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 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 ( 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 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.


Gunnersbury parkrun – The Big 400!!

Run Report from guest runner & writer Laura Stevens (Crane Park)

This week Gunnersbury parkrun celebrated its 400th run. And what a corker it was! When looking for a location to visit and finding out it was such a momentous occasion it would have been rude not to attend. I’d also heard rumours of cake and who doesn’t love a post parkrun treat?
There was also the lure of a special course to mark the occasion, a C shaped out-and-back for everyone who attended to enjoy. 687 people ran, jogged and walked the alternative route – whilst doing so setting a new attendance record, and only narrowly missing the top 10 most attended parkruns this week.
31 people were doing their first ever parkrun. Welcome to the family John REILLY, Henry HOLDEN, Chris BOURCHIER, Chris ONG, Willian COLYER, Harvey MESSENGER, Antonio NICCOLI, Jahanur RAHMAN, Babriel GONZALEZ, Hari SUNNER, Mateusz FLORCZAK, Natalie KEEP, Tony BREWSTER, Valentina ROJAS MORENO, James STEPHENS, Paul SMITH, Cy Tyson MORRELL, Charlie LENNON, Ezana DESTA, Barry LEMMON, Sarah KHORSHID, Paulina FILIP, Ryan EDWARDS, Richard EDWARDS, Alec YOUNG, Brigitte FLOCK, Alessandra FIORIO, Miriam PAYNE, Sally BETEY, Lynn GOODMAN & Belinda MCLAUGHLAN. We hope to welcome you back to Gunnersbury soon.
56 of the field were visiting Gunnersbury for the first time and 68 new Personal Bests were recorded, 41 different running clubs were represented.
Milestones collected at this event included:
10 – Lily HILL & Tadhg CUTHBERT
50 – Barbara RALPH, Brenda LAMBERT, Ishbel GALBRAITH & John KENNY
100 – Kathryn KEENLEYSIDE, Lisa GROVER & Thomas HORREX
200 – Shivaun O’SHEA
250 – Christopher HILL
Congratulations to all of you, what wonderful targets to have hit.
First finishers this week were:
An Unknown Runner finished first (no barcode = no time)
After this:
First male finisher was Ewan FRYATT in 17:01,
First female finisher was Rose PENFOLD in 18:24
First Junior finisher was Raj PATADIA in a wonderful 22:57.

I always like to look through the results for numbers that are aesthetically pleasing so here’s a few - there were so many this week it was hard to pick.
Martin PECK 20:02
Jonathan ELLIOTT 22:22
David RUSHTON 25:25
Kim CLARK 25:52
Chloe THORNE 31:13
Ishbel GALBRAITH & Jessamy CARLSON both in 34:43
Sarah PROPHET 34:56 (my personal favourite this week)
David CRANE 52:52

This momentous event would not have been able to take place without the help of the following 37 wonderful volunteers Steve NEWELL • Fiona WARREN • Arlene GALLAGHER • Andrew LAWRENCE • Polly RAWLINGS • Kay LYDALL • Piers KEENLEYSIDE • Louise PLANK • Nathalie DESTA • Henry BROOM • David WHITELAM • Megan RATCLIFFE • Alex WILSON • Corinne DESFONDS • Ralph DADSWELL • Helen BLACKMORE • Gráinne DEVERY • Craig MORLEY • Siobhan GUY • Helen PUGH • Liya DESTA • Vanessa MOORE • Esther NEWALL • Kelsi WALE • Alex O'LEARY • Joanne HARRIS • Cian MULLALEY • David CREASY • Babs PINHEIRO • Ali MULLALEY • Ian WIMSETT • Janet WIMSETT • Paula KIRBY • Joanna DUDZIAK • Laura MEZZALIRA • Charlotte GILLILAND
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Gunnersbury parkrun Results Page.
Gunnersbury parkrun started on 29th October 2011. Since then 14,282 participants have completed 130,640 parkruns covering a total distance of 653,200 km, including 20,669 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,152 individuals have volunteered 8,935 times.

Thank you to Gunnersbury parkrun and its team for a wonderful event. If I'm not back before - which I’m sure I will be – I’ll see you for 500.

Laura Stevens


Gunnersbury parkrun, event number 399: 10th August 2019


"Stayin Alive"

You may need to go and grab a coffee/tea/wine/whatever - this is going to be a long one! There is SO much to say about a brilliant morning at Gunnersbury.

We visited today for the first time and we loved it! A visit has been on the cards for ages but the need for a parkrun starting with “G” prodded me into action.

So, as if this morning wasn’t good enough already, I’m now the proud owner of a “Stayin’ Alive” badge! (Not sure what that is? Click the little icon below). To celebrate this milestone, you’ll see a bit of a theme below!

(Friday) "Night Fever"

All through the night Run Directors, volunteers and parkrunners alike were kept awake by howling winds and concerns about what dawn might bring. Neighbouring Osterley had already cancelled and Gunnersbury was on standby. True, it was very breezy, but it wasn’t raining, it wasn’t freezing and no trees were down. Much to the relief of 541 participants we were good to go. (Curiously the last time we had 541 runners was exactly a year ago.)

Of these 32 were taking their first ever parkrun steps, 48 were visiting from as far afield as South Africa and 23 completed their important 2nd parkrun! Well done to all.

"More Than a Woman"

This week’s excellent Run Director was Kay LYDALL and in her opening brief she let us all know that today was Arlene GALLAGHER’s special, milestone birthday. Three very well deserved cheers were given. We all have Arlene to thank for Gunnersbury parkrun - her drive and enthusiasm set the event up almost 8 years ago, and since then more than 14,000 people have taken part, with many having their lives changed for the good in ways they might not have imagined.

Arlene and her lovely (and very speedy) daughter

"You Should be Dancing"

Since Gunnersbury parkrun has been set up 399 events have taken place - next week is the FOUR HUNDREDTH. That is a big deal. Time to celebrate! There will be dancing (maybe), cake (almost certainly), festivities, and as a special treat there will also be a different course. Watch out on facebook for more news on how this fantastic milestone will be marked.

400 celebration
Let's celebrate!

"How Deep is your love"

We’ve all seen the hashtag “#loveparkrun”. It’s a force for good, uplifting and life affirming.

This morning it was a pleasure to meet Gunnersbury parkrun legend Alan Anderson. Alan is 84 and last year became only the 17th person to complete 500 parkruns. He’s also volunteered over 200 times and could still give most 2 decades younger a run for their money. His wife Anne has been a keen supporter of parkrun herself, unfortunately she struggles to walk now. So that she can still enjoy her Saturday morning parkruns Alan pushes her round the course in her wheelchair. They are normally at flatter, smoother Osterley but as it was cancelled Alan came back to Gunnersbury, undeterred by the less forgiving course. If that is not inspiring or heartwarming, I don’t know what is.

Alan Anderson and wife Anne

Also showing love, in a different way, was the fantastic team of volunteers. Many were taking on volunteer roles for the first time ever - and hopefully found that it brings its’ own rewards.

So, thank you to the following people who made this morning happen: Abi BARBER, Louis BRADY, Nick DAVIES, Dominic DUROUX, Arlene GALLAGHER, Charlotte GILLILAND, Mark HILL, Leah HILLMAN, James HORREX, Dorothy JOHNSTONE, Margaret Joyce JONES, Sam LARCOMBE, Andrew LAWRENCE, Jeremy LUMB, Kay LYDALL, Esther MCDONNELL, Laura MEZZALIRA, Claire RUSSELL, Wendy SCOTT, Simon SMITH, Marc THOMAS, Jodie VICKERY, Kelsi WALE, Jackie WARD, Anna WHITE, and Janet WIMSETT.

If you’d like to show a bit of parkrun volunteering love then drop an email to to find out more.

Everyone was great, and I’d like to give a special mention to Andrew LAWRENCE and (signing) Wendy SCOTT for one of the best First Timers briefings I’ve heard (I need to up my game!) and also to Laura MEZZALIRA and Charlotte GILLILAND for being the most cheerful token hander outers.

"Jive Talking"

Jive talking, apparently, is to stray from the topic a bit. home parkrun is Tring and we were struck by a few things. Like Gunnersbury it runs on what used to be Rothschild parkland; they both have mansions, they both even have “temples” and they both have museums nearby. Tring’s houses the world’s largest collection of stuffed animals (seriously). We (me and my wife Moira) really enjoyed visiting the museum in your park - they’ve done a great job with it.

Tring has deep and ancient roots - at the intersection of the ancient Ridgeway, Icknield Way and Roman Akeman Street. We were surprised to find that there have been even more ancient traces of people running about Gunnersbury Park - for 440,000 years, albeit clutching flint axes and not barcodes.

Spot the difference: Temple v Summer House


"Boogie Shoes"

OK - back to the parkrun and some notable results.

It’s not a race. But its always interesting to see how rapidly some people can cover 5k! First female finisher this week was Melissah GIBSON in 18:29, for the men Joe CARTON was handed token number 1 just 17:18 after Kay shouted “Go”.

Being an old timer I always sort the results by age grade, where we see a different picture. Jane ROWDEN led the way for the ladies with an impressive 85.95%, and Alan Phillips led the charge for the men on an equally impressive 78.45%.

Milestones: I don’t know if anyone else earned a “Stayin Alive” badge but I do know that both James WRIGHT-SMITH and Katy STIRLING completed their 100th parkruns and earned a coveted black T-shirt. Good work.

Surprisingly there were no more milestones runs this week….but, by the looks of things a whole lot stacked up for next week.

First Timers
Andrew and Wendy welcoming first timers and visitors

"DISCO Inferno"

They tell me that any dancing - not just DISCO - is all down to keeping rhythm. With that in mind I award a special prize to Stephen PRICE who finished with a syncopatingly, beat-keeping time of 23:45!

I think that’s enough!!!

Laura and Charlotte - smiling token hander outers

THANK YOU Gunnersbury for being brilliant.
We enjoyed our morning and will be back.

Ken Douglas


Gunnersbury parkrun, Event Number 398: 3rd August 2019

This weeks run report below, but before that a quick (belated) well done to the incredible Jane ROWDEN who on the 22nd June at event number 392 created the best age grading performance to date at Gunnersbury 92.82% ... we couldn't let that slip through without a comment ... the full table here:

... and so on to the report ... a huge Thank you to Raj Patadia for this week's run report:

Weekend. Saturday. parkrun. The countdown to 400 is on.

As always the volunteers had already worked extremely hard setting up the course for the many runners who were slowly tumbling into the starting point. The short and sweet first timers briefing was delivered and the scene was set for the start. The start of two paths were filled by runners who were rearing to go. The run director began to give out notices and we congratulated those reaching their milestones

Well Done To:

Jonathan MARTIN for his 250th run today

Andrew Graham SELL for his 250th run as well

Nigel PANTON for his 100th run today

Vikki WRIGHT for her 50th run today

Well done for your respective milestones.

... And the hush swept across the field of runners and then GO!!! Quickly, the field began moving through the journey which is a 5km run. Some quicker than others but all hold the same value. Crossing the halfway stage is satisfying but the hardest part is always the final bend around the second pond. The funnel comes into sight and the runners infest it with the harmony of heavy breathing.

parkrun #398 @ Gunnersbury completed.

Gunnersbury #398 Stats:

We had 496 runners this week, 62 first timers and 77 PB’s

Fastest Male Runner : Jonathan POOLE - 15:34

Fastest Female Runner : Melissah GIBSON - 18:08

Unfortunately 38 runners had no barcodes this week so had the Unknown in the name column. 

The total distance ran today 2480km which would get us to from the middle of Gunnersbury Park to Istanbul Airport (in a straight line).

With today’s parkrun the total numbers of runs at Gunnersbury now equal 129,412, which is equivalent to going around Earth’s equator approximately 16.1462258266 times ! 

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers ... the list here below: 

The event was made possible by 38 volunteers:

Marc THOMAS • Richard BERRY • Baljit DHANDA • Nick DAVIES • Chris GRIFFIN • Kieran SANTRY • Simon STANNARD • Tom IRVING • Nigel PANTON • Pamela WIGGINS • Henry BROOM • David WHITELAM • Ed JACKSON • Elizabeth ADAMS • Rachel JOB • Andy MAHONY • Christopher HILL • Nikos KASSAPAKIS • Helen PUGH • Lilian AGINA • Tanja DAUB • Martha DILLON • Gavin MILLER • Breda CREHAN • Melissah GIBSON • Fiona PLAIN • Joyce WILLIAMS • Rebecca MCALEES • David CREASY • Raj PATADIA • Laurence ELLIOTT • Armana RAI • Anna SHIERSON • Jodie VICKERY • Hugh YOUNG • Laura MEZZALIRA • Charlotte GILLILAND • Stuart KEARNEY

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 Jane ROWDEN who recorded 92.82% (22:31) on 22nd June 2019 (event number 392).

Gunnersbury parkrun started on 29th October 2011. Since then 14,112 participants have completed 129,412 parkruns covering a total distance of 647,060 km, including 20,539 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,145 individuals have volunteered 8,871 times.



Here are the links to a few collections of photos from recent weeks. Can you spot yourself?!:


2nd February 2019:

26th January 2019:

19th January 2019:

12th January 2019:


Gunnersbury parkrun, Event number 370: 19th January 2019

Saturday mornings are for parkrun! And I'm not the only one thinking that way by the number of fellow runners that made it to Gunnersbury this morning. OK, it wasn't a record last like the last couple of Saturdays but there was still an awesome turnout of over 600 runners. It just means that the funnel keeps getting longer!

There were quite a few people listening to the first timers briefing between those running for the first time and also the odd tourist. I spoke with a couple of first timers who were looking forward to their first parkrun but one of them was still in shock of how early he got up this morning. Surely, in a couple of weeks or months, he won't be surprised if he wakes up before his alarm on a Saturday morning to come to Gunnersbury, even if the day is as crisp (or crispier!) as this morning. Babs Piniheiro

A few comments from the Gunnersbury team to add ...

  • Please can people avoid parking alongside the wall on the entrance in and out the top car park - it is causing some exit issues after the run - and impacts other users of the park. Please park on Popes Lane outside the car park if full, or on Lionel Road - or better still we'd love it if people could try to arrive on foot, by bike, or on public transport :)
  • As Babs said above lots of you were listening to the run briefing but with so many of you and our equipment not always functioning well, we do ask for total silence for just those 5 mins before we get going ... you may have heard the briefing many times, but others have not - and out of courtesy to them (and us RDs) we'd love it if you could hold off talking for just that short while ... many thanks


thank you all for another lovely morning ... full details of the run below:

Gunnersbury parkrun - Event number 370 - 19th January 2019

This week 619 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 87 were first timers and 77 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 34 volunteers:

Kelvin WALKER • Andrew LAWRENCE • Kay LYDALL • Richard DODD • Meryl DODD • Andrea HENDY • Linda QUINN • Freddie COPPELL • Joseph QUINN • Jennifer BUSHELL • Jo BENNETT • Paul DODOUNOU • Helen LENOX-SMITH • Sam GALLOWAY • Bruce LI • Nikos KASSAPAKIS • Aidan QUINN • Lilian AGINA • Simon MOORE • Tim WARD • Ruth DIXON DEL TUFO • Mark FISHER • Andy BROWN • Maggie ROXBURGH • Rebecca MCALEES • Sophie ROLLASON • Joanne HARRIS • Babs PINHEIRO • Dave NOLAN • Janet WIMSETT • Carie SCHURR •  Catherine SCOBLE • Ryan BUDD

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 12,512 participants have completed 114,627 parkruns covering a total distance of 573,135 km, including 18,437 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,056 individuals have volunteered 8,028 times.

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