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 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

 

 

Gunnersbury parkrun, Event Number 392: 22nd June 2019

After waking up from the shortest night, 587 people chose to walk, run or jog their way around a warm and sunny Gunnersbury parkrun today. Thirty seven people chose today to run their very first parkrun and I hope each and every one of them enjoyed it and will be back again for that “difficult second” parkrun, just like 21 people who did their second-ever parkrun today.  

 

As someone who likes to visit a different location when possible, today truly captured the essence of parkrun.  It had everything you’d expect: a team of amazing volunteers, a wide range of ages, children in buggies, a fantastic atmosphere, a beautiful location, and lots of dogs enjoying their very own #barkrun.  It also had 44 people who shared the same name of “unknown”, and as we all know “no barcode no result” #DFYB

 

Some numbers:

 

  • First finishers Ryo KITAHARA and Melissah GIBSON
  • Congrats to Hylke KNOOP on achieving the 50th milestone
  • Congrats to Philip BEAUSANG on achieving the 100th milestone
  • 80 PB's
  • On run number 392, Dean LLWYD finished in position number 392
  • 27 volunteers helped the day be a success.  Haven’t volunteered yet? You can see an event's future volunteer roster on the website. To get in touch with the event directly, just send an email to gunnersburyhelpers@parkrun.com

 

And finally (and with some approximations and artistic licence)

 

If all 587 from today lined up in a relay race, it would stretch a total of just under 3,000 kilometres.  Using the average time, we would cover this distance in about 274 hours (or 11 days). And to help put that in context, that distance would be from Gunnersbury parkrun to the most northerly parkrun in Britain in Thurso, back to Gunnersbury, and back to Thurso again!

Thanks again to all of these wonderful volunteers and a belated Happy Birthday to our regulars Kelvin Walker, Annemarie Flanagan and Brian Stakelam!

Amanda BIRKINSHAW • Rose LEWIS • Sandra COURTNEY • Mike WRIGHT • Kay LYDALL • Kathryn KEENLEYSIDE • Billy LAWRENCE • Nathalie DESTA • Henry BROOM • Anne-Maree MATTHEWS • Ishbel GALBRAITH • Emily STAFFORD • Shaun MELVIN • Esther NEWALL • Melissah GIBSON • Harry CLEMENTSON • Julian STENHOUSE • Arun SMITH • Edward EAGLE • Rebecca MCALEES • Babs PINHEIRO • Michael CLAYTON • Ben OWEN • Laurence ELLIOTT • Szilvia OCZELA • Stuart PAUL • Dominic DUROUX


 

 

Gunnersbury parkrun, Event number 382: 13th April 2019

This week's report is written by visitor Stephanie Smith:

These parkrun challenges really are addictive! I needed a G towards my Stayin’ Alive challenge so
Gunnersbury seemed like a good idea.
Did you know that the last time 13th April was a Saturday was in 2013?  Also, 13th April is National
Scrabble day. Scrabble was invented in 1938. Neville Chamberlain was Prime Minister in 1938. He opened The Gunnersbury Estate Park following its sale by the Rothschild family. They had made it a condition of its sale that it only be used for leisure!
So, here we are on a chilly April morning at parkrun. We arrived early to find plenty of free parking.
It is a short walk through the park to the toilets which are located opposite the café. This opens at 8.30am. Make sure you allow yourself time to get back to the start/finish area as there aren’t any other toilets. A friendly greeting from RD Ralph and then we were off to the first timers’ briefing cheerfully given by his son.

The start is rather ‘jostly’ (a quote from another parkrunner) and has a very slight uphill feel to it! But the crowd soon thinned out and we settled down to this lovely two-lapper. There are some stunning architectural features and trees to see which surely deserve a second look. The paths are a little rough and uneven in parts so pay attention to your feet as well as the surroundings as you make your way round. There were also lots of dogs and cyclists to be aware of!
It was good to bump into fellow Reading Roadrunner Alan Freer and there were a number of Cow Cowells too. The final word should go to the unnamed (sorry) regular Gunnersbury parkrunner who I chatted to as we waited for our barcodes to be scanned. He very apologetically said that we hadn’t seen then park at its best because of the on-going building work. Now, that’s an incentive to return if I ever heard one!

This week 502 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 65 were first timers and 94 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Baljit DHANDA • Sarah DHANDA • Catherine HASTINGS DAVIES • Meryl DODD • Robert KIPLING • Lianna ISHIHARA • Roy WITCOMB • Lucy WITCOMB • Becky FENNELLY • John FREIR • Ralph DADSWELL • Henry DADSWELL • Zak DADSWELL • Paul BARRY • Alistair HUGHES • Kai STOERMER • Helen HALL • Edward EAGLE • Rebecca MCALEES • Stephanie SMITH • Ali MULLALEY • Louis BRADY • Ian WIMSETT • Janet WIMSETT • Laura SWAIN • Carmen LITIU

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 Fiona KENNEDY who recorded 92.25% (19:22) on 5th October 2013 (event number 100).

Gunnersbury parkrun started on 29th October 2011. Since then 13,174 participants have completed 121,246 parkruns covering a total distance of 606,230 km, including 19,468 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,096 individuals have volunteered 8,404 times.

And, for those of you who were listening to the briefing, the answer was 59.  19+23+29+31+37+41+43+47+53+59 = 382.   How cool is that?

 

Gunnersbury parkrun, Event number 377: 9th March 2019

Glorious Gunnersbury parkrun

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My usual Saturday routine is rootin’ at Tooting parkrun, as part of the core team there, it is nice
to be able to explore other parkruns. Having heard about the lovely course over at
Gunnersbury, it was the perfect excuse to visit the glorious Gunnersbury parkrun bunch!
So with a friend of mine from Fulham parkrun along with her young 4 year old son, and a few
others from Tooting, we packed our running trainers, got up earlier than usual on a Saturday to
try out this particular parkrun west of London.
After a quick pit-stop at the children’s playground to have a go on some of the swings and
slides, here I bumped into Arlene Gallagher who welcomed me with a warm hug. If this was the
friendliness of the bunch of volunteers at Gunnersbury, I knew I’d be in for a great parkrun
today.

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Today was brisk blustery day, cold when standing around with grey skies, perfect conditions for
running I thought, with only a few clouds above once again it was proven that it never rains
during parkrun.

As 9am approached, Andrew Lawrence gave a very detailed first timers briefing putting
everyone at ease on how the event worked. Soon after the Run Director gathered everyone
together to give the run briefing and overall description of the course, everyone applauded the
volunteers recognising how important they are to the running of a parkrun event.

It was then time for the 540 of us to begin our 5km run, jog or walk. The lovely wide and curvy
course with its sneaky incline made the run thoroughly enjoyable with marshals giving
encouragement to all whilst showing the way.
With all building works going on today we were participating in an alternative temporary course
which was still scenic with winding paths going through the trees taking all the runners past the
pond greeted by the ducks and swans.
I completed the course in just over 26 minutes, on the mend from an injury and being kept
company all the way through it by another fellow Tooting parkrunner, Andy Pusey.

The thing with parkrun, no matter how fast or slow you are, the positive feeling it gives is what
we go for each and every Saturday morning. It’s a family friendly event which is more about
taking part than counting the seconds.
Gunnersbury hosted 52 first timers today and I am sure they will welcome them back with open
arms anytime.

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First through the finish funnel today was Callan Rowland with a time of 17:39, closely followed
by Shane Bloomer in 17:42.
First junior today was Oscar Jones, in 6 th position with a time of 17:57!
First female was Armana Rai with a time of 20:13.
Finally a mention to the running gang that came up with me from Fulham, Claire (outstanding)
O’Brien with her son (mischievous Michael) in the buggy through the finish funnel at 28:06 and
Tooting crew who finished their tourist parkrun at Gunnersbury at the following times:
Ken (wily) Willis – 22:42; Andy (proud) Pusey - 25:36; Sarah (optimistic) O’Carroll – 32:24;
Imogen (swift) Swales – 38:17; Andrew (walker) Warden – 58:12
After the run we all headed to the cosy café for a nice hot cuppa where all parkrunners received
a 10% discount for showing their barcodes which was a nice surprise.

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Finally a quick word about the importance of volunteering, without our beloved volunteers
there would be no parkrun, with that in mind I’d like to thank today’s volunteers.
Alan ARMSTRONG  •  Andrew LAWRENCE  •  Anna SPENCER  •  Arlene GALLAGHER  •  Arun
SMITH  •  Chris JONES  •  David BRAMLEY  •  David CREASY  •  Eloise CAREY  •  Fiona
WARREN  •  Francisco VENTURA  •  Jaspal DHALLEY  •  Jo BENNETT  •  Jodie VICKERY  •  Katy
IRVING  •  Kay LYDALL  •  Kim BOBSIN  •  Mark ROWLAND  •  Matt NASH  •  Matthew
PECK  •  Paul DODOUNOU  •  Ruth DIXON DEL TUFO  •  Sacha SYED  •  Sharon Maria
BOLAND  •  Shaun MELVIN  •  Sophie ROLLASON  •  Susi KIRKWOOD  •  Tanja DAUB  •  Teresa
ANDERSON  •  Tim WARD  •  Tom SHELSTON  •  Zoe LEVY
My advice to anyone considering volunteering is not to be nervous and come and give it a go.
Each volunteering role really brings a different and unique perspective of the parkrun
movement, they all present a new way to interact and get involved.
I therefore strongly encourage anyone to put their name down to try a volunteer role, and like
me if you enjoy running, there are various roles that allow you to run too.
A lovely running t-shirt once you have reached a volunteering milestone of 25 is also something
to aim for!
With that in mind, I would like to say thank you to the glorious Gunnersbury for a warm,
welcoming and wonderful parkrun experience, no doubt you will see me again soon, both
volunteering and running!
Jas

This week 540 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 88 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.

Saturday'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 Fiona KENNEDY who recorded 92.25% (19:22) on 5th October 2013 (event number 100).

Gunnersbury parkrun started on 29th October 2011. Since then 12,861 participants have completed 118,424 parkruns covering a total distance of 592,120 km, including 18,998 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,078 individuals have volunteered 8,243 times.

 

Gunnersbury parkrun, Event number 374: 16th February 2019

Gunnersbury parkrun, Event number 374: 16th February 2019

Thanks to über dedicated parkrunner Andrea - here is her blogpost from today's run ...

The one who doesn’t stray.  

Sat 16th Feb, my unofficial “double bubble parkrun milestone”.

Although not an official milestone, I thought it’s still worth writing a short blog about it. I ran my first parkrun at Gunnersbury Park on 22nd Sept 2012. Fast forward a few years and I have now finally managed to clock up the unofficial milestone of 200 runs and 100 volunteer points with parkrun on the same day.  So, it’s a nice 200/100 milestone of which, wait for it ………… I ran and volunteered ALL at Gunnersbury Park.  The idea for a “double bubble” at Gunnersbury came to me in early spring last year when I realised I had accumulated plenty of running as well as volunteering points, all at Gunnersbury.  It did take a bit of forward planning though towards the last couple of months to ensure it’ll happen on the same day, but ……. I made it!  I never ventured anywhere else and have been a loyal fan of Gunnersbury parkrun since my first run.  I have had opportunities to do a bit of parkrun tourism, but it never really fitted in with my Saturday schedule or it was just too much of a schlep to get across London, or anywhere else for a 5k.  When I started parkrun at Gunnersbury it was, in comparison to today, a small event.  In those days almost all volunteers were members from the Ealing Eagles Running Club, who I joined on 1st Jan 2013. It was one of its members, the lovely Arlene, who started parkrun off at Gunnersbury.  Without Arlene we wouldn’t have a parkrun at Gunnersbury Park today. Supporting the event by regularly volunteering is a bit of a no brainer and I have always enjoyed it since the very first time.  Without the fabulous volunteers NO parkrun anywhere in the World would exist.  There are plenty of different volunteering roles to choose from and anybody can volunteer. It’s great fun experiencing parkrun from “the other side” and you get to meet plenty of lovely people.  I absolutely love it and parkrun has become a stable part of my weekly running schedule.

Thank you, Gunnersbury parkrun, for my 200/100.  It’s been fabulous! Only 50 more runs to reach 250.

Will I be tempted to venture elsewhere before I reach that milestone, or will I stay loyal to Gunnersbury?  Watch this space.

Here is to happy parkrun running everybody!

Andrea Hendy

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Here's the full stats:

Gunnersbury parkrun Event number 374 16th February 2019

This week 539 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 47 were first timers and 79 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

James HORREX • Thomas HORREX • Pamela WIGGINS • Hugo KONDRATIUK • Henry BROOM • Richard Alan JONES • Andrea HENDY • Dominic WALLACE • Jo BENNETT • Sam GALLOWAY • Helen BLACKMORE • Wendy GAINHAM • Mark ROWLAND • Lilian AGINA • Terry CONNOLLY • Sam LARCOMBE • Tim WARD • Ruth DIXON DEL TUFO • Terena DE ABAITUA-HIND • Edward EAGLE • Rebecca MCALEES • Alison MULLALEY • Jodie VICKERY • Chelsea PHILLIPS SIBERT • Andrew LAWRENCE

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 Fiona KENNEDY who recorded 92.25% (19:22) on 5th October 2013 (event number 100).

Gunnersbury parkrun started on 29th October 2011. Since then 12,695 participants have completed 116,742 parkruns covering a total distance of 583,710 km, including 18,725 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,068 individuals have volunteered 8,144 times.

 

Gunnersbury parkrun, Event number 372: 2nd February 2019

Today was a very cold Saturday with a lot of parkruns up and down the country being cancelled due to snow and snow related conditions. Thankfully, the pavement at Gunnersbury wasn't too bad and with Megan's warning at the start to look out for any icy spots, the 453 parkrunners that ran, jogged and walked all managed to complete the course.

While I was out running, I heard one of the younger volunteers say to, possibly his sister and mum: "volunteers should be called self-esteem lifters". I don't think I've ever heard truer words and at such a young age! It made me smile and I thought about that expression while I did the rest of the 3Km that I had left - anything to keep the thoughts about the cold and how much I was struggling out of my head! Volunteers are definitely Self-Esteem Lifters, cheering us on as they send us on our way, cheering us on while we run, cheering us on after we run.

Thank you to everyone who turned up at Gunnersbury Park and especially thank you to the Self-Esteem Lifters! You ROCK!

This week 453 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 54 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 37 volunteers:

Richard BERRY • Nick DAVIES • Chris GRIFFIN • Kieran SANTRY • Tom KERRY • Kathryn KEENLEYSIDE • Andrea HENDY • Becky FENNELLY • Freddie COPPELL • Megan RATCLIFFE • Alex WILSON • Jo BENNETT • Paul DODOUNOU • Francisco VENTURA • Helen LENOX-SMITH • Ralph DADSWELL • Bruce LI • Sarah BREWER • Nikos KASSAPAKIS • Alistair HUGHES • Mark ROWLAND • Tanja DAUB • Martha DILLON • Ella WILSON • Hayley KANDT • Arun SMITH • Edward EAGLE • Maggie ROXBURGH • Sophie ROLLASON • Meg DILLON • Babs PINHEIRO • Helen HIRACHAND • Paula KIRBY • Ryan BUDD • Wilf MACDONALD-BROWN • Mark HILL • Ben FOWLER

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 Fiona KENNEDY who recorded 92.25% (19:22) on 5th October 2013 (event number 100).

Gunnersbury parkrun started on 29th October 2011. Since then 12,597 participants have completed 115,676 parkruns covering a total distance of 578,380 km, including 18,578 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,063 individuals have volunteered 8,093 times.

 

Gunnersbury parkrun, Event number 371: 26th January 2019

Grey skies threatened rain over 596 parkrunners today, but it didn't put them off and they ran, jogged, walked and smiled their way round the gorgeous Gunnersbury park. It was wonderful to not even have to ask for volunteers this week as the roster was completely full by Tuesday, so a massive thank you to all those fine people who enabled you to get your free, weekly timed parkrun fix. Congratulations to Hannah Brooks and Scarlett Laydon-McCabe for completing their 10th junior parkruns today, and to Maggie Roxburgh, Lynn Kirkwood-Price, Jasmine Lazarevic, Breda Crehan and Helen Armstrong who all took in their 50th parkruns today to earn their red milestone shirts. Chelsea de Villiers also earnt a new 100 t shirt today - I think I missed the memo about female milestones this week!! Well done to one and all, including all the arbitrary milestones (Yes, that's each and every one of you!)

A huge thank you to Ishbel Galbraith who presented me with post Burns Night caramel shortbreads to assist the results processing in the cafe, they were delicious! Run Directing today was a pleasure - I even managed to gain a pre-run coffee from Hull tourist and back-up timer volunteer Jed Holden and a post run coffee from volunteer funnel manager Oliver Gildea - thank you both, I certainly felt the parkrun love!

If anyone is interested in becoming a Run Director at Gunnersbury we are looking for new recruits, all training and support provided, please e-mail in to gunnersburyoffice@parkrun.com

Until next week, happy running,

Kay

This week 596 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 88 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Nick DAVIES • Chris GRIFFIN • Jed HOLDEN • Kay LYDALL • Helen HIRST • Mariam Vanessa ZAREI • Freddie COPPELL • Sophie FOXALL • Jo BENNETT • Paul DODOUNOU • Dominic COLLIER • Sam GALLOWAY • Matthew PECK • Wim DE GREEF • Bruce LI • Sarah BREWER • Emily STAFFORD • Lilian AGINA • Louise DUCKETT • Tanja DAUB • Martha DILLON • Arun SMITH • Rebecca MCALEES • Joshua EVANS • Sophie ROLLASON • David CREASY • Meg DILLON • Oliver GILDEA • Ryan BUDD

 

 

Gunnersbury parkrun, Event number 368: 5th January 2019

The first Gunnersbury parkrun of 2019 and we kicked off with a bang and a new record attendance!

 

626 of you came out to run, jog or walk beating the previous record by 23. Good to see those New Years resolutions are off to a solid start!

 

This week was a GoodGym takeover with the group taking on most of the volunteer roles including providing a few of the pacers out there. GoodGym is a running club that meet to get fit, run and do good in the local community. They have groups all over London (and the rest of the UK!) and in Ealing they meet every Tuesday evening to run and help a local community organisation or charity with a hands on task. After LITTER-ally the biggest Gunnersbury parkrun ever was done and dusted the group of 32 GoodGymers that came along this week completed a plog (litter picking jog) around Gunnersbury Park to help make the space beautiful for all its users!

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There were a few milestones this week, Alf HEGGBRENNA of Ealing Eagles Running Club completed his 100th run and scored himself a new course PB at the same time, nicely done! Rachel MCCLEMENTS also of Ealing Eagles Running Club ran the big 100 too and we had 4 people celebrating number 50, well done to Peter MACDERMID, Nigel BLADES, Billy LAWRENCE and Ali MULLALEY!

 

First finisher, for the 2rd time at Gunnersbury, was William AITKEN and hot his tail was Graham ATKINS of GoodGym in 2nd place with a new PB! Other notable efforts include Rob SWALES with a PB and dipping under 19:30 minute for the first time and Callum WINSTOCK for his PB and first sub 20 parkrun! Jennifer BUSHELL also bagged herself a new PB and 3rd Female! Jane ROWDEN had the highest age grading this week with a fantastic 88.21%.

 

Results:

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This week 626 people ran, jogged and walked the course, too many to mention individually but there were 60 new PB's listed this week and a brilliant 95 first timers at Gunnersbury 54 of which were doing their first ever parkrun!

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

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http://www.parkrun.org.uk/gunnersbury/results/latestresults/

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The event was made possible by 37 volunteers:

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Dylan BALL, Natasha BRADLEY, Louis BRADY, Henry BROOM, Ryan BUDD, Tash CODRINGTON, Nick DAVIES, Edward EAGLE, Arlene GALLAGHER, Sam GALLOWAY, Sapan GANDHI, Andre GEVARGIZ, Michelle GRIMLEY, Joanne HARRIS, Andrea HENDY, Mark HILL, Helen HIRACHAND, Jennifer HUGHES, Chris JONES, Nikos KASSAPAKIS, Tom KERRY, Amy KERRY, Larissa KHATCHIK, Jane MARLAND, Ali MULLALEY, Jose Manuel PABON, Olivia PARKER-SCOTT, Shan RAHULAN, Alex SCHATZ, Carie SCHURR, Phillip TURNER, Francisco VENTURA, Adam WAKEFIELD, Robert WILLIN, Janet WIMSETT, Ian WIMSETT, Callum WINSTOCK

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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 Fiona KENNEDY who recorded 92.25% (19:22) on 5th October 2013 (event number 100).

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Gunnersbury parkrun started on 29th October 2011. Since then 12,334 participants have completed 113,322 parkruns covering a total distance of 566,610 km, including 18,289 new Personal Bests.

 

 

Gunnersbury parkrun, Event number 366: 22nd December 2018

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Having been forecast rain, dear old Gunnersbury parkrun was blessed with unseasonably mild December weather, resulting in 436 turning out to run jog or walk their way round today's event. This was 63 more than last Christmas, more proof of the growing popularity of parkrun since its advent - long may it continue.
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We had tourists from places such as Worcester, Fulham, Basingstoke, Bracknell and Didcot with many of the rest calling Gunnersbury home. Alone out front as our first finisher, for the 3rd time in as many visits, was Sage PEARCE-HIGGINS, one of 37 to record a PB. Other notable efforts include Monika LEWANDOWSI breaking through the 30 minute barrier for her 13th PB in just 20 runs at Gunnersbury, shortly followed by Rachel DAVIES also going sub 30, Roisin HOGAN going under the 25 minute mark for the first time and Lara CORREIA, whose latest result means she has sleighed her PB by over 9 minutes in her first year of parkrun, great work everyone! 
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Today was also a milestone event for 9 of our runners as they completed numerically significant parkruns: junior runner Nathan POWLSON has now completed 10 runs, Gabriella EVANS, Anuj GHAI, Jonny BAKER and Michelle TANNER have all chalked up 50, Nicola MILLER, Tim DAVIES and Chris FOX have now completed 100 and Kit CARSON today achieved the landmark of 250 runs, 180 of which have been here at Gunnersbury. Well done everyone, we all look forward to seeing you in your new milestone tops!
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No milestones for our volunteers today but they deserve a special mention as always. So far this year 404 people have volunteered at Gunnersbury in 1,275 roles. Parkrun relies on volunteers to take place, so in the season of giving if you would like to help out in the upcoming weeks, or to learn more about the range of roles that are needed, please click on  http://www.parkrun.org.uk/gunnersbury/volunteer/ . Yule not regret it.
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It's the most wonderful time of the year, not just because many of us will have time off from work, school or university or because for some it's an important religious event, or simply because it's the chance to eat our bodyweight in mince pies whilst watching Wallace and Gromit...no, for parkrunners it's special because we don't have to wait 7 days for our next run. Some (but not all!) parkruns host additional events on either or both of Christmas Day and New Year's Day... and to make it even more special the start times on New Year's Day are staggered to allow you to do two. Gunnersbury will NOT be hosting additional runs, so have look on http://www.parkrun.org.uk/special-events/ to find one. Although you may wish to check back on the day in the event of a white Christmas.
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If you managed to catch all the terrible Christmas-themed puns, film and song references in this report, treat your elf to another eggnog....
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Results:
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This week 436 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.
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Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Gunnersbury parkrun Results Page
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The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:
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Amy KERRY  •  Andrea HENDY  •  Baljit DHANDA  •  Clare WALKER  •  Dineke AUSTIN  •  Esther STRINGHAM  •  Fenella BROOKS  •  Freddie COPPELL  •  Guillermo GARCIA  •  Helen PUGH  •  Jane ROWDEN  •  Jo BENNETT  •  Jonathan STIRLING  •  Joy LACY  •  Kathryn KEENLEYSIDE  •  Kevin GARDNER  •  Nick DAVIES  •  Ryan BUDD  •  Sacha SYED  •  Sarah DHANDA  •  Tara FLYNN  •  Trevor PASK  •  Victor LESER
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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 Fiona KENNEDY who recorded 92.25% (19:22) on 5th October 2013 (event number 100).
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Gunnersbury parkrun started on 29th October 2011. Since then 12,170 participants have completed 111,903 parkruns covering a total distance of 559,515 km, including 18,157 new Personal Bests.
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