Event 21 – Mud Glorious Mud! – 19 October 2019

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!

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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.

 

 

 

Event 20 – A new path and a day of records – 12 October 2019

At the start of this report, I would like to highlight and give a very big thank you to all the lovely people who have volunteered over the past 20 weeks since Bethlem Royal Hospital began back in May - over 130 individuals have now volunteered! Our volunteer roles include setting out the carpark signs and guiding people to the briefing/start area, marshalling, timing, scanning, handing out finish tokens, tail walking and helping in the community cafe afterwards. Many of the roles can be combined with running too! If you have run here a few times, but haven't yet volunteered, please join us one day. All the roles are straight-forward and full training is given! Please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Jackie on bethlemroyalhospital@parkrun.com if you can help us on any future week.

Your run today was made possible by:

Terri SHOTTON • Mike SIMMS • Janet SIMMS • Jackie GANLEY • Gillian SELMAN • Marcus ELWES • Catherine DUNFORD • Belinda BRIDGE • Sarah REGAN • Richard JONES • Andrew MUNDY • Rowan FOGGITT • Tom CULLIGAN • John WHITELEY • Joanne CAREY • Ruairí CAREY • Sergey ZELENOV • Karen RODRIGUES • Mary YATES

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A big round of applause to these and all our past, and future, volunteers!

And so to the run itself...

Shortly after today's run started, Eliud Kipchoge ran a full marathon in just under 2 hours. To put this in some perspective, only 5 parkruns out of over 50 million that have been completed worldwide, have been run at a faster pace than Kipchoge ran! This feat was being watched eagerly by our youngest volunteer today, Ruari Carey, on mum Joanne's phone, at the start line, as we set off today's 80 runners. This was also a record, of kinds, for us, being our lowest attendance so far. Maybe the forecast rain, as well as the marathon record attempt, kept more folks at home today, although in the end, those who attended were rewarded with cool and dry conditions, ideal running weather. Underfoot, however, was slightly more tricky with the heavy rain we had during the week and overnight making parts of the course quite spongey, soggy and muddy! Time to get out the trail shoes!

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Three-quarters of today's runners were returnees to Bethlem parkrun and they were rewarded with the first outing of a lovely wide, new path (photo above) connecting the two fields. The marvellous hospital site team had been out in the week to create this for us, to replace the much narrower, and wetter, path. In the photo below, you can see the new path, just to the left of the old one (taped off).

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We welcomed runners from Hilly Fields just to the north, and Bath, a way to the west. Our 3 first finishers were all visitors to Bethlem while also joining us were four people who made Bethlem their venue for their first ever foray into the parkrun world. These included John Dowding, joined by daughters Ruth and Grace, who had persuaded him to run following their own first ever parkrun here last week. Our tailwalkers today, Andrew and Richard, had to run to keep up with 2 more of the first-timers, Caroline Finch and Karen Hussein!

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With another week of rain forecast, today's Run Director Jan is wondering if the water in the "duck pond" will top her wellies next Saturday - but the ducks are loving it!

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We look forward to welcoming you and your happy smiles back at Bethlem next week!

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This week 80 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were Bethlem first timers and 8 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 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 1,623 participants have completed 2,905 parkruns covering a total distance of 14,525 km, including 468 new Personal Bests. A total of 133 individuals have volunteered 399 times.

 

Christmas Day

We will be staging a parkrun on Christmas Day this year, but not unfortunately on New Years Day. If you can assist with volunteering on Christmas Day, please contact us on bethlemroyalhospital@parkrun.com

Please note that the Community Centre cafe will not open on Christmas Day.

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Event 19 – Supermen, birthday cake and the return of the ducks! – 5 October 2019

 

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What a ‘super’ morning we had at the 19th Bethlem Royal Hospital parkrun this Saturday. A visit from local Euduroman Chris Leek where he shared his incredible ‘Arch to Arc’ journey and the cause that inspired him to take on the challenge was very welcome, as he completed his very first parkrun. Some more about Chris here: https://youtu.be/YPOHtyKidC0

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Chris, with Les Humphrey (recent Bronze Medal winner at the World Triathlon Championships for his age group 80-85yrs!)

If that wasn’t enough, it was parkrun’s 15th birthday too, so of course there was cake (courtesy of Co-E.D. Jan Simms) in the community café for all who needed a boost after their running efforts.

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The wet weather we’d had over the previous days meant a welcome return of the start-line ducks and the ‘pathway puddle’, however the day itself remained dry and cool and was excellent running weather for the 102 good people who ran, jogged and walked their way around the course.

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Our number included 17 first timers and tourists from Bristol, Blackwater and Tooting Bec! 30 new personal best were set too

I mentioned that we had supermen with us on Saturday and the beady eyed amongst you would have seen that our results contained super flier Scott Tracey, he didn’t declare himself as a tourist from the Island though…

Until next week, F.A.B!

 

Stats bit:

This week 102 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Terri SHOTTON • Paul CREGG • Mike SIMMS • Janet SIMMS • Roger HARRIS • Jackie GANLEY • James TINKLER • Gillian SELMAN • Jason MERCER • Christopher JACKSON • Anne WHARTON • Karen MERCER • Steve BOWLEY • Tom CULLIGAN • Simon POWELL • John WHITELEY • E ADEJOBI • Julie STEPHENS

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 1,603 participants have completed 2,825 parkruns covering a total distance of 14,125 km, including 460 new Personal Bests. A total of 128 individuals have volunteered 380 times.

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Event 18 – A visit from Goodgym – 28 September 2019

The heavy rain of the previous week held off, but it had filled the puddles enough to enable the ducks to go for a swim once again and cause the path connecting the two fields to be on the muddy side.

We were joined by lots of fantastic volunteers from Goodgym, a national charity with local branches in Bromley, Croydon and Lewisham. At the pre-run brief, Conroy from the group explained the work of Goodgym - groups meet locally for a short run, then participate in about an hour's community work, such as visiting the elderly and isolated. If you are interested in their work, or joining one of the local groups, you can find more at www.goodgym.org or email conroy@goodgym.org

Goodgym also brought along volunteer pacers, which was a first for Bethlem Royal Hospital parkrun. They may have helped some of you to a new course PB, as 29 of today's 104 runners achieved one today. This included our first 3 finishers, Daniel Selman, Toby Edwards and Mike Barrett. First lady across the line was Ellie Osmond, second was first-timer at Bethlem, Victoria Cartwright (maybe enjoying the flatter ground compared to her usual run at Hilly Fields!) and 3rd lady was Katy Sugden.

Congratulations to parkrun tourist, Rob Meakin, who did his 100th run with us today.

Colette Short made an assured debut as Run Director and we also ventured into new technological realms for Bethlem parkrun, with Karen Mercer using the parkrun app to scan the barcodes rather than using the traditional scanner (which had played up the previous week, causing some anxious moments while we were processing the results!)

Next week, 5 October, will be parkrun's 15th anniversary - from 13 runners meeting to run a time trial in Bushy Park and going for coffee afterwards, to upwards of 600 events in the UK alone, and nearly 2000 across the globe, it has been an amazing story. Join in the birthday party and come along next week wearing a parkrun Tshirt, if you have one, eg a milestone, volunteer or apricot T-shirt, or a Contra brand. There might even be some birthday cake!

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This week 104 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Terri SHOTTON • Adele PRINCE • Ian TUCKER • Jackie GANLEY • Gillian SELMAN • Marcus ELWES • Christopher JACKSON • Karen MERCER • Juliet STEVENSON • Jenifer PENN • Peter RHODES • Jacqueline FRANCIS • Colette SHORT • Hannah BARBER • Sara BRIMBLE • Jeanette ELVEN • Victoria CARTWRIGHT • Ingrid BUCHANAN • Conroy BARNETT • Simon POWELL • Paul GRAY • Andrew BATES • Stanka PETROVA • Mary YATES • Sarah COWDREY

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 1,586 participants have completed 2,723 parkruns covering a total distance of 13,615 km, including 430 new Personal Bests. A total of 127 individuals have volunteered 360 times.

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