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:

https://kevhowarth.smugmug.com/Bethlem-parkrun-with-DKH/n-cgB7pB/i-xwBMHVT/A

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:

092ba412-9876-4871-81cb-8246d78b5bc5Terri SHOTTON • Jackie GANLEY • Gillian SELMAN • Marcus ELWES • Jason MERCER • Sarah REGAN • John O'TOOLE • Colette SHORT • Kev HOWARTH • Simon POWELL • Sue HOLLYWOOD-POWELL • Rowena KIBBLEWHITE • Neil HARDWICK • 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 1,724 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.

 

 

 

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.