Stonehouse parkrun – event no.148

By Elizabeth Morris

I’m a self-confessed parkrun tourist (my home parkrun is Southwick Country Park in Wiltshire) and I love running at different parkrun events. It’s always great to run at a different course for a change of scene as well as meeting new people. Offering to write this weeks’ run report meant I was also able to give something back to the Stonehouse parkrun team.


Firstly what a friendly event! I felt Stonehouse had a real community feel to it, and with 77 runners today it didn’t feel crowded or pressured at the start. I ran with Emma today, who is 8, and has now ran 6 adult parkruns. Emma said this was “the calmest feeling parkrun yet” and is her new favourite. High praise indeed! I spotted a fellow parkrun tourist, Andy from Worcester, wearing the distinctive cow Cowl, and fellow Avon Valley Runner Gary, from my hometown. Out of the 77 parkrunners who finished, there were 3 new PB’s and I must congratulate the 7 first timers to parkrun as well, welcome to your new Saturday morning addiction!


The course itself at Stonehouse is 4 laps around a grass playing field and, in my opinion, has definite PB potential being as flat as a pancake. The field is also kept In fantastic condition with short grass and no divots. It’s also ideal if you are new to running as you can run “corner to corner” breaking the course up into chunks. With the heavy rain we had all day on Friday I thought the course would be waterlogged but it was more than fine and I could get away with my usual road trainers.

All of the marshals were brilliant. However, I need to say a special thank you to Karin who was our tail walker...with three tails, as Karin was running with her two dogs. Emma, as well as myself, really appreciated the support as we made our way around the course. Afterwards Emma said that Karin had made her day as she felt so relaxed and wasn’t worrying about being at the back, to me to hear that was fantastic. I love to hear positive feedback on parkrun as it is so inclusive and with Emma’s Dad running at another event today I was glad she had enjoyed it so much. Thank you Karin!


A big shoutout to the 13 high-vis heroes who made this event happen: Karin AYRES, Milo CARROLL, Sarrah CASE, Edward CROSS, Ian CUTLER, Mike DUXBURY, Joe GIDDINGS, Penny HOWARD, Elizabeth MORRIS, Stephen STAINER, Gillian STARLING, Theresa WATT, Christie YATES

Don’t forget if you’ve not volunteered before or haven’t in a while get your names down on the future roster!

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



Christmas & New Year at Stonehouse parkrun

This festive season we are holding a New years day parkrun in addition to the usual Saturday events. There is no Christmas day parkrun at Stonehouse as the majority of our core team are travelling about to visit family.

  • Saturday 22nd December - normal parkrun
  • Christmas Day - No parkrun at Stonehouse, why not try Wootton?
  • Saturday 29th December - normal parkrun
  • New Years Day - 9am parkrun at Stonehouse,  want to do the double? Gloucester City starts at 10:30   !

Details of all festive parkruns are here if you're on your travels why not try some turkey touristing?


Run Report – 9th June 2018

This week 67 of us ran, jogged and walked the 5 laps of Oldends Lane Playing Fields. An impressive 14 people of the 67 were first timers, that's 21% of everyone there. Wow! 8 recorded new Personal Bests, which is 12%, so impressive work everyone!

It was my first ever Stonehouse parkrun. As soon as we got to the meeting area, regular runners struck up a conversation with us, showing just what a friendly parkrun you have. At the first timer's briefing we were shown the route on a sign, which I thought was a great idea as it lets people know about parkrun who may not (currently) come along at 9am on a Saturday morning. The course itself has to be one of the flattest parkruns I've ever run, and I've run over 60 different courses! I must admit that I was a bit unsure about running 5 laps, but I found that it made it very friendly as you received encouragement from faster runners when they lapped you and you were able to cheer them on as well as encourage those that you over take. Thank you Stonehouse parkrun. We enjoyed our visit to you.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers: Karl ELSTON • Adrian STOCKWELL • Emily GRAVESTOCK • Joe GIDDINGS • Karin AYRES • Peta FRAY • James STEVENSON • Emily HARPER • Stephen STAINER • Helen JEFFREY • Glenda CURRAN • Simon MERRELL • Louise LITTLE • Alistair GRAVESTOCK • Jonathan GRAVESTOCK. parkrun couldn't happen without kind folk like them. I find that volunteering can be as much fun as running and strongly recommend giving it a go if you haven't. Just email to

The full results and a complete event history can be found on the Stonehouse parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Naomi EATON who recorded a time of 18:49 on 27th August 2016 (event number 6).
The male record is held by Alastair CAMBELL who recorded a time of 16:04 on 8th October 2016 (event number 12).
The female record is held by Gwen KINSEY who recorded a time of 18:49 on 22nd April 2017 (event number 40).
The Age Grade course record is held by Emily HUMPHREYS who recorded 95.02% (19:04) on 21st April 2018 (event number 89).

Stonehouse parkrun started on 23rd July 2016. Since then 2,208 participants have completed 8,049 parkruns covering a total distance of 40,245 km, including 1,595 new Personal Bests.

Jenny Mulhearn


Life saving defibrillator for Oldends Lane playing fields.

Thanks to a true community effort led by Stonehouse parkrun and Stonehouse town FC, a new defibrillator has been installed at Oldends Lane playing fields in Stonehouse.

The defib in place

The team behind Stonehouse parkrun had been fundraising for a defibrillator and cabinet for the field as part of a nationwide campaign to put the life saving kit everywhere there’s a parkrun. Stonehouse town FC stepped in to help when Gloucester based club Longlevens AFC offered up a free defibrillator in a twitter poll. The club had raised money for three defibrillators after former player Mark Moore suffered a cardiac arrest whilst playing in August 2012. Thanks to some fantastic local support, Stonehouse won the twitter poll and received the kit for free. A grant from Gloucester County Council’s Active Together fund supported by Councillor Lesley Williams and fundraising by the parkrunners – including a Christmas raffle at Stonehouse Goodwill evening - could then be used towards a secure cabinet. Local firm EESI group services stepped in to fit the cabinet for free. And Stonehouse town council are helping with the long term upkeep as well as making sure the device was safely mounted. John Tierney, Event Director for Stonehouse parkrun commented “it’s been amazing to see the community spirit on show every week at parkrun. And even better to see the football club, parkrunners, council, EESI group services and so many other people come together to make this happen. Of course we hope it’s never needed, but should the worse happen it’s so reassuring to know we have the right equipment to help at any time.” Parkrun defib

The newly installed defibrillator is on the corner of the pavilion at Oldends Lanes playing fields. Anyone can access it at any time by dialling 999. The emergency services can hand out the access code and support anyone who needs to use the equipment while an ambulance is on the way.

For less dramatic days, Stonehouse parkrun is a free 5km run, walk or jog open to everyone, every Saturday at 9am. Find out more at Stonehouse Town FC are a thriving local football club with 5 senior teams. There is a team for all standards with the club's first team playing in Gloucestershire County League through to its fourth team in Stroud Division Seven.



Run Report – Event 18 – 19th November 2016

This week’s parkrun saw 67 Runners and 14 Volunteers braving the freezing conditions for event 18 at Stonehouse. With a few last minute course alterations due to the slippery conditions on the tarmac the run started shortly after 9am.

This weeks volunteers were; Adrian Stockwell, Lee Christmas, Tony Christmas, Becky Westlake, Ian Booty, Ian Cutler, Claire Gallagher, Christopher Jurevicius, Nat Selman, John Butterworth, Harvey Robinson, David Savage, Liz Baldwin and myself. Thanks to everyone that volunteered and made the event a success.

If you’ve never given volunteering a go, get in touch, all the roles are easy, you’ll get full training and support from the team and it’s a chance to experience parkrun from a completely different perspective. Drop us an email and let us know what you’d like to try.

Of the 67 runners, 18 were first timers, it’s great to see so many new faces coming along, since 23rd July we’ve had 755 different runners complete the four lap course. A special mention this week to Sabrina’s graduates from the Stroud Mums on the Run beginners group, Joanna Rayner & Keren Holland completed their first 5k event., congratulations to everyone who completed their first parkrun today, your PB has been set, we look forward to seeing you back soon to beat it!

This week Darren Jewell took first finisher position with 19:44, Jude Lee-Allan took second position with 19:53, despite arriving late and starting a minute behind everyone else! Ryan Stephens earned third place in 20:27, well done to you all, great running in less than perfect conditions.

First female finisher this week was Liz Halliwell with an impressive 22:47 on her 4th run at Stonehouse, Liz came in 11th place overall, second female over the frosty line was a first time runner at Stonehouse, Olivia Gardiner finishing in 24:31, an amazing time especially as she runs in the Junior Women aged 10 category. Third female, 17th overall was Caro Brown, Caro ran the 5km in 24:58 on her 9th visit to Stonehouse.

During the run briefing we announced that the Christmas Eve parkrun will be a fancy dress themed event, so get planning that running outfit, we hope to see plenty of festive costumes, starting at the usual 9am time, feel free to bring along festives treats to share with the other runners afterwards.

Until next time, have a great week and see you in the park soon,

David & The Stonehouse parkrun team

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