We broke 500!

Wow! Just wow! wow! wow! This week 501 people ran, jogged and walked the course! 49 were first timers and 60 people recorded new Personal Bests.

pr 13jan
photo credit: Tony Colver

We couldn't have done it without Ian Mclean and his band of hi-vis heroes this week (although he nearly forgot to thank them all in the pre-run briefing)!

Chris PIKE • Paul DALLISON • Tony COLVER • Graham CLARK • Richard FURZE • Kathryn DOBSON • Steve BROWN • Tony JOHNSON • Daniel DOYLE • Grant GRIFFIN • Louise DRAYTON • Sheila BARNS • Keeley WICKS • Jo CROWLAND • Alexandra SLATTER • Leisa WOODBRIDGE • Sarah COOK • David WILLIAMS

This year (2018, and yes I know, we are only 3 parkruns in) has seen 104 new runners register for Bexley as their home parkrun, 918 people have crossed our finish line, and our timers have clicked home 1389 runs. That's mental!

Today was also special for one of our special runners. One of those that have been there since the start. Wife of one of our Run Directors and today running her 250th parkrun (213 of which have been at Bexley parkrun) - Congratulations Stephanie Dungate.

steph
Photo Credit: Scott Bartlett

Also tipping over milestones (official and unofficial) were:

Norman O'Mahoney completing his 50th parkrun
David Green completing his 100th parkrun
Paul Acheson completing his 150th parkrun
Jane Collins completing her 200th parkrun
Richard Furze vomitting completing his 200th parkrun

Last couple of things - hopefully of special interest to you all too!

It's our birthday run on the 3rd February - and to mark the past 12 months we're having a little gathering at Danson House (not the boathouse or The Stables as per previous years, the actual Danson House). We would like to invite you all to gather for a few words, a few awards, a cup of coffee and a general get together. There's a couple of things that we ask though:
Can bring a cake/muffins/biscuits - homemade or shop bought to share around - if so, please label them (for obvious allergy and general taste reasons)!
On the way in, you'll be asked to remove shoes - but if it's more than your shoes that tend to get muddy/wet/sweaty, maybe consider bringing a pair of tracky bottoms or something.
Finally, just remember where you are - we're being offered use of the house, so need to respect it.

We will also be giving out a few awards that day - if you've not taken the chance to vote yet, get it done! Follow the link here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6RZZZWW

Last thing - Did you inadvertantly leave a small donation for parkrun today? Something was found near the scanning desk which could have fallen out of a pocket when you pulled out your barcode - please email in if you're missing something of potential value.

That's all for now, have a good week - who knows how many finishers we'll have next week... answers on a postcard!

Paul

 

Into the New Year – we welcome many new parkrunners!

With the temperature on the chilly side but not as cold or windy as expected the increasing popularity of parkrun and perhaps a few New Year’s Resolutions attracted a magnificent total of 30 First Timers to Danson park, and that figure does not include tourists. It was satisfying also to see a further 25 runners returning for their second run. You see one of the biggest conundrums in parkrun is the fact that a high percentage of newcomers cease to attend before they have reached 7 parkruns.

A prime example of this is found in an analysis of the first Saturday parkrun of 2017. Of the 19 First Timers that day only five ran more than 6 runs last year. Only 1 has been a regular parkrunner having completed 46 runs since 7th Jan last year.

This is where we can all help by talking to and encouraging the First Timers and newcomers and making them feel at home. Don’t be afraid to have a chat with someone who may be alone and maybe just overwhelmed by the sheer number of people congregating at the start. Let’s not forget that parkrun is more than just a run in the park. It’s bringing communities together, exercising you to be fitter and stronger and for a lot of you a lot lighter as has been highlighted here on occasion.

It certainly has that Feel Good Factor which leads me very conveniently onto a letter we received a few days ago from of all people that one person mentioned above the only one of those 19 First Timers who ran on the 7th Jan 2017 and remained a regular runner throughout 2017. She has very kindly given her permission for us to publish her letter below:

Hi All,

As this coming weekend will mark one year since I did my very first parkrun at Bexley, I just wanted to let you all know how grateful I am to everyone who makes it happen and how much I have gained from this wonderful event.

Having seen the parkrun markers on the path whilst on walks in Danson Park with my baby daughter during my maternity leave in 2016, I fancied giving it a try. I had no idea exactly how far 5k was or whether I'd ever be able to make it round but still, I asked for a pair of running trainers for Christmas and duly turned up to Danson Park at 9am on Saturday 7th Jan 2017. I knew no one but was amazed at how friendly, welcoming and encouraging everyone was, especially the volunteers. I was so excited to have made it round (running the entire course!) in a time of 34:34. I've been hooked ever since! 45 parkruns and 16 PBs later, I now have a Bexley PB of 24:59 (24:47 at Greenwich).

So here I am, one year on, a member of a running club (Danson Runners), three 10k races and a NYD parkrun double under my belt, and looking forward to two half marathons and a full marathon in 2018! And to think it all started at Bexley parkrun! I'm a proud member of the 'running family' and an even prouder member of the 'parkrun family'.

Thanks Bexley parkrun!!

Karen Best

Thanks Karen. On behalf of the Core Volunteer Team it makes our work even more satisfying when we receive such comments.

Now back to Saturday on a day when a big Cross Country Race was run at Brands Hatch meaning a lot of our regular runners didn’t do parkrun we attracted a near record number of participants. 477 runners, joggers and walkers crossed the finish line. That’s only 2 short of our record.

Some new names led the way this week with Lewis Baker, Oliver O’Brien and Matt Davison taking the first 3 places with Maggie McQuaid, Nicola Ruston and Rose Baker the fastest ladies. Oliver attaining a pb in only his 2nd run and Matt being a tourist from Tyne Bridge Harriers Newcastle. It was nice to see Nicola again. She was here running her 150th parkrun and coming down from Nottingham for the occasion.

Many thanks to the volunteers, they did an excellent job especially those on barcode scanning duty when at one point they had to cope with 50 runners every minute and a half. Thanks to you all:

Stephanie DUNGATE • Tony COLVER • Keith Stephen DUNGATE • John LEACH • Mick CLARK • Steve BROWN • John GAN • Geraldine LEGON • Daniel DOYLE • Grant GRIFFIN • Jane BLACKMORE • Phil PARKER • Denise DAVIS • Sheila BARNS • Keeley WICKS • Lilly Ann BROOKER

That’s all from me this week, see you next Saturday morning and DFYB

Keith

 

The last parkrun of 2017

Alexander Ramsey 100 parkruns 30 December 2017:

“Finally made it...!”

I am so proud of my eldest son, Alexander, as today he has achieved his 100th parkrun. It has taken a lot longer than he expected, but finally he has completed his milestone this year, AND whilst he is still a junior!

Back in 2012, Alexander and I began running together, and joined the parkrun family in August 2014. Since then he has had to endure injuries from running, injuries from growing very quickly, as well as the transition of becoming a teenager, but he persevered and has now run 100 parkruns, running at both Bexley and as a tourist around the UK.

We love the parkrun atmosphere, and the friendly nature of all those involved from the runners, to the wonderful volunteers, and for the help & encouragement running around the course is fantastic. Thank you to the lovely runners who often run with us just to get us all around the course when really we would have preferred to have stayed in bed rather than be outside in the pouring rain, or the icy weather, or more recently, the sub-zero temperatures!

As well as running himself, Alexander is a regular volunteer at the Lesnes Abbey Wood junior parkrun, where he will encourage the younger runners around the course as well as cover many of the core positions with the volunteer team. Again, another 9am start, but on a Sunday (so no rest at all over the weekend anymore!), with many of the familiar faces from Bexley, but this time it is the little-ones that need encouragement from Alexander, rather than the parents doing the encouraging for him!

Well done son, here’s to the next 100 parkruns…

Congratulations to all the other milestone runners today: Robbie Panton for joining the 10 club, and Salley Gardens, Sarah Soper & Susan Lee for joining the 50 club.

Well done for the excellent turnout of 356 runners that ran their last parkrun of 2017 at Bexley and to all the volunteers too, because without volunteers each week, these events cannot take place – thank you all!

Happy 2018 everyone,

Thanks
Liz Ramsey

Many thanks Liz, if anyone would like to write a run report, we would welcome you to do so.

A reminder that we are running on New Years day at 10:30am
Also don't forget to send your nominations in for the birthday awards as soon as possible.

This week 356 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Tony COLVER • Kelly SUTHERLEY • Christine RAWLINGS • Zoe KINGSMELL • James MACDONALD • Richard FURZE • Karen WARRENER • Rose BAKER • Zoe BARTLETT • Elizabeth RAMSEY • Jonathan DUNN • Sheila BROUGHTON • Chris LEIGHTON • Donna CULVERWELL • Jan LAKE • Sarah COOK

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

 

Just 9 days till Xmas parkrun!

This week 359 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part. Well Done getting up and coming down to face the icy paths today - we were close to cancelling if I'm honest - but I think we were just about safe! Please make sure you're opted in for our emails and/or follow us across facebook and twitter just in case we need to reach out with last minute information.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Paul DALLISON • Tony COLVER • Richard FURZE • James WILLIAMS • Mick CLARK • Robin Paul BALDWIN • Grant GRIFFIN • Julie MEDHURST • Emma KILLICK • David KILLICK • Graham LEE • Keeley WICKS • Sarah LEE • Susan LEE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Bexley parkrun Results Page, but we should start with a few special mentions:

Congratulations to 3 of our Junior runners hitting their 10th run today, Ben Bleksley, Lewis Baldwin and with her big balloon - Lilly Ann Brooker! Well Done guys.

We also had a hat-trick of runners hitting the magic 50 - John Gurney, Mark Davey and Maria Read.

It was also my 50th stint as Run Director - so thank you for there not being any major catastrophes!

There were also a big turn out from Petts Wood Runners with 79 runners. For anyone new to the running scene or the area, you can get some info on some of our local clubs at the links part of our parkrun homepage.

Bexley parkrun started on 4th February 2012 - and next year for our Birthday Celebration we want to give out some awards to our runners, voted for by our runners! We announced this in last weeks run report - but here are the details again.

Below is a list of the awards we want you to put people forward for, please email in for all categories if you can (but don't worry if you miss one/two off). We welcome ALL nominations in before midnight on the 31st December - rock n roll new years eve eh! Following this, we will release a survey of the nominees and ask everyone to vote for these - before then announcing the winners at our birthday run on 3rd February.

1 - Most improved runner over the past 12 months.
We welcome you to nominate a runner that doesn’t necessarily have to be the fastest, but that has proven to you their determination to improve with their time, attendance, dedication at Bexley parkrun.

2 – The spirit of parkrun.
What does parkrun mean to you – and who emulates that vision? A very open category, so please give some detail around your nomination.

3 – Bexley parkrun family of the year.
In this modern age, don’t look at this necessarily as a biological family, is there a group or club that means something to you in your parkrun life? Even a group of individuals that you see every week who turn up without fail, encourage others and give that family feeling. Please nominate as you see fit.

4 - Tourist of the year.
Who regularly sticks on their Bexley apricot vest, or makes a point to introduce themselves where ever they go - trying to get their name in the run report perhaps - and goes further afield to clock up their miles at different parkruns across the Country (or World!) - spreading the name Bexley far and wide. Holidays arranged around where there is a parkrun, and always packs their barcode - who stands out for you?

5- Volunteer of the year.
We can always look at the stats, but that doesn’t tell us who you think goes that extra step. Who would you suggest?

Email: bexleyoffice@parkrun.com
Subject: Bexley parkrun awards - nominations

You've got a few weeks, but please don't wait too long - it would be amazing to get some really strong feedback, but you might need to go and ask someone their name before putting them forward (don't worry, we don't know EVERYONE by name that join us either). As said, deadline is New Years Eve so get thinking.

Did you know that since we started 7,426 participants have completed 67,638 parkruns covering a total distance of 338,190 km. That's some going!

It'll soon be Christmas, and what more can we offer? How about 2 or 3 extra chances to run.
23rd December - usual run - 9am start
25th December - unusual Monday run - be festive in your outfit - 9am start
30th December - usual run - 9am start
1st January 2018 - unusual run - for those with a heavy head, we've a 10:30am start! For those wanting a double dose of parkrun, check some other local events (Greenwich for example) who are hosting a 9am start, then you can come and join us after to either run or volunteer.

Volunteering - Plenty of spaces on the rosters over the coming 6 weeks. If you're not running, give yourself a break from shopping and think about coming along and helping out if you can. Roles there to suit all - training given - smiles, thanks and a hi-vis jacket all come as standard.

Finally, a few of us are looking at the potential of a parkrun at Footscray Meadows - for those that know it and those that don't, it's a beautiful area between Old Bexley and Sidcup and would be majority an off-road course. At present we are consulting locals on the idea of a parkrun and would welcome feedback from anyone who wishes to know more. We have informed the Council and a few local groups (Residents Association, Friends of Footscray Meadows, All Saints Church Parish) and are working closely with them on the possibility becoming a reality. This is currently a gathering of questions time, and we will release a full list of raised questions/concerns along with our response in early January 2018. Everyone is welcome to put forward their thoughts and we will create a mailing list for info to be shared as we go. Please use the usual email address and subject line "Footscray Meadows parkrun" if you want to contribute.

Have a good week - have you planned your Christmas parkrun outfit yet?

Paul

 

Saturday 9th December – it was a chilly one!

It's getting close to the shortest day, and I know that there's a little voice in your head that says "no... don't get up.... it’s Saturday.... stay in bed” but regardless there over 250 of you out this morning who jogged and walked the course in Danson park on a still but cold December morning.

parkrun 9dec
credit to Tony Colver for the photo

From this, 13 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests - Awesome Runners. Triple Awesome volunteers; Lew S • Tony COLVER • John HAMPTON • Keith Stephen DUNGATE • Colin BRADY • Keith HIGGINS • Grant GRIFFIN • Phil PARKER • Ian MCLEAN • Graham LEE • Fiona MORRIS • Keeley WICKS • Jo CROWLAND • Alexandra SLATTER - . Great work everyone.

Regardless of the stats and numbers and performances there are a few community stories to tell you.

Firstly, and this is an incredible testimony to you all and your fantastic parkrun attitude, for the last two weeks when I've been checking the tokens for the following week, I've had none missing, none to replace, this may seem a simple thing, but not having to replace any is great for the RD, it just makes things simple and straightforward. Thank You.

Then on the course today a couple of beautiful things happened. Halfway through the run a runner approached me and handed in a £20 pound note that he'd found on the floor just as we went off to the start. When you think about it it's easily done. Pop some money in your pocket with a tissue and your barcode and you're off to parkrun. So easy for it to slip out of your pocket. I was so pleased to have someone come up to me during scanning and say "oh dear I've dropped a £20 note" and I'm able to hand it back. I'm able to do this because the people at Bexley parkrun are good people.

Second moment for me. A runner said that a lady had fallen back down the course, she was ok, people had stopped to look after her. I walked down to investigate and before I got to the place the runner (Bryony, from Black Park parkrun) first timer at Bexley but wearing her 250 parkrun T shirt was coming towards me with her friend Laura. She was fine just turned her ankle, probably some lumpy grass. But the two Datchet Dashers could not have been more complementary about the number of Bexley parkrunners that had stopped and checked they were ok. Lovely to hear, and another great example of the good people of Bexley parkrun.

That's parkrun.......

Last few points coming up now, you've got this far... please keep on reading!

New milestone club members - As you may or may not know, parkrun look to congratulate runners for hitting various milestones during your parkrun lifetime - it doesn't matter where you clock in your run, these all count. For juniors we start on their 10th run, and for all runners there is the 50th, 100th, 250th and 500th run milestones - you get a mention in the run report and a free t-shirt (I'm sure you've spotted them about). Also, so as to encourage and not forget about our volunteers there is a 25 volunteer t-shirt also - everyone loves a freebie!

This week we congratulate:

Callum Deppe and Regan Thomas (Juniors) on their 10th runs.
Richard Townsend on his 100th parkrun.

Lost/Left Property - You'll be amazed what people leave behind. Many drop us a mail later on Saturday afternoon, some come back the following week - but many don't. We are building up a large amount of tops, gloves, hats - we've also got some trainers - watches - water bottles. If you've anything missing, please come and have a look this Saturday - as we'll be bagging it all up and dropping to a charity shop in the afternoon if it's not claimed - some Christmas cleansing for our lock-up.

Christmas time runs - please note the following runs available over the next few weeks:
16th December - usual run - 9am start
23rd December - usual run - 9am start
25th December - unusual Monday run - be festive in your outfit - 9am start
30th December - usual run - 9am start
1st January 2018 - unusual run - for those with a heavy head, we've a 10:30am start! For those wanting a double dose of parkrun, check some other local events (Greenwich for example) who are hosting a 9am start, then you can come and join us after to either run or volunteer.

Volunteering - Plenty of spaces on the rosters over the coming 6 weeks. If you're not running, give yourself a break from shopping and think about coming along and helping out if you can. Roles there to suit all - training given - smiles, thanks and a hi-vis jacket all come as standard.

Nearly there... Final couple of things

Please keep safe running in this weather! We will always do what we can to put on a safe parkrun, but if needed then we may have to cancel (this is a last resort, we've only done it once in 5 years) - then we will use all means possible to advertise this. If you follow us on facebook and twitter then that's great - but please also go to your parkrun profile and "Opt In" for email communication - we promise not to bombard you with emails, there will just be 1 email during the week if we need to appeal for volunteers for the coming weekend - but we can also use this for passing on important comms (such as cancellations). Reflect on this - there have been 8,250 people registered with Bexley parkrun as their home run. Our last email communication hit less than 350 peoples’ inbox. It's really simple to update your preferences - just follow the link from your last results email, as follows:

opt in

While you're there, why not check that all your contact details are correct - and more importantly your In Case of Emergency (ICE) contacts too. Overall for parkrun, only 84% of participants (runners, walkers and volunteers) have their ICE details filled in. At Bexley we are slightly above the average at 87%, but it takes 2 minutes - and could be critical should there be, well, an emergency!

You can do this too whilst updating preferences for email, just by going into the "Update" option too:

update

LAST POINT - You've made it - there's just 1 more - albeit super important thing...

The Bexley parkrun birthday awards!

We have now collated feedback and can announce the categories we want YOU to nominate your fellow runners in. This is the first time we've tried this, so please help us make it a success...

Here is a list of the awards we want you to put people forward for, please email in for all categories if you can (but don't worry if you miss one/two off). We welcome ALL nominations in before midnight on the 31st December - rock n roll new years eve eh! Following this, we will release a survey of the nominees and ask everyone to vote for these - before then announcing the winners at our birthday run on 3rd February.

1 - Most improved runner over the past 12 months.
We welcome you to nominate a runner that doesn’t necessarily have to be the fastest, but that has proven to you their determination to improve with their time, attendance, dedication at Bexley parkrun.

2 – The spirit of parkrun.
What does parkrun mean to you – and who emulates that vision? A very open category, so please give some detail around your nomination.

3 – Bexley parkrun family of the year.
In this modern age, don’t look at this necessarily as a biological family, is there a group or club that means something to you in your parkrun life? Even a group of individuals that you see every week who turn up without fail, encourage others and give that family feeling. Please nominate as you see fit.

4 - Tourist of the year.
Who regularly sticks on their Bexley apricot vest, or makes a point to introduce themselves where ever they go - trying to get their name in the run report perhaps - and goes further a field to clock up their miles at different parkruns across the Country (or World!) - spreading the name Bexley far and wide. Holidays arranged around where there is a parkrun, and always packs their barcode - who stands out for you?

5- Volunteer of the year.
We can always look at the stats, but that doesn’t tell us who you think goes that extra step. Who would you suggest?

Email: bexleyoffice@parkrun.com
Subject: Bexley parkrun awards - nominations

You've got a few weeks, but please don't wait too long - it would be amazing to get some really strong feedback, but you might need to go and ask someone their name before putting them forward (don't worry, we don't know EVERYONE by name that join us either). As said, deadline is New Years Eve so get thinking.

awards

Have a good and a safe week - and remember, if you can't limit your indulgences during the festive period, parkrun is great to burn calories, cure hangovers or just give you a reason to drag yourself out of bed on a Saturday morning... The weekend is always better when it starts with a parkrun!

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