Kingsway parkrun – Event #225 – 09/11/2019 - The one with the rain
Despite the chilly conditions, 229 runners, joggers and walkers attended parkrun at Manor
Farm in Kingsway, Quedgeley today.
We had 11 first timers: Alan Wilks, Angela Carroll,
Elaine Coldrickburns, Ellie Stevens, Mark Gaylard, Mroan Haggar, Nikki Mann, Richard
Weaver, Ruth Holder, Stéphane Domitile and Tony Hughes; a warm welcome to the parkrun family, hopefully this was the first of many more wonderful parkruns to come.
Kingsway parkrun starts at Kingsway Sports Pavilion, the name derives from 16th century
times when King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn passed through the area - making it the
The parkrun course itself (winter route at the moment) runs mostly on flat, tarmac pathways making it a smooth run and ideal for PBs. Road shoes can be worn, even though the route also goes onto a grassy patch at one stage, this didn’t seem too boggy despite the rain. It’s worth being mindful that the corners can be a little slippery with the wet leaves that have accumulated there - but the parkrun route is a simple three and a half lap course where you can take in the sights of the River Qued and pretty grasslands; and there were lots of friendly marshals giving us support on the way around.
A big well done to all those who took part today, including those who achieved PBs and
personal goals. Some big milestones were achieved today: Oliver Edgeworth and Shana
Walsh achieved their junior 10 clubs, Harry Ashford, Lucy England and Matthew Evans
joined the 50 parkrun club, and David Howe achieved his 100th parkrun today. A huge well done to all!
After coming into the finish funnel to be greeted by a wonderful team of marshals, it was time to reward myself with coffee and cake! This came courtesy of the donations of drinks and cakes provided by everyone within the Sports Pavilion, for a bargain contribution of 50p.
The marshals are part of many of the wonderful volunteers who give up their time each week to make parkrun happen. A big thank you to all 22 of this week’s volunteers:
• Jane MORGAN • Michelle BALCHIN • Christine CAMPBELL • Gary PHILPOTT • Susan
HIGGS • Antony GREENSWEIG • Gary OAKLEY • Stephanie BENNETT • Elizabeth
BARNES • Glyn MATTHEWS • Phil COLE • Gail WHEELER • Amber WHEELER • Oscar
STENNER • Drew GRIFFITHS • Andrea PREEDY • Maureen WRIGHT • Janet STEVENS •
Alex DUNNE • Mark MERRETT • Alex WALKER • Matthew DUNNE •
Volunteering is a really fun and rewarding way to be part of the parkrun family, so if you
haven’t already tried it, please do give it a go! There are so many different roles to choose
from and you’ll be shown the ropes by the parkrun core team, so it really is as simple as that.
This week 229 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and
14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 22 volunteers.