Banstead Woods Report for Event 670 - 14th March 2020
Report by Elliott Burton Photos by Andy Taylor
Link to this week's photos:
The world we live in is a crazy one. On the one hand it creates growth within communities, parkrun is but one example of this, people banding together for the good of themselves and for the good of each other. But in one split second it could all be taken away just like that. Enter Covid-19.
Anyone that has even vaguely been keeping up with the news will know all about it. The new virus sweeping the globe, outbreaks all around the world. The warnings are clear, the virus can be fatal, with more and more cases happening every day. The precautions made clear, avoid direct contact where you can, wash your hands regularly (though let’s be honest, any reasonable human being should do that anyway and not need a virus to remind them to do so!).
Places around the world are closing, schools, restaurants, clubs, other commonly crowded areas. The UK has seen nearly 2000 cases already. Sporting events around the world have also been hit, with the euros competition in football pushed back, the grand national suspended, as well as the start of the formula 1 season affected. The virus is a pandemic, where does it end? And what does this have to do with parkrun as a whole?
The answer to that can be summed up as mass gatherings. Mass gatherings as a whole can be an easy hotspot for disease to spread, and such gatherings are disappearing by the day by order of governments worldwide. It’s only a matter of time until such events as parkrun are hit, and thus ties into the title of this report, until we meet again. I certainly hope we are not called off, but to my own mind it seems to only be a matter of time. So, in many ways this report is a plea to you all, take all precautions you can, follow health advice, stay clean, and I wish you all the best if indeed parkrun is suspended in the near future.
Since we’re on parkrun, lets delve into this weeks event, 208 hardy finishers completed the course today, still covered in mud from all the recent downpours, and while today’s event was dry, it was overcast and the heavens did threaten to give us another spring shower. Todays master of ceremonies, Kevin Lewis, got us underway promptly. There were milestones announced, though it seems Kevin has gained my curse of the milestone runners not being there! One milestone in particular who was there was Maria Lawrence, today completing her 500th! Congratulations Maria.
We welcomed 18 first timers today, still a healthy number considering the recent news stories, welcome to you all, always nice to see fresh faces taking on our course for the first time. Conditions this week were not akin to PB running but 14 people still managed to do so, including a near 3 minute improvement for Nathan Taylor, finishing in 4th this morning, and Paul Jackson heading under 24 minutes for the first time, congratulations to you all, proof that PB’s can be attained from even the most treacherous of conditions! The event as a whole saw a smooth running today, with no incidents as far as I was aware. The parkrun clock at Banstead is truly a well put together timepiece.
And so, to next week. One can only hope that the event goes ahead as normal, but should it not, then I hope you all remain safe, remain healthy, and help out others who may be in need however you can. We live in difficult times and in times like this, the parkrun camaraderie can and needs to be spread into the outside world as much as possible. Together, we can move through this, together, we can make things right again. The pandemic will spread, but in time, it can be contained. All we need to do is work together and each do our own part, until we meet again…
This week 208 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:
Chris PHELAN • Therese PANETTA • Andy DAVIS • Kate KNIGHT • Waller PAUL • Gill STALLEY • Phil FENTON • Kevin LEWIS • Nicholas FOSTER • Kerena IVENS • Akshay KUMAR • Elliott BURTON • David GOODMAN • Mark OLIVER • Alison CATTERMOLE • Natalie LAING • Andrew TAYLOR • Jo MOON • Hannah BELSHAW
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Banstead Woods parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Kevin QUINN who recorded a time of 15:25 on 7th June 2008 (event number 54).
The female record is held by Natalie HARVEY who recorded a time of 17:01 on 30th July 2011 (event number 216).
The Age Grade course record is held by Clare ELMS who recorded 89.66% (18:42) on 26th April 2014 (event number 361).
Banstead Woods parkrun started on 16th June 2007. Since then 11,662 participants have completed 109,900 parkruns covering a total distance of 549,500 km, including 16,767 new Personal Bests. A total of 500 individuals have volunteered 12,005 times.
Event Reporter: Elliott Burton