Run Report 39th GNparkrun 9 July by Joanne BUTTLER

It was a bit of a gloomy Saturday in Gloucester for the 39th Gloucester North parkrun. The day started with rumours of travellers in the camp, yes that’s right a group of displaced parkrunners from Kingsway were headed to Gloucester North.
It was very nearly a record attendance with 113 runners, just five short of the all time record for the event that lined up for the start. This included ten people on their very first parkrun (welcome to the family, it’s a bit like the Hotel California, you can check out anytime you like but you can never leave!) and at the opposite end of the scale we were joined my runners marking their 151st and 208th run! Forty four people tried Gloucester North parkrun for the first time today, as well as our tourists from Kingsway, we had a visitor all the way from Aberdeen who claimed today’s record as the person who had travelled the furthest to take part!
Rebecca delivered the run brief and then we gang lined up at the start in very well organised order by 8.58 and we waited to start at 0900 on the dot. The horn sounded and off we all set. As a visitor to Gloucester North, one of the great things to note about this course is that you can see most of the other runners most of the time which is great for people taking part in large groups. There is also plenty of off road parking and a very cheery crew of marshall’s cheering you round. The course is also almost entirely off road so it is definitely a fantastic training event for those of you training for races that are off road.
The first runner home was Oliver Kidd in a time of 17.35, completing his 54th parkrun, his first at this event, and equalling the course record set by Ollie Garrod in February this year! Well done Oliver! Second to finish was Stuart Leslie in 18.46, and third man home was Gavin Campbell in 19.29.
First lady home was Georgina Emile, who set a new PB with her time of 21.53, she was hotly pursued by Natalie Jenks who was narrowly beaten in second place with a time of 21.56 and third lady home was Victoria Kennedy in 22.44.
Our age ranges today varied from under tens right up to the 75-79 age group – which truly goes to show that parkrun is for everyone so if you have been sat at home thinking it’s not for you are you are too old or too young, that is just not the case, why note register for your barcode now and come along and join in next week?
Three people achieved age graded scores of over 70% today. For a full explanation of age grading see the parkrun website, but essentially it is a system that allows you to fairly compare yourself against runners in other age groups and of the opposite sex fairly. Nigel Tillot was our age graded leader today with a score of 75.52%, followed by Andrew Brown with a score of 73.50% and Oliver Kidd achieved an age graded time of 73.36%.
Veteran Male 45-59 was our most popular age category with 13 of you in this bracket taking part, there were a whopping 29 personal bests and Hucclecote Harriers was our most well represented club with nine members taking part.
Well done to all our volunteers who worked hard today coping with extra runners and offering encouragement all the way round. We always need more volunteers and parkrun relies entirely on volunteers to make the event work, and it’s even more rewarding than running so if you want to give it a try have a look at the future roster page in the volunteer section on the website.
We had a lot of fun today, we hope you did to and we would love to see you the same time next week, and why not bring a friend?