There was a distinct nip in the air first thing this morning when Run Director Jan, Carpark Marshal Mike, soon to be helped by Jason, and Lead Marshal / Co-Event Director Marcus arrived at 7.45am to collect the kit from the on-site storage shed. We have a lot of signs that need sorting, but thankfully, Mike thinks he knows where they all go....
Our wonderful volunteers started to arrive at the briefing area nice and early. Karen has been volunteering regularly on scanning since dislocating her knee (ouch!) but today was her first time as Timekeeper, helped by "old hand" Bernie. Terri has helped often on Finish Tokens and was joined again today by Alison, who is recovering well from a foot op and looking forward to Tailwalking soon. Scanning today was husband and wife team Andrew and Natalie (applying bug spray franctically following her decision to wear shorts!). Run Director Jan with high viz heroes Bernie, Terri, Natalie, Andrew, Karen and Alison.
In the mean time, Tail-walkers John and Mark were helping to set up the course with Marcus and the other course Marshals Julie and Cat.
Sarah gave the first timers' briefing to the 38 tourists and 6 participants who were venturing into the parkrun world for their very first time. Visitors made up approximately a third of the total runners, so I'm delighted that the rest of you decided you liked it enough to return and that many of you are making us your regular parkrun destination.
And so to the run itself...our course record was broken this week by Andy Bond on his 4th run at Bethlem Royal. Andy ran in the super fast time of 16.35, quicker by 10 seconds than the previous record which had been in place since our 1st event. Andy also gained the course age grading record of 86.13%. Andy might have made it look easy, but he did admit that he had been working very hard to achieve this and had felt quite sick during the run. That's dedication!
New course record holder, Andy Bond, way out in front
And while we're on the subject of great achievements, we were joined again by Bromley Veterans AC member and medalist at the ITU Triathlon World Championships in Lausanne last weekend, Les Humphrey, who won the bronze medal for his age group of 80-84yrs. Les also ran a PB here this week. Les, we salute you!
Local Legend Les
A total of 38 of you returning today ran a PB - well done all. This included Louise Lauder and Natalie Clerke, who walked the course, although Louise couldn't resist breaking into a run for the final 100metres! Louise and Natalie were returning here for the first time since the inaugural run - welcome back!
Tailwalker John had completed his 250th in his previous run and provided plenty of cakes and mini-bites for runners and volunteers to enjoy - many thanks John, much appreciated!
John in the distance, with fellow tailwalker Mark and lead marshal Marcus clearing the course at end.
We enjoyed a catch up and cuppa in the Community Cafe after the run. Many thanks to Mary for helping in the cafe today - this is a role that parkrun volunteers also help with each week. The cafe is run by hospital volunteers for the benefit of the service users, and profits go directly to the hospital, so please do come and join us and support it at the end of your run each week. The cafe can be found on the way back from the briefing area to the carpark - in the building next to the outdoor gym equipment. Reminder - it is cash only, and change is appreciated please!
To volunteer in any role at a future parkrun, please email our volunteer coordinator, Jackie, at firstname.lastname@example.org - it's lots of fun and you'll get a lot of love from the runners, who really appreciate your help!
The Bethlem Museum of the Mind was also open this weekend - it opens on the first and last Saturday each month. I hope any visitors from parkrun enjoyed this unique insight into the hospital's history and on-going work.
All photos in this week's run report were provided by Jan Simms and Marcus Elwes. More photos can be found here.
We look forward to seeing you all again soon. Until next week....
This week 122 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:
Terri SHOTTON • Catherine LOCKTON • Mike SIMMS • Janet SIMMS • Jackie GANLEY • Alison JOHN • Marcus ELWES • Jason MERCER • Bernadette FRY • Sarah REGAN • John O'TOOLE • Karen MERCER • Mark FOWLER • Natalie PRICE • Andrew PRICE • Mary YATES • 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 1,492 participants have completed 2,409 parkruns covering a total distance of 12,045 km, including 344 new Personal Bests. A total of 105 individuals have volunteered 304 times.