Event 20 – A new path and a day of records – 12 October 2019

At the start of this report, I would like to highlight and give a very big thank you to all the lovely people who have volunteered over the past 20 weeks since Bethlem Royal Hospital began back in May - over 130 individuals have now volunteered! Our volunteer roles include setting out the carpark signs and guiding people to the briefing/start area, marshalling, timing, scanning, handing out finish tokens, tail walking and helping in the community cafe afterwards. Many of the roles can be combined with running too! If you have run here a few times, but haven't yet volunteered, please join us one day. All the roles are straight-forward and full training is given! Please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Jackie on bethlemroyalhospital@parkrun.com if you can help us on any future week.

Your run today was made possible by:

Terri SHOTTON • Mike SIMMS • Janet SIMMS • Jackie GANLEY • Gillian SELMAN • Marcus ELWES • Catherine DUNFORD • Belinda BRIDGE • Sarah REGAN • Richard JONES • Andrew MUNDY • Rowan FOGGITT • Tom CULLIGAN • John WHITELEY • Joanne CAREY • Ruairí CAREY • Sergey ZELENOV • Karen RODRIGUES • Mary YATES

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A big round of applause to these and all our past, and future, volunteers!

And so to the run itself...

Shortly after today's run started, Eliud Kipchoge ran a full marathon in just under 2 hours. To put this in some perspective, only 5 parkruns out of over 50 million that have been completed worldwide, have been run at a faster pace than Kipchoge ran! This feat was being watched eagerly by our youngest volunteer today, Ruari Carey, on mum Joanne's phone, at the start line, as we set off today's 80 runners. This was also a record, of kinds, for us, being our lowest attendance so far. Maybe the forecast rain, as well as the marathon record attempt, kept more folks at home today, although in the end, those who attended were rewarded with cool and dry conditions, ideal running weather. Underfoot, however, was slightly more tricky with the heavy rain we had during the week and overnight making parts of the course quite spongey, soggy and muddy! Time to get out the trail shoes!

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Three-quarters of today's runners were returnees to Bethlem parkrun and they were rewarded with the first outing of a lovely wide, new path (photo above) connecting the two fields. The marvellous hospital site team had been out in the week to create this for us, to replace the much narrower, and wetter, path. In the photo below, you can see the new path, just to the left of the old one (taped off).

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We welcomed runners from Hilly Fields just to the north, and Bath, a way to the west. Our 3 first finishers were all visitors to Bethlem while also joining us were four people who made Bethlem their venue for their first ever foray into the parkrun world. These included John Dowding, joined by daughters Ruth and Grace, who had persuaded him to run following their own first ever parkrun here last week. Our tailwalkers today, Andrew and Richard, had to run to keep up with 2 more of the first-timers, Caroline Finch and Karen Hussein!

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With another week of rain forecast, today's Run Director Jan is wondering if the water in the "duck pond" will top her wellies next Saturday - but the ducks are loving it!

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We look forward to welcoming you and your happy smiles back at Bethlem next week!

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This week 80 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were Bethlem first timers and 8 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 1,623 participants have completed 2,905 parkruns covering a total distance of 14,525 km, including 468 new Personal Bests. A total of 133 individuals have volunteered 399 times.

 

Event 19 – Supermen, birthday cake and the return of the ducks! – 5 October 2019

 

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What a ‘super’ morning we had at the 19th Bethlem Royal Hospital parkrun this Saturday. A visit from local Euduroman Chris Leek where he shared his incredible ‘Arch to Arc’ journey and the cause that inspired him to take on the challenge was very welcome, as he completed his very first parkrun. Some more about Chris here: https://youtu.be/YPOHtyKidC0

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Chris, with Les Humphrey (recent Bronze Medal winner at the World Triathlon Championships for his age group 80-85yrs!)

If that wasn’t enough, it was parkrun’s 15th birthday too, so of course there was cake (courtesy of Co-E.D. Jan Simms) in the community café for all who needed a boost after their running efforts.

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The wet weather we’d had over the previous days meant a welcome return of the start-line ducks and the ‘pathway puddle’, however the day itself remained dry and cool and was excellent running weather for the 102 good people who ran, jogged and walked their way around the course.

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Our number included 17 first timers and tourists from Bristol, Blackwater and Tooting Bec! 30 new personal best were set too

I mentioned that we had supermen with us on Saturday and the beady eyed amongst you would have seen that our results contained super flier Scott Tracey, he didn’t declare himself as a tourist from the Island though…

Until next week, F.A.B!

 

Stats bit:

This week 102 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Terri SHOTTON • Paul CREGG • Mike SIMMS • Janet SIMMS • Roger HARRIS • Jackie GANLEY • James TINKLER • Gillian SELMAN • Jason MERCER • Christopher JACKSON • Anne WHARTON • Karen MERCER • Steve BOWLEY • Tom CULLIGAN • Simon POWELL • John WHITELEY • E ADEJOBI • 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 1,603 participants have completed 2,825 parkruns covering a total distance of 14,125 km, including 460 new Personal Bests. A total of 128 individuals have volunteered 380 times.

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Event 18 – A visit from Goodgym – 28 September 2019

The heavy rain of the previous week held off, but it had filled the puddles enough to enable the ducks to go for a swim once again and cause the path connecting the two fields to be on the muddy side.

We were joined by lots of fantastic volunteers from Goodgym, a national charity with local branches in Bromley, Croydon and Lewisham. At the pre-run brief, Conroy from the group explained the work of Goodgym - groups meet locally for a short run, then participate in about an hour's community work, such as visiting the elderly and isolated. If you are interested in their work, or joining one of the local groups, you can find more at www.goodgym.org or email conroy@goodgym.org

Goodgym also brought along volunteer pacers, which was a first for Bethlem Royal Hospital parkrun. They may have helped some of you to a new course PB, as 29 of today's 104 runners achieved one today. This included our first 3 finishers, Daniel Selman, Toby Edwards and Mike Barrett. First lady across the line was Ellie Osmond, second was first-timer at Bethlem, Victoria Cartwright (maybe enjoying the flatter ground compared to her usual run at Hilly Fields!) and 3rd lady was Katy Sugden.

Congratulations to parkrun tourist, Rob Meakin, who did his 100th run with us today.

Colette Short made an assured debut as Run Director and we also ventured into new technological realms for Bethlem parkrun, with Karen Mercer using the parkrun app to scan the barcodes rather than using the traditional scanner (which had played up the previous week, causing some anxious moments while we were processing the results!)

Next week, 5 October, will be parkrun's 15th anniversary - from 13 runners meeting to run a time trial in Bushy Park and going for coffee afterwards, to upwards of 600 events in the UK alone, and nearly 2000 across the globe, it has been an amazing story. Join in the birthday party and come along next week wearing a parkrun Tshirt, if you have one, eg a milestone, volunteer or apricot T-shirt, or a Contra brand. There might even be some birthday cake!

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This week 104 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Terri SHOTTON • Adele PRINCE • Ian TUCKER • Jackie GANLEY • Gillian SELMAN • Marcus ELWES • Christopher JACKSON • Karen MERCER • Juliet STEVENSON • Jenifer PENN • Peter RHODES • Jacqueline FRANCIS • Colette SHORT • Hannah BARBER • Sara BRIMBLE • Jeanette ELVEN • Victoria CARTWRIGHT • Ingrid BUCHANAN • Conroy BARNETT • Simon POWELL • Paul GRAY • Andrew BATES • Stanka PETROVA • Mary YATES • Sarah COWDREY

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 1,586 participants have completed 2,723 parkruns covering a total distance of 13,615 km, including 430 new Personal Bests. A total of 127 individuals have volunteered 360 times.

 

Event 15 – Autumn has arrived – 7 September 2019

There was a distinct nip in the air first thing this morning when Run Director Jan, Carpark Marshal Mike, soon to be helped by Jason, and Lead Marshal / Co-Event Director Marcus arrived at 7.45am to collect the kit from the on-site storage shed. We have a lot of signs that need sorting, but thankfully, Mike thinks he knows where they all go....

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Our wonderful volunteers started to arrive at the briefing area nice and early. Karen has been volunteering regularly on scanning since dislocating her knee (ouch!) but today was her first time as Timekeeper, helped by "old hand" Bernie. Terri has helped often on Finish Tokens and was joined again today by Alison, who is recovering well from a foot op and looking forward to Tailwalking soon. Scanning today was husband and wife team Andrew and Natalie (applying bug spray franctically following her decision to wear shorts!). IMG-3151 Run Director Jan with high viz heroes Bernie, Terri, Natalie, Andrew, Karen and Alison.

In the mean time, Tail-walkers John and Mark were helping to set up the course with Marcus and the other course Marshals Julie and Cat.

Sarah gave the first timers' briefing to the 38 tourists and 6 participants who were venturing into the parkrun world for their very first time. Visitors made up approximately a third of the total runners, so I'm delighted that the rest of you decided you liked it enough to return and that many of you are making us your regular parkrun destination.

And so to the run itself...our course record was broken this week by Andy Bond on his 4th run at Bethlem Royal. Andy ran in the super fast time of 16.35, quicker by 10 seconds than the previous record which had been in place since our 1st event. Andy also gained the course age grading record of 86.13%. Andy might have made it look easy, but he did admit that he had been working very hard to achieve this and had felt quite sick during the run. That's dedication!

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New course record holder, Andy Bond, way out in front

And while we're on the subject of great achievements, we were joined again by Bromley Veterans AC member and medalist at the ITU Triathlon World Championships in Lausanne last weekend, Les Humphrey, who won the bronze medal for his age group of 80-84yrs. Les also ran a PB here this week. Les, we salute you!

 

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Local Legend Les 

A total of 38 of you returning today ran a PB - well done all. This included Louise Lauder and Natalie Clerke, who walked the course, although Louise couldn't resist breaking into a run for the final 100metres! Louise and Natalie were returning here for the first time since the inaugural run - welcome back!

Tailwalker John had completed his 250th in his previous run and provided plenty of cakes and mini-bites for runners and volunteers to enjoy - many thanks John, much appreciated!

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John in the distance, with fellow tailwalker Mark and lead marshal Marcus clearing the course at end.

We enjoyed a catch up and cuppa in the Community Cafe after the run. Many thanks to Mary for helping in the cafe today - this is a role that parkrun volunteers also help with each week. The cafe is run by hospital volunteers for the benefit of the service users, and profits go directly to the hospital, so please do come and join us and support it at the end of your run each week. The cafe can be found on the way back from the briefing area to the carpark - in the building next to the outdoor gym equipment. Reminder - it is cash only, and change is appreciated please!

To volunteer in any role at a future parkrun, please email our volunteer coordinator, Jackie, at bethlemroyalhospital@parkrun.com -  it's lots of fun and you'll get a lot of love from the runners, who really appreciate your help!

The Bethlem Museum of the Mind was also open this weekend - it opens on the first and last Saturday each month. I hope any visitors from parkrun enjoyed this unique insight into the hospital's history and on-going work.

All photos in this week's run report were provided by Jan Simms and Marcus Elwes. More photos can be found here.

We look forward to seeing you all again soon. Until next week....

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Summary stats:

This week 122 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Terri SHOTTON • Catherine LOCKTON • Mike SIMMS • Janet SIMMS • Jackie GANLEY • Alison JOHN • Marcus ELWES • Jason MERCER • Bernadette FRY • Sarah REGAN • John O'TOOLE • Karen MERCER • Mark FOWLER • Natalie PRICE • Andrew PRICE • Mary YATES • 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 1,492 participants have completed 2,409 parkruns covering a total distance of 12,045 km, including 344 new Personal Bests. A total of 105 individuals have volunteered 304 times.

 

Event 14 – No water for the poor ducklings! – 31st August 2019

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Just a dry bit of mud for the ducklings today - they are looking forward to autumn :) It was a lovely sunny morning, a little too hot for running to be honest, so I think our runners did very well.

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Tourists from as far afield as Southampton flocked to our lovely little event today. Other home events represented included Orpington, Hilly Fields, Banstead Wood and Northala. First timers/visitors seem to be forming a decreasing percentage of our runners as we get established - two thirds of today's runners were returnees.

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First to finish was Andy Bond taking it easy this week in a time of 17:36. Other notable performances - Cat Lockton was delighted with her 27th place in 26:15. Actually, lots of people were pleased with low-number finishes - one of the perks of attending a smaller parkrun. Our ED Marcus Elwes was moderately irritated to equal his PB at 21:00 - I couldn't bring myself to revise that time down by a second even for Marcus. And Chris Jackson is improving his Tail Walker time as he gets back from injury - 50:42 this week, in his 200th parkrun (thanks for the cakes!).

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We have now had 100 people volunteer for us, Julie Stephens bringing up that milestone. We've got a great team here but we're always looking for new volunteers, so please do email bethlemroyalhospital@parkrun.com with your barcode number and some dates when you can volunteer.

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Bye for now, see you next week

Mike

ps - here are a few stats for you:

This week 90 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Linda WHITELEY • John WHITELEY • Terri SHOTTON • Paul CREGG • Mike SIMMS • Janet SIMMS • Jackie GANLEY • James TINKLER • Christopher JACKSON • Karen MERCER • Jane BRADSHAW • Colette SHORT • Julie STEPHENS

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

The male record is held by Roger VILARDELL who recorded a time of 16:45 on 25th May 2019 (event number 1), and by Simon FOX who also recorded a time of 16:45 on 22nd June 2019 (event number 5).
The female record is held by Ellie OSMOND who recorded a time of 19:56 on 3rd August 2019 (event number 10).
The Age Grade course record is held by Andy BOND who recorded 84.26% (16:50) on 8th June 2019 (event number 3).

Bethlem Royal Hospital parkrun started on 25th May 2019. Since then 1,448 participants have completed 2,287 parkruns covering a total distance of 11,435 km, including 306 new Personal Bests. A total of 100 individuals have volunteered 286 times.

 

Event 13 – Unlucky for some? (well, for those who weren’t there) – 24 August 2019

 

The weather gods were kind to us on Saturday and blessed the 13th Bethlem Royal Hospital Parkrun with sunshine, although not enough to evaporate our wonderful water feature (well, large puddle) between the two fields, meaning wet feet again for the gathered throng of 219 runners, walkers and joggers that took part.

An eclectic bunch they were too, representing 34 different clubs, from Saltaire (near Bradford) to Sutton, Petts Wood to Portsmouth. There were 117 first timers to BRHP, notably swelled by the massed ranks of the touring ‘Zero 2 Hero’ team, who had three of their number celebrating their 100th milestone: Marylin Stringer, Dee Timon and Sid Launchbury. On top of all that we had 40 new Personal Bests too!

The event was made possible by 17 wonderful volunteers - huge thanks to:

Terri SHOTTON • Jackie GANLEY • Clare STONE • Christopher JACKSON • Ben WALSH • Anne WHARTON • Simon YATES • Colette SHORT • David APPLETON • Bob THOMAS • Jasmin NANCEKIVELL-SMITH • Simon POWELL • Joanne CAREY • Sue HOLLYWOOD-POWELL • Mary YATES • Bernice BURNS • Niko BURNS

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

The male record is held by Roger VILARDELL who recorded a time of 16:45 on 25th May 2019 (event number 1), and by Simon FOX who also recorded a time of 16:45 on 22nd June 2019 (event number 5).
The female record is held by Ellie OSMOND who recorded a time of 19:56 on 3rd August 2019 (event number 10).
The Age Grade course record is held by Andy BOND who recorded 84.26% (16:50) on 8th June 2019 (event number 3).

Bethlem Royal Hospital parkrun started on 25th May 2019. Since then 1,417 participants have completed 2,197 parkruns covering a total distance of 10,985 km, including 285 new Personal Bests. A total of 97 individuals have volunteered 273 times.

 

Event 11 – Wet and Wild! – 10 August 2019

The main feature of parkrun this week was the wind. It whipped around furiously which made the going quite tough for the 92 parkrunners. A couple of participants told us they enjoyed the occasional refreshing shower, which added to the dampness caused by the previous day's rain. This had allowed our ducks to return to their puddle at the start point and the splash feature to make a reappearance in the path between the two fields.

Despite the challenging conditions, 13 of the returning 55 runners managed a PB, including Co-Event Director Marcus Elwes in the spot on time of 21.00.

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Marcus, regretting his decision to wear white socks!

Well done to Molly Haviland who finished as 3rd lady, and who joined the 50 club, earning herself a red milestone Tshirt.

Our only parkrun first-timer this week was Caragh Skipper - welcome Caragh, we hope you had a great time and that we see you again soon!

Quite a few parkrunners this week had forgotten, or decided not to bring their barcode and so appear in the results as Unknown Athlete. This included an impressive-looking youngster who finished in 2nd place - well done, but unfortunately we cannot give you a proper shout out as we don't know who you are!

Once again we welcomed some uber-tourists, including Charles "Cass" Castleton, who has run a parkrun in all 21 countries of the world where there is one and who brought cakes for the volunteers (thanks Cass!). Cass was accompanied by another keen world tourist, Christine Imbert and Dennis Lancaster, who is currently injured, so joined us as a volunteer marshal.

A few of our volunteers are currently injured or nursing niggles. Volunteering is a great way to still be involved in parkrun if you can't run.

Many thanks to all our volunteers this week - Mike, Liz, Andy and Dennis were Marshalling (and setting out / clearing away all our course cones), Simon and Sarah were Timing, Karen and Gillian were Scanning, Cathy and Rebecca were on Finish Tokens, Chris and Marcus were directing the traffic to the Carparks (followed by Tail Walking too for Chris), Joanne gave the First Timers Briefing, Anne helped the hospital volunteers Tom and Gloria in the cafe and Jan was your RD. Thanks also to Jason and Roy who helped out with extra bits and pieces at the beginning and end of the run.

Volunteering is great fun, and if you'd like to volunteer at a future parkrun, please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Jackie, at bethlemroyalhospital@parkrun.com with your barcode number and date(s) you can help.

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Photo by Cathy Dunford

The Community Cafe was busy, with plenty of parkrunners enjoying a hot cuppa afterwards. The Cafe is manned by volunteers from both the hospital and parkrun, and this volunteering role is probably unique amongst all parkruns! The Cafe takes cash only, but is very reasonably priced - 2 cups of tea and a chocolate bar for just £2 - so do join us after your run!

We would also like to recommend a visit to Bethlem Museum of the Mind and Gallery, which are open in the main building (opposite the main entrance, behind the roundabout) on the first and last Saturday each month.

We look forward to welcoming everyone again to Bethlem Royal Hospital parkrun next week!

This week 92 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Anne UNSELD • Mike SIMMS • Janet SIMMS • Jackie GANLEY • Gillian SELMAN • Marcus ELWES • Jason MERCER • Simon NARRACOTT • Catherine DUNFORD • Christopher JACKSON • Sarah REGAN • Karen MERCER • Liz TALBOT DAVIES • Andy DAVIES • Roy TAIT • Dennis LANCASTER • Joanne CAREY • Rebecca GOLDER

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

The male record is held by Roger VILARDELL who recorded a time of 16:45 on 25th May 2019 (event number 1), and by Simon FOX who also recorded a time of 16:45 on 22nd June 2019 (event number 5).
The female record is held by Ellie OSMOND who recorded a time of 19:56 on 3rd August 2019 (event number 10).
The Age Grade course record is held by Andy BOND who recorded 84.26% (16:50) on 8th June 2019 (event number 3).

Bethlem Royal Hospital parkrun started on 25th May 2019. Since then 1,262 participants have completed 1,877 parkruns covering a total distance of 9,385 km, including 232 new Personal Bests. A total of 89 individuals have volunteered 238 times.

 

Event #9 – 27 July 2019 – Nice weather for ducks!

There are many ways to describe the weather at parkrun this Saturday, but "wet" probably does it the most simply and effectively. At about 8.40am, the volunteers huddled under umbrealls at the briefing area wondered if anyone was going to turn up at all, as the usual groups of gathering parkrunners were completely absent, but it turned out they were all waiting in their cars until the last possible minute, and who could blame them!

Unsurprisingly, the number of participants was down, to 98, our lowest so far, but still about twice as many as today's team of soggy volunteers predicted, and as the weather was similar in the surrounding areas, numbers were down across all the other local parkruns too.

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 Above: Hardy souls listen to the run briefing.

 

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Above: Lead Marshal Simon lays out the cones in our water feature.

Bethlem Royal Hospital parkrun is still attracting quite a few tourists, and over half of those present this Saturday ran here for the first time, although most already have many other parkruns under their belts. Three people chose today for their first ever venture into parkrun - a very warm welcome to Stuart Abrey, Lisa Tritton and Charlotte Facer, please come back again and we will try to provide drier conditions next time!

Our first 5 finishers were all Bethlem first timers, including the Head of parkrun HQ Communications, Tom Fairbrother, who came very close to breaking our course record - and maybe would have done had the weather been kinder. Other visitors today included Sasha and Nicola Riches from Great Lines (Gillingham) parkrun, who are competing in a Rebel Runners challenge to complete other local parkruns, the Evans family who are in the proces of setting up a new parkrun around Squerryes vineyard in Westerham (ooh, that'll be an exciting one!) and Kaye Quinn and friends from not-so-far-away Riddlesdown parkrun, who was proudly wearing her 500 club shirt. We also welcomed staff and parkrun volunteers from Fulbourn Hospital in Cambridgeshire, a mental health facility, who met members of the core team and staff from Bethlem afterwards in the Community Cafe, for a very much needed hot drink and to discuss setting up a parkrun on their site. Good luck with your endeavours!

Well done to the 15 participants who managed PBs today - the conditions must have suited you! Mark Quinlan, chose Bethlem to run his 300th parkrun today, coming in at a spot on time of 29.00. Nadine Price, another first timer at Bethlem, finished in the only other spot on time of the day at 28.00.

Once again our ducks proved popular, and are gaining celebratory status, partly thanks to Danny Norman's With Me Now podcast, after Danny visited us last week and spoke to members of the team for the podcast - listen from about 35 mins onward for the Bethlem Royal Hospital profile (or to all of it for all things parkrun!).

We could not have put on the parkrun, come rain or shine, without our wonderful volunteers - many, many thanks to:

Iain SWATTON • Paul CREGG • Mike SIMMS • Janet SIMMS • Roger HARRIS • Jackie GANLEY • Alison JOHN • Gillian SELMAN • Jason MERCER • Catherine DUNFORD • Barbara Susan BAKER • Belinda BRIDGE • Christopher JACKSON • Paul WILKINSON • Liz TALBOT DAVIES • Andy DAVIES • Simon POWELL • Rebecca GOLDER • Mary YATES • Bernice BURNS

If you'd like to be see how you look in high-viz, we'd love to hear from you - it's a great way to meet people, it's great fun, all the roles are straight-forward and you get full training! Drop an email to our volunteer coordinator, Jackie Ganley, at bethlemroyalhospital@parkrun.com

We hope you enjoyed your run today and that we see you again next week. Remember to allow about 5-10 mins to walk from the entrance/carparks to the briefing area, and that the run briefing is at 8.50am followed by a 200m walk to the start point.

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Above: Enjoying the rain - the man responsible for bringing the ducks to Bethlem, Mike Simms, who finished in the rather pleasing time of 24.24.

You can follow Bethlem Royal Hospital parkrun on Facebook and Twitter.

 

This week 98 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 53 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 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 Jemma ZAKARIYYAU who recorded a time of 20:24 on 25th May 2019 (event number 1).
The male record is held by Roger VILARDELL who recorded a time of 16:45 on 25th May 2019 (event number 1), and by Simon FOX who also recorded a time of 16:45 on 22nd June 2019 (event number 5).
The Age Grade course record is held by Andy BOND who recorded 84.26% (16:50) on 8th June 2019 (event number 3).

Bethlem Royal Hospital parkrun started on 25th May 2019. Since then 1,168 participants have completed 1,661 parkruns covering a total distance of 8,305 km, including 193 new Personal Bests. A total of 86 individuals have volunteered 201 times.

 

 

 

Event #8 – 20 July 2019 – The return of the ducks!

We were delighted to welcome back this week the ducks to Bethlem Royal Hospital parkrun along with 143 eager and keen parkrunners. The crash of thunder and sudden downpour at 8am and an overcast sky did not put off the parkrunners or the ducks and they were rewarded by a water feature in the pathway between the two fields.

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The watersplash and the very muggy weather made the event challenging. This makes it all the more surprising the number of participants who recorded personal bests. Well done and congratulations to all who completed the event and especially if you achieved a new PB!

Looking at the results page, Bethlem Royal Hospital parkrun remains a popular parkrun tourist destination with over 60 seasoned parkrunners taking part in their first parkrun at Bethlem on Saturday.

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Those of you who follow any of the parkrun podcasts may know of Danny Norman and the “With Me Now” podcast. Danny ran at Bethlem on Saturday and we look forward to listening to you next podcast Danny.

We also look forward to seeing you at 8.50am next Saturday for the Run Briefing. Remember, if you're stopping afterwards for a cuppa and a catch up, please note that the Community Café takes cash only!

 

This week 143 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 65 were first timers, 29 recorded new Personal Bests and representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

 

Thanks to all the volunteers who made this event happen: Commeletia ALLISONSteve BOWLEYLisa CASTLEPaul CREGGMarcus ELWESThomas ELWESJackie GANLEYRod HARRINGTONIsobel HARRINGTONChristopher JACKSONKaren MERCERSarah REGANGillian SELMANColette SHORTTerri SHOTTONJanet SIMMSMike SIMMSFiona SINNOTTSue STEVENSNeil SUTTONIain SWATTONAnne WHARTONShirley WHEELERMary YATES

To volunteer yourself for a future week, please email our volunteer coordinator, Jackie Ganley, at bethlemroyalhospital@parkrun.com. Anyone can volunteer, all roles are straight-forward and everyone is made to feel very welcome and part of the team.

 

 

Event Number 7- what a beautiful vista!

We were delighted to return to Bethlem Royal Hospital parkrun for event number 7 after last week's cancellation.

Thank you to Harold Duckworth for visiting us at Bethlem Royal Hospital and for writing this week's run report.

A bright sunny morning brought out plenty of smiley and enthusiastic runners and volunteers this week. Conditions were good at the start and the temperature rose during the run. This was noticed more by those who preferred to savour the atmosphere and enjoy the run for the longest period of time. The first runner to collect a finish token was Che Compton in a time of 17 minutes 12 seconds.

The lure of a now compulsive Saturday fitness fix encouraged 173 runners to take to the course. There were 101 first timers to Bethlem Royal Hospital, of whom 7 were running their inaugural parkrun; a mammoth 45 personal bests were set (26% of all runners) and 30 running clubs were represented.

The large cohort of parkrun tourists included participants from Cyprus and Australia.

Milestone mentions: Many congratulations to Richard Hooper who completed his 50th parkrun this week.

The course was dry and hard after last week’s grass trimming, providing a decent running surface if a little bumpy here and there. One runner inadvertently made a close quarter inspection of the running surface on the first downhill section at the start of the run. No lasting damage done and happily the runner was able to continue. This peril was mentioned by the run director in the briefing at the start and serves to highlight the care and attention we must all take for our own safety.

Thought for the week! To all those who have are thinking about volunteering but who haven’t yet quite got around to it yet. Do please consider joining in, it can be quite rewarding once you are part of the team. You can sign up by emailing

bethlemroyalhospitalhelpers@parkrun.com

or just ask any of the other volunteers on a Saturday morning. Perhaps ask to start as a course marshal and progress to other positions later. Lastly, well done to all those who took part; runners, amblers, volunteers, cheerleaders and especially the organisers. Harold John Duckworth

Thanks to the volunteers

We are very grateful to the 21 volunteers who made this event happen:

Paul CREGG, Tom CULLIGAN, Thomas ELWES, Rowan FOGGITT, Bernadette FRY, Jackie GANLEY, Rebecca GOLDER, Karen MERCER, Jason MERCER, Sonja POHLMAN, Simon POWELL, Sarah REGAN, Gillian SELMAN, Terri SHOTTON, Mike SIMMS, Janet SIMMS, Iain SWATTON, Liz TALBOT DAVIES, James TINKLER, Mary YATES, Harold DUCKWORTH

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