Time For A Big Spring Clean!

Back in February we signed up to take part in South Gloucestershire's Big Spring Clean picking Saturday 23rd April as our event date. April is known for its rain showers and we didn't know quite what the weather would hold in store when we plumped for the 23rd... With sunshine and blue skies it couldn't have been a better day for it!

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Little Stoke parkrun volunteers got kitted up and once we'd finished playing with familiarising ourselves with the equipment we split up into small groups and started looking for litter.

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After an hour or so we had filled a fair few bags with general waste and also managed to fill a big bag of recyclables. Great effort team!

 

#loveparkrun #lovelittlestoke

 

#lovelittlestoke

The support we saw on Twitter and Facebook last weekend was phenomenal. We loved everybodies #lovelittlestoke posts and pictures and got messages of support from all over the country and the parkrun world! We're sorry that we haven't been able to respond to everything.

As HQ say here the best way to continue to support us is to show us how great your parkrun is. Please go and enjoy your local parkrun, run, jog, walk and volunteer in the sunshine this weekend. We know we have your support.

The Little Stoke team.

 

Event Cancellation: Saturday 16th April

It has been an exceedingly odd 24 hours and we would like to thank you all for the messages of support and kind words that you have continued to send through to us. It has been and continues to be, overwhelming and the Little Stoke parkrun team really appreciate them all. As you might expect, we are not likely to be able to reply or get back to all of you personally but we really cannot put into words what it means to us.

We would however ask you to keep things positive and constructive. Negativity levelled at the Parish Council will not help matters.

Given the huge strength of feeling heard from you directly and seen from a wider audience on social media we have had to consider the implications of this on Saturday's run (16 April). The safety and wellbeing of parkrunners and other park users is paramount and we are very concerned that this might be jeopardised by the volume of people wishing to run at Little Stoke on Saturday.  This could easily exceed the safe limit of the park itself.

To that end we will be cancelling the event on Saturday 16th of April.

The Little Stoke parkrun team, the local parkrun ambassadors and parkrun UK will need to consider where we go from this point. At the current time its very unclear but do keep an eye on our website, Facebook and Twitter pages which we'll make sure are updated as soon as we have any more news.

What can I do to support Little Stoke parkrun/parkrun UK?

parkrun started from a simple idea and has grown into the phenomenon that we all know and love. Do what parkrunners do best and support your local parkrun!

The parkrun will not be taking place in Little Stoke park but there are several other local parkruns to choose from locally and further afield. Go along to a parkrun and enjoy it as it has always been intended right from the very beginning: a run in the park with friends. Every parkrun relies on volunteers to put on the event so why not make this Saturday the parkrunday to help out and support your local event event in that way.

Once again, thank you all for the INCREDIBLE support you have shown the Little Stoke parkrun team during this difficult situation. We are all parkrunners and parkrun is part of us all.

The Little Stoke parkrun team

 

Thank You

We are extremely disappointed that Stoke Gifford Parish Council have voted to charge for the use of Little Stoke Park, therefore withdrawing permission for parkrun to use the park. It is a fundamental principle of parkrun that there should be no barriers to participation and events should always be free. All we were asking the Council for was shared use of the park for a short period early on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

The Council's decision will inevitably increase numbers at other parkruns in the area and we will work to secure an alternative venue and establish new parkrun events to cater for the growing number of people who are opting to get fit by running regularly.

parkrun HQ have already released this statement. We should also like to thank every single Little Stoke parkrunner and the wider parkrun community for sharing what parkrun means to them, through the petition, by writing to councillors and in their many kind messages of support. We have heard so many moving stories of how parkrun is changing lives and seen just how strong the parkrun family really is. There have been literally hundreds of messages today and we can't reply to them all - Thank you.

parkrun - its so much more than just a run in the park.

The Little Stoke Team

 

Run report – Little Stoke parkrun event 170

Little Stoke parkrun 9 April 2016

013What a lovely parkrun we had on Saturday morning at Little Stoke park – there was a fantastic happy atmosphere tinged with a little sadness with the future of Little Stoke parkrun being decided by at the Parish Council meeting on Tuesday. The sun was shining and there was even a tiny bit of warmth in the sun at 9am! 024

Thanks to the great team of volunteers, without volunteers parkrun wouldn’t happen. It was also lovely that Meryl Grimshaw (Event Director at Pomphrey Hill and one of the parkrun ambassadors for the local area) and Brian Gardener (from South Glos Council who have supported the setup of Little Stoke, Pomphrey Hill and Chipping Sodbury parkruns) both volunteered to show their support. 019Well done to Waseem Ahmed on his 50th parkrun (and thanks for the lovely cake). 031

I would like to reiterate (what I said on Saturday) and thank the following for the huge amount of time and effort that they have all spent over the last 8 month dealing with the Council situation -

Geoff Keogh (parkrun ambassador for the area and Event Director at Ashton Court) and

Martin Dunne, Clare Jubb and Becky Bushnell (from Little Stoke parkrun core volunteer team).

I know that I speak on behalf of all Little Stoke parkrunners – THANKYOU

Andy Griffin

Results and stats are below but I think Saturday was all about the great community spirit that Little Stoke parkrun has.

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Male placings:
David BRUCE (SM30-34) of Oxford City AC, was first over the line in 16:40 - second time in 2 appearances.
Maciej BIALOGONSKI (SM30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was second over the line in 16:42 - has been first to finish on 16 previous occasions.
Adam WILSON (SM18-19) of Westbury Harriers, was third over the line in 16:43 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Maciej BIALOGONSKI (Bristol and West AC) 2695 pts.
Michael HILL (Unattached) 2537 pts.
John RIVERS (Unattached) 2152 pts.

Female placings:
Jessica BRUCE (SW30-34) of Headington RRC, was first (18th overall) over the line in 19:45 - second time in 4 appearances.
Rosey MUSHENS (VW50-54) of Bristol and West AC, was second (27th overall) over the line in 20:31 - has been first to finish on 9 previous occasions.
Sarah Natasha EVERITT (VW45-49) of Bristol and West AC, was third (32nd overall) over the line in 20:43 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Rosey MUSHENS (Bristol and West AC) 2528 pts.
Anna GILBERTSON (Unattached) 2516 pts.
Anita DAVIES (Unattached) 2168 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Rosey MUSHENS (VW50-54) was graded 82.70% for the time 20:31 (27th overall).
Sarah Natasha EVERITT (VW45-49) was graded 79.97% for the time 20:43 (32nd overall).
Adam WILSON (SM18-19) was graded 79.76% for the time 16:43 (third overall).

This week there were 334 runners, of whom 59 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different athletics clubs took part.

Little Stoke parkrun started on 3rd November 2012, and since then 5,462 different runners, including participants from 331 athletics clubs, have completed 31,634 runs covering a total distance of 158,170 km, and there have been 6,879 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 Patrick MARTIN who ran in a time of 00:15:13 on 2015-11-28 (event number 153).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ava DOUGLAS SMITH who recorded a 92.80% run (22:00) on 19th December 2015 (event number 156).

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

 

 

 

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