Large numbers at parkrun as runners get off to a good start in 2020

Boris awards parkrun a pot of money

As we look at some of the bigger events in terms of numbers of finishers, it was the 5k distance that again dominated the runbritain tables, with the Bushy parkrun seeing 1815 finishers on Saturday morning. Southampton and Clapham Common also attracted large numbers. Five of the six biggest events over the last week were, in fact, parkruns as many runners got 2020 off to a good start with a blast around 5k.

Southampton parkrun had an impressive1331 finishers on New Year's Day with Bushy parkrun attracting 1285 as runners ran off any effects of the night before! 

The big six this week were: 

 Bushy park parkrun

 - 1,815 finishers

 Southampton parkrun

 - 1,387

 Southampton parkrun (NYD)

 - 1,331

 Bushy park parkrun (NYD)

 - 1,285

 Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League

 - 1,228

 Clapham Common parkrun

 - 1,103

More county cross country championship results are now in too.

County Cross country Championships Results

Other results from the weekend are on the following links: 


Road/multi terrain


Cross country 

The number of runners claiming their running handicap is now at 99,368 and we expect to reach100,000 in the next month with one of our growing band of readers becoming the 100,000th to register.

Some of the benefits of the runbritain handicap scoring system:

  1. It’s a unique handicap system for running. Just like golf you get a handicap from 0.0 – 36.0 giving runners of all abilities the chance to benchmark their progress and compare their results across a range of terrains and distances. The score automatically updates each time you race (once you have claimed) and rewards regular racing as well as automatically factoring in a degree of difficulty on races that are multi-terrain, hilly or windy.
  2. You can be a part of the European Athletics Innovation Award winning #clickyourclock competition. This competition rewards runners who reduce their handicap score. The competition runs from March - October each year. Previously, #clickyourclock was presented with the overall prize for innovation at the prestigious European Athletics Golden Tracks awards night,
  3. You can be part of the National Running Ladder and check out where your handicap puts you compared to every other runner in the UK, e.g. does your 5k time put you higher than your friend’s half marathon and marathon times?
  4. You can check out where your handicap puts you in your age group and postcode.
  5. You can find out where your times put you in the official UK road rankings 

All the information you need is on the runbritain rankings site. Sign up today and see if you can be our 100,000th claimant!