As The Clocks Go Back, So Does The Course!

Run Report for Event #101, 25/10/14
Becky Bushnell, Run Director

Autumn is definitely upon us. The wind has turned colder, the leaves are falling from the trees and the schools are already half way through their first term. We're always keen to keep things interesting at Little Stoke and so when someone suggested running the course backwards, the weekend that the clocks go back seemed like the perfect time to do it!

Here's everyone setting off this morning, grass lap first:

And they're off!

It's a simple change but it seemed to make a big difference to the parkrunners. We had lots of people saying it was good for a change and witnessed some cracking finishes as parkrunners made their way down the final straight an through the finish funnel. Well done to everyone who took part today and also a big round of applause to this week's hi viz heroes:

Andrew JUBB  •  Bob COX  •  Emma SHEPHERD  •  Heather Ann TURNER  •  Helen GOTTSCHALK  •  Jackie LEWIS  •  Jonathan PEARCE  •  Martin DUNNE  •  Oliver MURTON  •  Paul HAYNES  •  Rachel GOVER  •  Simon DAKIN

Special mention must go to king of cones Simon Dakin who not only set up a good section of the grass lap but at one point was armed with two clipboards and the barcode scanner until a last minute volunteer stepped into the breach relieving him of the scanner. Thanks again to all the volunteers for making the event possible.

Next week is our second anniversary and we will be celebrating by having a little party in the park. We'd love for you all to stay and celebrate with us and also to take part by bringing something along from the list of party food we have. Drop us an email at littlestokeoffice@parkrun.com if you'd like to bring something along and read more about it here.

Also if you are planning on stopping in the park for longer than usual please do try to use the alternative parking that we have agreed with the Baptist Church on Kingsway. You can read more about alternative parking here. (PLEASE NOTE: we no longer advise you to park at the Youth Club as the gate will be locked)

I can't quite believe that it's already a year since the first anniversary and if last year is anything to go by there will be quite a lot of cake, whoops and cheers as we award prizes for the points table winners and the volunteer of the year and time for a good chinwag with your fellow parkrunners.

That's almost all from me. Stats are below along with some smiling faces from today's run - check out more photos from today's event on Little Stoke parkrun's Flickr page. Thank you to Jonathan Pearce for another great set of pictures.

The only thing left to say now is see you in the park on Saturday!

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Little Stoke parkrun
Event #101: 25th October 2014

Men's placings:
Robin DALLMAN (SM25-29) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:00 - second time in 18 appearances.
Paul HORSFALL (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:03.
Ciaran MCQUADE (SM30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was third over the line in 18:09.
Women's placings:
Rebecca CAMPBELL (SW30-34) of Headington RRC, was first (10th overall) over the line in 19:30 - first appearance.
Emma DENTON (VW35-39) (Unattached) was second (32nd overall) over the line in 20:45.
Chloe POTTER (JW15-17) of Westbury Harriers, was third (38th overall) over the line in 21:17.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Jonathan GOODLAND (VM55-59) was graded 77.65% for the time 20:08 (18th overall).
Rebecca CAMPBELL (SW30-34) was graded 76.24% for the time 19:30 (10th overall).
Garry SLATER (VM45-49) was graded 74.85% for the time 18:57 (5th overall).
This week there were 191 runners, of whom 28 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different athletics clubs took part.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Little Stoke parkrun Results Page.

 

Here’s to the next 100!!

Well, where has the time gone? Almost two years on and here we are gathering for our 100th run.

The rain kept off for the run itself however the volunteers, which were FANTASTIC this week did get slightly wet for the set-up.

Here are some stats from our first one hundred runs;

  • Tim McMillan, who finished in 37th place, was our 3000th different (of which we have now had 3032) finisher.
  • Our lowest attendance was just 34!
  • Our highest attendance being 325 – whoa, it was busy at the park that day!
  • 200 Different clubs have now been represented at the park.
  • There have been a total of 15,216 runs.
  • A whopping 3,700 PB’s have been achieved, I have always said Little Stoke is great for getting that PB!
  • We have ran 76,080 Km’s – Or 1.82 times Completely around the world, Bristol to Auckland and back 4 times, 1803 Marathons.

Anyhow, all of this is only possible with thanks to our weekly volunteers, who this week were:

 Alice WARREN  •  Andrew JUBB  •  Dave GUEST  •  Dave SWANSON  •  Felicity RUSSELL  •  Helen WILDE  •  Jackie LEWIS  •  James BRACKLEY  •  Jonathan BOWER  •  Katie PRIEST  •  Michael LEWIN  •  Peter LOMAX  •  Rachel GOVER

If you fancy donning the H Viz and giving something back Please get in touch @ http://www.parkrun.org.uk/littlestoke/

Please see below for today’s Stats.

Little Stoke parkrun
Event number 100
18th October 2014

Men's placings:
Scott CAMPBELL (SM30-34) of Westbury Harriers, was first over the line in 16:53 - 5th time in 5 appearances.
Maciej BIALOGONSKI (SM25-29) of Bristol and West AC, was second over the line in 16:54 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
David AWDE (SM25-29) of Bristol and West AC, was third over the line in 17:29 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Simon FAULKNER (Portishead Running Club) 6072 pts.
Derek DA SILVA (Unattached) 5861 pts.
Simon HUGHES (Unattached) 5836 pts.

Women's placings:
Bridget WHITE (SW25-29) of Westbury Harriers, was first (14th overall) over the line in 19:32 - second time in 3 appearances.
Kate SHARLAND (VW35-39) (Unattached) was second (29th overall) over the line in 20:39.
Nancy DINEEN (JW11-14) (Unattached) was third (66th overall) over the line in 22:55.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Suzanne CUNDY (Stokes Striders Recreational Running Group) 5757 pts.
Karen OWEN (Bristol and West AC) 5113 pts.
Sylvia Ann CRUMP (Sole Sisters) 4447 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Alison ROBERTS (VW60-64) was graded 78.40% for the time 25:51 (114th overall).
Scott CAMPBELL (SM30-34) was graded 77.30% for the time 16:53 (first overall).
Maciej BIALOGONSKI (SM25-29) was graded 76.33% for the time 16:54 (second overall).

This week there were 226 runners, of whom 38 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different athletics clubs took part.

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.

 

PB’s Galore – Run Report for event #99

Well the week started with a gloomy picture of the future roster, which was eventually filled up by Friday evening , thus avoiding our first cancellation due to lack of volunteers. I cannot thank the volunteer team from event #99 enough for putting up another successful run. The team this week was –

 

Andrew GRIFFIN  •  Andrew JUBB  •  Angharad EVANS  •  Bridget WHITE  •  James BRACKLEY  •  Lu LANDYMORE  •  Martin HERRING  •  Mayur DESAI  •  Oliver MURTON  •  Rachel GOVER  •  Simon MULCAHY  •  Steven GRANT

 

If you also want to take some time out of your running to help out making the event happen, please write to us at LittleStokeHelpers@parkrun.com

It was a strange week in a while as the first one without anyone running their 50th or 10th (juniors) run. I am sure we will have many club entrants lined up in the coming weeks.

We welcomed 30 first time runners at Little Stoke of which 16 ran their first ever parkrun. Welcome to all the first timer to the parkrun community. We had tourists from all over the country including - Poole, Southamptom, Manchester, Hampstead Heath, Brockenhurst, Nonsuch, Killerton, Wimpole Estate and neighbouring Pomphrey Hill & Ashton Court parkrun.

The day started under cloudy circumstances but by the time I was ready for the brief, the sun had decided to shine upon the runners making the condition just perfect for the run. So perfect that 46 runners recorded their PBs add another 30 first timers to it and this was one of highest number of benchmarks runs at the park. First finisher David Awde was a second shy of his PB but running in at position 2 & 3, Samuel Hunt and Dan Beazley-Long did beat their personal bests. Dan made the under 18' cut for the first time with this PB. Marriane Britten was the first lady in on her first outing at Little Stoke. Kate Sharland & Sabrina Patten were in position 2 & 3 among the ladies. Both of them getting another personal best times. Sabrina dipped in under 23' minutes for the first time! . Great running from every one at the top.

There were some impressive runs from further down the field. Every PB run is special but there were some notable runs among the 174 runners this week. Charli Brake completed his third consecutive PB and improving in leaps from every run. Sue Wright is on her own sort of record with a PB every time she has run after her first (6 consecutive) . Krishnan Rambadhran ran his third consecutive PB. Kevin Mcginn back on his usual role of PBs again with three consecutive PBs including this week’s run. Serena Griffiths getting under 29’ with a big PB this week. Suzie Woodcock ran her third consecutive personal best improving greatly every week. Well done everyone :)

We are nearing our 2nd Anniversary event on the 1st of November. Here is some news about a crowd sourced party like last year. Please get in touch if you want to get involved.

Next week is Little Stoke parkrun’s 100th event. We are planning a ‘Centurion‘ themed fancy dress run. Please spread the word and find those centurion costumes tucked away in the attic. More news will follow on our social media pages.

If that is not enough we have another special run on the 25th of October as well. Keep Guessing :)

Enough for this week Here are the detailed stats for below for the parkrunner in you -

Men's placings:
David AWDE (SM25-29) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:40 - second time in 7 appearances.
Samuel HUNT (SM20-24) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:54.
Dan BEAZLEY-LONG (VM35-39) (Unattached) was third over the line in 17:56.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Simon FAULKNER (Portishead Running Club) 5944 pts.
Derek DA SILVA (Unattached) 5740 pts.
Simon HUGHES (Unattached) 5711 pts.

Women's placings:
Marianne BRITTEN (VW35-39) (Unattached) was first (28th overall) over the line in 20:10 - first appearance.
Kate SHARLAND (VW35-39) (Unattached) was second (35th overall) over the line in 20:41.
Sabrina PATTEN (VW45-49) of Bristol and West AC, was third (57th overall) over the line in 22:33.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Suzanne CUNDY (Stokes Striders Recreational Running Group) 5637 pts.
Karen OWEN (Bristol and West AC) 5113 pts.
Sylvia Ann CRUMP (Sole Sisters) 4325 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Neil GRANT (VM60-64) was graded 79.17% for the time 20:48 (38th overall).
Alison ROBERTS (VW60-64) was graded 75.72% for the time 26:46 (107th overall).
Stuart HANCOCK (VM45-49) was graded 75.30% for the time 19:26 (14th overall).

This week there were 174 runners, of whom 30 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different athletics clubs took part.

Little Stoke parkrun started on 3rd November 2012, and since then 2,994 different runners, including participants from 197 athletics clubs, have completed 14,990 runs covering a total distance of 74,950 km, and there have been 3,670 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.

 

Sweatshop Monthly prize winner – September 2014

Little Stoke parkrun are pleased to announce Bob Cox as our Sweatshop Monthly Prize winner for September 2014.  Bob is a regular at Little Stoke parkrun. He has also been very valuable with his volunteering roles.

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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 Bob, enjoy your prize!
Little Stoke parkrun team

 

2nd Anniversary !!

We are 2!! (well almost)
Our second anniversary is just around the corner and this year we will be celebrating Little Stoke parkrun's second birthday on Saturday 1st November.  This we be our opportunity to announce the winners of the points tables and award the highly coveted mini Mos and also a chance to gather our parkrun family together for a piece of cake and a cuppa.
We need your help to make this happen!  We were overwhelmed at our 1st anniversary at the fantastic cake creations (Mary Berry would have been proud) and your generosity (we were eating those oranges for weeks) and will be inviting you to bring something along again this year.
Here's the kind of thing we would like you to bring along:
  • A bunch of grapes or bananas
  • Flapjack
  • Cake
  • Crisps
  • A bottle of squash
  • A box of tea bags or a jar of coffee
If you'd like to bring something along then please drop us a line at littlestokeoffice@parkrun.com - we are going to keep track of what people offer to bring just incase there are too many bananas and not enough cake.
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