A range of matters

By Tony Gallagher

The 493rd running of this Roundshaw Downs event saw the usual impressive range of statistics. We had 14 folk participating in their first RD activity, 7 of who had never done a parkrun anywhere previously. A warm parkrun welcome to one and all. We established two of the 7 tourists came from Edinburgh and Leicester.

While we had several doing their first ever we had Maria Lawrence at the end of the range doing her 419th. A big milestone for parkrunnners is to reach their 100 event and we had two worthy participants this week so big congratulations to both Peter Searle and Mark Fleming. Age wise we had a span from under 10 year olds to over 70 year olds.  There was a time range of 28 mins from first back to last back - excluding the volunteer tail walker.

Speaking of volunteers we had 14 volunteers on Saturday, without whom the event simply could not take place. Thanks to Richard Carter for taking, and uploading photos from Saturday which can be found by clicking on the photos link which is on top of the Roundshaw parkrun homepage.  At the time of writing this report on Sunday we still need some marshals, a run report writer , and a pre-event set up person to volunteer for next Saturday.

We had some celebrate their 16th birthday yesterday: happy birthday to Tommy Payne who managed a PB on his special day.

We also had our usual span of people with dogs today but I don't know the range of breed :).

We had one finishing position number go missing at the end of the run: if you have do try and get it back to us as we need it. The number 95 is the  AWOL offender. We did have a few late starters today but they managed to finish before the tail walker so got a time.

Report below

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 493
8th September 2018

This week 149 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Richard N CARTER • Tony GALLAGHER • Annette HELLIWELL • Noel AITCHISON • Sean QUIRKE • Paul David COOPER • Mark CONSTANTINOU • Sarah MCCARTHY • Andrew MCGOVERN • Max STILLMAN • Sheila DAILY • Toby SHEARLOCK • Ellie WHITE • 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 5,440 participants have completed 49,204 parkruns covering a total distance of 246,020 km, including 7,363 new Personal Bests.

 

5 2 9

At five to nine, in best parkrun tradition, this week's volunteers were outnumbering potential participants. Come nine o clock we had 103 runners, joggers and walkers ready for action. Toby's comic preparation revealed we had a visitor Susan Leggatt from Perth, Australia. Following further interrogation from our RD it was decided no apology was required to Susan for the lovely weather today as the visitor is a Brit living abroad. Brand new to the parkrun family today were Jack Gladdy ( Sutton & District )  and Sytze Bikker - welcome.

Joining the '50' club today was Virginie Renaut ( Wilsons' School ). Congrats.

Despite the December weather we had a dozen participants who managed PSs - well done. Also, despite the weather, we had 11 hardy volunteers- thank you. We have a parkrun on Christmas day  at 09:00 and new Year's Day around 10:10 so offers to volunteer will be more than welcome. If you haven't volunteered previously you will certainly get a different perpective.

On a final note Roundshaw parkrun has joined over 90% of parkruns who now possess a defibrillator.

For those who like such thing as stats see this week's report below.

Tony G

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 452
9th December 2017

This week 103 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Tony GALLAGHER • Nick WHITE • Justin PARRIS • Samantha PURSER • Mick TURNER • Michael John Richard HIGGINS • Stephen HEWITT • Toby SHEARLOCK • Mariel BASTELLO-KENNEDY • Claire SAUNDERS • 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 4,840 participants have completed 43,309 parkruns covering a total distance of 216,545 km, including 6,746 new Personal Bests.

 

Not any ordinary tourists

By Tony Gallagher

One of my favourite things about parkrun is observing how people interact and 'use' it as it were. Over the years, in my parkrun journey, I have gone through different ways at different times. Initially, when there was only Bushy and parkrun was all very new and unknown, I made the effort because it was fun and simply felt right. My family joined me at Bushy sometimes mainly because it just felt right too. Soon after Banstead started it felt only right to do some volunteering and the camaraderie there introduced me to the community aspect that regular interaction provides. When Roundshaw came along it was my 'local' and, given that Banstead was well established with volunteers it seemed a natural step to run and volunteer here. When Neil Reissland departed as RD I was ( to put it very loosely ) 'volunteered' to be a RD.

Despite having run 114 different parkrun locations I never consider myself a parkrun tourist in the sense it is used today. Once Wimbledon parkrun started it seemed only natural to run in that event. When the next London parkrun started I tried that and so on.... This Saturday we had a special lot of tourists visit us. They are a tourist group and have sent in a picture of themselves and a wee report too which can be found below. Among the group are two Guinness Book of Record holders.  The are not any ordinary tourists.

First some local bits and pieces. This week we had no fewer than eight participants who had never run ANY pakrun previously: a very warm welcome to Stephanie Garlick, Nicola Humphries (Chiltern Church Runners), Ryan Saunders, Shazza Mckn, Claire Foley, Daniel Saunders,Noel Nicholson and Monica Soleto Reyes. Dominique Corradi, who runs in the 15-17 age group was 1st lady back and second person overall. First back was Daniel Gaffney with a new PB. Thanks to all the lovely volunteers without whom there would be no Roundshaw parkrun.

Speaking of volunteers a little birdie informs me in two weeks time our co- founder with Mick, Nicola Stephenson, will be doing her 50th parkrun. Saturday afternoon I popped along to the Roundsahw Estate 50th year celebrations. I handed out some parkrun flyers and spoke to some folk. One lady, who has been living in the area for many years about a quarter of a miles from the start, didn't event know what parkrun was. Perhaps we need to spread the word a bit better. I didn't learn too much abut the history of the roundshaw estate unfortunately and as there was no reference to it at all in the celebrations !

Stats are at the bottom of this report after the "TOURISTS' REPORT here.

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" We are a group of parkrun friends / tourists that all belong to the same Tube Challenge forum and meet in London around six times a year for parkrun and orienteering on the underground in the afternoon (Known as the random 15 championship we meet several other people at a designated starting station and there are 14 other stations in a sealed envelope normally within Zones 1 & 2 that you have to visit in the fastest possible time...

Although everyone was not in attendance yesterday we do have people that come sometimes from as fa away as Penzance and often our numbers park running are in double figures....

So there was myself;

Kevin Brown home run Bedfont Lakes and that was run 198 and different event 96, I am also 2  x former Guinness World Record holder for visiting ALL of the London Underground stations in the fastest time...

Andrew Chilcraft ED at Linford Wood and has 202 runs at 92 events

Andy James home run Bournemouth and has 89 runs at 82 events, The current and 5 times Guinness World Record holder for visiting ALL of the London Underground stations and twice former Guinness World Record holder for visiting ALL of the stations on the New York metro

Nick Gardner home run Southsea and has 110 runs at 42 events

Ian MacNaughton 8 runs at 5 events...

We all thought Roundshaw was a really lovely and friendly course and if we get the chance is definitely on the list for a re-visit.. "

Here is a photo and left to right Andy, Kevin, Ian, Nick, Andrew    ---

Roundshaw Downs parkrun Event number 440 16th September 2017

This week 124 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Richard N CARTER • Tony GALLAGHER • Finn GALLAGHER-MUNDY • Mark EDWARDS • Pat WALSH • David ALDERSON • Helen ELDERFIELD • Eileen LEONARD • Sarah MCCARTHY • Yasin IQBAL • Sheila DAILY • Claire SAUNDERS • Kathrine HAND • James LEWIS

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Roundshaw Downs parkrun Results Page.

Male placings: Daniel GAFFNEY (SM30-34) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:19 - 4th time in 5 appearances. Luke FOWKES-SMITH (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second (third overall) over the line in 20:12. Paul MCGARRY (SM25-29) (Unattached) was third (4th overall) over the line in 20:35 - was first to finish once before.

Female placings: Dominique CORRADI (JW15-17) of Sutton & District AC, was first (second overall) over the line in 19:55 - 5th time in 7 appearances. Louise ARPINO (VW35-39) of Collingwood AC, was second (36th overall) over the line in 24:59. Bianca JOHNSON (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (41st overall) over the line in 25:20.

The three highest age grades were recorded by: Dominique CORRADI (JW15-17) – 76.82% for the time 19:55 (second overall). Daniel GAFFNEY (SM30-34) – 75.75% for the time 17:19 (first overall). Patrick O'BRIEN (VM55-59) – 72.05% for the time 22:04 (12th overall).

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 Clare ELMS who recorded 92.15% (18:54) on 15th April 2017 (event number 418).

Roundshaw Downs parkrun started on 18th July 2009. Since then 4,676 participants have completed 41,675 parkruns covering a total distance of 208,375 km, including 6,544 new Personal Bests.

 

10 for 4 not out

Fog!!!

By Ian Cotton

Course Conditions:

The course conditions weren’t the best due to the rain this week though still very good for December.  The second hill, especially through the gap, was quite slippery. Fog descended over Roundshaw Downs parkrun making glasses steam up and it was fairly disorientating for some athletes because they couldn’t see very far in front of them!

PBs, Positions and 10s, 50s, 100s etc…

On a happier note Duncan Mallison, Jon Dean, Sarah McCarthy, Fred Bastello, Nga Sze Leung, Tim Gilkinson, Bernadette Goldrick and David Farodoye, all ran PBs, well done! Fred Bastello knocked 44 seconds of his PB, Bernadette Goldrick just got three PBs in a row and David Farodoye smashed his old PB by taking 87 seconds off it. Alphi James Backers England ran his first ever parkrun. Congratulations to Oliver Campion for running his 10th parkrun and Yasin Iqbal for finishing his 100th parkrun. Thank you for the delicious chocolates and cakes.

Ed's note: as mentioned by Ian in his report Oliver Campion reached his 10 milestone on Saturday. Question will the t shirt fit him as he is only 4 years old !!!! Amazing or awesome as the folk from down under say.

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 399
17th December 2016

Male placings:
Gavin ENGLEFIELD (VM35-39) of South London Harriers, was first over the line in 19:31 - third time in 36 appearances.
Duncan MALLISON (VM40-44) of Ranelagh Harriers, was second over the line in 19:40.
Glen SMITH (SM30-34) of Collingwood AC, was third over the line in 20:02.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Gavin ENGLEFIELD (South London Harriers) 2143 pts.
Glen SMITH (Collingwood AC) 1627 pts.
Patrick O'BRIEN (South London Harriers) 1477 pts.

Female placings:
Ally WHITLOCK (VW35-39) of Striders of Croydon AC, was first (19th overall) over the line in 23:35 - second time in 8 appearances.
Sophia LORKE (JW11-14) of Emmanuel Runners, was second (30th overall) over the line in 24:18.
Patroulla LORKE (VW40-44) of Emmanuel Runners, was third (31st overall) over the line in 24:32.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Kirsty COTTON (St Patrick's Tigers) 1876 pts.
Helen ELDERFIELD (Unattached) 1714 pts.
Karen CHART (Collingwood AC) 1710 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Jon DEAN (VM55-59) was graded 76.79% for the time 20:32 (5th overall).
David WILLIAMSON (VM45-49) was graded 71.79% for the time 20:23 (4th overall).
Christopher CURTIS (VM50-54) was graded 70.63% for the time 21:03 (7th overall).

This week there were 91 runners, of whom 1 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different athletics clubs took part.

Roundshaw Downs parkrun started on 18th July 2009, and since then 3,973 different runners, including participants from 244 athletics clubs, have completed 35,318 runs covering a total distance of 176,590 km, and there have been 5,518 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Clare ELMS who ran in a time of 00:18:28 on 18th April 2015 (event number 310).
The male record is held by Kevin QUINN who ran in a time of 00:15:41 on 13th August 2011 (event number 110).
The Age Grade course record is held by Clare ELMS who recorded a 91.88% run (18:28) on 18th April 2015 (event number 310).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Roundshaw Downs parkrun Results Page.

 

The Roundshaw parkrun Family by Ric Adams

I knew I should have written this report sooner…getting round to it on a Thursday isn’t the best way to do things, especially when you’ve got a memory like mine….so these are the headlines from event number 397.

Having been freezing cold for the few days before, the day itself was pleasantly mild and rather sunny, and those who started in layers of clothing quickly handed them over to the marshalls as they finished the first lap.

Again I was struck by the inclusiveness of parkrun…watching those who are definitely out to win the event carefully doing their stretches by the trees on the way to the start…and those who are merely happy to get around perhaps a little faster than last time. It was Sutton & District AC’s Ricky Lutakome who came in first place, in a fantastic time of 15.56….a new PB for Ricky on his 8th parkrun….and a full two minutes and 36 seconds ahead of second placed Justin Macenhill from Striders of Croydon.

There were 11 new PBs  on the day from a field of 115….well done everybody.

A big parkrun welcome to Alex Demetri and Rosalyn Townsend, both of whom achieved respectable times…and a welcome to Roundshaw for the first time to parkrun veterans Richard Hook and Mark Baker. We hope to see you all visiting again in the coming weeks. For Stephen Hewett it was his 284th Roundshaw parkrun (having now completed 347 parkruns overall).

I know (because I heard him say it!) that it was a big disappointment to Tony Gallagher that nobody was celebrating any significant milestones today….which meant NO CAKES! I’ve discovered that one of the perks of being a volunteer…particularly a barcode scanner…is that you do get to ‘test’ the cakes on offer before the athletes.

Talking of barcode scanning, I couldn’t be more happy about the way that It has been made possible for my wheelchair using daughter, Abigail, to become a part of the ‘Roundshaw Family’. She is just a few ‘volunteers’ away from getting her 25 shirt….and she can’t wait to bring cakes to celebrate that. Thank you all for being so patient with her, and for including her. I must give special mention here to Chris Curtis, who almost without fail gives Abigail a High Five as he finishes his first lap. She wants me, when the weather is warmer, to push her round the course in her chair….I think I need to get into serious training for that!

For me, it was a significant event because it was the first time I had officially completed the course in over a year….since October 3rd 2015. I’d stopped running as I’d got a bit of pain in my right knee…and to make a long story short, had been told earlier this year that I’ve got arthritis in that knee. In the meantime I’ve seen the physio and have been doing exercises to strengthen the surrounding muscles….and although my time was a good few minutes from my PB, I was glad to finish….and to finish without any extra discomfort too!

But I must say that the highlight of my morning was watching two members of the same family complete the course….Matthew Campion and his young son Oliver. Oliver is just 4 years old but completed the two laps without breaking into a sweat, as his mum cheered him to the finish. Well done Oliver….and Matthew too, of course!

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 397
3rd December 2016

Male placings:
Ricky LUTAKOME (JM15-17) of Sutton & District AC, was first over the line in 15:56 - 5th time in 6 appearances.
Justin MACENHILL (VM40-44) of Striders of Croydon AC, was second over the line in 18:30 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.
Darren EKINS (VM40-44) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:49 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Gavin ENGLEFIELD (South London Harriers) 1945 pts.
Glen SMITH (Collingwood AC) 1529 pts.
Patrick O'BRIEN (South London Harriers) 1477 pts.

Female placings:
Virginia KENNEDY (VW40-44) (Unattached) was first (25th overall) over the line in 22:22 - 7th time in 20 appearances.
Maeve TOMLINSON (VW40-44) (Unattached) was second (45th overall) over the line in 24:31 - has been first to finish on 10 previous occasions.
Roberta Ann GILKINSON (VW50-54) (Unattached) was third (53rd overall) over the line in 26:07.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Kirsty COTTON (St Patrick's Tigers) 1698 pts.
Karen CHART (Collingwood AC) 1547 pts.
Helen ELDERFIELD (Unattached) 1522 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Ricky LUTAKOME (JM15-17) was graded 84.73% for the time 15:56 (first overall).
Simon PANNELL (VM55-59) was graded 76.42% for the time 20:17 (9th overall).
Justin MACENHILL (VM40-44) was graded 76.04% for the time 18:30 (second overall).

This week there were 115 runners, of whom 5 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different athletics clubs took part.

Roundshaw Downs parkrun started on 18th July 2009, and since then 3,960 different runners, including participants from 241 athletics clubs, have completed 35,111 runs covering a total distance of 175,555 km, and there have been 5,499 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Clare ELMS who ran in a time of 00:18:28 on 18th April 2015 (event number 310).
The male record is held by Kevin QUINN who ran in a time of 00:15:41 on 13th August 2011 (event number 110).
The Age Grade course record is held by Clare ELMS who recorded a 91.88% run (18:28) on 18th April 2015 (event number 310).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Roundshaw Downs parkrun Results Page.

 

The Reverse Roundshaw

Chiltern Church Runners in association with African Child Trust bring you;  

The Reverse Roundshaw

 

A 5k run on Monday 25th August at 10.30 a.m. on Roundshaw Downs near the War Memorial of Imperial Way.

Entry £8 in advance £10 on day

Entry includes Race Number, Medal, Goody bag – which is itself a gym bag!

Limited stock of T shirts in addition.

Prizes for first three Men and Ladies.

Cheques payable to African Child Trust.

More info: http://www.churchrunner.co.uk/

 

The Croydon Half Marathon – 30th March

The Croydon Half Marathon

Fancy taking your running to the next level?  One of the local running clubs - Striders of Croydon are holding The Croydon Half Marathon on Sunday 30th March at 9:15am. 

The Croydon Half Marathon is a two lap UKA Certified road course. It is undulating with a few challenging hills. It will suit runners of all abilities. The event limit is 750

The race will start at 9:15am close to the event centre at the Sandilands Club House, follows a similar route to the Croydon 10K for two laps and finishes back  in the grounds of the club house.  The course will close at 12:30

On line entry for the 2014 event is open

entry closes on 26th March. There is no entry on the day

UK Athletics Licence 2014-9001

Striders of Croydon are pleased to host the fourth Croydon Half Marathon sponsored by streets ahead Estate Agents and in aid Nightwatch - a local Croydon charity that cares for homelss people in the town.

The route is the same as for 2013 with the start and finish at our Sandilands Club so runners can enjoy the club facilities before and after their run.

The Croydon Half Marathon is a well organised, chip timed, UKA certified road course. It is an accurate, undulating two-lap course with a few short but challenging hill sections and will suit runners of all abilities.

There will be goody bags and medals for all finishers and prizes for individual men and women, individual male and female vets and team prizes.

Getting to the Croydon Half Marathon is easy. As the course runs through residential areas, parking is limited. But we are very well served by public transport.

Please click on entry for ways to enter.

Please click on Race Information for details of the course, event centre and how to get there.

This a charity event you are encouraged to get sponsorship to support Croydon Nightwatch click on Charities for more info.

 

South London Longest parkrun

For those of you interested in taking part in the longest parkrun 2013 the date will be Sunday 23rd June.

There is a choice of two loops through South / South East London coming together for the middle three runs – these are marked with a *.

Here are the approximate timings for the South London loop:

0900 - Nonsuch Park
1030 - Riddlesdown
1200 - Bromley*
1330 - Dulwich*
1500 - Brockwell*
1630 - Roundshaw
1800 - Lloyd park

These are run as freedom runs (unofficial run so do not count towards your overall number of parkruns).  But are aimed at being more of a social event.  You can do as many or as few as you feel comfortable doing.  So you don’t have to run all 7 but you’ll be more than welcome to cheer on runners and have a well-deserved break along the way.

 

Local Event – Quiz Night

Quiz Night

Friday 22nd March  7.30 pm ready for 8pm start

Croygas Sports Club, 48 Mollison Drive, Wallington, Surrey SM6 9BY (near St Elphege’s School)

£5 per person – further donations welcome

Rosemary will be running her debut London Marathon & all money will go to National Osteoporosis Society

Cash Bar, teams of six, or come & join a team

 We will provide nibbles, but no main meal

Raffle and a game or two to pay for

Contact: Rosemary Egbe rosemaryegbe@yahoo.co.uk 07870 842 342 or Alison Symonds-Taylor asymondst@hotmail.com 07718 538 948

 

Your donations are much appreciated, you can still donate if you’ve not done so yet, here’s the link!  http://www.justgiving.com/Rosemary-Egbe-Debut-Marathon-VLM2013

Thank you very much Rosemary

 

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