Marlborough Common parkrun is cancelled on 24 October 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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This coming Saturday would be our second birthday but alas, we won’t be partying altogether! However we have TWO things we’d love you to do to help us celebrate.

1) Share your favourite Marlborough Common parkrun moment in the photo album and tell us a little bit about why that moment is special to you! Click here to open the album.

2) Run 5k this week and log it on (not)parkrun. Let’s see how many runners we can get!

parkrun is cancelled until further notice

All events in the UK remain cancelled. You can find out more and get the latest position on their COVID-19 page.

But... (not)parkrun has started! Walk, run or jog 5k and record your own results. Read about it here.

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All the photos are here.


Marlborough Common parkrun – Photos by month and event

This is a list of all our photo pages by month and event. Please note that we don't always have a photographer, so there isn't a page for every event.

Sep 2020 2nd Birthday Memories
Jan-Mar 2020 4 January
Event 60
 18 January
Event 62
 1 February
Event 64
8 February
Event 65
14 March
Event 68
Oct-Dec 2019 5 October
Event 48
19 October
Event 50
26 October
Event 51
9 November
Event 53
23 November
Event 55
Jul-Sep 2019 14 September
Event 45
1st Anniversary
28 September

Event 47
Anniversary lunch
28 September
Apr-Jun 2019 27 April
Event 28
4 May
Event 29
11 May
Event 30
1 June
Event 33
Jan-Mar 2019 23 February
Event 19
16 March
Event 22
Hungerford Hares takeover
23 March
Event 23
2018  22 September
Event 1
 22 December
Event 11


(not) Marlborough Common parkrun

Three months of (not)running on the Common, (not)dodging the puddles and (not)eating chips or cake in the golf club. Three months of (not)seeing all those friendly faces on a Saturday morning. Sadly, it seems it will be a while until we can be back to normal.

So it’s brilliant that (not)parkrun started this week. And it’s lovely to see familiar names appearing on our (not)results page.

If you haven’t already seen it, to (not)parkrun you just walk, run or jog any 5k whenever and wherever you like! (Taking care of yourself and others, of course, please). Then record your time online - on your parkrun profile page. And if you can, it would be great if you post a pic on Facebook too!

You can find more details about (not)parkrun here.

One thing to ask - please be creative with your time and place. We’d rather you didn’t turn up on the common at 9am on Saturday just at the moment. But do try pretending everyone you meet is a (not)marshal, and shout a breathless ‘thank you marshal’ at them. Let us know how that goes.

So if you can, go out, walk, run or jog 5k and share your time and photos! We’ll see you online!


Marlborough Common parkrun – Event 68 – 14 March 2020

Well, it was an odd one this morning. After two weeks of cancellations, due to endless rain and a water-logged course, we were all super-excited to be back on the Common this morning. It was lovely to see familiar faces and to once again be sticking stakes in soft ground in the surprisingly warm fresh air. Yet there was undeniably an undercurrent of uneasiness at parkrun this morning. Volunteers exchanged elbow bumps instead of hugs. People chatted a few feet apart instead of huddled together. Conversations were sobering, laced with British gallows humour. But personally, I was glad for some normality in a very abnormal week.

It was a smaller bunch than usual this morning - 89 walkers, joggers and runners took on the course including some visitors from Cardiff. The ground was soft and muddy in places, but remarkably recovered from last week's deluge.

7 people made their parkrun debuts this morning - we hope you enjoyed it and had a blast. An honourable mention goes to the brave little boy doing his first-ever parkrun - his Mum said there was zero moaning, which was almost the bigger achievement. We really hope to see you all back next time.

14 people stuck their noses up at Coronavirus and got themselves a shiny new course PB (including meeeee).

Heath Bampton crushed it as first male in 19.10 and Hannah Hare led it home for the women in 23.57.

We are hoping and planning to hold parkrun next weekend as usual. We will follow guidance from parkrun HQ, who are doing a remarkable job at being calm, thoughtful and wise in these bonkers days. Please keep an eye on our latest news page and Facebook page for updates.

Stay well, people. Elbow bumps to you all

Cathryn Ramsden


Marlborough Common parkrun – Event 67 – 22 February 2020

Wow wasn’t it cold and rainy today for event 67. The Met Office reliably informs me it was rainy, 10 degrees, with a 25MPH wind blowing up the wazoo (I’m paraphrasing them somewhat). Setting up just after 8am this morning, it felt colder, wetter, with a much stronger wind to my morning head. While running around the North part of our course, carefully placing stakes and tape in exacting locations and avoiding all the mud, we were wondering who would turn up in weather like this? Guess what… you did! To be precise: 122 of you did. One has to feel a little sorry for the 6 first time parkrunners who chose today to start their parkrun careers. It’s not always like this – honest - please come back and see us.

Incredible though it sounds, of the 122 run, jog, and walkers, 6 of you recorded personal bests. How did you manage that? You may feel uber-smug about it all weekend, possibly all week.

Today we had visitors from Chippenham, Didcot, Livingstone, and Osterley which was nice to see and, unusually, nobody from Australia.

At roughly 09:25 the sun came out, driving the rain away and warming us all a little. Anyone before Hannah Hare would have run entirely in the rain, those after had the advantage of a dry/drier finish.

This morning I was scanning and will take a leaf out of Jeremy’s book to give a view of that role by way of a short volunteering advert. After setting up the North section of the course, I headed to the start to hear Catherine’s brief RD announcement. After the mandatory things an RD has to say, Catherine set you all off, driving headlong into the wind and rain. For scanners there’s not much to do from the start until first finisher, Doug Wilkie, crossed the line 19 minutes later. We use a combination of compact laser and mobile phone app scanners. This morning I was using the mobile app and was surprised how quick and easy it was. The majority of barcodes I saw scanned immediately except for some paper versions that were soaking wet from the rain… at least I hope they were wet from the rain; some of you store your barcodes in rather odd places. When a barcode doesn't scan we send the runner to "unscannables" where Alison was waiting to capture your details on rain proofed paper. One nice thing about scanning is you get to meet people as they finish and can have a short chat about course conditions and how soggy everyone’s feeling.

We were aware of some issues with the car park this morning. After the run the core team discussed the best way(s) to ensure safety. Please look on our website news page or our Facebook page for announcements about next week’s car parking or the state of the course in general.

Have a good week


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