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.

 

Gunnersbury parkrun, Event number 414: 23rd November 2019

This week's run report courtesy of Tim Gray ... many thanks ...

Stayin’ Alive & NENYD

Event 414 Gunnersbury parkrun

So firstly thanks – we were visiting today – and felt very welcomed. I’m told by one of your regulars the park is even more nice when works are not going on – I have to say compared to the patch of scrubby Downs land I’m used to (much as I love it) at Roundshaw you did seem fairly well set up!

So 481 runners from just under 16 minutes to just under an hour – a proper diverse mix.

Lot’s of PB’s, from 1 second (like Charles Sandison, Caroline Busby,  or Talia Louki) or over 6 minutes like Phil Baker,or maybe 8 minutes like Ruth Peacock – that’s a lot Ruth, slow down or how will you keep getting them?

A PB after 97 runs on a course like Oscar Jones is pretty good, or 160 like Henry Dadswell   - Don Muter has had 3 PB’s out of a possible 4 – not bad Don, though Helen King, Anda Bercea & Emeline Sztrakos have 4 out of 4, and Stephen Cripps has 6 out of a possible 7. Fab work from all of you who got PB’s today.

Brand new to parkrun today were Josh Hughes, Charalampos Kanellopoulos, Daniel Marsh, Joanna Mikulski, Alun Roberts, Dougal Shaw, Christina Lempesi, Javier Juan, Paula Salvatierra, Elizabeth Adcock, Emmanuel Coste, Jackie McNerney, Marie Maxwell, Lisa McHugh & Julia Crane. Welcome to the parkun family.

Visitors (a sample only) included Matthew and Amanda Knight from Braunstone (nice to chat to you both in the café after), David Pope from Woking/Guildford, Julia Snedden, Amelia Cloud & Polly Fralley from Bushy, Katerina Fellas from Cassiobury, Holly Ochiltree from Stevenage, Keith Jackson & Sarah Greenley from Hull,  Ashu Sharmar from Crane Park, Kerena Ivens from Banstead Woods, Tim Gray & Ninja Runner Boy from Roundshaw Downs, Inga Sevastjanova and Martin Riddle from Roundhay, and I understand someone from Vietnam. Not a bad spread!

Some milestones today junior 10’s for Jack Juster Cripps, Quinn Dennis, Tharathip Divarangkoon, Orla Pearson, and Mia DeVivenot – Oh my that’s a lot – happy white shirt day to you all.

Then the red shirts – 50 for Christopher Brown, Penelope Vargas, & Eliza Gomez – well done.

Earning the 100 black shirt was Bob Carey.

No 250’s this week – and Roger Thomas with 388 had the most runs on the day.

The weather held, with the rain coming after 10 – nice.

Big thanks to the many and helpful volunteers – you are much appreciated.

So NENYD? For a long time now Gunnersbury has been my Nearest Event Not Yet Done at 20k from home – nice to finally get to you. And Stayin’ Alive? A tourist challenge – so my son Ninja Runner Boy made it today needing BGBGBG he now has Bushy, Guildford, Banstead, Grangemoor, Brockwell juniors, and of course Gunnersbury. Only one more G for our friend Kerena who was kind enough to give us a lift today. Keep an eye out for parkrun tourists strutting their stuff in your park.

Thank you Tim ...

The full stats:

Gunnersbury parkrun
Event number 414
23rd November 2019

This week 481 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 57 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:

Tim GRAY • Steve NEWELL • Baljit DHANDA • Tom KERRY • Nigel PANTON • Pamela WIGGINS • Robert WILLIN • Henry BROOM • Jo BENNETT • Hannah COPELAND • Liya DESTA • Richard BOLTON • Jack GILLAN • Breda CREHAN • Rebecca MCALEES • Alexander WONG • Ali MULLALEY • Ian WIMSETT • Janet WIMSETT • Paula KIRBY • Eoin DENNIS • Quinn DENNIS • Michael CAHILL • Mark HILL • Christopher JOHNSTON • David CRANE • Andrea DAVIES • Dominic DUROUX • John COPESTAKE • Dionne DUROUX • Isabella WONG • 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 15,055 participants have completed 137,710 parkruns covering a total distance of 688,550 km, including 21,582 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,211 individuals have volunteered 9,344 times.

 

Incident: 16th November 2019

Many of you will have witnessed that there was a serious incident at Gunnersbury parkrun this weekend. Mark was taken to hospital and is likely to stay for a number of days. Together with Mark, we would like to thank all those who helped; the response from runners, volunteers and the ambulance service was excellent. Considering everything, Mark is in good spirits and we hope to see him back at Gunnersbury sometime soon.

 

Gunnersbury parkrun, Event number 409: 19th October 2019

Alphabet parkruns – and a return from injury – Gunnersbury parkrun #409

 

Following a fall and broken coccyx, my parkrunning activities recently have involved much more volunteering. So it was with great delight that I joined 441 other parkrunners and walked around the glorious Gunnersbury park.

 

My daughter, a very keen volunteer, and I have been trying to complete the alphabet in UK parkruns. We asked for advice on various facebook groups for the best ‘G’ parkrun to complete for someone who can’t manage uneven surfaces and this run was suggested.

 

It’s a couple of loops around the park on a combination of new and very flat paths, including some older and less well maintained paths that were uneven. As well as being fairly injury friendly, it’s very buggy friendly, albeit narrow paths in places, and a lot of interesting things to look at when travelling at a steady walking pace rather that running as fast as possible. 

 

I started with the tail walker Penelope VARGAS but to my delight found that I was managing to cover the ground a little faster than I thought I could. Lap 1 was completed in company and lap 2 mostly alone – which was fine up to the fork when I turned right (I could see the funnel) rather than left and I had to retrace my steps to go in the correct direction. Note to self, concentrate on the route better next time! Alternatively, if you are a faster runner and not dashing off to watch the rugby or grab a coffee, a gentle loop of warm down/cool down supporting the often quite lonesome walkers might be a nice way to end the parkrun.

 

My highlights, apart from completing my parkrun, and my UK parkrun alphabet, were the wooden carvings, the lake with the wildfowl and the amazing established trees. After finishing (some token sorting and a great breakfast) we took time to join in the 90th birthday celebrations of the park in the museum, learning more about the area. 

 

To the results.

 

A smaller field that usual (the Rugby World Cup effect), there were still 26 parkrunners who completed their first run and of those completing run #2, there were 9 new PBs – well done. 

Jo HOWARTH completed her fantastic 50th parkrun, Lucia GOMEZ-RODRIGUEZ and John FOXALL their happy 100th runs, and top-tastic 250th celebrations for Louise FERGUSON and Piers KEENLEYSIDE. May your tshirt links go live quickly. 

 

This week’s runniest parkrunner was Roger THOMAS on his 383 parkrun with 362 at Gunnersbury and Simon DOBSON ran the date 19:10 which is pretty cool!

 

parkrun today was supported by 25 awesome volunteers – do let the team know if you fancy getting involved – all the roles are straightforward and it’s a great way to get a parkrun fix when other races or injuries mean a Saturday running parkrun isn’t practical.

 

Pippa White

Queen Elizabeth

 

 

Car parking charges are coming

Car parking charges are coming next year. Here is a link to the consultation survey where you can share your views:

http://www.visitgunnersbury.org/car-parking-at-gunnersbury/

 

Gunnersbury parkrun, Event number 404: 14th September 2019

This Saturday we are back to our usual two-lap route, however, there will be something else that is different...

Our friends at Vitality are encouraging the whole of the UK to get 20% more active this weekend!

To help the nation move more, Vitality will be joining us at Gunnersbury parkrun this Saturday 14 September.

Once everyone has completed the usual 5k, you will have the option to join us as we line up again and you can choose to walk, jog or run an extra 1k.

There will be special guests and those who complete the extra 1k can expect a small reward...

You can share your efforts from the day on social media using #Move20More.

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