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:



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.