Event 14 – No water for the poor ducklings! – 31st August 2019

Hi

Just a dry bit of mud for the ducklings today - they are looking forward to autumn :) It was a lovely sunny morning, a little too hot for running to be honest, so I think our runners did very well.

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Tourists from as far afield as Southampton flocked to our lovely little event today. Other home events represented included Orpington, Hilly Fields, Banstead Wood and Northala. First timers/visitors seem to be forming a decreasing percentage of our runners as we get established - two thirds of today's runners were returnees.

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First to finish was Andy Bond taking it easy this week in a time of 17:36. Other notable performances - Cat Lockton was delighted with her 27th place in 26:15. Actually, lots of people were pleased with low-number finishes - one of the perks of attending a smaller parkrun. Our ED Marcus Elwes was moderately irritated to equal his PB at 21:00 - I couldn't bring myself to revise that time down by a second even for Marcus. And Chris Jackson is improving his Tail Walker time as he gets back from injury - 50:42 this week, in his 200th parkrun (thanks for the cakes!).

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We have now had 100 people volunteer for us, Julie Stephens bringing up that milestone. We've got a great team here but we're always looking for new volunteers, so please do email bethlemroyalhospital@parkrun.com with your barcode number and some dates when you can volunteer.

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Bye for now, see you next week

Mike

ps - here are a few stats for you:

This week 90 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Linda WHITELEY • John WHITELEY • Terri SHOTTON • Paul CREGG • Mike SIMMS • Janet SIMMS • Jackie GANLEY • James TINKLER • Christopher JACKSON • Karen MERCER • Jane BRADSHAW • Colette SHORT • Julie STEPHENS

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

The male record is held by Roger VILARDELL who recorded a time of 16:45 on 25th May 2019 (event number 1), and by Simon FOX who also recorded a time of 16:45 on 22nd June 2019 (event number 5).
The female record is held by Ellie OSMOND who recorded a time of 19:56 on 3rd August 2019 (event number 10).
The Age Grade course record is held by Andy BOND who recorded 84.26% (16:50) on 8th June 2019 (event number 3).

Bethlem Royal Hospital parkrun started on 25th May 2019. Since then 1,448 participants have completed 2,287 parkruns covering a total distance of 11,435 km, including 306 new Personal Bests. A total of 100 individuals have volunteered 286 times.