Another beautiful Saturday rolled around in Gloucester Park this weekend, but there was an extra burst of colour in Gloucester Park as the city celebrated Pride this weekend. Not one to be left out of the festivities, Lana, Paul and the core team got truly stuck in to deliver a Rainbow coloured event.
We were grateful to welcome a mix of 150 walkers, joggers and runners to parkrun this week, from all different walks of life, we had tourists from Halifax and Milton Keynes - we hope you enjoyed your visit and will come back again. It was also a chance to celebrate some brilliant milestones, this week it was the turn of Junior runner Rosie Tetley with 25 parkruns and Philip Emery completed his 50th parkrun, huge congratulations to both of you, we can't wait to see you in your milestone tops soon!
No parkrun could be possible without our amazing volunteers, our hi viz heroes really are the backbone of the event, it's really easy to get involved, there's no experience necessary and we'll provide any equipment and training you need, if you'd like to try on a hi viz vest, why not pop a message on our Facebook page, drop us an email or come and pop your name on the white board next week! This weeks event was made possible by our 26 volunteers: Adam COATES • Ahmed Said HANSDOT • Anita WITHERS • Becki CLARK • Caitlyn LEACH • Chris DAVIS • Elizabeth KIRKHAM • Ellen RAVENING • Hilary NICHOLLS • Hoodsie PRESTON • Ian GILL • Jo MILLER • John WILLIAMS • Katie BRISLAND • Lana SMITH • Lewis HUTCHINSON • Matilda SHARMAN • Naz JUNA • Paul RAVENING • Pratik PRADHAN • Robyn POOLE-JONES • Rosie BROWN • Sharon DAVIS • Sylvia JELLYMAN • Wendy HIIEMAE • Zeb JUNA
Due to the pride events in the park we had to make some changes to the course this week, taking on 5 laps seemed rather daunting at the start, but it didn't seem to put you all off as 21 of you scored a new personal best! We also welcomed 24 first timers today - welcome to Gloucester City and we really hope you'll join us again soon - can we tempt you with our regular 3 3/4 lap course maybe?
On a more personal note, for myself as a member of the LGBTIA+ community, I want to extend a huge thank you to Lana, Paul, the core team, and everyone who took part, volunteered or even spectated at parkrun this week. There are many times in life where unfortunately I feel like I have to hide who I am because of how others might perceive me, but parkrun is truly a place where I feel accepted no matter who I am, and this weekend really showed that. Pride is a celebration, a coming together of communities, and I am so proud of the supportive parkrun community I've found at Gloucester City, I think I can speak for everyone when I say we should celebrate our wonderful local parkruns and all the people who make them possible every week!
As the pride tents come down, it'll be back to normal next Saturday morning, we're back to our regular course and we'll see you at the bandstand!