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 pomphreyhillhelpers@parkrun.com

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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 https://www.flickr.com/groups/pomphreyhill-parkrun/  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 pomphreyhillhelpers@parkrun.com.


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


Snow Laughing Matter

So it's just after the middle of March and the weather should be improving. Approaching Easter and the fields should be teeming with new wildlife gamboling about in the weak spring sunshine. Maybe like an Italian fellow called Julius several years ago we should have been wary of the Ides of March - Strictly speaking that's the 15th fact fans but it'll fit for the narrative here...

All that is a rather long winded and verbose way of saying "it blew a hoolie and we had blizzard conditions" I know we always talk about the weather in these run reports (Typical Brits) but on this case the weather was a defining factor. In these conditions massive thanks go to our wonderful volunteers who stood out in the cold for a long time.


This weeks crew of frozen button pushers, chilly scanners and frosty marshals were James AVERY, Samantha BRAIN, Eloise BRAIN, Richard BREAKSPEAR, Rose BURCHILL, Sam COSSEY, Phil COSSEY, Helen DAVIS, Joan GIBSON, Alyssa GRIMSHAW, Kelly HOPE, Dave HORNE, Joanna HOWELL, Stephen JENKINS, Catalina LEE, Ian MUSSELL, Sheila ODELL, Rachel PATERSON, Jenny RAWLING, Matthew RAWLING, Hervé SKENDEROFF, Anna THOMAS, Jackie THORNE and Ian TILEY. The roster for the next few weeks is looking very thin, please consider signing up to help us out at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/pomphreyhill/futureroster/.

This week we also welcomed a whopping 75 graduates from couch25k courses run by sportspound amongst 86 first timers. The next ones start in April and more details can be found on the sportspound website. Amazingly almost 25% of todays 339 parkrunners were first timers. Well done to all of you for running your first parkrun in those conditions and we hope to see you back soon.


We also got to belatedly reward our Junior parkrunner of the year:

20180317_100557Our photographer today, Helen, took loads of great photos which can be seen on our Flickr pool which can be found at http://www.flickr.com/groups/pomphreyhill-parkrun/pool/P1100231

That's all from me and a longer run report than my run brief

See you at the next parkrunday

Ian - RD 17 March 2018


Seasonal Celebrations

Seasons Greetings!

At Pomphrey Hill parkrun we will enjoy our last run before Christmas on Saturday 23rd at the usual time of 9am - find out closer to the time what fancy dress options there may be. Will it be Santa suits, Christmas jumpers or general Christmas fancy dress?

For the first time ever we will be hosting a Christmas Day parkrun, so when writing your Christmas list to Santa don't forget to ask for the voucher below!


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 but the hatch will not be open for the usual refreshments so please feel free to bring mince pies, sweets and chocolates for a festive snack at the finish.


As for the last run of the year, we will enjoy our run on Saturday 29th at the usual time of 9am. Then as an added bonus, the first run of 2018 on New Year's Day there will be an EXTRA run but this time at 10.30am. Events local to us may choose to run at 9am allowing you the runner to have the option of "running the double" - the one day of the year where you can run two parkruns! Watch this space for their announcements. Whilst we encourage double the fun, we also advise you to allow plenty of time for your journey between events and to travel safely.




For one week and one week only!!! While VDA Festival occupy Pomphrey Hill playing fields with music and dance we get to parkrun elsewhere. Checkout our nearby neighbours at Chipping Sodbury parkrun, Ashton Court parkrun or Bath Skyline parkrun or  go further afield. See you on the 16th September when we return as PIRATES! ARRGGHHH!

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Club Day 2017

The 1st July will be ‘club day’ – a parkrun where we encourage all participants who are members of a running club to ditch their parkrun shirts (earned or purchased) in favour of their running club shirt. It’s an opportunity for club mates to run together along with their families, for running clubs to introduce themselves to the community and advertise their races. If you were considering joining a running club, it’s your opportunity to talk to some of the members and find a club to suit you.

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Event 173 Parking

As you know, we expect to be very busy tomorrow with Ashton Court and Chipping Sodbury parkruns both cancelled due to other events in their parks.

In addition, there is a separate event across both Mangotsfield FC and Cleeve RFC this weekend.

Please walk/jog/cycle/crawl to our event if you can. In anticipation of some additional car traffic, we have arranged to allow parking on the grass within Pomphrey Hill - in addition to the usual 2 car parks. The expected area for this is shown below, but you might be directed elsewhere on arrival.

Please note: cars parked on the field will not be able to leave until the tail runner is on their final lap.

Be safe and be patient. We will be monitoring those arriving and will announce any changes to our normal briefing times etc.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the 9am start line party!


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