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Weekly ‘junior parkrun’ starts this Sunday in Little Stoke Park

Posted on Saturday 28th June 2014 at 9:22 am by SH (Editor)

Little Stoke Parkrun trial event on 22nd August 2012.

A junior version of the successful weekly Little Stoke ‘parkrun‘ has its inaugural event this Sunday (29th June 2014) in Little Stoke Park.

Parkrun is a free, weekly 5k timed run, which takes place all over the UK and beyond, every Saturday at 9am, all year round.

Speaking about the new 2km junior version of the run, which is for 4 to 14 year-olds, event director Ian Shepherd told The Journal:

“Although it has always been inclusive and attracted many families, the 5km distance of the ‘standard’ parkrun can be quite a challenge for children, which is where junior parkrun comes in.”

“At only 2km, the junior parkrun event is far easier on little legs, so the activity remains fun instead of becoming a chore. We also have a lot more marshals dotted around the course, making it safe for children to run on their own, although parents can still accompany them if they like.”

“The juniors also have their own reward scheme, earning different wristbands after 11, 21 and 50 runs, which represent the equivalent of half-marathon, marathon and ultra marathon distances.”

Subject to successfully mustering a roster of twenty volunteers each week, the Little Stoke junior parkrun team will be putting on the run every Sunday at 9am from 29th June onwards. All runners or volunteers need to do is register once at, print out their personal barcode, then just turn up to run or email to volunteer.

For more information, visit the ‘Little Stoke South Gloucestershire parkrun‘ and ‘Little Stoke junior parkrun‘ pages on Facebook.

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Updated planning document revealed for 2,000 home development

Posted on Wednesday 18th June 2014 at 2:05 pm by SH (Editor)

Illustrative framework diagram of the East of Harry Stoke New Neighbourhood.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) has produced an updated version of a document that defines its “vision” for an area of Green Belt land east of Stoke Gifford, where it is foreseen that 2,000 new homes will be built by 2027.

The ‘East of Harry Stoke New Neighbourhood’ was identified as a strategic housing site in the council’s Core Strategy planning blueprint document, adopted in December 2013.

The proposed Stoke Gifford By-Pass (officially known as the Stoke Gifford Transport Link) will run through the site, forming part of the route for the proposed North Fringe to Hengrove bus rapid transit scheme that will link Cribbs Causeway, Aztec West and Bradley Stoke with the city centre.

Once adopted, the Strategic Planning Document (SPD) will set out the principles and objectives for the area that the council will use in determining any planning applications for the New Neighbourhood, and will identify the infrastructure required to support the needs of the new communities living there.

The previous ‘draft’ version of the SPD, published in November 2013, was criticised by local residents, particularly those living in the Hambrook Lane area, who said they felt too many new homes are being planned for the north Bristol area and that the new development would only add to the existing road congestion problems.

The 2,000 new homes foreseen for the Green Belt area are in addition to 1,200 already being constructed on Crest Nicholson’s Highbrook Park site in Harry Stoke.

Consultation on the latest version of the SPD runs until Monday 28th July. If you’re quick, there’s still time to attend a public exhibition on the plans, which is being held today (Wednesday 18th June) at the Old School Rooms in Stoke Gifford, from 12pm to 3pm and 5pm to 7pm.

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HP employees’ 48-hour relay run to raise funds for children’s hospice

Posted on Friday 13th June 2014 at 10:58 pm by SH (Editor)

Staff from HP Bristol collecting for Children's Hospice South West.

On the weekend of 20th-22nd June, a group of 16 current and former employees from the HP Bristol site in Stoke Gifford will be running from Plymouth to Poole along the South West Coast Path in a 48-hour non-stop relay, to raise money and awareness for this year’s HP Bristol site charity, Children’s Hospice South West.

Two years ago, the group ran the first section of the path, from Minehead to Perranporth, and last year they tackled the middle section, from Perranporth to Plymouth, raising over £6,000 for charity. This year’s effort will complete the route and, it is hoped, raise a further £3,000.

The relay will see pairs of runners tackling 4 to 6 mile sections of the 220-mile route, climbing a total of 34,895ft (10,636m) and crossing five rivers.  Everybody in the team will run between five and six times during the 48 hours.

HP has agreed to match up donations up to a total of £175 per employee, which could bring in £1,575 for the charity.

Today (Friday 13th June), some of the group were at the Sainsbury’s store in Stoke Gifford to raise additional funds and awareness for their charity run. Today also happens to be the first day of Children’s Hospice Week, a national awareness-raising and fundraising week for children with life-limiting conditions and the services, like children’s hospices, that support them.

To sponsor the runners, visit: Further information about the challenge can be found on the HP employees Charity run for Children’s Hospice South-West Facebook page.

Photo (l-r): Nick Hides, Andrea Tanner, Laura Loredo and Ersin Saracoglu at the Sainsbury’s store in Stoke Gifford.

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