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.


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!!!



Who’s who Kingsway parkrunner #031 – Susan Higgs


Name: Susan Higgs

Age Cat: VW 35-39

Number of parkruns: 42

Number of Volunteers: 34

Home parkrun: Kingsway, obviously!

How did you get involved in parkrun? A running buddy told me about parkrun.

What do you like about parkrun? The community feel and the friends that I’ve made. I also like that it’s inclusive and it doesn’t matter whether you are there to go all out for a PB or take it steady. Everyone is cheered on and appreciated just the same.

Favourite volunteer role? Token sorting. I’m such a numbers geek that I find it quite therapeutic.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment? This is quite a recent one and it didn’t happen at parkrun! My favourite parkrun memory at the moment is the look on my niece’s face when I suggested that we volunteer at Kingsway parkrun in a few weeks’ time. She’s never been involved in parkrun before and her face just lit up when I asked her if she’d like to scan barcodes.

Where in the world would you like to parkrun? Having run Crissy Field in San Fransisco in April this year, I need a new parkrun location to put on my wish list. I guess Wyre Forest, as I grew up in area and hear there’s a fun hill at the end of the course!

Which celebrity would you like to partner on a parkrun? Rob Thomas. I love his music and could get him to sing the whole way around.

What is your favourite post run piece of cake? I don’t usually partake in post parkrun cake. I did buy some lime and coconut cake when Clair Williams was raising funds for Dorothy House Hospice and it was rather yummy!  

What are your favourite music tracks to run to? I don’t run to music anymore as I prefer to run with friends and be aware of my surroundings if I run on my own. I have hearing loss, so music would be too distracting when also listening out for cars etc.

Which charity do you support? I have recently fundraised for Winston’s Wish and Mind. I regularly volunteer for Girl guiding.

Who is Your sporting hero(s)? Those who fall, get up and keep trying.

What are your running aims? I met my running aims when I ran the Great North Run (2016) and London Marathon (2017). Right now, I’m not well enough to run, so my current aim is to volunteer at parkrun as much as possible before then getting back to full running health..............  IMG_0415




Kingsway parkrun event #168

Kingsway parkrun, Gloucester
Event number 168
15th September 2018

This week 260 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Jane MORGAN • Andrew David JONES • Patrick MORGAN • Christine CAMPBELL • Susan HIGGS • Gary BOON • James BOON • Trevor STEVENS • Alice WESTMACOTT • Andy JARRETT • Nicholas SIMPSON • Glyn MATTHEWS • Nicki WHITE • Deb PEAKE • Amanda PREECE • Steve PEAKE • Philip COLE • Calum PREECE • Sian BAKER • Darryl WEAVER • Alison THOMAS • Sara ELLIS • Sarah SPINNER • Kat WALKER • Sam WILLIAMS • Jenny POWELL • Maureen WRIGHT • Barbara MULHERN • Paula NOBLE

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

The female record is held by Lucy MARLAND who recorded a time of 18:25 on 15th August 2015 (event number 11).
The male record is held by Tom MORTIMER who recorded a time of 15:26 on 1st April 2017 (event number 94).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sarah COATES who recorded 89.53% (21:49) on 28th May 2016 (event number 52).

Kingsway parkrun, Gloucester started on 6th June 2015. Since then 5,441 participants have completed 36,035 parkruns covering a total distance of 180,175 km, including 7,633 new Personal Bests.


Kingsway parkrun event #166

A massive welcome and well done to all the 1st timers to parkrun this week - James Totterdell, Katie Arnold, Rob Mashiter, Simon Rhodes, Nicola Squires, Margaret Costello, Mark Jones, Matt Blackman, Zoe Barstow, Laura Haines, Toby Brooks, James Barker, Amanda Meredith and Stephanie Warburton,  We all know how hard it can be to find the courage to turn up for your first parkrun and then you soon realise that you had absolutely nothing to worry about.

Not forgetting the tourists who decided to visit us at Kingsway parkrun for the first time - Craig Whiteley, Lizzie Barstow, Chris Ellis, Jill Barker and James Sage, thank you for joining us and we hope you enjoyed your visit.

A lovely turnout today, in total 285 people crossed the finish line.


Congratulations also to Stuart Wheeler and Katherine Butler on each completing your 50th parkrun and also to Amanda Preece for her 25th volunteer role.

So this week it was pacer week, there were pacers for 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 minutes which was very impressive, thank you very much to the all pacers and volunteers as always, parkrun wouldn’t happen without your help every week.

If you have never volunteered it’s definitely worth doing so at some point, you will be shown what to do and you will feel amazing for doing so.

In the absence of any pics to hand this week........we have delved into the archives and found this pic below. Way before parkrun at Kingsway started, to the bottom left of the pic the orchard at Manor Farm can be seen as can Woodvale and the rear of Lyneham which was to become part of the parkrun course leading towards the playground.


1st runner to cross the finish line was Owen Stinchcombe in an amazing 18:42

Plenty of PB’s to celebrate so congratulations to Dan Thornhill, Joseph Burn, Fraser Mackay, Peter Hopson, Glyn Matthews, Ben Mandeville, Christopher Dann, Daniel Russell, Mark Hopson, Andy Frost, Andrew Welsby, Paul Welsh, Stuart Watts, Sharon Harris, Huw Poppy, Craig Allen, Melody Cook, Ruan Biscoe, Hayley Simonds, Sam Berry, Anna Darlington,  Ashleigh Denman, Chris Curry, Helen Lovell-Hewitt, Susan Maclellan, Emmeline Kellett, Robin Drewett, Jenny Powell, Evan Green, Hayley Roberts,  Darryl Weaver, Ian Neville, Suzanna Schofield, Richard Butt, Clea Arles, Laura Carey, Beverley Aldridge,  Emily Trenwith, Steve Green, Gina Ankiah, Cecylia Cole, Nichola Totterdell, Jackie Hoskins and also Harrison who got a new PB in his buggy.

We also had a 2 week old baby cross the finish line today, congratulations to mum and baby!

Last week everyone’s thoughts were with the incredible Ian Brown, who has once again amazed everyone with his strength and determination and seems to be recovering very well following surgery. We look forward to having you back again soon Ian.





Who’s who Kingsway parkrunner #030 – Simon Dakin

Name: Simon Dakin
Age Cat: 50
Number of parkruns: 220 (52 at Kingsway)
Number of Volunteers: 25

I started at Little Stoke parkrun, then Chipping Sodbury. We live very near Wotton parkrun, but run at several different events depending on how we feel and the weather. We are lucky to have so many parkruns near our home, and occasionally do some tourism further afield. I love them all.


How did you get involved in parkrun?

I started going to Little Stoke parkrun in 2013. I hadn’t heard of parkrun until then, but soon became addicted and hardly ever miss a week now. In hindsight I wish I had started earlier – when I was a bit younger and a lot faster! I was soon joined at parkrun by my wife Fiona and my twin sons, Giles and Toby. Fiona and I have been runners for a long time, having competed mostly at longer distances up to Marathon. It is wonderful to see Giles and Toby enjoy running, they need very little encouragement to come along most weeks and it is great to see them appreciate the importance of exercise in life. We have another son who is a sprinter, so rarely seen at parkrun – anything more than 400 metres is a marathon for him!

What do you like about parkrun?

It is a complete escape from the demands of the rest of the week and a great opportunity to share the joy of running with like-minded people who are happy to get out of bed on a Saturday morning and go for a run to start the weekend. Having done over 200 parkruns, becoming friends with a huge number of people at different events, I have absolutely no idea what other people do for work - nobody ever seems to talk about work. I think that says a lot about running and how it helps people balance their lives. I have the utmost respect for everyone at parkrun – everyone is amazing, part of a great sporting phenomena and everyone finishes ahead of all the people still in bed!

Favourite volunteer role?

When I started running at parkruns the event director suggested aiming to volunteer about once for every 10 runs to ensure the events would remain viable and not rely on the same volunteers every week. I have stuck to this approach and really enjoyed every one of my 21 times volunteering. I have tried most of the roles and enjoyed them all. Being Time Keeper felt like a very responsible role which I certainly focused hard on! I most enjoy being a Pacemaker and hopefully helping people achieve their target times.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment?

Unfortunately my most memorable parkrun was the last one held at Little Stoke. Very sad. Enough said.

Where in the world would you like to parkrun?

Round a mountain lake or parkrun through a Scandinavian pine forest – if there is one?

Which celebrity would you like to partner on a parkrun?

I would rather run with my wife, children or many of the great people who I normally see at parkrun every week!

What is your favourite post run piece of cake?

I love coffee or cherry cake, but we have a family tradition of eating chicken nuggets for lunch after every parkrun. I am convinced they are healthy protein!

What are your favourite music tracks to run to?

I never listen to music whilst running, although sometimes blast a bit of Iron Maiden in the car on my way to running events to wake myself up and get in the mood if I am planning a hard effort.

Which charity do you support?

Fiona and I have raised money for several different causes through our running events. The most memorable one was running the London Marathon in support of the neo-natal intensive care unit at Southmead Hospital in Bristol where two of our children began their lives in the outstanding care of the wonderful staff at the hospital.

Who is Your sporting hero(s)?

I seriously have huge respect for anyone who uses sport to enrich their lives and look after their health. Anyone who strives to achieve their sporting ambition or do something they thought might never be possible is a hero.

What are your running aims?

My aim is to be able to keep running for as many years as possible. I spent many years trying to improve my personal best times. With a 10K PB of 37 minutes, a Half Marathon PB of 1 hour 20 mins and a Marathon PB of 2 hours 57 mins I know I will never get new PBs for these distances. That said, I might have a serious go at my Kingsway parkrun PB (currently 19:58) before too long. Fiona and I have started long distance trail running – much slower but far longer through beautiful terrain. This is a wonderful new experience. Last year we raced over 50 Km of the (seriously tough and hilly) Cotswold Way. This summer we are doing the Jurassic Coast ultra-trail Marathon. Fiona is trying to persuade me to attempt a 100 Km non-stop trail run. I might make this this an aim, for next year? I am already aiming to get a parkrun 1000 shirt one day. I wonder what colour they will be? SD3




Kingsway parkrun event #163


235 runners turned up to Kingsway’s 163rd event. The crowds gathered, friends chit chattered and the weather was notably cooler …all pre cursors for a great event! And a great event it was, with 35 new PBs notched up as everyone made their way around the park.

For 27 people, this was their first time at Kingsway and, of those; six had their very first parkrun run experience. We really hope you enjoyed it and will be back for number two soon!

We had one milestone this Saturday: Marie Keenan reached 50 runs, 29 of which have been at Kingsway. Well one Marie! Ollie Moore also celebrated his 8th birthday with us at Kingsway. Happy Birthday Ollie! IMG_0306

At the briefing Run Director, Antony, reminded us of the importance of making sure under 11s are within arm’s reach of the adult they started with. This is for insurance purposes and is what we all agree to when signing up and printing off our barcodes. Thankfully I don’t think many children were lost down the gaping chasms on the back straight caused by the dry weather, though Tom and I had to make some interesting manoeuvres with the buggy to avoid them!

Well done to this week’s first finisher, Lee Rankin, who crossed the line in 16:47. Lee has been first to finish in 8 out of 9 appearances. He was closely followed by Dave Tomlin in 16:49. Dave has finished first in 14 out of 20 runs at Kingsway. Alastair Campbell came in 3rd with a new PB of 17:21 beating his last PB set almost 2 years ago. Doing it for the girls, Rachel Booth crossed the line with a new PB of 22:37, followed by Amy Walker in 22:42 and Jasmine Fern in 3rd with a time of 22:51. Full results can be seen on the Kingsway parkrun website.

Interestingly the average finish time at parkrun globally has got slower every single year; from 22:16 in 2005 to 29:06 in 2017; and that makes parkrun organisers incredibly proud. It demonstrates how far reaching and inclusive parkrun has become over the years and everyone’s attendance is equally as worthy. Give yourselves a pat on the back everyone!
IMG_0305Thank you to this week’s volunteers. Without volunteers parkrun wouldn’t be possible. James BOON, Philip COLE, Ashleigh DENMAN, Pia DONADIO, Nicola EATON, Tracey FAIRLESS, Antony GREENSWEIG, Niall HINES, Sophie HOPE, Clare IRVINE, Andy JARRETT, Fiona LAWRENCE, Glyn MATTHEWS, Richard MEADOWS, Patrick MORGAN, Jane MORGAN, Steve PEAKE, Deb PEAKE, Gary PHILPOTT, James PLAYER, Andrea PREEDY, Tracey SMART, Alison THOMAS, Amanda VALDER, Alice WESTMACOTT, Maureen WRIGHT IMG_0308

This coming Saturday, local club Hucclecote Harriers are doing a volunteer takeover; trying to fill all of the volunteer roles available on the day. So expect to see a sea of orange and give them a friendly wave and nod as you make your way around the course. We may even have a few pacers for you. Also leave room for some cake as I’m sure there will be some available!

Just a few random stats about Kingsway to finish up…
We have had 5,306 different runners from 346 different clubs grace us with their presence. The average number of runs per runner is 6.5 and the average time is 29:34. The course has been completed 34,743 times which, if all stringed together, equates to 1 year, 348 days, 16 hours, 33 minutes and 25 seconds!

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