Kingsway parkrun event #180 8/12/2018

After a wet and windy night, and notification that some parkruns had cancelled through their courses being waterlogged, it was a relief to arrive at Kingsway with the sun trying hard to shine and every sign of it remaining dry for parkrun.

I found the historical aspects of the site described on the website fascinating, and it turned out to be a very pleasant parkrun with lots of variety including an orchard, a playground, playing fields, a path alongside a river, and the remains of RAF Quedgeley – but most importantly it was flat, given that my home parkrun is Ashton Court in Bristol!

Another bonus for me personally was the fact that the winter course was used, cutting out the muddy off-path parts of the course – I know many people like the mud, but I was delighted to stay on the paths!

154 parkrunners took part in event 180 with 19 different running clubs represented.

We were welcomed by Glyn Matthews, the RD, who explained the winter course – a short first lap then three longer laps.  There were 10 parkrunners visiting Kingsway for the first time including visitors from near (eg Eastville and Ashton Court in Bristol, and Cheltenham) and far (eg Teeside), while 5 were doing their first ever parkrun.

A special welcome to the parkrun family to those five people and I hope you enjoyed your first parkrun and return for plenty more. Of the 7 runners doing their second parkrun, all 7 achieved a PB – congratulations to you all.

Matthew Aylott was not only the first male home in 18:19 but also scored the highest age grading of 76.80% and achieved a new PB - congratulations.  Mike Mansfield was not far behind him in 18:42. Jasmine Fern was the first female home in 22:03, while Emily Cross came in as second female in 23:12.  Altogether there were 22 new PBs – congratulations to all those who gained PBs but also to all those who participated – we are all faster than we would have been if we had stayed at home!  Particular congratulations to Adrian Roffey and Sarah Spinner who both reached their milestones of 50 parkruns.

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The volunteers as always were great, offering lots of encouragement all the way round – many thanks to you all.  You really make such a huge difference to our enjoyment of parkrun.

It seemed a shame that there were so few tourists visiting – this is definitely a parkrun worth visiting and it deserves to come out from under the radar!  It may be of course that there are a lot of more tourists at other times of the year.  Thank you to everyone involved for welcoming this particular tourist.

 

Who’s who Kingsway parkrunner #032 – Abi Webb

IMG_0466Name: Abi Webb

Age Cat: SW 30-34

Number of parkruns: 32

Number of Volunteers: 17

Home parkrun: Kingsway

How did you get involved in parkrun? I started running on my own in January 2017 and after talking to a few members of Kingsway Runners at the Gloucester Winter Marathon, it was suggested that I went along to try it and meet other members. I had never heard of parkrun before then so being intrigued by the thought of a fun timed 5k run, I persuaded a friend to come along with me and ran my first parkrun on the 14th January 2017. It wasn’t fast and certainly wasn’t pretty but it was the first step into my running journey.  

What do you like about parkrun? I love the fact that parkrun is inclusive for everyone, no matter what fitness level you are at you are welcomed with open arms. I have recommended parkrun to a number of people of the past year as it’s not a race and you really can take it at your own pace. The friendliness of the parkrun family is also a bonus, I remember feeling extremely nervous on my first run but members of the core team spotted us and recognized it was a first time and there was no need to worry. You never need to be standing around on your own as there will always be someone to chat to.  

Favourite volunteer role? It’s got to be tail walking, my son isn’t old enough to do Junior parkrun yet so to be able to come along with him and tail walk is always fun (apart from the cold, wet mornings when he really doesn’t like parkrun!)

Where in the world would you like to parkrun? Australia or New Zealand….but to be honest anywhere! It is always one of the first things I look at now when going away…the nearest parkrun!!      

What is your favourite post run piece of cake? I’ve got to be honest and say….I haven’t ever had a piece of cake after parkrun!! By the time I usually finish the cakes I like are usually gone haha.    

What are your favourite music tracks to run to? I have quite random playlists of a wide variety of music, at present it’s got to be The Greatest Showman soundtrack, I just have to hold back from singing along with it!  

Which charity do you support? Earlier on this year I supported Tommy’s, it is a charity which funds research into miscarriages, still births and premature births. It’s a charity very close to my heart as a number of friends and family members have been affected by miscarriages and I want to give something back to the charity who supported them through their difficult times. I am ran Brighton Marathon on Sunday 15th April in aid of Tommy’s and also The Big Half in London for them back in March. I am now supporting Backcare and will be running the London Marathon 2019 for them. Backcare is a small charity which a number of the blue army raised money for last year so it’s nice to keep it going. Backcare aims to reduce the burden of back and neck pain by providing information and guidance to those affected.  IMG_0470

What are your running aims?

I have met quite a few of my running goals over the past few months but my next aim is to get that sub 2 hour half marathon at Cardiff and then again hopefully at Stroud. I need to maintain my running and start training for the big one next year!!!

 

 

Who’s who Kingsway parkrunner #031 – Susan Higgs

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Name: Susan Higgs

Age Cat: VW 35-39

Number of parkruns: 42

Number of Volunteers: 34

Home parkrun: Kingsway, obviously!

How did you get involved in parkrun? A running buddy told me about parkrun.

What do you like about parkrun? The community feel and the friends that I’ve made. I also like that it’s inclusive and it doesn’t matter whether you are there to go all out for a PB or take it steady. Everyone is cheered on and appreciated just the same.

Favourite volunteer role? Token sorting. I’m such a numbers geek that I find it quite therapeutic.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment? This is quite a recent one and it didn’t happen at parkrun! My favourite parkrun memory at the moment is the look on my niece’s face when I suggested that we volunteer at Kingsway parkrun in a few weeks’ time. She’s never been involved in parkrun before and her face just lit up when I asked her if she’d like to scan barcodes.

Where in the world would you like to parkrun? Having run Crissy Field in San Fransisco in April this year, I need a new parkrun location to put on my wish list. I guess Wyre Forest, as I grew up in area and hear there’s a fun hill at the end of the course!

Which celebrity would you like to partner on a parkrun? Rob Thomas. I love his music and could get him to sing the whole way around.

What is your favourite post run piece of cake? I don’t usually partake in post parkrun cake. I did buy some lime and coconut cake when Clair Williams was raising funds for Dorothy House Hospice and it was rather yummy!  

What are your favourite music tracks to run to? I don’t run to music anymore as I prefer to run with friends and be aware of my surroundings if I run on my own. I have hearing loss, so music would be too distracting when also listening out for cars etc.

Which charity do you support? I have recently fundraised for Winston’s Wish and Mind. I regularly volunteer for Girl guiding.

Who is Your sporting hero(s)? Those who fall, get up and keep trying.

What are your running aims? I met my running aims when I ran the Great North Run (2016) and London Marathon (2017). Right now, I’m not well enough to run, so my current aim is to volunteer at parkrun as much as possible before then getting back to full running health..............  IMG_0415

 

 

 

Kingsway parkrun event #168

Kingsway parkrun, Gloucester
Event number 168
15th September 2018

This week 260 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Jane MORGAN • Andrew David JONES • Patrick MORGAN • Christine CAMPBELL • Susan HIGGS • Gary BOON • James BOON • Trevor STEVENS • Alice WESTMACOTT • Andy JARRETT • Nicholas SIMPSON • Glyn MATTHEWS • Nicki WHITE • Deb PEAKE • Amanda PREECE • Steve PEAKE • Philip COLE • Calum PREECE • Sian BAKER • Darryl WEAVER • Alison THOMAS • Sara ELLIS • Sarah SPINNER • Kat WALKER • Sam WILLIAMS • Jenny POWELL • Maureen WRIGHT • Barbara MULHERN • Paula NOBLE

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

The female record is held by Lucy MARLAND who recorded a time of 18:25 on 15th August 2015 (event number 11).
The male record is held by Tom MORTIMER who recorded a time of 15:26 on 1st April 2017 (event number 94).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sarah COATES who recorded 89.53% (21:49) on 28th May 2016 (event number 52).

Kingsway parkrun, Gloucester started on 6th June 2015. Since then 5,441 participants have completed 36,035 parkruns covering a total distance of 180,175 km, including 7,633 new Personal Bests.

 

Kingsway parkrun event #166

A massive welcome and well done to all the 1st timers to parkrun this week - James Totterdell, Katie Arnold, Rob Mashiter, Simon Rhodes, Nicola Squires, Margaret Costello, Mark Jones, Matt Blackman, Zoe Barstow, Laura Haines, Toby Brooks, James Barker, Amanda Meredith and Stephanie Warburton,  We all know how hard it can be to find the courage to turn up for your first parkrun and then you soon realise that you had absolutely nothing to worry about.

Not forgetting the tourists who decided to visit us at Kingsway parkrun for the first time - Craig Whiteley, Lizzie Barstow, Chris Ellis, Jill Barker and James Sage, thank you for joining us and we hope you enjoyed your visit.

A lovely turnout today, in total 285 people crossed the finish line.

 

Congratulations also to Stuart Wheeler and Katherine Butler on each completing your 50th parkrun and also to Amanda Preece for her 25th volunteer role.

So this week it was pacer week, there were pacers for 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 minutes which was very impressive, thank you very much to the all pacers and volunteers as always, parkrun wouldn’t happen without your help every week.

If you have never volunteered it’s definitely worth doing so at some point, you will be shown what to do and you will feel amazing for doing so.

In the absence of any pics to hand this week........we have delved into the archives and found this pic below. Way before parkrun at Kingsway started, to the bottom left of the pic the orchard at Manor Farm can be seen as can Woodvale and the rear of Lyneham which was to become part of the parkrun course leading towards the playground.

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1st runner to cross the finish line was Owen Stinchcombe in an amazing 18:42

Plenty of PB’s to celebrate so congratulations to Dan Thornhill, Joseph Burn, Fraser Mackay, Peter Hopson, Glyn Matthews, Ben Mandeville, Christopher Dann, Daniel Russell, Mark Hopson, Andy Frost, Andrew Welsby, Paul Welsh, Stuart Watts, Sharon Harris, Huw Poppy, Craig Allen, Melody Cook, Ruan Biscoe, Hayley Simonds, Sam Berry, Anna Darlington,  Ashleigh Denman, Chris Curry, Helen Lovell-Hewitt, Susan Maclellan, Emmeline Kellett, Robin Drewett, Jenny Powell, Evan Green, Hayley Roberts,  Darryl Weaver, Ian Neville, Suzanna Schofield, Richard Butt, Clea Arles, Laura Carey, Beverley Aldridge,  Emily Trenwith, Steve Green, Gina Ankiah, Cecylia Cole, Nichola Totterdell, Jackie Hoskins and also Harrison who got a new PB in his buggy.

We also had a 2 week old baby cross the finish line today, congratulations to mum and baby!

Last week everyone’s thoughts were with the incredible Ian Brown, who has once again amazed everyone with his strength and determination and seems to be recovering very well following surgery. We look forward to having you back again soon Ian.

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Nicola

 

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