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
Deborah COTTON St Patrick's Tigers
Simon STOCKS Christ Church Purley Runners


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.