Event cancellation 5th August 2017

Due to a live music event using the park, we cannot have a parkrun on 5th August 2017. Tourists are always welcome at other events!

 

Bromley parkrun # 387

In these strange political times, it’s good to have something consistent to rely on. Today was the Queen’s official birthday (any excuse for a celebration) and the 387th Bromley parkrun. It’s good to know that come rain or shine, we can turn up at any of over 1,000 parkruns across 14 countries and get our parkrun fix. Please note however, that there will be no Bromley parkrun next week (17 June) due to the motoring pageant taking place in Norman Park, so it will be an opportunity for some parkrun tourism.

Today, we congratulated Martin Cunningham and Rachel Bentley who were invited to the Bromley Volunteers’ Awards and both received certificates in recognition of outstanding commitment to volunteering for setting up and running Bromley parkrun and Bromley Junior parkrun respectively. Congratulations to them and the other run directors and core volunteers who support them.

Which leads nicely to a thank you to today’s volunteers, expertly led by this week’s Run Director, Roger Harris:

Gillian M ANDERSON, Barbara Susan BAKER, David CARTON, Rebecca CHANNON, Sally CHANNON, Paul CREGG, Andrew N CULVER, Sandra ELWES, Laura FINCH, Grace FITZPATRICK, Nicholas Ivan FRENCH, Jacob GASKELL, Andrew GURNEY, A. R. HANTIU, Roger HARRIS, Harry HONE, Caitlin LAING, Seb LARGE, Julia ORFORD, Joanna PAGE, Kevin RICE, Joanne SCOTT, Annette SHRIMPTON, Marijana URBANY, Jose VAN VELZEN

We all know that running boosts endorphins (ie makes you happy) and scientists say that volunteering does too, so the happiest people in Norman Park this morning must have been those of us who volunteered and ran as well. You too can be this happy – sign up to volunteer!

It’s always inspiring to see the diversity of running styles and attire at parkrun. Today I noticed Jenny Leng running barefoot and someone (sorry, your reporter failed to check who) dressed as Princess Leia from Star Wars (and very lovely he looked). It’s also interesting to hear snippets of the chatterers’ conversations as they glide seemingly effortlessly past in pairs, putting the world to rights.

Those who probably weren’t chatting though were this week’s PB achievers. PBs are pretty hard to get, weaving through such big crowds (587 today), plus it was windy and it was warm (not that we’re making excuses …), so well done to the 32 people who managed a PB, most of whom were in the first few weeks of their parkrun journey.

Up at the front, congratulations to first timer Charlie Low for being the first to finish the 5k. I notice he only ever comes 1st in his parkruns, so it’s good to let him keep that tradition up. In 3rd was Mark Senter on his first ever parkrun and sandwiched in between was Bromley stalwart Stephen Pond.

Rachel Bentley celebrated her volunteering award by being the first lady home, followed by Hannah Roberts, resplendent in her pink knee-high socks, and then by Jill Phillips. Well done all.

Today was a good cake day! A host of parkrunners celebrated their 50th runs: Anthony Scott, Julia Dwyer, Simon Day, Nienke Van Velzen, David Smyth and Hannah Roberts. Hannah was at Bromley parkrun’s first ever event and comes back every now and then to see how we’re getting on. Christopher Jackson earned a coveted black parkrun shirt today for his 100th run and finally and most awesomely, Jan Simms ran with a clutch of balloons to celebrate her 250th run in style. She will look great in green when her 250 T shirt comes!

Happy running

Report by Gillian Anderson

Here come the official stats:

This week 587 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Gillian M ANDERSON • David CARTON • Paul CREGG • Joanna PAGE • Annette SHRIMPTON • Roger HARRIS • Marijana URBANY • Kevin RICE • Barbara Susan BAKER • Jose VAN VELZEN • Nicholas Ivan FRENCH • Joanne SCOTT • Andrew N CULVER • Sandra ELWES • Laura FINCH • Seb LARGE • Andrew GURNEY • A. R. HANTIU • Sally CHANNON • Jacob GASKELL • Rebecca CHANNON • Grace FITZPATRICK • Julia ORFORD • Caitlin LAING • Harry HONE

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

Male placings:
Charlie LOW (VM40-44) of Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers, was first over the line in 17:59 - first appearance.
Stephen POND (VM45-49) of Petts Wood Runners, was second over the line in 18:19.
Mark SENTER (VM35-39) of Cambridge Harriers, was third over the line in 18:38.

Female placings:
Rachel BENTLEY (VW40-44) of Petts Wood Runners, was first (20th overall) over the line in 19:55 - 26th time in 85 appearances.
Hannah ROBERTS (VW35-39) of Petts Wood Runners, was second (22nd overall) over the line in 20:00 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.
Jill PHILLIPS (VW50-54) of Orpington Road Runners, was third (33rd overall) over the line in 21:02.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Doreen ABBOTT (VW70-74) – 81.17% for the time 28:51 (317th overall).
Jill PHILLIPS (VW50-54) – 80.67% for the time 21:02 (33rd overall).
Stephen POND (VM45-49) – 79.25% for the time 18:19 (second 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 11,532 participants have completed 127,015 parkruns covering a total distance of 635,075 km, including 21,605 new Personal Bests.

 

 

 

Bromley parkrun # 386 – 03/06/2017

622 runners came along to Norman Park this Saturday to enjoy the sunshine and the company of other parkrunners

THANK YOU TO THE VOLUNTEERS

A big thank you to this week's volunteers led by Event Director Martin Cunningham.

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"What an honour it was to shadow Martin and the team today.  It was really brilliantly organised and provided the South Norwood parkrun team so much experience on a practical front. Having the benefit of seeing how you've organised the event and developed ideas in response to your growth and that of parkrun as a whole was just amazing to be a part of this morning.
I had the pleasure of observing and chatting to many of the volunteers today and their enthusiasm and pride in the event was overflowing. Simple, well structured and ingenious are my key messages to take away.  Well done to you all and thank you for all your help it will be so valuable for our new event."

 

One of the innovations mentioned was having the funnel manager Stuart Hills "remind" everyone in the funnel not to take their token home with them which was 100% successful - well done Stuart!

 

Also well done to Rebecca Channon, an U18, who took responsibility for managing the scanning team of five entirely without any help from Martin and did a brilliant job so the scanning files were error free.

Bromley parkrun cannot take place without its volunteers - if you could spare a Saturday morning to help out it would be very much appreciated - training and coaching is provided and it is a great way of getting involved.  Please contact Marijana at bromleyhelpers@parkrun.com to sign up for the volunteer roster.

 

A big thank you to all this week's volunteers, who were:

Stuart HILLS • Martin Andrew CUNNINGHAM • Andy TUCKER • Jeremy BENSON • Paul CREGG • Jenny LENG • Mohammad TAHA • Marijana URBANY • Kevin RICE • Jason MERCER • Sam HICKLING • Tim SPRINGETT • Ian BRERETON • Jeremy TOWNSEND • Donna MEWIS • Viral TANNA • Lisa FAIRCHILD • Laura FINCH • Graeme BOXALL • Seb LARGE • Shaun LIGHTMAN • A. R. HANTIU • Linda BOWLEY • Steve BOWLEY • Ellie BOWLEY • Sally CHANNON • Samantha HOOK • Rebecca CHANNON • Finlay CARTER • Alison BULLYMENT • Adam CHANNON • Stuart DAVIES • Caitlin LAING • Harry HONE

 

PACER WEEK
FB_IMG_1496485391246 With it being the first Saturday of the month was pacer week with 10 volunteer pacers helping 78 runners achieve their personnal bests.  One of things that amazes me about parkrun is that experienced runners can still achieve PBs well into their parkrun career - a few stand out achievements this Saturday were:
Rachael Sliwka (59th Bromley parkrun)
Heath Griffin (75th)
Maria Burton (150th); and
David Moore (182nd)
David was helped (or maybe hindered) by the 22 minute 16 second pacer who sprinted over the line with him not realising the enormity of his achievement...

 

MILESTONES

As well as the PB achievements their were a number of milestones achieved this week including Clifford Talbot and Paul Kelly who ran their 50th parkruns and the juniors Abbie Davies and Zack Mitchell who ran their 10th parkrun.

Next week (June 10th) please come along and joing Jan Simms in celebrating her 250th parkrun and her 200th at Bromley - there will be cake...

 

No parkrun at Bromley on June 17th

As Martin noted in his run briefing, their will be no parkrun at Bromley on June 17th (or June 18th for that matter) due to the Motoring Paegeant.  Why not take the chance to do a little parkrun tourism - there are several parkruns within a half hour drive of Bromley, as shown in the front page of the Bromley parkrun website, as follows

BeckenhamPlace (2.5m), Orpington (4.3m), CrystalPalace (4.5m), Lloyd (4.7m),  Greenwich (4.9m), Hilly Fields (5.5m), Dulwich (5.9m), Peckham Rye (6m), Bexley (6.1m), Riddlesdown (6.5m)
Or perhaps you could try further afield - a group of the Petts Wood Runners for example are heading off for a pilgrimage to Bushy Fields where it all started

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PARKING

Just a gentle reminder to please park considerately before parkrun.  The growing popularity of Bromley parkrun is putting an increased strain on the two Norman Park car parks - if you have to drive please arrive with plenty of time ahead of the run and use a designated parking spot - if you are able to please look at alternative ways of arriving at the park - walk, run, bike, lift share etc to free up spaces for others

 

PHOTOS

And thank you to John Diamante for taking a fine selection of photos this week

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Finally, the placings and other stats...

Male placings: James WALLINGTON (SM30-34) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:57 - first time in 14 appearances. Michael DOWDS (SM25-29) of Crystal Palace Triathletes, was second over the line in 18:01 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions. Simon DAHDI (VM35-39) of Petts Wood Runners, was third over the line in 18:21.

 

Female placings: Geraldine SCHAER (VW50-54) of Petts Wood Runners, was first (31st overall) over the line in 20:24 - 8th time in 35 appearances. Sarah PHILLIPS (SW20-24) of Orpington Road Runners, was second (47th overall) over the line in 20:52. Kate MARCHANT (VW45-49) of Beckenham RC, was third (55th overall) over the line in 20:58 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.

 

The three highest age grades were recorded by: Geraldine SCHAER (VW50-54) – 82.19% for the time 20:24 (31st overall). Tim LUND (VM60-64) – 80.03% for the time 20:02 (25th overall). Kate MARCHANT (VW45-49) – 79.01% for the time 20:58 (55th 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 11,503 participants have completed 126,428 parkruns covering a total distance of 632,140 km, including 21,573 new Personal Bests.

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Bromley parkrun #385, 27 May 2017

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The first Saturday in May 2017 saw the number of runners hit an all-time high of 829 though this returned to a more manageable 600+ in the weeks that followed. In the lead-up to the last event of May 2017, the organisers wondered what kind of running numbers this Saturday would bring. The weather forecast promised perfection; on the other hand, it was a Bank Holiday weekend and the school half-term had started. Would a proportion of the Bromley contingent abandon the suburbs for more exotic parkrun destinations?

Tim SPRINGETT, our Run Director, wasn’t too worried. After some last-minute offers of much needed help, all the core roles for the volunteer roster were filled by Saturday morning. Partly because Tim’s son Michael stepped in on Funnel duty; we also had an offer of Scanning help from a regular at Hampstead Heath (thanks, Anca!) and the most expert help you could possibly expect from two Run Directors. Andy TUCKER was in charge of Back-up timing (that's one way of keeping him out of trouble) while Roger HARRIS took charge of a section of the Funnel. He’d actually chosen to do this on his birthday - because that’s how much fun volunteering is! Happy birthday Roger and thanks for everything!

It was not quite the blazing sunshine the weather forecast had promised but it was hot and that made parkrun PBs rather hard to achieve for those who run at Bromley regularly. A very special shout out therefore to Robert PERRY who achieved his first PB in over two years (in his 111th appearance at Bromley) and to Rachael SLIWKA who tried for nearly three years to beat her previous best, working very hard in rather noticeable humidity that had us most of us struggling.

If you enjoy the benefits that parkrun or junior parkrun brings you and want it to say free, you can help ensure its future by spending a few minutes on adding your voice to the current government consultation on the matter. Tim has very kindly written a helpful guide on who to email (or write to) and what to say, with the relevant links so even if you struggle for time, you'll be able to do this very quickly.  Please encourage others to do the same and let us know on our Facebook page that you’ve done so. You have until 5 July.

Thank you to the Volunteers:

A. R. HANTIU  •  Adam CHANNON  •  Andy TUCKER  •  Becky O'BRIEN  •  Caitlin LAING  •  David CARTON  •  Ed OSBORNE  •  Finlay CARTER  •  Grace FITZPATRICK  •  Helena BROADWAY  •  Jacob GASKELL  •  Joanne CAREY  •  Jose VAN VELZEN  •  Marijana URBANY  •  Michael SPRINGETT  •  Mohammad TAHA  •  Rebecca CHANNON  •  Roger HARRIS  •  Ruairí CAREY  •  Sally CHANNON  •  Sarah REGAN  •  Shaun LIGHTMAN  •  Stuart DAVIES  •  Tim SPRINGETT  •  Wendy BUTCHER

The Stats

This week 555 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 85 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 25 volunteers.

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

Male placings:
Keith DOWSON (VM50-54) of Sevenoaks AC, was first over the line in 17:57 - first appearance.
Stephen STARVIS (VM45-49) of Striders of Croydon AC, was second over the line in 17:59.
Robert PERRY (JM15-17) of Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC, was third over the line in 18:09.
Female placings:
Rachel BENTLEY (VW40-44) of Petts Wood Runners, was first (10th overall) over the line in 19:09 - 25th time in 83 appearances.
Daniella HARPER (JW11-14) of Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC, was second (31st overall) over the line in 20:25.
Jenny LENG (VW50-54) of Petts Wood Runners, was third (46th overall) over the line in 20:56 - has been first to finish on 9 previous occasions.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Keith DOWSON (VM50-54) – 84.87% for the time 17:57 (first overall).
Rachel BENTLEY (VW40-44) – 80.33% for the time 19:09 (10th overall).
Jenny LENG (VW50-54) – 80.10% for the time 20:56 (46th 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 11,450 participants have completed 125,806 parkruns covering a total distance of 629,030 km, including 21,495 new Personal Bests.

 

Get involved in the government consultation on keeping parkrun free

Want to help us keep parkrun free?

The government is consulting on proposals to legislate to put it beyond doubt that local authorities, including parish councils, cannot charge parkrun or junior parkrun for the use of public parks.  The consultation ends on 5 July.

Anybody can respond to the consultation - all you need to do is send an e-mail to: runconsultation@communities.gsi.gov.uk  

or write to

Jim Jobe/Carol Whale

Department for Communities and Local Government

2nd Floor, NE, Fry Building

2 Marsham Street

London

SW1P 4DF

Your correspondence stating: I agree that local authorities should not be able to charge parkrun or parkrun junior for the use of public parks.

You can look at the full consultation document here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/running-free-consultation-on-preserving-the-free-use-of-public-parks

It's only 12 pages long, so if you've endured one of Tim Springett's pre-run briefings it won't be an arduous read!

There are two other questions in the consultation document, which you can answer should you wish to do so.  These are:

Question 2: Is there any specific activity, in addition to parkrun or junior parkrun, that takes place in a public park, that does not require exclusive use of the park or a part of the park, that should be considered for inclusion in provisions to prevent local authorities charging for that activity, and if so why?

Question 3: Are there any activities that involve a financial charge to a client or clients by a professional or business, but do not involve exclusive use of a public park or part of the park, that should be considered for inclusion in provisions to prevent local authorities charging for that activity, and if so why?

 

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