Event #9: 6th November 2021

Here’s a run report from one of our participants.

The course and the weather were just perfect for a parkrun Saturday.

Summary: 222 walked, jogged or ran today. A big welcome to the 16 individuals who ran their very first parkrun. There were a total of 122 participants experiencing Sutcliffe park parkrun for the first time. Hopefully many will visit again soon.

There were only 6 without a barcode (either forgotten or just not registered).

There were 45 personal bests from the 100 who had previously recorded times. Well done to those. Notable performances included four age category records (more details below). One runner reached the milestone of 100 runs (see below).

For the Record: Age records were set by Liz Carter (W70-74); Teresa Murphy (W40-44); Keith Dungate (M70-74) and Kemual Solomon (M60-64) with a great effort at 19:25.

The 2 highest age graded scores: Elaine Galloway with 83.11% and Judith Schmid with 83%.

The first lady home was Teresa Murphy improving her previous time by 5 seconds to 19:36. The first male was Tom Heslop in 17:20.

The “100 event” milestone was reached by Robert Devaney.

The Volunteers: I am very aware like most parkrunners that the event could not take place without the volunteers. There were 16 volunteers today with a variety of roles from setting up the course; delivering the run brief; marshalling; time keeping; tokens given; scanning bar codes etc.

Hats off to all the volunteers. The volunteer list is posted on this page and you can emailed them with your availability on sutcliffe@parkrun.com

Some of today’s participants:

Well away from the front runners I had a chance to have a chat to fellow parkrunners.

On the early part of the run I was joined by Kevan Wilkinson (not seen for a few years). Kevan is currently undergoing chemo so I do wish him all the best. He informed me that his wife Lizzie is running a marathon that morning with the middle part of it being the Sutcliffe parkrun. Kevan and Lizzie are great supporters of parkrun with 939 runs between them and almost 300 volunteer roles between them.

My visit was part of my club (Zero to Heroes from Bromley) occasional away day. We were able to celebrate Liz Carter obtaining an age group record by 2 minutes and Terri Baker’s 150th parkrun. I ran for a while with Maria Read (on her way to a pb at Sutliffe) who enquired about our running group and may well join us on a Wednesday morning.

There were 8 Danson Runners (prominent in their bright orange). I chatted to Marie Ralley and Laura Holland as we tried to encourage each other to a better time. In the Cafe, another Danson Runner, Katie Smith was delighted to have broken the 25 minute barrier for the first time (35 parkruns) and Elina Marila also managed her fastest of 57 parkruns.

Once again thanks to the volunteers at Sutliffe park for providing a safe enjoyable Saturday morning parkrun.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Sutcliffe parkrun results page https://www.parkrun.org.uk/sutliffe/results/latestresults/

Ian Smith


Event #8 : 30th October The rain did stop eventually

I’m really impressed and grateful to our 20 volunteers who all turned up today despite the heavy rain. There was a point when I thought the volunteers would outnumber the runners but 171 of them turned up as well. Fortunately the rain stopped before the end which is why 14 people managed to do personal bests today. This included George on his 50th Parkrun, well done George. George 50th

As you can see some of our volunteers didn't let the rain get in the way of a little Halloween fun.

If you were with us on 23rd October you might like to see the video one of our runners recorded that day as he ran around, it is on YouTube at https://youtu.be/wbWgr1I4js4


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 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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