Burnham and Highbridge parkrun is cancelled on 26 September 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Burnham and Highbridge parkrun #246; 14 March 2020

This weekend’s sporting news – all high-profile events e.g Football League fixtures, Six Nations, Australian Grand Prix and more have all been postponed, but parkrun remained active and hasn’t succumbed to the national and global concerns regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19). On a serious note though, parkrun events globally have all been cancelled until the end of March at least in an attempt to protect everyone from the spread of this virus. Countries including Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Sweden and USA are among those listed currently by parkrun, and it may only be a matter of time before parkrun events in the UK are cancelled. The health of everyone remains paramount and whilst parkrun provides so many health and community benefits, guidance from professional bodies and health agencies will define future parkrun events.

For the latest Coronavirus news and updates from parkrun, the national parkrun site and Burnham and Highbridge site has the following link - https://www.parkrun.com/news/2020/03/12/covid-19/

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Congratulations to the 322 park runners that did take part today. In perfect conditions, spring felt like it’s just around the corner. Joining the milestone club were Richard Hele 100th run in 26:59 (111th) and Karen Green. You should be able to organise your celebratory t-shirts through your parkrun login soon.

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Our first runners’ home was Kevin Bale from Weston AC in 17:53. Helen Faubel from Cheddar AC was the first lady home in 20:05, 11th overall. We hope everyone enjoyed their parkrun today.

A big thank you to all our volunteers, who without them parkrun wouldn’t go as smoothly as it does. There are many roles to fill, all of which provide value and working with a great team, an offer to volunteer at a future Burnham and Highbridge parkrun would be greatly appreciated. To volunteer, please email: burnhamandhighbridgehelpers@parkrun.com. A magnificent 23 volunteers contributed to today’s event, and the roll of honour is below.

Vincent Reginald HUXTABLE • Ian HUMPHREYS • Angela CLARKE • Don OLDCORN • Tracey BENTON • Steven DORRALL • Mark BENTON • John PIPER • Matt POWELL • Kathy BEARD • Philip HOBBS • Roger TOLLEY • Samantha SMITH • Pete MANNING • Karen OLDCORN • Mary CLOTHIER • Adrian DAVIS • Paul SMITH • Alex HAMILTON • Sue BAKER • Caleb ANDREWS • Alan BEECH • John WEBB

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Today’s Statistics
This week 322 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 61 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 41 different clubs took part.

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

The female record is held by Naomi TASCHIMOWITZ who recorded a time of 16:49 on 31st December 2016 (event number 81).

The male record is held by Adam HOLLAND who recorded a time of 15:31 on 19th May 2018 (event number 151).

The Age Grade course record is held by Sue NICHOLLS who recorded 96.67% (23:02) on 5th September 2015 (event number 12).

Burnham and Highbridge parkrun started on 20th June 2015. Since then 10,120 participants have completed 63,512 parkruns covering a total distance of 317,560 km, including 11,316 new Personal Bests. A total of 580 individuals have volunteered 5,301 times.



Burnham and Highbridge parkrun #245

International Women's Day #IWDparkrun
by Becci Reeves

For the first time in what seems like forever, there was minimal wind for our 490 runners this morning at Apex Park. As part of the parkrun celebrations today runners were encouraged to wear purple and our volunteers were mostly ladies :) Before everyone sprinted off the start, run director Tracey Benton gathered some of the volunteers for a photo.


Thank you to everyone who helped today: Vincent Reginald Huxtable • Stuart Anderson • Sue Nicholls • Tracey Benton • Daniel Anderson • Georgina Della Valle • Tracey Thomas • Hazel Thomas • Colin Holdom • Samantha Smith • Lindsey Ripley • Ruth Anderson • Debbie Ryles • Cecilia Young • Tawny Harris • Nikki Woodland • Karen Oldcorn • Belinda Beake • Rebecca Reeves • Paula Crossman-Jones • Vanetta Merrick • Sue Baker • Alison Monteith • Tracy Smith • Libbie Hall • Katie Boobyer • Oriole Harris

If you would like to volunteer in the future and earn a purple t-shirt in the process (as shown below on a couple of our runners) please see the roster attached the office window on a Saturday morning or pop us an email at burnhamandhighbridge@parkrun.com

When choosing role remember some of them allow you run, like writing the run report ;)


Now for a shout out to all our runners which included 78 first timers and two milestones


Of the 490 runners who took part, you were from 44 different clubs and achieved a PB rate 19% with a 91 new PBs!!!

Leading the way with personal bests were our first male and female over the line, Kevin Bale in 16:51 and Kate Drew in 17:45! I hope you both have some 'parkrun prosecco' to enjoy!

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Finally, I'd like to provide my stand out memory from today's event was one of runners today Sabrina Cecconi, who went above and beyond to provide thanks to our volunteers with some beautiful brightly coloured bags. You handed them out with a smile and I'm sure everyone who received one was grateful.


For those of you interested in some Burnham and Highbridge specific statistics:
The female record is held by Naomi Taschimowitz who recorded a time of 16:49 on 31st December 2016 (event number 81).
The male record is held by Adam Holland who recorded a time of 15:31 on 19th May 2018 (event number 151).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sue Nicholls who recorded 96.67% (23:02) on 5th September 2015 (event number 12).
Burnham and Highbridge parkrun started on 20th June 2015. Since then 10,089 participants have completed 63,190 parkruns covering a total distance of 315,950 km, including 11,255 new Personal Bests. A total of 580 individuals have volunteered 5,278 times.


Burnham and Highbridge parkrun Event #244 29th February 2020

Leap Year = !etuoR esreveR

by Alex Hamilton

Today was the first time since parkrun was founded (2nd October 2004) that leap year (Feb 29th) has fallen on a Saturday. The next time this will happen will be in 2048. So to celebrate this rare event it was decided to do something fun and different this week – hence forth came the reverse route! After additional risk assessments and some extra prep work in the morning, we were ready to host!


As per the norm in 2020, today’s parkrun was in the company of yet another storm, this one called 'Jorge' (pronounced Haw-Hey). The weather before the run was very wet and very windy and many participants were hiding away in their cars. Despite the horrid weather, an amazing 477 people attended our one off special leap year parkrun event. If the weather had been nice we may have been on for a record attendance! The weather reflected this towards the end of the run and glorious sunshine allowed us all to get our barcodes scanned in the dry. Thanks Tim BYRNE for the fab pics!


Did you know...Burnham and Highbridge parkrun was the 1240th parkrun to be created globally? Today’s run was the 244th event at Burnham and Highbridge!

There was an impressive 46 PBs today – well done everybody!


This week 57 first timers joined us, of which, 14 came to Burnham and Highbridge as their first ever parkrun. Well done and hope you enjoyed it – the weather isn’t always this bad here – we promise!

We need to take a moment and celebrate the Milestone Clubs that runners have joined from completing this event….well done to those participants below. Get your shiny new shirts on order!


60 clubs were represented by runners this week. Can you spot your club name in the image below?

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Now for the stats and results! First home today was Arthur DICKSON-BELL – well done!

Female top 3


1st – Hannah TAUNTON – 17:55

2nd – India PORTER – 20:56

3rd – Jennifer MORGAN – 22.25

Male top 3


1st – Arthur DICKSON-BELL – 16:54

2nd – Jonny REEP – 17:23

3rd – Chris WALKER – 18:12

Most accomplished runner today was Alan WILCOX with 453 runs! That’s 2,265 km and the equivalent of running along the entire length of the Grand Canyon 5 times!

Best age grading today was Hannah TAUNTON with 82.60% for the ladies and Martin SMITH with 78.82% for the gents.

A HUGE thank you to all the volunteers setting up, standing out in, and tidying up in the awful weather. Huge credit to each and every one of you making this event happen and run so smoothly. Without you parkrun couldn't take place. See the volunteers who helped us / you below!

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Please volunteer every now and then to allow our regular volunteers a go! View the future roster here and email burnhamandhighbridgehelpers@parkrun.com with you volunteer role and date request. Or, fill your name in on the office roster at parkrun on your next visit. Plus, you get an awesome purple milestone t-shirt after 25 volunteer days!



If you run with a Garmin watch, check out and join the Burnham and Highbridge parkrun group on the Garmin Connect app for some regular group challenges and add connections.


International women’s day (IWD) is being celebrated at next week's parkrun, with a women's takeover for the volunteer roles. Please wear something purple if you can next Saturday to help celebrate IWD!


See you next week!



Burnham and Highbridge parkrun Event #243 22nd February 2020

The storm with no name…

Whilst thankfully the rain stayed away this week, the wind was definitely an unwelcome visitor to Burnham and Highbridge today making for some tricky running conditions.

Having battled the winds along the coast, there were a lot less smiles, waves and aeroplanes on the way back into the park than usual:

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However, our fabulous photographer did manage to capture lots of flying feet:

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This week, we had 67 first timers join us including a fantastic 18 people who completed their first ever parkrun today! Welcome to the parkrun family Jordan Moate, Ian Manners, George Russ, Steve Bayliss, Jon Burt, Finley Mayo, Dominic Mayo, Wendy Andrews, Jainika Drenkhan, Louis Clarke, Freddie Willis, Beau Bryant, Julie Mayo, Jon Mayo, Sarah Nutley, Jay Foster, Rachel Hill, and Zia Smith – your Saturday mornings will never be the same again!

We also had 5 participants choose Burnham and Highbridge to celebrate a parkrun milestone – congratulations to Finbar Hurley celebrating his 10th parkrun, and to Paul Flint, Lorraine Lintern and Jessica Francis all celebrating their 50th events – we look forward to seeing those t-shirts soon!

The ‘Burnham Breeze’ helped 26 people record a new personal best today. Our first male finisher today was Peter Morton with a time of 18:05, closely followed by Chris Walker in 18:18 and William Gandy in 19:04. Our first female finisher was Emma Kiernan with a time of 19:48 followed by India Porter in 21:00 and Helen Faubel in 21:12.

Our most ‘parkrunniest’ participant this week was Sorrel Judith Langley Hobbs completing her 346th parkrun this morning.

A full list of today’s results can be found on the website: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/burnhamandhighbridge/results/latestresults/.

Today’s event was made possible by 30 superheroes who volunteered their time. A massive thank you to Vincent Reginald Huxtable, Chris Day, Laura Piper, Jason Woods, Clive Dicker, Stuart Anderson, Sue Nicholls, Tracey Benton, Edwin Gaines, Steven Dorrall, Mark Benton, John Piper, Matt Powell, Kathy Beard, Georgina Della Valle, Philip Hobbs, Len Horlock, Allan Pendleton, Cecilia Young, Ian Booth, Amy Badman, Stephen Walker, Georgina Hainsby, Sue Baker, Ed Moll, Phil Cooke, Alan Beech, Libbie Hall, Jake Poolton, and Katie Boobyer.

If you would like to volunteer at a future event, please email burnhamandhighbridgehelpers@parkrun.com.

Next week our event is a leap day special, and so we look forward to a Burnham and Highbridge first - running our event in reverse! Please come and join us, you won’t have another opportunity to take part in a parkrun on February 29th until 2048! #dontforgetyourbarcode

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Burnham and Highbridge parkrun #242

Storm Dennis, you came, you saw, however you did not conquer!
by Becci Reeves

Those of you who are regulars to Burnham and Highbridge know all too well about the infamous breeze. This morning Storm Dennis had other ideas with his own 'breeze' which no doubt made it hard for our 15 pacers and 316 other runners!

The slight drizzle just before 9am cleared for what looked like a windy overcast run, however that was not the case! Heavy rain along with being blown sideways was on the cards for everyone along the estuary path and promenade.

The weather didn't dampen the mood with smiles and jumps from lots of you :)

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Our first finisher today was Kurtis Gibson in 15:48 (PB) followed by Adam Holland in 16:38, who is currently our course record holder. Just behind them having a closely fought battle for 3rd and 4th were Toby Norman in 17:48 and Hannah Taunton in 17:52.

Along with Kurtis we had another 30 personal bests today. Thank you to all the pacers who helped today and congratulations to the two of you who managed to get within two seconds of your bib time.
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We were joined by 60 first timers which included visitors from Taunton, Worcester, Pymnes Park (London), Ripon, Manchester, Cheltenham and Bridgwater Albion Rugby Club. Hopefully next time you visit the weather will be a bit nicer!

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It wouldn't be possible to hold the event without the help of our volunteers who today included some completing their 'Duke Of Edinburgh' award.

Vincent Reginald Huxtable • Ian Attwood • Stuart Anderson • Catherine Earl • Sue Nicholls • Tracey Benton • Mark Benton • Ranolph Yeung • Kathy Beard • Georgina Della Valle • Philip Hobbs • Allan Pendleton • Melanie Young • Adrian Smith • Colin Holdom • Samantha Smith • Melissa Fowler • Patricia Seabrook • Freddie Horwood • Hilary Bruce • Cecilia Young • Bill Monteith • Tony Gore • Helen Davis • Kelly Sherriff • Paul Tomlinson • Rebecca Reeves • Doug Ward • Katrina Bufton • Stephen Walker • Adrian Davis • Jonathan Williams • Vanetta Merrick • Paul Kuht • Tim Byrne • Alex Hamilton • Sue Baker • Caleb Andrews • Alan Beech • Tracy Smith • Emily Starling • Libbie Hall • Jake Poolton

If you would like to volunteer and get a snazzy purple t-shirt after helping 25 times, please see the roster attached the office window on a Saturday morning or pop us an email at burnhamandhighbridge@parkrun.com

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Today's full results can be found by clicking this link:

For those of you who don't know already, on 29th February we are going to be doing something different ... reversing the course! Please come and join in the with fun, as if its a leap year special we won't be doing it again until 2048.

Saving the best news from today's parkrun until last, we were joined by Sarah Flourentzou and massive group of #NoExcuses friends and family. For those who don't know Sarah for the last 18 months she's been going through chemo with her final treatment over the weekend. During this time she's completed all but 4 parkruns and has said "it's helped her to focus and keep going." You're such an inspiration and along with everyone else, I hope we continue to see you every week (unless your touristing at another event)

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The Female Record Is Held By Naomi Taschimowitz Who Recorded A Time Of 16:49 On 31st December 2016 (Event Number 81).
The Male Record Is Held By Adam Holland Who Recorded A Time Of 15:31 On 19th May 2018 (Event Number 151).
The Age Grade Course Record Is Held By Sue Nicholls Who Recorded 96.67% (23:02) On 5th September 2015 (Event Number 12).

Burnham and Highbridge parkrun started on 20th June 2015. Since then 9,887 participants have completed 61,847 parkruns covering a total distance of 309,235 km, including 11,092 new Personal Bests. A total of 573 individuals have volunteered 5,196 times.

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