Gunnersbury parkrun is cancelled on 4 April 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Run Report for Event #429 Saturday 7th March 2020

written by visitor David Duggan

A moist, murky morning greeted the 651 walkers and runners at Gunnersbury parkrun this Saturday – however this didn’t dampen the spirits of anyone! Huge thanks need to go to Run Director Rich Berry and his team of volunteers for providing such a successful event, cheering everybody whilst they were running and performing heroics to get the results to the participants!  As announced by Pam Wiggins, a new ‘short finish funnel’ system was operated – hopefully it worked well with everyone getting their token, having it scanned…with no tokens going missing!

The full team of volunteers on duty were:

Alexander WONG  •  Ali MULLALEY  •  Amanda BIRKINSHAW  •  Andy SCOTT  •  Anna SHIERSON  •  Anthony Kenneth SMITH  •  Arlene GALLAGHER  •  Catherine SCOBLE  •  Cliona DOYLE  •  David DUGGAN  •  David WHITELAM  •  Isabella WONG  •  Jack EYRE  •  Jo BENNETT  •  Joanna DUDZIAK  •  Jocasta WILLIAMS  •  Jodie VICKERY  •  John HERRIOTT  •  Jonathan PERERA  •  Katharine LANG  •  Kerry SCOTT  •  Kieran KENNY  •  Lisa WATSON  •  Maddie EASTING  •  Maggie ROXBURGH  •  Matt POWELL  •  Matthew PECK  •  Michelle HUNTLEY  •  Monica LOMAS  •  Nick DAVIES  •  Nikos KASSAPAKIS  •  Oliver WILLIAMS  •  Pamela WIGGINS  •  Paul BARRY  •  Paula KIRBY  •  Rachel BERRY  •  Ralph DADSWELL  •  Richard BERRY  •  Robert WILLIN  •  Ruth COLGAN  •  Valerie FLANAGAN

There are still spaces on the volunteer roster over the next few weeks, so why not try viewing parkrun from a different angle? Plenty of volunteering roles are available to be performed – please email gunnersburyhelpers@parkrun.com if you are interested.

What the numbers tell us!

Although the running conditions have been better, 108 people achieved Personal Bests! This is over 20% of the runners who had previously recorded times, a great achievement, especially as many other got close to their best times! This week nudged the total number of different people to have run a parkrun at Gunnersbury to just over 16,000 since the inaugural run in October 2011, and the total number of runs is rapidly approaching the 150,000 mark!

First timers to Gunnersbury

An amazing 76 of the runners were visiting Gunnersbury parkrun for the first time and this included 22 who were all christening their barcodes for the first time. Adrian and Becca Hurley and Max Ransley were visiting from Kent to complete one of the parkrun challenges.

Milestone events

Congratulations go to Jasper Wilcox (JM10) on his 10th run, Chris Dennis, Hayley Kandt and Paul Percival for completing 50 runs, and Juliet Armstrong, Charlotte Llewellyn and Emmelia Kassapakis who have all achieved 100 runs! Everyone will now need to watch out for the email informing you that the T shirt can be ordered! A mention should also be given to Emmelia’s father Nikos Kassapakis, who was volunteering for the 100th time – a great achievement!

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Those collecting low number tokens

Collecting token number 1 was Ewan Fryatt in a time of 17:06, with Titus Thomson being the second person to be issued with a token 29 seconds later with Greg George being the third runner to complete the course, in 18:02. First lady home was Rose Penfold in a time of 19:06, with Melissah Gibson following her home 21 seconds later! Catherine Allen was the third lady to reach the funnel, completing her 16th parkrun with a time of 19:32, her quickest ever parkrun!

 

 

Gunnersbury Parkrun #426

While most parkrunners tend to stick to their local runs, there is a large and colourful community of parkrun tourists who enjoy visiting as many different parkruns as possible. When I started touring, my goal was to complete all the parkruns in London – something I achieved at Canons Park on New Year’s Day. At that point, I decided that, as well as visiting parkruns outside London, there were quite a few within London that I would like to do again. Gunnersbury was one of those.

I first visited Gunnersbury at the tail end of 2018 and, while I enjoyed the park, the run left something to be desired. I’d made the rookie mistake of getting off the tube at Gunnersbury rather than the nearer Acton Town, promptly got lost and arrived sweating and stressed just as the run director shouted “Go!” Needless to say, I didn’t have the fastest of runs, so I was determined to come back and do the course justice.
Of course, the weather wasn’t going to make that easy, with Storm Dennis following hot on the heels of Ciara and making things a wee bit windy. Fortunately, the worst of the weather held off long enough for everyone to have an enjoyable run, even if the skies looked rather ominous.

Gunnersbury was also visited by parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt, and sponsors The Happy Egg Company who provided hungry parkrunners with pancakes and fruit – a wonderful surprise on both counts.

Oh and I got my Gunnersbury PB and, more importantly, I enjoyed the course a lot more this time!

As for the fast folks, with the first two place occupied by unknown runners (DFYB, folks!), it fell to Clapham Chasers’ Martin BELL to be the first official male finisher in a speedy 16:53, followed by Dorset Doddlers’ Duncan Ward and Ealing Eagles’ Alan PHILLIPS who both notched up PBs.

 

West4Harriers’ Rosamund PONDER took the first lady spot in an impressive 19:01, more than a minute ahead of Ranelagh’s Sarah PALMER and Thames Valley Harriers’ Catherine ALLEN. WARD and PONDER was also top of the age gradings with 86.68% and 83.52% respectively – cracking work. A fantastic day for PONDER who also celebrated her 50th parkrun in style.
Claire HIDGE also ran her 50th parkrun today, while at the other end of the scale, Sophie KNIGHT, Holly BANNISTER, Kim NICHOLLS, Adam WADSWORTH, James BAILEY, Max DAVIES, Gokmen KILICOGLU, Leigh HOLMWOOD, Kerri-Ann ROPER, Tim ENGLISH, Sarah DE JERSEY, Jane KUNNA, James SOUTHGATE,  Lisa GRAYSTON, John MASEFIELD, Georgie HERDMAN, Roxy JONES, Tina CROSSLEY and Russell DAVIS completed their first parkrun – hope to see you return next week!

 

Which leaves me to give thanks to all the marvellous volunteers:

Alex WILSON, Alexander WONG, Ali MULLALEY, Bruce LI, Catherine ROBERTS, David CRANE, Gillian WITCOMB, Henry BROOM, Ian WIMSETT, Jo BENNETT, Joanna DUDIZAK, Kieran KENNY, Kieran SANTRY, Liya DESTA, Lorraine HILL, Nathalie DESTA, Pamela WIGGINS, Paul DODOUNOU, Robert WILLIN, Roy WITCOMB, Sam LARCOMBE, Stuart PUGH, Tom KERRY, Tom SOUTHGATE, Valerie FLANAGAN and Valerie FOUGERES.
And thank you from me, Cal JONES – your report writer.

 

Gunnersbury parkrun 1st February 2020, fun facts and statistics galore.

It didn’t really feel like the start of a new era (Gunnersbury Park no longer in the EU) and over 700 runners assembled at the start for the fifth consecutive week. Our local MP, Ruth Cadbury, chose to run at Osterley which appears to be her favourite. Curiously Boris Johnson represents a constituency in the only outer London borough which has yet to get a parkrun. I’ll leave that topic there!

These unprecedented numbers have called for a longer finish funnel but otherwise the current course with its uphill start has coped pretty well. At the end of the last decade the attendance record was a mere 687 – attracted to the well promoted and eagerly anticipated 400th edition last August using a special course. The average for the first five runs of 2019 was only 596.   In 2018 it was 512 and 2017 a mere 420. Attendances in the first few weeks of a year are supposedly bolstered by newcomers becoming parkrunners or in more than just isolated cases doing a single parkrun and ticking the box. More about that in a moment. The figures prove pretty conclusively that parkrun, certainly Gunnersbury parkrun, is steadily getting more popular and it can’t all be down to global warming. Many reach the park on a Saturday on foot, on a bike or public transport. The current carpark is close to capacity most weeks. The excellent new café engages extra staff to cope with the extra business. We are good for the local economy.

The excellent mathematician Elliott Line (Elliottline.com) releases a wonderful parkrun summary each week which includes the probability of a parkrunner appearing next week based on the number already completed. For instance, this week the figures suggest that a runner who has already completed between 100 and 150 parkruns is quite likely to be running again next week, over 300 – very likely, over 400 – almost certainly but for relative newcomers, say less than 50 runs, it could be classed as unlikely, maybe one in three chance. On a worldwide basis, for those in the 10-19 range the probability is less than 9%. There are over 3 million parkrunners who have done one but fewer than ten parkruns. Obviously that 3 million includes those who ran for the first time this week and some of them (but only a few) will proudly be wearing their 50 vest in just over a year from now. parkrun could be accused of being addictive but as addictions go it must be one of the most healthy. It is a well documented fact that more people (maybe 10,000 more people) “get their barcode” each week than do their first run. Week after week more people do their first run than do a second run or a third run. It is only when people reach say 20 runs that the probability exceeds 10% that they will run again next week or to put it another way it is likely they will run again but only sometime in the next two or three months.

This week’s 41 parkrun virgins were (in finishing time order): Daniel BENTON, Kevin O’MALLEY, Arthur RANK, Reya SHARMA, Phil. BENTON, Blair FLYNN, Chris MacRILL, Edward FARRELL, Emma BENTON, Adam MURPHY, Calum MacINTYRE, Lucile BURLOT, Ian WILSON, Ruth COOPER-DICKSON, Christopher YOUNG, Richard WATTS, Raquel NUNEZ, Jack WINDSOR, Andrew CLIFTON, Matthew LUCAS, David BROWN, Henry BECKET, Ryan WILSON, Ashley WRIGHT, Amy UNDERWOOD, Ran WEI, Grace HOLROYD, Laura THOMAS, Radostina PEYKOVA, Teresa WALTON-SMITH, Raquel SOTO MARIN Angela WOODS, Robert LONGSON, Alecia PAYNE, Amy CLEAR, Isabel ALBUQUERQUE, Rian PATEL, Sangita SHAH, Sonia HOQUE and Dhama T. We will look out for them running with us again soon. Chances are some of them will, some of them won’t and some will try a different parkrun.

Let us have a look at some earlier samples. On 4th January 2020 we had a number of runners who made their parkrun debut at Gunnersbury and 14 of those didn’t run again during January. However, this week Caitlin MOSS (teenager) who had run 27:35 at Gunnersbury went to Longrun Meadow parkrun in Somerset and did 24:56.

Going back three years to 2017 and to the first Saturday, 7th January, when we had 16 making their first appearance at a parkrun. Two have never run again, one made a pilgrimage to Bushy and left it that, seven others have run just a handful, another five have done in the region of 20 and just one, Ellenor PEARSON has really got the bug with ten runs at Gunnersbury (parkrun pb 27:41) and 56 at Moors Valley in Dorset where her pb is 28:08. On the first Saturday in February in 2017 we had 20 first time parkrunners in a field of 407, 300 fewer than today. Of the 20, three have never run a 5km parkrun again and half the sample have yet to get into double figures. I put it like that because Jayne TURNER made her fifth appearance just four weeks ago so the flame is still alight! The heroine of that sample is Ms V WALKER (Ealing Eagles) 37:30 three years ago who ran this week in 26:08 on her 98th run at Gunnersbury. Four others have done at least 20 runs including at least one in 2020. Finally on 4th March 2017 we had 25 parkrun first timers. Of those six have yet to run again and a further eight are still in single figures. A trio are well worth a mention – Gabriella EVANS (Ealing Eagles) ran 37:34 on her first run but has improved to 31:19 at Gunnersbury, 31:23 at Osterley and 31:35 at Northala Fields. Mariam Vanessa ZAREI and Joshua EVANS have both run 59 times, always at Gunnersbury, not always together. There is a suggestion in the figures that March is a more promising month in which to start but more research is needed!

Steve Newell

 

This week 710 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 99 were first timers and 101 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 39 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 40 volunteers:

Niall QUINN • Lucy HALE • Steve NEWELL • Martin RIDDLE • Nick DAVIES • Tom KERRY • Allie COLLINS • Tom IRVING • Henry BROOM • Megan RATCLIFFE • Sophie SANTRY • Alex WILSON • Jo BENNETT • Paul NIGHTINGALE • Francisco VENTURA • John HERRIOTT • Bruce LI • David REAY • Kieran KENNY • Alex GILLESPIE • Nikos KASSAPAKIS • Kevin GARDNER • Helen PUGH • Stuart PUGH • Alan PHILLIPS • Maggie ROXBURGH • Catherine ROBERTS • Michal WOZNIAK • Alexander WONG • Ali MULLALEY • Paula KIRBY • Joanna DUDZIAK • Monica LOMAS • Anna SHIERSON • Catherine SCOBLE • Mark HILL • Valerie FOUGERES • Jodie VICKERY • Deborah CLUNE • Maddie EASTING

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

The female record is held by Alison LUNDY who recorded a time of 17:09 on 26th November 2016 (event number 262).
The male record is held by Jonathan POOLE who recorded a time of 14:52 on 8th September 2018 (event number 351).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane ROWDEN who recorded 92.82% (22:31) on 22nd June 2019 (event number 392).

Gunnersbury parkrun started on 29th October 2011. Since then 15,709 participants have completed 143,565 parkruns covering a total distance of 717,825 km, including 22,355 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,244 individuals have volunteered 9,659 times.

 

 

Gunnersbury #422: The one with GoodGym. 18th January 2020

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Gunnersbury parkrun event number 422, saw a record breaking run of 766 runners, despite the freezing temperatures.

Today’s volunteer roles were largely filled by GoodGym runners from all across London. Today they were busy doing good deeds all across Ealing throughout the day and kicked things off by assisting with many of the roles to help support today’s event.

A couple of milestones happened today including GoodGym pacer Michael CLAYTON who clocked his 100th parkrun and Francisco VENTURA who completed his 250th. Well done both!

Some notable PBs include Tom IRVING who came 3rd overall with 17:46 and broke his 4 and a half year old previous best Gunnersbury time by 9 seconds. Duncan WARD, in second place overall, also got a Gunnersbury PB and was just 2 seconds shy of an overall parkrun PB with 17:26.

Another PB mention goes to Lorraine HILL who, after more than 150 runs at Gunnersbury, smashed her previous PB and came in at 22:21.

The eagle eyed among you may have also celeb spotted presenter Ben SHEPHARD out on the course today, his second visit to Gunnersbury and a course PB.

This week 766 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 99 were first timers and 133 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 35 volunteers:

Dave CLARKE • Alex SCHATZ • Tom IRVING • Annette GALLOWAY • Michelle HUNTLEY • Michelle GRIMLEY • Claire BATES • Olivia PARKER-SCOTT • Sophie SANTRY • Jo BENNETT • Phillip TURNER • Ralph DADSWELL • Adam WAKEFIELD • Kieran KENNY • Lucy HILL • Helen FAGAN • Madiha AMIN • Will YATES • Nurjehan KHAN • Maggie ROXBURGH • Chima NWA • Alexander WONG • Babs PINHEIRO • Natasha BRADLEY • Michael CLAYTON • Paul GRAY • Lauriane PANNIER • Jennifer HUGHES • Stephen BRETT • Joanna DUDZIAK • Chris JONES • Callum WINSTOCK • Leticia BESSEL • Isabella WONG • Miroslaw JANKOWSKI

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

The female record is held by Alison LUNDY who recorded a time of 17:09 on 26th November 2016 (event number 262).

The male record is held by Jonathan POOLE who recorded a time of 14:52 on 8th September 2018 (event number 351).

The Age Grade course record is held by Jane ROWDEN who recorded 92.82% (22:31) on 22nd June 2019 (event number 392).

Gunnersbury parkrun started on 29th October 2011. Since then 15,520 participants have completed 142,138 parkruns covering a total distance of 710,690 km, including 22,154 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,236 individuals have volunteered 9,589 times.

 

Gunnersbury parkrun, Event number 417: 14th December 2019

Gunnersbury parkrun
Event number 417: 14th December 2019

This week we welcomed back Mark Taylor as a volunteer. Many will remember the recent incident where an ambulance was called for Mark and we are so pleased to have him back, safe and well, at Gunnersbury parkrun. He did an excellent job of calling out the times at half way.

Despite the cold weather, 477 completed the course and an excellent team of volunteers supported by coming along early to put out signs, prepare the funnel and brief the first timers at Gunnersbury.

Some of our visitors for the first time were:
- Maureen SWEENEY from Reading
- Marbellys BAYNE-AZCARATE from Poole
- Jeremy SPOONCER, who usually runs at Crystal Palace parkrun
- Darryl STEVENS, who usually runs at Brockenhurst parkrun
- Micahel BURT from Dulwich
- Anna MEAD, who usually runs at Rushmere parkrun

Well done to Jodie COCKERILL, Tom AUSTEN, Sue HILLER, Hilary KING, Kacksom Campbell, Charlotte BAILEY, Andrew BOWERN, Tim CHRISP, Marc LUCAS, Michael SILLS and Michael WILLIAMS who completed their first ever parkrun 5km.

Notable PBs this week were:
- Ishbel GALBRAITH (JW10) who smashed her PB after six months
- Joseph QUINN (JM11-14) who last had a PB in the summer of 2018
- Guy LOUREIRO (50-54) who has complete 207 parkruns and who's last PB was EXACTLY 6 years ago!

Next week the Ealing Eagles Running CLub will be organisisng a Santa Run after the parkrun, to raise money for the local night shelter. This means there will be lots of runners in Santa suits - why not join in?

Arlene

Results:
This week 477 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 50 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Steve NEWELL • Arlene GALLAGHER • Nora MIXOVA • Dan HOUGHTON • Tom KERRY • Brian STAKELUM • Henry BROOM • Mark TAYLOR • Stephanie ROBIN • Megan RATCLIFFE • Dominic WALLACE • Jo BENNETT • Rachel COLLIER • Nikos KASSAPAKIS • Steven ANDREWS • Bob CAREY • Sam LARCOMBE • Jeremy LUMB • Simon DOBSON • Tom GREEN • Celia ROBERTS • Gabriella EVANS • Ali MULLALEY • Catherine DRANSFIELD • Ian WIMSETT • Janet WIMSETT • Mark HILL • David CRANE • Dominic DUROUX • Maddie EASTING

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

The female record is held by Alison LUNDY who recorded a time of 17:09 on 26th November 2016 (event number 262).
The male record is held by Jonathan POOLE who recorded a time of 14:52 on 8th September 2018 (event number 351).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane ROWDEN who recorded 92.82% (22:31) on 22nd June 2019 (event number 392).

Gunnersbury parkrun started on 29th October 2011. Since then 15,152 participants have completed 139,036 parkruns covering a total distance of 695,180 km, including 21,781 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,216 individuals have volunteered 9,424 times.

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