Those who chose to parkrun today over the England vs Autralia rugby match were rewarded with beautifully cool but clear conditions, in contrast to the mostly cloudy, wet and windy weather we have been experiencing during the last week. The rain had left its mark however, in a deliciously muddy start area and an even larger puddle for the ducks. The first uphill corner continued the soggy theme, but thereafter, the ground was largely well drained and a lot less slippy.
We welcomed parkrunners from far (Gdansk, Poland), near (West Malling, Whitstable and Harpenden - thank you to Lyndon Hearn who travelled from here today, and volunteered as one of the barcode scanners after finishing his run) and almost next door (Hilly Fields, Orpington and Catford!) with 28 of today's 78 runners enjoying our parkrun for the first time.
PBs were few and far between, with just 10, so perhaps the muddy conditions were taking their toll.
Our Run Director today, Mike, was trying out the new parkrun-mobile today, a much slimmed down version of the previous vehicle. He was pleased to find that all the equipment can fit (just!) into a compact and bijou city car and that it was the right decision to get rid of his large estate car last week!
As for the rugby, well maybe the England fans would have been very happy that they hadn't missed the game and after all, there's always another parkrun next week! We look forward to seeing you then.
Today's event was made possible by 15 wonderful volunteers. Many thanks to:
Linda WHITELEY • Terri SHOTTON • Mike SIMMS • Janet SIMMS • Jackie GANLEY • James TINKLER • Bernadette FRY • Christopher JACKSON • Sarah REGAN • Anne WHARTON • Lyndon HEARN • Roy TAIT • Freddie TAIT • Tom CULLIGAN • Mary YATES
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Bethlem Royal Hospital parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Ellie OSMOND who recorded a time of 19:56 on 3rd August 2019 (event number 10).
The male record is held by Andy BOND who recorded a time of 16:35 on 7th September 2019 (event number 15).
The Age Grade course record is held by Andy BOND who recorded 86.13% (16:35) on 7th September 2019 (event number 15).
Bethlem Royal Hospital parkrun started on 25th May 2019. Since then 1,651 participants have completed 2,983 parkruns covering a total distance of 14,915 km, including 478 new Personal Bests. A total of 134 individuals have volunteered 414 times.