Eastville parkrun is cancelled on 30 May 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Eastville celebrates International Women’s Day

Saturday morning (aka parkrun day) dawned cloudy, but mild and dry.  Which was a welcome change after the recent weather and perfect for International Women’s Day parkrun.

By the time I joined the many runners making their way over to Eastville Park from Tesco the sun was struggling valiantly to break through the cloud and it was looking to be another busy run at Eastville parkrun.

I signed up to parkrun in 2008.  For a variety of reasons and non reasons I didn’t end up doing my first run until 10 years later in August 2018.  I was immediately hooked by the friendly and welcoming atmosphere and today marks my 50th run.  And what better way to celebrate than by writing a run report (although some might say that I could have brought cake….)  Over the past 17 months I have run at varying speeds, jogged with my daughter and (tail)walked.

So, back to today’s run, event #116.  After the first timers’ briefing run director Becky did the introduction and we had a photo to mark International Women’s Day with plenty of purple on show.  I don’t know if there were more women than usual today but there were 643 people enjoying the excellent running conditions, 247 of whom were female.

IWD parkrun

There were rather fewer milestones this week than usual, with only LEO SEYMOUR running his 50th as well and getting an excellent personal best of 18.30.  Which is a shame as milestones this week were being marked by #thisgirlcan t-shirts being handed out.  Thanks parkrun!

A quick shout out to tourists followed, but unfortunately with all the hubbub at the start I didn’t catch where anyone was from, and then we were off!

Now, Eastville is far from the flattest parkrun.  This is perhaps unsurprising given that we are in Bristol!  According to jegmar.com, which helpfully gives elevation rankings for parkruns, neighbours Pomphrey Hill and Ashton Court are hillier though.  We start off with a small lap, followed by a longer lap which includes a run around the beautiful lake, and finishing off with a final lap taking in  long inclines and the top of the park. What goes up must come down however, so we get a nice downhill stretch once you have rounded the top of the park.  Over recent weeks the finish funnel has been extended somewhat to account for the many runners heading to the park each weekend but there were several barcode scanners on hand to scan our barcodes.  #dfyb people, as no barcode means no time!

Today’s first female finisher was Kate Howard getting a new PB of 19.09.  Well done Kate! The first male finisher was sadly without a barcode, but hot on his heels was Philip Parry in 17.41.  Philip was also this week’s highest age grade, with a fantastic 88.41%.

If you are reading this trying to muster up the courage to try parkrun, come along next week.  You won’t regret it.  It doesn’t matter how fast you are, or what you wear, everyone is welcome.  And at Eastville there are always plenty of cute dogs joining in the fun too!

Many thanks to Jo Morris for writing this week's run report. Congratulations on also completing your 50th parkrun!
See you all in the park again soon.
Becky & Adrian, RDs for Event #116

IWD parkrun


Leap Day Lovliness Eastville event no 115


This week's run report has been specially written for us by Todd Thornback

An impressive 557 runners turned out for the eagerly anticipated 29/02 parkrun,  with many eager to avoid waiting 28 years for the next opportunity to do so. I wonder if any of the 24 first time parkrunners also had this in mind?

I live in Sheffield but embrace every chance to visit local parkruns when away from home.  Despite finding myself in Bristol for a stag weekend, I wasn’t going to let the previous evening’s merriment deter me from Eastville parkrun. I was, however, unable to convince my companions to join me.

Having arrived at Eastville park in good time, I was able to drag myself from the warmth and comfort of my car in time to catch the all important first timer’s briefing.  Things were looking good.

Then came the race briefing from the fantastic Race Director, who somehow managed to bellow through the baltic, horizontal gale and drizzle that was nowhere to be seen just 2 minutes prior. He remain unperturbed and focused but I was starting to feel the familiar twinge of doubt in my decision to choose parkrun over a lie-in.  The enthusiasm of the man who shouted ’50!’ to declare his milestone run, was enough to make anyone forget about the cold. 49605603833_2eca9f12ec_b

Any doubt I had vanished as soon as the roar of ‘go’ reverberated among the 500+ chilly runners/walkers, particularly as the rain and wind immediately ceased.

This made for a fabulous run, particularly around the lake on the second lap. There was a buzz about the atmosphere which made the event welcoming. People were being encouraged to leap for the camera, the volunteers were incredibly enthusiastic,  and I am pretty sure I saw a runner pushing a twin stroller up the hill!

The moment that made it for me was, with the finish line no more than 800m away, one of the tailwalkers produced a Freddo chocolate bar.  As I approached she asked if I wanted one. Of course I did! One can only assume that this was in linked to Freddo being a frog. Frogs leap. It was the leap day.  The link was seamless.


A couple of minutes later I crossed the finish line, Freddo in hand, smile on face.

A massive thank you to all the volunteers and well done to everyone who completed this weekend’s Eastville parkrun. A special congratulations to the 6 people (Alan Cavill, Nicolette Penney, Stan Patrzalek, William Baker, Ismail Rashid (PB) and Samuel Kirwan) who achieved their 50th , and to Tony Myers for completing his 100th!

This week 557 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 70 were first timers and 82 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 49 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Geoff KEOGH • Jonathan GOODLAND • Steve PARSONS • Heather GRIFFIN • Andrew GRIFFIN • Rosie DAVIES • Alice WARREN • Adrian COLLINS • Gavin WATKINS • Jack WRIDE • Ruth WATKINSON • Susie HOWELLS • Will HUGHES • Simon OLIVER • Emily ROWAN-MAXWELL • Debbie HUNT • Megan BARRACLOUGH • Jay HUNT • Zoe HUNT • Ollie HARPER • James HARRISON • Sally ROBINSON • Jonty SCHUMAN • Alice SCHUMAN • Patrick STONEHEWER • Theo DOUGLAS-KING • Jonny LLOYD • Pamela VARCOE • Richard DEIGHTON • Kerry WILLIAMS • Benedict VAN DER LANDE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Eastville parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Patrick MARTIN who recorded a time of 15:18 on 2nd June 2018 (event number 27).
The female record is held by Charlotte Emily TAYLOR-GREEN who recorded a time of 17:52 on 16th February 2019 (event number 63).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline LAVIS who recorded 90.86% (25:20) on 21st December 2019 (event number 105).


After Storm Dennis came Storm Eastville

Having survived the onslaught of Storm Dennis we were hoping for a calm Saturday morning

But the wind seemed far stronger than the previous weekend but with no name allocated it seemed Storm Eastville would be appropriate ! At least the river level had dropped and it was dry

With everything nailed down or being held in place by our stalwart volunteers we started

Our first finisher this week and also completing his 300th parkrun was Maciej Bialogonski and our first female finisher was Rhiannon Paton

With an age gradings of 87.34% and 86.35% were Phil Parry and Sian Davies

Our most prolific parkrunners today were Karen and Gerard Watson with 338 and 334 parkruns respectively . Gerard you have some catching up to do !!

We celebrated some milestones today with Rose visiting us from Pomphrey Hill and with her family and friends and of course her Teddy Bear completed her 10th parkrun


Also celebrating his 50th was Ethan Smith

Next week we are celebrating a Leap Year parkrun so come along and leap and hop your way around

The pop up cafe will be open

This week 573 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 110 were first timers and 89 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 51 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Jonathan GOODLAND • Steve PARSONS • Steve GUEST • Rosie DAVIES • Simon HUGHES • Adrian COLLINS • Ben TIMPSON • Carol KIEKUTH • Kevin SAMUEL • Ruth WATKINSON • Lesley GRANT • Jane SALEEM • Conor HICKEY • Will HUGHES • Charlotte ADDISON • Matthew COTTRELL • Michael INGLIS • Nicola TANNER • Patrick STONEHEWER • Steven RILEY • Neil BUTTERFIELD • Cara FIRKS • Theo DOUGLAS-KING • Claire LITTLEJOHN • Frances STEWART • Richard STADON

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Eastville parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Patrick MARTIN who recorded a time of 15:18 on 2nd June 2018 (event number 27).
The female record is held by Charlotte Emily TAYLOR-GREEN who recorded a time of 17:52 on 16th February 2019 (event number 63).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline LAVIS who recorded 90.86% (25:20) on 21st December 2019 (event number 105).

Eastville parkrun started on 18th November 2017. Since then 11,006 participants have completed 50,242 parkruns covering a total distance of 251,210 km, including 9,186 new Personal Bests. A total of 810 individuals have volunteered 2,988 times.


Dennis The Menace

This weeks report comes from our storm battered Run Director Jason

Event 113

Dennis Forgot his Barcode

Storm Dennis was expected at Eastville as this weekend. The team deliberated, discussed, issued warnings, inspected the course multiple times, advised on warm attire, and at 7.30am confirmed we were going ahead. Many of our neighbours were anticipating Dennis to be a bit more of a troublesome guest and cancelled, so many of our local friends joined us this week. As it turned out, it was a little bit windy, the rain stayed off until the end and all runners returned safely.


This week 639 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 104 were first timers and 79 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 57 different clubs took part.

We were the 8th best attended Parkrun in the UK. Thank you to all who braved the storm to take part.

We had a couple of milestones this week. Katie Gadd reached her 50th and Howard Jameson reached 250. Howard battled the elements to bring a large Milestone celebration cake, which was much appreciated by the volunteers and runners.


A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this event was made possible, especially in less than ideal conditions.


Jonathan GOODLAND • Ian HAYNES • Steve GUEST • James BUSHNELL • Becky BUSHNELL • Simon HUGHES • Georgia SIMPSON • Ruth WATKINSON • Will HUGHES • Joanna HOWELL • Robert BROWN • Sara PERKINS • Jason BULLOCK • Andrew DRAKE • Philip WARRY • Lotte BULLOCK • Mark COX • Ollie HARPER • Jonty SCHUMAN • Alice SCHUMAN • Neil BUTTERFIELD • Becky PERKINS • Frances STEWART • Peter GEORGE • Claire MITCHELL

We look forward to seeing you next week, when hopefully Dennis is a distant memory.



On March 7th we will be joining many other parkruns from around the country to celebrate International Womens Day which takes place on March 8th

The event will be in collaboration with This Mum Runs and Sport England

Research shows that across the world women are less likely than men to take part in parkrun so we will be helping to promote a female focused parkrun

Look out for more news across our social media over the coming weeks

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