Wotton parkrun #162 – 4th January 2020

Welcome to a new decade of parkrun! We had a good turnout this week of 83 runners embarking on a healthy January and catching up with their parkrun buddies.


We celebrated some major milestones:

- 100th Wotton parkrun for Jo Symanowski


- 100th parkrun for Event Director Dave Fitzjohn


- 50th parkrun for Claire Brown


- 10th parkrun for Jocelyn R


We also had 6 brand new parkrunners including 4 from the Spiers family. Well done for making it around. Also, 13 tourists including Tanya Hall visiting from Westville parkrun in Durban S.A.!

This week our course featured two ropes. For anyone who has run the annual Dursley Dozen race, or has heard of its famous "Precipice" (draped in rope to assist in near vertical ascent), do not be afraid. Our ropes are on a very flat section which is very boggy at this time of year. The ropes are to define a clear line for the course and prevent erosion of the surrounding soil. Thanks to Andy for donating them and to Pat for the loan of extra poles. Please try to stick to the main paths, even if they are muddy and try not to create new routes through the saplings around the edges of the course.


First finishers were John O'Dwyer and Jocelyn Reynard. We had 3 PBs despite the heavy going.

Thank you hugely to all this week's volunteers Alan Honey, Andrew Price, Ann Fitzjohn, Becky Shaw, Carl Jenner, Chris Anthony, Dave Draisey, David Fitzjohn, Grace Morgan, Harry Fitzjohn, Heather Cole, Helen Lennox, Jennifer Anthony, Jeremy Hull, Jude Rugman, Julie Jenner, Kerry Morgan, Kevin Brockway, Lucy Shaw, Mary Lennox, Naomi Price, Rachel Brown, Roland Brown, Rosie Brown, Samuel King and Terry Gralton.


Please do join us next week. Remember that parkrun parking on the 11th will be at the top car park by the skate park entrance (New Road), to allow space for the primary school cross-country races around KLB school field.

All photographs from January 2019 to current can be seen here

All photographs prior to January 2019 can be seen here

Latest results can be seen here


Wotton parkrun #161 – Last parkrun of the decade

A run report by Jef, a Salisbury parkrun flood exile

Fast, Flat and a Firm Surface. All you want in a parkrun if you’re looking for that PB time. Seasons best or to keep your average low. If that IS what you’re looking for then Wotton parkrun is definitely NOT for you :-o but if anything, make it the reason to visit.

Two factors brought me to Wotton today. The first is that my home parkrun of Salisbury is flooded and cancelled. The second is I finished a night shift in Chippenham and its description on Facebook and the fact I’m a bit of a tourist and not done it meant it was a good candidate for last parkrun of this decade.


My route was somewhat winding but KLB school was easily found and had ample parking ... like, I was the only one there. Map checked and reassured I was at the right location I was happy to see volunteers arriving. At this point I noted from the website that the average run attendance wasn’t that large. All of a sudden I had visions of finishing within the top 100 :-D Not a common occurrence for me. Loos. We travellers always need them... ah, ok, a port-a-potty. Well, you can't have everything BUT at least there are toilets. Can’t say that about every parkrun.

A bit of a warm up jog of the location tells you straight away, Trail Shoes. Actually full blown cross country spikes might be more fitting.

corner 4

At the first timers/visitors brief we were briefed by Julie who made what seemed a bit complicated in course diagram fairly simple. To paraphrase, run the 4 wings of the butterfly shaped course twice. Stay on your feet and don’t drown in the mud. Easier said than done!

RD briefing

37 of us lined up to tackle the course and Kerry the RD gave us our final brief which was pretty much, try and come back in one piece!


There is very little else that brings you back to a primal joy other than running… joy, at least until your lungs start burning and legs start turning to jelly… and running a real muddy cross country is as raw as it gets. Wotton’s course asks a lot of you at the moment and gives very little back in return. It says “so you think you know what a 5k feels like?” “Did you chose the right shoes?” Did you fasten them up tight enough?” “When are you going to fall over?” I on the other hand was asking one of myself “Good lord, what have I let myself in for?"

Currently the course offers very little firm footing on any stretch. The best you can look for is landing somewhere where your feet don’t sink beyond sight. Quads and glutes get the best workout possible and your laundry will be testing your washing machine to the max. By the second lap I realised I’d developed a Wotton style of running which was something akin to breast stroke legs with tightrope arms … and I’d yet to fall over! Every marshal threw in a great encouragement boost and that final one of “Run through the puddle!" could not be ignored. What can beat plowing through a muddy puddle when you’re already soaked and the finish is in sight?


Unless you’re a regular at Wotton you clearly can’t compare your times to anywhere else but I was more than delighted being 2 minutes slower than usual BUT my highest ever finish at a parkrun in 8 years ! (yes, I know why, don’t spoil the moment )

Amazingly there were TWO PBs run! Emily RENNINSON took 1 minute 34 seconds off her previous best and Amy LONG took a fine 47 seconds off hers.

There were no first timer at this days event BUT I was joined by a further 7 tourists from Sheffield, Bristol, Reading, Glasgow! …and Wynnum parkrun, Brisbane, Australia!

Although there were no milestone runs for anyone, todays event marked 1st times for Both Linda COHEN and Tess KNOWLES as volunteers who joined a great team of 22 to put on this excellent event - thanks to Naomi PRICE • Andrew PRICE • Emily JENNER • Kerry WHITTON • Linda COHEN • Eileen HIERON • John HIERON • Alan HONEY • Ann FITZJOHN • David FITZJOHN • Tim SMITH • Julie JENNER • Sarah WATT • Becky SHAW • Pauline DRAISEY • Sue SMITH • Carl JENNER • Dave DRAISEY • Lucy SHAW • Anne HARTLEY • Catherine KNOWLES • Tess KNOWLES


Thanks very much for a great Saturday morning and I’m looking forward to coming back and giving it a go again. Preferably in the middle of a heat wave :-)

Jef. A204524. Salisbury parkrun Event Director


Next parkrun at Wotton 4th January 2020

All photographs from January 2019 to current can be seen here

All photographs prior to January 2019 can be seen here

Latest results can be seen here


Wotton parkrun #160 – CHRISTMAS DAY 2019

We ordered a beautiful sunny day for our fantastic Christmas parkrun - and 153 parkrunners joined us in a great array of festive attire!


There were 9 people doing their first ever parkrun - wow, what a great day to start your parkrun experience, plus 15 new to Wotton. We were pleased to welcome tourists from Bushy, Australia, Ashton Court, South Africa, Letchworth, Kingsway, Cheltenham, Richmond, Inverness, Chippenham, Chipping Sodbury, Kent, Stonehouse, Thornbury, and it was great to see Ian Berry again from Bedfont Lakes running his 384th parkrun!!


First male finisher was Sam Dalgleish - his 5th time at Wotton and 5th time as first finisher. First female finisher was Sarah Hanley on her first visit to Wotton. Congratulations to you both. We hope you enjoyed a treat from the festive spread of cakes, chocolates and fruit.


This event could not have taken place without our brilliant volunteers this week - Naomi PRICE • Pip MARROW • Grace MORGAN • Kerry MORGAN • Ann FITZJOHN • David FITZJOHN • Harry FITZJOHN • Moira BUIST • Julie JENNER • Becky SHAW • Kirsty BEASLEY • Pauline DRAISEY • Simone SHEPHARD • Carl JENNER • Dave DRAISEY • Laura JENNER • Emily SHEPHARD • Mary LENNOX • Helen LENNOX • Lucy SHAW. If you would like to help us out and volunteer in the future, please email wotton@parkrun.com or just come and speak to one of the core team next time you are at parkrun. 


Our next parkrun is Saturday 28th December. We are not holding a New Years Day parkrun so why not go and 'tourist' at one or two of our other local parkruns on 1st Jan. See you at Wotton soon.

All photographs from January 2019 to current can be seen here

All photographs prior to January 2019 can be seen here

Latest results can be seen here


Wotton parkrun #159 – The parkrun before Christmas

Twas the run before Christmas, when all round the Parc
nearly no grass was showing, and the sky was quite dark.
The volunteers pulled on their high-viz with care,
in the hope that some runners would soon arrive there.

Ann, Dave and Julie were the pre-event crew,
(as RD I had very little to do!).
The rain stayed away for most of the time,
but we had the gazebo so we were just fine!

53 was the number of runners that set
off to run round the Parc in the mud and the wet.
Tourists from Derby joined in with the fun,
as well as a couple who came from London.

Ellen Efford made it her fiftieth run,
That's quite an achievement for anyone.
First timers, our heroes, did themselves proud
and can't wait 'till next time for that second go-round.

First finisher was John for the twenty third time,
First female was Tilly in consummate style.
But what made us happy (and it's always the case),
were those fifty three runners with smiles on their face :)


We all had a great time on Saturday and this week we hit another milestone as Catherine Knowles became our 14,000th finisher since we started in 2016.


Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers for turning out to support on another winter's morning. They were:
Colin Lennox, Karen Payne, Naomi Price, Julie Froggatt, Thomas Morgan, Grace Morgan, Kerry Morgan, Ann Fitzjohn, David Fitzjohn, Julie Jenner, Sarah Watt, Patrick Comer, Pauline Draisey, Michael Brown, Carl Jenner, Dave Draisey, Christine Gordon, Mary Lennox, Helen Lennox, Anne Hartley, Caroline Badrick and Samuel King.

Our next event is Christmas Day parkrun - we start at 9am. As you may know this is a family fancy dress favourite - come along for a great 5k to get things started! #parkrunb4presents
All photographs from January 2019 to current can be seen here

All photographs prior to January 2019 can be seen here

Latest results can be seen here


Wotton parkrun #157 – 7th December 2019

Despite all the competing attractions of election campaigns, Christmas shopping and the neighbouring primary school cross-country event, we got 49 keen parkrunners to our event. Thanks to everyone for co-operating with the change of parking location this week. Our generous parkrunners also donated several food parcels to the local foodbank.


Volunteering merrily were Ann Fitzjohn, Becky Shaw, Carl Jenner, Dave Draisey, David Fitzjohn, Evie Taylor, Grace Morgan, Harriet Walker, Helen Lennox, Jeff Graham, Jeremy Hull, Julie Jenner, Kerry Morgan, Lucy Shaw, Mark Taylor, Mary Lennox, Pauline Draisey, Phil Summers and Sarah Watt. Well done Lucy on her 25th volunteer duty, one of her DofE milestones.  If you would like to volunteer in the future please contact us by email - wottonhelpers@parkrun.com or have a chat with us next time you are at parkrun.


Bodhi and Fiona Marfleet were made very welcome at their very first parkrun. PBs on Saturday, in difficult muddy conditions, were achieved by Simon Weston and Linda Cohen. We also had three first-time visitors to our course. We hope you enjoyed the legendary Wotton lake (puddle).

10 shirt

A big milestone went to Mike Bienemann for his 50th parkrun. Congratulations also to two new first finishers leading male and female, tourists, Richard and Faithy - that's 130 people who have taken that honour here at Wotton. Richard has run 170 parkruns and this was the first time that he had ever been first finisher. Fantastic.


We look forward to seeing you all next week.

All photographs from January 2019 to current can be seen here

All photographs prior to January 2019 can be seen here

Latest results can be seen here


Wotton parkrun #156 – 30th November 2019

What a great parkrun! It was a little bit colder than the last few weeks but in return it wasn't raining.


This week we were celebrating with Ali Bienemann who completed her 100th parkrun! Congratulations Ali!


There were some excellent performances from the younger runners this week, giving the adults something to aim for.


Even though the course was still wet four people managed to get personal bests. We also welcomed five people to Wotton for the first time, thanks for joining us, we hope to see you back again soon.


Thanks to all our great volunteers who this week were - Pip MARROW • Martin WOOD • Tom BEASLEY • Kerry WHITTON • Rachel BROWN • Kevin BROCKWAY • Ann FITZJOHN • David FITZJOHN • Jeremy HULL • Mark WHITWAM • Sue SMITH • Jo TURKSEN • Anne HARTLEY • Caroline BADRICK • Samuel KING • Harriet WALKER


A brief reminder - next week please park in the New Road car park as it's the Primary Schools cross country and KLB school car park will be very busy.

See you all Saturday!

All photographs from January 2019 to current can be seen here

All photographs prior to January 2019 can be seen here

Latest results can be seen here


Wotton parkrun #155 – 23rd November 2019

On a gloomy November day we had 70 wonderful smiley people attend Wotton parkrun number 155.


Having had a few weeks of wet weather, the infamous lake (aka the puddle) is back…. I have to mention Roland Brown who ran through blind folded! As well as Roly, we had a couple of other posers this week….


I think we should start a posing competition in the lake….

C & M

Some great pictures this week including Matt and Chris splashing through!


I have to mention a couple of our junior runners, who had significant achievements this week, one of 2 people to get a PB was Ted, which is outstanding given the conditions…. I also want to mention Fletcher, who completed his 10th run this week – congratulations both!


Welcome to our first timers, we hope you will come back to enjoy our mud again…. Dan, Matthew, Thomas, Emma-Louise, Philippa and Vicki. I want to also mention Marcus who returned for a second time at Wotton and achieved the only other PB!


Finally I want to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers who turn out week on week in all weathers with a smile on their face to cheerily wave people round. If you feel you could help us out by volunteering please email us at wottonhelpers@parkrun.com - its great fun!


All photographs from January 2019 to current can be seen here

All photographs prior to January 2019 can be seen here

Latest results can be seen here


Wotton parkrun #154 – 16th November 2019

This week a nice bright morning brought 62 parkrunners to the Wotton Community PARC. They included Simon Weston doing his first parkrun, and 5 tourists to the Wotton event.


First finisher was Harrison J, who did the same feat 6 weeks ago. Up the finishing straight he fought off a strong challenge from Rich Wilsher, newly moved to Wotton. Tourist Thomas D came 3rd, on his first visit to Wotton parkrun. First female finisher was Anna S, whose previous first finishes were in November last year.


The course was slippery underfoot, not least the finish funnel. Unsurprisingly no-one beat a previous PB but plenty showed their wading skills by taking the infamous puddle head-on.



Cheering on all the participants were our amazing volunteers Rachel Brown, Shona Darley, Pauline Draisey, Dave Draisey, David Fitzjohn, Ann Fitzjohn, Lingyu Guan, John Hieron, Jeremy Hull, Carl Jenner, Julie Jenner, Samuel King, Mary Lennox, Helen Lennox, Pip Marrow, Thomas Morgan, Grace Morgan, Kerry Morgan, Tom Morgan, Becky Shaw, Lucy Shaw and Sarah Watt. If you would like to volunteer in the future please email wottonhelpers@parkrun.com


All photographs from January 2019 to current can be seen here

All photographs prior to January 2019 can be seen here

Latest results can be seen here


Wotton parkrun #153 – 9th November 2019

No more rugby watching excuses - we were back to normal this week - however wind chill of 0°C may have deterred a few!! It was absolutely bitter, but 21 hi-viz heroes and 70 parkrunners braved the elements and a great time was had by all.


We had 6 first timers to Wotton, with tourists from Chipping Sodbury and Bridgend plus two juniors doing their first ever parkrun - we hope to see you back again soon.

first timer

We have to thank our volunteers this week who had to stand in the freezing conditions Nicki COWLE • Kevin BROCKWAY • John HIERON • Tom MORGAN • Thomas MORGAN • Grace MORGAN • Lisa YOUNG • Kerry MORGAN • Ann FITZJOHN • David FITZJOHN • Julie JENNER • Becky SHAW • Pauline DRAISEY • Carl JENNER • Dave DRAISEY • Fr Chris KINCH • Mary LENNOX • Helen LENNOX • Lucy SHAW • Anne HARTLEY • Samuel KING
If you would like to help us out in the future please contact wotton@parkrun.com. This event cannot take place without the continued support of volunteers. 


This week Julie Jaffa Gowing and Ian Roberts ran their 50th parkrun, so there were cakes of course - well done to both - we look forward to seeing you for the next 50!!


John Hieron was marshalling on 'Corner 2' for the 50th time - thanks John - your display of flags, your encouragement and enthusiasm is inspirational.

All photographs from January 2019 to current can be seen here

All photographs prior to January 2019 can be seen here

Latest results can be seen here


Wotton parkrun #152 – 2nd November 2019

We were a little unsure how many people would attend this weeks parkrun. The weather wasn't looking great and the Rugby World Cup Final was likely to seem a little more appealing.


However, 32 fantastic runners made the effort and joined our brilliant team of happy smiling volunteers. This weeks (non hi-viz) heroes (because we didn't wear them as they had just been washed and dried from last week!!) were Pip MARROW • Tom BEASLEY • Rachel BROWN • Kevin BROCKWAY • Grace MORGAN • Kerry MORGAN • Ann FITZJOHN • David FITZJOHN • Nigel DODD • Pauline DODD • Pauline DRAISEY • Sue SMITH • Dave DRAISEY • Denise MAYER • Helen LENNOX • Anne HARTLEY • Terry GRALTON - we are extremely grateful for their help and enthusiasm in such extreme conditions


It did rain a bit and the course was the wettest I have ever seen it, but that didn't matter. We even got to watch some rugby on a waterproof mobile phone!!


Given the conditions times were fantastic all round and it was nice to welcome eight first timers to Wotton, including tourists from Huddersfield, Newport, Aylesbury and Cardiff.


There's no rugby next week and it can't possibly keep raining. So there's no reason not to see you all next Saturday.

Next week (9th November) we will be parking on the Car Boot site, due to school's cross-country at KLB. Please try to walk, run, cycle or car share as space will be limited.

All photographs from January 2019 to current can be seen here

All photographs prior to January 2019 can be seen here

Latest results can be seen here