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

Sloughbottom parkrun, Event number 38, 25th January 2020

Well done to the 273 of you who ran, jogged and walked the course this week. Particularly well done to the 53 first timers at Sloughbottom - 12 of whom were doing their first ever parkrun. Great to see those New Year's resolutions kicking in and we hope to see you all again soon.

The finish line

The finish line

Thank you to everyone for paying closer attention in this week's run briefing. We have had a few issues out on the course - not least to do with people keeping right on Marriott's Way - so it really is important we have this opportunity to communicate with you all. And thank you also for heeding our pleas (and smart new signs) asking you to keep right. We share the course with members of the public and it's important we don't completely take over the path.

Keep right on Marriott's Way.

Keep right on Marriott's Way.

We were joined by Ian Edwards, who many of you will know from his involvement with first Catton and more recently Colney Lane parkrun. He took lots of amazing pictures of the event. Check out the link and see if you can spot yourself - thanks Ian.

One of the most pleasing things about this week's event is we had a jam-packed volunteer roster. I'm sure this was due largely to the Freethorpe 10 Miler which happened on Sunday and that's great. But we can't rely on people needing a rest ahead of a race every weekend and always need more volunteers, so please think about doing your bit and getting in touch on Facebook or by emailing Why not opt-in to our regular volunteer reminders while you're at it?

Join our high-vis army.

Join our high-vis army.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Paul WOODYATT • Harriet CARR • Graham HARDINGHAM • Angela MAN • Ros MILLER • Mark PHILO • Ian EDWARDS • Charlene NICHOLLS • John MOORE • Bob CARTER • David EVANS • Fiona SEARSON • Julie WINNER • Rob WINNER • John WOOD • Alastair LECKIE • Ben KENDALL • James CLARK • Karl PEEBLES • Peter SMITH • Amy WINTER • Chris RICHARDSON • Margaret SHARPE • Steven CLEVELAND • Katie FENN • Martin HOWARD • Matthew SALMON • Kayleigh COULSON • Alasdair FLETT

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

That's all for now and we look forward to seeing you again.




Sloughbottom parkrun, Event number 37, 18th January 2020

This week was a special event as the Norfolk Gazelles stage a parkrun takeover. It meant they provided a full roster of volunteers and the added bonus of pacers. The result was a well organised and friendly run - what we aim for every week. Well done and thank you for them.

On volunteer news, we have a full roster for the weekend already this week. It's great to see some many people stepping forward to do their bit - so thank you to all of you, you're amazing. It takes the pressure of our regulars and, we promise, volunteers get something back to. If you're a regular runner and haven't tried it yet, please do give it a go. It's always appreciated and can be really rewarding.

One final thank you to all our runners. We've stepped up the calls for runners to keep right on Marriott's Way recently. There have been a few incidents where our run has clashed with other members of the public using the route recently and it's really important that we allow space to other users. You've all responded brilliantly by following the instructions. We really appreciate it - it's really not the parkrun spirit to be getting in other people's way. We know nobody does it intentionally but it's something we all need to be mindful of.

Keep right!

Keep right!

One more plea: please do try to listen to the run briefing. It doesn't take long, it isn't always the same and it often includes important information to keep the run safe for us all.

This week 310 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 61 were first timers and 65 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

Well done to junior runner Kirsty Webster on completing her 10th run. That's the only milestone I could spot - apologies if I've missed you.

The all important run briefing

The all important run briefing

Also well done to Frank Vickers and Jo Phillips - they chose to complete their 250th runs at Colney Lane. But both a big friends of Sloughbottom and were instrumental in getting our parkrun off the ground. They've also had their hands in plenty of other parkruns and really are a huge part of our community so well done to both of them.

The event was made possible by 36 volunteers:

Graham HARDINGHAM • Emma O'KELLY • Jason KELF • Steve William COOK • John MOORE • James (Jeff) FRARY • Susan Margaret MOORE • Claire BERRIDGE • Louise ISHERWOOD • Andrew HAMMOND • Amelia WHITING • Ian COXHEAD • Georgina HYDEN • John WOOD • Kevin HYDEN • Annette GALER • Marianne PAGE • Ben KENDALL • Jason BLACK • Hugh WOOLFENDEN • Sophie KENDALL • Sally BLACK • Faith PEARCE • James CLARK • Jamie SMITH • Louise HURR • Amy WINTER • Chris RICHARDSON • Matthew COLLIER • Gail BARNARD • Peter DEARNLEY • David MURRELL • Andrew CURSON • Andrea FLINT • James WRIGHT • Alasdair FLETT

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

That's all for now. See you at the weekend and remember: Keep right!

Thanks for reading,




Sloughbottom parkrun, Event number 36, 11th January 2020

It was a cold, windy January Saturday but 288 of you successfully ran, jogged and walked the course this week.
There were also a trio of runners celebrating milestone runs.
This included Oliver Thompson who completed his 50th run, James Crisp who ran his 100th run and, not an official milestone, but Jonathan Eagle achieved his 200th run - all great achievements.
We all aim for those magic milestones at parkrun but everyone who turned out for this week's run in less than perfect weather deserves a well done.
Out of the 288 people who took part, 58 were first timers and 37 recorded personal bests.
There were also representatives from a impressive 27 different clubs from as far afield as Cambridge, Bishops Stortford and Hatfield in Hertfordshire.
One of the reasons why I and so many others love parkrun are that people, who might not necessarily meet in other circumstances, are brought together by running.
Talking about running clubs, members of Norfolk Gazelles will be taking over next week's Sloughbottom parkrun on January 25.
It is great that so many club members have given up their time to volunteer so let's make sure they have a warm welcome.

Run briefing at the pavilion.

Run briefing at the pavilion

If you want to volunteer there are always lots of opportunities to help out every week.
To get in touch about volunteering email the Sloughbottom parkrun team on
Sloughbottom's 36th parkrun was made possible by the following 23 volunteers: Paul WOODYATT • Frank VICKERS • Angela MAN • David SIMPSON • Radley FENN • Tom HULL • Tessa KILLINGBECK • John WOOD • Hugh WOOLFENDEN • Sophie KENDALL • James CLARK • Karl PEEBLES • Jamie SMITH • Mandie THORPE • Amy WINTER • Chris RICHARDSON • Margaret SHARPE • Katie FENN • Matthew SALMON • Frances COOKE • Kayleigh COULSON • Rebecca OWEN • Alasdair FLETT
To view the full results visit


Sloughbottom parkrun, Event number 35, 4th January 2020

On a cold but clear Saturday morning, 300 people ran, jogged and walked the first Sloughbottom parkrun of the year. 39 were first timers (welcome and we hope to see you again) and 54 recorded new Personal Bests (well done: great start to parkrun year). Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

Cold but clear

Cold but clear

Air conditions were perfect with it being crisp and dry. And while there were boggy parts on Anderson’s Meadow and some amazing puddles around the paths everyone was out there with a smile on their face and taking part. One thing which I have found from Sloughbottom parkrun is the camaraderie between ages, clubs and abilities. It feels like everyone knows each other and people supporting each other. Today’s encouragement included “nice pace”, “love how you leapt that puddle”, “woohoo ladies”, “you’ve got this”, “keep on going, slow and steady” and so much more. Did they know each other? I don’t know but they did motivate and so job well done.

The start of the run always makes me smile: a mix of people staring at their watches, fingers poised to start the times, while others chat, more relaxed but still looking forward to the run. There was a lovely mix of ages, including under 11s (staying within arms length of their grown up) and right through to the more senior members. A father telling his son not to sprint off at the start, followed a few seconds later by him smiling and shaking his head as said son had sprinted off! Two sisters discussing tactics to try to get a PB this week. Two friends there to ‘run off the Christmas excess’ (I didn’t ask excess of what…). Those on their own, headphones on getting ready to run (I always wonder what is on their playlist and if I should add some of their tunes to mine). Some in shiny new trainers and running shoes, which were less shiny by the end of the run, and others in new tops, leggings, compression socks or whatever else they may have bought or been gifted over the festive season.

There were quite a few muddy legs crossing the finish line into the funnel, there were runners holding hands, those sprint finishing, those who could not quite muster a sprint but still happily crossed the line into the funnel. Every runner, jogger and walker was encouraged over the line by the volunteers – and was also supported by the marshalls around the course. I saw flagging runners break into a smile when the marshall clapped them and offered support: this is the beauty of parkrun – not a competition but an event.

In the finishing straight

In the finishing straight

Parkrun is a run and not a race. Yes everyone gets a position, an official time, and whether a PB or not, but the point is to get out there and to enjoy! As a wee reminder, please remember your printed barcode as that is your identifier to us and gives you your week on week results. Some even wear their wristband barcodes when they go to bed on Friday night so they don’t forget to bring them on Saturday (or is that just me) while others have them in phone cases, on their shoelaces, or crumpled up in their back pocket. As the runners came in thick and fast the lovely barcode scanners (with special support) were recording results with a smile and a chat.

All parkruns need volunteers, and they are the backbone each week. Usually runners who have taken a week off to ensure that the event goes ahead, or those who are injured but still want to be there. If you haven’t volunteered before, why not give it a go
by emailing the Sloughbottom team as you get training and make more friends. There is even free tea and coffee here! Please bring your own cup to help reduce the environmental impact.

Drinks ready to go

Drinks ready to go

This week’s parkrun was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Graham HARDINGHAM • Radley FENN • Tom HULL • Tessa KILLINGBECK • John WOOD • Tracey CLAYTON • Ben KENDALL • Hugh WOOLFENDEN • Michael PROTHEROE • James CLARK • Karl PEEBLES • Jamie SMITH • Amy WINTER • Chris RICHARDSON • Miranda ELLIS • Amélie FENN • Katie FENN • Krzysztof SZEWCZYK • Paul RICHARDSON • Paul ELLIS • Cathy AMBROSE • Roy DUNFORD • Rachel JACKSON • Rebecca OWEN

Sloughbottom parkrun started on 11th May 2019. Since then 2,449 participants have completed 7,235 parkruns covering a total distance of 36,175 km, including 1,485 new Personal Bests. A total of 297 individuals have volunteered 811 times.



Sloughbottom parkrun, Event number 34, 28th December 2019

In the strange period between Christmas and New Year, known as Twixmas, Sloughbottom parkrun was a welcome relief to 267 of you who ran, jogged and walked the course this week as it reminded people what day of the week it was!

And after all those Christmas indulgences (Lindt chocolates in my case), what better way to dust off those cobwebs than take part in the joy that is parkrun.

Well done to everyone who took part in this week's event which featured some great milestones.

Ady Thompson and Paul Youngman, who was one of the 49 first-timers at Sloughbottom, achieved 50 runs.

Regular volunteer Paul Woodyatt was also one of 53 people who achieved personal bests and although he did not reach an official milestone this week's run was a very impressive number 452, which is no mean feat.

Talking about volunteers, no run report is complete without calling out for volunteers and over the next few weeks we are a little low on Hi-Vis heroes so as we approach 2020 why not give volunteering a go? It really gives you a great new perspective on parkrun and there are many roles that can be done alongside running.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of parkrun and it does give you a great feeling so if you do want to give it a go please email the Sloughbottom team (

We also love the fact we can provide free tea, coffee and biscuits after every run but are in need of more cups as running is thirsty work. If you can help out you can either donate money via the Sloughbottom parkrun website, donate paper cups or bring along a reusable cup on the day.

As we are celebrating a new year I know many people make resolutions, so if that is achieving a PB, aiming to run 5K without stopping, trying out volunteering, varying what volunteer role you do or doing some more parkrun tourism, all of us from Sloughbottom wish you a very happy and healthy new year.

We are so glad you all seem to enjoy the course and look forward to helping people in their various running journeys in 2020.

Sloughbottom's 34th parkrun was made possible by the following 25 volunteers:
Paul WOODYATT • Angela MAN • Mark PHILO • Radley FENN • Fiona SEARSON • John WOOD • Ken HURST • Hugh WOOLFENDEN • Sophie KENDALL • James CLARK • Jamie SMITH • Peter SMITH • Amélie FENN • Robert ORGAN • Katie FENN • Krzysztof SZEWCZYK • Paul ELLIS • Jessica PARKER • Matthew SALMON • Kayleigh COULSON • John OLIVER • Lewis GRIMES • Jenni AMIS • Alasdair FLETT • Carolyn GWYNN

To view the full results visit