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


Marlborough Common parkrun – Event 33 – 1 June 2019

No wind or rain this week, only glorious sunshine and a gentle breeze for the 140 people who enjoyed parkrun this week. Congratulations to Simon Nott who set a new course record of 16.03.

There was a disproportionately high number of doctors, nurses and general practice staff taking part this week. A year ago the Royal College of GPs launched the parkrun practice initiative which encouraged GP practices across the UK to develop close links with their local parkrun to become parkrun practices. Involvement aims to improve the health and wellbeing of practice staff, patients and carers and to contribute to the development of a local community and environment that is centred around wellness generation.

The run this week celebrated the first anniversary of this successful initiative. In the weeks before the parkrun on Saturday 1st June, GPs pledged to take part in the event and bring practice staff, friends and family. A target of a 1000 GPs and practice staff was set, but this was far surpassed.

The Old School Surgery in Great Bedwyn registered as a parkrun practice in September 2018 to coincide with the launch of Marlborough Common parkrun. Many of our practice staff, their families and patients run, jog or walk regularly. Our health and wellbeing have improved measurably. Pounds have been lost, blood pressures have plummeted, pre-diabetes has resolved, diabetes become better controlled, asthma symptoms improved and happiness abounds! In exchange the volunteers have learnt how to use the defibrillator and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

It is wonderful to see so many people of all ages, shapes and sizes getting fitter, healthier and happier by coming to the parkrun.

Thank you to all the volunteers for making this possible.

Dr Angela Paddon

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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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Marlborough Common parkrun – Event 32 – 25 May 2019

This parkrun event was an unexpected bonus - we had scheduled a cancellation because of a planned funfair on the Common.   But the funfair was cancelled at short notice, and we were on again - but it would only have been possible because so many of you offered at short notice to volunteer - and we were able to go ahead.  So many thanks to you all!

The day dawned a little misty, and our small setup team were out early setting out the course.   It's always rather pleasant being out on the Common early on Saturday morning, expectation in the air - how will our parkrun be today?      Oh-oh - what's this?   Two large pigeon lorries parked on the track to our parking area.    Oh well, no problem - we'll ask them to park on one side so we can get by.   Not so simple - the drivers were in a statutory rest period, and could not drive, not even a few metres - otherwise the vehicle movements would have been reported by their tachographs.   So we quickly planned to route parkrunners' cars round the lorries, and such is the spirit of parkrun, that in no time at all two volunteers had appeared to help direct the cars - many thanks to you both.

After that it was all very normal - the sun soon came out (which remarkably does seem almost normal at the moment), parkrunners started to gather, there was the first timer briefing and then we were down to the start where we were pleased to welcome nine doing their very first parkrun,  as well as visitors from Swindon, Chippenham, Andover, Bradford on Avon, Southampton and Felixstowe.  And then we were off, a slightly smaller field than in recent weeks - perhaps for a variety of reasons - but what matters is that 120 parkrunners and 22 volunteers enjoyed being part of this morning's event, whether running, jogging or walking, or giving encouragement as marshals, or doing other roles at the finish.

Congratulations to the 24 of you who achieved PBs today, and to Holly Rush of Avon Valley Runners who set a new female course record of 19:45, just over a minute faster than the previous record.

We'll be back next week and will look forward to seeing you then.

Michael Reynolds

A scene from our anti-clockwise event on 4th May; we are planning more
of these in the summer.
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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!

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