‘Pants of Perspective’

parkrun #452 – 20th January 2018

Stories from the park

My husband and I often say that it never rains on parkrun – because even when the forecast is rain, it is amazing how often that 45-60 mins on Saturday mornings is actually rain-free. I’m afraid that was not quite true today. There was definitely some wet stuff coming down – although it was not too heavy. Having spent a couple of minutes in front of the wardrobe trying to decide on clothing choice, it was interesting to note the wide range of clothing choices: right from the shorts and vest but with gloves, through to long-sleeves and long trousers, or a mix of these. I was also amused to overhear two gentlemen running side-by-side up by the ‘North-End puddle’ (at c.600m) say: “urgh, I am getting muddy”. The good news is that Black Park mud is very light and small particle size, so brushes off very easily!

The forecast probably put some people off, so we had a smaller-than-recent number of finishers at 534. However there were 48 first-timers and 41 different clubs represented.  An impressive 53 people recorded Personal Bests.

This week I chatted to mother and daughter team:  Allison and Verity. Verity has been having a bit of a break since her 100th parkrun last summer, but today had braved the cold to meet up with (and I think a little bit of racing against) friends Emily and Mollie, and their Mum, Frances.

Allison first found out about parkun in 2012, after seeing a poster on the noticeboard in Black Park during a family walk.  She has now done 182 parkruns and Verity 109 as well as a couple of Junior parkruns. Allison recalled how when Verity was a baby, they would spectate whilst other members of the family ran. Then they built up to taking part: doing the first 1K and cutting back, or to 3K and then stopping at the café, with Verity in the pushchair and then with Verity on her bike.  One day they realised that if they could make it to the café and walk back to the finish area, then they could do the whole 5K. From there Verity progressed to running too and ran the whole way for the first time when she was 6 ¾ years old.  And speeding up every year. Quite a progression!

Allison was sporting some lovely leggings today – and it transpired that she had worn these, and her parkrun T-shirt in one of the school assemblies that she had led in her role as Deputy Head. They are her ‘pants of perspective’ – worn in honour of Anna McNuff who came into the school to inspire and enable children to get outside and explore. Allison shared her experiences of parkrun – and how all of them would be welcome at parkrun.  It was all such an inspiration that the school had a specific day where every child wore leggings, as their ‘pants of perspective’!

This conversation all led me to read up a little more on Anna McNuff – named by the Guardian as ‘one of the most inspiring female adventurers of our time’ and by Conde Nast in the top 50 ‘most influential travellers in the world’. She has done a TEDx talk (barefoot and in leggings, of course) and has a book called ‘The Pants of Perspective’. Whilst she did not consider herself a runner, she ran the 3,000km Te Araroa trail in the wilds of New Zealand – camping rough or with shelter from the local Kiwis – the first time anyone has done this unsupported. Naturally, it was not all a smooth run…..

https://annamcnuff.com/books/

So today’s lovely parkrun has given me ‘pants of perspective’ – inspiration, friendship and fun that goes way beyond the 5,000m of the lovely woodland that we travel through together.

And it also made me want to reference the lovely piece in this week’s parkrun newsletter from Bushy Park – including Elisabeth’s perspective from her ‘corner’ of the different groups within the 1,300 people who stream past and how they behave, what it means to share in something at the same time as other members of her family are doing the same in different parts of the country, and how it has meant that she always gets greeted on the street now whenever she is in out in Teddington. Could it be because of the internet, she asks?!

http://blog.parkrun.com/uk/2018/01/16/elisabeth/

 

This was all made possible by 21 volunteers – a big cheer for them:

David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Andy TORRANCE • Sue BREE • Ian SMALES • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Bob STANBROOK • Carol COOMBS • David COOMBS • Cherry KEY • Minnie CROSS • Raymond John HOYLE • Audrey PARSONS • James HORSFIELD • George MARDALL • Alexandra MARTIN • Lotte VISSER • Martin STEWART • Madeline KATTA-WORAE • Jaskaran Singh SALL

Thank you to George for the photos – these are already on the Flickr group, which can be accessed via the photo link on the Black Park parkrun page or via this link:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gmardall/sets

 

Achievements this week

It is worth noting that our first male finisher this week was Harry Turner in the junior 15-17 year-old age group with a new personal best of 17:03 and an age grading of 79.12%.  In fact 4 of the top 6 finishers all ran PBs – with 6th position going to Ben Jackson in the junior 11-14 year old age group with an age grading of 76.38%.

We also congratulate new members of the parkrun milestone clubs:

10 Club – Callum SMITH, Lucas HOMER

50 Club - Craig GRAHAM, Kevin HOLLIGAN, Lara SOUTHWORTH, Luke STRICKLAND

100 Club - Simon MARKS

 

I also felt the need to pick out a few Aesthetically Pleasing Finishing Times:

Zena Phillips of Datchet Dashers with 22:22

David Gaffney of Hillingdon AC with 24:24

Phil Pocock with 24:42

Manzoor Mohammed with 25:25

Karen Trunkfield with 28:28

Keiran Ottley (first timer) with 29:29

Alex Glonek of Farnham Common Joggers and Wheelers with 31:31 (with an aesthetically pleasing 101 runs!)

Gary Strickland with 32:32 (a new PB on his 10th run)

Richard Wolfe (first timer) with 40:40

 

Looking ahead

As always, we will have pacers for the first Saturday of the month – 4th February.

Finally, our group of run reporters always wants to bring to life some of the different experiences of different individuals and groups within Black Park parkrun. If you would like to tell a little of your personal story, please do email parkrunstories@yahoo.com and we will hopefully catch up with you at Black Park and feature your story.

 

Black Park parkrun started on 18th July 2009. Since then 15,613 participants have completed 163,169 parkruns covering a total distance of 815,845 km, including 26,377 new Personal Bests.

 

How far would you go for a Parkrun?

Black Park parkrun
Event number 451
13th January 2018

How far is Black Park from your house? 1 mile, 5 miles, 10 miles? What is the furthest you’ve gone to take part in a park run? Today we welcomed a park run tourist who had come over 9000 miles, from Perth, Western Australia. Well, she didn’t come just to run with us at Black Park, Nichola flew to London to surprise her friend Jane for her birthday. The two friends hadn’t seen each other for almost 20 years so there was a lot of catching up to do. Nichola’s home park run is Champion Lakes which starts at 8am as the weather in Perth is currently about 34 degrees so Nichola liked our “cooler climate” today. As well as catching up with Jane, Nichola persuaded her to run her first ever park run today, we hope you enjoyed it Jane and that we see you again.

This week 627 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 60 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The following people reached these milestones:-
10 Club - Alfie CHEEK

50 Club - Frank FOGARTY, Jennifer WRIGHT

100 Club - Amy CLARIDGE

250 Club - Steve WELLS

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Andy TORRANCE • Stuart R EVANS • Ian SMALES • Will SMALES • Arjun BABHANIA • Laura HAWKINS • Bob STANBROOK • Diane KENDALL • John TIPPING • Minnie CROSS • Raymond John HOYLE • Adam HORSFIELD • Audrey PARSONS • Alex MARTIN • Janett BAKER • Harsha BURTON • Jane TRAFFORD • Martin STEWART • Holly PHILLIPS • Ollie STRIDE • Madeline KATTA-WORAE • Marie KOUHI • Jaskaran Singh SALL

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

The male record is held by Ben LIVESEY who recorded a time of 15:09 on 10th March 2012 (event number 140).
The female record is held by Pippa WOOLVEN who recorded a time of 17:07 on 28th June 2014 (event number 262).
The Age Grade course record is held by Margaret MOODY who recorded 92.51% (22:15) on 5th April 2014 (event number 250).

Black Park parkrun started on 18th July 2009. Since then 15,565 participants have completed 162,635 parkruns covering a total distance of 813,175 km, including 26,325 new Personal Bests.

 

A MORNING OF IMPRESSIVE NUMBERS

If you weren’t clear-headed enough to venture out for the extra New Years Day run, then run no. 450 was the first Parkrun of 2018, and it was filled with impressive numbers. This week 706 people ran, jogged and walked the course, 67 first timers were welcomed, and 70 recorded new Personal Bests, with representatives of 43 different clubs taking part. 706 runners is very near the attendance record for Black Park which stands at 738, set on the 1st April 2017.

Nationally the Parkrun family continues to grow, and over the Christmas period 23,000 new people signed up to be Parkrunners (thankfully not all at Black Park, can you imagine the queues at the ticket machines!!).

Run no. 450 at Black Park saw its own impressive numbers, with milestone runs of 300 and 350 taking place (more on one of those later) plus a new record in the JM11-14 category. Congratulations go to Max McGarvie who came across the finish line in a time of 17:22 knocking 13 seconds off of the previous record. Amazing work Max, an inspiration to all our younger runners and us more mature runners too, even those of us who can’t ever hope to be that fast!

Congratulations also go to Jenny Zaremba, who has now chalked up an impressive 300 Parkruns. Here’s what she had to say about Parkrun:

“It was so lovely to celebrate my 300th Parkrun with friends at Black Park on pacer day. I love pacer day – I love the sense of anticipation, as well as the teamwork amongst the pacers to make sure that we bring people in to reach their goals. My husband and I often run as guide runners, but we also love to run together and pace people.

When we each first started (for me at run zero – the rehearsal run the week before Black Park parkrun started in 2009, and my husband Chris a year later) we were like most people in terms of trying to improve. As time has gone on, we have run with more people, and persuaded lots of our friends all over the country to start parkrunning, by introducing them to their local Parkrun when visiting. And so much of the joy has been sharing the fun with other people and learning from them.

One of my happiest memories is Pete Riley who always used to persuade Chris and me to stop rushing, and to stay for a cup of coffee after Black Park parkrun. As well as trying to work out how well Slough Town would play each Saturday, he also gave me lots of tips for my third marathon. We are now just preparing for our 20th and 8th marathons respectively, and have to admit that we count every run (including the 90km Comtrades ultra-marathon in South Africa) in terms of how many parkruns it is!”

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Jenny in her Parkrun orange (Photo Credit: George Mardall)

A huge thank you to this week’s volunteers including our pacers:

Barbara ALLEN • Mark LUCAS • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Glyn WATKINS • Jenny ZAREMBA • Mary LORD • Andy TORRANCE • Steve BREAGAN • Joe NOLAN • Rose O'NEILL • Jackie STALLWOOD • Sheila O'NEILL • Kathryn SMALES • Ian SMALES • Antony SMITH • Chris ZAREMBA • Laura HAWKINS • Alison ALLAN • Kenneth BROWN • Martin JOSTEN • Bob STANBROOK • Alyson MCSHANE • Steve WELLS • Karen Anne PATTERSON • Tim DAWSON • Rob LOWE • David MCSHANE • Zena PHILLIPS • Minnie CROSS • Gary HOOK • Raymond John HOYLE • Ian SEARS • Adam HORSFIELD • John MILES • Fiona JAMIESON • Anita STAUNTON • David ROSS • Denis KERBY • Audrey PARSONS • Ollie STRIDE • George MARDALL • Toby ROBINSON • Tony CLISH • Ben ROBINSON • James ROBINSON • Jo SHEPHERD • Asantha WIJETUNGE • Lotte VISSER • Ollie STRIDE • Madeline KATTA-WORAE • Marie KOUHI • Jaskaran Singh SALL

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Our pacers, watches ready and raring to go (Photo credit: George Mardall)

Milestone Runs

This week the following people reached milestone runs:
10 Club – None this week
50 Club – Clara WETTON, Gabby HOLLAND, Linda GAITSKELL, Rosalyn COOKE, Samantha FARNFIELD, Snita SHARMA
100 Club – Alex GLONEK, Andy WOOD, Colin Leslie CORK, Wim NUYTS

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

Male placings:

Ross MCGARVIE (JM15-17) (Unattached) a first timer, was first over the line in 17:10
David LEE (VM35-39) of Datchet Dashers was second over the line in 17:19
Max MCGARVIE (JM11-14) (Unattached) was third over the line in 17:22

Female placings:

Anna GODFREY (SW25-29) of Reading AC was first (23rd overall) over the line in 20:32
Kathryn FROST (VW45-49) (Unattached) was second (61st overall) over the line in 22:40

Abby STOCKWELL (JW11-14) (Unattached) was third (62nd overall) over the line in 22:43)

All time course records:

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

Tony JACKSON (VM50-54) – 83.57% for the time 17:39 (third overall)
John COBB (VM60-64) – 79.66% for the time 20:29 (21st overall)
Margaret MARDALL (VW70-74) – 79.01% for the time 28:11 (226th overall)

The male record is held by Ben LIVESEY who recorded a time of 15:09 on 10th March 2012 (event number 140).

The female record is held by Pippa WOOLVEN who recorded a time of 17:07 on 28th June 2014 (event number 262).

The Age Grade course record is held by Margaret MOODY who recorded 92.51% (22:15) on 5th April 2014 (event number 250).

Our stats

Black Park parkrun started on 18th July 2009. Since then 15,513 participants have completed 162,008 parkruns covering a total distance of 810,040 km, including 26,265 new Personal Bests.

 

Hello 2018

Event number 449
1st January 2018

2018 started with a cold snap but 461 hardy runners were not deterred and chose to start the new year with a Parkrun. The route was quite muddy, very muddy in some parts but 38 people still recorded new personal bests. We had 88 first timers, don’t be put off it’s not always muddy! And representatives from 57 different clubs took part.

For the last 3 years I’ve started off with a double park run starting with Black Park and then doing Upton Court. This year was different, I started off the year by volunteering. I turned up at 8.30 and reported to Fred who gave me my role. One of my first jobs was to stand just beyond the start to make sure everyone kept to the path and didn’t run in to the dreaded post at the first corner. As someone who usually starts in the last third of the runners, it was exciting to see what life is like at the start line. I had a great time volunteering as I got to meet and talk to so many more people then I normally do when I run. I would definitely recommend going on the rota and volunteering as it gives you a completely different perspective on a Parkrun.

This week the event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Barbro JULIN • Steve BREAGAN • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Paul ROBINSON • Carol COOMBS • Alyson MCSHANE • Liz LEE • Charlotte PEDRICK • Raymond John HOYLE • Nigel FARNFIELD • Audrey PARSONS • George MARDALL • Shona LOWE • Ken PHILLIPS • Jo SHEPHERD • Holly PHILLIPS • Peter SMITH

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

The following people reached milestones this week:-
10 Club - Beth MURRAY, Rory CLARK
50 Club - Chris CALLOWAY, James GRIFFITHS, Julia BEECH, Kevin MCDONALD, Lee HUGHES, Linda GAITSKELL
100 Club - Andy WOOD, David WILKINSON, James LEACH
250 Club - Laura STONE, Maureen PEDRI

The male record is held by Ben LIVESEY who recorded a time of 15:09 on 10th March 2012 (event number 140).
The female record is held by Pippa WOOLVEN who recorded a time of 17:07 on 28th June 2014 (event number 262).
The Age Grade course record is held by Margaret MOODY who recorded 92.51% (22:15) on 5th April 2014 (event number 250).

Black Park parkrun started on 18th July 2009. Since then 15,446 participants have completed 161,302 parkruns covering a total distance of 806,510 km, including 26,195 new Personal Bests.

 

Milestones a-plenty in the last parkrun of 2017!

parkrun #448 – 30th December 2017 – last parkrun of 2017

Stories from the park

The weather was surprisingly mild after snow during the week, and heavy snow closing parkruns further north. But that did mean it was rather muddy and there seemed to be a contest on who could get mud the highest up their clothing! (Luckily George’s wonderful photos capture the front view, not the back view – which was considerably muddier!) 475 people ran, jogged and walked the course, with 42 first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests – all brilliant ways to see out the old year.

Out by the 2km marker, I caught up with Mum and son team Amanda and Teddy Silvey in their matching bright yellow ‘December Daily Dash’ T-shirts. With just one day still to go, I had to ask them how it had been going. Impressively, regardless of the variable weather conditions this December Amanda had run 5K every day through the month, and was looking forward to a big finish tomorrow. This was the second year that they had participated, after a work colleague had wanted to put a team together to recognise the fantastic work that the Sue Ryder Trust does. The numbers participating have grown significantly, and there is a local group that will all celebrate with their last dash of the month in Cookham tomorrow morning. Teddy was also focused on a milestone –he had set himself the challenge of 20 parkruns before the end of 2017, and even though a fall at gymnastics yesterday had left him with an aching back, he pushed himself through the 5K, including a very impressive sprint finish that left everything out on the course. Almost all of Teddy’s parkruns have been at Black Park, although he has also done Llanhydrock and Trelissick whilst on holiday – and he was surprised to see that for all of the hills and technical technical roots and camber at Llanhydrock it had not made the top 10 most difficult UK parkruns list that he read recently! Congratulations to both of you on your milestones. We hope to see you very soon – with Dad and sister too (who are also Black Park parkrunners) for a fantastic 2018.

This was made possible by 21 volunteers – a big cheer for them:

Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Andy TORRANCE • Alastair REECE • Kathryn SMALES • Ian SMALES • Arjun BABHANIA • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Andrew HOOK • Claire HOOK • Raymond John HOYLE • Audrey PARSONS • Ben ROBINSON • James ROBINSON • Alex MARTIN • Martin STEWART • Holly PHILLIPS • Madeline KATTA-WORAE • Marie KOUHI

And special mentions for our wonderful Run Director: Dave Priddy – for his birthday today. Happy birthday Dave, and as always many thanks indeed!

Achievements this week
Representatives of 35 different clubs took part (and we had a record number of Vegan Runners with many first timers – welcome!) We also congratulated new members of the parkrun milestone clubs:

10 Club – Ayesha BASHIER, Beth MURRAY, Rory CLARK
50 Club - Chris CALLOWAY, Claire PARSONS, James GRIFFITHS, Jessica COLLINS, Julia BEECH, Lee HUGHES, Karen SPROD
100 Club - Hardeep BATH, James LEACH, John CABLE, Martin BLAKE, Stuart ROONEY
250 Club - Maureen PEDRI

There were celebrations aplenty – with balloons, photos and team members travelling to support.
It was lovely to see Hardeep Bath complete 100 runs, as he was at Black Park for the very first parkrun on 18th July 2009 and has managed to escape back issues and football duty to complete 100 parkruns before the end of 2017! He still has some way to go to catch his Dad, Rachhpal Bath, who ran his 175th parkrun today and is still going strong at 85 (which he attributes to daily yoga and continued exercise – but that should probably be another run report interview!)

Looking ahead

There is an unusual double-run on New Year’s Day: 9am at Black Park and Upton Court at 10.30am. A keen group of Datchet Dashers and Burnham Joggers will be running between the two, if you would like to join them.
Then Saturday 6th will be pacers day, to get the New Year off to a flying start!

Finally, our group of run reporters always wants to bring to life some of the different experiences of different individuals and groups within Black Park parkrun. If you would like to tell a little of your personal story, please do email parkrunstories@yahoo.com and we will hopefully catch up with you at Black Park and feature your story.

Black Park parkrun started on 18th July 2009. Since then 15,358 participants have completed 160,841 parkruns covering a total distance of 804,205 km, including 26,157 new Personal Bests.

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