By Tony Gallagher
One of my favourite things about parkrun is observing how people interact and 'use' it as it were. Over the years, in my parkrun journey, I have gone through different ways at different times. Initially, when there was only Bushy and parkrun was all very new and unknown, I made the effort because it was fun and simply felt right. My family joined me at Bushy sometimes mainly because it just felt right too. Soon after Banstead started it felt only right to do some volunteering and the camaraderie there introduced me to the community aspect that regular interaction provides. When Roundshaw came along it was my 'local' and, given that Banstead was well established with volunteers it seemed a natural step to run and volunteer here. When Neil Reissland departed as RD I was ( to put it very loosely ) 'volunteered' to be a RD.
Despite having run 114 different parkrun locations I never consider myself a parkrun tourist in the sense it is used today. Once Wimbledon parkrun started it seemed only natural to run in that event. When the next London parkrun started I tried that and so on.... This Saturday we had a special lot of tourists visit us. They are a tourist group and have sent in a picture of themselves and a wee report too which can be found below. Among the group are two Guinness Book of Record holders. The are not any ordinary tourists.
First some local bits and pieces. This week we had no fewer than eight participants who had never run ANY pakrun previously: a very warm welcome to Stephanie Garlick, Nicola Humphries (Chiltern Church Runners), Ryan Saunders, Shazza Mckn, Claire Foley, Daniel Saunders,Noel Nicholson and Monica Soleto Reyes. Dominique Corradi, who runs in the 15-17 age group was 1st lady back and second person overall. First back was Daniel Gaffney with a new PB. Thanks to all the lovely volunteers without whom there would be no Roundshaw parkrun.
Speaking of volunteers a little birdie informs me in two weeks time our co- founder with Mick, Nicola Stephenson, will be doing her 50th parkrun. Saturday afternoon I popped along to the Roundsahw Estate 50th year celebrations. I handed out some parkrun flyers and spoke to some folk. One lady, who has been living in the area for many years about a quarter of a miles from the start, didn't event know what parkrun was. Perhaps we need to spread the word a bit better. I didn't learn too much abut the history of the roundshaw estate unfortunately and as there was no reference to it at all in the celebrations !
Stats are at the bottom of this report after the "TOURISTS' REPORT here.
" We are a group of parkrun friends / tourists that all belong to the same Tube Challenge forum and meet in London around six times a year for parkrun and orienteering on the underground in the afternoon (Known as the random 15 championship we meet several other people at a designated starting station and there are 14 other stations in a sealed envelope normally within Zones 1 & 2 that you have to visit in the fastest possible time...
Although everyone was not in attendance yesterday we do have people that come sometimes from as fa away as Penzance and often our numbers park running are in double figures....
So there was myself;
Kevin Brown home run Bedfont Lakes and that was run 198 and different event 96, I am also 2 x former Guinness World Record holder for visiting ALL of the London Underground stations in the fastest time...
Andrew Chilcraft ED at Linford Wood and has 202 runs at 92 events
Andy James home run Bournemouth and has 89 runs at 82 events, The current and 5 times Guinness World Record holder for visiting ALL of the London Underground stations and twice former Guinness World Record holder for visiting ALL of the stations on the New York metro
Nick Gardner home run Southsea and has 110 runs at 42 events
Ian MacNaughton 8 runs at 5 events...
We all thought Roundshaw was a really lovely and friendly course and if we get the chance is definitely on the list for a re-visit.. "
Here is a photo and left to right Andy, Kevin, Ian, Nick, Andrew ---
Roundshaw Downs parkrun Event number 440 16th September 2017
This week 124 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:
Richard N CARTER • Tony GALLAGHER • Finn GALLAGHER-MUNDY • Mark EDWARDS • Pat WALSH • David ALDERSON • Helen ELDERFIELD • Eileen LEONARD • Sarah MCCARTHY • Yasin IQBAL • Sheila DAILY • Claire SAUNDERS • Kathrine HAND • James LEWIS
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Roundshaw Downs parkrun Results Page.
Male placings: Daniel GAFFNEY (SM30-34) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:19 - 4th time in 5 appearances. Luke FOWKES-SMITH (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second (third overall) over the line in 20:12. Paul MCGARRY (SM25-29) (Unattached) was third (4th overall) over the line in 20:35 - was first to finish once before.
Female placings: Dominique CORRADI (JW15-17) of Sutton & District AC, was first (second overall) over the line in 19:55 - 5th time in 7 appearances. Louise ARPINO (VW35-39) of Collingwood AC, was second (36th overall) over the line in 24:59. Bianca JOHNSON (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (41st overall) over the line in 25:20.
The three highest age grades were recorded by: Dominique CORRADI (JW15-17) – 76.82% for the time 19:55 (second overall). Daniel GAFFNEY (SM30-34) – 75.75% for the time 17:19 (first overall). Patrick O'BRIEN (VM55-59) – 72.05% for the time 22:04 (12th overall).
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 Clare ELMS who recorded 92.15% (18:54) on 15th April 2017 (event number 418).
Roundshaw Downs parkrun started on 18th July 2009. Since then 4,676 participants have completed 41,675 parkruns covering a total distance of 208,375 km, including 6,544 new Personal Bests.