Event 16 – still the sun shines down on us – 15th September 2019

Another sunny but crisp morning greeted us on Saturday as we welcomed 105 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. As often seems to be the case, the vast majority of first timers appeared to be tourists, with notable attendees from both Wimbledon and Clapham, including the Event Director from Clapham parkrun, Jennifer WOOLGAR and some of her colleagues. Nice to see you all.

There were also four genuine first timers to parkrun; take a bow David FENLON, Claire WARNER, Uchechi NDUKWE and our very own Mary YATES from the Hospital and parkrun core team. We look forward to welcoming you all back.

We also had perhaps a unique attendance to note of two lady chairs from local running clubs - Fiona HEMSLEY of Bromley Vets AC and Nicola MOORE of Petts Wood Runners. Nice to see you both ladies (courteous bow).

Congratulations to David FOWLER who neatly managed to coincide his 40th birthday and 100th run at the same event. Thank you for choosing our event for these two momentous milestones.

Out on the course, one of the first time visitors from Clapham Chasers; Edward REES stormed over first place in an impressive 18:08, followed by Jason MERCER and another first timer Dyfan GARMON in second and third place respectively.

Of the ladies, Eleanor ANDREWS another first timer Capham Chaser, was first over the line in 21:33, followed by Agnieszka PALIWODA and Cathryn REES in second and third placed respectively. The latter was yet another first timer Clapham Chaser!

Notable PBs were recorded by Colette SHORT who ran an impressive 24:45 before shooting off to help in the cafeteria in the Community Centre! Catherine LOCKTON 25:11 - getting closer to sub 25 minutes and Christopher JACKSON 26:35 having already been a car park marshal before the run!

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Colette gets a shift on to help at the cafe!

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Cat looking determined!

A note also for Doreen ABBOTT who ran a PB of 29:33 in the VW75-79 category which gave her a very impressive 82.06 % age grading and Hazel IMESON who ran a PB of 23:20 in the VW60-64 category which gave her an even more impressive age grading of 85.57 %, just outside the course record!

Well done everyone!

A big shout out as always to our wonderful volunteers, without who this event would not be possible.

This weeks high viz heroes were:

Guy SURTEES • Terri SHOTTON • Paul HEFFORD • Janet SIMMS • Gillian SELMAN • Marcus ELWES • Christopher JACKSON • Maggie J • Sarah REGAN • Karen MERCER • Colette SHORT • Liz TALBOT DAVIES • Roy TAIT • Carly HIBBERD • Simon POWELL • Joanne CAREY • Mary YATES

If you would like to volunteers, do please drop us a line. It is great fun and you will receive full training to carry out the role.

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Two of our more glamorous volunteers!

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 1,527 participants have completed 2,514 parkruns covering a total distance of 12,570 km, including 373 new Personal Bests. A total of 109 individuals have volunteered 321 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 12- Here comes the sun!

The ducks were back in the puddle at the start point, ready to greet the 101 participants of Event 12 at Bethlem Royal Hospital parkrun. The rain had cleared to leave lovely sunny, but humid conditions.

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pre-run duck inspection

We welcomed 38 first timers on Saturday, including our 1st place male Jamie Buckland and 1st place female Georgina Horton! We hope that you all enjoyed your run and come and visit us again soon. 

Despite the humidity, 13 of the returning runners managed a PB. Well done to you all!

Massive congratulations to Simon Narracott who celebrated his 250th run with us today! Thank you for the lovely chocolate cake!

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.

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

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Terri SHOTTON • Paul CREGG • Jackie GANLEY • James TINKLER • Alison JOHN • Gillian SELMAN • Marcus ELWES • Barbara WATSON • Nicola COTTON • Bernadette FRY • Garry ONEILL • Christopher JACKSON • Sarah REGAN • Jeanette ELVEN • Andy REGAN • Joanne CAREY • Mary YATES

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

The 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 1,300 participants have completed 1,978 parkruns covering a total distance of 9,890 km, including 245 new Personal Bests. A total of 92 individuals have volunteered 256 times.