What a Nutter!

Chippenham parkrun
Event number 305
7th March 2020


While Chippenham parkrun has been a constant amongst a few weeks of variation and cancellations in the meteorological and parkrun worlds, it was an absolute delight to meet in Monkton Park this Saturday with such a small chance of rain, almost no wind and a little bit of sunshine.

Our second field would still be best described as soft, offering more than 4% additional bounce, though fortunately without much in the way of surprise water features or wind tunnels this week.

It was our monthly pacer week – we had volunteers attempting to help out runners at 24mins, 25mins, 26mins, 27mins, 28mins, 29mins, 30mins and 37mins. This is one of those volunteer roles with so many plusses that when you’ve done it once you’re addicted!
You get:

  • A volunteer and a run credit.
  • A gentler run – or if that doesn’t take your fancy then you get a consistent run at your choice of pace!
  • An opportunity to help runners get a PB as they can use you as a target.
  • To meet runners in a different part of the field than you usually run in. Everyone’s really chatty – for the first field anyway!
  • A different challenge for yourself as you try to get as close to your pacer time as you can – which is a lot easier said than done!

While some of us are pleased at making it through the mud in one piece each week, one of our visitors from Salisbury arrived to run our parkrun dressed as a nut!


Gina is training to run the London Marathon, to set a Guinness World Record dressed as the Fastest Nut to run the London Marathon. At the same time, she is raising money for Rebuilding Sri Lanka: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ginanutrun

We also welcomed slightly less nutty runners from Clumber Park, Lancing Beach, Preston Park-Brighton, Tooting Common, Cardiff, Oxford and Rotterdam.

This week 196 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Michael BRIGHT • Heather PERRY • Neil ADDISON • Andrew NICHOLSON • Richard M SMITH • Julie TRUDGEON • Daryl ARCHER • Travis ARCHER • Selby ARCHER • Julia MADDOCKS • Giles ARCHER • Daniel BEAN • Julie BEAN • Jules PEARSON • Glyn CRUICKSHANK • Ben CRUICKSHANK • Edward SATCHELL • Chris MAJOR • Rita LINDSAY • Angela POMFRET • Sarah ALDERSON • Philip AKERMAN • Peter FOX • Rob WOODS • John BELCHER • Phil BUNNEY • Imogen WILLGRESS • David WEALES • Suzanne MACDONALD • Lily WAINWRIGHT

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

See you all next week

Julia M

The female record is held by Amy CHALK who recorded a time of 18:43 on 20th December 2014 (event number 34).
The male record is held by Simon NOTT who recorded a time of 15:19 on 4th May 2019 (event number 260).
The Age Grade course record is held by Diana DEE who recorded 87.74% (19:51) on 27th October 2018 (event number 232).

Chippenham parkrun started on 12th April 2014. Since then 8,964 participants have completed 51,090 parkruns covering a total distance of 255,450 km, including 8,564 new Personal Bests. A total of 662 individuals have volunteered 7,127 times.


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