Life saving defibrillator for Oldends Lane playing fields.

Thanks to a true community effort led by Stonehouse parkrun and Stonehouse town FC, a new defibrillator has been installed at Oldends Lane playing fields in Stonehouse.

The defib in place

The team behind Stonehouse parkrun had been fundraising for a defibrillator and cabinet for the field as part of a nationwide campaign to put the life saving kit everywhere there’s a parkrun. Stonehouse town FC stepped in to help when Gloucester based club Longlevens AFC offered up a free defibrillator in a twitter poll. The club had raised money for three defibrillators after former player Mark Moore suffered a cardiac arrest whilst playing in August 2012. Thanks to some fantastic local support, Stonehouse won the twitter poll and received the kit for free. A grant from Gloucester County Council’s Active Together fund supported by Councillor Lesley Williams and fundraising by the parkrunners – including a Christmas raffle at Stonehouse Goodwill evening - could then be used towards a secure cabinet. Local firm EESI group services stepped in to fit the cabinet for free. And Stonehouse town council are helping with the long term upkeep as well as making sure the device was safely mounted. John Tierney, Event Director for Stonehouse parkrun commented “it’s been amazing to see the community spirit on show every week at parkrun. And even better to see the football club, parkrunners, council, EESI group services and so many other people come together to make this happen. Of course we hope it’s never needed, but should the worse happen it’s so reassuring to know we have the right equipment to help at any time.” Parkrun defib

The newly installed defibrillator is on the corner of the pavilion at Oldends Lanes playing fields. Anyone can access it at any time by dialling 999. The emergency services can hand out the access code and support anyone who needs to use the equipment while an ambulance is on the way.

For less dramatic days, Stonehouse parkrun is a free 5km run, walk or jog open to everyone, every Saturday at 9am. Find out more at Stonehouse Town FC are a thriving local football club with 5 senior teams. There is a team for all standards with the club's first team playing in Gloucestershire County League through to its fourth team in Stroud Division Seven.



Run Report – Event 18 – 19th November 2016

This week’s parkrun saw 67 Runners and 14 Volunteers braving the freezing conditions for event 18 at Stonehouse. With a few last minute course alterations due to the slippery conditions on the tarmac the run started shortly after 9am.

This weeks volunteers were; Adrian Stockwell, Lee Christmas, Tony Christmas, Becky Westlake, Ian Booty, Ian Cutler, Claire Gallagher, Christopher Jurevicius, Nat Selman, John Butterworth, Harvey Robinson, David Savage, Liz Baldwin and myself. Thanks to everyone that volunteered and made the event a success.

If you’ve never given volunteering a go, get in touch, all the roles are easy, you’ll get full training and support from the team and it’s a chance to experience parkrun from a completely different perspective. Drop us an email and let us know what you’d like to try.

Of the 67 runners, 18 were first timers, it’s great to see so many new faces coming along, since 23rd July we’ve had 755 different runners complete the four lap course. A special mention this week to Sabrina’s graduates from the Stroud Mums on the Run beginners group, Joanna Rayner & Keren Holland completed their first 5k event., congratulations to everyone who completed their first parkrun today, your PB has been set, we look forward to seeing you back soon to beat it!

This week Darren Jewell took first finisher position with 19:44, Jude Lee-Allan took second position with 19:53, despite arriving late and starting a minute behind everyone else! Ryan Stephens earned third place in 20:27, well done to you all, great running in less than perfect conditions.

First female finisher this week was Liz Halliwell with an impressive 22:47 on her 4th run at Stonehouse, Liz came in 11th place overall, second female over the frosty line was a first time runner at Stonehouse, Olivia Gardiner finishing in 24:31, an amazing time especially as she runs in the Junior Women aged 10 category. Third female, 17th overall was Caro Brown, Caro ran the 5km in 24:58 on her 9th visit to Stonehouse.

During the run briefing we announced that the Christmas Eve parkrun will be a fancy dress themed event, so get planning that running outfit, we hope to see plenty of festive costumes, starting at the usual 9am time, feel free to bring along festives treats to share with the other runners afterwards.

Until next time, have a great week and see you in the park soon,

David & The Stonehouse parkrun team


Run Report – Event 5 – 20th August 2016

Well event number 5 saw some less than sunny running conditions for an August morning. Well done to all of the 103 runners that came along this week. This was my first time running at Stonehouse and the conditions were challenging! If you were lucky enough to finish under 25 minutes, you may have missed the rain, but no one missed that wind! The long straight heading back towards the playpark, was hard work with the wind head on. I know I was just glad when lap 4 was done and dusted.

As a new parkrun, Stonehouse is continuing to attract tourists and this week we saw local tourists from Kingsway & Little Stoke but also further afield, including, Cambridge and the home of parkrun, Bushy! Over half of the field this week were first timers at Stonehouse,(56) and 26 of these people ran their first ever parkrun. Hope you enjoyed it and will be back for more next week! Don’t forget your barcode though! 10 people this week had unrecorded times and parkrun does encourage all parkruns to enforce the, "No barcode, no time" rule.

For those that like their Statistics, here are this week's first male and female runners over the line.

First male finisher was Dan SCHOFIELD in 19.26, followed by Lee CHRISTMAS in 19.58 and George PAYNE in 21.50.
First female finisher was Clementine MARRON in 23.11, followed by Mell MOSS in 24.31 and Laura LAKIN, closely behind in 24.33.

You will see on the results page that parkrun gives all runners an age-graded score. An explanation of how this works is below. Congratulations to our top 3 age graded runners today who included Dan and Lee but also Sebastian AQUILINA. Sebastian was running in the Junior 10 age category and was in fact the first junior to finish this week.

Finally, thanks once again to all the lovely, friendly marshals! I'm sure I wasn't the only one who needed a bit of encouragement this week. If you can help, please do as there are a number of key roles that must be filled each week, in order for parkrun to happen. Another link below for you. This explains what each of the roles involves. There are a number of roles that you can do, and still run, so please consider helping out one week. You can also earn 100 points for the first 3 times you volunteer each year which are added to the points table. The future roster for the next few weeks can be found here .

Whether it was your 1st or 187th (like Mel GILBERT) parkrun this week, hope you enjoyed it! The Stonehouse parkrun team will be all ready to welcome us back next week, to do it all over again!

Sue Coates


Run report – Event 4 – 13/08/16

It was near perfect running conditions this morning, warm but with a breeze to help prevent too much overheating and it was great to see 95 people starting their weekend off with this 9 o'clock run, jog or walk around Oldends Lane playing fields. It is a 4 lap course virtually all on grass and a friendly welcome is given to everyone.

Looking at this weeks results, they really do demonstrate just how inclusive parkrun is, with participants ranging from the youngest in the junior 10 year old category all the way up to the eldest runner representing the 85-89 year olds. Wow!
There were plenty of people running in their first ever parkrun whilst Anne Newbery was completing her 287th run. I hope that everyone whether young, old, new or experienced enjoyed their run today.

Results showed there were 21 pb's and 61 first timers, including 26 completely new to parkrun, welcome and be warned it is addictive!
As well as the newbies there are select group of 3 runners who have run in all 4 of the runs to date: Anne Maddison, Emily Locke and Anthony Christmas, well done to you all.

The first 3 male finishers today were Henry Sly in 17:48, Paul Horsfall in 18:03 and Mike Gibbs in 19:11.
The first 3 female finishers were Clare Meraz in 21:06, Tina Gomer in 21:47 and Lola Dawson-Maia in 22:08

parkrun isn't just about running, as always a big THANK YOU to all the volunteers, without you this simply isn't possible. I'm sure the team will love to hear from anyone if you would like to give it a go - roles are very simple and full explanation is given.

This weeks those in the volunteering hall of fame are:


It's here every week, so remember don't forget your barcode and please return your finish tokens at the end of the run, one went missing last week and the replacements are never quite as good.

Thanks to all,



A parkrun Poem by Gracie (age 6)

Another bit of news this week, Gracie wrote this on Saturday after running one lap with Mum and Dad and then watching them run the remaining laps.

Thank you Gracie.

The Run
On a summer's day people run in the summer grass,
and flowers, with trees that blow in the wind,
with clouds as white as snow and flowers as nice as butterflies,
and grass as green as trees.

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