Grey skies above, but thankfully dry, and after a dry-ish week the course was not as damp as of late. But mud was still the main feature. Negotiating the path between the 2 fields is particularly tricky, and John Diamante's photos below demonstrate various techniques - and a bit like We're Going on a Bear Hunt, there is no going round it, you have to go through it!
A more local first-timer at our parkrun, Zero to Hero runner Joseph Bullyment, lost his shoe at this point, but was not put off and after retrieving it, happily posed for a photo with mum, Alison.
Some people appear to relish the conditions, and we welcomed back many today, with 4 of those returning remarkably achieving PBs. We also said hello to plenty of visitors from parkruns all over London (and beyond), including Gunnersbury, Finsbury Park, Oak Hill, and a large group from Peckham Rye - applause all round and hope to see you back soon.
Kev's Party Corner was back, for those wishing to pause for a quick boogie to the music on their way round.
Kev also performed a vital service in the community cafe afterwards, helping Tailwalker Jo remove her boots (and very nearly her leg too!)
The forecast for the next few days is for more rain - so you know what that means.... Better keep those trail shoes handy! Or if you fancy a week off, are hoping for better conditions soon or want to try out your new wellies, why not volunteer with us? We're a friendly bunch! All you need to do is email our volunteer coordinator Jackie with your barcode number and date(s) you're available on email@example.com
Until next week...
This week 75 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 4 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:
Terri SHOTTON • Paul CREGG • Mike SIMMS • Janet SIMMS • Roger HARRIS • Jackie GANLEY • Marcus ELWES • Jason MERCER • Karen MERCER • Isabella SHORT • Kev HOWARTH • Carly HIBBERD • Tom CULLIGAN • Joanne CAREY • Rebecca GOLDER • Mary YATES • Francesca MEEHAN
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 2,132 participants have completed 4,359 parkruns covering a total distance of 21,795 km, including 589 new Personal Bests. A total of 167 individuals have volunteered 667 times.