Parkrun comes to Yeovil Country Park with over 400 runners regularly taking on the 5k challenge
Taking place every Saturday at 9am, parkrun starts and finishes near to the Ninesprings Café. The popular run hit a new record on Saturday 12 January as nearly 500 people took part in this run, with over 400 now regularly in attendance each week.
The weekly free organised run is usually held in the grounds of Montacute House but to give the grass a chance to recover over the winter, it has come to Yeovil Country Park. This volunteer led 5k follows the cycle path from Yeovil Country Park along the bottom of Wyndham Hill all the way to the Penn Mill Hotel and back again.
Rachael Whaites, Countryside Manager at South Somerset District Council who own and manage Yeovil Country Park, said: "It is fantastic to see so many people taking part in parkrun at Yeovil Country Park. It is the perfect place to enjoy running surrounded by countryside and wildlife. I would like to say a huge thank you to the volunteers who organise this event and the marshals that help keep everyone safe every week. They are doing a fantastic job."
Councillor Sylvia Seal, Portfolio Holder for Leisure & Culture at South Somerset District Council, added: "Following discussions with the parkrun organisers, South Somerset District Council were more than happy to promote healthy activities on our site and welcome parkrun to Yeovil on a weekly basis during the winter months. Yeovil Country Park is a multi-use site, so to add parkrun is a great and welcomed addition to the activities that take place there."
Martin Chaffey, co-event Director of Yeovil Montacute parkrun, also said: "Each year we move the parkrun away from Montacute to give the parkland a well-earned break. We enjoyed three years at Ham Hill but thank SSDC for allowing us to bring parkrun to the centre of Yeovil. The new B course at Yeovil Country Park has proved very popular and it's quite a sight to see 400+ runners charging up and down the paths each week!"
Parkrun will continue to take place at Yeovil Country Park during the winter months with the last run taking place on Saturday 6 April. There will be no Yeovil Montacute parkrun on 13 and 20 April, with the event returning to its regular home on Montacute House on 27 April.
Ninesprings Café welcomes runners and spectators from 8am on Saturday mornings where you can grab a drink or a bite to eat before or after the event.
What does it cost to join in?
Nothing - it's free! But please register before your first run. Only ever register with Parkrun once. Don't forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode. If you forget it, you won't get a time.
How fast do I have to be?
We all run for our own enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace.
How can I volunteer?
To become a volunteer for one of Parkrun's 5k runs email firstname.lastname@example.org
The course is 5000m (5K) long and is run entirely on tarmac. Start and finish is adjacent to Goldenstones Leisure Centre. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place.