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.