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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Photo credit: Andy Smith
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
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.
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.