All the fun of the fair, part 2… run report #127!

We welcomed 54 newcomers to our alternative course this Saturday, the funfair being a temporary addition for anyone unfamiliar with our park... if only there was a way to incorporate it into the run, perhaps a final lap on the dodgems?

Of that 54 a good portion was made up from Bradley Stoke Community School who brought along an eager bunch of pupils, teachers and parents to wrap up the culmination of their 'Sofa to 5k' efforts. We can't over emphasise the wonderful achievement of theirs and similar initiatives and welcome them to the world of parkrun!

Other celebrations were being held by Krishnan and Ashwin who both brought cakes to celebrate their 50th parkruns, hearty congratulations to you both and a big thanks on behalf of anyone who refuelled at their straining table of snacks afterwards. Particularly for the chocolate and raspberry cake... hey, it's tough work being an RD! Must shout out Kevin Arnold too, and apologies if I missed you at the run brief, it was your 50th too so a massive pat on the back for you, especially as 45 of your runs have been at Little Stoke, great to have you as part of our parkrun family!

I made a heartened plea for volunteers on Saturday, thanks to all who came forward on the day to offer your help in the future, and to those who haven't yet contacted us please do get in touch. I was updated by a fellow RD from Cardiff after the run that apparently it's even easier now to 'Opt In' for volunteer notifications - there's a one-click button on your result email that will pop you straight on that database and be part of our mailing group. It's really a huge thing for us to get a full roster and it would make our day to see the positions fill up.

One other bit of news I think you might like to know is that parkrun is now in partnership with the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme. It's registered as an  Approved Activity Provider (AAP) for the DofE Award. But what does this mean?! AAPs are organisations whose Expedition, Residential or Volunteering section opportunities have been approved by the DofE and can count towards the achievement of a DofE Award. parkrun is now officially an AAP for Volunteering. (Young people can also use parkrun as part of the Physical section of the DofE Award – with a warm up, a run/jog/walk, cool down and the journey to and from the event it will take the hour per week that the DofEr must complete). 

Ollie Murton has been volunteering with us for a few months now as part of his Silver DofE and has been doing an absolutely fantastic job, we're looking forward to hearing about his adventures in the other parts of the program.

Sorry for the late posting, broadband catastrophe has struck - fellow RDs support has been called on and much appreciated - but hopefully all will be resolved soon.

Full results below, see you next Saturday!

PS - new female course record! Awesome job Charlotte, congratulations!

Male placings:
Philip PARRY (VM50-54) of Bristol and West AC, was first over the line in 16:28 - 14th time in 19 appearances.
Soren ADAMS (SM25-29) of Bristol and West AC, was second over the line in 17:14.
Peter MORTON (SM25-29) of Bristol and West AC, was third over the line in 17:16.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Simon FAULKNER (Portishead Running Club) 3444 pts.
Bill HULL (Bristol and West AC) 3056 pts.
Ciaran MCQUADE (Bristol and West AC) 2988 pts.

Female placings:
Charlotte Emily GREEN (SW30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was first (6th overall) over the line in 17:42 - third time in 3 appearances.
Antonia BURT (VW35-39) of Thames Hare & Hounds, was second (19th overall) over the line in 19:18.
Vicky TESTER (VW35-39) of Westbury Harriers, was third (25th overall) over the line in 19:45 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Anita DAVIES (Unattached) 3087 pts.
Dawn PINCH (Westbury Harriers) 2737 pts.
Nicola GRIFFITHS (Unattached) 2717 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Philip PARRY (VM50-54) was graded 90.99% for the time 16:28 (first overall).
Charlotte Emily GREEN (SW30-34) was graded 83.62% for the time 17:42 (6th overall).
Alison ROBERTS (VW65-69) was graded 83.00% for the time 24:48 (110th overall).

This week there were 285 runners, of whom 54 were first timers and 64 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different athletics clubs took part.

Little Stoke parkrun started on 3rd November 2012, and since then 3,861 different runners, including participants from 253 athletics clubs, have completed 20,919 runs covering a total distance of 104,595 km, and there have been 4,842 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Charlotte Emily GREEN who ran in a time of 00:17:42 on 2015-05-23 (event number 127).
The male record is held by Jack BANCROFT who ran in a time of 00:15:41 on 2013-09-07 (event number 43).
The Age Grade course record is held by Philip PARRY who recorded a 90.99% run (16:28) on 23rd May 2015 (event number 127).

 

Roll Up! Roll Up! It’s Little Stoke parkrun #126!

Run Report for Little Stoke parkrun #126, 16th May 2015
Becky Bushnell, Run Director

In case you were a bit bleary-eyed on Saturday morning, you probably noticed that we were sharing the park with the Little Stoke Fun Fair this week which meant we ended the grass lap in a slightly different place to avoid weaving in and out of the dodgems in the usual finish funnel.

In the sunshine it did give the impression that it was going to be a sizzler but then you turned the corner and faced the chilly breeze that was also blowing through the park. This did not deter the 286 runners though who came down for all the fun of the parkrun, including 46 first timers.

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A massive thank you as usual to the wonderful volunteers who made the event possible and meant that we were able to put the event on (it was a bit touch and go looking at the roster at the beginning of the week):

Andrew FILBY • Andrew GRIFFIN • Becky BUSHNELL • Chris LEWIS • Heather GRIFFIN • Jackie LEWIS • James HOLLIS • Jonathan GOODLAND • Jonathan PEARCE • Kim TOOMER • Moray SLOAN • Oliver MURTON • Rachel BANNISTER • Robert COLMAN • Stuart PRESNELL • Veronica FORD

There was lots to celebrate this week. We congratulated Sandra Reed on her 50th parkrun and she rewarded us with cake.

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This is not mandatory in case any of you are approaching your 10th/50th/100th parkrun and are starting to feel obligated, it just seems that runners will use any excuse to tuck into a cupcake or two!

Those gathered round for the pre-run briefing were in fine voice as we sung Happy Birthday to Little Stoke regular Mel Gilbert's who was celebrating her 40th birthday on Saturday.
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There were lots of smiles out on the course and the majority of them have been captured on camera by the excellent photos taken by Jonathan Pearce.

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It is also worth mentioning possibly the smallest canine parkrunner we've had round the course. He managed the 5km on his tiny little legs doing a bit of parkrun tourism as he is normally a regular at our neighbouring parkrun at Chipping Sodbury:
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Now for a bit of business. Do you know parkrunners who finished in either position 120 or 248? If so please could you ask them to check to see if they have accidentally taken the position token home with them. We need the tokens each week and will soon be resorting to metal bottle tops with numbers scratched into them as more and more go missing. They are expensive to replace and we rely on donations which are few and far between so if you have any at home that you have been meaning to return please bring them back. We won't be mad, quite the opposite, we'd be made up!

So that's about it from me for this week. Stats are below. Please do get in touch with us on littlestokehelpers@parkrun.com if you are able to volunteer in the coming weeks. If we each volunteer three times a year it makes things a whole lot easier and keeps Little Stoke parkrun going.
See you in the park when we do it all again next Saturday!

 

Little Stoke parkrun #126, 16th May 2015

Male placings:
Matthew KRELLE (SM30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was first over the line in 16:50 - 4th time in 9 appearances.
Ciaran MCQUADE (VM35-39) of Bristol and West AC, was second over the line in 17:35 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Peter MORTON (SM25-29) of Bristol and West AC, was third over the line in 17:46.

Female placings:
Bridget WHITE (SW25-29) of Westbury Harriers, was first (27th overall) over the line in 20:33 - third time in 5 appearances.
Hayley BENNETT (SW30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was second (33rd overall) over the line in 20:53 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Maria JONES (SW18-19) of Bristol and West AC, was third (34th overall) over the line in 20:57 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Paul SPERRIN (VM55-59) was graded 79.29% for the time 19:43 (18th overall).
Matthew KRELLE (SM30-34) was graded 77.92% for the time 16:50 (first overall).
Rosey MUSHENS (VW50-54) was graded 76.04% for the time 22:03 (50th overall).

Little Stoke parkrun started on 3rd November 2012, and since then 3,807 different runners, including participants from 250 athletics clubs, have completed 20,634 runs covering a total distance of 103,170 km, and there have been 4,778 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Jenny JAGGER who ran in a time of 00:17:46 on 2014-04-26 (event number 77).
The male record is held by Jack BANCROFT who ran in a time of 00:15:41 on 2013-09-07 (event number 43).
The Age Grade course record is held by Philip PARRY who recorded a 90.58% run (16:17) on 7th September 2013 (event number 43).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Little Stoke parkrun Results Page.

 

Sweatshop monthly prize winner April 2015

The parkrun monthly prize for Little Stoke parkrun is rewarded to deserving participant based on the parkrun ethos and principles.

Little Stoke parkrun are pleased to announce  Lu Landymore as our Sweatshop Monthly Prize winner for April 2015.  Lu has been a regular parkrunner at Little Stoke and has helped us out on several occasions as a volunteer.

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Her prize is a pair of trainers professionally fitted at any Sweatshop branch. We would like to thank Sweatshop for their generosity in making these monthly prizes available to reward the achievements of Little Stoke parkrunners.

Congratulations Lu, enjoy your deserved prize!

Little Stoke parkrun team

 

Cakes anyone ?

(Run Report for Event #25 by Run Director - Mayur Desai )

28 first time runners at Little Stoke completed the 3 ½ laps this week. 16 of them were new to parkrun including out first finisher Nick Smart. 46 runners recorded new personal best times under windy conditions at the course.

This week three Little Stoke parkrunners celebrated major milestones. Matthew Curtis completed 100 parkruns (75 of them run at Little Stoke), Geoff Partridge completed 50 parkruns (42 at Little Stoke) and Sharon Hicks also completed her 50 parkruns, all of them run at home.

We were spoiled with cakes, flapjacks, sweets and fruits. The treats have now become a regular feature at the park :).

As it has been case for several weeks, last week as well we were well short of volunteers on Friday night and had to rely on last minute volunteers on the day. We have had some incidents in the past where we had to call an emergency services. Each of those times, we were able to get help within minutes because of a Marshal being present at the incident. This shows how important a volunteer and marshal team is for the safety of the runners. We would not like to compromise that and may have to cancel an event if we do not have enough volunteers on a Saturday.

Please put yourself forward for volunteering well in advance so we the events can be held safely. If everyone runner volunteers a couple of weeks a year, we will have more than enough volunteers for our events. You only need to do it once to find out what a fantastic feeling it is.

This week’s heroes were –

Andrea GOUDE  •  Charlie SIBLEY  •  Dave GUEST  •  Emma BAGLEY  •  Ian MOGG  •  Jane GARDINER  •  Jonathan GOODLAND  •  Katie PRIEST  •  Mayur DESAI  •  Nicola GRIFFITHS  •  Poppy MAULE  •  Robert HOWELL  •  Rosamund MOGG  •  Ruth WATKINSON  •  Stuart PRESNELL

The full stats for this week follow -

Little Stoke parkrun
Event number 125
9th May 2015

Male placings:
Nick SMART (VM45-49) (Unattached) was first over the line in 16:39 - first appearance.
Philip PARRY (VM50-54) of Bristol and West AC, was second over the line in 16:50 - has been first to finish on 13 previous occasions.
Ciaran MCQUADE (VM35-39) of Bristol and West AC, was third over the line in 17:35 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual point’s competition:
Simon FAULKNER (Portishead Running Club) 3171 pts.
Bill HULL (Bristol and West AC) 2788 pts.
Robin DALLMAN (Bristol and West AC) 2779 pts.

Female placings:
Penny GARDINER (VW45-49) of Bristol and West AC, was first (14th overall) over the line in 19:35 - first time in 2 appearances.
Antonia BURT (VW35-39) of Thames Hare & Hounds, was second (18th overall) over the line in 19:51.
Louise CRONIN (VW45-49) of Great Western Runners, was third (23rd overall) over the line in 20:31 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual point’s competition:
Anita DAVIES (Unattached) 2962 pts.
Nicola GRIFFITHS (Unattached) 2457 pts.
Dawn PINCH (Westbury Harriers) 2456 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Philip PARRY (VM50-54) was graded 89.01% for the time 16:50 (second overall).
Nick SMART (VM45-49) was graded 85.79% for the time 16:39 (first overall).
Penny GARDINER (VW45-49) was graded 83.57% for the time 19:35 (14th overall).

This week there were 225 runners, of whom 28 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different athletics clubs took part.

Little Stoke parkrun started on 3rd November 2012, and since then 3,761 different runners, including participants from 247 athletics clubs, have completed 20,348 runs covering a total distance of 101,740 km, and there have been 4,724 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Jenny JAGGER who ran in a time of 00:17:46 on 2014-04-26 (event number 77).
The male record is held by Jack BANCROFT who ran in a time of 00:15:41 on 2013-09-07 (event number 43).
The Age Grade course record is held by Philip PARRY who recorded a 90.58% run (16:17) on 7th September 2013 (event number 43).

Full  results and a complete event history can be found on the Little Stoke parkrun Results Page.

 

 

Event 124 – 100,000 and counting!!!!

100,000 Km's that is the milestone we passed on Saturday, Liz Cole coming home in 120th position has the envious mantle of running our 100,000 Km @ Little stoke Well done to all of our runners who have helped us get to this enormous milestone, or should that be kilometre stone!

As always a HUGE thanks to our volunteering heroes of the day:Waseem AHMED, Robert COLMAN, Mayur DESAI, Craig F, David FRANCETTI, Elaine GRAHAM, Dave GUEST, Jonathan PEARCE, Justine POULTON, Sandra REED, Caroline SCAPENS, Ruth WATKINSON, Bridget WHITE.

Because without the volunteers there is no parkrun, PLEASE, PLEASE get in touch and offer to volunteer, just a couple of times a year is all we ask..

Also please remember there is no parkrun @ Little Stoke next Saturday (2nd May) as we are moving over to let U2, Oasis and The Red Hot Chili Peppers do their thing @ the Little Stoke Fake Festival.

See you all again on the 9th, and where ever you get your parkrun fix next Saturday have a good run. See below for this weeks stats.

Dave Swanson RD

Little Stoke parkrun
Event number 124
25th April 2015

Male placings:
Robin DALLMAN (SM30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was first over the line in 17:23 - 6th time in 37 appearances.
Peter MORTON (SM25-29) of Bristol and West AC, was second over the line in 17:33.
Soren ADAMS (SM25-29) of Bristol and West AC, was third over the line in 17:46.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Simon FAULKNER (Portishead Running Club) 3032 pts.
Bill HULL (Bristol and West AC) 2788 pts.
Robin DALLMAN (Bristol and West AC) 2779 pts.

Female placings:
Debbie JONES (VW35-39) of Chippenham Harriers, was first (30th overall) over the line in 21:11 - first time in 3 appearances.
Edwina SHIRAZIAN (VW40-44) of Chippenham Harriers, was second (33rd overall) over the line in 21:26 - was first to finish once before.
Hayley BENNETT (SW30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was third (34th overall) over the line in 21:28 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Anita DAVIES (Unattached) 2832 pts.
Emma SHEPHERD (Barefoot Runners Society - UK) 2327 pts.
Dawn PINCH (Westbury Harriers) 2312 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Jonathan GOODLAND (VM55-59) was graded 78.44% for the time 20:06 (17th overall).
Joe CONNORS (JM15-17) was graded 75.90% for the time 18:03 (4th overall).
Steve ALEXANDER (VM60-64) was graded 75.13% for the time 21:43 (39th overall).

This week there were 243 runners, of whom 28 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different athletics clubs took part.

Little Stoke parkrun started on 3rd November 2012, and since then 3,733 different runners, including participants from 242 athletics clubs, have completed 20,123 runs covering a total distance of 100,615 km, and there have been 4,678 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Jenny JAGGER who ran in a time of 00:17:46 on 2014-04-26 (event number 77).
The male record is held by Jack BANCROFT who ran in a time of 00:15:41 on 2013-09-07 (event number 43).
The Age Grade course record is held by Philip PARRY who recorded a 90.58% run (16:17) on 7th September 2013 (event number 43).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Little Stoke parkrun Results Page.

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