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!


Saturday 22nd February – we’re back!

The good news is that the weather has improved this week so we're running again - we have a full Volunteer Roster so are ready to go (thanks to the late offers of help to make sure we're safe to run!)

Wet course running


Remember that we ask that you keep to the right hand side of the course throughout the run - now there may be puddles on the course.. please do not run around them (and potentially into the path of oncoming runners) but take the "Colin McRae" approach - bang straight through the middle!



As requested previously, please do not park in the Cooper's Mill pub car park - there's plenty of public car parks around and about. Still waiting for photos involving the Head near the Octogan…

No buggies or dogs

Please remember that there is no running with dogs or buggies on the Ninesprings course due to the narrow sections

Watch out...

..for special guests joining us this weekend!


CANCELLATION – Saturday 15th February

Unfortunately the impending Storm Dennis means that there are Yellow weather warnings in place for Saturday so in the interests of the safety of our runners and marshals, the Yeovil Montacute parkrun is CANCELLED this week.

Hopefully the weather gods will be kinder on the 22nd February and we'll be back!

(A reminder that it's a Leap year this year - if anyone is thinking of proposing to their loved one at parkrun on that day, let us know!)


International Women’s Day #IWD

We will be celebrating International Women's Day on Saturday 7th March!

Look out for further details in the weekly Run Reports!


Happy February!

OK, so the Transfer window has closed (why no striker, Jose?!), Brexit has happened and whatever you think about that, parkrun is definitely something to be “In”!

This week we had 443 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 96 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

Thanks to the few of you who humoured me by turning up in your rugby kit to celebrate the start of the Six Nations!

Watch this space for news of plans for International Women's Day!


We are dependent on getting enough volunteers each week to allow the event to run safely – this week our Volunteer Co-ordinators had a bit of a struggle to fill the Marshal positions (to the extent we were contemplating invoking the 59:59 time for all which is the penultimate sanction where we don’t have enough help (ultimate sanction obviously to cancel the run) – we really don’t want to ever have to do this!)

Please do offer your help by e-mailing yeovilmontacute@parkrun.com (you can also Opt In on your parkrun profile to receive the weekly volunteer reminders so you’ll know if we’re short any week) - the more the merrier, and if you’ve not helped before, we’re more than happy to talk you through it!

The event was made possible by 41 lovely volunteers*:

Adam D. HAWKINS • Howard BAILEY • Taryn MONKS • Martin CHAFFEY • Noel FROST • Richard DODGE • Nick SALE • Karen TAYLOR • Jon CRANE • Richard SALE • Rachel HOLMES • Kevin Arthur STENNER • Lucy QUARTERMAN • Bradley JONES • Jemma REDDAWAY • David PITTARD • Karen CLOTWORTHY • Finlay CHILDS • Pete WESCOTT • Jo PITTARD • Lisa HALLETT • Riley HANSFORD • Carol KNIGHT • Sarah QUARTERMAN • Sharron HUTCHINGS • Sarah BEERE • Nichola HARRISS • Ian STEVENSON • Adam HARRISS • Claire OBERTHUR • John LEWIS • Emma TURNBULL-KIRK • Gail MITCHELL • Patrick LANGWORTHY • Gill WETHERALL • Abigail FARMER • Alice WINES • Richard TAYLOR • Thomas LEDLIE • Isobel SHERRY • Ben ADAMS

*only one of these volunteers gets their credit for typing whilst watching Detective Picachu at7am on Sunday morning!

Remember we have jobs you can do and still run!


Congratulations to Howard, who has volunteered on a weekly basis but completed his first parkrun (and first event for 5 years) on Saturday – me last week, Howard this, must be something in the air!

The month of love

We’re now into February (I know, where did January go?!) which means that we have Valentine’s Day coming up – this is on a Friday, so you’ll all be loved up on the Saturday still (or not talking to one another …!) – feel free to come on the Saturday dressed in hearts & what have you!

The coquettish look over his shoulder - our leading man loves leading out!

We also have a special day as February 29th falls on a Saturday – I mean, it goes without saying that I will be getting you all leaping about that day but it’s also tradition that ladies can propose to their partners that day.. if you are planning this and fancy doing so in front of 450 strangers, that would be excellent!! (You can e-mail us to the same yeovilmontacute@parkrun.com address on the quiet and we’ll see what we can arrange!)

Keep Right

The weekly reminder please that all runners need to keep to the right hand side of the course throughout the run – unfortunately we had reports of runners still on their way out to Pen Mill being bumped off the course by runners who were right across the path on their way back in.

The paths are narrow in much of the course and if you keep right at all times, we should all be OK!


Barcode magpies

We had a couple of barcodes go home with runners this week – if you have one, can you bring it back next week please (like Lisa did with the missing 90 token last week!!)


If you hear reports of strange lights being seen in and around in and around East Coker in the early hours of Saturday morning, don’t worry Fox Chaffey has solved the case..


..it was just Kevin on a midnight long training run for 100 miles along the Thames (and looking remarkably fresh!)

Tom Australia

Elsewhere our very own Tom Alsop has started an Antipodean adventure with a parkrun – Lalor parkrun in Melbourne is apparently the closest one to Thomastown!

The Run

Yeovil Montacute parkrun started on 7th September 2013. Since then 11,383 participants have completed 78,287 parkruns covering a total distance of 391,435 km, including 12,860 new Personal Bests. A total of 837 individuals have volunteered 8,357 times.

Well done to all of you who completed the run this week – in particular the 20 of you who were taking part in parkrun for the first time!
There were 26 unknown runners – if you bring your barcode next time, guys, you’ll get a time!

Harrison was literally flying!

Harrison Brown was the first across the line in a time of 16m35, with Duncan Ward (18m27) and Mike Parrott (18m38) second and third.



First lady to finish this week was Rachel Astington in 19m40 (husband Owen finishing in 19m41 – didn’t get the photo of the race for the line, sorry!), with Lizzy Ingram (19m45) and Harriet Quast (22m49)

Bloomin' ducks, creating ripples and spoiling the reflection - anyone would think they lived here!

Only one Milestone runner this week, with Matilda Know Cartwright bringing up her 50th parkrun – congratulations!



Lots of PBs this week, amongst them (of parkrunners who’ve run 20+ parkruns) Andrew Farrant (20m40) Aaron Mizen (24m21) Julia Farmer (28m43) Mark Burton (28m53) Amanda Wills (26m43) Rachel Moores (31m27) Stephanie Gale (33m555) Kelly Millett (36m09) Hilary Knight (28m31) Rebecca Gould (31m33) Julia Summerhayes (36m02) Cas K (26m49) and Aidan K (29m31) (Good week for the K family!)


Also running new personal bests were Paul Quantock (33m05) Harriet Quast (22m49) William Foster (23m10) Alan Foster (28m13) Jeanette Vincent (26m20) Jason Ball (25m58) Sarah Burden (30m10) Christopher Melley (23m006) Neal Barton (31m09) Helen Lucas (28m01) David Keogh (21m20) Terry Docherty (25m21) and Mike Youngman (24m52) – well done all!!

Swinging time had by all!

Late start but fortunately not early..!

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

See you next week!

PS the garden birdwatch round Ninesprings didn't really happen - but they'll be doing a bird trail from the Café between 15th - 29th February & we'll have another go!. Here's a nice Robin..
..and Kingfisher was seen, but when snuck up for a photo, it transpires Hi-Viz isn't a good luck; who'd have thought it?!


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.

2014-01-04 09.48.04
(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.

Bob start
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.

07 06
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 parkrun.com 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:

pink ladies

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 yeovilmontacute@parkrun.com 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 ..

..it is lovely..

..but watch out for the monster trees!

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