Winter arrives at Little Stoke – Event #104

Arriving at the Park the first task was to check out the grass to see if it was safe to run on. It was decided to run the event on our winter course, as the grass leading up to the finish area was soaked and boggy and a bit too risky to send the 200 runners on to. So our enthusiastic team of volunteers kicked into action to set up for the winter course (3.5 laps on the tarmac). Huge thanks and appreciation to our great group of Hi-Vis heroes again for the slick running of our 104th event at Little Stoke Park. Turning up bright and early this week were Tina, Dave, Derek, David, Sandra (on Jackie’s spot), Lee, Elaine, Pete, Andy, Matthew and Lesley. If you haven’t volunteered before, or for a while, please don’t always leave it to someone else and volunteer in the coming weeks by emailing us at littlestokehelpers@parkrun.com. We need you to enable us to put on the event each week. The rosters for the coming weeks look very empty at the moment.
Congratulations this week go to Roz Mogg who ran her 50th parkrun (49 at LS) and Karen Lillywhite who celebrated her 50th run (48 at LS) with a spanking new PB. Well done ladies. There were some very impressive age grade runs this week worth drawing attention to. Paying her first visit to Little Stoke, and indeed her first parkrun, was ex GB international runner Zina Marchant. Zina recorded a massive age grade score of 85.69% with her 23.39 run. In 2011 she broke the British over 60 Half Marathon record with a 1.29.56 run and has many other PB’s that most of us can only dream of. Also scoring high in the age grades was Paul Sperrin’s run of 18.57 in the 55-59 age category and Wilf Burke in the 60-65 age grade running 20.33, who also had the added pleasure of seeing his wife Jan (of Sweatshop fame) breaking her LS PB. We had an amazing 75 PB’s recorded this week. Congrats to everyone who set a new target for themselves, especially Stokes Striders Mel Gilbert and Bob Howell. Well done one and all.
We will probably be on the winter course now for a few months so please leave yourselves enough time to get there for the briefing and the walk up to the start line. On New Year’s Day you can complete a, once a year, parkrun double at Chipping Sodbury (9am) and Pomphrey Hill (10.30). If you are keen you can even run the 7ish miles between the two, as some did last year between LS and Ashton Court (10mls). 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:
An unknown runner was first.
Graham REED (SM25-29) of Erme Valley Harriers, was second over the line in 17:25.
Robin DALLMAN (SM25-29) (Unattached) was third over the line in 17:28 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Robin DALLMAN (Unattached) 445 pts.
Ciaran MCQUADE (Bristol and West AC) 429 pts.
Derek DA SILVA (Unattached) 412 pts.
Women's placings:
Edwina SHIRAZIAN (VW40-44) of Chippenham Harriers, was first (31st overall) over the line in 20:18 - first appearance.
Catherine MILLS (SW30-34) of Great Western Runners, was second (46th overall) over the line in 21:30.
Debbie JONES (VW35-39) of Chippenham Harriers, was third (47th overall) over the line in 21:38.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Rachel GOVER (Westbury Harriers) 425 pts.
Anita DAVIES (Unattached) 414 pts.
Clare JUBB (Sole Sisters) 412 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Zina MARCHANT (VW60-64) was graded 85.69% for the time 23:39 (72nd overall).
Paul SPERRIN (VM55-59) was graded 81.79% for the time 18:57 (10th overall).
Wilf BURKE (VM60-64) was graded 79.40% for the time 20:33 (33rd overall).
This week there were 200 runners, of whom 22 were first timers and 75 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different athletics clubs took part.
Little Stoke parkrun started on 3rd November 2012, and since then 3,148 different runners, including participants from 205 athletics clubs, have completed 16,037 runs covering a total distance of 80,185 km, and there have been 3,883 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.

 

Where were those parkrun weather fairies…

Run Report for Event #103, 08/11/14
Clare Jubb, Run Director

It's not often that we fail to acheive the infamous parkrun weather window but this Saturday turned out to be one of our wetest runs ever.  It really was raining cats and dogs…

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The course went from firm at 0830 to under an inch or two of water by the time everybody had made it across the finish line.  Well done to all 189 of you that splashed and smiled around a very wet course and a massive thank you to this week's voluncheers who clapped and cheered their way through the downpours:

Andrew JUBB • Christopher PALMER • Derek DA SILVA • Emma BAGLEY • Graham John CRUMP • Jackie LEWIS • Jonathan PEARCE • Lynda PEARCE • Rachel GOVER • Rebecca CALVER • Rosamund MOGG • Sylvia Ann CRUMP • Vicente SOTO

Many thanks, as always, to Jonathan Pearce for his lovely photos - here's a few very wet people having fun together, for free, in their local park.  See you next Saturday :).

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Little Stoke parkrun
Event #103: 08 November 2014

Men's placings:
Rob DEAKIN (SM30-34) of Birchfield Harriers, was first over the line in 18:03.
Robin DALLMAN (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:14.
Dan BEAZLEY-LONG (VM35-39) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:25.
Women's placings:
Marianne BRITTEN (VW35-39) (Unattached) was first (26th overall) over the line in 20:44.
Meryl FOGG (VW45-49) (Unattached) was second (62nd overall) over the line in 23:42.
Anna GILBERTSON (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (65th overall) over the line in 24:01
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Jonathan GOODLAND (VM55-59) was graded 77.20% for the time 20:15 (22nd overall).
Max DE SALIS (VM40-44) was graded 75.56% for the time 18:37 (4th overall).
Lutz GOTTSCHALK (VM50-54) was graded 75.00% for the time 19:40 (14th overall).
This week there were 189 runners, of whom 20 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different athletics clubs took part.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Little Stoke parkrun Results Page.

 

Sweatshop monthly prize winner – October 2014

Little Stoke parkrun are pleased to announce James Brackley as our Sweatshop Monthly Prize winner for October 2014.  James has been phenomenal in his contribution to Little Stoke parkrun , volunteering 58 times and adding 14 runs in the last  1 & 1/2 years that he has been involved with parkrun.

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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.

The parkrun monthly prize is rewarded to deserving participant based on the parkrun ethos and principles

Congratulations James, enjoy your deserved prize!
Little Stoke parkrun team

 

Little Stoke parkrun turns 2 with a fun filled feast!

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It's true, time does fly when you're having fun! It doesn't seem any time ago that we kicked off with event number 1 but how we've grown since then! Take a look at our stats on the website for the full picture but one stands out for me - over three thousand runners! I can't quite believe that many people have trod the hallowed turf of our precious park...

So as tribute to the 102 runs behind us and the beginning of our third year, our tried and tested 'crowd sourced' party worked a (trick or) treat.

Thanks to everyone who contributed and particularly to our new RD Clare Jubb for co-ordinating it.

I hope you'll join me in thanking Martin for an excellent job hosting the party, even if he's too modest to accept any praise at the time as anyone who saw Becky chasing after him with the megaphone will agree.

It was very kind of Steve from Little Stoke Parish Council and Dan from Sweatshop to present the points trophies to Simon Faulkner and Suzanne Cundy.

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There are plenty more pictures on our Flickr group which I'd encourage you to browse through. They're there in no small part to the hard work of our volunteer of the year Jonathan Pearce.

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A big thanks again for our crew of volunteers this week (a bit of dream team, though I say so myself!):

Alisa AQUILINA  •  Andrew WRIGHT  •  Becky BUSHNELL  •  Clare JUBB  •  Dave SWANSON  •  Helen NEWBERRY  •  Jackie LEWIS  •  James BRACKLEY  •  Jonathan BOWER  •  Jonathan PEARCE  •  Martin DUNNE  •  Mayur DESAI  •  Rachel GOVER

47 PBs from a field of 241 runners sounds like our pacers did a great job again. Don't forget we offer this on the first run of each month so if you have a PB target you're aiming for then let us know and we will aim to get a pacer for that time.

A small note for future pacers, we will no longer be offering volunteer points for pacing. This is so that we can better manage the safety of our runners by ensuring the core duties are filled as a priority. You will of course still get run points for completing as a pacer.

Full results below, see you next Saturday!

Men's placings:
An unknown runner was first.
Sam MATCHETTE (SM20-24) (Unattached) was second over the line in 16:53.
Robin DALLMAN (SM25-29) (Unattached) was third over the line in 17:44 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Martin DUNNE (Stokes Striders Recreational Running Group) 150 pts.
Jonathan PEARCE (Unattached) 150 pts.
Brad HAYWARD (Sweatshop Running Community) 150 pts.

Women's placings:
Nancy DINEEN (JW11-14) (Unattached) was first (47th overall) over the line in 21:25 - first time in 3 appearances.
Fiona DAKIN (VW40-44) (Unattached) was second (60th overall) over the line in 22:22.
Ellen GOWANS (SW20-24) (Unattached) was third (71st overall) over the line in 23:22.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Nancy DINEEN (Unattached) 150 pts.
Becky BUSHNELL (Unattached) 150 pts.
Clare JUBB (Sole Sisters) 150 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Sam MATCHETTE (SM20-24) was graded 77.20% for the time 16:53 (second overall).
Lutz GOTTSCHALK (VM50-54) was graded 75.64% for the time 19:30 (21st overall).
Nancy DINEEN (JW11-14) was graded 74.55% for the time 21:25 (47th overall).

This week there were 241 runners, of whom 46 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different athletics clubs took part.

Little Stoke parkrun started on 3rd November 2012, and since then 3,106 different runners, including participants from 201 athletics clubs, have completed 15,648 runs covering a total distance of 78,240 km, and there have been 3,782 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).

 

Dom’s dash of parkrun tourism

Here is parkrunner Dominic Hurford's report on his recent parkrun tourism up north: -

I took the opportunity to visit some parkruns around my trip to Yorkshire for the marathon.

First up was 2 laps of Fountains Abbey parkrun, set in a beautiful backdrop of ruins, gardens and lakes. The misty morning added to the captivating atmosphere.
The friendly run director and volunteers set us off as I attempted not to run too fast ahead of the marathon the next day. I got chatting to a fellow 50 parkrun t-shirt wearer, and agreed to try and pace him to a new PB, which I managed to successfully do, finishing just under 23 minutes. Such a privilege to be able to run in such beautiful surroundings, I managed not to partake in any of the tempting cakes on offer.

To see off my week up north I ran the York parkrun, reputedly one of the fastest in the country. As it is set on the service road on the inside of the York racecourse, it is very flat with not many turns. As an exposed course it was certainly windy on the day, so I was happy with my time of 20.40.

I look forward to my next dose of parkrun tourism.

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