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.

 

A parkrun with a view

 

By Nicholas Tanner

Special congratulations this week go to Helen ELDERFIELD for reaching 250 parkruns. An amazing achievement which includes 245 runs at Roundshaw Downs and the interesting addition of Fletcher’s Cove parkrun, USA!

Alexa BASTELLO-KENNEDY ran her 50th senior parkrun to add to her 35 junior parkruns - an accomplishment made all the more incredible by the fact that she is still in the JW10 category!

I also completed my 50th parkrun a little more than a year after my wife encouraged me to give it a go. Having not run for many years, I was delighted to discover the friendly and positive atmosphere that is so welcoming to all abilities. It has rekindled my interest in running, made me a healthier person, and I now look forward to Saturday mornings like never before!

Of course, none of this would be possible without all the volunteers that make it happen. Thank you very much this week to Alan William LAWRENCE  •  Alison FOX  •  Annette HELLIWELL  •  Caroline SAUNDERS  •  Eileen LEONARD  •  Jennifer GALE  •  Kathryn SCHOFIELD  •  Laura FOSTER  •  Maria LAWRENCE  •  Marie GRAY  •  Martyn NEWTON  •  Matthew GRAY  •  Richard FOX  •  Sarah TINDLEY  •  Thomas SCHOFIELD  •  Tim GRAY

With the hot and humid conditions, you might have expected PBs to be at a premium this week. So very well done to Luke FOWKES-SMITH, Thomas SCHOFIELD, Rob HARRIS, Debbie JACKSON, Mark ETHERINGTON, Carlos GARCIA, Alfie James Backers ENGLAND, Jonathan THOMAS, Andy DENG, Daniel GUEST, Selena WONG, Linda JONES, Andrew GREEN, Mari BALBI, Joanne EVANS, Thomas ENGLEFIELD, Atanas DIMITROV, Jacqueline JASICZAK, Periasamy SELVARAJ, Nima LAMA, Steven HARMER, Kathryn SCHOFIELD, Tak-Yan ELLIS, Theo CHANDLER, Andrew CHANDLER, Gracie NORRIS, Gari THOMAS, Kathrine HAND and Jola NOWAKOWSKA-JAROSZ.

Luke FOWKES-SMITH (Happy Birthday Luke, Your Father in law said to send his love  - Ed.) couldn’t have been closer to breaking 20 minutes but still ran a very aesthetically pleasing 20:00. Borrowing a fun idea from Kingsway parkrun in Gloucester, the following equally aesthetically-pleasing times also deserve a mention: Nathan CLARKE – 23:32, Andy DENG – 24:00, Selena WONG – 24:24, Michael DEACON – 27:27, Csaba CSORDAS – 28:28, Mike CONNAGHTON – 31:00, Gracie NORRIS – 31:31, Rebecca COSSINS – 32:23 and Rupert QUESTED – 42:00.

Starting their parkrun journey were first timers Tom SAUNDERS, Harvey DEACON, Francis O'DONOGHUE, Alba CANOSA, Sarah FERRIROLI, Anthony FERRIROLI, Ed HILLIAM and Hannah SAMUEL. We hope you enjoyed it and will be back soon.

As an aside, my attention was brought to a recent article in the Croydon Guardian ranking South London’s parkruns from easiest to hardest:

http://www.croydonguardian.co.uk/news/15267877.South_London___s_parkruns_ranked_from_easiest_to_hardest_by__obsessive__runner_who_knows_them_well/

parkrunner Geoff MARSHALL judged our friends and neighbours at Lloyd parkrun to have the hardest course with a score of 5/5. But as we well know, Roundshaw Downs is also a pretty tough course and the score of 3/5 puts it among the harder courses in the area.

This lead me to another article where I was pleased to see that Geoff honours Roundshaw Downs as one of two parkruns offering the best views over London

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 424
27th May 2017

This week 178 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers.

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

Male placings:
Ian STAMMARS (VM40-44) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:59 - second time in 19 appearances.
Paul MCGARRY (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:36 - was first to finish once before.
Richard FOX (VM50-54) of Collingwood AC, was third over the line in 19:39 - was first to finish once before.

Female placings:
Debbie JACKSON (VW45-49) of Chiltern Church Runners, was first (18th overall) over the line in 21:46 - second time in 5 appearances.
Elaine REID (VW45-49) of Collingwood AC, was second (43rd overall) over the line in 23:55 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions.
Rachael HAYWARD (VW45-49) of Chiltern Church Runners, was third (49th overall) over the line in 24:19 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Sally O'REGAN (VW65-69) – 76.53% for the time 28:37 (106th overall).
Jon DEAN (VM55-59) – 75.06% for the time 21:11 (11th overall).
Richard FOX (VM50-54) – 75.06% for the time 19:39 (third overall).

The female record is held by Clare ELMS who recorded a time of 00:18:28 on 18th April 2015 (event number 310).
The male record is held by Kevin QUINN who recorded 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 92.15% (18:54) on 15th April 2017 (event number 418).

Roundshaw Downs parkrun started on 18th July 2009. Since then 4,378 participants have completed 39,062 parkruns covering a total distance of 195,310 km, including 6,154 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.

 

All Kinds of Everything

'All Kinds of Everything' by Tony Gallagher

Each weekly Roundshaw parkrun is differentiated thanks, in the main, to the personalities of those taking part which leads to all kinds of everything. This week in no particular order:

We had Rupert celebrating 250 runs of which he has run 197 at Roundshaw: we have several other folk getting close to the 250 mark - what a success story and great show of commitment.

We had no less than 8 brand new parkrunners this weekend ( not the actual runners ). I don't know which lady exactly ( probably either Karen, Evis or Alison ) but one of them told me she hadn't exercised for over 20 years!! Never too late to start. We also had 8 running only their second parkrun too.

We had Rob Wilson, in his 80s, join us once again and we witnessed Jenny and Steve Cooney's eldest running ( eh ... carried some of the way by Jenny ) around one lap :)

This week's particular run saw several of Pat and Peter Walsh's colleagues take part in the run - think of it as a sub social group.

All parkruns over time need to be adjudicated - think the word compliance comes to mind. Anyway this week it was out turn. I was most impressed I think by the fact that we didn't particularly feel the need to change our ways of doing things for the adjudication which means, hopefully, we are doing things okay. Time will tell.

There were many PBs this week: some of our regulars managed the feat namely Ian Smith on his 94th run at RS, Kirsty Cotton on her 96th run at Rs and Ashley Pate on his 126th run here.

We had Kaye Quinn, who now normally resides at Riddlesdown run with us this week: I am personally always glad to see Kaye and I remember her when she was one of the mainstay people at Banstead Woods where I first started volunteering: Kaye's great speciality was making every single volunteer feel very welcome and part of the parkrun community even in its early development.

Stats are below. We had a fine turnout of 145 finishers this week. As always please remember to bring your barcode. Also if you pass through the finishing funell, and receive a finishing token, please make certain we get it back. This week we had numbers 133 and 134 go missing. Last week we had two others go missing also.

Volunteers are always welcome - you can even try your hand at writing the weekly report :)

STATS
Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 367
7th May 2016

Male placings:
Simon AMBROSI (VM35-39) of Striders of Croydon AC, was first over the line in 18:35 - second time in 13 appearances.
Ashley PATE (VM35-39) of Chiltern Church Runners, was second over the line in 18:55 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Robin HOLMES (VM45-49) of South London Harriers, was third over the line in 19:34.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
David ALDERSON (Wilson's School) 3867 pts.
Christopher CURTIS (Collingwood AC) 3346 pts.
Joe VICTOR (Unattached) 3257 pts.

Female placings:
Alexandra CAMPBELL (SW25-29) (Unattached) was first (11th overall) over the line in 20:51 - first appearance.
Anne DAVIDSON (VW50-54) of Dorking & Mole Valley AC, was second (27th overall) over the line in 22:59.
Maeve TOMLINSON (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (36th overall) over the line in 23:48 - has been first to finish on 10 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Laura FOSTER (Unattached) 3659 pts.
Helen ELDERFIELD (Unattached) 3613 pts.
Amanda CURTIS (Collingwood AC) 3606 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Sally O'REGAN (VW65-69) was graded 78.99% for the time 27:17 (73rd overall).
Anne DAVIDSON (VW50-54) was graded 75.78% for the time 22:59 (27th overall).
Robin HOLMES (VM45-49) was graded 74.79% for the time 19:34 (third overall).

This week there were 145 runners, of whom 15 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different athletics clubs took part.

Roundshaw Downs parkrun started on 18th July 2009, and since then 3,639 different runners, including participants from 217 athletics clubs, have completed 31,632 runs covering a total distance of 158,160 km, and there have been 4,943 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Clare ELMS who ran in a time of 00:18:28 on 2015-04-18 (event number 310).
The male record is held by Kevin QUINN who ran in a time of 00:15:41 on 2011-08-13 (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.

 

Event number 346 25th December 2015 – My 250th parkrun

My 250th parkrun

This morning I woke up in my flat alone grateful that I knew I would be spending the day with some of my favourite people, people who I love and know love me back. It also made me realise how lucky I was. It's an odd feeling but actually very peaceful and like the calm before the storm.

As I lied in my warm bed, I wondered how many people had woken up not so lucky. I will never forget reading the parkrun UK newsletter just after Christmas about a parkrunner who would of been alone all day. But parkrun allowed him a morning with people and it makes you realise that parkrun is so much more than running.

I never thought I would make 250 parkruns after my first parkrun at Roundshaw and still see the tree root I fell over. To be honest I didn't know anything more than it was a fun run my cousin had challenged me to attend in the New Year that Christmas morning in 2010.  But by mid-February 2011 I had completed my first parkrun and I still remember the feeling of doing one lap and really thinking I had done 5k not that I had to do it all again!!

But I’ve made it to 250 events in less than 5 years, so well and truly got the parkrun bug.  I am very grateful to the volunteers who make the events happen every week so thank you to all our volunteers today:

Jack BRINKLOW, Bob CHART, Paul David COOPER, Sheila DAILY, Tony GALLAGHER, Tim GRAY, Michael John Richard HIGGINS, Alex PARRIS, Mick TURNER

This week we only had 3 unknown runners who were missing their barcodes and 3 first timers.  Surprisingly there were a few tourists who I am sure were visiting families.  Although I know my dad and uncle chose to go on tour to Dulwich instead of joining in my celebrations as a good opportunity to fit in another tour.  I also notice we have chauffeur Ramek (Steven RAMEK) visited us who is a famous tourist and surprised he has not visited us before.  So welcome to you all.  Also, was lovely to see our old run director come a visit us Ercole LUGARI and well done to his fiancée Alexis POTT for completing her first Roundshaw parkrun.

It’s rather nice my 250th fell on the same day I was set the challenge all those years ago. parkrun brought me the chance to have a new chapter of my life after my mum passed away.  It’s changed my life completely and even changed my shoe collection as I now have way more trainers that heels!!!  It was also very fitting that I tail ran with one of my Roundshaw buddies, Alison who I owe a lot of my parkrun experiences to as without her support on my first parkrun, I would never have even considered coming back.  So thank you to Alison SYMONDS-TAYLER and Karen CHART for kick starting my parkrun journey.

I must admit I did think the conditions would be a lot worse with all the rain we have had but they weren’t great and had lots of sticky mud.  The puddles haven’t formed in the woods so there is worse to come.  But there were points when I was grateful for my trail shoes for being able to keep me upright.  Only 6 PBs were recorded confirming how bad the conditions were.

There was no other milestones completed today at Roundshaw.  So as I reflect on my 250 parkruns I can't imagine life without it and all the adventures I would have missed out on and allowed me to do something I enjoy whatever my speed. It gave me the confidence to turn up anywhere in the world, with a barcode and run/jog/walk.

But most of all, parkrun gave me a platform to meet new people from all walks of life who I would never of met and have now become great friends who we regularly meet up with somewhere in the UK and eat cake and have a laugh.

Thank you parkrun x

 

 

Roundshaw Downs parkrun Event number 346 25th December 2015

Male placings: Alex PENFOLD (SM20-24) of Croydon Harriers, was first over the line in 18:39 - 13th time in 36 appearances. Tom HIGGS (SM18-19) of South London Harriers, was second over the line in 18:45 - has been first to finish on 27 previous occasions. Mark CONSTANTINOU (VM50-54) of Chiltern Church Runners, was third over the line in 18:46 - has been first to finish on 12 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition: David ALDERSON (Wilson's School) 2041 pts. Christopher CURTIS (Collingwood AC) 1867 pts. Tom HIGGS (South London Harriers) 1795 pts.

Female placings: Clare ELMS (VW50-54) of Dulwich Runners AC, was first (5th overall) over the line in 19:38 - 9th time in 9 appearances. Rachel COE-O'BRIEN (SW25-29) of South London Harriers, was second (11th overall) over the line in 20:55 - has been first to finish on 14 previous occasions. Virginia KENNEDY (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (29th overall) over the line in 24:24 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition: Laura FOSTER (Unattached) 1871 pts. Amanda CURTIS (Collingwood AC) 1865 pts. Helen ELDERFIELD (Unattached) 1738 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: Clare ELMS (VW50-54) was graded 86.42% for the time 19:38 (5th overall). Mark CONSTANTINOU (VM50-54) was graded 79.22% for the time 18:46 (third overall). Tony TUOHY (VM50-54) was graded 78.80% for the time 19:11 (4th overall).

This week there were 100 runners, of whom 12 were first timers and 6 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different athletics clubs took part.

Roundshaw Downs parkrun started on 18th July 2009, and since then 3,394 different runners, including participants from 198 athletics clubs, have completed 29,469 runs covering a total distance of 147,345 km, and there have been 4,718 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Clare ELMS who ran in a time of 00:18:28 on 2015-04-18 (event number 310). The male record is held by Kevin QUINN who ran in a time of 00:15:41 on 2011-08-13 (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.

 

News From The Downs

Report on Roundshaw parkrun 342 by Tony Gallagher

We had a double ‘first’ of sorts at Roundshaw parkrun this week. Victoria Stammars was completing her first ever parkrun. James Heather was completing his first ever parkrun.

Victoria is a new Mum to four and half months old Scarlett and she had a nice parkrun walk, as it were, around Roundshaw with Scarlett strapped to her in front. Scarlett was unfazed by it all but didn’t comment about the event post run as she was busy snoozing after a long, hard carry-around: tail runner volunteer this week, Sarah Mustoe, kept them company. Welcome all to the parkrun family.

In only his second parkrun ever Polish runner Pawel Staszynski ran Roundshaw for the first time. His Polish parkrunning friends told him, because he lived in London, it was the perfect opportunity to sample some parkruns. Sarah Allen, Steve Knight, Suzanne Swaine from Herne Hill Harriers and Ashley Bradbury were also running Roundshaw for the first time this week.

First past the post was Tom Higgs after which time he did scanner duties – thanks Tom. For the ladies the aforementioned Suzanne Swaine was first finisher.

As always we are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Jonathan ALAWO, David ALDERSON, Neil DAWSON, Steve FOSTER, Tony GALLAGHER, Tim GRAY, Tom HIGGS, Martin LLOYD and, aforementioned, Sarah MUSTOE.

A further reminder that there will be a Xmas day parkrun on Friday 25th along with the usual Saturday parkrun on boxing day. Start time is 09:00. On new years’ day, Friday 01st January, there will be a later start time of roughly between 10:00 – 10:05. This will allow some leeway for those hoping to do a ‘double’ parkrun – the only day of the year when this is permitted. There will be the usual Saturday parkrun on 2nd January.

Some parkrun snippets follows:

Last week, at the Inter-Church Mob Match at Nonsuch parkrun  St Patrick’s Tigers took the honours when they roared around the course.... poor pun I know. Congratulations to the tigers.

Jean and Rupert are off on their travels again and we will not see them until February. Have a great time.

Alex Parris, if you are reading this news section, you left your 100 parkrun jacket behind along with barcode in the pocket..... it will save you looking for it next time.

Just wanted to say good luck to long time supporter Michael with his knee op. later this week: hope to see you back participating on the Downs soon but not too soon Michael.

Finally we had no “unknown” runners this week – it is so nice when we know you all. Thanks for remembering your barcode. Stats below are for your perusal.

 

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 342
28th November 2015

Male placings:
Tom HIGGS (SM18-19) of South London Harriers, was first over the line in 18:16 - 25th time in 165 appearances.
Mark CONSTANTINOU (VM50-54) of Chiltern Church Runners, was second over the line in 19:05 - has been first to finish on 12 previous occasions.
David R E WILLIAMS (VM40-44) of Sutton Runners, was third over the line in 19:24 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
David ALDERSON (Wilson's School) 1672 pts.
Tom HIGGS (South London Harriers) 1496 pts.
Christopher CURTIS (Collingwood AC) 1493 pts.

Female placings:
Suzanne SWAINE (SW30-34) of Herne Hill Harriers, was first (12th overall) over the line in 22:34 - first appearance.
Sylvie GREEN (VW50-54) of Oxted Runners, was second (27th overall) over the line in 24:29.
Maeve TOMLINSON (VW35-39) of Collingwood AC, was third (28th overall) over the line in 24:34 - has been first to finish on 10 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Amanda CURTIS (Collingwood AC) 1518 pts.
Laura FOSTER (Unattached) 1494 pts.
Helen ELDERFIELD (Unattached) 1371 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Mark CONSTANTINOU (VM50-54) was graded 77.90% for the time 19:05 (second overall).
David R E WILLIAMS (VM40-44) was graded 72.51% for the time 19:24 (third overall).
Tom HIGGS (SM18-19) was graded 72.17% for the time 18:16 (first overall).

This week there were 95 runners, of whom 7 were first timers and 5 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different athletics clubs took part.

Roundshaw Downs parkrun started on 18th July 2009, and since then 3,370 different runners, including participants from 195 athletics clubs, have completed 29,100 runs covering a total distance of 145,500 km, and there have been 4,693 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Clare ELMS who ran in a time of 00:18:28 on 2015-04-18 (event number 310).
The male record is held by Kevin QUINN who ran in a time of 00:15:41 on 2011-08-13 (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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Event number 339 7th November 2015

A tourist's view

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My home event is Gladstone Parkrun, a stone's throw from where I live in Willesden, North West London, and it's a great course, with a friendly crowd of regulars.  Last year, some of us Gladstonians did a spot of Parkrun tourism and I was quickly hooked.  By the end of the year I'd decided to have a go at all the events within the M25, aiming to complete them by the end of 2015.  There are currently 51 and on Saturday Roundshaw Downs was my 47th.

 

I'd planned on visiting Roundshaw some time ago, in line with the rather clever idea of avoiding any mud by tackling all the grassier events over the summer.  Yet by the autumn, Roundshaw and a few other events had slipped through the net.  Reading up on the course and keeping an eye on an ever-worsening forecast in the run-up to Saturday, I knew I'd be in for a challenging time. Although miraculously the rain held off, the 89 of us who lined up at the start were soon to experience just how demanding things would be:  buffeting winds accompanied us on the largely open, exposed course, whilst previous, heavy rain had made for a soggy terrain - and, naturally, there was mud aplenty!  Whilst I and many others slid around all over the place, Sean, whom I befriended at Lloyd Parkrun in September and who has been a real godsend in giving me lifts to the events in the area, seemed to remain upright with remarkable ease.  What was his secret?  He had spikes on!

 

Despite Saturday's tough running conditions, I thoroughly enjoyed the Roundshaw course and will certainly be back.  Features of every Parkrun event I've visited to date are a sociable, friendly environment; a strong spirit of community, created as much by the volunteers as by the runners; and a feeling of inclusivity - a warm welcome awaits, whether you're an elite runner or complete beginner.  All of these I experienced at Roundshaw Downs today.

 

Kemuel Solomon

Thanks Kemuel - always good to hear a new voice.
Well done to Mike Connaghton on his 50th, good going Mike.
Also the race plugged last week (for the person who missed the leaflets and wanted to know what it was) is the December 4th Pirie 10 miler XC, check out the South London Harrier's website for more details.
Now for the stats

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 339
7th November 2015

Male placings:
An unknown runner was first.
Daniel GILLETT (VM45-49) of South London Harriers, was second over the line in 19:25 - has been first to finish on 13 previous occasions.
Sean PARRY (VM35-39) (Unattached) was third over the line in 20:22.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
David ALDERSON (Wilson's School) 1389 pts.
Tom HIGGS (South London Harriers) 1296 pts.
Joe VICTOR (Unattached) 1284 pts.

Female placings:
Phyllis FLYNN (VW50-54) of Stragglers, was first (7th overall) over the line in 21:59 - 9th time in 15 appearances.
Li-Norah FLYNN (JW11-14) of South London Harriers, was second (22nd overall) over the line in 24:26.
Maeve TOMLINSON (VW35-39) of Collingwood AC, was third (31st overall) over the line in 25:25 - has been first to finish on 10 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Amanda CURTIS (Collingwood AC) 1251 pts.
Laura FOSTER (Unattached) 1220 pts.
Sarah MCCARTHY (Unattached) 1116 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Phyllis FLYNN (VW50-54) was graded 79.23% for the time 21:59 (7th overall).
Daniel GILLETT (VM45-49) was graded 73.05% for the time 19:25 (second overall).
Kemuel Dean SOLOMON (VM50-54) was graded 72.42% for the time 21:02 (4th overall).

This week there were 89 runners, of whom 11 were first timers and 2 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different athletics clubs took part.

Roundshaw Downs parkrun started on 18th July 2009, and since then 3,357 different runners, including participants from 193 athletics clubs, have completed 28,856 runs covering a total distance of 144,280 km, and there have been 4,679 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Clare ELMS who ran in a time of 00:18:28 on 2015-04-18 (event number 310).
The male record is held by Kevin QUINN who ran in a time of 00:15:41 on 2011-08-13 (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.

 

Event number 338 31st October 2015

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 338
31st October 2015

Male placings:
Mark FINBOW (SM25-29) of Collingwood AC, was first over the line in 18:30 - first appearance.
Mark CONSTANTINOU (VM50-54) of Chiltern Church Runners, was second over the line in 18:47 - has been first to finish on 12 previous occasions.
Antony CONSTANTINOU (VM50-54) of Chiltern Church Runners, was third over the line in 19:07.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
David ALDERSON (Wilson's School) 1296 pts.
Tom HIGGS (South London Harriers) 1296 pts.
Joe VICTOR (Unattached) 1194 pts.

Female placings:
Deborah COTTON (JW15-17) of St Patrick's Tigers, was first (11th overall) over the line in 22:03 - 15th time in 36 appearances.
Stephanie WARE (SW30-34) of New Creation Church London Runners, was second (33rd overall) over the line in 24:33 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Sophie GIBSON (JW15-17) of Oxted Runners, was third (35th overall) over the line in 24:49 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Amanda CURTIS (Collingwood AC) 1168 pts.
Laura FOSTER (Unattached) 1126 pts.
Kirsty COTTON (St Patrick's Tigers) 1115 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Mark CONSTANTINOU (VM50-54) was graded 79.15% for the time 18:47 (second overall).
Antony CONSTANTINOU (VM50-54) was graded 77.77% for the time 19:07 (third overall).
Robin MCDONALD (VM55-59) was graded 70.56% for the time 22:32 (14th overall).

This week there were 102 runners, of whom 9 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different athletics clubs took part.

Roundshaw Downs parkrun started on 18th July 2009, and since then 3,346 different runners, including participants from 193 athletics clubs, have completed 28,767 runs covering a total distance of 143,835 km, and there have been 4,677 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Clare ELMS who ran in a time of 00:18:28 on 2015-04-18 (event number 310).
The male record is held by Kevin QUINN who ran in a time of 00:15:41 on 2011-08-13 (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.

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