Oxford parkrun is cancelled on 30 May 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

International Women’s Day parkrun – 7th March 2020

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Oxford parkrun will be joining parkruns worldwide in a celebration of female participation.

It will be a female-focused parkrun celebration and will take place on Saturday 7th March 2020, the day before International Women’s Day.

In England, #IWDparkrun will be supported by This Girl Can, a campaign created by parkrun's partner Sport England.

We're hoping to fill the roster with an all-female cast, so please let us know if you'd like to be involved!

Men are still most welcome to join in as usual!

Find out more by clicking this link.

The Oxford parkrun Team

#IWDparkrun

 

Run Report: Event #420 – 01-02-20

This weekend was my first visit to Oxford parkrun. It was a special weekend as my sister was getting married but it was made extra special with a visit to Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park. As a core volunteer at my local event, Great Lines in Kent, it was great to have a bit of a lie in and arrive just in time for the first timers briefing. It was nice to receive a warm welcome from the Run Director and the volunteer team.

It’s always good to celebrate milestones and this week saw Jacob notch up his 50th volunteering stint. Think he was a little shocked and suitably embarrassed when his Dad gave a speech and expressed how proud he was of him. Well done Jacob. If you haven’t volunteered yet then get involved and give it a go.  Full training is given and it is also fun.

516 amazing people ran, walked or jogged at the 420th event. This week the course was the winter route which is 3 laps.  Underfoot conditions were good, even on the grass, and the rain did hold off for most of the run. It is a lovely flat course which is a pleasant change from Great Lines where we have a hill which is affectionately known as “The Alps” that we have to scale twice. Great post run coffee in The San Remo cafe. Unfortunately time was tight so couldn't try out the bacon sandwich.  Must especially thank all of the marshals out on the course for all of their encouragement to all participants.

Thanks to the whole team at Oxford parkrun for making me feel welcome. Hope to be back again sometime soon.

 

NYD UPDATE

It’s #NYE and there is much anticipation about Oxford parkrun's New Year Day Special...

We are very pleased to report that a course inspection has resulted in a thumbs up AND we have just about enough hi-viz heroes to make it happen (although we would love to hear from a few more).

#NYD is a GO, starting at 10AM!

BE PREPATED FOR PARKING CHARGES ...
We think that Oxford's on-street parking restrictions and pay-and-display charges remain in force on Bank Holidays (and in the Cutteslowe area these are operational from 10am).
So given our 10am start, come prepared with money for the car park (80p for an hour) or you can pay via RingGo.
The Cutteslowe Controlled Parking Zone is also operational from 10am (although we ask you not to park there anyway).

Please also look out for each others around the course. Remember a kind word goes a long way and be patient at all times.

With all that in mind, let's remind ourselves of the normal parkrunday rules:
9:55- First Timer Briefing
10:00 - Start
Parking - Pay and display in the park
Toilets - will be open on the side of the top pavilion and the kiosk
Under 11's MUST run within arm's length of their adult
1 dog per person, on a short leash
Trail shoes recommended!

We're looking forward celebrating the start of 2020 with you all!

#loveparkrun | #DFYB

 

Run Report #415 – 14th December 2019

It was lovely to tourist at Oxford parkrun today, despite the less than desirable weather which seemed to disappear and be replaced by sun the second we had finished! Still, my boyfriend and I were just grateful to be able to attend it; after a long day visiting the Christmas market and ice skating yesterday – which, in hindsight, was not a fabulous idea the day before a run – we returned back to the hotel room, only to realise that our entire kit, minus shoes and barcode, were at home in Somerset! A quick, late night trip to the nearby retail park allowed us to find some cheap, acceptable clothes to run in. Note to self – when packing for a weekend away, make sure all the bags are in the car…

We then saw that due to a lack of marshals, the run may not go ahead. Thankfully, the hi-vis heroes stepped in as always, and it was on – 26 amazing volunteers made today possible. So appreciated, especially in the rain!

Thank you to: Ben BROWN • Bob POMFRET • Chris JONES • Colin GOODLAD • Diane WILKINSON • Eveline SMITH • Evelyn JOSLIN • Hayden NEALE-BATES • Jack BROWN • Jake ANDERSON • Jan PONSFORD • John STOBBS • Jordi HOOPER • Lesley MALLOCH • Lorraine WILSON • Mary WILSON • Millie SCOTT • Neil MELVILLE FERNANDES • Nick PAGETT • Rachel JOHNSON • Richard VENABLES • Sam FARMBOROUGH • Samara WARDLEY • Sarah LEACH • Sarah Ruth Alice WATERS • Ulen NEALE

Despite the uncertainty of yesterday, all worked out and we really enjoyed being part of the 373 brave people to walk, jog or run Oxford’s 3 lap winter course today. This was a very different experience to our home run in St Mary’s, Bridport, which usually gets around 80-100 runners! We felt at home immediately as we pulled up to the familiar sight of the hi vis heroes – that truly is the beauty of parkrun; the feeling of familiarity, wherever you are in the country, or even the world. There were 43 first timers today, and 18 new PBs recorded – well done!

A special mention must also go to first timer Frosty THESNOWMAN, who did an incredible job of pacing the 30-minute mark in a rather impressive costume – if you weren’t there, I’ll let you figure out what the outfit was!

First across the line today was Adam WALDRON, in an incredibly fast 16.56. This was swiftly followed by Matthieu MARSHALL in 17.00 and Joe BOWNESS in 17.40, finishing second and third respectively. First lady today was Amy CONCANNON in an amazing 20.43. Fabulous running by all.

At this point in the run report for my home parkrun, I would usually mention first dog. However, there were so many dogs at the start line today that I didn’t see who finished first, nor did I catch any names of the dogs or owners. It was however a pleasure to meet so many excited doggies, and their owners! Well done to you all.

Despite the weather, which brightened up almost miraculously after the run, it was a very enjoyable and friendly course. If you are local to Oxford and haven’t given it a go yet, or fancy a bit of tourism to get your ‘O’, it is definitely worth a visit – Cutteslowe and Sunnymead is a lovely park, and I expect would be even more so in brighter weather! Don’t forget to volunteer too – there are always roles available where you can run also. It takes just minutes to register for parkrun and will keep you smiling all weekend. Just don’t forget your barcode… or your clothes!

Author: Jordi Hooper

 

NYD 2020

New Year's Day at Oxford parkrun

We plan to hold a special event on Wednesday 1st January 2020 starting at 10:00 - based on journey times from other parkruns in the area, we advise that it is NOT suitable to combine this with other parkrun's starting at 9.00.

If you are interested in a parkrun double, we suggest you look at the parkrun Christmas Compendium for a 9am and 10:30am start combination that may suit you.

This is subject to having a FULL ROSTER of volunteers confirmed on Saturday 28th December as well as the usual course inspections, so do check here in case of any changes to the plan nearer the date.

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