Run 249

Thank you all so much for turning up on a bright but chilly October morning. Well done for everyone who celebrated a milestone run - Molly in particular has run over 100 parkruns and celebrated it with a first finisher.

Thank you to our photographer for posting such great pics to celebrate our 249th event. They can be found here.

This event could not be put on without volunteers so for all of those who made the effort - a big round of applause. Olivia lead the warm-up wonderfully.

Best wishes,

David Francetti

Run Director

 

Event #248 – Run Report

What a lovely morning did we have at Little Stoke juniors today!
After the last week's event being cancelled due to the ground being waterlogged, I was worried that this may be the case today. The weather was kind and despite the grass still being wet from the recent downpours, bits of mud slippery here and there on the path, it didn't prevent our 63 runners from completing their run!

Jemima and Noah have picked up their milestone wristbands and a few of those have been awarded today so watch this space for the next week's report!

There were 27 PBs! Congratulations to all!

Welcome to our first timers: Lara, Henry, Yash- we hope to see you next week as well!

We are saying good bye to Isaac today, who has his 15th birthday in a couple of days - we loved having you at Little Stoke juniors and wish you all the best at 5k parkruns in the future!

We wouldn't be able to stage the event safely without our wonderful volunteers - we need about 20 of them every week. Many congrats to Donna ABBOTT, who had her 25th parkrun volunteering shift this mornig and brought us some lovely cakes :)
The rest of the crew were no less amazing - many thanks go to:
Eric BRYANT, Lj CLARKE, Jay CLARKE, Benjamin James CLAYTON, Robert CORIN, Lisa HAWKER, Christopher HIERONS, Dnyanesh KARMARKAR, Anna LAMBOURNE, Kevin PARKER, Colin PICTON, Kira RIBAR, David SHARRATT, Jenny SHEPHERD, Kieran SHEPHERD, Roisin SHEPHERD, Louise SUTTON, Rhiannon TAYLOR

If anyone would like to join our crew, let us know on littlestokejuniors@parkrun.com

Many thanks

Anna Lambourne
Event Director

 

Event 247: The Athletics Effect!

After all the rain recently it was great to see the sun shining at Little Stoke Park this morning.  Not only could everybody stay dry, there was no hi-vis drying required, hurray!

There was a great turnout of 67 runners this morning.  Could this be due to the October sunshine or is there another underlying reason here?  Did Dina Asher-Smith and Katarina Johnson-Thompson inspire people to have a go at running this morning perhaps?  Out of interest I looked back over the attendance numbers to discover that the event today attracted the highest number of runners since August 2017.  The world athletics championships were taking place then too when Mo Farah was winning the medals. Coincidence or not, who can say?

In amongst the runners this morning there were 5 first timers who we will hopefully see again soon.  A whopping 22 runners recorded new PBs - well done to all of you.  If it was the summer course I'd be questioning the accuracy of the course set up but we can't really get it wrong with the winter course so just speedy running!

As we head into autumn we hope to maintain the good level of support and see you all again soon.

Until next time.

Jo, Run Director

 

Run #246, 29 September – dodging the downpour

Technically speaking, the last run of summer was two weeks ago on 15 September. The summer course lasted only one week into autumn, as the last few days of rain forced us onto the winter course.

We issued a few basic reminders for running on our out-and-back course and it turns out that when the youngest runners are age 4, knowing left from right is not always a given!  Despite that, I think we avoided head on collisions and, you never know, it might even become a learning opportunity....

My biggest concern was the weather which had been pretty dicey all weekend, oscillating between bright sunshine and torrents of rain on a fifteen minute cycle.  Fortunately, we seemed to manage about 45 minutes without an untimely drenching.  We are always happy to send all our runners home dry (and bypass the hi-vis laundry challenge)!

38 children crossed the finish line and in spite of the inclement forecast, we had three first timers.  We also had six PBs.  Thomas and Jemima hit their half and full marathon milestones and we look forward to giving our their wristbands next time they run.  Well done to everyone who took part and enjoyed their run this morning.

Whilst I only need to obsess about the effect that the weather will have on the run every now and again, it is pretty much a weekly concern that we will have enough volunteers for the event.  I don't know how well read our run reports are, but to all the people who do volunteered today and I know that many of you do so regularly, thank you.  I would just urge all of our parents and supporters to give a thought to helping out every now and again.  Doesn't need to be every week and it's a great way to watch and support the run.  parkrun relies entirely on the efforts of volunteers, so please don't assume that someone else will be there every time.

Whilst that might be it for the summer, we'll still be right back next week, or is it left....!?

Mark, RD

 

Run Report #255 15.09.19

Beautiful morning, beautiful running.

Thank you kindly for the team of expert volunteers who put on this morning's parkrun on such a glorious morning:

Tory CORIN, Robert CORIN, Craig F, Priscille FRANCETTI, David GOODWIN, Christopher HIERONS, Sanika KARMARKAR, Dnyanesh KARMARKAR, Matilda NAR, Kevin PARKER, David SCOPES, Scott SMITH, Lily TAYLOR, Jo TAYLOR, Mark TAYLOR

We were delighted to welcome ten first timers and see another five PBs set. Well done to Olivia and Lisa who entered the half-marathon club and picked up their celebratory blue wristband. Congratulations to Daniel on completing the full marathon distance who goes home with a green wristband. Siona celebrated her 100th parkrun - what an achievement - and looked wonderful in her specially made outfit. Thank you too for the cake!

Best wishes,

David Francetti
Run Director

Tory CORINRobert CORINCraig FPriscille FRANCETTIDavid FRANCETTIDavid GOODWINChristopher HIERONSSanika KARMARKARDnyanesh KARMARKARMatilda NARKevin PARKERDavid SCOPESScott SMITHLily TAYLORJo TAYLORMark TAYLOR

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