A Statement On Behalf Of Little Stoke parkrun and parkrun UK

On Wednesday 23 March 2016 the chair of Stoke Gifford Parish Council wrote an open letter to residents regarding the future of Little Stoke parkrun. In it he put forward the Council’s reasons for insisting that parkrun should pay for the use of Little Stoke park.

At every meeting and in every communication since this issue was first raised in September 2015 we have explained why parkrun is free to participants and, without a local revenue stream, why it cannot pay for the use of the parks where our events are held.

We believe that parkrun has a light footprint in the parks it uses, imposing little or no cost to local communities while bringing substantial benefits in terms of health, community building, support for active lifestyle, and personal development through volunteering.

parkrun has been lauded in the press for its provision of free to participate community-led running events to every community that wants one. It has won numerous awards and its founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt received a CBE for his contribution to grass roots physical activity. It has been cited in the government’s recent Sporting Future strategy for its exemplary model of volunteer-led sports provision, and is supported by local authorities across the UK. In October 2015 Little Stoke parkrun and junior parkrun, together with neighbouring parkruns, won the West of England Celebration of Sport award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sport and Physical Activity’.

We respect the right of Stoke Gifford Parish Council to grant or withdraw permission for parkrun at Little Stoke Park. We believe that Councillors have a simple choice to make: do the community benefits that parkrun brings outweigh any costs associated with hosting the event.

A decision will be taken on 12 April 2016 and we urge Councillors to make a decision based on the facts of the issue. For that reason we have responded in detail to Cllr Brown’s open letter which we believe misrepresents parkrun in a number of important respects. The letter is reproduced below with our responses in italics.

 

Letter from Stoke Gifford Parish Council (with response from parkrun in bold)

 

parkrun UK

parkrun organise weekly 5km timed runs around the UK, they are open to everyone with no limitation to the number of runners that can participate. The Parish Council has hosted parkrun for the last three years and with the increased wear on the park has requested parkrun to contribute a small monetary amount towards the upkeep to which they have refused stating they are free of charge and cannot pay.

Why should parkrun UK contribute towards Little Stoke Park Maintenance?

  • parkrun are an organised group with paid directors and staff and attract over 300 runners using the park & facilities each week.

parkrun UK is a not for profit limited company. There are no shareholders and any surpluses are devoted to creating more community-led free parkrun events. It has a small staff of 12 but parkrun events are delivered entirely by volunteers - approximately 8000 people every week.

 

  • There is no limit to the number of runners that use the park.

To keep parkrun as simple and inclusive as possible, anyone who has registered as a parkrunner can come along and run. However we monitor numbers carefully and would not allow a run to go ahead if large numbers made it unsafe for runners or other park users. As numbers grow at an event, new parkruns are started elsewhere which relieve the pressure: this has been the story in South Gloucestershire and Bristol where there are now 7 parkrun events with more in the pipeline.

 

  • They are sponsored by national companies.

parkrun has a small number of national sponsors and it is their support that allows us to bring free running events to every community that wants one. Little Stoke parkrun and junior parkrun were jointly funded by parkrun UK and South Gloucestershire Council and brought to the Stoke Gifford community at no cost to local residents.

 

  • They monopolise the park paths and car park between 0830 & 1030 each Saturday and Sunday.

We do not recognise this description of parkrun monopolising the park.

We are in the park from around 0830-1030 on Saturday and 0830-0945 on Sunday. Much of this time is used for set-up and clear-down and does not interfere with other park users.

The average number of runners on Saturdays in 2015 was 235 and during the pre-run briefing and in the early stages of the run parkrun is a large presence on the footpaths around the path. However, the runners quickly thin out when the run gets underway. Results vary from week to week but we would expect over 33% of runners complete the course in under 25 minutes and over 66% in under 30 minutes.

The average number of runners (children of 4-14 years old) on Sundays in 2015 was 84 and they generally all complete their run in under 22 minutes.

We actively marshal the car park and reserve approximately one-third of the spaces for other users, which is currently more than enough. We have organised overflow parking at Little Stoke Baptist Church and encourage parkrunners to walk, jog or cycle to the event.

 

  • They use the parks toilets and washing facilities.

parkrunners use the toilets which we've been assured are available for public use. We do not seek to use changing or washing facilities, or make them available to parkrunners. (We understand that on a few occasions a shower might have been used with permission from the groundsman and we suggest that such permission should not be granted).

 

  • They use Council storage space.

We use a small storage area with permission from the Parish Council. We are grateful to the Parish Council for offering this facility, but if it is imposing undue cost we are happy to make other arrangements for kit storage.

 

  • A large number of runners are from outside the Parish of Stoke Gifford and come from all across South Gloucestershire, Bristol and further afield to use the facilities in this area (which are financed by Stoke Gifford Council tax payers).

46% of registered parkrunners are from BS32 and BS34, and approximately 60% live within 3 miles of Little Stoke Park. That is pretty local although we acknowledge that these postcodes extend beyond the Parish boundary. It’s in the nature of sporting and social facilities that their catchment is often wider than the local authority in which they’re located, particularly at the parish or town level. We imagine that many Stoke Gifford residents make use of facilities in Bradley Stoke, or further afield in South Gloucestershire or Bristol, financed by council tax payers there.

 

  • Little Stoke car park is too small for their parking use.

See our response on car parking above.

 

  • Complaints have been received from local residents relating to pavement & grass verge parking, park users and hall hirers regarding a number of incidents involving runners over the last three years.

As far as we are aware the number of complaints is very small, and if that is not the case we do not understand why they have not been passed on to us to address. Regarding these particular parking issues it's not clear that they are attributable to parkrunners rather than other park users.

We are committed to being a good neighbour to all other park users and local residents. We liaise regularly (generally weekly) with park staff, and other organised groups who use the park and community hall. We address complaints immediately and have an incident reporting system in place to ensure our response is appropriate and proportionate. We pro-actively manage the event to minimise the impact of parkrun on the park and its community.

We have been working with a small group of Councillors to develop a formal 'Good Neighbour Policy' that builds on our existing commitment to community responsibility and sets out a framework for partnership between parkrun and the Parish Council.

 

  • parkrun are an organised group and like any other group using the facilities should contribute towards the maintenance.

We are an organised group but operate on a different basis from other organised park events. We do not charge for participation, and we do not seek or receive a service from the Parish Council or exclusive use of any part of the park. We simply ask for shared use of the park for a short period on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

 

  • The Parish Council has only recently paid out £55,000 from public funds for resurfacing the car park and with the additional 300+ runners per week, will shortly need to replace / repair the path at an estimated cost of £60,000, so as parkrun are significant users of the path on a regular basis they should contribute towards the upkeep.

These headline figures are deeply misleading. The need to replace or repair the path is not due to use by parkrun. A properly made tarmac path or car park should not be adversely affected even by 300 runners using it once a week. There is a discussion to be had about the extent to which parkrun increases routine maintenance costs. However, as a free event (free in order to encourage active lifestyle and physical activity) parkrun is not able to make a contribution to routine maintenance.

 

  • As a Parish Council we are proud of our green open spaces and believe in giving ‘value for money’ to our residents and through stringent fiscal control this has been achieved by keeping the precept to a minimum over several years which is evidenced by the Parish Council being amongst the lowest tax rises across South Gloucestershire. Should we continue to support ‘free of charge groups’ then it is very likely the precept will increase each year resulting in residents funding additional maintenance / repairs caused by runners from outside our area.

The Parish Council have never quantified the cost they believe is attributable to parkrun or the precept that would be necessary to cover it. Their initial proposal to charge parkrunners would have netted more than £10k per year. Beyond that they have never explained what would constitute “a small monetary amount towards the upkeep” of the park.

parkrun respects the environment and an important aspect of our events is to encourage runners to appreciate the fresh air and green spaces in which they take place. We have offered to support the maintenance of Little Stoke Park by encouraging parkrunners to take part in occasional litter-picks or similar activities, but SGPC has failed to acknowledge or discuss this offer.

 

  • To conclude, parkrun maintain it is their ethos to remain ‘free of charge’ and have repeatedly stated they will not pay towards the upkeep even when the council offered to complete a grant application on their behalf and all that was required was their signature.

parkrun cannot pay for park use and therefore will not apply for grant funding for that purpose, or allow the Council or anyone else to make an application on its behalf.

The Parish Council insisted for several months that they could not apply for grants but this turned out to be entirely false.

Subsequent discussion with South Gloucestershire Council confirmed that in reality there is no source of grant funding that will support routine park maintenance, whoever applies.

parkrun has suggested ways in which its success could be harnessed to develop a potentially fundable 'project' to establish Little Stoke Park as a hub for wider community-led physical activity (possibilities include outdoor circuit training equipment; volunteer opportunities in association with the youth club and local schools; exploiting synergies with recreational running groups, Nordic walkers, seniors groups, mums groups, etc). We would happily assist the Council in making grant applications of this kind with supporting evidence from parkrun. Sadly these positive suggestions were dismissed out of hand by the Council chair.

 

  • The Parish Council cannot & will not stop people from using the parks for exercise & running but when it comes to an organisation with paid directors, fund raisers and sponsors it would be unfair to expect the resident’s to pay.

We believe the decision that faces Parish Councillors and the Stoke Gifford community is whether any costs attributable to parkrun (and these have never been identified) are justified by the benefits that parkrun brings to the community. Those benefits include:

  • Contribution to physical and mental health
  • A truly inclusive and supportive event which encourages more people to take part in regular physical activity
  • An opportunity for families to participate together in a non-competitive sporting event
  • A vehicle for building skills and contributing to community cohesion through volunteering
  • Pro-active engagement with the government's Sporting Future strategy in partnership with a successful and multi-award winning organisation committed to delivering grass roots physical activity at little or no cost to local communities.
  • The volunteer effort that makes parkrun happen. On a conservative estimate, the delivery of Little Stoke parkrun and junior parkrun have involved over 2000 hours of volunteer effort in the last year (which, applying South Gloucestershire Council’s formula for valuing volunteer activity, should be valued at over £27800).
  • In the words of the Chief Medical Officer for England, Dame Sally Davies, "parkrun and junior parkrun is community led, and community facing, allowing local authorities to benefit the health of their population by simply supporting parkrun with a location and helping it to be visible".

 

 

Little Stoke parkrun Event number 168 – 26th March 2016

Though we weren't lucky enough to get a repeat of Friday's lovely weather on Saturday, it was good to see that the wind and rain we got instead couldn't put a dampener on things - 17 of you turned up bright and early to volunteer, and another 210 took part in the running around of the park, with 40 runners this week achieving PBs - well done.

We had 10 first-timers this week who were taking part in their first ever event, and a further 26 visitors from other parkruns in Bristol and South Glos, and even further afield, who were also running at Little Stoke for the first time - a very warm welcome to you all. We hope you enjoyed your visit to Little Stoke and look forward to seeing you again in the park in the future.

Thanks also, of course,  to this week's volunteers, who all did a great job of making sure event 168 went off went without a hitch. In particular, thanks to juniors Rachel and Joseph Scriven who were brilliant on barcode scanning duties and made sure I got all 210 finishing tokens back at the end.

Next week, please remember that there will be no parking at the Baptist Church on Kingsway - please park sensibly elsewhere, or better yet - walk, cycle or run if you can. But whatever you do, don't forget your barcode!

See you Saturday.

Derek da Silva
Run Director

Alan SMITH • Cameron GRANT • Christopher O'DONOVAN • Craig F • Dave GUEST • David FRANCETTI • Derek DA SILVA • Ian HAYNES • Janet SMITH • Joseph SCRIVEN • Maciej BIALOGONSKI • Rachel SCRIVEN • Rebecca BROWN • Sarah THORNE • Steven GRANT • Stuart PRESNELL • Sue MYER

Little Stoke parkrun
Event number 168
26th March 2016

Male placings:
Robert STEWART (SM30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was first over the line in 16:18 - first appearance.
Mark EDWARDS (SM30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was second over the line in 16:33 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
David TONKIN (VM35-39) (Unattached) was third over the line in 17:46.

Female placings:
Bridget WHITE (SW25-29) of Westbury Harriers, was first (16th overall) over the line in 19:22 - 6th time in 9 appearances.
Jessica BRUCE (SW30-34) of Headington RRC, was second (17th overall) over the line in 19:22 - was first to finish once before.
Sarah Natasha EVERITT (VW45-49) of Bristol and West AC, was third (26th overall) over the line in 20:44 - was first to finish once before.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Bryn DAVIES (JM11-14) was graded 81.91% for the time 18:09 (4th overall).
Sarah Natasha EVERITT (VW45-49) was graded 79.90% for the time 20:44 (26th overall).
Robert STEWART (SM30-34) was graded 79.55% for the time 16:18 (first overall).

This week there were 211 runners, of whom 36 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different athletics clubs took part.

Little Stoke parkrun started on 3rd November 2012, and since then 5,358 different runners, including participants from 332 athletics clubs, have completed 31,040 runs covering a total distance of 155,200 km, and there have been 6,780 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).

 

What’s Great About parkrun?

What’s great about parkrun?  We've been given some fab facts and figures about parkrunning in South Gloucestershire:

• It’s bringing new people into physical activity every week – in a survey of new-to-running runners recruited to Run England in South Gloucestershire during 2015, none of the questions were about parkrun but 34 of 110 respondents said that parkrun motivated them to take up running;

• It’s growing – the figure above is dwarfed by the total number of different participants in South Gloucestershire parkruns: 11,924 (this will be well over 12,000 by the time you read this);

• It’s free – parkrun removes cost as a barrier to participation;

• It’s local – local people support their local parkrun: e.g. at Little Stoke 1,831 (46.6%) of registered parkrunners are from BS32 and BS34 and over 60% live within a 5k radius;

• It’s inclusive – anyone who has ever been to a parkrun can’t help but notice the wide range of ability and age;

• It’s helping people to improve – 14,718 pbs at South Gloucestershire parkruns since 2012;

• It’s enabling sustainable community cohesion – over 1400 people have volunteered to ensure that parkrun takes place every week, the majority being South Gloucestershire residents;

• It’s ‘mentioned in dispatches’ – a key priority for action in the South Gloucestershire Physical Activity Strategy is ‘Promoting partnership working on programmes including Walking for Health programmes and local parkruns, school gates running, recreational running groups and routes within South Gloucestershire’;

• It’s helping us achieve government targets – parkrun can be part of our (at least) 5x30mins per week of moderate to vigorous physical activity - note the reference to walking above: if you leave a little more time to walk (or cycle) at least part of the way to parkrun you’ll be increasing your activity total and also easing pressure on parking;

• It’s the Best in the West - local parkruns won the Outstanding Contribution to Physical Activity and Sport award at the 2015 West of England Celebration of Sport;

• It’s an Olympic legacy – all of this has happened since the London Olympics and Paralympics;

• It’s fun – just look at the happy, smiling faces of families and other participants in any parkrun.

 

 

Run Report #167

As you get ready for Easter parkrunday , here are some takeaways from last week for you to get set for tomorrow.

Event #167 was hosted by 15 volunteers for 279 runners. The volunteers arrived on time and we were all set with course prep and training well in time.

 

DSC_0609  We had 60 first time runners at the park , many of them from North Bristol Running Group as part of their Couch-2-5K challenge. Some tourist from as far as Poole joined us as well. Many of them concerned about the future of Little Stoke parkrun.   DSC_0565

 

Edward Stock and Rob Dixon joined the 50 club last week. Congratulation to both of them.

 

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Thanks to Karen Lillywhite for some lovely pictures .You can see them on our flickr stream

A big thanks to this week’s volunteers –

Abby FISHER  •  Alan SMITH  •  Andrew BUFFERY  •  Dave GUEST  •  Derek DA SILVA  •  Gerard WATSON  •  Jaya BROOKS  •  Karen LILLYWHITE  •  Kevin ARNOLD  •  Mayur DESAI  •  Nicola REDWOOD  •  Nicola STEPHENS  •  Sarah JONES  •  Stuart PRESNELL  •  Tim DOWLE

 

Detailed statistics follow -

Male placings:

David BRUCE (SM30-34) of Oxford City AC, was first over the line in 16:19 - first appearance.
Maciej BIALOGONSKI (SM30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was second over the line in 16:26 - has been first to finish on 16 previous occasions.
Adam WILSON (SM18-19) of Westbury Harriers, was third over the line in 16:49 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Maciej BIALOGONSKI (Bristol and West AC) 2546 pts.
Michael HILL (Unattached) 2107 pts.
John RIVERS (Unattached) 1894 pts.

Female placings:
Anora DAVIES (JW11-14) (Unattached) was first (19th overall) over the line in 19:59 - first appearance.
Jessica BRUCE (SW30-34) of Headington RRC, was second (27th overall) over the line in 20:46 - was first to finish once before.
Anna GILBERTSON (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (33rd overall) over the line in 21:13 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Anna GILBERTSON (Unattached) 2369 pts.
Rosey MUSHENS (Bristol and West AC) 2231 pts.
Vicky SWANSON (Stokes Striders Recreational Running Group) 1968 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Ken HAM (VM50-54) was graded 81.61% for the time 18:40 (6th overall).
Anora DAVIES (JW11-14) was graded 81.48% for the time 19:59 (19th overall).
Jed SKILTON (JM15-17) was graded 81.23% for the time 17:08 (4th overall).

This week there were 279 runners, of whom 60 were first timers and 63 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different athletics clubs took part.

Little Stoke parkrun started on 3rd November 2012, and since then 5,322 different runners, including participants from 330 athletics clubs, have completed 30,829 runs covering a total distance of 154,145 km, and there have been 6,740 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.

 

 

Update: Full Council Meeting in Three Weeks

With exactly three weeks to go until the Stoke Gifford Parish Council full Council meeting on Tuesday 12th April, we thought this was a good time to update you all on developments over the past 6 weeks. Around 8000 people have signed the petition in support of Little Stoke parkrun.

What’s Been Happening?
Members of the Little Stoke parkrun core team secured a meeting with a group of Councillors in order to have further discussions. Since then we have been working with members of this sub-committee to draft a Good Neighbour Policy that sets out the expectations and aspirations of both parties, should parkrun be allowed to remain at Little Stoke Park. This will be presented to the full Council for them to consider.

What More Can I Do?
If you haven't already, you can sign the petition, and if you have you could remind fellow parkrun enthusiasts to also sign, particularly if they live in the BS32 or BS34 postcodes near to Little Stoke Park.

You can email your own experiences of Little Stoke parkrun, what it means to you, and how having this event in your local area has made a difference to you. The details are on our news page here.

And Finally...
The Little Stoke parkrun team would like to thank you all for your continued support. It has been overwhelming at times and we are very grateful!

 

parkrunners Have A Spring In Their Step

Run Report for Little Stoke parkrun #166, 12/3/2016
Becky Bushnell, Run Director

It feels like there is definitely a change in the seasons afoot and it was fantastic to have such a bright, sunny Spring day. Now I'm not saying winter is over by any stretch as there was still a definite nip in the air when the volunteers started arriving ready to get everything set up for the event. Huge thanks to all those who volunteered this week and gave me a  top team to help put on Little Stoke parkrun event number one hundred and sixty six:

Bob TURNER  •  Doreen PAINE  •  Edward TAYLOR  •  Elaine GRAHAM  •  Howard JAMESON  •  Jaya BROOKS  •  John HOCKING  •  Laura SEARS  •  Miia BENNETT  •  Rachel BRAMWELL  •  Robert COLMAN  •  Ron PAINE  •  Rosamund MOGG  •  Steven GRANT  •  Stuart PRESNELL

Even though the sun was most definitely out we are still using the winter course as the ground used for the grass lap in summer is still very soft. Hopefully a few more weeks of dry weather and sunshine will mean we can move onto the summer course sometime soon but you never quite know what the weather will bring! We will check each week and we await the thumbs up from the groundsmen but it feels like Spring might just have sprung.

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There was a great atmosphere in the park today and a total of 256 participants crossed the finish line. We were very please to welcome a group from the Bristol City Council couch to 5K program who came to Little Stoke for their graduation run. Congratulations to all of you, we hope you enjoyed your parkrun with us and we'll see you in the park again soon.
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There was also a milestone parkrun for Kevin Cundy who has notched up his 50th parkrun (an impressive 47 of which were at Little Stoke!) to join the 50 club.

Did you know that if you volunteer 25 times there is a t-shirt in recognition of that provided by the parkrun sponsor Tribesports? If you would like to be part of the team one Saturday then please contact us on LittleStokeHelpers@parkrun.com or get in touch through our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Well I think that's about it for now. Time to go out and enjoy the sunshine! For all you stats fans, they follow below.
Til next Saturday, have a great week!

Little Stoke parkrun #166
12th March 2016

Male placings:
David AWDE (SM25-29) of Bristol and West AC, was first over the line in 16:14 - 9th time in 18 appearances.
Maciej BIALOGONSKI (SM30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was second over the line in 16:33 - has been first to finish on 16 previous occasions.
Alan TOMLINSON (SM30-34) (Unattached) was third over the line in 16:59 - was first to finish once before.

Female placings:
Jessica BRUCE (SW30-34) of Headington RRC, was first (14th overall) over the line in 19:05 - first appearance.
Anna GILBERTSON (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (30th overall) over the line in 21:04 - was first to finish once before.
Nicola HOWARD (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (43rd overall) over the line in 22:22.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
David AWDE (SM25-29) was graded 79.57% for the time 16:14 (first overall).
Lutz GOTTSCHALK (VM50-54) was graded 78.58% for the time 19:04 (13th overall).
Maciej BIALOGONSKI (SM30-34) was graded 78.15% for the time 16:33 (second overall).

This week there were 256 runners, of whom 52 were first timers and 54 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different athletics clubs took part.

Little Stoke parkrun started on 3rd November 2012, and since then 5,262 different runners, including participants from 330 athletics clubs, have completed 30,550 runs covering a total distance of 152,750 km, and there have been 6,677 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.

 

Run Report for Event 165 – Saturday 5 March

We welcomed 29 new runners this week and it was great to have pacers, bringing in numerous PB's - so thanks to Daryl, Dave S, Pete, Dom and Dave G.

Thank you also to the volunteers who helped with the smooth running of the event, they were:-

Anita DAVIES  •  Ashwin RAO  •  Jaya BROOKS  •  Julia MURTON  •  Kim TOOMER  •  Maciej BIALOGONSKI  •  Miia BENNETT  •  Moe SOE  •  Oliver MURTON  •  Richard AQUILINA  •  Ryan EDWARDS  •  Sarah CANTIN  •  Sarah MASON  •  Stuart PRESNELL

If you would like to volunteer, please opt in to receive volunteer emails (via ‘manage my profile’ on any result or newsletter email) or contact Little StokeHelpers@parkrun.com to offer help.

We congratulated Gary Elstone and Christian Lillywhite on their 50th runs and Stephen Shakespeare on his 100th run - thank you for the cakes Stephen, as always appreciated by all.

A reminder to all that we do not have sole use of the park and we should therefore all be mindful of other park users during the run.

Jane Gardiner (Run Director for 05.03.16)

 

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Little Stoke parkrun Results Page.

 

 

 

 

Little Stoke parkrun 20 February 2016

Little Stoke parkrun 20 February 2016

As a Run Director I find that during the week leading up to the Saturday I check the weather about 3 times a day. This week was no different and it didn’t look promising. However even though we had had overnight rain between 8am and 10 am it was dry which was a pleasant surprise especially after the last couple of very wet Saturday mornings.

We had 257 runners with some parkrun tourists from Huntingdon and Cumbria who were staying in the local area and wanted to show their support to keep Little Stoke parkrun at Little Stoke Park. We had 29 new runners to Little Stoke with 9 runners doing their first ever parkrun.

Congratulations to

Junior – Robert Kiekuth on completing his 10th run

Abi Palmer, Chris Tongue, Dave Horne, Trudy Clark who all completed their 50th parkrun and Sylvia Crump who completed her 100th parkrun.

Well done to you all.

Finally thanks to all our volunteers this week. Parkrun can’t happen without volunteers and it certainly helps the Run Directors to have a complete roster well in advance.

Have a good week and see you next Saturday

Male placings: David AWDE (SM25-29) of Bristol and West AC, was first over the line in 16:18 - 8th time in 17 appearances. Maciej BIALOGONSKI (SM30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was second over the line in 16:50 - has been first to finish on 16 previous occasions. Adam WILSON (SM18-19) of Westbury Harriers, was third over the line in 16:51 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition: Maciej BIALOGONSKI (Bristol and West AC) 1949 pts. Michael HILL (Unattached) 1547 pts. John RIVERS (Unattached) 1447 pts.

Female placings: Zanthe WRAY (SW25-29) of Hallamshire Harriers Sheffield AC, was first (10th overall) over the line in 18:50 - first appearance. Katie HUGHES (VW40-44) of Westbury Harriers, was second (16th overall) over the line in 19:28 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions. Rosey MUSHENS (VW50-54) of Bristol and West AC, was third (29th overall) over the line in 20:36 - has been first to finish on 8 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition: Rosey MUSHENS (Bristol and West AC) 1939 pts. Anna GILBERTSON (Unattached) 1773 pts. Vicky SWANSON (Stokes Striders Recreational Running Group) 1602 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: Rosey MUSHENS (VW50-54) was graded 82.36% for the time 20:36 (29th overall). Katie HUGHES (VW40-44) was graded 79.62% for the time 19:28 (16th overall). David AWDE (SM25-29) was graded 79.24% for the time 16:18 (first overall).

Saturdays full results and a complete event history can be found on the Little Stoke parkrun Results Page.

 

Little Stoke parkrun Event #162, 13 February 2016

Hello!

A big thank you to this week's volunteers:

Christopher O'DONOVAN  •  Clare JUBB  •  Derek DA SILVA  •  Georgina TABOR  •  Hilary Patricia JENNINGS  •  Laura SEARS  •  Maciej BIALOGONSKI  •  Neil TABOR  •  Oliver MURTON  •  Rachel BRAMWELL  •  Rachel GOVER  •  Rob SIMS  •  Rosey MUSHENS  •  Sophie LITTLER  •  Stuart PRESNELL

Little Stoke parkrun Event #162, 13 February 2016:

Male placings:
Sean LEADBEATER (SM25-29) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:20 - first time in 9 appearances.
An unknown runner was second.
Ciaran MCQUADE (VM35-39) of Bristol and West AC, was third over the line in 19:13 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Lucy BROOM (VW40-44) of Steel City Striders RC, was first (17th overall) over the line in 20:34 - first time in 3 appearances.
Anna GILBERTSON (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (40th overall) over the line in 21:50 - was first to finish once before.
Angela COPELAND (VW35-39) of Portishead Running Club, was third (44th overall) over the line in 21:57.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Alison ROBERTS (VW65-69) was graded 82.17% for the time 25:03 (86th overall).
Lutz GOTTSCHALK (VM50-54) was graded 76.12% for the time 19:41 (8th overall).
Lucy BROOM (VW40-44) was graded 75.36% for the time 20:34 (17th overall).

This week there were 205 runners, of whom 29 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different athletics clubs took part.

Little Stoke parkrun started on 3rd November 2012, and since then 5,114 different runners, including participants from 319 athletics clubs, have completed 29,583 runs covering a total distance of 147,915 km, and there have been 6,457 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.

 

No Baptist Church Parking: 20th February 2016

A quick message to make you all aware that there will be no parking available at Little Stoke Baptist Church for parkrunners this Saturday, 20th February 2016, as they have an event taking place at the church.

If there is no space in the Little Stoke park car park when you arrive we would ask that you park elsewhere is a sensible and legal manner, avoiding parking on grass verges.

Please allow a little extra time this Saturday and think of any distance that you might need to walk to the park from your car as a warm up.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Little Stoke Baptist Church for their continued support, it is very much appreciated.

See you on parkrunday!
Little Stoke parkrun team