Run #259 Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all our runners and volunteers. We had a little bit of sunshine this morning that help to light up the hi-vis so we can thank the following volunteers:

Andy AIREY, James AVERY, Sally BEAVER, Lj CLARKE, Priscille FRANCETTI, Christopher HIERONS, Matthew HORNER, Joanna HOWELL, Joanne NOOTT, James NOOTT, Michelle PEARSON, David PEARSON, Lucy ROGERS, Holly RYDON, Thomas RYDON, Rhiannon TAYLOR, Mark TAYLOR, Evie TAYLOR, Abby TROKE

Well done to our 41 runners this morning for completing their runs. A special congratulation to Isha who has completed her half-marathon distance and picked up her blue wristband this morning.

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Look forward to seeing you all in the park,

David Francetti
Run Director

 

Run #258 – Mild and a Little Brighter (29th December 2019)

With the excitement of Christmas now gone, new year fast approaching, the days getting longer and the weather man suggesting Sunday would be ‘mild and a little brighter’ we undertook our final Little Stoke Junior parkrun of 2019.

To be fair to the weather man he got it pretty much right which probably helped bolster an unsurprisingly small field given the time of year but of those who did attend festive excess was certainly not in evidence as the runners were put through their pre-run warm up routines.

Despite this small (but perfectly formed) field there were still highlights to be had:
First Timers – We had four first timers to Little Stoke this week, for two of these it was their first ever park run so well done to Evelyn Pingstone and Kara Lewis, we look forward to seeing you again next year. There were also a couple of visitors, Finlay and Hayden De’ath, who usually run in Newport, we hope you had an enjoyable run at Little Stoke.

Personal Bests – Whilst there were no personal bests posted a couple of the runners equalled their previous best times, today’s first finisher Niamh Walsh and Daniel Scopes, who posted exactly the same time as for his last Junior Parkrun two weeks ago. A great effort by you both.

Wrist Bands – Before the run there were two milestone wristbands presented. A half marathon band to Poppy Sutton and a full marathon band to Olivia Portingale. Well done to you both.

So all in all not a bad haul from a field of just 22 runners, walkers and joggers.

It was great to see the volunteer rota oversubscribed today with unusually, the volunteers outnumbering the runners!! More and new volunteers are always welcome so one or two unfamiliar faces today was good to see. If you do have a free Sunday morning coming up please feel free to throw your hat in the ring as a volunteer next year.

All that is left to be said is, enjoy the upcoming celebrations and we look forward to seeing you again next year, renewed, resolved and ready to run.

Happy New Year

Pictures of #258 at Little Stoke Junior Park Run - https://photos.app.goo.gl/VxAheka4nzDMvUyC7

Thank you to David Pearson for the fantastic Run Report and Andy Airey for the brilliant photographs.

 

Run #254 – 1 December 2019

The first day of advent lured thirty hardy runners outdoors this morning.

Today was a chilly one, by my reckoning. That might explain why seven of our 29 runners registered PBs, in a rush to get back into their extra layers at the finish.

We also had one first timer - hope the weather didn't put you off, Emily. Four of our runners completed milestone runs, so well done to Millie, Charles, Frederick (half marathon) and Maisey (full marathon). We hope to see you very soon to hand out your wristbands, as we did with George today.

Thanks also to the volunteers, who turn out week after week!  Special thanks to my guest RD, Evie.  You may have noticed from the lack of discernible improvement in the quality of the run report writing that I couldn't quite convince her to get involved in this part of the role!

We recently changed our roster slightly to include one more marshal by the gaps in the hedge at the top of the park, which means that we need a minimum of seventeen people to put the run on. Whilst we rely a lot on keen parkrunners who don't have children running, it would be great to see more of the parents of the children participating to get involved in running the event (and it would make it easier to fill the roster up every week). You can register for our volunteer appeals on the volunteer tab of our website.

Try and stay away from the early December chocolate temptations and we look forward to seeing you all back in Little Stoke soon.

Mark

 

Run #253 24 November 2019

Thank you all for coming to join us in the park for the run this morning in the mist. Fortunately, our course was highlighted by the hi-vis vests of these wonderful volunteers:

Robert CORIN, Craig F, Priscille FRANCETTI, Lisa HAWKER, Brad HAYWARD, Evelyn HAYWARD, Miguel IBACETA, Anna LAMBOURNE, Andrew LAMBOURNE, Joanne NOOTT, James NOOTT, Simon PINNINGTON, Katie PINNINGTON, Martyn POOLE, Paul REDMOND, Deborah REDMOND, Kira RIBAR, Thomas RYDON, Mark TAYLOR, Evie TAYLOR, Lily TAYLOR, Jo TAYLOR

Well done for Niamh who collected her green wristband having completed a marathon distance of runs with us a Little Stoke.

A special round of applause for our wonderfully lead (much needed) warm-up with Evelyn and Brad.

Please click here to see the photos from the event.

Hopefully see you in the park soon,

Best wishes,

David Francetti

Run Director

 

Run # 252,17 November 2019

A wonderful November Junior Parkrun! Well done to all our runners and supporters.
We were delighted to welcome 49 brilliant runners this morning and see twelve PBs set. Well done to Matt who entered the half-marathon club and picked up his celebratory blue wristband. Congratulations to Harper on completing the ultra-marathon distance and who goes home with an orange wristband.

Thank you to the fantastic team of expert volunteers who made this morning’s parkrun possible. We were very fortunate this week to have a full roster by Friday tea time - thank you so much.

Big thank you to Martyn, our Parkrun Volunteer Photographer, for the most amazing pictures of our Junior Parkrun. Flickr link will be posted on our Facebook page.

Fred and Lisa Hawker
Run Directors

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