Stonehouse parkrun Christmas & New Year

As Christmas Day & New Years day both fall on Saturdays this year your core team has had to make a decision whether we should hold parkruns on those days. We have agreed NOT to hold a parkrun on Christmas Day, but we shall be parkrunning as normal on New Year's day (09:00).

For those keen to parkrun Christmas Day there is a list of parkruns planning to hold their events on Christmas Day & New Year's Day here:


Join us for a virtual parkrun

We miss you all...and it looks like it might be a while before we can line up on the start line at Oldends Lane or anywhere else. So instead we're starting a virtual parkrun...

This not exclusive to registered Stonehouse parkrunners, it’s open to all – in fact the more the merrier. Please pass on to anyone you may feel is interested.

The virtual parkrun:

  • Any time during Saturday or Sunday run 5k and record it on some sort of GPS device.
  • Before 6pm on Sunday submit your result to the email below and in the format shown. Submissions after 6pm will not be included in the results.
  • Use common sense when planning your route - we don't want to put anyone at risk.
  • The 5k can be a loop, several loops, an out & return, a straight out or any combination thereof.
  • For every completed 25 metres ascent 1 minute will be deducted from your time.
  • If possible, add a screen shot of your run either from Strava or a picture of your device etc.
  • Add a selfie if you want – we will paste some of them up with the results.

Submit your results to: with the following in the subject line: ‘Date – Virtual parkrun’ 

Submit the following info:

  • Full Name
  • Time for 5k (do not deduct the ascent time)
  • Ascent - in Metres please
  • Screen shot proof if possible
  • Parkrun age category – not compulsory
  • Selfie if you want

By Sunday I shall attempt to produce a results spreadsheet & post a link on the Stonehouse parkrun facebook page.


If there is enough uptake I will see if we can organise a proper online data input page.

Alan & Sarrah, Stonehouse parkrun Co-Event Directors

Our last start line

It feels a long time since our last (slightly wet) start line so we'd love to see some of your 5k efforts this Saturday.




New Years day double run report special

Our New Years Day event was so big we've got two run reports to share. 

20200101_085444Thank you to Phil and Sarah for the great reports. And thank you to everyone who joined us on New Years Day. And for your patience while we gave the field a break this Saturday. We expect to be back next Saturday, but with our winter course to help the field stay in good condition for all park users. To make sure you're in the know of any changes like our Facebook page, follow us @stonehouseparkrun on Instagram, or opt into Stonehouse volunteer emails on your parkrun profile.

See you on the start line. 

First up it's Sarah Miller... 

What a crazy obsession parkrun is! It must be something special, or else why would I have set my alarm to 6am AND taken notice of it on New Year’s Day, after just 5 ½ hours’ sleep?

Today’s run was definitely something to wake up early for though - Stonehouse parkrun was to be part one of my first ever ‘double’ and from the number of athletes who were there too, and from the snippets of overheard conversations I caught, it was the same for many, many others.

“We normally get about 40 here”, I heard said. Today, it was 383!! Unbelievable!! Top marks to the RD and the team of eleven volunteers. They looked as calm as could be and coped perfectly with the hoards. The first timer’s briefing was for most of us and in the main briefing, I loved the RD’s opposite shout out, not as normal for the tourists, but for the locals! Whoop! There were over 230 visitors to Stonehouse and - what a way to start a new decade – there were 5 absolute first timers, who received a huge welcome.

I always love the local flavour you pick up when being a parkrun tourist… except this one, just seconds before we set off round the course, which was on the lines of (oh excuse the pun …), if you think you might have parked on the level crossing, please move your car as the local residents are about to call the police! (Eek. Glad it wasn’t me. I was safely parked within the large carpark. A couple of trains passed by during my run though, so I felt relieved that all was well.)

And so, we were off! It was tough! 4 laps of a field, which in places was very muddy! My brand-new trail shoes were put to excellent use and will never look the same again, but they did a great job and I stayed upright! Lap one went quickly, lap two a little less so … and I found myself thinking back to how much I hated running at school but here I was, choosing to do it. Why was that? I soon remembered that it is because at a parkrun it’s so different - everyone is welcome, no-one is judged and you can wear whatever is comfortable. (For some today, they chose cheerleading outfits, complete with pompoms!) I found myself looking around and wondering what motivated others to be getting very tired and muddy, when they could all be snug in bed. Each time I passed the very cheery marshals, I got a boost to keep going and they were so jolly, it was clear that they got a boost to see us all going by too. By lap three, I knew that I was over half way and lap 4 was fabulous because it was the last one!

While many of us were on lap 3 or 4, the speediest runners were getting their barcodes scanned and the buggy runners were finding sticks to clear the clods of mud off their wheels. The finish crew coped admirably and the queues for scanning moved quickly.

Calls of ‘see you there’ could be heard, as most of us changed our shoes and jumped into our cars to get to the second parkrun of the day. There were 28 Personal Bests and three milestones – Lucy Birkinshaw, Max Luff and Karen Mason all ran their 100th parkrun at Stonehouse this morning.

Thank you Stonehouse parkrun for your marvellous welcome and for making the new year double possible!

Sarah Miller

From Phil Southworth...


At 9am on New Year's Day the 178th successful Stonehouse parkrun and took place, so for many it was their first parkrun of the decade. 

20200101_092930There were all time record number of entrants at this event. The previous record was set when 179 entered event #52 on 22 July 2017; however, this record was smashed by 383 who participated in today's event.

Conditions were favourable, and in spite of 70% cloud cover and 93% humidity, there was no sign of rain. The temperature was a fresh 4°C with a 'hardly noticeable' 6 km/h SE breeze.

After Run Director, John Tierney, delivered the briefing we were directed to the start line. John mentioned that volunteers are most welcome and always appreciated, so please consider volunteering at future parkrun events.

20200101_093055The course is flat and takes place mainly on grass including two rather muddy sections, and there is a section of gravel footpath, near the club house.

Congratulations to the 28 participants who achieved personal best (PB) times in this event.

Milestones were also achieved...

Well done to the following parkrunners, who successfully completed the a significant number of parkruns today:

10 parkruns:
Paul Beach
Amy Wilson
Mark Veale

20 parkruns:
Damian Lai
Chris Wilkins
Shirley Watson
Andrew Talboys

30 parkruns:
Christine Pollard

40 parkruns:
Jennifer Hine

50 parkruns:
Sam Phelps
Justin Hutchinson
Claire Lewin

60 parkruns:
Paul Humphris
Alice Lewis
Adrian Gregory
David Pickard

100 parkruns:
Karen Mason
Lucy Birkinshaw
Max Luff

110 parkruns:
Lindsey Tanner

130 parkruns:
Sarah Reep

150 parkruns:
Michael Reep

160 parkruns:
Darren Perry
Mike Kimber

200 parkruns:
Sarah Wood
Hollie Harmer

210 parkruns:
Andy James
Jonathan Goodland
Tim Cornish

280 parkruns:
Kate Ball

330 parkruns:
Karen Louise Watson

The 232 First timers included visitors from Swindon, Minchinhampton, Berkeley, Gloucester, Corsham, Calne, Chepstow, Chipping Sodbury, Cirencester, Droitwich, Dursley, High Wycombe, Hinckley, Bristol, Kingsway, London, Tetbury, Tewksbury, Totley, Wotton, Watford, Wimbledon, Worcestershire,  Northampton, Portishead, Radstock, Richmond, Thornbury, Wroughton, Redditch, Somerset, Staple Hill, Wales and West Ireland.

Well done to the lovely, friendly volunteers who did a fantastic job hosting this event. Some of the volunteers went and helped out at the 10:30am Stratford Park parkrun as well.

This four lap course is a great way to start the weekend, so why not join in future Stonehouse parkruns.


It’s Christmas! (soon)

Ho ho ho

We're calling it. It's time to talk Christmas at Stonehouse parkrun. Here's the news that you need to make your festive plans this year.

  • Saturday 21 December, 9am - normal parkrun. With Santa hats and mince pies of course.
  • Christmas day - no Stonehouse parkrun. You can find a pre turkey run here.
  • Saturday 28 December, 9am - step away from the sofa and come to our Christmas gap run.
  • New Years Day, 9am - start 2020 as you mean to go on at Stonehouse parkrun. Hangovers and new years resolutions equally welcome

See you on the start line.



Stonehouse parkrun – event no.148

By Elizabeth Morris

I’m a self-confessed parkrun tourist (my home parkrun is Southwick Country Park in Wiltshire) and I love running at different parkrun events. It’s always great to run at a different course for a change of scene as well as meeting new people. Offering to write this weeks’ run report meant I was also able to give something back to the Stonehouse parkrun team.


Firstly what a friendly event! I felt Stonehouse had a real community feel to it, and with 77 runners today it didn’t feel crowded or pressured at the start. I ran with Emma today, who is 8, and has now ran 6 adult parkruns. Emma said this was “the calmest feeling parkrun yet” and is her new favourite. High praise indeed! I spotted a fellow parkrun tourist, Andy from Worcester, wearing the distinctive cow Cowl, and fellow Avon Valley Runner Gary, from my hometown. Out of the 77 parkrunners who finished, there were 3 new PB’s and I must congratulate the 7 first timers to parkrun as well, welcome to your new Saturday morning addiction!


The course itself at Stonehouse is 4 laps around a grass playing field and, in my opinion, has definite PB potential being as flat as a pancake. The field is also kept In fantastic condition with short grass and no divots. It’s also ideal if you are new to running as you can run “corner to corner” breaking the course up into chunks. With the heavy rain we had all day on Friday I thought the course would be waterlogged but it was more than fine and I could get away with my usual road trainers.

All of the marshals were brilliant. However, I need to say a special thank you to Karin who was our tail walker...with three tails, as Karin was running with her two dogs. Emma, as well as myself, really appreciated the support as we made our way around the course. Afterwards Emma said that Karin had made her day as she felt so relaxed and wasn’t worrying about being at the back, to me to hear that was fantastic. I love to hear positive feedback on parkrun as it is so inclusive and with Emma’s Dad running at another event today I was glad she had enjoyed it so much. Thank you Karin!


A big shoutout to the 13 high-vis heroes who made this event happen: Karin AYRES, Milo CARROLL, Sarrah CASE, Edward CROSS, Ian CUTLER, Mike DUXBURY, Joe GIDDINGS, Penny HOWARD, Elizabeth MORRIS, Stephen STAINER, Gillian STARLING, Theresa WATT, Christie YATES

Don’t forget if you’ve not volunteered before or haven’t in a while get your names down on the future roster!

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


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