Can’t beat a grand day out with friends in the Park – Event #95

Thanks to our merry band of Hi-Vis heroes again for putting on another slick and well run event at Little Stoke Park for our 176 runners to enjoy. Sandra, Jackie, Pete and Pete were the supportive marshals out on the course, while Shelley, Tina and Mel ensured you were all scanned efficiently having gone through the finish funnel, brilliantly manned by Martin, Richard, Ros and Jim. The run was well backed up by Dave who looked like he was enjoying a good old chin wag with Charlie Redwood for most of the run, and even picked up lots of cones on their last lap. Thanks Dave for bringing along some Jammie Dodgers to keep us volunteers company during the run too. Please don’t always leave it to someone else to volunteer every week and volunteer in the coming weeks by emailing us at littlestokehelpers@parkrun.com. I notice next week’s roster is full, possibly due to some event on the streets of Bristol on Sunday. Good luck to anyone running the Bristol Half.
Good running was had by lots of runners with 36 of the returning 154 runners recording Personal Bests, with 22 first timers among our 113 male and 63 female runners. Some very fast running from Helen, Rebecca and Bridget among the ladies and from Peter and Lewis, plus one other unknown runner who does not seem to want to register, among the men. Well done to Sebastian Aquilina who marshalled a couple of times in the last few weeks and decided to run his first 5k parkrun, while collecting conkers on the way, and to Matthew Curtis on running his 50th parkrun. Also welcome to Ollie and Ross Landymore on their first parkrun’s.
Thanks to all our runners and volunteers for making Little Stoke parkrun what it is. Remember to pick your lost property before it goes to charity shop. Results and stats below for your perusal. Look forward to seeing you all again in the Park soon.
Cheers
Martin Dunne – Run Director
Men's placings:
An unknown runner was first.
Peter MORTON (SM25-29) of Virgin Active Road Runners, was second over the line in 17:32.
Lewis CADMAN (SM25-29) of Ampthill & Flitwick Flyers RC, was third over the line in 17:41.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Simon FAULKNER (Portishead Running Club) 5542 pts.
Derek DA SILVA (Unattached) 5249 pts.
Ciaran MCQUADE (Bristol and West AC) 5216 pts.
Women's placings:
Helen NEWBERRY (SW25-29) of Bristol and West AC, was first (7th overall) over the line in 18:15 - 20th time in 29 appearances.
Rebecca TOWNSEND (SW25-29) of Leeds City AC, was second (25th overall) over the line in 20:01.
Bridget WHITE (SW25-29) of Westbury Harriers, was third (27th overall) over the line in 20:17.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Karen OWEN (Bristol and West AC) 5113 pts.
Suzanne CUNDY (Stokes Striders Recreational Running Group) 5090 pts.
Sylvia Ann CRUMP (Sole Sisters) 3917 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Helen NEWBERRY (SW25-29) was graded 81.10% for the time 18:15 (7th overall).
Jonathan GOODLAND (VM55-59) was graded 77.33% for the time 20:13 (26th overall).
David GRAY (VM40-44) was graded 74.73% for the time 18:24 (8th overall).
This week there were 176 runners, of whom 22 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different athletics clubs took part.
Little Stoke parkrun started on 3rd November 2012, and since then 2,896 different runners, including participants from 193 athletics clubs, have completed 14,343 runs covering a total distance of 71,715 km, and there have been 3,521 new Personal Bests.
The women's record is held by Jenny JAGGER who ran in a time of 00:17:46 on 2014-04-26 (event number 77).
The men's 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.

 

Run Report for Event #94

We welcomed 21 first time parkrunners and 12 tourists at the park last Saturday. The finishers also included 7 people with the same name i.e. ‘Unknown’.  In all 210 parkrunners crossed the finishing line supported and encouraged by 14 volunteers and 5 pacers. A big thanks to this week’s Hi Viz Heroes  -

Dan ADAMS  •  Dom HURFORD  •  Emma BAGLEY  •  Ian SHEPHERD  •  Ian TILEY  •  Jackie LEWIS  •  James BRACKLEY  •  Kelly MCNULTY  •  Lu LANDYMORE  •    Mel  GILBERT  •  Paul MABY  •  Peter LOMAX  •  Rachel GOVER  •  Rachel PEACHEY  •  Richard AQUILINA  •  Richard CRANSWICK  •  Richard NUELL  •  Steven GRANT

Richard was also accompanied by two mini-volunteers who enjoyed doing their bits as Marshals.

As published on Facebook we have some Lost/Forgotten property from runners over the summer. Please let us know asap if any of these belong to you. We will be sending them off to a charity shop otherwise.


Don’t forget to look at our flickr page for pictures from this week and previous parkruns.

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Volunteering at Little Stoke parkrun -

We are thankful to our volunteers who help us carry out the event safely and swiftly week after week. If you think you can help us out on odd week please email the team at LittleStokeHelpers@parkrun.com .

Alternately you can opt-in to get emails for our volunteer appeal emails. The opt-in link can be accessed from your profile page . Here is a link that will help as well -

www.parkrun.org.uk/howtovolunteer

Thanks for a wonderful parkrunday. See you next week.

Detailed stats for the week here –

Men's placings:
An unknown runner was first.
Matthew KRELLE (SM30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was second over the line in 16:41 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Maciej BIALOGONSKI (SM25-29) of Bristol and West AC, was third over the line in 16:53 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Simon FAULKNER (Portishead Running Club) 5404 pts.
Derek DA SILVA (Unattached) 5131 pts.
Ciaran MCQUADE (Bristol and West AC) 5069 pts.

Women's placings:
Claire HILL (SW25-29) of West End Runners, was first (28th overall) over the line in 20:10 - first appearance.
Emma JOLLIFFE (SW20-24) of Bristol and West AC, was second (53rd overall) over the line in 22:29.
Maria HOBBS (VW45-49) of Westbury Harriers, was third (54th overall) over the line in 22:36 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Karen OWEN (Bristol and West AC) 4972 pts.
Suzanne CUNDY (Stokes Striders Recreational Running Group) 4953 pts.
Sylvia Ann CRUMP (Sole Sisters) 3782 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Paul SPERRIN (VM55-59) was graded 83.04% for the time 18:40 (11th overall).
Matthew KRELLE (SM30-34) was graded 78.22% for the time 16:41 (second overall).
Steven EDGE (VM45-49) was graded 77.91% for the time 18:47 (14th overall).

This week there were 210 runners, of whom 33 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different athletics clubs took part.

Little Stoke parkrun started on 3rd November 2012, and since then 2,874 different runners, including participants from 190 athletics clubs, have completed 14,167 runs covering a total distance of 70,835 km, and there have been 3,485 new Personal Bests.

The women's record is held by Jenny JAGGER who ran in a time of 00:17:46 on 2014-04-26 (event number 77).
The men's 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 – August 2014

Little Stoke parkrun are pleased to announce Dave Guest as our Sweatshop Monthly Prize winner for August 2014.  Dave is ever enthusiastic and a regular at Little Stoke be in as a runner or as a volunteer.

His 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 Dave, enjoy your prize!
Little Stoke parkrun team

 

Run report #93 30/08/14

Hi parkrunners, hope you all enjoyed the run on Saturday.

It was our second naked run, an initiative to encourage runners to forego technology and run without GPS, phones or music and just let the natural pace take you. Take the approach that 'less is more' and regain the feel of running, rather than chasing data. (paraphrased from an article here: http://online.wsj.com/articles/how-to-run-nakedand-love-it-1401323053)

Of course, being parkrun we couldn't do this without a little tongue in cheek competition so we have some innuendo laden fruit as a prize for the closest of those who chose to join in predicting their run times.

Joint winners again this week, although not quite as close as the first time. Simon Faulkner and Richard Nuell both predicted just 4 seconds away from their actual finishing time. Well done to you both, hope to catch up with you next week.

Congratulations are due for Dave Guest, Emma Bagley and Louise Foxall who all went naked and although their predictions weren't close enough to their actual times, they all walked away with PBs in the process. Indeed congratulations to anyone who surprised themselves with a PB without the usual pacing tools.

Aaaaand, as if that wasn't enough to go with for the day we also had three 50th runs on Saturday; Karen Owen and Becky Doye who had custom t-shirts for their '50 club' inauguration and also Suzy Cundy who's 80s wig had a lot of people including myself double take at her new hair style! A massive WELL DONE to the the three of you, we look forwards to many more runs with you guys, it's great having you as part of our parkrun family.

Two junior runners joined the 10-club this week; congratulations are due to Josephine Lillywhite and Constance Ellery, well done to both of you on your achievement. Josephine and Constance are both also regular runners in the junior event on Sunday, we hope you've enjoyed your runs as much as we have enjoyed hosting them and look forwards to many more in the future.

One last word before we dive in to the results, and that is a quick note on funnel ducking. The parkrun timing process is beautiful in it's simplicity but relies on all of our runners adhering to the straight forward process of crossing the line then collecting a token. If you want to know your time you must be a registered runner and collect a token to get scanned. It's only going to ruin it for others if this process is interrupted, we can't make any exceptions. Enough said...

 

Men's placings:
Brett HALLIWELL (SM20-24) of Stroud & District AC, was first over the line in 16:36 - first appearance.
An unknown runner was second.
Philip PARRY (VM50-54) of Bristol and West AC, was third over the line in 16:53 - has been first to finish on 13 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Simon FAULKNER (Portishead Running Club) 5273 pts.
Derek DA SILVA (Unattached) 5022 pts.
Ciaran MCQUADE (Bristol and West AC) 4924 pts.

Women's placings:
Ellie LEATHER (JW15-17) of Westbury Harriers, was first (20th overall) over the line in 20:14 - second time in 5 appearances.
Hayley BENNETT (SW30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was second (36th overall) over the line in 21:41 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Sabrina PATTEN (VW45-49) of Bristol and West AC, was third (57th overall) over the line in 23:38.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Karen OWEN (Bristol and West AC) 4832 pts.
Suzanne CUNDY (Stokes Striders Recreational Running Group) 4831 pts.
Sylvia Ann CRUMP (Sole Sisters) 3657 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Philip PARRY (VM50-54) was graded 88.06% for the time 16:53 (third overall).
Paul SPERRIN (VM55-59) was graded 81.36% for the time 19:03 (9th overall).
Brett HALLIWELL (SM20-24) was graded 78.01% for the time 16:36 (first overall).

This week there were 201 runners, of whom 35 were first timers and 45 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different athletics clubs took part.

Little Stoke parkrun started on 3rd November 2012, and since then 2,841 different runners, including participants from 187 athletics clubs, have completed 13,957 runs covering a total distance of 69,785 km, and there have been 3,438 new Personal Bests.

The women's record is held by Jenny JAGGER who ran in a time of 00:17:46 on 2014-04-26 (event number 77).
The men's 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).

 

Shiver Me Timbers, It’s The paaarrrrkrun!

Run Report for Little Stoke parkrun #92 on 23rd August 2014
Becky Bushnell, Run Director

It was a glorious Saturday morning, perfect for some parkrun fun.

You may have noticed a certain amount of fancy dress at this week's event. This was in honour of Little Stoke Juniors Run Director Emma Shephard who clocked up her 50th parkrun. Emma had been on track to celebrate her 50th parkrun with me, Brad Hayward, Mayur Desai, Andy Jubb & Howard Jameson on the 16th August, however her plan for parkrun No. 49 was foiled by a cancelled event during some parkrun tourism.

Whilst chatting over some cake last Saturday Emma was asked by parkrun 100 club member Mel Gilbert if she was going to run her 50th parkrun in fancy dress. I commented that pirate was the only costume for me and Ian Shepherd piped up that if we all dressed up like that then we could have a paaarrrrkrun. A few more pirate gags later (Don't Forget Your Baaaarrrrcode!) and it was settled.

I had mentioned the pirate theme in the group email to the fantastic volunteer team emphasising that it was optional and was thoroughly impressed by the effort they all made to join in.

Yo ho me hearties!Avast! There be a paaarrrrkrun to be had!

Many thanks to the volunteers:
Adele Tidball  •  Andrew Jubb  •  Chris Lewis  •  Dave Guest  •  Hayley Bennett  •  James Bushnell  •  Jonathan Bennett  •  Katie Priest  •  Lu Landymore  •  Rosamund Mogg  •  Sandra Reed

If you would like to keep your parkrun going then please drop us a line to littlestokehelpers@parkrun.com - we'd love to have you on board!

It was a good turnout for a Saturday in the summer holidays and the conditions were great.  Emma was joined by fellow shipmates, I managed to squeeze the phrase scabrous dogs into the briefing and we were ready to head over to the start.

Ahoy there!

There was a brilliant atmosphere, lots of smiles and a whole host of fantastic finishes. Well done to everyone who took made it another great parkrun in Little Stoke park!

The beauty of parkrun is that you're never really very far away from one which makes it easy to indulge in a spot of parkrun tourism if you are away from home on a Saturday morning. Kiernan Easton, Run Director at Queen Elizabeth parkrun, took this to another level not only incorporating a trip to Little Stoke on his journey to Wales for a family holiday but also taking part in the first Severn Bridge Half Marathon the next day. It was a pleasure to meet you Kiernan and great to hear that you enjoyed our tarmac laps/finish on grass as something a bit different from your hilly, trail course at Queen Elizabeth parkrun.

So I think that is almost all from me, just the upcoming naked parkrun to remind you about. Now I know what you are thinking but we will not be running in our birthday suits, rather we're encouraging you to leave your Garmin behind, hang up your headphones and run without any technology on the last parkrun of each month. If you make the closest prediction of your naked parkrun time then maybe you will be the lucky winner of the prize plums!

I will leave you with a few more photos from this week's event and you will find the statistics for event #92 below.
See you in the park on Saturday!

Happy paaarrrrkrunning

Emma Shepherd finishing her 50th parkrun

 

Little Stoke parkrun, Event #92, 23rd August 2014

Men's placings:
An unknown runner was first.
Luke DAVIES (JM11-14) of Brecon AC, was second over the line in 17:01 - was first to finish once before.
Peter MORTON (SM25-29) of Virgin Active Road Runners, was third over the line in 17:30.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Simon FAULKNER (Portishead Running Club) 5139 pts.
Derek DA SILVA (Unattached) 4899 pts.
Ciaran MCQUADE (Bristol and West AC) 4781 pts.

Women's placings:
Amy DURRANT (SW25-29) of South Cheshire Harriers, was first (30th overall) over the line in 20:58 - first appearance.
Chloe POTTER (JW15-17) of Westbury Harriers, was second (41st overall) over the line in 22:05.
Nicola DAVIES (VW40-44) of Thornbury RC, was third (46th overall) over the line in 22:12.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Suzanne CUNDY (Stokes Striders Recreational Running Group) 4715 pts.
Karen OWEN (Bristol and West AC) 4691 pts.
Sylvia Ann CRUMP (Sole Sisters) 3657 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Luke DAVIES (JM11-14) was graded 85.21% for the time 17:01 (second overall).
Gary JENNINGS (VM55-59) was graded 78.96% for the time 19:48 (21st overall).
Leon GRAHAM (JM11-14) was graded 73.81% for the time 19:13 (10th overall).

This week there were 198 runners, of whom 37 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different athletics clubs took part.

Aaaarrrrr!

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