Written by Claire Allison
Being an avid parkrun tourist, I'm always looking for the next location to visit. Over a year old now, Rogiet hadn't really been on my radar until I heard a friend mention it. Having googled (and given up!) how to pronounce it, I found my interest piqued by this fairly "local" parkrun. By "local", I mean any parkrun that I can drive to without having to leave before 7am. Rogiet is my first Welsh parkrun so this ticks a big box for me. I ran at Severn Bridge parkrun a few weeks ago, which I loved for a whole host of reasons, but it is located in both England and Wales, which of course does make it very unique. Driving over the Second Severn Crossing this morning, we couldn't even see the other Severn Bridge through the mist, but on the positive side, the toll booths have been removed and the £5.60 charge has gone! It will be interesting to see if numbers increase as a result, as the months go by.
Rogiet parkrun is held in Rogiet Countryside Park. Sandwiched in between the M4 and the railway line, it lies opposite the interestingly named Severn Tunnel Junction. This 7km tunnel under the River Severn connects South Gloucestershire with Monmouthshire, and the Countryside Park is built on land reclaimed from the site of the Severn Tunnel Junction marshalling yards. My running preference will always be trail over tarmac, so three laps of trail and grass suit me perfectly.
It is a lovely location for a parkrun, and although I'm not a massive fan of three-lappers, this one was a pleasure to run. The laps felt like they got shorter each time, and it didn't feel as mentally tough as some multiple lappers. Plenty of space meant that the faster runners can lap everyone with ease, and enthusiastic marshals were positioned at regular intervals to provide us with welcome support. Rogiet have plenty of free car parking including an overflow car park at the nearby Severn Tunnel Railway Station. With a friendly and welcoming team, this is definitely one that I would like to return to in warmer weather, although that said, it wasn't as muddy as I had feared!
Onto the numbers:
Event 64 saw 83 people walk, jog or run the 5k course. Of those 83, six were first time parkrunners so well done for starting your parkrun adventure today! There were 23 first time visitors to Rogiet, from Chipping Sodbury, Longrun Meadow and Mount Edgcumbe and other parkruns. Morgan Voaden was our first finisher today with a time of 20:26, whilst Andrew Mathias earnt himself a second place finish and a new PB of 20:31 on his 10th parkrun and Sean Lewis in third place. Sian Loveless was first female finisher with a 21:33 finish and 5th overall place. The Neat Numbers Awards go to Harry Woodward (28:00), Craig Fennell (28:28), Richard Milliken (30:40), Joanne and Amy Gillard (33:00), Maisie Arthur (33:44), Alun Fuller (33:55), Susan Monk (37:57) and last, but not least Liz Wilkie (39:39). I first met Liz and Mel (Warren) from Chipping Sodbury in 2014, and it was lovely to see Liz running very successfully on her new hip which she had replaced last Easter.
I really enjoyed my trip to Rogiet today and would like to recommend my home parkrun of Longrun Meadow in Taunton in return. Ours is a muddy two lapper so you will feel right at home! Thank you for making us feel so welcome today.
NB having listened to the run brief intently, I now know how to pronounce Rogiet correctly!
Longrun Meadow parkrun