Run report #3

This week we were pleased to see the sun shining again, and the good weather had also brought out a couple of early morning hot air balloons which landed close by, while we were setting up the event. Rex Toop visited us today for his 300th *different* parkrun, while Dave Tarrant and Nick Hobson recorded their 350th and 50th parkruns respectively. And at the other end, 9 people began their parkrun experience in Cheddar. Over all, 98 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 68 were first time participants here and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Adele PARSONS • Mike HORWOOD • James MCCAFFEREY • Mike DAY • Stephen KAY • Robin BOYD • Charlie STEELE • Martin KAY • Jackie EVANS • Amy PALMER • Gwyneth BARBER • John ENGLISH • Andy MCGOVARIN • Robert HOOPER • Jen HARLEY • Andrea KAY • Theo ELLIS • Tamsin KAY • Andrew LATHAM • Simon CHILDS

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Sharpham Road Playing Fields parkrun Results Page.


Run report #2

A great turnout for our second event, we weren’t entirely sure how many to expect but in the end, 135 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 120 were first timers and 6 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part including visitors from other parts of Somerset, Devon, and Sussex. A new male record was set by Robert STEWART who recorded a time of 16:40, and 12 people chose us as the place to start their parkrun experience with their first event! Thank you!

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Tina DURY • Stephen KAY • Simon WEAL • Victoria WEAL • Elizabeth C LLOYD • Barley TURNER • Anne BARON • Abigail LEADBEATER • Martin KAY • Zoe HUMBER • Jackie EVANS • Kirkland PURNELL • Amy PALMER • Matthew FORD • David BRYANT • Gwyneth BARBER • Robert HOOPER • Jen HARLEY • Andrea KAY • Tamsin KAY • Annette COLE • Andrew LATHAM

Thanks to all our volunteers including our visiting volunteers from Somerdale Pavilion and Street Parkruns.

Worth noting that this number of runners filled our small car park so if you are driving here in future weeks please plan to arrive early otherwise it’s a 10 minute walk back from the overflow parking location.

Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Sharpham Road Playing Fields parkrun Results Page.




Our “thank yous”

It wouldn’t have been possible in the briefing at today’s event, to go through all the businesses, groups and individuals who helped this event come to fruition. So, many many thanks are due to:

  • Sedgemoor DC for their grant funding
  • Somerset Community Foundation for their grant funding
  • Cheddar Walking for their additional funding contribution
  • Cheddar Community Partnership for their fundholding and fundraising credentials
  • Cheddar Parish Council for access to their land and the community pavilion
  • Strawberry Line Committee (Axbridge-Cheddar) for agreement for path use, historical info, and path maintenance
  • Tom Pearce the playing fields groundsman for his support and advice, and for looking after all our kit!
  • Our cricket, rugby and football teams for their support for the parkrun, and helping us to work out where to run to avoid any conflict with their activities
  • Parkrun Ambassadors Caroline and Edric Hobbs and the team at Shepton Mallet parkrun, and Regional Ambassador Sean Price, for their advice, and for helping to train our volunteers
  • Cheddar Vale Lions for fundraising and providing our defibrillator
  • Bristol Corinthians Yacht Club on Cheddar Reservoir for the use of their training room for our volunteers
  • Extra Mile Printing in Cheddar village for our defibrillator carry bag
  • Cheddar Signs and Arien Signs also in Cheddar, for additional event signage
  • Kings Leisure for use of overflow parking (didn’t need it today, but you never know!)
  • Bath Arms in central Cheddar for providing meeting space during the planning phase
  • Riverside Inn at the bottom of Cheddar Gorge for welcoming parkrunners and volunteers for post-run coffee and breakfasts today
  • Bristol Water for their help and advice when looking into the original route plan round the reservoir, and dealing promptly with a last minute land-ownership concern (and their ongoing promise to install a proper access point to the reservoir perimeter track at Holwell Lane!)
  • Last but not least, all our volunteers, present and future!

See, good things happen when people work together!

if you would like to volunteer to be part of helping to stage this event every week, see the volunteer page link above for more information. See you next Saturday?

Sunrise over a new parkrun

Sunrise over a new parkrun


Run report #1

The weather was kind to us for our inaugural parkrun today, in which 61 runners came along to try out our new course for the first time, the launch having been delayed by Covid since mid-2020. The route goes around the edge of the playing fields, through a short piece of woodland and then for about 2km of out-and-back running on a fast flat former railway (the Strawberry Line). At half way there is a short section back on the playing fields and through the wood again, before embarking on another 2km loop and returning to the finish by the new community pavilion. All our volunteer roles were filled - even the “nice to haves” - so a big thank you to all those who made the event happen!

The results from today can be seen at

The fastest finisher and thus also our course record holder was Neil GOLDING who recorded a time of 18:31. The female record is held by Amber GASCOIGNE who recorded a time of 18:43 which will be our best Age Grade, 82.19%. And for six people this was their first ever parkrun.

We couldn’t have done it without our fabulous volunteers though, so many thanks are due to our hi viz heroes: Adele PARSONS  •  Amy PALMER  •  Andrea KAY  •  Andrew CHAMBERLAIN  •  Andy MCGOVARIN  •  Anne BARON  •  Caroline CRADDOCK  •  Caroline HOBBS  •  Dan J LLOYD  •  David BRYANT  •  Edric HOBBS  •  Elizabeth C LLOYD  •  Jackie EVANS  •  Jayne CUMNER  •  Jill SANDIFORD  •  John ENGLISH  •  Kirkland PURNELL  •  Mark DEACON  •  Martin KAY  •  Rachel DUDMAN  •  Robert HOOPER  •  Roger TRUBRIDGE  •  Rose TUCKER  •  Stephen KAY  •  Zoe HUMBER 

Why not join them for a future event? We hope everyone enjoyed themselves and look forward to seeing you (and maybe some others!) again next week.

Runners leaving the start

Runners leaving the start


Welcome – and pardon our appearance!

Welcome to everyone attending our inaugural parkrun on Saturday 4th September, our event has been in the pipeline since before Covid so it’s great to finally see it happen!

You’ll notice however that our pavilion extension works, also due to have been completed long ago and also held up by Covid, are still ongoing, and the building is fenced off. If you are driving here, please follow the directions of the car park marshal, and from the car park head straight on towards the cricket nets. 


The most important impact on our event of the overrunning building works is that there are currently NO TOILETS and NO REFRESHMENTS. This situation should improve in the next few weeks, but in the meantime the nearest public toilets are just along from Tesco in the village centre, at which is about 10-15 minutes’ walk. 

For refreshments after the event we are heading over to the Riverside Inn ( to have a coffee and process the results, perhaps you may like to join us there. They open at 10am and our volunteer team will probably be there from around 10.30.

Here’s to a successful first event and many more to follow!

Martin and the RD team

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