Unusually this week the run report starts on Friday evening... While some might be finding their barcodes (DFYB!) and trainers and putting them by the door ready for the morning, on the other side of the world the parkrun family is already up and running. Just as I was going to bed on Friday night, my sister Wendy was already joining in international parkrun day at Albert parkrun, Melbourne.
She says...Albert parkrun, Melbourne (not to be confused with Albert parkrun, Middlesbrough) is a single lap, flat, course around Albert Park Lake, home of the black swan and the Melbourne Grand Prix. It was bright and sunny, with little breeze, pretty perfect conditions. We celebrated international parkrun day with the visit of local Olympian Steve Moneghetti, who has competed at 4 Olympics, won the Berlin and Tokyo marathons and won Commonwealth Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. He paced the parkrunners for 30mins, along with other pacers ranging all the way from the front to the back of the pack. Albert parkrun attracted the second highest attendance ever of 647 runners with lots of visitors for the Melbourne marathon and we celebrated a number of anniversaries and milestones as well as parkrun's birthday - any excuse for cake!
Fast forward a few hours and the Roundshaw parkrun family were waking up to a not so bright and not so flat parkrun, without an Olympian and about 500 fewer runners (!) but still a free and timed 5km with the same great atmosphere.
A big parkrun welcome to three new parkrun first timers Stuart Austin, Carla Lee and Eloise Adams who will share their parkrun birthday with parkrun itself. Welcome also to visitors Ian and Karen Dumbrell (Clair parkrun), Sean Hill (Northala Fields), Sergei Golovkin (Roding Valley), Richard Till (Nonsuch), Ian Hanley (Lloyd), Kim and Sally Rowe (Bushy), James Dunn (Riddlesdown), Lauren Beaver (Roundhay), Peet Boxall (Tilgate), Hannah Davenport (Riddlesdown), and Robert Sear (Great Lines).
Congratulations to Nikki Waller celebrating her 100th parkrun who brought cakes, and to Ian Smith on his 200th parkrun.
Well done to special International parkrun day PBs for Neil Catchlove, Makoto Ueki, Alex Hill, Isaac Bailey, Sam Calder-Bray, Ewen Rose, Daniel Finch, Louis Maingay, Kohei Wada, Matthew Calder- Bray, Alex Walmsley, Simon Daily, Thomas Finch, Aron Merritt, Tony Pang, Alex Molloy, Keryee Pang, Kezia Ramsden, Malin Lundin and Nick Goveia.
And a very special thank you to the volunteers this morning, the time keepers and tokens givers who make sure we all get a result, the marshals who cheer us on and the tail walkers, wearing some marvellous new tails this week and of course the core team who make it all happen every week. This week thanks to Ric Adams, Noel Aitchison, Emma Baldwin, Richard N Carter, Mark Constantinou, Rosa Constantinou, TIm Gray, Marie Gray, Matthew Gray, Anne Harris, Annette Helliwell, Michael John Richard Higgins, Martin Lloyd, Claire Mitchell, Justin Parris, Caroline Saunders, Toby Shearlock, Max Stillman and Roger Wells. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in the coming weeks so please get in touch if you'd like to volunteer.
As we celebrate international parkrun day on the 14th anniversary of the first ever 'free timed 5km in a park' it is amazing to think that what started as a group of 13 friends gathering in Bushy Park in October 2004 would turn into a worldwide community with 5million registered parkrunners. The parkrun family may have grown but it is a fabulous thing to be part of whether you walk, jog, run, volunteer or do a bit of all of them - just don't forget your barcode!
Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 497
6th October 2018
This week 155 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 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 5,497 participants have completed 49,811 parkruns covering a total distance of 249,055 km, including 7,459 new Personal Bests.