Cheltenham Parkrun anyone?

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Aug 2012
7:19am, 14 Aug 2012
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joint ear
Ok so I'm jealous of all these free 5K parkruns on a Saturday morning. And am thinking of setting one up in Pitville park, Cheltenham. The nearest ones currently are Worcester, Swindon, and the forest of Dean.

So, who would be interested in running?

And more importantly who would like to help volunteer to run it?!
Aug 2012
8:38am, 14 Aug 2012
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Stumpy
Sorry, not in the area... Just bouncing the thread back to the top.

Have you contacted parkrun? They may have had other people contact them about doing something and could put you in touch. Also, many of the runs have been put together with the support of local running clubs so it is worth contacting those too.

Good luck!
Aug 2012
2:24pm, 14 Aug 2012
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joint ear
Cheers for the bounce...and the advice....

Aye have been in touch with Parkrun and am getting this going along with the Uni of Gloucestershire. Apparently us runners count as a "community outreach project" that really made me laugh.

We've got about 5 running clubs in Cheltenham so will be in touch with them too...but whats a parkrun without some fetchies?
Aug 2012
5:00pm, 14 Aug 2012
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lazydaisy
I might be interested. I live in Cheltenham, and belong to Almost Athletes. 5k is a bit short for a lot of my club and we have our own run on a Saturday morning. However I would think there would be some takers around the town. I've noticed a few groups of women running around Hatherley for example, it might well appeal to them.
I am about to go away for a few days so won't be at any club runs till next week, but I can put out some feelers if you like!
Aug 2012
5:28pm, 14 Aug 2012
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Minnie Mad
The in-laws live in Cheltenham but I try to get out of coming for visits. Parkrun would make it just a bit more appealing! Surprised you haven't got one - but you do have the fantastic lido to make up for it I suppose :)
Aug 2012
5:33pm, 14 Aug 2012
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Wriggling Snake
I was in the early days of the Swindon Parkrun, I suppose i was around from race 15-35, to get it going, volunteered as much as ran, it' also GLoucs uni must have a set of people, also Swindon Council got involved too, as they have health targets to meet, you maywant to contact them too. I haven't actually pitched up for ages, so I may run if it takes off. A little difficult fro to get there but possible.

LD, there are billions of you AA types, I see your lot at all the races.....
Aug 2012
6:14pm, 14 Aug 2012
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twodogs
I'd also include the glos running clubs as there's not one there. I know they are trying to set one up in newent as well.
Aug 2012
7:17pm, 14 Aug 2012
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lazydaisy
WS AAs are slowly taking over the world :-)

JE I've put something on FB asking other Almosts if they'd be interested. I'll pass on any responses.
Aug 2012
10:33pm, 14 Aug 2012
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joint ear
Cheers for the input guys, glad there is some interest out there already. All clubs will be contacted for sure, the council and the Uni are involved and the plan is to kick it off in October - we just need to get a team of volunteers together. Some of the volunteers will be students, and I'm trying to get the non student volunteers together.

How was it getting Swindon going snake? any do's and don'ts or other advice?
Aug 2012
11:30am, 15 Aug 2012
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Wriggling Snake
Swindon was started mainly with guys from the council, who still do a fair bot of the volunteering. Swindon started in Feb, and the weather was pants for the first few weeks, I remeber there being as little as 18 or 19 for the first few weeks. It grew from there, but only slowly, it took the whole of the summer to get the numbers up to 60-80. The firs few months teh main issue was volunteers, so you need all those on board very early, students sound a bit iffy to me as like many, they wont want to be up early on a Sunday. The best set of people were women, once they realised it was a run/walk/whatever, rather than a race. Running clubs tended to use it as training, occasionally as a race, so they also only came along once in a while. The best method is word of mouth, so putting out the feelers nw is good.

Also, the local dog walkers were a problem initially, they didn't like it when there were 20 or so runners, enough to complain about, but once the number got higher, they didn't have much to say. That's why it's worth getting the council on board. Another problem was the local cafe, it never used to open until 10, so a lot of runers left before then, needless to say, they do now and they do wellout of it. I'd say, if you can, get a cafe/coffee shop onside as well for the social side, it's helped at Swindon.

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