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!


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...


Run Report, International Women’s Day – and parking update

Another busy week down at Ninesprings as we had 433 of you lovely people come and join us for the latest running of the Yeovil Montacute parkrun.

Thanks to those of you who humoured the attempt at a tribute to the late Kirk Douglas - the "I am parkrunner" video will go on to the Facebook page, for what it's worth (but wasn't quite the spectacle I had in mind - perhaps next time I will tell all of you it's happening first!)

20200208_094105We understand that we're not immune to shoe technology controversy - anyone broken sub-20 in their vaporflys?!


We have previously asked that runners coming to the parkrun avoid parking in the small car park immediately in front of Goldenstones – in order to allow parking for the people attending swimming schools.

One of our runners has indicated that the management of the Coopers Mill has asked that runners not park in the Pub car park (there are warning signs of fines for non-customers parking there)

There are plenty of public car parks around and about to park in (if you park in the large Petter’s Way car park, I’m still waiting for the first photos of someone kissing the “head” wire art piece by the Octogan!)

International Women’s Day

We will be celebrating International Women’s Day on Saturday 7th March – where we’ll be looking to have a female focused Volunteer team and ask for all of you to come dressed in purple! If you have any female friends who have yet to come along to parkrun, that day would be the ideal time for them to start!

The Run

This week 433 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 first time parkrunners and 112 of you recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.


The event was made possible by 40 volunteers:

Howard BAILEY • Taryn MONKS • Martin CHAFFEY • Lynda CHAFFEY • Noel FROST • Richard DODGE • Sandra LEVETT • Kevin Arthur STENNER • Robert EAGLE • Bob SHEPHERD • Jen SNAITH • Karen EAGLE • Lucy QUARTERMAN • Jeff WATSON • Rosemary SHEPHERD • Charlie ADKIN • Finlay CHILDS • Lisa HALLETT • Riley HANSFORD • Carol KNIGHT • Sarah QUARTERMAN • Janet WITHERS • Christine GUNDRY • Mike TAYLOR • Debora WALKER • Catherine RANDS • Emma MULLIS • Sarah BEERE • Ben STRADLING • Claire OBERTHUR • John LEWIS • Janet THOMAS • Paul SCRIVENS • Gill WETHERALL • Kelly MILLETT • Alice WINES • Thomas LEDLIE • Alan PERKINS • Isobel SHERRY • Ben ADAMS


If you are able to help at future events, please contact us on – there’s plenty of volunteer roles to try!

Well done to our Milestone runners this week – Stu Cobb bringing up his 50th parkrun and three centurions, as Paul Thomas brought up his 100th (and got his son to run his first parkrun!) whilst both Isabella Frost and Tim Moores were conspicuous by their “100” balloons – & thanks for the cake, Isabella!


Stick the balloon under your arm and sprint for home!


First runner across the line this week was Duncan Ward in a time of 17m32, ahead of Matt Thackwell (17m36) – with the third finisher being an Unknown runner (see, it remains “NO Barcode, No Time, No Exception” – even if you finish top 3!)


First lady this week was Gill Pearson, finishing in 21m35, ahead of Isabelle Whittle, who finished in a new PB of 21m53 and Eleanor Mallinson was third female in a time of 22m06.

DSC_0041Bob's new shirt gets a run out!

Watch the crowds go wild!

Amongst the many PBs this week were (of those running 20+ parkruns) Samantha Reed (32m20) Aaron Mizen (23m52) Jo Hill (27m45) Julia Farmer (28m27) Mark Burton (28m17) Alice Wines (34m29) Lucy Hillier (22m51) Amanda Wills (26m38) Rachel Moores (31m18) Kelly Millet (34m59) Hilary Knight (28m15) Rebecca Gould (31m18) Stephanie Larcombe (26m22) Christine Greengrow (29m04) Teresa Nagel (29m34) Halil Ahmet (22m40) William Foster (23m07) Nick Davies (20m46) Jeanette Vincent (25m51) Adrian Tuffin (25m57) Jason Ball (25m36) Alec Foster (25m50) David Gillard (26m13) Neal Barton (30m37) Emily Dawson (31m35) Kevin Lewis (23m50) Valerie Helliar (35m05) Roseanne Eardley (26m53) and Hilary Askew (despite being held up by me talking to her for about 2km – in an excellent 33m35!).


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

The tail walkers are in - see you all next week!



National Poetry Day

Two days until we're back at the House

To run in the park with friends

Minding the mud and watching for sheep

Heading beneath the old chestnut tree

Sheer poet-tree

Happy National Poetry Day!


Strictly between us…

...but Saturday sees the start of the next twelve week batch of Run Reports being written at about 6.30 whilst the dancing's on...

.. if you turn up in your sequined leotards on Saturday (Neil Biss, Rob Gundry, Bob Eagle - we're looking for you!) you stand more chance of getting in the Report!




Just a reminder that this Saturday (3rd September) sees our 3rd Birthday at Montacute!

Please come in your best Red, White & Blue outfits for the occasion!!


Don’t mention the “O” word!

If the last post suddenly disappears, it's because we've been asked by parkrun not to make any mention that big sporting event that's taking place in Brazil (not sure we're allowed to mention R.. the R word either!) for fear of invoking Rule 40 - we wouldn't want Team GB disqualified because of anything we've said here in Montacute!

We are allowed to mention "the O word" after 24th August so will put the Report up again at that point for posterity - it's a shame, it was one of my better ones..


Cancellation notice – Saturday 27th August

Just by way of forewarning, we are having to cancel the parkrun at Montacute on Saturday 27th August - there is an outdoor production of the Three Musketeers taking place in the Gardens at 11.30 ( ).

Instead you'll have the chance to do a bit of parkrun tourism - let us know where you end up going!

Don't worry, we'll be back on the following Saturday, 3rd September - this is our third Birthday run so we need you all to come back clad in red, white and blue and full of the party spirit!


Did you see Le Tour today?

Watching Chris Froome running up Mont Ventoux without his bike was vaguely familiar....


Froomey, you're more than welcome to come to Montacute for a run round once you've won in Paris again - the Avenue is very similar to Le Champs Elysees!


Sunday 26th June – We do like to be beside the seaside

A reminder that we will be having an away day next Sunday – meet outside the Hook & Parrot on the seafront in Seaton at 11am (Please note that if it’s hammering down with rain like last year I will not be going – Bob!) - apologies if this means you miss your Sunday lie in, Karen! Can you please let me know if you are coming by e-mailing or text 07929 054576

(At the moment I'm only aware of the elite few coming - it would be nice to have a good group running!)

There will be a group run (ie at the pace of the slowest - likely to be me!) through Beer & over to the ice cream shop in Branscombe and then back along the beach & up the Stairway to Heaven!

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