Shepton Mallet parkrun is cancelled on 2021-06-19 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Shepton Mallet News 25th Jan 2020

Dear All

What a terribly sad start to today. We always start setting up for parkrun at 7.30 so that we have time to do it all leisurely and talk to people walking their dogs etc. Today wasn’t a nice day as you will probably have heard that we found an elderly lady lying in the pond. As a Team we did all we could for her regarding resuscitation and we had the defib at hand too. We called the Emergency services who arrived very promptly and who cared for her for a very long time. Unfortunately, nothing could be done for her.
The parkrun Team would like to thank the following people who helped us with this situation and stationed themselves to stop people entering the park and informing parkrunners that the event was cancelled.
Michelle Underwood, Samantha Baker, Sue Nash and Kitty Brooklyn for standing at the gates for us, Tracey Harris of Collett Park Café for keeping us all warm with hot drinks. Max Bygrave, David Kitcher for also keeping parkrunners away and sending them elsewhere. Nichola Edwards will be too humble but did a fantastic job attempting to resuscitate and Edric Hobbs for administering the defibrillator. We are all trained in First Aid, but not often it has to be put into practice and an upsetting experience as you can imagine, especially as we couldn’t help this lady.

Over 20 members of the emergency services made up of Police, Paramedics and Fire Brigade were there to assist and were very supportive to the parkrun team.

Our sincere heartfelt sympathy goes to her family at this dreadful time.

Caroline Hobbs


Shepton Mallet parkrun #138

The mornings are not yet showing much sign of getting lighter as Edric, Nicki and Robin started to set the course up at 7.30.The weather was kind to us and stayed dry .Claire Blewitt achieved her 100th parkrun and Tanya Robinson did her 50th ,all at Shepton Mallet well done to both runners .It is great to see many new runners join us in January and make a commitment to an early start on a Saturday morning.One of my highlights was seeing Liz Moyse ,encouraged by Steven get another PB,4 in 8 runs now I believe .Dan Blewitt continues to improve as he learns to manage his back injury and did 22.11 his best time in over 18 months after a long stint as a marshal.Sue Paul just missed her PB ,will she break the 31 minute barrier for her 100th run next week (no pressure Sue!)
At the head of the field the familiar face of young Aaron Hood led the runners home closely followed by Alex Meadows without a buggy for a change but blinding us all with loud pink trainers
Just a heads up that on February 29th we will run the course in reverse so up the hill passed the stone shelter first. As it's leap day we would like fancy dress .Anything to do with leaping or jumping .The opportunity to run on leap Saturday will next happen in 2048 so make the most of it!

Hat of the week ride For Charlie Big Bobble Hat

Song of the week Pretty in Pink by The Psychedelic Furs


Shepton Mallet parkrun report #137

There was certainly a feeling of De ja Vu (again) this morning as there have been 6 parkrun events in a fortnight. Granted these were not all at Shepton as we didn’t have a Christmas day event, so the Team and parkrunners enjoyed a Tourist parkrun but there is no such thing as too much of a good thing.
There was a great vibe in the park as usual. There were several people giving it a go that were completely new to parkrun. Their lives I am sure will never be the same again. Great also to seem some faces back that have had a gap and returned to the fold.
We welcomed Tourists from Hull, Amersham, Southwick, Plymouth and that London.
Neil Eaton celebrated his 50th run with us today and Tracey Seymour or Racey Tracey had a birthday which she obviously failed to keep quiet.
There was a great turnout of volunteers as usual and without these fabulous people the event could not happen. It’s always great to see new people giving parkrun volunteering a go and once they have done so once they often come back for more as they have such a good time. Many volunteers consider a ratio of completing 10 runs to every volunteer which is very much appreciated. In case you have just landed here from Mars and don’t know that after 25 volunteer stints then parkrun award you with a natty purple T shirt and after 25 volunteers at Shepton Mallet, you are permitted to sign our beautiful purple PB bin. There can’t be more things in life worth aspiring to surely?
Look forward to seeing you all on the 11th

Song of the week - For Tracey of course it had to be Racey – Some girls
Hat of the Week – Ride for Charlie - Charity Bobble hat


Shepton Mallet parkrun #136

Whilst much of the country were snuggled in their beds sleeping off the night before, 255 people started the year walking, jogging or running around the beautifully scenic Collet Park. It wasn’t a crisp January morning but the parkrun weather fairies managed to hold the drizzly rain off for the duration meaning we had great conditions to complete the course.

As usual for a New Year’s Day event we welcomed a number of tourists, many from across the South West and others from as far as Norwich ad Harrogate. We saw 78 first timers join us including 2 people who completed their first ever parkrun today – welcome to the parkrun family Rob Furlong and Michael Lintern, your Saturday mornings will never be the same again! Congratulations to the 25 people who completed the course in a personal best time and also to Karen Woolfood clocking her 50th parkrun this morning. Our most accomplished parkrunner this week was Phil North who made this morning’s event parkrun number 400 – that’s 1240 parkrun miles, well done Phil! Congratulations are also due to Bethan Everson who at the second attempt
took our ladies event record down to 18.22 from 18.39 a record which had stood for 2 1/2 years an outstanding achievement on a busy day

A special mention also the three ladies I saw taking on the ‘cappuccino challenge’ – having read about it in a December run report, it was great to see it in action!

Today’s event was made possible by a fabulous group of volunteers – thank you all. If you want to volunteer at a future event please email

As a first time visitor to the event myself, I have to say Shepton Mallet parkrun really does offer everything you need – easy parking, a beautiful course, a friendly supportive team of volunteers and fab coffee at the finish. Thank you for a great start to the new decade and I look forward to seeing you again soon.

Amy Badman
15:19 (3 hours ago)
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Shepton Mallet parkrun#133

On a cold day with some hailstones 163 runners and walkers braved the elements instead of going Christmas shopping .We had many milestones today.Matthew Dark came home from London for his 50th ,Susan Williams did her 50th .Tim Walters did his 100th and Toby Fry did his 100th .Today was his sons 2nd birthday so we sang happy birthday to small Fry! Toby brought mince pies to celebrate and even remembered to bring Vegan ones for Caroline and I. Toby set a new record for the cappuccino challenge of 24.48 .A game invented by RD Max Bygrave where you order and pay for coffee on lap one ,collect it on lap 2 and drink it, finishing with an empty cup on lap 3 .Max did demand a stewards enquiry as there are rumours that Toby used his own cup! Anyway enough about Toby!

First finisher David Eagon stormed round in 16.40 to set a new pb as he edges nearer the course record of 16.07 but said he doesn't know where 11 seconds a lap could come from!.There were several other pbs including Rich Reynolds who was at the parkrun party last night and a returning to form Sue Paul.Regardless of a PB or not you were all out there and not still in bed on a cold Winter morning

Don't forget that next week is Christmas fancy dress to dig out those jumpers and Santa hats!

Hat of the week ,Flanders Big Bobble

Song of the week Crying In The Rain Whitesnake