New Years Day 2019

At Cheltenham parkrun we have decided NOT to put an event on New Years Day. Please have a look at other local events if you would like to do a parkrun on this day.

 

Christmas Day 2018

Cheltenahm parkrun will be running an event on Christmas Day 2018 at 09:00.

If you would like to volunteer please let us know closer the time.

 

 

Cheltenham Parkrun Report – 8th Sept 2018

I’m fairly new this running lark having done my first parkrun in June of last year, but I caught the bug and this year joined a local running club, Almost Athletes. Under overcast and slightly drizzly skies my running experiences collided as Almost Athletes took over the 290th Cheltenham parkrun today covering all the volunteering roles. So an enormous thanks goes to all of today’s smiling, clapping, pacing, timing, funnel running, directing, token counting, putting up and downing volunteers who saw 461 runners, joggers and walkers successfully round the course.

Isabel ALCOCK, Joana BARRETO, Becky BENDALL, Janine BENNETT, Hannah BROWN, Deb CARTLIDGE, Rachel CHASTON, Sheila CHATTERLEY, David CHITTOCK, Karla CLEVERLEY, Michael DALY, Carole DOHERTY, Natalie GREENING, Andrea HARDY, Claire Elizabeth HAWES, Alison HUME, Rob HUME, Louise INCHLEY, Beverley KIDSON, Lisa KING, Sporty LOLA, Helen MCGUIRE, Abigail MICHALSKA, Piotr MICHALSKI, Peter MITCHENER, Sue MONAGHAN, Tom MUSTOE, Patricia PEEVER, Daniel REEVES, Jane RUSSELL, Pinky SHETTY, Natalie STOW, Lorraine TAYLOR, Rebecca WAUGH, Mary Sheena WELSH, Helena YOUDE

Anyone at Cheltenham parkrun today will have noticed that there were a number of penguins either marshalling or running the course. This was in memory of Rich Walklate, who was an Almost Athlete, key member of the Cheltenham parkrun volunteers, and penguin suit attired half marathon pacer. Anyone doing the Cheltenham Half Marathon on September 30th will see these same penguins at the 10km water station – so give them a wave!

Cheltenham Parkrun 290 - Almost Penguins

Pittville Park in Cheltenham is a beautiful setting for a morning run. The summer route is twice around lake and football field with a mix of grass and paved pathway. There’s a nice long loop on a wide stretch of grass before the first narrow section, so runners are starting to get nicely spaced out and there isn’t too much of a bottle neck. My favourite view is running along the north side of the lake and looking south to see a line of runners the other side of the lake and then another line further in the distance making their way across the football field.

The PB bell was on fire this morning with 61 PBs. There were also 45 new timers to Cheltenham, including a tourist all the way from Melbourne and 17 folks on their inaugural parkrun – welcome one and all.

And lastly a huge well done to those achieving milestones today. Nick PERRY, Andy JONES, Paul NORTHUP, Rob GREEN and Catherine CREATES all reached 50 red runs today and junior runner Olivia ROOK clocked up a white 10. And although not official milestones Jayne ADAMS and Nicola JERMAN hit 150 and Chris DRY 200.

A big thanks to everyone involved for making this and every other parkrun happen.

 

Run Report – 11.08.18 – Elaine Vaughan

I certainly wasn't expecting to be at Cheltenham parkrun this time last week, as my plan was to run my home parkrun Maldon Prom, and then my husband and I were going to visit our daughter who is working in Cheltenham. However her day off was changed and it meant we could only see her in the morning. Thus a hotel was booked close to Pittville Park and I was pleased to see it really was as close as it appeared on the map!
My first impressions of Pittville Park, was how pretty it was. And any parkrun that involves water is always a hit for me!  A parkrunner pointed out the start and where everyone met, and I headed over, noting the fantastic and funny signage!  It was already a hive of activity as the pre-event set up was in full flow and the marshals were being briefed. Soon it was time for the first timers briefing and it was fabulous to see the mixture of tourists and first timers.  At the start I stood next to a lady who not only knew where Maldon was and had run at the Prom!  What a small world parkrun is!  And then we were off.
We ran the 'summer course' which is two laps.  A bit of cross country and around the football field (both dry, despite the recent rain) and along paths.  Running alongside the lake and then up the 'incline of opportunity'.  A very pretty course (yes even the incline), and the two laps sped by thanks to some wonderful, enthusiastic marshalling and me trying to catch the lady in front (I failed).  A quick jot in the visitors' book once I had scanned and I was done.  What a lovely parkrun, thank you Cheltenham.
However it only happens due to the volunteers, so thank you:
Simon JARVIS • Mike JARVIS • Janine BENNETT • Isabel ALCOCK • Adrian COURTENAY • Alison HUME • Steve YARNOLD • Will DAY • Rob HUME • Graham FLETCHER • Martin THOMAS • Carrie GAMBLE • Robert FOORD • Elaine VAUGHAN • Prashanth Kumar SRIPATHI • James GORTON • Louis HAWTHORNE • Neil TRING • Sharon HADAD • Clare BONE • Matt CLEMPSON • Kate PLUMMER • Melissa JONGA • Rosie HODGES • Francis RUSSELL • Paula BREWER • Marc PLUMMER • Pete LIGHTFOOT • Susan LOW • Kieran KEATING • Cheryl CLAY • Nigel PROBERT • Nick MEADOWS • Charlette MUSTOE • Helen MCGUIRE • Gail GILBERT • Tom KABALA • Mat BENFIELD • Zoe POSNETTE • Hamish ADAMSON • Lorraine TAYLOR • Alison BIRD
And congratulations to the 503 finishers!
Elaine
 

Run Report 28.07.18 – by Mike Bryce

Cheltenham parkrun #284 - by Mike Bryce

This Saturday saw some local tourism to Pittville Park in Cheltenham for my 100th run, the location of my very first parkrun. It seemed fitting to celebrate there plus you get to wear their centurion costume which is such a great idea and guarantees you a ton of congratulatory shouts on the way round as well as a hello from someone I worked with 20 years ago!

photo 28.07.18

Enough about me though! This was Cheltenham's 284th event and like the 283 before, a warm welcome was extended to everyone - locals, visitors and those new to parkrun. There were a number of tourists that had ventured further than my 7 miles, the furthest from Germany and South Africa.

Chris Thomas was Run Director for the day and set the 395 runners on their way.

The run was on Cheltenham's summer course (although the summer weather seemed to have lost its way briefly) which is a cracking two laps of the lake. Despite the large numbers, the wide start area and slight incline prevents too much early carnage and it soon thins out. The hi-viz heroes were out in force as always guiding and shouting encouragement throughout.

The event saw 41 first timers at Cheltenham, 21 of which took on their first ever parkrun. Well done to all of them - welcome to the parkrun family.

The "podium" was dominated by Unknown and Unknown, separated by Alex Lee of Cheltenham Harriers in second place with a far from sluggish 16:10 time! 63 personal bests were chalked up in total suggesting some favourable running conditions (certainly much cooler than recent weeks).

Aside from my 100th milestone, Alfie Cooper in the JM10 category chalked up his 10th run and in style with a PB. And an unofficial 150 milestone for Mark Johnson, a first timer at Cheltenham.

Today's volunteers that made it all possible (with a special thanks to those who were there setting up in the pouring rain):

Ailsa MCLELLAN • Alex ATACK • Andy SAWERS • Charlie HAWARD • Charlotte BLACK • Cheryl CLAY • Chris THOMAS • David DAVEY • Elliot JORDAN • Freya JOHNSON • Gail GILBERT • Gemma HARGRAVES • Harry BROOKS • Helen FIELDING • Holly KENNEDY • Jason HULANCE • Karla CLEVERLEY • Kate PLUMMER • Lucy MUSGRAVE • Malc SMITH • Mark ALLARD • Mark PALMER • Melissa JONGA • Mike BRYCE • Nicole HOPE • Peter MORRIS • Prashanth Kumar SRIPATHI • Rachel MOCKFORD • Rita CRANE • Sarah LYDDON • Stephen WADE • Tatiana LEBEDEVA • Thomas CHAMPION • William SILVA • Zoe POSNETTE

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