Photos above courtesy of Mike Simms, Jan Simms and Kev Howarth
We are just over half way through our first year at Bethlem Royal Hospital. The day dawned crisp and cold, with a heavy mist which had descended over the two, increasingly muddy fields. But, Wow! What a morning!
Today at Bethlem Royal Hospital parkrun, we were joined by a very special visitor, double Olympic gold medallist, Dame Kelly Holmes.
Dame Kelly was here at the invitation of Mary Yates, of the hospital and a Bethlem parkrun core team member, to talk about her own battles with mental health, and the postive message of finding the right support and the benefits of exercise for everyone's own mental wellbeing. Dame Kelly gave a short introduction to all the eager parkrunners at the Run Brief and, after the run in the Community Cafe, she spoke inspirationally to a rapt crowd about her running career and how she had found the strength to win despite her mental demons.
Dame Kelly Holmes addresses the crownd at the pre-Run Brief (photo by Kev Howarth)
We were also joined today by many first timers at Bethlem parkrun, including runners from the hospital's own 0-5k course, who were presented with participation medals in the cafe afterwards by Dame Kelly. We were glad to be joined by a new volunteer, Keith, one of the hospital's service users. Enabling patients, staff and the wider community to join together in a positive environment has been the the aim of this parkrun from the start, and we were delighted to see this come to fruition today.
Today we had an official photographer, Kev Howarth, whose fabulous photos of the event can be found here:
Here are just a selection of the photos from today:
Roger and Jason on Carpark Marshal duty
Amy enjoys her 40th birthday, which included a rendition of Happy Birthday lead by Dame Kelly.
The Pond family, Stephen and Matthew, show Dame Kelly the way
It's tough going, even for the faster runners!
Co-Event Directors Marcus and Jan consider the muddy conditions from different perspectives
Dame Kelly and (most of) the Bethlem Royal Hospital core volunteer team after the run
This week 180 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 76 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:
Terri SHOTTON • Paul CREGG • Mike SIMMS • Janet SIMMS • Roger HARRIS • Jackie GANLEY • Gillian SELMAN • Marcus ELWES • Jason MERCER • Sarah REGAN • Karen MERCER • Sandra ELWES • Colette SHORT • Isabella SHORT • Kev HOWARTH • Roy TAIT • Freddie TAIT • Simon POWELL • Joanne CAREY • Ruairí CAREY • 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 1,848 participants have completed 3,588 parkruns covering a total distance of 17,940 km, including 531 new Personal Bests. A total of 144 individuals have volunteered 511 times.