Greenwich parkrun #475, 19th January 2019

Run Director: John SPENCER

It was literally one finisher for each day of the New Year as 365 people ran, jogged and walked the course for the second highest turnout ever, relegating last week’s impressive turnout to 3rd place and extending the current pattern of increasing turnout to 5 successive runs, despite the thermometer dipping to a chilly 4℃. There were 64 first timers (up 14 from last week), with 27 recording their first ever parkrun, and 47 recorded new PBs. The turnout was boosted by supporters of Tracey’s Race to Walk, in bright red t-shirts, as Tracey bids to complete 10 local parkruns this year in a bid to raise funds for life changing stem cell treatment for Multiple Sclerosis.

Can we stretch the increasing attendance to a 6th run in succession, and is the record of 396 finishers under threat? Be sure to be at the next run to find out. The run was made possible by 27 volunteers, led by John SPENCER as he made his debut as Run Director.

Abigail TREMAIN recorded a 10th PB on her 89th run here. Liam MCLAUGHLIN started off the avalanche of PBs as he finished first, slicing off just 1 second from his PB on his 34th run. Junior runner, Emer TYNAN also recorded her latest PB on her 34th run. No doubt, fellow Greenwich parkrunners would be interested in finding out the nutrition secrets of the TYNANs, as mum Catherine TYNAN also recorded a PB on her 27th run. Laura HALSTEAD was the only other PB-maker to have run here at least 20 times, with her latest coming on her 23rd run here.

 

Milestones

Congratulations to Sue WESTON and Ryan GEORGE as they both completed their 250th runs to join the green t-shirt brigade. All of Sue’s runs have been completed here whilst Ryan has run 220 times at Greenwich. Congrats also to Lien LERNOUT, Joanne OBORN and Michael CARTER, as each completed their 100th run. Lien has run here 90 times, whilst Joanne and Michael have both run here 28 times. First-timer, Tina STEVENS, staked a claim for a red club t-shirt as she completed her 50th run. Libby WALLACE completed the milestone runs as she recorded her 10th run, all of which have been completed at Avery Hill.

 

Male Placings

  1. Liam MCLAUGHLIN     18:15 (PB) SM25-29     Cambridge Harriers
  2. Duncan PLATT             18:32         VM45-49     Wilmington Trail Finders   First-Timer
  3. Fadie SHAMOON         18:58         VM35-39     JP Morgan Running Club

 

Female Placings

  1. Victoria BASQUILL        20:06   VW45-49    Serpentine RC   10th overall
  2. Susan DIXON                21:24   VW50-54    Cambridge Harriers   21st overall
  3. Emma GRIFFITHS        21:46   SW30-34     26th overall

Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Greenwich parkrun Results Page.

VolunCheers

Massive thanks to the volunteers who were out in the freezing cold to make the run happen. Sarah LINFORD • Linda BOSCIC • Wole ODELE • Joanne OBORN • Ian KING • Francis LEE • Simon HANCE • Hugh BOYLE • Robert DEVANEY • Ekkoratha PRASANTH • Scarlett SUMMERS • Maanasa PRASANTH • Amy BIRD • Ben HOWARTH • Caitlin FOWLER WRIGHT • Lisa CRUDGE • John SPENCER • William MATTHEWS • Aodhan BOYLE • Gavin HOSE • Kalina CHRISTEV • Una PALMER • Thomas LINFORD • Daniel LINFORD • Michael CATTERALL • Florence IGOE • Jayne ELLIOTT

Greenwich parkrun started on 6th March 2010. Since then 8,061 participants have completed 69,225 parkruns covering a total distance of 346,125 km, including 11,001 new Personal Bests. A total of 673 individuals have volunteered 6,498 times.

Report by Wole Odele
 

Greenwich parkrun # 474, 12th January 2019

Run Director: Linsey HOPKINS

For the fourth run in succession, there was an increase in turnout from the previous run, as 347 people ran, jogged and walked the course. This is our 2nd biggest turnout ever, and if this pattern of increasing turnout continues, our record attendance figure might be under threat in the next few weeks, so watch this space!

The massive turnout included 50 first timers, 30 of whom were recording their first parkrun. Hopefully this marks the beginning of a new lifelong habit for them.

Despite the presence of a strong “Breeze from the east - and west, north and south”, 43 finishers recorded new PBs. Most eye-catching performances were Mary SLOAN’s 16th best in 78 runs and Pamela EVERALL’s 9th PB in 63 runs.

Paul BROWN, after 24 runs, Helen TWYFORD and Leigh COBB, both on their 23rd runs here, were the only other PB-makers to have run here at least 20 times. For the rest of us who missed out on PBs, there’s always next week to have another go.

Milestones

Congratulations to Paul SALLISS and Jason THOMSON, on completion of their 250th runs! Paul has run here 241 times and Jason 231 times.

Sally DORRELL recorded her 200th run (199 at Greenwich) and Tasha JOHNSON recorded her 50th run. All of Tasha’s runs have been at Greenwich.

Male Placings

  1. Sam MURPHY             16:44 (PB)   SM25-29
  2. Matthew ROBINSON   18:20 (PB)   VM40-44
  3. Peter REYNOLDS        18:28           SM30-34  Greenwich Tritons          First-Timer

 

Female Placings

  1. Andrea BARBER              22:21          VW50-54     Kent AC      First-Timer 39th overall
  2. Kersha DWYER               22:29           VW35-39     43rd overall
  3. Olivia MAGEE-BROWN   22:51           JW11-14      51st overall

Results and a complete event history can be found on the Greenwich parkrun Results Page.

VolunCheers

Massive thanks as always to the 27 volunteers, who helped to make another day of parkrun magic happen. Our Hi-viz heroes were: Linda BOSCIC • Wole ODELE • Maire WILLIAMS • Ian KING • Francis LEE • Peppi-Marie FLETCHER • Hugh BOYLE • Robert DEVANEY • Ekkoratha PRASANTH • Derek HOPKINS • Linsey HOPKINS • Scarlett SUMMERS • Maanasa PRASANTH • Kev HUTCHINSON • Sam WHEELER • Caitlin FOWLER WRIGHT • John SPENCER • Aodhan BOYLE • Stephen LOCKWOOD • Gavin HOSE • Alison SHELDON • Joe IGOE • Una PALMER • Victoria JESSOP • Emma WOOD • Florence IGOE • Jayne ELLIOTT

Greenwich parkrun started on 6th March 2010. Since then 7,997 participants have completed 68,860 parkruns covering a total distance of 344,300 km, including 10,954 new Personal Bests. A total of 672 individuals have volunteered 6,471 times.

Report by Wole Odele
 

Greenwich parkrun #473, 5th January 2019

Run Directors: Carli PRETORIUS & Colin ARMSTRONG

The last time over three hundred people ran, jogged and walked the 3 laps of our Avery Hill course, was the 1st week of November 2018 when neighbouring runs were cancelled due to fireworks displays, resulting in our highest number of finishers – a massive 396! For run 473, we had our 4th highest turnout ever of 316. This included 43 first-timers, 25 of whom were recording their first ever parkrun, and we hope for them it’s the start of a new lifelong habit.

Carli PRETORIUS stepped into the Run Director’s shoes for the first time to complete her Duke of Edinburgh award volunteering stint. Carli has now volunteered at Greenwich parkrun on 15 separate occasions.

New PBs were recorded by 34 finishers. Most notable was Rebecca HOWE’s 9th PB in 67 runs. Carol SIMS got a lucky 13th PB in 32 runs and Catherine TYNAN secured an 8th PB in 26 runs. Other regulars setting new marks were Laura HALSTEAD and Anna ALLEN, both after 21 runs, whilst Chris TURPIN and Cameron HARRIS’ latest bests were recorded at the 20th attempt.

Milestones

Congrats to Peppi-Marie FLETCHER as she joined the 100 club. 91 of her runs have been completed here. Congrats also to Ross TREMAIN and David MATTHEWS as they joined the red t-shirt brigade. Ross has run here 30 times, whilst it was David’s 3rd visit to Greenwich parkrun. Final congratulations to juniors, Sophie WU and Elisabeth HUILLE, as they both completed their 10th runs to stake claims for the white club t-shirt.

Male Placings

  1. Matthieu HUILLE       19:04   VM45-49
  2. J B RAE-SMITH         19:52   VM55-59
  3. Jamie FERNANDES  20:00   SM30-34      Petts Wood Runners   4th overall

 

Female Placings

  1. Hester BARSHAM-ROLFE   19:54 (PB)   VW35-39     Dulwich College Parkrunners 3rd overall
  2. Agata KASPRZYK                22:53           SW30-34     New Eltham Joggers        38th overall
  3. Rachel WARREN                  23:43(PB)    SW25-29     50th overall

Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Greenwich parkrun Results Page.

VolunCheers

A massive shout-out to the following 26 volunteers, who helped to make another day of parkrun magic: Colin ARMSTRONG • Wole ODELE • Ian KING • Francis LEE • Hugh BOYLE • Robert DEVANEY • James CURTIN • Derek HOPKINS • Scarlett SUMMERS • Maanasa PRASANTH • Lydia MCLAREN-GEORGE • Kev HUTCHINSON • Caitlin FOWLER WRIGHT • Martin HANCE • John SPENCER • Stephen LOCKWOOD • Annette MAYES • Gavin HOSE • Yat LEUNG • John WOODLEY • Robert SCOTT • Annette GAYSON • Carli PRETORIUS • Victoria JESSOP • Emma WOOD • Jayne ELLIOTT

Greenwich parkrun started on 6th March 2010. Since then 7,947 participants have completed 68,513 parkruns covering a total distance of 342,565 km, including 10,911 new Personal Bests. A total of 672 individuals have volunteered 6,444 times.

Report by Wole Odele
 

Volunteer at the Big Half

The Vitality Big Half is London's community half marathon, starting by Tower Bridge and finishing at the Cutty Sark, passing through the boroughs of Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham and Greenwich. 

Greenwich parkrun has been asked to help out on the baggage trucks at the start and we're looking  for volunteers.

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What's involved? You will be helping out on the baggage trucks. Taking the bags from the runners and putting them in the truck. Simple!

Where is it? We'll be based by Tower Bridge.

When? 10 March 2018

What time? Your help will be needed between 0630 and 0900 on the day. Coach travel will be provided to take you to the start.

Can non-parkrunners join the team? Yes! Friends and family are more than welcome to join our team. The only prerequisite is that they're aged 18 or above - sorry no under 18s.

What's in it for me? Well apart from a great morning providing support to thousands of runners you'll get a jacket, which you'll need to wear on the day.

OK, how do I get involved? Please email us at Greenwichhelpers@parkrun.com and let us know what size jack you require (XS to 2XL - unisex sizing, based on men's sizes).

 

 

Greenwich parkrun #472 – 1st January 2019

Run Director: Alicia LOVEJOY

298 people started off the New Year in the healthiest way possible as they ran, jogged and walked the 3-lap course for event #472, on another mild winter day. A few of the crazier ones amongst them even dashed off shortly afterwards to bag a second run at one of the neighbouring runs. They were supported by 23 volunteers, who made it all happen. The turnout included 55 first timers, 5 of whom were recording their first parkrun.

Kudos to the 29 finishers who recorded new PBs. The PBs were mostly from tourists visiting for the 2nd or 3rd time.

Milestones

Congratulations to Alan MUNDY and Angela BARTLETT on completion of their 50th milestone runs. All of Alan’s runs have been completed here whilst Angela has done 49 of her runs here. Congratulations also to Gerry FRIZZELLE and David MITCHELL, who both recorded their 100th runs. Gerry and David have run here 7 and 3 times, respectively. Greenwich parkrun regular, Martin HANCE also completed his 150th run, having run here 149 times.

Male Placings

  1. Malcolm MUIR            17:37    VM40-44     Ilford AC     First Timer!
  2. Anthony LOBO           18:26    SM25-29      First Timer!
  3. Tony MACDOWALL   18:33    VM35-39     Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC

Female Placings

  1. Victoria BASQUILL   19:48       VW45-49     Serpentine RC       4th overall
  2. Emma GRIFFITHS   22:59       SW30-34     46th overall
  3. Denise ROSE           23:55       VW55-59     Dartford Harriers AC     62nd overall

See full results and a complete event history on the Greenwich parkrun Results Page.

Volunteers

The event was made possible by our 23 Hi-Viz heroes: Alicia LOVEJOY • Wole ODELE • Ian KING • Francis LEE • Hugh BOYLE • Terry WOOTTON • Kate EVAN-JONES • Julian BARTLETT • Simon FITZMAURICE • Derek HOPKINS • Ross HARDING • John SPENCER • Sheila BARNS • Lisa CARTWRIGHT • Grace BARNS • Gavin HOSE • Kalina CHRISTEV • Una PALMER • Mary SPENCER • Ben SAMPSON • John WOODLEY • Robert SCOTT • Victoria JESSOP

The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 15:45 on 25th December 2016 (event number 363).
The female record is held by Amy CLEMENTS who recorded a time of 17:21 on 21st July 2018 (event number 447).
The Age Grade course record is held by Clare ELMS who recorded 92.24% (19:07) on 1st January 2018 (event number 419).

Greenwich parkrun started on 6th March 2010. Since then 7,904 participants have completed 68,197 parkruns covering a total distance of 340,985 km, including 10,878 new Personal Bests. A total of 668 individuals have volunteered 6,417 times.

Report by Wole Odele
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