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 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 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:…/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



Didcot parkrun #186 – 3rd November 2018


Didcot parkrun #186 - 3rd November 2018
by Lewis Cousins A400052


Who doesn’t love parkrunday and Didcot parkrun Event 186 did not disappoint, there were running and volunteering milestones, first time runners and tourists galore.


This week 243 people ran, jogged and walked the course, 15 were first timers of whom 8 were taking part in their first ever parkrun and 44 recorded new Personal Bests too. We saw an incredible 1,215 km (753 miles) covered in this one event alone and this takes us to 145,290km (6,380 miles) since Didcot parkrun launched in February 2015.




This week’s milestones are:

10 parkruns (juniors) • Arsham Abyaneh • Daniel Brenchley • Reggie Duckham

100 parkruns • Alison Gordon • Lewis Cousins 100 volunteers •

100 Volunteers – Helen Brind  



There seems to now be a regular turnover of milestone achievements at Didcot parkrun and we can’t wait to see more milestone t-shirts being worn at the event but a big thank you must go to one of our Run Directors, Helen Brind as reaching 100 volunteers is the equivalent of giving up two years of Saturday mornings!!  


This was a special occasion for myself in particular as I had finally reached the 100 milestone parkruns but it was even better to share the occasion with some other fab milestone parkrunners. For this event I decided to Tail Walk and take in parkrun from another perspective, I also thought I could get away without any fuss until my lovely wife decided to dress me in Fancy Dress topped off with my very own tail!!






All the volunteer roles are great fun but Tail Walking was a wonderful experience as I got to see all the runners at least twice, cheering runners on and chatting to the parkrunners as they passed by. I spent most of the event trying to keep up with Charlie and Rebecca Warrington while stopping to take photos with every volunteer along the way.





Whilst walking the course you get to see the faster runners as they glide around the course, those pushing to improve on last weekends time, families running together and parkrunners embarking on a run walk strategy where age, shape and size are not barriers. We are blessed with a fantastic parkrun family and there is a great community feel good factor at the event.  




The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:


Helen BRIND • Simon HEWERDINE • Sue HENDERSON • Michael SUGGATE • Lewis COUSINS • Noel FRANCIS • Carla HOWES • John TALBOT • Tracey TALBOT • Jasmine TALBOT • Daniel BLOUNT • Conor BYRNE • Christopher MOFFATT • Jonathan BOUCARD • Simon JENNINGS • Stuart TURNER • Karen SPACKMAN • Fo KRABBEN • Pete WEBSTER


If you have never volunteered before then why not come and give it a go by joining our volunteer one weekend. Email us at where we would love to add you to the roster, you will be given training on the morning by the Run Director and have a variety of volunteer roles available.


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

We hope to see you all again at Didcot parkrun #187 this weekend and please let the Run Director know if it's your First Time parkrun, a milestone event or if you're taking in our event with some parkrun tourism.

Many thanks,

Lewis Cousins A400052



Didcot parkrunners of the Month – August 2018


Didcot parkrunners of the Month - August 2018




Daniel and Olivia Brenchley have been fantastic supporters of Didcot parkrun in volunteering regularly since joining us in June 2018, they really are an inspiration to us aren’t afraid to get involved with all aspects of parkrun.


Olivia has embraced all the volunteering roles whilst being the first to cheer and high five our parkrunners, she has the best sense of humour whilst always wearing a smile.


Daniels running has seen him gain an almost 8 minute improvement since June and gaining a PB of 36:32. We love having both Daniel and Olivia involved with Didcot parkrun and we hope it can help inspire other young people to come and join in.




Daniel Brenchley
9 runs completed (all at Didcot parkrun)
3 PB’s
8 Volunteered


Olivia Brenchley
14 times Volunteered


1) How did you hear about Didcot parkrun?

Olivia: My mum told me and I was like yeah!

Daniel: From my mum


2) What did you do on a Saturday morning at 9am before Didcot parkrun?

Olivia: Watch YouTube videos

Daniel: Sit down and watch cartoons or YouTube


3) Your Barcode - is it paper, laminated, permanent or other?

Olivia: I don't have one yet

Daniel: Paper


4) Do you have any parkrun goals?

Olivia: I want to run it when I'm a teenager

Daniel: To get my time below 30 minutes


5) Do you have a favourite parkrun moment?

Olivia: Seeing my friend Maya and her family and seeing Eddie & Dot

Daniel: When I beat my first PB


6) Has parkrun changed your attitude to running, fitness and general wellbeing?

Olivia: Yes

Daniel: Yes, I want to do more running


7) What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Didcot parkrun?

Olivia: Overtake!

Daniel: That they should do it because it gives them a goal to achieve, to get faster. It's a great way of socialising and meeting people


8) Which do you prefer……Laps on the field or the long path to the finish?

Daniel: Laps on the field


9) What’s your favourite volunteer role?

Olivia: I like marshalling at point 2

Daniel: Same as Olivia, marshalling at point 2


10) What is your favourite parkrun to date?

Olivia: My first one

Daniel: The one where I got my current PB (29/9/18)


11) Describe what parkrun is to you in three words?

Olivia: Tiring, fun, jolly

Daniel: Fun, achieving, motivating


Halloween Spooktacular Themed parkrun – Saturday 27th October 2018


Halloween Spooktacular Themed parkrun - Don’t be scared - Saturday 27th  October 2018



Do you like to dress up? Do your children like to dress up? Well guess what, you can at Didcot parkrun!


Where: Didcot parkrun


When: Saturday, 27th October 2018 at 9am


What do I wear? Halloween based outfits which are safe to run in!


Do I have to? Of course not, but beware of Zombies, Ghouls or witches cats trying to change your mind!


Can I bring my friend Frankenstein? Of course you can, as long as he has his barcode #DFYB


It's time to dust off the cobwebs from last year's costumes and come to Didcot parkrun for a treat.


#DFYB  #loveparkrun





Didcot parkrunner of the Month – July 2018


Didcot parkrunner of the Month - July 2018




Margherita Buoso (pictured right) was thrilled to be chosen as our Didcot parkrunner of the month for July 2018 and has provided answers to her parkrun likes, loves and goals.
We were very sad to hear the news that Margherita was moving back to France in July so it is a perfect send off by selecting her for this award. Margherita has been a regular volunteer and huge supporter since joining us at Didcot parkrun in 2015 clocking up an impressive 43 volunteer roles.

Margherita's parkrun Stats:

13 runs completed (8 at Didcot parkrun)
2 PB’s
43 Volunteered


1) How did you hear about Didcot parkrun?

I lived in a B&B in Abingdon for a while, where I joined my first parkrun. After I had found a home in Didcot a colleague from Swindon called me and said "Good that you go live in Didcot. They are going to have their own parkrun!".


2) What did you do on a Saturday morning at 9am before Didcot parkrun?

Sit with a cup of coffee, poring over a big shopping list and a gigantic to-do list for the weekend.


3) Your Barcode - is it paper, laminated, permanent or other?

Paper, in a plastic transparent sleeve.


4) Do you have any parkrun goals?

Join parkrun where I live now, invite friends and colleagues to join too.


5) Do you have a favourite parkrun moment?

People watching before the start. Such different people, all lovely, with parkrun fun as a common denominator.


6) Has parkrun changed your attitude to running, fitness and general

The newsletters have made me aware that there are true heroes behind the results of a parkrun. Hats off! even if many of their stories remain unknown.


7) What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Didcot

Just put on your running shoes and go. There is no better way to start the weekend.


8) Which do you prefer......Laps on the field or the long path to the

Laps on the field. Easier to size up the effort ahead of you. Although... sneaking ahead of a friend just before the finish can be wicked fun!


9) What's your favourite volunteer role?

Tailwalker - Get to talk to incredibly inspiring people!


10) What is your favourite parkrun to date?

When both my son and partner joined as volunteers with me.


11) Describe what parkrun is to you in three words?
Fun, fit, friends


A huge THANK YOU for all you have done for us at Didcot parkrun and please come and visit us again in the future.



Didcot parkrun Event Number 181 – 29th September 2018


Didcot parkrun Event Number 181 - 29th September 2018

By Matthew Seadon


I am writing this report as one of my challenges under the Boys' Brigade programme, well actually 2! Boys' Brigade is a programme for boys (and girls), similar in format to things such as cubs. One of my challenges was to take part in a fun run, and another was to write a report. I have run a few parkruns in the past, so I thought this was ideal.


Firstly, the statistics:

Event number 181 - 29th September 2018


This week 198 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:


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

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).


Didcot parkrun started on 21st February 2015. Since then 4,283 participants have completed 27,996 parkruns covering a total distance of 139,980 km, including 5,416 new Personal Bests.


Now, as for my experience, well, I woke up on a bright morning, sun shining through, took a step outside and realised the sun was not yet taking full effect as it was quite cold. Nothing like a run to warm you up though. We trotted down to the start, and spoke to a few people to understand what it meant to them. For some, park run is an opportunity week in week out to try and achieve that personal best, run a few seconds faster than they had done before. For others, it is part of a regime to get fitter and healthier. For others, myself included, it is something fun to do from time to time. The distance is achievable for many with a little training so it really is something for all.  I spoke to one couple, who took part in their first park run when they were 72 and 76; they have now completed well over 170 runs each, so there must be something addictive about it!


It was my first run in quite a while and I admit to finding it difficult towards the end. It was encouraging to have so many people offer kind words urging me to keep going. This is a big part of the parkrun – everyone is encouraged to achieve what they can achieve, it's not about coming first, it’s about having fun. The words of encouragement worked as I put in a really strong, and long, sprint finish much the annoyance of my dad who couldn't keep up.


In summary, parkrun is something that you can do every week, or come back to from time to time. You'll always be encouraged and in my experience it will be a good use of half an hour or so on a Saturday morning. Just like Boys' Brigade, all are welcome and I would highly recommend both!


Didcot parkrun # 180 – 22/09/2018


Didcot parkrun # 180 - 22/09/2018 By Karen Spackman


226 runners, 21 volunteers, 23 Clubs, 48 PBs, 18 First Timers at Didcot parkrun, of whom 10 First Times joining their parkrun journey with their parkrun family.


What an amazing morning at Didcot parkrun, I’d not volunteered to report write, but after today, I just can’t help myself (well it is raining and our night out has been cancelled due to the weather, so I can sit and reflect on this morning).


I’d volunteered for that “really scary” job of timekeeping, I’m determined to crack this and feel comfortable with the role that I had previously thought was far too pressurised for me. As I arrived (just the usual 2 or 3 minutes late) for the volunteers briefing, I was a touch concerned to see my fellow timekeeper Neil refreshing his memory as to how the stopwatches work….eeek! What a lovely bunch of volunteers were there, our RD Helen was blessed with a full and able team. Special mention to the Frost family, providing both the tailwalking team and finish tokens (and token sorting), Naomi and Ewan Ackroyd who were barcode scanning for Dave’s 50th parkrun, and my personal favourite marshal, who mentored me on my first marshalling experience, Paul Absolom. When all you can hear is the pounding of footsteps and heavy breathing, Paul’s resonant voice encouraging absolutely everybody to do their best is, to me, the epitome of parkrun. I don’t think I’m the only person to think this!

After the first timers briefing, it looked like we had a lovely mixed field of parkrunners that headed off on their 5km challenge. Each parkrunner has their own challenge, some which are quantifiable by looking at times, PBs, completing parkrun challenges (such as A-Z) etc, but there are also the personal challenges that we don’t see. Nobody knows who hasn’t left their home in the last week apart from to come to parkrun, who wakes up in pain, yet still completes their 5km, who is running for the first time alone, or missing somebody from their life, after listening to the “free, weekly timed” podcast this week, who has recovered cancer surgery in the last 5 weeks. We don’t know our fellow parkrunners, but we are all in this thing together and we can all support each other.

After Paul and Joseph Wilson completed their runs, both in PBs, (Joseph on his 10th parkrun so we will be waiting to see you run in your new milestone t shirt) they went back a couple of hundred meters along the course and cheered on their fellow parkrunners, motivating many to make a speedy finish. Including Aaron Poulton who achieved his PB. Paul coaches’ sports teams on others days of the week and enjoys his parkrun with his son, but those extra minutes they spend encouraging others after they have completed their runs are invaluable. As a very slow parkrunner, I appreciate those that give their time to encourage the rest of the field. Paul said that he’d like to run quicker each week, as that would give him more time to cheer on the others! Once again, the epitome of parkrun.

Daniel Brenchley is over 11 and has recently started running alone while his sister Olivia marshals with his mum Laura. The Brenchleys are such a supportive parkrun family and will often be high 5ing you as you run by their marshalling positions. Daniel recorded his PB today. Brother and sister Tim and Helen Krabben both achieved PBs this morning… I hope there is a family celebration to help create the memories for this occasion!

I also love seeing the more experienced parkrunners recording their PBs, this week Tracey Talbot, Douglas Burns and Phil Gray who have all run more than 100 parkruns achieved their PB, as did Clare Shorrock who was quite obviously delighted to smash the 27 minute barrier, Mawaje Kasonde smashed his 24 minute barrier, Christine Shephard broke her 30 minute barrier, Matthew Quarterman hit 20 minutes exactly as Simeon Lewis hit 31 minutes exactly,

Personally, what really warmed my heart was seeing the mum and daughter team of Charlie and Rebecca Warrington completing the course together, and I am sure that those of us who were at the finish line will carry the memory of the goosepimply moment of the wonderful team at the tail finish together with such a high-level buzz… you were all amazing Annabel, Kim, Emily, Karin, Elliot, Meredith and Andrea. Welcome to or parkrun family Annabel and Kim you are an inspiration to us all.

What with all the enjoyment of the run, I’d totally forgotten how stressful I thought timekeeping was. I’d thoroughly enjoyed my morning, and all our times and finish token numbers tallied so all was good for processing I was anxious for no reason whatsoever!

Many thanks to all of you for making my Saturday morning before the rain so enjoyable, not forgetting the delicious cake!

Many thanks to the others volunteers who made this event happen:


If you haven’t tried volunteering yet, I’d fully recommend it, try something different and give something back!







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