This week, 19th May, we revert to the summer route that crosses the grass. The start is by the children’s playground and the finish is in the usual place near to pavilion 3. On the course, please keep the orange cones to your right and don’t cut any corners especially where you might encroach on to the football pitches.
Following a very early course inspection this morning at Norman Park, the decision has been made by our Run Directors to cancel this week’s Bromley parkrun. With more snow forecast for this afternoon, the conditions are only likely to get worse.
Please be assured that this decision hasn’t been taken lightly, and was made to ensure not only the safety of our runners, but also our 30 volunteers.
It should be noted that most other parkruns in the local area have also been cancelled due to the inclement weather, and we urge you not to turn up at Norman Park and run unofficially – please think carefully about your own safety.
We look forward to seeing you next Saturday (10th March) when we hope to run our monthly pacer week. Please feel free to look at the roster at https://www.parkrun.org.uk/bromley/futureroster. Presently we're looking for…
3 x Funnel Managers;
2 x Marshals;
4 x Barcode Scanners;
2 x Token Sorters;
2 x Post Event Close Down;
Pacers as follows: 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 25, 28, 34, 35.
Please do get in touch if you're able to help volunteering next Saturday.
Finally - If you do make it to an event that is going ahead, have fun, and travel safe.
This Saturday, 18th November 2017, we will switch to the winter route which is entirely on tarmac, so no trail shoes are required. The start is on the path near to Hook Farm Road but the finish line is unchanged. If you usually enter the park from Hayes Lane, please leave enough time to get to the start in time for the briefing which may include route specific information. Run starts at 9am prompt. Don’t forget your barcode and if you must use the carparks please park responsibly.
I’m stepping down from my role as Bromley parkrun Volunteer Co-ordinator and looking to train up the next generation!
The role can be learnt easily but it helps if you have:
- Computer literacy: you’ll be filling the roster with names of athletes on the global parkrun database
- Accuracy/attention to detail: for all those names and dates!
- Communication skills: to respond to emails from all those wonderful volunteers who write in to the firstname.lastname@example.org inbox.
This is a great opportunity if you’re after a bit of work experience (to have something to talk about in job interviews, for example), or if you’re looking for an activity which is lightly challenging and also very rewarding. Or maybe you’re a parkrun fanatic like me who thinks the best way to start the weekend is with a running party in Norman Park so you want to play a behind-the-scenes yet very important part in preparing the way.
If you’re interested, or want more info, email me.
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 far 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!