Update: Decision about the Future of Little Stoke parkrun

This evening members of the Little Stoke parkrun team and parkrun Ambassador Geoff Keogh attended the Stoke Gifford Parish Council meeting in order to read the following statement during the public session:

"I'm Becky Bushnell and I'd like to make a short statement on behalf of Little Stoke parkrun.

We're here today because we were assured on 8th January and again at the Full Council meeting on 12th January that a final decision on the future of Little Stoke parkrun would be taken at this meeting. In the last two weeks, and without consultation with parkrun, we've been told that the Council either cannot or will not make a decision until its meeting on 12th April.

We're disappointed by this delay, which creates a further period of uncertainty and is not in the interests of either parkrun or the Council.

We believe there is considerable scope for working in partnership with the Council to build on the success of parkrun in promoting physical activity, opportunities for volunteer involvement, family participation in sport, and community building in the area. We remain keen to discuss these ideas but, despite numerous requests, have only been granted one informal meeting in the last 4 months.

Meanwhile the Council continues to insist (as recently as yesterday) that we should contribute financially to park maintenance through grant or other funding. We've made it clear from the outset that this is the one thing we cannot do. Unfortunately if this remains the Council's requirement, there is simply no basis for further discussion.

parkrun makes no call on community resources other than permission to use the park (although the provision of storage space is helpful and much appreciated). The event is delivered entirely by volunteers and supported indefinitely by parkrun UK from the start-up funds provided by South Gloucestershire Council and parkrun's national sponsors.

We believe that Little Stoke parkrun imposes minimal costs in park maintenance, which are vastly outweighed by the value of volunteer time and the contribution parkrun makes to physical and mental health, fitness, wellbeing, and social cohesion.

We ask the Council to engage urgently in positive discussion or, if it is not able to accept that parkrun cannot pay for park maintenance, to bring this process to an end and move directly to a decision.

Thank you for your attention."

parkrun was not listed as an agenda item for discussion at this evening's meeting but we understand that a member of the Council has been tasked with arranging a meeting between representatives of Stoke Gifford Parish Council and the Little Stoke parkrun core team which we welcome.

The decision about the future of Little Stoke parkrun will be made at the Full Council meeting on Tuesday 12th April 2016.

Thank you for your continued support.
Little Stoke parkrun team

 

Event Cancellation – Saturday 6 Feb

We are really sorry to have to have cancelled today's run. Having conducted a full assessment of the course we decided that it was unsafe to run with the volume of water on the course/grass. With the grass underwater we were unable to find a safe concrete area to put the finish funnel.

I'm sure you understand that we wanted to make a full assessment before making this decision.

The great thing with parkrun is that there is always next Saturday :)

Little Stoke parkrun team

 

Run Report for Event #161 – Saturday 30 January 2016

We welcomed 28 first timers to Little Stoke and also the ITV cameras!  You may have seen yourselves on the ITV West Country News the same day at 6pm.  Further information on the story can be found on the News section of our website.

We congratulated three milestones; David Francetti on his 100th and his son Craig on his 10th (thank you for bringing cakes, something we are getting regularly used to at the moment).  Ben Lloyd also completed his 10th run – well done to you all.

Can I remind you all about parking in the Baptist Church car park in Kingsway, a very short walk from the Park.  As we increase in numbers the main car park fills up quite quickly, so please make use of the one at the Church.

A big thank you to all the volunteers, the event would not take place without them.

Andrew FILBY  •  Anne GAY  •  Chris TONGUE  •  Dave SWANSON  •  Dec LEES-SMITH  •  Geoff PARTRIDGE  •  Ian HAYNES  •  Katie PRIEST  •  Martin DUNNE  •  Mel GILBERT  •  Stephen SHAKESPEARE  •  Sylvia Ann CRUMP  •  Tina DUNNE  •  Vicky SWANSON

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.

Jane Gardiner (Run Director for 30.01.16)

Here are the stats:-

Male placings:
Maciej BIALOGONSKI (SM30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was first over the line in 16:38 - 16th time in 51 appearances.
Ciaran MCQUADE (VM35-39) of Bristol and West AC, was second over the line in 16:40 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions.
Adam WILSON (SM18-19) of Westbury Harriers, was third over the line in 16:59 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Maciej BIALOGONSKI (Bristol and West AC) 1650 pts.
Dan TOOMER (Unattached) 1308 pts.
Ian BOOTH (Unattached) 1285 pts.

Female placings:
Vicky TESTER (VW35-39) of Westbury Harriers, was first (24th overall) over the line in 20:04 - 5th time in 7 appearances.
Rosey MUSHENS (VW50-54) of Bristol and West AC, was second (26th overall) over the line in 20:12 - has been first to finish on 8 previous occasions.
Lisa NEWING (SW30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was third (28th overall) over the line in 20:19 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Rosey MUSHENS (Bristol and West AC) 1641 pts.
Anna GILBERTSON (Unattached) 1477 pts.
Vicky SWANSON (Stokes Striders Recreational Running Group) 1375 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Rosey MUSHENS (VW50-54) was graded 83.99% for the time 20:12 (26th overall).
Alison ROBERTS (VW65-69) was graded 81.79% for the time 25:10 (125th overall).
Ciaran MCQUADE (VM35-39) was graded 79.60% for the time 16:40 (second overall).

This week there were 289 runners, of whom 28 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different athletics clubs took part.

Little Stoke parkrun started on 3rd November 2012, and since then 5,086 different runners, including participants from 313 athletics clubs, have completed 29,378 runs covering a total distance of 146,890 km, and there have been 6,430 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.

 

Decision About The Future of Little Stoke parkrun

Following the press release issued by Stoke Gifford Parish Council, we urge them not to delay a decision on the future of the 5k parkrun that takes place in Little Stoke Park each Saturday morning.

The Parish Council made it clear that, as the leaseholders at Little Stoke Park, the ultimate decision on the future of Little Stoke parkrun is theirs. A meeting of the full Parish Council in October voted to defer a final decision for six months, at which time parkrun offered to work with the Parish Council to identify initiatives to secure funding that would not amount to a charge for parkrun participants.

Despite repeated requests from parkrun following the October meeting, the Parish Council failed to engage in any form of discussion until 8th January. On 12th January the organisers of Little Stoke parkrun were informed that a final decision would be made at the full Parish Council meeting on 9th February.

However, in the press release the Parish Council announced it would delay the decision once more, this time until April.

Co-Event Director at Little Stoke parkrun Becky Bushnell said:

“One of the founding principles of all 800 parkruns worldwide is that they are free to take part in. Imposing a charge on participants would be a barrier to participation and set a precedent that we will not allow. Furthermore we believe that the health and social benefits of a weekly community run that is delivered by local volunteers far outweigh the cost of any park maintenance.

“We are frustrated that three months were lost that could have been used for working with the Parish Council to find a solution. Delaying the decision by a further two months is unfair and will only add to the uncertainty of our runners and volunteers who have been in limbo for the past four months.

“We remain committed to working with the Parish Council to find a resolution and have invited them to meet with us prior to next week’s meeting.”

The organisers of Little Stoke parkrun are not in a position to apply for a grant for park maintenance as this would amount to a charge on participation. However Little Stoke parkrun have offered to assist the Parish Council in making such an application.

Our petition on Change.org calling on the Parish Council to allow the event to continue in Little Stoke Park has attracted more than 7,200 signatures.

Little Stoke Park also hosts a weekly 2k junior parkrun on Sunday mornings for 4-14 year-olds. The local parkrun community is concerned that this event may also be threatened if the Saturday 5k event is forced to close.

Thanks to everyone who has shown their support to date. We very much appreciate it.

The Little Stoke parkrun team

 

Run Report for Event #160 – 23 Jan 16

 

It was great to see so many of you in the park this morning and to be able to explain to you in person  the difficulties we have been experiencing with our usage of the park. If anybody missed our announcement this morning or yesterday's news article you can find it here. We have been overwhelmed by the support and positivity we have seen in just the last 24 hours. Please keep it coming, especially if you live in the BS32/34 area as your voices will have the most impact.

Today we had a lot to celebrate with 315 runners in the park and a number of milestones to enjoy.  Andy Filby joined the 100 club and Carl Fivey, Dan Schofield, Adrian Schofield and Alan Graves the 50 club. The January surge of runners has continued which is fantastic to see but does put pressure on our parking arrangements. Thanks to everyone for listening to our car park marshals and helping us to ensure that we let other park users have a share of the spaces available.  Don't forget we have use of the Baptist Church car park, details of which you can find here.

A huge vote of thanks goes to this weeks volunteer team:

Andy VAN HEUSEN  •  Bridget WHITE  •  Clare JUBB  •  Howard JAMESON  •  Jaya BROOKS  •  Joseph SCRIVEN  •  Liz COLE  •  Martin DEAN  •  Miia BENNETT  •  Oliver MURTON  •  Rachel SCRIVEN  •  Rebecca BROWN  •  Ryan EDWARDS  •  Sarah THORNE  •  Sophie LITTLER  •  Tom BARTLETT

Today's Stats:

Male placings:
Maciej BIALOGONSKI (SM30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was first over the line in 16:55 - 15th time in 50 appearances.
Peter BURROWS (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:34.
Scott CAMPBELL (SM30-34) of Westbury Harriers, was third over the line in 17:37 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Rosey MUSHENS (VW50-54) of Bristol and West AC, was first (29th overall) over the line in 20:22 - 8th time in 38 appearances.
Nancy DINEEN (JW11-14) of Bristol and West AC, was second (30th overall) over the line in 20:27 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
Anna GILBERTSON (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (46th overall) over the line in 21:24 - was first to finish once before.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Mark MON-WILLIAMS (VM50-54) was graded 83.52% for the time 17:48 (9th overall).
Rosey MUSHENS (VW50-54) was graded 83.31% for the time 20:22 (29th overall).
Alison ROBERTS (VW65-69) was graded 83.16% for the time 24:45 (129th overall).

This week there were 315 runners, of whom 45 were first timers and 72 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different athletics clubs took part.

Little Stoke parkrun started on 3rd November 2012, and since then 5,058 different runners, including participants from 310 athletics clubs, have completed 29,089 runs covering a total distance of 145,445 km, and there have been 6,378 new Personal Bests.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Keep Little Stoke parkrun in Little Stoke Park

Many of you will be aware of on-going discussions with Stoke Gifford Parish Council regarding the future of Little Stoke parkrun. At their next full meeting on 9 February the Parish Council will decide whether or not to withdraw permission for our 5k Saturday event at Little Stoke Park.

We are writing now to bring you up to date on developments and ask for your support as we try to persuade the Parish Council to continue their support for Little Stoke parkrun.

Please note that at the moment it’s only the Saturday 5k parkrun that is under threat. However this decision could have implications for the junior event in the future.

 

The current position

In September 2015 the Little Stoke parkrun core team was informed that the Parish Council’s Finance and General Purposes Committee had recommended that parkrunners should pay £1 per adult per run, to be collected by us and paid to the Parish Council as a ‘maintenance charge’, starting from 7 November. This decision was taken without any prior discussion with parkrun.

In subsequent discussions the Parish Council amended this to argue that parkrun should make a financial contribution to the costs of maintaining the park and asked parkrun to apply for community grant funding for this purpose. They also raised concerns about aspects of parkrun (including insurance and child safeguarding), and operational issues (car parking, relations with other park users).

For parkrun, we explained that it is a founding principle that parkruns should be free to participants. We are not in a position to apply for a community grant or similar funding, primarily because this would create a precedent that would undermine the fundamental principle of parkrun.

We offered to support the Parish Council in any initiatives they took to secure funding for park maintenance and to work with them to address any operational issues that arise from the presence of parkrun at Little Stoke. We also reassured them that parkrun events are insured through UK Athletics and have a rigorous child safeguarding policy in place.

We have continued to make these points at Council meetings and in correspondence but, while the Parish Council have acknowledged them, they are still essentially asking for a contribution to park maintenance.

A full Parish Council meeting on 13 October voted to defer a decision on the future of Little Stoke parkrun “for 6 months in order to find solutions to moving forward discussions in relation to this matter”. We subsequently received several emails from the Council insisting that we should be applying for community grant funding, but we were not able to secure a meeting with Council representatives until 8 January. As a result there was little progress to report at the latest Parish Council meeting on 12 January. At that meeting we were told that a decision on whether or not to withdraw permission for Little Stoke parkrun would be taken at the next full Council meeting on 9 February.

We remain hopeful that the Parish Council will accept our argument that Little Stoke parkrun imposes little cost and brings substantial benefits to the community, and is deserving of their continued support.

 

What can you do?

If you are a Little Stoke parkrunner, and particularly if you live in the BS32 and BS34 postcode areas, please:

If you live in the Stoke Gifford Parish, your voice is especially important and we would encourage you to:

 

The key points that we need to convey are:

  • All 750 parkruns in the world are free to participants and, without local revenue, parkrun never pays fees for the use of parks.
  • As parkruns are free events for the local community, delivered by local volunteers, we believe they should not be compared to other events that charge fees to participants and/or receive a service from the landowner.
  • parkrun is the UK’s most successful and fastest growing provider of free physical activity and its contribution to public health, the development of volunteer activity and community building, has been widely recognised and endorsed in the UK and frequently praised in the government’s recent Sporting Futures strategy paper.
  • The funding to bring parkrun to Little Stoke was provided by South Gloucestershire Council and parkrun UK, and the event is delivered entirely by local volunteers who contribute thousands of hours of their time over the course of a year.
  • To date 6,000 different people have taken part in parkruns in Little Stoke and more than 700 people have volunteered to make that happen.
  • We believe that the impact of parkrun on Little Stoke Park is extremely light. We acknowledge that parkrunners contribute to ‘wear and tear’ like all park users but believe any small costs are substantially outweighed by the benefits it brings to the community.
  • The core team is committed to addressing any 'good neighbour' issues at Little Stoke. It has already established a marshalling system to reserve more parking spaces for other park users and secured overflow parking off-site for parkrunners, and works with grounds staff and other park users to minimise any impact of parkrun.
  • The Parish Council is itself entitled to apply for community grant funding and parkrun will support this if our presence strengthens the case. We are also happy to support any other initiatives by which the Council might generate financial or non-financial benefits from the presence of parkrun (e.g. the establishment of a cafe).

 

Thank you

We are extremely grateful for the way that Little Stoke parkrunners have conducted themselves during this difficult process and supported the core team. Throughout this uncertain period we have maintained good relations with the park users, local residents and the Parish Council, and everybody has pulled together to address the parking issues.

Now is the time to make your voices heard. Please support us to keep our Little Stoke parkrun in Little Stoke Park.

If anyone has any questions please feel free to email us at littlestokeoffice@parkrun.com.

The Little Stoke parkrun team

 

 

Looks Like The Chill Is Here ..

We have been very lucky with the weather until now. Yes it has rained almost every week in November and December, but it's the chill that we fear here at Little Stoke as slippery path makes the run unsafe to run. We had 3 cancellations in a span of a month last year because of the path and we feared the same would happen last week as well. A quick test jog around the course indicated it was safe to run if we took precautions to cone off the icy patches.

277 runners crossed the finish line, 31 of them ran Little Stoke for the first time as tourists or first time parkrunners. They were hosted by a fantastic band of 14 volunteers who gave up their run and time to support the event. This week's heroes were -

Christopher O'DONOVAN  •  Dan HEELIS-ADAMS  •  Dave HORNE  •  Donna ABBOTT  •  Felicity RUSSELL  •  Jaya BROOKS  •  Martin HERRING  •  Matthew CURTIS  •  Mayur DESAI  •  Miia BENNETT  •  Oliver MURTON  •  Rachel GOVER  •  Ruth WATKINSON  •  Ryan EDWARDS

About parking and safety -

Please do not park in the parking spaces that are reserved for users of Community Hall. You will find that it is convenient to park at the Baptist Church which is our official alternate Car Park.

Please be mindful of other park users and other parkrunners. parkrunners do not have priority over other park users. Please be extra careful when you are running near the entrance to the Community Hall ( opposite Mo, our running sculpture ).

We recommend you to Run on the Right and Lap on the Left. If you have to overtake someone , you could make full use of the grass and do so on their left.

Thanks for your cooperation and continued support. The detailed run report follows -

Little Stoke parkrun
Event number 159
16th January 2016

Male placings:
Maciej BIALOGONSKI (SM30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was first over the line in 16:54 - 14th time in 49 appearances.
Dan BEAZLEY-LONG (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:44.
Paul DEATON (VM45-49) of Southville Running Club , was third over the line in 17:48.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Maciej BIALOGONSKI (Bristol and West AC) 1350 pts.
Dan TOOMER (Unattached) 1193 pts.
Peter WANG (Bristol and West AC) 1083 pts.

Female placings:
Rosey MUSHENS (VW50-54) of Bristol and West AC, was first (24th overall) over the line in 20:15 - 7th time in 37 appearances.
Debbie JONES (VW35-39) of Chippenham Harriers, was second (27th overall) over the line in 20:19 - was first to finish once before.
Anna GILBERTSON (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (45th overall) over the line in 21:27 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Rosey MUSHENS (Bristol and West AC) 1342 pts.
Anna GILBERTSON (Unattached) 1183 pts.
Vicky SWANSON (Stokes Striders Recreational Running Group) 1101 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Rosey MUSHENS (VW50-54) was graded 83.79% for the time 20:15 (24th overall).
Phil MURRAY (VM50-54) was graded 81.91% for the time 18:09 (7th overall).
Paul DEATON (VM45-49) was graded 80.90% for the time 17:48 (third overall).

This week there were 277 runners, of whom 32 were first timers and 61 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different athletics clubs took part.

Little Stoke parkrun started on 3rd November 2012, and since then 5,013 different runners, including participants from 309 athletics clubs, have completed 28,774 runs covering a total distance of 143,870 km, and there have been 6,306 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.

 

A nice hour’s respite from the parkrun weather fairies at Little Stoke Park– Event #158, 09.01.16

When I arrived at the Park at 8 am the heavens opened and it tipped it down but I knew we would get a parkrun happy hour and the weather fairies wouldn’t let us down. By 9 am we had near perfect running conditions other than a few refreshing puddles to splash through. We welcomed 317 runners this week of whom 43 runners were joining us for the first time at Little Stoke with 25 of them doing a parkrun for the first time. Well done also goes to the 51 of our returning runners who recorded personal bests. Congrats goes to father and son Richard and Seb Aquilina on running their 50th parkrun together, and celebrating with amazing cake. Also joining the 50 club was Rosey Mushens, celebrating in style with a new PB and topping the age grade list with an 83.03% score and was the first female finisher. The fourth runner joining the 50 club was the awesome Dave Swanson, one of our original core team, who would have got there much earlier but for his 52 volunteer stints.

And of course sincere thanks to our great band of volunteers again who did not get as wet as we had feared. Please remember Little Stoke parkrun couldn’t happen without the enthusiastic support of our volunteers. Remember they give up their run so you can enjoy your running so please make sure it is not always the same people volunteering as they all like to run as well. If you’d like to join the volunteer team, and why would you not, we’d love to have you. Please opt in to receive volunteer emails (via ‘manage my profile’ on any result or newsletter email) and contact Little StokeHelpers@parkrun.com to offer help. Don’t forget to follow us on these news pages, on Twitter (@littlestokeparkrun) or on Facebook (Little Stoke South Gloucestershire parkrun) for the latest news and information.

As our numbers are climbing please park sensibly when the car park is full as it is not fair to local residents and also please follow the Marshals instructions who are there to help. Feel free to use the Little Stoke Baptist Church car park, only 400mts from the Park (perfect warm-up). Also can we ask, particularly in the light of on-going discussions to keep parkrun at Little Stoke Park, to be respectful of other park users and of each other. The last thing we need now is to have to defend bad behaviour among ourselves. We are asking runners to keep to the right of the path as much as you can to make passing easier. Have a good week and hopefully see lots of you next Saturday.

Please peruse the results below and check out some great running by lots of you.

Martin Dunne (Run Director for 09.01.16)

Male placings:
Maciej BIALOGONSKI (SM30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was first over the line in 16:38 - 13th time in 48 appearances.
Ciaran MCQUADE (VM35-39) of Bristol and West AC, was second over the line in 17:32 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions.
Alex HAMBLIN (SM20-24) of Westbury Harriers, was third over the line in 17:50.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Maciej BIALOGONSKI (Bristol and West AC) 1200 pts.
Dan TOOMER (Unattached) 1064 pts.
Ian BOOTH (Unattached) 965 pts.

Female placings:
Rosey MUSHENS (VW50-54) of Bristol and West AC, was first (28th overall) over the line in 20:26 - 6th time in 36 appearances.
Lisa NEWING (SW30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was second (29th overall) over the line in 20:26 - was first to finish once before.
Fiona DAKIN (VW45-49) (Unattached) was third (42nd overall) over the line in 21:25.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Rosey MUSHENS (Bristol and West AC) 1192 pts.
Anna GILBERTSON (Unattached) 1035 pts.
Vicky SWANSON (Stokes Striders Recreational Running Group) 984 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Rosey MUSHENS (VW50-54) was graded 83.03% for the time 20:26 (28th overall).
Chris ADAMS (VM55-59) was graded 81.31% for the time 18:54 (9th overall).
Maciej BIALOGONSKI (SM30-34) was graded 77.76% for the time 16:38 (first overall).

This week there were 317 runners, of whom 43 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different athletics clubs took part.

Little Stoke parkrun started on 3rd November 2012, and since then 4,981 different runners, including participants from 308 athletics clubs, have completed 28,497 runs covering a total distance of 142,485 km, and there have been 6,245 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 Parking At Baptist Church: 9th January 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, 9th January 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. 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

 

Run report 2 January 2016

Little Stoke parkrun 2 January 2016

Happy New Year to all parkrunners

The first run of the year was a damp affair with heavy overnight rain but this did not dampen the spirits of runners and the great team of volunteers who were in full waterproofs setting up for the run from 8.15am. We had 266 runners and 15 volunteers in the park.

The finish area did begin to resemble a scene from Glastonbury by the end of the morning !

As it was the first Saturday in the month we had pacers (thanks to Dave, Martin, Mayur, Ashwin, Pete and Dave for pacing). Great to have so many positive comments - if you have any specific times that you would like pacers for in Feb please drop the office an email.

Thanks to all those runners who came forward to volunteer in Janaury - the roster looks much more healthy but we still have some gaps for each saturday.

Finally, congratulations to our club entrants this week. Junior runners Christopher Page and Charlie Keith completed their 10 parkruns while Howard Jameson and Wilson Mckelvie completed their 100th parkrun.

Run Director Andrew Griffin and volunteer Sandra Reed completed there 25th volunteering stint during event.

Special mention to Tim Haysom who ran his 100th Little Stoke parkrun out of a total of 117 parkruns.

Have a good week and see you next week.

Male placings:
David AWDE (SM25-29) of Bristol and West AC, was first over the line in 16:45 - 7th time in 16 appearances.
Maciej BIALOGONSKI (SM30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was second over the line in 16:52 - has been first to finish on 12 previous occasions.
Ciaran MCQUADE (VM35-39) of Bristol and West AC, was third over the line in 17:19 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Maciej BIALOGONSKI (Bristol and West AC) 1050 pts.
Dan TOOMER (Unattached) 933 pts.
Matthew CURTIS (Unattached) 920 pts.

Female placings:
Helen NEWBERRY (SW25-29) of Bristol and West AC, was first (6th overall) over the line in 18:27 - 22nd time in 31 appearances.
Ella REVITT (JW15-17) (Unattached) was second (7th overall) over the line in 18:30 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Kate HUSBAND (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (21st overall) over the line in 20:04.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Rosey MUSHENS (Bristol and West AC) 1042 pts.
Anna GILBERTSON (Unattached) 1035 pts.
Anita DAVIES (Unattached) 938 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Ella REVITT (JW15-17) was graded 82.70% for the time 18:30 (7th overall).
Helen NEWBERRY (SW25-29) was graded 80.22% for the time 18:27 (6th overall).
Rosey MUSHENS (VW50-54) was graded 79.16% for the time 21:26 (35th overall).

Little Stoke parkrun started on 3rd November 2012, and since then 4,938 different runners, including participants from 308 athletics clubs, have completed 28,180 runs covering a total distance of 140,900 km, and there have been 6,194 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).

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