The countdown to Christmas is well and truly upon us and we have just three more runs at Montacute House – next Saturday, 14th December; Saturday 21st December – when we expect you all in your best festive finery!; and the Saturday between Christmas and New Year (28th December) when it’s our traditional Christmas Jumper run!
We will not be holding an extra run on Christmas Day – other local parkruns are, if you fancy a run (Blandford, Henstridge, Weymouth and Street are all on – Longrun Meadow and St Mary’s, Bridport haven’t yet confirmed on the Christmas Compendium).
We will then be holding an extra parkrun on New Year’s Day – at Yeovil Country Park, not Montacute House at 10.30am (giving the chance for you to run a cheeky double by going to Shepton Mallet (8.30), or Henstridge (9am) first). Last year we didn’t know whether we’d have anyone turn up .. might be a few, I suppose.. and then had a near record 437 runners turn up (in my mind it was more – remembering the panic when we thought we were running out of tokens!).
That will be the start of a period when we’ll be down at Yeovil Country Park until Easter – we’ll put some details up about the Yeovil course in the coming week or so as it’s a bit different to Montacute!
Christmas is coming..
If you’re still looking for Christmas presents, some ideas…
There’s plenty of parkrun branded products at https://parkrun-barcode.com/?utm_source=parkrun&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=xmas-19 including new barcodes, personalised bottles and other bits and pieces.
Parkrun is free to run and we don’t not ask for much – mostly that you just remember your barcode! However we do occasionally need to replace some of the Event gear and for this it is possible to make a donation to the event at https://www.parkrun.org.uk/yeovilmontacute/aboutus/ (thank you to those of you who have already donated) - we are looking at getting a new stopwatch and some additional signage (including some “Quiet” paddles to help with the pre-run briefing!)
There is a wider donation scheme to keep parkrun for everyone, for free, forever and this is called Parkrun Forever - https://www.parkrunforever.com/
We also get to enjoy the National Trust’s hospitality each week and if you are a member, we scan cards as you come in on a Saturday (Montacute receives something like £2.75 for each scan from NT) – you might want to consider membership as a present & the ladies on Reception there would be glad to see you! (can you perhaps mention that you do parkrun if you’re signing up there, and let us know so we can perhaps mention it in any future meetings with NT before we return at Easter?!)
We are asked to keep coats and bottles off of the delicate walls at the front of the House, hence the 4 signs that get put out...
So if you failed to do this and found your stuff on the floor at the end of the run, that's why! The parkrun Christmas tree was looking quite good though!
There is a tarpaulin put out for bags and coats - please use it!
This week 255 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 33 volunteers:
Howard BAILEY • Stephen SUTTLE • Taryn MONKS • Martin CHAFFEY • Lynda CHAFFEY • Paul DAVY • Noel FROST • Richard DODGE • Sue FOX • Arthur VINCE • Liz MARTIN • Verity TAYLOR • Nigel NEWBERY • Robert EAGLE • Karen EAGLE • Jason QUARTERMAN • Lucy QUARTERMAN • Colin SIMPSON • Rosemary SHEPHERD • Finlay CHILDS • Lisa HALLETT • Jasmine BULLOCK • Christine GUNDRY • Debora WALKER • Marc POWELL • Sarah BEERE • Tony BEERE • John LEWIS • Janet THOMAS • Richard SCEATS • Alice WINES • Thomas LEDLIE • Isobel SHERRY
Yeovil Montacute parkrun started on 7th September 2013. Since then 10,887 participants have completed 75,021 parkruns covering a total distance of 375,105 km – meaning that with her finish yesterday, Isabel Sweet become our 75,000th finisher!!
The new results page is really quite whizzy now (but I must admit I preferred the old one for going through the results ahead of the Report – but that’s progress, I suppose!) but I struggle to work out now who has come as a Tourist – so the only one I know of is Amanda Husband of Black Pear Runners who joined us for a second time, but was first finisher… no ambulance needed this time, thankfully!
First finisher this week was William Parry of YOAC in a time of 18m31, and it ought to have been a good race for second place between Mike Parrott (19m57) and Adam Slater (20m07) but for Adam trying to head directly to the barcode scanners at the final corner – the importance of listening to the first timers’ briefing!
Leading lady this week was Lucie Guy who finished in 33rd place overall and a time of 23m05, just ahead of Jo Pittard – who was running her 200th parkrun and finished in 23m17 – and Chrissy Smith (24m00).
Other Milestone runners this week included William Sweet, joining the junior 10 Club, Adrian Tuffin and Jennie Stokes who were both running their 50th parkruns.. and Rob Bullock, who wanted to go “under the radar” on his 100th parkrun but refused to be photographed limboing under anything as might “look silly” – but did complain that there were no fireworks to commemorate his achievement…
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Yeovil Montacute parkrun Results Page.