Event 33 – We are 2!

Brixworth Country parkrun celebrated its second birthday on Saturday and 100 guests came to the party. The weather stopped play last week but made amends with sunshine and blue skies (though it was still cold).


Amongst out 86 runners, joggers and walkers there were 23 first timers of which three were doing their first ever parkrun; welcome Hamish Thomas, Gillian Tate and Gary Halliday and we look forward to seeing you at the country park soon. As with Richard Hawkins, who was back for his second run having done his first ever parkrun a fortnight ago. Also on their second visits to Brixworth were James Ruault who finished first and shaved 27 seconds of his time from 2 weeks ago, and our female first finisher, Daisy Melville, who bettered her previous time by 5 seconds. Two people were celebrating milestones of their own; Mackenzie Wilson completed his 25th run and Kate York earned her 50 t-shirt.

Our 20 volunteers supporting the event were Laura Burton, Sean Wilkinson, Allyson Russell, Shaun Macken, Jane Macken, Wendy Bradford, Nicholas Wilson, Peter Ingles, Heather Thompson, Mackenzie Wilson, Tom Elmore, Miranda Parry, Beverley Astle, Warren Beattie, Caroline Monk, Mike Mckiernan, Libbie Buttress, Struan Tait, Aurora Monk and David Roberts. Thank you all, from the runners for making it happen and from me for making it easy! I hope you enjoyed yourselves and if you or anyone else would like to help with any future event, just email and Sean Wilkinson, our new volunteer coordinator, will be happy to add you to the roster. We are holding an event on New Year’s Day and are keen to have the volunteers in place before Christmas.PXL_20211204_093049055

I have been a co-event director, alongside Gip Ingles, through the launch of the event and since we went live 2 years ago. However, I will be standing down at the end of the month as I am moving on to a parkrun ambassador role with oversight of several events. Brixworth remains my home run and I will still be a run director although less frequently, and with Gip as event director and the rest of the core team I know that it is in good hands. I am sure that you will continue to enjoy running our course (even the hills!) and helping make it happen for our participants – thank you all for the last couple of years.



Sat 27th Nov Cancelled

After much discussion amongst the core team and carefully checking all forecasts it has been decided that for health and safety reasons Saturday 27th Nov 2021 run will be cancelled. There are many trees on our course and we want to ensure that everyone is safe. We will be back next week!



Christmas and New Year

It's a tradition as old as parkrun that teams can run an extra event on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.  But this year is different; as those days are Saturdays, it is up to each parkrun whether they would like to run on those days.  We have decided not to run on Christmas Day so if you want your parkrun fix that day, try Northampton, Corby, Daventry or Braunstone or check here for those further afield or yet to declare.

We will be at the country park at 9am on New Year's Day.  Vicky is Run Director; if you are going to walk, jog or run just come along as normal and if you can help, please let her know at brixworthcountry@parkrun.com  What better way to start 2022!


Event #31 13th Nov 2021

Brixworth Country Park provides a beautiful, calm setting for our park run, and today was no exception.

A cloudy but mild morning, across the reservoir, perfect for a parkrun. 117 people joined us this week, fantastic to see growing numbers. 26 people took part in their first park run with us this week, we hope you found it a great way to start your weekend and I look forward to seeing you next week. A great achievement for 15 of our runners who recorded new personal bests. Well done!

A friendly group of volunteers enable the parkrun to go ahead each week, always with a smile on their faces. Nothing is too much trouble, and it could not go ahead without a lot of preparation behind the scenes. I am sure all those taking part are grateful for the intricate planning that goes into a parkrun each week.

Please tell family, friends and neighbours, colleagues about us and our lovely location, and we cannot wait to see you again next week, set yourself a goal to beat this weeks’ time.

Libbie Buttress


Event 26 – Heather and Mackenzie

These days, when I arrive on a Saturday morning, the question most people ask me is ‘where is Mackenzie?’ and my response is usually ‘he’s in the park.’ You see, it’s become a rarity that I manage to run at parkrun on my own, I have a sidekick – my 9 year old, soon to be 10, son Mackenzie. We first ran at Brixworth Country parkrun on 11/1/2020. My fiancé is a golfer and on this particular Saturday, needed to tee off early which meant if I wanted to run, Mackenzie needed to come with me. Since Brixworth is an out and back course, with no stress of being overlapped and having walked the entire circuit, just the week before, we gave it a go. That Saturday, we made it round in 43.52 in a mixture of running and walking up the hills. After that, we returned twice to tail walk and me to run solo 3 times. Unfortunately, lockdown hit, leaving me stranded on 99 parkruns. During the lockdown period, it became a regular feature that Mackenzie and I would go out together for our daily exercise. What started off as walking, gradually built up to weekly 5km runs and when finally, parkrun could resume, there was no question that he would join me on the start line for my 100th run. That Saturday, we finished in 38.58 and times have been coming down ever since, if you don’t include our 3 tailwalking experiences. I’ve only been allowed out twice on my own as someone is really disappointed if he doesn’t get to come.


So how did this Saturday go? Well, what a gorgeous morning for a run! We always arrive early so that Mackenzie can go on the zipline and I can try to stretch out the legs before we start. Thanks to volunteering, we now know several people so it’s always lovely to catch up with familiar faces. During the briefing, the RD always tells adults to keep their under 11’s within arm’s reach. All I can do is promise to try during the first km as Mackenzie goes off very quickly and it takes me longer to get up to his speed. Thankfully, we then settle into a steady pace and enjoy the views on the way out to turnaround point. Unfortunately, Mackenzie experienced a stitch just past turnaround point meaning he was pulling some strange faces as we met the tailwalkers, but he kept running. Meeting fellow runners and walkers and being able to say hello or hear/offer encouragement on the out and back is definitely a highlight of this course. Having run off the stitch by the time we turned right into the country park bit, Mackenzie once again has the bragging rights for running up all the hills – I can’t quite manage the second one. Maybe one day soon! Having caught him again on the flat, we stay together until he decides it’s time for a sprint finish where once again, he has bragging rights! I could tell you, I let him finish first but I’m not sure that’s true anymore. Another PB this week in 35.34 and a very proud mummy! Eric who regularly gives the first timers briefing has set us the challenge of going under 35 minutes by Christmas. I said 34.30. Let’s see who’s right!


This week 81 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers. A huge welcome to the 6 people doing their first ever parkrun – I hope you’ve caught the bug and will join the Parkrun family every Saturday morning. To those running at Brixworth for the first time, I hope you’ll visit us again. 17 recorded new Personal Bests (including Mackenzie). Well done to you all.

Each week, parkrun can’t take place without our wonderful volunteers – Anne COKAYNE • Dave JAY • Elisabeth GRAVESTOCK • Eric SYMONS • Gary WOOD • Gillian BRUNTON • Heather THOMPSON • Julian ROGERS • Miranda PARRY • Nicholas WILSON • Richard MONK • Robin SCHUMACHER • Shaun MACKEN • Theresa HAWORTH • Tom ELMORE • Vicky NICHOLAS • Warren BEATTIE

If you’d like to volunteer, please take a look at the Brixworth Country parkrun future roster for opportunities available over the next few weeks.
future roster | Brixworth Country parkrun

Heather Thompson

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