Longrun Meadow Parkrun #137 – 14th May 2016 No corners cut on our watch!

A slightly chillier morning than we anticipated! However, that did not stop all 304 of you attending this morning's run, along with those important volunteers who helped to make it happen.

It was great, as usual, to be able to host tourists from: Wolverhampton, Nottingham, Peterborough and South Africa! A huge welcome, and feel free to join us anytime. The same goes to our 26 first timers.

Another great day for PBs; well done to all 58 of you. Apologies for not writing all 58 names, but here are a few: Rob Smyth - First man and PB, Laurie Husband, Paul Hake, Helen Jenkins, Georgina and Robert Turner (crossing the line at the same time), Thomas Prouse, Lincoln Andrews and Yvonne Loat.

The Centurion Headwear made its appearance again today and this time on the head of Barry Holder! Congratulations on your 100th Parkrun Barry, from us all. Congratulations to Roger Simon for completing his 50th run! We also have two of today's runners in arms reach of their important milestone - Pat Date on 99 and Rachael Holden on 49! See you both next week (don't forget the cakes ;-))

For all of you who thought you had escaped the paparazzi today, you did not! Dave was armed with his camera to capture your smiling faces!

I hope you all manage to enjoy the glorious sunshine, BBQs a go go! Good luck to all running in races tomorrow.

See you next week.

Cheryl Doherty


Longrun Meadow Parkrun #135 – More PBs Than You Could Ever Imagine

The sun came out again, and so did the runners with 297 of you running today. Not long until we hit that magic 300 again. There were 32 making their first run at Longrun and 19 doing their first ever parkrun. Hope you enjoyed it and that we’ll see you back soon.

We had visitors from Surrey, London, Cornwall, Hampshire and Gloucestershire, including one lady who was celebrating her birthday with a bit of par...krun tourism. We had 2 milestones today, 100 runs for David Bird and 10 runs for junior Max Watson. Hope you enjoyed claiming your milestone t-shirts.

Now to the PB count … an amazing 109 PBs achieved today! That’s about 35% of you, if I were to list you all we’d probably run out of internet so I’ll just say a huge big WELL DONE to you whether you knocked one second or several minutes off your time. Must have been something in the air today, hope it comes back next week as my PB is gathering cobwebs it’s so old.

First male finishers today with barcodes were Eliot Haimes (PB) with Scott Watkins (PB) and Keith Paul (PB). There were unknown runners in the mix but no barcode, no time, no exceptions. First lady over the line was Hannah Taunton (PB), followed by Louise Apsey (first timer) and Lyndsey Hollands.

We’re still looking for volunteers for the next few weeks with the 21st May looking very sparse … only a Run Director so far and she’s good but she’s not that good. Give something back a couple of times a year in the parkrun spirit. Sign up sheets at every run or email the address on the Longrun parkrun web page.

Enjoy the rest of the bank holiday weekend and come back and see us next week for another PB.

Timing this week so these PBs are all my fault


Longrun Meadow Parkrun #134 – The Sun Came Out to Play

After getting a bit of a soaking last week, we approached this morning’s parkrun wearing many layers and looking slightly distrusting of that yellow thing which appeared in the sky. Surely it wouldn’t stay long enough to see us all home (and dry).

Happily, the sun stayed out and 252 runners stayed dry, except those who were unable to avoid the puddles! We had visitors from Brighton, Ilfracome and Birmingham at our parkrun today and they had some lovely things to say about the course and the welcome they had received.

We welcomed 25 new parkrunners into the family today, it’s great to see so many new faces each week along with the old ones … and that’s not a reference to any regular runner who might or might not have had a bit of a big birthday this weekend … Gill Taunton!

The course must have been in good shape as there were 52 pbs today, that’s 1 in 5 runners beating their own pb this morning. I think this must be some sort of parkrun record. Well done everyone, hope you’ve been celebrating your achievement and we hope you’ll all be back next week to go even faster.

Celebrating her 100th parkrun this morning was Hannah Taunton, who was first lady over the line for the 83rd time. Hannah just missed a pb but she did achieve the best ever time for somebody running the whole course in a Roman helmet (Kirsti Nelson please note, Hannah kept the hat on ALL the way round). Second lady was Caroline Norris with Jessica Brown third home. Eliot Hames was first male finisher, Scott Watkins was second and Marcus Albano third over the line.

If you’re reading this then you’re probably a Longrun Meadow parkrunner and, if you are, then you’ll know that it doesn’t happen by magic, it happens because the volunteers make it happen. The volunteer rota is looking a bit bare for the next few weeks so please consider giving up your run for one week and help make it happen for others. If every regular runner volunteered once for every 20 times they ran we’d be delighted and it would let the regular volunteers get their running shoes on a few more times a year. None of the volunteer roles are difficult and many of them are suitable for children (with adult supervision). There’s a lovely purple parkrun t-shirt when you’ve volunteered 25 times and now it’s nearly summer, there’s less chance of hypothermia.

Have a great weekend


Run Director this week, tail runner last week, timer next week … please volunteer, I need a run!


Longrun Meadow parkrun #133 – This one’s for Little Stoke

In a week where parkrun was on the news and in the papers it was great to have 273 people to shepherd round Longrun Meadow. This week’s shenanigans served to remind me just how important parkrun is to me and caused me, and I suspect many others, to look at what parkrun has given us by way of achievement, friendship and muddy socks. It was great to hear that Taunton Deane Council fully support parkrun and what it brings to the community, and will be keeping it free. We’re all rooting for Little Stoke parkrun and hope their event stays where it belongs.   #lovelittlestoke

We had visitors from London and Ealing, hope you enjoyed your visit.   Fantastic to see 30 runners on their first visit to Longrun Meadow and an amazing 25 of those were on their first ever parkrun. Welcome to the family, we hope to see you back next week and the one after … it’s addictive!

The weather was kind during the week so the course had only a couple of sticky areas. However, the weather wasn’t quite so kind during the run with conditions more often seen in Scotland than Somerset. I was glad I had remembered my gloves and hat as well as my barcode. Huge thanks to the marshals out on the course who got a bit of a soaking but stayed cheery and supportive as well as the those at the finish who no longer have a barn to shelter in.

Today’s fast finishers were Oliver Berry (TAC) who was running with us for the first time, an unknown in second and Dan Wilde (TAC) in third. First lady finisher was Sarah Capstick (Running Forever), with Caroline Norris (Pembrokeshire Harriers) and Caro Wedgwood second and third.

A stonking 48 PB’s earned today. I applaud you all but I’d get an RSI if I listed you all. Enjoy the warm fuzzy glow of achievement and come back next week and smash it again. We had Carol Lloyd doing her 50th run and Oscar Pavey earning his 10 run tshirt. Well done!

If you’re feeling the parkrun love please volunteer to help out one Saturday, we can’t go ahead without 15 people who are prepared to give up their run and help others achieve their goals.

Linda the Tailrunner



parkrun Run Report 02/04/2016

This week at parkrun there were a whopping 260 runners! The busiest run of the year, with a total of 49 first timers and 26 different running clubs being represented! We welcomed a large amount of visitors today including parkrunners from Wolverhampton, Sheffield, Bristol, Bingley, Clevedon, Portsmouth, Pembrokeshire, Yorkshire, Bradford, Bournemouth, Hertfordshire and Cornwall.

A very well done to the 45 people who got PBs today – we hope to see more of them in the coming weeks ;). Four runners celebrated their 50th parkrun today – well done to Julie Morris, Simon Hancock, Lyndsey Hollands and Chris Gibbs who also got a new PB. Some of the other runners who got PBs today were: Samantha Lewis, Nick Hides, Clare Sealy, Matthew Capstick, Caleb Crook, Pheobe Hake, Daniel Thomas and Kyie Hollingshead.

In other news, Arthur the bear ran his 3rd parkrun at Longrun Meadow with his friend Matthew Loat, who helped him across the line. They both volunteered as tail runner last week - thank you J.

We were joined today by Hannah, who is making a short film about parkrun. She interviewed several people and filmed many of you runners. Hope you were all looking your best!

First to cross the line this week was Eliot Haimes with 17:26, second was Eric Evans with a new PB of 17:39 and third was Matthew Evans also with new PB of 17:49. Our first lady today was Penny Guess with 20:07, our second was Caroline Norris with a time of 20:44 and our third lady was Molly Brown with 22:01.

Thank you to the 19 volunteers that helped out at Longrun today. Many of the volunteers today are some of our regulars and were giving us a hand ahead of their run at Taunton Half-Marathon tomorrow – good luck to all of them tomorrow and also good luck to some of our visitors who are here for other events this weekend. As everyone knows, parkrun can’t run without volunteers so be sure to sign up and do you bit to help out our parkrun. 

Looking forward to seeing you all next week,

Milly Monteiro