Event Cancellation: Saturday 16th April

It has been an exceedingly odd 24 hours and we would like to thank you all for the messages of support and kind words that you have continued to send through to us. It has been and continues to be, overwhelming and the Little Stoke parkrun team really appreciate them all. As you might expect, we are not likely to be able to reply or get back to all of you personally but we really cannot put into words what it means to us.

We would however ask you to keep things positive and constructive. Negativity levelled at the Parish Council will not help matters.

Given the huge strength of feeling heard from you directly and seen from a wider audience on social media we have had to consider the implications of this on Saturday's run (16 April). The safety and wellbeing of parkrunners and other park users is paramount and we are very concerned that this might be jeopardised by the volume of people wishing to run at Little Stoke on Saturday.  This could easily exceed the safe limit of the park itself.

To that end we will be cancelling the event on Saturday 16th of April.

The Little Stoke parkrun team, the local parkrun ambassadors and parkrun UK will need to consider where we go from this point. At the current time its very unclear but do keep an eye on our website, Facebook and Twitter pages which we'll make sure are updated as soon as we have any more news.

What can I do to support Little Stoke parkrun/parkrun UK?

parkrun started from a simple idea and has grown into the phenomenon that we all know and love. Do what parkrunners do best and support your local parkrun!

The parkrun will not be taking place in Little Stoke park but there are several other local parkruns to choose from locally and further afield. Go along to a parkrun and enjoy it as it has always been intended right from the very beginning: a run in the park with friends. Every parkrun relies on volunteers to put on the event so why not make this Saturday the parkrunday to help out and support your local event event in that way.

Once again, thank you all for the INCREDIBLE support you have shown the Little Stoke parkrun team during this difficult situation. We are all parkrunners and parkrun is part of us all.

The Little Stoke parkrun team

 

Thank You

We are extremely disappointed that Stoke Gifford Parish Council have voted to charge for the use of Little Stoke Park, therefore withdrawing permission for parkrun to use the park. It is a fundamental principle of parkrun that there should be no barriers to participation and events should always be free. All we were asking the Council for was shared use of the park for a short period early on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

The Council's decision will inevitably increase numbers at other parkruns in the area and we will work to secure an alternative venue and establish new parkrun events to cater for the growing number of people who are opting to get fit by running regularly.

parkrun HQ have already released this statement. We should also like to thank every single Little Stoke parkrunner and the wider parkrun community for sharing what parkrun means to them, through the petition, by writing to councillors and in their many kind messages of support. We have heard so many moving stories of how parkrun is changing lives and seen just how strong the parkrun family really is. There have been literally hundreds of messages today and we can't reply to them all - Thank you.

parkrun - its so much more than just a run in the park.

The Little Stoke Team

 

Run report – Little Stoke parkrun event 170

Little Stoke parkrun 9 April 2016

013What a lovely parkrun we had on Saturday morning at Little Stoke park – there was a fantastic happy atmosphere tinged with a little sadness with the future of Little Stoke parkrun being decided by at the Parish Council meeting on Tuesday. The sun was shining and there was even a tiny bit of warmth in the sun at 9am! 024

Thanks to the great team of volunteers, without volunteers parkrun wouldn’t happen. It was also lovely that Meryl Grimshaw (Event Director at Pomphrey Hill and one of the parkrun ambassadors for the local area) and Brian Gardener (from South Glos Council who have supported the setup of Little Stoke, Pomphrey Hill and Chipping Sodbury parkruns) both volunteered to show their support. 019Well done to Waseem Ahmed on his 50th parkrun (and thanks for the lovely cake). 031

I would like to reiterate (what I said on Saturday) and thank the following for the huge amount of time and effort that they have all spent over the last 8 month dealing with the Council situation -

Geoff Keogh (parkrun ambassador for the area and Event Director at Ashton Court) and

Martin Dunne, Clare Jubb and Becky Bushnell (from Little Stoke parkrun core volunteer team).

I know that I speak on behalf of all Little Stoke parkrunners – THANKYOU

Andy Griffin

Results and stats are below but I think Saturday was all about the great community spirit that Little Stoke parkrun has.

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Male placings:
David BRUCE (SM30-34) of Oxford City AC, was first over the line in 16:40 - second time in 2 appearances.
Maciej BIALOGONSKI (SM30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was second over the line in 16:42 - has been first to finish on 16 previous occasions.
Adam WILSON (SM18-19) of Westbury Harriers, was third over the line in 16:43 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Maciej BIALOGONSKI (Bristol and West AC) 2695 pts.
Michael HILL (Unattached) 2537 pts.
John RIVERS (Unattached) 2152 pts.

Female placings:
Jessica BRUCE (SW30-34) of Headington RRC, was first (18th overall) over the line in 19:45 - second time in 4 appearances.
Rosey MUSHENS (VW50-54) of Bristol and West AC, was second (27th overall) over the line in 20:31 - has been first to finish on 9 previous occasions.
Sarah Natasha EVERITT (VW45-49) of Bristol and West AC, was third (32nd overall) over the line in 20:43 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Rosey MUSHENS (Bristol and West AC) 2528 pts.
Anna GILBERTSON (Unattached) 2516 pts.
Anita DAVIES (Unattached) 2168 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Rosey MUSHENS (VW50-54) was graded 82.70% for the time 20:31 (27th overall).
Sarah Natasha EVERITT (VW45-49) was graded 79.97% for the time 20:43 (32nd overall).
Adam WILSON (SM18-19) was graded 79.76% for the time 16:43 (third overall).

This week there were 334 runners, of whom 59 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different athletics clubs took part.

Little Stoke parkrun started on 3rd November 2012, and since then 5,462 different runners, including participants from 331 athletics clubs, have completed 31,634 runs covering a total distance of 158,170 km, and there have been 6,879 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.

 

 

 

 

A Spring In Our Step – Run Report for Little Stoke parkrun #169 – 2nd April 2016

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

Male placings:
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.

Female placings:
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.

 

 

No Baptist Church Parking: 2nd April 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, 2nd April 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