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!

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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!)

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Imagine a good big leap off this...

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..like 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

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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!

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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).

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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.

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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

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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!

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Well done Trevor!

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

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..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!

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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)

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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)...

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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!!

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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!

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(what do you mean, that's cheating?!)
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PPS You will be pleased to hear that Montacute House was looking good today and that our parkrun tourists seemed to enjoy it!

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

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..and the lawns have had a makeover!

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

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… will have to look up the family tree!