Update: Decision about the Future of Little Stoke parkrun

This evening members of the Little Stoke parkrun team and parkrun Ambassador Geoff Keogh attended the Stoke Gifford Parish Council meeting in order to read the following statement during the public session:

"I'm Becky Bushnell and I'd like to make a short statement on behalf of Little Stoke parkrun.

We're here today because we were assured on 8th January and again at the Full Council meeting on 12th January that a final decision on the future of Little Stoke parkrun would be taken at this meeting. In the last two weeks, and without consultation with parkrun, we've been told that the Council either cannot or will not make a decision until its meeting on 12th April.

We're disappointed by this delay, which creates a further period of uncertainty and is not in the interests of either parkrun or the Council.

We believe there is considerable scope for working in partnership with the Council to build on the success of parkrun in promoting physical activity, opportunities for volunteer involvement, family participation in sport, and community building in the area. We remain keen to discuss these ideas but, despite numerous requests, have only been granted one informal meeting in the last 4 months.

Meanwhile the Council continues to insist (as recently as yesterday) that we should contribute financially to park maintenance through grant or other funding. We've made it clear from the outset that this is the one thing we cannot do. Unfortunately if this remains the Council's requirement, there is simply no basis for further discussion.

parkrun makes no call on community resources other than permission to use the park (although the provision of storage space is helpful and much appreciated). The event is delivered entirely by volunteers and supported indefinitely by parkrun UK from the start-up funds provided by South Gloucestershire Council and parkrun's national sponsors.

We believe that Little Stoke parkrun imposes minimal costs in park maintenance, which are vastly outweighed by the value of volunteer time and the contribution parkrun makes to physical and mental health, fitness, wellbeing, and social cohesion.

We ask the Council to engage urgently in positive discussion or, if it is not able to accept that parkrun cannot pay for park maintenance, to bring this process to an end and move directly to a decision.

Thank you for your attention."

parkrun was not listed as an agenda item for discussion at this evening's meeting but we understand that a member of the Council has been tasked with arranging a meeting between representatives of Stoke Gifford Parish Council and the Little Stoke parkrun core team which we welcome.

The decision about the future of Little Stoke parkrun will be made at the Full Council meeting on Tuesday 12th April 2016.

Thank you for your continued support.
Little Stoke parkrun team

 

Event Cancellation – Saturday 6 Feb

We are really sorry to have to have cancelled today's run. Having conducted a full assessment of the course we decided that it was unsafe to run with the volume of water on the course/grass. With the grass underwater we were unable to find a safe concrete area to put the finish funnel.

I'm sure you understand that we wanted to make a full assessment before making this decision.

The great thing with parkrun is that there is always next Saturday :)

Little Stoke parkrun team

 

Run Report for Event #161 – Saturday 30 January 2016

We welcomed 28 first timers to Little Stoke and also the ITV cameras!  You may have seen yourselves on the ITV West Country News the same day at 6pm.  Further information on the story can be found on the News section of our website.

We congratulated three milestones; David Francetti on his 100th and his son Craig on his 10th (thank you for bringing cakes, something we are getting regularly used to at the moment).  Ben Lloyd also completed his 10th run – well done to you all.

Can I remind you all about parking in the Baptist Church car park in Kingsway, a very short walk from the Park.  As we increase in numbers the main car park fills up quite quickly, so please make use of the one at the Church.

A big thank you to all the volunteers, the event would not take place without them.

Andrew FILBY  •  Anne GAY  •  Chris TONGUE  •  Dave SWANSON  •  Dec LEES-SMITH  •  Geoff PARTRIDGE  •  Ian HAYNES  •  Katie PRIEST  •  Martin DUNNE  •  Mel GILBERT  •  Stephen SHAKESPEARE  •  Sylvia Ann CRUMP  •  Tina DUNNE  •  Vicky SWANSON

If you would like to volunteer, please opt in to receive volunteer emails (via ‘manage my profile’ on any result or newsletter email) or contact Little StokeHelpers@parkrun.com to offer help.

Jane Gardiner (Run Director for 30.01.16)

Here are the stats:-

Male placings:
Maciej BIALOGONSKI (SM30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was first over the line in 16:38 - 16th time in 51 appearances.
Ciaran MCQUADE (VM35-39) of Bristol and West AC, was second over the line in 16:40 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions.
Adam WILSON (SM18-19) of Westbury Harriers, was third over the line in 16:59 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Maciej BIALOGONSKI (Bristol and West AC) 1650 pts.
Dan TOOMER (Unattached) 1308 pts.
Ian BOOTH (Unattached) 1285 pts.

Female placings:
Vicky TESTER (VW35-39) of Westbury Harriers, was first (24th overall) over the line in 20:04 - 5th time in 7 appearances.
Rosey MUSHENS (VW50-54) of Bristol and West AC, was second (26th overall) over the line in 20:12 - has been first to finish on 8 previous occasions.
Lisa NEWING (SW30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was third (28th overall) over the line in 20:19 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Rosey MUSHENS (Bristol and West AC) 1641 pts.
Anna GILBERTSON (Unattached) 1477 pts.
Vicky SWANSON (Stokes Striders Recreational Running Group) 1375 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Rosey MUSHENS (VW50-54) was graded 83.99% for the time 20:12 (26th overall).
Alison ROBERTS (VW65-69) was graded 81.79% for the time 25:10 (125th overall).
Ciaran MCQUADE (VM35-39) was graded 79.60% for the time 16:40 (second overall).

This week there were 289 runners, of whom 28 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different athletics clubs took part.

Little Stoke parkrun started on 3rd November 2012, and since then 5,086 different runners, including participants from 313 athletics clubs, have completed 29,378 runs covering a total distance of 146,890 km, and there have been 6,430 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).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Little Stoke parkrun Results Page.

 

Decision About The Future of Little Stoke parkrun

Following the press release issued by Stoke Gifford Parish Council, we urge them not to delay a decision on the future of the 5k parkrun that takes place in Little Stoke Park each Saturday morning.

The Parish Council made it clear that, as the leaseholders at Little Stoke Park, the ultimate decision on the future of Little Stoke parkrun is theirs. A meeting of the full Parish Council in October voted to defer a final decision for six months, at which time parkrun offered to work with the Parish Council to identify initiatives to secure funding that would not amount to a charge for parkrun participants.

Despite repeated requests from parkrun following the October meeting, the Parish Council failed to engage in any form of discussion until 8th January. On 12th January the organisers of Little Stoke parkrun were informed that a final decision would be made at the full Parish Council meeting on 9th February.

However, in the press release the Parish Council announced it would delay the decision once more, this time until April.

Co-Event Director at Little Stoke parkrun Becky Bushnell said:

“One of the founding principles of all 800 parkruns worldwide is that they are free to take part in. Imposing a charge on participants would be a barrier to participation and set a precedent that we will not allow. Furthermore we believe that the health and social benefits of a weekly community run that is delivered by local volunteers far outweigh the cost of any park maintenance.

“We are frustrated that three months were lost that could have been used for working with the Parish Council to find a solution. Delaying the decision by a further two months is unfair and will only add to the uncertainty of our runners and volunteers who have been in limbo for the past four months.

“We remain committed to working with the Parish Council to find a resolution and have invited them to meet with us prior to next week’s meeting.”

The organisers of Little Stoke parkrun are not in a position to apply for a grant for park maintenance as this would amount to a charge on participation. However Little Stoke parkrun have offered to assist the Parish Council in making such an application.

Our petition on Change.org calling on the Parish Council to allow the event to continue in Little Stoke Park has attracted more than 7,200 signatures.

Little Stoke Park also hosts a weekly 2k junior parkrun on Sunday mornings for 4-14 year-olds. The local parkrun community is concerned that this event may also be threatened if the Saturday 5k event is forced to close.

Thanks to everyone who has shown their support to date. We very much appreciate it.

The Little Stoke parkrun team

 

Run Report for Event #160 – 23 Jan 16

 

It was great to see so many of you in the park this morning and to be able to explain to you in person  the difficulties we have been experiencing with our usage of the park. If anybody missed our announcement this morning or yesterday's news article you can find it here. We have been overwhelmed by the support and positivity we have seen in just the last 24 hours. Please keep it coming, especially if you live in the BS32/34 area as your voices will have the most impact.

Today we had a lot to celebrate with 315 runners in the park and a number of milestones to enjoy.  Andy Filby joined the 100 club and Carl Fivey, Dan Schofield, Adrian Schofield and Alan Graves the 50 club. The January surge of runners has continued which is fantastic to see but does put pressure on our parking arrangements. Thanks to everyone for listening to our car park marshals and helping us to ensure that we let other park users have a share of the spaces available.  Don't forget we have use of the Baptist Church car park, details of which you can find here.

A huge vote of thanks goes to this weeks volunteer team:

Andy VAN HEUSEN  •  Bridget WHITE  •  Clare JUBB  •  Howard JAMESON  •  Jaya BROOKS  •  Joseph SCRIVEN  •  Liz COLE  •  Martin DEAN  •  Miia BENNETT  •  Oliver MURTON  •  Rachel SCRIVEN  •  Rebecca BROWN  •  Ryan EDWARDS  •  Sarah THORNE  •  Sophie LITTLER  •  Tom BARTLETT

Today's Stats:

Male placings:
Maciej BIALOGONSKI (SM30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was first over the line in 16:55 - 15th time in 50 appearances.
Peter BURROWS (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:34.
Scott CAMPBELL (SM30-34) of Westbury Harriers, was third over the line in 17:37 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Rosey MUSHENS (VW50-54) of Bristol and West AC, was first (29th overall) over the line in 20:22 - 8th time in 38 appearances.
Nancy DINEEN (JW11-14) of Bristol and West AC, was second (30th overall) over the line in 20:27 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
Anna GILBERTSON (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (46th overall) over the line in 21:24 - was first to finish once before.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Mark MON-WILLIAMS (VM50-54) was graded 83.52% for the time 17:48 (9th overall).
Rosey MUSHENS (VW50-54) was graded 83.31% for the time 20:22 (29th overall).
Alison ROBERTS (VW65-69) was graded 83.16% for the time 24:45 (129th overall).

This week there were 315 runners, of whom 45 were first timers and 72 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different athletics clubs took part.

Little Stoke parkrun started on 3rd November 2012, and since then 5,058 different runners, including participants from 310 athletics clubs, have completed 29,089 runs covering a total distance of 145,445 km, and there have been 6,378 new Personal Bests.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Little Stoke parkrun Results Page.

 

 

 

 

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