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.


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.





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!


Kingsway parkrun event #161


On turning up at the start line, we found a cheery band of volunteers, who were massing and being briefed as to their duties which lifted our spirits as they do each parkrun morning. However, the parkrun fairies were kind to us today and provided cooler conditions, so this was in the Sports pavilion, as it was RAINING!! What a change from the scorching sun that we have had over recent weeks, but provided the perfect opportunity to talk to others before we started. It certainly took a while for us all to venture out for the runner's briefing as temperatures had plummeted too. Now where did I put my gloves?

Thank you to Gary Oakley, our RD for the day, for the runner's briefing where new runners were warmly welcomed and introduced to the course layout. What a lovely flat course you have too, meandering three times through two different fields with tarmac or cinder path underfoot. These provided lots of opportunities for the faster runners to overtake and to receive and indeed give encouragement as they whipped past us slower mortals. Mind you although rock solid today, I can see more challenge to this course when cooler and wetter conditions prevail.

Today, tourists from Manchester, Burnley and Havant and as far away as Seattle were using Kingsway as their tourist venue.

Gary went on to say a big thank you as always to the volunteers who gave up their time to ensure that we were able to run this morning. There were certainly a cheery band of Marshalls out on the course, all supporting by giving encouragement and clapping. Don't forget if you are unable to run, have a race coming up or are just generally a good egg, then volunteering is a great way to give back to the parkrun community. Head over to the Kingsway parkrun webpage for details of the next few weeks roster and sign up for a position that suits you- you get to wear a hi- vis jacket! -what more incentive do you want?

First timers, as mentioned above, are always warmly welcomed and are on the start of their parkrun journey and working towards their first milestones. The trick is when working towards your milestones is #DFYB- Don't Forget Your Barcode! 13 of you were listed as unknown runners this morning. That's one run less to count towards those milestone tees. Milestones this morning announced for joining the 100 club were Rachel Oakley, Nicola Mooney and Kim Stevens and keeping it a family affair Byron Stevens was celebrating his 50th today too. That's the great thing about parkrun isn't it, that each person has their own individual journey to talk and share about. Especially pertinent though is to also remember to hand in your finish token, parkrun needs them for next week as they unfortunately are not a souvenir, medal or indeed your own version of Bingo!

There were teas and coffee available in the Pavilion for our après parkrun this morning which again allowed perfect opportunity to catch up on how all of our runs had gone and what we thought of the course.

Thank you again Kingsway parkrun for starting our weekend off on a positive note. Look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Karen Cole Havant (Portsmouth) parkrun





Kingsway parkrun event #156

247 runners turned up on a balmy Saturday morning in June to make their way round Kingsway’s 156th event.  The crowds gathered, friends chit chattered, the sun shone and the air was still … all notable pre cursors for a great event!  And a great event it was, with an astounding 54 PBs, as 247 runners made their way round the park.

For 20 people, this was their first time at Kingsway and, of those, 11 of those had their very first parkrun run experience. We really hope you enjoyed it and will be back for number two soon!

We had no less than 5 milestones this Saturday, with Jasmine Fern, Lynn Weaver, Mandy Edwards and Tracey Smart reaching 50 runs each and Tony Marechal notching up 100 runs; 85% of which have been at Kingsway. Jasmine celebrated suitably with a new PB of 21:59.  Tracey has run all 50 of her runs at Kingsway, whilst Mandy and Lynn have done 49 of their 50 runs here.  Well done all and thanks for the cake ladies!

Special mention must go to Super Mummy Beth Port who pushed not one, but three kids round the 3 lap course – 3 year old Jasper and 14 week old twins. Kudos to you Beth!  It just goes to show how inclusive parkrun really is.

This event goes down in Kingsway parkrun history as the first event in which the top three finishers all came in in under 17 minutes. That’s some going!  Lee Rankin and Dave Tomlin also secured positions in the top 15 age grade league with 86.05% and 83.79% respectively, with Lee also taking the VM45-49 age category record at Kingsway. So, well done to Joshua Dixon who romped home in 16:23, closely followed by Lee in 16:29, with Dave in 3rd in 16:56.   Doing it for the girls was Tegan Hooper of Stroud & District AC in 20:24, followed by Margaret Johnson in 21:13 with an age grade score of 80.99%, and Fiona Dakin in 21:52.  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 everybody!

Thank you to this week’s volunteers. Without volunteers parkrun wouldn’t be possible.


Just a few random stats about Kingsway to finish up…

We have had 5,115 different runners from 330 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 33,070 times which, if all stringed together equates to 1 year, 314 days, 2 hours, 25 minutes and 3 seconds!


Kingsway parkrun report #155

A special event this week as we celebrated in style with not one but two birthdays.

Firstly our senior citizen ……..The NHS celebrated 70 years and Kingsway along with over 360 other parkruns and thousands of runners took part in a memorable run to mark the occasion.


At Kingsway we had over 20 first timers many of these from the NHS and it is hoped that the event will encourage more people to get involved in physical activity and volunteering and it is also a great way for people to come together as a community.

There are some fabulous photos on our Facebook page (thanks go to Amanda) that show how enjoyable and fun the whole morning was far better than I can put in writing.

And secondly ……Happy 3rd Birthday to  Kingsway parkrun ……..Our very own ‘Aneurin Bevan’…..Gary Philpott  and a hand-picked team brought parkrun to Kingsway 3 years ago and we have never looked back.

Many Thanks to all of you who continue to support us.


Like the NHS, parkrun relies on the help and support of its Volunteers.

This week was no exception and the following angels did a fantastic job………. Alfie Spinner  •  Amanda Mcpeake  •  Amanda Valder  •  Amy Walker  •  Andrea Marsh  •  Andrew Mcpeake  •  Andy Jarrett  •  Becky Faulkner  •  Deb Peake  •  Elizabeth Barnes  •  Erin Marsh  •  Gavin Townsend  •  Glyn Matthews  •  Jane Morgan  •  Jenny Powell  •  Joy Waddington  •  Karen Paice  •  Kat Walker  •  Kay Searle  •  Louise Schmitz  •  Marion Cole  •  Max Holford  •  Patrick Morgan  •  Richard Meadows  •  Richie Morgan  •  Sally Winterton  •  Sarah Spinner  •  Sophie Mckeraghan  •  Steve Peake  •  Susan Higgs  •  Toby Stanton  •  Tracey Fairless

Thank you All

Some other noteworthy announcements, Tessa Bishop reached 50 runs and we had tourists join us from as far afield as California and as close as Stonehouse…. a big thank you to all the tourists who joined us for this run.

Finishing with the Stats; This week 251 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

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

Kingsway parkrun, Gloucester started on 6th June 2015. Since then 5,066 participants have completed 32,595 parkruns covering a total distance of 162,975 km, including 7,040 new Personal Bests.


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