How far would you go for a Parkrun?

Black Park parkrun
Event number 451
13th January 2018

How far is Black Park from your house? 1 mile, 5 miles, 10 miles? What is the furthest you’ve gone to take part in a park run? Today we welcomed a park run tourist who had come over 9000 miles, from Perth, Western Australia. Well, she didn’t come just to run with us at Black Park, Nichola flew to London to surprise her friend Jane for her birthday. The two friends hadn’t seen each other for almost 20 years so there was a lot of catching up to do. Nichola’s home park run is Champion Lakes which starts at 8am as the weather in Perth is currently about 34 degrees so Nichola liked our “cooler climate” today. As well as catching up with Jane, Nichola persuaded her to run her first ever park run today, we hope you enjoyed it Jane and that we see you again.

This week 627 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 60 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The following people reached these milestones:-
10 Club - Alfie CHEEK

50 Club - Frank FOGARTY, Jennifer WRIGHT

100 Club - Amy CLARIDGE

250 Club - Steve WELLS

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Andy TORRANCE • Stuart R EVANS • Ian SMALES • Will SMALES • Arjun BABHANIA • Laura HAWKINS • Bob STANBROOK • Diane KENDALL • John TIPPING • Minnie CROSS • Raymond John HOYLE • Adam HORSFIELD • Audrey PARSONS • Alex MARTIN • Janett BAKER • Harsha BURTON • Jane TRAFFORD • Martin STEWART • Holly PHILLIPS • 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 15,565 participants have completed 162,635 parkruns covering a total distance of 813,175 km, including 26,325 new Personal Bests.

 

A MORNING OF IMPRESSIVE NUMBERS

If you weren’t clear-headed enough to venture out for the extra New Years Day run, then run no. 450 was the first Parkrun of 2018, and it was filled with impressive numbers. This week 706 people ran, jogged and walked the course, 67 first timers were welcomed, and 70 recorded new Personal Bests, with representatives of 43 different clubs taking part. 706 runners is very near the attendance record for Black Park which stands at 738, set on the 1st April 2017.

Nationally the Parkrun family continues to grow, and over the Christmas period 23,000 new people signed up to be Parkrunners (thankfully not all at Black Park, can you imagine the queues at the ticket machines!!).

Run no. 450 at Black Park saw its own impressive numbers, with milestone runs of 300 and 350 taking place (more on one of those later) plus a new record in the JM11-14 category. Congratulations go to Max McGarvie who came across the finish line in a time of 17:22 knocking 13 seconds off of the previous record. Amazing work Max, an inspiration to all our younger runners and us more mature runners too, even those of us who can’t ever hope to be that fast!

Congratulations also go to Jenny Zaremba, who has now chalked up an impressive 300 Parkruns. Here’s what she had to say about Parkrun:

“It was so lovely to celebrate my 300th Parkrun with friends at Black Park on pacer day. I love pacer day – I love the sense of anticipation, as well as the teamwork amongst the pacers to make sure that we bring people in to reach their goals. My husband and I often run as guide runners, but we also love to run together and pace people.

When we each first started (for me at run zero – the rehearsal run the week before Black Park parkrun started in 2009, and my husband Chris a year later) we were like most people in terms of trying to improve. As time has gone on, we have run with more people, and persuaded lots of our friends all over the country to start parkrunning, by introducing them to their local Parkrun when visiting. And so much of the joy has been sharing the fun with other people and learning from them.

One of my happiest memories is Pete Riley who always used to persuade Chris and me to stop rushing, and to stay for a cup of coffee after Black Park parkrun. As well as trying to work out how well Slough Town would play each Saturday, he also gave me lots of tips for my third marathon. We are now just preparing for our 20th and 8th marathons respectively, and have to admit that we count every run (including the 90km Comtrades ultra-marathon in South Africa) in terms of how many parkruns it is!”

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Jenny in her Parkrun orange (Photo Credit: George Mardall)

A huge thank you to this week’s volunteers including our pacers:

Barbara ALLEN • Mark LUCAS • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Glyn WATKINS • Jenny ZAREMBA • Mary LORD • Andy TORRANCE • Steve BREAGAN • Joe NOLAN • Rose O'NEILL • Jackie STALLWOOD • Sheila O'NEILL • Kathryn SMALES • Ian SMALES • Antony SMITH • Chris ZAREMBA • Laura HAWKINS • Alison ALLAN • Kenneth BROWN • Martin JOSTEN • Bob STANBROOK • Alyson MCSHANE • Steve WELLS • Karen Anne PATTERSON • Tim DAWSON • Rob LOWE • David MCSHANE • Zena PHILLIPS • Minnie CROSS • Gary HOOK • Raymond John HOYLE • Ian SEARS • Adam HORSFIELD • John MILES • Fiona JAMIESON • Anita STAUNTON • David ROSS • Denis KERBY • Audrey PARSONS • Ollie STRIDE • George MARDALL • Toby ROBINSON • Tony CLISH • Ben ROBINSON • James ROBINSON • Jo SHEPHERD • Asantha WIJETUNGE • Lotte VISSER • Ollie STRIDE • Madeline KATTA-WORAE • Marie KOUHI • Jaskaran Singh SALL

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Our pacers, watches ready and raring to go (Photo credit: George Mardall)

Milestone Runs

This week the following people reached milestone runs:
10 Club – None this week
50 Club – Clara WETTON, Gabby HOLLAND, Linda GAITSKELL, Rosalyn COOKE, Samantha FARNFIELD, Snita SHARMA
100 Club – Alex GLONEK, Andy WOOD, Colin Leslie CORK, Wim NUYTS

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

Male placings:

Ross MCGARVIE (JM15-17) (Unattached) a first timer, was first over the line in 17:10
David LEE (VM35-39) of Datchet Dashers was second over the line in 17:19
Max MCGARVIE (JM11-14) (Unattached) was third over the line in 17:22

Female placings:

Anna GODFREY (SW25-29) of Reading AC was first (23rd overall) over the line in 20:32
Kathryn FROST (VW45-49) (Unattached) was second (61st overall) over the line in 22:40

Abby STOCKWELL (JW11-14) (Unattached) was third (62nd overall) over the line in 22:43)

All time course records:

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

Tony JACKSON (VM50-54) – 83.57% for the time 17:39 (third overall)
John COBB (VM60-64) – 79.66% for the time 20:29 (21st overall)
Margaret MARDALL (VW70-74) – 79.01% for the time 28:11 (226th 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 15,513 participants have completed 162,008 parkruns covering a total distance of 810,040 km, including 26,265 new Personal Bests.

 

Hello 2018

Event number 449
1st January 2018

2018 started with a cold snap but 461 hardy runners were not deterred and chose to start the new year with a Parkrun. The route was quite muddy, very muddy in some parts but 38 people still recorded new personal bests. We had 88 first timers, don’t be put off it’s not always muddy! And representatives from 57 different clubs took part.

For the last 3 years I’ve started off with a double park run starting with Black Park and then doing Upton Court. This year was different, I started off the year by volunteering. I turned up at 8.30 and reported to Fred who gave me my role. One of my first jobs was to stand just beyond the start to make sure everyone kept to the path and didn’t run in to the dreaded post at the first corner. As someone who usually starts in the last third of the runners, it was exciting to see what life is like at the start line. I had a great time volunteering as I got to meet and talk to so many more people then I normally do when I run. I would definitely recommend going on the rota and volunteering as it gives you a completely different perspective on a Parkrun.

This week the event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Barbro JULIN • Steve BREAGAN • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Paul ROBINSON • Carol COOMBS • Alyson MCSHANE • Liz LEE • Charlotte PEDRICK • Raymond John HOYLE • Nigel FARNFIELD • Audrey PARSONS • George MARDALL • Shona LOWE • Ken PHILLIPS • Jo SHEPHERD • Holly PHILLIPS • Peter SMITH

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

The following people reached milestones this week:-
10 Club - Beth MURRAY, Rory CLARK
50 Club - Chris CALLOWAY, James GRIFFITHS, Julia BEECH, Kevin MCDONALD, Lee HUGHES, Linda GAITSKELL
100 Club - Andy WOOD, David WILKINSON, James LEACH
250 Club - Laura STONE, Maureen PEDRI

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 15,446 participants have completed 161,302 parkruns covering a total distance of 806,510 km, including 26,195 new Personal Bests.

 

Milestones a-plenty in the last parkrun of 2017!

parkrun #448 – 30th December 2017 – last parkrun of 2017

Stories from the park

The weather was surprisingly mild after snow during the week, and heavy snow closing parkruns further north. But that did mean it was rather muddy and there seemed to be a contest on who could get mud the highest up their clothing! (Luckily George’s wonderful photos capture the front view, not the back view – which was considerably muddier!) 475 people ran, jogged and walked the course, with 42 first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests – all brilliant ways to see out the old year.

Out by the 2km marker, I caught up with Mum and son team Amanda and Teddy Silvey in their matching bright yellow ‘December Daily Dash’ T-shirts. With just one day still to go, I had to ask them how it had been going. Impressively, regardless of the variable weather conditions this December Amanda had run 5K every day through the month, and was looking forward to a big finish tomorrow. This was the second year that they had participated, after a work colleague had wanted to put a team together to recognise the fantastic work that the Sue Ryder Trust does. The numbers participating have grown significantly, and there is a local group that will all celebrate with their last dash of the month in Cookham tomorrow morning. Teddy was also focused on a milestone –he had set himself the challenge of 20 parkruns before the end of 2017, and even though a fall at gymnastics yesterday had left him with an aching back, he pushed himself through the 5K, including a very impressive sprint finish that left everything out on the course. Almost all of Teddy’s parkruns have been at Black Park, although he has also done Llanhydrock and Trelissick whilst on holiday – and he was surprised to see that for all of the hills and technical technical roots and camber at Llanhydrock it had not made the top 10 most difficult UK parkruns list that he read recently! Congratulations to both of you on your milestones. We hope to see you very soon – with Dad and sister too (who are also Black Park parkrunners) for a fantastic 2018.

This was made possible by 21 volunteers – a big cheer for them:

Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Andy TORRANCE • Alastair REECE • Kathryn SMALES • Ian SMALES • Arjun BABHANIA • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Andrew HOOK • Claire HOOK • Raymond John HOYLE • Audrey PARSONS • Ben ROBINSON • James ROBINSON • Alex MARTIN • Martin STEWART • Holly PHILLIPS • Madeline KATTA-WORAE • Marie KOUHI

And special mentions for our wonderful Run Director: Dave Priddy – for his birthday today. Happy birthday Dave, and as always many thanks indeed!

Achievements this week
Representatives of 35 different clubs took part (and we had a record number of Vegan Runners with many first timers – welcome!) We also congratulated new members of the parkrun milestone clubs:

10 Club – Ayesha BASHIER, Beth MURRAY, Rory CLARK
50 Club - Chris CALLOWAY, Claire PARSONS, James GRIFFITHS, Jessica COLLINS, Julia BEECH, Lee HUGHES, Karen SPROD
100 Club - Hardeep BATH, James LEACH, John CABLE, Martin BLAKE, Stuart ROONEY
250 Club - Maureen PEDRI

There were celebrations aplenty – with balloons, photos and team members travelling to support.
It was lovely to see Hardeep Bath complete 100 runs, as he was at Black Park for the very first parkrun on 18th July 2009 and has managed to escape back issues and football duty to complete 100 parkruns before the end of 2017! He still has some way to go to catch his Dad, Rachhpal Bath, who ran his 175th parkrun today and is still going strong at 85 (which he attributes to daily yoga and continued exercise – but that should probably be another run report interview!)

Looking ahead

There is an unusual double-run on New Year’s Day: 9am at Black Park and Upton Court at 10.30am. A keen group of Datchet Dashers and Burnham Joggers will be running between the two, if you would like to join them.
Then Saturday 6th will be pacers day, to get the New Year off to a flying start!

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 15,358 participants have completed 160,841 parkruns covering a total distance of 804,205 km, including 26,157 new Personal Bests.

 

Santa run day!

Run # 447 – 23 December 2017 2017

Dry and unseasonably warm. However, it did mean that those areas of the course that had mud on the surface made it particularly ‘squelchy’ underfoot resulting in lots of Ergh!! shouts from competitors not used to cross country extremes! All good fun.

Report from the field

This week was a ‘come in your Christmas outfit’ event and runners certainly took this to heart.
In the nine years I’ve been taking part in these events, I don’t think I’ve seen so many Santas, elves and reindeer (dressed up as dogs) as took part today, fantastic!
Even our event photographer was in full Santa regalia!
Talking before the start to one participant who shall remain nameless (mainly due to the fact I forgot to ask her name), she told me this was the best event she attended over Christmas as it made her smile from start to finish, it keeps her fit and she didn’t feel pressurised to buy anything!!
To top it all, the sound system is working well and we all had the pleasure of hearing Dave’s dulcet tones reaching our ears. So that’s what he’s been saying for 9 years!

Just as a reminder of upcoming events

There is no run on Christmas Day at Black Park.
Events that are operating on Christmas Day include Northala Fields, Cassiobury, Maidenhead, Rickmansworth & Woodley. For up-to-date details of which events are running please check out the parkrun Christmas Compendium

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/christmas-compendium/

There is no parkrun on Boxing Day, however there is the Pinewood Trails 5k at 9:30, running a different 5k route through Black Park. Online entries are already open.

https://www.bucksvoice.net/pinewoodtrails/pinewood-trails/

We will be running as usual on Saturday 30th December at 9am.

Achievements this week
50 club – Michael Day
100 club – Melanie Louise Ratcliffe

This week 523 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Andy TORRANCE • Sue BREE • Arjun BABHANIA • Chris ZAREMBA • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • David COOMBS • Liz LEE • David MCSHANE • Minnie CROSS • Raymond John HOYLE • Nigel FARNFIELD • Audrey PARSONS • Ben ROBINSON • James ROBINSON • Jo SHEPHERD • Alexandra MARTIN • Martin STEWART • Holly PHILLIPS • Madeline KATTA-WORAE • 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 15,316 participants have completed 160,366 parkruns covering a total distance of 801,830 km, including 26,137 new Personal Bests.

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A journey of 5,000m starts with a single step

parkrun #444 – 2nd December 2017 – last pacer day of 2017!

Stories from the park
The weather was reminding us that it is now December, but there was no rain and the mud was not so bad! It was pacer day, so whilst 424 people ran, jogged and walked the course, Joe Nolan had set up the pacers at every minute from 21 minutes through to 37 minutes, plus a Run/Walk pacer. Hopefully this helped the 20 first timers and the 76 recorded new Personal Bests (an impressive 18% of the field!)

At Pacer Mission Control, I caught up with the 35 minute pacers – mother and daughter team Jo and Abbie Moriarty. I asked them “how did you into parkrun?” Jo had been persuaded to come and give it a go by a work colleague, regular parkrunner Mary Lord. Thus persuasion had included a lunch-break run of 2 laps of the Hayes run path round the bike track to prove that the distance was manageable and then coming along to run together. Jo said that on that first parkrun she was stunned to make it all the way to the ‘hill’ at 4km before walking, and only ever walked twice more, and that was 185 parkruns ago! She in turn persuaded Abby to come along one Christmas and give it a go. After 28 runs she has taken a brilliant 10 minutes off her time, and loves pacing others. The two of them have now joined their local running Club – Hayes and Harlington Runners, and have even started on the parkrun tourism trail, trying out Wimpole last month (their verdict was lovely, but hilly and muddy!). Thank you to both of you, and all of the other lovely pacers too.

Pacer awards to Anthony Smith (22 min pacer) for the spangliest running tights, Mark Moore (23 minute pacer) for the run technique photo of the year , Steve Wells’ dog (27 min pacer) for keeping them on pace, Karen Trunckfield (29 min pacer) for having the presence to wave to the photographer in the rush of the start, and Karen Aloe and Rose O’Neill (36 min pacers) for both managing to hold the sign together for their photo. You can see these, and your own photo too, if you have a look at George Mardell’s fabulous photo album on Flickr.

This was made possible by 54 volunteers – a big cheer for them:

Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Glyn WATKINS • Jenny ZAREMBA • Mary LORD • Andy TORRANCE • Mark STEVENS • Philip WOOLHOUSE • David Anthony MORGAN • Joe NOLAN • Rose O'NEILL • Jackie STALLWOOD • Ian SMALES • Arjun BABHANIA • Philip Morris JONES • Antony SMITH • Chris ZAREMBA • Laura HAWKINS • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Carol COOMBS • Alyson MCSHANE • James LAYCOCK • Karen ALOE • Steve WELLS • Karen TRUNKFIELD • Karen Anne PATTERSON • Tim DAWSON • Joanna MORIARTY • Josh LEE • Zena PHILLIPS • Minnie CROSS • Gary HOOK • Raymond John HOYLE • Suzy GAULTON • John MILES • Fiona JAMIESON • David ROSS • Denis KERBY • Audrey PARSONS • Mark MOORE • George MARDALL • Toby ROBINSON • Tony CLISH • Ben ROBINSON • Abigail MORIARTY • Jo SHEPHERD • Catherine FARRANT HUTT • Alex MARTIN • Jane TRAFFORD • Holly PHILLIPS • Madeline KATTA-WORAE • Marie KOUHI

Achievements this week
Representatives of 27 different clubs took part and we also congratulated new members of the parkrun milestone clubs:

10 Club – Elisabeth FRANKS, Rebecca DAVIS, Sam QUINN
25 Volunteer Club - Alyson MCSHANE, Toby ROBINSON
50 Club - David GILMOUR, Maria HUNTER
100 Club - Louise ROONEY

Looking ahead

Dave announced the plan for Christmas and New Year: there will be no run on Christmas Day at Black Park (but there are others in the area), but there will be a run on New Year’s Day at 9am and those that are keen can then travel on to Upton Court to parkrun there at 10.30am. A keen group of Datchet Dashers will be running between the two, if you would like to join them.
All Saturdays through the festive season will have the usual parkrun.

There is also a Boxing Day 5K in Black Park (an entirely different course from parkrun) – entries are online or on the day. Search for Pinewood Trails.

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 15,237 participants have completed 159,043 parkruns covering a total distance of 795,215 km, including 26,019 new Personal Bests.

 

It may be cold but we’re going to park run

Black Park parkrun
Event number 442
18th November 2017

For event #442 it seemed as though winter had arrived, there were a lot more long sleeves and gloves this week. However, cold weather does not deter the hardy runners who make up the Black Park park runners and 550 ran this week.

For one runner it was her last time as a Black Park regular as next week she is moving to Hampshire. Karen Sinclair has been running at Black Park since 2012 and this week marked her 130th park run, 110 of which have been completed with us. When I caught up with Karen, I asked her if the fact that Alice Holt park run was going to be only a few miles from her new home had influenced her decision to buy her particular house. “Well, it was certainly one factor” she replied without missing a beat. “I looked at some properties and towns and if the nearest park run was more than 10 miles away that property was off the list.” Park run is such a fixture in peoples’ lives that it can influence more than what time they set the alarm for on a Saturday morning. We wish Karen all the best in her new home and at her new park run.

A fantastic run
Huge congratulations to our first female finisher today, Orla Williams who ran 19:16 which equalled the JW11-14 age category record for Black Park. She was very happy with this run.
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Image taken by George Mardall

Christmas and New Year Runs
Christmas is fast approaching and with it our running schedule.

Saturday 23rd December – our usual 9am run
There will be NO run at Black Park on Christmas Day
Saturday 30th December – our usual 9am run

Monday 1st January 2018 – 9am run at Black Park
Monday 1st January 2018 – 10.30am run at Upton Court
This is the only day of the year when you can be credited with 2 runs on the same day.

Various other local events may be running on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, you can check the list here:
http://www.parkrun.org.uk/christmas-compendium/

This week 550 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 63 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 amazing volunteers:

Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Andy TORRANCE • Vince ELLERBY • Kathryn SMALES • Ian SMALES • Arjun BABHANIA • Laura HAWKINS • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Bob STANBROOK • Diane KENDALL • Minnie CROSS • Raymond John HOYLE • Audrey PARSONS • George MARDALL • Ben ROBINSON • James ROBINSON • Jo SHEPHERD • Alex MARTIN • Holly PHILLIPS • Madeline KATTA-WORAE • Marie KOUHI

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Black Park parkrun Results Page.
The following people reached run milestones this week:
50 Club
Colin SMITH
Jen SIMPSON
Kristina SHAW
Martin STEWART
Michael TUCKER

100 Club
Ali CORK
Jacqueline BOWLES

Volunteers 25 Club
Diane KENDALL

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 15,171 participants have completed 158,117 parkruns covering a total distance of 790,585 km, including 25,896 new Personal Bests.

 

Wet from above and wet from below!

Run # 441 – 11 November 2017

Wet from above and wet from below!
Though the rain had pretty much stopped by the start of the run, it was very wet and muddy underfoot, great fun for those who love the winter and cross-country feel of trail runs.

Report from the field

Unfortunately the run started badly for one of our runners who fell shortly after the start. I didn’t get the opportunity to speak with the unfortunate lady but we all hope she is ok.

After last week’s trial speaker system resulting in crystal clear announcements from Dave Priddy at the start of the run, we reverted to the old speaker system this week. As expected when standing near the back of the field, Dave’s voice could hardly be heard and when we did get a momentary exposure to his words, it was like a brief monologue from Professor Stanley Unwin (one for the oldies amongst us)! Looking forward to the new system being a regular feature.

Balloon carrier of the week, Carmel Bees celebrating her 200th run. A photo of Carmel’s team can be found amongst Andy Smith’s photos. Link below. Congratulations Carmel.

Another first today was Mac the dog! Welcome Mac, hope you enjoyed it and made several new friends with the large canine contingent eagerly waiting at the start.

A lovely message from a Parkrun Tourist. Always a pleasure for us to welcome visitors from other runs.

This week I was tying in my tourism to Black Park parkrun with a long overdue visit to friends who live near Uxbridge, only 10 minutes drive from Black Park.
It was on my list of nearby parkruns to visit as friends have said how scenic it is and my children enjoyed running school cross country there.
I followed the postcode for sat nav from the website, and apart from me turning in too early and reaching the country park manager's private car park, it was easy to find and parking information was accurate.
There is an undercover area to leave bags and toilets right near the start area, as well as a coffee kiosk. Whilst there is a newly acquired speaker system for the run brief, it was difficult to hear the run brief clearly with over 400 runners waiting for the off.
I had a lovely run, quite a muddy one (trail shoes had been well recommended for this occasion), flat overall and easy underfoot other than puddles really. There's a lovely part near the start where the trees meet above you head, very scenic. The route is all well marked out.
After my run I asked 2 ladies how to get to the cafe by the lake which had been recommended by a friend, and they going there too so offered to escort me (only a 5 minute walk around the lake). The cafe was busy but good coffee so worth waiting and the breakfasts looked great too. Everyone was very friendly and I also enjoyed a chat with some non-parkrunners having coffee with their dogs who were asking me about the run and talking about recommending it to their wives who are runners.
Overall I would thoroughly recommend this parkrun, it was very well organised, friendly and good facilities. I'm sure I will be back at some point!

Photos courtesy of Andy Smith https://www.flickr.com/groups/black-park-parkrun/pool/

Achievements this week
10 Club - Kingsley Thompson
50 Club - Shona Lowe, Clive Gilbert
100 Club - Hugh Greatorex

Volunteer 25 club – Freya Smith, Sevan Stephan, Zoe Smith

Plus 16 First Timers….hope to see you back again soon!

This week 499 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.

Congratulations to Paul Robinson and Sash Birkin who led their respective fields.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Jenny ZAREMBA • Andy TORRANCE • Ian SMALES • Will SMALES • Laura HAWKINS • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Bob STANBROOK • David COOMBS • Karen ALOE • Josh LEE • Zena PHILLIPS • Raymond John HOYLE • Andy SMITH • Audrey PARSONS • Ben ROBINSON • James ROBINSON • Jo SHEPHERD • Jane TRAFFORD • Lotte VISSER • Martin STEWART • Holly PHILLIPS • Ollie STRIDE • 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 15,148 participants have completed 157,567 parkruns covering a total distance of 787,835 km, including 25,833 new Personal Bests.

 

What happened to the warmth?

Run 439 - 28th October 2017

After quite a balmy week with abnormally warm temperatures, nature arrived today to remind us it really is the end of October. Most people were arriving in long sleeves and leggings for a very chilly morning. However we’re a tough bunch at Black Park and we don’t let a minor thing like frost hold us back from our Saturday morning fun!

Stories from the park

Most memorable event today was the joint 100 run for sisters, Nivitha and Nithila Logathas! It was something of a party atmosphere where a celebratory cake had been prepared along with balloons for everyone to enjoy. Congratulations to the girls who, both being juniors, could notch up an impressive collection of parkruns over time!

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Photo credit: George Mardall

Also worthy of note is the fact that during the first year of Black Park’s parkrun back in 2010 at this equivalent event, four of today’s runners were taking part. Seven years later, Steve Parsons, Jennie Jupp, Sue Bree and Nigel Sullivan are still pounding the BP trails, well done!

Enjoy the extra hour in bed tomorrow morning to those who won’t be woken up by children, pets or work!

 

Achievements this week

10 Club

Ben KELLAND-SHORTHOSE

Jack DERRIMAN
Victoria HAYWARD

50 Club

Anthony SAVAGE

100 Club

Mark OLNEY

Nithila LOGATHAS
Nivitha LOGATHAS
Yvonne OLNEY

 

This week 537 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 83 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Andy TORRANCE • Margaret MARDALL • Vince ELLERBY • Ian SMALES • Arjun BABHANIA • Tarsem BAINS • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Bob STANBROOK • Carol COOMBS • Diane KENDALL • Benjamin ROBINSON • Karen Anne PATTERSON • Josh LEE • Minnie CROSS • Raymond John HOYLE • Audrey PARSONS • George MARDALL • James ROBINSON • Paul SILVESTER • Alex MARTIN • Ella CASEY-PRIDAY • Lotte VISSER • Madeline KATTA-WORAE

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

Male placings:
James LAING (SM25-29) of Hillingdon AC, was first over the line in 16:38 - 13th time in 14 appearances.
Dominic MCDOUGALL (JM15-17) of Wycombe Phoenix Harriers & AC, was second over the line in 17:35 - was first to finish once before.
Paul CORNEY (SM30-34) of Hillingdon Triathletes, was third over the line in 17:45 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Karen OROURKE (VW50-54) of Hillingdon AC, was first (49th overall) over the line in 22:32 - first time in 60 appearances.
Jasmine LASSLETT (SW20-24) of Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC, was second (53rd overall) over the line in 22:42 - was first to finish once before.
Kathryn FROST (VW45-49) (Unattached) was third (57th overall) over the line in 22:59.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Kevin MCDONALD (VM55-59) – 79.28% for the time 19:33 (11th overall).
Dominic MCDOUGALL (JM15-17) – 79.15% for the time 17:35 (second overall).
John COBB (VM60-64) – 78.76% for the time 20:43 (24th 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).

Black Park parkrun started on 18th July 2009. Since then 15,058 participants have completed 156,562 parkruns covering a total distance of 782,810 km, including 25,736 new Personal Bests.

 

Some Sun and Splashes!

Event number 438
21st October 2017

Some Sun and Splashes!

Thankfully the rain that threatened earlier in the day held off and everyone had a dry run apart from the pools of water underfoot. Still, temperatures were good and Storm Brian was not due to arrive until the afternoon so no flying branches to look out for!!

 

Stories from the Park

With our fantastic Milestone runners and numerous Personal Bests this week, what is also notable is the fact that a number of our family of runners have achieved amazing consistency over the years. Running today, two people that have performed remarkably consistently over the years are Maureen Pedri and Cathy Staunton. They started at Black Park in 2009 and each has run over 200 Parkruns, quite a feat in its own right. What is amazing is that both recorded times in the 24 minutes way back in 2010 and are still running 24 minutes in 2017!! In addition, both have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease as well as Osteoporosis which hasn’t stopped them going out for their regular training runs in the week. Quite some feat as, I’m sure they won’t mind me saying, they are no longer in their teens!

Not many of our regular runners see the start line from the rear of the field. For those that do, they are lucky enough to witness the canine marvel that is Black Park’s running dogs and their owners! There is nothing more colourful and entertaining than watching these dogs which come in every shape, size and colour, go through their warm-up routines of jumping, sniffing, barking and spinning. If you don’t own a dog, it’s almost worth borrowing one for the day to enjoy the almost ‘chariot race’ feeling owners have when the start signal is sounded!!

This week 535 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 58 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

 

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

Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Andy TORRANCE • Margaret MARDALL • Sue BREE • Ian SMALES • Arjun BABHANIA • Laura HAWKINS • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Peter TOUGH • Minnie CROSS • Raymond John HOYLE • Liz MACARTNEY • Audrey PARSONS • James HORSFIELD • Nivitha LOGATHAS • George MARDALL • David HALLAS • Jamie MACARTNEY • Denise EDWARDS • Martin STEWART • Holly PHILLIPS • Madeline KATTA-WORAE • Marie KOUHI

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Photo credit: George Mardall

 

Milestone Runs

This week the following people reached milestone runs:

10 Club – Harriet FREWIN • Isadora SPRATLING • James DOCHERTY

50 Club – Ken ARMOUR • Mike LEIGH

100 Club – Zoe HORSFIELD

250 Club – Rose O'NEILL

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

 

Male placings:

James SILVEY (VM40-44) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:33 - 8th time in 10 appearances.
Paul CORNEY (SM30-34) of Hillingdon Triathletes, was second over the line in 17:49 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
Jacob MCADAM (SM18-19) of Cirencester AC, was third over the line in 18:00

 

Female placings:

Louise CROXSON (VW40-44) of Berkshire Tri, was first (21st overall) over the line in 20:39 - third time in 7 appearances.
Claire PUSEY (VW45-49) of Burnham Joggers, was second (24th overall) over the line in 20:45 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Liz LEE (VW45-49) (Unattached) was third (41st overall) over the line in 21:49 - has been first to finish on 8 previous occasions.

 

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

Michael HILL (VM60-64) – 80.79% for the time 20:34 (20th overall).
James SILVEY (VM40-44) – 78.92% for the time 17:33 (first overall).
Claire PUSEY (VW45-49) – 78.07% for the time 20:45 (24th 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 15,023 participants have completed 156,025 parkruns covering a total distance of 780,125 km, including 25,653 new Personal Bests.

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