Everyone is welcome at parkrun, always. Well, maybe not that Ciara or Dennis. Thankfully though, there were no new storms visiting on Saturday. Instead, 450 people turned up to run, walk, jog and laugh in the face of high winds and drizzle, making Event 457 the 14th biggest parkrun at Brockwell of all time.
One of those 450 people was me. When I moved to South London, Brockwell nearly ended up my as my home event, but a coin toss took me to Burgess instead and it's taken me a whole four years to come and visit. Despite my apprehension about the hills (there's nothing undulating about Burgess), I managed to make it round running non-stop with the support of the marshals. I hope we don't go another four years without seeing each other again, Brockwell, you're lovely! Thanks so much for having me.
22 people ran, walked and jogged at parkrun for the first time ever. My fondest welcome to the below new members of the parkrun family:
Alice Hewetson, Asa Schonbach, Ben Murphy, Beth Williams, Diane Nash, Elizabeth Holdsworth, Ellie Taylor, Emily Arbis, James Welsh, Katy Cavanagh, Kerry Dawson, Lara Gray, Matt Oneill, Matthew Davenport, Matthew Heir, Mohammed Awad Ibrahim, Nicholas Crinnion, Rhys Stephens, Roland Streatfeild, Sam Cooklin Smith, Shelley Foord and Tim Orlik
No stranger to parkrun, experienced junior athlete Yuri Schmidt levelled up and completed his first ever 'big parkrun'. Well done, Yuri, terrific effort!
There were 62 first-time tourists from 36 different events, including four from Brockwell running on home turf for the first time. Welcome home Helen Gilmore, Claire Alderson, Matt Iskander and Grace Packard! Hope you enjoyed those hills, they're all yours!
The tourist with the most runs under his belt was Chris Beard with Brockwell his 511th parkrun and 155th different event. Hailing from Milton Keynes, Chris was one of 23 parkrunners representing just 19 different events from outside London.
In fact, the only parkrunners to visit Brockwell from the first time from outside of England were Teresa Fallon from Derry City, Aideen Murphy from Ormeau and Ciara Byrne from Oldbridge. I hope you enjoyed your London parkrun tourism!
More locally, there were 39 parkrunners from 17 different London parkruns. Burgess was the most represented with five people running at Brockwell for the first time and two people volunteering at Brockwell for the first time. That merits a shout out to my fellow Burgess tourists:
Philip Galloway, Lukas Wong, Hannah Mumby, Robert Crowston and Laura Hitchinson
Laura and I weren't the only first time voluntourists though, with Mae McCormack from Deepark juniors volunteering for the first time at any parkrun event and Gary Sherin from Stevenage snapping photos on the course. (The credit for all the pictures in this run report goes to Gary - his work was too good not to pinch!)
This week there were 16 different letters of the parkrun alphabet represented. With everyone visiting from the UK and Ireland (and thus limiting the number of potential letters), that was a pretty impressive collective effort.
Ros Fowler and Dee Clarkin have both completed the majority of their parkruns at Brockwell, so it was only fit they celebrated their latest parkrun milestones there. Many congratulations to Ros on her 100th parkrun and Dee on her 50th parkrun!
There were no other running milestones (or volunteer milestones) this week, so the spotlight is all yours.
Well done again to Ros and Dee!
The wind was blowing in the right direction for 59 parkrunners who all set new PBs at Brockwell. Amongst some of those fantastic new personal records were the following stories:
- George Lowe not only finished in second place, but picked up an all-time PB for himself of 18:25. Very well done, George!
- Hot on his heels, Jack Renner ticked off a third top 10 finish with a new PB of 18:30.
- Joe Lane went under 20 minutes for the first time with a new best of 19:56 and his third PB.
- Aaron Boardley picked up an all-time PB of 24:51, his first sub-25 time and fourth PB at Brockwell.
- Fionnula Conway also smashed the sub-25 barrier with a new PB of 24:57. If that wasn't impressive enough, it was Fionnula's fourth ever parkrun and she's got faster and faster each time.
- Setting her first sub-30 time on her second parkrun, Georgia Harrison dropped 4:29 with a new PB of exactly 26:00. What a difference a week makes!
- Richard Lewis set himself not just a Brockwell PB but an all-time PB with a new personal record of 31:11, his fourth consecutive PB at Brockwell.
- Chloe Chernenko returned for her third parkrun, and her second consecutive PB, with a new best time of 32:36. Top work, Chloe!
Congratulations to everyone who improved their time this week, whether that was measured in terms of knocking off seconds, running non-stop that bit further, or just having more fun. You all did an amazing job.
Event 457 was made possible by 25 volunteers, including Run Director Clare Sutherland, who was volunteering for the 246th time. Blimey! Many thanks to Clare for her outstanding commitment.
If you're inspired by Clare to help out too (and who wouldn't be?) just email firstname.lastname@example.org with your athlete number and when you'd like to help out. You can see the current status of the roster for the coming weeks here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/brockwell/futureroster/
There's plenty to choose from, whether it's clapping and cheering as loudly as you can, handing out finish tokens or even writing a run report!
Many thanks to everyone at Brockwell for being so welcoming. Have a fabulous week and enjoy your next parkrun adventure, whether that's at Brockwell or beyond.
Shona C Barker