Event 37 – 1 February 2020 – A bit muddy

Hello cross-country fans from the cross-countriest parkrun ever!

I wouldn't say it was less muddy today, more that the mud has moved about a bit and changed consistency in places. It certainly wasn't more muddy - could we now have reached our annual apogee of muddiness? I think our beautiful course is the muddiest in London. And we love it so.

Tourists came from such diverse places as Hastings, Chelmsford, Portsmouth, Narnia and Dorset, perhaps attracted by reports of Hippopotami in the west field, which still have not been disproved.


The Beautiful, Rich Ecosystem of Bethlem

It was a lovely day for a run, unseasonably warm. Four intrepid people took their first ever Bambi-like steps in the parkrun world. And at the other end of the scale, massive belated shoutout to Max Macmenemy on his 400th parkrun.

Another important milestone: our esteemed event director Marcus Elwes completed his "position bingo" today. If you don't know what "position bingo" is, google it, but advance warning: it's not as exciting as you're hoping :)

But that's enough nonsense from me! Here are the stats!



This week 56 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 3 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Terri SHOTTON • Mike SIMMS • Janet SIMMS • Jackie GANLEY • James TINKLER • Alison JOHN • Marcus ELWES • Christopher JACKSON • Natalie PRICE • Mark GAVIN • Tom CULLIGAN • Mary YATES • Trudi SENEVIRATNE • 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 2,150 participants have completed 4,415 parkruns covering a total distance of 22,075 km, including 592 new Personal Bests. A total of 167 individuals have volunteered 682 times.