Run report event #75 12/04/14

Winter still had a little bite left on Saturday morning, such a contrast to just 24 hours later but there are plenty of weekends left to come.

Returning marathoners were welcomed back to the fold, and those away to London on Sunday were wished the best of luck. We'd love to hear your run reports from the events you take part in, it's always great to hear what our parkrunners have achieved.

Kath Sart invited us to join her celebration of her membership to the prestige Club 100 with some delicious cakes she'd kindly made to share with us all. By no small feat of restraint the volunteers left them untouched until the end of the event whereby hungry runners and the odd marshal made light work of her baking. Very pleased to be a part of your journey Kath, we'll be looking out for you in your t-shirt soon.

Great to meet a number of new runners again this week, 26 all in. Several took the time to introduce themselves and others were greeted by familiar faces making new connections.

Please pay our volunteer roster page a visit and help out where you can to support your parkrun, we've plenty of opportunities for you to try your hand at different tasks and see events unfold from the other side of the fence.

Full results below:

Men's placings:
Matthew Charles EDMONDS (SM30-34) of Lliswerry Runners, was first over the line in 16:33 - first appearance.
Adam POTTER (SM18-19) of Westbury Harriers, was second over the line in 17:30.
Ben MALIPHANT (SM18-19) of Bristol Orienteering Club, was third over the line in 17:36.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Simon FAULKNER (Portishead Running Club) 3357 pts.
Dom HURFORD (Hogweed Trotters) 2999 pts.
Matthew CURTIS (Unattached) 2977 pts.

Women's placings:
Becky JAMES (SW25-29) of Bristol and West AC, was first (20th overall) over the line in 19:56 - third time in 5 appearances.
Nina DAVIES (SW30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was second (29th overall) over the line in 20:40 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Elizabeth MANNING (SW30-34) of Portishead Running Club, was third (42nd overall) over the line in 21:25 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Suzanne CUNDY (Unattached) 2889 pts.
Karen OWEN (Bristol and West AC) 2859 pts.
Katie PINNINGTON (Unattached) 2622 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Arthur JOHNS (VM65-69) was graded 78.84% for the time 21:16 (39th overall).
Matthew Charles EDMONDS (SM30-34) was graded 78.15% for the time 16:33 (first overall).
Adam POTTER (SM18-19) was graded 76.19% for the time 17:30 (second overall).

This week there were 194 runners, of whom 26 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different athletics clubs took part.

Little Stoke parkrun started on 3rd November 2012, and since then 2,252 different runners, including participants from 158 athletics clubs, have completed 10,461 runs covering a total distance of 52,305 km, and there have been 2,724 new Personal Bests.

The women's record is held by Charlotte Emily GREEN who ran in a time of 00:18:07 on 2014-03-08 (event number 70).
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).

 

Dom and Chris experience a green oasis at South Manchester parkrun ahead of their marathon entry

A Green Oasis in Manchester
Friday 4th April saw Littlestoke regulars Dom and me (Chris) heading oop north to participate in Sunday’s Greater Manchester Marathon.
One of the great things about Parkrun is that you can simply rock up to any event anywhere and run. It all feels reassuringly familiar, yet with no two locations giving the same experience.
A quick recce of the location was carried out the night before (it was right next to Manchester’s Curry Mile which we happened to accidentally find ourselves at in the name of research and whilst there had our collective arms twisted into sampling the superb cuisine. The empty plates being testimony to successful pre-marathon carb loading).
Parkrun day dawned with dry skies (in Manchester? Surely some mistake) and with just a short drive from our hotel (through the rural delights of Moss Side) we were at South Manchester Parkrun in Platts Field Park.
This event has been running for just over 4 years and regularly gets in excess of 300 runners. The course is how you would imagine a “Park run” to be if you’d never been to one before; a single lap of a leafy park with the start and finish being next to a boating lake. The flat profile makes for a quick course, but the Littlestoke representatives were reining themselves in, saving their legs for the 26.2 miles the next day. We still gave it a fair crack though and did Bristol proud with me achieving a time of 20:38 and Dom being perhaps a bit more sensible, crossing the line in 23:07 (His was the victory the next day in the main event. A marathon PB by 10 minutes!)
Job done. We got our barcodes scanned and headed back to Old Trafford for breakfast. I could leave it there except that doesn’t really describe our experience of a different Parkrun.
We had a perfectly nice run and the volunteer marshals were all friendly and supportive, but it’s strange how you inevitably end up comparing another event to that of your regular home run.
South Manchester Parkrun has a great setting, is well established with a solid attendance however, Littlestoke it is not! If my visit impacted on me in any way it was that we should never take our own event for granted. You see I’ve been objective with my review of another Parkrun, without wishing to be judgemental, but it made me appreciate how fantastic Littlestoke Parkrun event is and how we all have a collective responsibility to ensure it remains that way.
We have a great event in Little Stoke and one of the things I really enjoy is reading the weekly run report. If you ran the South Manchester event you’d be sorely disappointed as they don’t do this which came as a shock to me and served to further iterate the fact that nobody gets paid to run our event and it simply doesn’t just happen all by itself.
No Jackie’s corner that’s not a corner, no Brad with finger stuck on the megaphone siren and a sadly quick and impersonal run brief, amongst other factors, led to the collective conclusion that it’s good to get out-and-about to experience other Parkruns but there’s no run like your home Parkrun!
Ps: The Greater Manchester Marathon was a fantastic experience (except the last 8 miles for me, but that’s down to bad preparation on my part). We expected and were promised by the Met office significant quantities of rain which surprisingly but thankfully never appeared.
The race itself starts on the main A56 into Manchester and takes in the sights of the boroughs surrounding Trafford before finishing outside the “Theatre of Dreams” that is Man United’s home ground. Its pancake flat and really well supported along the route, with bands and rock choirs positioned at various points. Dom’s performance will undoubtedly be his lasting memory of the marathon (and rightly so, it was a cracking personal best time of sub 3:30) whilst mine is of seeing a Sikh runner with “U-Singh Bolt” emblazoned across his chest. Hilarious!

 

…And A Grass Lap To Finish

Run Report for Event #74
Becky Bushnell, Run Director

With the clocks springing forward last weekend and a good spell of sunshine through the week it was time for us to get back on the summer course. Since it has been a few months since we last marked the grass lap I asked the volunteers to arrive bright and early. With all the kit out and ready, hi viz vests on and laminates in hand, the volunteers were sent out onto the course to get coning. It quickly became clear that some of the cones had gone walkabout over the winter and at one point we didn't think there would be enough to go round. After some running around and a fair bit of rearranging we managed to eek them out all the way to the finish post and I breathed a sigh of relief.

After the briefing 160 parkrunners lined up at the start to observe a minute's silence to pay our respects and show our support following the sad passing of Steve Worland at Ashton Court last Saturday. Our thoughts remain with his family, friends and our fellow parkrunners at Ashton Court.

The first parkrun of the month means only one thing at Little Stoke - pacers! We had Ian Tiley running 24 mins, Matt Palmer doing 26 mins, James Bushnell going for 28 mins and Peter Lomax heading for 30 mins. Many thanks to the pacers and all the other volunteers this week for making the event possible.

All in all 21 runners took on the course for the first time and 38 runners bagged themselves a new personal best. If you have a time that you would like to target let us know and we will see if we can get a volunteer to pace that for you at the beginning of May.

As it happens you may remember Matt Palmer from a few weeks back when he was running in top hat and tails before heading off to his wedding. Well today I was pleased to meet Mrs Marie Palmer and provide her with the temporary gift of a barcode scanner. It was lovely to have you volunteering together - congratulations again!

Not much more to say from me so I will leave you with some photos of some fantastic final sprints today and the usual stats.
See you in the park next Saturday!

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Little Stoke parkrun
Event #74, 5th April 2014

Men's placings:
Matt NEWMAN (VM35-39) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:48 - first time in 3 appearances.
Andrew Brian DARTON (VM35-39) of Thornbury RC, was second over the line in 18:18.
Charlie PANTLIN (VM35-39) of Bristol and West AC, was third over the line in 18:27.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Simon FAULKNER (Portishead Running Club) 3229 pts.
Dom HURFORD (Hogweed Trotters) 2879 pts.
Matthew CURTIS (Unattached) 2852 pts.

Women's placings:
Tamsin CHICK (VW35-39) of Westbury Harriers, was first (21st overall) over the line in 20:50 - first time in 4 appearances.
Niki MORGAN (VW45-49) of Chepstow Harriers, was second (22nd overall) over the line in 20:51.
Jessica MONK (JW15-17) of Bristol and West AC, was third (47th overall) over the line in 23:17.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Suzanne CUNDY (Unattached) 2764 pts.
Karen OWEN (Bristol and West AC) 2718 pts.
Katie PINNINGTON (Unattached) 2622 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Niki MORGAN (VW45-49) was graded 77.70% for the time 20:51 (22nd overall).
Colin JOHNSON (VM45-49) was graded 77.15% for the time 18:49 (8th overall).
Matt NEWMAN (VM35-39) was graded 75.56% for the time 17:48 (first overall).

 

Sweatshop Monthly Prize Winner – March 2014

Little Stoke parkrun are pleased to announce Karen Lillywhite as our Sweatshop Monthly Prize winner for March 2014.
Karen started parkrunning when she had arranged to meet a friend for a bike ride, unfortunately her friend was waiting in a different park, but Karen hasn't looked back and now has 23 runs under her belt. We have also received glowing feedback from fellow parkrunners about how encouraging Karen is when she volunteers.

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Her 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 Karen, enjoy your prize!

Little Stoke parkrun team

 

The Chair, the Sun and the Mob Match – Event #73

It is with great sadness we learnt of the passing of Steve Worland at Ashton Court parkrun on Saturday. Our hearts go out to his family and friends and the Ashton Court parkrun team at this difficult time. We will be holding a minute’s silence, this Saturday (April 5th) before the start of our parkrun, as a mark of respect to a fellow parkrunner and support to his family.

On Saturday the sun came out to greet the 228 runners, 13 fab vounteers and a few other interested spectators, today at Little Stoke Park. We were kicked off by Cllr Ian Boulton, Chair of South Gloucester Council, as part of his fund raiser for his chosen charities – the Bristol Aero Collection and the Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit at Southmead Hospital. He started us at Little Stoke, then was whisked off to support the runners at Chipping Sodbury parkrun and finished by cheering the runners in at Pomphrey Hill parkrun. To make a donation to the Chair’s charities visit www.southglos.gov.uk/charityrun.

We also welcomed 10 recreational running groups for the third instalment of the winter league we have been running for the last few months. Great running was had by all and we look forward to welcoming you all for the finale on May 3rd. Still all to play for.

Up front today we had some of the best runners, for their age, in the country. Phil Parry (MV50) led the way in 16.32, followed 25 seconds later by Luke Davies (13 yrs old), with his sister Heidi (15yrs) leading the ladies home in 18.25, just 22 seconds ahead of Helen Newberry. All very fast times indeed.

It felt like summer arrived today in tune with the clocks springing forward to embrace summertime. We will also align with the seasons next week when we return to the summer course, now we have given the grass a 3 month break. A big thank you to all our lovely volunteers today who did a fantastic job to provide another slick and seamless run for the 228 runners. If you have not volunteered before why not give it a try. It is a fun experience and if everyone volunteers a couple of times a year it will continue to run smoothly for us all to enjoy. We can only continue to run the event safely if we have enough volunteers to do it. So let’s not leave it for someone else, send an email to littlestokehelpers@parkrun.com.

Our interesting stat of the week to mention, in 121st place today was Marie Martin (running for SGC Striders), who was our 10,000th runner to finish a parkrun at Little Stoke since we started in November 2012. Sorry Grainne, you were 9999th finisher.

Martin Dunne - Run Director

Men's placings:
Philip PARRY (VM50-54) of Bristol and West AC, was first over the line in 16:32 - 11th time in 14 appearances.
Luke DAVIES (JM11-14) of Brecon AC, was second over the line in 16:57 - was first to finish once before.
Maciej BIALOGONSKI (SM25-29) of Bristol and West AC, was third over the line in 17:27 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Simon FAULKNER (Portishead Running Club) 3087 pts.
Dom HURFORD (Hogweed Trotters) 2879 pts.
Matthew CURTIS (Unattached) 2723 pts.
Women's placings:
Heidi DAVIES (JW15-17) of Brecon AC, was first (7th overall) over the line in 18:25 - third time in 3 appearances.
Helen NEWBERRY (SW25-29) of Bristol and West AC, was second (12th overall) over the line in 18:47 - has been first to finish on 16 previous occasions.
Elizabeth MANNING (SW30-34) of Portishead Running Club, was third (38th overall) over the line in 21:12 - was first to finish once before.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Suzanne CUNDY (Unattached) 2634 pts.
Katie PINNINGTON (Unattached) 2622 pts.
Karen OWEN (Bristol and West AC) 2578 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Philip PARRY (VM50-54) was graded 89.92% for the time 16:32 (first overall).
Luke DAVIES (JM11-14) was graded 85.55% for the time 16:57 (second overall).
Heidi DAVIES (JW15-17) was graded 83.08% for the time 18:25 (7th overall).
This week there were 228 runners, of whom 28 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different athletics clubs took part.
Little Stoke parkrun started on 3rd November 2012, and since then 2,204 different runners, including participants from 152 athletics clubs, have completed 10,107 runs covering a total distance of 50,535 km, and there have been 2,649 new Personal Bests.
The women's record is held by Charlotte Emily GREEN who ran in a time of 00:18:07 on 2014-03-08 (event number 70).
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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