Kingsway parkrun event #163

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235 runners turned up to Kingsway’s 163rd event. The crowds gathered, friends chit chattered and the weather was notably cooler …all pre cursors for a great event! And a great event it was, with 35 new PBs notched up as everyone made their way around the park.

For 27 people, this was their first time at Kingsway and, of those; six had their very first parkrun run experience. We really hope you enjoyed it and will be back for number two soon!

We had one milestone this Saturday: Marie Keenan reached 50 runs, 29 of which have been at Kingsway. Well one Marie! Ollie Moore also celebrated his 8th birthday with us at Kingsway. Happy Birthday Ollie! IMG_0306

At the briefing Run Director, Antony, reminded us of the importance of making sure under 11s are within arm’s reach of the adult they started with. This is for insurance purposes and is what we all agree to when signing up and printing off our barcodes. Thankfully I don’t think many children were lost down the gaping chasms on the back straight caused by the dry weather, though Tom and I had to make some interesting manoeuvres with the buggy to avoid them!

Well done to this week’s first finisher, Lee Rankin, who crossed the line in 16:47. Lee has been first to finish in 8 out of 9 appearances. He was closely followed by Dave Tomlin in 16:49. Dave has finished first in 14 out of 20 runs at Kingsway. Alastair Campbell came in 3rd with a new PB of 17:21 beating his last PB set almost 2 years ago. Doing it for the girls, Rachel Booth crossed the line with a new PB of 22:37, followed by Amy Walker in 22:42 and Jasmine Fern in 3rd with a time of 22:51. Full results can be seen on the Kingsway parkrun website.

Interestingly the average finish time at parkrun globally has got slower every single year; from 22:16 in 2005 to 29:06 in 2017; and that makes parkrun organisers incredibly proud. It demonstrates how far reaching and inclusive parkrun has become over the years and everyone’s attendance is equally as worthy. Give yourselves a pat on the back everyone!
IMG_0305Thank you to this week’s volunteers. Without volunteers parkrun wouldn’t be possible. James BOON, Philip COLE, Ashleigh DENMAN, Pia DONADIO, Nicola EATON, Tracey FAIRLESS, Antony GREENSWEIG, Niall HINES, Sophie HOPE, Clare IRVINE, Andy JARRETT, Fiona LAWRENCE, Glyn MATTHEWS, Richard MEADOWS, Patrick MORGAN, Jane MORGAN, Steve PEAKE, Deb PEAKE, Gary PHILPOTT, James PLAYER, Andrea PREEDY, Tracey SMART, Alison THOMAS, Amanda VALDER, Alice WESTMACOTT, Maureen WRIGHT IMG_0308

This coming Saturday, local club Hucclecote Harriers are doing a volunteer takeover; trying to fill all of the volunteer roles available on the day. So expect to see a sea of orange and give them a friendly wave and nod as you make your way around the course. We may even have a few pacers for you. Also leave room for some cake as I’m sure there will be some available!
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Just a few random stats about Kingsway to finish up…
We have had 5,306 different runners from 346 different clubs grace us with their presence. The average number of runs per runner is 6.5 and the average time is 29:34. The course has been completed 34,743 times which, if all stringed together, equates to 1 year, 348 days, 16 hours, 33 minutes and 25 seconds!

 

Kingsway parkrun event #161

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On turning up at the start line, we found a cheery band of volunteers, who were massing and being briefed as to their duties which lifted our spirits as they do each parkrun morning. However, the parkrun fairies were kind to us today and provided cooler conditions, so this was in the Sports pavilion, as it was RAINING!! What a change from the scorching sun that we have had over recent weeks, but provided the perfect opportunity to talk to others before we started. It certainly took a while for us all to venture out for the runner's briefing as temperatures had plummeted too. Now where did I put my gloves?

Thank you to Gary Oakley, our RD for the day, for the runner's briefing where new runners were warmly welcomed and introduced to the course layout. What a lovely flat course you have too, meandering three times through two different fields with tarmac or cinder path underfoot. These provided lots of opportunities for the faster runners to overtake and to receive and indeed give encouragement as they whipped past us slower mortals. Mind you although rock solid today, I can see more challenge to this course when cooler and wetter conditions prevail.

Today, tourists from Manchester, Burnley and Havant and as far away as Seattle were using Kingsway as their tourist venue.

Gary went on to say a big thank you as always to the volunteers who gave up their time to ensure that we were able to run this morning. There were certainly a cheery band of Marshalls out on the course, all supporting by giving encouragement and clapping. Don't forget if you are unable to run, have a race coming up or are just generally a good egg, then volunteering is a great way to give back to the parkrun community. Head over to the Kingsway parkrun webpage for details of the next few weeks roster and sign up for a position that suits you- you get to wear a hi- vis jacket! -what more incentive do you want?

First timers, as mentioned above, are always warmly welcomed and are on the start of their parkrun journey and working towards their first milestones. The trick is when working towards your milestones is #DFYB- Don't Forget Your Barcode! 13 of you were listed as unknown runners this morning. That's one run less to count towards those milestone tees. Milestones this morning announced for joining the 100 club were Rachel Oakley, Nicola Mooney and Kim Stevens and keeping it a family affair Byron Stevens was celebrating his 50th today too. That's the great thing about parkrun isn't it, that each person has their own individual journey to talk and share about. Especially pertinent though is to also remember to hand in your finish token, parkrun needs them for next week as they unfortunately are not a souvenir, medal or indeed your own version of Bingo!

There were teas and coffee available in the Pavilion for our après parkrun this morning which again allowed perfect opportunity to catch up on how all of our runs had gone and what we thought of the course.

Thank you again Kingsway parkrun for starting our weekend off on a positive note. Look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Karen Cole Havant (Portsmouth) parkrun

 

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Kingsway parkrun event #156

247 runners turned up on a balmy Saturday morning in June to make their way round Kingsway’s 156th event.  The crowds gathered, friends chit chattered, the sun shone and the air was still … all notable pre cursors for a great event!  And a great event it was, with an astounding 54 PBs, as 247 runners made their way round the park.

For 20 people, this was their first time at Kingsway and, of those, 11 of those had their very first parkrun run experience. We really hope you enjoyed it and will be back for number two soon!

We had no less than 5 milestones this Saturday, with Jasmine Fern, Lynn Weaver, Mandy Edwards and Tracey Smart reaching 50 runs each and Tony Marechal notching up 100 runs; 85% of which have been at Kingsway. Jasmine celebrated suitably with a new PB of 21:59.  Tracey has run all 50 of her runs at Kingsway, whilst Mandy and Lynn have done 49 of their 50 runs here.  Well done all and thanks for the cake ladies!

Special mention must go to Super Mummy Beth Port who pushed not one, but three kids round the 3 lap course – 3 year old Jasper and 14 week old twins. Kudos to you Beth!  It just goes to show how inclusive parkrun really is.

This event goes down in Kingsway parkrun history as the first event in which the top three finishers all came in in under 17 minutes. That’s some going!  Lee Rankin and Dave Tomlin also secured positions in the top 15 age grade league with 86.05% and 83.79% respectively, with Lee also taking the VM45-49 age category record at Kingsway. So, well done to Joshua Dixon who romped home in 16:23, closely followed by Lee in 16:29, with Dave in 3rd in 16:56.   Doing it for the girls was Tegan Hooper of Stroud & District AC in 20:24, followed by Margaret Johnson in 21:13 with an age grade score of 80.99%, and Fiona Dakin in 21:52.  Full results can be seen on the Kingsway parkrun website.

Interestingly the average finish time at parkrun globally has got slower every single year; from 22:16 in 2005 to 29:06 in 2017; and that makes parkrun organisers incredibly proud. It demonstrates how far reaching and inclusive parkrun has become over the years and everyone’s attendance is equally as worthy.  Give yourselves a pat on the back everybody!

Thank you to this week’s volunteers. Without volunteers parkrun wouldn’t be possible.

James BOON, Helen COOKSON, Colette ETHERIDGE, Tracey FAIRLESS, Antony GREENSWEIG, Sophie HOPE, Francis HYNES, Jackie MASH, Glyn MATTHEWS, Sophie MCKERAGHAN, Richard MEADOWS, Patrick MORGAN, Richie MORGAN, Jane MORGAN, Charley PALMER, James PLAYER, Steven RIEGLER, Sydnee RIEGLER, Mary ROUGHTON, Rick ROUGHTON, Kay SEARLE, Toby STANTON, Kerry STENNER, Kim STEVENS, Helen TATHAM, Gavin TOWNSEND, Amanda VALDER, Amy WALKER, Maureen WRIGHT

Just a few random stats about Kingsway to finish up…

We have had 5,115 different runners from 330 different clubs grace us with their presence. The average number of runs per runner is 6.5 and the average time is 29:34.  The course has been completed 33,070 times which, if all stringed together equates to 1 year, 314 days, 2 hours, 25 minutes and 3 seconds!

 

Kingsway parkrun report #155

A special event this week as we celebrated in style with not one but two birthdays.

Firstly our senior citizen ……..The NHS celebrated 70 years and Kingsway along with over 360 other parkruns and thousands of runners took part in a memorable run to mark the occasion.

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At Kingsway we had over 20 first timers many of these from the NHS and it is hoped that the event will encourage more people to get involved in physical activity and volunteering and it is also a great way for people to come together as a community.

There are some fabulous photos on our Facebook page (thanks go to Amanda) that show how enjoyable and fun the whole morning was far better than I can put in writing.

And secondly ……Happy 3rd Birthday to  Kingsway parkrun ……..Our very own ‘Aneurin Bevan’…..Gary Philpott  and a hand-picked team brought parkrun to Kingsway 3 years ago and we have never looked back.

Many Thanks to all of you who continue to support us.

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Like the NHS, parkrun relies on the help and support of its Volunteers.

This week was no exception and the following angels did a fantastic job………. Alfie Spinner  •  Amanda Mcpeake  •  Amanda Valder  •  Amy Walker  •  Andrea Marsh  •  Andrew Mcpeake  •  Andy Jarrett  •  Becky Faulkner  •  Deb Peake  •  Elizabeth Barnes  •  Erin Marsh  •  Gavin Townsend  •  Glyn Matthews  •  Jane Morgan  •  Jenny Powell  •  Joy Waddington  •  Karen Paice  •  Kat Walker  •  Kay Searle  •  Louise Schmitz  •  Marion Cole  •  Max Holford  •  Patrick Morgan  •  Richard Meadows  •  Richie Morgan  •  Sally Winterton  •  Sarah Spinner  •  Sophie Mckeraghan  •  Steve Peake  •  Susan Higgs  •  Toby Stanton  •  Tracey Fairless

Thank you All

Some other noteworthy announcements, Tessa Bishop reached 50 runs and we had tourists join us from as far afield as California and as close as Stonehouse…. a big thank you to all the tourists who joined us for this run.

Finishing with the Stats; This week 251 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Kingsway parkrun, Gloucester Results Page.

Kingsway parkrun, Gloucester started on 6th June 2015. Since then 5,066 participants have completed 32,595 parkruns covering a total distance of 162,975 km, including 7,040 new Personal Bests.

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Harry & Meghan Kingsway parkrun, Gloucester #151 – 19/05/2018

Run 151 will be forever known as the Harry & Meghan run for obvious reasons.

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Not since 1535, when Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn visited the parish have we had Royalty grace our park and there were some noticeable names on the guest list this time and quite a few famous faces as can be seen from the photos.

George McCrae American Soul and Disco singer posted a very respectable 19:55, Ian Cole the American professional ice hockey player came in 23rd, Richard Williams father of Venus and Serena Williams managed a PB this week as did Paul Baker former chairman of CTFC. Jenny Powell the English television presenter looking superb came in 166th but most famous of all was Lorraine Shaw who in all honesty is the only real one on this list.

Onto the Stats……This week 266 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 57 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 amazing volunteers: Jane Morgan • Patrick Morgan • Susan Higgs • Amy Walker • Kevin Gani • Steven Riegler • James Boon • Amanda Valder • Trevor Stevens • Andy Jarrett • Kevin Watson • Gavin Townsend • Elizabeth Barnes • Glyn Matthews • Charlotte Askew • Tracey Fairless • Steve Peake • David Howe • Mary Roughton • Rick Roughton • Lynn Weaver • Mandy Edwards • James Player • Alison Thomas • Ian Beevor • Benjamin Taylor • Victoria Wills • Phoebe Howe • Toby Stanton Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Kingsway parkrun, Gloucester Results Page.

Something for your diaries………Saturday 9th June we celebrate the contribution of the NHS to the health of the nation whilst encouraging people to get active. So please join us as we run for the NHS and stay for a 7Tea party……..Have a Cuppa on us! NHS Park Run jpeg

 

 

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