Event 274 Run Report

A beautiful sunny and rather hot morning for Little Stoke Junior Parkrun today! We had 37 runners, with a few first timers and some visitors joining us from Kings Weston who unfortunately had to cancel their event. The first runner to cross the line was super fast, 7 people recorded personal bests today and a half marathon wristband was also awarded- well done all!

Thank you to all the fantastic volunteers this week, all very helpful and supportive, we literally couldn't do it without you. If anyone is able to volunteer for future weeks please email littlestoke-juniors@parkrun.com.


Event 273 Report

It was great to see so many happy faces running today, we hope everyone had a great time. Welcome to the 9 first time parkrunners and 3 running at Little Stoke for the first time. Special mention to two super keen 4 year olds running in their birthday week. We hope to see you all again soon. We also had 7 shiny new PBs.....I believe there was some sibling rivalry involved in at least one of them!

Congratulations to Sienna on collecting your well deserved and overdue half marathon wristband. We are not currently doing public milestone presentations for COVID reasons but if you are due one speak to the run director any week. Milestone wristbands are available for:

  • Half Marathon Club (anyone who completes 11 junior parkruns)
  • Marathon Club (anyone who completes 21 junior parkruns)
  • Ultra Marathon club (anyone who completes 50 junior parkruns)
  • 100 Club (anyone who completes 100 junior parkruns)

This week's volunteers were amazing and made my life so easy so a big thankyou to those below. If you can help next week (or any future week) please do email littlestoke-juniors@parkrun.com.


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13th June – event 270

The sun was shining as we welcomed 29 runners to this morning's event. We extend a very special welcome to the 5 new runners who were here for the very first time. We hope to see you all back again very soon.

Congratulations to the 11 runners who recorded a PB today. A huge clap also goes out to the amazing 5 who have now completed the marathon distance and the 4 who have now completed the half marathon distance over several events, well done to you all.

We need around 20 people each week to run this event and we're always grateful for volunteers who sign up well before the weekend. Thanks to this week's volunteers

Bob TURNER  •  Craig DAVIDGE  •  Craig F  •  David FRANCETTI  •  David PEARSON  •  David SHARRATT  •  David WALDOCK  •  Dnyanesh KARMARKAR  •  Elaine BARNES  •  Emma DOWNIE  •  Jamie HICKS  •  Lj CLARKE  •  Louise DUGGAN  •  Mark TAYLOR  •  Matthew HORNER  •  Maxine WALDOCK  •  Michelle PEARSON  •  Rhiannon TAYLOR  •  Sharon HICKS  •  Susannah BANNON

We look forward to welcoming you all again next week.





6 June – event 269

Our second run back and not quite the super weather of last week.

Four PBs and five first time runners this week, so if that was you, well done and we hope to see you again in the park very soon.  We keep our fingers crossed that the 5k Saturday runs will start back soon and this will allow us to welcome back our 11-14 year old runners.

Thanks to all of the runners and to all of our volunteers.  We need around 20 people each week to put the run on and we're always grateful for volunteers who sign up well before the weekend.  We've got some new run directors this year and we've been showing them the ropes over the last couple of weeks - good luck Sharon for her first event next week!


30 May 2021

Thank you to our amazing fluorescence of Hi Vis volunteers who have waited for 14 months to put on this event. It was so great to be with friends enjoying the fresh air in our beautiful local park. I hope that our runners and their families in the community felt this way too.

The name in lights are:


Well done to all of the runners with 5 PBs being posted. Now, over to Susie for the run report:

Oh how wonderful it was to welcome back 14 runners to Junior parkrun! It’s been a long wait but finally we are back and what a wonderful day for it! The sun was shining, the sky was blue and everyone arrived with a beaming smile from runners to volunteers. The kids have grown and some are now old enough to participate finally!

We arrived early as myself and my partner haven’t been here before but we were made to feel very welcome by Run Director David who showed us the ropes. It was a struggle to remember exactly how to mark out the course as it’s been a long time since they used the summer one but between everyone we cracked it.

Best wishes,

David Francetti

Run Director


Run #267 – 15 March 2020

A rainy one.

Amongst all the madness of March 2020, there were fourteen brave souls who were mad enough to head outdoors this morning.

Still, the weather did not put off Harry and Oliver, who completed only their second ever run. That's an unremarkable statistic, you may say, until you consider that their first run was on 29 June 2014 (event #1). I won't name names, but only one of you beat your time from six years ago! Don't leave it until run 533 before you come back, because I think you'll be over-age by then...

Personally, I'm very grateful to everybody who ran.  Putting on the run takes a bit of effort during the week, so it's good to see that we have some people wanting to take part, whatever the weather.  Hopefully, we'll start to see that improving as we head to easter because it has been pretty terrible since the start of Feb.

On that note, I'm even more grateful to the team of volunteers, many of whom turn up week after week.  I've noticed that we are increasingly relying on the goodwill of parkrun supporters who don't have children running in the event.  I know it was only a small crowd this week, but we do need an absolute minimum of fifteen volunteers, no matter how many children run.  I'm sure that all the parents really value the benefits of junior parkrun on Sunday morning, so if your children are happy to run on their own, please think about if you could volunteer too.  Details of how to get involved are on the roster pages of our website, or on our facebook page each week.

Finally, in these rather dynamic times, we plan to keep our junior parkrun going and that's the advice that parkrun HQ is giving all of the event teams at the moment.  Keep an eye on the website for any updates to that advice (it's not hard, there's a massive red banner at the top of every page) and we'll be following whatever guidance we're given.

Hope to see you all next week - plus perhaps a few of you who didn't venture out today!!



#264 Running Up a Storm

Well there were no weather warnings but, by gum, it was a bit blowy. The biggest congratulations today really have to go to the volunteers. It is fantastic to see such commitment standing, cheering and smiling in such dismal weather. The fluorescence (collective noun) of hi-vis heroes are:

Donna ABBOTT, James AVERY, Noah CORIN, Robert CORIN, Tory CORIN, Zachary CORIN, Priscille FRANCETTI, Lisa HAWKER, Christopher HIERONS, Matthew HORNER, Dnyanesh KARMARKAR, James NOOTT, Joanne NOOTT, David PEARSON, Michelle PEARSON, Deborah REDMOND, Paul REDMOND, Holly RYDON, Thomas RYDON

Congratulations go to Zach and Felicity who collected their blue half-marathon wristbands today.

Alfie put in a great effort and got a PB (even in this weather) - what a run!

Hope to see you in the park soon,

Best wishes,

David Francetti
Run Director


Little Stoke junior parkrun 26/01/2020 | #262

What a Difference a Week Makes

This time last week saw clear blue skies and bright sunshine together with temperatures touching zero in the shade. It was slippery underfoot and tweaks to the course were made to ensure all were safe.

Roll on a week and normal British winter service was resumed, a dank overcast morning with temperatures reaching a balmy 7°C. We returned to the normal out and back winter course, firm under foot, apart from the usual short muddy start.

The festive season induced low turnouts now seem to be well behind us as we saw a lively crowd of runners, supporters and volunteers gather in good time for the usual pre-event briefing. The pre-event warmup followed and it was great to see mum and daughter team of Sophie and Enola Sparks Phillips, lead the group enthusiastically. It was their first time but you wouldn’t have known, they looked like seasoned professionals. Well done both.

A Few Numbers:
71 – The number of runners, joggers and walkers today.
5 – A big welcome to Darcie, Freddie, Emilia, Max and Rupert who were all taking part in their first Junior parkrun today. We hope to see you all again soon.
19 – Runners who achieved a personal best time for the course. Well done.
3 – Achievement wristbands presented before the run;
Marathon (21 events)
Leah Picton
Half Marathon (11 Events)
Riley Bruce & Taylor Bruce
Congratulations to you all
11 – Volunteers from North Bristol Running Group, a little bit of an unofficial takeover today and your help was greatly appreciated.

I know I have already mentioned the 11 volunteers from NBRG but they of course are only half the story and they were ably supported another 12 who gave their time to make the event possible. Thanks to the whole team.

Abby TROKE  •  Adrian GREGORY  •  Bob HOWELL  •  Christopher HIERONS  •  David PEARSON  •  David WALDOCK  •  Dnyanesh KARMARKAR  •  Enola SPARKS PHILLIPS  •  Evie TAYLOR  •  Fred HAWKER  •  James NOOTT  •  Jo TAYLOR  •  Joanna HOWELL  •  Joanne NOOTT  •  Karen COX  •  Lisa HAWKER  •  Maxine WALDOCK  •  Paula GREGORY  •  Rhiannon TAYLOR  •  Robert CORIN  •  Sophie SPARKS  •  Thomas RYDON  •  Tory CORIN

Anyone reading who would like to give a hand will be more than welcome, details of how you can get involved and support can be found here https://www.parkrun.org.uk/littlestoke-juniors/volunteer/

(Thank you David Pearson for the run report.)


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.


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.