Event 43 – 28/12/19

So, that’s it folks… the last parkrun of the decade complete! 186 of you joined us in Haldon Forest for our 43rd event to run, jog or walk off those calories from the Christmas turkey (or nut roast for the Vegan Runners that I spied amongst you!). There were 68 Haldon first-timers, with visitors from Bath Skyline, Clapham, Crystal Palace, and as far away as the Czech Republic… welcome to you all, we hope you enjoyed our beautiful course and will visit again.

The weather was kind with a bit of blue sky trying to creep through the thick cloud as we ran along the Ridgeway overlooking the Exe Estuary, and conditions weren’t too bad under foot. 30 of us recorded course PBs… what a great way to end the running year! Haldon first-timer Ross Braden was first across the line in an impressive 16 mins 22 secs, a new male course record! Martha Neal was first female and 4th overall. Congratulations to everyone who got up, got out there and made it round to the finish today.

Thanks to Mark, our Run Director, ably assisted by Rowan (who was particularly enthusiastic with the cones, wheelbarrow and megaphone!) and to all the volunteers who make your parkrun happen each and every Saturday morning.

Maybe you could give volunteering a go in 2020? We are a very friendly bunch, no experience needed, members of the core team are always happy to show newbies the ropes. And there are plenty of roles – Pre-Event Set Up, First Timers’ Briefing, Run Report Writer, Volunteer Co-ordinator, Results Processor to name but a few - where it’s possible to both volunteer and run at the same event. It’s easy to check the future roster on the website https://www.parkrun.org.uk/haldonforest/futureroster/ and sign up by emailing haldonforest@parkrun.com

So, as 2019 draws to an end, we all start thinking of New Year’s resolutions… and what better way to start than with a New Year’s Day parkrun Double! Why not join us at Haldon Forest at the later than usual start time of 10.30am on New Year’s Day… which gives you plenty of time to participate in one of our neighbouring Parkrun events at Exmouth or Killerton, both of which start at 08.30am. See you there!

This week 186 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 69 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Philip GREEDY • James EPHRAUMS • Mark BEVAN • Denise PICHLER • Maria TRYLSKA • Lucy BOMFORD • Karla GREGORY • Anna CAWRSE • Esmee CAWRSE • Heather GREEN • Lisa RAYMONT • Maurice RAYMONT • Rona MCINTYRE • Ethan RAYMONT • Maurice DURBIN • Jess BALLY • Chris BALLY • Janice BOMFORD

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

The female record is held by Kate DREW who recorded a time of 18:48 on 11th May 2019 (event number 11).
The male record is held by Ross BRADEN who recorded a time of 16:22 on 28th December 2019 (event number 43).
The Age Grade course record is held by Catherine Ann Thurlow NEWMAN who recorded 88.58% (20:43) on 17th August 2019 (event number 25).

Haldon Forest parkrun started on 23rd February 2019. Since then 2,204 participants have completed 5,090 parkruns covering a total distance of 25,450 km, including 927 new Personal Bests. A total of 232 individuals have volunteered 818 times.


Event 44 – 01/01/20

NYD parkrun



If you went down to the Haldon Forest parkrun woods today you were in for a Big Surprise! You thought Haldon Forest parkrun was a small (but perfectly formed) little parkrun, didn't you? Well, not today! Perfectly formed, yes; small, no! We expected above usual numbers but word had got around and you, well, just kept on coming ……… all 853 of you who ran, jogged and walked the parkrun course, and your friends, families and dogs who spectated …… Haldon really was the place to be on this 1st day of the new decade!


Many of you 'did the double' – Exmouth or Killerton (mud legs were the give away of which you did!), then Haldon. Impressive! And we had loads of 1st timers today – a really big New Year's welcome to you all!


The atmosphere was amazing – Haldon Forest parkrun is known for it's friendly vibe and even though we had over four times our largest previous attendance, the lovely feel was not lost, but amplified, in the buzzy chatter at the start, in the pitter patter of running shoes, in the excited barking of dogs (see the videos on our facebook page!); all that New Year's Day friendliness ringing out along the trails!


Karla and Rhianna did an amazing job as RDs today as numbers exceeded the Core Group's wildest dreams. Impromptu strategies were seamlessly put into action to keep everyone organised (volunteers) and happy (volunteers and parkrunners). Becci is results processing as I write and has put so much in to planning, processing and checking results, responding to emails and making sure the results cogs keep turning. Becci did her 126th volunteering stint today! Thank you, Becci!!


The volunteers today said they had record numbers of thanks/happy New Year messages/thumbs up, and it really is appreciated, so thank you all you friendly parkrunners.


We had 21 people totally new to parkrun – a brilliant start to the year and we are so glad you chose Haldon as your debut parkrun event.

Lottie Fyfe (who was a tail walker today), Daisy McKenna and Sam Withers all achieved their 10th parkrun milestones at Haldon today. What an achievement!

David Long, Pete Williams, Sara Jewels and Gordon Bryant all achieved their 50 milestones with us at Haldon today. Mike Harris, Tim Laverick and Glenn and Tori Redler achieved their 100 milestone today – many of these 'did the double'. Well done to you all!


There are some lovely photos courtesy of Maurice Raymont and videos of today's run on the Haldon Forest parkrun facebook page – do take a look to re-live your parkrun experience!


Here are a few reminders of memorable events at Haldon Forest parkrun over the past year -


  • The 1st Haldon Forest parkrun happened on 23rd February 2019
  • Until today the highest attendance was 195, and today ………. 853!
  • Karla and Mike brought Star Wars to life at a Fancy Dress parkrun earlier in the year. May the Force be with you!
  • Participants were taken on an Alice in Wonderland adventure on Saturday 27th July (see Haldon Forest parkrun News for Run Report - Event 22!)
  • On 5th October we had the pleasure of Adam Holland, an elite extreme endurance World Class runner and Steve Crowley who represents GB on the Paratriathlete team with us at Haldon Forest parkrun. Where else but parkrun could an old(ish) lady (me!) who started running a few months ago participate in the same event as two world class athletes? How amazing is that! Thank you Adam and Steve for being so inspirational to so many, and being so friendly to those who run in your footsteps (or try to see you as you speed off into the distance!). You can check out Adam & Steve on line to be inspired by their incredible achievements.
  • At Event 37 Maurice and Karla (two of our stalwart volunteers) were seen 'galloping' around the course on motorised Trampers (Trampers can be hired from the Ranger's office if booked in advance)
  • At the end of November the first Couch 2 5k Haldon Forest over 55s group graduated and joined the Haldon Forest parkrun community. Well done all of you, no mean feat doing C2 5k on a hilly course!
  • We have welcomed many Duke of Edinburgh young volunteers over the year. They have all done brilliantly, developing skills and contributing enthusiastically to parkrun. Thank you to you all! You're amazing!
  • Haldon Forest parkrun is a great training ground for volunteers, being small (until today!). We have had 3 trainee Run Directors – Rowan (age 5) and Rhianna and Nonny (both under 18). They have all risen to the challenge with professionalism & enthusiasm. Rhianna, who was assistant RD today, is respected as an extremely knowledgeable volunteer who is looked to to train others in the skills. She is a tip top timekeeper!
  • In the autumn the original Core Group who set up Haldon Forest parkrun welcomed some new Core Group members. The volunteer group has gone from strength to strength over the year, all down to those pioneers who set the solid foundations. An amazing achievement of the original core group who have been so welcoming (and helped us newbies learn the parkrun ropes!)
  • On 1st November the over 55 mph winds meant Haldon Forest park had to be closed, so no parkrun that day - but it made us all the more keen the next week! This is the only time we've had to cancel.
  • As we approached Christmas there was an increase in festive wear, and our volunteers and runners really went festive for our pre-Christmas parkrun – even our Finish Funnel was festive with lights, flashing snowman & santa and music!


And to the future …….


We'd love to see new people and our regulars at Haldon Forest parkrun throughout 2020. For those who haven't seen the views yet – honestly, they are lovely! There's always something new going on – last week I saw the deer rutting as I drove away! And you don't usually have to queue for the car park or the loos. Come again soon - there's always a good atmosphere at Haldon, and a great cafe!


Haldon Forest parkrun's birthday celebration event is on Saturday 22nd February 2020. We'd love you to be with us.


Event 42 – 21/12/19

After the heavy rain during the previous week, Saturday morning’s 42nd Haldon Forest parkrun was a dry and occasionally sunny run for the 146 participants and a further 20 volunteers. Men outnumbered women runners, with 89 men and 57 women participating.

With the proximity of Christmas, many of our parkrunners were in festive dress and it is always fun to see runners negotiating the course dressed as Santa or a Christmas Tree! No doubt, as families headed down to the South West to join relatives to start the festivities, there was an influx of tourists at the parkrun, with a whopping 43 parkrunners enjoying the delights of our two hills for the very first time- including runners from Brierley Forest (north of Nottingham), Ashton Court (Bristol), Burnham and Highbridge and nearer home: Killerton, Exeter Riverside, Exmouth and Plymvalley

Despite the heavy rain the course was still pretty dry and this helped 25 of our parkrunners achieve a personal best time this weekend. Well done to you on your achievement.

Of course our parkrun relies on the generosity of its parkrunners and this was particularly evident this weekend. Runners donated food and supplies to the Teignbridge Homeless Action Today (THAT) Foodbank. We also had a full festive roster and many thanks to our volunteers, many of whom are stalwarts of our roster. Thanks to our volunteer heroes: Jess & Chris BALLY, Rebecca BARTER, Mark BEVAN, Esmee CAWRSE, Maurice DURBIN, Emily, Jessica & Lottie FYFE, Louise & Richard GENTRY, Philip GREEDY, Karla GREGORY, Luca MATTIONI, Rona MCINTYRE, Nicola MUDGE, Maurice, Rhianna, Ethan & Lisa RAYMONT and last but not least Gordon SEWARD.

Gordon has been part of the parkrun family since Killerton parkrun started in 2011 and has been a fixture at Haldon Forest since we began, timekeeping and training new timekeepers in this key role. Gordon has volunteered an incredible 412 times over the last nine years. We thank you for your commitment and support.

So we’ve just got the one run left this year. We are still looking for a few volunteers, particularly barcode scanners, so if you can help, please contact Karla, this week’s volunteer co-ordinator at haldonforest@parkrun.com.

If you would like an extra parkrun fix, don’t forget that CHRISTMAS DAY parkruns are operating throughout the country. The closest parkruns are at Exeter Riverside, Torbay Velopark, Seaton, and Plymvalley who all start at 9:00 am. Maybe we will see you there? A full list of all parkruns and whether there are extra runs on Christmas and New Year’s Day can be found here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/special-events/

Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page which has loads of photos of Saturday’s run https://www.facebook.com/Haldon-Forest-parkrun-392119701336830/

Finally, the Core Volunteer team would like to wish all our parkrunners and volunteers a fantastic Christmas!


Event 39 – 30/11/19

Haldon Forest parkrun
Event number 39
23rd November 2019 Run Report

Pitta patter the rain drops fell.
Even the ducks didn’t turn up today!

But when ducks don’t turn up parkrunners & volunteers do.

They braved the flooded roads as nature watered the beautiful forest for us to enjoy all year round.

Maurice did his first RD and what a sterling job.

As the rain drops drip & slide down
Haldon parkrunners spilsh splash their song as they pounded through the forest, along the gritted path, up and down the hills.

With the cheering & support of very drenched marshals, the 80 parkrunners continued to be as brave as the rain - not afraid to fall, but thankfully they didn’t fall as much as today’s rain.

As Howard Bailey came in first further runners followed including first timers and visitors of which I believe the furthest away was Manchester.
We had some real hero’s out today and special well done to Sue.

The rain continued but solace was found in the Ridge Cafe with an abundance of hot drinks & yummy food.

Remember skin is waterproof!

Today was our 38th event and well done to everyone for making Halden Forest parkrun such a success without volunteers, runners & walkers it would never work.
Although I think everyone would agree that a massive well done & thanks to Jon, Gordon, Becci & Paul who have really given amazing commitment from the start & also to Haldon Forestry Commission for hosting & supporting every week.
That leads me nicely to say don’t forget add our first birthday to your diary 22nd February 2020 - fancy dress welcome bring on the party!!!

As if that’s not exciting enough remember we’re helping you with a double whammy for New Years Day Haldon will be hosting a parkrun at 1030 a number of other parkrun’s are hosting an earlier run locally.

This week 80 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 5 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Louise GENTRY • Nonny CORBETT • Jon DAND • Leah HARPER • Rebecca BARTER • Charlotte HAWKINS • Karla GREGORY • Esmee CAWRSE • Heather GREEN • Jessica FYFE • Verity BUSHELL • Lottie FYFE • Maurice RAYMONT • Rhianna RAYMONT • Rona MCINTYRE • Maurice DURBIN • Keith GOLDSWORTHY • Emily FYFE • Jess BALLY • Chris BALLY • Marissa BARGEWELL
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Haldon Forest parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Kate DREW who recorded a time of 18:48 on 11th May 2019 (event number 11).
The male record is held by Sam HOPTON who recorded a time of 16:41 on 27th July 2019 (event number 22).
The Age Grade course record is held by Catherine Ann Thurlow NEWMAN who recorded 88.58% (20:43) on 17th August 2019 (event number 25).
Haldon Forest parkrun started on 23rd February 2019. Since then 2,015 participants have completed 4,431 parkruns covering a total distance of 22,155 km, including 825 new Personal Bests. A total of 220 individuals have volunteered 712 times.


Event 40 – 07/12/19

This week's run report for our 40th event has been written by Alice Bevan - thank you Alice!

Haldon Forest Parkrun – Run Report 7th December 2019

What a beautiful morning it was for a Haldon Forest Parkrun this morning!

Unlike the previous few weeks, it wasn’t pouring with rain, nor was it freezing cold, and the sun shone on a perfect December morning giving a fabulous view from the ridge.

This week we were joined by a group of Haldon Trailblazers who graduated their over 55s Couch To 5k course by completing Haldon Forest Parkrun today, huge congratulations to all of you! We hope you enjoyed it and that we see you again soon.

Today’s first time briefing was expertly delivered by 5 year old Rowan, who completed his 15th Parkrun today, he has also now volunteered at Parkrun on 22 separate occasions!

Today’s run director was the lovely Karla, thank you so much to her and all the other volunteers for making Parkrun happen today.

Could you volunteer at Parkrun too?

We were joined by tourists from the far and exotic places like Taunton and Weymouth today, we hope you loved it.

Congratulations to our milestone achievers John Dand who completed his 100th Parkrun today and to Tamsin Felstead who completed her 50th Parkrun today.

We hope that all 127 of you who completed Haldon Forest Parkrun this morning liked our uphill flat bits. Come back next Saturday!

Here are the facts and figures:

This week 127 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Helen ANTHONY • Karen COLLARD • Alice BEVAN • Sara PELLING • Rebecca BARTER • Lucy BOMFORD • Imca HENSELS • John PELLING • Karla GREGORY • Anna CAWRSE • Betty CAWRSE • Esmee CAWRSE • Rowan BEVAN • Lisa RAYMONT • Maurice RAYMONT • Rhianna RAYMONT • Rona MCINTYRE • Maurice DURBIN • Gillian BUXTON • Jess BALLY • Chris BALLY • Andrew GREGORY • Gordon SEEWARD

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

The female record is held by Kate DREW who recorded a time of 18:48 on 11th May 2019 (event number 11).
The male record is held by Sam HOPTON who recorded a time of 16:41 on 27th July 2019 (event number 22).
The Age Grade course record is held by Catherine Ann Thurlow NEWMAN who recorded 88.58% (20:43) on 17th August 2019 (event number 25).

Haldon Forest parkrun started on 23rd February 2019. Since then 2,081 participants have completed 4,675 parkruns covering a total distance of 23,375 km, including 862 new Personal Bests. A total of 224 individuals have volunteered 756 times.

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