Bournemouth Parkrun Event number 389 – 6th August 2022

IMG-9661I was on holiday in the area and despite the prospect of a drive home to Suffolk after the event I decided to take part in Bournemouth parkrun.

I last took part in this event in 2018 and during the 1st timers briefing I realised that this was a different course.

The gentleman doing the 1st timers briefing stated that he’d made the description of the route very complicated but conceded that unless we were able to complete the course in 15 mins to just follow the person in front! This comment was met with laughter from my fellow 1st timers.

A large proportion of the 1st timers were tourists but too many to go through individually but a quick scan of the results revealed participants from the Midlands, Warwickshire, Kent, Somerset, London & Suffolk (me!)

The RD briefing was informative but there were no milestones mentioned and so the event started on time.

The course consists of one small lap and two large laps with a short dash to take participants to the finish. It is run  on firm, mainly flat tarmac paths and small sections of wooded area. There were a couple of what a local described as slight inclines but with me coming from “The Fens” was like climbing the north face of the Eiger!

This is a huge event with over 400 participants. My current Parkrun, Mildenhall Hub is in its infancy and normally attracts around 100 participants.

What I did notice was despite how big the event is, it as well organised and all the volunteers were amazing, friendly and encouraging.

Congratulations to a fellow 1st timer Jenson Williams who completed the course in an impressive 17:15. (He kept that quiet during the briefing!) I heard that the time keepers had to sprint to the finish to get there before him!

Well done to the 462 participants who ran, jogged and walked. There were 82 first timers and 50 new PB’s were achieved on a very warm and sunny Saturday.

The event was made possible by 45 volunteers, so a BIG thank you to;

Roger BRANKIN • John MACINNES • Keith ELLIS • Peter HELLAWELL • Chris LANE • Sharon TAYLOR • Gerard LISSENBURG • Debbie DOWSETT • Carmel RYAN • Graham PENNECK • Ruby MCCULLY • Claire Emma CLARK • Louise WALLIS • Peter WALLIS • Jason CLARK • Helen DICKS • Amy SPREADBURY • Gary QUIRKE • David BAILEY • John CULLEN • Aleta KILGORE • Kevin CAWLEY • Mike TERRY • Clinton TAYLOR • Mike DRAPER • Emma DRAPER • Catherine RAMSIER • Liz VICKERS • Julie BURDEN • Richard FLATLEY • Steve GOODMAN • Nick JARVIS • Mary ROBINSON • Matty SOWINSKI-BROWN • David GRAHAM • Julian ADAMS • Seb CROWE • Sandra CUPIT • Martin TROWSE • Matthew FOLDS • Carl FALLA • Carla SEYMOUR • Christina CAWLEY • Ewan TURNER • Grace MONRO

Many thanks to Mark Lappin for this weeks report.


Bournemouth parkrun Event number 387 23rd July 2022

On a sunny, unexpectedly hot day a field if 416 runners, joggers and walkers set out on a mission - to complete Bournemouth parkrun.

“A three lap course over mixed terrain “ Jason said in the first timers briefing.

Their was many, many tourists including my dad and brother from Hastings high school parkrun, Leicestershire , who stood no chance as the tourists furthest away as the winner was from Hong Kong. They took the opportunity to take part in a community 5 kilometres as they are not allowed to make or take part in parkrun in that country.

With music to gather attention of the 416 people, the event briefing was very informative and was set up at the start line so when it finished they could start running immediately. Their was many shout outs including Lesley whose 60th birthday it was and Anna who was doing her 50th Parkrun. iPRO was also mentioned as they were handing out free drinks and goody bags.

As iPRO is the hydration partner to parkrun it visits parkruns across the uk and they have many flavours including berry mix which I have tried myself and is delicious. The drink is full of everything you need after exercising.

By Esme Shipman - Aged 10

This week 416 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 55 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part

The event was made possible by 50 volunteers:

 Roger BRANKIN • Keith ELLIS • Samantha SMITH • Richard SMITH • Barry TELLING • Ally HANKS • Peter HELLAWELL • Chris LANE • Karen ROBERTS • Jessie SNOW • Gerard LISSENBURG • Kevin DOWSETT • Luke DOWSETT • Debbie DOWSETT • Mark GOODWIN • Graham PENNECK • Ruby MCCULLY • Claire Emma CLARK • Nicholas GLASSOCK • Helen GILBERT • Jason CLARK • Martin HUDSON • Alexander GOULDING • Amy SPREADBURY • Gary QUIRKE • David BAILEY • Rosemary BYGRAVE • John CULLEN • Thomas CAWLEY • David MORGAN • Pippa GILLINGHAM • Clinton TAYLOR • Mike DRAPER • Emma DRAPER • Catherine RAMSIER • Sophie LOVETT • Mark EASTON • Travis WRIGHT • Julie BURDEN • Richard FLATLEY • Alison HARDY • Esme SHIPMAN • David GRAHAM • Stuart ASHFORD • Laura FUTCHER • Andrew WATTS • Jez KELLY • Christina CAWLEY • Grace MONRO • Michael RENDELL

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


Bournemouth parkrun #376 – 7th May 2022

Saturday 7th May started slightly overcast but certainly warm enough to know it’s Springtime. By the time runners were finishing, the sun was making itself known!


Bournemouth parkrun was supported today by Littledown Harriers, a local run club who not only formed a good percentage of the volunteers today but also had a Couch to 5k group graduation at today’s run. Congratulations to those runners!

The atmosphere on the course was excellent, as usual, and the Marshalls were all very supportive and encouraging. Coming back from injury, it was lovely to feel supported regardless of pace!

Thank you to all the volunteers, core team and Harriers who made today a great event and for the treats at the end! Also, the motivational rocks in the token baskets really made me smile!

Same again next week! #dfyb

Bournemouth parkrun run report for event #371 – 26th March 2022

Thank you to Karen Cole from Havant parkrun for this run report of event number 371; a visitor's perspective of Bournemouth parkrun.

When we arrived at the start line, a cheery group of volunteers, were massing and being briefed as to their duties which lifted our spirits as they do each parkrun morning. The parkrun fairies were kind to us today and provided beautiful blue skies and sunshine which was a welcome sight after the grey gifts of late. This meant it was a warm one and saw many of us quickly shedding outer layers and gloves as we went on our way. Whatever the weather there is always an upbeat air before the start and King's Park, Bournemouth looked resplendent, with its show of early spring colour and the 397 runners and the 55 pink-clad volunteers adding a huge splash of colour too.

Thank you to Mike Terry for the new runner’s briefing where new runners were warmly welcomed and introduced to the course layout at Bournemouth. This 3 lapper course afforded us multiple opportunities to see and thank the hi- viz heroes as we ran past them each time. This type of course provided lots of opportunities for the faster runners to receive and indeed give encouragement as they whipped past us slower mortals on their way back ahead of us! It was good to see so many young people, who are volunteering for their Duke of Edinburgh Awards engaging with parkrun, whilst enabling others to run at the same time too.

Today, tourists from Southampton Common, Upton House, Little Stoke and Havant (Portsmouth) were using Bournemouth as their tourist venue. There were a couple of seasoned tourists today as well, who were wearing their Cow Cowells which allowed the perfect opportunity to catch up on where we had been over the last couple of weeks and where we were heading off to in the next coming weeks.

Sam Smith, one of Bournemouth parkrun's core team, welcomed everyone, gave a big thank you to the myriad of volunteers, who also gave up their time to ensure that we were able to safely run, jog or walk this morning. There were certainly a happy band of marshals out and about around the course all supporting by giving encouragement and clapping. Don't forget if you are unable to run, have a race coming up or are just generally a good egg, then volunteering is a great way to give back to the Bournemouth parkrun community. Head over to the Bournemouth parkrun webpage for details of the next few weeks roster and sign up for a position that suits you- you get to wear a pink hi- vis jacket! -what more incentive do you want?

The trick when working towards your milestones is #DFYB- Don’t Forget Your Barcode they all count towards those milestone tees. First timers, as mentioned above, are always warmly welcomed and are on the start of their parkrun journey. That’s the great thing about parkrun isn’t it, that each person has their own individual journey to talk and share about. 26 finishers out of 397 forgot theirs today though, which means no barcode- no result, were you one of them? Especially pertinent though to also remember to hand in your finish token, parkrun needs them for next week as they unfortunately are not a souvenir, medal or indeed your own version of Bingo!

The relaxed and open finish allowed us the perfect opportunity to relax and catch up on how all of our runs had gone and what we thought of the course. Then we went back to the on-site Clubhouse for the après parkrun, with refreshing drink options with a chance to purchase hot and cold food options to go with them which helped with enjoying the beautiful sunshine. I can certainly recommend the hot chocolate.

So, to all today’s parkrunners, whether you were disappointed in your time, celebrating a personal best, or just pleased to have got around the course and over the finish line, whatever happened, accept it, and move on. Tomorrow is another day, and next Saturday another parkrun. Thank you again Bournemouth parkrun, for getting our weekend off to a great start. Look forward to seeing you all again.

Karen Cole (Havant parkrun).

Thanks again Karen for this great run report, we look forward to seeing you at Bournemouth again.  -- Bournemouth parkrun Core Team


Bournemouth parkrun Run Report #356 20th November 2021

Thank you to Claire Wragg for this weeks run report.

Our Home Parkrun is Fareham but since parkrun has returned we have been enjoying a spot of tourism. After spending last night getting into the festive spirit with the fabulous Christmas lights and trying our hand at ice skating myself, my husband Steve and 13 year old son Harry were up and out of our Premier Inn and off to Bournemouth Parkrun, only a short 5 mins drive from our hotel.
We made sure to check in with the first timer briefing to be sure we didn’t get lost. We needn’t have worried as there were plenty of super friendly Marshalls out on the course to make sure we were all heading in the right direction!
It was a nice wide start, sending us across a grassy stretch which gave you plenty of time to get into a nicely paced space before hitting the trail.
The football stadium gave my son and myself something to chat about as my husband went slightly ahead, so we’d completed the first loop in no time and were onto the 1st of the 2 larger laps of the course. Plenty of encouragement from the Marshalls and warnings of “mind the tree roots” as we passed through the nice woody section of the course.
The couple of ‘hills’ didn’t cause us too many problems even with our slightly aching legs from our ice skating shenanigans of the night before!
All 3 of us were happy with our time especially Harry who knocked a good couple of minutes from his PB! Well done to the other 63 people today who joined him with a new PB.
To round the morning of nicely we headed to ‘Cherries’ a lovely little cafe a short stroll away from the park and enjoyed a 5 star value for money English Breakfast, with a top cup of tea.

This week 411 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 47 were first timers. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 48 volunteers:

Roger BRANKIN • Daniel POPE • Samantha SMITH • Richard SMITH • Chris MORRIS • Rhonda SALMON • Jane SPURIN • Karen ROBERTS • Paul LEWRY • Jacqueline JENKINS • Andrew WILLIAMS • David STOKES • David PITTWOOD • Gerard LISSENBURG • Kevin DOWSETT • Debbie DOWSETT • Loraine KONSBRUCK • Graham PENNECK • Jayne WADE • Louise WALLIS • Peter WALLIS • Jason CLARK • Steven BOWLES • Alexander GOULDING • Gary QUIRKE • John CULLEN • Robert MILES • Mike TERRY • Ken PARRADINE • Barry ROBINSON • Belinda LOPEZ • Priyansh CHUGH • Emma CLARK • Oliver HILL • John MAYNARD • Georgia WILLS • Richard FLATLEY • David JAMES • Mary ROBINSON • Alison HARDY • Jelena DAVEY • Not REQUIRED • Brian DALY • Andrew WATTS • Gareth EDWARDS • Mark WHITLOCK • David BLAIR • Kevin CHISSELL

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

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