Christmas and New Year 2017/18 at Newport parkrun

We like to be organised at Newport parkrun and as such have just declared our intentions to run Christmas and New Year parkruns.

Here is a summary of our festive arrangements - please note, should we not get enough volunteers then none of these events will be able to go ahead, so please put your name down now by emailing

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parkrun in Newport

We can confirm that both Newport parkrun, Newport junior parkrun and Riverfront parkrun will go ahead this weekend as normal.

The incredible success of parkrun in the Newport area has lead to challenges accommodating the growing demand. It is for this reason we ask parkrunners to temporarily delay their first run at the new Riverfront event for a few weeks to allow the volunteer team to become established.

Meanwhile we have been working with National Trust at Tredegar House to ensure the route of Newport parkrun, which is showing signs of wear, can be sensitively and jointly managed.

The future is bright for parkrun in the area as Monmouthshire County Council and parkrun have agreed the location of a new event in Caldicot. People wishing to become involved with organising this new event can contact Laura James of Monmouthshire County Council

Eventually we hope that the three events, together with those at Cwmbran, Pontypool and Penallta will reinstate the balance between supply and demand.


Christmas and New Year at Newport parkrun

We have laid out our Christmas and New Year's plans below and do hope that you'll be able to join our festive celebrations this year! Don't forget, for any of the below events to go ahead we do need volunteers so please email on if you help on any of the below dates.

Saturday 17th December 2016: please join us for our annual festive sing-along with coffee and mince pies after this parkrun event. We'll be upstairs in the brewhouse from 10am (ish) on this day and would love for you to join us!

Saturday 24th December 2016: Christmas Eve is a usual parkrunday, and we're having a special festive themed event!

Sunday 25th December 2016: We will be parkrunning at Newport at 9am. We do need volunteers in order that this event can go ahead so please message us if you can help this morning, and wear your best festive outfits!

If you're not in Newport on Christmas Day but still wish to parkrun, then take a look at the Christmas Compendium, as there might be an event up and running wherever you happen to be this Christmas.

Saturday 31st December 2016: parkrunday as usual.

Sunday 1st December 2017: New Years parkrunday!
We are planning an extra parkrunday at 10:30am on New Years Day. We do need volunteers to make this happen, so if you do fancy lending a hand in the hi-vis then please let us know as soon as possible!

New Years Day is the only day in parkrunworld where you can record two runs on the same day. As an event team, we do not elicit/encourage people to go out of their way to record extra runs. If you do plan on completing a double, please take care especially when travelling between events. There is no rush, you can always start late and catch up with the tailrunners. We do hope you can join us After Cardiff's NYD parkrun at 9. if you're elsewhere in the country you can find a festive run near you by checking out the Christmas Compendium


Run report – 20/8/16: event number 285

Last Saturday saw 31 volunteers and 343 runners, walkers and joggers take on a very blustery Newport parkrun. Congratulations to the 27 first timers who braved the not so summery August weather to take their first parkrun steps!

Congratulations to our milestone achievers this week including Mollie Sheppard who joins the junior 10 club, Paul Williams who is the most recent member of the 50 club and last but not least, Lewis McLoughlin and Neale MacCarthaigh who have run a fantastic 100 parkruns each! Well done all!

Thank you to all our volunteers, those who made the event run so smoothly and those who assisted with the First Steps beginners running groups as tail runners and leaders. Your assistance in whatever form is very much appreciated! The summer months are the hardest to fill with volunteers and although we're very grateful to those who have put their name forward to help in the last few weeks, there are a still a number of weeks we need to fill. Please take a look at the future roster and let us know when you can help out, and which role you would like to fill:

Please email us on if you can be a hi-viz hero and help us put on Newport parkrun in the coming weeks.

Following an inspiring two weeks of sport, next Saturday we're joining with parkrun events all across the UK to help stage the UK's largest sports day as part of Join In's I AM TEAM GB! We are not only hoping to encourage people to come along and try parkrun out, but to have a bit of fun dressing up in red, white or blue to celebrate our latest sporting heroes.

If you know anyone looking to start running then don't forget to let them know about our First Steps beginners running programme which can be started any week and worked through in their own time.


Run report – 23/7/16 – the apricot event!

It was a very warm and muggy morning at Newport parkrun yesterday, but that seemed to encourage our parkrunners out and onto the course on a Saturday that we felt sure would see a low turnout. Most weeks a number of our volunteers will hazard a guess at the beginning of the run as to total numbers attending. One of our RDs this week, Brad, was absolutely certain we'd be pushing 400 and was proved pretty much correct when 397 of you crossed the finish line!

This week we had 24 volunteers who high-fived and cheered all 397 of you across the line and through the finish funnel. Of our 397 parkrunners/joggers/walkers this week, 31 of you were first timers and 47 recorded personal bests.

We had a number of milestone achievers this week with Ioan Maher and Lorna Saffer reaching the junior 10 milestone club. Congratulations both, we hope to see you in your new white 10 parkrun tshirts soon!  Also reaching a milestone this week were Matthew Pollard, Tudor Evans and Paul McCarthy who have joined the 50 milestone club - well done all, there will be a red parkrun tshirt on its way to you soon no doubt!

Next Saturday we start our latest beginners running programme, more details on this will be published this week. Watch this space!

We need a number of volunteers to come forward in order to be able to put on Newport parkrun successfully in the next couple of weeks - summer is always a difficult time to fill the roster so if you can help at all, please let us know. The future roster is here so take a look and drop us a line ( for a preferred or brand new role and the date you can help:

parkrunners across the country were encouraged to attend an event today in an apricot parkrun top and those at Newport parkrun didn't fail to show off their parkrun best today with a splash of colour. If you'd like to purchase an apricot vest, short sleeve or long sleeve top (which you can personalise with the name of your home run) then you can do so here: All the profit from the sale of the apricot tops contributes directly to ensure the sustainability and success of parkrun.

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Robert BLUNDELL, Gareth CHARLES, Dave COOK, John DALLY, Peta DANIELS, Ruby DAVIES, Carl DIFFORD, Brad GOODFELLOW, Trudy HURFORD, Elaine LEVERSON, Richard LEWIS, Emma LYNCH, Dexter LYNCH, Howard Charles MASON, Elizabeth MOUNFIELD, Richard OWEN, Jan OWEN, Andrew PARK, Sam REES, Matthew REES, Jack ROWLAND, Morgan STEPHENSON, Rhys STEPHENSON and Emma WOOKEY


Run report: 7/5/16

We expected sunshine, we naively expected summer, but the rain came down on Saturday and it was more like a soggy weekend in November than a Spring morning in May – a number of people commented that it was perfect weather for running, so maybe it wasn’t all that bad after all!

This week there were 44 volunteers (including 17 pacers), 614 runners, joggers and walkers, of whom 57 were first timers, and all very welcome to their first experience of Newport parkrun.

You should have seen by now that we had a wealth of photographers around the course on Saturday, and our thanks to them for taking some superb shots of our parkrunners and volunteers. If you haven’t taken the time to look through the photos in the albums on the Facebook page yet, then I highly recommend it over a cuppa later this evening. I pretty sure I’m not the only one who waits patiently on a Saturday afternoon to see if any photos will be uploaded in order to spot myself in any various stage of exhaustion or striking a pose that wouldn’t look out of place in a 1980s catalogue! We all love a good photo and we’ve been lucky enough this week to have three photographers. If you would like to try your hand at taking photos at Newport parkrun one week, however good or bad you think you might be at doing it, then please drop us an email to volunteer your skills, as a blurry photo parkrunning is as delightful to see as a non-blurry photo; it’s the pleasure of trawling the Facebook albums on a Saturday afternoon that’s the main thing!

Our volunteer team this week deserve a massive pat on the back and a huge well done from everyone, as they stood out in the rain, unsure of whether to find a brolly or just get on with getting a little bit wet, choosing the slightly soggy and drowned rat look – well parkrun must go on! Genuine thanks to those who put their name down on the roster this week, and to those who are already filling up the coming weeks. It’s been said before and will be said again, without our volunteers, there simply wouldn’t be a parkrun and for all the work they put in before, during and after Newport parkrun, we should all be incredibly thankful.

If you would like to come and experience Newport parkrun from a new perspective, why not take a look at the future roster and find a date and role you’d be available to help out with, and we’ll talk you through everything. Don’t worry about not knowing what to do or that you might get something wrong – we’ve all got something wrong before now and none of it has been catastrophic (believe me!) and we will give you all the instruction you need. We’d love for you to join us anytime

Our thanks to the pacers from Lliswerry Runners also this week, it looks like many of you successfully chased them down as we had 124 PBs achieved! Our pacers will be back on the first Saturday of next month (and every month thereafter) for you to chase them to hopefully yet another PB. The plan for the next pacer week is that our pacers will provide times from 20 minutes all the way up and into 40 minutes so there will be plenty of opportunities to chase your desired time.

This week quite a few Newport parkrunners reached a number of milestones:
Addie Parr, Daniel Meehan and Mali Edwards are juniors that have run their 10th parkrun – congratulations to you all.
Joining the 50 milestone club this week are Andrew White, David Price, Michael Evans, Selvakumaran Muthu and Simeon Lolin – well done to you all – onwards and upwards to 100 parkruns now!

If you know you’re running a milestone next week, let us know so we can give you a shout out in person or via the Facebook page.

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Trefor BEESE, Robert BLUNDELL, Paul BRUTON, Gareth CHARLES, Paul CHICK, Dave COOK, Steven COOK, Nick DAVIES, Carl DIFFORD, Carl ELLIOTT, Tomas FORSEY, Luke GAWTHORN, Julie GIBSON, Simon Lee GILL, Brad GOODFELLOW, Helen HODGES, Howard HUGHES, Minka ISAKSSON, Keith JAMES, Gareth JENKINS, Terri KITSON, Sarah Nicol LAUDER, Howard Charles MASON, Christopher MATTHEWS, Mikiko MINTY, Keir MOUNFIELD, Elizabeth MOUNFIELD, Joe MULCAHY, Tracey MURPHY, Lisa NICHOLLS, Andrew PARK, Elizabeth PARKER, Dawn PARKER, Mike RIDD, Rebecca ROTHWELL, Alison SHEEDY, Neil SIDNEY, Paul STACEY, Simon TANG, Barry TURNER, Tim WASHBROOK, Mervyn WEIGHTMAN-BENT, Gillian E WILLIAMS and Marina WRIGHT


Newport parkrun turns 5!

On Saturday 26th March it will be five years to the day that Newport parkrun first started, it also happens to be Easter Saturday and in the spirit of a five year old's birthday party we'd like to invite you to join us for birthday cake and to parkrun in your fanciest Easter bonnet (hats to the uninitiated!)

Since that first run around Tredegar House back in 2011, 618 individuals have volunteered to do almost 4000 different roles over all of our events. So, at our birthday event we want to celebrate these wonderful 618 individuals as without them we wouldn't have reached this anniversary at all. We would like to stage a mass photo of as many Newport parkrun volunteers as possible so please come along ready to say 'cheese'!


Run report – 5th March: event number 161

It was a little chilly this morning down at Tredegar House but that didn't put off 442 runners from turning up and pushing themselves at a PB-tastic Newport parkrun event number 261.

As it was the first Saturday in the month, it was our pacer week and we had pacer volunteers from Caerleon RC and Lliswerry Runners to guide our parkrunners around the winter course all the way from 21 to 44 minutes. This seemed to work well for many of you with a fantastic 127 PBs achieved this... morning - huge thank you to our pacers and a huge congratulations to everyone who got a Personal Best this morning!

There were a number of milestones achieved this week including Chris Walton and Elinor Phillips who both reached their 50th parkrun today (Elinor should probably have passed this milestone a long time ago but kept leaving her barcode at home!)
Angela Potter-Collins reaches her 25th volunteering milestone today, thank you and congratulations Angela!

Elinor is also celebrating reaching the 25 volunteering milestone today combining both roles by volunteering as 31 min pacer.

Congratulations also to Mani who recently reached his 100th parkrun milestone - another fantastic achievement! 

Thank you to all of our 40 volunteers today for setting up, organising and packing away another slickly run event. It's testament to such a well run and well organised event that the 'average runner' doesn't understand or appreciate quite how much work goes into each and every event both on the morning but before and after also. If you'd like to get an idea of what is done each week to enable you to run then please put your name down to volunteer, we'd love to show you the ropes and would love to start you off on your journey to your 25 volunteer milestone like Elinor above and many before her! Email to volunteer, as just like Merve announced this morning when introducing our pacers - if it wasn't for our volunteers there would be no parkrun at all! 

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Paul ADAMS, Mark ALFORD, Trefor BEESE, Kevin Charles BOOTH, Robert Charles BROWN, Ailsa BURRIDGE, Tracy COOPER, Susie CREASEY, Ruby DAVIES, Nick DAVIES, Tomas FORSEY, Luke GAWTHORN, Brad GOODFELLOW, Christopher HILL, Stephen HOUGHTON, Nick JACKSON, Ian MACRORY, Roni MARGERISON, Howard Charles MASON, Aisling MORGAN, Chris MORRIS, Peter OLIVIER, Elinor PHILLIPS, Diane POTTER, Angela POTTER-COLLINS, Nick PRINGLE, Alison SHEEDY, Sarah SWART, Simon TANG, Miles THOMAS, Michael TITLEY, Jeff UNSWORTH, Carl URQUHART, Chris WATKINS, Mervyn WEIGHTMAN-BENT, Lloyd WILLIAMS, Carys WILLIAMS, Moira WOOLES, Marina WRIGHT and Tim WRIGHT


Run report – 27th Feb: event number 260

This week is all about numbers...

Event number 260 saw 458 runners, which only a matter of weeks ago we'd have considered a record breaking number. We also had 24 wonderful volunteers, 43 first timers (welcome to Newport parkrun!), and an enormous 127 PBs!

Some of the most staggering numbers this week have come from those who've reached parkrun milestones and congratulations and bravo to you all! ...
Joining the junior 10 club (achieved by juniors who run 10 5k parkruns) are George Powell and Jay Hayes.
Now I know where to find the stats (!) we can announce also that Mark Faulkner joins the Volunteer club for volunteering at a parkrun on 25 separate occasions.
Joining the 100 parkrun milestone club is week are Bernadette Wilkinson, Hannah Blackaby and Julia Davies. This is a superb achievement and you should all be very proud.
Topping out our milestone achievements this week is Ivor Cardwell who is one of only 507 parkrunners to achieve the phenomenal accolade of joining the 250 parkrun milestone club! In almost 5 years of Newport parkrun Ivor has run or volunteered at practically all our events, missing only one in March 2015.
Well done to you all!

Thank an you to each and every one of our volunteers for another fantastic event. We've welcomed a number of first time volunteers in the last couple of weeks and would like to open up the opportunity to anyone else that would like to join the team for next Saturday or any Saturday you can spare us in the next couple of months. Please email the team on to give something back smile emoticon Not only do you get to wear a fancy new Intersport hi-viz vest (or a lovely blue and white one for the Run Director), but you can start to progress towards the exclusive 25 volunteering club!

We are rapidly approaching Newport parkrun's 5th birthday which will be towards the end of March - watch this space for details of how we're planning to celebrate this milestone of our own. We do hope you can join us!

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Jon BELCHER, Gerri BLUNDELL, Helen BOVILL, Rachel Ann BOWEN, Dave COOK, Susie CREASEY, Chris DAVIES, Ruby DAVIES, Hayley EDWARDS, Carl ELLIOTT, Carole FEREDAY, Matthew GRANTHAM, Christopher HILL, Andrew HILLIS, Joey JONES, Gareth JONES, Howard Charles MASON, Elizabeth MOUNFIELD, Angela POTTER-COLLINS, Benjamin POWELL, Mike RIDD, Sarah SWART, Jeff UNSWORTH and Yangi VUNDAMINA




Run report – 13th Jan 2016: event 258

This week is all about the Personal Bests, 112 runners recorded new PBs at Saturday's event, a brilliant number of you getting better and better each week! Well done to everyone who recorded a PB in wet and muddy conditions.

In total this week there were 453 runners and 21 volunteers at event 258.

Thank you to each and every volunteer for everything you do each week, from set up to the event itself, to the pack away, token sorting and results over a very welcome coffee in the Brewhouse. We are always looking for help from anyone who can offer the event some time across the year, email us if next week is your week to volunteer!

The couch to 5k groups are still going strong and we're incredibly proud of each and every one of you for making it round the full course each week now. A huge thanks of course to our volunteers for leading each group and motivating everyone on throughout!

Congratulations to our milestone runners this week, Paul Adams achieved his 50th run and Laurie Carter his 100th run! Well done both - quite an achievement!

Our run report photo this week is a collage of a number of photos posted, in the last 7 days, to our Instagram or Twitter accounts - thank you to those who posted and tagged us in them (@newportparkrun)



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