A Right Royal Run-day (no. 468)

As Harry and Meghan prepared to tie the knot, 623 of us prepared to take on run number 468, and after a slight hiccup with a dodgy air-horn we were on our way. Taking part this week were representatives of 42 different clubs and 68 first timers; and both the male and female first finishers were first timers, so a great way to end ‘the first park run of the rest of their lives’! There were lots of great milestones to celebrate on this beautifully sunny run. Father and son, Nick and Ben Greatorex both ran their 300th and 100th run respectively, not only recording identical times as they crossed the line together, but also recording age grades less than 1% apart.

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Photo credit: George Mardall

 

A very familiar face at Black Park, Ian Smales also ran a milestone this week chalking up his 150th run. Ian is also a very regular volunteer at Black Park, and whilst not everyone may know his face, you would certainly recognise his fantastic booming voice! I can also personally vouch for his first aid skills; Ian is very good at patching up friends when they decide to introduce their face to the ground, so thank you for being one of our heroes in high-vis …

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Photo credit: George Mardall

 

... and thank you also to the rest of this weeks volunteers …

David PRIDDY • Andy TORRANCE • Margaret MARDALL • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Carol COOMBS • Diane KENDALL • Sophie GREATOREX • Minnie CROSS • Raymond John HOYLE • Rebecca CLARK • Audrey PARSONS • George MARDALL • Nigel WRIGHT • Paula KELLY • Digant VAL • Alex MARTIN • Colin ACREMAN • Marie KOUHI • Jaskaran Singh SALL • Isabella AMITRANO

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gmardall/41486878974/in/album-72157696987354195/

 

Milestone Runs

Congratulations to everyone who joined a milestone club this week …

10 Club – Amber VIG

50 Club – Alison HOOD, Gemma HUGHES, James WINTER, Samantha HORNE, Stephen HALLAM

100 Club – Ben GREATOREX

 

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

 

Male placings:

John COVE (SM20-24) of Cardiff AAC was first over the line in 15:41

James DOWNING (SM20-24) of Harrow AC) was second over the line in 16:05

Sam METCALF (SM18-19) of Isle of White AC was third over the line in 16:13

 

Female placings:

Amber WALLACE (SW20-24) of Harrow AC was first (11th overall) over the line in 18:048

Claire DONALD (VW55-59) of Purple Patch Runners was second (49th overall) over the line in 21:58

Kate KELLAND (VW45-49) of Hillingdon Triathletes was third (50th overall) over the line in 21:58

 

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

 

Claire DONALD (VW55-59) – 85.89% for the time 21:58 (49thoverall)

Alun JONES (VM60-64) – 85.47% for the time 19:18 (14th overall)

John COVE (SM20-24) – 82.57% for the time 15:41 (1stoverall)

 

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 16,509 participants have completed 172,797 parkruns covering a total distance of 863,985 km, including 27,637 new Personal Bests.

 

On Eurovision Day

parkrun #467 – 12th May 2018

This run report is taking inspiration from the lovely run report at Druridge parkrun (Northumberland) today – celebrating the 63rd Eurovision – how many songs can you remember?

Stories from the park

This week’s field of 725 finishers (our 3rd biggest field ever) had 63 first-timers and 40 different clubs represented, including a large group from Bracknell Forest Running Club who had come along to try a little tourism, away from their (lovely) home run of Bracknell parkrun. They all said how much they enjoyed the course and hope to back again at some stage in the future.

We also welcomed people from some Clubs farther afield – within the top ten finishers were representatives from Leeds City AC, Cirencester AC, Southampton University Triathlon Club, Cambridge University Hare and Hounds as well as local clubs of Hillingdon AC and Wycombe Phoenix Harriers and AC.

Euphoria (2012 winning song from Sweden)

‘Everybody’ (2001 winning song from Estonia) who walks, jogs or runs parkrun are ‘Heroes’ (2015 winning song from Sweden). We did not see anyone ‘Running Scared’ (2011 winning song from Azerbaijan), nor any ‘Wild Dances’ (2004 winning song from Ukraine).

An amazing 96 people ran Black Park PBs! Very well done – can we dedicate ‘Fly on the Wings of Love’ (the year 2000 winning song from Denmark) for all of you. Maybe you will celebrate with some Bucks Fizz?

We also congratulate lots of new members to the parkrun milestone clubs:

10 Club – Daniel PIOTROWSKI, Daniel SAWYER, James HODGKINSON, Jason NICHOLAS, Oliver MCDOWELL (our ‘Rock n Roll Kids’ – 1994 winning song from Ireland!)

50 Club – April PATMORE, Daren ROSCOE, Harjit PADDA, Jonathan LUDFORD, Peter LOMAX

100 Club – Alan FOX, Tony WALKER

250 Club - Mark LUCAS

I managed to catch up with two of them:

Alan (100 runs) had been given a lovely ‘Congratulations’ (yes I thought that was a Eurovision winning song, but it was not!) balloon by his family. He finished looking delighted and shared that after years of pushing his body in football and other sports, this is now the only running that he does. But he turns out with the family, and the dog, and loves it. He is nursing his hip and looking forward to 250 runs now! (Am I allowed to squeeze in ‘Believe’ – 2008 winning song from Russia?!)

Mark (250 runs) has been a long term devotee of parkrun. He started in 2006 in Bushy Park and 12 years later has completed his 250th run. He says: ‘What’s Another Year’ (1980 winning song from Ireland)! After a little break along the way he came to Black Park and is one of our massive volunteer supporters – you will see him pacing, writing run reports and supporting parkrun as well as running. Thank you Mark. He said: ‘Since I have been coming to Black Park for 50 years, it is perfect to run here now. I can’t imagine a Saturday morning without it… I may run some other parkruns now for a bit, but I will always come back to Black Park’. I wasn’t sure which would be the most suitable Eurovision winning song link here: the Great Britain winners from 1976 ‘Save all your kisses for me’ or 1981 ‘Making Your Mind Up’?!

First timers

We were thrilled to welcome a lot of first timers. Sadie Carpenter had been persuaded to come and give it a go by Jack and others from Harefield Hospital, but was concerned when she arrived and could not find them! Luckily she was reunited with them through the announcements at the start. Catching up with her afterwards she was grinning from ear-to-ear at her achievement and the enjoyment that she had from chatting with others out on the course. She was already looking forward to coming along again – we look forward to seeing you Sadie!

Today’s parkrun was all made possible by 24 volunteers – a big cheer for them:

Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Jim O'DONOVAN • Jenny ZAREMBA • Andy TORRANCE • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Karen ALOE • Sophie GREATOREX • Joanna MORIARTY • Peter TOUGH • Minnie CROSS • Raymond John HOYLE • Andy SMITH • Liz MACARTNEY • Audrey PARSONS • Darshan KENT • Alex MARTIN • Lotte VISSER • Alan HAYES • Marie KOUHI • Jaskaran Singh SALL • Isabella AMITRANO

There is a dedication that I cannot miss. You may have heard Ian ‘The Voice’ (1996 winning song from Ireland) ‘gently’ encouraging his wife Kath from the final corner to the finish line. You too can have such vocal encouragement if you just let him know your name! His career as a drill sergeant is put to good use (and he did help us to a zero funnel ducking run! Thank you Ian).

Thank you to Andy for the beautiful photos. There are some lovely group shots and individual photos, as well as the usual run 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/groups/black-park-parkrun/pool/

Achievements this week

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

  • Kevin McDonald (VM55-59) of Hillingdon AC ran a new PB of 19:06 (to finish 3rd) with 81.9% age grading (of the World Record for 5K for his age group)
  • Catherine Staunton (VW60-64) of Chiltern Harriers AC achieved 77.5%
  • Harbhajan (VM55-59) ran a new PB of 20:28 to achieve 77.0%
  • Danny O’Leary (VM55-59) of Metropolitan Police AC achieved 76.9%
  • Yvonne Olney (VW60-64) of Datchet Dashers also achieved 76.9%
  • Phil Hall (VM55-59) of Hillingdon Mountaineering Club achieved 76.1%
  • Liz Lee (VW45-49) was our first female finisher and achieved 76.0%
  • Maureen Pedri (VW60-64) of Running Sisters achieved 75.5%
  • Yvette Dumler (VW65-69) of Burnham Joggers and Barbara Allen (VW65-69) of Datchet Dashers both achieved 75.1%

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

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

  • Danny O’Leary with 20:20
  • Mark Bowers with 21:21
  • Mike Leigh with 23:32
  • Paul Carkett with 24:42
  • Ian Butler with 24:48
  • Lotte Visser and Lucy Moat with 25:25
  • Daniel Horton with 27:27
  • Kevin Holligan and Emma Jackson with 29:29
  • Justin Vetta with 30:30
  • Harleen Eari with 32:32
  • Bob Logan with 37:37
  • Nastaran Sepanj and Yasaman Sepanj with 41:41
  • Aisling McDermott with 44:44
  • Carol Coombs with 45:54

And finally

A few small notes:

1)      This one is just for fun – if you google ‘parkrun Chrome extension’ and follow the instructions, you can have some fun viewing the unofficial badge progress according to your runs (just because I am proud to have earned a ‘Groundhog’ badge: for running the same time to the second at the same parkrun on adjacent Saturdays!)

2)      In your profile, it is worth enabling the email option – even if you do not want to volunteer. This enables us to email you if there is something about your result that we cannot quite fix without your help (without it, we cannot get in touch). In this section of your profile you can also set up results to be texted to your phone as soon as they are available.

3)      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 16,441 participants have completed 172,174 parkruns covering a total distance of 860,870 km, including 27,530 new Personal Bests.

 

In Praise of Pacers

Black Park parkrun

Event number 466

5th May 2018
The weather this bank holiday weekend has been wonderful, the sort of weather you wish for but rarely get. Saturday morning gave us perfect weather to run in. At 9am the heat we saw later in the day hadn’t kicked in and an amazing 732 people (just 6 short of our record) turned up to run, walk or jog round our scenic Black Park route. The numbers could be attributed to the weather but it could also be down to the fact that it was the first Saturday in the month and therefore pacers day - the one day in the park run month when you can be pushed to get a PB and gauge your running progress from the month before.

I caught up with Glyn (a fellow run reporter) and Fiona who were the 31 minute pacers on Saturday to ask them what it was like to be a pacer and if they found anything particularly challenging. They both agreed that it was not an easy thing to do and that if you were pacing at a slower rate than your normal run then it took concentration. Fiona went on to say that when you hit the pace and come in to the finish on your allocated time, it gives you a real buzz and the thanks you then get from grateful runners who have been able to smash their PBs is really rewarding.

When I asked Glyn what the main difference was between running and pacing, he said normally when you run you look around, enjoy the scenery and you see those running alongside you. When you are pacing, you spend a lot of time looking at your watch because you are running for other people. For me that last phrase sums up a lot of the ethos of park run - running for other people. Every week, we have people who give up their own run to volunteer so that park run goes ahead and once a month we have volunteers who aim to help others run faster.

Looking at our Facebook page yesterday, there are lots of messages from Saturday’s runners thanking their pacers for pushing them on. It doesn’t matter what your time is, its always encouraging to knock some seconds off your quickest 5k time. A huge thanks to all our volunteers whatever their job was on Saturday with a special mention to Yestin who did a great job on his first Run Director shift!

If you would like to volunteer, please send an email to blackparkhelpers@parkrun.com.
This week 732 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 65 were first timers and 140 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 44 different clubs took part.
A huge thanks to all this week’s volunteers without whom this event could not happen:

Barbara ALLEN • Mark LUCAS • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Jim O'DONOVAN • Glyn WATKINS • Jenny ZAREMBA • Maureen PEDRI • Steve BREAGAN • Mark STEVENS • Paula WALKER • Joe NOLAN • Rose O'NEILL • Jackie STALLWOOD • Stephen MCALISTER • Sheila O'NEILL • Philip Morris JONES • Chris ZAREMBA • Laura HAWKINS • Alison ALLAN • Kenneth BROWN • Martin JOSTEN • Bob STANBROOK • Alyson MCSHANE • Karen ALOE • Steve WELLS • Karen TRUNKFIELD • Karen Anne PATTERSON • Tim DAWSON • Joanna MORIARTY • David MCSHANE • Joanne HARRISON • Minnie CROSS • Gary HOOK • Raymond John HOYLE • Suzy GAULTON • Adam HORSFIELD • Matthew ROBINS • John MILES • Fiona JAMIESON • Audrey PARSONS • Aran DAVIDSON • Hilary GAUNA • Mark MOORE • George MARDALL • Toby ROBINSON • Jo SHEPHERD • Alex MARTIN • Janett BAKER • Holly PHILLIPS • Yestin LINTON-SMITH • Marie KOUHI • David ROSS • Isabella AMITRANO

Thanks to George Marshall for another set of great photographs which can be found at the following link - https://www.flickr.com/photos/gmardall/sets
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 16,378 participants have completed 171,449 parkruns covering a total distance of 857,245 km, including 27,434 new Personal Bests.

 

6 days on from the Virgin London Marathon 2018

parkrun #465 – 28th April 2018

Stories from the park

What a difference 6 days makes! Whilst London marathoners battled in very hot conditions last Sunday, today was cool and rather damp! Black Park looked lush and green, but everyone came back rather muddy!

This week’s field of 544 finishers had 29 first-timers and 33 different clubs represented , including;

  • Hillingdon Mountaineering Club – welcome Phil, Linda and Katie (sorry that there were not more hills!)
  • Run Mummy Run – welcome Carrie and Lynne
  • #FriendsThatRun – welcome Claire
  • Fitness Over Fifty – welcome Chris and Anthony

#Finish for Matt

Guide running with Linda Gaitskell (one of our two Visually-Impaired Runners finishing today) was David McShane of Datchet Dashers. David completed London marathon last weekend, having also run Paris marathon in similar hot conditions a year ago. He was as smiley and positive as ever. He was just one of a number of Black Park parkrunners who ran London Marathon this year. Well done to all of you!

The elite end of the race was certainly a case study in managing pacing according to the conditions – with all of the winners showing case studies of how to pace a marathon:

  • David Weir sprint-finishing to take a record 8th victory,
  • Eliud Kipchoge running the first half at the 61 mins of his Breaking2 attempt and having enough left to kick away in the final mile to win comfortably,
  • Vivian Cheruiyot ran a perfectly even 1st half/2nd half split to overtake the race favourites of Mary Keitany and Tirunesh Dibaba who had literally run their own legs off with an unsustainably fast first half,
  • Madison de Rozario won her first marathon major just 7 days after winning the Commonwealth Games T54 marathon in very hot conditions on the Gold Coast of Australia. Beating the jetlag and exhaustion seems enough of an achievement – without beating all of the field!

This little side-bar on the importance of pacing is my link to the fact that Joe Nolan’s perfect pacers are back next weekend, to help you to achieve your own piece of glory. Do come along next Saturday!

There is also a chance for you to hear more about parkrun during the week, as the new parkrun podcast has started! It is called ‘Free Weekly Timed’ and is hosted by Vassos Alexander (of Radio 2 breakfast show fame and writer of running books ‘Don’t Stop Me Now!’ and ‘Up That Hill!’) and ultimate parkrun tourist Louise Ayling from Wimbledon Common. In the first podcast, you can hear them talk with Paul Sinton-Hewitt, as well as hear how Vassos’s feet fared in London marathon after he made the school-boy error of running in brand new trainers. D’oh!!

http://www.freeweeklytimed.com/

After today’s parkrun, many people went to the start to run a gentle 1K together to complete the 3.7 miles to #FinishForMatt. Matt Campbell, a semi-finalist in Masterchef: The Prefessionals and who had already completed Manchester marathon this year, sadly collapsed at the 22.5 mile mark of London marathon and in spite of receiving immediate medical assistance passed away that evening.  At the time of writing this the fundraising in his name for Brathay Trust on Justgiving.com has exceeded £300k. Our thoughts are with all of his family and friends.

Today’s parkrun was all made possible by 24 volunteers – a big cheer for them:

Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Jenny ZAREMBA • Sue BREE • Paula WALKER • Peter TOUGH • David MCSHANE • Minnie CROSS • Raymond John HOYLE • Rebecca CLARK • Adam HORSFIELD • George MARDALL • Paula KELLY • Ken PHILLIPS • James ROBINSON • Alex MARTIN • Pauline PHILLIPS • Clara WETTON • Martin STEWART • Holly PHILLIPS • Marie KOUHI • Jaskaran Singh SALL • Isabella AMITRANO

We are rather short of volunteers for the weeks ahead, so if you are able to help any day, please email blackparkhelpers@parkrun.com. We can book you in weeks or even months ahead and really appreciate the support!

Thank you to George for the beautiful 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

78 people recorded new PBs, including our first finisher Charlie Edwards of Hillingdon AC.  He has been working up to this for many weeks now – well done Charlie!

We also congratulate new members of the parkrun milestone clubs:

10 Club – Charlotte DOCWRA

25 Volunteering Club - Marie KOUHI

50 Club – Arlene LOMBARD, Jamie PATTERSON, Lucy J DUNCAN, Mike MAY, Scott LANGDOWN

100 Club – Alex MOORE, Andy SMITH, Graham HILL, Janett BAKER, Jonathan David MARSDEN

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

  • Janet Binns (VW 60-64) of Datchet Dashers ran 22:10 to be second lady home – giving an impressive age grading of 86.3% (of the World Record for 5K for her age group)
  • Kevin McDonald (VM55-59) of Hillingdon AC ran 19:22 to be 3rd man home – with an age grading of 80.7%
  • Michael Hill (VM60-64) of Datchet Dashers achieved 79.3%
  • Margaret Mardell (VW70-74) running her 328th parkrun achieved 78.5%
  • Angela Duncan (VW75-79) of Hillingdon AC achieved 77.9%
  • John Cobb (VM60-64) of Datchet Dashers achieved 77.2%
  • Phil Hall (VM55-59) of Hillingdon Mountaineering Club achieved 76.1%
  • Barbara Allen (VW65-69) of Datchet Dashers ran her 508th parkrun and achieved 75.1%

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

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

  • Jonny Iles with 21:42 – a new PB for him
  • Adam Horsfield of the DofE team with 22:22
  • Kavanjot Benepal with 23:45 on his 75th parkrun
  • Hayet Bouguerra with 24:24 – a new PB for her on her 8th parkrun
  • Dave Matthews with 24:42 – a new PB for him on his 20th parkrun
  • Mark Jackson with 25:25
  • David Ley with 28:48
  • Qin Ma with 29:29
  • Harbant Samra with 32:32 – on his first ever parkrun!
  • Ruby Pillai with 33:33
  • Sharron Lewin with 38:38
  • Jackie Batten with 39:39
  • Simon Skinner with 40:40
  • Parminder Grewal with 47:47
  • Sue Bree – our tail walker – with 55:55

And finally

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 16,313 participants have completed 170,717 parkruns covering a total distance of 853,585 km, including 27,294 new Personal Bests.

 

A record week for the UK!

This week 663 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 57 were first timers and 77 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.

Across the UK 130,000 runners took part in Parkruns this week, the highest attendance ever for the UK and 663 people took part at Black Park, putting us just outside of the top ten largest UK Parkruns. It looks like more finish tokens might be needed in the not too distant future!

As a volunteer scanning barcodes this week it was lovely to see just how many children run with their parents (or should that be parents trying to keep up with their children), what a great way to start the weekend. In the results the first two female finishers share the same surname, it would be lovely to think they were mother and daughter.

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

David PRIDDY • Jenny ZAREMBA • Philip WOOLHOUSE • Kathryn SMALES • Ian SMALES • Megan SMALES • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Carol COOMBS • Minnie CROSS • Raymond John HOYLE • Adam HORSFIELD • Audrey PARSONS • George MARDALL • Nigel WRIGHT • Ken PHILLIPS • Paul SILVESTER • Alexandra MARTIN • Lotte VISSER • Holly PHILLIPS • Ollie STRIDE • Vicky HART • May BOUGUERRA • Yestin LINTON-SMITH • Jaskaran Singh SALL • Isabella AMITRANO

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gmardall/39809279430/in/album-72157694108763181/

Photo Credit: George Mardall

 

Milestone Runs

This week the following people reached milestone runs:

50 Club – Ben HULL, Cathy WALKER, Francesca AINSWORTH, Liz D'ARCY-EVANS, Owen RATCLIFFE, Phil NASH, Simon HART

100 Club – Janine BROWN

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

 

Male placings:

Charlie EDWARDS (SM20-24) of Hillingdon AC was first over the line in 17:48

Kevin MCDONALD (VM55-59) of Hillingdon AC was second over the line in 19:26

Alun JONES (VM60-64) of Thames Valley Orienteering Club was third over the line in 19:35

 

Female placings:

Liz LEE (VW45-49) (Unattached) was first (32nd overall) over the line in 21:21

Olivia LEE (JW11-14) (Unattached) was second (44th overall) over the line in 22:03

Kathryn FROST (VW45-49) (Unattached) was third (60th overall) over the line in 22:37

 

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

Alun JONES (VM60-64) – 84.09% for the time 19:35 (3rd overall)

Kevin MCDONALD (VM55-59) – 80.45% for the time 19:26 (2nd overall)

Margaret MARDALL (VW70-74) – 78.23% for the time 28:56 (277th 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 16,284 participants have completed 170,173 parkruns covering a total distance of 850,865 km, including 27,216 new Personal Bests.

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