9th Birthday Grovelands parkrun – Saturday 27th July 2019

Grovelands parkrun, Enfield
Event number 472
27th July 2019

Well what a morning it turned out to be !!  So, this week we have experienced the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures hitting an incredible 38c with unbearable humidity.  However, this morning there was no need for sunglasses and cold drinks because it was all about the rain.  And boy did it rain.  Infact trainers could have been swapped for flippers !

Today 137 runners came and joined us as we celebrated the 9th birthday of the Grovelands parkrun.  In keeping with tradition, today's parkrun was run in reverse which always proves challenging for the runners.  Even though everyone was extremely wet, there was a great atmosphere with lots of cheering and smiley faces.  Having a few cakes and sweets helped too :). Despite the awful weather conditions, there were still 9 first timers and an incredible 19 new personal bests.  Big thanks to all those who volunteered today to help out and make sure everything went smoothly.

I would like to make a special mention of our volunteers of the year - Marco Di Franco, Vicki Smith and Lucy Pitter who have shown extreme commitment throughout the year.

I would also like to make a special mention to our extraordinary team of RD's - Andrew Florides, Ron Giddens, Josh Mandel and Barbara Sussman.  We are extremely lucky to have such a dedicated and hard working team who always ensure that the necessary arrangements are made so that the parkrun can be facilitated safely each week.  Your commitment is very much appreciated by everyone.

This morning's 9th birthday parkrun is dedicated to all of our wonderful runners.  Without all of you, our amazing Grovelands parkrun would simply not happen.  A massive thank you to everyone; for all the encouragement given, support, community spirit and laughter along the way.  The Grovelands parkrun is extremely lucky to have you all !

The parkrun kit, having been in the worst possible state ever, has now all been cleaned and dried out. Let's hope for some sunshine next week.

I hope everyone has a great week and I look forward to seeing you all next Saturday.

Best wishes

Elaine Pitter - Event Director



This week 137 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Elaine PITTER • Lucy PITTER • Barbara RICHARDSON • Bernie KINGSLEY • Debra MELBOURNE • Ai Seng PAUL • Vicki SMITH • Steve WHITCOMBE • Ron GIDDENS • Karen FENN • Katherine TODD • Babett SCHMUECKING

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Grovelands parkrun, Enfield Results Page.

The female record is held by Andrea BRADSHAW who recorded a time of 17:29 on 11th June 2011 (event number 44).
The male record is held by Tom ADAMS who recorded a time of 15:22 on 23rd January 2016 (event number 285).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paul REDDAWAY who recorded 87.44% (18:11) on 27th April 2019 (event number 459).

Grovelands parkrun, Enfield started on 24th July 2010. Since then 6,485 participants have completed 53,058 parkruns covering a total distance of 265,290 km, including 8,605 new Personal Bests. A total of 424 individuals have volunteered 3,407 times.