Event # 18, Curly Wurly goes to Mallards Pike – finally…. by Lynsey Miles

Having been fans of the Forest of Dean in general and having run various races and other neighbouring parkruns there before, as soon as Mallards Pike came up we knew we would have to go visit soon. 

Our first opportunity was actually the inaugural; however we didn’t really consider ourselves “local enough” to Gatecrash on the first event. We then planned to visit on the 4th Jan however I was down as RD at Curly Wurly (aka Somerdale Pavilion), although it had been cancelled the three preceding weeks (who knew flood plains flooded?) so we tentatively planned to come visit when we inevitably cancelled again but lo and behold the water literally disappeared and Curly Wurly was back on. Fast forward to the 18th and this has been planned since the 4th; nothing was stopping us this time! However….. An unmovable appointment meant we needed to be back in Bristol by 11. There was no way we were missing out again so we would just have to make it work. 

We left Bristol just after 7 to allow for picking people up and getting lost (always happens with us) and then travelled the 33 miles across the bridge and up into the Forest. The sunrise was beautiful and the frost on the ground made everything look so magical.

Lynsey 5

Parking at the lake was plentiful and easy to find – the core team were friendly and welcoming, we had a mooch around as we were there so ridiculously early…..can’t believe we didn’t get lost, although am grateful really as 5 adults in a Citroen C3 was quite a squeeze. 

Having read the course description, I was fully prepared for a single lap course – only the second one I have ever done in 4 years of parkrunning. Also having recently come back into running was planning to have a lovely plod round the route. Was surprised as how hard I was finding it – wasn’t sure if it was the cold, or the fact that we seemed to be going uphill for a lot longer than I had anticipated. The marshals were fantastic – one even pointing out the best places to take photos. Then once my legs had warmed up I started to feel great – this running was getting much easier…… at the time hadn’t realised the last mile was literally downhill but it was fantastic. Running back to the finish in the glorious sun was lovely.
Lynsey 1Lynsey 2

Unfortunately we did have to shoot off straight after but next time will stay and visit the café but literally the second we all left we were all raving about the course and location etc – we have now amassed a much bigger group for the return. It really does have everything and is now firmly at the top of my favourite parkrun list.

Thanks for having us – until next time

Lynsey, and Ian, Riss, Tina and Joan
Lynsey 4

This week 176 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 84 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Louise INSALL • Linda BELLINGHAM • Mark AINSWORTH • Deborah TALBOTT • Ali FORD • Cherry FOWLER • Andrew KAYE • Simon ROBERTS • Vic N' SKRUFF (AINS) • Joan GIBSON • Lynsey MILES • Mark BAKER • Paul BARRETT • Alex INSALL • Jim INSALL • Clare CURTIS • Joe KENNEDY • John LINDEN

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 18:52 on 21st December 2019 (event number 14).
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 1,290 participants have completed 2,026 parkruns covering a total distance of 10,130 km, including 270 new Personal Bests. A total of 123 individuals have volunteered 306 times.

 

Mallards Pike parkrun – Event number 17 – 11th January 2020 – Taunton Tourists hit Mallards Pike

By Kieran Hughes

Kieran Hughes

It was with a sense of excitement that Tracey and I set off from Taunton to Mallards Pike parkrun. For the last few weeks we have experienced torrential rain and blustering winds. Planning where to go being weather dependent and subject to last minute change. Will the event be on or off? Is it running shoes, trail shoes, wellies or flippers? Or should I just stay at home and start building an Ark?

Thankfully Mallards Pike parkrun was a “go” and my journey was rewarded with a delightful course and the company of enthusiastic volunteers and runners. Tourists came from far and wide, Ruardean, Ashton Court, Bath Skyline, Eastville, Grangemoor, Llangadog, Droitwich, Malvern and Taunton. There were representatives from 22 clubs; Torfaen Runners, Malvern Joggers, Spirit of Monmouth RC, Forest of Dean AC, Malvern Joggers, Droitwich AC, Southville Running Club, Chepstow Harriers, Black Pear Joggers, Run Grangetown, Corsham RC, This Mum Runs, SGC Striders, Undy & Redwick Runners, Lliswerry Runners, Stanbridge Fliers, Gloucester Athletic Club, Cheltenham Tri Club, Lonely Goat Club, Hogweed Trotters, Running Forever Running Club and UK parkrun tourists.

The course is a single lap on a hardcore, purpose built, permanent track. The course is run entirely on wide fire trail paths. Start and finish within a short walk (400yards) of the main car park.

Now for the statistics, there were 141who ran, jogged or walked at Mallards Pike parkrun.

The first male finisher was Jon LIKE with a time of 17:08 having run 109 times with Torfaen Runners.

Second was Simon RICHARDSON with a time of 19:19 having run 49 times with Malvern Joggers.

Third was Jack FLEET with a time of 19:35 having run 190 times with Forest of Dean AC. Jack

The first female finisher was Faye JOHNSON with a time of 19:24 having run 23 times with Spirit Of Monmouth RC.

Second was Lou SUMMERS with a time of 21:05 having run 240 times with Torfaen Runners.

Third was Melanie EATON with a time of 23:35 having run 107 times. .

Congratulations to the spectacular 22 new Personal Bests and a warm welcome to the 7 first timers to the parkrun family, Becky HOLLAND, Katy ROBERTS, Steve GALE,  Michael CORDELL, Sharon ASHCROFT, Sarah WILKINS and Jasmine SMITH. May this be the start of your parkrun journey.

A special shout out goes to Ben JONES who joined the 50 Club.

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

This week 141 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 71 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Linda BELLINGHAM • Roberta HAVERS • Mark AINSWORTH • Deborah TALBOTT • Ali FORD • Cherry FOWLER • Martin BLAKEBROUGH • Andrew KAYE • Sheralyn TURNER • Vic N' SKRUFF (AINS) • Alistair MINTON • Scott WEAVER • Daniel CUMMINGS • Emily CUMMINGS • Robert CUMMINGS • Kieran HUGHES • John LINDEN

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 18:52 on 21st December 2019 (event number 14).
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 1,206 participants have completed 1,850 parkruns covering a total distance of 9,250 km, including 234 new Personal Bests. A total of 117 individuals have volunteered 288 times.

 

Event 16 – 4th January 2020- The first of the New Year – By Louise Woodvine

As the avid parkrun tourists of our group were discussing where to parkrun on the coming Saturday, Mallards Pike was put into the mix. As we always do, we look at the course, how many people attend and previous results. These results were different though - someone had actually completed the course in 12:34 - we couldn’t actually believe it and thought it must be an error but then it suddenly dawned on us that this must have been completed by a canicross team and on further googling our suspicions were proven to be correct! We still don’t know how someone’s legs can move that quickly though!

Saturday morning soon appeared and it was an extra early start as we were travelling down from Shrewsbury, Shropshire. I got picked up at 6:15am and off we tootled, kept awake by Daves toffees and John the driver’ sudden avoidance of the numerous pot holes in the roads at the moment.

After a few wrong turns we arrived at Mallards Pike at just after 8:30am and we were given a warm welcome by Clare the RD. We also spoke to Cherry the volunteer co-ordinator and she mentioned in previous weeks that wild boar and deer had been found on the course.

unnamed

The amount of dogs that were at the start area also indicated that this is going to be a well known parkrun for canicross enthusiasts.

The start area and actually the whole of the course is a wide forestry path on a pretty compacted path - there was the odd area of mud but road trainers are fine. The first 2.5km of the course goes up and up and up and I actually didn’t think it was ever going to end. Cherry did mention the hill but I think we were all expecting a sharp hill not a gradual incline. But what goes up, must eventually come down and the next 2.5km was all downhill with the occasional plateau. Before I knew it there was a 200m to go sign (a very welcome addition to parkruns) and the finish was on a little kick of a hill and around a corner to the right.

Another parkrun completed and in a really lovely setting. The addition of Mallards Pike to the Forest of Dean area is a really welcome addition and the local community should be really pleased that they have a diverse range on their doorsteps - from muddy courses to a wide pathed forestry commission setting.

 We went back to the cafe and got talking to some other park runners - 2 Nordic walkers who are originally from Greece were saying that this is their 12th course that they have completed.  parkrun is really for everyone.

As is becoming customary now, Dave and Karen completed the token sorting fueled by the excellent tea and coffee at the cafe. unnamed (1)

Thanks to all at Mallards Pike for a great parkrun.

 

This week 130 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 73 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Marc THOMAS • Paul DODD • Linda BELLINGHAM • Cherry FOWLER • Martin BLAKEBROUGH • Louise Estelle WOODVINE • Tony HIGHFIELD • Andrew KAYE • David WEBB • Simon ROBERTS • Karen WEBB • John MILNER • Mark BAKER • Ruth JONES • Paul JONES • Daniel CUMMINGS • Emily CUMMINGS • Robert CUMMINGS • Rob N Beatrice BEVES • Clare CURTIS • Joe KENNEDY

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 18:52 on 21st December 2019 (event number 14).
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 1,135 participants have completed 1,709 parkruns covering a total distance of 8,545 km, including 212 new Personal Bests. A total of 113 individuals have volunteered 271 times.

 

The end of the year it all began at Mallards Pike

  • Mallards Pike
    Event number 15
    28th December 2019
    By Andy Norman, Tearaways of Tewkesbury
    What better place to visit and enjoy the great outdoors after Christmas than a
    parkrun in a beauty spot in the Forest of Dean? I lead a running club called the
    TearAways from the North Gloucestershire/South Worcestershire area, well a
    better description may be a social group that run a bit. As you will see from our
    times, we do not take it too seriously! Most of our members have completed
    my Couch – 5km programmes and the TearAways keeps them all running at
    parkruns. We have such fun at home (Worcester) and being parkrun tourists
    including full weekend tours. We had visited Mallards Pike once before with 22
    completing the run which they all thought was beautiful and had greatly
    enjoyed. I volunteered on that occasion so was looking forward to my first run
    here, being my NENDY (nearest event not done yet) number 3.
    It was a bit grey and misty as we drove through the Forest, arriving at Mallards
    Pike where there is great parking and toilet facilities close at hand. After
    gathering the TearAways clan, we walked to the start where the fab Run
    Director, Cherry Fowler, “womanfully” battled with the megaphone and
    enthusiastic dogs to lead us all through the run briefing. All volunteers were
    given a warm round of applause as were milestone runners Martin Blakebrough
    (250), Robin Drewett and Ali Ford (100). In total, 181 runners took up the
    Mallards Pike challenge. Can I also mention that from the TearAways, Georgia
    Norman was completing her bronze and Richard Ashworth his gold obsessive
    with Judith King and Mark Davey breaking a club record of 53 parkruns in a
    calendar year.
    We were off! The course is all on wide forestry tracks and there is a gradual
    uphill for the first half of the run. Thankfully my negative thoughts of eating
    too much turkey for the first 1k vanished but then were only replaced by
    thoughts of too many mince pies and Christmas cake for the next 2 k! Full of
    cold, I was finding this run quite tough. If only I knew that the first runners had
    come across a ‘sounder’ of 10 Wild Boar (impressed? I googled it!), I may have
    made more effort to get to the front! What a fantastic sight for those who saw
    the animals which have been re-introduced to the Forest over the past few years.
    The beautiful route continued through the trees and thankfully after about 3k
    there was some downhill allowing me to stretch my legs as I eventually wentpast a few fellow runners. This brought to mind a famous commentating classic
  • from the well-known athletics commentator, David Coleman, about running:
    ‘Coe now opens his legs and you can see the class shining through!’
    So after an uphill before the final finish I was over the finishing line in a slightly
    disappointing 29 minutes. This was put somewhat in perspective when hearing
    the winner Ben Robinson of the Bristol & West Club had chosen his quickest
    dog to accompany him to post a time of 12:34, dog assisted but which is 3
    seconds quicker than the 5km world record! Great effort!
    Twenty five new Personal Bests today with 101 athletes running at the Pike for
    the first time. The first female home was Hannah McVittie in 20:33 and first
    male not dog assisted was Peter Woodward in 17:45. Best % age grading,
    excluding Ben, was Shirley Robinson with 80% in the VW60-64 bracket. Many
    clubs were well represented including the TearAways with 14 runners, who are
    now the third biggest club at Mallards but the largest club remain Forest of
    Dean AC who had 16 runners.
    Coffee and bacon butties from the café and an impromptu picnic next to the
    gorgeous lake rounded off a great morning in the Forest. Thanks to everyone at
    Mallards for an excellent experience. My 94th
    location was a memorable one
    and up in the top 20% of parkruns visited but I was left with one question,
    which one was the Pike?
    The TearAways, like the Terminator, ‘Will Be back!’ Maybe in the Summer to
    take on Go Ape or the Segways?
    Photo 1 Judith King and Mark Davey of the Tearaways completing 53 runs for 2019. 28.2.2
    Photo 2 Picnic locaton at Mallards Pike. 28.12.2
    Photo 3 The TearAways on completng the challenge. 2812.3

    This week 181 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 101 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

    The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

    Denise EVANS • Ali FORD • Cherry FOWLER • Isabelle CHAPMAN • Tony HIGHFIELD • Andrew KAYE • Simon ROBERTS • Andy NORMAN • Claire CHAPMAN • Robert CUMMINGS • John LINDEN

    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 18:52 on 21st December 2019 (event number 14).
    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 1,062 participants have completed 1,579 parkruns covering a total distance of 7,895 km, including 201 new Personal Bests. A total of 105 individuals have volunteered 250 times.

 

Event # 14 – Last park run before Santa, by David Pearson

Grown men in bright tights, flashes of red and green amongst the crowd and marshals adorned in red hats and even ringing bells….it must be the last parkrun before Santa.  I should have known really, the festive weather was a giveaway, a balmy seven degrees, damp in the air and drizzle at the halfway point!! (Note to self, perhaps leave the ‘White Christmas’ bet until next year.)

21st

It was my 50th parkrun of the year today (gold obsessive secured). It has been a wonderful journey around the South West and South Wales with occasional sorties further afield and even abroad, taking me to places I would perhaps not even have thought of visiting.  However come rain or come shine there has always been something worth seeing and certainly many new friends to be made. Even today I was amazed to meet again Julie and Mark a couple we met earlier in the year at the Mura di Lucca parkrun in Italy, the parkrun world really is a small world.

21st 2

Today I was running with my son, an occasional parkrunner, so not for me the mad rush, sweat and burning chest of trying for a fast time but a more sedate jog (and occasional walk) around the course and that was no bad thing.  The less than perfect weather could not spoil the natural beauty of the place and the pace of the run gave me more time to take it all in. It also gave opportunity to better thank the marshals than my usual breathless utterances and even offered time to debate whether it really was ‘all downhill from here to the finish’.

21st 1

The mood of the parkrun was relaxed but well organised.  Good signposting to the start and a business like run brief which ticked all the boxes without meandering as some elsewhere have been known to do!!  The good contingent of runners with dogs stood well away from the brief so that enthusiastic barks did not distract from the brief. The course itself was pretty much as advertised broad and firm under foot, little chance here of cancellation due to flooding with the first half of the run making its way upward in keeping with the surrounding terrain. The welcome descent that followed was only interrupted by a short kick back up as we made for the finish funnel.  In short, a quick no nonsense one lapper set in beautiful woodland. Well worth a revisit, perhaps on a warmer dryer day.

There were 62 first timers to Mallards Pike today but a special shout out to Leo Osborne who was starting his first senior parkrun, well done Leo and may it be the first of many.

AND FINALLY….

It goes without saying (but I will say it anyway) any parkrun is only there by gift of the volunteers who make it possible.  The team today, like most I have met, were friendly and enthusiastic from the run director Simon, who positioned himself at the carpark edge to greet and guide runners to the start, to each and every marshal who encouraged us around the course,  urged one final push to the finish, clicked a stopwatch or scanned a barcode. On behalf of myself and my fellow parkrunners I thank you, your time and work is appreciated.

21st 3

This week 112 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 62 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Jacqueline GREEN • Linda BELLINGHAM • Gerry O'BRIEN • Cherry FOWLER • Martin BLAKEBROUGH • Abigail SIMPSON • Tony HIGHFIELD • Andrew KAYE • Simon ROBERTS • Victoria HUGHES • Mark BAKER • David PEARSON • Clare CURTIS • Joe KENNEDY

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 18:52 on 21st December 2019 (event number 14).
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 961 participants have completed 1,398 parkruns covering a total distance of 6,990 km, including 176 new Personal Bests. A total of 100 individuals have volunteered 239 times.

⇐ Newer Posts