The sisters are doing it for themselves… KGV parkrun #25

On the eve of International Women’s Day, KGVPF parkrun was run entirely by a group of lovely ladies.  Our youngest gorgeous girl was 7 and the oldest was a sprightly 81.

A number of volunteers, some in yellow high viz vests, others in 'This Girl Can' t-shirts

They supported a speedy bunch of 79 runners who enjoyed a much improved running surface.  We were delighted to be able to run this week and the park has clearly benefitted from a short respite.  It was lovely to see the young lads able to enjoy their football again too.

It was great to have Nicky Harverson from Active Gloucestershire along to champion the ‘This Girl Can’ campaign.  They are trying to encourage girls to take up physical activity and have some exciting ideas to support girls locally.

In addition, Helen McGuire, a member of the KGV parkrun core team was asked to speak with BBC Gloucestershire Radio this morning.  Helen had been involved with parkrun set up, took the call and then got stuck in with time-keeping – talk about multi-tasking!!  We were also serenaded at the finish by some huge female anthems.

So, a huge thank you to the 24 amazing ladies who made the 25th KGV parkrun a very organised and thoroughly enjoyable morning.


Spring 2020 – Upcoming Events at KGVPF parkrun

As previewed in the 'run report with the helicopter', we've got a bunch of events coming up:

  • 22 Feb - a litter pick in KGV at 1000 (so more or less straight after parkrun).  The date is 22/02/20 - so please feel free to come in a tutu!  Litter pick still on but parkrun is unfortunately cancelled, to allow the park more time to recover following Storm Dennis.
  • 29 Feb leap year day - fancy dress “What might you have been wearing in 1992”, the last time the 29 Feb fell on a Saturday
  • 7 March – a female takeover for International Women’s Day
  • 14 March – St Patrick’s Day – dress in green
  • 28 March - CLC Striders 'takeover', followed by hosting a table at the community Easter Eggstravaganza in the St Mark's Community Centre & Brooklyn Club (just across Brooklyn Road from the park), 1100-1300, in conjunction with Hesters Way Partnership

We've got other ideas too, but we're also interested in knowing other things that are going on that we could help with or participate in.  For example, the litter pick has been organised by a local resident and who contacted us to see if we could help out.  And given we clear up lots of rubbish every week (I saw parkrun volunteers picking up 4 bags of dog poo this morning alone), it was a no-brainer to sign up and help to advertise it.

And regarding International Women's Day, we had a long discussion in the core team on how to support this initiative.  There are a number of barriers to women's participation in sport, and so parkrun has teamed up with the award winning 'This Girl Can' campaign to work to overcome some of these issues.  We realise that some people may see an attempt to ensure we fully include women as exclusive of men, and that is absolutely not the intent.  We will be posting more about IWD closer to the time, discussing some of the issues that parkrun, This Girl Can, and the KGVPF team are joining up to highlight and reduce (and we will also be supporting International Men's Day in November, looking at some problems with health that particularly affect men, and having an all male takeover).

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