First thing to be done when we turned up at the park was to break up the ice on the path and sweep sweep sweep. By 9 o’clock though the frost had melted and the course was set fair for all to enjoy and lots to run new PB’s, in what were near perfect conditions. Of the 124 finishers, we welcomed 16 runners to Little Stoke Park for the first time with 37 of our returning runners recording personal best’s. No doubt many runners were helped by our great team of pacers. Big thanks goes to Simon, Tim, Dave, Dave, Kim, Richard, Becky and Charlie for jobs very well done. Also thanks to the great work of our wonderful team of enthusiastic volunteers (Jim, Katie, Keith, Martin, Ian, Jolana, Jackie, Alice, Ashwin, Dan, Ian and Simon) who managed to deliver a very slick and hassle free event for you all to enjoy. We can only continue putting on the event if runners continue to volunteer so if you fancy helping then please send us an email and let us know what dates you can do. You will be fully supported and trained and will not be asked to do anything you are not comfortable doing. Results from today’s run are at the bottom of this report.
We are now spoiled for choice in Bristol with the introduction of Chipping Sodbury parkun last week and Pomphrey Hill parkrun which started yesterday (March 1st), with 169 runners at their first event. Congratulations to the team at Pomphrey Hill. It is great to see that in spite of many runners committed to other races, such as Bath Half Marathon, Newport Half Marathon and Gwent Cross Country League in Blaise Castle, there were still over 600 parkrunners in the Bristol area on Saturday. Nice to meet Jeremy Creasey who is searching eagerly for a suitable location to start a parkrun in Monmothshire. With 101 parkruns under his belt and an enthusiastic team, already in place, I am sure that will happen sooner rather than later. Looking forward to sampling your new parkrun in the near future Jeremy.
I just want to give a special mention to Dave Skeet, who was our 25.30 pacer yesterday, and has been instrumental in not only starting parkrun at Little Stoke but also worked tirelessly these last 18 months to make it the great event it is today. He is stepping back from his involvement in parkrun, due to family circumstances, and his amazing energy, enthusiasm and positivity will be sorely missed. I am sure I speak on behalf of all who know him in wishing him and Janet the very best for the future and look forward to his visits from time to time. Thanks for everything Dave. What a legacy you are leaving behind at Little Stoke parkrun.
Happy running everyone and for the 38 of us on the Little Stoke parkrun Jantastic team, let’s have one last push for March and keep us up in the top 20 (from 1700 teams around the country). Well done to all.
Martin Dunne - Event & Run Director
Maciej BIALOGONSKI (SM25-29) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:22 - 4th time in 14 appearances.
Ciaran MCQUADE (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:22.
Duncan MANNING (SM30-34) of Portishead Running Club, was third over the line in 18:55.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Simon FAULKNER (Portishead Running Club) 2643 pts.
Michael HILL (Unattached) 2422 pts.
Dom HURFORD (Hogweed Trotters) 2372 pts.
Elizabeth MANNING (SW30-34) of Portishead Running Club, was first (19th overall) over the line in 20:52 - first time in 7 appearances.
Jane ROSCOE (VW45-49) of Portishead Running Club, was second (46th overall) over the line in 24:46.
Kay ROBINSON (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (48th overall) over the line in 24:49.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Katie PINNINGTON (Hogweed Trotters) 2305 pts.
Karen OWEN (Bristol and West AC) 2166 pts.
Suzanne CUNDY (Unattached) 2120 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Paul SPERRIN (VM55-59) was graded 81.29% for the time 19:04 (4th overall).
Maciej BIALOGONSKI (SM25-29) was graded 74.28% for the time 17:22 (first overall).
Ciaran MCQUADE (SM30-34) was graded 71.42% for the time 18:22 (second overall).
This week there were 124 runners, of whom 16 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different athletics clubs took part.
Little Stoke parkrun started on 3rd November 2012, and since then 2,091 different runners, including participants from 148 athletics clubs, have completed 9,270 runs covering a total distance of 46,350 km, and there have been 2,418 new Personal Bests.
The women's record is held by Deborah Anne NICCOL who ran in a time of 00:18:09 on 2012-11-10 (event number 2).
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.