Saturday 14th March 2020 “Beat Beethoven”

So Saturday arrived with Covid 19 and checking updates from parkrunHQ we safely made it.

With limited rain - only a little shower it almost felt like spring!

So no official theme this week except “Be hygienic & don’t touch each other!” I think the majority of runners & volunteers succeeded both!

As the sun shone and the birds sung Paul (RD) and his band of merry volunteers gathered for briefing & allocation. If you’ve never volunteered you really don’t know what your missing!

With Lucy heading to the car parking machine area to welcome new & tourist parkrunners to Haldon Forest, the other volunteers headed to allocated points.

Now before I go any further I just want to share a lovely email we got after today’s parkrun.

Hi, 
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you all, I did my first park run with you guys today, everyone was so helpful and welcoming, I was a little nervous as I am trying to get back into my running and although I've been running by myself over the winter I used to take part in lots of events, so I was a little nervous this morning and there was no need to be! 
Thank you so much for making me feel so welcome, I'm looking forward to joining you all again!
A huge thank you to all the volunteers!
Hopefully see you soon. 
Nicky 

Thank you Nicky and welcome, well done to all volunteers you always do Haldon Forest parkrun proud. But also to all parkrunners because together we make Haldon Forest parkrun what it is. #team

Anyone wishing to volunteer for the car park meet & greet please email the volunteer coordinator. (Details at the bottom.)

Today our fabulous RD Paul set a challenge and 92 of you managed to “Beat Beethoven.” Let hope Paul keeps up the challenge up with different music when’s he is RD.
But Paul’s awesomeness did not stop there - he pledge to donate 50p to Sport Relief for every person who “Beat Beethoven.” That was 92 of you and Paul rounded it up to £50. Peter our first time and beyond briefer pledged to match the donation. Well done and thank you to you both.

Volunteering brings lots of rewards and today M3 Gillie & Alfie had the pleasure of watching the deer.

Now some of you may of noticed Mr Token aka Maurice was missing and we wish him a speedy recovery and we thank his daughter Karen for stepping in to cover.
Thank you also to Maurice the younger who turned up to run but due to another poorly volunteer who we also wish well, Maurice stepped in an made sure we had full compliment of marshals.

Thank you to everyone in helping the barcode scanners have minimal contact with tokens, hygiene and safety of all of us is important with current climate especially.

Now on the note of hygiene please can we remind and request that the expelling of bodily fluids is not welcome anywhere on the course. That includes urine yeap no peeing in the forest, spitting and snotting. Covid 19 or not spitting in the funnel is not acceptable, nor is spitting on the course your be amazed that it often hits other runners & volunteers.

So who spotted one of our dedicated Inspirational Women from last weeks run out running today?
Lovely to see Jo Pavey enjoying the course with her family today and well done on last weeks run at Exmouth,
where Jo set a new female course record.

Next week we have volunteers from Goodgym contributing to the volunteer roster please checkout their group page

https://www.facebook.com/groups/331963557752719/?ref=share

Please keep a close eye on our Facebook and website for any updates in reference to COVID 19. All action and decisions are in accordance to parkrun HQ. If you are not well or may of been in contact with someone who may or has covid 19 please stay away from parkrun. Any volunteers who turn up unwell they will not be able to volunteer and will be kindly turned away by the RD or ED.

Paul & the merry volunteers

Paul & the merry volunteers

Beautiful marshal points

Beautiful marshal points

Just ready to run

Just ready to run

Happy marshal

Happy marshal

Please keep well and for those who have had organised runs postponed and cancelled - there is always another run.

Don’t forget Saturday 28th March 2020 we have our postponed 1st Birthday parkrun celebration. Fancy dress encouraged and some we know don’t need to much encouragement! So come as your superhero, your favourite animal, character or something else your imagination takes you to! But if thats not your thing just having you with us is enough.

Fancy volunteering please emailing the fabulous Becci our volunteer coordinate
haldonforest@parkrun.com

Thank you Haldon Forest & all the Rangers for your hard work and support to parkrun.

Haldon Forest parkrun
Event number 54
14th March 2020

This week 135 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Paul BARTER • Karen COLLARD • Rebecca BARTER • Lucy BOMFORD • Karla GREGORY • Peter HENDY-IBBS • Helen FYFE • Ralph FYFE • Lottie FYFE • Lisa RAYMONT • Maurice RAYMONT • Rhianna RAYMONT • Rona MCINTYRE • Rachael BURROWS • James BURROWS • Julie BARTON • Eva MCALARY • Pearse MCALARY • Ethan RAYMONT • Chris GOODE • Gillian BUXTON • Emily FYFE • Andrew GREGORY • Claudius RUDIN • 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 Oliver SMART who recorded a time of 16:16 on 22nd February 2020 (event number 51).
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 3,006 participants have completed 7,658 parkruns covering a total distance of 38,290 km, including 1,322 new Personal Bests. A total of 269 individuals have volunteered 1,081 times.

 

Saturday 7th March 2020 event 53

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International Women's Day - Haldon Forest parkrun in pictures
07 March 2020 - Event Number 53
Report written by Rona McIntyre & photos taken by Ed Gillam

We had a fabulous International Women's Day parkrun on Saturday, with a good splash of purple clothing, hats and hair to be seen around the course. The purple prize has to go jointly to Karla and Rhianna for their fetching purple hats and hair!

We had a happy group of 23 willing volunteers to fill the various roles around the course and behind the scenes. Thank you all for your hard work making this event happen (and making it fun!). If you volunteer 25 times you get a purple milestone tee, modelled in photos! Whether you've volunteered once or hundreds of times, or anything in between, you are all amazing!

What a colourful crowd of 111 runners, walkers and joggers gathering at the start for the 1st Timer's and RD's Briefings. At this point everyone was upright – but few people had turned ankles today. One of our volunteers today turned an ankle running previous week – so do take care on the trails! Hope you are all recovering and we see you again soon.

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International Women's Day - Haldon Forest parkrun in pictures
07 March 2020 - Event Number 53
Report written by Rona McIntyre & photos taken by Ed Gillam

We had a fabulous International Women's Day parkrun on Saturday, with a good splash of purple clothing, hats and hair to be seen around the course. The purple prize has to go jointly to Karla and Rhianna for their fetching purple hats and hair!

We had a happy group of 23 willing volunteers to fill the various roles around the course and behind the scenes. Thank you all for your hard work making this event happen (and making it fun!). If you volunteer 25 times you get a purple milestone tee, modelled in photos! Whether you've volunteered once or hundreds of times, or anything in between, you are all amazing!

What a colourful crowd of 111 runners, walkers and joggers gathering at the start for the 1st Timer's and RD's Briefings. At this point everyone was upright – but few people had turned ankles today. One of our volunteers today turned an ankle running previous week – so do take care on the trails! Hope you are all recovering and we see you again soon.

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Saturday 29th February 2020 (leap day)

It was a cold wet morning, sometime in the middle of February (most mornings during the month fitted this description), when the frog chorus was at full strength (a frog chorus is something like the dawn chorus, only croakier and wetter) “.... do, do, do.... do, do, do....  la – la- la”, the frogs were busy deciding what they might do with their extra day at the end of the month, as it was a leap year.
Without the aforementioned extra days added to the calendar every four years February would drift into the summer – with the weather as it currently is, I can see a benefit to that, but where would that leave our summer?
Anyway... one of the frogs, Kermit, had heard that the only place to be this leap year was The Haldon Forest parkrun. The other frogs were not aware of this amazing event so Kermit proceeded to tell all the other frogs about Haldon Forest, a beautiful woodland covering 3,500 acres, just 15 minutes from Exeter. Kermit explained how the parkrun followed the trail paths through the forest for a mere (!!) 5000 meters, the lovely views they would get to see across the Exe Basin, not just once, but twice as the route doubled around the forest. All the other frogs thought that Kermit’s idea for the leap day sounded just perfect.
Leap Day arrived and Kermit and all his “froggy” friends descended on the forest, it was a cold one, but this did not deter the hardy frogs. It was not just Kermit and his friends that went along, there were many frogs and others celebrating leap day too!
It was 9am and everyone, frogs and all, were under starters’ orders, leaping into action. The runners, hoppers and walkers were on their way, enjoying the gentle downhill at the start. It was all going well for everyone until they turned left and were faced with a steep narrow path – Kermit had neglected to mention the short ascent, or how steep it was. It was tough for some of the frogs but “Side by side, hand in hand, we all made it (stand) together”.
Being overtaken by the front runners before we had made it as far as the rhododendron tunnel was a first, but “Win or lose, sink or swim, one thing is certain we’ll never give in”. As ever we were rewarded by the views, before entering the stoney descent. For the first time ever at Haldon Forest parkrun I did get wet feet and momentarily considered that perhaps trail shoes might have gone down well on this bit of path – but I’m sure the frogs hardly noticed or were even thankful for conditions more suited to amphibians.
The second loop, a little lengthier than the first, with another, longer, but perhaps less steep ascent – another hill Kermit had neglected to mention to his “froggy” friends. A second rendition of our favourite song helped us to the top “Win or lose, sink or swim, one thing is certain we’ll never give in. Side by side, hand in hand, we all stand together. Do – do-do, Do- do-do, Do- do-do- do-do, Do- do-do- do-do”. Before long we were on the home straight and the finish was in sight. Then over the line and we had completed another parkrun with the help of friends, frogs and not forgetting the all important volunteers. This week saw a volunteer milestone – 25, for Rona McIntyre. Thank you Rona!
According to one famous frog, “It’s not easy being green” but this leap year day I beg to differ, all the frogs appeared to have a fabulous morning at Haldon Forest parkrun – but don’t take my word for it, come and try it for yourself!

Best regards,
Sarah

Tailfrog

Tailfrog

Frog on the timeline!

Frog on the timeline!

 

Event 50 08/02/20

Haldon Forest parkrun

Event number 50

8th February 2020

Glorious sunshine welcomed us all to Haldon Forest’s 50th event today, the calm before Storm Ciara arrives tomorrow. Lots of red parkrun 50 shirts could be seen around, including from our run director Adrian.

It was my 50th parkrun today, supported by 5 year old Rowan on his 23rd. 

Karla has also done an amazing 50th parkrun volunteer roles as of this morning, thank you so much for everything you give to parkrun. 

Mike Davis doubled that and was running his 100th parkrun today, amazing! 

As well as milestones and regular runners we also welcomed some people who were brand new to parkrun today, we hope you enjoyed your first run and will come back again soon! We also welcomed a few visitors today from Exmouth and Melton Mowbray amongst others.

Rowan would also like to say a few a few words about this morning’s parkrun:

‘It was amazing and I still beat my Mum even though it was her 50th parkrun. I fell over at the beginning because I slipped on the mud and hurt my knee and hand, but I got up again and helped Mum finish her 50th parkrun, she did super duper well! We shared a yummy chocolate brownie in the cafe afterwards’.

We hope to see you all again soon, stay safe from the storm!! 

Alice and Rowan Bevan :-)

This week 159 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Adrian MOUNTFORD • Clare MOUNTFORD • Karen COLLARD • Alice BEVAN • Andy FIELD • Sara PELLING • Dale STRINGER • Karla GREGORY • Rowan BEVAN • Verity BUSHELL • Lottie FYFE • Lisa RAYMONT • Maurice RAYMONT • Rhianna RAYMONT • Rona MCINTYRE • Ethan RAYMONT • Maurice DURBIN • Emily FYFE • Andrew GREGORY • Claudius RUDIN • 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 2,899 participants have completed 7,029 parkruns covering a total distance of 35,145 km, including 1,207 new Personal Bests. A total of 252 individuals have volunteered 989 times.

 

Event 48 – 25/01/20

Thank you to everyone who joined us yesterday - and to all of the fantastic volunteers who make our event happen - in a multitude of roles!

Here's the summary of yesterday's event - the last one in January. See you same time, same place next week?!

Haldon Forest parkrun
Event number 48
25th January 2020

This week 169 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • David NASH • Jane BEECH • Graeme SALISBURY • Pat CORBETT • Mark BEVAN • Karen COLLARD • Alice BEVAN • Rebecca BARTER • Lucy BOMFORD • Esmee CAWRSE • Peter HENDY-IBBS • Lottie FYFE • Lisa RAYMONT • Maurice RAYMONT • Rhianna RAYMONT • Ethan RAYMONT • Maurice DURBIN • Gillian BUXTON • Emily FYFE • Claudius RUDIN • 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 2,829 participants have completed 6,696 parkruns covering a total distance of 33,480 km, including 1,137 new Personal Bests. A total of 246 individuals have volunteered 946 times.

 

Event 47 – 18/01/20

That’s another parkrun completed at Haldon Forest Park - Forestry England thank you to Rangers, Volunteers and participants only together we make it so good.

This week 203 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 45 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

We know you love the tokens but please give them back!

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Helen ANTHONY • Louise GENTRY • Richard STONE • Karen COLLARD • Laura NICHOLLS • Ailsa BARROW • David NICHOLLS • Rebecca BARTER • Naomi SHAW • Edward SHAW • Mark JEFFREYS • Charlotte HAWKINS • Karla GREGORY • Heather GREEN • Jessica FYFE • Lottie FYFE • Rona MCINTYRE • Suzi LEATHER • Maurice DURBIN • Emily FYFE • Marissa BARGEWELL • Andrew GREGORY

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 2,786 participants have completed 6,527 parkruns covering a total distance of 32,635 km, including 1,096 new Personal Bests. A total of 245 individuals have volunteered 924 times.

 

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!

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