***No parkrun at Winchester this Saturday 7th August ***

To all our wonderful Winchester walkers, runners, volunteers and supporters

A quick reminder that we are not able to run our event this week as the rec is in use for the Winchester Cheese and Chilli Festival

Of course, there are plenty more parkruns in the local area:

Eastleigh parkrun
Southampton parkrun
Andover parkrun
Basingstoke parkrun

And, best of all, when you've had your usual Saturday fix, you can go and enjoy the Winchester Chilli and Cheese Festival

The kind folks there have given us a 25% discount code for 30 lucky parkrunners

Just quote WinchparkrunVIP when you book online - first come, first served

Have a great weekend and we'll see you on the 14th



Restarting at Winchester – Volunteer Update

To our lovely Winchester parkrunners

You will probably have heard by now that we are planning to restart parkrun on 24th July. We have been given lots of help and guidelines by parkrun HQ, all to make sure that we can put on a successful – and most importantly safe and COVID-safe – event.

This message contains links to all the information you need to volunteer with us, so please read on. 

We have looked at the changes we need to make to our course and finish area – and we will now need roughly 35 volunteers each week to hold an event so we would love people to come forward and sign up in advance.

Some things to remember:

  1. Please do not attend a parkrun event if you, or someone you live with, have been asked to self-isolate or if you have any symptoms that may be COVID.

  2. When you arrive at the event please check in with the Run Director. Observe social distancing – hand sanitiser will be provided for volunteer use.

  3. Timing and scanning will both be done using your own mobile phone, which will require parkrun’s virtual volunteer app.  The app has changed a little since we were last holding events so we suggest you become familiar with the new features – there are You Tube videos for scanning and timing. We cannot use the old stopwatches or scanners so the app is essential if you’re doing one of these tasks.

    Hint: if you are timing use the volume button rather than the touch screen to record runners finishing. The videos also mention an event QR code, and this will be provided on the day.

  4. One of the biggest changes is that we now need 1 scanner per 50 runners – which is about 10 scanners for us!  Scanners will scan at arm’s length but are welcome and encouraged to wear a face covering if they wish. We welcome people offering to run first and then scan (having got their breath back!) but we will also need several non-running scanners too.

  5. Full details about volunteering can be found at parkrun’s volunteer hub. Please especially take the time to read the COVID-19 framework.

  6. If you haven’t done so already, please sign up to receive volunteer e-mails via your parkrun profile.

  7. Visually Impaired guiding is allowed.

What next?

We have started work on our roster for 24th July but still need many more volunteers to run the event. Remember that we need 30+ volunteers EVERY week – not just on the 24th- and we can only hold parkruns with our community’s help. Please e-mail us on Winchester@parkrun.com if you’d like to help.

Please let us know if you have any questions – we can’t wait to see everyone again.

With best wishes

Winchester parkrun Core Team


Quick reminder about Adrian’s funeral on Tueday 9th March

Dear All

A quick reminder that Tuesday 9th March at 11:30 am is Adrian's funeral.

We are hoping that as many people as possible have a chance to be part of the day and to commemorate Adrian.

The most obvious way to do this is to join us in a (not)parkrun during the day.

Adrian would defintely have approved.

All you have to do is walk, jog or run a 5k (could be outside, could be on a tread mill); then log it as a (not)parkrun through your parkrun profile.

You can also post a quick message in the comments here to say that you are done, or something on his Much Loved site:


Please do obey all the prevailing social distancing guidelines and avoid the official Winchester parkrun course at North Walls Rec.

If you’ve not registered for parkrun the you can do it for free here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/Adrian


Adrian’s Much Loved Website

Hello everyone

A very quick post with a link to the Much Loved website set up by Adrian's family:


There's a link to the webcast of the service, and links to donate to 3 charities close to Adrian's heart.

You can also send thoughts, upload pictures, add a story and even light a virtual candle.




Sad News about Adrian

Adrian RD

I very sad to tell you that Adrian Haughton, co-Event Director at Winchester parkrun, has died. He passed away peacefully at home with his family yesterday.

Adrian was a tireless volunteer and passionate supporter of parkrun and many other good causes around Winchester.

I didn’t know him before I started going to parkrun but he was one of the first people to stand out; primarily because he would always overtake me, but also because he introduced himself to me, when I didn’t know many other people, in true generous parkrun spirit.

Adrian seemed to have boundless energy. He loved running. He was always engaged in some challenge. His family holidays revolved around adventure. He also loved chocolate.

When I asked him to share the responsibility for the Event Director role with me, he didn’t hesitate. I relied on him for his clear insight, strong opinions, and down-to-earth approach.

My abiding memory of Adrian will be his relentless positivity and can-do attitude. Whatever the challenge we faced, Adrian took it on and saw it through with enthusiasm. For me that was most inspiring during his final months. Despite repeated set-backs in his fight against cancer he was, without exception, upbeat and looking forward. When I asked him how he was coping emotionally he would always brush it off - “Look, it is what it is. I can’t change it. But I can enjoy the time that I have”.

It’s sad that due to the pandemic we can’t remember him all together at a parkrun. We will get a chance to do that, eventually, but in the meantime maybe do an extra 5k in his honour, or aim for a new PB, or just lace up your shoes and get out when you might feel like staying on the sofa.

Adrian, I will always be motivated by your example, to enjoy life and keep striving. Although I’ve lost track of the number of times you beat me at parkrun, what abides is seeing you ahead of me, being inspired to dig just a little deeper, and, at least once or twice, catching up with you.


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