Let's start by saying a massive thank you to all of our volunteers for yesterday's event, including a number who came forwards on the day to cover positions which hadn't been filled in the week. Really can't do it without you. Please do join in the volunteering, it's as much a part of parkrun as the running itself, visit our future roster page for details.
Waseem AHMED, James BRACKLEY, Helen GOTTSCHALK, Rachel GOVER, Steven GRANT, Melanie GRIFFITH-WILLIAMS, Dave GUEST,Heather JOHNSON-SMITH, Clare JUBB, Jackie LEWIS, Pete MOUNTAIN, Jonathan PEARCE, Katie PRIEST. Thank you!
A special note must go to Derek Da Silva; a regular volunteer himself, he made a particularly thoughtful gesture by arriving to run this week with a couple of packets of Jammie Dodgers for the volunteers. Spot on Derek, that really means a lot.
Ian Tiley, Graham Crump and Tom Walters all ran their 50th parkrun yesterday, joining the rapidly ballooning 'red shirt' gang. Great achievement guys, it's been a pleasure to host you to this point, here's to many more.
Also of note were two runners from Bradford, Christopher and Tracey Healey of Airedale Dodgers. On their way to Cornwall for their holidays and what better way to start it than with a parkrun at Little Stoke. Regular parkrunners have a habit of picking routes or destinations local to other events and should they find themselves at a loose end on a Saturday morning, will pop drop in for a visit. We'd encourage you to do the same, it's a great way to meet other runners and see a little of the local community wherever you might find yourself.
So before we get on to the serious stuff, there is of course our naked run to discuss, and more importantly the results of the predictions... there was a great take up and we were really pleased to hear encouraging comments about how it affects the way you run and the decisions you make. I wouldn't go so far as Emma Sheppard who went without shoes too (Emma and her husband Ian are huge advocates of the barefoot style, if you want any tips, have a chat at a run one day), but seeing the number of PBs ran naked I'm certainly of a mind to give it a go.
So we have two winners in the predictions, both of whom predicted within a second of their actual time: Ian Tiley, on his 50th parkrun, predicted 23:00 and came in at 22:59; and Sabrina Patten, scoring a PB with a confident prediction of 23:10 and coming in on the clock at 23:09. Well done to you both, we'll give you a special shout out next weekend.
Predictions made by Ciaran McQuade, Steve Wood, Ruth Watkinson and Simon Richards weren't as close as the two above but they did all achieve PBs so well done for that effort. Well done to anyone else who PB'd naked, and indeed everyone who beat their previous bests yesterday.
On to the results then:
An unknown runner was first.
Alex CROSSLAND (SM20-24) of Clevedon AC, was second over the line in 17:31.
Peter MORTON (SM25-29) of Virgin Active Road Runners, was third over the line in 17:36.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Simon FAULKNER (Portishead Running Club) 4865 pts.
Derek DA SILVA (Unattached) 4528 pts.
Simon HUGHES (Unattached) 4508 pts.
Becky JAMES (SW25-29) of Bristol and West AC, was first (14th overall) over the line in 19:17 - 8th time in 10 appearances.
Emily GARNER (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (36th overall) over the line in 22:08.
Sian DAVIES (VW50-54) of Bristol and West AC, was third (41st overall) over the line in 22:33 - was first to finish once before.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Karen OWEN (Bristol and West AC) 4548 pts.
Suzanne CUNDY (Stokes Striders Recreational Running Group) 4318 pts.
Emma SHEPHERD (Barefoot Runners Society - UK) 3337 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Phil MURRAY (VM45-49) was graded 81.00% for the time 18:04 (5th overall).
Sian DAVIES (VW50-54) was graded 78.20% for the time 22:33 (41st overall).
Simon RICHARDS (VM50-54) was graded 78.19% for the time 19:20 (15th overall).
This week there were 189 runners, of whom 35 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different athletics clubs took part.
Little Stoke parkrun started on 3rd November 2012, and since then 2,718 different runners, including participants from 182 athletics clubs, have completed 13,256 runs covering a total distance of 66,280 km, and there have been 3,297 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).
Until next time, happy running!