Report 552 – Muddiest this Season?

by Sarah Tindley

I think today was the muddiest conditions so far this season. 132 people completed the course.

However, this did not put off 10 people doing Roundshaw parkrun for the first time, of which 3 people, notably Jonathan, Josh and Flynn chose a drizzly day for their first ever parkrun. Congratulations - first of many, I hope.

The furthest tourist today was from Bath.

Despite the conditions, four people achieved Personal Bests. Well done.

There were lots of milestones:

Alan (see below) and Patrick achieved 350 runs. Alan's wife, Maria has completed 475 runs.

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Brothers, Andy and Ben both completed 200 runs.

Rob completed 100 runs.

A photo of Anne Harris whose son did his 100th on Sat. Anne's husband attended as a spectator.

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Martha completed 50 runs.

Ishaan achieved his Junior 10 runs.

Thank you to all the volunteers, many of whom are competing in Cross Country this afternoon.

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 552
12th October 2019
This week 132 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 10 were first timers and 4 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Tony GALLAGHER • Sarah TINDLEY • Samantha PURSER • Mick TURNER • Annette HELLIWELL • Bob CHART • Mary KEOGH • Helen ELDERFIELD • Eileen LEONARD • Tracy ORCHARD • Robert NYMAN • Tamsyn DOWN • Sarah BYRNE • Chris BROUGH • Jenny MAC DONNELL • Steven HARMER • Flynn GROENEWALD

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

The male record is held by Kevin QUINN who recorded a time of 15:41 on 13th August 2011 (event number 110).
The female record is held by Clare ELMS who recorded a time of 18:28 on 18th April 2015 (event number 310).
The Age Grade course record is held by Zechariah JOHNSON who recorded 94.07% (21:05) on 7th October 2017 (event number 443).

Roundshaw Downs parkrun started on 18th July 2009. Since then 6,430 participants have completed 58,781 parkruns covering a total distance of 293,905 km, including 8,473 new Personal Bests. A total of 561 individuals have volunteered 6,781 times.

 

Practice Makes Perfect

Event #551

by Tracy Orchard

Happy birthday parkrun! On the 2nd October, 15 years ago, parkrun was born! And who could have predicted then, the incredible, international event it has turned into today. What a fantastic achievement, thank you and happy 15th birthday parkrun!

At Roundshaw Downs today we also celebrated Robert’s birthday with a lovely singsong rendition of happy birthday! Run Director Toby knows how to make someone’s day! We hope you had a great run and a lovely day Robert.

Autumn has definitely arrived on our course which was slippery in a few places this morning. We may need to be digging out those trail shoes soon!
Despite the conditions 15 runners managed a pb, well done to you all!

There were 11 first timers today of which 4 were brand new to parkrun; welcome to Martin Rooms, Molly Peskett, Jack Duncan and Michelle Barclay. We hope you enjoyed your first parkrun experience and will be back to run with us again soon.

There are no milestones to report this week, but looks like there’s quite a few coming up in the next few weeks, so if that’s you, we look forward to celebrating these with you!

We welcomed some very important guests to our parkrun today. We were joined by the Manor Practice GP surgery who have partnered with parkrun, to encourage patients to come and run or walk and volunteer at Roundshaw Downs parkrun. One of the GPs that attended this morning was Dr Robert Calverley. We spoke to him after the run, and he sent these words:

'On behalf of Manor Practice I would like to say a big thank you to everyone at Roundshaw parkrun for the warm way we were received on Saturday.

In the last month we officially became a parkrun practice affiliated to the event at Roundshaw. We have been promoting the run in the reception areas across our two sites and encouraging our patients and members of staff to attend the event to run, support or volunteer.

The evidence supporting the benefits of exercise in treating a range of physical and mental health conditions is well established. In joining with parkrun, we hope to follow the examples nationally of other practices that have helped their patients to become more active.

This Saturday was the first event that we attended and it was particularly pleasing to see members of the practice, their families and several of our patients taking part.

We hope that this week will be the first of many resulting in a happy and healthy relationship developing between Roundshaw parkrun and our patients.
Best wishes
Dr Calverley
Manor Practice

Thank you Dr Calverley, Katie, and your colleagues. We hope you enjoyed coming down to Roundshaw Downs this morning. What a fantastic partnership and we look forward to welcoming your patients in the future.

parkrun UK recently published results of an independent survey they commissioned which can be found here https://blog.parkrun.com/uk/2019/10/05/not-just-run-park/

Over 60,000 parkrunners participated and although the results will probably not surprise you (I realise I’m preaching to the converted if you’re reading this report!), they are incredibly interesting.

91% of all respondents reported a sense of personal achievement
89% reported improvements to their fitness
85% reported improvements to their physical health
69% reported improvements to their mental health
79% reported improvements to their happiness
And just as importantly 84% said volunteering at parkrun made them happier.
(Stats taken from blog.parkrun.com/uk)

So thank you to our volunteers that made the event possible today. As always we salute you. What a happy bunch!

If you want to see if you can be happier on a Saturday morning, please do e mail roundshawhelpers@parkrun.com and come and join us to volunteer in the near future.

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 551
5th October 2019
This week 152 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 11 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Tony GALLAGHER • Nick WHITE • Martin LLOYD • Samantha PURSER • Tim GRAY • Des KEOGH • Mary KEOGH • Paul Anthony BOOTH • John CAZABON • Ric ADAMS • Jean QUESTED • Tracy ORCHARD • Tamsyn DOWN • Robert HUNTON • Toby SHEARLOCK • Daniel GUEST • Elzbieta DOBOSZ • Angela BEE • Chris CHARLWOOD • Sajida TAYUB

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

The male record is held by Kevin QUINN who recorded a time of 15:41 on 13th August 2011 (event number 110).
The female record is held by Clare ELMS who recorded a time of 18:28 on 18th April 2015 (event number 310).
The Age Grade course record is held by Zechariah JOHNSON who recorded 94.07% (21:05) on 7th October 2017 (event number 443).

Roundshaw Downs parkrun started on 18th July 2009. Since then 6,420 participants have completed 58,649 parkruns covering a total distance of 293,245 km, including 8,469 new Personal Bests. A total of 560 individuals have volunteered 6,764 times.

 

Lost Property & Found Achievements

Event 550

by Tim Gray

Well done to you brand new parkrunners; Stephanie DILLOWAY, Rishi SIDDANI, & Lalitha ANDE – great to see you starting up, on top of which I know at least one of our four unknowns was a new runner – we will see your name another week, as I know you ran well.

Amongst the four unknowns was position 68 – so if you accidentally took that token home, can we have it back please?

Next week we will be having a GP parkrun practice join us, no spoilers, but expect it to be fun!

Milestones, loads this week. On 50;

Aaron GILLETT
Suguna KULASEKARAM of Collingwood AC

On 100;

Scott WORSFOLD
William HIGGS of Wilson's School

Well done to all – and thanks to William for the cakes and biscuits.

No 250’s this week, but looks like we will likely have a few before Christmas.

Visitors today included;
Gary WINDOW of Wimbledon/Tourist
David NELSON of Highbury Fields/Tourist
Sue ROWLAND of Gunnersbury/Tourist
Pat HEALEY of Reigate/World Tourist
Carolyn HEALEY of Reigate
Norman ELLIS of Havant/Tourist
Nicola ELLIS Tourist – heading for a Hoffman (50 different events in first 50 parkruns)
Jo FINCH of Southwick Country/Tourist

So rather a lot of tourists today.

Lots of PB’s, but I’ll note Sarah READ – 20 runs with us, 13 PB’s – also one of two Lonely Goat RC runners with us today, surely meaning they should be less Lonely?

Also Lesley DOWN of Chiltern Church Runners, taking nearly 30 seconds out of her PB after 36 runs with us, only 1 minute 10 seconds from the VW 75-79 record now Lesley, keep it up.

Jacki VASS over this year you have taken 6.5 minutes of your first time with us, including nearly half a minute today. Well done!

I can’t list you all – but well done to you all – fab running.

We picked up a water bottle, two tops, and a pair of gloves today – after you had all gone, do check with us for lost property if it might be yours!

Thanks, as ever to our volunteers – we could do with a few more over the next few weeks, so do get in touch – one of our new Volunteer Coordinators Tamsyn is on duty for the first time this week, so drop her a line. I’m away, so a run report writer would be nice!

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 550
28th September 2019
This week 171 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Martin LLOYD • Sarah TINDLEY • Justin PARRIS • Samantha PURSER • Tim GRAY • Annette HELLIWELL • Paul Anthony BOOTH • Michael John Richard HIGGINS • Michael LARKIN • William HIGGS • Tamsyn DOWN • Geoff NUNN • Sharopn CROOKS • Lesley DOWN

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

The male record is held by Kevin QUINN who recorded a time of 15:41 on 13th August 2011 (event number 110).
The female record is held by Clare ELMS who recorded a time of 18:28 on 18th April 2015 (event number 310).
The Age Grade course record is held by Zechariah JOHNSON who recorded 94.07% (21:05) on 7th October 2017 (event number 443).

Roundshaw Downs parkrun started on 18th July 2009. Since then 6,409 participants have completed 58,497 parkruns covering a total distance of 292,485 km, including 8,454 new Personal Bests. A total of 559 individuals have volunteered 6,744 times.

 

Roundshaw Downs parkrun # 549 – 21/09/2019

As autumn draws closer, it was a pleasant warm morning for a run at Roundshaw Downs. It was good conditions for PB’s and Roundshaw had 21 new PB’s set this week, including an impressive 20:27 for Luke MCGUIGAN. The turnout was close to 200 runners, 19 of them being first timers – 5 of them brand new parkrunners.

Notable tourists were from South Africa (Ann & Steve Watkins), Abingdon/uber tourist (Ulen & Sam Neale) & Lucy Dawson who seems to be working on a Hoffman (50 parkruns, no repeat locations) – 32 so far.

A massive congratulations to Ken Wright who this week completed his 400th parkrun, which is a testament to his commitment and dedication (Achieved in 4 years 10 months, and he has his V25 as well- Ed). Well done to Ken. Also, congratulations to Sarah BYRNE on her 150th run and Greg Andrew DEADMAN-GATT on his 50th.

Congratulations to Jacob ARMSTRONG PLIETH with an impressive first run at Roundshaw with 21:20.

Roundshaw Downs parkrun

Event number 549
21st September 2019

This week 190 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Richard N CARTER • Tony GALLAGHER • Martin LLOYD • Rupert QUESTED • Annette HELLIWELL • Des KEOGH • Mary KEOGH • Michael LARKIN • William HIGGS • Deborah COTTON • Neil DAWSON • Caroline SAUNDERS • Yasin IQBAL • Sharopn CROOKS

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

The male record is held by Kevin QUINN who recorded a time of 15:41 on 13th August 2011 (event number 110).

The female record is held by Clare ELMS who recorded a time of 18:28 on 18th April 2015 (event number 310).

The Age Grade course record is held by Zechariah JOHNSON who recorded 94.07% (21:05) on 7th October 2017 (event number 443).

Roundshaw Downs parkrun started on 18th July 2009. Since then 6,393 participants have completed 58,326 parkruns covering a total distance of 291,630 km, including 8,442 new Personal Bests. A total of 559 individuals have volunteered 6,729 times.

 

What a beautiful day for a run

by Hilary Rankin

What a beautiful day for a run. A fresh late summer / early autumn morning that felt considerably warmer than the actual air temperature as soon as you started running in the sun.

The conditions were perfect for a PB and so perhaps no surprise to see 31 PBs out of the 149 runners. Too many of you to mention individually but well done everyone.

Welcome to two brand new parkrunners, Lawrence TANG and Aamir Yaseen. We hope you enjoyed your first parkrun and will come back and enjoy the park many more times. It’s a great way to start the weekend.
A few visitors showed up in the results from the surrounding area, the furthest away being Timo Ssali from Catford. I’m sure someone put their hand up from Huddersfield. Welcome whoever you are – either you have been here before or maybe you are one of the 14 unknowns who showed up in the results as I couldn’t find you. Don’t forget to bring your bar code next time!

Thanks as always to our fantastic volunteers. Running 5k never seems to get easier but it is so encouraging to hear a “well done”, “great running” or my favourite “you’re nearly there”. Volunteering really is a great way to get to know fellow parkrunners and the amazing organising team so do think about giving it a go if you haven’t already.

Roundshaw Downs parkrun
Event number 548
14th September 2019
This week 149 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 5 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Nick WHITE • Mick TURNER • Helen ELDERFIELD • Eileen LEONARD • Michael LARKIN • Lorraine TURNER • Ken WRIGHT • Tamsyn DOWN • Alex LEGGE • Sarah BYRNE • Hilary RANKIN • Sharopn CROOKS • Claire SAUNDERS • Lesley DOWN • Ian FOWKES-SMITH • Patricia NORTON • Chris CHARLWOOD

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

The male record is held by Kevin QUINN who recorded a time of 15:41 on 13th August 2011 (event number 110).
The female record is held by Clare ELMS who recorded a time of 18:28 on 18th April 2015 (event number 310).
The Age Grade course record is held by Zechariah JOHNSON who recorded 94.07% (21:05) on 7th October 2017 (event number 443).

Roundshaw Downs parkrun started on 18th July 2009. Since then 6,374 participants have completed 58,136 parkruns covering a total distance of 290,680 km, including 8,421 new Personal Bests. A total of 559 individuals have volunteered 6,715 times.

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