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!

 

Sweatshop Monthly Prize Winner – August 2014

Little Stoke parkrun are pleased to announce Ian Tiley as our Sweatshop Monthly Prize winner for August 2014. A regular at Little Stoke, Ian has run 40 of his 53 parkrun’s with us at Little Stoke Park, since June last year. He has also volunteered on 8 occasions and tried a few different roles
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 Ian, enjoy your prize!
Little Stoke parkrun team

 

Lots of new red T-shirt members and cakes – Event #91

Completing your 50th parkrun is always a fantastic achievement and it was great to celebrate with our five runners doing just that on Saturday. Congratulations to Howard Jameson, completing 46 of his runs at Little Stoke, Andy Jubb, who missed many months last year due to an illness scare, and Run Directors Brad Hayward, Becky Bushnell and Mayur Desai. Run Directors since we started, in November 2012, these three have sacrificed many runs which made it a very special celebration indeed. They are a pleasure to work with on the core team and, I’m sure you will agree, certainly make all our parkrun’s the easy and enjoyable start to our weekend it should be. They all topped it by providing amazing cakes for us all, which seriously tested us volunteers to wait until the runners were finished. Well done all.
Speaking of volunteers, we had a great team again on Saturday delivering another smooth event for the 177 runners to enjoy. Great job Richard (and his kids), Tim, Tina, Sandra, Sheila, Alayne, Jackie, Steve, Mike, Helen and Lynn (who doubled as Marshal and Photographer). Have a look at Lynn’s great photos at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/littlestoke/photos/. Please don’t leave it to someone else every week and volunteer in the coming weeks by emailing us at littlestokehelpers@parkrun.com.
Glorious sunshine greeted the 115 male and 62 female runners, with Phil Parry leading the men home, by exactly one minute, and Vicky Tester just getting the better of Becky James in leading the ladies home. Results can be found below. We even had a fairy running, on his stag do. Hope the big day goes well. We welcomed 36 runners taking on our course for the first time and 27 of our returning runners ran Personal Best’s.
Thanks to all our runners and volunteers for making Little Stoke parkrun what it is. 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:
Philip PARRY (VM50-54) of Bristol and West AC, was first over the line in 16:42 - 13th time in 16 appearances.
Matthew HAWTHORNE (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:42 - was first to finish once before.
Peter MORTON (SM25-29) of Virgin Active Road Runners, was third over the line in 17:46.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Simon FAULKNER (Portishead Running Club) 5004 pts.
Ciaran MCQUADE (Bristol and West AC) 4781 pts.
Derek DA SILVA (Unattached) 4777 pts.
Women's placings:
Vicky TESTER (SW30-34) of Westbury Harriers, was first (13th overall) over the line in 19:26 - third time in 3 appearances.
Becky JAMES (SW25-29) of Bristol and West AC, was second (16th overall) over the line in 19:32 - has been first to finish on 8 previous occasions.
Sabrina PATTEN (VW45-49) of Bristol and West AC, was third (60th overall) over the line in 23:40.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Karen OWEN (Bristol and West AC) 4691 pts.
Suzanne CUNDY (Stokes Striders Recreational Running Group) 4584 pts.
Sylvia Ann CRUMP (Sole Sisters) 3539 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Philip PARRY (VM50-54) was graded 89.02% for the time 16:42 (first overall).
Steven EDGE (VM45-49) was graded 77.02% for the time 19:00 (11th overall).
Vicky TESTER (SW30-34) was graded 76.67% for the time 19:26 (13th overall).
This week there were 177 runners, of whom 36 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different athletics clubs took part.
Little Stoke parkrun started on 3rd November 2012, and since then 2,769 different runners, including participants from 182 athletics clubs, have completed 13,558 runs covering a total distance of 67,790 km, and there have been 3,356 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 Event # 90

When I arrived at the park just before 08:00 the rain was so heavy I was forced to sit in the car for 10 mins, however yet again the parkrun weather Fairies weaved their magic and right on queue at 08:55 the rain stopped allowing the 125 parkrunners to enjoy their run in the dry.

So this week, being the first Saturday of the month was 'pacer day' we have been running this for several months now and I believe that Saturday was the best yet, every time one of our pacers went past the funnel area they seemed to have a gaggle (not sure of the word for a group of runners!) close by, in fact the stats don’t lie and 32 runners got PB’s this week thanks to; James, Derek, Dom, Andy, Ashwin & Ian who all paced to perfection.

The volunteers this week were again fantastic, even though I had to shuffle them around due to us being 3-4  short Friday night, so thanks to Karen, Chris, Aaron, Claire T & J, Rich, Michael, Sami, Jackie & Ruth. – A great job guys.

I know we ask at every opportunity but we really do need people to come forward to volunteer, a number of our volunteers have now helped out many, many times, so please, especially if you haven’t volunteered yet come forward it really is fun, and after all we can’t put on the event  without you.

Here are this weeks stats;

2nd August 2014

Men's placings:
Philip PARRY (VM50-54) of Bristol and West AC, was first over the line in 16:47 - 12th time in 15 appearances.
Peter MORTON (SM25-29) of Virgin Active Road Runners, was second over the line in 17:28.
Ciaran MCQUADE (SM30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was third over the line in 17:48.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Simon FAULKNER (Portishead Running Club) 5004 pts.
Derek DA SILVA (Unattached) 4655 pts.
Ciaran MCQUADE (Bristol and West AC) 4634 pts.

Women's placings:
Helen NEWBERRY (SW25-29) of Bristol and West AC, was first (5th overall) over the line in 18:35 - 19th time in 28 appearances.
Hayley BENNETT (SW30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was second (24th overall) over the line in 20:58 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Sian DAVIES (VW50-54) of Bristol and West AC, was third (38th overall) over the line in 23:05 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Karen OWEN (Bristol and West AC) 4691 pts.
Suzanne CUNDY (Stokes Striders Recreational Running Group) 4452 pts.
Sylvia Ann CRUMP (Sole Sisters) 3413 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Philip PARRY (VM50-54) was graded 88.58% for the time 16:47 (first overall).
Helen NEWBERRY (SW25-29) was graded 79.64% for the time 18:35 (5th overall).
David HOBBS (VM45-49) was graded 79.57% for the time 17:57 (4th overall).

This week there were 125 runners, of whom 15 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different athletics clubs took part.

Little Stoke parkrun started on 3rd November 2012, and since then 2,733 different runners, including participants from 182 athletics clubs, have completed 13,381 runs covering a total distance of 66,905 km, and there have been 3,329 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.

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