Run Report for Event #111 at Little Stoke parkrun: 3rd January 2015
Becky Bushnell, Run Director
There have been lots of parkrunning opportunities in the past week with attendance records smashed at both New Year's Day events at Chipping Sodbury and Pomphrey Hill so for some runners Little Stoke will have been their third parkrun of 2015. For others it was their first ever parkrun and it was my pleasure to welcome you all to the slightly soggy event that was #111 at Little Stoke.
The weather forecast was foreboding for Saturday but this did not deter any runners and there was a good atmosphere despite cloudy skies and intermittent rain.
Here's a great photo of you all coming round on your second lap courtesy of Saturday's photographer and 2013/14 volunteer of the year Jonathan Pearce:
The wet weather also didn't stop the volunteers from coming forward to give their time before, during, and after the event. Our thanks go to this week's Hi Viz heroes:
Abby TROKE • Andrew GRIFFIN • Charlie PANTLIN • Emma BAGLEY • Heather JOHNSON-SMITH • Helen WILDE • Jackie LEWIS • James BUSHNELL • Jon BONNER • Jonathan PEARCE • Karen LILLYWHITE • Kathryn DOBSON • Maggie DURNELL • Mel GILBERT • Rachel GOVER • Robert HOWELL • Sandra REED
The grass was full of puddles in the spot for our usual finish funnel so we set it up in a slightly different place where the ground looked a bit firmer. With over 200 runners taking part this week it wasn't long before the funnel was turning to mud and getting a bit slippery underfoot. This photo captured it brilliantly:
There was a big announcement this week about t-shirts. As Bob Dylan wrote, the times they are a'changing! Read Paul Sinton Hewitt's post about it here for the full story but to summarise, all club t-shirts will be through new partner Tribesports and parkrun HQ ask for patience while the new system is put in place. There is also going to be a NEW volunteer t-shirt for parkrunners who have clocked up 25 volunteers. This will be introduced later this year but those who have already hit that target will be rewarded with the t-shirt once the final design has been decided by the parkrun community.
Our roster is always a little light on volunteers so please get in touch if you have a Saturday morning to spare.
So I reckon that's about all from me for this week. Stats are below.
See you in the park!
Little Stoke parkrun
Event #111, 3rd January 2015
Maciej BIALOGONSKI (SM25-29) of Bristol and West AC, was first over the line in 16:56 - 5th time in 23 appearances.
David AWDE (SM25-29) of Bristol and West AC, was second over the line in 16:59 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
Robin DALLMAN (SM30-34) (Unattached) was third over the line in 17:24 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Robin DALLMAN (Unattached) 1487 pts.
Ciaran MCQUADE (Bristol and West AC) 1455 pts.
Simon FAULKNER (Portishead Running Club) 1365 pts.
Nancy DINEEN (JW11-14) of Bristol and West AC, was first (37th overall) over the line in 21:01 - third time in 5 appearances.
Hayley BENNETT (SW30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was second (41st overall) over the line in 21:10 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Chloe POTTER (JW15-17) of Westbury Harriers, was third (44th overall) over the line in 21:42.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Anita DAVIES (Unattached) 1371 pts.
Emma SHEPHERD (Barefoot Runners Society - UK) 1075 pts.
Jane GARDINER (Stokes Striders Recreational Running Group) 1053 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Maciej BIALOGONSKI (SM25-29) was graded 76.28% for the time 16:56 (first overall).
Nancy DINEEN (JW11-14) was graded 75.97% for the time 21:01 (37th overall).
David AWDE (SM25-29) was graded 75.96% for the time 16:59 (second overall).
This week there were 206 runners, of whom 26 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different athletics clubs took part.
Little Stoke parkrun started on 3rd November 2012, and since then 3,297 different runners, including participants from 219 athletics clubs, have completed 17,324 runs covering a total distance of 86,620 km, and there have been 4,147 new Personal Bests.