Non Run Report for Saturday 25th April 2020

What a wonderful response we had this week when we asked you to share your plans for your #notparkrunday.

We had incoming on all platforms and here is a compilation for your Sunday evening parkrun fix:

Martin Crabb:

"I participated in the Not the Oxfordshire Road Relays 5k organised by the Witney Roadrunners Club last weekend.
The event had 9 teams of 8 including one walker to accommodate no running Crabby.  It was a fantastic event on your own but knowing others are with you all the way.
I smashed my target to get under 40 minutes speed walking by 34 seconds. Two members Lyn and Steve Hopkins we’re faster walkers than me. Lyn did say before the race if I can’t beat an old boy with a hip replacement she’d eat her trainers! Photo after finishing wearing my Cotswold Classic Shirt.
Can’t wait to Tail Walk at Witney parkrun. Love and hugs to you all"


Graham Carter:

"well I’ve done it, (the parkrun course) 4 times in the last week and a half. Course is best it’s ever been as no-one has been on it. Forest section is great with all the chippings put down. Easier to run round the corners. All grass sections are repaired very well. All in all a pleasure to run. It’s just missing the competitive edge of everyone else!"

Maria Fielden:

"I am going to run ....well walk/run/walk/run as I am on week 4 of Couch to 5K App so by the time I get to week 9 I will be running 5k´s....again hopefully with you all - I can social distance from the rear" (Editor's note: Well done Maria!)


Anthony Beardsley:

"Did a Zwift Run meet up with Dan Wymer and a couple more running friends. Really enjoyed it. Anyone else who has got a treadmill and uses Zwift is welcome to join us next Sat at 09:00"

Rob Gilkes:

"#noparkrun thanks for getting me out of bed to go and do a lovely 3 mile run!The cat saw me off, and a slightly chilly run around Ducklington lake, always a pleasure to run around"

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Deborah Jackson:

"Been for a chilly 5 Km at the same time as my friend in Farmoor. Just about to have coffee with her via FaceTime"

Catherine Somerville Tyler:

"5k in the lean-to!"


Jody Smith:

"I’ve tried making a route on Strava to spell out parkrun using Witney roads... omg, this could well be the ultimate isolation challenge!"  (Editor's note: we understand Jody might still be working on this challenge and we can't wait to see it!)

Dan Wymer:

Via Instagram: "Another #parkrun day in lockdown. Should have been RD at @witneyparkrun again today. Instead met up with Jenny & Jonathan from Alchester and Tony from @witneyroadrunners to do an inaugural #notaparkrun in Watopia.

Lovely one lap course - some beach, a causeway, mountains in the background and the deer were a surprise! Played around with the cameras too. I especially liked the helicam and moto cam to feel the action!

Next week we're heading to @gozwiftInnsbruck so if you have a treadmill & footpod (or Garmin 245/945) get signed up to Zwift, follow me and I'll send you the Meetup invite for next Saturday. #loveparkrun #missparkrun"


(Editor's note: we understand Dan also partook in 54 ascents of the stairs (equivalent of 2.6 times the height of the biggest hill on The Cotswold Classic course) in aid of African Children's Fund. We look forward to hearing more about this next week!)

Karen Rebecca:

 "Matt, Fraser and I have been for our parkrun and I think we may have a few pbs in the bag. Obviously lock down is helping our fitness!! X x"

Tamsyn Wymer:

"Holy moly. 2.6 Challenge done!  26 planks for 26 seconds each. Abs, arms and legs all feeling that. I can still fortunately walk and not in too much agony. It hurt though! All in aid of the African Children's Fund" (Editor's note: well done Tamsyn, that is a feat indeed!)

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Michael Lewis:

"No running, as usual, but thirty minutes aerobics,and tomorrow I plan to do the 2.6 challenge. 26 miles on my cycle turbo trainer in aid of Kidney Research`"

Punam Owens:

"I took the #pelofondo challenge with 490 other ladies and combined it with the #twopointsix challenge. Raising funds for the NHS together charities. Kept me busy! Meanwhile, Mr O continues to sport his #parkrunUK t-shirt while walking the dogs."


And last but not least via Twitter


"I created a run called Two Lap Tango here in Fox Bay, West Falklands. Each lap is 3.3k, so encouraging people to time it and then try and improve each attempt. There's only two of us at the moment but you have to start somewhere I suppose" (Editors note: We hope to add the history to this story next week.)


@upyrbike (Shaun Scott):

"#sleeping in after a night shift. Did my solo #notparkrun at work" Shaun is a front-line worker -  a big thank you to you from us all!

So, there we are. An incredible community making the most of the the current lockdown. Stay safe everyone, stay home and #loveparkrun.

Until next week :)


Event #64 – Wood Green PTA Takeover

A big thank you to Wood Green PTA for taking over event 64 this week. Here is their run report:

Hello, the first part of this report is written by Isla, Cayla, Katie and Erin. We are Year 7 Wood Green students. Two of us have run Witney parkrun before and two of us were first timers and we all loved it!


Thank you for everyone who volunteered today to make this parkrun happen, there was a really friendly atmosphere and it was great to see some of our teachers taking part too.   All the marshals were really encouraging- ringing their bells and shouting ‘go on Wood Green’.  There were a record number of participants today, 393!! There were 83 first timers and 87 people recorded personal bests. Well done Witney. Now the PTA will say a bit more….

The weather was amazing this morning for our Wood Green School PTA parkrun takeover event. We would like to add our thanks to Witney parkrun for agreeing to us getting involved and encouraging our school community to come out and run, jog or walk. We are so happy that there were a record number of people joining in today, we hope our students continue to come along to parkrun events. It was great to see so many Wood Green PE shirts and participants wearing green, well done to the parents who squeezed into their kids tops too!! Old ties and a vintage PE top were also spotted, well done for getting those out of the loft.


The PTA have undertaken a £50k challenge to raise funds for our school, part of the funds will be going towards sports equipment and better access to sports across the school. We are reaching out to our local community; not just in terms of fundraising but also skill sharing. Can you help practically in terms of skills or supplies? How about sponsoring some of our events or all or parts of projects? Does your company participate in match funding? If you would like to talk to us or find out more we can be contacted on

Details about our upcoming events can be found here

Once again, many thanks to the PTA, Witney Radio for covering the event this morning and all parkrun volunteers, runners, joggers and walkers today, we had a blast!


This week 393 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 83 were first timers and 87 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 49 volunteers:

Fraser HOWARD • Emily HOWARD • Dan WYMER • Allison MAYBREY • Lyn HOPKINS • Michael LEWIS • Tamsyn WYMER • Timothy MARSHALL • James FIELD • Mark CROSBY • Jo COOK • Punam OWENS • Marlies PICKERING • Sue HOPKINS • Martin CRABB • Martha SHERWOOD • Thea CROSBY • Isla CROSBY • Stephen BRIGHT • Amy THOMAS • Trish DAVIES • Jacqueline HATHAWAY • Chris GARDENER • Jane COTTER • Jane COLBECK-MCKINNON • Skye MCKINNON • Benedict RAISTRICK • Niamh SUTTON • Julia LAWLEY • John HONOUR • Luke EDWARDS • Sam KELAHER • Becky MACKENZIE • Owen EDWARDS • Lisa BRICKNELL • Ally JONES • Rebecca HANSON • Allan JENKINS • Maria GRINDLEY • Mark BONSELL • Janet MOSS • Malia MOSS • Tanya SMITH • Meredith SMITH • Lauren JACOBS • Dylan LANGSTAFF • Susan WHITEAR • Jonathan WHITEAR • Pauline EDWARDS

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

The female record is held by Cas JACKSON who recorded a time of 19:19 on 13th April 2019 (event number 54).
The male record is held by Ross BRADEN who recorded a time of 16:57 on 18th May 2019 (event number 59).
The Age Grade course record is held by Morag MCINTYRE who recorded 84.04% (22:46) on 22nd June 2019 (event number 64).

Witney parkrun started on 10th March 2018. Since then 3,906 participants have completed 15,339 parkruns covering a total distance of 76,695 km, including 3,580 new Personal Bests. A total of 370 individuals have volunteered 1,977 times.


Run Report : Jo Cook and Wood Green students and PTA

Photography: Trish Davies


OX5 entries now open!

With the New Year approaching, perhaps you'd like to consider an additional goal for 2019 (alongside your regular parkrun of course!)? If so, entries for the OX5 Run on 24th March at Blenheim Palace are now open! Runners and walkers of all abilities aged 14+ are welcome.

The 5 mile run is on a closed roads route around Blenheim and all finishers will receive a medal. All funds raised go to the Oxford Children's Hospital. More information in this link from the Oxford Hospitals Charity.


Witney parkrun to celebrate #NHS70

Witney parkrun will be celebrating the 70th Birthday of the NHS on 9th June 2018!

For NHS staff, why not wear your uniforms while you run, jog, walk or volunteer or bring some ‘tools of the trade’?! If you don't work in the NHS, how about donning medical-themed fancy dress instead?


We will also have South Central Ambulance Service cheering squads and first aid demonstrations, a wall of thanks for parkrunners & supporters to add to, live music & cake! We'll also be joined by the Deputy Mayor and special guests from Witney Radio.

Please spread the word and invite your friends and family to run, jog, walk, volunteer or spectate at our special #NHS70 Witney parkrun! If you haven't already, register for free and don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions.


Week 1 – event cancelled

As you won’t have failed to notice, the Beast from the East has brought an icy blast and with more snow forecast in the next 24 hours, the Witney parkrun core team has made the very difficult decision to cancel our launch on Saturday 3rd March and postpone the inaugural Witney parkrun to Saturday 10th March.
After months of planning the first ever Witney parkrun, this has not been an easy decision, however, your safety is our first priority and with temperatures not expected to be above zero, the course is likely to be frozen making it dangerous in certain areas. Conditions are unlikely to improve between now and Saturday and as the course is mostly off road and new to almost all participants, we felt this increased the risk factor.

As the temperature is so low and the wind chill making it feel much lower, we were also concerned about the welfare of our volunteers who would have likely spent an hour in sub-zero temperatures. We want our volunteer heroes to come back time and again so we don't want them frozen on week 1!

With roads likely to be bad in places, we would rather you didn't end up having an accident trying to get to parkrun. The paths and roads in and around the Windrush Industrial Estate and untreated parking areas are also likely to be slippery and we don’t want to be the cause of any accidents.

By cancelling early, we hope we can get the word out to as many people as possible to save any wasted journeys, so please share this post to all your friends. It also gives you an opportunity to make other arrangements/plans for your Saturday morning. Many other local parkruns are also cancelling, so if you are considering going elsewhere, please make sure you check to see if they have cancelled before you leave.

Thank you for all your support thus far and we’re sorry for any inconvenience caused by cancelling, but we’d rather see you all in one piece next weekend where we will be celebrating our launch and first ever Witney parkrun.
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