Kingsway parkrun – Event #225 – 09/11/2019

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
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.


Christmas & New Year

Hi everybody!

If you are new to parkrun, you may not be aware that parkrun hosts additional events on Christmas Day and New Years Day. This is at the discretion of each event due to availability of core team/volunteers/access to site etc.

At Kingsway we are unable to access the pavillion and therefore the defibrillator which is mandatory for all events so we shall only be hosting events on Saturdays as per normal. Always check the event roster page for confirmation the event is going ahead or social media feeds (wherever you might be going!)

On New Years Day its possible to run at 2 events and log 2 run credits. Obviously you need to pick 2 events local to each other that you can get to in  good time for the briefing. Check the special event timings and any short notice changes on the events webpage or check your socials!

Below is a link to the Christmas compendium, a list of all the events that have registered so far, the list will update as each event registers their intentions:






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.



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 .


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.

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