Event #40- Happy Leap Day!

Event number 40 is going to be remembered for two reasons; the mud (soooo much mud!), and the fact that this was the first time that there had ever been a parkrun on 29th February! For those who love their parkrun challenges, this was a must do as the next Leap Day parkrun will not be until 2048!

parkrun or parkswim?

parkrun or parkswim?

This was the second week on our alternative course, as there is still an issue with the tree on our usual route.

At 8:31am, there was a slight concern that there were going to be more volunteers than runners. However, within minutes we were joined by an extremely hardcore bunch who laughed in the face of the wind and rain and joined us for the run briefing.

Hardcore parkrunners!

Hardcore parkrunners!

Before they all went swimming!

Course record holder, Andy Bond was our first man home today in 20:19 with first female finisher today being junior Kyra Sethna-Macintosh in 25:05.

This week 37 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers and 0 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part. Well done you all of you in really tough conditions today! 


The event was made possible by 13 phenomenal volunteers who stood out in the freezing cold and rain to put today's event on:

Mike SIMMS • Janet SIMMS • Jackie GANLEY • Marcus ELWES • Sarah REGAN • Isabella SHORT • Simon POWELL • John WHITELEY • Elizabeth JACOB • Neil HARDWICK • Trudi SENEVIRATNE • Sam LEEDHAM • Francesca MEEHAN

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

parkruns all over the world, including Bethlem Royal Hospital, are hosting a special celebration of female participation on Saturday 7 March, the day before International Women’s Day (IWD). We are keen to see as many women and girls taking part on this day. Whether you want to walk, jog, run, volunteer or come along and watch absolutely everyone is welcome, so please do consider coming down to see us at Bethlem Royal Hospital, and bringing a family member, friend or colleague along with you to share in the fun.

We have a special IWD parkrun selfie frame!

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 2,198 participants have completed 4,552 parkruns covering a total distance of 22,760 km, including 593 new Personal Bests. A total of 171 individuals have volunteered 731 times.