Parke parkrun is cancelled on 19 September 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Kieran Dore

Dear parkrunners

It is with deep sadness that we bring you the news that Kieran Dore passed away peacefully in Rowcroft Hospice with his family by his side on Saturday evening (2 May 2020) after having been diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.

Kieran played an important role as one of the instigators that brought parkrun to Bovey Tracey back in 2014 and he has given so much to our parkrun ever since. He would be here most weekends along with Riley, his dog, setting up the course before taking on other volunteer roles.

You will have often seen Kieran at the finish, stopwatch in hand, giving encouragement and a "well done!" to runners as they crossed the line, but he would often step in wherever he was needed. He would regularly come out to Parke to help us set up before dashing off to marshal another event, or back to Newton Abbot for a commitment with the Athletics Club, a town centre event or Carnival.

He was a dear friend and will be missed by us all. Once we are able to return to parkrun, we will find a way to celebrate his life and all he gave for us at Parke parkrun.

Kieran's funeral is Thursday 14 May. He will be leaving the chapel of rest on Albany Street at 12.50pm. Numbers for the funeral are very limited so some family and friends are going to pay their respects by lining The Avenue for 12.40pm to say farewell.

If you intend to go please be mindful of current social distancing guidance for Covid-19.


Event #298 Run Report Saturday 8 February 2020

It was a busy morning down at Parke for today's parkrun. Thanks to all the volunteers, some of whom were taking on new roles for the first time- you did a great job. We gave congratulations to Mary Cornish and Martin Cortvriend both on 200 parkruns this morning - not officially a parkrun milestone but quite an achievement - and Mary brought chocolates too! Martin celebrated by helping us to set up the course before completing his 200 parkrun.

Results are out, have a great weekend and stay safe in the bad weather that is forecast for tomorrow. Thanks to Karen Brewer for writing the Run Report:

Home, mud showered off, our 1st time at Parke and what a lovely place to visit! It certainly did not disappoint and we were greeted with beautiful dry and sunny morning.

Parke is set in a pretty setting on National Trust property. The start is on the driveway but its not long before mud glorious mud and a lovely steep longish hill with rocky terrain and more muddy trails, but how wonderful, and the bird song it must have been loud as I am normally so focused that I do not take a lot in! and the wood pecker made me smile as I negotiated yet more trail and mud, but the finish, a nice dry driveway!

So a huge effort to sprint (O.K it felt like I was sprinting!) to the finish where the wonderful volunteers were ready to scan. Everyone was so lovely and friendly, there is a fab seating area to have your coffee and cake after. It was worth getting out of bed a little earlier for.

This week 146 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Sally SHOOLBRAID • Garry SMART • Alison HYDON • Andrew WATSON • Graham NEAL • Ken DYER • Lucy CATHERALL • Isabelle DICKER • John CORNISH • Harry CATHERALL • Katey BLACKMORE • Mary BLACK • Keith GOLDSWORTHY • Jack DICKER • David BLACK

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Parke parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by James BAKER who recorded a time of 16:44 on 11th August 2018 (event number 225).
The female record is held by Siân LONGTHORPE who recorded a time of 19:25 on 27th July 2019 (event number 271).
The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 87.17% (28:19) on 21st September 2019 (event number 279).

Parke parkrun started on 5th April 2014. Since then 7,640 participants have completed 38,783 parkruns covering a total distance of 193,915 km, including 6,547 new Personal Bests. A total of 412 individuals have volunteered 3,868 times.

Thank you to all the lovely volunteers pointing us in the right direction, much needed as I have a habit of getting lost! Karen and Stuart


Reflections on my 100th parkrun by Rob White

It was in 2014 that I started bringing my daughter to Parke, roll forward 5 years and I am completing my 100th Parkrun - most of which have been at Parke, undoubtedly the best Parkrun in the country.

The squashed figure of eight means that you only run a couple of short sections twice In opposite directions), but it does give you the chance to see more of your fellow runners as you pass them out and back, giving high fives and words of encouragement.

It is a rare run that I have returned with clean shoes and mud-free legs - and once we get into the depths of winter I have to creep into the back garden to hose down before I dare entering the house!

So why do we keep coming?

Parkrun is a community and whatever your reasons for attending and athletic ability you will always be welcomed by a super band of helpers who devote many hours each week - checking the course, laying out the markers, guiding new runners and swiping your bar code.

Always remember the volunteers - without them we have no Parkrun - so a thank you as you go past them is essential for the time they have given up.

Parkrun has changed my life, we should all encourage our colleagues and friends to support the health giving benefits that it offers.

But don’t forget your barcode!



Parke parkrun run report for 18th May 2019

How many people usually do Parke parkrun I asked Run Director Andy when I’d crossed the line? 126 is the average he told me.  So since there were 126 finishers on Saturday does that make it an average parkrun? Not at all!

I’d read the course description and listened to the tourists and new runners briefing, but it doesn’t tell you everything.

As a visitor from Bedfont Lakes, this was going to be a challenging course; there aren’t many hills around Heathrow, and I was under physio advice not to run.  So I settled myself at the back of the crowd to walk the course.

3, 2, 1 and we were off. An easy start led down to the first hi-vis volunteer, who smiled and pointed left and there it was… ‘The Hill’ which meant that suddenly I had dozens of people ahead of me walking too. It certainly spread us out as we went up through the woods, weaving through the trees with a carpet of bluebells spread underneath them. Luckily for me it was dry underfoot, but evidently trail shoes are necessary if there’s been rain.

What I loved about the course was the music all the way round. Not the planes, trains, police sirens that I’m used to, but birdsong and lots of it.  The woodpigeons were the baritones, the cuckoos were the tenors, and the blackbirds led the melodies with a chorus of different tunes joining in. It was amazing, and it continued all around the squished figure of 8 course that we followed across bridges and along both sides of the river.

Well done to the 26 people who were first timers at Parke, I hope you enjoyed the course as much as I did and are already looking forward to your next one.
29 people recorded Personal Best times – congratulations to you all.

First home was Tim Pratt in 18.53, Daisy Rowe was first female crossing the line in 4th place in 21.48, and Bob Small as Tail Walker (and his 4-legged friend also with a tail) recorded 52.48 and made sure nobody was left behind.

Essential to the smooth running of the event were 14 hi-vis heroes – thank you to all the friendly volunteers who encouraged everyone whether they ran, walked, pushed buggies, or held small hands and dogs.

I’d thoroughly recommend this parkrun to tourists finding themselves near Bovey Tracey; and do go to the café afterwards to socialise and have a special parkrun baguette and hot drink.

Jenny Hodson


Event #258 20/4/2019 The View From Pontypridd!

Thanks to Karl Johnson from Pontypridd for this Run Report:

Absolutely privileged to be writing your run report today, a parkrun that nearly didn’t happen for me. Today marked my 125th parkrun BUT for the first time I forgot my barcode, believe me it was a mega panic. With massive thanks to Premier Inn and some quick thinking we were eventually on track at 8:15am.... I hate being unorganised and late for parkrun.

Parke, a national trust site is just stunning - I have never run in such a beautiful location, and the April sunshine made for another perfect parkrun. A short wait to pay to park and a quick dash to the start line to be greeted by a fun and informative first runners brief, we were ready for the off.

Now I had been pre-warned of the small hill at the start of the course..... well in, sorry but no pre-warming will ever etch the memory of the HILL out of my mind, haha. Brilliant....
I can honestly say I have never experienced such a challenging parkrun in the 67 events I have now participated in, thank you.

Today saw 232 parkrunners attend Parke, with many first timers and the second highest attendance in its history. 33 new personal bests and 28 different running club members including a couple of local clubs to myself in South Wales - Pencoed Tri and Women’s running Penarth....

One final mention if I may - parkrun is a fantastic community and I’ve been fortunate to make some amazing friends from all over the county through this amazing movement. Today was no exception - turning up to an event and bumping into a lovely lady whom I’d previously met at Llyn Llech Owain parkrun back in November 2017 - Elizabeth Czaban.... a parkrunner at my neighbouring home event of Penalta.... no idea we were both touring and turn up to the same event... mental

Anyway enough blabbing - thank you to the amazing core volunteer team and volunteers today - you truly have a unique parkrun venue. Although I don’t usually revisit parkruns I will make an exception for your beautiful course in the future for sure!

With many thanks to all


This week 232 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 64 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Alison ENGLEDEW • Hugh MARSDEN • Kieran DORE • Sarah HEARN • Finn HEARN • Wilfrid TAYLOR • Ken DYER • Mary CORNISH • Karl JOHNSON • Jenny SPENCER • Toby PASCOE • John CORNISH • Kate WATT

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Parke parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by James BAKER who recorded a time of 16:44 on 11th August 2018 (event number 225).
The female record is held by Katie SYNGE-CURTIS who recorded a time of 19:45 on 8th September 2018 (event number 229).
The Age Grade course record is held by Xavier BLY who recorded 84.68% (22:05) on 24th October 2015 (event number 82).

Parke parkrun started on 5th April 2014. Since then 6,555 participants have completed 32,880 parkruns covering a total distance of 164,400 km, including 5,721 new Personal Bests. A total of 357 individuals have volunteered 3,333 times.


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