Sunshine

Many thanks to Victoria Butterworth for this weeks run report.

It's a record! Congratulations to the 502(!!!) parkrunners who entered the finish funnel today at what is most likely the warmest April Bexley parkrun ever. The temperature had soared into the 20s as the tailwalker crossed the line... Well 20 anyway!

I had a very satisfactory parkrun this morning, achieving a PB (along with 72 others!) but still 1 second away from the elusive sub-25! There were 43 first timers today including my godmother and her daughter who I joined for their final lap, seeing my parents along the way, truly parkrun can be such a family affair.

A big thank you to this week's volunteers, especially the smiling marshals who would have smiled over 1000 times each! The volunteer roster is looking a little bare for the coming weeks and I'd very much encourage everyone to put themselves forward; all roles are fully briefed and first time volunteers are especially welcomed.

Finally, congratulations to everyone who ran the London Marathon on Sunday in such brutal conditions! especially those aged 11-17 who ran the 3 mile mini-marathon who had been using parkrun as part of their training!

thanks Victoria.

This week 502 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 75 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Chris PIKE • Maria MACDONALD • Tony COLVER • Graham CLARK • Keith Stephen DUNGATE • Neal WELTON • Andy BROWN • Carol ROSTEK • Rose BAKER • Robin Paul BALDWIN • Tony JOHNSON • Grant GRIFFIN • Nicola RUSTON • Donna SUGDEN • Joshua DOHERTY • Alison DEADMAN • Fiona MORRIS • Chris LEIGHTON • Tracey HUNT • Jan LAKE

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

The male record is held by Berihu HADERA who recorded a time of 15:39 on 1st September 2012 (event number 30).
The female record is held by Chloe SHARP who recorded a time of 18:23 on 17th October 2015 (event number 192).
The Age Grade course record is held by Holly PAGE who recorded 86.31% (18:52) on 29th June 2013 (event number 73).

Bexley parkrun started on 4th February 2012. Since then 8,172 participants have completed 75,372 parkruns covering a total distance of 376,860 km, including 13,191 new Personal Bests.

 

 

“Running is a mental sport…and we’re all insane!”


Before we get to this weeks run report -

We have been made aware of a serious incident at a local parkrun on Saturday.

Could we please ask that everyone add an I.C.E Number (in case of emergency) to their barcode using the link to their profile in their results email. This will then be included on your barcode when you print it out. Could we also ask that you consider running with the barcode rather than store it in a bag by the finish.

Currently approximately 80% of bexley parkrunners have an I.C.E Number registered, Lets get it to 100% as soon as possible.

Thank you for your co-operation on this important matter.

Paul & Richard


Now this weeks run report courtesy of Andy Whitnell

The author of the above quote is unknown but in truth it could be any of us as on many occasions I have felt that I must be mad to do what I am doing. But to be honest running IS ACTUALLY GOOD for your mental health. On quite a few occasions I have felt stressed before a run, done the run and forgotten what it was I was stressed about beforehand. Probably because my legs, back and other body parts are now aching from the run.

That's why there were 408 "mad" people including myself that got out of bed early on a surprisingly warm Saturday morning to run 5k around the paths, muddy fields and woodlands of Danson Park. Whatever your reason for doing this well done to each and every one of you.

Onto today's run – what was that weird glowing orange circle in the sky – haven't seen that in ages! There were 408 runners, 36 first timers and several completing milestone runs – 50, 100 – including myself. 57 set new pbs – well done to all of you.

In first place was Justin Thomas – a first timer to DansonPark with a very impressive 17:49, followed by Alexander Barber in 18:27 and Joseph Wood in 18:32 both of who set new pbs. 1st Female was Maggie McQauid in 20:54 followed by Sarah Wren in 23:40 and Jan Adamthwaite in 2343.

There were several "unknown" runners today. They were "unknown because they either didn't have a barcode with them or forgot to bring it with them. Simple motto – don't forget your barcode. Do you really want all that effort that you put in not being recognised!

Thank you to today's volunteers without who Parkruns could not happen: Sheila BARNS, Karen BEST, Tony COLVER, Sarah COOK, Daniel CUNNINGHAM, Alison DEADMAN, Joshua DOHERTY, Stephen Joseph FROGLEY, Richard FURZE, Grant GRIFFIN, John HAMPTON, Tony JOHNSON, Jan LAKE, DavidLAKE, Sarah LEE, James MACDONALD, Fearghal O'HARA, Carol ROSTEK, Alex SLATTER, Melissa STEER, Andy WHITNELL

Speaking of which the future roster page is looking a bit bare over the next few weeks. If you can spare the time to help out please visit: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/bexley/futureroster/

Finally congratulations to everyone who ran Brighton Marathon this weekend and good luck to all those running London Marathon next weekend. In a few cases I know people doing both! Now they are mad but in a nice kind of way!

thanks Andy and well done on your 100th run.


 

Also, if anyone has any feedback from Saturday regarding any issues good or bad from having to run through the other event whilst it was setting up please let us know.

Have a great week and see you all again on the 21st.

 

Thanks everyone!!

It's easy for parkrun to be just a Saturday morning habit. Today reminded me though that it should be more than a habit and actually be a run that is enjoyed and the community atmosphere embraced.

Everyone is at parkrun for different reasons. And each reason is personal to the individual. My reason for running parkrun has changed over the years, it started with trying to lose weight, then to get a PB and now it is just to find someone to run with and have a chat on the way round (except on the hills!). But whatever reason, ultimately, I hope those that run it are inspired by someone they see on the way round and remember the true parkrun spirit.

This week reminded me why I love parkrun so much. I was surrounded by a brilliant bunch of volunteers and lots of my parkrun friends and family. My not so little son ran his first solo parkrun and was 2 seconds off his PB, finishing with a smile on his face.

I looked around today and watched as an incredible running community came together, watching groups of people forming after runners came through the finish funnel. Lots of talking,laughing and sweat! Watching the volunteers quietly fulfilling their roles, talking amongst each other and congratulating those that had run. Standing back looking at the event made me feel happy after feeling the usual anxiety I feel before the start of each parkrun when I am run director.

So thank you everyone that was there at parkrun this week for making it such a great morning for me.

Jane

This week 378 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 61 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Tony COLVER • Kelly SUTHERLEY • Christine RAWLINGS • Zoe KINGSMELL • James MACDONALD • Richard FURZE • Andrew KINGSMELL • Phillippa-Jane COLLINS • Paul COLLINS • Kerry ARBUCKLE • Rebecca FLORENCE • Josie ROBINS • Robin Paul BALDWIN • Christine BOND • Grant GRIFFIN • Phil PARKER • David LAKE

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

The male record is held by Berihu HADERA who recorded a time of 15:39 on 1st September 2012 (event number 30).
The female record is held by Chloe SHARP who recorded a time of 18:23 on 17th October 2015 (event number 192).
The Age Grade course record is held by Holly PAGE who recorded 86.31% (18:52) on 29th June 2013 (event number 73).

Bexley parkrun started on 4th February 2012. Since then 8,015 participants have completed 73,663 parkruns covering a total distance of 368,315 km, including 12,983 new Personal Bests.

 

Just a bit of snow – where was everybody?

We had 430 finishers last week - today only 219 crossed the finish line - where were you all?

Ok, so there was a bit of snow.

It was a bit cold.

Perhaps a few hangovers (Danson Runners)?

So my first mention definately goes to our hardcore volunteers - making sure the run went ahead safely, organised and without a hitch. Thank you to Andy HOLMAN, Barbara GENTRY, Claire DALLISON-HAWKINS, Daniel CUNNINGHAM, Donna SUGDEN, Elizabeth NEWITT, Grant GRIFFIN, Iona DALLISON-HAWKINS, Joshua DOHERTY, Karen BEST, Keeley WICKS, Kirstie HULLS-SMITH, Lucy HUNT, Michael CATTERALL, Pat SIMS, Sue HULLS-SMITH, Tony COLVER & Tracy HUNT.

Denise Davis
Photo Credit: Denise Davis

Numb fingers clicking scanners, tapping the timer, clapping you round, handing out tokens and seeing you round safely. As I said - Hardcore Hi-Vis Heroes!

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And what a day for first timers! When the motivation is there to start your parkrun journey - well done for not putting it off until another week. Shout out to Roy Lewis, Emil Platon, Vanessa Whiting, Morgan Brown and Bernadette Ryan.

Claire DH
Photo credit: Claire Dallison-Hawkins

While I'm calling out some names, we've had a few milestones hit today - Juniors (no doubt with thanks to parents for bringing them down) completing their 10th run we have Amelia Wilmot and Sean Brackstone. Completing his 50th parkrun was Philip Wilson also this morning.

Caroline Wardell
Photo Credit: Caroline Wardell

We even had some of you bringing home new Personal Bests - in these conditions that really is some doing. Well done to the 9 of you - Daniel Lanksford, Jaedon Palmer, Evette Palmer, Agatha Palmer, Dean Maxted, Louise Motton, Helen Furness, Loretta Brackstone & Jeremy Kingham.

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Hopefully next week the weather will be a little warmer - it would be great to get the roster looking a bit better if you can help out, please email to bexleyhelpers@parkrun.com.

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Some volunteer work can even be done from the warmth of Danson Stables!

So I hope you have all warmed up now, thawed out, dried off and didn't hold out much hope on England stopping Ireland making the Grand Slam!

Have a great week - and see you all next Saturday.

Paul

 

3rd March – Cancelled

Due to dangerous conditions in and around Danson park, we have decided to cancel tomorrows event.

Have a safe and enjoyable weekend and we will see you on the 10th

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