Love Wins at Event # 104

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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!

Hoodsie

 

Event #103 – Summer Holidays….done.

Parkrun is such a well run machine and it still amazes me how so many different events and locations across the UK can have such a familiar feel on a Saturday morning. This was our first time at Gloucester and for others looking to tourist, here are the logistical basics….its easy to find, follow the GPS from the website and it’s a pretty big park so easy to spot. It is close to the city centre but plenty of parking around the park if needed (phone to pay option). A nice bandstand is the starting point so very easy to find and be in familiar parkrun surroundings. Also, it’s a nice flat course, entirely on tarmac so bring your fast shoes.

I’d like to say a huge thank you to the selfless team who put on the event. My obsession
with running parkrun as often as possible rules me out of about 90% of volunteer roles, so I, like many many others, are so grateful to those who ARE prepared to give up their time just to help others have a great time. It was great to hear lots of thanks you’s going out to marshals as we ran today, and those thanks extend to the whole team from Run Director to whoever put down the markings so we know where to finish. THANK YOU to all of you!

Well done to all milestones, PB’s, first timers and experienced runners, walkers and joggers. Will Cronshaw & Nicky Sheen both completed their 100th parkrun today – well done! 21 recorded a PB today which suggests they have had better discipline through lockdown than I managed – well done to all of you! And 14 completed their first ever parkrun and are now part of a community of runners, walkers and joggers that are really making a difference – WELCOME.

I know its not a race but I would also like to acknowledge the first finishers, because running in those sort of times takes training, dedication and focus and I can only wish I could move that fast! Well done to Gebrehiwet Tadese and Jade Ocean who were the first male and female finisher respectively with times of 17:23 and 24:03.
Thanks again to all at Gloucester City…participants and volunteers make the event what it is…a very enjoyable one – see you again soon GC.

Simon Weal

 

Event #102 – Multitasking

Nice conditions for running at the 102nd Gloucester City Parkrun this morning – certainly the 26 runners who managed a PB thought so!

First past the post (and we know it’s not a race) was Nathan Pettit, in a PB of 18’29 - fortunately our timekeepers were all over things, as Nathan’s watch didn’t record a time! The first female finisher was junior Anna Pollard, also in a personal best time, of 21’58.

We had 7 first time Parkrunners and 22 first time tourists who came from around the country, and even one from Germany. No one admitted to running a milestone, but we spotted two juniors completing their 10th runs, so well done to Emma Pollard and Joshua Dickens. Cassie Langford kept her 50 th Parkrun quiet, but we spotted that one too!

Run Director John Williams led a team of 28 multi-tasking volunteers, Mark and Zach Zygo did carpark duty and then were course photographers. Even I managed to keep busy, doing the first timers briefing, handing out finish tokens, and writing this report.

Running, walking, volunteering, there really is no better way to spend your Saturday mornings.

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Event #98- International Womens Day

Event #98 – IWD!

What a parkrun, what an atmosphere! Gloucester City parkun #98 welcomed a massive 345 runners to celebrate International Women’s Day!

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With girls from age 6 to mature ladies in their 80s, 183 females all came together to start their weekend feeling empowered within such a fabulous community with the spirit of This Girl Can. That’s an increase of 77 females over the previous week! Well done to all of you on this day of recognition, including the 34 new runners to Gloucester City parkrun and the 15 female and 5 male first timers.

Of course none of this would be possible without the amazing hi viz pink marshal heroes:

Their support and encouragement every week is much appreciated and no doubt contributed to the 64 new PBs racked up this week, including 3 for the top 6 male and female finishers.  A change in the course with the final lap now being the short lap was well received and will now be permanent.

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First 3 male finishers were Daniel Moody with a new PB of 18.54, Javid Norat with a new PB of 19.20 and Jamie Smith in 19.44.

First 3 females were Rachel Underhill in 20.15, Maria Clutterbuck with a new PB of 21.20 and Emma Millman in 21.58.

First 3 JW10 finishers were Daisy Meade, Olivia Smith and Emilia Johnson.

First 3 JM10 finishers were Monty Carruthers, Jude Burch and Harrison Ward.

First 3 JW11-14 finishers were Isabella Carruthers with a new course PB, Chloe Sheppard and Lucy Hutchinson.

First 3 JM11-14 finishers were Allen Li, Reuben Millward and Ryan Horsley.

Well done all of you!

Congratulations also to Liz Kirkham who ran her 100th parkrun with us. What an amazing achievement especially on #IWD!

Tourists came from far and wide, with visitors from London, Newcastle upon Tyne, Bristol and as far away as Barcelona! We hope you and all our runners enjoyed running with us at Gloucester City.

A last note to thank those of you who have brought Easter Eggs with you to parkrun. Whilst you’re searching for toilet rolls, please pick up a few Easter Eggs, just 75p half price at Tesco (other supermarkets are available!) to support Gloucester Feed the Hungry 5000 Easter Egg campaign.

See you all next Saturday with your barcodes!

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By Maria Clutterbuck

 

Event #97- Sun, Rain, Wind, Sun…

242 people ran, jogged or walked
32 Hi-viz heroes made this event possible
48 First-timers
23 got new PB’s
28 different clubs represented

Gloucester City Parkrun always has a great atmosphere, and is very fast to welcome newcomers. Today was no different, as we welcomed Malvern Joggers’ and other tourists from Leicester and Exeter. Sharon also celebrated her 13th leapyear birthday with us which made this event all the more special.

The high level of encouragement from all the volunteers echoed around the park bringing smiles to the faces of the runners throughout the three and a half lap course. Today’s Parkrun was on Saturday 29th February – the next time it will be run on Saturday the 29th February will be in 2048!

It was a pleasure to welcome Gloucester Feed the Hungry to Parkrun this morning, raising awareness of their 5000 Easter Eggs campaign. They need 5000 Easter Eggs to distribute around Gloucestershire, so please bring yours to the bandstand to help spread love and support to all our community.

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Although we were massively lucky with the weather today, there was lots of standing water on the course which added a different dimension to the running – lots of soggy feet! My job today was as marshal, standing opposite the aviary by the bandstand. I really enjoyed this position as it is so rewarding with all the appreciation people give to you on their way round.

My younger sister, Lucy, was struggling as she approached the last lap, however, with a bit of encouragement she seemed to find a new source of energy. It is inspiring to see the real impact a few words can do.
Today was only my 9th time volunteering, however it has already changed my life for the better – I really feel welcome and part of a family at Gloucester City Parkrun. If you would like to volunteer too, it would be greatly appreciated - just pop your name on the board at the bandstand or let one of the team know.

A massive congratulations to all finishers and volunteers at yet another supportive and
successful Parkrun. Thanks again to Go Outdoors for the kind use of their car park each
week.
Can’t wait till next Saturday!

by Lewis Hutchinson

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