Event 41 – Celebrating International Women’s Day with a Tough Mudder! – 7 March 2020

parkruns everywhere were celebrating International Women's Day this weekend, encouraging women to participate in parkrun by running or volunteering. Our special selfie board was popular....

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Volunteer Coordinator Jackie Ganley with Liz Talbot-Davies.

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3 more of our amazing women - Sarah Regan, Gillian Selman and Anne Wharton.

...although some of the men couldn't resist getting in on the action:

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Blackheath and Bromley Harriers AC trio, Ian Montgomery, Mike Simms and Iain Swatton.

We may be a fairly small parkrun just now, due to the quite challenging conditions underfoot, but what we lack in quantity, we make up in quality. 20 fabulous volunteers (14 of them women) helped out on a chilly morning, with the rain just about holding off. Massive thanks to:

Linda WHITELEY • Terri SHOTTON • Mike SIMMS • Janet SIMMS • Roger HARRIS • Jackie GANLEY • Gillian SELMAN • Marcus ELWES • Bernadette FRY • Sarah REGAN • Anne WHARTON • Colette SHORT • Isabella SHORT • Jeanette ELVEN • Kev HOWARTH • Simon POWELL • Joanne CAREY • Ruairí CAREY • Mary YATES • Francesca MEEHAN

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A fine selection of today's volunteers.

Due to a tree that is still at risk of falling across the path by our usual finish area in the woods, for the third week running, we were on our alternative course. This is basically the same route but starting in what is usually the second field, and run in the reverse (clockwise) direction. This week the mud was just as muddy, the wet bits just as squelchy, and the dry bits non-existent. One participant told us that he had done tough mudders that were easier. However, Co- Event Director Marcus is used to our course, and appears to have skipped through it all...or is he simply jumping for joy?

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Local club, Bromley Veterans AC (BVAC), had a strong showing at this week's event, with the first 5 finishers being either first or second claim members to the club, 13 of the volunteers also belonging to the club and both first lady and first man - James Tinkler and Sarah Regan being club members. We are especially pleased for them as both are regular volunteers at Bethlem, Sarah also being one of our Run Directors, and for both it was their first time for being first!

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James and Sarah

Keeping the Tail Walkers company was Anwen Davies, who was completing the Lon-Done Challenge - that is, running/walking at all the parkruns within the M25. Well done Anwen and hope you enjoyed your visit!

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Jackie Montgomery just ahead of Siobhan McElhinney - Siobahn provided today's only PB!

We are as ever grateful to the hospital staff for volunteering by opening the cafe in the Community Centre, and it is a great place to meet, chat and compare muddy trainers. Thanks to Mary Yates for providing the hot drinks and quite delicious fondant fancies this week!

Until next week .....

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This week 34 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 6 were first timers and 1 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 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 2,204 participants have completed 4,586 parkruns covering a total distance of 22,930 km, including 594 new Personal Bests. A total of 171 individuals have volunteered 751 times.

 

Event No. 39 – Alternative Saturday 22/02/20

Saturday saw us introducing our alternative route for the 1st time. Due to storm Ciara and Denis the previous weeks we have an unstable tree on our normal route. The mud was just as muddy and the water just as wet! Only 1 shoe was lost which was a miracle from the amount of rain we've had recently. Our very own ED, Marcus Elwes managed to clock up a 1st place, with core team member Gillian Selman first lady whilst Simon Powell and Isabella Short each reached their 25 volunteering milestone. Well done to the four of you. The morning was a pleasant one with plenty of achy, muddy legs at the finish tunnel, and chatter, laughs and cake in the café afterwards.

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This week 29 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers and 0 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 4 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

John WHITELEY • Jackie GANLEY • James TINKLER • Gillian SELMAN • Marcus ELWES • Christopher JACKSON • Karen MERCER • Colette SHORT • Isabella SHORT • Beverley MALIN-SMITH • Simon POWELL • John WHITELEY • Rebecca GOLDER • Mary YATES • Trudi SENEVIRATNE • 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 2,189 participants have completed 4,515 parkruns covering a total distance of 22,575 km, including 593 new Personal Bests. A total of 170 individuals have volunteered 718 times.

 

Event 38 – 8 February 2020 – The Calm Before The Storm

Glorius muddy Bethlem parkrun continued to be gloriously muddy but, thankfully, not wet and highly windy like the following day. In fact, after a slightly overcast start, the day turned into a warm and calm spring-like day. Literally, the calm before the storm.

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Amongst the 71 finishers, we welcomed 30 first timers to Bethlem including a number of parkrun ambassadors who were using the event as a warm up to one of their regualr meetings. Hopefully, we passed muster with their exacting standards (cake in the cafe afterwards always helps we find!).

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As usual, the conditions provided a stern challenge for all the runners, with various different strategies utilised to navigate the more treacherous parts of the course.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Terri SHOTTON • Catherine LOCKTON • Luke HOOPER • Mike SIMMS • Janet SIMMS • Jackie GANLEY • Gillian SELMAN • Marcus ELWES • Martin BLACK • Sarah REGAN • Colette SHORT • Isabella SHORT • Kev HOWARTH • Tom CULLIGAN • Ashley MIDDLEWICK • Rebecca GOLDER • Mary YATES • Trudi SENEVIRATNE • Sam LEEDHAM • Francesca MEEHAN

In laying out the cones on the far field earlier that morning, our co-Event Director Janet SIMMS carried out her 300th volunteer role (she shortly afterwards carried out her 301st when carrying out the First Timer's Briefing). Jan has been instrumental in the setting up and running of Bethlem parkrun (as well as the running of Bromley parkrun in a previous life) and we are all very grateful for her efforts week in week out.

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Jan is presented with flowers by fellow co-Event Director Marcus

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Volunteering is fun (see above!). Please contact us if you would like to volunteer. Training and guidance will be provided.

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 2,180 participants have completed 4,486 parkruns covering a total distance of 22,430 km, including 593 new Personal Bests. A total of 169 individuals have volunteered 702 times.

Photos by Marcus and Kev Howarth. More excellent photos by Kev are available here: https://kevhowarth.smugmug.com/Bethlem-parkrun/

 

 

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.

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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!

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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.

 

Event 36 – 25 January 2020 – Slip-Sliding Away!

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!

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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.

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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.

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Kev's Party Corner was back, for those wishing to pause for a quick boogie to the music on their way round.

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Kev also performed a vital service in the community cafe afterwards, helping Tailwalker Jo remove her boots (and very nearly her leg too!)

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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 bethlemroyalhospital@parkrun.com

Until next week...

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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.

 

Event 35 – 18th January 2020 – The first frost, hats and our youngest ever volunteer!

My what a brisk morning it was on the 35th running of the Bethlem Royal Hospital parkrun today, even the ducks had to skate (rather than bob)

The ducks doing their best impression of curling stones

The ducks doing their best impression of curling stones

Although the week's heavy rain from storm Bernard had left it's mark, a beautifully clear sky meant that this morning's parkrun was a 'dry' but chilly one.

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A frosty start

I say 'dry' because whilst it may not have been raining, the course was of course wet!

A big well done to the 54 hardy souls who ran walked and jogged their way around, including 13 first timers, with tourists from as far as Basingstoke and Southend, there were even 3 personal bests!

Hats were definitely a feature of today's run

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Hats were definitely a feature of today's run

A big thank you also to our able volunteers this week who endured the cold, including our youngest ever, Leon Armstrong Plieth aged just 7 weeks! Leon very kindly gave his services helping dad Jacob with barcode scanning (from the warmth of his papoose)

Marshal Chris Jackson waits for the Tailwalkers at the outer reaches of the far field

Chris Jackson waits for the Tailwalkers at the outer reaches of the far field

Until next week!

This week 54 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and 3 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Iain SWATTON • Terri SHOTTON • Jackie GANLEY • James TINKLER • Marcus ELWES • Rory LISTON • Christopher JACKSON • Sarah REGAN • Karen MERCER • Colette SHORT • Isabella SHORT • Anna ADAMS • Simon POWELL • Jacob ARMSTRONG PLIETH • Rebecca GOLDER • Mary YATES • 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.

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 2,101 participants have completed 4,284 parkruns covering a total distance of 21,420 km, including 585 new Personal Bests. A total of 167 individuals have volunteered 649 times.

 

Event 34 – 11th January 2020 – Rain, rain, gone away?!

The rain held off today for the 64 runners and walkers that came to complete event 34, at Bethlem Royal Hospital. An amazing 23 of these were first timers to this event, and two people started their parkrun journey. A very warm welcome to you all, and well done for completing your first event here today.

6 people recorded new Personal Bests, in tough conditions. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

We were really pleased to welcome a group of junior doctors from the hospital today. A special well done to Dr. Will Marsh, who was first over the line today in a time of 20:07. Female course record holder Ellie Osmond was first female today, her fifth first position in her fifth outing here, in a time of 21:10.

A massive thank you to the amazing volunteer team as always:

Anna ADAMS; David CANNON; Paul CREGG; Marcus ELWES; Jackie GANLEY; Kev HOWARTH; Christopher JACKSON; Karen MERCER; Gary O'NEILL; Simon POWELL; Sarah REGAN; Gillian SELMAN; Isabella SHORT; Janet SIMMS; Terri SHOTTON; Roy TAIT; Anne UNSELD; Mary YATES.

Volunteer Kev marshalling and pumping out the tunes in the second field!

Volunteer Kev marshalling and pumping out the tunes in the second field!

Volunteering at parkrun is great fun and we would love you to join us! If you would like to volunteer please send an email to our volunteer co-ordinator Jackie at bethlemroyalhospitalhelpers@parkrun.com.

The Core Team had the opportunity to refresh their lifesaving skills after the parkrun this morning and take part in defibrillator training. Thank you so much to Keith for this morning's informative session, and to Core Team member Mary for arranging this for us!

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 2,087 participants have completed 4,230 parkruns covering a total distance of 21,150 km, including 582 new Personal Bests. A total of 163 individuals have volunteered 612 times.

 

 

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.

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