Season’s Greetings!

PHpr Christmas 2020Wishing you all a fantastic Christmas and a  happy and healthy New Year!

Much love from Pomphrey Hill parkrun's Core Team:

Steve, Martyn, Ella, Catalina, Meryl, Trudy, William, Danny, Adrian and Ris


Fright Night!

It wouldn't be Halloween without some frightful sights and what a sight we are getting as we move into November. The weather has soaked all of our (not) parkrunners this week however, don't feel too disheartened though as I am here to cheer you up with some past Halloween costumes at Pomphrey Hill to remind you of what to look forward to next year.
Before this though, let's check in with this weeks (not) parkrun results.

(not) parkrun results

Week 20 saw 22 (not) parkrunners this week run 52 (not) parkruns. Special mentions go to Gale WOOD & Debra FRY for their first recorded (not) parkruns; to Dave GAnthony WORGANHayley BENNETT & Rosalyn CASTLE for (not) parkrun PBs.  Looking at last week it seems Hayley has her second PB in a row, a massive well done for that.
The speediest Pomphrey (not) parkrunner was Dave G with a fine time of 21:53.
You can see all of the week's (not) parkrun results here.

Some more (not) parkrun stats coming your way courtesy of
Worldwide 17147 parkrunners recorded 28089 (not)parkruns, with an average time of 34:41.
In the UK 10857 parkrunners recorded 17282 (not)parkruns, with an average time of 32:50.

Lockdown 2

We are now facing another lockdown however, reports so far of the restrictions are that we can still get outside and run, either on our own or with one other person.  It's important in these times to try and stay healthy (physically and mentally).  I myself will still be trying to get out to get my (not) parkrun times submitted and I hope I catch a sight of some of you running around Pomphrey.

Some useful links:
parkrun COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update
Meeting with family and friends Gov. Guidelines


Before we get to the goods, I would personally like to thank the following for their submissions, without you I would just be a lonely ghoul.

Janet Jenkins: Gary Woodruff: Debra Parsons: Craig Pilkington: Julia Dunn: Hayley Bennett: Lynsey Miles and, of course, myself Martyn Poole.


Debra Parsons: One of our EGRC Halloween run groups who braved the wind and rain on Saturday morning - we all missed our parkrun Halloween run this year


Last Year 2019


Craig Pilkington: It was a wet one, but a good one! David Hemmings Elena Von Thode Minguet Giorgos Sigalas



Hayley Bennett: 2019


Lynsey Miles: Pomphrey Hill 2015

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Janet Jenkins: Can't make it to Pomphrey for Halloween this year but this is 2018 on a lovely sunny day with Jenny Dodd and Cathy Boynton.


Gary Woodruff running as a nun

Thanks to everyone for keeping things going and do continue to enjoy your (not) parkruns!


Until next time; be safe, stay healthy and look after each other.



No parkrun but still lots of running and plenty of familiar faces

Last Saturday morning Dudley (the doodle) and I enjoyed a gentle stroll around Pomphrey, checking in on Mr Hill and stopping to sample the delights of the hatch. Dudley was aiming for a PB in his own Pomphrey Hill barkrun but got distracted by the smell of sausages on the finishing straight. Better luck next time Dudley.

What a fabulous way this was to start the weekend. We met many familiar faces (we now know where the Pomphrey Hill run director team hang out of a Saturday) making the most of the decent weather and notching up another (not) parkrun.  There were solo runners, group runners and first time runners. As I watched the smiles and the socially distanced elbow bumps, as runners old and new made it around Pomphrey, I was reminded that parkrun is about so much more than just the km travelled. Apart from the obvious physical and mental benefits there are also the well earned bragging rights that you have earned. As Gary Woodruff, the resident Pomphrey Hill photographer proudly highlighted.

And whilst we cannot currently follow a traditional parkrun format it was great to see so many people still enjoy the benefits of Saturday morning run, walk or jog (up a little incline).








Here's the link for the weeks (not)parkrun results. Congratulations to Nigel Jennings for achieving a second PB. What a fabulous effort. Well done to all for keeping those 5k runs going.



Happy New Year 2020!!

Pomphrey Hill parkrun
Event number 304
1st January 2020

Happy New Year and welcome to the Roaring, or should that be Running, Twenties!

I thought I'd start this report with some of your comments from our Visitor's Book and from our Facebook Page:

"What a great time for my first time ever, everyone's so very friendly.  Thank you." Dene from Canada

"Thank you to the wonderful support from the fab community here, I reached my 50th!"  Helen

"Thank you very much to the organisers and volunteers, what a great way to start the new year." Sam

"Thank you to all the volunteers - thoroughly enjoyed today’s run!" Charlotte

"Thank you, it was a great way to start the year even if it was hard work after the festivities." Karen         

It was truly wonderful to see the Pomphrey Hill community coming together to enjoy parkrun, both the volunteers and the runners contributed in their own ways to make a really special event.

39 wonderful volunteers arrived early or stayed late and did many different roles and I cannot thank them enough! I especially would like to thank Barbara amd her team of car park marshals who did such an amazing job in the car parks that I was actually able to drink an entire cup of tea before the start! We also need to congratulate Kevin Rickerby on his 25th Volunteer. Those 39 Hi-Vis Heroes are:

Alan COOK  •  Andrew BLACKER  •  Andrew BOYNTON  •  Anna THOMAS  •  Barbara SULLIVAN  •  Ben WILLIAMS  •  Carolyn DONOGHUE  •  Catalina LEE  •  Chris THORNE  •  Daniel SMITH  •  Debra PARSONS  •  Ian CROZIER  •  Jackie THORNE  •  Jane CROZIER  •  Janet JENKINS  •  Jim OVENS  •  Jonathan DUCKWORTH  •  Karen DYER  •  Kevin RICKERBY  •  Laura SEWELL  •  Lesley BARRY  •  Lucy POTTER  •  Maggie COOK  •  Matthew '5 Past' BESSELL  •  Mike DONOGHUE  •  Neil EVANS  •  Phil COSSEY  •  Philip RILEY  •  Ris SCOTT  •  Siri May RENARD  •  Stephanie EVANS  •  Stephen JENKINS  •  Tim CARR  •  Tom HILL  •  Trudy REED  •  Victoria BURCHILL  •  William LEE  •  Yvonne COX  •  Yvonne LOGAN

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This week 481 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 83 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 52 different clubs took part.

Several new milestone t-shirts were earned, congratulations go to:

Helen DAVIS and Stuart RAE on their 50th finish at Pomphrey on NYD and joined the 50 Club. Also to Pomphrey runners Carol NESBITT who ran at Tonbridge and Matthew GUNSTONE who ran at Eastville.

Caroline DUCKWOTH, Helen ALLINGTON and Vicky LEDBURY on their 100th finish at Pomphrey on NYD and joined the 100 Club. Also to Pomphrey runners Joanna HARDING who ran her 100th at Bracknell and Tim SHURLOCK, who went to Eastville.

While not a t-shirt earning milestone, honourable mention also goes to James BAKER on his 200th finish.

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 We also had not one, but two new Age Category Records set:  

The SM18-19 new record was set by Nick CASTLE in 16:45, with an age grade percentage of 79.74%.

The  VW70-74 new record was set (again) by Caroline LAVIS in 25:31, with an age grade percentage of 91.77%.  That means that Caroline's name is at the bottom of this run report, and our website page, as she now has the highest age grade percentage EVER at Pomphrey Hill parkrun.  Many congratulations, Caroline!!

Age graded record holder: Caroline LAVIS - 91.77 % - 25:31 - Event 304 (01/01/20)

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Danny, a member of our Core Team, delivering the First Timer's Briefing to a very large group of first timers and tourists. Tourists joined us from Clevedon, Stonehouse (including Ed KNUDSEN our first finisher), Lydiard in Swindon, Didcot, Leicester Victoria, Severn Bridge, Henley-on-Thames, Cheltenham and Canada to name a few.

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

The male record is held by Patrick MARTIN who recorded a time of 15:37 on 4th February 2017 (event number 156).
The female record is held by Charlotte Emily TAYLOR-GREEN who recorded a time of 18:00 on 27th October 2018 (event number 243).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline LAVIS who recorded 91.77% (25:31) on 1st January 2020 (event number 304).

Pomphrey Hill parkrun started on 1st March 2014. Since then 10,353 participants have completed 72,931 parkruns covering a total distance of 364,655 km, including 13,191 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,055 individuals have volunteered 6,998 times.

See you on Saturday 4th January for the Pomphrey Hill parkrun #305.

Ris Scott

Co-Event Director
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Christmas Day and New Years Day Events

Christmas Day 2018 Pomphrey Hill parkrun

We are happy to announce that there will be two additional events over the festive period:

  • Christmas Day at 9:00am
  • New Years Day at 10:30am

Both events will need a full complement of volunteers to go ahead, so please volunteer if you're able.

Many thanks

The Core Team
Pomphrey Hill parkrun

If you are away from Bristol or looking for a tourist run, the 'Christmas & New Year Compendium – 2019/20' is being updated daily as Event Teams make decisions including getting permission from land owners.

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When will my Pomphrey prince arrive ?

Pomphrey Hill was on fire this weekend quite literally it was magnificent weather for this weeks run.

We had 288 people run walk or jog we also had 42 new personal best's and we had three milestones, Emily Jeffries and Jack Pitcher completed their 50th runs and Philip Riley completed is 100th parkrun. They celebrated with a Disney themed parkrun where Phil dressed up as pixie as per his parkrun nickname.

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We also had one very special Milestone, and quite a rarity, as Andrew Boynton one of our new RDs did his 25th volunteering stint meaning he can now get the 25 volunteer purple shirt.

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I would also like to thank our fantastic volunteers who make the whole event possible, as the weather gets better and we enter the summer holidays we start to struggle slightly for volunteers if you can help our parkrun it would be greatly appreciated. Our email is

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As much as the weather is lovely, Pomphrey is a deceiving  course our hill is a suntrap as well as being very hilly, you can quickly over heat, please dress according to the weather with layers so you can strip off if needed and leave water and drinks under the pavilion.


May the 4th is Star Wars Day, your RD may be rebellion leader Princess Leia helped by Han Solo. We cant wait to see the galaxies deadliest creatures on the course so see you there.

Pomphrey Hill parkrun
Event number 267
20th April 2019

This week 288 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Stuart HENDERSON • Suzanne CHESSON • Roger HAYNES • Steven BURGE • Anne BURGE • Alyssa GRIMSHAW • Thelma GARNER • Meryl GRIMSHAW • Anna THOMAS • Vic GARNER • Ella BURCHILL • Andrew BOYNTON • Stephen JENKINS • Sue UPFIELD • Rosalyn CASTLE • Lesley BARRY • Helen SPILSBURY • Sam COSSEY • Phil COSSEY • Michelle PEARSON • Andrea COFFIN • Gary WOODRUFF • Ben SMITH • Kerri VAUGHAN • John JEFFERIES • Tracy JEFFERIES  • Kevin RICKERBY

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

The male record is held by Patrick MARTIN who recorded a time of 15:37 on 4th February 2017 (event number 156).
The female record is held by Charlotte Emily TAYLOR-GREEN who recorded a time of 18:00 on 27th October 2018 (event number 243).
The Age Grade course record is held by Simon ANDERSON who recorded 86.78% (17:16) on 13th August 2016 (event number 130).

Pomphrey Hill parkrun started on 1st March 2014. Since then 9,100 participants have completed 61,751 parkruns covering a total distance of 308,755 km, including 11,642 new Personal Bests. A total of 924 individuals have volunteered 5,902 times.


Good Times!

It was brilliant to have such a large number of volunteers on Saturday who really added to the great atmosphere at Pomphrey Hill this weekend. I was lucky to be able to put more than one marshal on most positions and this extra clapping and encouragement really helped everyone to navigate this hilly course. A couple of particular mentions should go to Martyn Poole and Sue Upfield who played music at the bottom of Pomphrey Hill and made a lot of people smile and Kelly, Alex and Elena Wood at the top of Pomphrey Hill.

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 A special mention to Gary Woodruff, our volunteer photographer for his usual brilliance with his camera,  here is a link to all the photos from Saturday  and here a few of his excellent photos. 


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Congratulations to Paula Adamson on completing her 100th parkrun on Saturday in a black and white fancy dress and hat.


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It was great to see so many first timers at our first time briefing led by James Dorrell, well done James in delivering this so well. Well done to everyone who made the most of the cool conditions to record a PB including our first finisher Chris Davidson.

I also had the privilege to meet Fiona Hughes after all the running had finished, Fiona will be helping me at the deaf takeover event on the 11th May at Pomphrey Hill. Please keep an eye on this website and our Facebook page for more details over the coming weeks.

A reminder that there will be no parkrun at Pomphrey Hill next Saturday 13th April so it is a good chance to try out a different parkrun.

See you back at Pomphrey on the 20th April



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Pomphrey Hill parkrun
Event number 266
6th April 2019

This week 313 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 47 were first timers and 66 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 39 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Neil EVANS • Kathryn CHALLIS • Jorge CROCKFORD • Ella BURCHILL • Andrew BOYNTON • Ris SCOTT • Dave HORNE • Malcolm PICK • Sally BARTRAM • Yvonne LOGAN • Kelly WOOD • Stephen JENKINS • Sue UPFIELD • Trudy REED • Alex WOOD • Charmaine Petra TODD • Andrew BANFIELD • Fiona HUGHES • Julie ILOGU • Martyn POOLE • Michele COOK • Gary WOODRUFF • Elena WOOD • Kerri VAUGHAN • James DORRELL • Kevin RICKERBY • Rodney TANTON • Amy TANTON

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

The male record is held by Patrick MARTIN who recorded a time of 15:37 on 4th February 2017 (event number 156).
The female record is held by Charlotte Emily TAYLOR-GREEN who recorded a time of 18:00 on 27th October 2018 (event number 243).
The Age Grade course record is held by Simon ANDERSON who recorded 86.78% (17:16) on 13th August 2016 (event number 130).

Pomphrey Hill parkrun started on 1st March 2014. Since then 9,066 participants have completed 61,463 parkruns covering a total distance of 307,315 km, including 11,600 new Personal Bests. A total of 919 individuals have volunteered 5,876 times.


An ice day but there’s no run


Although we couldn't run the event on 2nd February, a few people jogged around slowly just after 9am - including a couple of visitors who hadn't seen our cancellation posts - and all agreed it was far too slippery for anything but gently and gingerly trotting around. There is also some real skill in avoiding sledgers whizzing around in all downward directions!


There are some other important announcements that we couldn't mention in the run brief, so here goes:

1) Our 5TH BIRTHDAY EVENT will be on Saturday 2nd March. The chosen theme this year is Zoo Animals and Rangers, so start planning your fancy dress. There will also be the usual prizes, raffles and cake competition - look out for more details over the next couple of weeks.

2) BARK! We had some more bark delivered this week, but decided well before the cancellation to wait for slightly milder weather. We may put a shout out at fairly short notice - on any week that has a full roster and a pleasant forecast!!

3) Another cancellation - due to another event planned at Pomphrey Hill, we also have to cancel on Saturday 13th April. Let's hope this isn't something that happens in 3s...

I hope you all enjoyed your week off. See you back at Pomphrey for Event #258 on Saturday!




Christmas 2018 plans at Pomphrey Hill

After all the fun last year, we will once again be hosting a Christmas Day parkrun.

We will start at 9.30am to allow a little time for runners to open a few pressies before grabbing their barcode and running with us. There will be access to toilets and the hatch will be open this year.

To help us with our planning we would really appreciate people letting us know if they could volunteer that day so we can make sure we have enough people to ensure the parkrun can be put on safely. You can email us on


As for the last run of the year, we will enjoy our run on Saturday 29th at the usual time of 9am. However, after 4 consecutive NYD runs we are not planning an extra run on 1st January 2019. Events local to us may choose to run - watch this space for their announcements.


Currant Bun parkrun

With the weather finally sharpening its act up and the ground firming up the conditions at Pomphrey Hill parkrun were almost perfect for people to leave behind the drudgery of winter and smash out their fastest time in 2018. For 58 returning runners and 40 first timers (out of 347) new course Personal Bests were also set.


At the front of the run, Jonny Suttle and Nick Castle pushed each other hard to try and reach the finish line first and both achieved Personal Best times and were split by only 4 seconds in times of 16:28 and 16:32 respectively. Wow chaps, good work! Our first female finisher Anna Neufeld was on her fist visit to Pomphrey Hill and completed the course in a time of 21:23. Congratulations to all of you who completed our course no matter what time or position.


Nick was also completing his 50th parkrun as did Stephen Burfitt and Julia Hoskins. David Richards was taking part in his 100th event. Shelagh Fishlock was completing her 25th volunteer slot. The most notable was that for the 2nd week in a row we had a parkrunner reaching the 250 mark, Katie Pinnington who has run 143 times at Pomphrey Hill. Congratulations on reaching these milestones. We hope you continue to return to us many more times in the future.


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Of course, parkrun is not all about running, it was brilliant to see parkrunners enjoying the weather and sitting on the grass with each other after finishing their efforts. Whilst the weather remains hot, please consider bringing a drink and maybe even some sun protection.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Karen DYER • Steven GRANT • Ian MUSSELL • Alan COOK • Catalina LEE • Robin HARDIN • Vic GARNER • Vic N' SKRUFF (AINSWORTH) • Richard HARRIS • Richard HELLIAR • Caroline MILKINS • Anne WATKINS • Shelagh FISHLOCK • Jake GARDINER • Vince LUNN • Nadine LUNN • Claire PRESTON • Janette HALTON • Duncan GOUGH • Becky BRESSINGTON • Chris AMOS • Phil COSSEY • Claire THOMAS • Aaron DUNFORD • Nikky COX • Karen STEPHENS • Michael BULT

Next week is Bristol and West takeover week - They are providing most of the volunteers and also providing some pacers. Keep an eye on our Facebook site for more info on pace times.

Also this Friday night we are hosting an informal social evening at the Millhouse in Emersons Green. All details can be found on our Facebook event

Thanks and see you on the next parkrun day
Ian M - Run Director 5th May

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