Not so tough

parkrun Report 10 February 2018
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Although conditions underfoot were OK, the weather was not hospitable - cold, with an increasing South wind particularly noticeable. The turnout of 125 runners included a good contingent of Year 10 Whitgift School rugby players. The first 3 runners home all recorded PB's - Gianluca Ercolano at 18.26, Freddy Georgiuou at 19.20, and Jonathan Jones at 19.36. Maria Lawrence turned up for her 391st run!
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Our Volunteer Coordinator Kirsty Cotton would like to thank all the volunteers extra specially for doing their bit in the cold, windy weather. If it's any comfort to us, the Roundshaw parkrun is not Britain's toughest - that accolade, it seems, goes to Millom in Cumbria, which, besides being colder, is also very much muddier - so that football boots are recommended instead of running shoes, and the time needed to complete the course is at least 10 minutes more than the time anywhere else...
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-43007376/does-millom-have-the-toughest-park-run-in-the-uk
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The weather might be more benign next Saturday, there might even be some sunshine, so till then -
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Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 463
10th February 2018

This week 125 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Samantha PURSER • Tim GRAY • Michael John Richard HIGGINS • David ALDERSON • Kirsty COTTON • Marie GRAY • Andrew MCGOVERN • Matthew GRAY • Max STILLMAN • Charles COTTON • Toby SHEARLOCK • Karl STILLMAN • George ENGLISH • 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 5,074 participants have completed 44,949 parkruns covering a total distance of 224,745 km, including 6,844 new Personal Bests.

 

Roundshaw History

by Mariel
It was quite cold this morning, with more than enough mud, but nonetheless it enticed 128 people to get out of their beds and come to Roundshaw. I ran myself today, and as I went round, I looked over at the paddock in the middle of the course where we see the odd cow grazing in the warmer months. I’ve always wondered why they are there, so I conducted a little research into the history of Roundshaw Downs to find out more about it. 

Roundshaw Downs was originally occupied by a number of farmsteads and was mostly fields. Before World War 1, it was known as Beddington Aerodrome and in 1915 apparently the Royal Flying Corps sent off fighter planes to combat the German Zeppelins, which is interesting as I read about them in my history lessons. During the inter-war period, it became the first international airport in London. So, those concrete bits where I usually do my warmup are actually part of the old runways? Apparently not - in those days the planes landed on grass!

As planes got bigger, larger runways were needed, and the airport was closed in 1959. I know it was used for running though, as my Grandad did some cross-country runs there in 1960. He went on to come third in the first English schools’ cross-country championships in the same year for junior boys- something I’ll never achieve! 

It became Roundshaw Downs in 1993 and was declared a Local Natural Reserve in 1994, providing a conservation resource for insects, birds and wild flowers.
The creation of the paddock in the centre, I learned, happened in 2012. This was to manage the site more naturally and shift away from having to mow the whole grassland. 
Having the cows graze on only a certain area, ensures that the grass is of different ages and heights. This provides more shelter and food for invertebrates, as well as ground for nesting birds. Apparently, you can sometimes see kestrels hovering over the grassland looking for their prey! I will definitely be looking out for this in the future (while trying not to slip over in the mud!).

So after this short research break, I note that today we had 13 PBs which was quite an achievement considering the difficult, muddy conditions! There were no tourists for a change, so just hardcore Roundshaw regulars! Also, well done to Ian for his 100th parkrun at Roundshaw! 

That about wraps it up for this week!

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 462
3rd February 2018

This week 128 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 6 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Richard N CARTER • Tony GALLAGHER • Peter WALSH • Alex PARRIS • Annette HELLIWELL • Michael John Richard HIGGINS • Linda INGRAM • Matthew CAMPION • Cheryl CAMPION • Caroline SAUNDERS • Toby SHEARLOCK • Mariel BASTELLO-KENNEDY • Florence TINDLEY • Jenny MAC DONNELL • Lindsey TANNER • Nicholas TANNER • Ryan SAUNDERS • Daniel SAUNDERS

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 5,057 participants have completed 44,824 parkruns covering a total distance of 224,120 km, including 6,832 new Personal Bests.

 

 

Another Muddy One but a record 57 First Timers!

 

We had a 196 runners today which is a brilliant turnout considering Roundshaw is a Cross Country parkrun. This was partly because the Nonsuch parkrun was cancelled due to waterlogging and some Nonsuch parkrunners travelled to Roundshaw.

In particular, some young footballers from AFC Ewell visited Roundshaw to take part in a sponsored run which had been intended to take place at Nonsuch. I believe they completed one or two laps of the course, running 2.5 or 5km. Well done to all of you, it was great to welcome you to Roundshaw. AFC Ewell were raising money for DKMS 'We Delete Blood Cancer' and many were wearing red T-shirts promoting this.  The charity promotes the Blood Stem Cell Donor registry www.dkms.org.uk.

Our furthest tourists today were from Poole in Dorset. Also some from Valentines in North London.

People were hoping to see Tamsyn & Steve,  regular parkrunners who got married on Friday in running kit and ran to their wedding! We look forward to congratulating them at parkrun soon!

I was astounded to see that there were 12 PBs (Personal Bests) today from several people who have completed a lot of parkruns. Considering how muddy it was, this is really impressive!

There were also 57 people who were first timetimers at Roundshaw, I suspect many may have been Nonsuch regulars.

Another enjoyable parkrun. It was dry but started with a quite a cold wind but by the end, the sky really brightened and the wind dropped. The colder conditions may have accounted for the PBs.

Last of all, thank you to Annette Helliwell for providing me with a greatly sought after Womens Red 50 Parkruns T-shirt. They are out of stock so I was delighted and I can't wait to wear it. NB Ed Sorry folks there were a few spares left over from the old system – all gone now!

Sarah Tindley

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 461
27th January 2018

This week 196 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 57 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Tony GALLAGHER • Sarah TINDLEY • Samantha PURSER • Tim GRAY • Annette HELLIWELL • Michael John Richard HIGGINS • Neil DAWSON • Hilary RANKIN • Andrew MCGOVERN • Matthew GRAY • Simon DAILY • Thomas SCHOFIELD • Kathryn SCHOFIELD • Mariel BASTELLO-KENNEDY • Florence TINDLEY • Michelle GARNETT

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 5,051 participants have completed 44,696 parkruns covering a total distance of 223,480 km, including 6,819 new Personal Bests.

 

The Mob Matches week

by Tim Gray (Chiltern Church Runners & Collingwood AC)

Well lots of runners this week – mainly because of the Tadworth/Collingwood/Epsom and Ewell mob match which saw many club tops on display. Lovely to see such a friendly competition going on that brings credit to all 3 clubs.

The results came out as;

Epsom and Ewell Harriers – 756  (16 runners)

Tadworth AC - 604  (25 Runners)

Collingwood AC - 531   (20 Runners)

Now Collingwood AC is our home club, so maybe some of you could join before the next match and boost the scores a bit? Go to www.collingwoodac.org.uk  if you are interested  (for the sake of balance other running clubs are available).

The weather was kind with the rain nearly absent for the vital 9-10 hour.

There was also another mob match going on this week – the churchrunner National (virtual) mob match – so at least a few of us got to run in 2 mob matches at a time! That one is worldwide, and we are still pulling the results together – they will be on www.churchrunner.co.uk in due course.

Also a big shout to Steve EDWARDS completing his 26th run with us, but 250th overall – well done sir, a grand achievement.

Also a quick shout that Roundshaw Downs parkrun will once again be assisting at the VLM baggage trucks - you can get in touch via the Facebook page discussion on this or e mail the office as you prefer - it's a fab day.

First Timers;

Well lots of you, but mainly from the 2 visiting mob match sides!

Simon BOOTH Tadworth AC
James THOMAS Epsom & Ewell Harriers
Simon BEAN Epsom & Ewell Harriers
Mark OPIE Epsom & Ewell Harriers
Ethan WALLER Tadworth AC
Andrew FAY Epsom & Ewell Harriers
David HOWELL Epsom & Ewell Harriers
Waller PAUL Tadworth AC
Sarah Jane BELL Tadworth AC
Roland HOGG Tadworth AC
Alex GURTEEN Epsom & Ewell Harriers
Catherine LEWIS
Peter DOYLE
Helen TYRELL Epsom & Ewell Harriers
Dominic George HAYWARD
Rebecca WILLIS Tadworth AC
Piers HARTE-JONES Tadworth AC
Amy VAN WYK Tadworth AC
Jennifer BURKE Tadworth AC
Alan BATES Epsom & Ewell Harriers
Peter RAND Tadworth AC
Paul BORFIGA
Patrick SINCLAIR
Shelly CARTER Epsom & Ewell Harriers
Robert ADNITT Epsom & Ewell Harriers
Heather FENTON Tadworth AC
Neil HENDERSON Epsom & Ewell Harriers
Matthew David Anand HOUGHTON Epsom & Ewell Harriers
Mary HARTE-JONES
Rachel CORRIGAN Tadworth AC
Phil FENTON Tadworth AC
Therese PANETTA Tadworth AC
Donna DOVE Tadworth AC

 

PB’s – despite some proper mud;

Diana Faye NORMAN Epsom & Ewell Harriers
Claire COPPIN St Patrick's Tigers
Kamran ABBASI
Rebecca JONES
Alan MATTHEWS Tadworth AC
Matthew CONWAY Sutton & District AC
Daniel JOHNSON Epsom & Ewell Harriers

 

Very well done to you all in trying conditions.

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 460
20th January 2018

This week 170 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 7 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Martin LLOYD • Samantha PURSER • Mick TURNER • Tim GRAY • Annette HELLIWELL • Michael John Richard HIGGINS • David ALDERSON • Sarah MCCARTHY • Toby SHEARLOCK • Geoff NUNN • Fred BASTELLO • Mariel BASTELLO-KENNEDY • Florence TINDLEY • Claire SAUNDERS • Lindsey TANNER • Nicholas TANNER • Michelle GARNETT

Thanks you very much too all the volunteers!

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 4,994 participants have completed 44,500 parkruns covering a total distance of 222,500 km, including 6,807 new Personal Bests.

 

 

Exodus – Movement of the People

A little mud, grey skies, and a chilly but not unbearable wind set the perfect scene for a very enjoyable parkrun this morning, with a good number of runners in attendance- not to mention a few eager dogs at the start, who were very vocal about their desperate need to start running!

We also had the pleasure of hearing a representative from ‘Exodus Travels’, which has been partnered with parkrun for three years. As we know, the support of our sponsors is vital in keeping parkrun free for everyone. Exodus Travels offer adventure holidays around the world with an emphasis on responsible tourism: https://www.exodus.co.uk/ and there were vouchers and brochures for all, so thank you!

A very well done to our PBs for today:

Alex WAY • Kieran NEW • Ewen ROSE • Ben RIVERS • Kamran ABBASI• Harriet NORTH • Scott SHADBOLT • Jo FALLON • Louise FRANKLIN • Sammy ABBASI

And thank you to the volunteers:

Anne HARRIS  •  David ALDERSON  •  Florence TINDLEY  •  Jenny MAC DONNELL  •  Kirsty COTTON  •  Mariel BASTELLO-KENNEDY  •  Michael John Richard HIGGINS  •  Michelle GARNETT  •  Mick TURNER  •  Rob HARRIS  •  Rupert QUESTED  •  Shun-Lai CHAN  •  Stephen HEWETT  •  Tamsyn STRATHEARN  •  Toby SHEARLOCK  •  Tom HIGGS

There were a good few First Timers today, twenty-two in total including eight who seemed to have completed their very first parkrun. Congratulations, we hope you enjoyed it, and look forward to seeing you next week!

This week 150 people ran, jogged and walked the course,  representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Stephen HEWETT • Rupert QUESTED • Mick TURNER • Michael John Richard HIGGINS • David ALDERSON • Tom HIGGS • Kirsty COTTON • Tamsyn STRATHEARN • Shun-Lai CHAN • Toby SHEARLOCK • Mariel BASTELLO-KENNEDY • Rob HARRIS • Florence TINDLEY • Jenny MAC DONNELL • Anne HARRIS • Michelle GARNETT

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 4,961 participants have completed 44,330 parkruns covering a total distance of 221,650 km, including 6,800 new Personal Bests.

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