Do you have a friend who you should bring to parkrun?

parkrun #503 – 12th January 2018

The park had really dried out a lot today – there was not even much of a puddle at the 600m corner! And at a mild 9 degrees C it felt more like spring than winter, many people were out in shorts and even vests.

775 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 82 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part. We have to say a big congratulations to the volunteers for the introduction of the double funnel – as the number of people finishing now needs that amount of space to cope with the sheer volume of people.

Stories from the park

The thing that always strikes me as funny about parkrun is that you have a strong sense of the stories of people in your part of the field, but little idea on what goes on in other parts of the field.

Obviously there was much excitement last week when Pippa Woolven came back and broke the female course record (which she had already held for 7 years from her previous run). She took over 40 secs off her previous run to record a tremendous 16:32, but apparently has said that she may be back for more since the UK female course record was also broken last weekend with 15:50 run in Cardiff by Charlotte Arter! Amazing and inspiring running! And whilst we are on impressive ladies results – congratulations to Jill Collett of Datchet Dashers, who was the first finisher overall today in a time of 18:26. In the men’s today, there was a big sprint finish for first male between George Taplin and Steven Jacobs, both finishing at 18:37 but George edging ahead and also getting a PB.

But I wanted to share stories from the part of the field in the 45 minutes and beyond. These are people who walk, or do a mixture of walking and jogging and running. There are families, dog walkers, couples, friendship groups and individuals. There are many there who are working through injuries and illness – staying active in the face of very challenging illnesses, or trying to work through recovery from surgery, or rehabbing and injury without surgery. There’s lots of chat, support, laughs and practical idea sharing. Sometimes there is group problem-solving – what to do when you are really not getting to sleep, or when you are not sure how to progress next with the medical challenges, and experiences with other types of exercise (does aqua-jogging work? how to swim or stationary bike without pain etc.) and other therapies that people have had success with in getting rid of pain.

Some of the experiences made me think about sharing it more widely – especially after the regional England Athletics endurance coach joked this week about the ‘church of parkrun’! For many people places of worship (of every faith) are a place where they are a part of a group who will support them through the highs and lows of life, where they can get practical advice and emotional support in tough times and a place and a time every week where they can go. For many of us in the 45 mins + part of the parkrun field, this is also a role of the weekly parkrun.

The dark side of depression (which Mind say affects 1 in 4 of us in the UK each year – regardless of age, gender, background) is that getting out of bed, getting active and finding joy in anything becomes increasingly hard – even though it is one of the key parts of fighting back against depression. And those that are very active before can fall hard when injury or illness strikes. One parkrunner talked about the fact that all of his friends were runners and when he got injured, he became increasingly lonely and depressed, to the extent that when he had a week’s holiday from work, he did not leave the house at all for 9 days. The injury and the weight that he has gained means that getting going is harder and lonelier than ever. But fortunately a friend has got him out and they are visiting lots of different parkruns to walk where he has no previous PB or experience to benchmark against.

Another parkrunner likened parkrun to Weightwatchers – “you come every week”, she says “and try your best, hoping that your hard work through the week will be rewarded with a PB. And there is a photo for you to see whether you are walking with better form (as per the physio’s instructions) and whether you can see any weight coming off. And you don’t even think of not coming, as friends will be on your case all week – even if it is a PW time, the chat and the fresh air is uplifting and gets you focussed for another week of doing those physio exercises and being good on nutrition and hydration.”

This sense of positive impact echoed a beautiful article in last week’s Sunday Times magazine on Emma Mitchell’s book ‘A Wild Remedy: How Nature Mends Us’. She talks about both the scientific evidence and her personal sense of beauty to show how walking in the woods is one key component (alongside antidepressants and talking therapies) to prevent her depression from being overwhelming. She says “when life is incessantly exhausting, has thrown you a terrible gluey lump of pain and you feel dreadfully, dingily sad, a leafy place and the sight of a bird can divert, and begin to heal the mind”.

 

So this brings me to my question in the headline – is there a friend that you know, for whom the set time of turning up, the company of others and the beauty & healing qualities of a walk in the woods could be a part of helping them to gain more optimism in 2019?

 

If so, do bring them along and introduce them to one of the walkers in the field – there is always the tail walker in the bright orange bib, who will be happy to walk and chat, plus a group of walkers with the Nordic poles, always ready to share the experience with others. And if walking 5K is too much, there is a brilliant camaraderie amongst the volunteers (many of whom are also working through illness and injury rehab) – and there are some jobs where you barely need to move (in case that is difficult), or jobs where you can just stand, or just sit… just email the black-parkhelpers@parkrun.com

Congratulations:

We also congratulate our new members to the parkrun milestone clubs:

50 Club – Roger GORHAM, Oona HEMPENSTALL, Susan WOOD

250 Club – David Thomas MARSHALL

Today’s parkrun was all made possible by 26 volunteers – a big cheer for them:

Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Jenny ZAREMBA • Andy TORRANCE • Vince ELLERBY • Ian SMALES • Chris ZAREMBA • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Kenneth BROWN • Carol COOMBS • David COOMBS • Andy SHEPHARD • Ian GILHAM • Nick ARCHER • Sophie GREATOREX • Heather PIPER • Charlotte PEDRICK • Raymond John HOYLE • Andy SMITH • Alexander MILL • Audrey PARSONS • Paula KELLY • Sam LOWE • Richard GOBLE • Lotte VISSER • Holly PHILLIPS • Tommy LAWS-BARRETT • Marie KOUHI • Isabella AMITRANO • Louise HEATHER • Callum PATERSON

Achievements this week:

There were some age graded results that deserved a huge cheer:

  • Kevin MCDONALD (VM55-59) of Hillingdon AC with an age grading of 83.0% on his 80th run
  • Jill COLLETT (VW35-39) of Datchet Dashers with 81.4% as the first overall finisher (and obviously first lady!)
  • John SMITH (VM75-79) with 77.7%
  • Margaret MARDALL (VW70-74) with 76.2%
  • Liz Lee (VW45-49) of Datchet Dashers with 75.6% and will do her 150th parkrun next time

Although the amazing Margaret Moody still holds the course record of 92.5% set back in April 2014.

And finally…

Thank you to all of the people in the 45 mins + part of the field – I did not attribute stories to individuals, but know that you will recognise them. 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.

 

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 16:32 on 5th January 2019 (event number 502).
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 18,265 participants have completed 193,949 parkruns covering a total distance of 969,745 km, including 30,175 new Personal Bests. A total of 747 individuals have volunteered 9,109 times.

 

Happy New Year!

This week 469 people chose to kick off their New Year by running, jogging and walking the course at Black Park. Those taking part included 6 first timers and an impressive 44 runners achieved new Personal Bests, no mean feat considering the time of year!  The PBs included our first 3 female finishers Rebecca and Lesedi Nkoane and Lisa Stephenson, well done to you all.

Personally I can't wait to get stuck into another year of Saturday mornings spent running, volunteering and of course, having a post run coffee at Black Park.  Happy New Year!

 

A huge thank you to our heroes in high-vis:

Karen ALOE, Fred ASHFORD, Martin BLAKE, Chloe BREAGAN, Douglas GORDON, Sophie GREATOREX, Linda HOPE, Raymond John HOYLE, Fiona JAMIESON, Marie KOUHI, Sam LOWE, Jim O'DONOVAN, Audrey PARSONS, Dave PASCOE, Donald PATERSON, Charlotte PEDRICK, Sam PHILLIPS, David PRIDDY, Freya SMITH, Zoe SMITH, Andy TORRANCE, Peter TOUGH, Logathas VELAYUTHAPILLAI, Jenny ZAREMBA, Chris ZAREMBA

 

Milestone Runs

This week the following people reached milestone runs:

10 CLUB - Sam BYRNE

50 CLUB – Tracey WOOD-MAUNDER

100 CLUB – Noel O’DONOVAN

250 CLUB – Rob ALBERY

Congratulations to all those that joined a new milestone this week.

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

 

Male placings:

Chris BRADFIELD (VM40-44) of Datchet Dashers was first over the line in 18:04

Paul MAKOWSKI (VM40-44) of Royston Runners was second over the line in 18:19

Dean CHILDS (SM30-34) of Burnham Joggers was third over the line in 18:25

 

Female placings:

Rebecca NKOANE (VW40-44) of Chiltern Harriers AC was first (22nd overall) over the line in 20:34

Lesedi NKOANE (JW11-14) of Chiltern Harriers AC was second (24th overall) over the line in 20:35

Lisa STEPHENSON (VW40-44) unattached was third (30th overall) over the line in 21:01

 

 

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 three highest age grades were recorded by:

Alun JONES (VM60-64) of Thames Valley Orienteering Club – 84.56% for the time 19:39 (13th overall)

Fiona KENNEDY (VW60-64) of Ealing, Southall and Middlesex AC – 83.44% for the time 23:15 (78th overall)

Roger SAUNDERS (VM75-79) unattached – 82.12% for the time 20:25 (18th overall)

 

 

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 18,145 participants have completed 192,387 parkruns covering a total distance of 961,935 km, including 29,993 new Personal Bests.

 

 

 

 

500 and still going strong

Black Park parkrun

Event number 500

29th December 2018

 

This week marked a very special occasion for Black Park parkrun, it was our 500th event and it seemed very fitting that it was the last run of the year.

There was a queue to get in to the car park, there was a long queue to buy a ticket (for 2019 why not consider getting a season ticket for the car park, it can save you at least 10 mins every Saturday morning) and there was a very long queue for the ladies toilets - this is not unusual. But was was unusual and actually quite special was the palpable air of excitement.

Many people had accepted the challenge and worn blue to mark the fact that the 500 t-shirts are blue. Standing towards the back of the start line, there was a sea of blue stretching for what seemed like forever. It looked like there were a lot of people who had come to run parkrun #500, little did we release at that point just how many of you had come to help us celebrate.

Our event director David Priddy (who started this event) took time to thank all the volunteers who have helped and continue to help run this parkrun for us faithfully turning up every week ensuring that our parkrun is ready and open for anyone who wants to participate. A poem was then read out by one of our younger runners, Nithila Logathas (who was running her 122 parkrun) giving everyone present time to reflect on just what an amazing achievement 500 events is.

This also seems like a good time to reflect on some of the statistics we have contributed to in the last 10 years.

Over the last 10 years, we have averaged 383.8 finishers each week (I want to know who the 0.8 is); the average time is 29.07 minutes; we have had 18,056 runners representing 758 clubs; we have run for a total of 10 years, 232 days, 18 hours, 10minutes and 44 seconds; we’ve had 29,949 PBs and run a total distance of 959, 590km. And going back to the queues I mentioned at the start, yesterday was our largest ever attendance with 803 people.

And for a special 500 fact: Katrina HARLING ran our 500th event, she finished in 500th place and clocked up her 500th kilometre of the year. Well done Katrina

Be proud of yourselves, people!

This week 803 people, ran, jogged and walked the course of whom 94 were first timers and 59 recorded new personal Bests. Representatives from 52 clubs took part.

This week, the event was made possible by the following volunteers:

David PRIDDY * Fred ASHWORTH * Jenny ZAREMBA * Andy TORRANCE * Alastair REECE * Kathryn SMALES * Ian SMALES * Chris ZAREMBA * Zoe SMITH * Freya SMITH * Nick ARCHER *  Craig ATKINS * Amar BABHANIA *  Sophie GREATOREX * Raymond John HOYLE * Logathas VELAYUTHAPILLAI * Audrey PARSONS * Anna TAYLOR * Shona LOWE * Sam LOWE * Holly PHILLIPS * Marie KOUHI * Callum PATERSON * Kristel HORWOOD *  Georgina HORWOOD

Today’s full results and a complete event history can be found on the Black Park parkrun Results page

The male records is held by ben LIVESEY who recorded a time of 15:09 on 10 March 2012 (event number 140)

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

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

 

So here it is…Merry Christmas

Run # 499 – 22nd December 2018

So here it is…Merry Christmas

Everybody’s having fun…..now tell me who hasn’t got Slade on their mind!

A very mild and dry December day ensured everyone was in fine fettle for our 499th Parkrun. We even had what I thought was some sun but I was reminded that it was more likely to have been a shining star guiding our way!

It was a great turnout for Black Park’s pre-Christmas event and a large number of participants had decided to grace us with their Christmas outfits!

We had elves, fairies, shepherds, jangling bells, a reindeer plus several stars to adorn the route.

Best of all, Mary (yes, she really is Mary), Joseph and the baby Jesus participated. Due to local parking difficulties, they had to leave their Wonkey Donkey (one for the children) at the stables. More importantly, despite being carried for 5km, the young baby looked as happy and contented at the finish as he did at the start, surely a testament to Mary’s mothering skills!

Just to cap things off, the real Santa Claus (Oh yes he is!!) was on hand at the finish to give out mince pies to the participants.

Here’s hoping everyone enjoyed the festivities.

A few of things to note……..

There is no Parkrun on Christmas Day at Black Park. The closest alternatives are Rickmansworth, Northala Fields, Maidenhead  and Cassiobury who are all starting at 9am.

Full details of which events are running can be found in the parkrun Christmas Compendium.

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/special-events/?fbclid=IwAR0NofdJC9kOWLYmWJR7xyuTw-ARrOpHa5TnKSRD77yPHpdmG6vyav6edG4

On Boxing Day the team that brings you the Black Park parkrun every week are organising the Pinewood Trails 5k in Black Park. This is a completely different route to parkrun, taking you into parts of the park you usually won't see. Enter online by the 24th for a very reasonable £4 affiliated/£6 unaffiliated, or on-the-day entry is available at a £2 surcharge. Start is at 10am. Money from this event will help support Black Park parkrun.

https://www.bucksvoice.net/pinewoodtrails/?fbclid=IwAR3SI3kLSgaqSHxJ8V4UmvXE9H8Ndj2NVug0KCMgBqYVaj1Wv5JpMSanpK8

December 29th will be parkrun number 500 at Black Park, and that sounds like a good excuse to have a bit of a celebration. And by that I mean CAKE! So please put on your best Bake-Off apron and let your imagination run riot. We don't even mind soggy bottoms.

And because the colour of the parkrun 500 shirt is blue we'd also like you to wear blue on the day!

The following fantastic runners achieved milestones this Saturday:

10 – Leo Marchant, Luke Woolley, Louis Cowan and Amy Wells

50 – Andy Williams, Hayet Bouguerra, Natalie Corney and Mark Timson

Also a mention to Dianne Cooper for reaching a 200 runs and John Rickman for reaching 300 runs!

Well done everyone.

This week 619 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Glyn WATKINS • Andy TORRANCE • Philip WOOLHOUSE • Ian SMALES • Carol COOMBS • Nick ARCHER • Amar BABHANIA • Sophie GREATOREX • Charlotte PEDRICK • Chloe BREAGAN • Raymond John HOYLE • Alexander MILL • Audrey PARSONS • Paula KELLY • Sam LOWE • Des MERRIGAN • Martin STEWART • Linda HOPE • Marie KOUHI • Isabella AMITRANO • Callum PATERSON

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 17,962 participants have completed 191,115 parkruns covering a total distance of 955,575 km, including 29,890 new Personal Bests. A total of 736 individuals have volunteered 8,961 times.

 

Gloves, hats and a chill in the air

The winter certainly arrived at Black Park this week with a temperature of 3C as the runners set off, and a slightly chilly wind across some stretches of the course. Despite this, 496 people braved the cold and ran, jogged and walked the course with 54 recording a personal best (perhaps extra keen to get back for a warming coffee!). This week we welcomed 24 first timers and runners representing 32 different clubs. A special mention this week for our first 2 female finishers, Katie and Rachel Clutterbuck, who both achieved personal bests this week, congratulations.

 

A huge thank you to our heroes in high-vis:

David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Andy TORRANCE • Sue BREE • Diane KENDALL • Amar BABHANIA • Sophie GREATOREX • Chloe BREAGAN • Raymond John HOYLE • Adam HORSFIELD • Alexander MILL • Audrey PARSONS • Sam LOWE • Paul SILVESTER • Jo SHEPHERD • Amanda KEEN • Lotte VISSER • Sarah MUNN • Holly PHILLIPS • Vicky HART • Marie KOUHI • Isabella AMITRANO • Louise KERRY • Natalie MUNN • Callum PATERSON

 

Milestone Runs

This week the following people reached milestone runs:

10 CLUB - Robert VATER

50 CLUB - Kartik LUTHRA, Shane HUGHE

100 CLUB - Carolyn FRYER, Oliver WILSON

250 CLUB – Tim DAWSON

Congratulations to everyone who joined a new milestone club this week.

 

Male placings:

Charlie EDWARDS (SM20-24) of Hillingdon AC was first over the line in 17:53

Josh LEE (JM15-17) of D of E was second over the line in 18:27

Dominic ASHTON (SM20-24) of Lordshill Road Runners was third over the line in 19:11

 

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

 

Female placings:

Katie CLUTTERBUCK (JW15-17) of Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow AC was first (6th overall) over the line in 19:54

Rachel CLUTTERBUCK (JW11-14) of Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow AC was second (8th overall) over the line in 20:03

Nichola SHUTTLE (VW40-44) unattached was third (31st overall) over the line in 22:11

 

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

 

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

Rachel CLUTTERBUCK (JW11-14) of Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow AC – 81.21% for the time 20:03 (8th overall)

Kevin MCDONALD (VM55-59) of Hillingdon AC – 80.17% for the time 19:40 (5th overall)

John SMITH (VM75-79) unattached – 79.19% for the time 24:50 (96th overall)

 

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 17,920 participants have completed 190,496 parkruns covering a total distance of 952,480 km, including 29,843 new Personal Bests. A total of 736 individuals have volunteered 8,937 times.

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