Best conditions this year?

The first three home all ran PBs and that set the tone for the field. The sun had appeared first thing, but was now hidden behind clouds keeping the temperature perfect and, with the ground dry and little wind, conditions were excellent.  In total 36 of the 180 runners improved their time.

Particular congratulations to Ashley Pate, David Alderson and Tamsyn Down who all have many runs at Roundshaw, so quite an achievement to run PBs.

Chibuzor Madu, Jared Webb Plater, Megan Thomas, Vicki Kovacs and Kathrine Hand have all taken advantage of the good conditions over the last three weeks and completed a hat trick of PBs today.

A number of runners made serious dents into their times with Kathleen Mooney, Alan Jaye, Samuel Garlick, Simon Daily, Anne-Marie Lam, and Annette Liles all taking more than a minute off their PB – though Stephanie Garlick, Calin Bradley and Edward Hopkins did even better taking 2, 3 and 4 minutes off respectively. These achievements were all dwarfed by the 7 minute improvement by Tony Shales on his second ever parkrun though!

Two runners gained a T-shirt (when stocks are available): Dawn Stelling for her 50th run and Fleur Norris for her 10th – and she ran a PB as well, so lots for her to celebrate today!

Three runners completed their first ever parkrun. We were also joined by six runners who had not run at Roundshaw before. I hope you enjoyed the downhill finish as much as I do and will come back again soon.

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 476
12th May 2018

This week 180 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Stephen HEWETT • Colin COTTON • Kirsty COTTON • Mick TURNER • Tim GRAY • Annette HELLIWELL • Michael GEORGE • Michael John Richard HIGGINS • Helen ELDERFIELD • Michael OGUNNAIKE • Valerie HEWETT • Max STILLMAN • Toby SHEARLOCK • Patricia NORTON

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

 

Personal Best Season

Personal best season is definitely upon us. Spring has been cast aside by an early peak of summer, making the Downs rather delightful under foot. My trail shoes were not necessary it would appear, which could not be more of a contrast to my midweek trail run at Wimbledon. On Wednesday, I was knee deep in swamp...The great British weather just likes to keep us guessing...scarves or sun-cream?

Apologies for the delay in the news this week. On occasion my writing is like my running. I have every intention of making good time but the reality can vary somewhat. With conditions as favourable as they were, we did indeed have a plethora of PBs. They were: Chibuzor Madhu (in 1st position), Akila Weerakkody, Christopher Finch, William Higgs, Andrew Pickering, Matthew Foster, Anthony Ferriroli, Daniel Guest, Alan Martin, Megan Thomas, Grace Charley, Sayantan Biswas, Paul Brady, Gabriella Parris, Louise Franklin, Ellie Fisher, Kathrine Hand, Anne-Marie Lan, Emily Summers, Rahul Menon, Lesley Down and Edward Hopkins. A massive well done to you all.

An extra special congratulations go to Johanna Vickers, the fastest lady this week and to Lesley Down, who both broke the course record in their age category. Lesley, my wonderful mother-in-law, has broken the record three times this year! Her determination and effort is really quite remarkable. It has become increasingly more apparent, where my husband gets his sporting talent from!

A warm welcome goes out to all our first timers. Alex Hill, Jake Griscti and Thomas Hopkins were shiny brand new to parkrun completely. A big thank you to Gareth Ambler, Johanna Vickers, Paul Doubleday, Matthew Radford, Bartose Plat, Cameron Duffy, Thomas Finch, Amanda Yorke-Smith and Sarah Radford for joining us at Roundshaw. The last big shout out and thanks goes to the wonderful volunteers, who make parkrun possible. If you fancy joining in, please follow the link on the website, as any help is always gratefully received. Our volunteers this week were: Anne Harris, Annette Helliwell, Jenny MacDonnell. Martin Lloyd, NIcholas Tanner, Patricia Warton, Ric Adams, Rupert Quested, Sally O’Regan, Samantha Purser, Toby Shearlock, Tony Gallagher and myself Tamsyn Down.

Here’s to more sunshine and PBs in the coming week. Happy running.

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 475
5th May 2018

This week 149 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 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 5,180 participants have completed 46,457 parkruns covering a total distance of 232,285 km, including 7,003 new Personal Bests.

 

Springwatch – where did it go?!

By Nicholas Tanner

After last week’s mini heatwave and the hottest London Marathon ever, you could have been forgiven for thinking that spring had finally arrived. However, the return of Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan to our screens may have to be delayed as we seem to have gone back to wet and wintry weather conditions. The course was damp and slightly slippery, but the going was good for the 124 runners, joggers and walkers.

There were special anniversaries this week for Ian COTTON and Bernadette GOLDRICK.

Ian has now completed 100 parkruns (87 at Roundshaw) as well as 49 junior parkruns while Bernadette reached her 50 (47 at Roundshaw). Congratulations to both of you!

Meanwhile, just starting out was Joshua DE SILVA who ran his first ever parkrun. We hope you will be back for many more.

We welcomed a couple of first-time visitors to Roundshaw – Brittany SAVILLE (Worthing) had the best age-grade score of the day with 75.00% and Jeff THWAITES (Lloyd).

25 fantastic PB’s were set – well done to all of you. A special mention goes to Claire MITCHELL who knocked an amazing 53 seconds off her best and Michael OGUNNAIKE who bettered the mark he set nearly 2 years ago.

Many thanks to all the volunteers listed below. We are very grateful for your help and support. It was especially nice to have some marshals at points on the course where we are not used to seeing them and the extra encouragement was greatly appreciated.

In case you missed it, parkrun HQ published the 2017 Run Report last week. It is filled with interesting stats and inspiring stories. We really are lucky to be part of a movement that has such a positive impact on all of our lives. You can catch up by clicking on this link:

https://issuu.com/parkrun/docs/parkrun_2017_issuu_v4.1

 

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 474
28th April 2018

This week 124 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 3 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Nick WHITE • Samantha PURSER • Tim GRAY • Annette HELLIWELL • Dave SENNECK • Michael John Richard HIGGINS • Michael LARKIN • Sarah MCCARTHY • Harriet NORTH • Marie GRAY • Helen MCGOWAN • Max STILLMAN • Toby SHEARLOCK • Florence TINDLEY • Jenny MAC DONNELL • Nicholas TANNER • Greg SMITH

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 5,168 participants have completed 46,308 parkruns covering a total distance of 231,540 km, including 6,981 new Personal Bests.

 

 

 

 

 

VLM weekend

So the week of the London Marathon is often a busy one for parkrun nationally – and this was the case again. At least 3 of the volunteers ran VLM the next day – whilst at least one volunteered there! Roundshaw saw a few more runners than we have seen in the last 2 months also – hot and sweaty perhaps, but at least firmer under foot and dry.

A special day for Alan SILLITTO with his 100th run – which was also his 100th run at Roundshaw. This year has already seen both his pb, and best age graded score – so on the up Alan, well done to you.

Rupert Quested also ran his best time since 2015 – so very well done to you as well Rupert. Must have been the inspiration of having Eleanor visiting from Perth.

PB’s – to many to list them all – so I’ll pick out all the ones with 30 or more runs at Roundshaw;

Thomas SCHOFIELD Sutton Runners
Periasamy SELVARAJ
Fred BASTELLO
Aaron MORRELL South London Harriers

 

Having said that, well done to all of you.

Brand new to parkrun today were;

Samuel GARLICK
Emily SUMMERS
William BATES
Michaela HIGGINS

 

Welcome to the family.

And visitors were;

Nigel HAFFENDEN Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC Bromley parkrun
Stephen DAVISON Tourist in training
Sally HAFFENDEN Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC Bromley parkrun

 

Roundshaw on tour;

My family went to Victoria Docks parkrun this week – a flat fast run potentially – and accessible by cable car! There we were delighted to see former Roundshaw regular Ercole who dashed round sub 20 in an awesome run, and we also had the delight of the company of Alison S-T.

It was a special pleasure on Sunday morning to see so many of you on the baggage trucks for VLM, being surrounded by friendly faces is such a nice start to any event. Also impressed that Steve and Tamsyn hung on long enough by the Tower of London to see me running back – another very welcome sight.

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Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 473
21st April 2018

This week 151 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 8 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Killian GALLAGHER-MUNDY • Martin LLOYD • Annette HELLIWELL • Sally O'REGAN • Paul David COOPER • John CAZABON • Claire PHILLIPS • Terry WHITTLESEA • Kirsty COTTON • Andrew MCGOVERN • Thomas PHILLIPS • Grace CHARLEY • Jenny MAC DONNELL • Lindsey 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 5,165 participants have completed 46,184 parkruns covering a total distance of 230,920 km, including 6,956 new Personal Bests.

 

Spring Sunshine

By Sue Gray + some ‘bonus’ Tim

Well it’s an unusual Saturday morning in the Gray household which sees me heading out to parkrun on my own! Tim is unfortunately suffering with a chest infection, but he made sure I was up and out in good time (aided by a cup of tea!) to ensure there was some family presence there this morning.

And what a beautiful morning it was! After months of shivering at the start we were a more relaxed bunch in the spring sunshine. Someone’s barcode was returned before we set off which hopefully avoided any later disappointment. It was great to acknowledge some visitors, the furthest two from Osterley in North London; Rahul and Raghav Menon, some people brand new to parkrun (Maria MOROZOVA, Ben DRANE and Shaun MOORS),. Also some milestones : Sean QUIRKE running his 50th, Danny MORRELL running his 100th and Michael LARKIN  running his 250th; as Tony said we covered most of the bases today. Well done to everyone! (and thanks for the snacks).

And it was a good run for many, with 11 PB’s, helped by the firmer ground I’m sure (in fact I had to make quite an effort to get my trainers as muddy as I did).

Gary HARRISON Croydon Vineyard Church Runners
Karen SPEED Christ Church Purley Runners
James BARBER
Deborah COTTON St Patrick's Tigers
Raja NARASIMMAN
Katie FISHER
Simon STOCKS Christ Church Purley Runners
Conya-Sky SPRINGER-COULTHRUST
Sytze BIJKER
Aaron WHITE
Jared WEBB PLATER

 

Not a great day for everyone though. A big thank you from the run team for all who stopped with the collapsed runner; we are told he went away ok and hopefully will be with us again (less eventfully) soon.

It is certainly marathon season at the moment, with Brighton tomorrow (at least 2 volunteers and a runner today who completed it) and London next week; good luck to everyone taking part (some of whom were volunteering today)… and I wonder how many marathon runners would cite parkrun in having played a part in their journey… a good number I’m sure.

As for me; I’m quite happy with a (slow) 5k… a good start to the day… now off to the wedding of one of our Chiltern Church runners (Sam Baker) to the lovely Charlotte.

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 472
14th April 2018

This week 148 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Alison FOX • Tony GALLAGHER • John CAZABON • Michael John Richard HIGGINS • Helen ELDERFIELD • Eileen LEONARD • Ken WRIGHT • Sarah MCCARTHY • Andrew MCGOVERN • Max STILLMAN • Toby SHEARLOCK • Nicholas TANNER• Sue GRAY

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 5,157 participants have completed 46,033 parkruns covering a total distance of 230,165 km, including 6,927 new Personal Bests.

 

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