Singing in the Rain… And the speediest toddler ever

parkrun #489 – 13th October 2018

We always say that it does not rain on parkrun…but we got caught out this week! After a beautiful sunrise and a forecast that said that the rain would come on Sunday, the first drops started as Dave (the Run Director) started speaking and it cleared up just as we tidied up the course and started uploading the results! For those who are new to parkrun – it really is very unusual for it to rain on parkrun, so for all that it may have taken a while to dry out – please do come back next week! The park is looking very beautiful at the moment with all of the autumn colours out.

625 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 71 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part, with people from further afield including Dave MEDCROFT from Hogweed Trotters (near Bristol), Lucy PEARSON from Overton Harriers (Hampshire), Robert GRAHAM from New Marske Harriers (Redcar) and Nathan WARREN from Birmingham Running, Athletics and Triathlon Club. We hope that you enjoyed Black Park’s autumnal scenery.

Stories from the park

The first finisher today was Paul CORNEY of Hillingdon Triathletes, pushing his daughter in the buggy. At a speedy 18:41, we think that she is the speediest toddler ever – as in 489 runs, we cannot remember a runner with a buggy being the first finisher at all. Many congratulations! Tremendous running.

After the surprise onset of the rain, many volunteers scurried back to their cars to get raincoats and hats – but were soon in position and smiling! One of the memorable moments this week was Ian in his high-viz jacket performing ‘singing in the rain’ in the finish area. We learned that he has previous experience of musical theatre – having trodden the boards as one of the ugly sisters in Cinderella!

Luckily we managed to get the speakers at the start put away before the main onset of the rain. But whilst everyone on the course was working hard – the same was true for the volunteers. The main timer screen fogged up in the wet, but our brilliant timing team kept it very accurate (which was lucky as the paper records were so wet that they had stuck together). Keeping it so accurate throughout the hour was impressive, as there were a lot of clusters of finishers that made it very hectic in the finish area. Thank you to everyone for moving along and keeping the funnel moving! Many thanks to the scanners and finish token managers – we had a record number of mushed paper barcodes (if you would like a little polythene cover for your barcode in coming weeks, they are on the kit table at the right-hand end with the leaflets). And a final big thank you to Karen for tail-walking; I know that you got a little chilly. We have taken the high-viz jackets and finish tokens home for careful drying – all ready for next week.

Congratulations

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

50 Club – Kerrie HOPE

100 Club – Stephen HARTRICK

250 Club – John SMITH

Thank you to John Tipping for managing to get photos that almost make it look like it is not raining! Have a look and see if you think that you win the wet T-shirt contest. The photos can be seen 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/123876000@N05/albums/72157699142230752

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

Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Maureen PEDRI • Andy TORRANCE • Steve BREAGAN • Ian SMALES • Chris ZAREMBA • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • John TIPPING • Nick ARCHER • Karen ALOE • Karen SPROD • Sophie GREATOREX • Chloe BREAGAN • Audrey PARSONS • Verity MITCHELL • Paula KELLY • Ken PHILLIPS • Sam LOWE • Lotte VISSER • Martin STEWART • Jose Ramon POLO GAOAT • Marie KOUHI • Charlie FENNELL

Achievements this week

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

  • Stephen McALISTAIR (VM55-59) of Hillingdon Triathletes achieved 77.7% (of the world record for his age group)
  • Catherine STAUNTON (VW60-64) of Chilterns Harriers AC ran 75.5%
  • Margaret MARDALL (VW70-74) achieved 74.6%
  • Liz LEE (VW45-49) ran 74.1%
  • John SMITH (VM75-79) ran 73.9% - celebrating his 250th parkrun

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

 

And 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 17,534 participants have completed 185,616 parkruns covering a total distance of 928,080km, including 29,282 new Personal Bests.

 

Back to normal!

Run # 488 – 6th October 2018  

Back to normal!

It was back to our normal course this Saturday. You could feel a tear in the eye as we continued in a straight line rather than turning left onto the substitute course. My goodness it’s good to be back, how we missed her!

It was pacer day!  In their pretty light blue tabards, this fine band of elite athletes covered most of the minute times in the 20’s and 30’s. Always a popular session held on the first Saturday of each month, the pacers, are chosen for their amazing good looks, athletic demeanour, razor wit, encouraging words and great humour. Oh….and they’re usually pretty good at getting the pace right!

Do take a look at this week’s series of photos taken as expertly as ever by George. You’ll be able to see which of our friendly pacers helped you during the run.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gmardall/albums/72157701893557384

On the weather front, we were lucky enough to have the rain hold off until after the run, always a good thing. However, I think we all get the sense that the warm weather is almost gone and our tops will soon be getting ‘thicker’. New running wardrobe time!

The following tremendous milestone was achieved:

50 – Emma Marchant

Congratulations Emma who incidentally also achieved a pb!!

This week 658 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 54 were first timers and 110 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 42 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 62 volunteers:

Barbara ALLEN • Mark LUCAS • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Glyn WATKINS • Jenny ZAREMBA • Mary LORD • Andy TORRANCE • Mark STEVENS • John HOUSTON • Steve PARSONS • Paula WALKER • Joe NOLAN • Rose O'NEILL • Jackie STALLWOOD • Stephen MCALISTER • Sheila O'NEILL • Kathryn SMALES • Philip Morris JONES • Antony SMITH • Chris ZAREMBA • Laura HAWKINS • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Kenneth BROWN • Bob STANBROOK • Karen ALOE • Karen Anne PATTERSON • Sophie GREATOREX • Tim DAWSON • Rob LOWE • Peter TOUGH • Chloe BREAGAN • Gary HOOK • Raymond John HOYLE • Roderick PATON • Patrick FITZGERALD • Rebecca CLARK • Suzy GAULTON • John MILES • Fiona JAMIESON • Steve HORSFIELD • Audrey PARSONS • Verity MITCHELL • Hilary GAUNA • Mark MOORE • George MARDALL • Toby ROBINSON • Nigel WRIGHT • Ken PHILLIPS • Tony CLISH • Sharon BUNBY • Jo SHEPHERD • Lynne PATRICK • Martin STEWART • Holly PHILLIPS • Vicky HART • May BOUGUERRA • Ayla PAUL • Caroline PARRY • Ricky KLOAY • Charlie FENNELL

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 17,504 participants have completed 184,991 parkruns covering a total distance of 924,955 km, including 29,211 new Personal Bests.

 

First Autumn Morning?

Black Park parkrun

Event number 487

29th September 2018

Saturday was perhaps the first time since summer when it felt quite autumnal and there was a definite chill in the air. That didn’t stop 594 people running, jogging or walking around our temporary course.  There were 45 first timers and 77 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

This was the third week we used the alternative course and while we’ve had good reports about it - some of you have recorded PBs - it does look as though next week we’ll be back to our usual route next week. However, never fear, its the first Saturday of the month which means its pacer day. 

This week’s event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Jenny ZAREMBA • Andy TORRANCE • Philip WOOLHOUSE • Sue BREE • Paula WALKER • Catherine STAUNTON • Chris ZAREMBA • Tony SEAGROVE • Bob STANBROOK • Charlotte PEDRICK • Raymond John HOYLE • Callum FITZSIMONS • Audrey PARSONS • Verity MITCHELL • David WILLIAMS • George MARDALL • Shona LOWE • Paula KELLY • Jo SHEPHERD • Janett BAKER • Martin STEWART • Holly PHILLIPS • Anthony VODDEN • Duncan WYLLIE • Rebecca GYETVAI • Mia WYLLIE • Isabella AMITRANO • Charlie FENNELL

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 17,450 participants have completed 184,333 parkruns covering a total distance of 921,665 km, including 29,101 new Personal Bests.

The following people reached their milestones last week, congratulations to you all.

10 Club

50 Club

100 Club

George SEATON

Steven MATTHEW-LEE

Ian TENCOR

Jamie YOUNG

Jenny LAING

Martin PALETHORPE

Tracy KEENE

Alan BUTLER

Mark JACKSON

Robin ALLUM

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 17,450 participants have completed 184,333 parkruns covering a total distance of 921,665 km, including 29,101 new Personal Bests.

 

If you go down the woods today…

parkrun #486 – 22nd September 2018

This week there was the threat of rain, but 553 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 74 recorded new Personal Bests (an impressive 14% of all participants!) Luckily the rain pretty much held off until the latter stages (even though much of the rest of the weekend was very wet indeed).

Representatives of 37 different clubs took part. We were delighted to welcome 5 ‘tourists’ from Ware Joggers coming to try out the course for the first time – we hope that you enjoyed it. The biggest Club presences came from local clubs: Burnham Joggers, Chiltern Harriers, Datchet Dashers and Hillingdon Triathletes. The first male finisher came from Les Croupiers RC in Cardiff and the first female finisher came from Blackheath and Bromley Harriers AC with 7 different running clubs represented in the first 10 finishers.

 

Stories from the park

With the mystery filming still in action (is it Star Wars… or is it not?), our intrepid bike marshals were on-hand to direct everyone the right way. And with Ray’s car playing up, the volunteers managed to assemble the course in a record short time. Sadly with the rain starting to come down rather heavily, not many people were able to stay for coffee at the Go Ape shelter, although some walked around the lake to enjoy coffee (and even a little brunch snack at the main café). But this fast ramp-up and fast ramp-down gave even more of the ‘flash mob’ impression – parkrun pops up, almost 600 people share fitness and fun and then disperse again to their weekend activities. With just a couple of weeks until the 14th birthday of the very first parkrun at Bushey Park, we once again marvel at the positive impact of parkrun across the world.

 

Congratulations

We also congratulate our 2 new members to the parkrun milestone clubs:

50 Club – Pattie BERESFORD,  Linda BARROW

100 Club – Julie ROONEY

Also happy 50th birthday to Carmel Bees, running with friends and a helium balloon to celebrate.

Thank you to George for the beautiful photo set. There are some lovely group shots and individual photos, as well as the usual run photos. These are 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/albums/72157700024604401

 

Today’s parkrun was all made possible by 29 volunteers – a big cheer for them:

Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Jenny ZAREMBA • Andy TORRANCE • Ian SMALES • Chris ZAREMBA • Bob STANBROOK • Diane KENDALL • Karen ALOE • Eliseo RIVAS NEIRA • Heather PIPER • Peter TOUGH • Raymond John HOYLE • Roderick PATON • Adam HORSFIELD • Verity MITCHELL • George MARDALL • Ken PHILLIPS • Martin STEWART • Holly PHILLIPS • Duncan WYLLIE • Jose Ramon POLO LOPEZ • Jose Ramon POLO GAOAT • Mia WYLLIE • Isabella AMITRANO • Charlotte THISTLE • Charlie FENNELL • Antoanela NACOV

 

Achievements this week

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

  • Edward DONOVAN (VM35-39) of Les Croupiers RC was the first male finisher and achieved 78% age grading (of the world record for his age group)
  • Jessica KEENE (SW18-19) of Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC was the first female finisher and achieved 77.7%
  • Robin SMITH (VM60-64) of Datchet Dashers achieved 76.8%
  • Margaret Mardell (VW70-74) achieved 76.5%
  • Mairead O’ROURKE (VW35-39) of Chiltern Harriers achieved 76.5%
  • Maureen PEDRI (VW60-64) of Running Sisters Network achieved 76.3%

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

 

And 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 17,405 participants have completed 183,739 parkruns covering a total distance of 918,695 km, including 29,024 new Personal Bests

 

MAY THE FOURTH (K) BE WITH YOU

This week 566 people ran, jogged and walked a slightly different route to avoid any possible confrontations with the Millennium Falcon. And thanks to the fine work of the marshals out on the course, no one got lost (or captured by Storm Troopers) and everyone made it back to the finish line safely. Running the slightly altered course today were 34 first timers (welcome), 69 people who recorded new Personal Bests (well done) and representatives of 27 different clubs.

I heard a lot of people commenting on how lovely today’s alternative route was, so a huge thank you to all those involved in its planning and execution. I particularly enjoyed running DOWN the dreaded hill that normally greets us just after 4K, even if we still had to run back up it as usual later on.

Two of today's PBs were recorded by our first and second male finishers, James Eckloff and Ben Jackson, and our first female finisher, Elly Mags was a first timer at Black Park so congratulations to all.

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

Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Jim O'DONOVAN • Paul HARTIGAN • Andy TORRANCE • Alastair REECE • Stuart R EVANS • Kathryn SMALES • Ian SMALES • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • David COOMBS • Steve WELLS • Eliseo RIVAS NEIRA • Sophie GREATOREX • Charlotte PEDRICK • Raymond John HOYLE • Audrey PARSONS • George MARDALL • Shona LOWE • Paula KELLY • Ken PHILLIPS • Darshan KENT • Lotte VISSER • Martin STEWART • Holly PHILLIPS • Vicky HART • Yestin LINTON-SMITH • Marie KOUHI • Isabella AMITRANO • Charlie FENNELL

Congratulations to Jim O'DONOVAN who joined the 25 volunteer club today

Click below to see this week’s team

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gmardall/30822406368/in/album-72157701077192894/

 

Milestone Runs
This week the following people reached milestone runs:

10 Club - Harry GOWER, Luke BIRDSEYE, Rory MCSHANE

50 Club - Jenna WOOD, Manjit SOHAL, Paul DERRIMAN, Paul DOCHERTY

100 Club - Hass KOUHI, Simon DADOMO

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

 

Male placings:

James ECKLOFF (SM25-29) of Centurion RC was first over the line in 18:31

Ben JACKSON (JM11-14) of Chiltern Harriers AC was second over the line in 18:40

Mark VOGLER (VM35-39) of Hillingdon Triathletes was third over the line in 18:53

 

 

Female placings:

Elly MAGS (VW35-39) (unattached) was first (32nd overall) over the line in 21:31

Abby STOCKWELL (JW11-14) (unattached) was second (49th overall) over the line in 22:21

Kathryn FROST (VW45-49) (unattached) was third (69th overall) over the line in 23:14

 

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

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 17,361 participants have completed 183,186 parkruns covering a total distance of 915,930 km, including 28,950 new Personal Bests.

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