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