Kingsway parkrun event #195 – 30/03/2019

An excellent turnout today with 334 runners finishing the 195th Kingsway parkrun. Conditions were perfect for running, slightly cool but the sun was trying to break through the fog.

The first runner in was Steve Kenyon of Gloucester Athletic Club in an amazing time of 16:43 which is a new PB for Steve and he was closely followed in by first timer Peter Miller from Haverhill RC in 16:48. There were a total of 9 runners under the 20 minute time.

Thank you very much to Kingsway parkrun for hosting the Dursley Running Club takeover for the Walk2Run graduation. For the DRC walk2runners this is the culmination of 12 weeks on a life changing journey which starting at walking for 1 minute and running for 1 minute. It was great to see all Dursley runners running the whole way round. It was a proud moment for the club when they all came in. For Dursley there were a total of 37 runners celebrating the achievements of what has been an excellent 2019 Walk2Run programme.

Thank you to Antony Greensweig for being Race Director and Gary, Jane, the 37 volunteers and all the team for making this such a superb event and making everyone feel so welcome.

 

Kingsway parkrun event #189 – 16/02/2019

 

Roses are red

50 shirts are too

We know you love parkrun

As much as we do

 

With Valentines Day still in our thoughts and some 50th runs to celebrate we asked you to come along to Kingsway with your red shirts and you didn’t disappoint – there was a sea of red at Kingsway for our one true love – parkrun!

We celebrated 50th parkruns for Richard Prior, Victoria Wills and our own Run Director, Glyn Matthews and they even managed to complete the run with their huge 50 balloons still intact.  There were also two juniors completing their 10th milestone runs plus there are several runners who are on 49 and 99 runs and Simon Dakin on 248 so more milestones will be reached very soon

In true parkrun style, the weather fairies were kind to us and what started as a misty morning saw the sun peeking through and even a bit of blue sky by the time parkrun started - just as a couple from Tetbury arrived, having left at 5.30am to run there in time.  Truly besotted.

How do we love parkrun? Let me count the ways - 263 runners of which there were 29 first timers, 38 personal bests recorded and representatives of 23 different clubs.  Add to this 28 volunteers who made this event possible and that’s a whole lotta love.

Sadly our first finisher must have been distracted by love as they’d forgotten their most treasured possession, their barcode.  A reminder for us all to keep our barcode close to our hearts.  So the first male finisher with a barcode was Lewis Wassel with a time of 18:34. Our first lady finisher, Gwen Kinsey, showed precisely how much she loves parkrun - 82.45% according to her awesome age grade score.

#loveparkrun

 

The volunteers showing the love were

Annette HEYLINGS • Fiona DAKIN • Eileen HODGSON • Gary PHILPOTT • Gary OAKLEY • Chris COX • James BOON • Amanda VALDER • Andy JARRETT • Lee SESSIONS • Heather COLE • Karen PAICE • Deb PEAKE • Tracey FAIRLESS • Richard WILLIAMS • Amanda PREECE • Steve PEAKE • Phil COLE • Calum PREECE • Richard MEADOWS • Kat WALKER • Kay SEARLE • Jenny POWELL • Maureen WRIGHT • Joyce SEHMI • Fiona LAWRENCE • Janet STEVENS • Kimberley MONAHAN

 

Kingsway parkrun event #187 – 26/01/2019

It’s hard to believe that we’re already 4 parkruns into 2019 (or maybe 5 or 6 if you were hardcore and ran on New Years Day) - I’m sure it’s true that time goes faster as you get older! If only that was true about running as well.

Numbers were on the increase this week and conditions were dry but breezy for our 280 runners, joggers and walkers and 26 volunteers. 14 people did their first ever parkrun with us this morning and another 18 were trying out the Kingsway course for the first time, including Valerie & Richard Helliar from Pomphrey Hill who are aiming to do 60 different parkruns before Valerie’s 60th birthday and made it to number 30 today. We also welcomed visitors from Cheltenham & Tewkesbury.

3 people were running their milestone 50th run today (although 2 of them must have ticked the “no publicity” box) and Darren Smith brought his DRC fan club with him to help celebrate – congratulations to Darren as well as Joe Sanderson and Joshua Richards.

A big well done to some of our junior runners today, with 2 of the first 3 male finishers and all first 3 female finishers being under 18. 31 people recorded new Personal Bests today, but regardless of whether you completed the course in 20 minutes or 50 minutes you all completed the same 5km distance and that’s what matters.

Today saw the first of our regular monthly collections for Gloucester Foodbank and once again we were overwhelmed by the support and generosity of the parkrun community. 4 boxes of donations will be delivered to the Foodbank during the week and will go towards providing emergency assistance to those in need. Thank you once again .

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This week 280 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Jane MORGAN • Patrick MORGAN • Mike BRYCE • Gary PHILPOTT • Antony GREENSWEIG • Ian ROBERTS • Lynne HOOD • Chris COX • James BOON • Amanda VALDER • Andy JARRETT • Karen PAICE • Tracey FAIRLESS • Phil COLE • Steve PAICE • Calum PREECE • Sian BAKER • Greg TURNER • James PLAYER • Alison THOMAS • Lisa WILLIAMS • Richard MEADOWS • Jack MILES • Maureen WRIGHT • Toby STANTON • Janet STEVENS

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Kingsway parkrun, Gloucester Results Page.

 

Kingsway parkrun event #180 8/12/2018

After a wet and windy night, and notification that some parkruns had cancelled through their courses being waterlogged, it was a relief to arrive at Kingsway with the sun trying hard to shine and every sign of it remaining dry for parkrun.

I found the historical aspects of the site described on the website fascinating, and it turned out to be a very pleasant parkrun with lots of variety including an orchard, a playground, playing fields, a path alongside a river, and the remains of RAF Quedgeley – but most importantly it was flat, given that my home parkrun is Ashton Court in Bristol!

Another bonus for me personally was the fact that the winter course was used, cutting out the muddy off-path parts of the course – I know many people like the mud, but I was delighted to stay on the paths!

154 parkrunners took part in event 180 with 19 different running clubs represented.

We were welcomed by Glyn Matthews, the RD, who explained the winter course – a short first lap then three longer laps.  There were 10 parkrunners visiting Kingsway for the first time including visitors from near (eg Eastville and Ashton Court in Bristol, and Cheltenham) and far (eg Teeside), while 5 were doing their first ever parkrun.

A special welcome to the parkrun family to those five people and I hope you enjoyed your first parkrun and return for plenty more. Of the 7 runners doing their second parkrun, all 7 achieved a PB – congratulations to you all.

Matthew Aylott was not only the first male home in 18:19 but also scored the highest age grading of 76.80% and achieved a new PB - congratulations.  Mike Mansfield was not far behind him in 18:42. Jasmine Fern was the first female home in 22:03, while Emily Cross came in as second female in 23:12.  Altogether there were 22 new PBs – congratulations to all those who gained PBs but also to all those who participated – we are all faster than we would have been if we had stayed at home!  Particular congratulations to Adrian Roffey and Sarah Spinner who both reached their milestones of 50 parkruns.

AR 50 shirt                           ss 50 shirt

The volunteers as always were great, offering lots of encouragement all the way round – many thanks to you all.  You really make such a huge difference to our enjoyment of parkrun.

It seemed a shame that there were so few tourists visiting – this is definitely a parkrun worth visiting and it deserves to come out from under the radar!  It may be of course that there are a lot of more tourists at other times of the year.  Thank you to everyone involved for welcoming this particular tourist.

 

Who’s who Kingsway parkrunner #032 – Abi Webb

IMG_0466Name: Abi Webb

Age Cat: SW 30-34

Number of parkruns: 32

Number of Volunteers: 17

Home parkrun: Kingsway

How did you get involved in parkrun? I started running on my own in January 2017 and after talking to a few members of Kingsway Runners at the Gloucester Winter Marathon, it was suggested that I went along to try it and meet other members. I had never heard of parkrun before then so being intrigued by the thought of a fun timed 5k run, I persuaded a friend to come along with me and ran my first parkrun on the 14th January 2017. It wasn’t fast and certainly wasn’t pretty but it was the first step into my running journey.  

What do you like about parkrun? I love the fact that parkrun is inclusive for everyone, no matter what fitness level you are at you are welcomed with open arms. I have recommended parkrun to a number of people of the past year as it’s not a race and you really can take it at your own pace. The friendliness of the parkrun family is also a bonus, I remember feeling extremely nervous on my first run but members of the core team spotted us and recognized it was a first time and there was no need to worry. You never need to be standing around on your own as there will always be someone to chat to.  

Favourite volunteer role? It’s got to be tail walking, my son isn’t old enough to do Junior parkrun yet so to be able to come along with him and tail walk is always fun (apart from the cold, wet mornings when he really doesn’t like parkrun!)

Where in the world would you like to parkrun? Australia or New Zealand….but to be honest anywhere! It is always one of the first things I look at now when going away…the nearest parkrun!!      

What is your favourite post run piece of cake? I’ve got to be honest and say….I haven’t ever had a piece of cake after parkrun!! By the time I usually finish the cakes I like are usually gone haha.    

What are your favourite music tracks to run to? I have quite random playlists of a wide variety of music, at present it’s got to be The Greatest Showman soundtrack, I just have to hold back from singing along with it!  

Which charity do you support? Earlier on this year I supported Tommy’s, it is a charity which funds research into miscarriages, still births and premature births. It’s a charity very close to my heart as a number of friends and family members have been affected by miscarriages and I want to give something back to the charity who supported them through their difficult times. I am ran Brighton Marathon on Sunday 15th April in aid of Tommy’s and also The Big Half in London for them back in March. I am now supporting Backcare and will be running the London Marathon 2019 for them. Backcare is a small charity which a number of the blue army raised money for last year so it’s nice to keep it going. Backcare aims to reduce the burden of back and neck pain by providing information and guidance to those affected.  IMG_0470

What are your running aims?

I have met quite a few of my running goals over the past few months but my next aim is to get that sub 2 hour half marathon at Cardiff and then again hopefully at Stroud. I need to maintain my running and start training for the big one next year!!!

 

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