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 email@example.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
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!
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).
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!
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!
We look forward to welcoming you and your happy smiles back at Bethlem next week!
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.