Not any ordinary tourists

By Tony Gallagher

One of my favourite things about parkrun is observing how people interact and 'use' it as it were. Over the years, in my parkrun journey, I have gone through different ways at different times. Initially, when there was only Bushy and parkrun was all very new and unknown, I made the effort because it was fun and simply felt right. My family joined me at Bushy sometimes mainly because it just felt right too. Soon after Banstead started it felt only right to do some volunteering and the camaraderie there introduced me to the community aspect that regular interaction provides. When Roundshaw came along it was my 'local' and, given that Banstead was well established with volunteers it seemed a natural step to run and volunteer here. When Neil Reissland departed as RD I was ( to put it very loosely ) 'volunteered' to be a RD.

Despite having run 114 different parkrun locations I never consider myself a parkrun tourist in the sense it is used today. Once Wimbledon parkrun started it seemed only natural to run in that event. When the next London parkrun started I tried that and so on.... This Saturday we had a special lot of tourists visit us. They are a tourist group and have sent in a picture of themselves and a wee report too which can be found below. Among the group are two Guinness Book of Record holders.  The are not any ordinary tourists.

First some local bits and pieces. This week we had no fewer than eight participants who had never run ANY pakrun previously: a very warm welcome to Stephanie Garlick, Nicola Humphries (Chiltern Church Runners), Ryan Saunders, Shazza Mckn, Claire Foley, Daniel Saunders,Noel Nicholson and Monica Soleto Reyes. Dominique Corradi, who runs in the 15-17 age group was 1st lady back and second person overall. First back was Daniel Gaffney with a new PB. Thanks to all the lovely volunteers without whom there would be no Roundshaw parkrun.

Speaking of volunteers a little birdie informs me in two weeks time our co- founder with Mick, Nicola Stephenson, will be doing her 50th parkrun. Saturday afternoon I popped along to the Roundsahw Estate 50th year celebrations. I handed out some parkrun flyers and spoke to some folk. One lady, who has been living in the area for many years about a quarter of a miles from the start, didn't event know what parkrun was. Perhaps we need to spread the word a bit better. I didn't learn too much abut the history of the roundshaw estate unfortunately and as there was no reference to it at all in the celebrations !

Stats are at the bottom of this report after the "TOURISTS' REPORT here.

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" We are a group of parkrun friends / tourists that all belong to the same Tube Challenge forum and meet in London around six times a year for parkrun and orienteering on the underground in the afternoon (Known as the random 15 championship we meet several other people at a designated starting station and there are 14 other stations in a sealed envelope normally within Zones 1 & 2 that you have to visit in the fastest possible time...

Although everyone was not in attendance yesterday we do have people that come sometimes from as fa away as Penzance and often our numbers park running are in double figures....

So there was myself;

Kevin Brown home run Bedfont Lakes and that was run 198 and different event 96, I am also 2  x former Guinness World Record holder for visiting ALL of the London Underground stations in the fastest time...

Andrew Chilcraft ED at Linford Wood and has 202 runs at 92 events

Andy James home run Bournemouth and has 89 runs at 82 events, The current and 5 times Guinness World Record holder for visiting ALL of the London Underground stations and twice former Guinness World Record holder for visiting ALL of the stations on the New York metro

Nick Gardner home run Southsea and has 110 runs at 42 events

Ian MacNaughton 8 runs at 5 events...

We all thought Roundshaw was a really lovely and friendly course and if we get the chance is definitely on the list for a re-visit.. "

Here is a photo and left to right Andy, Kevin, Ian, Nick, Andrew    ---

Roundshaw Downs parkrun Event number 440 16th September 2017

This week 124 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Richard N CARTER • Tony GALLAGHER • Finn GALLAGHER-MUNDY • Mark EDWARDS • Pat WALSH • David ALDERSON • Helen ELDERFIELD • Eileen LEONARD • Sarah MCCARTHY • Yasin IQBAL • Sheila DAILY • Claire SAUNDERS • Kathrine HAND • James LEWIS

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

Male placings: Daniel GAFFNEY (SM30-34) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:19 - 4th time in 5 appearances. Luke FOWKES-SMITH (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second (third overall) over the line in 20:12. Paul MCGARRY (SM25-29) (Unattached) was third (4th overall) over the line in 20:35 - was first to finish once before.

Female placings: Dominique CORRADI (JW15-17) of Sutton & District AC, was first (second overall) over the line in 19:55 - 5th time in 7 appearances. Louise ARPINO (VW35-39) of Collingwood AC, was second (36th overall) over the line in 24:59. Bianca JOHNSON (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (41st overall) over the line in 25:20.

The three highest age grades were recorded by: Dominique CORRADI (JW15-17) – 76.82% for the time 19:55 (second overall). Daniel GAFFNEY (SM30-34) – 75.75% for the time 17:19 (first overall). Patrick O'BRIEN (VM55-59) – 72.05% for the time 22:04 (12th overall).

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 Clare ELMS who recorded 92.15% (18:54) on 15th April 2017 (event number 418).

Roundshaw Downs parkrun started on 18th July 2009. Since then 4,676 participants have completed 41,675 parkruns covering a total distance of 208,375 km, including 6,544 new Personal Bests.

 

Defib Appeal – We’re not far off our total already!

Another sunny day on the Downs.

Just under 10% of our runners this week were first timers to Roundshaw.

We had four newcomers to parkrun.

27 PBs.

The biggest news this week is the launch of our appeal for a defibrillator.

After several months spent considering our options the Roundshaw team have decided we need to launch an appeal for a defibrillator. We are one of the very few 5km events not to have access to one. We have explored siting one near the parkrun, however the best option for us at this time is to purchase one to bring with us to the event.

We all know that the rapidity with which someone is treated after a heart attack is a key factor in survival rates. Survival rates drop incredibly fast after the first ten minutes. On the one occasion we called an ambulance they were not even able to respond on the phone to us within ten minutes.

We need to raise about £1,000 for the defib and starter pack. Donating is simple via the 'donate to parkrun' link on this page

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/roundshaw/aboutus/

You can make a single donation (say £5 or £10 - bigger if you want though!), or a small recurring donation (for example £1 a month). We cannot handle any cash at all - but if you cannot donate online talk to the event team as there may be other ways of processing a donation we could explore with you.

parkrun UK have chosen their preferred supplier of AEDs - Aero Healthcare. Aero will be offering the fabulous HeartSine range of AEDs, at an extremely competitive price.

We can't do it without you though - we need your help.

We will keep you informed as to the progress of our appeal, but please note if we exceed that figure, (or if you choose to make a recurring donation), any money received after that time would go to Roundhsaw's general funds. As an aside please note that all the money is dealt with centrally by parkrun, not by the local team.

WE'VE MADE A GREAT START AND ARE ALREADY AT ALMOST £700.00!

Event number 439
9th September 2017

This week 162 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Mick TURNER • Annette HELLIWELL • Robin MCDONALD • Warren ROBERTSON • Lorraine TURNER • Michael OGUNNAIKE • Andrew MCGOVERN • Yan HUA • Simon DAILY • Toby SHEARLOCK • Kelly FREEMAN • Luke FOWKES-SMITH • James LEWIS

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

Male placings:
Ashley PATE (VM35-39) of Chiltern Church Runners, was first over the line in 19:27 - 5th time in 147 appearances.
Luke FOWKES-SMITH (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:58.
John SUMMERS (VM35-39) (Unattached) was third over the line in 20:08.

Female placings:
Clare MERAZ (VW35-39) of Great Western Runners, was first (14th overall) over the line in 21:37 - first appearance.
Jemma ZAKARIYYAU (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (17th overall) over the line in 22:00.
Ellen LAPPER (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (33rd overall) over the line in 23:32.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Sally O'REGAN (VW70-74) – 75.44% for the time 29:31 (95th overall).
Joe VICTOR (VM50-54) – 72.01% for the time 20:29 (4th overall).
Christopher CURTIS (VM50-54) – 70.91% for the time 20:58 (9th overall).

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 Clare ELMS who recorded 92.15% (18:54) on 15th April 2017 (event number 418).

Roundshaw Downs parkrun started on 18th July 2009. Since then 4,658 participants have completed 41,551 parkruns covering a total distance of 207,755 km, including 6,518 new Personal Bests.

 

CUT and PASTE.

 

By Toby Shearlock and edited for legal purposes by Tim Gray (NB Not a lawyer).

Each week parkrun HQ, wherever that is and I’m inclined to believe that it doesn’t really exist except in cyber land (allegedly), produces a journalist report on each individual parkrun. It is fairly standard stuff with a both the male and female placings, an age graded placing, a brief potted history of the event. It is generally cut and pasted to the bottom of each weeks run report.

The most important thing that this generic report states is “The event was made possible by the volunteers.” Put simply we wouldn’t have a parkrun if it wasn’t for these people each week. So what is involved in setting up Roundshaw Downs’s parkrun each Saturday?

During the week the Volunteer co-ordinater sends out an email and as the name suggests, co-ordinates the parkrunners who have responded to the email and assigns them various tasks. On the Saturday morning they are usually at the Downs at about 8.10 and brief the volunteers and generally assist the run director.

On Saturday morning the Run Director is in overall charge. Arriving at just after 8am. (There is a core team of six at Roundshaw and they take it in turn to run direct or volunteer co-ordinate). They give the briefing and keep a general eye on everything. They usually do the results as well. This is quite an intricate process often involving middle aged men, a computer, several leads and gadgets and often much confusion, frustration and general amusement.

NB No middle age men are hurt in this process, unless they are deemed to consent, capacity assumed as per Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Pre Course Set-up.  This person sets up the course. Puts out all the signs, cones, and flags. It helps if you know the course. David Alderson is the main man here.

The Barcode Scanners do what it says on the tin. They also guard (test/taste) the cakes/biscuits that milestone runners bring. If you are a really quick runner you can combine this role with running. With our increasing numbers we now need two scanners as there would be a rather long queue, fine at this time of year but not in January or February. Abigail Adams is our supreme barcode scanner.

Timer is vital. At the start they press our rather archaic timing “thingy” and then press it again as each runner crosses the finish line. They have to coordinate with Finish Tokens, who give out the tokens with their glamourous assistant, Finish Token Support. The timer and finish token person are in constant communication making sure the correct token is assigned the correct time. If we are flush with volunteers we may also have a Back-up Timer. They are a failsafe in case there is a problem with main timing machine. They can also shout out halfway times. It is perfectly acceptable to tell Chris Curtis he is 2 minutes slower than he actually is!

NB CC Agreed.

Marshal. Encourages and points out the course to the runners and makes other users of the Downs aware of our presence. Michael Higgins is everybody’s favourite marshal. He dishes out encouragement to most, but not all. (Certainly not to me).

Tail Walker. Another vital role and given enhanced billing by parkrun HQ recently. Last person on the course, keeping an eye out for problems and ensuring nobody is left behind. They also in conjunction with the marshals collect the kit.

The Photographer takes photographs. Richard Carter takes a good snap.

Run Report Writer. If you want to know what they do you haven’t been paying attention or reading this properly.

Incidentally well done to Erin and Gracie Norris on their 10th parkruns as juniors, also Vou-Fri Sett and Rene Berende on their 50th parkruns.

Martin Lloyd. Every parkrun needs a Martin. IT guru, token sorter supreme and general font of knowledge. To say we Run Directors rely on him would be an understatement.

We are always looking out for volunteers. Please sign up to the email alerts and see the run director or volunteer co-ordinater to put yourself down for future weeks.

Now here is the cut and paste!!!

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Tony GALLAGHER • Stephen HEWETT • Sarah TINDLEY • Mick TURNER • Tim GRAY • Tanya HERSEY • Mark CONSTANTINOU • Ken WRIGHT • Kirsty COTTON • Tamsyn STRATHEARN • Hilary RANKIN • Charles COTTON • Toby SHEARLOCK • Kelly FREEMAN • Tom ALGAR • James LEWIS

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

Male placings:
Tatsuya OKAMOTO (VM35-39) of Striders of Croydon AC, was first over the line in 18:21 - first time in 3 appearances.
Gordon WALDING (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:49.
Krzysztof KLIDZIA (VM50-54) of Striders of Croydon AC, was third over the line in 20:01 - has been first to finish on 13 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Emma SHEPHERD (SW25-29) (Unattached) was first (26th overall) over the line in 22:48 - first time in 11 appearances.
Deborah COTTON (SW18-19) of St Patrick's Tigers, was second (28th overall) over the line in 22:52 - has been first to finish on 17 previous occasions.
Shun-Lai CHAN (VW45-49) of Collingwood AC, was third (35th overall) over the line in 23:13 - has been first to finish on 8 previous occasions.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Annette HELLIWELL (VW55-59) – 76.91% for the time 24:11 (46th overall).
Sally O'REGAN (VW70-74) – 75.35% for the time 29:33 (97th overall).
Krzysztof KLIDZIA (VM50-54) – 74.85% for the time 20:01 (third overall).

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 Clare ELMS who recorded 92.15% (18:54) on 15th April 2017 (event number 418).

Roundshaw Downs parkrun started on 18th July 2009. Since then 4,644 participants have completed 41,389 parkruns covering a total distance of 206,945 km, including 6,491 new Personal Bests.

 

Till I collapse

Been away for a couple of Roundshaw parkruns so very happy to be back to the familiar sights of Croydon and beyond. We had a crowd of 144 fellow runners despite holiday season today and were rewarded with glorious sunshine. There was a few newbies (welcome – I remember my first well) and a 200th parkrun (great milestone) not to mention a fabulous team of volunteers.

I had high hopes for this run to improve on my PB but as Eminem explained in 'Till I collapse'

"sometimes you just feel tired, feel weak, and when you feel weak, you feel like you wanna just give up.  But you gotta search within you, you gotta find that inner strength and just pull that ish;) out of you and get that motivation to not give up and not be a quitter, no matter how bad you wanna just fall flat on your face and collapse."

Ah well - this is what we do and love it! - Looking forward to the next parkrun now. It was always going to be a beautiful start to the Bank Holiday regardless of times :0)

 

Kat

 

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 437
26th August 2017

This week 144 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Martin LLOYD • Stephen HEWETT • Mick TURNER • Tim GRAY • Annette HELLIWELL • Bob CHART • Tanya HERSEY • Eileen LEONARD • Lorraine TURNER • Terry WHITTLESEA • Marie GRAY • Andrew MCGOVERN • Matthew GRAY • Toby SHEARLOCK • Emma BALDWIN • Kathrine HAND • Matthew MCGOVERN

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

Male placings:
Che COMPTON (VM40-44) of Kent AC, was first over the line in 17:18 - second time in 3 appearances.
Glenn QUARTON (VM60-64) of South London Harriers, was second over the line in 19:03.
Mark CONSTANTINOU (VM50-54) of Chiltern Church Runners, was third over the line in 19:04 - has been first to finish on 12 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Katherine HARRIS (SW20-24) (Unattached) was first (10th overall) over the line in 21:25 - first appearance.
Deborah COTTON (SW18-19) of St Patrick's Tigers, was second (25th overall) over the line in 23:09 - has been first to finish on 17 previous occasions.
Shun-Lai CHAN (VW45-49) of Collingwood AC, was third (30th overall) over the line in 23:38 - has been first to finish on 8 previous occasions.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Glenn QUARTON (VM60-64) – 84.16% for the time 19:03 (second overall).
Che COMPTON (VM40-44) – 80.73% for the time 17:18 (first overall).
Mark CONSTANTINOU (VM50-54) – 79.28% for the time 19:04 (third overall).

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 Clare ELMS who recorded 92.15% (18:54) on 15th April 2017 (event number 418).

Roundshaw Downs parkrun started on 18th July 2009. Since then 4,628 participants have completed 41,222 parkruns covering a total distance of 206,110 km, including 6,469 new Personal Bests.

 

 

The Quest continues

 

By Tim Gray

Firstly congratulations to Rupert Quested on 300 parkruns – no mean achievement , undertaken through considerable adversity, with a positive attitude – well done sir. Sharing the glory was Malcolm Hall with is 50 safely up – a proper t shirt number. Also a couple of 200’s one from Rosa Constantinou the other from Sue Gray, well done to both – the latter was admittedly not present at Roundshaw but can be found in the results here;

www.parkrun.fr/montsouris/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=42

You will note that French parkruns list participants alphabetically – I’m told this helps avoid some laws around races and medical certificates!  There are 2 parkruns in Paris now easily accessible and joining the growing international parkrun family;

www.parkrun.com/countries/

I’m told the conditions at home (like Paris) were pretty good.

Brand new to parkrun - Hurrah;

Lee DAVIS
Clare DAVIS
Robert DE VIVO
Deborah FEARNLEY
Stuart SANGSTER
Julian FEARNLEY

 

New to Roundshaw - Welcome;

Rhys PIPPARD Cannon Hill/Tourist Serpentine RC
Adrian GATHERCOLE Fountains Abbey
Jill GATHERCOLE Fountains Abbey
Fin O'REGAN Nonsuch
Craig JENKINS Tilgate
Cass CHISHOLM Cannon Hill/Tourist Birmingham Running Athletics and Triathlon Club
David BUGDEN Bromley Petts Wood Runners

 

PB’s today;

Michael THOMAS
Mark BALDWIN Chiltern Church Runners
Chizoba Carl NKAMUO Croydon Harriers
Ian FOWKES-SMITH
Harry CUMMINS
Alex WAY
Kevin PALMER
Chibuzor MADU
Oliver MURAY
Edward ENGLEFIELD
Warren D'SOUZA
Eirill SODAL
Gary HARRISON Croydon Vineyard Church Runners
James COLE
Sarah DOWNHAM Springfield Church Springers
Zubair HAMED
Elzbieta DOBOSZ
Daniel GUEST
Mary JONES
Stephen JENNINGS
Martin GRAY

 

Our August tour (South Norwood/Torbay Velopark/Montsouris) is over now – so see you back at Roundshaw Downs to walk, jog, run or volunteer next week.

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 436
19th August 2017

This week 130 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Richard N CARTER • Tony GALLAGHER • Martin LLOYD • Michael John Richard HIGGINS • David ALDERSON • Monica FISK • Antony CONSTANTINOU • Neil DAWSON • Hilary RANKIN • Toby SHEARLOCK • James LEWIS

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

Male placings:
Chibuzor MADU (SM30-34) (Unattached) was first over the line in 19:08 - first time in 2 appearances.
Ian STAMMARS (VM40-44) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:14 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Ollie COLE (JM11-14) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:41.

Female placings:
Cass CHISHOLM (VW35-39) of Birmingham Running Athletics and Triathlon Club, was first (25th overall) over the line in 22:38 - first appearance.
Elzbieta DOBOSZ (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (46th overall) over the line in 25:17.
Anna JAYE (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (61st overall) over the line in 26:52 - was first to finish once before.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Ollie COLE (JM11-14) – 72.06% for the time 19:41 (third overall).
Chris BROUGH (VM65-69) – 71.48% for the time 23:54 (32nd overall).
Ian STAMMARS (VM40-44) – 70.97% for the time 19:14 (second overall).

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 Clare ELMS who recorded 92.15% (18:54) on 15th April 2017 (event number 418).

Roundshaw Downs parkrun started on 18th July 2009. Since then 4,612 participants have completed 41,078 parkruns covering a total distance of 205,390 km, including 6,451 new Personal Bests.

 

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