Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

I know.....I know.....It's far too early to be thinking about Christmas but parkrun HQ has asked us if we will be having a parkrun at Coldhams Common on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

We will NOT  be having a run at Coldhams Common on either of those two days, but I believe Wimpole and Cambridge will be having events on New Year's Day. However that is not yet confirmed so please double check their websites for more details.

You can also look at for information about any other parkrun around the country.


Run report event #51 – pacing week

Pacing week is brilliant. It gives everyone, whatever their speed, a chance to push themselves a little bit further. I was, at one point, alongside the 25-minute pacer who was really encouraging those around him, giving updates on speed and distance covered, explaining the routine for the next part (“we’ll be keeping at this speed until we get to the gate on the final lap”) and giving running tips (“for this part, just focus on getting your breathing into a rhythm with your legs”). Fantastic. Thanks so much to all those who were pacing, we really appreciate it. Even if it looks like there isn’t anyone noticing you, there probably is - I was well aware of the 26 minute pacer just behind me which really spurred me on. We had 40 PBs overall which is great.

We had a slightly lower than normal turnout, possibly due to the earlier rain, however we did welcome a few tourists, including from a little-known university town called Oxford. Congratulations to Sharlene Murdoch, running her 100th parkrun and also smashing her PB by one minute! Also to Simon Osborn on his 50th parkrun and his fastest time in the last 5 months.

Next Sunday is the Town and Gown 10k event in Cambridge. If you’re running in that and don’t fancy running parkrun as well, do consider volunteering for one of the marshalling or finish roles. Or even if you are running both, there are a volunteer roles where you can combine running and volunteering.

This week 246 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 36 volunteers:

Colin SELTZER • Jacquie MERCER • Brian O'CONNOR • Tim PHIPPS • Richard LYLE • Loles GARCIA DIAZ • Karsten KOEHLER • Paul David SHEARER • Rick DAVIES • Tilele STEVENS • Katherine Jane HODSON • Sam ELLIS • Joe CRANE • Rosie ABBOTT • Amy RADFORD • Judit CARBALLO • Rob HENDERSON • Suzy ASHWORTH • Charlotte MCCAFFREY • Andrew HALLEY • Joanne USHER • Robert BARBER • Lydia DEAN • Martin MILWARD • Judy WATERS • Christopher THORPE • Callie VANDEWIELE • Jon SCHNEIDER • Steve HAWKINS • Thomas SMITH • Owen VARLEY • Patricia KNIGHT • Andrew VARLEY • Richard LEWIS • Chris HAYHURST • Caroline LEWIS

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

The female record is held by Megan WILSON who recorded a time of 18:09 on 13th July 2019 (event number 40).
The male record is held by Norman SHREEVE who recorded a time of 15:44 on 28th September 2019 (event number 49).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paul REDDAWAY who recorded 85.84% (18:22) on 24th November 2018 (event number 9).

Coldham’s Common parkrun started on 29th September 2018. Since then 3,655 participants have completed 14,400 parkruns covering a total distance of 72,000 km, including 2,958 new Personal Bests. A total of 417 individuals have volunteered 1,370 times.



Run Report Event #50

On Saturday 5th October the 50th Coldham’s Common parkrun took place.

We saw some amazing running.   First man home Coldham’s regular Brian O’Connor and first lady was Kristy Guneratne who completed her 435th parkrun, but her first at Coldham’s Common, in a time of 20:38 and finishing in 23rd place overall.

Well done to all of the runners who took part in our 50th parkrun and a special mention to the 55 runners who completed their first parkrun at Coldham’s Common and the 40 runners who recorded new PBs.

Please also give a huge thanks to our 24 volunteers this week (listed below); without their support and help we wouldn’t be able to put on this wonderful fun event.  Also thank you everyone for helping us collect enough money to buy an AED.

Thank you for all the love and support, keep supporting us here at Coldham’s Common parkrun and have a wonderful time with us!

Harley Tindale (age 8)

Volunteers: Robert Barber, James Barber, Melanie Tindale, Harley Tindale, Andrew Varley, Owen Varley, Robert Chandler, Robert Crida, Tina Riches, Hannah Tolley, James Rutland, Mark Smallwood, Rachel Dalton, Rick Davies, Lydia Dean, Denis Howlett, Russ Ladkin, Anne Marquess, Dai Morgan, Saskia Oakley, Ben Smith, Thomas Smith, Liz Stevens, Martine Walsh


Run report event #49

The “First birthday and new course record” run report - Coldham's Common event number 49, 28 Sept 2019

Happy 1st Birthday Coldham's Common parkrun! Since this event kicked off a year ago, 3556 participants have covered a total distance of 69,200km on this route – almost enough to circumnavigate the Earth twice. And more than enough to merit those delicious cakes that so many people baked. On behalf of all the runners I would like to say a big THANK YOU to the organisers who have worked so hard to get this fantastic parkrun up-and-running (so to speak).

It was fitting that a new course record was set on the run's anniversary, with Normal Shreeve completing the course in a staggering 15mins 44s. It was his first parkrun too. Another participant, Katie Ronco, managed to fit in 23 cartwhweels on the finishing strait. You can see the full results here.
However, we were saddened to hear the news that parkrun stalwart John Johnson, a lynchpin of the Cambridge running scene, had passed away. We celebrated his memory with a big round of applause. Rest in peace John.

 There was a great turnout of 347 runners, including 67 first-timers, many wearing blue T-shirts to support the '5k your way' initiative . This fantastic community-based support group encourages those living with and beyond cancer, families, friends and those working cancer services to walk, jog, run, cheer or volunteer at a local parkrun on the last Saturday of every month. 

If you're aged 4-14, remember that a new junior parkrun is now taking place at Coldham's Common on Sundays at 9am. Find out more here

 As ever, a huge THANK YOU to the 22 volunteers without whom this event could not have happened.

 Helen D JOHNSON • Jacquie MERCER • Samuel D JOHNSON • Russ LADKIN • Mark SMALLWOOD • Alison GEORGE • Katherine Jane HODSON • Joe CRANE • Mary TWITCHETT • Amy RADFORD • Andrew DUNLOP • Suzy ASHWORTH • David MORGAN • Anne MARQUESS • Charlotte MCCAFFREY • Matthew DUNLOP • Steve MORRIS • Hannah TOLLEY • James RUTLAND • Matthew NIXON • Joan TANOUS • Matt GURTLER

Coldham’s Common parkrun started on 29th September 2018. Since then 3,556 participants have completed 13,840 parkruns covering a total distance of 69,200 km, including 2,878 new Personal Bests. A total of 405 individuals have volunteered 1,309 times.

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Event 48 run report

Thank you Tina Riches for this week's run report

With wind and rain forecast for Sunday, we were lucky to catch the tail end of the glorious warm weather, so no dilemmas around what to wear. The ground underfoot was also fine, without too many rabbit holes – though as ever you have to watch your step on the common.  


There was also an air of excitement, as this was the last main parkrun before the first junior parkrun at Coldham’s Common, starting at 9am on Saturday 22 September, thanks to the unstinting work of Tracy Hutchinson, who has been working with a small team of volunteers to get this off the ground.  

This week 263 people ran, jogged and walked the course, thanks to Cambridge City Council, which permits us to use Coldham’s Common. 42 people were first timers and for 11 of these it was their first ever recorded parkrun time – we do hope you will return. Importantly, a further 10 people turned up for their second ever parkrun and 60% of them achieved PBs – amazing! We hope you have caught the parkrun bug! Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

Despite having had pacers last week leading to a whopping 90 personal bests, this week 60 runners also achieved PBs. 

  • First was Edward Moffett, with a time of 17:13, closely followed by Robert Mahen with the highest age grade of the day at 76.32%.
  • The first female was Petra Booij, with a PB 21:51.
  • First junior was Henry Woolf, with a new PB of 20:04. 
  • Daisy Rudge was the first female junior with a time of 26:17

Well done all!


And returning to the more geeky stats started last week, what do these runners have in common: Rory Little, Dorottya Nagy and Julia Robinson?  


We had almost 30 runners without barcodes this week, who are shown as ‘unknown’ in the website stats. If you haven’t yet signed up or if you forget to bring your barcode we have to record you as an ‘unknown’. It’s free to sign up online to parkrun at: You can print out your barcode and use it at any parkrun in the world that you visit.   


Next week, is the first anniversary of the start of Coldham’s Common parkrun! So please come along to celebrate. Feel free to bring along any cakes (we can be unhealthy once a year!) and, as it’s the last weekend of the month, joining us will be our friends from the local 5k Your Way, the group for those living with and beyond cancer and their family and friends – you can find out more about it at So do try to wear a light blue t-shirt in support!


Volunteering at parkrun is great fun. Some roles can be coupled with parkrunning, others mean a rest from parkrun. We’d love to hear from anyone who is happy to help out at . Please consider stepping up! Just speak to the volunteer co-ordinator on a Saturday, or respond to the request in your results email. 

This week, 26 volunteers made your run possible: thanks go to:
Helen D JOHNSON • Colin SELTZER • Loles GARCIA DIAZ • Rick DAVIES • Marjorie WINTER • Katherine Jane HODSON • Tina RICHES • Juliet ANNANSINGH • Joe CRANE • Mary TWITCHETT • Melanie TINDALE • Anne MARQUESS • Joanne USHER • Sian PIPER • Callie VANDEWIELE • Julie GRAY • Catriona SHEARER • Lynsey ROLFE • Owen VARLEY • Harley TINDALE • Andrew VARLEY • Sarah CLARK • Andrew RICHES • Emma BLUNDELL • Shu Ting TAN • Jenny LEE

Finally, this week's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Coldham’s Common parkrun Results Page here:


See you next week!


Coldham’s Common records:

The male record is held by David WILSON who recorded a time of 15:46 on 18th May 2019 (event number 32).
The female record is held by Megan WILSON who recorded a time of 18:09 on 13th July 2019 (event number 40).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paul REDDAWAY who recorded 85.84% (18:22) on 24th November 2018 (event number 9).

Coldham’s Common parkrun started on 29th September 2018. Since then 3,489 participants have completed 13,493 parkruns covering a total distance of 67,465 km, including 2,835 new Personal Bests. A total of 400 individuals have volunteered 1,287 times.


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