Reasons To Enjoy

 

Reasons I enjoyed this week's Roundshaw Downs parkrun were varied and wide.

Tony Gallagher

I enjoyed the biscuits that Anne Harris brought along to celebrate her 50th parkrun: what an achievement (aside from bringing the biscuits). Anne, who resides in the 70-74 age category, did her first ever parkrun ever in May 2017 and, apart from two runs outside of Roundshaw, has completed all her runs with us here in quite a short period of time.

Anne started parkrun as her son (s) ? ran Roundshaw already so why not her then?   I know some other parents and siblings run each week and it always reminds me of one of those special family elements available via parkrunnng.

Congrats also to Andrew McGovern who reached his 100th parkrun: he also has managed to volunteer for us 16 times this year alone. Well done Andrew.

I enjoyed too this week meeting Chaoran Sun who is in the process of attempting to participate in all the different London parkruns: a worthy ambition in itself but even more so when he said he will be aiming to cycle to and from each event. This week, for example, he cycled 18 miles from Tottenham to us here at Roundshaw, ran 18m 55s, and then cycled back again (as you do). Chaoran doesn't only do London as he has already completed a parkrun in Kolomna, Russia. I presume he didn't cycle to that one.

Also on the enjoyment radar this week was meeting Lesley and Richard Wingate from Taunton. The couple had been going to run in an event in South Wales but flooding etc put paid to that one. Hope they enjoyed the Downs instead.

Want to say thanks to Max Stillman who has been volunteering for us regularly most weeks for the past 6 months as part of his Duke of Edinburgh award. His volunteering target has been reached but, hopefully, we will see Max again either participating or volunteering in the future.

We have now done 498 events at Roundshaw and, luckily, never had to cancel one. I wonder how many other parkruns have reached 500 events? Can't be that many in the grander scheme of things. Does anyone know? Don't think there is a league table for most events by the event location itself ( as opposed to individual runners ) .

This week we enjoyed as we welcomed Isaac Kong, Mustafa Eren, Graham Roche along with Austin and Karen Hallinan to the parkrun family on their very first outing.

Full stats below. We were down on numbers this week probably due to cross country races in the Surrey League ( one of which was actually in the Downs in the afternoon that was jointly hosted by Collingwood and Tadworth ). There was also a church mob match at Nonsuch I understand.

Roundshaw Downs parkrun

Event number 498
13th October 2018

This week 130 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Tony GALLAGHER • Stephen HEWETT • Sarah TINDLEY • Samantha PURSER • Annette HELLIWELL • Noel AITCHISON • Michael John Richard HIGGINS • David ALDERSON • Helen ELDERFIELD • Lorraine TURNER • Alex MOLLOY • Sarah MCCARTHY • Jack BYLES • Caroline SAUNDERS • Max STILLMAN • Toby SHEARLOCK • Jenny MAC DONNELL

Reason I enjoyed the Roundshaw Downs parkeun this week were varied and wide.

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 5,512 participants have completed 49,941 parkruns covering a total distance of 249,705 km, including 7,474 new Personal Bests.

 

Happy international parkrun day!

Unusually this week the run report starts on Friday evening... While some might be finding their barcodes (DFYB!) and trainers and putting them by the door ready for the morning, on the other side of the world the parkrun family is already up and running. Just as I was going to bed on Friday night, my sister Wendy was already joining in international parkrun day at Albert parkrun, Melbourne.

She says...Albert parkrun, Melbourne (not to be confused with Albert parkrun, Middlesbrough) is a single lap, flat, course around Albert Park Lake, home of the black swan and the Melbourne Grand Prix. It was bright and sunny, with little breeze, pretty perfect conditions.  We celebrated international parkrun day with the visit of local Olympian Steve Moneghetti, who has competed at 4 Olympics, won the Berlin and Tokyo marathons and won Commonwealth Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. He paced the parkrunners for 30mins, along with other pacers ranging all the way from the front to the back of the pack. Albert parkrun attracted the second highest attendance ever of 647 runners with lots of visitors for the Melbourne marathon and we celebrated a number of anniversaries and milestones as well as parkrun's birthday - any excuse for cake!

Fast forward a few hours and the Roundshaw parkrun family were waking up to a not so bright and not so flat parkrun, without an Olympian and about 500 fewer runners (!) but still a free and timed 5km with the same great atmosphere.

A big parkrun welcome to three new parkrun first timers Stuart Austin, Carla Lee and Eloise Adams who will share their parkrun birthday with parkrun itself. Welcome also to visitors Ian and Karen Dumbrell (Clair parkrun), Sean Hill (Northala Fields), Sergei Golovkin (Roding Valley), Richard Till (Nonsuch), Ian Hanley (Lloyd), Kim and Sally Rowe (Bushy), James Dunn (Riddlesdown), Lauren Beaver (Roundhay), Peet Boxall (Tilgate), Hannah Davenport (Riddlesdown), and Robert Sear (Great Lines).

Congratulations to Nikki Waller celebrating her 100th parkrun who brought cakes, and to Ian Smith on his 200th parkrun.

Well done to special International parkrun day PBs for Neil Catchlove, Makoto Ueki, Alex Hill, Isaac Bailey, Sam Calder-Bray, Ewen Rose, Daniel Finch, Louis Maingay, Kohei Wada, Matthew Calder- Bray, Alex Walmsley, Simon Daily, Thomas Finch, Aron Merritt, Tony Pang, Alex Molloy, Keryee Pang, Kezia Ramsden, Malin Lundin and Nick Goveia.

And a very special thank you to the volunteers this morning, the time keepers and tokens givers who make sure we all get a result, the marshals who cheer us on and the tail walkers, wearing some marvellous new tails this week and of course the core team who make it all happen every week.  This week thanks to Ric Adams, Noel Aitchison, Emma Baldwin, Richard N Carter, Mark Constantinou, Rosa Constantinou, TIm Gray, Marie Gray, Matthew Gray, Anne Harris, Annette Helliwell, Michael John Richard Higgins, Martin Lloyd, Claire Mitchell, Justin Parris, Caroline Saunders, Toby Shearlock, Max Stillman and Roger Wells. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in the coming weeks so please get in touch if you'd like to volunteer.

As we celebrate international parkrun day on the 14th anniversary of the first ever 'free timed 5km in a park' it is amazing to think that what started as a group of 13 friends gathering in Bushy Park in October 2004 would turn into a worldwide community with 5million registered parkrunners. The parkrun family may have grown but it is a fabulous thing to be part of whether you walk, jog, run, volunteer or do a bit of all of them -  just don't forget your barcode!

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 497
6th October 2018

This week 155 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 20 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 5,497 participants have completed 49,811 parkruns covering a total distance of 249,055 km, including 7,459 new Personal Bests.

 

Better than 26.2?

By Tim Gray

Some really Fab numbers this week, the big one being Dave Senneck with 350 runs, 57 of which are at Roundshaw – and he brought cake to mark the occasion -  well done Dave.

A certain Ninja Runner Boy also ran his 100th parkrun, and with a 26.01 took nearly 4 minutes out of his course best, and just over 2 from his personal best. How did he manage it - with help from his friends! Clubmates from Collingwood AC (Glenn Smith, with buggy) on pacing duties and Sophia Lunn - Chiltern Church Runners - providing some competition to help him out. Well done to Soph on her own pb of 25.54 And 4th place female at age 11, very good running

There were more milestones, with a pair of 50's, Kathrine Hand coming back from injury and Antonette Cabida – well done to you both, and don’t forget 50 is a great number to get to!

Also a junior 10 from Tom Stubbings – well done Tom.

Tourists from Guildford joined us as well Paul W H Miller and Matthew William John Bennett, both running for Fitstuff. They came complete with Cow Cowells and even a Cow Bob (Bobble Hat), my first sighting of one 'in the wild' – both dedicated parkrun tourists. Nice you could join us for coffee afterwards as well.

Pb's today were;

Kohei WADA
Polina MOROZOVA
Ian FOWKES-SMITH Springfield Church Springers
Aron MERRITT
Sophia LUNN Chiltern Church Runners
David MURRAY Chiltern Church Runners
Andrew TETT CSSC Sports & Leisure
Kevin RALLEY
Tom STUBBINGS
Kirsty COTTON St Patrick's Tigers
James HOGBEN
Kezia RAMSDEN
Matthew GRAY Chiltern Church Runners
Aliuska PENA RICARDO
Stav TSIELEPIS
Chris CHARLWOOD
Tommy PAYNE
Makoto UEKI
Peter SAUNDERS
Patricia NORTON Chiltern Church Runners
Daniel GUEST
Mark HAYMAN
Paul John STUBBINGS
Alison GOVEIA
David CLAYTON
Nick GOVEIA
Jemma ZAKARIYYAU
Cameron DUFFY

 

A special mention to Kirsty Cotton, her 3rd pb in 4 runs after 182 runs at Roundshaw (204 total) – epic stuff Kirsty.

 

First Timers today were;

Nigel TYNDALE
Simon RICCA
Helena TSIELEPIS
Ini EKWO Lonely Goat RC
Matt TOPE
Paul GRAY
Helen DADY Collingwood AC
Matthew William John BENNETT Fitstuff
Paul W H MILLER Fitstuff

 

Welcome to you all.

Including the very welcome brand new parkrun trio;

Eloïse LACHICORÉE

Well done especially to Winifred MBIELI who came last week but not till 9.30 so only managed one lap then – great to have you back Winifred.

Also thanks to Tracy YOUNG who's attendance today was a belated birthday present for my 50th!

On tour this week was Alison S-T in Poznan, Poland, running her 250th parkrun – well done Alison, come home soon to show us your new t shirt.

Well done also to a number of Roundshaw regulars at the Striders Switchback 5, and  the Beat the Hill at Box Hill on Sunday, plus anywhere else I may have missed.

And now, for the stats;

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 496
29th September 2018

This week 149 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Nick WHITE • Martin LLOYD • Sarah TINDLEY • Mick TURNER • Tim GRAY • Annette HELLIWELL • Noel AITCHISON • Amanda CURTIS • Michael John Richard HIGGINS • Max STILLMAN • Toby SHEARLOCK • George ENGLISH • Claire SAUNDERS • Christine HOLLIDAY

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 5,481 participants have completed 49,656 parkruns covering a total distance of 248,280 km, including 7,439 new Personal Bests.

 

A just above average week – but welcome to all the newcomers

by Rupert Quested

This week 147 people finished the Roundshaw parkrun, which just above average for recent months.  Roundshaw has never been one of the biggest parkrun venues, despite the vast numbers of people who live within easy reach of us.  Maybe this is because our facilities are a little more primitive than some who  get much larger attendances than we do, for example neighbouring Lloyd Park and particularly Nonsuch Park.  However, those of us who have been running here for a number of years have been aware that  our numbers have increased over time, so I thought it might be interesting to look more closely at how they have developed.  I calculate that our average over the last 8 weeks is 138 finishers.  This is slightly down on the same period last year when the average was 146.  But that was a significant jump from the average in August/September the year before (which was 113) and from an average of 97 in the same period in 2015.  Going further back the averages were 94 in 2014, 78 in 2013, 85 in 2012 and 78 in 2011.  Apart from the slight drop this year, this growth clearly reflects the unstoppable growth of the parkrun phenomenon both nationally in the UK and world wide.

This week we had 10 finishers for whom this was their first ever parkrun, which is a much higher number than normal, so welcome to all of you.  They were Angela Royal, Laura Olley, Jenni Shaw, Cristiano Piccirillo, Sue Webber, Tony and Keryee Pang, Rebecca Golightly, Robert Varney and Mark Coppard, and we look forward to seeing you all again.  We had a few visitors from other local parkruns, but as far as I can see, no-one from outside the M25.

During the announcements at the start we were reminded that we are fast approaching our 500th running of the Roundshaw parkrun.  This week was number 495, so everyone should now be marking in their diaries that they should keep clear Saturday 28 October which, all being well, will be number 500.

This week, our first finisher was an unknown runner.  This is the third time in recent weeks that our first finisher has been unidentified and I presume that in most cases this was because they failed to bring their barcodes [Ed - often true, but this weeks was a chap who just happened across us and joined in!].  It seems a pity to put in all that effort and get nothing to show for it, so I can only repeat the usual exhortation – Don’t Forget Your Barcode!  Our first lady finisher was Rebecca Fleming, who has been running with us regularly for the last couple of months.  It was the second time she has finished as first lady.

Thanks as ever to our volunteers, who this week were Eileen LEONARD, Helen ELDERFIELD, Laura FOSTER, Lorraine TURNER, Max STILLMAN, Mick TURNER, Nick WHITE, Noel AITCHISON, Thomas SCHOFIELD, Tim GRAY, Timothy CLARKE, Tom HIGGS, Yasin IQBAL and Rupert QUESTED.

And now for the usual statistical summary of the week.

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 495
22nd September 2018

This week 147 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 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 5,469 participants have completed 49,507 parkruns covering a total distance of 247,535 km, including 7,411 new Personal Bests.

 

A quick visit

 

By Nicholas Tanner

156 runners, joggers and walkers turned out at Roundshaw Downs parkrun 494. The ground was firm, the temperature mild and the wind just a light breeze.

29 people took full advantage of the good conditions to record new personal bests. Very well done to all of you but special mentions go to Kirsty COTTON for running under 27 minutes for the first time, Patricia NORTON for smashing her previous best by over 1 minute, and Emma BALDWIN for very nearly matching that feat. Also well done to Lesley Down for once again breaking the VW 75-79 age category record with her PB.

Visitors Darren FRANCIS (Torbay Velopark) and Anne Marie SMITH (Riddlesdown) were not only the first male and female finishers but both scored the highest male and female age grade scores of the day (77.91% and 74.22% respectively).

They were joined by 5 others visiting Roundshaw for the first time and a further 6 people doing their first ever parkrun. Welcome to parkrun to Nathan BULL, Karen KEE, John LUI, Caroline MOSSES, Kezia RAMSDEN, and Lino RODRIGUES. We hope you all had fun and will be back for many more.

Thanks to Mark FLEMING for the chocolates. Mark ran his 100th parkrun last week, but today was has 100th at Roundshaw (his only parkrun away from home being down the road at Lloyd). We didn’t see him wave at the briefing, but Ray SAUNDERS completed his 50th run. Like Mark, Ray has only once run elsewhere. Congratulations to you both!

Thanks too to the 15 volunteers. We had a full roster a week in advance which makes everything much easier (and less stressful!). Please do let us know if you can volunteer in the coming weeks.

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 494
15th September 2018

This week 156 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Tony GALLAGHER • Nick WHITE • Samantha PURSER • Noel AITCHISON • Paul David COOPER • Helen ELDERFIELD • Eileen LEONARD • Tamsyn DOWN • Alex MOLLOY • Max STILLMAN • Victoria LEGGE • Toby SHEARLOCK • Grace CHARLEY • Lindsey TANNER • Nicholas TANNER

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 5,452 participants have completed 49,360 parkruns covering a total distance of 246,800 km, including 7,392 new Personal Bests.

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