Event #210, Saturday 23/11/19 – Phil Southworth

Saturday 23rd November marked the 210th successful Gloucester North parkrun.

With 94% cloud cover and 90% humidity, it was no surprise that it rained, although very slightly. The temperature was 7°C with a 13 km/h Easterly wind.

Run Director Kerri Green delivered the briefing describing the course and other important information e.g. that donations to Gloucester foodbank would be appreciated and collected from the next two events.

69 Participants set off on three laps of the far less muddy alternative 'backward G' course. The course is run entirely on grass, and there are no hills.

We headed through the goalposts, around another rugby field before heading across and again turning next to the rugby post, before spreading our arms through aeroplane corner in front of the 'Tardis' with Dr Who theme music in the background, in celebration of 56 years since Dr Who was first televised. This was repeated until on the last lap, instead of aeroplane corner, we crossed the finish line.

Congratulations to the 6 participants who achieved personal best (PB) times in this event.

The following milestones were achieved...

Well done Lorraine Tarrant on completing her 10th parkrun and Rebecca Fortescue-Phillips on completing her 25th, both with PBs.

The 8 First-timers who participated included visitors from Bristol, and perhaps Poland.

Thanks heaps to the lovely, friendly volunteers who did a fantastic job hosting this event.

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Gloucester North parkrun report for event #174, 16th March 2019

Saturday saw me visiting Gloucester North from Southampton as I was on my way to West Wales for a family party that night. But why Gloucester North? Answer running challenges – compass points, staying alive (3 B and3 Gs) and another event towards the Cowell club (100 different parkrun venues). This was event no 66. After an early start I arrived in plenty of time to meet and chat with the volunteer team who made me feel very welcome. There were a couple of other tourists incognito as this was their home course.

After a quick recce of the course, I found it was going to be a challenging parkrun for the 91 runners. The course was fairly dry underfoot but strong blustery winds from which there wasn’t much shelter made sprint finish was tricky with a strong headwind. But that didn’t stop 9 regulars running a new personal best.

We welcomed several new parkrun family members, Heidi ATTENBOROUGH, Claire ALLEN and Anwen DORRINGTON. Congratulations on finishing your first parkrun. Your Saturday mornings will never be the same again.

Congratulations to Vicky HANCOCKS (pictured below) who completed her 50th parkrun, a distance that would take you to Southampton and back.

There were also 15 other visitors including runners from Newent, Tewkesbury and Maesteg who made sure at least one Welshman ran under the rugby posts on this final Six Nations day.

For those of you who like stats this week was the 2nd lowest attendance in the last 10 weeks. The lowest was 81 last week and a record of 218 on 2nd Feb
In South West England, Gloucester North was 45th out of 52 parkruns in terms of attendance.
In the U.K., Gloucester North was 426th out of 551 parkruns in terms of attendance.

Big Thanks to these hard-core volunteers who brave the chilly wind and threatening rain.
Caroline MARSHALL • Dave JONES • Emily MARSHALL • Emily WINSKILL • Graeme BRAND • Gwenda EVANS • Iain WILLIAMS • James MARSHALL • Jenny BURTON • John O’LEARY • Kerri GREEN • Mark PERKINS • Megan THORESSON • Michelle JONES • Noah PERKINS • Owen HAVARD • Paul HUMPHRIS • Rachel PEARCE • Sarah DHILLON • Stephen BRADSHAW • Steve HAVARD

Its easy to volunteer, and some roles allow you run too. Just have a look at the future roster and ping an email to the volunteer coordinator with the role and date you would like to do.
Finally, I would like to say thank you to everyone at Gloucester North for making this tourist feel very welcome and it’s a lovely course even with the wind. It has everything we need – toilets, parking and post parkrun coffee. Thank you.

Gwenda Evans
Southampton

 

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Gloucester North event number 168 to the rescue!

Gloucester North event number 168 to the rescue!
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Like many others, I spent most of a snowy Friday afternoon and evening frantically searching social media for updates of parkruns that might possibly still go ahead. All of my local ones were cancelled, (understandably - most of them here in Bristol are on tarmac and contain hills), although I was determined to not give up hope that one somewhere, anywhere, might go ahead. I’m not adverse to a bit of parkrun tourism, in fact I quite enjoy it, so I was over the moon when Gloucester North confirmed they’d be going ahead.

What I hadn’t banked on though was not actually being able to get off driveway this morning for the side road being turned into an ice rink overnight! I also hadn’t banked on my husband’s car (parked at the front of the house avoiding said ice rink) not having much petrol - and so it turns out playing chicken with the fuel tank all the way to Gloucester was rather nerve wracking! But phew, I got there at 8.50am - with a small amount of petrol left and just in time to hear the run briefing from the lovely Run Director Jenny.

What struck me upon arrival was just how grateful we all were for the team putting on the event. It was clear from the get go what a great team of volunteers made this morning possible, so a huge thanks go to the 28 high viz heroes who gave up their time on such a freezing cold Saturday morning! Your cheering and keeping us safe was much appreciated. Whilst there were many volunteers this morning however, the team really struggled for pre-event set up - so if anyone fancies giving up a small amount of time before the run in future weeks to help make the event possible, I know they’d really appreciate it. Please email gloucesternorthhelpers@parkrun.com to get involved and generally feel awesome for doing your bit.

It may have been icy under foot, but it was sunny overhead. It was a record breaking attendance for Gloucester North today, with 218 runners, joggers and walkers taking on the delightfully flat course. Over double the average number of weekly participants! There were 57 first timers to the course, including visitors from Manchester, Northampton, Bristol and Cheltenham. And of these 57, it was the first parkrun ever for 7 people - welcome to the first parkrun of the rest of your life. We hope you enjoyed it as much as the rest of us do!

Whilst the aim of this morning was just to get round safely, 29 of you impressively got a PB! Well done. With three pacers out on the field this morning (22mins, 25mins and 30mins) hopefully this spurred a few people on to keep moving. A special mention also goes to Sarah Cole who joined the 50 club this morning, congratulations - the snow didn’t stop you from getting your milestone run thankfully!

What resonates with me every Saturday morning is that parkrun is many things to many people. And Gloucester North you were no exception. Thank you for putting on such a fab event. I for one will definitely be back!

Sarah Ashby
parkrun addict

 

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Run Report Event #157, 17-11-2018

Gloucester North parkrun #157, 17/11/2018
Report by Mark Perkins

Welcome to this week’s run report for Gloucester North. This week’s run conditions were dry with a little bit of wind and only 38 sleeps till Christmas Day. Well done all 107 runners.

Firstly, I would like to thank all the volunteers, helpers and supporters for giving up your time to come out on a Saturday morning, it's much appreciated and without you parkrun just wouldn’t happen. Please get in touch if you can help in any way, details are on the website or just ask the race director at the next parkrun. Details of roles and dates can also be found here too, if you’re considering a role but unsure what it involves then just ask any of the volunteers as they will be happy to help you or put you in the right direction.

Parkrun volunteers this week were as follows-

Alice COMPTON, Annalee TIDMARSH, Christopher BOYLE, Denise POWELL, Ella GREEN, Emily WINSKILL, Georgina EMILE, Helen JONES, Karen BENNETT, Kerri GREEN, Lara TIDMARSH, Louis GREEN, Mark PERKINS, Mary BRUTON, Megan THORESSON, Rachael HEYWOOD, Rachel PEARCE, Sarah DHILLON, Stephen BRADSHAW, Vinay KARADIA and William TIDMARSH.

This week’s speediest runner was Toby Scott with a time of 17.49 in his 50th parkrun plus a cheeky pb. The first female runner was Kiya Dee with a time of 20.00, thank you for visiting Kiya. First under 15 was Jacob Berry with 19.41, again another pb.

For the statos amongst you, there were 24 first timers, 18 people with personal bests, and runners from Leeds, Heathrow and Leamington Spa.

Just a couple of items to mention before I go, firstly please could you check you have not left with one of our precious finish tokens and secondly, next week we will be having a collection for the local foodbank.

Thanks to all, both runners, helpers and spectators and we hope to see you at Gloucester North or just parkrun in general very soon.

 

3rd November 2018 – parkrun 155

We are nearly at Bonfire Night and this Saturday, the Hucclecote Harriers came to take over Gloucester North parkrun and provided us with lots of sparkle, ohhhs, ahhhhhs and even a few rockets!

The harriers were out in force around the course taking over the volunteer roles but not only that they also provided 7 wonderful pacers covering a range of times between 22 and 35 minutes. 18 people achieved Pb's today and I'm sure a number of these are due to fabulous pacers, so thank you.

Kerri, as Run Director, gave the run briefing this morning, thanked all the volunteers, reminded us all of parkrun rules and then let us know about the planned Gloucester food bank collection on 24th November before sending us all on our way. (More details will follow on the food bank collection)

Looking at today's results, there were 20 first timers and of them, 9 people were undertaking their first ever parkrun. We hope that you all really enjoyed your run and that for the newbies this is the start of many more Saturday mornings to come (be warned its very addictive!

Tourists today came as far afield as Stratford upon Avon, Crystal Palace, Folkestone and Manchester, the parkrunner visiting from Cheltenham was clearly beaten in the distance travelled stakes!

We had brother and sister junior parkrunners celebrating their 10th milestone and 1 doing so with a pb.  If you have a milestone, please do let the Run Director know so that they can give you a mention in the run briefing.

Today's first male finisher was Josh Wilson, in a time of 18:43, whilst the first female finished was Rosie Brown, in a time of 23:42
There was even had a family prize giving ceremony which looks like lots of fun, but also fiercely competitive!

A big thank you to everyone that helped at the event, especially the Hucclecote Harriers, if you would like to find out more about running with them they have a Facebook page which details their regular runs - Tuesday's, Thursday's & Sundays but runners from the club are found each week at each of the three Gloucester parkruns, so please do ask any questions.
Or if you would like to take on a volunteer role in future weeks, please do get in touch, we would love to hear from you.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend and any bonfire/firework displays you have planned.

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