Nice Day For It All

By Tony Gallagher

An impressive turnout on Saturday of 141 finishers considering there was a churches mob match elsewhere. No doubt Tim G will enlighten us. On a day of the Windsor wedding, and the Wembley cup final, there was optimism in the air from those who appreciate such things.

Congrats to Lindsey Tanner on reaching her 50th parkrun. Keeping with the Tanner theme welcome to Nicholas Tanner as our newest volunteer Run Director joining the team. Am sure he will do a grand job with Mick, of course, remaining overall Event Director.

Before the run started two people revealed it was their first ever parkrun but, looking at results, there were in fact 6: welcome all. Three of these were in the 11-14 category - I wonder if any of them have 'graduated', as it were, from the Junior parkrun events. Will be interesting to see, over the years, how many juniors keep the momentum going to the regular Saturday events.

From an organiser's point of view it is always helpful if folk can volunteer in advance for parkruns. It would be useful if all participants were, at least, receptive to receiving volunteer appeal emails. There is no commitment involved to actually volunteer but if more people receive the appeal email then eventually the advanced volunteer numbers will creep up. If you haven't ticked the box in your parkrun profile it is simple to do: Simply open a recent parkrun newsletter, results email or volunteer email, click on 'manage my profile', then 'email options', then select the events you'd like to hear from and click 'save opt-in events list'. You will then receive regular emails from those events letting you know all about their volunteering opportunities.

We had at least two tourists this week but, in reality, probably a lot more. One was from far away Reigate and one was from St Helens in Liverpool - welcome both.

Somebody approached me during the run on Saturday and was chatting about snails on the Downs. Unfortunately, as I cannot multi task very well, I cannot remember which breed he mentioned. It got me thinking about the parkrun world at the Downs though and the nature World. If you are interested in enlightening yourself on this matter you will find a good article here from "Sutton Nature". . Happy investigating.

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 477
19th May 2018
This week 141 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 11 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Tony GALLAGHER • Sarah TINDLEY • Warren ROBERTSON • Christopher CURTIS • Rory MACLEOD • Robert NYMAN • Matthew OSTROWSKI • Andrew PICKERING • Max STILLMAN • Shun-Lai CHAN • Alan SILLITTO • Toby SHEARLOCK • Robert ALLUM • 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 5,200 participants have completed 46,778 parkruns covering a total distance of 233,890 km, including 7,066 new Personal Bests.