Autumn in the air at Sutcliffe parkrun #4

October is upon us already and Sutcliffe parkrun’s fourth event definitely had an autumnal feel about it. The air was cold and damp enough to drive some of our early birds back to their cars to wait for the 9 o’clock start but, although the ground was wet, the rain held off giving us a dry, if chilly, run.

This week 174 people took part, of whom 108 were first timers and 33 recorded new personal bests. Representatives of 47 different clubs took part. Our numbers were down on last week’s 240 with some of our lovely locals heading to Charlton Park to support their inaugural run, which saw 331 taking part! Congratulations, Charlton, on a triumphant start!

A massive thank you this week goes to Claudia Burrough from Chessington Unity Running Club, who gave us really positive feedback about our course’s suitability for wheelchair users. She and fellow club member Sarah Loky (both pictured) headed to the ExCel centre after the event to collect their kit for the London Marathon. Best of luck to both of you – we really hope to see you again sometime soon.

Claudia Burrough and Sarah Loky

Claudia Burrough (right) and Sarah Loky

Another special mention goes to Sharon Hicks of North Bristol Running Group, who chose Sutcliffe parkrun to mark her 100th tourist run! Congratulations, and thanks for coming to join us.

Sharon Hicks

Sharon Hicks

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers: Catherine ELLIS • Chris ANNOR • Annette MAYES • Dominique LOUIS • Elizabeth FOX • John CUNNINGHAM • Deenar TORASKAR • Tilly BROOKS • Sarah PALMER • David FORD • Yan FONG • Jun GAO • Hazel VIDLER • Vidushi KHOSA • Michelle LYONS • Patrick BARKER • Nirmala GIDEON

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

  • The female record is held by Holly Dixon who recorded a time of 17:10 on 18th September 2021 (event number 2).
  • The male record is held by Sam Stabler who recorded a time of 15:44 on 25th September 2021 (event number 3).
  • The Age Grade course record is held by Andy Bond who recorded 89.43% (16:14)

Our parkrun will go ahead on 25th September 2021

You will all have heard about the tragic death of Sabina close to our parkrun course. We have been thinking about whether to cancel the run on 25th September as a mark of respect or whether it helps the community to come together in a positive activity. On balance we decided to go ahead. Our parks and streets are safer if lots of people use them.

In that spirit of community we welcome you to tomorrow's run


Our first parkrun

What great start to a new parkrun!

First, a big THANK YOU to the volunteers who not only gave up their Saturday morning but have been busy behind the scenes getting everything in place for Sutcliffe parkrun.

198 people ran, jogged or walked today. Whichever one you did well done. Hopefully this will be the first of many at Sutcliffe Park. Everyone was a first timer but the results showed that a few people took part in their first ever parkrun! There was one result with no name attached so please remember to bring a print-out of your parkrun barcode.

A special mention to a lady called Sarah who was easy to spot because she was wearing a sash bearing her name and the fact that this was her 300th parkrun! Very impressive and a big congratulations from us.

Sutcliffe parkrun is a three-lap route and very flat, which makes it a good course to get into parkrun or to pursue a personal best over the 5k distance.

If anyone is interested in volunteering, please take a look at the Sutcliffe parkrun future roster. Without volunteers this wonderful event wouldn't be possible. All the roles are simple to do and some even mean you can also run.

Report by Martin Edwards

Ed update: Martin took lots of photos of our first run, which can be viewed here:

Sutcliffe Parkrun Event 1

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