The Winter’s Tail – run report 26 after 6 months of running at KGVPF

On Sat 14 March, we had a celebration of St Patrick's Day, with an Irish RD and some great outfits.

A man, woman and a child, in Irish themed outfits Two women with green Irish themed accessories

We had a new course record, with Amber Watson the first woman to break the 20 minute mark at KGV, coming in at 19:59 - brilliant work Amber!  And a young lad, Richie Stuart, achieved membership of the '10 club' today, having done 10 runs in the 'Junior' category - all of them at KGV, and even better got a PB today of 28:25.  Unfortunately, we also had a nasty fall on the course, and we are sending our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Today was 6 months to the day since we started KGV on 14 Sept 2019.  Our tail walker for many of the 26 events during those months, Bob, has put together this longer term run report, looking at KGV from many angles.

The Winter's Tail

Please forgive the title. I had been toying with The Madness of King George and Tails of the Unexpected, so I hope you’ll agree it was the best of a bad bunch.

Tail walking and car park stints through the course of our first winter have given me lots of time to observe and consider our surroundings at a more relaxed pace. These are a few of the characteristics of the KGV course that I’ve come to recognise and appreciate:

1 King George V himself. Our very own slice of royal patronage, he was a diligent monarch and stalwart figurehead through the First World War. Legend has it that his last words were “bugger Bognor”. Nevertheless thanks to him they got to add “Regis” to their title, and we got our playing field - established in his memory, along with 470 others throughout the UK.
A wall plaque commemorating King George V

2 The hills. Fantastic views of the Cotswold escarpment. Topped off with magnificent sunrises on those frosty January mornings.

3 The birdlife. Whilst we’re in a built up area, the park itself and surrounding gardens do provide some very decent habitat. My informal KGV twitcher list is up to 23 (house sparrows, robins, wrens, great tits, blue tits, long tailed tits, goldfinches, chaffinches, blackbirds, song thrushes, redwings, herring gulls, black headed gulls, lesser black-backed gulls, pied wagtails, magpies, crows, jays, starlings, dunnocks, wood pigeons, collared doves and great spotted woodpeckers!).
A large tree in winter

4 The vista. Such is the panoramic nature of the KGV course you can see the majority of the other runners for the majority of the time. A dramatically serpentine sight to behold on New Year’s Day.

5 Our fellow locals. Very nice to have got on to nodding terms and beyond with the other regular park users, feel we’re getting a lot of support from them now. In addition passers by at the main entrance are being curious, complimentary and supportive of the event on run mornings.
A straight road running between green gates and brick gate posts with plaques

6 The rewilding! Good to see us being involved in the planting of the new trees within the park, looking forward to them maturing over the years. That older copse the other side of the rugby pitch from the start line is coming along very nicely too.

7 The inclines. Just right. Enough to provide a bit of a challenge for the fell runners amongst us. Not enough to daunt the rest of us mere mortals.
A bench against a background of green grass, saplings and blue sky

8 The weather. Tons of the stuff. In countless shapes and sizes. One minute it’s a gentle, sunlit jog in the park. The next it’s like you’re on some wilderness endurance run.

9 The grass. Having been running on tarmac I wasn’t sure I’d take to the KGV softer going, but I’ve come to love it (so much easier on my football-and-squash-battered knees!). Mind you hats off to those hardy souls who come and run the course barefoot.....

10 The peace and quiet. Remarkably free of traffic noise (and fumes). Just the occasional plane coming in to land at Staverton, but even that’s just an excuse to get an eyeful of that big KGV sky.
Another wall plaque from other side of the gate

So All’s Well That Ends Well and that was the tale of the winter through the eyes of The Winter’s Tail. Happy parkrunning from this Man for All Seasons and may KGV always put a spring in your step too.
Metal sculpture of the letters K, G and V

 

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.

 

The one with the helicopter (KGVPF parkrun 22, 1 Feb 2020)

KGVPF parkrun event 22 started much the same as any other. As Run Director, I turned up just before 0800, the same time as Sue, one of a group of four doing setup. With slight warmer temperatures and less rain, the course was looking in pretty good nick. Sue managed to pick up a full bag of rubbish as she went round, as she or others do most weeks.

A lday with a plastic bag full of rubbish

At about 0830 most of the rest of the volunteers had arrived and I was handing out lanyards and discussing the ‘B+’ course we were running today. As we are more-or-less on the flight path into Gloucestershire Airport, Staverton , I didn’t think much when we heard a helicopter overhead. But then it got louder and it was clear it was looking to land in KGV. And it did – right on our course. As I continued to sort out the volunteers, several headed over to find out more. It turned out to be a Gloucestershire Air Ambulance and they expected to be there for 1-2 hours.

A green air ambulance helicopter landed on grass

I quickly created the new role of ‘helicopter marshal’, and asked core team member and regular RD Nat to supervise work on a route around the ambulance. We couldn’t wait 2 hours to run, so as long as the helicopter didn’t move, we could run around it. If it did need to take off when we were running, I felt we’d have to cancel at that point as we couldn’t have people trying to run past the turning blades, but it might be we could get finished before then.

At about 0855, we got an update that they expected to leave in the next 10-15 minutes. So I did an extra long run brief (those who know me would know that is no difficulty for me!).

Crowd of runners listening to the run brief

We had visitors from Bristol and Poland – and possibly elsewhere, but no one wanted to pipe up after Poland. Core team member and regular RD David Davey was running his 50th, and Beth Stranks was running her 100th – an opportunity to get out our crown, which impressively Beth kept on all the way round.

Runner wearing plastic crownA woman runner cheering wearing a plastic crown

This got us close to 0910 and the helicopter still hadn’t left, so we suggested folks got re-warmed up, or had a cup of tea, and that we meet back at 0920. At 0917 the helicopter took off and we could get ready to go. We don’t know what accident or injury had brought the Air Ambulance to KGV, and all of us in the team are sending our best wishes to the unknown patient and their family.

Helicopter taking off with runners in the foreground

After that, other than tidying up yet more dogs’ mess (thanks to Cheltenham Borough Council park rangers for the doggy bag!), it was plain sailing.

Dog poo just picked off ground in green plastic bag

This week 78 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

The result processing was the most straight forward I’ve ever had: all the tokens came back, only one person didn’t have a barcode, and the full results and a complete event history can be found on the King George V Playing Field parkrun Results Page. This is only possible down to the great team at KGVPF and today we had 22 fantastic, flexible and responsive volunteers who made my life as RD very easy:

Duncan MOUNSOR • Natalie GREENING • Suzanne HILLS • Erin DAVIES • Ewan ROSS • Sharon HADAD • Heidi MUNDINANO • Shon DOUGLAS • Thomas CHAMPION • Sue MONAGHAN • Simon WOOD • Cheryl RODHAM • Matt POLSON • Karen BENNETT • Robert BARKER • Mat BENFIELD • Forrest WHEELER • Liz TRINDER • Nina ADAMSON • Jake RODHAM • Toby WATINE • Sarah CLARK

After the run, Saracens sold a record number of cups of tea and coffee, probably not unrelated to the fact that the KGVPF core team had a meeting in the Sarries’ clubhouse! Thanks again to Sally and others from Sarries for providing delicious cakes, warm drinks and a great location for park-faffing after the event. In our meeting, among other things, we planned various upcoming events, including:

  • Our first pacer week, 15 Feb (though we’ll be seeking to fill the main roster before filling any pacer positions). We plan to hold these on 3rd Saturday of each month, to complement Cheltenham who have their pacer weeks on 1st Saturdays. Many thanks to Just A Little Bit for donating our pacer bibs.
  • 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 (with an a male takeover for International Men’s Day later in the year)
  • 14 March – St Patrick’s Day – dress in green

And to finish, a bit of geekery, as various parkrun stats counters ticked over this week. Since we started, on 14th September 2019, we have now had over 1000 participants (1,018) running a total distance over 10,000km (10,040), with over 200 PBs (216) and over 500 volunteer occasions (514). Thank you all and see you soon!

 

The parkrun after the parkrun before – no 18, Sat 4 Jan

Much as we loved New Year’s Day, with three times our average numbers, after an autumn/winter of what at times felt like almost unending rain, we worried whether it would damage our beloved KGV. 

Luckily we’d had a good dry spell ahead of NY and by Thursday 2 Jan most of the course already seemed better than at some other times in 2019. 

Then the skies opened overnight. When RD Piotr visited KGV early on Friday, he was in two minds if we could go ahead - the area round the bottom of the fenced football field (aka Trinders Turn or concrete block) was v soggy and slippy. EDs Matt and Hamish visited late morning - lovely winter sun and wind had dried much of the rain, but Trinders still looked bad. We’d previously discussed in the core team about skipping this area, but how to do it without losing distance?

After some discussion we came up with Course B:

A map route of KGV showing the original route in blue and the changes in red

This skipped Trinders and thus the worst mud, and also allowed us to turn up both banks at different points, giving those areas more time to recover. Practice runs of the proposed new route late night Friday and early morning Saturday pre-parkrun allowed last minute tweaking to ensure length. 

Our other worry was volunteers. We’d been so focussed on 28 Dec and NYD that on Wednesday evening we only had 5 names on the volunteer roster. Fantastic work from our community, responding to Facebook and email, and many of the core team stepping in, meant the roster was full by Friday. Thanks to the 21 who helped:

Duncan MOUNSOR • Jon HOWES • Laura PLUMMER • Shon DOUGLAS • Thomas CHAMPION • Sue MONAGHAN • Matt POLSON • Karen BENNETT • Helen MCGUIRE • Robert BARKER • Piotr MICHALSKI • Abigail MICHALSKA • Helena YOUDE • Mat BENFIELD • Hamish ADAMSON • Annie ADAMSON • Nina ADAMSON • Toby WATINE • Sarah CLARK • Shiona ADAMSON • Keanu MORGAN

And how did it go?

Those volunteers allowed 72 parkrunners to take part. We had two first timers: Rob Parker and Amy Loveys - welcome to the parkrun family! No official milestones, though Catherine Daly did her 200th with us today.

Just ahead of regular tail walker Bob was Marilyn Miller, doing her third parkrun and first at KGV. Christmas Day at Cheltenham parkrun was Marilyn’s second ever parkrun and when she heard about us she decided to come along. It was great to chat to Marilyn afterwards and we’d love to see more folks visit from Cheltenham. And you’d get to try the cakes like we did, with Sarries clubhouse back open again after a short Christmas break.

First finisher was Matt Polson, our co-ED, finally achieving this ambition at the event he helped set up. He came in at 19:57. First female was Kayla Garland in 24:23.  

Finally, a couple of notes from New Year’s Day. 

We picked up two items of clothing left behind. One top was collected today (and thanks for taking the time to volunteer as a marshal, Laura, as you picked it up). We still have one. So if you’ve lost something, get in touch, describe what it was, and we can work out a way to return it. 

And then something for the stattos. The parkrun HQ team have put together a table of New Year's Day Double events and a map of how people moved between New Year’s Day events. We had 367 finishers. 245 went down the road to Cheltenham. 76 went to Gloucester City. 12 to Stratford Park, Stroud. And one each to Chippenham and Forest of Dean. That means only 41 people ran at KGV and nowhere else, including a significant number of those who went on to volunteer at Cheltenham.

 

 

Triple whammy – KGV 1 Jan 2020 (no. 17)

New Year’s Day is an unusual day in parkrun world. It is now the only day each year that you can officially take part in two events. And with parkrun HQ allowing events to start every half hour between 0830 and 1100, there were hundreds of combinations to choose from, across the UK and beyond.

Large crowd or runners waving at the camera

So how many people were going to come to King George V Playing Field? Our average before today was 78.8 runners each week. Our record turnout, at our third event, was 118 runners. We were starting at 0900 – early for those still coping with the effects of the night before. But we had the attraction of being well placed for a double with our good friends at Cheltenham parkrun, less than 5k away, plus being just a short drive to Gloucester City, and a few others a bit further away.

It had been clear all week that this was going to be a big one – our Facebook page had many more new ‘likes’ this week. But how big?

Among the first to arrive was KGV regular runner and volunteer, Mat Benfield – setting up the course and achieving his 25th volunteering, and then running his 100th parkrun. Also turning up early, just after 8am, and lending a hand were Ian Thompson and uber tourist Paul Fielding – all the way from Basingstoke this morning, with Paul looking to run his 483rd and 484th different parkrun locations (out of a total by the end of the day of 508 parkrun).

They were just the start. More and more people arrived, first a trickle and then waves. At one point, the queue for the two Saracens changing room toilets went out the door and round the block – I was worried we were going to have to postpone the start to allow everyone to spend a penny. A bit of a wobble in the planning did cause a slight pause, but we were bailed out in the nick of time by Cheltenham – thanks especially to the Run Director, Mike Jarvis.

We had visitors from all over the country – many of the local running clubs were represented, and we had visitors from Hull, Huddersfield and beyond. We even had at least one tourist from Hasenheide parkrun in Berlin, Germany.

Our tail-walkers today were Rob Rennell and Rob Dalton-Morris – a regular sight together at parkruns around the county and indeed races further afield, with Rob D-M a visually impaired (VI) guide for Rob R. Just ahead of them, great to see Gemma Perry doing her 57th run, and Emilia, Paul and Dylan Johnson, completing 15, 34 and 38 parkruns respectively, making Emilia and Dylan both members of the Junior 10 parkruns club.

A visually impaired runner with a guide runner ahead of him - Rob Rennell led by Rob Dalton-Norris

First finisher today was Alex Lee, a mere 3 seconds off our course record, set at our second event by today’s second finisher, James Bingham, both of Cheltenham Harriers. First female was Helen Knight, from CLC Striders, setting a new female course record of 21:01 – well done Helen!

And so, how big was today’s event? Overall, we had a total of 376 finishers – more than triple our previous record. While 259 of those had not run at KGV before, James Warnock-Love was our only complete parkrun novice, with Duncan Forrester, Aaron Prewer, Athena Mansell and Annie Martin all completing their second. At the other end of the table, Paul Fielding was our only 500 club member, with Trevor Clark and Joyce Morrison from just down the road in Pershore on their 413th and 409th respectively.

And finally, thank you to today’s volunteers. They all coped brilliantly with the extra numbers, with a number of visitors chipping in to help out. The high-viz heroes were:

Paul FIELDING • Ian THOMPSON • Mike JARVIS • Andrew BRIAN • Ross GREENING • Natalie GREENING • Julian WEST • Robert DALTON-MORRIS • Prashanth Kumar SRIPATHI • Philip ABBEY • Shon DOUGLAS • Sue MONAGHAN • Nicola JERMAN • Karen BENNETT • Rob RENNELL • Helen MCGUIRE • Robert BARKER • Piotr MICHALSKI • Abigail MICHALSKA • Mat BENFIELD • Forrest WHEELER • Hamish ADAMSON • Penny LEWIS • Annie ADAMSON • Nina ADAMSON • Charlotte MAYNE • Shiona ADAMSON • Paul HODGKINSON

Run director and two other volunteers with a runner coming through the end of the funnel

PS In the excitement, I forgot to get everyone singing my new parkrun New Year’s song. Maybe next year!

PPS Some minor edits for clarity, and added in photos.

 

Run report – 14 Dec 2019 – no. 14

Tourist Karl Johnson has written this week's report - thanks Karl!  If you're a tourist - or indeed a regular or first timer - and you're reading this and you'd like to write a future report, please just get in touch.

So, this morning started a bit like this - woke up looked out the window - rain!!

Original plan was to head to Evesham but unfortunately for them I didn’t have a car....

So, a quick ring round a few local taxi companies led me to your beautiful parkrun.

(Although Gloucester North parkrun was across there road - I had already run that in 2017)

 

I have never been so cold on all my life - raining when I arrived, quickly said hello to the volunteers and dashed for cover.

 

parkrun is a small world - only bumped into regular tourist Mike Kimber.... we have crossed paths a few times so nice to have a catch up but sad to learn about his injury! Keep it up mate you will be back in no time!

A group of about a dozen people by the KGVPF sign in high viz, looking quite cold

So, did I ever mention I hate running on grass, especially in road shows... just so happens that was today’s combination.

Dave kicked off the first timer brief with cheer (even if it was minus 1 and raining, haha) RD delivered the pre run brief and we were off....

 

The title of the parkrun is very accurate... one small out section then three laps around the playing fields with a few small downhill and a few small uphill sections.... covering three levels of the fields - defo a cross country run! Trail shoes are a must if the weather has been bad....

View across KGVPF, with grey clouds and damp grass

This week 42 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 1 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Duncan MOUNSOR • David CHITTOCK • Thomas WOOD • Ewan ROSS • Shon DOUGLAS • Sue MONAGHAN • Karen BENNETT • Robert BARKER • Piotr MICHALSKI • Abigail MICHALSKA • Kasia MICHALSKA • Mat BENFIELD • Liz TRINDER • Jake RODHAM • Charlotte MAYNE • Toby WATINE • Keanu MORGAN

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the King George V Playing Field parkrun Results Page.

Just again to thank the volunteers today who had to endure such poor weather conditions - without you we wouldn’t have parkrun so I thank you sincerely.

 

Really welcoming atmosphere as always

Happy parkrunning in your first year of formation

A man in an apricot parkrun shirt standing next to the purple KGVPF sign

Until we meet again

Don’t forget your barcode

 

Karl Johnson

Pontypridd parkrun

A2301276

 

KGVPF no 13 – 7 Dec 2019

It was a calm, mild and still morning for parkrun number 13.There a noticeable sense of disappointment amongst some, that the weather wasn’t a bit harsher probably so that the post run sense of achievement could be more deeply felt.

 

The good news however was that the mud didn’t let the side down and provided the necessary extra challenge, as if running 5k isn’t enough. Anyway there were 70 muddy satisfied punters at the end of the run.

 

This week we honoured Liz Trinder for her dedication to marshalling at the remote concrete block corner by rebranding it in her honour to ‘Trinder’s Turn’ or simply ‘Trinders’. Liz is a top lady and it’s great to have her with us. Liz has been there, rain, hail ,snow, global climate catastrophe, Brexit, Katie Price going bankrupt, no matter what the crisis is, Liz takes it in her stride. By the way Liz, you are allowed to do other duties (or even have a rest), if you fancy a bit of a change of sceneryJ.

 

James Raynor clocked up 50 parkruns, good effort James and Cheryl Rodham is now at 48 so closing in on the half century.

 

Thanks again to all of our tip top volunteers.

Andrea HARDY • Dave MAYO • Iris MAYO • Richard James ROSS • Natalie GREENING • Ewan ROSS • Claire GALLAGHER • Thomas CHAMPION • Karen BENNETT • Helen MCGUIRE • Trudie HOOK • Robert BARKER • Isabel ALONSO • Mat BENFIELD • David DAVEY • Hamish ADAMSON • Liz TRINDER • Nick LEDWOLD • Jake RODHAM • Alison ROUND • Keanu MORGAN

 

 

Tartan, tiaras, and trees – run report no. 12, 30 Nov 2019

In the KGVPF core team, we normally try to look ahead a month or so to work out who is available to be Run Director on a given Saturday. However, having seen that St Andrews day fell on a Saturday this year, I booked myself in weeks earlier than normal and suggested a fancy dress run, with visions of kilted hordes stampeding across the fields playing out in my head.

When the day arrived, while it was chilly, it wasn't below zero and the weather gods finally smiled on Cheltenham as the sun came out for what felt like the first time in weeks.

View acros KGVPF with beautiful blue sky and no clouds

One by one the volunteers arrived, setter-uppers, followed by marshals and the rest of the crew that make this and all other parkruns happen. Many thanks to the 22 volunteers:

Iris MAYO • Richard James ROSS • Natalie GREENING • Ewan ROSS • Claire GALLAGHER • Shon DOUGLAS • Thomas CHAMPION • Sue MONAGHAN • Rachael NOLAN • Cheryl RODHAM • Karen BENNETT • Soraia WISNIEWSKA BARRETO • Joanna WISNIEWSKA BARRETO • Kieran HUGHES • Mat BENFIELD • David DAVEY • Hamish ADAMSON • Liz TRINDER • Nina ADAMSON • Jeff TIBBLES • Jake RODHAM • Toby WATINE

Other than our setter uppers (and a particular mention to them - Mat B, Sue M and Claire G - very regular volunteers and stalwarts for KGVPF from the start), earliest was Kieran, a tourist from down the road in Taunton. In the tourist stakes, he was joined by others from Tewkesbury (still flooded unfortunately), Worcester, Cirencester, Bath, Cardiff, the late lamented Little Stoke, and I think the furthest was Poole.

We had no milestones this week, though I'm still kicking myself for not giving a shout out in the run brief to the clutch of hens who had come along. As well as traditional sashes, tiaras, tutus and the likes, they had really got into the St Andrews day spirit with various Scottish themed elements. All of us at KGVPF wish the very best to the bride-to-be, Kim Davenport, soon to be Mrs Lewington.

A group of mostly women with a lady in a veil with sash at the front

Many of the other runners and volunteers had also got in the act, and as I'd promised prizes, here is the awards ceremony:

First prize goes to Sarah Clarke for a fantastic tartan ensemble. It may well have won by itself, but running the entire course wrapped in a saltire flag was the icing on the cake. Sarah has done 14 parkruns, 10 of them at KGVPF, which given this was event 12 is an exellent record and we're very glad to have her joining us nearly every week.

A woman in tartan leggings, tartan dress, tarten hat with ginger hair, and a saltire draped over her arms

A well-deserved second place goes to Shon Douglas, who turned up in full Scotland rugby kit, including boots, socks and mouth guard! Shon is actually a Wales supporter - I suport Scotland and don't have the socks - so very impressive effort all round. Shon, like Sarah, had done 4 parkruns before coming to KGVPF. Hearing about us through work, he volunteered at our trial event, then followed up at our inaugural and most of the events since. Thanks Shon!

The finish funnel, with three volunteers all in tartan hats with ginger hair, and one in full Scottish rugby kit

And a bonus mention goes to the fella whose name I didn't catch but was the only one I saw running the course in a kilt - they may take his barcode, but they cannae tak his freedom runs!

Three runners, one in kilt, one in tartan skirt, and one in England top

This week 98 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part. Our record holder, James Bingham, was first finisher again, a mere 5 seconds away from his own course record, which given parts of the course were more swamp than playing field was very impressive. First woman was Amelia Mullins of CLC Striders.

At the other end of the results - and just as important: parkrun is equally for walkers and joggers - our tail walker was Iris Mayo. She came in just behind Robbie and Lucy Chandler, tourists from Lydiard parkrun (formerly known as Swindon). Lucy completed her 99th parkrun today - good luck for no 100!

Only one person was doing their first ever parkrun today, Jon Selby, welcome; with one other, Jo McCleave, on that tricky second parkrun.

Run over, it was off for tea or coffee in the Saracens clubhouse, where Sally had produced her usual fantastic array of cakes, including special cranachan flapjack with a whisky topping. And, if you were in the hen party, there was prosecco ordered in especially - cheers!

Selfie phot with a woman at the front of a group of runners including a bride to be in a veil and sash

Hen run done...

A group of runners in blue hoodies sitting at the table.  A woman at the front with a glass of bubbly.

...time for fun!

Finally, after the run, a number of parkrunners joined wardens from Cheltenham Parks and others from the local community to plant 100 trees in KGV. It will be brilliant to watch these trees grow, as KGVPF parkrun grows with them.

Many small trees (looking like white sticks) planted in grass

 

Brrrr (KGVPF event 9 run report)

Right, my second time as Run Director. Much less stressful than first time. Everyone finished happy as far as I know so it makes me happy.

No deny it was cold morning, but on another side, it was clear and dry. Happy days!
83 people completed King George V Playing Field event number 9. Hurray we are nearly at double digit event.

VOLUNCHEERS!
A massive thanks again to the great team of volunteers. Of course, parkrun does not happen without volunteers, so do give them a cheer before, during and after.
Thomas WOOD • Rich SMITH • Ian SMITH • Rachael NOLAN • Cheryl RODHAM • Jo FOSTER • Karen BENNETT • Beverley NOLAN • Helen MCGUIRE • Robert BARKER • Piotr MICHALSKI • Abigail MICHALSKA • Mat BENFIELD • Hamish ADAMSON • Liz TRINDER • Nina ADAMSON • Jake RODHAM • Mairead ADAMSON • Toby WATINE • Margaret ROBSON • Ian ADAMSON • Keanu MORGAN

NEWBIES AND TOURISTS AND PERSONALS BESTS
Of the 83 finishers, we welcomed 35 first timers here.  We hope you enjoyed your first taste of KGVPF and look forward to seeing you again.

We witnessed 13 Personal Bests, well done. And 13 different clubs joined us, welcome.

THANK YOU everyone for coming and hope to see you soon @King George V Playing Field parkrun.
Your RD
Piotr

 

King George V Playing Field parkrun Event number 7

3-2-1-go, 61 people couldn’t wait for me to say that on that beautiful morning of 26th October. I really wish beautiful could describe it but it really wasn’t pleasant. Still didn’t stop 61 dedicated people to join us and complete another parkrun. Cross country what it was.

First I wanted to say massive THANK YOU to all volunteers, parkrun wouldn’t happen without them.

Patricia DENDY • Duncan MOUNSOR • Natalie GREENING • Philip ABBEY • Joseph ABBEY • Shon DOUGLAS • Adam CARY • Jon MURGATROYD • Sue MONAGHAN • Rachael NOLAN • Matt POLSON • Max MURGATROYD • Jake MURGATROYD • Karen BENNETT • Piotr MICHALSKI • Abigail MICHALSKA • Helena YOUDE • Matthew PROOME • Hamish ADAMSON • Liz TRINDER • Thomas MUDDLE • Jake RODHAM • Charlotte MAYNE • Chloe RIOUX • Des BEER

So a few numbers first
-    61 ‘waterproof’ people ran, jogged, walked
-    27 first timers
-    5 new Personal Bests
-    19 different clubs
-    One milestone, 50th parkrun for Laura SMITH (in the red, with the balloon)

A man in pajamas in front of a group 3 devils - purple, red and green/black - and skeleton!

Laura's devilish 50th, on a dreamy day

Second, well done to everyone who is not scared of rain and join us at special edition (cross country) KGVPF parkrun. Some of you were pretty muddy. I guess you are not rugby fans :-)

A woman in a red 50 parkrun t-shirt covered in mud

Mud, what mud?

It was for me first time as Run Director so I was quiet nervous, wanted to make sure event will go ahead without any issues. As far as I know no incidents were reported considering very wet day.

Thank you all for coming and I hope you will come back to KGVPF parkrun.
Piotr MICHALSKI

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