It was so great to be back today! Despite not having officially advertised our return to prevent a large crowd, a sizeable number turned out on an overcast morning for our 43rd run and the first since 14 March 2020.
We welcomed 24 newbies to Bethlem, and for one of these, Clement Raphael, this was his first ever parkrun anywhere! A very warm welcome to you all and hope you will join us again soon.
Returning parkrunners will have noticed that we have pared back the number of signs to the start and reduced the number of cones around the course, which has been done to simplify setting up and reduce touch points. We have also moved the finish funnel further down the final path, so that on exiting the funnel, finishers find themselves back in the briefing area and scanning can take place here, where there is more space, to help maintain social distancing. The duck pond is back, and the ducks have been busy during lockdown as we noticed quite a few new ones testing out the water!
The Age Grade course record was broken today by Clare ELMS who recorded 88.58% (20:43), and who told the RD afterwards that she is still experiencing dizziness following having Covid, so that is an amazing result! Well done Clare!
Until next week....happy running and good luck to anyone doing the London Marathon tomorrow!
Lots more photos from today here, thank you to volunteer marshal Kev Howarth.
This week 66 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 7 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:
Linda WHITELEY • Terri SHOTTON • Anne UNSELD • Mike SIMMS • Janet SIMMS • Rachel BENTLEY • Jackie GANLEY • James TINKLER • Gillian SELMAN • Marcus ELWES • Jason MERCER • Christopher JACKSON • Sarah REGAN • Karen MERCER • Sandra ELWES • Kev HOWARTH • George BENTLEY • John WHITELEY
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 88.58% (20:43) on 2nd October 2021 (event number 43).
Bethlem Royal Hospital parkrun started on 25th May 2019. Since then 2,234 participants have completed 4,696 parkruns covering a total distance of 23,480 km, including 604 new Personal Bests. A total of 174 individuals have volunteered 786 times.