My road to my 100th!

Roundshaw Downs #489 by Sara Jane Clark

Firstly, a massive congratulations to Rupert who completed his 350th parlrun today. Today I hit a milestone, as I completed my 100th parkrun. I thought it would be fitting to reflect on my parkrun journey.

My very first parkrun was completed at Banstead on 7th August 2010 when my friend Maria Lawrence encouraged me to go saying “you’ll love it and feel good afterwards”. This was not what I wanted to hear as I really hated running, but felt I could give it a go, and if I didn’t like it I need never go again.   I started out on the course with intrepidation and ran/walked my way round the course, in a fairly respectable time of 42.58. Of course I was last, but still remember the encouragement of the volunteers when I finished.   Maria was right, I did actually feel good.

I then continued going most weeks, with beating my time by 1 second on the second week, and soon I wasn’t coming last and the determination to beat my previous week’s time became all too consuming.

Due to the popularity of Banstead, a new parkrun was set up at Riddlesdown. I decided to try this course and really loved it, especially as there was no Banstead “hill”. I had also tried Lloyds Park however that hill was just too big to climb for me.

I continued my parkrun journey at Riddlesdown bringing new runners when I could including my son and occasionally, my daughter.

I then hit a period in 2014 where my personal life became my priority and I gradually dropped off going to parkrun for various reasons and did not run for two years. I felt really guilty at 9.00am on a Saturday knowing that parkrun was going ahead and I was not part of it, but then I would try to justify the reasons why I hadn’t gone. Each time I saw Maria she would encourage me to come back. I did return to parkrun in 2016 for about four months, but then for various reasons dropped off again. In 2017 I really wanted to return to parkrun but felt I had lost my confidence in running and whether I would be able to complete the course. Eventually In April, one Saturday I decided to try and attempt some sort of run, and even though I changed my mind several times having a battle in my head thinking “yes you are going to go for a run”, and then “no, i'm not”. Eventually my trainers went on, and I went running round the streets for about 30 minutes. To my delight I could do it, as my time generally at parkrun was around the 36-39 minute mark. This run gave me the confidence to go back to parkrun as I thought even if I can't run it all, I will just walk the rest of the way. I went the following Saturday and since then have been a fairly regular runner.

I feel so proud to be part of the parkrun family, everyone is so welcoming, and I have also volunteered quite a bit over my time at parkrun, so feel I have put something back into it. When I was at my height of running, I even completed a 7k and an 8k run.

Hopefully I will continue my parkrun journey for a long time to come, and now will be working towards 150.

This week 127 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 5 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Tony GALLAGHER • Martin LLOYD • Stephen HEWETT • Samantha PURSER • Rupert QUESTED • Mick TURNER • Noel AITCHISON • Jean QUESTED • Sara Jane CLARK • Ken WRIGHT • Robert HUNTON • Hilary RANKIN • Ian SMITH • Shun-Lai CHAN • Simon DAILY • Geoff NUNN

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 5,380 participants have completed 48,647 parkruns covering a total distance of 243,235 km, including 7,292 new Personal Bests.

 

Lizard Spotting Tail Walkers!

Roundshaw Downs #488

Today's run report is brought to you from the tail of Roundshaw Downs parkrun. There were two tail walkers this week: Andrew and Lynda. It was an injury club tail walk (between us, a poorly Achilles and a poorly hip flexor). However, there was no grumping, grumbling or moaning about these niggles. The atmosphere of the whole event was happy and cheery and sunsoaked. Let me tell you why...

But incidentally, let me tell you first off of something we saw on the way round. Those of us taking it at more of a walk pace were going at pace that allowed us to spot a little lizard scurrying across the path, soaking up the sun. We noticed him for his tail. As tail walkers we had tails on the brain, clearly. A lizard is certainly not something I've ever seen at parkrun before. If you're normally someone who jogs or runs round, give some thought to doing it as a walk, or as the tail walker, one week. You get a totally different perspective on the event, and a totally different set of things to make you smile.

So why were we, and everyone else, smiling this week? Well, during the pre-run brief we found out it was Mick's 100th run. Mick is the Event Director at Roundshaw Downs, and was the co-founder of the event 9 years ago. 9 years to tick off 100 parkruns is maybe a somewhat leisurely rate (only 11 per year, on average!), but what this stat doesn't tell you is that Mick has been Run Director 151 times, Volunteer Coordinator 143 times and has an official volunteer tally of 361! A whole lot of volunteering! He's been instrumental in Roundshaw Downs' success over the years, so the whole field was keen to congratulate him on his 100 Milestone! Mick then bashed out some 4 min kilometers (a pace incompatible with lizard spotting) get back in 20:01, and celebrate his cumulative 500km of parkrunning with the finish line volunteers.

In total we had 115 finishers at Roundshaw Downs this week. The first was an unknown runner (although he came to Costa for a post-run coffee, so we know exactly who he is. He's Simon, a tourist from Southwark). The last were the two tail walkers. In between were 112 happy people who had all started their weekend in the best possible way. And this was all thanks to the 14 volunteers. Some more stats are here:

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 488
4th August 2018
This week 115 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Mick TURNER • Abby BRYON • Tim GRAY • Paul David COOPER • Ric ADAMS • Michael OGUNNAIKE • Lynda CAMERON • Hilary RANKIN • Andrew MCGOVERN • Max STILLMAN • Rob HARRIS • Abigail ADAMS • 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 5,375 participants have completed 48,520 parkruns covering a total distance of 242,600 km, including 7,276 new Personal Bests.

 

Turner round of conditions

The heavy downpours of Friday bought much more comfortable conditions to Roundshaw Downs this Saturday. Several weeks of dry and very hot weather had seen the Downs take on a Mediterranean look, but just a few hours of rain brought a green tinge and the Downs looked beautiful. Sandwiched between two rainy days we were lucky to be running in sunshine with a welcoming breeze, and a little softer underfoot than we have experienced in recent weeks.

133 runners completed the course, with 11 first-timers including 3 runners (John Turner, David Wagg and Gilbert Malin) completely new to parkrun. After bringing Roundshaw Down to us 9 years ago, Mick Turner has finally introduced his brother John (admittedly he does live a long way from his nearest parkrun). Tourists joined us from other London boroughs and the Home Counties. Welcome all, we hope to see you return soon.

Well done to Scott Worsfold on completing his 50th parkrun, and to David Smith for an unofficial 200 milestone.

The first 3 positions this week were closely fought, with Stephen Pond and Jonathan Jones both coming in at 19:18, and James Higgins at 19:24. I was nowhere near to witness it, but I imagine it was an exciting finish and a challenge for the time-keeper. But, of course, parkrun is not a race and it was good to see so many personal achievements this week, with 14% of the field gaining a PB, showing that perseverance during difficult conditions (hot!) does pay off.

PB’s this week:

Grace CHARLEY
Francisco PEDRO
Daniel STONEHAM
Matthew WILCOCK
Ben JAMES
Hannah BRILL-DULLEY
Pamela MUNRO
Joshua PAYNE
Kamran ABBASI
Andrew PICKERING
Adam LEE
Niall MCNEVIN
Jane WILCOCK
James HIGGINS
Stephen SIU
Samantha BEAVER

Thank you to this week’s volunteers. It’s lovely to receive encouragement whilst running round.

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 487
28th July 2018
This week 134 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 11 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Tony GALLAGHER • Samantha PURSER • Alex PARRIS • Mick TURNER • Tim GRAY • Sally O'REGAN • Ric ADAMS • Lorraine TURNER • Tom HIGGS • Andrew MCGOVERN • Claire MITCHELL • Toby SHEARLOCK • Abigail ADAMS • Kathrine HAND • Anne HARRIS

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 5,363 participants have completed 48,405 parkruns covering a total distance of 242,025 km, including 7,266 new Personal Bests.

 

Happy 9th Birthday Roundshaw Downs parkrun

By Tim Gray & Sarah Tindley

Well happy birthday everyone – and good to see at least a few of the runners from event 1 were present at event 486 – not many in fancy dress on a very hot day, but several Wonder Women, a stray Ninja running boy, and a Super Marshal did make an appearance!

So, Roundshaw Downs parkrun has been going since 2009. The fancy dress theme was Superheroes, but I only spotted three so more publicity needed for next year's 10th!

It was another boiling hot day and near record attendance with the Church Mobmatch on the same day.
We are mainly holding our volunteer awards until event 500 later this year – but we did take a moment to present to Paul Cooper who retired from the Run Director team in the last year. Luckily we still get to see him sometimes, but we wanted to say thank you for all his stirling volunteering with us in the past.

We also had the draw from the Roundshaw London Marathon baggage volunteers – first out of the hat was Shun-Lai Chan – drawn by her daughter! Then also George Curtis. We hope you both enjoy your Marathon – well deserved for all of you who are good enough to help on the baggage.

50 up this week for 3 fabulous parkrunners;
Sophie JOHNSTONE
Chiltern Church Runners

Rob HARRIS

William HIGGS
Wilson's School

Well done to you all.

Brand new this week were;

Peter DICKINSON

Raya HAJ-ASSAD
Chiltern Church Runners

Kavia BABY

Naomi FULLER

James HIGGINS

Ed SPICER

Christine SAVAGE
Scarborough AC

Benjamin MACINNES

Andrew MAIN

So a great collection of new people there.

Thanks to Claire who realizing Raya was behind the Tail Walker (having arrived a few minutes late) went out to shepherd her round – the funnel stayed open and another first time parkrunner made it home! Raya says she’ll be back soon and a pb is surely on the cards if she arrives on time!

New visitors today were;

Graeme BOXALL

Alan BROWN

Kieran LEWIS
Good Shepherd Runners

Zoe JOHNSTONE
Chiltern Church Runners

Zac CARPENTER
Croydon Vineyard Church Runners

Abigail ADAMS
Sutton Christian Centre Runners

Belinda CHAU

Colm O'BRIEN
Burnden Road Runners

Danielle NICHOLLS

Neil PHILLPOT
Burgess Hill Runners

Caleb THOMPSON
Croydon Vineyard Church Runners

Neil CURTIS
Croydon Vineyard Church Runners

Ammon READ

Daniel READ

Jonathan ROBERTS

Jane FORREST
Burnden Road Runners

Carlos DE SOUSA

Kirsty ARMSTRONG
Burgess Hill Runners

Jared READ

Jennifer FLIPPANCE

Martin DE SOUSA
Itchen Spitfires Running Club

Emma O'BRIEN

Gayle FOURIE

Kate KINRADE
Tadworth AC

Nikki RILEY

Stephen SIU

Bronwyn READ

Kevin CHADWICK
Petts Wood Runners

I’ll say a special thank you to Kieran Lewis who kept me honest up till just over 4k, then shot past me! Qyite a few for the Church mob match, but more of that later. Abigail Adams is of course a very familiar face as a regular barcode scanner – her Dad Ric just ended up behind her the whole way round, and she pipped him to the line!

PB’s

Jared THOMPSON
Croydon Vineyard Church Runners

Massah COOPER

Nick JAMES

Jacqueline BRADFORD

Karen DAVIDSON

Beverley BRIGDEN
Chiltern Church Runners

Gary HARRISON
Croydon Vineyard Church Runners

Nick GOVEIA

Dawn SIM

Mayoor PATEL

David Colm O'DOMHNAILL
St Patrick's Tigers

Joshua ELSTON-SMITH
Chiltern Church Runners

Joanna HUBBARD

Kieran NEW
Dulwich Runners AC

Harrison HAYMAN
Holland Sports AC

Julie MCDONALD

Thomas SPEED
Christ Church Purley Runners

Matthew GRAY
Chiltern Church Runners

Kamran ABBASI

Yvonne HARRISON
Croydon Vineyard Church Runners

Francisco PEDRO

Mark HAYMAN

Quite a few for such a hot day! Excellent work to you all – Ninja Runner Boy ran with our friend Tom Algar – and it was a comfort to me that he took around 30 seconds out of Tom on the last downhill – just like he does to me!

What about the Church mob match? Chiltern Church won by a large majority. Mainly because we brought 43 runners and 3 volunteers – the next biggest club had 11 participants – we put the mob in mob match!

Also taking part were; St Patrick’s Tigers, Springfield Springers, The Salvation Army, Christ Church Purley, Croydon Vineyard, Holy Trinity Wallington, Good Shepherd, Selsdon Baptist, Sutton Christian Centre, Emmanuel Croydon & newcomers Tandridge Deanery – all in all a fine turn out of over 100 runners. There will be a report up on www.churchrunner.co.uk in a week or so.

There was a bring and share; People brought along cake to celebrate with a picnic after the run. Rosa though came ready to feed the 5000 with many welcome rolls and other goodies!

We did break one record though – and quite a nice one as well – most volunteers ever at Roundshaw!

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 486
21st July 2018
This week 255 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Richard N CARTER • Martin LLOYD • Sarah TINDLEY • Mick TURNER • Tim GRAY • Annette HELLIWELL • Christopher CURTIS • Michael John Richard HIGGINS • David ALDERSON • Jean QUESTED • Helen ELDERFIELD • Eileen LEONARD • Lindsay RICE • Gary THOMPSON • Annette LILES • Sarah MCCARTHY • Claire MITCHELL • Max STILLMAN • Toby SHEARLOCK • George ENGLISH • Nicholas TANNER • Kathrine HAND
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 5,352 participants have completed 48,271 parkruns covering a total distance of 241,355 km, including 7,247 new Personal Bests.

 

Roundshaw parkrun 485

by Tim Gray (Chiltern Church Runners & Collingwood AC)

We are almost at our 9th birthday – which is next week – on the day you can expect a bring and share picnic, and maybe some superhero fancy dress?

Our visitors from other parkruns today were;

Selina ZAZA-WILSON
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Tom HART
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Gordon BARRANCE
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Kirsty BANGHAM
Team Bushy

Ben MCDANIEL
South London Harriers

Olivia RICHARDS
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William HIGHTON
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Dan MORL
Shepperton Running Group

Tracy ORCHARD
Sutton Runners

Nicola MILES
Running with Matt (RWM)

John KIPPS
100 Marathon Club

Janet HAN
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Carrie DAY
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Richard SOLANO WILSON
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Kirsty, listed above, is one of the 20 people with a blue 500 top, and funnily enough I was running with another 500 top elsewhere – more on that later. It’s another remote report for this week – do consider volunteering for this (and other roles) especially during August when we are often quite short on help.

Special numbers for - Sam MCCORMACK with 50 parkruns, and Sammy ABBASI with a junior 10. Well done to you both.

Brand new to parkrun this week were;

Rory MCNEVIN

Niall MCNEVIN

Will TAYLOR

Welcome to the parkrun family!

Pb’s for;

Andrew MASON

Mark LONG

Darren NICHOLLS

Stephanie DARVILL

Zubair HAMED

Ben JAMES

Julia HILES

David ROBINSON

Daniel GROGAN

Sammy ABBASI

Aaron MORRELL

Dylan LINKSON

Joshua ELSTON-SMITH

Shella HOSSENBUX

Simon DARVILL

Rayyan HOSSENBUX

Tom GREGORY

Laura HARRIS

Michael MOORE

Well done to you all.

Meanwhile I was on tour with a few familiar faces – Ria & Melvyn Trundley, Ken Wright and many others at Crane Park parkrun, celebrating my 50th birthday, you can read more about that here, it was an eventful one;

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/crane/news/2018/07/16/run-report-326-pirates-and-a-stranded-run-director/

One thing we really did notice at Crane was lots of shade, from tree cover – I’m told Roundshaw was rather oven like again, but the mud will be back soon enough I’m sure!

Lastly the stats;

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 485
14th July 2018
This week 139 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Samantha PURSER • Mick TURNER • Annette HELLIWELL • Sara Jane CLARK • Helen ELDERFIELD • Eileen LEONARD • Lorraine TURNER • Alex MOLLOY • Max STILLMAN • Toby SHEARLOCK • Jenny MAC DONNELL • Claire SAUNDERS • Nicholas TANNER • Kathrine HAND
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 5,315 participants have completed 48,016 parkruns covering a total distance of 240,080 km, including 7,225 new Personal Bests.

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