A Spectator’s View

Today was a very cold day, it was so cold my feet were really, really, numb - at least if you were running you were warmer (we hope). The volunteers were very helpful with every single job, and did well in the cold. A special thank you to Sheila who came in a wheelchair after hurting herself, to do the scanning.

There were a lot of young runners, some came near the top, some near the bottom, but well done all. The three who came with Winifred we hope you will come back when you have barcodes and get your names in the results.

There were some milestones. One ‘one hundred’ - Rotimi Oyengunle - well done. And a very loyal person (219 runs at Roundshaw) is Jonathan Sharrock doing his 250 - very well done.

We had drinks after at the Pavilion cafe in Mellows park which was good.

Roundshaw is on next week as usual, then Christmas Day at 9.

Bye for now,

Matthew

 

Welcome the visiting runners;

Avone KEENE
Dan GROVER
Jenny ASHER

Well done to those getting PB’s;

William HIGGS Wilson's School
Iain DRUMMOND
Andrew GREEN
Bethany ADAMS
Neil ABRAHAM
Chris MANDERS
Warren MILLER
Julia PEARCE
Harvey REID

 

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 507
15th December 2018

This week 122 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 3 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Martin LLOYD • Mick TURNER • Tim GRAY • Annette HELLIWELL • Mark PURSER • Robin MCDONALD • Michael John Richard HIGGINS • Helen ELDERFIELD • Mark CONSTANTINOU • Michael LARKIN • Lorraine TURNER • Simon WEBSTER • Jack BYLES • Sheila DAILY

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

The male record is held by Kevin QUINN who recorded a time of 15:41 on 13th August 2011 (event number 110).
The female record is held by Clare ELMS who recorded a time of 18:28 on 18th April 2015 (event number 310).
The Age Grade course record is held by Zechariah JOHNSON who recorded 94.07% (21:05) on 7th October 2017 (event number 443).

 

9 Roundshaw Runners on tour – plenty left at home.

by Tim Gray (Chiltern Church Runners & Collingwood AC)

Let's start at home - and |Tom Higgs put in his 58th first finish of 240 runs, only 7 more to overtake Neil Reissland (presuming he doesn't pop by and add some more to his tally).

Only 3 PB's today;

Claire Chandler, Amanda Francis & Carol Johnson - all with less than 20 runs at Roundshaw, though Claire has 18 - so a tough day to get a personal best - well done on achieving it.

Not one brand new runner - nil - zero - zip. So bring your friend(s) next week!

Some Visitors though;

Nick Chick of Brighton and Hove, Steven Rudland of Wimbledon Common, Mark Brown of Preston park Brighton, Kerry Hill of Finsbury park and Matt Newell of Lloyd. Welcome all.

None of them tourists though, why not? Probably the huge tourist gathering at Wendover Woods a 'mini Cowfest' of Cow Cowells, news of which can be found here for those interested;

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/wendoverwoods/news/2018/12/09/event-12-its-a-wendover-woods-record-attendance/

We had a lot of fun - and an awful lot of cake! Fully 9 of those runners called, or still call, Roundshaw home - some of us will be back next week, others will keep on touring.

Celebrating back at Roundshaw were two fab Centurions hitting 100 runs this week;

Glen Smith and Robert Allum - great work, and Glen Ninja Runner Boy asked me to send you a special well done!

And now the stats;

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 506
8th December 2018

This week 121 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 6 were first timers and 3 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Tony GALLAGHER • Martin LLOYD • Sarah TINDLEY • Mick TURNER • Annette HELLIWELL • Michael John Richard HIGGINS • David ALDERSON • Riaz HOSSENBUX • Jack BYLES • Shun-Lai CHAN • Roger WELLS • Toby SHEARLOCK • Gari THOMAS • Louise FRANKLIN

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

The male record is held by Kevin QUINN who recorded a time of 15:41 on 13th August 2011 (event number 110).
The female record is held by Clare ELMS who recorded a time of 18:28 on 18th April 2015 (event number 310).
The Age Grade course record is held by Zechariah JOHNSON who recorded 94.07% (21:05) on 7th October 2017 (event number 443).

Roundshaw Downs parkrun started on 18th July 2009. Since then 5,601 participants have completed 51,062 parkruns covering a total distance of 255,310 km, including 7,604 new Personal Bests. A total of 517 individuals have volunteered 5,999 times.

 

Intrepid, or slightly mad?

It was testament to the community spirit and / or the addictive nature of parkrun that 106 intrepid (or slightly mad) runners turned up today in very wet conditions to complete a sloshy muddy course after a night of heavy rain.

Particular congratulations to Sean Gossmann who completed his very first parkrun today.  What a day to choose and we hope that despite the weather you will be hooked like the rest of us and will get the chance to join lots of dry and sunny parkruns in the future.

Welcome also to Bruce Nainby and James  Walker both visiting Roundshaw for the first time. I see you have done many parkruns in the surrounding area and we hope you’ll  come back again and enjoy Roundhsaw in all its seasons.

There were a good number of PBs in spite of the conditions, many from 2nd or 3rd time visitors to Roundshaw. Well done to Jack Burton, David White, Alex Dunn, Ben Gillham, Susan MacDonald, Lynda Cameron and Karen Harrower.

Several milestones were achieved this week. Congratulations Sun-Lai Chan on your 100th parkrun and Laila Morrell on your 50th. Also well done to Pat Walsh and Robin MacDonald who have both clocked up an impressive 300 runs.

Hope the washing machines are coping with all the muddy gear.

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 505
1st December 2018

This week 106 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 3 were first timers and 7 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Tony GALLAGHER • James2 WALKER • Warwick BILHAM • Annette HELLIWELL • Michael John Richard HIGGINS • Riaz HOSSENBUX • Hilary RANKIN • Jack BYLES • Ray SAUNDERS • Matthew GRAY • Aaron MORRELL • Daniel PRIDDLE • Robert ALLUM • Lindsey TANNER • Nicholas TANNER • Andrew MACKENZIE

EDITOR'S NOTE - Not easy going to fill the volunteer roster this week - and the rest of December looks a bit short - so please consider volunteering if you can.

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

The male record is held by Kevin QUINN who recorded a time of 15:41 on 13th August 2011 (event number 110).
The female record is held by Clare ELMS who recorded a time of 18:28 on 18th April 2015 (event number 310).
The Age Grade course record is held by Zechariah JOHNSON who recorded 94.07% (21:05) on 7th October 2017 (event number 443).

Roundshaw Downs parkrun started on 18th July 2009. Since then 5,595 participants have completed 50,941 parkruns covering a total distance of 254,705 km, including 7,601 new Personal Bests. A total of 516 individuals have volunteered 5,984 times.

 

 

 

 

 

The advent of Advent

by Tamsyn Down


Whatever your reason for going to parkrun, whichever one you decide to visit, you can be sure that you’ll be greeted with a warm welcome (true for us at Clapham Common this week - Ed). Having chatted to Nicki on my way from the car to Roundshaw HQ, we shared our thoughts on the inappropriately early advent of Advent, in an ever so slightly bah-humbug kind of way. Ultimately, this tangent lead to the discussion of the true meaning of Christmas, which deviated in my mind to the true spirit of parkrun. An event with humble beginnings, with only a handful of participants, to a global phenomenon, which embraces the community, including and encouraging everyone of all ages and abilities.

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This week Roundshaw welcomed many tourists, one as far afield as Ayr in bonnie Scotland. First timers to our course included: Jonathan Hutchins, Michael Burt, Alastair McKenzie, Brian Almer, Joe Phillips, Martin Tyrell, Vijal Palmer and Jan Reynolds. We hope you enjoyed our course.

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With conditions being fairly reasonable, dry with only a smattering of gloopy mud, sadly I was unable to blame my poor time on the weather. Indeed, some people managed to earn themselves a P.B. They were: Gareth Ambler, Kathleen Mooney, Zakery Hansen, Alex Walmsley, Ed Houlihan, Jamie Rose, Warren Miller, Chris Manders and Rahul Menon. Congratulations to all of you.

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Last but by no means least, a big thank you to the high-vis heroes this week: David Alderson, Jack Byles, Stephen Hewett, Michael John Richard Higgins, Des Keogh, Mary Keogh, Harriet North, Samantha Purser, Ray Saunders, Andy Schendel. Toby Shearlock, Lindsey Tanner, Nicholas Tanner, Mick Turner and me, Tamsyn Down. Please do consider a volunteering role in the future, as any help is always warmly received.

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So whether you succumb to the Christmas spirit early or start your Christmas shopping, have a good week. See you on Saturday- happy running.

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Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 504
24th November 2018

This week 113 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 8 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

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

The male record is held by Kevin QUINN who recorded a time of 15:41 on 13th August 2011 (event number 110).
The female record is held by Clare ELMS who recorded a time of 18:28 on 18th April 2015 (event number 310).
The Age Grade course record is held by Zechariah JOHNSON who recorded 94.07% (21:05) on 7th October 2017 (event number 443).

Roundshaw Downs parkrun started on 18th July 2009. Since then 5,592 participants have completed 50,835 parkruns covering a total distance of 254,175 km, including 7,594 new Personal Bests. A total of 512 individuals have volunteered 5,968 times.

 

 

Nice day for a milestone…..

Nice day for a milestone…..

By Sue Gray, Chiltern Church Runners

Well the winter sun was trying its best this morning… but it was still a chilly start for all the parkrunners and volunteers. Gloves and trail shoes are now back on in force as Roundshaw becomes muddier underfoot…. Get ready for the winter folks!

There were some big milestones today. Chris Curtis did his 250th parkrun. Chris’ first one was in 2010 and he then began parkrunning more regularly in 2012. 244 of his runs have been at Roundshaw, with a couple of other local ones… and one in Trelissick (Truro). We appreciate your loyalty Chris! The “Congratulations on your 250 banner” was back; Chris wryly wonders what he’s been doing for the last few years… but was pleased with his achievement… so he should be!

Other milestones to mention were Des Keogh on 200, Helen Elderfield on 300 and Warren Robertson on a whopping 350. Congratulations to all of you… and thanks to everyone for the goodies afterwards.

Of course, parkrun isn’t just about the official (or even the unofficial) milestones…. Parkrun is full of different incentives; whether it’s doing your first one (congratulations to Sean TONKIN, Tom SWAFFIELD Stephen BROGAN Jude BROGAN Elizabeth BERKELEY Warren MILLER Lucia ROSE; many of whom I’m guessing by the times are not new to running!), getting that PB ( well done to Douglas MEAKIN, Rayyan HOSSENBUX, Emmanuel VICTOR, James HOGBEN, Graham ASHWELL, Andrew GREEN, Maria KENNEFICK, Graham ROCHE, Amber MARTINGELL, Molly BUCHAN, Joanne MURDOCH, Julia PEARCE, Rebecca GOLIGHTLY, David MURRAY, Katy JOHNSON, Rahul MENON, Yu Sheng HSU, Sally LANE, Liz EDWARDS, Sarah READ and Jessica READ) or any other personal challenge (Alla LUNN is aspiring to 50 runs before she’s 40 with at least one under 30 minutes). It may be about getting around in one piece (I like that one) or being able to justify a breakfast bap at Costa (I’m with you Patricia). Whatever it is that gets you out it seems to be working as we had 155 finishers today, at least a couple of single lappers, 3 dogs and a buggy… keep it up everyone!

It was fantastic to have some many volunteers today. It makes a huge difference to the run team to have so many involved so a big thank you to Robert ALLUM, Jack BYLES, Sarah BYRNE, Richard N CARTER, Sheila DAILY, Sue GRAY, Tim GRAY, Marie GRAY, Matthew GRAY, Rob HARRIS, Annette HELLIWELL, Michael John Richard HIGGINS, Riaz HOSSENBUX, Linda INGRAM, Martin LLOYD, Amber MURRAY, Daniel PRIDDLE, Andy SCHENDEL, Roger WELLS, Ken WRIGHT. It was lovely to have some extra Marshalls along the course; thanks for your encouragement everyone.

There was some lost property today; two barcodes were rescued by fellow runners and reunited with their owners (many thanks to those who stopped) a zip up jacket was also found, dropped near the start line… there was a muslin in the pocket so it may belong to the man with the buggy (although not necessarily of course!) if it’s yours then please do email the Roundshaw office.

And now for the stats

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 503
17th November 2018

This week 155 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

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

The male record is held by Kevin QUINN who recorded a time of 15:41 on 13th August 2011 (event number 110).
The female record is held by Clare ELMS who recorded a time of 18:28 on 18th April 2015 (event number 310).
The Age Grade course record is held by Zechariah JOHNSON who recorded 94.07% (21:05) on 7th October 2017 (event number 443).

Roundshaw Downs parkrun started on 18th July 2009. Since then 5,584 participants have completed 50,722 parkruns covering a total distance of 253,610 km, including 7,585 new Personal Bests.

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