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.
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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.