parkrun Positive Impact Story for 2020 #3

This comes from Jack Rogers
I do have quite a long story which parkrun has been the centre of in helping me overcome some demons. This has immensely helped with my physical and mental well-being over the last 8 months. However, the story in a nutshell is below.

"I started running parkrun mid last year off the back of a suggestion from my boss Martin, who was a regular attendee. I had recently started doing some small runs on my own and had gained some fitness but I was by no means 'Fit'. My first parktun I finished in around 27 minutes. I wasn't a weekly attendee to start with but after a few months I managed to get my time down to around 24 minutes. I did stagnate initially at this time, but after some real needed lifestyle changes and a serge in motivation to run more, I got my time down to around 22/23 minutes on the run up to Christmas. Thereafter in the New Year I gave up smoking and I quite literally knocked 2 minute's off my parkrun time. This was after 1 week of packing in cigarettes. My PB is currently 21.11 and I'm hoping to do a sub 21 on my next run and a sub 20 within a month or so.
parkrun has turned into something I love and is something I really look forward to every weekend. It has helped me massively with my mental and physical health. I dare say I may have not even given up smoking without it.

Jack wrote this after last week's parkrun and you'll be pleased to hear he did break the 21minute target with a time of 20:49 at today's event. Won't be long before he breaks the 20min barrier!


parkrun positive Impact story for 2020 #2

parkrun Impact Stories continue: Thanks for sharing this with us Sam Cooper and we hope your recovery continues to get you back to your PB time in the early 30 mins....
I just wanted to say a big thank you to all of the people involved in Nonsuch Parkrun. Up until January 2019 I was a regular at Nonsuch Parkrun however due to doctors finding a large tumour in my head I stopped running. After a fully successful operation and removal of the tumour in November last year and partial weakness down my left side I have worked on my fitness. Today I decided to walk Parkrun with a friend and I had reservations that when I finished everyone would have gone home! However when I crossed the finish there were people waiting for us with encouraging words.. it means a lot thank you.
Could you extend my thanks to everyone at Nonsuch park run.
Best wishes
Sam Cooper


Ladies – Please be warned

Ladies! Work has begun on refurbishing the ladies loo's. They will be out of action for 4 weeks. In an emergency there is a radar key for the disabled loo Nonsuch Pantry.

The work was due to start on Monday 20th but it would appear that the Ladies loos are locked already.  Let's hope it's quicker than a 4 week refurb!


Run stats – event 438 – 18th January

This week in bright but chilly conditions, 895 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 105 were first timers and 141 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 51 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 50 volunteers many from Epsom and Ewell Harriers:

Richard SOMERS • Delaney DAWSON • Eoin O'CONNELL • Paul CARTER • Jane BRANSGROVE • Marion Jill JAKEMAN • Sheila LAY • Charlotte MASON • Susan BLUNT • Sally MONGER-GODFREY • Paul RANDALL • Simon BEAN • Daniel JOHNSON • Anne CARTER • Michael BARRETT • Jacqui JARDINE • Liam GRIGGS • Sharmila FRANKS • Adam COATES • John BLEACKLEY • Benjamin LEWIS • Helen KELSEY • Louise AMBROSE • Alex GURTEEN • Peter FROST • James THOMAS • Marta CECCONI • Chris RYANS • Aneta RYANS • Sharath MEPPALLIL • Megan AMBLER • Matthew TURNER • Simon POCOCK • Richard MOODY • Robert SWAINE • Geraldine COTTER • Alan BATES • Daniel LONG • Angela BATES • Rachel WATERS • Neil HENDERSON • Clare BURGESS • Kirsty FREEMAN • Aly MUGS • Dawn CLIFFORD • Peter PLATT • Paul BRUNTON • Luke GUDGIN • Rohan KARANTH • John SHERRINGTON

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

The male record is held by Kojo KYEREME who recorded a time of 14:56 on 18th July 2015 (event number 202).
The female record is held by Steph MCCALL who recorded a time of 17:03 on 16th July 2016 (event number 254).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane DAVIES who recorded 101.05% (20:41) on 28th March 2015 (event number 186).

Nonsuch parkrun started on 17th September 2011. Since then 19,080 participants have completed 194,983 parkruns covering a total distance of 974,915 km, including 29,807 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,722 individuals have volunteered 15,606 times.


Tracey Shepherd’s parkrun story

Tracey Shepherd's story - if you have a story of how parkrun has impacted your life or Saturday morning and you are happy to share then please get in touch with us at

For the record Tracey has run 38 parkruns of which 26 have been at Nonsuch. Tracey has volunteered 27 times of which 11 of these were in 2019 after her medical incident! A true parkrunner.

If you had asked me a year ago if I was a runner, I would have laughed and said, “no, but I try to run a bit”. But on the 10th January 2019, while out shopping, I collapsed, unconscious and started to have seizures. I was rushed to St George’s Hospital and put into an induced coma while they scanned my head to find out what was wrong. It turns out that I had a bleed on my brain (a subarachnoid haemorrhage).

I was so very fortunate to be woken up from that coma later that night with no lasting damage. As a nurse, I was well aware of the devastating impact a bleed on your brain can have and I spent days wondering why I had been spared any lasting disability or impairment – I still do feel incredibly lucky.

I will always try and find a positive in any challenge I face, and this event made me realise that I can’t take health for granted. While I can get out of bed and run around a park in wind, rain, mud and sun, I must make the most of that as there are no guarantees that I will always be able to do it. A year on from that bleed, I can now run 5km without needing to walk, I have entered the Great South Run and I do call myself a runner!

I must give a big shout out to all the friends I have made through Running with Matt (featured on the right of the photo in case you were unaware) and Nonsuch parkrun as their belief in me has enabled me to be the runner that I never thought I was. Thank you too for the support of all the volunteers. as the encouragement really does help me to keep going each week.

Don’t wait for tomorrow – seize the day.

Best wishes


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