Bristol is one of the largest cities in the UK and boasts a number of booming parkrun communities, and the most recent addition to the family is Eastville parkrun.
Co-Event Director Ruth Watkinson tells us the story behind the event…
After losing my previous parkrun home (Little Stoke) I jumped at the chance to help set up a new parkrun that we could all enjoy, bringing our little parkrun family back together. A good number of the core team used to be part of the core team at Little Stoke parkrun so we have lots of experience!
The core team is very eclectic; a consultant, nurse, solicitor, engineer, university lecturer, PhD student, lighting technician but all with a passion for spreading the parkrun love.
Being involved in parkrun has had such a huge benefit to my physical and mental health and I have met some incredible and inspiring people along the way.
Our course is a three-lapper, made up of one little lap, a longer lap which takes you around a lake (look out for the heron!), finishing up with a little lap again.
I always say, just follow the person in front and hope they know where they are going!
Our most famous landmark has to be the beautiful lake; a wide selection of wildlife has been spotted, including a heron and geese. There have also been otters spotted in other parts of the park that, although you don’t run through, it’s something to go and explore post-parkrun!
At our inaugural event we had Paul Sinton-Hewitt, the Founder of parkrun, visit us as well as a friend celebrate their 250th parkrun (she timed it especially!).
A whopping 679 people turned up for our first event, meaning we actually ran out of finish tokens and space on the stopwatches!
If I was trying to convince a parkrun tourist to visit us in Bristol, I would say we are a fantastically friendly team, we are just off the M32, not far from the M4, so we are easy to find.
It’s a nice little parkrun that surprises you with its natural beauty being so close to a motorway. Oh and lots of nice little cafes a short distance away for that post-parkrun breakfast!
Speaking of breakfasts, for our post-parkrun coffee you are spoilt for choice - we are situated across the road from a large Tesco superstore where a fair few people head to afterwards, and where you can often find the team processing results!
We are also close to IKEA, Subway. Another favourite the team head to is a little independent café called Park One which is about a 5–10 minute drive away but has a superb breakfast.
Like all parkrun, everyone is welcome to join us at Easville. We held a ‘Deaf and hard of hearing takeover’ event last year, where all the volunteers were hearing impaired, to promote deaf awareness week.
Someone signed during the run briefing, taught some signs (quickly!) so they could still say thank you to the volunteers. A video was produced which had people signing ‘thank you’.
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