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 yeovilmontacute@parkrun.com

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!