Well, Spring certainly seems to have arrived for many of you!
We welcomed 260 runners to the park on Saturday with 45 first timers, including a "Couch to 5k" group from Airbus - we hope you all really enjoyed your run.
Having woken early on Saturday morning to find it raining, my memories were immediately flooding back to early February when we had to cancel the event due to.... er,flooding! Those fears were short-lived, however, as the rain disappeared and our band of happy and enthusiastic volunteers convened, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, to set up the course.
This weeks Hi Viz masters and mistresses of magic were:
Clare JUBB • Dave GUEST • Deborah REDMOND • Derek DA SILVA • Donna ABBOTT • John BLAKE • Liz COLE • Maciej BIALOGONSKI • Malcolm ROBERTS • Martin DUNNE • Moray SLOAN • Rebecca BROWN • Rosamund MOGG • Sue MYERS • Tony MYERS
A very sincere thank you to everyone involved for your wonderful help in making it all happen.
Beyond the 45 runners taking part at Little Stoke for the first time, we had a whopping 53 personal bests (that's roughly 1 in 4 of people who weren't running here for the first time!), some of whom were very ably assisted by our two pacers on the day - many thanks Dom and Pete!
Congratulations too to Dan Heelis-Adams and Serena Griffiths, who each notched up their 50th parkrun - this also meant that there were some flapjacks and brownies doing the rounds - thank you!!
A quick reminder that the Baptist Church will be available again for parking for this coming Saturday until further notice. Please continue to make use of this as it really does help to ease the load on the main car park and the neighbouring roads.
We look forward to seeing you all in the park again soon!
Dave Guest - Run Director (Little Stoke parkrun)
Here’s the stats:
Little Stoke parkrun
Event number 169
2nd April 2016
Dan SCHOFIELD (SM25-29) of Bristol and West AC, was first over the line in 17:50 - first time in 17 appearances.
Arthur PEASE (JM11-14) of Avon Valley Runners, was second over the line in 18:03.
Steve SPEAK (SM30-34) of Great Western Runners, was third over the line in 18:06.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Maciej BIALOGONSKI (Bristol and West AC) 2546 pts.
Michael HILL (Unattached) 2397 pts.
John RIVERS (Unattached) 2002 pts.
Lisa NEWING (SW30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was first (25th overall) over the line in 20:21 - second time in 5 appearances.
Harriet LAMBE (JW11-14) of Frampton Cotterell Harriers, was second (30th overall) over the line in 20:31 - was first to finish once before.
Rosey MUSHENS (VW50-54) of Bristol and West AC, was third (32nd overall) over the line in 20:37 - has been first to finish on 9 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Rosey MUSHENS (Bristol and West AC) 2379 pts.
Anna GILBERTSON (Unattached) 2369 pts.
Vicky SWANSON (Stokes Striders Recreational Running Group) 2086 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Alison ROBERTS (VW65-69) was graded 85.60% for the time 24:25 (101st overall).
Arthur PEASE (JM11-14) was graded 82.36% for the time 18:03 (second overall).
Rosey MUSHENS (VW50-54) was graded 82.30% for the time 20:37 (32nd overall).
This week there were 260 runners, of whom 45 were first timers and 53 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different athletics clubs took part.
Little Stoke parkrun started on 3rd November 2012, and since then 5,403 different runners, including participants from 331 athletics clubs, have completed 31,300 runs covering a total distance of 156,500 km, and there have been 6,833 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Charlotte Emily GREEN who ran in a time of 00:17:42 on 2015-05-23 (event number 127).
The male record is held by Patrick MARTIN who ran in a time of 00:15:13 on 2015-11-28 (event number 153).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ava DOUGLAS SMITH who recorded a 92.80% run (22:00) on 19th December 2015 (event number 156).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Little Stoke parkrun Results Page.