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!