Yes … another hot one!

Thanks to the continuing hot weather, run no. 476 started as it has done for several weeks, with a dash through the dust. However the heat and dust did not deter the 610  who ran, jogged and walked the course. 41 were running at Black Park for the first time and over half of those were doing their first parkrun. Who can blame them for choosing Black Park; it is a beautiful course, I’m sure it will be ‘the first park run of the rest of their lives’ as a certain run director is often keen to say!

Congratulations to everyone who joined a milestone club this week …

10 Club – Rhiannon SPELLMAN
50 Club – Myles CADDELL. Sam HURLEY, Katie HOPE, Kate SHEPHARD, Steve MAUNDER
100 Club – Sebastian Morgan LAWRENCE
250 Club - Iqbal ALAM, Chris ZAREMBA

There were some rather fine looking cakes this week to celebrate milestones …

Congratulations to Seb Lawrence who at just 14-years-old has already completed his 100th run. Seb celebrated with his family and enjoyed some well-deserved chocolate cupcakes.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/photo10kh/28531684247/in/pool-black-park-parkrun/

Photo Credit: Andy Smith

Kate Shepherd was joined by her husband as she ran her 50th, whilst Katie Hope travelled down from Lancashire where she now lives, to run her 50th. Katie’s home run is Aberystwyth where she was a student, but she chose to run at Black Park with her Aunt, Annabel, and all of the family since they introduced her to parkrun.  Congratulations also go to Chris Zaremba who celebrated his 250th run with the help of parkrunning friends from far and near and another fine looking selection of cakes.

For those of you that browse through the list of volunteers each week, Chris’ surname may seem very familiar. Chris’ wife Jenny is one of our fabulous volunteers who can regularly be seen wielding a barcode scanner; in fact this week Jenny was run director. As a fellow barcode scanner from time to time, I can say it is definitely a great way to spend the morning. I love seeing everyone at the end of their run; the huge smiles of those who have achieved PBs, the proud ‘I made it round’ faces of first timers and especially the kids who have beaten their parents back (although only if they are 11 yrs or older, wouldn’t want to be breaking any rules!). It’s also a great way to meet lots of fellow park runners, and the more people you know, the more likely you are to be offered cake when they complete milestones … it’s all about the cake. I know summer can be a tricky time to fill the volunteer rota so if you fancy donning the waistcoat of luminosity then Black Park would love to hear from you. It’s always good fun … and quite often there’s cake. blackparkhelpers@parkrun.com.

This week’s wearers of the coveted waistcoats were …

David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Jenny ZAREMBA • Andy TORRANCE • Steve BREAGAN • Ian SMALES • Chris ZAREMBA • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Carol COOMBS • Sophie GREATOREX • Raymond John HOYLE • Andy SMITH • Audrey PARSONS • Amanda KEEN • Lynne PATRICK • Alice BRIGGS • Clara WETTON • Holly PHILLIPS • Vicky HART • Henry GREEN • Marie KOUHI • Charlie FENNELL

https://www.flickr.com/photos/photo10kh/28531725407/in/pool-black-park-parkrun/

Photo credit: Andy Smith

 

Male placings:

Aran DAVIDSON (SM25-29) of Chiltern Harriers AC was first over the line in 17:21

Bradley BIRCH (SM20-24) of Hillingdon AC was second over the line in 17:30

Tony JACKSON (VM50-54) of Hillingdon Triathletes was third over the line in 17:46

 

Female placings:

Liz LEE (VW45-49) (Unattached) was first (43rd overall) over the line in 21:45

Cherry-Beth HARWOOD (SW20-24) (Unattached) was second (54th overall) over the line in 22:28

Charlotte DOCWRA (JW11-14) of Chiltern Harriers AC was third (68th overall) over the line in 23:15

 

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

Tony JACKSON (VM50-54) – 83.68% for the time 17:46 (3rd overall)

Andrew PENFOLD (VM40-44) – 78.03% for the time 17:54 (4th overall)

Michael HILL (VM65-69) – 82.57% for the time 21:30 (36th 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).

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

 

Our stats

Black Park parkrun started on 18th July 2009. Since then 16,971 participants have completed 178,024 parkruns covering a total distance of 890,120 km, including 28,319 new Personal Bests.

 

 

It was a hot one!

Black Park parkrun

Event number 475

7th July 2018

This week 612 people ran, jogged or walked our wonderful course through Black Park. I decided to start near the back this week to see if I could take a photo of the dust cloud made when over 600 people start moving at the same time. Well, if you look at the FB page, you can see my effort. We must be quite a sight and now what I want to know is how long the dust takes to settle. Perhaps we can find that our next week.

In a memorable weekend of sport, 64 people recorded new personal bests. Huge congratulations to you all and very special thanks to all the pacers, it was very hot out there even at 9am and for you all to run at pace and bring your runners in on your predicted time is no mean feat.

We continue to attract new people and yesterday was no exception, we had representatives from 34 different clubs taking part as well as 63 first timers. I hope you all enjoyed your first parkrun and that you continue to spend the first part of your Saturday mornings doing that whether it’s at Black park or elsewhere. 

We want to wish G Singh Sahota a very happy 19th birthday - we know that you enjoy park run and are a Black park regular with your friends. We hope you managed to celebrate throughout the day.

Talking of birthdays, Black Park parkrun will celebrate 9 years of runs on 21 July - only two weeks away so put the date in your diary. And if you need extra motivation - there may be cake!

As well as birthdays, yesterday the following people reached milestone runs - congratulations to you all.

10 Club - Alex Egan

50 ClubMelanie Potter, Paula Dawson

100 ClubMichael Turney, Steve Metcalf

As ever, we have a wonderful record of each event, yesterday George Marshall did the honours - thank you George. You can see all the photos at the following link:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gmardall/albums/72157692989762030

Yesterday’s event was made possible by 47 volunteers:

Barbara ALLEN • Mark LUCAS • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Andy TORRANCE • Mark STEVENS • Philip WOOLHOUSE • Steve PARSONS • Joe NOLAN • Sheila O'NEILL • Kathryn SMALES • Ian SMALES • Philip Morris JONES • Laura HAWKINS • Bob STANBROOK • Cherry KEY • Karen ALOE • Steve WELLS • Michael DYER • Sophie GREATOREX • Tim DAWSON • Rob LOWE • John Timothy ACLAND • Charlotte PEDRICK • Zena PHILLIPS • Raymond John HOYLE • Ian SEARS • Patrick FITZGERALD • Suzy GAULTON • John MILES • Fiona JAMIESON • David ROSS • Audrey PARSONS • Hilary GAUNA • Mark MOORE • George MARDALL • Toby ROBINSON • Tony CLISH • Abigail MORIARTY • Jo SHEPHERD • Lynne PATRICK • Lynn HYDE • Holly PHILLIPS • Yestin LINTON-SMITH • Marie KOUHI • 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 16,930 participants have completed 177,414 parkruns covering a total distance of 887,070 km, including 28,252 new Personal Bests.

 

Sunshine all round

Run # 474 – 30 June 2018     

The sun was shining upon us all!

On a day that once again promised to reach temperatures in the high 20’s, you quickly realise just what a magnificent location Black Park parkrun is for protection against the hot sun. The run provides an almost constant full and dappled shade that makes running on hot days enjoyable!

I also discovered that the further down the field you start the run (being accompanied by Poppy the dog meant I was one of the last to start), the more you are exposed to the dust kicked up by the 600+ runners ahead of you! OK, it’s not quite a desert sandstorm and no-one was on their knees crying out for water but it took the shimmer out of my flowing locks! Perhaps we can ask the first 600 runners to walk gently for the first 100 metres, I’m sure they’d agree….

We had the pleasure of 68 first timers this week, lovely to see them all and hopefully they’ll be back to enjoy the fun.

These numbers were bolstered by the welcome arrival of several Ealing Eagles on a Parkrun tourist ‘visa’. Also club runners from Ware, Norwich and Northbrook as well as 'Team Cat'. Here’s hoping everyone had a great time!

There were some great milestone achievers this week, well done to:

200 – Chris Tasker

100 – Stephanie Mortimer, Alyson McShane, Neil Poulson

50 – Chris Taylor, Marianne Hughes, Ann Chandler

 

It’s amazing that we had 25 runners who have completed over 250 parkruns!

As ever, you can savour your Black Park memories with another great collection of George Mardall’s photos here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gmardall/albums/72157698538598525

 

This week 645 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 68 were first timers and 74 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 42 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 magnificent volunteers:

David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Jenny ZAREMBA • Andy TORRANCE • Sue BREE • Tarsem BAINS • Diane KENDALL • Carolyn LOCKETT • Jeremy LOCKETT • Sophie GREATOREX • David MCSHANE • Raymond John HOYLE • Adam HORSFIELD • Audrey PARSONS • George MARDALL • Paula KELLY • Richard PINK • Lynne PATRICK • Lotte VISSER • Jean-Noel GROLEAU • Marie KOUHI • 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 16,867 participants have completed 176,802 parkruns covering a total distance of 884,010 km, including 28,188 new Personal Bests.

 

NHS70 Day

Run # 471 – 09 June 2018

 

A little fresh but perfect conditions for some 5k fun!

Today, Black Park and all other UK Parkruns, celebrated NHS70 so here’s a few words from our illustrious Parkrun team………

The NHS is turning 70 on 5 July 2018. It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions, to appreciate the vital role the service plays in our lives, and to recognise and thank the extraordinary NHS staff – the everyday heroes – who are always there to greet, advise and care for us. More than 85,000 people are expected to take part in a special parkrun UK event on Saturday 9 June 2018 to celebrate the NHS’s 70th birthday.

….and 682 of these people were taking part at Black Park!!

It was a great event that reminded us of the marvellous work carried out by NHS staff, a number of whom took part in uniform, a great touch!

Afterwards, we all had the opportunity to write postit notes allowing us to give personal thanks for the work they do. These are being scanned and sent to local hospitals with all our thanks.

 

This week 682 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 61 were first timers and 116 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 41 different clubs took part.

Huge congratulations to the following for reaching these milestones:

100 - Surjit Singh Bhachu

50 – Andy Shephard, Anne Leigh

10 – Harry Patmore

The event was made possible by 24 fabulous volunteers:

Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Jenny ZAREMBA • Andy TORRANCE • Alastair REECE • Jackie STALLWOOD • Kenneth BROWN • John TIPPING • Sophie GREATOREX • Sandria TERRELONGE • Petrunella BROWNBILL • Minnie CROSS • Raymond John HOYLE • Adam HORSFIELD • Shona LOWE • Ken PHILLIPS • Paul SILVESTER • Alex MARTIN • Janett BAKER • Bob BERESFORD • Holly PHILLIPS • Pattie BERESFORD • Marie KOUHI

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 16,687 participants have completed 174,847 parkruns covering a total distance of 874,235 km, including 27,937 new Personal Bests.

 

 

 

 

Parkrun – It’s a family affair

Black Park parkrun
Event number 470
2nd June 2018

Its very easy to say that parkrun is a family, inclusive and welcoming to everyone and it is but it is always encouraging when you see this in action.

Saturday 2 June wasn’t just event 470 at Black Park, it was also the 13th birthday of twins, Charlotte and Georgie Docwra. What better way to celebrate entering your teenage years than parkrun with family. I caught up with the twins and their mum, Sarah after. Charlotte said that the best thing about our parkrun is that there are lots of people and the route through the woods is really lovely. Georgie said it was nice to run with family and did admit that the thought of a sausage roll at the end kept her going. To be honest, don’t we all look forward to our treat at the end of run whether its a sausage roll, a latte or something sweeter?

While the twins were running with their uncles, aunt and cousins, mum Sarah was taking Linda Gaitskell’s guide dog, Lily, for a run - another great example of the parkrun family working together to ensure that anyone who want to participate is able to. Sarah enjoyed her hour with Lily and judging by the amount of sticks that were thrown, I think Lily enjoyed it too.

I hope all our canine running buddies were enjoying their run. I was overtaken by Glyn, a run report colleague with his running buddy, Poppy just after the 1km marker and I’m not sure who was enjoying it more.

This week 769 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 57 were first timers and 116 recorded new Personal Bests. This is a new record for us as our previous highest number of participants was 738. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part. The volunteers who were time keeping and handing out the plastic finishers tokens had to work really hard this week. Well done to you all for keeping us moving.

As this was the first Saturday of the month, we had our pacers so a huge thank you to them. We have already seen lots of complimentary messages to them on our FB page.

This week’s event was made possible by 56 volunteers:
Mark LUCAS • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Mary LORD • Philip WOOLHOUSE • Joe NOLAN • Rose O'NEILL • Stephen MCALISTER • Sheila O'NEILL • Kathryn SMALES • Antony SMITH • Chris ZAREMBA • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Kenneth BROWN • Martin JOSTEN • Bob STANBROOK • Alyson MCSHANE • Steve WELLS • Karen TRUNKFIELD • Karen Anne PATTERSON • Sophie GREATOREX • Heather PIPER • Tim DAWSON • Joanne HARRISON • Simon O'NEILL • Minnie CROSS • Gary HOOK • Raymond John HOYLE • Patrick FITZGERALD • Christopher PINKHAM • Suzy GAULTON • Adam HORSFIELD • John MILES • Michael PRICE • Fiona JAMIESON • David ROSS • Audrey PARSONS • Anna TAYLOR • Mark MOORE • George MARDALL • Stephen PROKOPIOU • Toby ROBINSON • Ann CHANDLER • Paula KELLY • Tony CLISH • Jo SHEPHERD • Alex MARTIN • Lucy BOWRING • Sarah MARSDEN • Pauline PHILLIPS • Peta PROKOPIOU • Jaskaran Singh SALL • Diya ASWANI • Isabella AMITRANO • Charlie FENNELL

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

We know that reaching milestone runs requires time, dedication and perseverance and we are thrilled on a weekly basis when we see people celebrating with their friends, family and cake! The following people reached milestone runs this week:

10 Club
Georgie DOCWRA
Hannah BURNE
Lukasz WEDRYCHOWSKI
Nathan ILES

50 Club
Helen JOSEPH
Jonathan GORNER
Karen DAVIES
Maria LEE

100 Club
Alan WELLS
Christina BENJAMIN
Jo SHEPHERD

250 Club
Karen Anne PATTERSON

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 16,626 participants have completed 174,165 parkruns covering a total distance of 870,825 km, including 27,821 new Personal Bests.

 

Black Park parkrun Event number 469 – 26th May 2018

This week 599 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 60 were first timers and 68 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 39 different clubs took part.

So it was a drizzly start to parkrun but dry by the time we all got to the start area. I had run in Black Park for a freedom run on Thursday and it was a bit of a bog after the thunder storm in the night!

Has anyone seen the Facebook parkrun groups?

Discussion groups for chatting about all things parkrun, deaf & blind groups, running with Asthma, statsgeek for all you lovers of stats, tourist group for all those who may for some reason want to run somewhere other than Black Park!! Have a look and see if there is a group for you!

This weekend I bought along my daughter’s boyfriend who at the age of 17 had never run a parkrun. I explained the way it works and after the clogged start he ran away from me… no respect for age at all! He finished sb 24 mins and will be back again!

Pacers week approaches next week… so find your target time pacer… hang on to their coat tails and then sprint for the line to beat the time! A guaranteed PB for everyone… well so long as you run faster than you have done so before

 

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.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gmardall/28334817838/in/album-72157696987354195/

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 …

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gmardall/41308966975/in/album-72157696987354195/

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.

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