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.



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:


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



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


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



Event #243 – 8 September 2019

Perfect running conditions and fantastic turnout of 58 runners this Sunday, great running from all this morning.  Brilliant to see 5 first timers join us this week, looking forward to seeing you again soon.

Congratulations to the 18 runners that got new PBs! Congratulations also to Toby Smythe and Samarth Nahar on running 21 Junior Parkruns and earning their Marathon milestone green wristband.

Of course, huge thanks goes to our volunteers who make Parkrun happen every weekend!   We have volunteer roles suitable for everyone, please contact us by Facebook or email ( if you can help in future weeks. Thank you to Hannah, Harry and Seb for Token Sorting this morning, great teamwork and very well organised!

parkrun token sorting 8 sep 19 a

parkrun token sorting 8 sep 19 b





Event 241 – 25 August 2019

Just a short report this week.

We had:
- beautiful weather - much more fitting than the torrential downpour of the week before;
- 34 runners;
- five first timers;
- everyone happy (!); and
- nothing went wrong...

Can't ask for much more than that, as an RD, so thanks to everyone who ran and especially to everyone who volunteered.

It's interesting to see that, with a few of our regular runners missing, we've got lots of new runners who are still working their way towards their half-marathon wristbands. I look forward to seeing some of those being awarded over the next few weeks (which reminds me, we'd better get some new stock in).

In case people aren't aware, the new council building is now finished and the cafe is finally open.  They open at 9am on a Sunday and it would be great if we can support them.  I'm sure it will be especially handy in the winter.

I can't quite believe that we are approaching the end of the school summer hols.  Enjoy your last week off and we look forward to seeing you next weekend.



Run report event #240 18 August 2019

Never mind April showers, it was August showers at Little Stoke this morning!  Everyone got a soaking just as the run brief started, including all the important bits of paper on the clipboards.

The team of volunteers and 46 runners didn't let this dampen their spirits however, and the sky brightened just in time for the run.

We had 10 first timers here this morning who we would love to see again.  No wristbands handed out today but everyone is now one run closer to their next band.

As ever, thank you to the volunteer team today.  Next week is the August bank holiday weekend so always a tricky roster to fill.  Please let us know if you can help out.

See you all soon.


Run Director

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