Run report New Year’s Eve 63rd Gloucester North parkrun

Gloucester North parkrun gave us a great fun run today.

I crept gingerly out of the house first thing, trying not to wake up my grandson. Made it down to the Uni car park where we met our first hurdle (a security guard who had no idea he was supposed to be opening the car park and the gate to the lane). This was taken care of by a very confident (and cocky) Iain Williams, without me even having to leave the car. Soon afterwards people started to arrive and the 'kit' was lugged by a band of merry lads and lasses to the corner of Plock court where Peter Hayes and I began marking out the field and trying to 'cone' the more serious potholes - there were a considerable number of them today!

We hurredly made it back to the start where I made a rapid transformation into funnel manager and chatted to the team (who were all absolutely superb during the race) Norman Merlock and Sarah Dhillon plus one lady who's name eludes me. We were fortunately joined by Claire Bryant who having lent Thunder out to Nige Ellis, volunteered to help us by scanning, thank you very much Claire.

Norman stepped in to administer first aid to a runner suddenly taken ill. The runner in question has requested that Norman be thanked for his kind and swift assistance. Well done and thanks Norman.

Well, the run was a foregone conclusion because we were once again honoured with the presence of an obviously 'in form' Steve Millward who did exactly what it says on the tin - absolutely nailed it on a slow sticky course to produce a new course record of 16:48.
Pesto de Klein was the first Harrier in to land - a good job well done.

Our very own Nigel Ellis produced a PB - well done matey.

Peter Hayes ran an incredible 22:30 coming in 10th - or so I thought until I spotted his cunning plan to masquerade as Pete Haynes (the sm25-29 gave you away Peter) - sorry, but cracking form anyway.

Neil Cumming Kate Beevers Sarah Minchew and Karen Bennett all ran very respectable end of year- just after the indulgences of Christmas run - well done all you Harriers!!!

A special congratulations to Isabel who completed 50 parkruns today. You have been running with us since we first began. Much deserved, a fantastic effort.

This is my last post of the year and hopefully, I didn't miss anyone out! Please accept my apologies if I did.

Happy New Year to you all and I hope to see you all 2017.

Adrian ARNOLD - A1948963


Run Report 39th GNparkrun 9 July by Joanne BUTTLER

It was a bit of a gloomy Saturday in Gloucester for the 39th Gloucester North parkrun. The day started with rumours of travellers in the camp, yes that’s right a group of displaced parkrunners from Kingsway were headed to Gloucester North.
It was very nearly a record attendance with 113 runners, just five short of the all time record for the event that lined up for the start. This included ten people on their very first parkrun (welcome to the family, it’s a bit like the Hotel California, you can check out anytime you like but you can never leave!) and at the opposite end of the scale we were joined my runners marking their 151st and 208th run! Forty four people tried Gloucester North parkrun for the first time today, as well as our tourists from Kingsway, we had a visitor all the way from Aberdeen who claimed today’s record as the person who had travelled the furthest to take part!
Rebecca delivered the run brief and then we gang lined up at the start in very well organised order by 8.58 and we waited to start at 0900 on the dot. The horn sounded and off we all set. As a visitor to Gloucester North, one of the great things to note about this course is that you can see most of the other runners most of the time which is great for people taking part in large groups. There is also plenty of off road parking and a very cheery crew of marshall’s cheering you round. The course is also almost entirely off road so it is definitely a fantastic training event for those of you training for races that are off road.
The first runner home was Oliver Kidd in a time of 17.35, completing his 54th parkrun, his first at this event, and equalling the course record set by Ollie Garrod in February this year! Well done Oliver! Second to finish was Stuart Leslie in 18.46, and third man home was Gavin Campbell in 19.29.
First lady home was Georgina Emile, who set a new PB with her time of 21.53, she was hotly pursued by Natalie Jenks who was narrowly beaten in second place with a time of 21.56 and third lady home was Victoria Kennedy in 22.44.
Our age ranges today varied from under tens right up to the 75-79 age group – which truly goes to show that parkrun is for everyone so if you have been sat at home thinking it’s not for you are you are too old or too young, that is just not the case, why note register for your barcode now and come along and join in next week?
Three people achieved age graded scores of over 70% today. For a full explanation of age grading see the parkrun website, but essentially it is a system that allows you to fairly compare yourself against runners in other age groups and of the opposite sex fairly. Nigel Tillot was our age graded leader today with a score of 75.52%, followed by Andrew Brown with a score of 73.50% and Oliver Kidd achieved an age graded time of 73.36%.
Veteran Male 45-59 was our most popular age category with 13 of you in this bracket taking part, there were a whopping 29 personal bests and Hucclecote Harriers was our most well represented club with nine members taking part.
Well done to all our volunteers who worked hard today coping with extra runners and offering encouragement all the way round. We always need more volunteers and parkrun relies entirely on volunteers to make the event work, and it’s even more rewarding than running so if you want to give it a try have a look at the future roster page in the volunteer section on the website.
We had a lot of fun today, we hope you did to and we would love to see you the same time next week, and why not bring a friend?


Run Report 28th Gloucester North parkrun

Event 28 was my first visit to Gloucester North, and what a great parkrun it is! With near perfect running conditions 57 runners joined the volunteers for the 5km run

This week the volunteer team were Georgina Emile as Run Director, with Steve Blackmore taking on the duty of Funnel Manager on his birthday, runners were timed by Jo Streeter and Dave Jones, tokens given out by John O'Leary with Peter Hayes assisting and those barcode being scanned by Michelle Jones. Out on the course we had five marshals who were Cherly Clay, Kathryn Methven, Lucinda Arnold, Peter De Klein and Adrian Arnold.

Thanks to all the volunteers which made the event happen today, if you've not volunteered before and fancy giving it a go, check out the volunteering section of our website - where you can find out about all the roles available and a brief description of the duties, they're all great fun and it's chance to view parkrun from a different perspective and maybe make some new friends!

On to the run, the great weather brought some equally great performances, we had 19 first timers to Gloucester North of those 16 were brand new to parkrun, well done to you all on your first run, you're welcome back next week to beat your PB! Today there were 12 new PBs set, well done to you all.

First finisher today was Calvin Scoltock in 18:31 with an impressive lead of nearly 2 minutes over second place, Calvin was visiting from Arrow Valley parkrun in Redditch so well done on getting the course right while leading the run!

Second finisher was Steve Martin, with a time of 20:27, closely followed by Paul Edgeworth in 20:41 taking third place, well done to you three.

First female finisher was Emma Millman in 24:45 (21st overall), second female over the line today was Liezel Bezuidenhout with 26:26 (26th overall) and third female went to Sarah Dhillon with 28:19 (32nd overall).

Well done to everyone who completed the course today, especially the Juniors with some great sprint finishes, my favourite being the Beevers family with an epic dash across the final 50 or so metres of the field.

The top age grading this week went to our first finisher Calvin in the VM 45-49 category with 77.14%, well done again Calvin.

Next weeks volunteer roster is looking healthy so get in touch if you fancy helping out on 7th or 14th May –

Have a great week of running, see you in the park next week



Caroline’s Run Report 9 April 2016

Today was Gloucester North's 26th parkrun and it looked like spring had finally arrived with runners being greeted by blue skies and sunshine along with all the cheery volunteers.

After last week's April fools run we returned to a clockwise route albeit from a new central starting position. Run director Pete, equipped with his new megaphone, soon had everyone lined up ready for the start. It was so nice to see so many people at the new to parkrun briefing, we hope you enjoyed it and all remembered your barcodes!
At the usual question, "do we have any tourists this week?" We all thought the first answer of South Africa would be the clear winner, until we then heard a shout for India!! Wow what a worldwide reach parkrun has, welcome to all of today's tourists near or far.

It was to then time to start and Pete sent us on our way around the 3 lap course. The first 3 men to finish were Philip Earis in 19.45, Paul Edgeworth in 20.53 and Steve Martin in 20.55.

First 3 females were Jemima Lowe in 22.44, Caroline Barnes in 26.20 and Charlie Haward in 26.44
A big WELL DONE, not only to all those mentioned, but for all the runners and volunteers alike for turning up and being part of something special at parkrun.

After the run I had a quick word with Stuart McArthur, visiting from Dusi parkrun in South Africa to see how he found the course. His answer was hard, which was a bit concerning, however he reassured me that this was purely down to the course mainly being ran on grass rather than the hard track he is used to at his home parkrun. Congratulations to Stuart for today's run.

There was good news this week from parkrun hq for all those waiting for a milestone t-shirt, so hopefully we will be seeing some new tops around Gloucester North very soon. Today was my 10th run (which I am bizarrely feeling quite proud of).......if only I was under 17, I would have qualified, oh well, 10 down, 40 to go!!

Next week I am volunteering, doing a role for the first time which can be a bit nerve wracking but I know the rest of the team will show me the ropes and will be more than happy to help if I need it. If you haven't tried volunteering and would like to give it a go I'm certain they would love to hear from you.

Hopefully see you all next week. Caroline


Run Report – Event 24, 26/03/16

Big thanks to Steve Blackmore of Gloucester North parkrun & Hucclecote Harriers for putting together today's run report.

"On the same weekend we move the clocks forward, things turned full circle for the Gloucester North parkrun, with the 24th staging of the event ushering in not only the new season, but an exciting programme of planned Springtime events too ( stay tuned! )

The traditional Bank Holiday weather at the start of today's run, of freezing cold rain and sleet, did nothing to dampen the spirits of our parkrunners, in fact it probably made our furthest travelling parkrun tourists feel right at home, since they were visiting us from Northern Ireland!. Yes, "Team Runwell" were a lovely family, from Lurgan, County Armagh, and they certainly lived up to their name, with some very creditable performances.

Parkrun stalwart Steven Harris (VM35-39) was first past the post this morning, in a new personal best time of 19:38, whilst Catherine Taylor (SW20-24) made light of the sprained ankle she suffered last week, by being the first female home, in an excellent 21:39. Overall, no fewer than 11 people achieved PB's, which was an extremely impressive feat, in the less than favourable conditions. We also had three first timers this morning ( not including our Northern Irish friends, who only forgot to pack two things - the kitchen sink, and their parkrun barcodes! ), and they unanimously commented on how much they'd enjoyed the eccentric course, and on what a friendly, supportive welcome they'd received, at this intimate ( small, but perfectly formed! ) parkrun. Anyhow, very well done once again to all of the heroic participants, and hardy volunteers, today, all of whom are now officially entitled to eat as much chocolate as they like tomorrow! Continuing the endearing quirkiness for which the Gloucester North parkrun has become known, next Saturday is the April Fools' Day event, when the course will be run in reverse, so, ew epoh ot ees uoy ereht! I mean, we hope to see you there!"

Steve Blackmore

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