Mallards Pike parkrun is cancelled on 31 October 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Event # 24 IWD, 07th Feb 20 by Jenny Macmullen

On the weekend, when parkrun was helping to celebrate International Women's Day (IWD), I was staying in the Forest of Dean and chose to run at Mallards Pike, so I wore my purple 25 volunteer tee for the occasion. I have already run Forest of Dean parkrun and Mallards Pike was the next closest, as well as being a rare one-lapper and looked like it would be quite scenic. It was still in the forest, and I knew it would be drier under foot than some others.

En route in the morning I almost didn't make it due to some "Road closed" signs, but that's another story! I was not disappointed by the scenery, however I was totally unprepared for the long haul uphill for the first half of the course! My legs don't "do" hills, (even less so in recovery from injury), and I had to walk a lot and thought I was going to struggle all the way. I kept going though, with some encouraging words from both runners and marshals, and was rewarded with a lovely downhill stretch which I absolutely loved, and then flat until a very short gently hill before the run in to the finish funnel. The parkrun weather fairies did a great job keeping the rain away, as it started for a while not long after the event.

Perhaps fittingly on the day we celebrated IWD the first finisher today was a female, Claire O'Brien in 19:07, and out of a total of 134 taking part, there were 67 females and 64 males, plus several accompanying (and mostly very fast!) dogs. Lots of runners made memories of the occasion by having a photo taken with the #IWDparkrun selfie frame, and some #ThisGirlCan campaign t-shirts were given out.

I very much enjoyed my run at this well organised and friendly event, and afterwards I finished off a lovely parkrun morning  with a coffee at the café looking out onto the lake.

Jenny

 

This week 134 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 53 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

 

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Linda BELLINGHAM • Deborah TALBOTT • Jenny MACMULLEN • David POUND • Simon ROBERTS • Glenn HARVEY • Dawn POUND • Mark BAKER • Paul JONES • Emily CUMMINGS • Robert CUMMINGS • Sam IVINS • Susan DE-CAMPS • Tony MAY • Clare CURTIS • Joe KENNEDY • John LINDEN • Paul CUMMINGS • Fay CUMMINGS

 

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

 

The male record is held by Matthew REES who recorded a time of 16:56 on 21st September 2019 (event number 4).
The female record is held by Victoria BAKER who recorded a time of 18:37 on 1st February 2020 (event number 20).
The Age Grade course record is held by Rachael WHEELER who recorded 85.67% (22:20) on 12th October 2019 (event number 7).

 

Mallards Pike parkrun started on 31st August 2019. Since then 1,602 participants have completed 2,937 parkruns covering a total distance of 14,685 km, including 447 new Personal Bests. A total of 146 individuals have volunteered 414 times.

 

 

#Event 23 – by Richard Aquilina

For the first time ever, parkrunday was on 29th February.  If you weren’t one of the those running at Mallards Pike or another parkrun location you’ll have to wait until 2048 to parkrun next on 29th February!

It was always my intention to parkrun on 29th February as I didn’t want to have to wait 28 years to complete my parkrun date bingo!  The question I asked was where to run? Fortunately Emma Shepherd, one of my friends who I met at Little Stoke parkrun was running her 250th.  Having recently moved “over the bridge” she had chosen her new local event, Mallards Pike for this milestone run.

I arrived at Mallards Pike parkrun with my friends, Mel, a tourist from Eastville parkrun and Martyn, a tourist from Ashton Court parkrun.  Martyn was visiting for the first time and had offered to drive. It’s a good job he used to live in the Forest as the advance notice of the closure of the A48 resulted in a long and picturesque detour via Tutsill, Woodcroft, St Briavels, Cling, Coleford, Broadwell, Ruspidge & Soudley!  We also had to drive around a tree that had landed across much of the carriageway.

Mallards Pike #1

As we walked to the start we met visitors from Cassiobury parkrun in Watford, Gloucester North, Pomphrey Hill in Bristol and many of our friends from Little Stoke.  As well as Emma’s 250th, Zoey White was running her 150th and had dressed appropriately as a Frog to celebrate Leap day!  She had plenty of spare frog eyes for all of the Little Stokers to wear.

Mallards Pike #2

Just before 9am, Cherry, our Run Director, gave the 45 first timers to Mallards Pike information about the course.  I was surprised to discover that to celebrate leap day we were running the course backwards! Cherry then moved onto the main briefing where a record number of participants prepared for the start.  We gave cheers to Emma and Zoey for their milestones. We were also reminded to stay clear of any wild boar that may be out on the course with us!

Just after 9am, the 190 participants were off.  The paths at Mallards Pike are wide and in no distance the runners had spread out heading off on the single lap course.  The parkrun weather window was with us and with a slight tailwind on the uphill followed by a slight headwind on the downhill it certainly was a lovely route.  The marshal’s out on the course cheered and high fived us ‘round.

The event was only possible because of the 17 volunteers who arrived before us and stayed until our tail walker, Simon Roberts, crossed the line on 55:07.  The other 16 volunteers were:

Andrew Kaye • Cherry Fowler • Clare Curtis • Emily Cummings • Fay Cummings • Joe Kennedy • John Linden • Linda Bellingham • Mark Baker • Martin Blakebrough • Martyn Wood • Paul Cummings • Richard Aquilina • Robert Cummings • Toby Wales • Tony Highfield

With a record 190 people running, jogging and walking the course, 20 of you recorded personal best (PB) times.  This was despite the fact the course was slightly longer than the usual 5K to ensure the course record wasn’t broken on the alternative route.

Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.  Particular congratulations must go to Rowan Saxton who finished in first position with an age grade of 91.32%, Cathrine Svendsen who finished in fifth with an age grade of 79.39% and Peter Woodward who had run the most parkruns.  Today was his 435th!  Emma Shepherd joined the 250 Club.  Alan Tyrrell and Paula Siddall each gained a flake (99 parkruns) – we look forward to seeing you for your 100th event next time.

10 of you didn't have a barcode.  Perhaps you forgot it or you have yet to register?  #DFYB

After parkrun I went to Mallards Cafe with Mel and Martyn.  The timing couldn’t have been better as the heavens opened leaving only standing room.  I spoke to some of the runners from Gloucester North who advised that their course was waterlogged and that their plans to run at Lydney had to change when it too was cancelled.  Mallards Pike had come to their rescue! Martyn and I sorted the tokens using the most helpful token sorting board and were pleased to find all tokens had been returned – well done to all of you.  The café was busy but service quick and I did enjoy my parkrun bacon sandwich & tea combo. I felt sorry for Cherry who had to process results outside in order to get a mobile signal but she quickly returned to shelter in the café with a warm drink.

Once again I was made to feel very welcome at Mallard’s Pike.  I’ve run it twice now – clockwise and anticlockwise. I wonder what route will be in operation when I next return?

Richard Aquilina

Little Stoke parkrun

 

 

Event # 22 – by Andy Marsh

After doing all my parkrun at the same venue I decided it was time to venture out and be a tourist for a change. After looking for a parkrun venue close to our accommodation I found mallards pike. What a great location deep in the Forest of Dean. A very friendly and helpful race director who welcomed us all. A nice touch of a board to write where all the parkrun tourists have come from. The run itself was great gently uphill for a couple of kilometres then generally downhill to finish. Very friendly runners not over busy. Lovely cafe at finish line. A lovely sunny morning throughly enjoyed my experience. Hope this helps other future runners. 

Andy Marsh

This week 135 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Linda BELLINGHAM • Fiona CREASEY • Martin BLAKEBROUGH • Andrew KAYE • Simon ROBERTS • Vic N' SKRUFF (AINS) • Lucy CREASEY • Daniel CUMMINGS • Emily CUMMINGS • Robert CUMMINGS • Andrew MARSH • Sophie WILLIAMS • Clare CURTIS • Joe KENNEDY • Paul CUMMINGS • Fay CUMMINGS

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

The male record is held by Matthew REES who recorded a time of 16:56 on 21st September 2019 (event number 4).
The female record is held by Victoria BAKER who recorded a time of 18:37 on 1st February 2020 (event number 20).
The Age Grade course record is held by Rachael WHEELER who recorded 85.67% (22:20) on 12th October 2019 (event number 7).

Mallards Pike parkrun started on 31st August 2019. Since then 1,500 participants have completed 2,613 parkruns covering a total distance of 13,065 km, including 406 new Personal Bests. A total of 139 individuals have volunteered 378 times.

 

Event # 21, An Insiders view of our park run, by Simon Roberts

Simon

My usual Mallards Pike parkrun day starts nice and early and today was no exception.  I left home just before eight, with the sun up and signs of spring all around. The new born lambs by the side of the road and then two deer crossed the road as I drove through Moseley Green.  The car temperature warning then beeped saying it was four degrees to remind me that winter is not over yet. As I parked in the car park at Mallards Pike I was amazed to see that much of the set-up work had already been completed by Mark and Vic, two of our fantastic volunteers.  The parkrun flag was flying and the sun was going to shine. My small contribution was to hang up the new white board pens and carry the parkrun essentials to the start area. Having laid out the tarpaulin for coats at the finish, along with the first aid kit, de-fib and finish tokens, all was looking good for Mallards pike event number 21.  

Today was the RD debut for another regular volunteer, Joe Kennedy.  He was a natural. The crowd of runners slowly grew at the briefing area, having made the short walk from the car park.  Joe welcomed all and gave the usual briefing, emphasising all the parkrun rules about children under 11, dogs being kept on leads and no barcode, no time.  There were two milestones today, Kieran Morgan was completing run number 100 and regular photographer Robert Cummings was completing his 50th run and also celebrating his birthday.  Having welcomed visitors (looking through the results afterwards we had 23 first timers to Mallards today) and thanked the volunteers it was time to make the short walk to the start line and enjoy the run through the forest.

To the usual chorus of barks from the fast dogs at the front we heard the countdown from three to one, and we were off.  As many others have said, our run begins with a gentle slope, that gradually increases and never seems to stop until just over half way.  It is a challenging conundrum, do you push on whilst it is relatively flat at the start and your body is full of energy and fresh, or do you hold back, knowing you have to keep this effort up for just over half the run before the downhill is there to aid you?  However you approach it, the fast dogs at the front soon disappear into the distance. Conditions today were great for running, not to cold and no wind. The forest was looking wonderful in the sun as it broke through the clouds. The smiling faces of our marshals are brilliant as you run up the hill, and hearing Tony ringing his bell is such a relief as then you know it all downhill from there on.  Lucky runners at the front, who are more observant then me, were treated to a view of three boar crossing the path as we made our way downhill. The yellow glow of the “200m to go” sign is very welcome and a great incentive to make that final push up the small hill to the finish line, to the cheers of encouragement from our hi-vis heroes. The fantastic team of volunteers doing timekeeping, tokens and scanning welcoming every runner with a smile on their face.  

Having got my breath back it is always fun to speak to fellow runners at the end.  Hearing the thoughts of visitors to our parkrun and catching up with regulars. It was also great to see familiar faces from our neighbouring parkruns in Lydney and Forest of Dean.  The smiles and cheers continued until the final runners and then the tail walker crossed the line. The finish line team happily reported no problems with timing or tokens to the RD and passed over watches and scanners for the results to be processed.  The highly efficient volunteer team then got straight down to the job of tidying up the cones and signs, and in what seemed like no time at all everything was in the cars ready to be put away for another week. The café was busy with runners and the sun was shining, results were processed, and another parkrun was successfully completed.

Our parkrun could not happen so smoothly without our amazing volunteers and we are always looking for more, we’d be very happy to welcome you to join us.

This week 125 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Nicola HALL • Linda BELLINGHAM • Sue ASHTON • Mark AINSWORTH • Deborah TALBOTT • Ali FORD • Tony HIGHFIELD • Andrew KAYE • Simon ROBERTS • Vic N' SKRUFF (AINS) • Susan DE-CAMPS • Sophie WILLIAMS • Clare CURTIS • Joe KENNEDY • John LINDEN • Paul CUMMINGS • Fay CUMMINGS

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

The male record is held by Matthew REES who recorded a time of 16:56 on 21st September 2019 (event number 4).
The female record is held by Victoria BAKER who recorded a time of 18:37 on 1st February 2020 (event number 20).
The Age Grade course record is held by Rachael WHEELER who recorded 85.67% (22:20) on 12th October 2019 (event number 7).

Mallards Pike parkrun started on 31st August 2019. Since then 1,459 participants have completed 2,478 parkruns covering a total distance of 12,390 km, including 375 new Personal Bests. A total of 136 individuals have volunteered 362 times.

 

International Woman’s Day

Hi All on March 7th we will be taking part in the “International Woman’s Day” parkrun.
we will have a selfie frame designed specifically for this event.

Bring a female friend, colleague or family member and walk, jog, run or volunteer together for #IWDparkrun

 

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