Event 31 – 25th December 2019 – Our first Christmas parkrun

On Christmas Day for our very first festive parkrun, 113 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 1 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

At least three very significant tourists attended for the first time - Chris COWELL, the first person to run 100 different parkruns (and where the Cowell Club name comes from), Paul FIELDING who has done more different parkruns in the UK than anyone else (currently 473) and Aka Lady Penelope (Rosemary) EGBE who has done more different parkruns in the UK than any other female runner (currently 347).

A further member of this hardcore team of tourists in attendence was Stephen TARRANT and David TARRANTwho have done a 'mere' 309 and 299 different parkruns in the UK respectively. It was good to meet you all and well done on some serious parkrun tourism!

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Hardcore tourists!

In total there were an incredible 52 runners making their first visit to Bethlem. It was almost as if there was some sort of connection between Christmas Day and Bethlem....

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Sermon on the log!

Another first timer to Bethlem was first lady Clare ELMS, the fourth (known) world record holder we have had visit us since we started in May. Clare also broke the Age Grade course record, recording a mighty impressive 88.09%.

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Clare making it look easy in the mud.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers. A huge thank you to all of them for giving up their Christmas Day morning to help stage the event:

Catherine LOCKTON • Luke HOOPER • Mike SIMMS • Janet SIMMS • Gillian SELMAN • Marcus ELWES • Jason MERCER • Thomas ELWES • Catherine DUNFORD • Daniel SELMAN • Sandra ELWES • Annabel ELWES • Colette SHORT • Steve BOWLEY • Rebecca GOLDER • Mary YATES • Julie LOCKTON • Martin LOCKTON

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 1,998 participants have completed 4,003 parkruns covering a total distance of 20,015 km, including 569 new Personal Bests. A total of 162 individuals have volunteered 581 times.