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.

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. 

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

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

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 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,



Frog on the timeline!

Frog on the timeline!

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