Nice day for a milestone…..

Nice day for a milestone…..

By Sue Gray, Chiltern Church Runners

Well the winter sun was trying its best this morning… but it was still a chilly start for all the parkrunners and volunteers. Gloves and trail shoes are now back on in force as Roundshaw becomes muddier underfoot…. Get ready for the winter folks!

There were some big milestones today. Chris Curtis did his 250th parkrun. Chris’ first one was in 2010 and he then began parkrunning more regularly in 2012. 244 of his runs have been at Roundshaw, with a couple of other local ones… and one in Trelissick (Truro). We appreciate your loyalty Chris! The “Congratulations on your 250 banner” was back; Chris wryly wonders what he’s been doing for the last few years… but was pleased with his achievement… so he should be!

Other milestones to mention were Des Keogh on 200, Helen Elderfield on 300 and Warren Robertson on a whopping 350. Congratulations to all of you… and thanks to everyone for the goodies afterwards.

Of course, parkrun isn’t just about the official (or even the unofficial) milestones…. Parkrun is full of different incentives; whether it’s doing your first one (congratulations to Sean TONKIN, Tom SWAFFIELD Stephen BROGAN Jude BROGAN Elizabeth BERKELEY Warren MILLER Lucia ROSE; many of whom I’m guessing by the times are not new to running!), getting that PB ( well done to Douglas MEAKIN, Rayyan HOSSENBUX, Emmanuel VICTOR, James HOGBEN, Graham ASHWELL, Andrew GREEN, Maria KENNEFICK, Graham ROCHE, Amber MARTINGELL, Molly BUCHAN, Joanne MURDOCH, Julia PEARCE, Rebecca GOLIGHTLY, David MURRAY, Katy JOHNSON, Rahul MENON, Yu Sheng HSU, Sally LANE, Liz EDWARDS, Sarah READ and Jessica READ) or any other personal challenge (Alla LUNN is aspiring to 50 runs before she’s 40 with at least one under 30 minutes). It may be about getting around in one piece (I like that one) or being able to justify a breakfast bap at Costa (I’m with you Patricia). Whatever it is that gets you out it seems to be working as we had 155 finishers today, at least a couple of single lappers, 3 dogs and a buggy… keep it up everyone!

It was fantastic to have some many volunteers today. It makes a huge difference to the run team to have so many involved so a big thank you to Robert ALLUM, Jack BYLES, Sarah BYRNE, Richard N CARTER, Sheila DAILY, Sue GRAY, Tim GRAY, Marie GRAY, Matthew GRAY, Rob HARRIS, Annette HELLIWELL, Michael John Richard HIGGINS, Riaz HOSSENBUX, Linda INGRAM, Martin LLOYD, Amber MURRAY, Daniel PRIDDLE, Andy SCHENDEL, Roger WELLS, Ken WRIGHT. It was lovely to have some extra Marshalls along the course; thanks for your encouragement everyone.

There was some lost property today; two barcodes were rescued by fellow runners and reunited with their owners (many thanks to those who stopped) a zip up jacket was also found, dropped near the start line… there was a muslin in the pocket so it may belong to the man with the buggy (although not necessarily of course!) if it’s yours then please do email the Roundshaw office.

And now for the stats

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 503
17th November 2018

This week 155 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 21 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 5,584 participants have completed 50,722 parkruns covering a total distance of 253,610 km, including 7,585 new Personal Bests.

 

Lest We Forget – RFC

by Tim Gray (Chiltern Church Runners & Collingwood AC)

On the day before Remembrance Sunday, and the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, it was appropriate enough that the runners were told to expect someone on the course in World War One uniform. What I’m told did catch a few people by surprise was the fact the uniform in question was the Royal Flying Corps – appropriate enough though for our course, considering the fact there was an RFC aerodrome next to Plough Lane in WWI. Thanks for coming along sir – much appreciated, and a very live way of remembering the sacrifice of so many.

http://www.airportofcroydon.com/RFC.html

Brand new to parkrun today were;

Douglas MEAKIN
Heather SALES
Molly BUCHAN
Viktor ROSE
Jamie ROSE
Colette HARVEY

Welcome all.

Visiting us were;

Darren RICHARDSON
Tim SHARRATT
Albert BAKER
Natasha BAKER
Fraser HAGELL Hercules Wimbledon AC
Cathryn REES Clapham Chasers RC

 

Fraser from Fulham Palace is close to ‘tourist’ status with nearly 20 events done, whilst Cathryn from Swindon has 45 events. The others with 5 or less runs are perhaps still settling into a home run? Do consider coming back, we may be muddy with no toilets, but we really are very friendly!

PB’s today for;

Mark COPPARD
Harvey REID
Robert SWAFFIELD
Neil ABRAHAM
Nick JAMES
Sally LANE
Maj VARUN
Rayyan HOSSENBUX
Finn FROOME LEWIS
Rahul MENON

 

Very well done – especially now the mud is coming back.

With a 250 last week, and one to come next week (I’m told there will be cake) – very well timed by Megan Thomas who managed to squeeze her 50 in on a week with no other milestones! Excellent work Megan – we look forward to the next 50 from you.

Sorry to have missed this week – but we were in Catford, turning Sue into a Pirate!

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 502
10th November 2018

This week 117 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Tony GALLAGHER • Martin LLOYD • Nicola MILES • Michael John Richard HIGGINS • David ALDERSON • Helen ELDERFIELD • Eileen LEONARD • Riaz HOSSENBUX • Kirsty COTTON • Tracy ORCHARD • Sarah BYRNE • Toby SHEARLOCK • Daniel PRIDDLE • Andy SCHENDEL • Jenny MAC DONNELL • Nick GOVEIA

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 5,565 participants have completed 50,567 parkruns covering a total distance of 252,835 km, including 7,564 new Personal Bests.

 

Christmas & New Year

Hi all,

As in previous years we do have volunteers willing to Run Direct on Christmas Day at 9.00am and New Years Day at a bit after 10.00 to allow others to run another local parkrun first.

We will need a few volunteers but will be prepared to run with a skeleton crew.

See you all then

 

This will be a day long remembered…

…it has seen the end of Kenobi, it will soon see the end of the Rebellion. That particular prophecy came true today in various forms, well, from a certain point of view anyway. Rebellion can appear in many guises – we saw the end of many of them this morning!

We had 15 people running at Roundshaw for the first time – 4 of whom were running their first ever parkrun! I know from experience that good intentions about keeping up with my running (particularly on cold winter days) face the rebellion of that little voice that says that I’ve had a long, hard working week and that I deserve a lie in on Saturday. Until getting up and getting out becomes a habit, that particular Dark Side voice is usually strong. 4 people defeated that rebellion – well done!

Another rebellion is the one that says that you can’t improve, that your PB is something achieved a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away but a whopping 31 people (including both my children) crushed that one today by setting new personal best times at this event. Obi Wan has taught you well!

The most popular rebellion is probably the one that says that running is only for a certain kind of person and 188 of us gathered as one to show that the message of parkrun is that it is for everybody, together, in community (in family).

Today was a particularly special day for 5 of our runners. Emma Baldwin (also a PB) and Emmanuel Victor both notched up their 50th runs. Terry Whittlsea laid down a cool 150th finish. Alex Penfold also ran his 150th but, as Lord Vader might have remarked had he been here, the Force is strong with this one as Alex also used today to set a new PB of 17:12 and he managed to be our first finisher on his special day!

I would, however, like to dedicate this report to my friend Sue Gray. Unlike Alex, Sue has never made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs and, as she told me today, she only ever intended to do one parkrun. Her husband, Tim Gray, is somewhat… what’s the word? Enthusiastic? Insistent? Let’s just say that he is a fine ambassador for parkrun and has brought many a young (and not so young) padawan to the start line and encouraged them to try just one 5k (I am one of them). The first time he tried to persuade Sue, she said “no”. Tim persisted. Eventually, Sue called him a stuck up half witted scruffy looking nerf herder in an effort to move him away from this subject but as Tim gazed out at the binary sunset above their shared homestead he sensed Sue’s destiny through the Force and eventually she agreed to do ONE – JUST ONE parkrun. On 14th January 2012, Sue ran her first ever parkrun (also here at Roundshaw Downs) – today she ran her 250th and shows no signs of losing her enthusiasm. Rumour has it that Tim just smiled and (under his breath of course) asked who’s scruffy looking? but, of course, that cannot be verified.

Given Sue’s reluctance to begin this journey, on 14th January 2012 Artoo would have said that the odds of seeing Sue complete 250 parkruns were about 725-1 but, as Threepio pointed out, Artoo has been known to make mistakes. From time to time. Tim knew that she had just taken [her] first step into a larger world.

As Sue gets home today, I presume that she will say something along the lines of Thank the Maker, this [essential] oil bath is going to feel so good and I think we’d all agree that she has earned it.

Fittingly, today was the 501st edition of the Roundshaw Downs parkrun and Sue has most definitely earned her place in the legendary 501st Legion – for her and for her friends who hold her in such high regard, it will indeed be a day long remembered.

By David Lunn

Now for the official stats:

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 501
3rd November 2018

This week 188 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Nick WHITE • Martin LLOYD • Rupert QUESTED • Mick TURNER • Tim GRAY • Annette HELLIWELL • Noel AITCHISON • Michael John Richard HIGGINS • Alison SYMONDS-TAYLER • Riaz HOSSENBUX • Neil DAWSON • Ray SAUNDERS • Matthew GRAY • Lindsey TANNER • Nicholas TANNER • Christine HOLLIDAY • Patricia NORTON

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 5,553 participants have completed 50,450 parkruns covering a total distance of 252,250 km, including 7,554 new Personal Bests.

 

500th event at Roundshaw Downs parkrun

 

(And There’s No Place Like Home) by Alison Symonds-Tayler

Today it was wonderful to celebrate our 500th run at Roundshaw Downs. It started on 18th July 2009.  I think it was the thirteenth event to start in the world.

What a difference a week makes. In last week’s news Tamsyn was commenting on it being ‘unseasonably warm’. This week, those people who had heeded the weatherman’s warning and brought gloves were pleased, as a cold snap had set in.  To give us longer with our coats on, today’s Run Director Kirsty gave out our special event news under the trees. She announced four awards. The first was for our 50,000th finisher (runner no. 59 last week) Jared Webb Plater. The second was for an all-round volunteer for 2018, Sam Purser. Then we were pleased to award our longest serving volunteer Martin Lloyd, who gets on with so many valuable jobs behind the scenes. He started his volunteering at the first run at Roundshaw Downs. And our fourth award is given in memory of Jack Brinklow, who was a regular volunteer and runner here. He sadly passed away late last year after collapsing on a local training run. We were thrilled to see determined, young Jack Byles receive this award. Both Jacks are known for their cheerfulness, encouraging smiles, jokes and persistence.  Jack Byles, we hope you recover and can give up the crutches soon.

Looking back to the runners at the first five events in 2009 there are several names who are still involved. They include Peter & Pat Walsh, Stephen Hewett (who has done most runs here) Alex & Annette Helliwell, Alison & Richard Fox, Dave Quickenden, Tony Gallagher, Martin Lloyd and Rupert Quested. Interesting to note an early visit from Chris Cowell, one of the first parkrun ‘Tourists’. He was first to visit 100 different venues and that is now known as a ‘Cowell’ and is a target in tourism circles. Many others have been coming for a long time and we always welcome new faces.

We owe our existence to the first Run Directors Mick Turner & Nicola Stephenson, who for the first few years shared the burden of leadership. When baby Jack was on the way, Nicky stepped down and this was a valuable prompt to widen the leadership team. Over the years we have appreciated these Run Directors taking the lead : Ercole Lugari , Paul Cooper, Neil Reissland, Tim Gray, Annette Helliwell, Tony Gallagher,  Toby Shearlock, Nicholas Tanner, and Kirsty Cotton. Mick Turner retains the overall role as Event Director. Thank you All. We were sorry that Mick wasn’t with us, however Mick was doing a tough marathon in aid of MIND along with Lorraine, Ercole and the Foxes. Well done Marathon team Roundshaw!

I have been doing a lot of parkrun touring recently, but always enjoy coming ‘Home’.  What are the Joys of Roundshaw ? The seasonal changes, particularly noticeable as we are on a Nature Reserve. The great views from the top (if you can take the time to notice). Today there was a lovely clear view over to the City.  We all enjoy the downhill home stretch. Some parkuns have uphill finishes, not good. I like the fact that you can see most of the course (apart from in the woods) and as a ‘Backpacker’ and walker, that is reassuring. Also, the very friendly and supportive team of volunteers.  And great to see lots of familiar faces along with the newer folk.

And the challenges? mud and puddles, if we have a long, wet spell and the tricky stretch in the woods. However, if your first parkrun is Roundshaw Downs, it prepares you for other challenging parkruns. If you start on somewhere like flat as a pancake Dulwich, others must be a shock.

Another good thing about Roundshaw, it has never been cancelled.

Looking at today’s run.  We welcomed 13 first timers, with Christine Roche doing her very first parkrun.  Jonathan Whittal celebrated his 50th with us, well done and I know he had a supporter or two. Maria Harron was our 3rd Lady home.  Then there was Cathy & Jenni Munday, Jack & Tom Leonard, Warren Merton, Tom Bedwell, Kevin Shao, Laurence Elliort, Mike Miller, & John Spurin. Think a lot of you were tourists, Thanks for coming.

I expect the cold kept a lot of you moving and conditions underfoot are still good, so we had 23 personal bests.  Second man home Andrew McDonald got under 19 mins 30 secs for the first time. Can’t mention you all, but Chiltern Church Runners Team Captain Tim will be pleased with Debbie Jackson, Rajika Kuhar and Patricia North (Indeed - Ed). And St Patrick’s Tigers Captain Kirsty will have noticed Darren Millings improving his time.

As I walked downhill to complete my first lap, lots passed me to finish and it was interesting to note several people had enough in their tanks to steadily and politely overtake a few folk to get home a bit faster.

There are always new targets to aim for in parkrun. After nearly eight years I was pleased to achieve my 250th t-shirt. Hopefully I can make my 500th. When you look down the results each week, you will notice the lovely purple 25 beside some people’s results. That is the reward for volunteering 25 times and gains a lovely purple t-shirt. I could see 24 folk from today’s 170 runners.  As we enter the next 500 runs, can I encourage you to volunteer more? If you volunteer to write the report, you can still do the run.  If you prefer, you could volunteer at junior parkrun on a Sunday at Nonsuch Park, Lloyd Park or Reigate Priory. You would be very welcome and it is great fun.  Or if you are a fast runner, I think you can be second barcode scanner.

Ric Adams was out with his camera  and videoed some of the run.  Do have a look and enjoy it all over again

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bABBEr0idJQ&feature=youtu.be

Sorry if not a very comprehensive history of the event. Feel free to offer any further insights to the Roundshaw Team. Observations and thoughts always very welcome by email to roundshawoffice@parkrun.com

Here’s to the next 500 runs. Congratulations everyone at Roundshaw Downs parkrun.

And now for the official stats;

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 500
27th October 2018

This week 171 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Tony GALLAGHER • Martin LLOYD • Noel AITCHISON • Michael John Richard HIGGINS • Ric ADAMS • Jean QUESTED • Robert BUTLIN • Alison SYMONDS-TAYLER • Michael OGUNNAIKE • Ken WRIGHT • Terry WHITTLESEA • Kirsty COTTON • Charles COTTON • George ENGLISH • Jenny MAC DONNELL • Claire SAUNDERS • Nicholas TANNER • Robert SWAFFIELD

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 5,538 participants have completed 50,262 parkruns covering a total distance of 251,310 km, including 7,523 new Personal Bests.

 

Fast, Furious, & Fun – by Tamsyn Down

With unseasonably warm weather, complimented by firm ground underfoot, Roundshaw Downs parkrun, number 499, was looking to be fast, furious, but above all fun as ever.

With a last minute change of Run Director ( thanks to the subversive influence of the Green Dragon) the crowd of 150, complete with families, dogs, friends, first timers, as well as people completing their milestone runs, sped off into distance. Claire and I just about managed to get into marshall position before Tom hurtled past us. Happily, we agreed the virtues of parkrun, between squawks of encouragements to the runners passing by. Starting Saturday with a blast of exercise, amongst nature and friends, with views stretching across London, can only be a win-win. One lady was concerned that she might be last - I replied ‘the people who are last, are those still laying in bed.’

A day of PBs it was indeed. With optimum running conditions, many people squeezed another personal best in, before the muddy season begins in earnest. Those people were: Tom Higgs, Daniel Gaffney, Tom Swaffield, Johnathan Fengaras, John Cazebon, Stav Tsielepis, Jack Tobin, Steven Hart, Andrew Green, Eloise Lachicoree, Gary Evans, Mark Baldwin, Nicola Miles, Pamela Munro, Polina Morozova, Rory Halinan, Austin Hallinan, Victoria Louise Legge, Jennifer Flippance, Samuel Walker, Jodie White, Helena Tsielepis, Patricia Norton, Sarah Read and Karen Hallinan. [As of this date there have now been exactly 7500 PB's at Roundshaw Ed].

A warm welcome to Roundshaw first timers: Daniel Catt, Carolyne Morgan, Kamar Gordon, Priyanka Ranaiandoli, Trojan Gordon, Calvin Stovell, Owen Pengelly and Errol Clarke. Also it was great to meet Edward Pengelly, Saffron Gloyne, Neil Abraham, George Abraham, Liz Edwards and Harvey Reid, who were completely new to the parkrun community. We wish you many happy runs and hope to see you again very soon.

A big congratulations to our milestone runners, who were Gary Evans, running an impressive PB for his 50th parkrun, and to the Roundshaw legend Ken Wright, who has accumulated a mighty 350 parkruns. This is no mean feat, considering he was only ever going to try parkrun, to placate a persuasive friend [Who's that ? Ed]. Also congratulations to our unsuspecting runner of the 50,000th Roundshaw run, Jared Webb Plater. 59 was the lucky finishing place in question.

A big thank you to the high-vis-heroes of the week, who made this event possible. They were: Eloise Adams, Sheila Daily, Helen Elderfield, George English, Tony Gallagher, Christine Holliday, Riaz Hossenbux, Martin Lloyd, Jenny Mac Donnell, Claire Phillips, Caroline Saunders, Mick Turner and myself, Tamsyn Down. Have a go at donning the high-vis, by emailing into the Roundshaw crew. All help is gratefully received.

Don’t forget that next week Roundshaw will be celebrating its 500th birthday, so come along and join in the celebrations. Happy running all.

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 499
20th October 2018

This week 150 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

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 5,525 participants have completed 50,091 parkruns covering a total distance of 250,455 km.

 

Reasons To Enjoy

 

Reasons I enjoyed this week's Roundshaw Downs parkrun were varied and wide.

Tony Gallagher

I enjoyed the biscuits that Anne Harris brought along to celebrate her 50th parkrun: what an achievement (aside from bringing the biscuits). Anne, who resides in the 70-74 age category, did her first ever parkrun ever in May 2017 and, apart from two runs outside of Roundshaw, has completed all her runs with us here in quite a short period of time.

Anne started parkrun as her son (s) ? ran Roundshaw already so why not her then?   I know some other parents and siblings run each week and it always reminds me of one of those special family elements available via parkrunnng.

Congrats also to Andrew McGovern who reached his 100th parkrun: he also has managed to volunteer for us 16 times this year alone. Well done Andrew.

I enjoyed too this week meeting Chaoran Sun who is in the process of attempting to participate in all the different London parkruns: a worthy ambition in itself but even more so when he said he will be aiming to cycle to and from each event. This week, for example, he cycled 18 miles from Tottenham to us here at Roundshaw, ran 18m 55s, and then cycled back again (as you do). Chaoran doesn't only do London as he has already completed a parkrun in Kolomna, Russia. I presume he didn't cycle to that one.

Also on the enjoyment radar this week was meeting Lesley and Richard Wingate from Taunton. The couple had been going to run in an event in South Wales but flooding etc put paid to that one. Hope they enjoyed the Downs instead.

Want to say thanks to Max Stillman who has been volunteering for us regularly most weeks for the past 6 months as part of his Duke of Edinburgh award. His volunteering target has been reached but, hopefully, we will see Max again either participating or volunteering in the future.

We have now done 498 events at Roundshaw and, luckily, never had to cancel one. I wonder how many other parkruns have reached 500 events? Can't be that many in the grander scheme of things. Does anyone know? Don't think there is a league table for most events by the event location itself ( as opposed to individual runners ) .

This week we enjoyed as we welcomed Isaac Kong, Mustafa Eren, Graham Roche along with Austin and Karen Hallinan to the parkrun family on their very first outing.

Full stats below. We were down on numbers this week probably due to cross country races in the Surrey League ( one of which was actually in the Downs in the afternoon that was jointly hosted by Collingwood and Tadworth ). There was also a church mob match at Nonsuch I understand.

Roundshaw Downs parkrun

Event number 498
13th October 2018

This week 130 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Tony GALLAGHER • Stephen HEWETT • Sarah TINDLEY • Samantha PURSER • Annette HELLIWELL • Noel AITCHISON • Michael John Richard HIGGINS • David ALDERSON • Helen ELDERFIELD • Lorraine TURNER • Alex MOLLOY • Sarah MCCARTHY • Jack BYLES • Caroline SAUNDERS • Max STILLMAN • Toby SHEARLOCK • Jenny MAC DONNELL

Reason I enjoyed the Roundshaw Downs parkeun this week were varied and wide.

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 5,512 participants have completed 49,941 parkruns covering a total distance of 249,705 km, including 7,474 new Personal Bests.

 

Happy international parkrun day!

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.

 

Better than 26.2?

By Tim Gray

Some really Fab numbers this week, the big one being Dave Senneck with 350 runs, 57 of which are at Roundshaw – and he brought cake to mark the occasion -  well done Dave.

A certain Ninja Runner Boy also ran his 100th parkrun, and with a 26.01 took nearly 4 minutes out of his course best, and just over 2 from his personal best. How did he manage it - with help from his friends! Clubmates from Collingwood AC (Glenn Smith, with buggy) on pacing duties and Sophia Lunn - Chiltern Church Runners - providing some competition to help him out. Well done to Soph on her own pb of 25.54 And 4th place female at age 11, very good running

There were more milestones, with a pair of 50's, Kathrine Hand coming back from injury and Antonette Cabida – well done to you both, and don’t forget 50 is a great number to get to!

Also a junior 10 from Tom Stubbings – well done Tom.

Tourists from Guildford joined us as well Paul W H Miller and Matthew William John Bennett, both running for Fitstuff. They came complete with Cow Cowells and even a Cow Bob (Bobble Hat), my first sighting of one 'in the wild' – both dedicated parkrun tourists. Nice you could join us for coffee afterwards as well.

Pb's today were;

Kohei WADA
Polina MOROZOVA
Ian FOWKES-SMITH Springfield Church Springers
Aron MERRITT
Sophia LUNN Chiltern Church Runners
David MURRAY Chiltern Church Runners
Andrew TETT CSSC Sports & Leisure
Kevin RALLEY
Tom STUBBINGS
Kirsty COTTON St Patrick's Tigers
James HOGBEN
Kezia RAMSDEN
Matthew GRAY Chiltern Church Runners
Aliuska PENA RICARDO
Stav TSIELEPIS
Chris CHARLWOOD
Tommy PAYNE
Makoto UEKI
Peter SAUNDERS
Patricia NORTON Chiltern Church Runners
Daniel GUEST
Mark HAYMAN
Paul John STUBBINGS
Alison GOVEIA
David CLAYTON
Nick GOVEIA
Jemma ZAKARIYYAU
Cameron DUFFY

 

A special mention to Kirsty Cotton, her 3rd pb in 4 runs after 182 runs at Roundshaw (204 total) – epic stuff Kirsty.

 

First Timers today were;

Nigel TYNDALE
Simon RICCA
Helena TSIELEPIS
Ini EKWO Lonely Goat RC
Matt TOPE
Paul GRAY
Helen DADY Collingwood AC
Matthew William John BENNETT Fitstuff
Paul W H MILLER Fitstuff

 

Welcome to you all.

Including the very welcome brand new parkrun trio;

Eloïse LACHICORÉE

Well done especially to Winifred MBIELI who came last week but not till 9.30 so only managed one lap then – great to have you back Winifred.

Also thanks to Tracy YOUNG who's attendance today was a belated birthday present for my 50th!

On tour this week was Alison S-T in Poznan, Poland, running her 250th parkrun – well done Alison, come home soon to show us your new t shirt.

Well done also to a number of Roundshaw regulars at the Striders Switchback 5, and  the Beat the Hill at Box Hill on Sunday, plus anywhere else I may have missed.

And now, for the stats;

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 496
29th September 2018

This week 149 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Nick WHITE • Martin LLOYD • Sarah TINDLEY • Mick TURNER • Tim GRAY • Annette HELLIWELL • Noel AITCHISON • Amanda CURTIS • Michael John Richard HIGGINS • Max STILLMAN • Toby SHEARLOCK • George ENGLISH • Claire SAUNDERS • Christine HOLLIDAY

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 5,481 participants have completed 49,656 parkruns covering a total distance of 248,280 km, including 7,439 new Personal Bests.

 

A just above average week – but welcome to all the newcomers

by Rupert Quested

This week 147 people finished the Roundshaw parkrun, which just above average for recent months.  Roundshaw has never been one of the biggest parkrun venues, despite the vast numbers of people who live within easy reach of us.  Maybe this is because our facilities are a little more primitive than some who  get much larger attendances than we do, for example neighbouring Lloyd Park and particularly Nonsuch Park.  However, those of us who have been running here for a number of years have been aware that  our numbers have increased over time, so I thought it might be interesting to look more closely at how they have developed.  I calculate that our average over the last 8 weeks is 138 finishers.  This is slightly down on the same period last year when the average was 146.  But that was a significant jump from the average in August/September the year before (which was 113) and from an average of 97 in the same period in 2015.  Going further back the averages were 94 in 2014, 78 in 2013, 85 in 2012 and 78 in 2011.  Apart from the slight drop this year, this growth clearly reflects the unstoppable growth of the parkrun phenomenon both nationally in the UK and world wide.

This week we had 10 finishers for whom this was their first ever parkrun, which is a much higher number than normal, so welcome to all of you.  They were Angela Royal, Laura Olley, Jenni Shaw, Cristiano Piccirillo, Sue Webber, Tony and Keryee Pang, Rebecca Golightly, Robert Varney and Mark Coppard, and we look forward to seeing you all again.  We had a few visitors from other local parkruns, but as far as I can see, no-one from outside the M25.

During the announcements at the start we were reminded that we are fast approaching our 500th running of the Roundshaw parkrun.  This week was number 495, so everyone should now be marking in their diaries that they should keep clear Saturday 28 October which, all being well, will be number 500.

This week, our first finisher was an unknown runner.  This is the third time in recent weeks that our first finisher has been unidentified and I presume that in most cases this was because they failed to bring their barcodes [Ed - often true, but this weeks was a chap who just happened across us and joined in!].  It seems a pity to put in all that effort and get nothing to show for it, so I can only repeat the usual exhortation – Don’t Forget Your Barcode!  Our first lady finisher was Rebecca Fleming, who has been running with us regularly for the last couple of months.  It was the second time she has finished as first lady.

Thanks as ever to our volunteers, who this week were Eileen LEONARD, Helen ELDERFIELD, Laura FOSTER, Lorraine TURNER, Max STILLMAN, Mick TURNER, Nick WHITE, Noel AITCHISON, Thomas SCHOFIELD, Tim GRAY, Timothy CLARKE, Tom HIGGS, Yasin IQBAL and Rupert QUESTED.

And now for the usual statistical summary of the week.

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 495
22nd September 2018

This week 147 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 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 5,469 participants have completed 49,507 parkruns covering a total distance of 247,535 km, including 7,411 new Personal Bests.

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