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

New car park open at Wimpole Estate – come and join us!

Great news for local and tourist parkrunners! The long awaited new car park is open at Wimpole Estate so the parking problems of recent months are a thing of the past.

The new car park has a hard asphalt surface with capacity of 700 car park spaces, so we no longer need to limit the number of parkrun visitors.  Please come and join us at one of the most beautiful parkrun courses in the country and enjoy a coffee and a chat afterwards in the excellent cafeteria!

Although entrance to the estate is free of charge for parkrunners, if you are not a National Trust member or paying the normal estate entry fee then Wimpole Estate will charge £2 for car parking.  Considering the marvelous new facilities this seems like a bargain!  You can pay at the entrance or to an NT staff or volunteer member with a collecting bucket.  Of course you can still come and do your parkrun absolutely free of charge but you will need to arrive without a car!

Note that there is a new road entrance to the estate slightly further south on the road approaching the estate. Do not try to enter by car using the old entrance as you cannot reach the car park from there.

Event start is 9am Saturday, but plan to arrive about half an hour before that to allow time to park and walk down to the start.  Do check the Facebook page though as any last-minute event news will be posted there.


Don't forget to bring your parkrun barcode !  Aside from enabling us to record your time and position in the list of finishers for the day, your parkrun barcode will ensure that you can come into the estate without charge.  To get a barcode visit the link below:


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Entry to Wimpole Estate is now through a beautiful new entrance lobby on the way between the car park and the estate.  You will have to pass through it on your way to the parkrun briefing and start area and if you don't have your barcode you will either need a National Trust membership card or you will have to pay the entrance fee to access the estate.

Please respect National Trust conditions of entry for parkrunners.  As a special concession to parkrun, we are granted free entry to the estate on a Saturday morning specifically for parkrun. Once you have completed your run and after you've had your coffee & cakes in the cafeteria please leave the estate promptly unless you are planning to visit the estate for other reasons.

We look forward to welcoming you to parkrun at Wimpole Estate!

Oh and finally... how about joining the volunteers who help put on parkrun at Wimpole? It's a lot of fun and you'll make new friends working as part of a great team! To learn how visit this link: https://support.parkrun.com/hc/en-us/articles/200566453-How-do-I-volunteer-

-The Wimpole parkrun volunteers.




Parking restricted until 8th Feb

Parking will be limited until Feb 8th due to the fields used for overflow parking being inundated with rainwater and closed.

We anticipate that from Feb 8th onwards the new car park will be open and parking problems will be behind us.

Until Feb 1st we do need to limit the number of cars coming in for parkrun due to the parking limitations. There is a risk during this period that we may have more vehicles than the main car park can accommodate and if so, those arriving once the car park is full will have to be turned away. Please do not park in the driveway of Wimpole Estate or on the roadside or verges on the road leading to the estate entrance.

So that you can come along and enjoy the run please consider car sharing, cycling or even walking or running to Wimpole, or park safely nearby and walk in to reduce the need for parking on the estate. If you do drive, the earlier you arrive, the more likely you will find a space on the estate.

Alternatively, you might also consider other parkrun events nearby - especially if they are nearer to you or a similar distance to Wimpole. Suggestions are: In Cambridge: Milton, Fulbourn or Coldhams Common; Huntingdon parkrun; St Neots: Pocket parkrun; Stevenage parkrun; Bedford parkrun; Westmill Farm (Nr. Ware).

If you do decide to join us we would love to see you for a run and a coffee afterwards as usual but please be understanding and follow the advice of the parkrun car parking marshals and estate staff who will be helping to get as many of you into the estate as we can safely manage.

If you don’t want to stay for coffee after the run or to access the other attractions of Wimpole Estate, please leave the car park promptly to allow room for other visitors.

Have a good parkrun – wherever you run – and don’t forget to thank the volunteers!

Please share this email so as many people as possible see it and don’t forget to mention that we’re always keen to see new faces among the volunteers!

The Wimpole parkrun team


New Year’s Day

You can start 2020 as you mean to go with a New Year's Day run at our beautiful Estate at 9 am.


80th Birthday Celebrations


We have a very special visitor running with us this coming Saturday at Wimpole.

Chris Roberts will be completing his first ever parkrun, along with his son, Justin.

What makes this so unique is that it will be on his 80th, and yes we did say 80th Birthday!!! Perfectly proving that  it's never too late to start to parkrunning! Pictures to follow.


Wimpole Estate parkrun: Event number 321 – 15th June 2019

It was lovely to have a dry Saturday morning! We had 416 people running, jogging, crawling around the course and 45 first timers; who were all very welcome and we'd love to welcome you back on the 29th June.
Firstly a huge thank you for filling the roster by Wednesday. It did make a huge difference and it also meant that we could have a paced run. This brings me onto the Pipe family - who decided to turn pacing into a competitive sport. David (Dad) was pacing 20 minutes, Alfie (son) was pacing 22 mins, Henry (son) was pacing 20 mins and Cecillia (Mum) was pacing 28. The idea was that whoever was the closest to their time, was the family winner. So with David managing 19:57, Alfie 21:57 and Henry 24:04, we are happy to declare Cecillia the winner with 28:01!
On a more serious note - THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR VOLUNTEERS.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wimpole Estate parkrun Results Page but our headlines were that Ben Jones led the field home in a very quick 16:44, our fastest female was Emily Talbot (11-14), who got her second sub 20 finish (possibly due to David's pacing?) and finished in 19:56, just 5 seconds off her PB. Our fastest male junior was Lucas Blackwell (15-17) who finished in 20:57 and our fastest female adult was Jenny Roberts who on her first trip to Wimpole finished in 20:55. Congratulations all!
On to significant runs and we had 2 people join the 100 club, Sue Glasse and Brian McGuinness. We also had 2 join the 50 club - Simon Morris and Vincent Wright. Finally we had Finn Maclennan who completed his 10th. Thanks for choosing to run with us and congratulations on your mile stone runs!
A reminder that next week is the perfect opportunity for some touristing - there is no run at Wimpole!
Until the 29th, happy parkrunning,
Debs & James
The female record is held by Charlotte Tara MURPHY who recorded a time of 17:58 on 6th August 2016 (event number 182).
The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who recorded a time of 15:45 on 15th July 2017 (event number 228).
The Age Grade course record is held by Mary HOLMES who recorded 90.31% (28:22) on 6th September 2014 (event number 85).
Wimpole Estate parkrun started on 12th January 2013. Since then 11,801 participants have completed 86,534 parkruns covering a total distance of 432,670 km, including 13,453 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,133 individuals have volunteered 8,918 times.
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