Be More Barrie! Barrie Howes Memorial Run 6 October 2020

Please see the following message from Sharon, who is organising a memorial run for her friend, and regular parkrunner and parkrun volunteer, Barrie Howes, who sadly died following an accident earlier this year:
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Be More Barrie! Barrie Howes Memorial Run 6 October 2020
"I am organising this virtual run in memory of a good friend of many years, Barrie, who sadly lost his life in an accident in July of this year.
Barrie was such an inspirational person and so full of life, so it is very hard to think of him not being here anymore. He overcame major heart surgery and went on to raise thousands of pounds over the years for the British Heart Foundation by trekking to Everest Base Camp and Machu Picchu to name just a few places.
He loved all the training to get fit enough to take part in the treks and as part of that got into running. He was a regular at his local parkrun at Shorne Woods Country Park along with his wife, Claire and their Westie, George supporting him and became very involved with the parkrun from token sorting to running as a pacer helping others to achieve the best run they could.
That was Barrie all over, always wanting to help others and even in death by donating his liver and kidneys he gave to others and improved the life of three people.
He was always up for a challenge and loved life, so to ‘Be More Barrie!’ is the best tribute to him.
This virtual event is to run or walk 5km on or around 6th October, which would’ve been Barrie’s 58th birthday.
There is a minimum donation of £10 to enter. Please email if you would like to enter. Proof of your run/walk to then be sent to me after 6 October and in return you will receive a lovely soft enamel pin badge to wear with pride and with all proceeds going to the British Heart Foundation in Barrie’s memory. If you have something red to wear while doing the run, please wear that and send me a selfie as I am looking to create a collage of everyone in red for the British Heart Foundation.
Thank you!

(not)parkrun – weeks 4 + 5


So it's been a couple of weeks since the last update, and in that time we've seen a (not)attendance equalling record of 35, along with 9 first timers and 22 PBs!

The following parkrunners achieved a (not)parkrun PB:

Sorcha Clark (twice!), John Christopher Collins, Leigh Donovan, Oliver Harden (twice!), Alison Chapman, John WIlliams, Lawrence Aspinall, Julie Aspinall, Susan Holland, Tracy Chapman, Donna Reekie (twice!), Richard Palmer, Peter Granger, Maggie Harris, Sally Callaghan, Tony Downs, Becky Baxter, Ian Connelly, Hilary Jones.

Congratulations to all of you!

Of those listed above, Donna Reekie, has now got three PBs in three weeks, while Leigh Donovan and Susan Holland join Donna on three in three as they achieved PBs in the previous two weeks!


If you're new to (not)parkrun, you can find out everything you need to know here .  However just to clarify this isn't a replacement for parkrun, doesn't count towards any parkrun run counts, but is a bit of fun to keep us distracted while we wait for parkrun's return.

Look forward to seeing who makes it onto week 6's (not)parkrun results table.







(not)parkrun – Week 3

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So we're now into week 3 of (not)parkrun, and as I type this there have already been 17 parkrunners completing 20 (not)parkruns, including a number of PBs and first timers - will you be joining this weeks (not)parkrun table?

While we wait to find out the final table for this week, we can look at what happened last week, with 34 parkrunners completing 43 (not)parkruns, this included 7 first timers for (not)parkrun:

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As well as 12 (not)parkrun PBs:

Clare Collings, Alex Restell, Leigh Donovan, Jeff Roper, Susan Holland, Jonathan Crowle, George Payne, Tara Rickard, Kay Osborne, Sarah Gilby, Donna Reekie, Hilary Jones

Congratulations to everyone on their new (not)parkrun PB!


If you're new to (not)parkrun, you can find out everything you need to know here .  However just to clarify this isn't a replacement for parkrun, doesn't count towards any parkrun run counts, but is a bit of fun to keep us distracted while we wait for parkrun's return.

Look forward to seeing who makes it onto week 3's (not)parkrun results table.





(not)parkrun – Week 2

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So last week was the start of (not)parkrun, and there were 35 Shorne Woods parkrunners who completed 45 (not)parkruns! So far this week there have been 15 parkrunners completing a (not)parkrun, which includes 4 first time (not)parkrunners, as well as 4 who have a new (not)parkrun PB! While this isn't your usual parkrun fix, it still gives you a chance to see your name in lights, as well as providing a few stats to keep you entertained! Look forward to seeing more of you join the (not)parkrun results over the next few days.

You can find the results tables here:…/results/notparkrunhistory/

And if you're new to (not)parkrun, you can find everything you need to know here:…/360009843618--not-parkrun-FAQs

Happy (not)parkrunning



(not)parkrun is up and run, walk and jogging!


Good morning! So the first few parkrunners from Shorne have registered a (not)parkrun run, walk or jog, will you be joining them?

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Not sure what a (not)parkrun is all about, you can find everything you need to know here:…/360009843618--not-parkrun-FAQs . Hopefully see you on the (not)parkrun results page soon!



Big parkrun Quiz – Your new favourite way to spend a Saturday morning!




With the understandable disappointment of no parkrun for the foreseable future, the next thought can quickly turn to what to do at 9am on Saturday.  Whatever you decide it's really important that parkrunners don't gather in large groups for unofficial parkruns, which includes not going to Shorne (even solo) at 9am on Saturday - please do act responsibly, remember even if parkrun isn't officially on, your actions could negatively reflect on parkrun if groups are out where you'd normally expect to see parkrunners.

The good news is parkrun have orgnaised the Big parkrun Quiz for 9am tomorrow (see below) so if you're not tempted by running laps of your garden at 9am (I've estimated 160+ laps of my garden for a 5k) then please think about joining, and you don't have to wait until you've finished to enjoy your coffee & cake!

Are you ready for your favourite NEW Saturday morning activity?

Introducing... The Great BIG parkrun Quiz!

We'll be live on our YouTube channel tomorrow at 9:00am

Put on your kit, grab a coffee & join us!

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Please stay safe, and best wishes to all



UK parkrun Events – Cancelled (currently for the remainder of March)

All parkrun events in the United Kingdom have been suspended with immediate effect due to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation. At this stage we have cancelled events up to the end of March. Please follow our communications channels for ongoing updates. parkrun’s global position is published and will be updated here.


update – Friday the 13th!!

Morning all,

Let me start by saying that we are currently going ahead tomorrow, you can read the offical parkrun statement from the link below.

We still need another timer and a few more marshals if anyone is free please but, we also understand that you may decide to stay away from the event during the current outbreak. we all totally understand this and hope to see you all once these events have run there course (see what i did there!!)

the weather tomorrow is looking a little damp in the morning but with light winds!

as always you can message us on here or email

see you in the morning
Pete (The Loud RD)


Shorne Woods parkrun – Event #360 – 29th February 2020

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A leap of faith   Did you leap out of bed this morning full of enthusiasm for a wet, cold parkrun? Well if you did it may be the only chance you got to run a parkrun on February 29th. It has never happened before and won’t happen again until 2048.   If you were really sensible you snuggled down under the covers and felt smug , unlike the 127 of us who braved the wettest and windiest Shorne run for ages.

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It was truly grim and produced many refusals at the gigantic puddles. Well if you can’t go under it and you can’t go over it you’ve just got to run through it. Wet feet were in abundance right from the start. At least we were running . Spare a thought for the wonderful volunteers stood out in the atrocious weather. You are truly appreciated.

This week's superstars were:

Anya HUGHES  •  Dal POONIA  •  Daniel GREEN  •  David REID  •  Dawn GRANGER  •  Ethan HUGHES  •  Graham GREEN  •  Graham WRIGHT  •  Jackie WRIGHT  •  Jonathan CROWLE  •  Julie ASPINALL  •  Ken PHILLIPS  •  Lesley WRIGHT  •  Neve DONOVAN  •  Oliver WARNER  •  Phil SWEETING  •  Ria GILBY  •  Robert Norton SIBLEY  •  Sarah GILBY  •  Susan Louise BEECHAM


We welcomed 13 first timers of which 9 were tourists and 4 running their first parkrun. Well those 4, I’ve a feeling you will be back because you turned out on such an awful day. It can only get better. Welcome to the parkrun family.

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Well done those 9 super heros who managed a PB today . Awesome in this weather.

We had some milestones too:
Congratulations to Ashley Haywood for 50 parkruns and Judith Armitt for 100 parkruns.


Look forward to seeing you next week when hopefully conditions are slightly more favourable!



Huge thanks to Julie for this week's run report.  And so to next week...

IWDparkrun - Twitter

parkruns all over the world are hosting a special celebration of female participation on Saturday 7 March, the day before International Women’s Day (IWD).

parkrun are keen to see as many women and girls taking part on this day. Whether you want to walk, jog, run, volunteer or come along and watch absolutely everyone is welcome, so please do consider registering for parkrun and heading down to Shorne Woods parkrun, and bringing a family member, friend or colleague along with you to share in the fun.

We're also looking to get as many people dressed in purple as the chosen colour for IWD, so if you have anything suitable in your walking, running, jogging or volunteering clothing please consider wearing it on Saturday.

For more information about parkrun, to register and find your nearest event please see  Those in England can also check out the #IWDparkrun website, which has all the information you might need about this special day.


If you are joining us for the first time, here are a few things to be aware of:

  • Firstly if you haven't registered yet, you can do so here, or if you've lost your barcode you can find details of how to retrieve is here
  • Whether you're new to parkrun / or it's your first time at Shorne Woods parkrun, firslty welcome, and secondly we have a new runners briefing at 8.55am (there will be an annoucement, but look for the welcome flag).
  • Under 11's must be accompanied by an appropriate adult at all times.
  • Dogs are allowed, but only one per runner, and they need to be kept on a short lead.
  • DFYB! (don't forget your barcode!) no barcode, no result
  • We can't scan barcodes on a mobile phone, and the above rule of 'no barcode, no result' also applies here
  • Please give consideration to other runners & park users.
  • Only once through the finish funnel, go all the way through to the end, stay in order & don't forget to pick up a finish token.
  • When you're ready don't forget to have your barcodes scanned, and if for any reason you don't want to be scanned please return the position token (we reuse them each week)
  • There are containers around the back of the finish area for you to leave any spare clothes, and you run past these about 100 metres from the start if you don't want to drop them off before you've started
  • We go back to the cafe afterwards (found in the visitor centre) for a post parkrun coffee, cake & chat, and we'd love you to join us.
  • Oh, and one more thing......enjoy!

If you have any questions not answered above, feel free to drop us an email ( or look out for someone in pink hi-viz on Saturday morning.

parkrun Podcasts:

If the week between parkrun seems to take forever to pass, as you long for your next hit of parkrunfun (or even if it flies by!) there are a couple of parkrun podcasts available for you to enjoy, with the official parkrun podcast free weekly timed, along with the independent with me now, which for those who listened to the previous parkrun Show, is also brought to you by Nicola & Danny.

Look forward to hopefully seeing you on parkrunday,



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