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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

A record week for the UK!

This week 663 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 57 were first timers and 77 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.

Across the UK 130,000 runners took part in Parkruns this week, the highest attendance ever for the UK and 663 people took part at Black Park, putting us just outside of the top ten largest UK Parkruns. It looks like more finish tokens might be needed in the not too distant future!

As a volunteer scanning barcodes this week it was lovely to see just how many children run with their parents (or should that be parents trying to keep up with their children), what a great way to start the weekend. In the results the first two female finishers share the same surname, it would be lovely to think they were mother and daughter.

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

David PRIDDY • Jenny ZAREMBA • Philip WOOLHOUSE • Kathryn SMALES • Ian SMALES • Megan SMALES • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Carol COOMBS • Minnie CROSS • Raymond John HOYLE • Adam HORSFIELD • Audrey PARSONS • George MARDALL • Nigel WRIGHT • Ken PHILLIPS • Paul SILVESTER • Alexandra MARTIN • Lotte VISSER • Holly PHILLIPS • Ollie STRIDE • Vicky HART • May BOUGUERRA • Yestin LINTON-SMITH • Jaskaran Singh SALL • Isabella AMITRANO

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gmardall/39809279430/in/album-72157694108763181/

Photo Credit: George Mardall

 

Milestone Runs

This week the following people reached milestone runs:

50 Club – Ben HULL, Cathy WALKER, Francesca AINSWORTH, Liz D'ARCY-EVANS, Owen RATCLIFFE, Phil NASH, Simon HART

100 Club – Janine BROWN

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 17:48

Kevin MCDONALD (VM55-59) of Hillingdon AC was second over the line in 19:26

Alun JONES (VM60-64) of Thames Valley Orienteering Club was third over the line in 19:35

 

Female placings:

Liz LEE (VW45-49) (Unattached) was first (32nd overall) over the line in 21:21

Olivia LEE (JW11-14) (Unattached) was second (44th overall) over the line in 22:03

Kathryn FROST (VW45-49) (Unattached) was third (60th overall) over the line in 22:37

 

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

Alun JONES (VM60-64) – 84.09% for the time 19:35 (3rd overall)

Kevin MCDONALD (VM55-59) – 80.45% for the time 19:26 (2nd overall)

Margaret MARDALL (VW70-74) – 78.23% for the time 28:56 (277th 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 16,284 participants have completed 170,173 parkruns covering a total distance of 850,865 km, including 27,216 new Personal Bests.

 

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.

 

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.

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