“Not” a run report special compilation 18th April 2020

A big thank you to everyone who has submitted content for this weeks "not " a run report compilation. We love seeing what you have all been up to.

Mandy Lucas:

"The Lucas Lockdown parkrun is now in its Fourth week! I've been tailwalker every week and Kayleigh Lucas has been placed first each week! Might even make myself a tail for next week!"


Ruth Trout:

"Just did 5k round Burwell/Deer Park. Part of one of our Tuesdays night routes. I hadn’t intended going that far but allowed some peer pressure from my neighbour to spur me on for the final half K!"

Dan Wymer (RD):

"I should've been RD at Witney this week so instead I virtually parkrunned in Central Park, NYC. Two laps of the Onassis Reservoir, pan flat and beautiful views!"


Nikki Shaw:

"Morning - we did a beautiful 5k around Alvescot and Black Bourton this morning - we can’t wait to be back at parkrun soon! xx"

Trish Davies ( volunteer parkrun photographer)

"Well I have taken on a new challenge... couch25K and am making hearts to say thank you to my staff as I work in the NHS. Stay safe everyone x"


Karen Rebecca:

"Morning, Matt and I enjoyed an early morning 5k along the meadow and river with Alfie the dog.. We managed around 34 minutes which is a steady improvement"

Punam Owens (Co-ED)

"my husband Lewis  and I were due to tail walk this week as part of our 28th wedding anniversary celebrations. So we walked the dogs instead!"

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Graham Carter:

"I’ve been doing the parkrun quite a bit on my own. Nice and quiet."

Claire Soanes:

"Gorgeous bluebell woods near us are replacing Deer Park woods"


Cereta Drewett ( volunteer parkrun photographer)

"I am scanning all the family photos over nearly 80 years in order to make a book AND since lockdown I have taken up running again and completed my 162nd mile"

Michael Lewis:

"I’m having to shield so no running for me. I’ve bought a turbo trainer for my bike, so I’ve done several rides in my garden.
On the craft side, I’ve made a bug hotel"


Deborah Jackson:

"Did the online quiz and posted a miserable score of 5/15. Must do better!"

Andrew James Grundy Lyons:

"Took the opportunity to discover an empty central London on the run today."


And last but not least, many of our parkrunners have been volunteering for the Witney Land Army to help those in our community most in need - well done to you:


We know its going to be a long walk, jog or run until we can be back, so its been fabulous to see what you have been up to. We'd love to do it all again next week, so please do send in your snippets and fun facts!

In the meantime, take care everyone!

#staysafe, #stayhome #loveparkrun



Event #80, It was a muddy one! Run Report by Julia Lawley.

Firstly, congratulations to the 194 of you who ran, jogged or walked the course today. 24 were first timers, and 12 new Personal Bests were recorded. (Editors note: it was very damp and a lot of mud. Most of you loved it! Well done for turning out.)


I’m not sporty at all, so I sometimes feel a bit fraudulent about volunteering at parkrun! But on my 65th volunteering day, I thought it was about time I wrote a run report! (Editors note: Well done Julia, that is a terrific milestone)

You may have seen the results of the parkrun survey where one of the findings was that volunteering at parkrun has a bigger impact on health and wellbeing than just running or walking. That’s fitted in nicely with my report which is written from a truly volunteer perspective – what I think of you runners, joggers and walkers. In a nutshell, you are amazing!

(Here is the link in case you missed it: https://blog.parkrun.com/uk/2019/10/05/not-just-run-park/)

Normally to be found in the barcode scanning area, I did venture out once as tail walker (with my much fitter co-walker Ally!), and it was great to see the full course and understand the hazards and conditions you may experience – today being a good example!

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Many of you thank us for volunteering so I’d like to return the compliment. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us! We love to hear that it’s your first run, or you’ve got a new PB, or that you beat Mum, or Mum beat Dad! And if dogs could talk, I’m sure they would say they would have beaten their owner if it wasn’t for that short leash rule!

One of our first timers today was Maria who was inspired to join parkrun after reading Ally’s brilliant run report two weeks ago. Maria tried to find Ally before the run started but unfortunately she was looking for a man with a beard, so just to clarify – this is Ally!


If anyone is uncertain about volunteering, I myself was very dubious until I tried it. It’s such a lovely community spirit and I was so surprised at how rewarding it was, right from the first day. So thank you Punam and parkrun for persuading me to do something I didn’t want to do – Saturday mornings changed forever!


Come and join us, it’s contagious!


Run Report: Julia Lawley

Photography: Cereta Drewett & Trish Davies

Editors note: Thank you to Cllr. Andrew Coles for joining us for event 80 and for his ongoing support of the event.


And last but not least, a big welcome to UE Coffee Roasters who have joined us as our parkrun cafe for pre and post event refreshments.




Event #45 – 9th February 2019

Witney parkrun
Event number 45
9th February 2019


It was satisfying to have the blue RD vest back on yesterday morning after having to cancel last week due to snow. The snow was replaced by gusty winds which meant there was a bit more tree debris to clear during setup than normal. The recent rain also meant a return to softer and slippy ground in places and I'd very much continue to recommend trail shoes if you have them.


It was certainly a busy morning of celebrations...


First, we were congratulating Barney, our first Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteer, on completing his 6 months with us. Barney was joined as Tailwalker by his mum and dad to celebrate his achievement. After some well earned weeks off we hope to see Barney back at Witney parkrun to walk, jog, run or volunteer again.


Barney in his orange Tail Walker hi-vis with Run Director Dan wearing his blue & white RD vest

Barney, with RD Dan


We also had a milestone to celebrate with Paul completing his 100th parkrun. A few months ago Paul started off his wedding day by running Witney parkrun and had hoped to coincide his 100th with his birthday last weekend, only for the snow to scupper his plans. Hopefully he still enjoyed reaching his century this week.


Paul, wearing a black bib with white writing saying "I'm running my 100th today"

Paul, running in his special 100 milestone bib.


The final celebration is one that everyone who has participated at Witney parkrun can enjoy.


As a team, our hi-vis heroes always like to predict how many finishers we have and this weekend held added importance: we had the potential to see our 10,000th finisher cross the Witney parkrun finish line, IF enough people showed up!


Fortunately the blustery weather hadn't put too many off and, with the help of today's Funnel Manager, George, the excitement built as he tracked our progress towards the magic number. Finish token 174 would signify the 10,000th completion of our course since our first parkrun just 11 months ago. Hitting this achievement 4 weeks before our 1st anniversary is astounding and something the core team had never expected so quickly.


It was a pleasure to crown Sylvia our 10,000th finisher and present her with a little token - a parkrun-themed chocolate bar thanks to regular volunteer Ally. It was great to hear that Sylvia only started parkrunning last month with today being only her second official parkrun.


Sylvia wearing a grey top, with arms aloft, with trees & grass in the background

10,000th finisher Sylvia, about to enter the finish funnel


Thanks again to every single one of you who walk, jog, run, volunteer or cheer. You all help make Witney parkrun the friendly, happy event that it has become. It really is a pleasure to be Run Director for you all. And with that I hand over to Punam for the next couple of weeks.






Event #23 – 8th September 2018

This week marked 6 months since Witney parkrun was born and I was proud to be taking charge on our half year anniversary. As a self-confessed data geek I've had fun tracking our numbers and have pulled together a few highlights for this week's run report:

We've had...

* 23 events (with 3 being cancelled due to the terrible weather in the Spring, not forgetting the "Beast from the East" causing us to postpone our first week!)

* 1,892 different people cross the Witney parkrun finish line a total of 4,780 times

* 816 people complete their first ever parkrun with us in Witney

* 206 different people volunteer a staggering 682 times to make Witney parkrun possible

Wow, I can't believe the numbers! But what makes Witney parkrun even more fantastic is the variety that has been on show.

Our tree lined course has provided a range of conditions from the soggy quagmires of spring through to the sun-baked cracks we're still seeing now, and we even had snow in week 2!

All ages from 4 year olds all the way up to octogenarians have taken to our course and crossed the line in finishing times ranging from 17 minutes to over an hour.


Among our finishers we've had local doctors, nurses, firemen, police officers, teachers and councillors as well as parkrun "tourists", not only from other Oxfordshire parkruns but as far afield as Australia, Canada and South Africa! The recurring theme amongst all this variety has been the sense of community, full of smiles, that has emerged and is constantly complimented. The walking, jogging and running almost feels to be secondary to the sense of belonging and friendships that are being created and reinforced further with every passing week. IMG_1977

Thank you to everyone who has been involved, directly and indirectly, in our first 6 months. It's been a real team effort including the core team, our local partners and councils, the enthusiastic hi-vis heroes and, last but not least, you wonderful lot of parkrunners. Here's to an equally exciting, but chillier, next 6 months that will start with Sally taking the RD reins next week.


This week 270 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 55 were first timers and 89 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Fraser HOWARD • Ian FOWLER • Dan WYMER • Rebecca BOLT • Michael LEWIS • Tamsyn WYMER • Bethany JONES • James FIELD • Sam UPTON • Matthew LOCK • Punam OWENS • Kirsty WEBB • Jody SMITH • Martin CRABB • Lisa ROLEFSON • James CURRAH • Jacqueline HATHAWAY • Jane COLBECK-MCKINNON • Barney HIGGINS • Julia LAWLEY • John HONOUR • Simon OLIVER • Natalie SUTHERLAND • Ruth TROUT • Derek HALL • Ally JONES • Carissa HALL • Lucas GOODGAME

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

The female record is held by Emily HUTCHINSON who recorded a time of 19:37 on 21st July 2018 (event number 16).
The male record is held by Tegid JONES who recorded a time of 17:04 on 8th September 2018 (event number 23).
The Age Grade course record is held by Tegid JONES who recorded 81.15% (17:04) on 8th September 2018 (event number 23).

Witney parkrun started on 10th March 2018. Since then 1,892 participants have completed 4,780 parkruns covering a total distance of 23,900 km, including 1,291 new Personal Bests.



Witney parkrun Event 11 – 16/6/18

The ground was good to firm on the course this morning – somewhat different conditions to the last time I was Run Director back in March!

Since then, 900 different people have crossed the Witney parkrun finish line and 112 different people have become hi-vis heroes to make it all possible. Numbers that would have grown further after our 11th parkrun today.

This morning saw our first junior milestone: Archie Allan, who is in the JM10 category, was running his 10th parkrun today. Archie, and his dad Ben, started parkrunning at Witney and are two of 391 local people who have started parkrunning since Witney parkrun went live.


One thing that never fails to amaze me is the number of smiles on show at the finish line outside the West Witney Sports & Social Club – and it's not just because of Tina's bacon rolls! Week in, week out we are particularly seeing these smiles on the faces of younger parkrunners. It is fantastic to provide youngsters with an opportunity to experience exercise in such a positive environment. The positivity isn't limited to the youngsters; today our results include the first person in the 80-85 age group to cross the Witney finish line!


We continue to be humbled by the willingness of people to get involved and give something back to the community. I received fantastic feedback about the support of the pompom waving, cow bell ringing, hazard warning, stopwatch pressing, barcode handling volunteers. Big thanks to all our hi-vis heroes today; without you it wouldn't be possible. Please get in touch with witneyhelpers@parkrun.com if you are available to spare a couple of hours on a future Saturday morning.


This week 172 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 65 were first timers and 67 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Trevor WILKINSON • Fraser HOWARD • Ian FOWLER • Sally HOWARD • Harriet HOWARD • Dan WYMER • Samantha SADLER • Allison MAYBREY • Tony LOCK • Tamsyn WYMER • James FIELD • Jen HORSMAN • Chris JONES • Lindsey SMITH • Felix JONES • Rhys JONES • Jody SMITH • Martin CRABB • Gemma YALLOP • Harry SADLER • Erin BATESON • Stephen ROBERTS • Ella-Louise YALLOP • Julia LAWLEY • John HONOUR • Steve CROSSMAN • Derek HALL • Christopher WALTON • Ally JONES • Regina LALLY • John MCCORMAC

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

The male record is held by Tegid JONES who recorded a time of 17:46 on 5th May 2018 (event number 6).
The female record is held by Jennifer MCBAIN who recorded a time of 20:54 on 26th May 2018 (event number 9).
The Age Grade course record is held by Tegid JONES who recorded 77.95% (17:46) on 5th May 2018 (event number 6).

Witney parkrun started on 10th March 2018. Since then 965 participants have completed 1,858 parkruns covering a total distance of 9,290 km, including 528 new Personal Bests.

See you next week!



Witney parkrun #8 – 19th May 2018

What a great way to start the weekend! Almost 200 parkrunners and volunteers descended on West Witney Sports Ground to enjoy the weather and take part in the 8th Witney parkrun. Congratulations to everyone who took part and a warm welcome to all our tourists and first-timers – we hope to see you back again soon!

Just a couple of shots from Witney parkrun #7

I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who approached us to enquire about volunteering – the volunteers are what make parkruns the fantastic community events that they are and it will be great to see some new names on the volunteer rosters over the coming weeks!

This week 186 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 69 were first timers and 67 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by our brilliant volunteer team:
Fraser HOWARD • Ian FOWLER • Kevin HENNESSY • Sally HOWARD • Harriet HOWARD • Dan WYMER • Allison MAYBREY • Tamsyn WYMER • James FIELD • Simon RHODES • Louise RHODES • Simon WELCH • Punam OWENS • Jody SMITH • Martin CRABB • Gemma YALLOP • Liam WALSH • Stephen ROBERTS • Ella-Louise YALLOP • John HONOUR • Dorothy FOGGETT • Jack HAHN HENNESSY

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 WRIGHT who recorded a time of 21:42 on 28th April 2018 (event number 5).

The male record is held by Tegid JONES who recorded a time of 17:46 on 5th May 2018 (event number 6).

The Age Grade course record is held by Tegid JONES who recorded 77.95% (17:46) on 5th May 2018 (event number 6).

Witney parkrun started on 10th March 2018. Since then 767 participants have completed 1,329 parkruns covering a total distance of 6,645 km, including 358 new Personal Bests.

Early forecasts suggest that the warm weather will be back next weekend, so we’re looking forward to seeing you next bank holiday weekend for your weekly parkrun fix!




Week 3 Run Report – 24th March 2018

As any of you who have tried out West Oxfordshire’s first parkrun course will know, it’s a touch on the muddy side right now. Unfortunately, the positive effects of the drier week were undone with overnight rain.

That didn’t stop 159 people coming along to Witney parkrun #3, including another amazing 35 first time parkrunners. That means in our first 3 weeks we have already seen 148 people join the parkrun family by running their first ever parkrun at Witney. And all at a time with very challenging weather and course conditions, so well done. We hope to be able to welcome more people into the parkrun family over the coming weeks.

Flicking through the photos that have been shared brings a smile to my face – mainly because there are so many smiles on show! The photos also emphasise perfectly how parkrun really is for everyone, regardless of age, fitness and background. Whether you run, jog, walk or volunteer – we’d love to see you join us.


One of the great things about being Run Director is that you get to hear from runners after the parkrun. Comments like “muddy but fun” have been a recurring theme but the overwhelming feedback has been about our wonderful volunteers and the friendly, supportive atmosphere they are creating. I hear even orange pompoms were on show to boost the support on one part of the course today! #Witneyparkrun

I’ve had a really fun couple of weeks for my first stint as Run Director and look forward to doing it again in a couple of months’ time. Hopefully I’ll get a run in before my next slot to experience the atmosphere (and the pompoms!) for myself.

And with that, I’ll leave you all in Sally’s capable hands next week.


Week 2 Run Report – 17th March 2018

The curtains were opened nervously this morning to see if there had been any overnight snow. Thankfully the snow waited at least until we were setting the course and fortunately it was just a dusting to make our lovely course even prettier!


A fantastic 112 people braved the sub-zero temperatures, of which 67 were running the Witney course for the first time and 28 people were running their first ever parkrun; welcome to the parkrun family!

The parkrun family is spread far and wide and today we were joined by parkrunners from Leicester, Abingdon, Reading, Rugby and Old Deer Park in London.

Of the people who ran our inaugural last week, 36 of them returned this week. Nice to see the mud didn’t put you off!

Today was my first time as Run Director and I would like to put a big shout out to the 32 volunteers who helped make the run happen, keeping themselves warm by clapping, cheering and cow-bell-ringing people round the wet and muddy course. I hear the self-named Ditch Dancers were keeping you entertained and safe at the bottom of Deer Park Road!

We’ve received so much great feedback already, especially about our volunteers and the atmosphere they create so thank you to everyone who came to help – it wouldn’t be possible without you. Please email witneyhelpers@parkrun.com if you’d like to join in the fun in the coming weeks.


Thanks to Fraser and Vicki for taking this week's action shots which you can find in Witney parkrun's photo gallery.

I’m looking forward to my second stint as Run Director next weekend. Hope to see you there!

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