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!
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.
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).