What do you get if you put three consultants, a transplant co-ordinator, a speech and language therapist, a clinical nurse specialist, a dentist, a midwife, a NHS project co-ordinator and their friends and family members in Peckham Rye Park?
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On Saturday 9th June 2018, parkrun and the National Health Service (NHS) came together to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS. It’s hoped that the events put on in parks across the country will encourage more people to get involved in both physical activity and volunteering.
Here at Peckham with the support of Kev Chadwick, our Event Director and the core team we were really pleased to welcome a number of local NHS staff to the park. In fact most of the volunteers on Saturday were NHS staff and for many of them it was there very first parkrun experience and they were warmly welcomed to parkrun by our 258 runners.
As a number of the NHS staff at the event, including myself, work in the Paediatric Liver Centre at King’s College Hospital I took the opportunity in the Run Director’s briefing to pick up on the theme of volunteering and asked if everyone taking part could also please consider volunteering their organs by signing up to the organ donation register!
You can find more information out about organ donation and how to register at the following link https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/
On a slightly chillier morning than of late, our runners were set off by one of our double-act of Paediatric Consultant Hepatologist timekeepers to run our three lapped A course.
Of the 258 runners, 36 were first time runners at Peckham Rye and an impressive 22 of these were brand new to parkrun! The course boasted some pretty special cheer squads this week rather than just a lone marshal at each marshalling point and their energy and good spirit definitely seemed to be taken on board by the runners as there were an impressive 51 people posting new personal best times!
First home remains ‘unknown’ so taking the laurels is Charles Lound in a time of 18:03 and first lady home in her debut run at Peckham was Louise Cazan in a time of 21:34
The top three age graded results were:
- Charles Lound 82.36% VM 50-54 with a time of 18:03
- Sam Crane 78.92% JM10 with a time of 20:43
- Martin Kelson 76.73% VM 55-59 with a time of 20:12
Of the 51 new personal bests, I’m going to highlight the achievements of our junior runners. Congratulations to:
- Oliver Bottle JM15-17 with a pb of 20:27
- Jude Martynski JM11-14 with a pb of 25:05
- Sami De Jong JM11-14 with a pb of 25:31
- Anna Jones JW11-14 with a pb of 31:03
Nobody claimed a milestone run during the run briefing but the results show that four people have hit the red t-shirt jackpot and completed their fiftieth parkrun. Congratulations to Jon Godfrey, Stewart Godfrey, Remi Lacroix and Kate Greenwood!
You can take a full look at the results here http://www.parkrun.org.uk/peckhamrye/results/latestresults/
Huge thanks to all of our volunteers this week, not all of whom are shown on the volunteer roster, as they haven’t yet committed to registering for parkrun, (we hope that they all will). The event wouldn’t have been the same without you all and your enthusiasm and we hope we can welcome you back to Peckham Rye parkrun soon!
Thank you, thank you, thank you and much parkrun love to: Butch Ali, Kevin Chadwick, Jeremy Crump, Candice Ebelthite, Maesha Deheragoda and family, Sara Faulkner, Tassos Grammatikopoulos, Jonathan Hind, Sarah Jones, Ben Newell, Chrissi Palidis, James Pearson-Kirk, Miranda Loveday, Louis Penry Davey, Justine Pope, Mia Semmens, Mark Semmens, Jo Sayward, James Stokes, Sarah Tizzard, Emily Warburton-Brown, Daniel Watson and not forgetting Juno and Scarlett the dogs!
Peckham Rye volunteer co-ordinator, Emily Warburton-Brown and Peckham Rye regular Vinnie Darch are both on the cusp of achieving their next milestones as they’re both now on 49 runs. Hopefully they and you will join us at this coming weekend’s event when Peckham Rye parkrun will celebrate its fourth birthday and hopefully Emily and Vinnie’s new red t-shirts! Oh and there’ll be cake! (It was never in doubt…)
Clinical Nurse Specialist for Paediatric Liver
Paediatric Gastrointestinal, Liver and Nutrition Centre
Variety Children’s Hospital
King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust