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!!

Mark

 

#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.

Finally
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.

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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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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 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

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