand why a parent would want their child to run alone. In fact my son is responsible for my parkrun tourism after having got bored of running Coventry and encouraging me to run all the parkruns in the West Midlands mainly with him in tow!

Now like my daughter he runs by himself – I like to think it is because it is his way of being a little more grown up rather than him being too cool to run with his old dad or that I am just too embarrassing.

Today one young lady showed another reason that you need to have a parent within arms reach – to hold your tooth when it falls out and tell you not to worry about the blood on your running top. I am sure that teeth that fall out during parkrun are worth double the money from the tooth fairy!

One great thing about holiday planning was to look at the rosters and volunteer to write a report of my travels as it give me the chance to offer thanks to the volunteers who are filling vital roles so my family and I along with 109 other runners could enjoy a lovely run. A big thank you to:- Charlotte GILLEY, Graham HAIGH, Trish HITCHINS, Nina HOLT, Melanie LAMB, Jonathan MEAD, Richard THORNTON, Karen WAY, John WAY, Mark WAY. As with parkruns around the country if you fancy giving scanning a go, fancy being the time keeper, marshalling and encouraging others or are happy to help out in any role please look on the roster and e-mail -

As always a full set of today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Harcourt Hill parkrun Results Page, but a few Stats highlights from today's run:-

Daryl DAVIES (SM25-29) (Dorset Doddlers RC) set a new PB as he took the first finishers token this week in 19:31. Young Abbie LOVERING (JW11-14) stormed to fourth finisher and was first lady home in was this weeks line in 19:57.

A huge parkrun welcome to David BRADLEY, Claire DOWNIE, Laura FOULKES, Hannah FAIRCHILD, Roberta ELLIS, Michelle LANE, Tom FISHER who made Blandford their first parkrun venue and what an excellent choice you made as well. If you make this your 2nd run and knowing what to expect maybe you can do what Kit BASHAARAT and Sam PERRY did and improve on your initial time to set a PB well done.

Although no one this week hit a milestone Hazel HAIGH is very close at 49 all run at Blandford. Will she reach her first milestone at run 109? Unfortunately my family and I won't be there to see as we will be back in the Midlands but I am sure that the friendly team at Blandford will make getting to that milestone special.

Thank you all for being so welcoming to me and my family. Happy parkrunning.

Daniel Connolly


Blandford parkrun Event number 53 25th July 2015


Thank you all for making our 1st birthday such a success, 115 of you many in Super Hero fancy dress made this weeks run an absolute joy to be at.


How many of you would have thought this time last year that you would be running a 5K on Saturday mornings in Blandford (lets not mention the fancy dress). With the help of some very lovely people donating 1hr or so on a morning we are able to put on this fantastic free event every Saturday, many thanks to all that have volunteered over the last year and I hope that you will continue to support parkrun for the next year and beyond, to those that haven't been able to volunteer yet come on down and give it a go, it's not as hard as you might think (honest) and you can make lots of new friends along the way.


Male placings:
Andrew SMITH (SM18-19) of Poole Runners, was first over the line in 17:54 - 7th time in 9 appearances.
Stephen BRIDGER (VM50-54) of Purbeck Runners, was second over the line in 18:21.
Rory FERGUSON (VM35-39) of West 4 Harriers, was third over the line in 19:11 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Stuart JACK (Unattached) 100 pts.
John WAY (Unattached) 100 pts.
Mark WAY (Poole Runners) 100 pts.

Female placings:
Sarah CHALONER (VW45-49) of Poole AC, was first (20th overall) over the line in 22:26 - 12th time in 17 appearances.
Louise FERGUSON (VW45-49) of West 4 Harriers, was second (29th overall) over the line in 23:29.
Caroline SMITH (JW11-14) of Poole Runners, was third (35th overall) over the line in 23:53.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Lucy BEMAND (North Dorset Tri Club) 100 pts.
Zodwa CHASOKELA (Purbeck Runners) 100 pts.
Diane JACK (Unattached) 100 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Stephen BRIDGER (VM50-54) was graded 81.02% for the time 18:21 (second overall).
Graham SMITH (VM60-64) was graded 77.89% for the time 20:35 (7th overall).
Jeff WHITE (VM65-69) was graded 76.22% for the time 22:13 (17th overall).

This week there were 115 runners, of whom 16 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different athletics clubs took part.

Blandford parkrun started on 26th July 2014, and since then 1,199 different runners, including participants from 120 athletics clubs, have completed 5,075 runs covering a total distance of 25,375 km, and there have been 1,294 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Verity OCKENDEN who ran in a time of 00:18:03 on 2014-12-27 (event number 23).
The male record is held by Dave LONG who ran in a time of 00:15:29 on 2015-02-28 (event number 32).
The Age Grade course record is held by Madeleine BRIDLE who recorded a 87.35% run (22:32) on 30th May 2015 (event number 45).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Blandford parkrun Results Page.

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