Black Park parkrun
Event number 481
18th August 2018
Photo courtesy of George Mardall (https://www.flickr.com/photos/gmardall/sets)
This week Black Park played host to two National Lottery funded athletes as part of parkrun UK’s #teamparkrun initiative which aims to encourage more people to get active.
Mark Gleghorne and Holly Hunt, both Team GB hockey players helped out our volunteers by scanning tokens at the finish. This gave them the opportunity to see just how many people come to Black Park on Saturday mornings to participate in parkrun. They were generous with their time stopping to chat and take photos with lots of people - we didn’t realise so many of our regulars play hockey.
Mark is a British international who plays as a forward for both England and Great Britain. He competed for England in the 2014 World Cup, and in the men’s hockey tournament at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where he won a bronze medal. He plays club hockey in the EHL Premier Division for Beeston Hockey Club.
Speaking afterward, Mark said: “It was a really good, friendly atmosphere in a magnificent setting where people can come and exercise.”
Holly joined the senior women’s squad at the start of 2018 on a part-time basis as she completes her degree at the University of Birmingham where she plays in the first team. Holly has previously represented England at U21 level.
Holly added: ”It was great to see men, women and children, old and young and their dogs all giving their best on a Saturday morning.”
This week 538 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 50 were first timers and 59 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:
Fred ASHFORD • Jenny ZAREMBA • Andy TORRANCE • Ian SMALES • Laura HAWKINS • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Beverley Ann JEWELL • Karen ALOE • Sophie GREATOREX • Peter TOUGH • Minnie CROSS • Raymond John HOYLE • Suzy GAULTON • Adam HORSFIELD • Audrey PARSONS • George MARDALL • Shona LOWE • Lynne PATRICK • Bob BERESFORD • Yestin LINTON-SMITH • Charlie FENNELL
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Black Park parkrun Results Page.
Today, the following people joined these milestone clubs:
10 Club - Charlotte ORLAND, Eleanor JACK, Robert STICKNEY, Zac HOLLIGAN
50 Club - Laura HAYERS, Louise DAVIES, Rupinder BANWAIT, Russell COBB
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 17,190 participants have completed 180,853 parkruns covering a total distance of 904,265 km, including 28,641 new Personal Bests.