Brockley Fun Run 2009

The Brockley Fun Run returns to Hilly Fields on July 5th.

Runners will set off ay 9am and the organisers and entry costs £5 in advance or £10 on the day. Forms are available from the Broca and the Broca Food Market. You can also register online here.

27 comments:

tyrwhitt ali said...

Any BCers planning on running it? I'm planning on going and cheering people on!

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

Unfortunately it clashes with the Goodwood Festival of Speed......

drakefell debaser said...

I am considering it, trying to visualise how far 5K is at the moment.

Is it just around Hilly Fields a couple of times?

The Cat Man said...

It is twice around hillyfields. Apparently last year the fastest was less than 20 mins completed, and the slowest (being mothers with pushchairs who walked the route) was 2 hours.

I'm going to go specifically to check out the quick runners, I bet there is some hot totty there!

Amanda said...

I didn't enter last year because I hadn't trained, same thing this year, but I think, I'll have to take part regardless, to 'support community events.'

mintness said...

I might well give it a bash, even if does involve getting out of bed on a Sunday morning.

abdou said...

Rats - I'm away that weekend. It was great last year though - if you're thinking of doing it, have a go; 5k ain't that far.

Headhunter said...

It'll be a busy weekend in Brockers. This is Open Studios weekend as well.

brockley mutha said...

I'm running. picked up my application forms yesterday. An average person would be able to run 5k in around 35 minutes - its not an unachievable distance, although the hilly nature of hilly fields makes it rather more onerous. But you can walk or run, so its very inclusive.

Headhunter said...

Certainly I think walking it, even with a pushchair, in 2 hours is a loooong time! It's only twice round Hilly Fields! You would have time to nip home and have lunch in the middle and come back to finish and still do it in under 2 hours!

My PB for 5k is about 18 mins.... Sorry, I just had to blow my own trumpet for a minute there...

The Cat Man said...

ok, but are you hot?

jaded onlooker said...

The Brockley Studios Open weekend...

A host of all that is dull and mediocre in other peoples front rooms.

With a few exceptions.

Monkeyboy said...

Looks like there is no need to blow you're own trumpet HH. The Cat is puckering up.

Tamsin said...

But the exceptions are what make these Open Studio weekends - in Brockley and elsewhere worthwhile. And also other people's houses from the inside are of interest in themselves. There's someone in the bottom end of Jerningham Road who has an open studio always in the Telegraph Hill Festival and I usually call in to see her stuff partly to enjoy the house which is one of the first ones built and not on the normal pattern for the area.

Also that weekend is the start of Sydenham Arts Festival, that goes on to 12th July.

closed studio said...

Yes Tamsin, very much agree. But the standard of 'art' (locally) is very poor. The whole thing needs to be curated.

I had a good look at the Dulwich Open studios a month or two ago and that was very good - but they must have good financial support to produce a decent catalogue in the first place.

I also had the privilege, some years ago, to go to Jean Cookes studio in Blackheath (when she was alive) - and that was fantastic - huge overgrown garden and a vast hall of a studio, and such a nice, friendly lady and great painter.

Tamsin said...

There's a need for all levels. Interested in your comment on financial backing in Dulwich. At this local level you won't necessarily get and certainly should not look for West End or art enclave gallery quality - but equally you don't get inflated financial investment high gallery rent and salaries prices.
What you do get is an enjoyable toddle around, bumping into other neighbours on the way, more doritos than you can eat and nice pieces you want to live with and can afford to buy. You also have the warm fuzzy feeling of supporting your neighbours. And the works are all more interesting and most of them of higher quality (whether or not you aesthetically like it) than your great aunt's amateur watercolours.

Tamsin said...

Sorry - to revive the word I learned on this forum - should have said "bimble" around.

Why add the cost of a curator and why be so so divisive as to have a judging panel to assess "quality" (which I think is what you were sort of getting at). An awful burden, and a very difficult job.

tyrwhitt ali said...

Just had a look and my landlady isn't on the list. Yay, no one ringing the wrong doorbell!

Maybe BC runners should have their BC names on their running tops, so I know who to cheer for!

Brockley Nick said...

I'm very glad the Open Studios isn't curated. Its democratic nature makes it feel like a fun community event, as much as an art show. There is also plenty of good stuff on show, though of course standards (and personal tastes) vary.

Anonymous said...

Not that Tamsin, But I suspect there are people with work they might like to show but may be put off by the poor, general, standards.

And curatorship needn't cost anything.

But, you know, live and let live... it's an afternoon out.

Tamsin said...

Would anyone be that precious about their work and not happy to shine a a diamond among the dross? If they are too busy with a show in town or something - fine, maybe next year and stay in touch. If they don't like the company they will find themselves in or the ordinary people coming through their doors then what is essentially a local effort would probably rather do without them, so everyone is happy (and they are losing out and losing touch.

I think it does very well. It has been going for nearly two decades but has not tried to move away from a formula that seems to work.

Headhunter said...

Oh god, why did I have to use the word "blow"....

I love wandering around Open Studios and ma and pa are in town that day so I'll drag them around too. The 5k run will have to be another year for me.

Tamsin said...

It also seems that you are an "own trumpet". Do we introduce and initial "s" into that...

D said...

I just saw this old thread - does anyone know why there wasn't a Brockley fun run this Summer, and are there any plans for one in 2011?

Tamsin said...

Probably because someone or some body has to organise it, get the modicum of funding, procure the licence from Glendale, set up rotas of stewards etc. and most such activists are Maxed out.

This, though, would be the forum to create a nucleus of people prepared to take on the task for this year.

drakefell debaser said...

The times for the 2009 run still haven't been put up on the BXAG website. I want to know how fast (slow) I was!

Brockley Nick said...

The quality of the paths in Hilly Fields is too poor to stage a race on. No more Hilly Fields fun runs until they are repaired.

I think there were discussions about organising more of a road race in future.

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