#165 -16th February 2019

Lydney parkrun
Event number 165
16th February 2019

For the uninitiated the weather today was a little dull, grey and misty, but those of the parkrun persuasion instantly knew that the not-too-warm, not-too-cold conditions were near perfect for a Saturday morning parkrun around the boating lake in Lydney. And so this week a very decent turnout of 133 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers to Lydney and the conditions helped an amazing 31 participants (over 23% of us!) achieve new Personal Bests. More on these later.

The parkrun today was made possible by 18 volunteers of whom we are all very grateful: Mark HARVEY • Jeremy CREASEY • Fiona CREASEY • Christopher Michael BARNES • David PRICE • Vic N' SKRUFF (AINS) • Kevin MCENTEE • Lucy CREASEY • Simon LOCKHART • Brian PRICE • Christine WORTHY • Chris RUCK • Sandra HAWKINS • Graham WORTHY • Bridget DAVIES • Stuart LODGE • Justine JONES • Emily DAVIES.

Our volunteers really are fantastic, and frequently go above and beyond in support of the event and ensuring that it is fun, safe and organised for everyone to enjoy. This includes ‘hidden’ roles such as baking cakes, replenishing teabag stocks, taking towels home to wash, and inspecting the course beforehand. Special thank you to Simon LOCKHART who forwent his run today to step in as emergency timekeeper. Remember that you too can volunteer – it’s fun, easy and enhances your parkrun experience. Just email us, message us on facebook or see us next week.

Now to some stats…First across the line today was Henry JONES who recorded a new PB with his time of 18:54 on his 4th outing at Lydney and 11th parkrun overall. Well done on your first sub-19, Henry, and for taking slot number 69 on our 500 fastest ever Lydney runs. Following Henry home was Charlie SMITH, who runs for Birchfield Harriers up in Birmingham and is in the Junior 11-14 category. Charlie’s time of 19:42 was hugely impressive, and a new PB on his 2nd run at Lydney and 60th run altogether. Third across the line was Paul STUART with a time of 19:52. Whilst we welcomed Paul to Lydney for the first time this morning, he is no stranger to parkrun with 117 runs under his belt, predominantly at Ashton Court which is in the shadow of Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol.

First female parkrunner home today, and 6th overall, was Em EVANS who recorded a new PB with her time of 20:02 on her 8th outing at Lydney of 9 parkruns completed. Your first sub-20 is surely within touching distance, Em – keep pushing! Talking of which, you were being pushed hard by Lily WILLIAMS who finished just 2 seconds later as second female and 7th overall in an impressive time of 20:04 on her 2nd run at Lydney and just 6th parkrun overall. Lily runs in the Junior 11-14 category. Third female across the line (and 21st overall) came Rebecca WARD with a time of 23:19. Rebecca is in the Junior 15-17 category, a member of Chepstow Harriers, and a true graduate of parkrun having completed 61 junior parkruns before 77 senior of which 12 have been around our Lydney course.

We welcomed 18 first timers to Lydney today, some of whom came from afar: Charlie and Andy SMITH travelled from Kingsbury Water parkrun, Rose HAYDOCK from Newark parkrun as well as visitors from Ashton Court, Thornbury, Burnham & Highbridge (which is south of Weston-super-Mare – I looked it up), and all the way from the Forest of Dean! Of those 18, a fabulous 5 were taking their very first steps on their parkrun journey. Standup, please,  Paul KNIGHT, Rachael ROBINSON, Phoebe STONECHILD, Kim FLETCHER and Emily DAVIES and take your well deserved applause. Thank you for choosing Lydney for your first parkrun and I hope the leg muscles don’t ache too much tomorrow!

There were no official milestones today, but I note that our very own Claire LAVENDER hits the big 200 next time out. I for one am VERY partial to flapjacks – just saying!

Back to those personal bests. With 31 PBs recorded today, there are too many to list individually, but huge congratulations to every one of you. Perhaps it was the advantageous conditions, perhaps there was something in the water of our runners’ cups of tea this morning, but amazingly seven of our top eight finishing runners today achieved PBs (and the other was running at Lydney for the first time.)

Perhaps special mentions should go to Rebecca WARREN who is on fire at the moment with her second PB in two weeks, and Peter JOHNSON completing his 3rd run at Lydney of 55 in total with a new PB time of 36:30. Actually, Pete finds it hard not to register PBs with a surely nearly record breaking 44% hit rate! Also Atsuko BARNES who achieved her first PB since June 2018 with her time of 25:49 and Age Grading of 67.46% on her 80th run, and Becky WELLSTED who recorded a PB with her time of 40:11 on her 7th run. Oh, and a quick note to Elijah PEARSON…huge congratulations on your PB time today of 20:01 which earned you 5th place overall. Please, please find the time to print some more barcodes before next week. I’d hate you to miss out on recording your first sub-20 (which is surely just around the corner) because your dodgy barcode won’t scan!

Talking of barcodes, there were just 2 of you who were without theirs today, which as a percentage is not too bad at all, but I’d still love us to get to zero. Remember #DFYB.

On the Age Grading front, top of the tree was the afore-mentioned Lily WILLIAMS with 78.32% I told you that was an impressive run! Second was Graham WORTHY with 76.05% and third Walter LEACH with 75.65. Both Graham and Walter are stalwarts of Lydney parkrun having amassed 380 runs between them. Not much of a tourist, Graham is admirably dedicated to Lydney, with 59 of his 63 parkruns with us. His 6.35% tourist quotient is more than offset, however, by his 28 volunteer roles completed, giving a volunteer quotient of 44.44% (although I think I’ve just made that measure up!) Walter on the other hand is a triple silver level parkrun obsessive and something of a globetrotter with 20 tourist runs under his belt.

Thank you to everyone who took part today whether you walked, ran, jogged or volunteered. See you all next week!

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

The male record is held by Scott CAMPBELL who recorded a time of 16:56 on 14th May 2016 (event number 20).
The female record is held by Jane EVANS who recorded a time of 18:01 on 15th April 2017 (event number 69).
The Age Grade course record is held by Teresa TRANTER who recorded 85.59% (24:03) on 22nd October 2016 (event number 43).

Lydney parkrun started on 2nd January 2016. Since then 2,913 participants have completed 17,001 parkruns covering a total distance of 85,005 km, including 3,051 new Personal Bests. A total of 315 individuals have volunteered 2,980 times.


Christmas and New Year 2017

Lydney will NOTbe holding a parkrun on Christmas day.

Our New Years Day run will take place at the earlier time of 8:30am

Forest of Dean parkrun is at 10am


Christmas & New Year 2016

Lydney will not be holding a parkrun on Christmas day, the nearest parkrun will be at Forest of Dean at 9:30am.

We will be parkruning on New Years day at the earlier time of 8:30am and Forest of Dean parkrun are starting  at 10:00am, so you should be able to get to run them both.

  1. Forest of Dean - 10:00am - 6.89 mi - 21 mins - [Directions]
  2. Newport - 10:30am - 24.36 mi - 43 mins - [Directions]
  3. Pomphrey Hill - 10:30am - 16.87 mi - 43 mins - [Directions]
  4. Chippenham - 10:30am - 25.3 mi - 60 mins - [Directions]

Click here for the full list of Christmas and New Year Day runs


0-5k group starts

Monday 6.30pm everyone welcome, no one to unfit or to slow.

There are two groups running at the same time, doing the same plan, anyone is very welcome at either.

Starts Monday 5th September 2016 - 18:30

Lydney Lake or Lakers School
Or Tuesday at Chepstow Leisure Centre at 18:!5
See for more information.

#28 – 09th July 2016

Lydney parkrun
Event number 28
9th July 2016

This week there we saw 88 runners come across the finish line, of whom 26 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different athletics clubs took part.

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#22 – 28th May 2016

Lydney parkrun
Event number 22
28th May 2016

An amazing morning saw 108 runners at the glorious Lydney Boating lake. We were watched all morning by the local families of geese.
Congratulations to all you 26 runners who managed to get a new PB, but I only heard the PB Hooter sound once....

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Relay for Life Forest of Dean

Location: Forest Leisure Lydney
Church Road, Lydney, GL15 5DZ
Date: 25 June 2016
Start: 12pm (duration 24hrs)

About Relay For Life

Relay For Life brings you and your town together to help beat cancer sooner.

Throughout the year, teams of 8 to 15 people get together and fundraise in their local communities to support the work of Cancer Research UK. Then everyone comes together in an inspiring overnight celebration and commemoration that the whole community can be part of.

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#15 – 9th April 2016

Lydney parkrun
Event number 15
9th April 2016

Well we certainly had a honking good time on Saturday with the introduction of the New PB horn. Fabulous idea David P. The first person I noticed honking and dancing was Jonathan Carter who was 4th, although I notice on the results the first 5 across the line all got PBs so sorry if I missed your honking PB celebrations.

Today was certainly a family affair with Hubert Ashley-Towell coming home first with his daughter Natalie finishing in 14th place and also 1st last. Hubert and Natalie also both PB'd so celebrations all round today.

So today was all about the honking PBs. Well done to all of you. As it's the 1st time we have used the horn I am gonna mention you all (I didn't realise how many of you PBd) when I came up with this).
Here goes. Well done to Hubert Ashley-Towell, Steven Harris, James Tucker, Jonathan Carter, Mick Strange, Gavin Moore, Mark Channer, Mark Harvey, Natalie Ashley-Towell, Brian Watkins, Bevan Yong, Simon Heseltine, David Price, Adrian Goes, Ewan Thompson, James Pascoe, Jennifer Adams, Nigel Brown, David Wadley, Vanessa Pegler, Michael John Wilson, Kate Berry, Tess Tremlett, Karen James, Amanda Ramshaw, Sian Wilson, Martina Mitchard, Rosie Garratt, Debbie White, Liz Lockhart, Helen Harding, Sarah Thompson, Dillion De Burgh.
Don't forget to honk the hooter for an extra cheer when you finish if you PB.

Finally thanks to all the volunteers for all your hard work this morning making it very easy for me as run director and my son who was my assistant.

Male placings:
Hubert ASHLEY-TOWELL (VM45-49) of Forest of Dean AC, was first over the line in 18:44 - third time in 5 appearances.
Steven HARRIS (VM35-39) of North Gloucestershire Orienteering Club, was second over the line in 18:48 - was first to finish once before.
James TUCKER (VM35-39) of Chepstow Harriers, was third over the line in 18:56 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Walter LEACH (Forest of Dean AC) 1245 pts.
Ross HOWELLS (Unattached) 1164 pts.
Cory SHERWIN (Unattached) 1156 pts.

Female placings:
Natalie ASHLEY-TOWELL (JW11-14) of Gloucester AAC, was first (14th overall) over the line in 22:22 - second time in 7 appearances.
Mooch WILLIAMS (VW35-39) of Chepstow Harriers, was second (17th overall) over the line in 23:43 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Shirley ROBINSON (VW60-64) of North Gloucestershire Orienteering Club, was third (18th overall) over the line in 23:50.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Rebecca WARREN (Unattached) 1080 pts.
Mooch WILLIAMS (Chepstow Harriers) 1072 pts.
Naomi BERRY (Unattached) 1034 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Mick STRANGE (VM60-64) was graded 80.51% for the time 20:16 (5th overall).
Shirley ROBINSON (VW60-64) was graded 80.28% for the time 23:50 (18th overall).
Hubert ASHLEY-TOWELL (VM45-49) was graded 76.25% for the time 18:44 (first overall).

This week there were 81 runners, of whom 14 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different athletics clubs took part.

Lydney parkrun started on 2nd January 2016, and since then 549 different runners, including participants from 45 athletics clubs, have completed 1,378 runs covering a total distance of 6,890 km, and there have been 420 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Victoria BAKER who ran in a time of 00:19:29 on 2016-03-19 (event number 12).
The male record is held by Andy GARDINER who ran in a time of 00:17:47 on 2016-03-26 (event number 13).
The Age Grade course record is held by Teresa TRANTER who recorded a 82.78% run (24:29) on 12th March 2016 (event number 11).

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#6 – 6th February 2016

Lydney parkrun
Event number 6
6th February 2016

I don't think wet can describe our 6th parkrun. When the 55 runners, of whom 13 were first timers and 12 with new Personal Bests came over the finish line, I think the lake looked dryer than they did. Even the big puddle at the end of the finish funnel was not a issue.
But at least they were able to shelter in the garages with a warm cuppa and a piece of cake. Continue reading


#4 – 23rd January 2016

Lydney parkrun
Event number 4
23rd January 2016

What a great morning for week 4 of Lydney parkrun. I think fun was definately the name of the game today with run directors being nicknamed Laurel and Hardy (aka Claire and Leona). Continue reading

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