Event Cancellation November 4 2017

Our event on November 4 is cancelled due to vehicle movement in the park to tear down and load out platforms and equipment from the firework display taking place on Fielders Meadow over the course of the weekend. 

It is deemed too much of a Health and Safety risk to hold a parkrun given the volume of vehicles accessing the park from the main gates at Bishops Avenue and Stevanage Road. Please see our home page for details of the nearest alternative parkrun. 

 

Event Cancellation September 16 2017

Our event on September 16 is cancelled due to vehicle movement in the park to setup proceedings in the event circle for the Latin Food Festival happening on Saturday and Sunday 16-17 September. 

It is deemed too much of a Health and Safety risk to hold a parkrun given the volume of vehicles accessing the park from the main gate at Bishops Avenue. Please see our home page for details of the nearest alternative parkrun. 

 

Run Report – Event 201 – 22 July 2017

By Laure Selle

I was honoured when asked to write this week’s run report for our 201st Fulham Palace parkrun, English not being my mother tongue.

So it was with great pride that I made my way to Bishop’s Park to record another fantastic event. The weather was being uncertain, vacillating between rain and sun, and I wondered how many of our lovely runners would make it past their front doors; but eventually, the rain fainted away and we were granted with a dry and more comfortable climate.

Today, volunteers were greeted by Alex, our parkrun director from Serpentine Running Club, who provided the essential training and information for each role (and there are plenty!); he must have done a pretty good job as all ran smoothly under his watch, from start to finish. Thank you Alex!

New runners were being briefed by our regular runner Bob, from Fulham Running Club. Attending the new runners briefing is important in order to understand how this particular parkrun functions, which makes everyone’s walk and run much more enjoyable, and allow volunteers to concentrate on their task at hand. Thank you Bob for the warm welcome!

Once the pre set-up completed, volunteers and new runners briefed, it was then time to get parkrun rolling. A final, general briefing to all was dispensed, and it was great to notice that all were paying full attention to the security advices that were being given. If only we could stop planes from flying at the same time, though, that would be much appreciated… I could also notice an array of different attitudes amongst our runners, from full confidence, excitement, to nervousness. All fully acceptable and normal feelings prior to any 5k, whether you are a newbie or a veteran athlete!

The last briefing ended with applause, and all made their way to the stat line.

Front runners wishing each other good luck, setting their watch to “run”, bending slightly their legs in a sprint start position, ready for the GO GO! They have a rendez-vous with themselves, with their goal; they do not want to let themselves down and are ready to push beyond the “good enough”. You could see behind them such a variety of runners, joggers and walkers, all with a similar or different goal. Some were after a personal best, others wanted to do a social run with friends/family, while some did their first jog after a long period of inactivity. And that’s why parkrun is great; it welcomes people with different fitness abilities and help them get where they want to go.

And then the go ahead was given, unleashing an inspiring wave of runners, passing along the calm River Thames and waking the still sleepy trees longing the path. The air was cool from the earlier showers, which no doubt helped our parkrunners feel comfortable. They all made the first lap look easy, giving smiles and thumbs up to our marshals and volunteers. The front runner was already creating a gap with his close followers, and we knew he was in for a good time. He however narrowly lost few seconds by heading the wrong way but luckily he was straight away lead back to the right path. Being posted by the finish line means we can watch and cheer on the runners for a while before taking our position. You’ll find the timekeepers, funnel managers, barcode scanners, finish token givers, number checker and parkrun director, and this is also often the station where we collect unwanted jackets, and at times, dogs!

Not long after the front runners finish their second loop, all those wonderful high-vis jacket heroes take position. We are then ready to help you finish smoothly and without any hassle. The first finisher, Daniel Strang, who had been leading this run throughout, came in at 16:47, and was a first timer at Fulham Palace parkrun. Has he involuntarily paced his followers? Possibly, as in 3rd position we find Luke Peel, recording a very nice PB! Runners then finished one by one, crossing that so coveted finish line and making their way to get their time recorded. In all, 354 walkers, joggers and runners joined us on Saturday, and amongst them, we’ve welcomed 32 different running clubs and 53 first timers, which we hope to welcome again very soon. And a great day it was as no less than 38 PBs were recorded!

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

Thank you to this week's volunteers:

Alex JEFFREYS • Anne MCCARVILLE • Bob LYNAM • Christopher COOPER • Claire O'BRIEN • Crispin FINN • David CURTIN • David SLADE • Dawn PAYNE • Denitsa MLADENOVA • Dennis WILLIAMS • Emily SLADE • Farah KHAN • Geraldine FINUCANE • Grace WHITFIELD • Helen TYRELL • Laure SELLE • Leo GEBBIE • Madeleine HOLMES • Maggie FLANAGAN • Mark O'CALLAGHAN • Mary Anne HANSELL • Matthew SLADE • Philip LOGORECI • Sarah TAYLOR • Tracey INSTON • Vikki FILSELL

******* COMING UP******COMING UP******COMING UP******COMING UP*******COMING UP*****

Our next paced event is on August 19 where odd numbered pacers will be the order of the day.

The Prudential Ride London event is on Sunday July 30. For our third year we'll be recruiting volunteers to help marshal a crossing point in Fulham/Parsons Green. Please email ffulhampalacehelpers@parkrun.com if you'd like to join us.

Have you seen our latest collection of photos? Do you have any to add? Take a gander here... https://www.flickr.com/groups/fulhampalace-parkrun/ You can like our Facebook page via www.facebook.com/fulhampalaceparkrun AND follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/FPparkrun

For those of you on Strava, you can join the Fulham Palace parkrun group via https://www.strava.com/clubs/fulhampalaceparkrun. You can also link your Strava profile to your parkrun one by clicking on the 'manage my profile' link in your weekly parkrun results email.

 

 

Junior Takeover and 200th Event – 15 July 2017

By Geraint Rees

Saturday 15th July was a very special day for us all at Fulham Palace parkrun. Not only was it our 200th parkrun, but our very first Junior Takeover event! All our volunteer roles were filled by junior volunteers, aided and abetted by those pesky adults who just kept turning up to volunteer for the first 199 parkruns. Our intrepid Run Director Milly turned up early and soon put her father to work blowing up balloons (some would say the only acceptable role for a dad), while she turned her hand to the much more important task of organising the event.

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The popularity of the Junior Takeover soon became apparent as loads of junior volunteers turned up with their mums and dads, far more than were rostered to the rota!

Fortunately Dawn had already anticipated the popularity of the event and laid in an extra supply of small high vis jackets.

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Adding to the excitement was the debut of our new chalk sandwich board on which we will doubtless write many amusing and entertaining messages. For today, it was pressed into service as an impromptu birthday message and anchor for the helium ‘200’ balloons.

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In the summer months our numbers often dwindle but today bucked the trend as over 375 lovely runners turned up to enjoy running, including a posse from Bushy parkrun.

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49 were first timers and 90 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part. Our junior volunteers got into the swing of things right away, with Charlotte fully in command of the First Timers Briefing.

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Our Run Director Milly made the role look easy as she directed her charge with confidence and poise.

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Sadly, her dad (and writer of your run report) had conspired to run his 50th parkrun today and so managed to sneak an appearance on the Run Director’s bench.

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To add even more complexity, our 200th parkrun was also a paced event and we had many junior volunteers (and a couple of slightly older ones!) taking these roles.

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Soon we were ready for the off, with a veritable small army of juniors positioned at strategic points around the course to shout their encouragement, ring cowbells and generally enthuse our runners as they perambulated around Bishop’s Park.

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From our 375 parkrunners, there were some excellent runs:

Male placings:

Ronny WILSON (SM20-24) of Lincoln Wellington AC, was first over the line in 15:43 - second time in 2 appearances.
Conor DOLAN (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 16:41 - was first to finish once before.
Ryan KEANE (SM25-29) of Thames Valley Harriers, was third over the line in 17:02.

Female placings:

Katie ROWLAND (SW25-29) of Kent AC, was first (29th overall) over the line in 19:35 - first time in 2 appearances.
Louise RAYNER (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (41st overall) over the line in 19:57.
Catherine JACKSON (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (53rd overall) over the line in 20:24.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

Ronny WILSON (SM20-24) – 82.08% for the time 15:43 (first overall).
Stewart MCANDIE (VM40-44) – 81.12% for the time 17:13 (5th overall).
Alan FREER (VM60-64) – 79.50% for the time 20:10 (48th overall).

Afterwards, an entire table of bakery kindly contributed by our parkrun community was devoured by our volunteers and runners, and everyone retired to the café for a coffee. This was a tremendous event that exemplified many of the things that makes parkrun such a wonderful community.

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Our junior volunteers did us proud, with organisation, atmosphere and encouragement for our runners second to none. And our community came together to enjoy their parkrun with good humour. Even the dogs got in on the act with our birthday balloons.

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So, a massive thank you to our 47 lovely volunteers is in order, as well as thanks to all our supporters, bakers, runners, pacers and participants:

David CORNOCK • Richard John POWELL • Ben THORNTON • Emma THORNTON • Rachel BEDFORD • Dawn PAYNE • Maggie FLANAGAN • Milan MISAK • Ewan WHITE • Michelle HOWIE • Gregory FINN • Charlotte STUBBS • James STUBBS • Macey CORNOCK • Charlie CORNOCK • Anne MCCARVILLE • Alice RIDDELL-WEBSTER • Chaya KELLY • Liza MIERS • Wilfred BATES • Lottie GAFFNEY • Alex GAFFNEY • Jason CHEUNG • Geraint REES • Amelia REES • Vanessa FAWCETT • Emily SLADE • Farah KHAN • Alexandra RIDDELL-WEBSTER • Megan MORRIS • Clare MCCOLLUM • Edward O'BRIEN • Alice O'BRIEN • Charlotte LAM • Thomas RIDDELL-WEBSTER • Sarah TAYLOR • Kate POWELL • Laure SELLE • George FAWCETT • Hamish FAWCETT • Mark O'CALLAGHAN • Edmund KOE • Freddie KOE • Sarah PERILLO • James PERILLO • Monty KOE • Safa KHAN

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

******* COMING UP******COMING UP******COMING UP******COMING UP*******COMING UP*****

Our next paced event is on August 19 where odd numbered pacers will be the order of the day.

The Prudential Ride London event is on Sunday July 30. For our third year we'll be recruiting volunteers to help marshal a crossing point in Fulham/Parsons Green. Please email ffulhampalacehelpers@parkrun.com if you'd like to join us.

Have you seen our latest collection of photos? Do you have any to add? Take a gander here... https://www.flickr.com/groups/fulhampalace-parkrun/ You can like our Facebook page via www.facebook.com/fulhampalaceparkrun AND follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/FPparkrun

For those of you on Strava, you can join the Fulham Palace parkrun group via https://www.strava.com/clubs/fulhampalaceparkrun. You can also link your Strava profile to your parkrun one by clicking on the 'manage my profile' link in your weekly parkrun results email.

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Photo contributions from Clare McCollum, Richard Powell, Geraint Rees and Dawn

 

Run Report – Event 199 – 8 July 2017

By Megan Rowe

Saturday 8th July marked the 199th Fulham Palace parkrun

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This week I found myself volunteering to be parkrun report writer as well as barcode scanner following the appeal posted on Strava by Fulham Palace parkrun! Strava advertisement?! How ingenious! I didn’t even realise this was possible and it's great that Strava has the functionality to allow these types of posts as they go direct to the right audience – runners!

I LOVE Strava – amongst my housemates and friends Strava has now replaced Facebook and Instagram. If I want to know who’s up to what I have a little scroll through my Strava thread! You can make your own groups on the app and see all sorts of stats on there; such as who’s run the furthest, who’s clocked up the most elevation and, if you really must, post topics for your friends to chat about. A virtual running club at your finger tips!

But it's not all good news. Toward the end of last year I became so competitive trying to clock up the most number of miles in a multitude of groups, I ended up enduring a stress fracture. Like many runners I learned the hard way the importance of remembering quality over quantity people!

Opening my Strava account and seeing what all the running my friends were getting up to whilst I hobbled around catching public transport to work made me so green with envy that I had to delete the app from my phone! I couldn’t run for almost 6 months, and not only had I lost the speed I had worked so hard to improve, I have also lost my running mojo.

However…..what better way to drag my running bug out of hibernation than to witness all the parkrunners on Saturday out and about, with the beautiful sun shinning through the thick leafy green trees in Bishops park.

Being barcode scanner meant my duties didn’t start until the runners crossed the finish line! This left me with plenty of time to take some cheeky snaps of the variety of runners we had this week. I am always a little filled with emotion when I spot the first few females among the leading pack. Furthermore I used the spectating opportunity to look at the different running styles of the fast runners I otherwise wouldn’t have had a chance on earth of getting anywhere near as close to had I been participating.

The running community is so diverse because ANYONE can run and, ike most running events nowadays, anyone can participate. Yet, unlike most running events, parkrun is NOT a race, giving everyone the opportunity to participate in an event and not worry about speed, position or entry fees. Oh goodness even writing this has my running mojo running wild.

Scroll through the pictures below to see some of the diversity at this week’s Fulham Palace parkrun for yourself.

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Xabier Tijero held the lead the whole way through the three-lap course.

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This is a tight turn for the runners. Do I spot the leading female in this crowd?

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Louise Simpson is registered blind, but that doesn’t stop her ability to run. In fact this was her 210th parkrun and her second visit to Fulham having debuted with us some 3 years before in 2014. Here she is being guided by Annabel Crichton, one of our regular volunteers in the parkrun community.

Louise isn’t the only person clocking up some impressive numbers; Andrew Davies finished 12th today running his 284th parkrun.

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Roger Wallace, Louise's partner, is also visually impaired and had the pleasure of being guided by Alex Vallmajor; they opted to hold a very technically advance….strip of material (yes)…to stay attached (or tethered).

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Pack leaders still going strong.

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Meanwhile back at the bag drop, Craig was forced to retire from the run due to a lack of sensible attire. You may all be familiar with parkrun's no-barcode no-time policy but there’s the lesser-known 'no-clothing no-run' rule that we had to remind Craig of!

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Thankfully he was spared any further blushes when he was reunited with his betrothed Becky and her Hens joining us today from Wales. Best wishes Becky and Craig for your imminent nuptials. :-)

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Xaiber finishing strong in 16:33 running for the first time at Fulham, whilst white t-shirt man looks on in disbelief with a whole lap still to go!

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You can see just how much Stuart Farmer pushed himself to get a very respectable 2nd place in a time of 16:58. Birthday Boy Stuart MacDougall running 17:00 dead finishing third, lending a helping hand to get him through the funnel in one piece before popping on a high-vis jacket and commencing barcode scanning duties.

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First female to cross the finish line was Natalia Gomez with an incredible time of 17:46. This was her first ever parkrun – definitely one to watch out for on the parkrun scene.

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Here we have the Jenkins family plus Daniela’s sleep over buddy who could only stay over on the premise that she would go to parkrun in the morning – brilliant! Considering she came and ran I think you’ve found a keeper Daniela!

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It's not only the runners that are full of diversity – the volunteers come in all shapes and sizes too!

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Dogs are welcome to run at parkrun providing they are kept on a lead. This little one was on a rest day though keeping guard of the Fulham Palace parkrun mascot…..or perhaps he was more protective of the post run treats he spotted!

Well done to Milestone Club achievers Richard Hinson and Lianne Shing who ran their 50th parkruns with us today.

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We also welcomed Alex Rees who moved into double figures today with his 10th parkrun. Congratulations all, I have it on good authority that we have a new stock of tshirts which you'll be able to order soon.

Finally thank you to our today's 28 heroes in high vis:

Alex JEFFREYS • Alex MACKULA • Alex VALLMAJOR • Amelia REES • Annabel CRICHTON • Anne MCCARVILLE • Blair LAIRD • Catherine LAM • Christopher COOPER • Claire O'BRIEN • Dawn PAYNE • Edward CATMUR • Edward O'BRIEN • Emily SLADE • Jason CHEUNG • Jennie FARMER • Laure SELLE • Man-Yee LAM • Margie SLADE • Mark O'CALLAGHAN • Martin MILWARD • Megan ROWE • Ollie PITMAN • Richard John POWELL • Rona FAIRS • Sarah TAYLOR • Stuart MACDOUGALL • Vanessa ATTIE

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

******* COMING UP******COMING UP******COMING UP******COMING UP*******COMING UP*****

Our next paced event is on July 15, where even numbered pacers will be the order of the day. Our junior parkrunners will be leading the way.

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We'll be having our inaugural Junior Takeover also on July 15 - please encourage your under 18 year olds to get involved with this exciting volunteering venture. This is also our 200th event - cakes and goodies to share are most welcome!

The Prudential Ride London event is on Sunday July 30. For our third year we'll be recruiting volunteers to help marshal a crossing point in Fulham/Parsons Green. Please email fulhampalacehelpers@parkrun.com if you'd like to join us.

Have you seen our latest collection of photos? Do you have any to add? Take a gander here... https://www.flickr.com/groups/fulhampalace-parkrun/ You can like our Facebook page via www.facebook.com/fulhampalaceparkrun AND follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/FPparkrun

For those of you on Strava, you can join the Fulham Palace parkrun group via https://www.strava.com/clubs/fulhampalaceparkrun. You can also link your Strava profile to your parkrun one by clicking on the 'manage my profile' link in your weekly parkrun results email.

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Photo contributions from Megan Rowe, Martin Milward and Richard Powell.

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