Yeovil Montacute parkrun is cancelled on 2021-04-17 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Anything to do?

Whilst we are in our current period of enforced hibernation (and you and the kids are looking for things to do), feel free to send us something together for the website - if could be your favourite parkrun memories, photos, even a simple shout out to your parkrun friends that you are missing in these self-isolating times!

Send them to - anything and everything considered!

At least the weather has turned and it's looking nice outside - you can still go for a walk, jog or run, but please don't all go for a freedom run of the parkrun course at 9am on a Saturday!

Look forward to seeing you all!


Saturday 14 March – run report


The rain stayed off for a rare dry Yeovil Montacute, but at least we were running – obviously with the coronavirus situation, you will please need to keep an eye on our webpage and social media outlets (if there is any announcement about the banning of mass events and this stops parkrun, you’ll hear it here first..)


Even the England rugby shirt has been cancelled for the time being.. to be replaced by Sport Relief; did any of you try to "Beat Beethoven" in the run?

DSC_9551Nice puddles for reflective photos this week - though it's a worry when your reflection is in better focus than you are!


Thanks for adhering to the requests to give the other park users a wide berth – it was said that the definition of “right” in the bit “keep to the right” did seem to have a rather loose interpretation at various parts of the course! (as a hint – it’s the hand you write with, unless you’re left handed of course..)

However we have again received complaints from park users – in particular from two ladies who were completing their run and had the misfortune of just finishing as our runners started, and who were barged off the path – as indicated last week, reminded in the run brief and then seemingly disregarded immediately, this must not happen!

We will try to have extra marshals at the pinch points along the course (as we did this week) and if you see pedestrians / other runners coming, do please shout to your fellow parkrunners to move out of the way.

parkrun is a run, not a race, and should be fun for everyone – if this means that you slow down to avoid other parkusers, then do so – it would be much nicer if we weren’t needing to reply to the weekly complaints!

(we will need to meet with the Ranger at Ninesprings to discuss allowing us to come back again next year, so if complaints continue this may affect that – so please listen to warnings next week…)

Well done to our Milestone runners this week – lots joining the junior 10 Club, including Isaac and Jacob Slight, Matilda Baker and Cleo Randino and William Foster bringing up his 50th parkrun. Another notable, but non-T-shirt, milestone was brought up by Tim Carruthers who completed his 300th parkrun.

DSC_9574Awaiting the scores from the (other) Judges..!

This week 349 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 62 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

No sign of kingfishers - just the one unicorn!


The event was made possible by 43 volunteers: Mike YOUNGMAN • Adam D. HAWKINS • Howard BAILEY • Mark SHOTTON • Taryn MONKS • Martin CHAFFEY • Lynda CHAFFEY • Paul DAVY • Richard DODGE • Nick SALE • Karen TAYLOR • Hilary ASKEW • Richard SALE • Kevin Arthur STENNER • Robert EAGLE • Jen SNAITH • Karen EAGLE • Samantha LLOYD • Rosemary SHEPHERD • James BRATT • Karen CLOTWORTHY • Finlay CHILDS • Lisa HALLETT • Elisabeth BLACK • Carol KNIGHT • Christine GUNDRY • Paul ANGULO • Emma MULLIS • Niki CLARKE • Ian STEVENSON • Claire OBERTHUR • John LEWIS • Janet THOMAS • Kevin CHURCH • Paul SCRIVENS • Gill WETHERALL • Abigail FARMER • Kelly MILLETT • Alice WINES • Thomas LEDLIE • Alan PERKINS • Colin BANFIELD • Ben ADAMS

First across the line this week was Zak Hurrell in an excellent time of 16m45, ahead of Paul Thomas (19m00) and Robin Phillips (19m14)


First lady was Alexandra Bettley of Newbury AC, who finished in 21m34, ahead of Isabelle Whittle (22m40) and Elizabeth Chapman (22m45)


Amongst the Personal Bests recorded this week were Amanda Cox’s (30m07), Lynne Gready (31m23) Elliott Perrin (22m16) Michael Logan (22m08) Jo Hill (27m31) Mark Burton (27m40) Jackie Howe (29m33) Yau Chiu (25m20) Emma Hogbin (29m41) Amy Warman (29m36) Carl Bason (19m51) Ben Stradling (21m52) Leon Fox (22m48) Alan Forster (28m07) Nicholas Harriss (27m30) Natalie Robins (34m49) Jayne Hutton (45m30) Ben Park (21m57) Paul Parmenter (23m38) and Andrew Holt (25m05) – well done all! DSC_9536
Mark Burton ran a PB - this despite the disappointment of no-one wanting to play leap frog with him!


Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Yeovil Montacute parkrun Results Page. DSC_9642

PS The swans were synchronising nicely..
..think we'll have cygnets in Ninesprings again soon!


Turn it on again…

After a week of Storm Dennis cancellation, just like the new Genesis revival, Yeovil Montacute parkrun is back! (we were even joined by our own "Peter Gabriel" as former ED Matt Warr came back to join us!). (Some of the photo captions might be Genesis song titles (and might be a work in progress!))

We were celebrating International Women’s Day this week – with many of the runners and volunteers wearing purple for the occasion and our nice new whizzy Welcome flag (did you notice it?!) and selfie-frame out in action!

Use of the Park

DSC_0017Aisle Of Plenty - but leave room for other users

Unfortunately we have received complaints, both on social media and in person, of other park users being jostled and bumped by runners as they pass by. This must not happen - if it happens again we are likely to have complaints to our SSDC hosts and we run the risk of losing what has been an excellent B Course to keep us running over the Winter months.

We also had again reports of runners at the back of the field having issues with runners not keeping right and bumping them off the course – which is again something that we want to avoid happening.

As it says on our Course webpage, “Please remember that the parkrun uses shared paths. For the continued success of the event, please give way to other park users. This won't hurt your time, it won't stop you from getting a PB and it will make sure everyone continues to enjoy the event.”


The advice from parkrun HQ is that parkrun events will continue to take place but that the coronavirus advice will be monitored. One thing that has been mentioned is that several runners were spitting as they ran on Saturday and in these days of heightened awareness perhaps this can be avoided.


We have 4 more runs at Ninesprings – 14th March, 21st March, 28th March and 4th April – and it would be good to see a few new faces taking on the volunteering roles – there are plenty of marshal spots left!

Do please e-mail us on

Easter and the Return to Montacute!

There will be no parkrun on Easter Saturday (11th April) – instead watch out for details of a (non-parkrun) event that day (will be on the Facebook page nearer the time…) We aim then to return to Montacute House on Saturday 18th April .. to coincide with Run Number 300!!

The Run


Visions of Angels!

This week 427 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 74 recorded new Personal Bests. 395 of the runners had barcodes and of these, on International Women’s Day, 204 women and 191 men took part. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.


Say it's alright Jo(e)!

Yeovil Montacute parkrun started on 7th September 2013. Since then 11,526 participants have completed 79,600 parkruns covering a total distance of 398,000 km, including 13,124 new Personal Bests. A total of 851 individuals have volunteered 8,476 times.


Driving the last spike - Samantha helps set up then runs a PB!

The event was made possible by 40 volunteers:

Adam D. HAWKINS • Howard BAILEY • Taryn MONKS • Martin CHAFFEY • Amanda TRAVERS • Paul DAVY • Kevin Arthur STENNER • Rebecca BURTON • Kevin BURTON • Robert EAGLE • Jen SNAITH • Karen EAGLE • Tom ROWE • Samantha LLOYD • Rosemary SHEPHERD • Charlie ADKIN • Finlay CHILDS • Lisa HALLETT • Ellen CHAFFEY • Carol KNIGHT • Mark BURTON • Christine GUNDRY • Jemma WELLSTEAD • Debora WALKER • Emma MULLIS • Sarah BEERE • Tony BEERE • Ian STEVENSON • Joshua FEDDON • John LEWIS • Janet THOMAS • Kevin CHURCH • Sharon CHURCH • Gill WETHERALL • Kelly MILLETT • Alice WINES • Thomas LEDLIE • Alan PERKINS • Colin BANFIELD • Ben ADAMS


The Arrival - ready to go!

There were 32 runners without barcodes this week – including our first placed runner (and it looks like one of the top 2 ladies!) – if rule number 2 if “Keep Right on the course” then rule number 1 is always “don’t forget your barcode”!

DSC_94043 people in this photo have their barcodes...


First barcode across the line this week was Stu Cobb, who finished in a PB of 18m08, with Craig Hardwick finishing in 18m25.

DSC_0024Anything She Does - the leading ladies

First lady was Lizzy Ingram in an excellent 8th place overall and a time of 19m48, with Isabelle Whittle (22m29) and Isabel Thomas (22m50) making up the top three. DSC_9378


Congratulations to our Milestone runners this week – Roger Dewane running his 100th parkrun and Alison Williams bringing up her half century!

A Trick Of The Tail


Well done also to the runners recording new Personal Bests, amongst them (having run more than 20 parkruns) Samantha Lloyd (27m11) Paul Parmenter (23m40) Cathy Parmenter (27m58) Ben Park (22m39) Richard Clayton (23m15) Ben Stradling (22m22) Rebecca Gould (29m59) Lai-Yin Wong (38m12) Stephanie Gale (33m39) Annie King (25m53) Charlotte Ball (30m05) Amanda Cox (30m22) Alan Ridout (20m20) Martin Anderson (25m58) Samuel Rood (24m17) Steve Black (29m05) Ella Ward (25m46) Rachael Jones (33m03) Hugh Williams (22m36) Oliver Andrews (26m43) Rosanna Pengelly (25m00) Andrew Middleton (30m30) Jill Taylor (33m008) Georgia Cox (30m22) and Tony Nesbittt (36m50). DSC_9365
The Carpet Crawlers

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


That's All! Enjoy the Afterglow - see you next week!

PS when you think someone has spotted the camera... DSC_9375

..but then you realise he's seen his little boy instead!


Weather warning for Saturday 29th February

Please be aware that the weather forecast for Saturday is, once again, fairly ropey - however the course is currently looking good (our roving reporter says that there's just a few puddles!) but it's expected that there will be both heavy rain and strong winds coming our way again...

..please note that if we get a YELLOW WEATHER WARNING for either rain or wind for the running time of the parkrun, then the Core Team will CANCEL the event - however at the moment we are clear (there's a Yellow warning for heavy rain 0300 - 0600, and the wind due to pick up to Yellow warning level at 12pm)

Do please keep an eye on this page and the Social Media outlets - unfortunately it may be something that has to be decided at the last minute...


A bit wet for the visit from Paul & Jo!

Another cracking week down in Yeovil Country Park, where even the ever-increasing rain (which inevitably stopped after the tail walkers had finished…) and one where 453 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first time park runners, 78 were running new Personal Bests and 1 runner was the founder of parkrun!


Yes, we were lucky to be joined by Paul and Jo Sinton-Hewitt, the founders of parkrun – wasn’t going to say anything but couldn’t resist joining in the First Timer’s Brief; Deb asked “put your hand up if it’s your first parkrun”, I added, “put your hand up if you were at the first parkrun” – only two hands went up!

Next week - Leap Year!

We have a special day next Saturday as it is the 29th February - and as it's Leap Year, expect lots of requests for you all to be Leaping about!! (not that I have been giving this much thought but I reckon as you crest the bridge will be good!)

Imagine a good big leap off this...

DSC_9227 this, but higher!

Still no-one has indicated that they'll be wanting to make a public proposal before the start of the run - it's a lady's privilege on a leap year, so girls, do let us know and we'll see what we can arrange!!

Keep Right


I know we say each week that you need to keep to the right hand side of the course in both directions but again we have had reports that there were groups of runners across the path making it difficult for some of the later runners (and possibly other park users)
It is important that you do please look out for your fellow runners throughout the run please – with so many of you here and the course narrow in places, it does make for a much more comfortable all round!


Don’t Forget the Barcode!

A reminder that we operate the policy “No Barcode, No Time, No Exception” – and need sight of a hard copy barcode (we cannot take those off a ‘phone, I’m afraid).

Also, if you've forgotten to wash your hair, there's an impromptu shower from the Goldenstones roof!

The run

Yeovil Montacute parkrun started on 7th September 2013. Since then 11,472 participants have completed 79,173 parkruns covering a total distance of 395,865 km, including 13,050 new Personal Bests. A total of 844 individuals have volunteered 8,436 times.


The event was made possible by 38 volunteers – thanks to all of you:

Adam D. HAWKINS • Howard BAILEY • Taryn MONKS • Martin CHAFFEY • Lynda CHAFFEY • Paul DAVY • Noel FROST • Richard DODGE • Kevin Arthur STENNER • James LEGG • Robert EAGLE • Mike COLLINS • Karen EAGLE • Kim CAMPBELL • Rosemary SHEPHERD • Aidan MORRIS • Karen CLOTWORTHY • Lisa HALLETT • Christine GUNDRY • Nick KNIGHT • Debora WALKER • Emma MULLIS • Sarah BEERE • Claire OBERTHUR • John LEWIS • Janet THOMAS • Paul SCRIVENS • Gill WETHERALL • Zara SCRIVENS • Kelly MILLETT • Alice WINES • Thomas LEDLIE • Alan PERKINS • Colin BANFIELD • Amy RICE • Ben ADAMS • Cade MCFARLAND • Harisson RICHARDS


Well done to our Milestone runners this week – Trevor Strelley brought up his 100, whilst we had three 50 runners (Nick Davies, Alison Pearson and David Loxton) and to Max Bray who’ll be getting his 10 T-shirt shortly!

Well done Trevor!

You'll be surprised at how many photos are taken this week from under the Somerset Wildlife Trust gazebo....

..or roof of Goldenstones leisure centre for some reason!

First across the line this week was Matt Thackwell, who finished in a time of 17m33, ahead of Jody Bovey (18m02), and with an unknown runner in third place – don’t forget your barcode!


First lady to finish was Daisy Davies, finishing in an excellent time of 19m36, ahead of our Isle of Wight visitor M Lewis (20m06) and Lucy Bickerton (20m26)


Amongst those of you running new PBs this week were (who’ve run 20+parkruns) Elliott Perrin (23m09) Samantha Reed (31m52) David Moore (21m40) Kirsty Andrews (32m15) Matthew Harriss (27m29) Mark Burton (27m52)...

Mark Burton dodges the raindrops to get his PB!

...Rachel Moores (30m06) Rebecca Gould (30m04) Richard Hooper (26m33) Ben Stradling (22m44) Alison Parsons (27m12) Nichola Harriss (28m07) Sarah McDermott (28m58) Cathy Parmenter (28m23) Paul Thomas (18m36) Darren Frost (21m38) Andrew Gould (21m10) Sarah Reep (41m37) Andrew Holt (26m12) Hilary Askew (33m34) Barry Holder (23m13) Lesley Matthews (25m45) and Marcus Albano (18m17) – well done all!!


How to feel old - when someone you were at school with nearly 30 years ago comes to your run.. and his 14 year old has run 332 parkruns!

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

PS You might have seen that Yeovil Country Park has a bird trail running this weekend - you can spot things like this kingfisher!


(what do you mean, that's cheating?!)

PPS You will be pleased to hear that Montacute House was looking good today and that our parkrun tourists seemed to enjoy it!


The Long Gallery looks different - it's gone all "Tudor" - so much lighter..

..and the lawns have had a makeover!

PPPS It seems that it's all meant to be that I came to be involved here..


… will have to look up the family tree!

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