Riddlesdown parkrun Event Report 11th May 2019 – Event 428



The one where we just about avoided the rain

Report by Andrew Bull
Photos by Lana Ryazanova – click on the following link to view the whole set in Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/riddlesdown/albums/72157708382812975

STAT of the week –
Eliud Kipchoge ran this year’s London Marathon in 2:02:37. In parkrun terms that’s equivalent to running 8 and a half parkruns consecutively, each in an average time of 14 minutes 32 seconds.

After a damp week, there was rain in the air, but once again the rain just stayed away long enough for this morning’s parkrun at Riddlesdown. The ground may have been a bit damp and the halfway puddle had semi-formed but it’s spring!

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Run Director was Helen Peters who was supported by a fine band of 26 volunteers. Thanks to everyone. The volunteer roster for May is looking healthy but volunteers are still needed, so please try to volunteer well in advance so the RDs can plan well ahead. Please contact riddlesdown@parkrun.com Without volunteers there is NO parkrun.

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Barcode scanning this week, as most weeks, was Lesley Emery. Although Lesley has not completed a parkrun, she is a regular volunteer at Riddlesdown. She started coming along to support her husband Peter who has been parkrunning since 2007, and then started volunteering, firstly as a Marshall and now as a scanner. In all Lesley has volunteered 181 times. Lesley is also a great volunteer for many other things including Bradmore Green Library, Charity shops and the Cats protection league. Lesley is certainly a volunteer hero.
Today there were 211 finishers. 30 were doing their first parkrun at Riddlesdown, and 15 were doing their first ever parkrun – well done and hope to see you all again. There were also an impressive 29 personal bests.
Sadly, there were 11 ‘unknown athletes’ this week. New parkrunners, please try to register before your first run. It is certainly not compulsory but means all that effort of getting up early then running 5K is officially recorded. It only takes a few minutes to register, just go to www.parkrun.org.uk/register .
And remember – Don’t Forget Your Barcode #DFYB


Barbara Brunsdon earns the red t-shirt on her 50th parkrun. She first ran on 20th February 2016 at Wycombe Rye and 32 have been at Riddlesdown. She has also volunteered 31 times. Well done Barbara.
Rowena Francis earns the black t-shirt on her 100th parkrun. She first ran on 19th July 2014 and has now completed 72 runs at Riddlesdown She has also volunteered 7 times. Well done Rowena.

Jessica’s parkrun Heroes
This series received a lot of publicity for its launch in April on Sky TV. It is now available for free on Vitality UK. Just go to YouTube and search ‘parkrun heroes’ There are ten separate stories and last up to ten minutes each.

Is parkrun a political party?
On 2nd May there were Council elections in parts of the UK. In the Stoke Gifford Parish Council elections one candidate, David Francetti, stood for the ‘Free weekly 5k park-based run’ party. This was the Council which in 2016 voted to charge parkrun for the use of Little Stoke park, which then had to be cancelled. David was not elected but polled many votes, in fact more than the UKIP candidate!

First Male Finishers



Dylan WYMER – 16:20
Harry LAWSON – 16:23 (Ending up in a sprint for first)
Martin FILER – 17:54

First Female Finishers


Juliet CLEGHORN – 20:54
Jennifer DUFFY – 21:04
Grace COOPER – 22:48

Next Saturday for Riddlesdown event 429, if you are running here or elsewhere, have a great week.



Report by Andrew Bull