Bethlem Royal Hospital parkrun is cancelled on 11 July 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Event 33 – 4 January 2020 – The weather is on our side

With so much rain over the last few weeks, it was a welcome relief to have a few days of dry weather for our first parkrun of the new decade. This gave the glorious mud a chance to solidify a wee bit. There was still a lot of slipping and sliding on the first hill though, which meant there was quite a few wishing they hadn't worn those sparkling new trainers and white clothing!

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This week we saw 87 people run, jog and walk the course.It was so lovely to see so many 1st timers and tourists (42 in all) sharing their parkrun stories and 4 personal bests (despite the mud). A great morning had by all with 15 different clubs being represented. A special mention to Kev Howarth who's clocked up 25 volunteering credits. It was good to see the community café being utilised so well enabling everyone to catch up with friends after the Christmas holidays. Thanks to our volunteer Tom Culligan for allowing this to happen.

This wouldn't all happen without our superb team of volunteers:-

Anne UNSELD  •  Christopher JACKSON  •  Colette SHORT  •  Gillian SELMAN  •  Isabella SHORT  •  Janet SIMMS  •  Jason MERCER  •  Jeanette ELVEN  •  John WHITELEY  •  Karen MERCER  •  Kev HOWARTH  •  Linda WHITELEY  •  Marcus ELWES  •  Mike SIMMS  •  Sarah REGAN  •  Tom CULLIGAN

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Event 31 – 25th December 2019 – Our first Christmas parkrun

On Christmas Day for our very first festive parkrun, 113 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 1 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

At least three very significant tourists attended for the first time - Chris COWELL, the first person to run 100 different parkruns (and where the Cowell Club name comes from), Paul FIELDING who has done more different parkruns in the UK than anyone else (currently 473) and Aka Lady Penelope (Rosemary) EGBE who has done more different parkruns in the UK than any other female runner (currently 347).

A further member of this hardcore team of tourists in attendence was Stephen TARRANT and David TARRANTwho have done a 'mere' 309 and 299 different parkruns in the UK respectively. It was good to meet you all and well done on some serious parkrun tourism!

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Hardcore tourists!

In total there were an incredible 52 runners making their first visit to Bethlem. It was almost as if there was some sort of connection between Christmas Day and Bethlem....

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Sermon on the log!

Another first timer to Bethlem was first lady Clare ELMS, the fourth (known) world record holder we have had visit us since we started in May. Clare also broke the Age Grade course record, recording a mighty impressive 88.09%.

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Clare making it look easy in the mud.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers. A huge thank you to all of them for giving up their Christmas Day morning to help stage the event:

Catherine LOCKTON • Luke HOOPER • Mike SIMMS • Janet SIMMS • Gillian SELMAN • Marcus ELWES • Jason MERCER • Thomas ELWES • Catherine DUNFORD • Daniel SELMAN • Sandra ELWES • Annabel ELWES • Colette SHORT • Steve BOWLEY • Rebecca GOLDER • Mary YATES • Julie LOCKTON • Martin LOCKTON

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 Clare ELMS who recorded 88.09% (20:17) on 25th December 2019 (event number 31).

Bethlem Royal Hospital parkrun started on 25th May 2019. Since then 1,998 participants have completed 4,003 parkruns covering a total distance of 20,015 km, including 569 new Personal Bests. A total of 162 individuals have volunteered 581 times.

 

Event 30 – 21st December 2019 – Remake of Das Boot


Well the weather hadn't been great all week. Less hardy parkruns (ie Bromley ;) ) had cancelled. As the volunteers set up the event, the rain was torrential, filling up our wellies. And by start time, the course surface comprised a 6" water topping overlaying a foot of mud. But the rain let up and a rainbow appeared, and there were plenty of smiley faces at our festive fancy dress event.

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Rainbow!

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Everyone was impressed by our Fancy Dress!

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A happy elf!

It's not a race, but there was an exciting non-race for 1st finisher, with Bromley Vets star Tim SOWTER just holding off visitor Christopher TSANTOULAS to record his 1st no. 1 spot in his 113th parkrun.

It was a particularly notable day for Christopher, and Sheila SILVEIRA who completed their LonDone, and celebrated with us in the Community Centre by sharing some delicious chocolate cake.

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Walking on Water!

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Bethlem Infinity Pool

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Deliverance

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The Poseidon Adventure

See you all Christmas day - water skis optional!

This week 56 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 1 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Catherine LOCKTON • Luke HOOPER • Mike SIMMS • Janet SIMMS • Jackie GANLEY • James TINKLER • Marcus ELWES • Christopher JACKSON • Sarah REGAN • Anne WHARTON • Mark GAVIN • Christopher TSANTOULAS • Simon POWELL • 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 1,946 participants have completed 3,890 parkruns covering a total distance of 19,450 km, including 567 new Personal Bests. A total of 159 individuals have volunteered 563 times.

 

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