Bethlem Royal Hospital parkrun is cancelled on 30 May 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Event 42 – 14th March 2020 – Coronavirus Concerns

After seemingly weeks of storms and rain, the sun made a brief appearance (well for a short while anyway) at this morning's parkrun; a little light relief in what was a slightly subdued event given the wider news of parkrun shutdowns across the globe, due to the continuing Covid-19 outbreak.

Sunny start 14.03.20

The result of a little sunshine and generally drier weather this week meant that although still wet, the course had dried out a little and was not quite the mud bath it has been for the previous few weeks, another reason why we had a few more hardy souls (43) than in recent weeks, prepared to run, jog or walk their way around.

Tourists from Derbyshire and Royal Lemington Spa swelled our numbers along with two parkrun first timers.

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undeterred runners and volunteers

With the news that more mass sporting events maybe cancelled next week, the Bethlem parkrun team are bracing themselves for the news that future parkruns in the UK maybe also be impacted and of course, if that happens, we will let you know via our social media channels.

Until next time (when ever that is) we hope all our parkrunners and volunteers stay safe and well.

This week 44 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 6 were first timers and 3 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Terri SHOTTON • Mike SIMMS • Janet SIMMS • Jackie GANLEY • James TINKLER • Marcus ELWES • Christopher JACKSON • Sarah REGAN • Jason HONE • Isabella SHORT • Betty FOGGITT • Kev HOWARTH • Simon POWELL • John WHITELEY • Susan CLARK • Mary YATES • Francesca MEEHAN

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 Clare ELMS who recorded 88.09% (20:17) on 25th December 2019 (event number 31).

Bethlem Royal Hospital parkrun started on 25th May 2019. Since then 2,210 participants have completed 4,630 parkruns covering a total distance of 23,150 km, including 597 new Personal Bests. A total of 173 individuals have volunteered 768 times.

 

Event 41 – Celebrating International Women’s Day with a Tough Mudder! – 7 March 2020

parkruns everywhere were celebrating International Women's Day this weekend, encouraging women to participate in parkrun by running or volunteering. Our special selfie board was popular....

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Volunteer Coordinator Jackie Ganley with Liz Talbot-Davies.

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3 more of our amazing women - Sarah Regan, Gillian Selman and Anne Wharton.

...although some of the men couldn't resist getting in on the action:

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Blackheath and Bromley Harriers AC trio, Ian Montgomery, Mike Simms and Iain Swatton.

We may be a fairly small parkrun just now, due to the quite challenging conditions underfoot, but what we lack in quantity, we make up in quality. 20 fabulous volunteers (14 of them women) helped out on a chilly morning, with the rain just about holding off. Massive thanks to:

Linda WHITELEY • Terri SHOTTON • Mike SIMMS • Janet SIMMS • Roger HARRIS • Jackie GANLEY • Gillian SELMAN • Marcus ELWES • Bernadette FRY • Sarah REGAN • Anne WHARTON • Colette SHORT • Isabella SHORT • Jeanette ELVEN • Kev HOWARTH • Simon POWELL • Joanne CAREY • Ruairí CAREY • Mary YATES • Francesca MEEHAN

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A fine selection of today's volunteers.

Due to a tree that is still at risk of falling across the path by our usual finish area in the woods, for the third week running, we were on our alternative course. This is basically the same route but starting in what is usually the second field, and run in the reverse (clockwise) direction. This week the mud was just as muddy, the wet bits just as squelchy, and the dry bits non-existent. One participant told us that he had done tough mudders that were easier. However, Co- Event Director Marcus is used to our course, and appears to have skipped through it all...or is he simply jumping for joy?

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Local club, Bromley Veterans AC (BVAC), had a strong showing at this week's event, with the first 5 finishers being either first or second claim members to the club, 13 of the volunteers also belonging to the club and both first lady and first man - James Tinkler and Sarah Regan being club members. We are especially pleased for them as both are regular volunteers at Bethlem, Sarah also being one of our Run Directors, and for both it was their first time for being first!

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James and Sarah

Keeping the Tail Walkers company was Anwen Davies, who was completing the Lon-Done Challenge - that is, running/walking at all the parkruns within the M25. Well done Anwen and hope you enjoyed your visit!

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Jackie Montgomery just ahead of Siobhan McElhinney - Siobahn provided today's only PB!

We are as ever grateful to the hospital staff for volunteering by opening the cafe in the Community Centre, and it is a great place to meet, chat and compare muddy trainers. Thanks to Mary Yates for providing the hot drinks and quite delicious fondant fancies this week!

Until next week .....

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This week 34 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 6 were first timers and 1 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

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 Clare ELMS who recorded 88.09% (20:17) on 25th December 2019 (event number 31).

Bethlem Royal Hospital parkrun started on 25th May 2019. Since then 2,204 participants have completed 4,586 parkruns covering a total distance of 22,930 km, including 594 new Personal Bests. A total of 171 individuals have volunteered 751 times.

 

Event #40- Happy Leap Day!

Event number 40 is going to be remembered for two reasons; the mud (soooo much mud!), and the fact that this was the first time that there had ever been a parkrun on 29th February! For those who love their parkrun challenges, this was a must do as the next Leap Day parkrun will not be until 2048!

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parkrun or parkswim?

This was the second week on our alternative course, as there is still an issue with the tree on our usual route.

At 8:31am, there was a slight concern that there were going to be more volunteers than runners. However, within minutes we were joined by an extremely hardcore bunch who laughed in the face of the wind and rain and joined us for the run briefing.

Hardcore parkrunners!

Hardcore parkrunners!

Before they all went swimming!

Course record holder, Andy Bond was our first man home today in 20:19 with first female finisher today being junior Kyra Sethna-Macintosh in 25:05.

This week 37 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers and 0 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part. Well done you all of you in really tough conditions today! 

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The event was made possible by 13 phenomenal volunteers who stood out in the freezing cold and rain to put today's event on:

Mike SIMMS • Janet SIMMS • Jackie GANLEY • Marcus ELWES • Sarah REGAN • Isabella SHORT • Simon POWELL • John WHITELEY • Elizabeth JACOB • Neil HARDWICK • Trudi SENEVIRATNE • Sam LEEDHAM • Francesca MEEHAN

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Bethlem Royal Hospital parkrun Results Page.

parkruns all over the world, including Bethlem Royal Hospital, are hosting a special celebration of female participation on Saturday 7 March, the day before International Women’s Day (IWD). We are keen to see as many women and girls taking part on this day. Whether you want to walk, jog, run, volunteer or come along and watch absolutely everyone is welcome, so please do consider coming down to see us at Bethlem Royal Hospital, and bringing a family member, friend or colleague along with you to share in the fun.

We have a special IWD parkrun selfie frame!

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 Clare ELMS who recorded 88.09% (20:17) on 25th December 2019 (event number 31).

Bethlem Royal Hospital parkrun started on 25th May 2019. Since then 2,198 participants have completed 4,552 parkruns covering a total distance of 22,760 km, including 593 new Personal Bests. A total of 171 individuals have volunteered 731 times.

 

Event No. 39 – Alternative Saturday 22/02/20

Saturday saw us introducing our alternative route for the 1st time. Due to storm Ciara and Denis the previous weeks we have an unstable tree on our normal route. The mud was just as muddy and the water just as wet! Only 1 shoe was lost which was a miracle from the amount of rain we've had recently. Our very own ED, Marcus Elwes managed to clock up a 1st place, with core team member Gillian Selman first lady whilst Simon Powell and Isabella Short each reached their 25 volunteering milestone. Well done to the four of you. The morning was a pleasant one with plenty of achy, muddy legs at the finish tunnel, and chatter, laughs and cake in the café afterwards.

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This week 29 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers and 0 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 4 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

John WHITELEY • Jackie GANLEY • James TINKLER • Gillian SELMAN • Marcus ELWES • Christopher JACKSON • Karen MERCER • Colette SHORT • Isabella SHORT • Beverley MALIN-SMITH • Simon POWELL • John WHITELEY • Rebecca GOLDER • Mary YATES • Trudi SENEVIRATNE • Francesca MEEHAN

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 Clare ELMS who recorded 88.09% (20:17) on 25th December 2019 (event number 31).

Bethlem Royal Hospital parkrun started on 25th May 2019. Since then 2,189 participants have completed 4,515 parkruns covering a total distance of 22,575 km, including 593 new Personal Bests. A total of 170 individuals have volunteered 718 times.

 

STOP PRESS – Sat 22 Feb – change to start point and alternative route – STOP PRESS

Due to the risk of an unstable tree falling on a section of path that we use for our usual route, we will be using a new start point and alternative route this Saturday, 22 Feb.

Please do not use the path to the usual start point.

The start will be at the corner of the west field, aka Kev's Party Corner, accessed by a path further along the drive that runs by the usual briefing point.

The course will still be 2 laps of the 2 fields, but will be run in a clockwise direction instead of the usual anticlockwise.

The finish will be in the west field.

Please arrive early to ensure you hear the Run Briefing which will explain the alternative route in more detail. 

Mud a-plenty still to be expected!

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