Singing in the Rain… And the speediest toddler ever

parkrun #489 – 13th October 2018

We always say that it does not rain on parkrun…but we got caught out this week! After a beautiful sunrise and a forecast that said that the rain would come on Sunday, the first drops started as Dave (the Run Director) started speaking and it cleared up just as we tidied up the course and started uploading the results! For those who are new to parkrun – it really is very unusual for it to rain on parkrun, so for all that it may have taken a while to dry out – please do come back next week! The park is looking very beautiful at the moment with all of the autumn colours out.

625 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 71 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part, with people from further afield including Dave MEDCROFT from Hogweed Trotters (near Bristol), Lucy PEARSON from Overton Harriers (Hampshire), Robert GRAHAM from New Marske Harriers (Redcar) and Nathan WARREN from Birmingham Running, Athletics and Triathlon Club. We hope that you enjoyed Black Park’s autumnal scenery.

Stories from the park

The first finisher today was Paul CORNEY of Hillingdon Triathletes, pushing his daughter in the buggy. At a speedy 18:41, we think that she is the speediest toddler ever – as in 489 runs, we cannot remember a runner with a buggy being the first finisher at all. Many congratulations! Tremendous running.

After the surprise onset of the rain, many volunteers scurried back to their cars to get raincoats and hats – but were soon in position and smiling! One of the memorable moments this week was Ian in his high-viz jacket performing ‘singing in the rain’ in the finish area. We learned that he has previous experience of musical theatre – having trodden the boards as one of the ugly sisters in Cinderella!

Luckily we managed to get the speakers at the start put away before the main onset of the rain. But whilst everyone on the course was working hard – the same was true for the volunteers. The main timer screen fogged up in the wet, but our brilliant timing team kept it very accurate (which was lucky as the paper records were so wet that they had stuck together). Keeping it so accurate throughout the hour was impressive, as there were a lot of clusters of finishers that made it very hectic in the finish area. Thank you to everyone for moving along and keeping the funnel moving! Many thanks to the scanners and finish token managers – we had a record number of mushed paper barcodes (if you would like a little polythene cover for your barcode in coming weeks, they are on the kit table at the right-hand end with the leaflets). And a final big thank you to Karen for tail-walking; I know that you got a little chilly. We have taken the high-viz jackets and finish tokens home for careful drying – all ready for next week.

Congratulations

We also congratulate our new members to the parkrun milestone clubs:

50 Club – Kerrie HOPE

100 Club – Stephen HARTRICK

250 Club – John SMITH

Thank you to John Tipping for managing to get photos that almost make it look like it is not raining! Have a look and see if you think that you win the wet T-shirt contest. The photos can be seen 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/123876000@N05/albums/72157699142230752

Today’s parkrun was all made possible by 26 volunteers – a big cheer for them:

Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Maureen PEDRI • Andy TORRANCE • Steve BREAGAN • Ian SMALES • Chris ZAREMBA • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • John TIPPING • Nick ARCHER • Karen ALOE • Karen SPROD • Sophie GREATOREX • Chloe BREAGAN • Audrey PARSONS • Verity MITCHELL • Paula KELLY • Ken PHILLIPS • Sam LOWE • Lotte VISSER • Martin STEWART • Jose Ramon POLO GAOAT • Marie KOUHI • Charlie FENNELL

Achievements this week

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

  • Stephen McALISTAIR (VM55-59) of Hillingdon Triathletes achieved 77.7% (of the world record for his age group)
  • Catherine STAUNTON (VW60-64) of Chilterns Harriers AC ran 75.5%
  • Margaret MARDALL (VW70-74) achieved 74.6%
  • Liz LEE (VW45-49) ran 74.1%
  • John SMITH (VM75-79) ran 73.9% - celebrating his 250th parkrun

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

 

And 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 17,534 participants have completed 185,616 parkruns covering a total distance of 928,080km, including 29,282 new Personal Bests.

 

Back to normal!

Run # 488 – 6th October 2018  

Back to normal!

It was back to our normal course this Saturday. You could feel a tear in the eye as we continued in a straight line rather than turning left onto the substitute course. My goodness it’s good to be back, how we missed her!

It was pacer day!  In their pretty light blue tabards, this fine band of elite athletes covered most of the minute times in the 20’s and 30’s. Always a popular session held on the first Saturday of each month, the pacers, are chosen for their amazing good looks, athletic demeanour, razor wit, encouraging words and great humour. Oh….and they’re usually pretty good at getting the pace right!

Do take a look at this week’s series of photos taken as expertly as ever by George. You’ll be able to see which of our friendly pacers helped you during the run.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gmardall/albums/72157701893557384

On the weather front, we were lucky enough to have the rain hold off until after the run, always a good thing. However, I think we all get the sense that the warm weather is almost gone and our tops will soon be getting ‘thicker’. New running wardrobe time!

The following tremendous milestone was achieved:

50 – Emma Marchant

Congratulations Emma who incidentally also achieved a pb!!

This week 658 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 54 were first timers and 110 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 42 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 62 volunteers:

Barbara ALLEN • Mark LUCAS • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Glyn WATKINS • Jenny ZAREMBA • Mary LORD • Andy TORRANCE • Mark STEVENS • John HOUSTON • Steve PARSONS • Paula WALKER • Joe NOLAN • Rose O'NEILL • Jackie STALLWOOD • Stephen MCALISTER • Sheila O'NEILL • Kathryn SMALES • Philip Morris JONES • Antony SMITH • Chris ZAREMBA • Laura HAWKINS • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Kenneth BROWN • Bob STANBROOK • Karen ALOE • Karen Anne PATTERSON • Sophie GREATOREX • Tim DAWSON • Rob LOWE • Peter TOUGH • Chloe BREAGAN • Gary HOOK • Raymond John HOYLE • Roderick PATON • Patrick FITZGERALD • Rebecca CLARK • Suzy GAULTON • John MILES • Fiona JAMIESON • Steve HORSFIELD • Audrey PARSONS • Verity MITCHELL • Hilary GAUNA • Mark MOORE • George MARDALL • Toby ROBINSON • Nigel WRIGHT • Ken PHILLIPS • Tony CLISH • Sharon BUNBY • Jo SHEPHERD • Lynne PATRICK • Martin STEWART • Holly PHILLIPS • Vicky HART • May BOUGUERRA • Ayla PAUL • Caroline PARRY • Ricky KLOAY • Charlie FENNELL

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 17,504 participants have completed 184,991 parkruns covering a total distance of 924,955 km, including 29,211 new Personal Bests.

 

First Autumn Morning?

Black Park parkrun

Event number 487

29th September 2018

Saturday was perhaps the first time since summer when it felt quite autumnal and there was a definite chill in the air. That didn’t stop 594 people running, jogging or walking around our temporary course.  There were 45 first timers and 77 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

This was the third week we used the alternative course and while we’ve had good reports about it - some of you have recorded PBs - it does look as though next week we’ll be back to our usual route next week. However, never fear, its the first Saturday of the month which means its pacer day. 

This week’s event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Jenny ZAREMBA • Andy TORRANCE • Philip WOOLHOUSE • Sue BREE • Paula WALKER • Catherine STAUNTON • Chris ZAREMBA • Tony SEAGROVE • Bob STANBROOK • Charlotte PEDRICK • Raymond John HOYLE • Callum FITZSIMONS • Audrey PARSONS • Verity MITCHELL • David WILLIAMS • George MARDALL • Shona LOWE • Paula KELLY • Jo SHEPHERD • Janett BAKER • Martin STEWART • Holly PHILLIPS • Anthony VODDEN • Duncan WYLLIE • Rebecca GYETVAI • Mia WYLLIE • Isabella AMITRANO • Charlie FENNELL

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 17,450 participants have completed 184,333 parkruns covering a total distance of 921,665 km, including 29,101 new Personal Bests.

The following people reached their milestones last week, congratulations to you all.

10 Club

50 Club

100 Club

George SEATON

Steven MATTHEW-LEE

Ian TENCOR

Jamie YOUNG

Jenny LAING

Martin PALETHORPE

Tracy KEENE

Alan BUTLER

Mark JACKSON

Robin ALLUM

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 17,450 participants have completed 184,333 parkruns covering a total distance of 921,665 km, including 29,101 new Personal Bests.

 

If you go down the woods today…

parkrun #486 – 22nd September 2018

This week there was the threat of rain, but 553 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 74 recorded new Personal Bests (an impressive 14% of all participants!) Luckily the rain pretty much held off until the latter stages (even though much of the rest of the weekend was very wet indeed).

Representatives of 37 different clubs took part. We were delighted to welcome 5 ‘tourists’ from Ware Joggers coming to try out the course for the first time – we hope that you enjoyed it. The biggest Club presences came from local clubs: Burnham Joggers, Chiltern Harriers, Datchet Dashers and Hillingdon Triathletes. The first male finisher came from Les Croupiers RC in Cardiff and the first female finisher came from Blackheath and Bromley Harriers AC with 7 different running clubs represented in the first 10 finishers.

 

Stories from the park

With the mystery filming still in action (is it Star Wars… or is it not?), our intrepid bike marshals were on-hand to direct everyone the right way. And with Ray’s car playing up, the volunteers managed to assemble the course in a record short time. Sadly with the rain starting to come down rather heavily, not many people were able to stay for coffee at the Go Ape shelter, although some walked around the lake to enjoy coffee (and even a little brunch snack at the main café). But this fast ramp-up and fast ramp-down gave even more of the ‘flash mob’ impression – parkrun pops up, almost 600 people share fitness and fun and then disperse again to their weekend activities. With just a couple of weeks until the 14th birthday of the very first parkrun at Bushey Park, we once again marvel at the positive impact of parkrun across the world.

 

Congratulations

We also congratulate our 2 new members to the parkrun milestone clubs:

50 Club – Pattie BERESFORD,  Linda BARROW

100 Club – Julie ROONEY

Also happy 50th birthday to Carmel Bees, running with friends and a helium balloon to celebrate.

Thank you to George for the beautiful photo set. There are some lovely group shots and individual photos, as well as the usual run photos. These are 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/albums/72157700024604401

 

Today’s parkrun was all made possible by 29 volunteers – a big cheer for them:

Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Jenny ZAREMBA • Andy TORRANCE • Ian SMALES • Chris ZAREMBA • Bob STANBROOK • Diane KENDALL • Karen ALOE • Eliseo RIVAS NEIRA • Heather PIPER • Peter TOUGH • Raymond John HOYLE • Roderick PATON • Adam HORSFIELD • Verity MITCHELL • George MARDALL • Ken PHILLIPS • Martin STEWART • Holly PHILLIPS • Duncan WYLLIE • Jose Ramon POLO LOPEZ • Jose Ramon POLO GAOAT • Mia WYLLIE • Isabella AMITRANO • Charlotte THISTLE • Charlie FENNELL • Antoanela NACOV

 

Achievements this week

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

  • Edward DONOVAN (VM35-39) of Les Croupiers RC was the first male finisher and achieved 78% age grading (of the world record for his age group)
  • Jessica KEENE (SW18-19) of Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC was the first female finisher and achieved 77.7%
  • Robin SMITH (VM60-64) of Datchet Dashers achieved 76.8%
  • Margaret Mardell (VW70-74) achieved 76.5%
  • Mairead O’ROURKE (VW35-39) of Chiltern Harriers achieved 76.5%
  • Maureen PEDRI (VW60-64) of Running Sisters Network achieved 76.3%

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

 

And 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 17,405 participants have completed 183,739 parkruns covering a total distance of 918,695 km, including 29,024 new Personal Bests

 

MAY THE FOURTH (K) BE WITH YOU

This week 566 people ran, jogged and walked a slightly different route to avoid any possible confrontations with the Millennium Falcon. And thanks to the fine work of the marshals out on the course, no one got lost (or captured by Storm Troopers) and everyone made it back to the finish line safely. Running the slightly altered course today were 34 first timers (welcome), 69 people who recorded new Personal Bests (well done) and representatives of 27 different clubs.

I heard a lot of people commenting on how lovely today’s alternative route was, so a huge thank you to all those involved in its planning and execution. I particularly enjoyed running DOWN the dreaded hill that normally greets us just after 4K, even if we still had to run back up it as usual later on.

Two of today's PBs were recorded by our first and second male finishers, James Eckloff and Ben Jackson, and our first female finisher, Elly Mags was a first timer at Black Park so congratulations to all.

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

Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Jim O'DONOVAN • Paul HARTIGAN • Andy TORRANCE • Alastair REECE • Stuart R EVANS • Kathryn SMALES • Ian SMALES • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • David COOMBS • Steve WELLS • Eliseo RIVAS NEIRA • Sophie GREATOREX • Charlotte PEDRICK • Raymond John HOYLE • Audrey PARSONS • George MARDALL • Shona LOWE • Paula KELLY • Ken PHILLIPS • Darshan KENT • Lotte VISSER • Martin STEWART • Holly PHILLIPS • Vicky HART • Yestin LINTON-SMITH • Marie KOUHI • Isabella AMITRANO • Charlie FENNELL

Congratulations to Jim O'DONOVAN who joined the 25 volunteer club today

Click below to see this week’s team

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gmardall/30822406368/in/album-72157701077192894/

 

Milestone Runs
This week the following people reached milestone runs:

10 Club - Harry GOWER, Luke BIRDSEYE, Rory MCSHANE

50 Club - Jenna WOOD, Manjit SOHAL, Paul DERRIMAN, Paul DOCHERTY

100 Club - Hass KOUHI, Simon DADOMO

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

 

Male placings:

James ECKLOFF (SM25-29) of Centurion RC was first over the line in 18:31

Ben JACKSON (JM11-14) of Chiltern Harriers AC was second over the line in 18:40

Mark VOGLER (VM35-39) of Hillingdon Triathletes was third over the line in 18:53

 

 

Female placings:

Elly MAGS (VW35-39) (unattached) was first (32nd overall) over the line in 21:31

Abby STOCKWELL (JW11-14) (unattached) was second (49th overall) over the line in 22:21

Kathryn FROST (VW45-49) (unattached) was third (69th overall) over the line in 23:14

 

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

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 17,361 participants have completed 183,186 parkruns covering a total distance of 915,930 km, including 28,950 new Personal Bests.

 

The charge of the blue-bib brigade

The first Saturday of the month meant that the pacer squad were in action, helping an impressive 108 of the 668 runners achieve a new PB, well done everyone. For those speedier souls amongst us, this week saw a new addition to the pacer team. Chris Bradfield, an accomplished runner of Datchet Dashers donned the 18-minute bib and with only a few glances at his watch came in pretty much spot on target. Thank you to all the pacers who do a marvellous job encouraging us all to go a bit quicker ...

36 minute pacer, thank you for getting me round today in my first ever 5k When I dropped off the pace of the 35 minute pacers I could have kept going backwards, I definitely felt like it, you carried me the last 1.5k's and I am grateful, I just didn't have the breath to say so at the end!” (Mike Parry)

“Am delighted at my PB today.....keeping that 31 minute pacer in my sights in the last 1k paid off as did his encouragement at the final push. Came in at 30.55 and my first ever sub 31 minuter. Thank you pacer!” (Jen Simpson)

 

A huge thank you to this week’s volunteers:

Barbara ALLEN • Chris BRADFIELD • Mark LUCAS • David PRIDDY • Mary LORD • Michael HILL • Andy TORRANCE • Mark STEVENS • Alastair REECE • Paula WALKER • Joe NOLAN • Ian SMALES • Antony SMITH • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Martin JOSTEN • Bob STANBROOK • Carol COOMBS • Denise NISBET • Cherry KEY • Karen ALOE • Steve WELLS • Karen TRUNKFIELD • Karen Anne PATTERSON • Tim DAWSON • Rob LOWE • Charlotte PEDRICK • Zena PHILLIPS • Gary HOOK • Raymond John HOYLE • Ian SEARS • Patrick FITZGERALD • Suzy GAULTON • John MILES • Audrey PARSONS • Verity MITCHELL • Snita SHARMA • George MARDALL • Toby ROBINSON • Nigel WRIGHT • Paula KELLY • Ken PHILLIPS • Sharon BUNBY • Sanchana MISHRA • Lynne PATRICK • Des MERRIGAN • Holly PHILLIPS • Vicky HART • Caroline QUINN • Yvonne SHAVE • Marie KOUHI • Isabella AMITRANO • Helen LOWE

Click below for a picture of this week’s volunteers (minus our pacers!)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gmardall/29464337777/in/album-72157699246702841/

And here you can find our fabulous pacers watches ready and raring to go:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gmardall/43684159184/in/album-72157699246702841/

Photo credit: George Mardall

 

Milestone Runs
This week the following people reached milestone runs:

10 Club – Hannah COWAN

50 Club – Edna STEELE, Amy KING, Donna CALDWELL, Jonathan WALPOLE, Liz SEDLEY, Dawn FAIRCLOUGH

100 Club – Ian SEARS, Brianna SMITH

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

 

Male placings:

Chris BRADFIELD (VM40-44) of Datchet Dashers was first over the line in 18:03

Kraig WRIGHT (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:38

Tom COMPTON (SM20-24) of Cambridge University Hare and Hounds was third over the line in 18:50

 

Female placings:

Cherry-Beth HARWOOD (SW20-24) (Unattached) was first (44th overall) over the line in 21:57
Laura HAYERS (SW30-34) of Chiltern Harriers AC was second (58th overall) over the line in 22:38
Alex KAYE (SW20-24) (Unattached) was third (68th overall) over the line in 23:00

 

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

Peter HART (VM65-69) – 80.34% for the time 21:42 (40th overall)
Ian GILHAM (VM55-59) – 79.16% for the time 19:55 (11th overall)
Margaret MARDALL (VW70-74) – 78.54% for the time 28:49 (292nd 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 17,282 participants have completed 181,998 parkruns covering a total distance of 909,990 km, including 28,811 new Personal Bests.

 

It’s a Black Park thing……

Black Park parkrun # 482 - 25/08/2018

Black Park is a country park managed by Buckinghamshire County Council and is 618acres of mixed woodland, heath land, streams and a lake. It is an area of Special Scientific interest as it has one of the few Alder marshes to the upper end of the lake, this is a rare and diverse habitat that has almost vanished from the UK landscape.

The park is currently hosting a film set for the BBC and over the years it has played the part of countless different countries in films.

As you run through the black pines at the crossover point then you can see the land of Endor from Star Wars - Return of the Jedi. Other films include Captain America and many Avenger films, Snow White and the Woodsman and Harry Potter - where the park was used to represent Hagrid's Hut and surrounding woods.

So when visiting BP parkrun keep your eyes open and see if you can recognise the park from any films or even spot someone famous on set!

Next week is first Saturday of the month... so it's Pacer week! Set your sights on a shiny new PB, hang on to the pacer and then push on at the end for instant PB glory!!

This week 477 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 45 were first timers and 62 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

Milestones for this week:

10 Club:  Maximillian Baxter

50 Club:  Alex Kaye

100 Club: Helen Newman

The event was made possible by 24 wonderful volunteers:

Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Jenny ZAREMBA • Andy TORRANCE • Stuart R EVANS • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • David COOMBS • Carmel BEES • Sophie GREATOREX • Sandria TERRELONGE • Petrunella BROWNBILL • Peter TOUGH • Raymond John HOYLE • Fiona JAMIESON • Audrey PARSONS • George MARDALL • Sharon BUNBY • Janett BAKER • Colin ACREMAN • Caroline QUINN • Yvonne SHAVE • Marie KOUHI

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

Photos from today can be seen at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gmardall/sets

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 17,235 participants have completed 181,330 parkruns covering a total distance of 906,650 km, including 28,703 new Personal Bests.

 

Hockey meets parkrun via #teamparkrun

Black Park parkrun

Event number 481

18th August 2018

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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.

 

What happened to the heat?

 

Run # 480 – 11 August 2018

What happened to all that heat??

A somewhat ‘fresher’ day today which made for extremely pleasant running conditions.

A good team turnout for Hillingdon Triathletes today with 16 of the club taking part, the largest number of the 37 clubs taking part.

And a special mention today for those who finish in the middle of the run. Congratulations to Tim Dawson and Deborah Leach who finished 265 and 266 respectively….exactly mid-point in the 531 participant field! No prizes I’m afraid but nice to get a mention.

The following tremendous milestones were achieved:

50 – Kim Anderton

100 - David WILLIAMS

200 – Diane Kendall

250 - Philip WAIN

Congratulations everyone!

This week 531 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 61 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.

Great set of photos today taken by Charlie Fennell which can be found here:

https://www.flickr.com/groups/black-park-parkrun/pool/

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Andy TORRANCE • Sue BREE • Laura HAWKINS • Kenneth BROWN • Diane KENDALL • Stephanie MORTIMER • Karen SPROD • Sophie GREATOREX • Melanie Louise RATCLIFFE • Raymond John HOYLE • Andy SMITH • Bhapinder TOOR • Audrey PARSONS • Lynne PATRICK • Martin STEWART • Mairi VODDEN • Anthony VODDEN • Alan HAYES • Yestin LINTON-SMITH • Marie KOUHI • Charlie FENNELL

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 17,140 participants have completed 180,315 parkruns covering a total distance of 901,575 km, including 28,582 new Personal Bests.

 

Through the heat on pacer Saturday!

parkrun #479 – 4th August 2018

Stories from the park

This week’s field of 595 finishers ran with pacers and in spite of the very warm temperatures a fantastic 71 recorded new Personal Bests (12% of the field). Well done everyone and thank you to the lovely pacers.

There were 51 first-timers and 46 different clubs represented, including Shaef Shifters, Barking Road Runners, Cleethorpes and District AC, St Albans Striders, Stourbridge RC, Rock Runners, Iron Coppers and Defence Sports & Recreation. Estelle Axcell from Johannesburg Harriers AC had probably come the furthest… It was lovely to hear so many people say that it was their first time at Black Park and how much they loved the course.

It was lovely to chat to the ladies in their matching orange shirts. They had come together through Couch to 5K and now run all sorts of events together as a group! Their most recent group race had been 10K from the Millennium Stadium, and one member had just completed 100km walk along the south coast! There was excited discussion around where to go for the next race – with various overseas locations being mentioned! Bon voyage and happy running to you all.

Congratulations

We also congratulate our new members to the parkrun milestone clubs:

50 Club – Anaelle STENMAN, Daniel HUNTER, Emma WARBURTON, Peter HILL

100 Club – Adrian WILSON, Chloe BREAGAN

250 Club - Sarah WILSON

It was a double celebration for Chloe Breagan and her Dad Steve Breagan, as Chloe hit the 100 milestone on the same day as he managed his 300th run. They had baked some lovely cupcakes for everyone to celebrate (thank you!)

Sarah Wilson and her family had gone big with the balloons for the fabulous 250 milestone – as you will see in the photos! Thank you to George for the beautiful photo set. There are some lovely group shots and individual photos, as well as the usual run photos. These are 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

 

Today’s parkrun was all made possible by 50 volunteers – a big cheer for them:

Barbara ALLEN • Mark LUCAS • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Glyn WATKINS • Jenny ZAREMBA • Mary LORD • Michael HILL • John COBB • Alastair REECE • Joe NOLAN • Rose O'NEILL • Sheila O'NEILL • Kathryn SMALES • Chris ZAREMBA • Mike LEIGH • Kenneth BROWN • Bob STANBROOK • Karen ALOE • Steve WELLS • Karen TRUNKFIELD • Karen Anne PATTERSON • Jessica BEISHON • David MCSHANE • Joanne HARRISON • Raymond John HOYLE • Ian SEARS • Suzy GAULTON • Matthew ROBINS • John MILES • Fiona JAMIESON • Suzanne METCALF • Callum FITZSIMONS • Audrey PARSONS • Hilary GAUNA • Mark MOORE • George MARDALL • Nigel WRIGHT • Ken PHILLIPS • Sharon BUNBY • Abigail MORIARTY • Jo SHEPHERD • Bob BERESFORD • Holly PHILLIPS • Chris TAYLOR • Pattie BERESFORD • Caroline QUINN • Marie KOUHI • Diya ASWANI • Antoanela NACOV

Achievements this week

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

  • Alun Jones (VM60-64) of Thames Valley Orienteering Club achieved 85% age grading (of the world record for his age group)
  • James Repper (VM45-49) of Chiltern Harriers achieved 83.4%
  • Fiona Harrington (VW60-64) achieved 78.4%
  • Margaret Mardell (VW70-74) achieved 77.4%

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

And 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 17,091 participants have completed 179,784 parkruns covering a total distance of 898,920 km, including 28,521 new Personal Bests.

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