A personal milestone

by Tamsyn Down

Two hundred runs ago, at about ten to nine, I stood with my friend Peter nervously
anticipating my run ahead and quite frankly wondering what on earth I was doing. As a
person, who as a youth would avoid PE at every opportunity, plus as an adult, would
struggle to run for a bus, I knew that I was far from being a natural athlete. As it transpired, I
was about to embark on a physical journey, which would help project my emotional journey
forwards, in a way I didn’t think was possible. Very soon, Tim would be herding me into his
Chiltern flock, I would be laughing and joking with new friends over a McSalad whilst the
results were being processed and I would be signing up to races of previously unimaginable
distances. Above all I had become part of a huge, welcoming community and my
commitment to fitness had begun.

Weather conditions for this week’s run were good underfoot but in my opinion, a tad too
humid to be great. Sheepishly, I will admit that I had hoped for a PB to celebrate my 200th
run but it wasn’t to be. Instead, however I was flanked and supported by my lovely husband
Steve Down and my equally lovely sister-in-law Rachael Hayward (both of whom are very
natural athletes and sacrificed a decent time, to watch me puffing and panting, in a delightful
shade of crimson.) My wonderful mother in law was also there at the finish line to give me a
cheer. A big thank you to you all for your encouragement.

Moving on, for some people it was definitely PB weather. Congratulations to all of you for
your personal breakthroughs: Nicholas Tanner, Fred Bastello, Kathleen Mooney, Andrew
Pickering, Thomas Wildman, Joshua Elston-Smith, Rebecca Fleming, Calin Bradley, Mary
Larkin, Tom Algar, Sayantan Biswas, Helen Wildman, Holly Mitchell, Simon Harris, Rahul
Menon, Raghav Menon, Victoria Campion, Patricia Norton and Christine Charlwood.
Welcome to Roundshaw, Steven Williams, Steve Wimbledon, Lorna Easthope and Marianne
Wyles. It was great to have a chat with Marianne at the end, who was visiting us as part of
the ‘Londone’ parkrun challenge. Having had a bit of difficulty finding us, I do hope you
enjoyed yourself and will visit again soon. Good luck with LLoyd Park next week-their hill is a
bit steeper than ours!

Congratulations on your very first parkrun, Joshua and Tommy Payne. I hope that you will
both enjoy the parkrun experience, as much as I have.

Last but not least, a big thank you to this week’s volunteers: Andrew McGovern, Caroline
Saunders, Ian Smith, Jennifer Gale, Kirsty Cotton, Lindsey Tanner, Martin LLoyd, Max
Stillman, Nicholas Tanner, Ric Adams, Sandy Higgs, Sheila Daily, Simon Higgs, Sue Gray,
Tim Gray, Toby Shearlock and me, Tamsyn Down. Please consider signing up to the
volunteer rota. The directors are a very friendly bunch, plus you get a rather fetching t-shirt, if
you volunteer 25 times.

Happy running. Thank you parkrun-here’s to the next 200!

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 478
26th May 2018
This week 146 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 6 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

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 5,206 participants have completed 46,924 parkruns covering a total distance of 234,620 km, including 7,085 new Personal Bests.