Christmas Running At Black Park

Christmas is rapidly approaching, so here are details of our schedule over the Christmas period.

We will be running as usual on Saturday 23rd at 9am. We know some of you don’t need much invitation, but if you want to dress up then this is the one!

There is no run on Christmas Day at Black Park.
Should you need a parkrun fix however there are various nearby events who are operating on Christmas Day, including 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.

There will be an extra run at Black Park at 9am on New Year’s Day. This is the only day of the year when you can run 2 parkruns, so Upton Court will also be running but at 10:30 to give you the option of doing both. And for that extra special parkrun double, why not join Datchet Dashers as they run the 4 miles between them as well! Several other local events are also running at 10:30 including Rickmansworth, Woodley, Osterley & Crane Park, so the choice is yours. Please check the Christmas Compendium page for full details.

We’re then back on the regular Saturday schedule from January 6th as thoughts turn to new year resolutions, spring half marathon and marathon training.

 

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.

 

Over 500 parkrunners on a cold and frosty morning!

parkrun #443 - 25th November 2017

Stories from the park
The weather had turned much colder, so it was great to see 502 courageous people out to run, jog and walk the beautiful Black Park course. 46 were first timers and 46 ran a Personal Best – many congratulations to both groups!

This stunning photo from our fabulous photographer George Mardell (thank you George) really captures the beauty of the frosty day:

 

 

And Logathas Velayuthapillai posted a wonderful video of the run to the parkrun discussion group Facebook page. Some impressive on-the-run camera work! (And postings of videos and pictures from parkruns around the UK showed that whilst we enjoyed the cool and frosty conditions, others were enjoying even cooler and frostier!)

This week I caught up with Audrey Parsons – one of our wonderful volunteers that you will see at Black Park pretty much every week. Those will dogs will know her well – she stands just by the café as everyone arrives and has dog treats in her right pocket , which every dog seems to know! I asked her how she came to help out at Black Park, and she explained that her husband Steve started coming along when Black Park parkrun started in 2009 and although she cannot run due to back pain, she wanted to get out of the house and be a part of it too. She will do any volunteer job, although she loves barcode scanning most – and like most of us, has a fear of pressing the wrong button on the timer! Steve has run 335 runs at Black Park (with an incredible consistency over the last 9 years and an impressive age grading of 77%!). Thank you Audrey and well done Steve!

Here is a photo of all of our wonderful volunteers – Audrey is on the right hand side, sat on the bench

Achievements this week
Representatives of 34 different clubs took part and we also congratulated new members of the parkrun milestone clubs:

10 Club – Chloe WALKER
50 Club - Kate CALLOWAY, Michael FERREIRA, Paul CORNEY
100 Club - Darren PERKINS, Denise NISBET, George LOVEDAY, Marta KNILL, Michael HAYWARD, Rachel TEDDS
250 Club - Nick WILSON
Plus Dave gave a shout out at the start to Jane Martin, running her 200th parkrun.

It was fantastic to see Denise Nisbit accompanied by a group of Hayes and Harlington Runners in their distinctive blue and orange kit and enjoying the day with cake and candles. Denise has done over 80% of her 100 runs at Black Park and still says that it is one of her very favourite courses, although she has also run parkruns in Denmark and USA.

Denise proudly sporting her 100 balloon and a tutu!

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers – a big cheer for them:

Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Jenny ZAREMBA • Maureen PEDRI • Andy TORRANCE • Alastair REECE • Vince ELLERBY • Sue BREE • David Anthony MORGAN • Ian SMALES • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Bob STANBROOK • Benjamin ROBINSON • Josh LEE • Minnie CROSS • Raymond John HOYLE • Audrey PARSONS • George MARDALL • James ROBINSON • Jo SHEPHERD • Alexandra MARTIN • Jane TRAFFORD • Lotte VISSER • Martin STEWART • Holly PHILLIPS • Madeline KATTA-WORAE • Marie KOUHI

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.
All Saturdays through the festive season will have the usual parkrun.

Next week is the last pacer Saturday of the year, so a chance to try and hit a new PB before seeing in the new year.

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 15,217 participants have completed 158,619 parkruns covering a total distance of 793,095 km, including 25,943 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.