Didcot parkrun – 2018 End of Year Review


Didcot parkrun - 2018 End of Year Review



Didcot Ladygrove



2018 was a fantastic year for Didcot parkrun which saw us grow from an average of 180 runners in 2017 to an impressive average of 217 runners in 2018. There were 850 new registrations at for Didcot parkrun in 2018 taking us from 2438 to a total of 3329 registered Didcot parkrunners.


Please see the demographic breakdown of our registrants by gender and age range, a certain regular parkrunner Geoff Jackson is a standout at the top of the graph:




2018 saw 2291 individual parkrunners clocking up 11,090 runs, this is the equivalent of 55,450 km on Ladygrove Park!!

Since Didcot parkrun started on 21st February 2015 we have seen 4,599 participants complete 31,009 parkruns covering a total distance of 155,045 km, including 5,813 new Personal Bests.

The course records remain untouched from 2017 and the Age Grade Record for 2016 still stands:

The male record is held by Jonathan CORNISH who recorded a time of 15:58 on 15th April 2017 (event number 106).

The female record is held by Izzy FRY who recorded a time of 17:40 on 7th October 2017 (event number 131).

The Age Grade course record is held by Tracey LASAN who recorded 88.29% (21:04) on 7th May 2016 (event number 58).



We Love Volunteers


It’s not all about the runners though as in 2018 we saw 964 individual volunteer roles being filled by 265 different volunteers. The total of volunteers since we started in February 2015 shows that 3684 individual volunteer roles have been filled by 503 different volunteers which is only 15% of all those registered.


2018 also saw a number of Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) participants using Didcot parkrun as either their physical activity or for the volunteer element of the DofE awards so well done to all those participants and we look forward to growing this element with parkrun in 2019.


We were privileged to be invited to the Civic Hall by Didcot Town Council after being nominated by our parkrunners for the ‘Sporting Achievement’ award at the Didcot Town Council Awards Evening in October 2018. We finished the evening as runners up for the third year in a row and the honour of being recognised for our voluntary service shows that we are well thought of in the community.






We held our first collection of items in support of the Didcot Emergency Food Bank in December and the generous donations from our parkrun community supported families over the Christmas period into the New Year. Following the successful collection, we are looking to team up with the Didcot Emergency Food Bank to support them in periods of high need and hope we can help support the good work they are doing in the community.




We have seen Harwell Harriers hosting a pacing event and a takeover day at Didcot parkrun, this sees the relevant group/club taking over each volunteer role on the day to deliver a successful event whilst having the chance to promote their group/club activities.


2019 started with Harwell Harriers Running Club hosting a takeover day on 12th January and Didcot Slimming World Group hosting a takeover day on 26th January, we welcome other groups/clubs to contact us if you also fancy the opportunity to have a takeover day, if you want more information then please email us at didcothelpers@parkrun.com.


Didcot parkrun has been supported by Didcot Town Council with land permission, ground maintenance and the Mayor handing out annual awards.
Didcot Town Football Club have supported us with use of the storage locker, toilets and post run refreshment along with a great venue for our functions.

Without the support of both, we wouldn’t be able to offer the parkrun experience we have to date and we look forward to building on these relationships in 2019.

Thank you to the Didcot parkrun community for all your support, running and volunteering with us, we certainly couldn't do it without you so here’s to a fun filled year of parkrunning in 2019.


Many thanks,

Didcot parkrun Core Volunteer Team



Saturday 12th January – Didcot parkrun Takeover – Harwell Harriers Running Club


Saturday 12th January - Didcot parkrun Takeover


This weekend sees a parkrun takeover day with the Harwell Harriers Running Club.




The volunteer roster is bursting as the Harwell Harriers will be providing all the volunteers including a guest Run Director in Chairwoman Sabiene North and extra marshals for the morning, so why not come and join them for this weekend’s parkrunday experience.


HH Circle

If you are part of a club or group and fancy being part of a parkrun takeover in the near future then why not email us at didcothelpers@parkrun.com to see what is involved and what dates are available.


The next club takeover day will be Saturday 26th January with members of the local Slimming World groups filling the volunteer roles.  We would welcome more community groups or clubs to take part in Didcot parkrun so please do get in touch with us.


Many thanks,


Didcot parkrun volunteer team


Didcot parkrun #196 – Record Breaking Start to 2019


Didcot parkrun
Event number 196
5th January 2019

What a fantastic start to 2019……….a brand new course attendance record!!!

InkedCourse Record_LI


This week 280 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers at Didcot and 31 taking in their first ever parkrun. Welcome to the parkrun family and we hope to see you again next weekend.

The event was made possible by 21 fantastic volunteers who were led by Run Director Gordon Jackson:

Martin CAPSTICK • Alice GERLACH • Carol MARTIN • Alan MURPHY • Lewis COUSINS • David REEVES • Alan WOOD • Robert SHARP • Miranda HABERMEL • Gordon JACKSON • Claire SHORROCK • Stuart TURNER • Charlie MARTIN • Sandra MAGEE • Anna GUTTERIDGE • Martin WOOD • Karen SPACKMAN • Helen KRABBEN • Tim KRABBEN • John CHINNOCK • Joe BATES

If you’ve not given volunteering a go before, then please do come and join us one weekend.

Email the team at didcothelpers@parkrun.com where we would be delighted to add you to the future roster, all the roles come with full training and are great fun.




Todays results and the full event history can be found on the Didcot parkrun website.


Didcot parkrun – Food-bank Collection


Didcot parkrun - Food-bank Collection


Didcot parkrun would like to help support Didcot Food-bank by collecting items and delivering them to the Food-bank on our parkrunners’ behalf.

Can you help to add some cheer to someone else’s life? The Food-bank has a list of items that they currently need:

• tinned meat/meat pies
• long-life baguettes (ie that require baking before eating)
• pasta sauces, preferably tomato
• packet puddings
• whole UHT milk
• pkt potato
• long life juice
• biscuits
• treats
• cereal
• sugar
• tinned veg




In addition, the organisers say that some people make it their particular aim to give non-food items like nappies and wet wipes, or dog and cat food, toilet rolls and hygiene items. The list of items currently needed can also be found here:


By the way, they ask for no more baked beans! We will collect items in the Didcot Town Football Club carpark near the gate through to the parkrun start for the following couple of parkruns, and aim to take the items to the Foodbank in the week before Christmas.

So please feel free to bring items along at Didcot parkrun on 8th and 15th December. If you come to post-run coffee in the Clubhouse we can always collect items then too.

Thank you in anticipation.

You can also donate to your local foodbank by dropping items into boxes at major supermarkets, taking items directly, volunteering or making financial contributions.

The web site for our local Didcot foodbank is: https://www.didcotbaptist.org.uk/…/l…/emergency-foodbank.php.





Christmas & New Year at Didcot parkrun


Christmas & New Year at Didcot parkrun


Due to popular demand and a successful event last year, Didcot parkrun will be hosting an extra festive event on Christmas Day this year in addition to the regular parkrun on Saturday 22nd December.

Our usual start time of 9:00am applies for Christmas Day.

Please feel free to get into the festive spirit, Santa suits and fancy dress are more than welcome however Saturday 22nd will be the main fancy dress run.

Here's your Christmas parkrun pass:


For a full list of other parkruns that are taking place on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, please see the full list via the below link.


PLEASE NOTE: Didcot parkrun will not be hosting an event on New Year’s Day, but other venues close by will be. Start times for other events may vary so please check the list carefully.

Many thanks,

Didcot parkrun


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