Great weather for a great weekend of sport

Black Park parkrun
Event number 463
14th April 2018

 

It’s days like today when it’s easy to get up and want to be out on a run. The sun was shining and I think it was the first “warm” day we’ve had this year. Despite the sunny and dry weather it was still muddy under foot with the ubiquitous puddles that we all love - the stewards at Aintree would have called the going good to soft. On this packed weekend of sport, 619 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 68 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.

As well as park runs it was grand national day, the penultimate day of the Commonwealth Games and of course Sunday is the Brighton marathon. To all those running marathons in the next few weeks, good luck and as someone said to me earlier today, it’s only 8 Park runs! How many of those running marathons, started off aiming to run 5k? How many went along to their local park run?

Having been a park run tourist for the last few weeks, it was wonderful to come back to Black Park. It’s easy to take it for granted when we turn up every week, run walk or jog, have a coffee and then go home. We are very fortunate to be able to run one 5k lap around a country park. I think the fact that we regularly have over 600 people shows how popular our particular park run is. Keep on park running!

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Jenny ZAREMBA • Steve BREAGAN • Ian SMALES • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • John TIPPING • Karen ALOE • Mantej DHATT • Tracey MCDONALD • Chris TASKER • Minnie CROSS • Raymond John HOYLE • Adam HORSFIELD • Kevin MCDONALD • Nigel WRIGHT • Paula KELLY • Sarah SMART • Ben ROBINSON • James ROBINSON • Alexandra MARTIN • Holly PHILLIPS • Ollie STRIDE • Marie KOUHI • Jaskaran Singh SALL • Isabella AMITRANO

If you would like to volunteer, please email blackparkhelpers@parkrun.com to help.

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

The following people reached milestone runs this week. So big congratulations to them.
50 Club - Kim REES, Manasi KUMAR, Martin WEBB

100 Club - Stephen CAIRNS

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 16,227 participants have completed 169,510 parkruns covering a total distance of 847,550 km, including 27,139 new Personal Bests.

 

Celebrations in the weak Spring Sunshine!

parkrun #462 – 8th April 2018

Stories from the park

The great news is that a couple of spring-like days meant that the blossom was coming out on the trees and the mud was much less than last week!

This week’s field of 623 finishers had 63 first-timers and 42 different clubs represented. There was a large contingent of visitors from Marlow Striders who clearly all had a great time – thank you for visiting! And our first male finisher had come all the way from Bristol in order to do some training for the English Road Running National Relay competition up in Birmingham next weekend, but had forgotten his barcode! #DFYB! Our next finisher was our female course record holder, Pippa Woolven from Wycombe Phoenix Harriers & AC in an impressive 17:19 (just 12 secs slower than her record).

Celebrations all round!

With the wonderful team of pacers out there an amazing 105 people recorded Personal Bests – that is 17% of all runners – wow!! As barcode scanner, I saw first-hand the delight as these people finished and regained their breath! The good news is that the course will get faster as it dries out more – so even more to come with pacers on the first Saturday of every month.

It is worth taking a moment to thank the fabulous pacers – many people commented on how encouraging and supportive they are. And their precision in terms of coming in on time was very impressive indeed – as you can see by scrolling down the results page. Thank you – top job!

 

We also congratulate new members of the parkrun milestone clubs:

10 Club – Abdulhameed NEIOUKH

50 Club – Ian GILHAM, Amanda KEEN, Louise DIGGENS, Robert GILL, Chris WILSON

100 Club – Simon SLATTERY, Russell COOK

250 Club – Michael DYER

As many of you know, there is a tradition of cakes for milestones – and Amanda Keen had surpassed herself with Kale & Apple Cake (yum) as well as a traditional sponge iced with the red 50 T-shirt and green holly leaves. Many of her friends from Burnham Joggers and parkrun and triathlons were there to help with the celebrations and cake!

Today Amanda was running as a VI-guide with Andrew Jones, who is currently working back to get under 25 mins after some injuries. Amanda started guide-running through parkrun and says how much it has enriched her own running; when guiding, it is a very close and trusting bond between the two of you, and the guide has to say everything that is coming up and that makes you both experience the details of the run more intensely. For most people their single biggest fear of becoming a guide-runner is that they would not be able to prevent a fall. Amanda has never experienced that issue, and indeed had a story of how Andrew had held her up one week when she caught her foot!

She also talked about the challenge at the start when it is busy – she likes to start a little further up the field, as it is easier for other runners to overtake the two of them, than it is for her to find a safe and wide-enough route for the two of them to pass. Her biggest challenges are people with headphones who cannot hear her call out, and people who run in front and then slow or stop suddenly.

We currently have 3 VI runners at Black Park – around 25-28 mins, 32-35 mins and 45-55 mins respectively. If you would be happy to guide, please drop an email to black-parkoffice@parkrun.com and we would love to add you to the rota.

If you would like to understand more and go on the official England Athletics course to gain more experience and register, then this is the link: https://www.englandathletics.org/disability-athletics/get-involved/sight-loss-awareness-and-guide-running-workshop

 

Today’s parkrun was all made possible by 59 volunteers – a big cheer for them:

Barbara ALLEN • Mark LUCAS • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Glyn WATKINS • Jenny ZAREMBA • Mary LORD • Andy TORRANCE • Steve PARSONS • Joe NOLAN • Rose O'NEILL • Stephen MCALISTER • Antony SMITH • Chris ZAREMBA • Laura HAWKINS • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Kenneth BROWN • Bob STANBROOK • Diane KENDALL • Karen ALOE • Steve WELLS • Mantej DHATT • Karen TRUNKFIELD • Karen Anne PATTERSON • Tim DAWSON • Joanna MORIARTY • Rob LOWE • Oonagh THOMPSON • Joanne HARRISON • Minnie CROSS • Gary HOOK • Ian SEARS • Suzy GAULTON • John MILES • Michael PRICE • Fiona JAMIESON • David ROSS • Audrey PARSONS • Mitch KERBY • George MARDALL • Toby ROBINSON • Nigel WRIGHT • Ken PHILLIPS • Ben ROBINSON • James ROBINSON • Abigail MORIARTY • Amanda KEEN • Janett BAKER • Kathryn FROST • Mairi VODDEN • Sam PHILLIPS • Holly PHILLIPS • Anthony VODDEN • Ollie STRIDE • Yestin LINTON-SMITH • Marie KOUHI • Mary PALMER • Jaskaran Singh SALL

 

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

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

  • Pippa Woolven (SW20-24) of Wycombe Phoenix Harriers & AC (our female course record holder from her 2104 run) recorded 85.5% age grading today
  • Catherine Staunton (VW60-64) of Chiltern Harriers and Margaret Mardall (VW70-74) both recorded 79.1%
  • Dawn Godwin (VW45-49) of Windle Valley Runners recorded 79.0% age grading on her first parkrun at Black Park
  • Ida Burrows (JW15-17) of Thames Valley Triathletes recorded 78.7% on her first parkrun at Black Park
  • Ian Gilham (VM55-59) of Eton Tri recorded 77.2% on his 50th parkrun
  • Maureen Pedri (VW60-64) of the Running Sisters Network recorded 76.8%
  • John Smith (VM75-79) recorded 76.5%
  • Ben Robinson (JM11-14) of Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme recorded 76.1% with a PB on his 4th run
  • Simon O’Neill (VM50-54) of Marlow Striders and Guy Woolett (VM45-49) of Gade Valley Harriers both recorded 75.6% age grading.

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:

  • Derek Shaw with 23:23 – a new PB at his 52nd parkrun!
  • Edward Harris with 23:32 – a new PB at his 3rd parkrun!
  • Michael Burnett of Hillingdon Triathletes with 25:25
  • Tim Davies with 25:52
  • Juan Crosby with 27:27 – a new PB at his 4th parkrun!
  • Annabel Greatorex with 28:28
  • Hannah Vose and Mark Digby – both from Burnham Joggers, with 29:29
  • Linda Lord with 38:38
  • Anthony Bruce with 40:40 on his very first parkrun ever!

 

Looking ahead

The good news is that our new team of Run Directors are being trained up under Dave’s watchful eye and have been loading the results successfully for the last couple of weeks, and understanding how each of the volunteer roles makes Black Park parkrun work so well.

We are always looking for people who are prepared to help in one of the volunteer roles. Please email black-parkhelpers@parkrun.com with the date(s) that you can help. They are easy to learn and the volunteers have great fun together, as well as a sense of satisfaction when all goes well (especially in the weeks where we do not lose any of the finisher tokens!!)

 

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 16,178 participants have completed 168,891 parkruns covering a total distance of 844,455 km, including 27,072 new Personal Bests.

 

Will the rain ever end!!

Run # 461 – 31 March 2018

 

Unsurprisingly, conditions today were extremely wet underfoot with plenty of puddles and slippery mud to negotiate. The rain held off for the most part but started again about 25 minutes into the run.

This week 591 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 86 were first timers and 58 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 46 different clubs took part.

One of these clubs, Dacorum and Tring turned up in force with 17 of their runners taking part to celebrate Jim Mason’s 50th event. They even brought along a very impressive cake to help the celebrations. It was the first time for a number of them at Black Park, here’s hoping they enjoyed it and will come back soon!

Special mention also to Raymond Hoyle. Raymond celebrated his 250th run, almost all of these have been at Black Park. He is a regular volunteer at Black Park and is always helping out. Congratulations Raymond!

One other special mention this week is to Nikki Tasker who ran her 200th today. Nikki has run all 200 at Black Park. Keep this up and in about a year’s time, she will pick up her shiny green top.

Another selection of fabulous photos this week taken by George.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gmardall/sets

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Jim O'DONOVAN • Jenny ZAREMBA • Andy TORRANCE • Stephen MCALISTER • Ian SMALES • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • David COOMBS • Alyson MCSHANE • Karen ALOE • Mantej DHATT • Charlotte PEDRICK • Raymond John HOYLE • Adam HORSFIELD • Audrey PARSONS • George MARDALL • Nigel WRIGHT • Holly PHILLIPS • Ollie STRIDE • Vicky HART • Yestin LINTON-SMITH

This week’s milestone runs:

10 – Annie Eastmond

50 – Sarah Munn, Jim Mason, Justin Atkinson

100 – Alan Dorricott, Jack Majewski

250 – Raymond John Hoyle

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 16,115 participants have completed 168,268 parkruns covering a total distance of 841,340 km, including 26,967 new Personal Bests.

 

The week we could have taken a wrong turn!

This week 545 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 61 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.

For those of us who have never paid any attention to the route we run at Black Park, this week could have seen us go off in a new direction.  Thankfully the (remarkably similar) signs placed for a charity run taking place the following day were not enough to confuse our lead runners, and as always,the rest of us faithfully followed behind and found our way to the finish line!  Congratulations to all those that took part in The Stroke Association Charity run, I hope we didn't make it too muddy for you!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gmardall/40093155655/in/album-72157665000985817
Photo credit: George Mardall

A huge thank you to this week’s heroes in his-vis:

David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Jenny ZAREMBA • Andy TORRANCE • Alastair REECE • Sue BREE • Jennie JUPP • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Nick ARCHER • Karen SPROD • Raymond John HOYLE • Rebecca CLARK • Adam HORSFIELD • George MARDALL • Sharon BUNBY • Amanda KEEN • Ollie STRIDE • Marie KOUHI • Jaskaran Singh SALL

Click below for a lovely pic of this week’s volunteers

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gmardall/39175926000/in/album-72157665000985817/
Photo credit: George Mardall

Milestone Runs
This week the following people reached milestone runs:

10 Club – Alice EGAN
50 Club – Antonia GARCIA, Beverly HUGHES, Clare TALBOT
100 Club – Andrew HAWKES, Richard GOBLE

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

Male placings:

Charlie EDWARDS (SM20-24) of Hillingdon AC was first over the line in 17:57
Tim MCBRIDE (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:17
George TIPPING (SM18-19) of Loughborough Students AC was third over the line in 18:44

Female placings:

Jean KNAPP (VW40-44) of Runnymede Runners was first (38th overall) over the line in 22:07
Karen OROURKE (VW50-54) of Hillingdon AC was second (51st overall) over the line in 23:00
Arlene PENFOLD (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (59th overall) over the line in 23:20

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

Austin SOANE (VM60-64) – 85.43% for the time 19:27 (6th overall)
Jackie STALLWOOD (VW75-79) – 82.86% for the time 29:16 (278th overall)
Margaret MARDALL (VW70-74) – 79.65% for the time 28:25 (238th 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 16,029 participants have completed 167,677 parkruns covering a total distance of 838,385 km, including 26,909 new Personal Bests.

 

Running together

Black Park parkrun
Event number 459
17th March 2018

Ahead of the snow and ice which was forecast for the region on Saturday night and into Sunday, 454 people ran, jogged and walked the Black Park course. 51 were first timers, 38 recorded new Personal Bests 31 different clubs were represented.
One group with large representation on Saturday was Langley Park Primary Academy. 15 students and 2 adult helpers ran their first parkrun. They put aside their differences, as although they are in the same class, they play for 3 different football teams. For most of them it was the first time they had run 5k. The reason was that one of their friends has cancer and they have raised over £3500 for Ward 12 at Wexham Park hospital through this activity over the last 2 weeks. It was inspiring to see them warming up and stretching together and then cheering each other in at the end. Well done to all the runners and we hope to see you again.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Jim O'DONOVAN • Jenny ZAREMBA • Andy TORRANCE • Philip WOOLHOUSE • David Anthony MORGAN • Joanna CLOHERTY • Kathryn SMALES • Ian SMALES • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Minnie CROSS • Raymond John HOYLE • Adam HORSFIELD • Audrey PARSONS • George MARDALL • Alex MARTIN • Colin ACREMAN • Lotte VISSER • Jaskaran Singh SALL
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 15,990 participants have completed 167,132 parkruns covering a total distance of 835,660 km, including 26,848 new Personal Bests.

 

 

Dogs at Black Park parkrun

Please could we remind all runners with dogs that your dog should be on lead at all times during the run, and that the lead should be short, particularly in the early stages when you are potentially passing large numbers of runners. The dog also needs to be in your sight at all times and not running behind you so that you can react to what it is doing, and please do not use the extendable 'trip-wire' leads - your dog needs to be on a suitably strong lead so that you have instant control over the dog should it be required. Runners may also not see these leads if it is extended and may assume the dog is running with another person and attempt to run between you.
Please follow these simple guidelines and the run will be safer for all.

 

Coldest Run of the Year …so far!

Black Park parkrun
Event number 457
24th February 2018

On the coldest Saturday of the year so far, 551 people ran, jogged and walked the Black Park course, 60 were first timers and 76 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.
Gloves, hats and thick tops were in abundance. As we all stood at the start listening to instructions some chose to move from one foot to another, others chose to jump up and down but all were keen to get started.
It might have been cold but it was clear and many people stated how great a morning it was to be out running. There were a few puddles but the path was fairly dry. The sun was out and everyone was enjoying the run through the park.
So many people have said that they love the Black Park run and last Saturday you could definitely understand why.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Jenny ZAREMBA • Andy TORRANCE • Ian SMALES • Laura HAWKINS • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Diane KENDALL • Karen ALOE • Charlotte PEDRICK • Minnie CROSS • Audrey PARSONS • George MARDALL • Paula KELLY • Ken PHILLIPS • Alex MARTIN • Martin STEWART • Holly PHILLIPS • Ollie STRIDE • Marie KOUHI • Jaskaran Singh SALL
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Black Park parkrun Results Page.
The following people reached their 50 park runs milestone:-
Ruby WILLIAMS
Toby SHELDON

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 15,914 participants have completed 166,197 parkruns covering a total distance of 830,985 km, including 26,762 new Personal Bests.

 

 

A welcome to visitors

Run # 456 – 17 February 2018

 

Another big field this week, 619 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 67 were first timers and 61 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The milestone achievers this week are listed below but big congratulations goes out to Beverley Ann Jewell for reaching her 250th run accompanied as ever by her trusty pooch.

Some established running clubs had ‘delegations’ at this week’s run.

Hayes and Harlington turned up to help Jack Nisbet celebrate his 100th run. Take a look at this week’s photos, unless the sight of a grown man in a colourful tutu makes you nervous!

Also present were a large number of runners from West 4 Harriers who hail from the Chiswick area. They made the long journey along the M4 to join us. Hopefully they enjoyed it and will be visiting us again in the near future. As a special note, one of their auspicious team recorded the highest age-grading result of the day. Congratulations to Jane Rowden achieving 85.21% by running 23:47 in the female 60-64 age grade…..fantastic running!

Further visitors from exodustravels also graced us with their presence. As Parkrun partners, they were offering £100 off any Exodus holiday. Certainly looked impressive!

Another selection of fabulous photos this week taken by George.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gmardall/sets

The event was made possible by 23 fantastic volunteers:

Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Jenny ZAREMBA • Andy TORRANCE • Steve BREAGAN • Sue BREE • Stuart R EVANS • Ian SMALES • Arjun BABHANIA • Laura HAWKINS • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Bob STANBROOK • Raymond John HOYLE • Audrey PARSONS • Richard ELLIOTT • George MARDALL • Lotte VISSER • Martin STEWART • Holly PHILLIPS • Marie KOUHI • Jaskaran Singh SALL

This week’s milestone runs

10 – Oliver Webb, Rachel Munn

50 – Lucy Bowring, Sarah Newbery, Vicky Hart

100 – Jack Nisbet, Sukjit Singh

250 – Beverley Ann Jewell

 

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 15,854 participants have completed 165,645 parkruns covering a total distance of 828,225 km, including 26,686 new Personal Bests.

 

Cake, Balloons and one very big milestone run!

This week 591 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 61 were first timers and 76 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part, but there was one very special runner among us today, Barbara Allen!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/123876000@N05/40185928441/in/pool-1651647@N21

Photo credit: John Tipping

This week's event saw Barbara Allen complete her 500th Parkrun, making her only the 15th runner to join the very exclusive 500 club.  Barbara's first Parkrun was at Bushey back in 2006 where she ran over 100 times before being lured to Black Park (no doubt by the superior quantity of mud!). After joining us on our 2nd run Barbara decided to stay with us at Black Park where she has run 352 of her 500 Parkrun's. On top of this very impressive tally of runs, Barbara has also chalked up over 200 volunteering stints doing everything from pacing to sorting tokens, as well as processing the run results, no mean feat I’m sure when you consider there are now nearly 600 runners each week.

I was fortunate enough to run with the lovely Barbara this week, and was able (between getting my breath back) to have a chat. Over the years Barbara has taken part in many running events including some Parkrun tourism in places such as Edinburgh and Fish Hoek in South Africa, a location that Barbara plans to visit again later this year. But by far the most memorable seemed to be the Hampshire Hoppit, an event that a friend (who shall remain nameless!), encouraged her to enter. Barbara recounts how it was run on the hottest day of the year, with an almost vertical hill right not far from the start. Despite the challenges, Barbara crossed the finish line and no doubt quickly found some shade and much needed water.

I’m sure I speak for everyone at Black Park when I say congratulations on your phenomenal 500 Parkruns and many, many thanks for all the volunteering you do.

A huge thank you to this week’s fabulous volunteers:

David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Jenny ZAREMBA • Andy TORRANCE • Alastair REECE • Vince ELLERBY • Kathryn SMALES • Ian SMALES • Arjun BABHANIA • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Bob STANBROOK • John TIPPING • Beverley Ann JEWELL • Cherry KEY • Minnie CROSS • Raymond John HOYLE • Audrey PARSONS • Richard ELLIOTT • Nithila LOGATHAS • Alexandra MARTIN • Jane TRAFFORD • Martin STEWART • Holly PHILLIPS • Roger GORHAM • Madeline KATTA-WORAE • Marie KOUHI • Jaskaran Singh SALL

Click below for a picture of this week’s volunteers

https://www.flickr.com/photos/123876000@N05/28405535809/in/pool-1651647@N21

Photo credit: John Tipping

Milestone Runs

This week the following people reached milestone runs:
10 Club – Rachael ILES
50 Club – Jude MIFSUD

100 Club – Kathryn BODDEY

This week the following people joined the Volunteer Club (with 25 stints):

Rebecca Frances BYRNE

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

Male placings:

Tom SETTLE (SM30-34) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:08

Paul CORNEY (VM35-39) of Hillingdon Triathletes was second over the line in 17:59

Luke EDWARDS (JM11-14) of Hillingdon AC was third over the line in 18:11

Female placings:

Louise DAVIES (SW30-34) of Burnham Joggers was first (20th overall) over the line in 20:05

Liz LEE (VW45-49) (Unattached) was second (37th overall) over the line in 21:47

Abby STOCKWELL (JW11-14) (Unattached) was third (58th overall) over the line in 22:36)

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

Kevin MCDONALD (VM55-59) – 80.01% for the time 19:20 (9th overall)

Margaret MARDALL (VW70-74) – 78.82% for the time 28:43 (273rd overall)

Jackie STALLWOOD (VW75-79) – 78.23 for the time 31:00 (353rd 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 15,786 participants have completed 165,026 parkruns covering a total distance of 825,130 km, including 26,625 new Personal Bests.

 

Emotion everywhere!

Run # 453 – 27 January 2018

 

Dry, a little cold and still a bit squelchy underfoot…..everything that makes up a good trail run!

Report from the field

Another incredible number of participants, today 623!

What is always amazing is the number of first timers that come along to Parkrun each week. I took the liberty of talking to one of these ‘newbies’ after Saturday’s run (they give themselves away with the show of hands before the run begins!). The lady told me about her nervousness with coming to Black Park as she believed the Parkrun was full of experienced runners and she may embarrass herself in some way. After parking her car and looking around, she was convinced everyone looked like a finely tuned athlete (first impressions eh!). However, by the time the run had started, she had engaged others in conversation and seen how many others were first timers so felt a lot happier. She amazed herself by running all the way, chatting at times and that when she had her barcode scanned and realizing she was now a member of the biggest free running family in the world, she felt elated and quite emotional!!

This must be repeated by so many other first timers each week. We ‘old lags’ tend to forget how it felt when we began at Parkrun so it’s great to be reminded of how life changing this can be. I do look forward to seeing the number 2 against her Total Runs in the near future.

We also noticed another emotional event prior to this week’s run. Long-time Black Park family member Karen Trunkfield, the Black Park face of 2017 (you may recall the South Bucks 10k awards photos!), was in a state of distress. She had inadvertently brought her brand new, glistening New Balance road shoes to Parkrun instead of her somewhat ‘experienced’ trail shoes. She was terrified as this would mean mud……and she was right!

We send our best wishes to Karen and hope she recovers from this trauma soon.

One for the diary…….

I’m risking life and limb for disclosing this but on 10th February, our one and only Barbara Allen is looking to run her 500th Parkrun at Black Park, not only that, but it’s also her birthday that day….35 or something!! She’ll not forgive me for this but I know there are people who would hate to miss congratulating her on such a fantastic achievement.

 

As ever, fantastic photos this week provided by George Mardall https://www.flickr.com/photos/gmardall/sets

 

Milestones reached this week, well done all:

10 Club - William PERRIN-COCON

50 Club – Andy Bates, Elaine Cobb, Paul Tyler

100 Club – James Craig

250 Club – Stephen Mcalister

This week 623 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 55 were first timers and 77 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Barbara ALLEN • Mark LUCAS • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Andy TORRANCE • Philip WOOLHOUSE • Arjun BABHANIA • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Bob STANBROOK • Karen ALOE • Gerald MCGRATH • Minnie CROSS • Raymond John HOYLE • Audrey PARSONS • Richard ELLIOTT • George MARDALL • Ken PHILLIPS • Amanda KEEN • Alex MARTIN • Bob BERESFORD • Ollie STRIDE • Madeline KATTA-WORAE • Marie KOUHI • Jaskaran Singh SALL

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 15,668 participants have completed 163,792 parkruns covering a total distance of 818,960 km, including 26,454 new Personal Bests.

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