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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



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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.