Somerdale Pavilion parkrun is cancelled on 2020-11-28 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Event 48: The one with a slight breeze!

With rugby fever sweeping the country and the weather forecast I actually wondered if anyone would turn up! However, after some initial doubts about going ahead weather wise we decided to go for it. We almost lost the Curly Wurly sign before we even started. I needn't have been concerned about people turning up; 44 runners braved the elements to complete our 48th event. FB_IMG_1572901665648 Oh, what fun we had battling the appalling weather conditions and well done to every one on completing our 48th event. First man home was Nick Brenchley and first lady was Frances Cathcart-Burns. The first junior home was Leni Cole. Well done to Amando Di-Finzio who didn't let the weather prevent him making his parkrun debut. Karen Turner even managed a PB! We had 22 visitors travelling from Chelmsford, Netley Abbey, Portsmouth, Worcester and also refugees from Bath Skyline. Congratulations to Fiona Burchard who has now volunteered on 25 occasions. Hugh Burchard and Terry Kirby were also celebrating their birthdays. Hugh, even managed to be first Male in  his new age category. FB_IMG_1572901356668FB_IMG_1572901342880Thank you very much to the 15 heroic volunteers who braved the conditions to ensure the event went ahead. We are always on the lookout for volunteers and if you would like to have a go please look at our future roster and let us know. FB_IMG_1572901523255 Finally, we are celebrating our 1st Birthday on 16 November. Please join us, there will be cake, fancy dress and our Co ED Ian Mussell has decided that it would be fun to run the route in reverse! Best Wishes Joan


A super soggy but fun parkrun

It was a super soggy but fun parkrun this week when 55 people ran, jogged and walked the course.

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The winner was Andy Gardiner from San Domenico RC in Cardiff who was running his 392nd parkrun.

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The milestone parkrun (complete with suitable headware) was Dan Colman from Pembrokeshire Harriers AAC who was running his 50th parkrun at Somerdale Pavilion.


Junior regulars Bradley and Cory Grinter enjoyed the conditions and did not seem the worse for wear although their mum's phone reflected the worsening weather before and after.


The event was made possible by 12 volunteers who did an exemplary job in difficult conditions:

Hugh BURCHARD • John VRUBLEVSKIS • Margaret VRUBLEVSKIS • Gill WHITEHEAD • Jan ISAAC • Victoria RICH • Vanessa HAWKINS • Roberta ORCHARD • Fiona BURCHARD • Becky GRINTER • Joanne NYE • Laurence FAY

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

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Wheres the mud?


What a beautiful morning we had – setting up the course was surprisingly rather warm. Initially it only looked like there was a handful of runners but as I started the pre run brief loads more turned up to go Curly Wurly. My favourite part of the run brief is where we say follow the person in front, if you are the person in front then good luck!! I hadn’t factored in this week’s first finisher being a first timer and not knowing the course – there were a couple of close calls where some minor course corrections hadn’t been made (I blame the staff) However well done to James Donald who managed to cope well. Also kudos goes to the next runner who realised he’d missed a small section of course and added a bit on before finishing.

Other notable events are returning visitor Paul Williams who despite wanting mud initially, instead ran his 100th run with a pb too. Well done Paul


This week we had 110 runner, walkers and joggers, 26 new PBs, 43 first timers, 37 returnees and 5 unknowns

The roster is looking bare over the next few weeks so any help will be greatly appreciated.

Also don’t forget our birthday on 16th November.

Until next time



Event #45

Event #45
On a bus were fifty tourists,
Visiting the chocolate shrine,
These intrepid mud loving purists,
Set off at five minutes past nine.


For the RD had started a little late,
As bodies appeared from fields afar,
So cross the pitches and pass the gate,
Leave plenty of time from your car!


Inspired by the sub 2:00hr marathon,
By Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge,
First back were Matt Langdon,
And Molly Chilton paving the way.


The rest of the field was filled one third
By Chippenham Harriers, each bearing cake
With plenty of running fuel deferred
All consumed during the post run coffee break.


27 PBs also to report,
And one runner in Elmo gear
But let’s remember that this sport
Couldn’t happen without each volunteer.

IMG_3447So visit us brave travellers do!
Set the alarm for nice and early.
We’re also open to locals too,
So step forth and try the curlywurly!


PS we are looking a little shy,
For volunteers in the next week,
So drop us a line, it’s worth a try!
With Lynsey RDing things are never bleak.


Until next time!
Matt - RD

This week 149 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 79 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

John PEAKE • Fiona BLACKMORE • Matthew BRACE • Matt POTTON • Mike BLACKMORE • Debbie WILLIAMS • Nicola STEPHENS • Matt BRADLEY • Hugh BURCHARD • Kelly WOOD • Matthew WOOD • Alice EDWARDS • Alex WOOD • Carol LOWREY • Elena WOOD • Vanessa HAWKINS • Becky GRINTER • Nicola GIBLIN • Helen GRIST • Thomas GIBLIN

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

The male record is held by David HUDSON who recorded a time of 16:39 on 14th September 2019 (event number 41).
The female record is held by Lucy RICHENS who recorded a time of 19:55 on 21st September 2019 (event number 42).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline LAVIS who recorded 87.52% (26:18) on 23rd March 2019 (event number 17).

Somerdale Pavilion parkrun started on 17th November 2018. Since then 2,804 participants have completed 5,547 parkruns covering a total distance of 27,735 km, including 1,006 new Personal Bests. A total of 277 individuals have volunteered 854 times.


Happy Birthday parkrun

When you take over as Run Director usually your greatest concern is a lack of Volunteers. However, this week, I had a full roster by Wednesday (Happy days!). To make future RDs equally happy please look at our roster and see if you can help. My next concern was, how the contractors were progressing with the work down by the Curly Wurly? They are now working up towards the hut which we use for equipment storage; this week our route down to the start was practically impassable. However, we made it! Hopefully, next week access may be more straightforward, please check our Facebook page for updates.


5 October saw the celebration of parkrun's 15th Birthday and 99 runners joined us to mark this. I think that a combination of races the next day and a certain World Cup rugby match accounted for this lower turn out. Somerdale was also celebrating, we had Yvonne and Becky Cox and Claudia Collis celebrating their 100th parkrun, John Vrublevskis celebrating his 50th and Finley Hill his 10th parkrun. Congratulations to you all. I have never seen so many Curly Wurly bars! Additionally, 25 runners celebrated PB's.



Curly Wurly has gained a reputation as a parkrun tourist 'hotspot' and this week we welcomed tourists from Wales, Devon, Milton Keynes, Wimbledon, Bexhill and Kent. Apologies if I have missed anyone. we had nine people running their first ever parkrun, I hope that they enjoyed the experience and will carry on parkrunning. We are looking forward to welcoming more tourists in future weeks and I believe that there is a coachload of visitors coming from Chippenham Harriers next weekend.

Finally, the Pavilion staff have asked if runners could avoid entering the café wearing muddy shoes, they have just cleaned the carpet. We have a super duper "mud blower offer" outside the building or just remove your shoes.