Winchester parkrun #327 – 21st September 2019

Warm bright sunshine greeted the 457 parkrunners who attended Winchester parkrun today. The trees surrounding the playing fields are turning into a medley of autumnal colours. You can probably tell it is one of my favourite times of the year! It was my 100th parkrun today.


I set off in November 2014 not thinking I could ever finish 5k let alone anything further but I felt instantly heartened by parkrun being for all ages, shapes and sizes. parkrun (and running generally) has become a much treasured time to pause the rollercoaster of work and a young family. Even if I cannot stamp out my worries, a run will always bring some clarity and peace. Along the way I've made some great friends - I always look forward to running banter with Ianthe, Eleni and Christina who were with me today, Katy far away in the distance! 28 minutes flies by with friends.


So a big thank you to my husband who encouraged me to do that first parkrun nearly 5 years ago, and the volunteers without whom parkrun is not possible. The Clarendon Marathon is still on my bucket list but will have to wait while I get some more miles in my legs! Good luck to all those taking part and enjoy the stunning autumnal colours on 6th October.


457 parkrunners
First Male - Tim Smales
First Female - the unstoppable Katy Mardle
First Junior - Aidan Furby

Personal statistics - 99 parkruns at Winchester, 1 at Southampton on New Years Day as Winchester was under water!

3 people completed their 50th parkruns today - well done to Colin Scott, Julia Scott and Julian Hamblin.

2 juniors completed their 10th parkruns today - congratulations to Benjamin Batho and Alex Whittaker who marked the occasion with a new PB!

There were 58 were first timers and 64 people recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Geoffrey MEADS • Sarah Rachel DENNISON • David HOWELLS • Rob PORTER • Henry LAU • Ann STANHOPE • James SALTER • Joe HEMMANT • Rachel BATCHELOR • Lynn MCKEAGUE • John LA TROBE BATEMAN • Alexandra CHESSUM • Peter HAWKER • Julia BROOK • Carol PUSEY • Claire HOLLICK • James WHITE • Michael COLEMAN • John GRIFFIN • Ian PARKER • Jennifer LEISHMAN • Charlotte COULSON • Sally WESLEY • Michael S HOLLIS • Ethan WEBSTER • Jacob PRIDDLE • Alexander MANSFIELD • Kate OFFER

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

The female record is held by Carmen SANCHEZ TORIBIO who recorded a time of 17:20 on 16th May 2015 (event number 112).
The male record is held by Andy GREENLEAF who recorded a time of 15:22 on 3rd August 2019 (event number 321).
The Age Grade course record is held by Denise TOBIN who recorded 91.18% (23:38) on 20th April 2019 (event number 307).

Winchester parkrun started on 27th April 2013. Since then 11,389 participants have completed 82,319 parkruns covering a total distance of 411,595 km, including 13,835 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,042 individuals have volunteered 6,914 times.


Winchester parkrun #310 – Gratton Surgery Takeover

This week we continued the upward trend in attendance with 431 people running, jogging and walking the course, of whom 60 were first timers and 82 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

This week we had a takeover by the team from the Gratton Surgery in Sutton Scotney. It was lovely to have them join in and we really hope to see lots of them back again soon.

1905 Gratton Surgery Takeover

Thank you to 24 wonderful volunteers that made it all happen:

Peter ALDRIDGE • David GREENSLADE • David HOWELLS • Ann STANHOPE • Ancilla MCGINLEY • Jesse DUGGAL • Sheila SWEENEY • Naomi RIAL • Andrew TAYLOR • Julie CAIRNS • Martin HOPKINSON • Laura COWEN • Peter HAWKER • Fran HANSFORD • Lionel JONES • Yolanda PARKES • Adrian OWEN • John SWEENEY • Richard WIDDOP • Michael S HOLLIS • Chris TRAYLER • Ethan WEBSTER • Paul O'HALLORAN • Claudine KEIGHER

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

Winchester parkrun started on 27th April 2013. Since then 10,412 participants have completed 75,027 parkruns covering a total distance of 375,135 km, including 12,812 new Personal Bests. A total of 931 individuals have volunteered 6,381 times.


Winchester parkrun #293 – 13th Jan 2019


The New Year's resolutions continued well into week 2 with another impressive turn out at Winchester. A new record of 465 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 60 were first timers and an impressive 75 recorded new personal bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.


The Stubbington 10k on Sunday saw a few familiar faces donning the volunteer vest to give the legs a rest before race day. With temperatures into double figures, the rain holding off & the ground just about dry under foot it was a lovely morning for running. Before the start a quick group picture & a reminder that the King Alfred pub is now open for breakfast from 9am on a Saturday.


And then we were off ….


As always the support of the many marshals spurred the entire field on & it wasn’t long before lap 1 became lap 2 and then finish. Well done to the first male and female participant - Marley Godden from Medway & Maidstone Athletic club finished in 17:01 & Tamsin Simmonds clocking 18:49. Both newcomers to the Winchester course!


A special mention to Sarah Dennison who managed a new PB of 24:39 on her 281st park run…wow!


And big congratulations to those of all abilities who pushed themselves on to run, jog, push or walk the course. Whatever your level, it is without doubt the perfect way to start the weekend.


Of course none of this fun would be possible without the small army of volunteers. This week 29 people helped out. A big thank you to:
Sarah ALDRIDGE • Kevin FRISBY • Glenna GREENSLADE • David GREENSLADE • Stephen LOWY • Richard SPALDING • Ann STANHOPE • Len BURGIN • Debbie INGHAM • Sean LOCKE • Mike HASTIE • Sheila SWEENEY • Justin BROOKING • Gordon WESTLEY • Lynn MCKEAGUE • Andrew TAYLOR • Patricia HEATON • Janet HAUGHTON • Nikki AYRISS • Adrian OWEN • John SWEENEY • Isabelle DARLINGTON • John GRIFFIN • Tom LAESSING • Colin SCOTT • Catherine LOCK • Michael S HOLLIS • Chris TRAYLER • Matt JONES.


Speaking as a recent volunteer convert I can thoroughly recommend it. Lots of different roles, none of which are tricky or take up too much time & some even allow you to run as well. Next time you’re not running why not help out? We are always keen to welcome new volunteers. Opt in to the Volunteer Email in your parkrun profile or send and email to

See you next week!




Winchester parkrun #272, 25th August

Not many people start their wedding days by running 5km at 9am, but for Andy Greenleaf - our course record holder - a parkrun was just the way to kick off his big day. Asked by event director David whether he was planning to go for a PB, he said no, but nonetheless was our first finisher in a modest 16:05 - a time most of us can only dream of! Andy also brought several speedy friends with him, meaning we had six finishers who were under 17 minutes. Well done Andy and we hope you had a fantastic wedding day!


The parkrun was also special for another person, Robbie Downer, who is one of our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers. This Saturday's event was his final volunteering session with us, and he took the opportunity to be the day's run director. Robbie calmly delivered the pre-run briefing to the runners, even getting a few laughs out of the audience. He did a great job this week making sure the event ran smoothly, and has been reliable and performed well in all his previous volunteering sessions too. A big thank you to Robbie from everyone at Winchester parkrun for your commitment and help.

There were 371 runners, walkers or joggers in total this week, of whom 50 were new to Winchester parkrun - welcome to you all and we hope you'll come and join us again. One of those 50 was Jon Oldham, who ran his 50th parkrun. Siggi Narang also ran her 50th, and Patrick Warburton and Robin Speed both ran their 100th parkruns (you kept that quiet, Patrick!). Well done to all of you.

As always, thanks to all of the volunteers who made the event possible. It's particularly helpful for our volunteer coordinator Ann if she knows in advance when people are available to help, so please email if you know which Saturdays you could volunteer. Training is given for all roles on the day, and you'll get a step closer to your purple volunteer t-shirt!


Winchester parkrun’s fifth birthday

Run Report for Winchester parkrun #256, 28 April 2018

Balloons, the Deputy Mayor, some parkrun stats and more cake than you can shake a stick at - it could only be Winchester parkrun's fifth birthday. The skies were grey and the ground a little damp after the previous night’s rain, but this didn’t deter the 347 runners, 27 volunteers, and plenty of spectators who came to celebrate.

Event Director David Watson kicked off the proceedings by introducing the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Frank Pearson. Patrick Warburton then revealed what the Winchester parkrun community’s donations had bought as a fifth birthday present: an AED (automated external defibrillator). This means that we will be able to provide help to runners who need it much faster than at present. The model that has been chosen guides the user through what to do next, based on the response from the patient. Also, Winchester City Council have agreed to fund an external AED housing cabinet so that the defibrillator is available for anyone who might need to use it - great news for all the park users. Thank you to everyone who has contributed towards the AED purchase!

Tim Glover-Poultney then shared some Winchester parkrun stats - did you know that Matt Grote has run at 87% of Winchester parkrun events in the last five years, with the rest of his family not far behind? And Ann Stanhope, our volunteer coordinator, is our number one volunteer stalwart, having helped out at 60% of the events.

Run Director Adrian delivered the pre-run briefing and the runners started their 5k. Pom-pom corner was looking particularly sparkly this week with some birthday decorations - thank you Su. Janice Harmer (sporting a tutu), Josh Horner, Lara Allured, and Francisca Navarro ran their 50th parkruns, with Josh getting a PB as well. Well done to Chris Helyar who joined the 100 club today, and to Ava Key, who earned her white junior T-shirt for completing 10 runs.

We were also delighted to have John Kipps running at Winchester for the first time today. John (seen in orange below) is a parkrun pioneer - one of the 13 runners at the first ever parkrun at Bushy Park back in 2004.

First male finisher today was Jamie Cornuaud in a time of 17:46, and first female finisher was Jasmine Jones in 22:19, a junior runner. Both Jamie and Jasmine set new Winchester parkrun PBs today - well done!

After the hard work of the run, there was plenty of cake to enjoy: thanks to everyone that contributed. We were also able to offer tea and coffee for the first time from the pavilion. This will also be happening in future weeks - just bring along your own mug and enjoy a hot drink and a chat with other runners and volunteers.


Winchester parkrun #241

Well that was a glorious sticky, gloopy mess of a parkrun! The recent rubbish weather, coupled with an already saturated field meant that this weeks run was a real mud bath...AND I LOVED IT! For me this is when Winchester parkrun is at its best. It's just so much fun. It takes me back to being a kid and loving to jump in the muddy puddles. Here's a poem I found which describes how I feel...

I'm In Love With Mud by Gareth Lancaster

I'm in love with mud,
It's sad, I know, but true.
I just can't help but splash in it,
Or stomp a path right through.

It's sticky and it's dirty,
And it covers all my clothes.
But when I see it lying there,
A voice inside me grows...

...You can't resist, you know I'm right,
It's fun to play in mud!
Look at it just sitting there,
I really think you should!

I splatter in the grimy gloop,
I can't resist the ooze!
I run, I jump, I stamp about,
It drips into my shoes!

As ever the parkrun was superbly organised and well supported by an amazing set of volunteers. Of particular note was DofE student Amelie who did an absolutely stellar job of run directing. The full list of volunteers is as follows:

Adrian HAUGHTON • Amelie DE LARA • Ann STANHOPE • David CORNFORTH • David HOWELLS • Drew K FORREST • Guillaume HERSENT • Janet HAUGHTON • John SWEENEY • Joshua REVETT • Julia BROOK • Kate HAMPTON • Lynne FRANKS • Marie-Claire MENEZ • Mark JACKSON • Peter ALDRIDGE • Robbie DOWNER • Sarah Rachel DENNISON • Su BROWNING • Thomas SIDDALL

There were 14 first timers parkrunners today...welcome to the parkrun family! In addition, there were 30 runners who were first time visitors to Winchester. A number of these came from the cancelled run at Eastleigh, but there were also runners from Bristol, Jersey, Tilgate and Norfolk.


Winchester parkrun #223 – 5th August 2017

By James WHITE

There's no place like home.  You know...  Dorothy has a point.  This was my first visit to Winchester parkrun for 10 weeks after a prolonged period of parkrun tourism.  It was so nice to catch up with all of my parkrun friends, have a good chat and a laugh.  Before running we chatted to a number of tourists from Cheltenham and Wycombe Rye.  It's always good to see people visiting our beautiful park.

It was a cracking morning for running; cool, but sunny with a nice light breeze.  I was, once again, pushing Elsie in the buggy and Sarah joined us as well for a family outing.

David gave the pre-run briefing and 322 intrepid runners lined up on the start line ready for the off!

I had decided to really stretch myself and was hoping to beat 25 minutes so Elsie and I set off at a fair trot.  It is always tricky with the buggy in the early stages as you want to avoid clipping people's heels and end up running quite wide and weaving in and out.

By the time we completed the first lap of the cricket field and rounded the tree onto the pathway we managed to get into top gear.  As we passed the finish area Dave Greenslade told me that I was second buggy... and there it was... my challenge for the day, to finish first buggy.

Looking round the field I saw my target... Andre and Janine Crawford.  I pushed on and managed to draw level with them around the 1km mark.  We had a little chat and the unofficial challenge was on.  Elsie and I pushed on and were working really hard, but Andre was equal to it.  As we got the the second lap and we rounded the corner at the top by the skate park he shouted that he was coming for me.  We pushed on, hoping that my legs would hold out.  As we reached the cricket pavilion the gap had closed again and I could almost feel Andre's breathe on my neck... I pushed on again. Not long to hold out.

As we rounded the tree I knew that I was in prime position and the sprint was on.  Like Mo Farah the night before, I wasn't going to let anyone pass me.  I turned into the final straight and crossed the line.  Looking at my watch I had not just broken 25 minutes but dipped under 24 for the first time with the buggy!  And I don't mind telling you... I was knackered!  My legs were like jelly, my lungs were burning and it took me an age to get my breathe back.  Elsie had hardly broken a sweat.

Ihad a great morning out.  Andre and Janine made it so much fun and we had great laugh on the way round.  I know that parkrun is not a race but it is nice to have something to motivate and push you when running.  Sometimes it can be the difference between a good run and an excellent one.

I would like to thank everyone for their support on the way round and, as ever, to the core team for putting on such an amazing weekly event.

Huge thank you to this week's hi-viz heroes:  Amanda ATTWOOD-HUTCHINGS, Carrie BAKER, Mike BILLINGTON, Helen BONNOR, Justin BROOKING, Su BROWNING, Babul CHOWDHURY, Nikki FLANNIGAN, Glenna GREENSLADE, David GREENSLADE, Janice HARMER, Adrian HAUGHTON, Janet HAUGHTON, Patricia HEATON, Henry LUCAS, Sally MASTERS, Helen SMITH, Sharon SMITH, John SWEENEY, David WATSON

If you fancy a turn at volunteering  then please see the Winchester parkrun website for more details!


Winchester parkrun #207 report: An award, a milestone, sunshine and cake!

By Paul Coverdale (Run Director)

There was a sense of anticipation this week as many among the Winchester regulars knew that Saturday was going to be a special milestone for one of our core team. Add in that it was the start of the Easter holidays for many and a beautiful, sunny, April morning and you had a perfect recipe for the best of parkrun. This was one I was looking forward to directing! Very nearly 300 people turned up with a spring in their step; an eclectic mix of the newbies and the seasoned parkrunner, the locals and the tourists (Woodley, Abingdon and one chap all the way from South Africa), the young, very young and not so young, the two legged and four, the fast and more leisurely, all supported by a bumper team of smiling volunteers. Before I came to the all important milestone news in the pre-run briefing, I had an admission to make. In my haste to get everyone underway the previous week I had completely forgotten to mention that our wonderful volunteer co-ordinator, Ann Stanhope, had recently won Volunteer of the Year for Hampshire. This was an award for volunteers who help organise all different sports so quite an honour. Many of the community know Ann, and it was nice to be able to recognise her efforts publicly. She is a big part of the reason why we manage to put on an event each week, and as a run director I'm grateful to her for the help she gives us. Another well known member of the core team, Glenna Greenslade, was running her 250th parkrun - a fantastic achievement and only the second time this has happened at Winchester. Having done a little homework on Glenna's runs, I could tell her she'd spent around 5 1/4 days of her life running at parkrun which is a long time to think about remembering your barcode! More impressive is the fact that she has also volunteered 100 times at various parkruns and junior parkruns alongside husband Dave, who is a Run Director at Winchester. I'm sure she won't mind me saying that now her grandchildren are old enough to get involved in parkrun it has become a family affair. To mark the occasion, as well as bringing a fantastic cake, their son Dan came along (for his 200th parkrun no less) as well as granddaughter Alice to cheer Glenna round. The buoyant mood - or was it the promise of cake? - seemed to spur everyone on as better than 1 in 4 runners recorded PBs. The usual statistics are below. Of note the top 3 age graded results were achieved by children under 10! Well done to Jasmine Jones who was also the first female finisher. Children do like cake I suppose.... Finally, in more cake news, if you have any milestones coming up then do let us know. It's also our 4th parkrun birthday on 22nd April, another excuse. And I have it on very good authority that it could well be a certain Run Director's 100th parkrun this coming Saturday.... I'll see you there!

Now for the numbers

This week 299 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 82 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers.

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

Male placings: Humza AHMED (SM18-19) of Winchester and District AC, was first over the line in 18:09 - 8th time in 21 appearances. Chris SETTERS (VM40-44) of Winchester and District AC, was second over the line in 18:30. Matthew ROBINSON (VM35-39) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:35.

Female placings: Jasmine JONES (JW10) of Winchester and District AC, was first (65th overall) over the line in 22:26 - first time in 2 appearances. Difei WANG (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (78th overall) over the line in 22:52. Jenny GROTE (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (81st overall) over the line in 22:57.

The three highest age grades were recorded by: Michael SHINGLETON-SMITH (JM10) – 81.92% for the time 19:16 (12th overall). Leo WILLIAMSON (JM10) – 76.77% for the time 22:10 (59th overall). Jasmine JONES (JW10) – 76.08% for the time 22:26 (65th overall).

The female record is held by Carmen SANCHEZ TORIBIO who recorded a time of 00:17:20 on 16th May 2015 (event number 112). The male record is held by Andy GREENLEAF who recorded a time of 00:15:40 on 31st May 2014 (event number 60). The Age Grade course record is held by Alan MURCHISON who recorded 88.01% (15:59) on 26th September 2015 (event number 129).

Winchester parkrun started on 27th April 2013. Since then 6,194 participants have completed 39,798 parkruns covering a total distance of 198,990 km, including 7,408 new Personal Bests.



Winchester parkrun #196 – 14/01/2017

by James WHITE

Wow!  What a record breaking day.

Saturday saw a record 336 parkrunners running three laps of the North Walls Rec. As the Facebook site said, the combined distance of 1680km run on Saturday means we could have held a relay from Winchester to Sarajevo.  Continuing the theme…so far in 2017 Winchester parkrunners have run the equivalent of Winchester to Tehran in Iran.  Since Winchester parkrun started we have run around the world 4.6 times!  Simply phenomenal.

This Saturday was bitterly cold and on arriving at the rec the ground was still frozen solid, however the event team had checked the course and it was thankfully deemed safe to run.  Every time I run at Winchester there seems to be more people attending the first timers briefing and this week was no exception with 34 first timers or tourists.  It’s amazing how it is growing.

The run briefing was given and we were off.  Olivia and I set off at a nice comfortable pace and were really chuffed to find ourselves running and chatting with Laura Cowen.  It always makes the run seem to go quicker when you are chatting your way round with friends.  Laura pushed on when we stopped for the first of many fuelling stops for Olivia.  This week’s fuel of choice was Fruit Pastels (they’re what all the top runners use).

We were soon being lapped by the speedier folk and gave them a good old cheer as they came through.  On the second lap we played “run like an animal” (my favourite was Olivia’s giraffe) and on the third lap we went back to an old favourite of “it”. parkrun really is fun!

Unfortunately we couldn’t hang around at the end to chat, but it was another great morning in the park, made all the better for having so many fellow Winchester parkrunners there.

Each week a team of “hi-viz heroes” team up to make parkrun possible.  Without them there is no parkrun.  This week’s heroes are:


If you haven’t considered volunteering before, please do so.  It is very rewarding and helps give a little bit back to the parkrun community.

Random Stats

This weekend saw Winchester host 22 first timers to parkrun, welcome to the parkrun family.  26 people completed their “difficult second parkrun”. We also had 12 visitors from other parkruns, I hope you enjoyed your day.  Of the record 336 runners a HUGE 51 of you recorded PBs.  Congratulations!

Also a massive well done to Mark Benzie for joining the 50 club.

Danny Kyle recorded this week’s best age grading of 74.06%.  Congratulations!

Most aesthetically pleasing times this week are Barry Dewey in 22:22 and Ruth Cooke in 33:33.


Winchester parkrun #192 – Christmas day 2016 run report


A festive Santa packed race today happily coincided with my 50th parkrun. Is there a record for the fastest-ever Santa at parkrun?

Mild conditions and the sticky muddy fields still recovering from Christmas Eve's 300 strong meant that it was not going to be a PB for me but completing my 50th parkrun made up for it!

At Winchester we were in the company of Rachel LONERGAN who was celebrating her 250th parkrun and Emily HOPKINSON, running her 54th different parkrun of the year in aid of ARUK. You can find Emily's sponsorship page here:  A special mention also to Jo HINDLE who ran once again encased in a turkey.

These three for me sum up why parkrun inspires. Three years ago, I had just had my third son. I had never run 5k before and the thought seemed impossible.

I signed up for my first parkrun in November 2014 and to my surprise I enjoyed it! I have been bitten by the bug ever since. That slight sense of relief getting over the bridge and hearing the encouragement from our trusty volunteers means that three half-marathons later parkrun will always draw me back.

See you on Saturday.

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