Keep Running!

Saturday’s parkrun at Montacute House (our 285th, if you’re interested!) and we were celebrating the Strictly Come Dancing final (means we get our Saturday and Sunday evenings back now!) – so the request was for the runners to tango, sashay and jive past the camera! (am kicking myself that didn't get a photo of the fountain this week - everyone needs to aim for that "black pool"!)


The House looked absolutely stunning in the sun (and moon!) – a nice memory later in the run when the biting wind and cold rain came sweeping in!



The House will be dressed for Christmas during the coming week - if you're able to stay until 11 next week and have a look. The Lord of Misrule will then be back in residence at 3pm! DSC_0098
If everyone brought a bauble next week, I reckon this tree would look stunning!

Christmas outfits next week please...just like this one!

..but be careful you don't fall over!


(this was before we'd even started!)

Remember that we have just two more runs at Montacute in 2019 – next Saturday (21st December) will be our Christmas Fancy Dress run so please turn up in your best festive outfits, and then our last run of the year is on Saturday 28th December – when we want you in your Christmas Jumpers! DSC_0093
No standing on ceremony here now!

We will then be returning to our B course at Yeovil Country Park for an extra parkrun at 10.30am on Wednesday 1st January and then each Saturday from 4th January up to Easter.

This week 232 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 5 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

DSC_0094Waltz all the fuss about?! DSC_0035

The event was made possible by 37 volunteers:

Michelle O'CONNELL • Howard BAILEY • Taryn MONKS • Martin CHAFFEY • Lynda CHAFFEY • Stephen ALLEN • Paul DAVY • Richard DODGE • Nick SALE • Sue FOX • Chris CUSSEN • Nigel NEWBERY • Richard SALE • Kim CAMPBELL • Lucy QUARTERMAN • Allan SANDFORD • Rosemary SHEPHERD • Lindsay SAUNDERS • Finlay CHILDS • Lisa HALLETT • Stephen WARREN • Sarah QUARTERMAN • Rachel COMAN • Rob BULLOCK • Jasmine BULLOCK • Richard AYRE • Christine GUNDRY • Debora WALKER • Samantha PERRIN • Emma MULLIS • Ian STEVENSON • John LEWIS • Janet THOMAS • Kelly MILLETT • Alice WINES • Thomas LEDLIE • Isobel SHERRY

Many thanks to all of you – some sterling work in the cold conditions!

DSC_0073It takes two to tango!

Rachel lives up to the hash name AOT - on Strictly they blame any falls on microphones getting caught up in their outfits; can you claim it Rach?!

Yeovil Montacute parkrun started on 7th September 2013. Since then 10,909 participants have completed 75,253 parkruns covering a total distance of 376,265 km, including 12,260 new Personal Bests. A total of 810 individuals have volunteered 8,112 times.


The dancers get lowered down from the top of the Avenue...



Leading the way this week was Wayne Loveridge, first across the line in a time of 19m49, ahead of Harvey Walsh (20m17) and Michael Parrott (20m28). DSC_0056

First lady this week was Helen Allen, the new wedding ring on show (Congratulations again!) in a time of 21m26, with Jo Pittard (24m04) and Rhoanne Murray (24m31) completing the top three.


Well done to our 3 First time parkrunners and to our Milestone runners – Margaret Hill running her 50th parkrun and Michael James bringing up his century!

Well done to Nikki for surviving the annual parkrun when she might not be feeling at quite 100%!!

DSC_0072Strictly everyone loves a journey and Jean-Paul has made quite a journey to join us!

We were joined by Jean-Paul Tanner from Newbury this week – who was completing his Alphabet (I reckon saving the best ‘til last?!) – it is some real achievement to complete the full lot and I can see Jean-Paul has run Zielona Gora parkrun to get the Z..most people who join us go to Zary instead!

A quick paso with shower cap used as a cape, perhaps?!

DSC_0081Caroline - I am sorry, can't remember what the dance step you were demonstrating was!

The eyes have it!


A quick step or two down the Avenue!

DSC_0061Comfortable in hold..

..and extra points for the lift!

Amongst the parkrun tourists joining us this week were Tim Ackroyd from Tooting Common, Emma Waters (Southwick County) Matilda and Amelia Noble (who both run at Ockwells Junior & Plym Valley parkruns) and Luke Elam from Blickling parkrun. Penelope Dix runs in both Plym Valley and Cambridge, Kay Pitchford joined us from Workington and Jonathan Forrest from Lochore Meadows, whilst Michael Cotterill runs at Kingsbury Water. Leilani Timpson drove down the A358 to join us from Taunton’s Longrun Meadow, Dan Marley at Bryn Bach parkrun (that sounds a bit Welsh!), whilst Ian Francis came down from Southwick County and Christian Noble runs at Maidenhead, Mark Watts (Ashton Court) Stephen Andrews (Weymouth) and Richard Michaels(St Albans) – welcome all!


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

Sparkle here tried a tap dance but fell in the sink - unfortunately the Pudding House was locked otherwise it would have been Lisa doing that (you have to know who your mates are!)

PS Love it when a plan comes together .. can you watch that chap's umbrella as it's so windy it will blow inside out and I want the photo...
..told you!!