20 first timers and 24 new Personal Bests at Yeovil Montacute Parkrun


There was another good turn out this week at the Yeovil Montacute parkrun, where there were 164 runners (it did look like more!), of whom 20 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Before starting there was a presentation to Scarlett Sayfritz for getting the Sweatshop parkrunner of the month award for January – her new pair of shoes didn’t quite carry her to a new PB this week!

In the run there was a dominant performance from Mike Biss of Wells City Harriers who led from start to finish to finish first over the line in 18m30. Mark Wills (19m11) had a storming second half of the run, overtaking third placed Kameron Ridler of Langport Runners (third over the line in 20m11) sometime from the bottom of the Avenue. Mike’s time was enough to take top place in the age-graded placings too, with second place age-graded going to Mike Collins (4th place overall) for his time of 20m34.


In the women’s placings, we are thinking of renaming it “young ladies’ placings” as the top three were all juniors. Amy D’Arcy of Yeovil Olympiads AC, was first lady (22nd overall) over the line in 24m01, the first time as leading lady on her seventh appearance at Montacute, with Charlotte Fogwill of Langport Runners, was second (25th overall) in 24m27 ahead of Yeovil Olympiads’ Daisy Davies who finished today in 24m58.

We had some good performances from our regular runners today, with Steve Cunio running an excellent 27m34 and Binoy Manimala setting a new PB with his finish in 30m51 – much to the chagrin of Lynda Chaffey, who ran a third PB in a row (31m29 – cracking!) but was still behind him! There were also a few parkrun tourists here this week, some of whom were on their way to Sunday’s Grizzly in Seaton – good luck to our regulars who will be taking on that challenge too (20 miles including the “Stairway to Heaven” and the infamous bog run!) Karen and Bob Chart travelled down from the Roundshaw parkrun with their fellow “Roundshawee” Evelina Odej and all loved the course here.

Neil Tilley of the Swindon All Stars has said he’ll be spreading the word at the Swindon parkrun as to how lovely our course and volunteers are here and Christine David said what we’ve all been thinking – “Beautiful setting for a parkrun!”


Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Yeovil Montacute parkrun Results Page