If you weren’t clear-headed enough to venture out for the extra New Years Day run, then run no. 450 was the first Parkrun of 2018, and it was filled with impressive numbers. This week 706 people ran, jogged and walked the course, 67 first timers were welcomed, and 70 recorded new Personal Bests, with representatives of 43 different clubs taking part. 706 runners is very near the attendance record for Black Park which stands at 738, set on the 1st April 2017.

Nationally the Parkrun family continues to grow, and over the Christmas period 23,000 new people signed up to be Parkrunners (thankfully not all at Black Park, can you imagine the queues at the ticket machines!!).

Run no. 450 at Black Park saw its own impressive numbers, with milestone runs of 300 and 350 taking place (more on one of those later) plus a new record in the JM11-14 category. Congratulations go to Max McGarvie who came across the finish line in a time of 17:22 knocking 13 seconds off of the previous record. Amazing work Max, an inspiration to all our younger runners and us more mature runners too, even those of us who can’t ever hope to be that fast!

Congratulations also go to Jenny Z, who has now chalked up an impressive 300 Parkruns. Here’s what she had to say about Parkrun:

“It was so lovely to celebrate my 300th Parkrun with friends at Black Park on pacer day (even though I am nursing a bit of an injury). I love pacer day – I love the sense of anticipation, as well as the teamwork amongst the pacers to make sure that we bring people in to reach their goals. My husband and I often run as guide runners, but we also love to run together and pace people.

When we each first started (for me at run zero – the rehearsal run the week before Black Park parkrun started in 2009, and my husband Chris a year later) we were like most people in terms of trying to improve. As time has gone on, we have run with more people, and persuaded lots of our friends all over the country to start parkrunning, by introducing them to their local Parkrun when visiting. And so much of the joy has been sharing the fun with other people and learning from them.

One of my happiest memories is Pete Riley who always used to persuade Chris and me to stop rushing, and to stay for a cup of coffee after Black Park parkrun. As well as trying to work out how well Slough Town would play each Saturday, he also gave me lots of tips for my third marathon. We are now just preparing for our 20th and 8th marathons respectively, and have to admit that we count every run (including the 90km Comtrades ultra-marathon in South Africa) in terms of how many parkruns it is!”

A huge thank you to this week’s volunteers including our pacers:

Barbara ALLEN • Mark LUCAS • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Glyn WATKINS • Mary LORD • Andy TORRANCE • Steve BREAGAN • Joe NOLAN • Rose O'NEILL • Jackie STALLWOOD • Sheila O'NEILL • Kathryn SMALES • Ian SMALES • Antony SMITH • Chris ZAREMBA • Laura HAWKINS • Alison ALLAN • Kenneth BROWN • Martin JOSTEN • Bob STANBROOK • Alyson MCSHANE • Steve WELLS • Karen Anne PATTERSON • Tim DAWSON • Rob LOWE • David MCSHANE • Zena PHILLIPS • Minnie CROSS • Gary HOOK • Raymond John HOYLE • Ian SEARS • Adam HORSFIELD • John MILES • Fiona JAMIESON • Anita STAUNTON • David ROSS • Denis KERBY • Audrey PARSONS • Ollie STRIDE • George MARDALL • Toby ROBINSON • Tony CLISH • Ben ROBINSON • James ROBINSON • Jo SHEPHERD • Asantha WIJETUNGE • Lotte VISSER • Ollie STRIDE • Madeline KATTA-WORAE • Marie KOUHI • Jaskaran Singh SALL


Our pacers, watches ready and raring to go (Photo credit: George Mardall)

Milestone Runs

This week the following people reached milestone runs:
10 Club – None this week
50 Club – Clara WETTON, Gabby HOLLAND, Linda GAITSKELL, Rosalyn COOKE, Samantha FARNFIELD, Snita SHARMA
100 Club – Alex GLONEK, Andy WOOD, Colin Leslie CORK, Wim NUYTS

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

Male placings:

Ross MCGARVIE (JM15-17) (Unattached) a first timer, was first over the line in 17:10
David LEE (VM35-39) of Datchet Dashers was second over the line in 17:19
Max MCGARVIE (JM11-14) (Unattached) was third over the line in 17:22

Female placings:

Anna GODFREY (SW25-29) of Reading AC was first (23rd overall) over the line in 20:32
Kathryn FROST (VW45-49) (Unattached) was second (61st overall) over the line in 22:40

Abby STOCKWELL (JW11-14) (Unattached) was third (62nd overall) over the line in 22:43)

All time course records:

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

Tony JACKSON (VM50-54) – 83.57% for the time 17:39 (third overall)
John COBB (VM60-64) – 79.66% for the time 20:29 (21st overall)
Margaret MARDALL (VW70-74) – 79.01% for the time 28:11 (226th 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 15,513 participants have completed 162,008 parkruns covering a total distance of 810,040 km, including 26,265 new Personal Bests.