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


run #237 – 14 July 2019 – the run that nearly wasn’t…

Last week, Andy Murray and Serena Williams left it very late to declare their entry into the Wimbledon mixed doubles, only announcing the night before the first round.

We had a very similar experience with our last few volunteers, only stepping in on Saturday evening. I'm really grateful to everyone who did come forward, but I really hope that we can get the roster filled up by Saturday morning over the next few weeks. You can sign up for volunteer reminders on the 'Get Involved' page on this website.

And what a shame it would have been if we hadn't been able to put the run on.  Here are all the things that might not have happened:

- 45 children running in lovely weather

- 9 first timers at Little Stoke, of which 5 were brand new to parkrun - you're all welcome back!

- 9 personal bests, including a few from our scottish visitors

- 1 bee sting.  Ouch - hope you're feeling better!

- 1 ultra-marathon wristband handed out to Noah

- 2 milestones completed for Daniel and Niamh.  We look forward to giving out your wristbands next week.

Thank you to everyone who ran, who helped and who watched.  You all make junior parkrun amazing - especially in the summer!  I look forward to seeing you all next time.




Run Report #236 7 July 2019

A lovely morning in Little Stoke park today, with 44 runners enjoying the summer sun. There were two runners completing their first ever parkrun today which will hopefully be the first of many.  Three children were visiting Little Stoke for the first time and we hope you enjoyed it and come back again soon.

Elsa collected her half marathon wristband today and Noah completed his 50th run so there will be an orange wristband waiting for you next week.

A massive thank you to the wonderful group of volunteers who all made the event run like clockwork.  All I had to do was lots of clapping at the finish funnel while they did all the work.  As an RD, the day always runs more smoothly with a full roster so as ever please sign up to volunteer when you can. There is always somebody walking around with a clipboard on which to write some names for next week.  This not only enables the event to run it's fun too!

See you all again soon.



16 June 2019 – no event

Due to a football tournament on the Little Stoke playing fields, there will be no run at Little Stoke on 16 June 2019.

We'll be back on 23 June - hope to see you then.


Run report #233 9 June 2019

We're at the start of the music festival season and it's fitting that this weekend we have had behemoth winds, rain, hail (even) and about five hours of sunshine. Fortunately for us, the sun chose Sunday morning to make an appearance.

For the avoidance of doubt, the reference to festivals wasn't a signal that I'm going to litter the run report with the songs of festival headliners - it's getting towards the end of Sunday afternoon as I write, and time is running out for all that nonsense.

So, to the run, we had 40 runners and a great atmosphere this morning. Six running their first parkruns (and we really hope to see you again soon), and a whopping ten personal bests. Well done to everyone who ran, whatever your time!

Regulars to Little Stoke will know that I've been banging on about this being the first time we've tried to run LS junior parkrun at the same time as the Bradley Stoke 10k.  I have to say a massive thank you to everyone who volunteered, including the entire Windett clan, who didn't realise that they were involved until this morning. The funnel became a bit of a child-takeover. Rumours of bedlam are not substantiated. Despite the obvious risk of distraction when we place mobile phones in the hands of our under-14s, they all did an admirable job.

It's worth pointing out that it was a bit of struggle to fill the roster this weekend. If you aren't signed up to receive our e-mail appeals, you can sign up at the 'get involved' section of the website.

Finally, a reminder that there is a football tournament in the park next week, 16 June, so we are not running next week. You can still get your Sunday junior running fix at one of the other local runs, Eastville, Page Park or Kings Weston being the nearest.

See you all soon.



Run report #231 26 May 2019

Great to see 44 runners taking part on Sunday who all ran excellently. Conditions were perfect if a little winding. Welcome to 4 first timers to Little Stoke; Tom Dickson, Olivia Milsom, Hayden Bates and Connor Mills. Congratulations to the 15 Little Stoke PBs – and also congratulations to Lily Hayward on her Half Marathon awarded today.

As always thank you to all the volunteers who made this event possible. Please contact us by email ( or facebook (Little Stoke junior parkrun) if you would like to help at future events.

We are looking forward to seeing you all next Sunday.
Fred and Lisa