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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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