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!