Event 33 – 4 January 2020 – The weather is on our side

With so much rain over the last few weeks, it was a welcome relief to have a few days of dry weather for our first parkrun of the new decade. This gave the glorious mud a chance to solidify a wee bit. There was still a lot of slipping and sliding on the first hill though, which meant there was quite a few wishing they hadn't worn those sparkling new trainers and white clothing!

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This week we saw 87 people run, jog and walk the course.It was so lovely to see so many 1st timers and tourists (42 in all) sharing their parkrun stories and 4 personal bests (despite the mud). A great morning had by all with 15 different clubs being represented. A special mention to Kev Howarth who's clocked up 25 volunteering credits. It was good to see the community café being utilised so well enabling everyone to catch up with friends after the Christmas holidays. Thanks to our volunteer Tom Culligan for allowing this to happen.

This wouldn't all happen without our superb team of volunteers:-

Anne UNSELD  •  Christopher JACKSON  •  Colette SHORT  •  Gillian SELMAN  •  Isabella SHORT  •  Janet SIMMS  •  Jason MERCER  •  Jeanette ELVEN  •  John WHITELEY  •  Karen MERCER  •  Kev HOWARTH  •  Linda WHITELEY  •  Marcus ELWES  •  Mike SIMMS  •  Sarah REGAN  •  Tom CULLIGAN

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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.

 

Event 30 – 21st December 2019 – Remake of Das Boot


Well the weather hadn't been great all week. Less hardy parkruns (ie Bromley ;) ) had cancelled. As the volunteers set up the event, the rain was torrential, filling up our wellies. And by start time, the course surface comprised a 6" water topping overlaying a foot of mud. But the rain let up and a rainbow appeared, and there were plenty of smiley faces at our festive fancy dress event.

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Rainbow!

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Everyone was impressed by our Fancy Dress!

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A happy elf!

It's not a race, but there was an exciting non-race for 1st finisher, with Bromley Vets star Tim SOWTER just holding off visitor Christopher TSANTOULAS to record his 1st no. 1 spot in his 113th parkrun.

It was a particularly notable day for Christopher, and Sheila SILVEIRA who completed their LonDone, and celebrated with us in the Community Centre by sharing some delicious chocolate cake.

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Walking on Water!

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Bethlem Infinity Pool

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Deliverance

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The Poseidon Adventure

See you all Christmas day - water skis optional!

This week 56 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 1 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Catherine LOCKTON • Luke HOOPER • Mike SIMMS • Janet SIMMS • Jackie GANLEY • James TINKLER • Marcus ELWES • Christopher JACKSON • Sarah REGAN • Anne WHARTON • Mark GAVIN • Christopher TSANTOULAS • Simon POWELL • Rebecca GOLDER • Mary YATES

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 1,946 participants have completed 3,890 parkruns covering a total distance of 19,450 km, including 567 new Personal Bests. A total of 159 individuals have volunteered 563 times.

 

Event 29 – 14th December 2019 – Mud glorious mud!!

Well done everyone who ran this morning in frankly atrocious conditions underfoot and thank you to all the volunteers who helped stage the event. We hope you all enjoyed it and look forward to seeing you back at Bethlem soon. For information, we will be having a run on Christmas Day but not sadly on New Year's day (the team all want to do the double parkrun themselves!).

Next week will be our Christmas themed run at Bethlem - please dress up as much as you can, bearing in mind its likely to be very muddy again!!

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More excellent photos of Saturday's event can be found here, courtesy of ace photgrapher Kev Howarth and his helpers!

Congratulations to David WELFARE who chose this mud-fest to run his 100th parkrun and to Ben CLARKSON who chose it as his first ever parkrun!!

This week 114 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Denise EVA • Paul CREGG • Janet SIMMS • Marcus ELWES • Christopher JACKSON • Helena BROADWAY • Sarah REGAN • Ian BAULY • Louise NORRIS • Viral TANNA • Stephen POND • Sonia CHOU • Kev HOWARTH • Carly HIBBERD • Tom CULLIGAN • Laura THREADGOLD • Mary YATES

80100429_10157753710664868_8464009750063874048_oToday'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 1,930 participants have completed 3,834 parkruns covering a total distance of 19,170 km, including 566 new Personal Bests. A total of 156 individuals have volunteered 548 times.

 

Event 28 – 7th December 2019 – A Petts Wood takeover

This week we welcomed 132 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 50 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

Of those 132, nearly 80 were from local running club Petts Wood Runners, who were using the run (along with next weekend's parkrun) as an internal Grand Prix event. In addition to the runners, the club also provided 10 volunteers for the event. 20191207_090936 One of those, Jason MERCER was volunteering for the 50th time. Jason started in the car park marshalling a lot of new visitors, then ran the course and helped out with barcode scanning afterwards. Jason is a bit of a superhero!

Also a bit of a superhero is Jason's wife Karen MERCER who did her 25th volunteering event at the same time, out marshalling on the course. Well done Jason and Karen and thank you for all your support over the last 6 months or so since we set up.

Including Jason and Karen, the event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Terri SHOTTON • Jeremy BENSON • Mike SIMMS • Jackie GANLEY • Gillian SELMAN • Marcus ELWES • Jason MERCER • Christopher JACKSON • Sarah REGAN • Ian BAULY • Karen MERCER • Adam WATERMAN • Colette SHORT • Isabella SHORT • Betty FOGGITT • Steve BOWLEY • Liz TALBOT DAVIES • Joanne CAREY • Alexandra ROBINS • Philip DEN BAES

First over the line today was our current course record holder Andy BOND of Dulwich Runners in a time of 18.17 which, given the very muddy conditions, is also an amazing time. Simon AMBROSI of Croydon Striders who was last week's first finisher came in second today, but with the bonus of a new PB of 19.05. Kev Howarth was in 3rd place leading in the Petts Wood Runners in a time of 19.13

First lady was Nicola ARCHER in 22:38, followed by Isla SPINK in 22:38 and Geraldine SCHAER in 22:39. One second between the three of them!

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 1,898 participants have completed 3,720 parkruns covering a total distance of 18,600 km, including 556 new Personal Bests. A total of 150 individuals have volunteered 531 times.

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Report by Marcus Elwes. Photos by Marcus Elwes and Andrew Deer

 

Event 27 – An inspirational visit – 30 November 2019

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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.

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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:

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Here are just a selection of the photos from today:

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Roger and Jason on Carpark Marshal duty

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Amy enjoys her 40th birthday, which included a rendition of Happy Birthday lead by Dame Kelly.

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The Pond family, Stephen and Matthew, show Dame Kelly the way

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It's tough going, even for the faster runners!

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Co-Event Directors Marcus and Jan consider the muddy conditions from different perspectives

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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.

 

Event 24- The sun is back!

Last week’s deluge was a distant memory as we gathered on a cold but very sunny (and muddy!) morning for our 24th event.

This week 90 people ran, jogged and walked the course. 26 were first timers to Bethlem Royal Hospital, and 4 of these completed their first ever parkrun. 5 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part and we had visitors from Guernsey. Please come back and visit us soon!

First runner home was first timer, Alex Turner in his debut appearance here in a time of 18:31. First lady finisher was Sam Watts in a time of 22:18.

Special congratulations must be given to David Bugden who completed his 300th parkrun. It’s not an official milestone, but a still significant achievement!

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

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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 1,724 participants have completed 3,240 parkruns covering a total distance of 16,200 km, including 498 new Personal Bests. A total of 140 individuals have volunteered 458 times.

 

Event 23 – nothing to see here! – 2 November 2019

It was wet.

 

 

It is tempting to leave the run report as that, as I slowly dry (and thaw out). However, I have to give huge thanks and kudos to Run Director Paul Cregg and today's awesome team of hardy volunteers, who braved wind and torrential rain alongside all the valiant parkrunners. The ducks got a thorough soaking and were probably the only "parkrunners" who were really happy with the conditions.

Social media afterwards was alive with terms such as "brutal", "truly horrible" and "grim". But enough of England's beating in the rugby....the weather knew how to sum up the mood all too well.

We were joined by a few tough adventurers from Bromley parkrun which was cancelled due to the firework display in Norman Park. This boosted our numbers slightly so that just under 100 folk completed the course. Bromley also provided us with 3 volunteers - thank you very much to Ruth Steer on tokens and Gillian and Emily McLennan. Gillian joined one of our own RDs, Colette Short, in the field as marshal, where they endured all that the elements had to throw at them.

Well done to Gillian Selman who was volunteering for her 25th time today - Gillian brought some awesome brownies for those who stayed to dry out in the community cafe afterwards! Many thanks Gillian! The rain made it difficult for scanner Karen Mercer to keep the parkrun app working properly (but she did, thankfully, so you could all get your results!), while Terri Shotton and Rachel Bentley spent a good while after in the cafe drying all the finish tokens with paper towels so that they stopped sticking together and could be resorted for next week.

Tailwalking today was probably not my best choice of volunteer roles for my 350th parkrun, and I have to thank my co-tail walker Cathy Dunford for staying jolly throughout, and many congrats to Alison Symonds-Taylor, who kept just ahead of us the whole way round, managing a PB to boot.

Bethlem parkrun course record holder, Andy Bond, came first again today, despite telling us a few weeks ago that he wouldn't be around again until the ground firmed up. Hope you enjoyed the mud and puddles Andy! Female course record holder Ellie Osmond was our first lady again today. Amongst the PBs were under 11 year old runners Beth Regan and Lydia Marston - both under 25 minutes. Fabulous! Well done both.  Alexandra Daly was the single parkrun first-timer today, we hope the weather didn't put you off and that we see you again soon.

Fingers and toes crossed for a drier parkrun next Saturday!

Jan Simms

The stats bit:

This week 97 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Terri SHOTTON • Paul CREGG • Mike SIMMS • Janet SIMMS • Rachel BENTLEY • Jackie GANLEY • Gillian SELMAN • Catherine DUNFORD • Sarah REGAN • Karen MERCER • Gillian MCLENNAN • Colette SHORT  • Tom CULLIGAN • Ruth STEER • Emily MCLENNAN

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 1,698 participants have completed 3,150 parkruns covering a total distance of 15,750 km, including 493 new Personal Bests. A total of 138 individuals have volunteered 443 times.

 

Event 22 – it was like there was something else happening… 26 October 2019

Our lowest attendence to date of 70 hardy runners, including 20 first timers, pointed to the possibility that some people had perhaps stayed in to watch something else on the TV! Even our ducks seemed to be in the mood for a bit of rucking and mauling. Or were they displaying some sort of Kiwi heritage, by performing a pre-match haka!

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Come on if you think you're hard enough

For those who did turn up, the skies were grey and the wind blusterey. The start of the course was very waterlogged indeed, which made for an interesting (and squelchy) commencement of the run. After that, however, it was reported the course was still in good condition and firm underfoot. In spite of the skies and wind, it was warm going. Even the sun made a little appearence later on in the run.

Ben SENIOR, making his first appearnece at Bethlem (he told us he is down from Middlesborough), was first over the line in 19:16. He also advised us it was his first ever first place visit so a good return for missing the rubgy I think! Daniel SELMAN was second in 19:43 and Kevin CHADWICK third with 20:12, a new PB for him.

For the ladies, Agnieszka PALIWODA was first over the line in 24:15, Jenna HOOPER second in 24:58 and Lydia MARSTON third in 25:48, the former in the J11-14 category and the latter in the J10 category! Two for the future.

Highest age grading was 73.53 % from Tim SOWTER (20:43 VM50-54). Paul FREYNE was the person with the most parkrun appearences of 536, just a mere 237 appearences ahead of David BUGDEN in second place!!

There were 5 PBs including Carly HIBBERD who broke 30 minutes for the first time on this course - by 1 second! Well done Carly!

As always thank you to all our amazing volunteers - a small but perfectly formed group of high viz heroes:

Terri SHOTTON • Nigel BULMER • Jackie GANLEY • Gillian SELMAN • Marcus ELWES • Jason MERCER • Christopher JACKSON • Karen MERCER • Annabel ELWES • Jeanette ELVEN • Joanne CAREY • Mary YATES • Julie STEPHENS

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David laments not having 238 more parkrun appearences...

This week 70 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first timers and 5 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

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 1,671 participants have completed 3,053 parkruns covering a total distance of 15,265 km, including 483 new Personal Bests. A total of 134 individuals have volunteered 427 times.

 

 

Event 21 – Mud Glorious Mud! – 19 October 2019

Those who chose to parkrun today over the England vs Autralia rugby match were rewarded with beautifully cool but clear conditions, in contrast to the mostly cloudy, wet and windy weather we have been experiencing during the last week. The rain had left its mark however, in a deliciously muddy start area and an even larger puddle for the ducks. The first uphill corner continued the soggy theme, but thereafter, the ground was largely well drained and a lot less slippy.

We welcomed parkrunners from far (Gdansk, Poland), near (West Malling, Whitstable and Harpenden - thank you to Lyndon Hearn who travelled from here today, and volunteered as one of the barcode scanners after finishing his run) and almost next door (Hilly Fields, Orpington and Catford!) with 28 of today's 78 runners enjoying our parkrun for the first time.

PBs were few and far between, with just 10, so perhaps the muddy conditions were taking their toll.

Our Run Director today, Mike, was trying out the new parkrun-mobile today, a much slimmed down version of the previous vehicle. He was pleased to find that all the equipment can fit (just!) into a compact and bijou city car and that it was the right decision to get rid of his large estate car last week!

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As for the rugby, well maybe the England fans would have been very happy that they hadn't missed the game and after all, there's always another parkrun next week! We look forward to seeing you then.

Today's event was made possible by 15 wonderful volunteers. Many thanks to:

Linda WHITELEY • Terri SHOTTON • Mike SIMMS • Janet SIMMS • Jackie GANLEY • James TINKLER • Bernadette FRY • Christopher JACKSON • Sarah REGAN • Anne WHARTON • Lyndon HEARN • Roy TAIT • Freddie TAIT • Tom CULLIGAN • Mary YATES

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 1,651 participants have completed 2,983 parkruns covering a total distance of 14,915 km, including 478 new Personal Bests. A total of 134 individuals have volunteered 414 times.