Prospect parkrun is cancelled on 4 July 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Prospect parkrun Event #89

By Gary Brampton

It was one of those events where, as Run Director, I fet like a bit of a spare part. Everything just seemed to work perfectly of its own accord. All the volunteers were experienced in their roles and performed them expertly, all but one of our participants had remembered their barcode and every single one of our precious finish tokens were returned!  The rain threatened, but didn't arrive, the sun did make an appearance and the course seemed just a little more runnable than in recent weeks.

It was a pleasure to announce Emma Doyle as the latest Prospect Hero. Emma has been with us since our very earliest days, undertaking 36 volunteering tasks on 27 separate parkrun days, as well as notching up 43 runs at Prospect out of her total of 103.  Thank you, Emma!


First finisher today was Oli Snoxall, just over a minute ahead of dad Jonathan in third place, separating the Speedy Snoxalls was Ian Savill.  First lady was Abigail Hirst, followed by Rupa Tumbapo and Angelica Lazor.  Well done everyone, it's still a pretty tough run despite the improved conditions!  Special mention also to Shamiso Banda, who was quite late arriving and despite not having the grippiest running shoes was still able to catch the Tail Walkers and then push on to finish eight minutes ahead of them.  A definite PB next time you run with us, now you know where we are!

First dog across the line today was Monty accompanied by David Fiddes who was completing his 200th parkrun (or 201st if you count the one where he 'lost' his barcode in his pocket).  Also joining us, from Sandhurst, were Charlotte and Charlie St. Aubyn, who needed a P (please Bob) for their parkrun alphabet quest.

Most experienced parkrunner today was Judy Hicks-Davies with 345 finishes and top Age-Grader was Oli Snoxall with 72.36%.  The newish results layout allows you to play around with these things as well as to restrict the list by gender or age group, for those of you that like that kind of thing.

On a personal note, it was nice to catch up with Steve Ingledew, now of Edinburgh AC, but back in the very late seventies celebrated for having the joint best musical taste in the Little Heath School Sixth Form Common Room.  That may be a biased view.

This week 138 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:


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

The male record is held by Pete ROCK who recorded a time of 16:35 on 24th August 2019 (event number 61).
The female record is held by Naomi MITCHELL who recorded a time of 18:01 on 14th September 2019 (event number 63).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane A DAVIES who recorded 88.92% (21:13) on 29th September 2018 (event number 18).

Prospect parkrun started on 5th May 2018. Since then 3,878 participants have completed 15,430 parkruns covering a total distance of 77,150 km, including 2,790 new Personal Bests. A total of 343 individuals have volunteered 2,109 times.


Prospect parkrun Event #88 – The One On International Women’s Day

The one on International Women’s day. 

It was an overcast but fortunately dry morning for the 176 people who completed the 88th Prospect parkrun.

Today we were celebrating International Womens Day so appropriately we had a female RD Mary giving some inspirational words during the race briefing.

A special shout out to Nicola in her wonderwoman costume marshalling at the far point.  Fresh from being last weeks 29th Feb Leap Frog she is never undert-hemed and we love her for it.  Did you get a picture with our special photoframe this week? If you did please share it on our facebook page or tag us on the 'gram.

Being the first parkrun of the month, it was pacers week on the odd numbers.



On international womens day I thought I would share why I decided to volunteer as a pacer.   At one of Prospect’s first pacer weeks I noticed that all the pacers were men which is simply what promoted me to have a go.  Given that the field seems to be at least half women it is curious as to why there are less female pacers? Perhaps women are less confident in hitting a specific time?  I have found being a pacer is very rewarding and it gives you a warm fuzzy feeling to encourage people who are trying to hit a specific time for their parkrun.


Interestingly people also seem to think pacers are running gurus and I get asked quite a lot of questions and people often share with me their running goals.   The most frequent question I get asked is “Is this your usual pace”.   I always feel a bit guilty to answer that I usually run a bit faster.  I choose a slower time for pacing so that I am confident at hitting it (although was a bit off this week) and it also means that I have enough breath left to encourage people who are stretching themselves by following a pacer.   A shout out to Lis Route who was running with me this week and training for the Reading half marathon.   Also: a high five to Montserrat Perez-Parent who was the other female pacer this week representing Reading Joggers


This week we welcomed 12 runners that are new to parkrun and 19 people new to Prospect, we hope you enjoyed the mud and will come back soon.  This week we welcomed tourists from Croydon, Swindon and Woodley!  It seems that we almost always have a tourist from Swindon.  I am guessing our easy access up the M4 makes us a good candidate for people looking to get to another venue.  It does beg the question as to whether there is always a tourist from Prospect at Swindon?  Has anyone run Lydiard parkrun?

Conditions this morning were once again very muddy.  It was however thankfully slightly less muddy than last week and a lot less standing water on the course.   Still plenty of opportunity for slipping and sliding across the top by the bowling green and  trail shoes are still recommended!  Congratulations to the 17 people who recorded personal bests despite the challenging terrain.

Onto the results:

Taking the honours on International Women’s day was Naomi Gardner who was our first lady in the funnel this morning with Marin Cater being second and Suzanne Hooker who was third.   Lis Rout was our highest age graded lady this morning.  Gina Hopkins was our most experienced female parkrunner this morning taking a token for the 437th time and joining us at Prospect for the 12th time.

Kudos also to our male runners taking the honours this week:  John Kane was first into the funnel representing Andover AC and also this week’s highest aged graded runner, closely followed by Brendan Morris and Patrick Hayes both from Reading Roadrunners.   Christopher Kelly was our most experienced parkrunner clocking up his 473rd run today – that 500 T shirt is getting closer!

Thank you to all our High Vis heros this week who made the 88th prospect parkrun happen on International Women's Day!




This week 176 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Kingsley Roy STARLING • Clewin GRIFFITH • Dion FARRELL • Phillip FARRELL • Ian BUTTERFIELD • Michael GOFF • Mary WILSON • Gary BRAMPTON • Janet LEVERTON • Sarah MORRIS • Stu MCNEILL • Kirsty MOULSLEY • Martin WILLS • Helen DICKENS • Geoff WHITE • William PLATT • Gerry O'DRISCOLL • Tiggy GUNSTONE • Andrew PLIMSOLL • Nicola REYNOLDS • Laura TAYLOR • Montserrat PEREZ-PARENT • Benjamin LANCASTER • Donald TOWNSIN • John DICKENS • Jean-Paul TANNER • Chris WALLER • Matthew WALLER • Ben WILSON

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

The male record is held by Pete ROCK who recorded a time of 16:35 on 24th August 2019 (event number 61).
The female record is held by Naomi MITCHELL who recorded a time of 18:01 on 14th September 2019 (event number 63).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane A DAVIES who recorded 88.92% (21:13) on 29th September 2018 (event number 18).

Prospect parkrun started on 5th May 2018. Since then 3,856 participants have completed 15,292 parkruns covering a total distance of 76,460 km, including 2,775 new Personal Bests. A total of 343 individuals have volunteered 2,087 times.


Prospect parkrun Event #87 – The first parkrun on a leap day…and the one with my Mum!

Run report by Maurice Minette-George
Photos by  Dan Mercer

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The first parkrun on a leap day...and the one with my Mum!

But first, let’s rewind 217 days to July 27th 2019 (weather sunny, temperature 20 degrees Celsius)

ME: "Hi Mum, how do you fancy doing a parkrun for your 70th birthday?"
MUM: "Errrm, sure!"

Present day 29th February 2020. A first and rare parkrun, the first on a leap year and another one not going to come around until 2048. (Weather wet, temperature 8 degrees Celsius)

ME: "Do you want waterproof trousers"
MUM: "I’m ok but I’ve packed an emergency poncho!"

What a difference 217 days make.

Still here we were, standing at the start line. A good selection of fancy dress was beginning to also arrive to celebrate the uniqueness of the date (at least that’s why I think there was a gorilla, several onesies and a Father and Son super hero combo in Prospect Park at 9am on a Saturday)


There were an impressive number of first timers given the conditions and a number of tourists from near (Basingstoke) and far (Aberystwyth).

I’ll summarise the briefing; 'it’s muddy, very muddy!'

And so with the health and safety mantra of 'BE CAREFUL' still ringing in our ears 142 of us were off on Prospect parkrun number 87.

It was lonely out in front for first finisher Clewin Griffith who made light work of the 3 lap course in 20 minutes and 31 seconds, nearly a full two minutes before second finisher Michael Goff.

Meanwhile towards the back of proceedings there was no such isolation where the tail walkers doing an excellent job of keeping spirits high. It was true the conditions underfoot were challenging but no one was slipping in our select group only 'controlled gliding!'

A word to the Hi-Vis Heroes who on our final lap were showing signs of frost bite,trench foot and mild delirium – how can you still be that cheerful after an hour in the same spot! Huge thanks to ALL of them who made the event possible.

The end was in sight. For a brief moment I consider a sprint to overtake my boss who was within touching distance but no I would let her take the bragging rights Monday morning. And so, Mum and I cross the finish line. Her first parkrun complete at the age of 70, and on this very special leap day parkrun too.


As I wander home I realise I’ll be 64 by the time the next one rolls around in 2048. 10227 days to wait… maybe the sun will be out by then.

This week 142 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 3 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers: Phill DEAN • Dion FARRELL • Anthony EASTAWAY • Gary BRAMPTON • Janet LEVERTON • Matt TYE • Nick TELEPNEFF • Sunil FERNANDES • Maurice MINETTE-GEORGE • Gerry O'DRISCOLL • Sarah CHAMBERLAIN • Daniel MERCER • Elaine GUNSTONE • Tiggy GUNSTONE • Gemma BEARD • Nicola REYNOLDS • Benjamin LANCASTER • Emma DOYLE • Ian SAVILL • John MCNICHOLAS • Molly MCARDLE • Richard BUCKINGHAM

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


Prospect parkrun Event #86 – Escaping the Floods!

Run report by Jef HUTCHBY,  Salisbury parkrun ED. 
Click here for Photos by Jackie CHAPPELL

It's been a bit of a mess over the last few weeks in parkrun land. Storm Ciara laid in the body blows and Dennis waded in for a knock out the following week.

If your parkrun wasn’t blocked by fallen trees then it was probably invaded by ducks, floating off down stream or sunk out of sight.

My planned visit to Prospect parkrun had been on the cards for a while now and on seeing a positive post mid week I took the chance on it surviving the renewed winds on Friday night.

Arriving at 08:20 I was delighted to see all the signs of an event going ahead in the park. Cones, High Vis and a Finish Funnel ! Great news! I had no Plan B.

With such a large park to play in I was told there were many a course variant on offer and today's offering was a nice laps to avoid a downed tree which was too big to hurdle. The grass was firm underfoot but I was really glad I read the advice on the wearing of trail shoes as it doesn’t take too much to make me end up face down in the mud.

A hearty 156 souls lined up for this morning event with 7 of them taking on a parkrun for the very first time. There were also 29 people , including me, who were either touring or refugeeing from cancelled events.

A shout out for the two milestones that were achieved this morning too. Andy WELLS was running his 50th parkrun and took a round of applause…. BUT , Ben PAVIOUR ! Celebrated an undisclosed 100th parkrun by coming in first finisher!

The event was made possible by 27 fab volunteers of which Jackie CHAPPELL, Mark HAYTON, and Amy TINGEY were helping out for the first time. Thanks one and all, it wouldn’t be here without you.

I really loved being out at a parkrun set in a nice wide open space… although that wide open view doesn’t let you forget just how far you have to go. Grass may be a bit sapping on the legs.. especially when the going is a little “soft” underfoot, but it brings back such great memories of school cross country. Those halcyon days , care free, encouraging teachers, great school facilities… freezing showers. OK, maybe my memory is suffering with age but I really do enjoy it far more now than way back then. It must be a freedom of choice thing. Great encouragement on the way round from the marshals and even had one of them remove a section of the course around a dodgy tree ( clearly he could see I needed a shorter course ! ) and happy with my time after 3 weeks of suffering with a cold. ( It IS a cold, I’ve been nowhere near China ! )

A quick look at the results show that a few handy PB’s were had too. Alix NUTTALL, James CATER and Marin CATER. Henry STEEDMAN. Tom PALMER, Seamus McHUGH, Samuel TROWBRIDGE, Clayton MACE, Jason SHEPPARD, Catriona CAMPBELL, James MARTIN. Andy FINK, Daisy RANDALL , Jo BASKERVILLE, Liz HORNE, Alan DAVIES, Katrina YATES, Vieve FINNIE and Andrew FINNIE and Amy TINGEY !

Congrats to everyone who took part and got a big hit of fresh air. Stretching the senses as well as the legs and lungs. A big thanks from me to all of the Prospect parkrun team. Well worth the journey.


This week 156 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers: Dafni ATHINI-BARTER • Mary WILSON • Gary BRAMPTON • Mandy CARDEN • Jef HUTCHBY • Janet LEVERTON • Kirsty MOULSLEY • Mo FASSIHINIA • Sunil FERNANDES • Helen DICKENS • Sarah CHAMBERLAIN • Elaine GUNSTONE • Tiggy GUNSTONE • Benjamin LANCASTER • Donald TOWNSIN • John DICKENS • Anne LANCASTER • Jean-Paul TANNER • Emily HODGES • Caleb LANCASTER • Jude LANCASTER • Mark HAYTON • Molly MCARDLE • Elicia HOTSTON • Jackie CHAPPELL • Amy TINGEY • Richard BUCKINGHAM

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


Prospect parkrun Event #85 – The One with one in five PBs!

Run report by Ian SAVILL

Having cycled to work on Thursday morning and run to work on Friday morning in freezing fog, I was relieved to wake up on Saturday morning and see an overcast but clear day ahead and while it was a bit chilly, nothing out of hand for this time of year. I also thought of the kind volunteers on set up duty and that it’s definitely daylight now when they set out for an 8 am start!

194 park runners including 37 Prospect first timers set out on our three lap course in what horse racing circles might describe as “heavy” conditions. The course has definitely benefited from a dry week and while the ground was quite sticky, the slippery parts of recent weeks have almost disappeared altogether. Amazing in the circumstances that 41 park runners managed personal bests, that’s over 20% of everyone that ran! A quick nod to Clewin Griffiths, who crossed the line before anyone else managing to knock 12 seconds off his PB.

We had visitors from South Africa, Poland, Yorks and Lancs this week. I caught up with William Rankin, whose previous parkrun was Wits in Johannesburg, after the run and he recommended a visit to Sterkfontein parkrun if anyone is ever in the area – there’s a waterfall on the route. William, as it happens, has just emigrated to Reading, and he asked me about local running clubs and by fortune, Michael Goff, Secretary of Reading Joggers was volunteering as finishing token support and no less than the chair of Reading Roadrunners, Phil Reay had recently finished his run so I left them fighting over a new member!

I also chatted with first timer Monika Wieczorek, who has signed up for Reading Half Marathon and her dad, tourist Dariusz who was over from Warsaw, helping her with her training, so good luck on the 5th April Monika and don’t forget to have a gentle warm up at Prospect parkrun the day before.

I was keen to keep track of the doggy parkrunners, as having attempted (and failed) once myself to get a basset hound around, I’ve always seen the enjoyment on the dog’s faces as they sometimes literally drag their owners around the course. So, from what I can tell, forgive me if I’ve missed anyone (maybe we should get barcodes for dogs as well!), I think the order was:
1st was Drum in overall 28 th place
2nd was Bluebell in overall 66 th place
3rd was Olive in overall 120 th place
4th was Maisy in overall 136 th place (with JW11-14 Sophie)
5th was Ted in overall 171 st place (with JW10 Ivy)
6th was Artie – literally bringing up the tail in 194 th place

And to end, just a quick word on volunteering, it’s great fun and sets up your weekend in a very positive mindset. I’ve volunteered for a few roles now, my favourite is barcode scanning – it’s great to see the elation and sense of achievement on everyone’s faces and there is a buzz from sharing that moment that keeps you coming back for more!

This week 194 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 33 volunteers: Dion FARRELL • Judy HICKS-DAVIES • Michael GOFF • Gary BRAMPTON • Mandy CARDEN • Catherine GREAVES • Malcolm BOOKER • Kirsty MOULSLEY • Gerry O'DRISCOLL • James GREAVES • Ross CLARK • Daniel MERCER • Oliver LOTTER • A J JAIN • Elaine GUNSTONE • Tiggy GUNSTONE • Nicola REYNOLDS • Simon WORSLEY • Art ATWAL • Laura TAYLOR • Benjamin LANCASTER • Donald TOWNSIN • Fiona BROWN • Emily HODGES • Thomas BRAY • Megan BURROWES • Alistair DOWLMAN • Ian SAVILL • Martin JONES • Ted RUMBLE • Ben WILSON • Molly MCARDLE • Richard BUCKINGHAM

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


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