Run like an Eagle – Bob’s 250

I ran 1250km and all I got was a lousy* t-shirt**

For a man who only took up running in his mid-30s and even on his best day is a middling runner, earning a green parkrun t-shirt will probably be my greatest running achievement.


Back in 2013, when Twitter was fun and not full of angry half-baked political opinion, I started seeing a lot a tweets about this #parkrun thing. So eventually curiosity got the better of me and on 28th Dec 2013 I turned up at Montacute House armed with my barcode and a sense of misplaced confidence. “How hard could 5k be?” I thought. 26min 39secs later I knew exactly how hard it could be on the gently undulating course. Never mind, I thought, next week will be easier. That was the last Yeovil Montacute parkrun until 12th April 2014 due to one of the wettest winters on record turning most of the course into a series of water features.

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(don't know what you mean...)

In hindsight, this was perhaps the earliest example of the “Rain Curse of Bob”.***

Bob likes a bit of dressing up!

When I returned to parkrun in April my wife Karen, who had previously tolerated my running, but otherwise showed little interest in attending, was persuaded to come along and volunteer. If she’d known at the time how many journeys and holidays would be arranged around visiting some event or other she might not have been so quick to agree.

Before I started attending parkrun I was never what anyone would describe as a “joiner” and there was more chance of me flying to the moon than volunteering to watch people run round a field. I now realise that volunteering is half the fun of parkrun. The other day I calculated that for me to spend about 105 hours running, around 48 different events, has required 15000 volunteer hours.

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Bob takes on the Run Director role for the first time

About 2 years ago Karen and I were asked to join the Yeovil Montacute Core Team. As it happened this was perfect timing as I needed something to take my mind off the stresses of work. The past 2 years have been great fun and helping to set up the new B Course at Ninesprings has been practically rewarding.

skeleton bob

So I’d like to thank Karen, all the volunteers, and members of Core Team past and present for all their help with getting me over the finish line of my 250th parkrun.

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Right, time for a brew now?!

*actually very good quality
** well, 4 t-shirts, improved physical and mental health and a load of new friends but that’s a bit of a wordy title.
*** Pro-tip: Bring a brolly if I’m Run Director.


Another busy week!

Another busy week down at Yeovil Country Park, with 466 people running, jogging and walking the course – 25 first time parkrunners and 119 of you recorded Personal Bests.. including Hannah Blundy whose PB of 18m34 brought her home in third place overall and a new female Course Record!!

You may hear that Shepton Mallet parkrun had to be cancelled after an incident in their Collett Park home, and our thoughts are with the Core Team there who had to deal with matters, and the cancellation of a run rather pales into insignificance on days like this.

A couple of points of order before we start:

Keep Right at all times


It is important please that all runners (in both directions) keep on the right hand side of the course so that you pass each other nicely - having viewed from the pack this week, it was "interesting" to see some people's idea of right hand side!


We ask please that you avoid parking in the car park immediately in front of Goldenstones if possible – there are lots of swimming lessons taking place (and the Apollo Disabled Swimming Club meeting there on Saturday morning)

There are plenty of spaces in the Cooper’s Mill car park and the large Petter’s Way car park – where there is the added bonus of a public toilet! (I am still waiting for photos of people kissing the Head artwork by the Octagon by the way!)

Pace banding at the startline…

The start at Ninesprings is quite crowded when there’s between 400 – 500 runners standing ready to go!



We have put pace banding signs along the path – can you please be realistic as to your likely finish time when you are choosing where to stand at the start (otherwise slower runners may get caught up in faster moving groups, especially at the sharp end!). If you are going to run round in 30 minutes, please don’t stand near the front – similarly, if you’re aiming to run sub-20, don’t start near the back and try to carve your way through the field – either way could cause chaos!


We rely on our Volunteers each week and this week was no exception, with 41 volunteers assisting:

Adrian HARRISS • Adam D. HAWKINS • Howard BAILEY • Lesley NESBITT • Taryn MONKS • Martin CHAFFEY • Lynda CHAFFEY • Richard DODGE • Arthur VINCE • Kevin Arthur STENNER • Robert EAGLE • Bob SHEPHERD • Jen SNAITH • Karen EAGLE • Lucy QUARTERMAN • Samantha LLOYD • Rosemary SHEPHERD • Karen CLOTWORTHY • Finlay CHILDS • Lisa HALLETT • Carol KNIGHT • Sarah QUARTERMAN • Sharron HUTCHINGS • Rob BULLOCK • Jasmine BULLOCK • Oliver BOWN • Christine GUNDRY • Marc POWELL • Sarah BEERE • Nichola HARRISS • Ian STEVENSON • Laura COSTIGAN • Claire OBERTHUR • John LEWIS • Janet THOMAS • Gill WETHERALL • Kelly MILLETT • Alice WINES • Thomas LEDLIE • Amy RICE • Ben ADAMS

We are often joined by youngsters who are completing their Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, who come along to volunteer for 13 weeks for their Service element if they’re doing their Bronze Award and a further block if they go on to their Silver Award – and you may have noticed that our Run Director this week was Jasmine Bullock, who sends us the following report:


Run Report

I have just finished helping at Parkrun as part of my Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award Volunteering Section which I must do for a period no shorter than six months and I have loved every minute of it.

Over the past six months, I have been Run Director twice which I have really enjoyed and although it was very nerve-wracking stood up in front of around 400 people, I am very glad I had the opportunity to do this. All of the runners and other volunteers made it a lot easier for me which I am incredibly thankful for.

I have also marshalled many times, barcode scanned, number checked and token sorted. I have handed out the tokens, set-up the course on numerous occasions, tail walked and because of all of this, I was very pleased to have earnt my 25 volunteer t-shirt.

This week I also had the opportunity to process the results, this was super interesting as I have never seen this side of Parkrun before.

Light let in on magic...

I would like to say a massive thank you to the core team for being so supportive of me and helping me complete my volunteering journey, whilst encouraging me to undertake a wide range of jobs.

Even though my six months of volunteering is over I will definitely continue helping the Yeovil Montacute Parkrun team.

Thanks Jasmine! It was noticeable that you were shaking much less this time when doing the Briefing than last time!

DSC_0171Flying feet!

First across the line this week was Matt Thackwell in a time of 17,m35, ahead of an unknown runner in second – just one of 26 of you who didn’t have a barcode so didn’t get a time! (#DFYB!).

With Hannah Blundy finishing in third place overall, it was left to dad Kevin Blundy (just out of arm’s reach?!) to cross the line as third man this week in a time of 18m41.

Behind Hannah’s stunning run, Lucy Bickerton also had a stormer, finishing in 19m54, and Helen Allen was third lady in a time of 20m45.


We had some notable milestone runs this week, not least our very own Core team member Bob Eagle who brought up his 250th parkrun in no little sartorial style!


Ruth Powell and her group of 21 Gloucestershire Tearaways from Cheltenham and Worcester parkruns came down to celebrate Ruth’s 200th (all organised before they realised we weren’t at Montacute House – so will be back!) and Margaret Paul was running her 150th parkrun.


Also getting new T-shirts were Susan Paul on her 100th run (photobombed by someone - sorry!) and Dom Rowe, who’ll be getting a nice shiny red short for his 50th parkrun!

Dwayne now appears to have 2 hats on!


We were also joined by the World's Most Okayest Runner!

Amongst those running new personal bests (and who’ve run 20+ parkruns) were Paul Thomas (18m47), James Hillier (18m52) Adam Maloney (19m56) Edward Budzynski (20m36) Paul Foster (20m50) William Scrowston (21m15) Cenydd Thomas (21m23) Simon Evans (21m46) Ben Park (22m45) Michael Logan (22m48) Neil Brighouse (22m58) Harriet Quast (23m00) Hazel Shears (23m18) Julie Orton (23m32) Fran Frost (23m33) Ben Dawe (24m01) Amanda Perrin (25m00) Jason Rall (26m17). 20200125_092859

There were also PBs for Ian Francis (27m03) Rachel Henderson (28m26) Hilary Knight (28m50) Kate Gowers (28m54) Claire Allen (29m16) Nick Foulson (29m26) Jamilyn K (29m38) Sarah Covey-Crump (30m22) Aidan K (30m24) Gill Foster (30m27) Donna Reeves (30m43) Claire Church (31m18) Ruth Fostter (32m02) Benita Hughes (32m29) Kay Parmiter (32m32) Stephanie Gale (33m57) Julie Summerhayes (36m22) Mel Dodge(36m46) and Kelly Millet (36m30) – well done all!

This week’s full results and a complete event history can be found on the Yeovil Montacute parkrun Results Page.

"Rats" all for this week - see you on Saturday!


Happy Chinese New Year – the Year of the (Ninesprings) Rat!

Happy Chinese New Year from the Ninesprings Rat - it's his year, don't you know?!



It's also Burn's Night so the culinary delights here are varied - going for "Chinese Burns"!!


Full report to follow!


Saturday 18th January – short report & Ice warnings!

A short report this week (on the basis that I wasn’t there on Saturday until you lot had all finished!) – the Core team met after the run and have discussed what we’ll be up to over the coming weeks , so watch this space for details; there’s quite a lot of sporting events and International days that parkrun will be celebrating, so you’ll all get the chance to dress up accordingly!

Icy weather

Whilst the Ninesprings course is unlikely to flood to a point where runs will need to be cancelled, the paths do not get gritted so one thing that might stop us is icy weather – it was already a bit tricky on Saturday (and we had a couple of fallers..) so do think before coming if it is really frosty outside.

02 02 19 cancelledThis is what a frosty bridge looks like - this from last year's cancelled run, and if it looks like this, we'll cancel again!

Bear in mind that we’ll be needing thinking of 400- 500 runners and what might be fine for one or two runners’ safety might need further consideration for a mass event. The small bridge and the turns at either end of the course were all slippery on Saturday – there may be extra marshalling put into place and if you get asked to walk in places, please listen.

The Core team will carry out course inspections on a Saturday morning but this is only going to be at 8am and will post on the social media channels if there is to be a cancellation.

(The forecast for this Saturday is 9 degrees so we ought to be OK!)

ICE information

Different sort of ICE! One of the main provisions requiring runners to have a personal barcode is that this allows for you each to have In Case of Emergency contact information on you – which is important if you were to be involved in any sort of incident.

Marshals are being given new Incident report forms and will ask you for your barcode number in the event of any incident.

Please go to to make sure that your contact details are up to date.

The run

This week 441 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 66 were first timers and 89 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by 40 volunteers:

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Brian MOUNTJOY-ROW • Howard BAILEY • Benjamin MAHONEY • Georgina WILLIAMS-MAHONEY • Taryn MONKS • Martin CHAFFEY • Lynda CHAFFEY • Richard DODGE • Andrew DUNN • Kevin Arthur STENNER • Emily DAWSON • Robert EAGLE • Mike COLLINS • Jen SNAITH • Wes KENNY • Karen EAGLE • Lucy QUARTERMAN • Rosemary SHEPHERD • Karen CLOTWORTHY • Carol KNIGHT • Sarah QUARTERMAN • Christine GUNDRY • Debora WALKER • Emma HOWARD • Emma MULLIS • Marc POWELL • Timothy WILLIS • Claire BEDDOW • Ian STEVENSON • Natasha TURNER • Claire OBERTHUR • John LEWIS • Janet THOMAS • Richard SCEATS • Paula DOWDING • Gill WETHERALL • Abigail FARMER • Kelly MILLETT • Alice WINES • Isobel SHERRY

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

The female record is held by Daisy DAVIES who recorded a time of 18:36 on 1st January 2019 (event number 242).

The male record is held by Ian LEITCH who recorded a time of 15:13 on 6th April 2019 (event number 255).

The Age Grade course record is held by Sue NICHOLLS who recorded 91.82% (23:51) on 6th June 2015 (event number 80).

Yeovil Montacute parkrun started on 7th September 2013. Since then 11,279 participants have completed 77,378 parkruns covering a total distance of 386,890 km, including 12,645 new Personal Bests. A total of 828 individuals have volunteered 8,275 times.


In an incident packed week…

Quieter week this week at Yeovil Montacute – just the 507 of you finishing (bear in mind that our record prior to the start of 2020 was 494!).



We did have a couple of incidents this week (I hope that both of you are ok – can you please e-mail us at to let us know how you are getting on?) – many, many thanks to all of the marshals who helped out on Saturday but particularly Howard Bailey and Sarah Quarterman, and for the runners who stopped and helped. (If you think there's not many photos this week, that's because the Run Director had to go and see the ambulance.. more photographers always welcomed!)

This week 507 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first time park runners, 33 tourists and 78 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

Love this view .. it's right up there with watching runners down the full length of the Avenue at Monty!

How are the New Year’s Resolutions going? If you intended to volunteer at parkrun, we still have a few places left on the Roster for 18th Saturday but lots for the following weeks (my New Year’s Resolution hasn’t really started .. you might even have the pleasure of me joining you running next week (want to get my 50 by the end of the year!)).

The event was made possible by 41 volunteers:

Howard BAILEY • Catherine THOMPSON • Martin CHAFFEY • Lynda CHAFFEY • Stephen ALLEN • Paul DAVY • Noel FROST • Richard DODGE • Jon CRANE • Kevin Arthur STENNER • Jen SNAITH • Karen EAGLE • Lucy QUARTERMAN • Rosemary SHEPHERD • Karen CLOTWORTHY • Finlay CHILDS • Barnaby HICKS • Lisa

HALLETT • Riley HANSFORD • Carol KNIGHT • Sarah QUARTERMAN • Rob BULLOCK • Jasmine BULLOCK • Christine GUNDRY • Claire BRAGG • Dominique MUIR • Emma MULLIS • Marc POWELL • Sarah BEERE • Tony BEERE • Claire BEDDOW • Ian STEVENSON • Claire OBERTHUR • John LEWIS • Clare ALLEN • Gail MITCHELL • Gill WETHERALL • Kelly MILLETT • Alice WINES • Thomas LEDLIE • Isobel SHERRY



In the run this week, Duncan Ward ran superbly to be first across the line in 17m29, over a minute ahead of second-placed runner Owen Astington (18m38) and third finisher Nick Berry (18m41).

Leading lady was Fenella Ross with a time of 20m23, with Jo-Anne Gready (21m45) and Rhoanne Murray (23m49) finishing as second and third ladies.

Well done to our Milestone runners – Kayleigh Dare joining the 10 Club, Richard Clayton, Jeanette Vincent, Sarah McDermott and Nichola Harriss all running their 50th parkruns and Mike Taylor returning to Yeovil Montacute for the 15th time as he brought up his century of parkruns!


Bob's on 249.. will keep this for next week in case I miss his 250th!

Well done to those of you running personal bests – amongst them, those who’ve run 20+ parkruns, included Nick Davies (21m03) Paul Foster (21m30) Paul Sparks (23m12) Neil Brighouse (23m29) Ben Park (23m53) Harriet Quast (23m55) Ben Dawe (24m26 on his 107th parkrun) Louie Travers (24m56) Mike Youngman (25m18) Amanda Wills (27m27) Tracey Lloyd (27m50) Serena Shore (27m57) Alison Moody (28m31) Jo Hill (28m40) Kate Gowers (29m09) Maggie Card (29m31) Gail Schreiber (30m04) Aidan K (30m33) Donna Reeves (31m01) Rebecca Gould (31m37) Rachel Moores (31m38) Julie Summerhayes (37m34) Sarah Bartlett (39m41) and Kevin Roche (39m41) – well done all!


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

PS If you turn up, run and then leave but have never been in round Yeovil Country Park, then do take the chance to have a walk ..

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..but watch out for the monster trees!


Here we go again!

Any other day, we’d be celebrating a new record number of runners at Yeovil Montacute parkrun, as 514 of you walked, jogged and ran the new B course.. but following just days after the 661 runners on New Year’s Day it all felt a bit.. well.. quiet!!

(Apologies if some of the photos were a bit blurry - forgot the camera was still set for low-light starling murmurations!)


We have another guest reporter this week, but first some teething issues now we’re back at Ninesprings that need to be highlighted:
Finish Line etiquette!

With the B course and the numbers that we have had turn up at our first couple of runs, we need to just remind you all of a couple of things:


- The finish is between the cones - not running straight at the timekeepers! (having to avoid sprinting runners might make them drop the stopwatch!)


- Once you have finished, please do not run up the final finish straight again with your friends and family as this is confusing for the timekeepers – can you please stop at the cones and shout your encouragement of the final sprint from there?!

Like a hot knife through butter! We like seeing sprints like this!

- If you are running with Under 11s and let them sprint for the line, can you please keep them in sight/arm’s reach until the final corner – we had a couple of small children leaving their responsible adults to “eat their dust” from round the corner and appear to be running unaccompanied.

Keeping in arm's reach is good - if you can keep up!

- If you have run the full course and crossed the finish line, please take a token even if you haven’t registered with parkrun ( – register for free) or brought your barcode with you – the results are produced by matching the clicks on the stopwatches with the numbered tokens given out at the other end of the funnel, so if you don’t take a token that can mess things up!

- For the same reason don’t duck out of the finish funnel before taking a token – we will be having a second Funnel Manager each week to help you get through (in busy times the finish funnel will be extended up the hill and we ask that you stay in order until you’ve collected your token)

Good finish funnel etiquette!

- Please don’t take your tokens home with you.. the official term for this is a parkrun magpie!! We lost a couple of tokens on Saturday .. but got one returned that presumably was taken home last year!

Remember to keep right!

We ask that you keep to the right hand side of the path throughout the run, so that in the places where runners are going in both directions, you ought to pass without problem.

Follow the signs!

Unfortunately we had a couple of incidences of some of the later runners finding the path blocked (and even being bumped) where runners in the opposite direction were right across the path. If we can all keep right, we can avoid this. Thanks!


Many thanks to parkrun tourist (but possible future regular!) Jordi Hooper who joined us yesterday:

After a record-breaking New Year’s Day run, the first Saturday parkrun of 2020 saw an amazing 515 of you walk, run or jog around Yeovil Montacute’s B Course at Ninesprings Country Park. My boyfriend and I have been parkrunning since September, but bar a couple of tourist jaunts, our home parkrun has been St Mary’s in Bridport. Admittedly, this had a fair bit to do with being daunted by the more challenging Montacute course when we were beginners, but we may be swayed there in the summer after the warm welcome we received today at Ninesprings – it was much larger than we are used to, but we both enjoyed every second of the flat, fast and friendly course. We will be back!

Today’s run saw an amazing 72 first timers – perhaps some New Year’s resolutions being enacted? – with 112 recording a new Personal Best. After the no doubt calorie heavy and potentially inactive festivities over Christmas and New Year, that is no mean feat; well done all.

The requisite First Timers photo!

First across the line was Duncan WARD, who also held the top age grading today, with a staggering time of 17.37 (83.73%). He was swiftly followed by Owen ASTINGTON in 18.25 and Lee CUNNINGHAM in 18.35. First lady today was JW11-14 category Sophie NICHOLLS in an incredible 19.25. Some amazing times there, well done!


Of course, this event could not exist without the amazing hi-vis heroes. I am always grateful for the work of the core team, but with this being larger than other parkruns we have attended, I had increased admiration for the organisation required for an event like this to run every week. From the marshals, to barcode scanners and timers, and even the lead cyclist (a very helpful and impressive addition!), all were friendly and played a vital role. I even got a high five off a fabulous young marshal today!


Don’t forget to lend a hand if you can. A big thanks to:

Adam D. HAWKINS • Alice WINES • Ben STRADLING • Benjamin MAHONEY • Bob SHEPHERD • Carol KNIGHT • Catherine THOMPSON • Christine GUNDRY • Christopher CLARKE • Claire OBERTHUR • Corinne HAWKINS • Emma MULLIS • Emma TURNBULL-KIRK • Finlay CHILDS • Georgina WILLIAMS • Gill WETHERALL • Howard BAILEY • Jen SNAITH • John LEWIS • Jon CRANE • Jordi HOOPER • Karen CLOTWORTHY • Karen EAGLE • Kelly MILLETT • Kevin Arthur STENNER • Kevin DOHERTY • Kim CAMPBELL • Lesley NESBITT • Lisa HALLETT • Margaret HILL • Mark HILL • Natalie ROBINS • Niki CLARKE • Noel FROST • Richard DODGE • Riley HANSFORD • Robert EAGLE • Taryn MONKS • Thomas LEDLIE • Tony NESBITT

Here's the view of runners from the Ninesprings Café .. should you bring spectators with you!

Hope to see just as many of you continuing the New Year’s resolutions next week – I know we’ll be back. If you haven’t come along yet, get registered – it takes minutes and will be the best thing you ever do!

Thanks Jordi!

Well done to our new Milestone runners – Rebecca Sturgess and George Lewis both joined the 10 Club whilst Lilly Hawkins and Sam Stokes were running their 50th parkruns (hint; we like Milestone cakes at Ninesprings just as much as at Montacute!) and to those of you who ran new Personal Bests – special mention goes to Rob Gundry who broke the 20 minute mark for the first time on his 251st parkrun attempt!

Well done Rob!

Those of you who have run 30+ parkruns and recorded new Personal Bests include Harvey Walsh (18m38), Mark Thomas (20m03), James Bell (20m15), Holly Bigger (20m17), Sally Clarke (20m18), Edward Gould (21m46), Eleanor Mallinson (21m47), Andrew Gould (21m49), Nolan Lewis (22m29), Paul Sparks (23m20), Bradley Jones (23m21), Andy Harris (23m26), Fran Frost (24m25), Alexis Brooker (25m23), Stephanie Gale (34m02), Clare Allen (32m57), Kay Parmiter (32m49), Rachel Moores (32m27), Rebecca Gould (32m27), Jason Ball (26m31), Stephanie Larcombe (26m39), Jeanette Vincent (26m41), Richard Hooper (27m06), Samantha Lloyd (27m18), Amanda Willis (27m33), Ger Paul (27m38), Jo Hill (29m18), Nick Foulsham (30m38), Isabella Frost (31m16), Susan Paul (31m16) and Donna Reeves (31m29) – well done all!

We were also joined by one of the Leeds Building Society “Golden Batons” that were released at parkrun and get passed from runner to runner- Lousie Brown from Northala parkrun ran at Hanworth parkrun last week and received the Golden Baton from a chap called Steve and brought it to us as she is doing her parkrun alphabet… and has handed it on to Felicity who is heading back home to Brisbane and her home parkrun there!


See you all again next Saturday!


Happy New Year – think it’s gonna be a record one!

Happy New Year! Yeovil Montacute was putting the "Yeovil" bit back in as we returned to Goldenstones and Yeovil Country Park.. now, I can let you into a secret; we had rather expected a record number to turn out, with last year's New Year's Day run having been the previous record and plans were in place for something like 550-600 runners.

What actually happened is that we had 661 of you turn up!

Many thanks to all of the Volunteers who helped on Saturday but especially those at the finish funnel - the timekeepers, funnel managers, number checkers and token hander-outers - who had to cope with all sorts on Saturday. It was interesting to see the stopwatch recording up to 661st place on 500 memory (even if only 500 actually transferred to the computer afterwards...) and we'll make the funnel longer next time so you all fit in!

A couple of things..


Remember the old adage of "go before you leave home" as there are limited toilet facilities for our use! Thanks to Jack Clotworthy for leading the "Jack's Toilet Tours" back over to Petters Way car park to reduce the queue ...


The leisure centre will be open on Saturday and will have a full swimming school programme running so please try to avoid parking in the car park in front of the Leisure Centre  so that their "paying guests" can park.

Running with children

Unfortunately there were reports of a small lad being reduced to tears by an over competitive parent trying to get him to run faster. Please remember that parkrun is non competitive and " a run in the park with your friends" - there's always next week and we'd rather your children enjoy the run and want to come back next week..

Under 11s need to be kept within arm's reach of a responsible adult. We are lucky in that we now have a Junior parkrun in Yeovil that takes place at Yeovil Recreation Field every Sunday at 9am, where they can run 2km without needing an adult to run with them - - if you find that it's tricky running with your youngsters (or if they found running in such large numbers a bit intimidating...) then go and see our friends on a Sunday!


We need lots of Volunteers each week at the B Course (more than at Montacute - and even more if we continue having large numbers and needing to extend the finish funnel


We have had a nice report from parkrun tourist Karl Johnson who ran the parkrun double by travelling to our friends at Henstridge Airfield parkrun (and his report for that is here ) and this is below.

Yeovil Ninesprings pretends to be Montacute

Happy new year one and all...

So 2020 started off with a 100 mile car ride to the South West for a parkrun starting with the letter Y... but I bet you have heard this all before.

A quick hop skip and a jump I was able to find my way from Henstridge Airfield parkrun, kicking off the new year with a parkrun double.... in fact I think most of the 200 runners turned up at Yeovil this morning for their double too...

Big numbers attending Yeovil Montacute today being held for the time being on the Winter B course at Ninesprings.
New runners brief highlights over 15 new parkrunners - well done on taking the step into the parkrun community you will not regret it....
RD for the day gives a quirky brief and warns about the new “quiet please” paddles - used to punish those not being quiet, haha...
Then for the off - out and back course through the park to the ring road gate turn point - encountering along the way a few gates and a wooden bridge... back to the start line then another little out and back finishing with a little uphill lung puncher to finish..
Big numbers meant the first 2.5k were very crowded from where I started about a 1/3 of the way into the field of 600 timers! But don’t let that put you off - bigger numbers because if limited parkruns operating on New Year’s Day - normality will resume next week, but hopefully with a load of new starters!

This week 664 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 178 were first timers and 106 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 66 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 42 volunteers:

Adam D. HAWKINS • Howard BAILEY • Diana MONKS • Lesley NESBITT • Taryn MONKS • Mark BUNGAY • Martin CHAFFEY • Lynda CHAFFEY • Noel FROST • Richard DODGE • Emma FRY • Jon CRANE • Tony NESBITT • Robert EAGLE • Mike COLLINS • Karen EAGLE • Pete MONKS • Kim CAMPBELL • Rosemary SHEPHERD • Rolf HAWKINS • Karen CLOTWORTHY • Sandra STOCKFORD • Mark STOCKFORD • David LOXTON • Ellen CHAFFEY • William CHAFFEY • Karl JOHNSON • Carol KNIGHT • Rob BULLOCK • Christine GUNDRY • Nick KNIGHT • Debora WALKER • Hannah KNIGHT • Emma MULLIS • Sarah BEERE • John LEWIS • Gail MITCHELL • Kelly MILLETT • Alice WINES • Christopher CLARKE • Colin BANFIELD • Christine BANFIELD

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

Thanks to all the volunteers giving up their New Years Day morning for us to enjoy our 5k run

May I wish you all a happy 2020 and happy parkrunning




2019 – a year reviewed in photos…

Something of a work in progress, but here are a few photos of the parkrunning year at Ninesprings then back at Montacute.. let us know your favourite parkrun experience of the year!

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Like a coiled (Nine)Spring(s)

Are you all getting excited about the return to Ninesprings?!

We will be celebrating the start of the New Year with an extra parkrun  at 10.30am this Wednesday, 1st January - the observant amongst you will have seen that the Course page has been updated to the Ninesprings course.

Please note that there is a slight error (which we're having amended) and that is that there will be no buggies  allowed on the course here - also there will be no dogs, in both cases because the course is narrow in places. 

We just about have a full roster for Wednesday (thank you!) but all offers to help in the coming weeks would be gratefully received - with offers please.

See you all next year!



B Course details – Yeovil Country Park

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With the cancellation of the Yeovil Montacute parkrun this week, here’s a chance to look ahead to our forthcoming trip down to our all new B Course at Yeovil Country Park!

As you may be aware, we move from our Montacute House home for the early part of the year - we'll be in the centre of Yeovil from 1st January until the week before Easter - to give the parkland a much needed break from the weekly 300 – 400 pairs of runners’ feet.

By moving to Yeovil Country Park – Ninesprings – we will have a course on tarmac paths that will mean that we’d only have to cancel in the case of ice and snow (hopefully that’s not the cue for a 2 month long white winter!)

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Only 1 cancellation in the stint earlier this year - when it was a bit slippy!

We will have an extra run on Wednesday 1st January 2020 (10.30am start to allow you to run over at Henstridge or Street first) and then Saturday 4th January (usual 9am start) & each Saturday thereafter.


The course will start and finish outside Goldenstones Leisure Centre (Brunswick Street, BA20 1JZ). The Centre is open on a Saturday morning if you want a pre- or post-run swim or gym session!



The course will use the pathway along the old railway line route through Yeovil Country Park and we’ll run out past the Cinema / Nuffield Centre complex and out as far as the Pen Mill pub, before turning round and coming back the same way.

Back at Goldenstones we’ll run out to the gate by the B&M store before another turn, back under the railway bridge and sprint for the finish!

If in doubt, follow Kev, our lead bike!


No Buggies or Dogs

Yeovil Country Park is a popular place to cycle with the kids or take the dog for a walk and the paths are ideal for this… However as there will be lots of you and parts of the course are on fairly narrow paths there will be no dogs and no buggies on the parkrun – there will be more people using the Park at the same time as us than we get at Montacute and we want to avoid any issues.



We found earlier this year that on wet runs the course gets big puddles in certain places - and this causes issues when people try to run around them (and into the path of oncoming runners) rather than taking what needs to be called the "Colin McRae method"...

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It is not possible to have separate records for the two courses, and the B course at Ninesprings is a bit quicker than the mud and hills of Montacute! You'll need to keep your own records of the two courses (if you are concerned that you don't want to lose your Montacute time as a PB, we will need lots of marshals and appreciate any offers of help!)



We would be grateful for your assistance at Ninesprings in the same way as at Montacute – there will need to be 10 marshals along the course in addition to the usual Finish funnel / timekeeping / barcode scanning assistance.

Bookings now being taken for helping on New Year’s Day and for January / February – get your New Year’s Resolution in early and e-mail our Volunteer Co-ordinators on

HeronWe had help from some of the locals this year! Parking There is a car park outside Goldenstones but on a Saturday morning as there are various Swim School sessions taking place at the same time as our events. We please ask that you not park in front of the Centre (there is a small parking area round the back) but would rather you park elsewhere (Goldenstones will be letting us use their facilities so we don’t want to upset them!). There are other Pay & Display car parks at Cooper’s Mill pub but also the large car park at Petter’s Way (by the Octagon theatre) BA20 1UN (for sat-nav purposes) – where there’s a public toilets and a nice 2 – 3 minute walk through the gardens down to Goldenstones ( I’m expecting lots of photos of you kissing the head statue - though there were none this year!) DSC_0055

Café & Facilities
Post-run coffee is available at the Ninesprings Café (there are a couple of public toilets here too)
For the children there is a cracking play area just down the path (you’ll run past it twice so if you are running with your children, there’s no way that you won’t be going there!)

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If you’ve never been round Yeovil Country Park itself, it’s lovely! The walk round the Springs is nice – if you’re lucky you might get to see one of the resident kingfishers zipping past!