Hello 2018

Event number 449
1st January 2018

2018 started with a cold snap but 461 hardy runners were not deterred and chose to start the new year with a Parkrun. The route was quite muddy, very muddy in some parts but 38 people still recorded new personal bests. We had 88 first timers, don’t be put off it’s not always muddy! And representatives from 57 different clubs took part.

For the last 3 years I’ve started off with a double park run starting with Black Park and then doing Upton Court. This year was different, I started off the year by volunteering. I turned up at 8.30 and reported to Fred who gave me my role. One of my first jobs was to stand just beyond the start to make sure everyone kept to the path and didn’t run in to the dreaded post at the first corner. As someone who usually starts in the last third of the runners, it was exciting to see what life is like at the start line. I had a great time volunteering as I got to meet and talk to so many more people then I normally do when I run. I would definitely recommend going on the rota and volunteering as it gives you a completely different perspective on a Parkrun.

This week the event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Barbro JULIN • Steve BREAGAN • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Paul ROBINSON • Carol COOMBS • Alyson MCSHANE • Liz LEE • Charlotte PEDRICK • Raymond John HOYLE • Nigel FARNFIELD • Audrey PARSONS • George MARDALL • Shona LOWE • Ken PHILLIPS • Jo SHEPHERD • Holly PHILLIPS • Peter SMITH

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

The following people reached milestones this week:-
10 Club - Beth MURRAY, Rory CLARK
50 Club - Chris CALLOWAY, James GRIFFITHS, Julia BEECH, Kevin MCDONALD, Lee HUGHES, Linda GAITSKELL
100 Club - Andy WOOD, David WILKINSON, James LEACH
250 Club - Laura STONE, Maureen PEDRI

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 15,446 participants have completed 161,302 parkruns covering a total distance of 806,510 km, including 26,195 new Personal Bests.