Bromley parkrun 399 – report. The wedding day parkrun

It was another wedding themed parkrun on Saturday as, following the events of the 25th February parkrun, we got to witness first hand the sequel - the wedding day parkrun!

As part of their wedding day nuptial plans (and much to the horror of the bride's hairdresser!), David ALLISON and Pherenice WORSEY-BUCK decided to run parkrun in fancy dress and it was agreed that the run would start at the same point as where David had publicly proposed to Pherenice back in February.

Little did they know that Run Director for the day, Andy Tucker, decided that, even though they were to be formally married that afternoon in the nearby St Luke's Church, he would firstly marry them into the parkrun church, by donning a priest collar and black suit and converting his run briefing into a parkrun marriage service! Our saviour Paul Sinton-Hewitt and his 5 commandments were mentioned (though shalt not forget your barcode, thou shalt thank the volunteers, etc), before Fr Andy requested that if anyone knew why these two parkrunners should not get married, they should form a queue to see him afterwards!

Hed then he proceeded to the solemn vows, using the classic hula hoop ring, before asking if Pherenice would love honour etc David and whether he would just do as he is told! Fr. Andy then he pronounced them 'ready to be spliced', before leading the parkrun congregation in a special rendition of our lord's prayer, as follows;

"Our parkrun which art in Bromley from near and fur we came, for we will have fun, its not a race its a run, and we should all be done and home by 11. For today is the day when David and Pherenice will be wed so we give them our best wishes and we give these two our best parkrun send off, so lead them not into temptation cos they are finally making it legal, for their future we wish them will be happy and healthy for ever and ever, amen"


After that, there was a parkrun, and first over the line, having had to dodge through a wedding congregation on the way round, was Roger VILARDELL, in his last parkrun before the Berlin Marathon this coming weekend (Good luck Roger!), in a time of 16:11, followed by Sam AGNEW in 17:09, both very close to their PB's. Young Felix VAUGHAN was third male, in a time of 17:31.


Roger flying home!

First lady was Geraldine SCHAER in 20:07, followed by Emma CRAWFORD in 20:17 and Rachel BENTLEY third in 21:12, a Petts Wood clean sweep!

There were a total of 553 runners, and of that 32 were first timers and 45 achieved PBs.

Of particular note was young Heath GRIFFIN (JM10) in his 110th parkrun obtaining an amazing time of 21:26 and an age grading of just under 80%. Good running genes there I suspect!


Heath on his way to a new PB!


Thanks to this week's volunteers
A. R. HANTIU • Adam CHANNON • Adrian ASHWORTH • Andy TUCKER • Aurelia OSBORNE • Graeme BOXALL • Harry HONE • Ian MOORE • Janet SIMMS • Jasmin NANCEKIVELL-SMITH • John DIAMANTE • Liz DUVAL • Marijana URBANY • Rachael NANCEKIVELL-SMITH • Rebecca CHANNON • Sally CHANNON • Sandra ELWES • Sarah SHUFF • Sophie GRIEVES • Steven PAIRMAN • Tim SPRINGETT • Trevor DRURY

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


I am pleased to report that David and Pherenice were (somewhat more formally) married that same afternoon in St Luke's Church. The bridegroom even worse trousers for the occasion (for a while anyway) and the Bride's hair looked quite impeccable!




A Run Director’s wedding, a parkrun and an alternate start.

On 16th September 2017 Run Director David and Pherenice are parkrunning prior to their wedding ceremony later that day. To celebrate that event we will start this week’s run by their "log pile”. The pile of logs, as was, is close to our alternative start at the Hook Farm Road end of the park. We will be doing the winter route, which is entirely on tarmac.

For those of you that weren't at event #372 on 25th February 2017, you will have missed  David’s proposal to Pherenice. To hear how they met, the significance of the log pile and David’s proposal, have a look at this video.

Congratulations David and Pherenice!



Run cancelled – 4th November 2017

There will be no parkrun at Bromley on 4th November 2017 due to the take-down after the annual fireworks display and funfair. Time for some tourism?

Beckenham Place (2.5m), Hoblingwell (3.4m), South Norwood (3.6m), Orpington (4.3m), Crystal Palace (4.5m), Lloyd (4.7m), Greenwich (4.9m), Hilly Fields (5.5m), Dulwich (5.9m), Peckham Rye (6m)


Bromley parkrun # 397 – 2 September 2017

Did we witness the fastest buggy runner ever at Bromley? Buggy running records are hard to find, but this buggy runner was in a comfortable second place on the second lap and made running with a buggy at considerable speed look ridiculously easy. Surely, this should be a new Olympic event?

Numbers at Bromley parkrun are climbing back up again after dipping during the holiday months - 592 today. Congratulations to those with shiny new PBs – Natasha Raggett, Ella Black, Kevin Rice and Jonathan Nancekivell-Smith stand out from the 79 who achieved them. Also, congratulations to Kumiko Broadhurst and Chanese Griffin for getting to 100 parkruns and to Paul Petty and William Irving for 50 runs.

You will no doubt know that the term ‘tail runner’ was officially changed by parkrun recently to ‘tail walker’. This, by the way, is not to be confused with tail-walking which is what dolphins do in shows (seemingly ‘walking’ on their tails in the water). Anyway, although this was my first official attempt at tail walking, I have in fact been here many times before, unofficially. At Bromley parkrun’s first events in 2009, I brought up the rear every week because I was too unfit to run. So, it was in reflective mood that I started today’s parkrun, thinking how much I have benefitted from parkrun.

I must say, I didn’t expect to be ‘sweeping’ our Event Director, Martin Cunningham (sadly not running, due to a bad back) and his delightful dog Willa, but parkrun is for everyone, so we were very happy to walk at Willa’s pace!

I also thought about how much parkrun has developed, locally and globally.

Bromley’s event has become a very smooth operation, thanks to our team of Run Directors, who make it look effortless - today’s parkrun was ably brought to you by Matt Jones - and of course, thanks also to all our volunteers – ie you!

Please see an exciting Bromley parkrun Job Description which will shortly be posted on this site!

In the wider parkrun world, there’s a moving article from a parkrun volunteer in South Africa who wrote of the involvement of disabled people benefiting from volunteering at parkrun. Do read it if you have time:

Also, this week brought exciting news about parkrun’s impending expansion to Germany. The latest addition to the parkrun language:

Vergessen Sie nicht Ihren Barcode!

N'oubliez pas votre code-barres imprimé!

Non dimenticare il tuo codice a barre!

Husk endelig din papir stregkode!

Glöm inte din streckkod!

Не забудьте распечатать свой штрихкод!

Nie zapomnij zabrać na bieg swojego Indywidualnego Kodu Uczestnika!

Don’t forget your barcode!

Here are the official stats:

This week 592 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 79 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:

Gillian M ANDERSON • Andy TUCKER • Jenny LENG • Mike SIMMS • Janet SIMMS • Matt JONES • Mark SANDFORD • Ed OSBORNE • Marcus ELWES • Marijana URBANY • Kevin RICE • Denise DUFFUS • Tim SPRINGETT • Fiona ABIOLA-MUSA • Ian BRERETON • Peter James GODBEE • Aurelia OSBORNE • Cindy LOVELL • Alistair LOWER • Mark STICKINGS • Chris SUMMERS • Donna MEWIS • Sandra ELWES • Laura FINCH • Liz DUVAL • Josh MEWIS • Karen CLARK • Seb LARGE • A. R. HANTIU • Joan ALLEN • Harry HONE • Andy INZANI

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

Male placings:
Simon CULVER (SM25-29) of Beckenham RC, was first over the line in 17:46 - third time in 35 appearances.
Mark BRUCE (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:00.
Daniel SELMAN (VM45-49) of Petts Wood Runners, was third over the line in 18:30 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Ashley PEARSON (VW40-44) of Orpington Road Runners, was first (24th overall) over the line in 20:05 - first time in 4 appearances.
Emma CRAWFORD (VW35-39) of Petts Wood Runners, was second (30th overall) over the line in 20:34 - has been first to finish on 10 previous occasions.
Kate MARCHANT (VW50-54) of Beckenham RC, was third (40th overall) over the line in 21:03 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Doreen ABBOTT (VW70-74) – 84.23% for the time 27:48 (313th overall).
Kate MARCHANT (VW50-54) – 79.65% for the time 21:03 (40th overall).
John GURNEY (VM55-59) – 79.50% for the time 20:00 (22nd overall).

The female record is held by Faye Alexis FULLERTON who recorded a time of 16:27 on 28th April 2012 (event number 140).
The male record is held by Michael SKINNER who recorded a time of 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 11,879 participants have completed 132,135 parkruns covering a total distance of 660,675 km, including 22,294 new Personal Bests.


8th anniversary run – 26th August 2017 – event #396

It's our 8th anniversary this parkrunday and we're running "widdershins" (counter-clockwise). Starting from the Hook Farm Road end, you will set off in in a wide arc, but on the next laps follow the tarmac path as marked. The finish funnel will be in the usual position, but you will, of course, enter it from the other direction. 

We would love you all to wear your parkrun milestone or apricot t-shirts if you have one. If you don’t, you could wear a top of similar colour. Cake, cake and more cake is always welcome. See you at 9am prompt as always!


⇐ Newer Posts