Reading parkrun is cancelled on 29 June 2019: Reading Town Regatta

Reading parkrun Event #482

Photos by Peter Cook...apart from the photo of Peter Cook...

359 runners completed Reading parkun on Saturday and we were helped by 21 volunteers - 8 of whom were from Reading College. The Reading College students have been carrying out a project to promote and volunteer at Reading parkrun. Matt Rodda - MP for Reading East also joined us for a run and chat with the Reading College students.

It's been great having the students volunteer and we hope that they come back again soon.

This week we had 39 first timers, including tourists from Basingstoke, Blandford, Blenheim, Bracknell, Bramley, Bradford, Finsbury, Guildford, Mile End, Prospect, Rushmoor, Southwark, Wallace and Woodley parkrun. and some milestone runners. Patsy Collis and Martin WIlson completed their 100th runs,  and Gail Jugg completed her 50th run. Regular volunteer and Run Director Sev completed her (unofficial) milestone of 200 runs. Congratulations to you all.

Amongst the good cheer we were sad to say goodbye to Pam and Jim Alcorn who are off to Australia for a year. We wish them a wonderful adventure and look forward to hearing about their parkrun tourism both online and when they return to Reading next year.

Happy runner pictures!

Peter Cook in front of the camera for a change :-)

Finally, here's two of our Run Directors. Would you believe it, Star Wars day and not a stormtrooper in sight.


This week 359 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 74 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Phil NASH • Emma GRENSIDE • Chris SMITH • Robin BERTRAND • Peter COOK • Ray MCGROARTY • Teresa CASWELL • Ian MAY • Michelle HUTTON • Brendan MORRIS • Natalie HARRIS • David HODGKINSON • Rameen MALIK • Umaira TARIQ • Russel BARRETO • Jessica WARDLE • Jograj SINGH • Hassaan JAMIL • Anshi SINGH • Abdul KHAN • Waqar Haider

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

The female record is held by Naomi TASCHIMOWITZ who recorded a time of 17:22 on 23rd May 2015 (event number 280).
The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of 14:45 on 6th June 2015 (event number 282).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paula FUDGE who recorded 91.95% (20:43) on 30th April 2011 (event number 82).

Reading parkrun started on 12th September 2009. Since then 15,411 participants have completed 119,647 parkruns covering a total distance of 598,235 km, including 19,951 new Personal Bests. A total of 853 individuals have volunteered 7,443 times.


Reading parkrun #478

By Elizabeth Johnson with photos by Peter Cook

Under the watchful eye of Run Director Fergal Donnelly, 340 Parkrunners descended on TVP to run, jog or walk Reading’s 478th parkrun. On a slightly overcast and grey morning, runners from as far afield as Sydney, Singapore and .... erm, Newbury listened to the race brief and announcements. High fives all round to Jacob and Matthew Atwal who hit their parkrun century and also posted pretty impressive times on this milestone day. At the other end of the scale, 15 intrepid souls chalked up the first run on their parkrun journeys – here’s to many more!

Conditions out on the course, despite the week’s rain, were pretty good. The ground was reasonably firm and the mud was limited. There was a big puddle in the nature reserve - please run through it, it isn't that deep and it saves the grass :-) .

Our first man down the funnel was Neil Hart, in a new PB time of 16:47, and the first lady was Beth Darwent in 21:04. On age grading, in first place was Aleid Busser in the vw70-74 category with 84.09% and a time of 26:55.

Ben Paviour, in the vm45-49 category, was next with 82.56% and a time of 17:18. This week there were 56 new PBs, impressive stuff.

Parkrun wouldn’t be parkrun without the amazing high-vis heroes who make this possible each week. A big thank you to Alix Eyles , Brendan Morris, Briony Ireland, Chris Smith, Christopher T Kelly, David Dibben, David George Clay, David Hodgkinson, Elizabeth Johnson, Fergal Donnelly, Francesca Williams, Jessica Wardle, Jill Dibben, Keith Ellis, Mahmud Husein, Maureen Sweeney, Nicola Randall, Pam Alcorn, Peter Cook, Teresa Caswell & Tonia Green .

Volunteering is a fun way to get involved and there are lots of different jobs that all make the event run as smoothly possible from barcode scanning to marshalling, from token support to the very important task of run report writing. Check out the future roster page or email


reading parkrun Event #476

Report by Steven Waters - volunteer tourist from Boston parkrun

Thanks everyone for the great time I had at Reading this weekend. The route along the river and through the woods is truly stunning – well worth the visit. It’s such a peaceful environment to spend a Saturday morning. Yet, it is not just the nature that was memorable: the volunteers and other parkrunners were incredibly friendly too. Got to say, the hero marshal who stood telling us the times at the half way mark – best marshal ever! Pretty sure I got my PB today solely down to him.

We fielded a healthy field of 363 finishers today. It was great to see a wide variety of parkrunners: runners, joggers, walkers and a fair number of four-legged friends. 35 finishers completed their first parkrun at Reading, with 18 finishing their first ever parkrun – well done to all of you. There were 72 champs out there who set a Reading PB; congrats!

93 finishers added another to their tally on the way to 10, while eight parkrunners completed their tenth run. Congratulations to Erin TOWNSEND, Adam WALTERS, Roberto GLORIA, Yam Bahadur RANA, James MULLOOLY, Carol WESTLAKE, Joyal DAVIS and Mark JONES.

Three of our gathering made it to a milestone this week, Congratulations to Angela CUFF, Julie Ann MUIR and Anais PREVOST-SNELL on your 50th runs. Angela smashed in a 28:27 to record her best time of the year, Julie Ann chose this fine morning to run her first parkrun of the year and get that 50 shirt and Anais finished in 29:42 to also set her best time of 2019. Congratulations to you three.

Huge respect goes to Phil NASH, Keith ELLIS and Christopher T KELLY who have each finished over 400 parkruns. Our field contained twenty three club 250 parkrunners, fifty six club 100s and sixty two club 50s.

Our top threes:

Age Category:

1. 86.74% Maureen DOWLING

2. 84.94% Ben PAVIOUR

3. 79.78% Christine HARVEY


1. 16:20 David AWDE

2. 16:49 Ben PAVIOUR

3. 17:02 Ollie THOROGOOD


1. 20:52 Maureen DOWLING

2. 21:31 Lynne NIKE

3. 21:40 Helen POOL

So far, 2019 has seen 3773 finishes, 1541 finishers and 107 volunteers at Reading.

A massive thank you goes out to our volunteers for this week. Jim ALCORN, Pam ALCORN, Art ATWAL, C James BARR, Russel BARRETO, Robin BERTRAND, Philip BULL, Teresa CASWELL, David George CLAY, David HODGKINSON, Mark HODGSON, Hassaan JAMIL, Rameen MALIK, Phil NASH, Caroline PHILLIPS, Jacob PHILLIPS, Amelie PREVOST-SNELL, Anshi SINGH, Jograj SINGH, Chris SMITH, Umaira TARIQ, Jessica WARDLE, Steven WATERS and Francesca WILLIAMS

Parkrun relies on a steady stream of volunteers so why not join the team one week? It’s great fun! Why not get involved and volunteer?

That’s it for this week. The countdown to next Saturday begins: don’t forget your barcode!


Event #472 – 23rd February 2019

This week 362 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 53 were first timers and 66 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Tom STAGLES • Christopher T KELLY • George MACDONALD • Chris SMITH • Heather BOWLEY • Alan TOWER • Kevin JARRETT • Alix EYLES • Ian MAY • Oliver USHER • Angela BURLEY • Fergal DONNELLY • Jim ALCORN • Pam ALCORN • Mahmud HUSEIN • Amelie PREVOST-SNELL • George THOMPSON • John DICKSON • Gordon HODSON • Russel BARRETO • Jograj SINGH

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

The female record is held by Naomi TASCHIMOWITZ who recorded a time of 17:22 on 23rd May 2015 (event number 280).
The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of 14:45 on 6th June 2015 (event number 282).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paula FUDGE who recorded 91.95% (20:43) on 30th April 2011 (event number 82).

Reading parkrun started on 12th September 2009. Since then 14,988 participants have completed 116,047 parkruns covering a total distance of 580,235 km, including 19,313 new Personal Bests. A total of 837 individuals have volunteered 7,232 times.


Readingparkrun #469 – who said that?

Run report by Dan Rickett

An icier than expected wind picked up, and parkrunners congregated at Thames Valley Park for Reading parkrun’s event #469. Having only previously run Reading’s alternative courses (the relocation-to-Dinton, the three lapper, and the ‘nurkrap’), today I decided to run wearing a running buff makeshift blindfold. I should clarify, for anyone who spotted this, it was not a wardrobe malfunction, nor was it a Sandra Bullock Bird Box challenge. Rather, Event Director Teresa CASWELL and I had last week taken part in Visual Impaired (VI) Guide Runner training, and were keen to put our theory into practice before being called upon to offer guide running to a VI runner in a real scenario. Hitherto, as Teresa passed her dog’s leash to husband Paul and exchanged it for my guide tether, we trotted off tethered arm-to-arm to the distant hilarities of dog-walking punchlines from some of the more comedic parkrunners in attendance (you know who you are).

So where I would normally now report how many parkrunners walked, ran and jogged parkrun, I am afraid I cannot. I did not see any. I can reliably inform you, however, that after the calming voice of Run Director Sev KONIECZNY’s run brief and the loud dog barks of anticipation, an impressive 308 parkrunners audibly stomped, panted and spluttered around Reading parkrun.

Well done to Martin Proctor who completed his 200th run.

First footfall heard in the finish funnel was that of Alexander WHITTAKER – who also scored a new PB – and first female to voice her thanks after taking a finish token was Hannah MAHER – great running Alexander and Hannah!

Heavy breaths of exertion could be heard from 37 people as they scored PBs, including Roshni PATEL, Kevin TANG and Juliet BRABBEN– congratulations!

38 first timers, including Richard SCRASE, Fiona CALLAGHAN and Ross MARDEN, clunked across TVP’s bridge for the first time, and 16 of these heard the bleep of their own barcode being scanned for the very first time, as this was their very first parkrun – welcome to the parkrun family!

And all of this while 26 volunteers clapped and cheered in their volunteer roles – thank you!

From where Teresa and I were running, we agreed mid-run that today was scary, fun and informative in equal measures. Running blindfolded and as VI Guide made us take note of every undulation and bump on the course, every change in terrain, the depth of each puddle, each stone underfoot, and the angle of every corner that Teresa had to describe. I became acutely aware of the sound of nearby runners and the direction of the sun through my blindfold, but surprisingly found these disorientating rather than helpful. It will come as no surprise to some of you that Teresa took the task of delivering a (literal) running commentary in her audible stride; she was a natural.

If we don’t mention, as we had agreed not to, the small mishap* where I ran at full speed into the side barrier of the bridge and ricocheted 30 degrees back on target towards the home stretch whilst the running commentary continued akin to, “oops – are you ok, Dan? – is that a laugh or a cry? – oh good, laugh is ok – sorry about that – keep going, no one noticed – act natural – uneven grass ahead – are you still laughing?” …then it was a complete success!

(*I jest, Teresa was doing an excellent job of describing the approaching slippery bridge when this happened, and no harm was done)

I thoroughly recommend Teresa as a guide runner, and would happily be guided by her again. Hopefully our newly trained VI guide runners at Reading, Prospect, Dinton and Woodley will allow parkrun to become more accessible to a new audience on a more regular basis. So should you happen to see Teresa or me, or any of the newly trained local guide runners please give them a wide berth, a friendly hello, and tell them to watch out on the bridge.

Whether volunteering or running, the Reading team look forward to hearing you next week at parkrun – enjoy the rest of your week!


Thanks to the volunteers who made this event happen: Marie ARONSSON-STORRIER, Andy ATKINSON, C James BARR, Russel BARRETO, Linda BOOTH, Andrew BUTLER, Teresa CASWELL, Patsy COLLIS, Peter COOK, Oliver DYSON, Alix EYLES, Peter HIGGS, David HODGKINSON, Andrew HOLMES, Jennifer HOLMES, Suzanne HOOKER, Sev KONIECZNY, Charlie MACKLIN, Ian MAY, Ted MCFADYEN, Amelie PREVOST-SNELL, Nicola RANDALL, Daniel RICKETT, Chris SMITH, Jessica WARDLE, Francesca WILLIAMS

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