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. 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.
A lot of Petts Wood Runners, although one appeared to doing the Locomotion, rather than a run!
Report by Marcus Elwes. Photos by Marcus Elwes and Andrew Deer