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.
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 email@example.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.