Bromley parkrun # 374, 11 March 2017

 

From time to time, the inbox at bromleyhelpers@parkrun.com gets a message along the lines of: "Put me on the roster: I’ll do anything, except Timing!"  This clear dread of being in charge of a simple clock with a push-button, as if it’ll detonate parkrun, always makes me want to laugh because I have it too!  Which is why as your Volunteer Co-ordinator I'm relieved when a volunteer comes forward completely unbothered by whatever technical gadget they're put in charge of.

Today we had Shaun LIGHTMAN in charge of the Timer for the first time.  ‘Racewalker’ Shaun Lightman competed for GB in the Mexico 1968 Olympic Games and he still takes part in numerous walking competitions around the country so he’s no stranger to being timed (and he's used to stopwatches as he coaches racewalking at the athletics track in Norman Park!).  He said it went very well.  With Ellie HICKMAN as Backup Timer and  Jeremy BRUNGER and David CARTON as the Finish Tokens ‘dispensers’, they all tallied up.  Yeah!  This made it a relatively simple job for our Run Director Andy TUCKER to process the results.

It was warm day and the sun even made an appearance so after the running, drinks of water were more than welcome to those who worked up a thirst.  Please email me if you would like to help out with the refreshments (Pre-event Set Up) in the coming weeks.  We are very much struggling to fill this role and with so many who are new to running coming to us in the increasingly warm weather, I think it is essential that we give them an opportunity to rehydrate!

We currently have quite a few other vacant volunteer roles for next week, including, ahem, Timerkeeper!

Amongst today’s 533 runners, some were marking special milestones:

  • Lucy BAKER, Bethany BRENNAN and James BRENNAN ran for the 10th time: see them in their new white T-shirts soon!
  • Rachael NANCEKIVELL-SMITH, Tricia HOOK, Simon SMITH and Jason BUSH reached their 50th parkrun.
  • Philip COKAYNE and Amy LEACH ran their 100th.
  • And congratulation to David LAND, accompanied on his run by his daughter and pooch Paddy, on his 200th.

A roll call of awesomeness for these volunteers:

Adam CHANNON  •  Andy TUCKER  •  Christopher JACKSON  •  David CARTON  •  Della HAMILTON-COX  •  Demi O'TOOLE  •  Ellie HICKMAN  •  Finlay CARTER  •  Gillian M ANDERSON  •  Grace FITZPATRICK  •  Jacqueline DAVIES  •  Jeremy BRUNGER  •  Joseph MADDEN  •  Julie HAMPTON  •  Kevin RICE  •  Laura FINCH  •  Marijana URBANY  •  Martin HICKMAN • Nicholas Ivan FRENCH  •  Rebecca CHANNON  •  Sally CHANNON  •  Sharon JENSON  •  Shaun LIGHTMAN  •  Viral TANNA

A huge thanks to Ellie who has been a core team volunteer for the past seven weeks, taking it easy while her foot gets better following an operation. Good luck with your next volunteering stint Ellie - as Tail Runner!!

A special mention to Demi O'TOOLE. She could have taken it easy after achieving a PB but this junior dived in to help the volunteers clear up.  We hope to have you back soon Demi.

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Did you spot the Land Rover and the team of litter pickers today?  Now that spring is here, they're going to take advantage of better weather by making improvements to Norman Park and would love you to help by getting involved.  If you want to be a Friend of Norman Park, visit  https://www.facebook.com/bromleynormanpark

Your help would also be most welcome by Bromley Mencap who are crowdfunding to transform the derelict lodge by the Hook Farm Road carpark into a community hub offering training and employment opportunities for disabled people.  Please visit their page http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/bromley-mencaps-community-hub-1/ and if you can, help them meet their target by making a donation.

The Stats

This week 533 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 86 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers.

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

Male placings: Phil COALES (SM20-24) of Striders of Croydon AC, was first over the line in 16:26 - first appearance. Alex MONEY (SM20-24) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:01 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions. Ross BROWN (SM25-29) of Beckenham RC, was third over the line in 17:02 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.

Female placings: Yasmin AUSTRIDGE (JW15-17) of Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC, was first (13th overall) over the line in 19:12 - first time in 22 appearances. Amy LEACH (JW15-17) of Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC, was second (15th overall) over the line in 19:19 - has been first to finish on 16 previous occasions. Sarah HODGKINSON (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (35th overall) over the line in 20:46 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.

The three highest age grades were recorded by: Yasmin AUSTRIDGE (JW15-17) – 79.69% for the time 19:12 (13th overall). Elaine GALLOWAY (VW65-69) – 79.57% for the time 25:52 (203rd overall). Amy LEACH (JW15-17) – 79.21% for the time 19:19 (15th overall).

The female record is held by Faye Alexis FULLERTON who recorded a time of 00:16:27 on 28th April 2012 (event number 140). The male record is held by Michael SKINNER who recorded a time of 00:14:36 on 21st June 2014 (event number 237). The Age Grade course record is held by Ros TABOR who recorded 93.79% (22:17) on 23rd April 2016 (event number 329).

Bromley parkrun started on 29th August 2009. Since then 10,824 participants have completed 118,702 parkruns covering a total distance of 593,510 km, including 20,355 new Personal Bests.

 

 

Bromley parkrun report 25th February 2017 – the proposal parkrun!

Little did the 566 runners who turned up on a chilly overcast Saturday morning at 9.00am know about how events would unfold over the next hour in what turned out to be one of the momentous days in Bromley parkrun's 7 and a half year history.

As the crowd patiently waited, nothing in Run Director David ALLISON's usual pre run briefing appeared out of the ordinary. He began by thanking the volunteers and then called out a number of runners who were celebrating milestone runs from 50 through to 300 (more on that below) and probably mentioned something about dogs, other park users and small children (I was drifting off at this stage), before he changed tack slightly.

Ears were pricked as he began talking about a pile of logs which used to be situated where we all stood. Had David finally lost his marbles? This Run Director role is clearly tougher than we realise, he was patently cracking up in front of us. But no, he continued talking about the lovely Pherenice WORSEY-BUCK a fellow parkrunner and Petts Wood club mate and how he met her over the aforementioned logs and, to cut a long story short, they had fallen in love (Awww).

But there was more.

He called her up, mentioning other stuff she had done and how she was instrumental in getting some recent improvements to Norman Park in place. It seemed he wanted to give her a bit of a shout out for her sterling efforts. However, canny David had other, more romantic, intentions and, once Pherenice had come up, he promptly popped down on one knee and only went and bloomin' proposed to her!!

The crowd went silent, waiting for the response. Oh no, there was none. It had all gone horribly wrong! Was it all over before it had began and, more pressingly, would parkrun go ahead? But then they hugged and kissed (yeauch) and Matt JONES took over announcer duties and informed the crowd she had said 'YES', to much applause and merriment from the gathered throng of fellow runners. After a little while David remembered where he was and told everyone to go and do a parkrun or something!! He later mentioned he would have called it off if she had said 'no'!

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The big moment

After that, the atmosphere during the run was wonderful, as people obviously lifted by what they had seen chatted and smiled the whole way round. There was of course some serious business at the front of the run as Stephen Thackery of Kent AC was first over the line in 17:05, ahead of Dan Selman and Alex Dudney in 17:44 and 17:49 respectively, in second and third. Amongst the ladies, first home was Rachel Bentley in 19:19 ahead of Donna Mewis and Geraldine Schaer in 20:34 and 21:05 respectively in second and third.

Some great PBs included young Matthew Pond 18:31 in his 163rd parkrun (still beaten by his Dad mind!) and David's son Ollie Allison obviously bouyed by the news of his Dad's impending nuptials, 24:52. There were 70 PBs in total, in spite of David saying it wasn't a day for PBs! He probably had his mind on other things....

Some very notable landmarks happened during this parkrun, which were in no way overshadowed by what happened at the start. Not at all. Really

John Diamante - 300 parkruns
Mike Simms - 250 parkruns
Sam Perry & Jason Mercer - 100 parkruns
Richard Earwaker, Jacqueline Davies and Roy Kilbey - 50 parkruns

Well done all!

Full results here http://www.parkrun.org.uk/bromley/results/latestresults

Thanks to this week's volunteers
Adam CHANNON • Anne PORRITT • Bhoominath MANJUNATH • Christopher JACKSON • David ALLISON • Ellie HICKMAN • Emma HAY • Finlay CARTER • Grace FITZPATRICK • Greta May ELLIOTT • Jo GAMBELL • Joan ALLEN • Kevin RICE • Kyle DAVIES • Laura FINCH • Marijana URBANY • Mike PAPWORTH • Nigel HEWSON • Pat CLIFF • Paul CREGG • Pherenice WORSEY-BUCK • Rebecca CHANNON • Sally CHANNON • Sam HICKLING • Sarah REGAN

See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Bromley parkrun happen.

More photos

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parkrun 25th Feb 2017Now go do a parkrun!

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parkrun 25th Feb 2017Mike Simms (250 if he's a day) and one of the local care in the community individuals

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John Diamante, frankly, looking 300

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Bromley parkrun #369 4th February 2017

Another wet one...

It was a pretty miserable Saturday morning but despite this 495 parkrunners including 27 first timers came along to Norman Park to try and get a PB with the pacers, run off the impact of celebrating the end of dry January and/or to take their new year's resolutions into a second month.

PBs!

Despite the tricky conditions 45 runners achieved PBs - special thanks to all the Pacers who made this possible.  Notable achievements included Johanna Reed (23.38 in her 110th run at Bromley) and Nadine Pryce (23.55 in her 113th parkrun) despite the fact that the 24 minute pacer got his timings all messed up in the muddy bits.  Viral Tanna pacing 25 minutes was far more professional bringing in Mark Lavender spot on in 25.00, a best time for Mark in any of the 44 runs he has completed.

Milestones

Following a few major milestones in recent weeks things returned a bit more to normal this Saturday.  Nevertheless three runners will be emailing Tribesport for their free milestone running shirts with Mia Topping completing her 10th run as a junior and Kevin Burford and Andrew Yates completing their 50th parkruns.  Congratulations to all three of them!

Volunteers

Talking of free tee shirts, did you know that if you volunteer 25 times then you qualify for a free tribesport volunteer parkrun running shirt?  Volunteering is easy with plenty of briefing ahead of the run to take any stress out of completing your chosen task.  Volunteering is a great thing to do if you are recovering from an injury, recovering from the first Friday night after dry January or resting yourself if you have a run later in the day/on Sunday.  If you fancy giving it a go, please contact Marijana on the following email address - bromleyhelpers@parkrun.com - she will always be pleased to hear from you!

Talking of which thank you very much to Run Director Matt Jones and his band of volunteers who made this weekend's run happen:

Alex FRENCH  •  Andy TUCKER  •  Austin ADAMS  •  Chris SUMMERS  •  Cindy LOVELL  •  Clare UNWIN  •  Damon WELCH  •  Ellie HICKMAN  •  Finlay CARTER  •  Gareth HORSLEN  •  Grace FITZPATRICK  •  Greta May ELLIOTT  •  Jeremy BENSON  •  Jeremy TOWNSEND  •  Jo GAMBELL  •  Joseph MADDEN  •  Karen CLARK  •  Karena WHITING  •  Linda BOWLEY  •  Marijana URBANY  •  Matt HOLDAWAY  •  Matt JONES  •  Nick HERBERT  •  Peter James GODBEE  •  Philip LOVELL  •  Scott REEVES  •  Steve P SMITH  •  Tim SPRINGETT  •  Viral TANNA

Friends of Norman Park

Talking of volunteering, next Saturday the Friends of Norman Park will be getting together to do some tree planting, litter picking and general bits and pieces to sustain and maintain Norman Park helping us to preserve our use of the Park for parkrunning in the future.  David and Pherenice would very much appreciate it if you could join them after next week's parkrun in helping out keeping the park trim and tidy.

See you next Saturday
Jeremy

 

 

This week's stats

Male placings:

Ross BRADEN (SM20-24) of Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC, was first over the line in 17:39 - 6th time in 14 appearances.
Iain MANSON (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:49 - was first to finish once before.
Jonathan TYLER (SM30-34) of Betsi Runaways, was third over the line in 17:54.

Female placings:
Rachel BENTLEY (VW40-44) of Petts Wood Runners, was first (14th overall) over the line in 19:49 - 16th time in 73 appearances.
Donna MEWIS (VW45-49) of Beckenham RC, was second (17th overall) over the line in 20:10 - has been first to finish on 15 previous occasions.
Sarah HODGKINSON (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (29th overall) over the line in 20:51 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Donna MEWIS (VW45-49) was graded 81.16% for the time 20:10 (17th overall).
Gavin KITCHINGHAM (VM45-49) was graded 78.82% for the time 18:34 (6th overall).
Rachel BENTLEY (VW40-44) was graded 77.21% for the time 19:49 (14th overall).

This week there were 495 runners, of whom 27 were first timers and 45 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different athletics clubs took part.

Bromley parkrun started on 29th August 2009, and since then 10,629 different runners, including participants from 392 athletics clubs, have completed 116,002 runs covering a total distance of 580,010 km, and there have been 20,009 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Faye Alexis FULLERTON who ran in a time of 00:16:27 on 28th April 2012 (event number 140).
The male record is held by Michael SKINNER who ran in a time of 00:14:36 on 21st June 2014 (event number 237).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ros TABOR who recorded a 93.79% run (22:17) on 23rd April 2016 (event number 329).

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

 

Event cancelled 14th January 2017

Due to ice on the route we have cancelled tomorrow’s event, 14th January 2017.
Please check that other events have not cancelled too before venturing out.

 

 

Bromley parkrun #366, 7 January 2017

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"Now come along quietly...."

 

Run Director David started his morning faced with a different kind of runner than he is used to - 2 wild horses running free in the park! After a visit from the police, it was business as usual and 600 fresh-faced parkrunners gathered at the start line (by the log pile - don’t forget we are now running the winter course). After briefing the newcomers to Bromley it was time to thank all of our wonderful volunteers, without whom parkrun would not be able to run (excuse the pun)! Not only is volunteering a wonderful way to give back to your running community, but it is also a way to stay involved through injury or rest days and start your Saturday morning surrounded by smiling friendly faces!

 

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One of the many faces of volunteering at Bromley parkrun

 

 

For those who didn’t make the additional New Year’s Day run out, this was the first parkrun of 2017. Yesterday 10,000 new people registered for parkrun, it took 3 years 2 months and 4 days for the very first 10,000 to register, so to reach that in a day shows the incredible presence of parkrun, not just in the UK but around the world. To the 57 newcomers to Bromley - welcome. For those of you who ran your first ever parkrun - WELL DONE. You are awesome. We hope to see you again next week. This week we had Matt Holdaway running his 200th rarkrun, and although there is no special t-shirt for this one, it’s a huge achievement. David Turner, Peter Ingrey and Damian Lamb all ran their 50th and junior Heather Moore got her 10th under her belt. Starting out at the back of the back was MiketheMod… running in his fancy new Lambretta get-up for its first official outing. One of his biggest motivations this year is to raise money and awareness by running Brighton and London Marathons with his new running partner! If you see him round have a chat!

 

 

 

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As a regular at the back of the pack, I have the chance to observe those crossing the finish line whilst I still have a lap to go, and it is incredible to see the faster runners supporting the slower runners, and the slower runners giving encouragement to the faster runners as they pass. Now we have switched to the winter course let’s all be friendly and courteous - listen during the run briefings and run on the correct side of the path!

The motivation behind why people run varies, and for many, the start of the new year will see a new commitment to getting fit, trying to live a healthier lifestyle and meeting new people. To those making that commitment, you will find a new community who will support you in your efforts, whether your goal is to smash your PB week on week or to jog a few miles with friends on a Saturday morning, you will find others with the same aims.

Finally- a bit of advice I heard a young parkrunner giving to a friend running for the first time which we should all remember-

“Look where you are going, chin up and smile, smiling makes it all much better.”

Now for the Stats;

Male placings: Nick LITTLE (SM25-29) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:04 - second time in 4 appearances. Michael EAGLING (JM15-17) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:11. Stephen THACKERAY (VM35-39) of Kent AC, was third over the line in 17:23 - has been first to finish on 10 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition: Darren HYATT (Unattached) 5836 pts. Steve BOWLEY (Petts Wood Runners) 5276 pts. Andrew LAMBERT (Unattached) 4855 pts.

Female placings: Kathryn Louise SUCKLING (VW45-49) of Petts Wood Runners, was first (55th overall) over the line in 21:33 - 5th time in 77 appearances. Eiko KOBAYASHI (VW45-49) (Unattached) was second (68th overall) over the line in 22:05. Sally HAFFENDEN (VW45-49) of Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC, was third (77th overall) over the line in 22:23 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition: Marijana URBANY (Bromley Veterans AC) 5859 pts. Sarah REGAN (Bromley Veterans AC) 5524 pts. Izabelle MITCHELL (Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC) 5330 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: David GROOM (VM50-54) was graded 80.65% for the time 18:26 (7th overall). Johnny GILL (VM50-54) was graded 80.05% for the time 18:53 (13th overall). Michael EAGLING (JM15-17) was graded 79.73% for the time 17:11 (second overall).

This week there were 600 runners, of whom 57 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different athletics clubs took part.

Bromley parkrun started on 29th August 2009, and since then 10,548 different runners, including participants from 386 athletics clubs, have completed 114,485 runs covering a total distance of 572,425 km, and there have been 19,870 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Faye Alexis FULLERTON who ran in a time of 00:16:27 on 28th April 2012 (event number 140). The male record is held by Michael SKINNER who ran in a time of 00:14:36 on 21st June 2014 (event number 237). The Age Grade course record is held by Ros TABOR who recorded a 93.79% run (22:17) on 23rd April 2016 (event number 329).

Report by Charley HASIM

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