Latest News from Marlborough Common parkrun

Next Saturday

All good - parkrun as usual.

Summer reversal

From 6th July to 21st September we're going to run the course in reverse. You can find out more here.

No parkrun on 27th July

We're cancelled on the 27th July to make way for a re-enactment of the Battle of Marlborough.

Lost property

We have several items of lost property. So if you think you may have left something behind, please ask one of the volunteers next Saturday, or email

Run reports and photos

You can find the latest run reports here.

Don't forget you can find all the photos here.


Anti-clockwise summer runs

You may remember our reverse running experiment from a few weeks back. Just for fun we switched from our normal clockwise direction to put on a one-off anti-clockwise special at the beginning of May. The good news (for all who enjoyed it at least) is that anti-clockwise runs are back for the summer!

Feedback from the first time showed a marginal preference for the reverse route, although there wasn’t much in it! So, as it seems that our parkrunners are up for the idea of something different, we will be starting our anti-clockwise summer on 6 July. It will run until 21 September, at which point we’ll change back to the original clockwise route in time for our first birthday run on 28 September.

As before, look out for slightly different signage, marshals where you might not be expecting them, and a newly positioned finish funnel just after the swing turn. It worked beautifully before and, with the help of our brilliant volunteers, we hope it will again. So, 9 chances to try out the new direction and see what PB potential it offers. Or just take in the views from a new perspective, and enjoy running down the rugby pitch rather than slogging up it!



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.

June 2019 1 June
Event 33
May 2019 4 May
Event 29
11 May
Event 30
April 2019 27 April
Event 28
February 2019 23 February
Event 19
September 2018  22 September
Event 1


parkrun pledge day 1st June 2019

We’re looking forward to doing our bit here in Marlborough to support GP parkrun pledge day on 1 June. We’ll be welcoming staff from Great Bedwyn Surgery and St James Surgery in Devizes, as they join in our parkrun and encourage their patients to do the same.

Here’s what they have to say about what parkrun means to them and their practices.

Dr Angela Paddon, Great Bedwyn Surgery
Through parkrun I became motivated to lose weight and have rediscovered the enjoyment I used to experience when I ran at university. As I lost weight and became fitter by running regularly at parkrun and on Saturday mornings my times improved. The personal satisfaction was immense when I ran the course in under 30 minutes. parkrun is encouraging the practice staff to become fitter and healthier and it is lovely to see them and their families running and walking the course. I also really enjoying having a chat with the staff, their families and with friends after the run at the golf club. It is also wonderful to see so many people registered at our practice running.

Dr Judith Jackson, St James Surgery, Devizes
St James is a lovely friendly GP surgery in Devizes. We work hard to encourage healthy lifestyles for people in our primary care team team and our patients. When we read about the RCGP initiative to get people participating in the park run we thought it was a great idea to set a good example and take part. Our group is definitely mixed ability - Catherine , senior nurse is an experienced runner of marathons, Martin is a military doctor as well as a GP, and is in regular training, and Judith also GP, is more of a jogger than a runner, but all of us are looking forward to having a good parkrun on June 1st.


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Next Saturday’s parkrun is back on! (25th May)

The funfair that was planned to be on the common next weekend has been cancelled. Which means we are un-cancelled. So we will have parkrun as usual on 25th May.

See you on the common 9am Saturday!

Photo 20-05-2019, 16 35 42 (2)



Tomorrow’s parkrun (2nd February) cancelled

With great regret we have cancelled tomorrow's parkrun (2nd February).   The Common is under at least 10 cms of snow; there is a risk of ice, the car park is almost certainly unusable, and road conditions are difficult.   And we would not want to risk putting any additional pressure on medical services when they are already likely to be very busy.

All being well we will be back the following Saturday (9th February) and will look forward to seeing you then!

Run Director Will Sandison inspects the coursePhoto 01-02-2019, 13 24 20

Marlborough Common 1st February
Photo 01-02-2019, 13 24 07


Dr Julia Hempenstall, of Old School Surgery at Great Bedwyn, writes about the benefits of parkrun

We are most grateful to Dr Hempenstall who has kindly agreed that we may reproduce this article which was originally written for local parish magazines in the Great Bedwyn area.


The Royal College of General Practitioners has teamed up with parkrun to create the “parkrun Practice Initiative” and Old School Surgery in Great Bedwyn is proud to have signed up. For those of you unfamiliar with parkrun it is a simple formula of free, weekly timed 5km events for all ages from 4+ across the country and even internationally now. It is important to say these are not races. You don’t have to be able to run 5km, you can jog, walk or even stroll it. They are open to all.

The really exciting news is that we now have a more local parkrun following the start of the Marlborough Common parkrun on 22nd September. It was a rather damp, drizzly morning up on the common but 8 of us connected to the practice gathered with anticipation of our first Old School Surgery parkrun event. Not only did staff attend but some family members did too and that is really the spirit of parkrun, everyone is welcome. The organisers had done a great job of marshalling the course and off we set. The atmosphere was carnival-like with some runners in fancy dress! To prove that parkrun really is for everyone there was a 7 week old baby being pushed round by her mother and even a participant who completed it on crutches! All 8 of us got round the course and enjoyed a warming cup of tea at the Golf Course afterwards.

We want to encourage our patients, staff and community to have fun while increasing their activity levels. The benefits of parkrun participation cannot be underestimated; improved fitness, wellness, improved mental health, improved self-esteem, skill development, benefits of mutual support, the need for fewer medications in chronic diseases, socialising and volunteering…the list goes on.

If you are reading this and thinking there is no way you could consider running 5km I can recommend the NHS couch to 5K programme as a place to start. It is a 9 week programme that is suitable for anyone, even those who cannot or have not ever run for even a minute. There are weekly podcasts to keep you going and it isn’t long before you feel the benefits. The app can give you a choice of coaches (including some celebrity voices) that keep you motivated and entertained while you progress through the weeks. There is also an online community that offers support and encouragement for all. I have had patients tell me that it is the best thing they have ever done for their mental and physical health.

And perhaps for those of you reading who are unable to participate in the 5km can I suggest you consider going to spectate or volunteer at the event? parkrun can fill the gap in our modern lives where community is key. You will be amazed at the friendliness of the events. There are also opportunities to volunteer to be a marshall and parkruns are staffed by volunteers so they are always on the search for more. parkrun combats loneliness by the fact that everyone is welcome regardless of ability, activity levels or health. The joy of the weekly social interaction with the dose of endorphins and feeling of achievement is why I feel we have to encourage more of you to get involved.

So if you’re interested please have a look at for more information. Taking part is easy, I challenge you to give it a go - all you have to do is register, print off your personal barcode and head down to Marlborough Common for 9am on Saturdays. We have made a commitment as a practice to ensure that we run at least monthly on the first Saturday in the month. We’d love to see you there or invite you to join us for a cup of tea afterwards. If you’re a patient of ours and want to know more please just pop into the surgery and ask. Any of us would be keen to talk more about it. Dr Paddon said “The best bit was crossing the finish line with everyone cheering; it was a great start to the weekend.” If you aren’t a patient at Old School Surgery please consider encouraging your surgery to sign up as a RCGP parkrun practice. Whatever your ability we look forward to seeing you there soon.

Dr Julia Hempenstall
GP at Old School Surgery
19th October 2018


Christmas 2018 and New Year’s Day 2019

Marlborough Common parkrun will be taking place as usual on the Saturdays through the Christmas and New Year period.

There will not be an extra event on Christmas Day nor on New Year's Day.


Trial Event

Many thanks to 31 parkrunners and all our volunteers who made our Trial Event a most enjoyable occasion.   The finish area, in the sunshine, proved to be a pleasant place to be for everyone to talk about their run or walk, and to give us some really useful feedback.  We will be making some small changes to the course and the way we mark and marshal it ready for our big day next week!

The results are at the end of this post, after the photo of the start.

We are still looking for more volunteers for the coming weeks, please email if you are available.  Thank you.

Michael Reynolds

Trial Event - Start

Position Time Name
1 19:44 WRAGG, Matthew
2 21:48 WILKINSON, Nick
3 21:51 HENDERSON, Stuart
4 22:37 HUGHES, Ryan
5 22:50 SAINSBURY, Colin
6 23:01 O'NEILL, Lisa
7 23:29 SAINSBURY, Guy
8 24:01 STREET, Bob
9 24:23 O'NEILL, Daniel
10 24:50 HOURD, Karina
11 25:14 CHAMBERLAIN, Kim
12 25:16 CHAMBERLAIN, Mark
13 26:39 MATTHEWS-MAIR, Sanjana
14 27:06 VICKERS, Joanne
15 27:12 FOOT, Jeremy
16 28:00 PEARCE, Richard
17 28:10 WESTALL, Roushka
18 28:40 YOUNGER, Colin
19 30:06 SELBY, Martin
20 32:04 WINTERBURN, Julia
21 32:14 SPENCER, Wendy
22 33:10 STIMSON, Ken
23 33:15 HUGHES, Paul
24 34:15 KELLAR, James
25 35:08 RAMSDEN, Richard
26 35:33 IRESON, Paul
27 38:45 JOSLIN, Alan
28 39:24 STIMSON, Nina
29 51:56 BOAST, Carole
30 51:57 BOAST, Richard
31 YOUNGER, Michelle



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