Christmas Day and New Year’s Day 2021/22 – GO GO GO!

Thanks to our newest Run Director team offering to do their first Run Director stint and some enthusiastic/committed volunteers, we are pleased to say we will be holding Gladstone parkrun on both Christmas Day 2021 and New Years Day 2022.

Both events will start at the normal time of 9.00am.

Obviously, we expect Christmas jumpers for the Christmas run and hang-overs on the NYD one. gladstone parkrun christmas2

We still need volunteers for both days so please consider raising your hand by emailing gladstone@parkrun.com to tell us you want to help out on one of the days.

If we find we are still short of volunteers for NYD (Christmas is looking good more or less) we may choose to cancel in the run-up to the date, so don't be shy about volunteering.

 

 

Gladstone parkrun Event number 411 31st July 2021

This week 169 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Martin GARRETT • Ziggy BRENNAN • Sofia ALI • Paul Anthony DURKAN • Alison HARGREAVES • Jennifer ARMSON • Faisal DIN • Jo SANDERS • Jack KEOGH • Michael MERTL • Anastasia CHEW • Benoit PINGAT • Andy GITTOS • Jean WALERYCH • Angela PAYNE • Patricia KING • David PAYLING • Hilary QUINN • Arjuna PFLUG • Isabelle BRICE • Sheena HINDOCHA • Sandy CLAYTON • Helena SCOTTNEGUS

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

The male record is held by Hassan MARZOUK who recorded a time of 15:50 on 23rd May 2015 (event number 155).
The female record is held by Emily TODD who recorded a time of 18:35 on 9th February 2019 (event number 351).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ros TABOR who recorded 91.00% (22:58) on 30th April 2016 (event number 205).

Gladstone parkrun started on 30th June 2012. Since then 7,324 participants have completed 57,742 parkruns covering a total distance of 288,710 km, including 8,648 new Personal Bests. A total of 737 individuals have volunteered 6,325 times.

 

International Women’s Day at Gladstone parkrun

We're really looking forward to the International Women's Day (IWD) parkrun on Saturday 7 March, and we hope you are too!

In England the IWD parkrun celebration is being supported by This Girl Can and more than 300 parkruns across England will be hosting a IWD parkrun

Come and run, jog or walk and then use the This Girl Can selfie frame to celebrate the day!

 

Gladstone parkrun Event number 405 15th February 2020

This week 233 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Bev THOMAS • Emma SUTHERLAND • John WALERYCH • Adrian BOYLAN • Nathan BARNARD • Samina HAQ • Alan John CARTER • Paul Anthony DURKAN • Sam SUTHERLAND • Maurice QUIRKE • Peter HIGGINS • Marivi HAQ • Paul ROCHE • Jean WALERYCH • Joanna MORRISON • Morgan WOLFE • Alistair ABRAHAMS • Graham DAVIES • Chetan KHATRY • David PAYLING • Hilary QUINN • Bethany CRADICK • Sandy CLAYTON

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

The male record is held by Hassan MARZOUK who recorded a time of 15:50 on 23rd May 2015 (event number 155).
The female record is held by Emily TODD who recorded a time of 18:35 on 9th February 2019 (event number 351).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ros TABOR who recorded 91.00% (22:58) on 30th April 2016 (event number 205).

Gladstone parkrun started on 30th June 2012. Since then 7,136 participants have completed 56,568 parkruns covering a total distance of 282,840 km, including 8,536 new Personal Bests. A total of 719 individuals have volunteered 6,189 times.

 

Gladstone parkrun Event number 400 – 11th January 2020

With the recent dark and gloomy early morning weather continuing, record numbers arrived to enjoy the celebrations of the 400th running of Gladstone parkrun!

The 305 participants and 33 volunteers congregated around the start/finish area and listened to Run Director Jennifer Armson’s run briefing, including warnings about a couple of puddles on the course! Though social media, I discovered after the parkrun that 11th January is ‘National Step in a Puddle and Splash a Friend Day … such a shame this wasn’t known a few hours earlier!! (Read more about it here)

During the briefing which included the trialling of a new loud speaker system, congratulations were given to Jean Walerych who’s birthday it was. Jean has marshalled over 190 times at Gladstone since 2015 and always gives great encouragement to everyone as they run past her!

The full team of volunteers marshalled and organised the event with the great expertise – the following individuals are to be thanked for helping out.

Adrian BOYLAN  •  Alex PSARIANOS  •  Alyson BURBERRY  •  Andrew AIKEN  •  Angela PAYNE  •  Billy SHEPHERD  •  Buggsie HEATH-BROWN  •  Charles MARKS  •  David DUGGAN  •  David PAYLING  •  David SHEPHERD  •  David WEBB  •  Des CRINION  •  Emily WITT  •  Emily YOUNG  •  Gillian SELF  •  Helen SCOTT  •  Jean WALERYCH  •  Jennifer ARMSON  •  John MILNER  •  Julius SEPORAITIS  •  Kemuel SOLOMON  •  Livia DEL BO  •  Nathan BARNARD  •  Patricia KING  •  Paul Anthony DURKAN  •  Peter HIGGINS  •  Peter LOOSE  •  Rupert NEGUS  •  Sandy CLAYTON  •  Sofia ALI  •  Sue BOUCHER  •  Valentina DEL BO

There are still spaces on the volunteer roster over the next few weeks, so why not try viewing parkrun from a different angle? Plenty of volunteering roles are available to be performed – please email gladstonehelpers@parkrun.com if you are interested.

The numbers were swelled by numerous visitors adorned in apricot shirts – visitors were seen to have come from as far afield as Shrewsbury, Milton Keynes and Taunton, along with others more local from Gunnersbury, Bedfont Lakes and Bushy!

There were also 15 people having their barcodes scanned for the first time – we hope you enjoyed your Saturday morning and will return again soon!

What the numbers tell us!

Although the running conditions have been better, 41 people achieved Personal Bests! This is almost 17% of the runners who had previously recorded times, a great achievement, especially as many other got close to their best times!

There were also 24 ‘unknowns’ in the field – unfortunately not everyone brought their barcodes with them. The abbreviation of DFYB is parkrun terminology participants are regularly reminded of……Don’t Forget Your Barcode is great advice when getting to the start line on a Saturday morning!

To state the obvious, the record attendance of 305 at the 400th event is the highest ever, and the first over 300! The first run was on 30th June 2012, and it wasn’t until a year later that the numbers went over 100 for the first time! Roll on another two years for a 200+ attendance, and now a record number of participants have taken part in each of the last two weeks. As this is the first report of 2020, it’s also worth noting that the total numbers of runners in 2019 was 10,691 with over 1,000 volunteer roles being filled!

Those collecting low number tokens

Collecting token number 1 was Sam White in a time of 18:25 on his first visit to Gladstone parkrun. Charlie Rossington was the second person to be issued with a token 24 seconds later and Joshua Odefey was the third runner to complete the course, in 18:51. First lady home was Maria Jovani in a time of 20:50 (also on her first visit to Gladstone), with Sarah Bailey following her home 20 seconds later! Emily Iliffe was the third lady to reach the funnel, completing her 28th run around Gladstone parkrun.

Enjoy your parkrunning and see you again soon!

Thanks go to David Duggan for writing this week's run report.

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