Burnham and Highbridge parkrun is cancelled on 24 October 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Burnham and Highbridge parkrun #241 08.02.2020

The lull before the storm...

By the time you read this storm Ciara may have arrived or long gone depending on how keen you are to read our Run Reports that we produce weekly...unknown circulation!  Anyway, conditions at todays parkrun were unusually favourable, with a slight headwind running back along the seafront, which meant 68 PBs out of a total of 367 participants.

We had 26 First Timers today, 12 newbies to parkrun, and the rest visitors from various places including Norway (which has five parkruns if you are interested in some parkrun tourism!) Hope you enjoyed our parkrun experience.


We had lots of milestones today, but few people let us know for a shout out at the Run Briefing, and a personal round of applause... you deserve it!  So I have to look you all up later on the results, and applaud your achievements:

Completing 50 parkruns today were Chris Townsend, Michelle Townsend (inseperable), Jean Bailey and Dawn Bowles (or Goddard as she is presumably called now)

Completing 100 parkruns were Steve Clarke and Nicola Fulstow. 

Completing an unofficial parkrun milestone of 200 was Adrian Smith, most of these at Burnham and Highbridge parkrun.

Our volunteers today were wearing the new parkrun colours of a sort of raspberry colour... not sure why the change, but they all looked great, and performed a great job as usual (more applause).  A special Thank You to Reg, Tracey and Mark Benton who set up the course before you all arrive...  every week!


Todays volunteers were:

Vincent Reginald HUXTABLE • Jason WOODS • Clive DICKER • Stuart ANDERSON • Tracey BENTON • Mark BENTON • Matt POWELL • Kathy BEARD • Philip HOBBS • Tracey THOMAS • Jonathan WICKENS • Claire WOOD • Allan PENDLETON • Robert JENNER • Samantha SMITH • Colin WOOD • Colin LINTERN • Lorraine LINTERN • Cecilia YOUNG • Bill MONTEITH • Karen OLDCORN • Ethan RYLES • Mary CLOTHIER • Nick HEMMINGS • Katrina BUFTON • Stephen WALKER • Alex HAMILTON • Caleb ANDREWS

We are always in need of volunteers, so if you can volunteer every so often then everyone can run as well. Check out our future rota and send us an email.


Talking of volunteers, on 7th March 2020, parkrun is celebrating International Womens Day by encouraging women to participate in sporting activities. We are having a women volunteer takeover day, so if you would like to volunteer on that day let us know (if you are female).  It is also a day to wear purple.

Another special event is 29th February 2020, that extra day to catch up our planet earths rotation (365 plus a quarter day) around the sun every 4 years.  This is the first ever leap year parkrun day, and the next will be in 2048, so we are marking this special occasion by running our course in reverse. It has not been tried before, and you may have to wait another 28 years before we do it again.  We are also encouraging marriage proposals in true leap year tradition, so come and celebrate with us...

Todays results:

Todays results finally appeared after a short delay due to national parkrun IT issues.

First over the line was David Searle in 17:23 with a PB.


First lady over the line was Ella Hansen in 21:17


Martin Smith was our best age grade today with 80.98%, also with a PB of 20:09 in the VM (60-64 age group)

Timothy Jones was our most accomplished parkrunner with 346 parkruns, also with a PB of 20:43.

Well done to all those taking part today.

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 9,827 participants have completed 61,516 parkruns covering a total distance of 307,580 km, including 11,060 new Personal Bests. A total of 572 individuals have volunteered 5,154 times.

A big Thank You to Alex Hamilton for some great photos today, which can be seen on our facebook page.  His children enjoyed a more leisurely parkrun being pushed by Nicola Hamilton rather than their more frantic father.


The aeroplane mode of running (or take a picture of me looking like Phil Johnson, who should have taken out copyright)


seems to be catching on.


Hope the storm isn't/wasn't too bad, and see you next week

Stuart Anderson



International Women’s Day parkrun

Burnham and Highbridge parkrun will be supporting International Womens Day (IWD) on the 7th March. IWD is actually on Sunday 8th March, but parkrun's, who have opted in to this concept, are celebrating on the Saturday.

We are being encouraged to celebrate International Women’s Day, as research shows that, across the world, women are less likely than men to take part in parkrun. Despite the fact that females make 54% of registrations, they are less likely than men to take part in parkrun and to continue participating. IWD parkrun is a fantastic opportunity to encourage more women and girls to participate in parkrun events all over the world.

So lets get recruiting and find as many ladies and girls to come along and run, jog or walk on the 7th.

Guys, you are not left out and we want to see as many of you as possible to come along and take part in support of the IWD initiative.


Burnham And Highbridge parkrun # 240 1st February 2020

Should we stay or should we go?..


They say that getting out the door is the hardest part of exercise and joking aside it always amazes us at parkrun just how many people turn up without fail every Saturday and put so much effort into the challenge. Seeing so many new faces is always great and another large group today gave us all added enjoyment that someone else has joined the community!

Unseasonable mild conditions today favouring a healthy turnout today of 396 people all hot-footing their way around the course with as much vigour and enthusiasm as Nigel Farage legging it out of Brussels.

Not just ANY volunteer
As most are aware, we have a huge number of volunteers who basically "put the show on" every week but did you know that in addition to the regular high-viz heroes we also have several that partake in association and as part of the Duke Of Edinburgh award scheme? For those who don't know what this brilliant scheme is, the D of E charity works with organisations across the UK to help young people gain essential skills, experience, confidence and resilience to successfully navigate adult life. As part of the process, awards are given upon completion of various tasks and several young people have come to support parkrun as part of their chosen community volunteer project.
Today Ria May Tilley added another role to her impressive tally and has completed her task  - well done Ria and congratulations from all of us here!
For more details of this great scheme and to see more of what they do take a look here: DofE

It's a bit of a squeeze
With success comes increased numbers of participants and whilst we commend everyone who comes this does put an increased strain on the infrastructure and facilities not least the toilet queue!
One area a lot of you will have noticed the strain is the parking - in particular during the winter months when we loose a large grassed overflow area which for obvious reasons (and a request from the council) is placed out-of-bounds. This means the car park is full very early and those arriving later have to find alternative spaces nearby.
Please can we ask that those parking outside of the park are mindful that the local residential roads, in particular the one to the rear of the houses next to the Fire station are left clear for residents. It has been reported to us that in some instances, private driveways and spaces have been occupied thus causing issues with residents.
Whilst we are confident this is a simple misunderstanding, we do not want to create unnecessary problems and would like to think we are good neighbors to all.

The pics
Fantastic views across the riverbank and bay today, once again highlighting the beautiful location we have! 
All of today's fantastic photos were taken by Paul Smith and more can be seen over on our Flickr page.



49473970213_90fcfcbf51_c 49474348511_8e904ef145_c 49473919898_9a19e86818_c 49474674897_d40e66554f_c 49474672122_cd0d6ca2b8_c 49474661657_d89654db3d_c 49474417686_a255c16771_c
The Milestones
Congratulations to Lee Wood who completed his 100th today and celebrated by bagging a PB too!

The Stats
This week 396 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 24 vistors attending for their first visit to B&H
43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.
New visitor or seasoned regular, we hope you all enjoyed our fantastic route, be sure to tell your friends all about us!

The results
Scoring a hat-trick of top results today with first overal position, first female AND top age-grading of 83.77% was Hannah Taunton with a time of 17:40
1st female
First male home was regular Chris Walker with a time of 17:46 
1st male
Most accomplished runner was Marie Malloy who today completed her 351st Parkrun.

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).

The Team
A big shout out and round of applause goes to our volunteers. Each and every one of the Hi-Viz heroes giving their free-time so this event can take place every week.  

49474603502_6ae2eef889_c 49474564517_a01cdcd5de_c 49474565012_c32231057f_c    49474563692_8d2ef7507c_c awesome! (2)
The event was made possible by 24 volunteers  -this weeks roll of honour:

Vincent Reginald HUXTABLE • Mike HORWOOD • Sue NICHOLLS • Tracey BENTON • Mark BENTON • Kathy BEARD • Philip HOBBS • Allan PENDLETON • Ria May TILLEY • Adrian SMITH • Samantha SMITH • Michael REEP • Paul TOMLINSON • Sarah REEP • Paul SMITH • Alison OATEN • Rachel SEARLE • Sue BAKER • John DAVIS • Trevor HOLLINGSBEE • Harry PETHERAM • Alan BEECH • Libbie HALL • Jake POOLTON

Please consider joining the volunteer team by checking out the rota on our volunteer page and send us a message. It's really fun & not a difficult role. Remember - No volunteers, No parkrun :-(   

Did you know?
Burnham and Highbridge parkrun started on 20th June 2015. Since then 9,801 participants have completed 61,149 parkruns covering a total distance of 305,745 km, including 10,991 new Personal Bests. A total of 569 individuals have volunteered 5,126 times.

On behalf of all the team here at Burnham & Highbridge Parkrun have a great week and see you next Saturday!

Phil  Hobbs


Burnham And Highbridge parkrun # 239 25th January 2020

Image may contain: sky, ocean, boat, bridge, outdoor, water and nature

A very dark and damp river for our runners

Well done everyone who attended our Parkrun today, and a big hello to all our visitors. A really good attendance, albeit, dark, murky and damp, but great for running nevertheless.


This week four hundred and six (406) people ran, jogged and walked the course. In summary of this number, thirty nine (39) were first timers to Burnham and Highbridge Parkrun, sixty three (63) recorded new Personal Bests, two hundred and forty two (242) are previous runners and twenty six (26) were unknown without Barcodes. Well done everyone!

In Case of Emergency (ICE)

We appeal to all Athletes and Volunteers, regardless of which parkrun you are registered, who have not updated their ICE information on their personal profile please do so. Access to your profile may be made from your results E-mail or you may login to parkrun.com/signin. Once into your profile, “my links”, click on update and enter your data.

Our HiViz Team

The hero’s of the day our volunteer team. So as you are running, spare a thought to the marshals, the finish people, the scanners, the samplers, the results processors and all who before and after, put out and collect the kit.

This event is totally and utterly dependent on these dedicated people, offering their time and talents to parkrun each week. Our run requires twenty to thirty volunteers per week. 

Many of the volunteers are runners who have helped today, so if you are a regular, consider helping once in a while and allow our volunteers to have a run.

Our thanks to twenty five (25) volunteers this week in first name order: -

Allan Pendleton, Cecilia Young, Clive Baker, Dawn Angela Bowles, Ethan Ryles, Gwen Froment, Ian Booth, Jake Poolton, Julie Gilfoyle, Kathy Beard, Libbie Hall, Mark Benton, Mary Clothier, Nikki Woodland, Paul Chorley, Peter Morton, Philip Hobbs, Rachel Chorley, Samantha Smith, Stephen Walker, Stuart Anderson, Sue Baker, Sue Nicholls, Tracey Benton, Vincent Reginald Huxtable


To all our visitors, we hope you all enjoyed our parkrun and please visit us again. 

The Serious Stuff: Statistics

Male placings:

Alfie Hocking was first over the line in 15:38

Ben Maliphant was second over the line in 16:01

Ben Hamblin was third over the line in 16:26

Female placings:

Joanna Rich was first over the line in 21:36

Helen Jenkins was second over the line in 22:31

Ellie Steer was third over the line in 22:46

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

Alfie Hocking at 87.63%

Chris Walker at 83.76%

Ben Hamblin at 83.37%

Current Records:

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).


This week 406 people ran, jogged, pushed buggies and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 63 recorded new Personal Bests. 

Representatives of thirty six (36) different clubs took part.

Of special mention are those runners who notched another finish adding to their parkrun achievement club totals, one hundred and twenty eight (128) from the parkrun 10-club, seventy four (74) from the parkrun 50-club, sixty six (66) from the parkrun 100-club and five from the Parkrun 250-club. 

Susan Harvey leading the way on 339 parkrun's. 

From the results, achieving 10 runs were Ryan Davies, Isaac Partridge, David Harris, Peter Strong, Gemma Denman, Maria Doyle, Mark Price and Phil Cooke, whilst Bev Gore and Colin Lintern achieved 50 runs.

Burnham and Highbridge parkrun started on 20th June 2015. Since then 9,761 participants have completed 60,753 parkruns covering a total distance of 303,765 km, including 10,948 new Personal Bests. A total of 566 individuals have volunteered 5,102 times.

parkrun photos

Image may contain: 1 person, standing and outdoor

Alfie Hocking was first over the line in 15:38, seven seconds off the record

Image may contain: 1 person, tree, sky, grass, plant, outdoor and nature

Joanna Rich was first over the line in 21:36


Burnham and Highbridge parkrun couldn’t happen without the enthusiastic support of our volunteers. Many thanks to the wonderful people who created this week’s event and if you’d like to join the volunteer team, we’d love to have you. Please opt in to receive volunteer emails (via ‘manage my profile’ on any result or newsletter email) and contact burnhamandhighbridgehelpers@parkrun.com  to offer help. Please take a look at the available slots on the roster and let us know if and when you can help out, and the role that you fancy doing. If everyone volunteered once in every five runs they do, this would help us to ensure that parkrun is fully staffed each week

Don’t forget to follow us on these news pages or on Facebook (Burnham and Highbridge parkrun) for the latest news and information.

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



Burnham and Highbridge parkrun #237 18th January 2020


Pacers and....Rhino's?!

by Alex Hamilton


-2°C improving to +1°C during a run can only mean one thing...thermal underpants! It was a cold, icy and damp start to Burnham and Highbridge parkrun today, but the forecast was dry and the event enticed 435 runners, walkers and rhino's (yes a rhino) to turn up.

Matt POWELL had the Run Director shirt on today and we thank him and all of the other amazing volunteers for setting up in the cold ready for us all. Also announced, were the milestones that were achieved today. Today saw 1 new member for the junior 10 milestone, 2 for the 50 milestone and 5 yes 5! for the 100 club! Well done all, go get those shirts on order!



This week was pacer week! Everyone loves pacer week! It's a chance to put all that hard work to the test and give it everything you have to chase down the blue shirts to get that almighty PB (Personal Best). Thanks to all the pacers this week, sorry not all of you heard the shout for the photo!


If you wondered why there was a Rhino at parkrun today, then this was Andy HUMPHRIES training for the London Marathon...to run in that costume! To see more about Andy's story please visit his fundraising page... https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andyhumphriesrhino

The cool weather clearly helped a lot of people today as there was an impressive 72 PB's achieved today which was 16.55% of the total turnout. Well done for smashing it!


There was representation from 35 clubs today...can you see your club below?


First to the finish today was Sam COTTERELL for the lads, Katie Kitty GORMLEY for the lasses and Andy HUMPHRIES for the rhino's – well done.

Male top 3
1 – Sam COTTERELL – 16:46 (PB)
2 – Kevin BALE – 17:15 (PB)
3 – Peter MORTON – 17:38


Female top 3
1 – Katie Kitty GORMLEY – 20:43 (PB)
2 – Helen JENKINS – 22:17 (PB)
3 – Geraldine HOPE – 23:09


Rhino results
1 - Andy HUMPHRIES - 34:41


Top age grade today was achieved by Marko NURMINEN with 80.02%, and Sue NICHOLLS with 88.32%.

Most accomplished participant today was David BESSANT with 393 parkruns, which is 1,965km and the same distance as running the entire length of the M5 motorway 7.5 times!

Random stat of the week - Lyn JONES came in 88th place today which also marked the 60,000th individual 5k run at Burnham and Highbridge parkrun!

If you run with a Garmin, check out and join the Burnham & Highbridge parkrun group for some regular group challenges and add connections https://connect.garmin.com/modern/group/2816812

Please email burnhamandhighbridgehelpers@parkrun.com to volunteer every now and then to allow some of our regular volunteers to have a run….it also counts towards the awesome purple 25 volunteer club shirt too If you’re a technophobe and can’t do emails, then please write your name down on the laminated future roster located outside of the parkrun HQ in the carpark on your next visit.

Adrian ASTON, Adrian DAVIS, Adrian SMITH, Alex HAMILTON, Alison OATEN, Allan PENDLETON, Bill MONTEITH, Cecilia YOUNG, Colin HOLDOM, Colin WOOD, Diane PEASE, Emily STARLING, Ethan RYLES, Freddie HORWOOD, Georgina HAINSBY, Jonathan WILLIAMS Julie BIRD, Katie SMITH, Lewis PERRY, Lisa METHLEY, Mark BENTON, Mary CLOTHIER, Matt POWELL, Morey ANDREWS, Patricia SEABROOK, Paul YOUNG, Philip HOBBS, Ria May TILLEY, Samantha SMITH, Stephen WALKER, Sue BAKER, Sue NICHOLLS, Tina BURROWS, Tracey BENTON, Tracey THOMAS, Tracy SMITH, Vincent Reginald HUXTABLE.


See you next time; and don’t forget your barcodes and smiles!