The charge of the blue-bib brigade

The first Saturday of the month meant that the pacer squad were in action, helping an impressive 108 of the 668 runners achieve a new PB, well done everyone. For those speedier souls amongst us, this week saw a new addition to the pacer team. Chris Bradfield, an accomplished runner of Datchet Dashers donned the 18-minute bib and with only a few glances at his watch came in pretty much spot on target. Thank you to all the pacers who do a marvellous job encouraging us all to go a bit quicker ...

36 minute pacer, thank you for getting me round today in my first ever 5k When I dropped off the pace of the 35 minute pacers I could have kept going backwards, I definitely felt like it, you carried me the last 1.5k's and I am grateful, I just didn't have the breath to say so at the end!” (Mike Parry)

“Am delighted at my PB today.....keeping that 31 minute pacer in my sights in the last 1k paid off as did his encouragement at the final push. Came in at 30.55 and my first ever sub 31 minuter. Thank you pacer!” (Jen Simpson)

 

A huge thank you to this week’s volunteers:

Barbara ALLEN • Chris BRADFIELD • Mark LUCAS • David PRIDDY • Mary LORD • Michael HILL • Andy TORRANCE • Mark STEVENS • Alastair REECE • Paula WALKER • Joe NOLAN • Ian SMALES • Antony SMITH • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Martin JOSTEN • Bob STANBROOK • Carol COOMBS • Denise NISBET • Cherry KEY • Karen ALOE • Steve WELLS • Karen TRUNKFIELD • Karen Anne PATTERSON • Tim DAWSON • Rob LOWE • Charlotte PEDRICK • Zena PHILLIPS • Gary HOOK • Raymond John HOYLE • Ian SEARS • Patrick FITZGERALD • Suzy GAULTON • John MILES • Audrey PARSONS • Verity MITCHELL • Snita SHARMA • George MARDALL • Toby ROBINSON • Nigel WRIGHT • Paula KELLY • Ken PHILLIPS • Sharon BUNBY • Sanchana MISHRA • Lynne PATRICK • Des MERRIGAN • Holly PHILLIPS • Vicky HART • Caroline QUINN • Yvonne SHAVE • Marie KOUHI • Isabella AMITRANO • Helen LOWE

Click below for a picture of this week’s volunteers (minus our pacers!)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gmardall/29464337777/in/album-72157699246702841/

And here you can find our fabulous pacers watches ready and raring to go:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gmardall/43684159184/in/album-72157699246702841/

Photo credit: George Mardall

 

Milestone Runs
This week the following people reached milestone runs:

10 Club – Hannah COWAN

50 Club – Edna STEELE, Amy KING, Donna CALDWELL, Jonathan WALPOLE, Liz SEDLEY, Dawn FAIRCLOUGH

100 Club – Ian SEARS, Brianna SMITH

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

 

Male placings:

Chris BRADFIELD (VM40-44) of Datchet Dashers was first over the line in 18:03

Kraig WRIGHT (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:38

Tom COMPTON (SM20-24) of Cambridge University Hare and Hounds was third over the line in 18:50

 

Female placings:

Cherry-Beth HARWOOD (SW20-24) (Unattached) was first (44th overall) over the line in 21:57
Laura HAYERS (SW30-34) of Chiltern Harriers AC was second (58th overall) over the line in 22:38
Alex KAYE (SW20-24) (Unattached) was third (68th overall) over the line in 23:00

 

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

Peter HART (VM65-69) – 80.34% for the time 21:42 (40th overall)
Ian GILHAM (VM55-59) – 79.16% for the time 19:55 (11th overall)
Margaret MARDALL (VW70-74) – 78.54% for the time 28:49 (292nd 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 17,282 participants have completed 181,998 parkruns covering a total distance of 909,990 km, including 28,811 new Personal Bests.

 

It’s a Black Park thing……

Black Park parkrun # 482 - 25/08/2018

Black Park is a country park managed by Buckinghamshire County Council and is 618acres of mixed woodland, heath land, streams and a lake. It is an area of Special Scientific interest as it has one of the few Alder marshes to the upper end of the lake, this is a rare and diverse habitat that has almost vanished from the UK landscape.

The park is currently hosting a film set for the BBC and over the years it has played the part of countless different countries in films.

As you run through the black pines at the crossover point then you can see the land of Endor from Star Wars - Return of the Jedi. Other films include Captain America and many Avenger films, Snow White and the Woodsman and Harry Potter - where the park was used to represent Hagrid's Hut and surrounding woods.

So when visiting BP parkrun keep your eyes open and see if you can recognise the park from any films or even spot someone famous on set!

Next week is first Saturday of the month... so it's Pacer week! Set your sights on a shiny new PB, hang on to the pacer and then push on at the end for instant PB glory!!

This week 477 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 45 were first timers and 62 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

Milestones for this week:

10 Club:  Maximillian Baxter

50 Club:  Alex Kaye

100 Club: Helen Newman

The event was made possible by 24 wonderful volunteers:

Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Jenny ZAREMBA • Andy TORRANCE • Stuart R EVANS • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • David COOMBS • Carmel BEES • Sophie GREATOREX • Sandria TERRELONGE • Petrunella BROWNBILL • Peter TOUGH • Raymond John HOYLE • Fiona JAMIESON • Audrey PARSONS • George MARDALL • Sharon BUNBY • Janett BAKER • Colin ACREMAN • Caroline QUINN • Yvonne SHAVE • Marie KOUHI

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

Photos from today can be seen at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gmardall/sets

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 17,235 participants have completed 181,330 parkruns covering a total distance of 906,650 km, including 28,703 new Personal Bests.

 

Hockey meets parkrun via #teamparkrun

Black Park parkrun

Event number 481

18th August 2018

20180818-6K4A1139

Photo courtesy of George Mardall (https://www.flickr.com/photos/gmardall/sets)

This week Black Park played host to two National Lottery funded athletes as part of parkrun UK’s #teamparkrun initiative which aims to encourage more people to get active.

Mark Gleghorne and Holly Hunt, both Team GB hockey players helped out our volunteers by scanning tokens at the finish. This gave them the opportunity to see just how many people come to Black Park on Saturday mornings to participate in parkrun. They were generous with their time stopping to chat and take photos with lots of people - we didn’t realise so many of our regulars play hockey. 

Mark is a British international who plays as a forward for both England and Great Britain. He competed for England in the 2014 World Cup, and in the men’s hockey tournament at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where he won a bronze medal.  He plays club hockey in the EHL Premier Division for Beeston Hockey Club. 

Speaking afterward, Mark said: “It was a really good, friendly atmosphere in a magnificent setting where people can come and exercise.” 

Holly joined the senior women’s squad at the start of 2018 on a part-time basis as she completes her degree at the University of Birmingham where she plays in the first team. Holly has previously represented England at U21 level. 

Holly added: ”It was great to see men, women and children, old and young and their dogs all giving their best on a Saturday morning.”

This week 538 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 50 were first timers and 59 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Fred ASHFORD • Jenny ZAREMBA • Andy TORRANCE • Ian SMALES • Laura HAWKINS • Zoe SMITH • Freya SMITH • Beverley Ann JEWELL • Karen ALOE • Sophie GREATOREX • Peter TOUGH • Minnie CROSS • Raymond John HOYLE • Suzy GAULTON • Adam HORSFIELD • Audrey PARSONS • George MARDALL • Shona LOWE • Lynne PATRICK • Bob BERESFORD • Yestin LINTON-SMITH • Charlie FENNELL

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

Today, the following people joined these  milestone clubs:

10 Club - Charlotte ORLAND, Eleanor JACK, Robert STICKNEY, Zac HOLLIGAN

50 Club - Laura HAYERS, Louise DAVIES, Rupinder BANWAIT, Russell COBB

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 17,190 participants have completed 180,853 parkruns covering a total distance of 904,265 km, including 28,641 new Personal Bests.

 

What happened to the heat?

 

Run # 480 – 11 August 2018

What happened to all that heat??

A somewhat ‘fresher’ day today which made for extremely pleasant running conditions.

A good team turnout for Hillingdon Triathletes today with 16 of the club taking part, the largest number of the 37 clubs taking part.

And a special mention today for those who finish in the middle of the run. Congratulations to Tim Dawson and Deborah Leach who finished 265 and 266 respectively….exactly mid-point in the 531 participant field! No prizes I’m afraid but nice to get a mention.

The following tremendous milestones were achieved:

50 – Kim Anderton

100 - David WILLIAMS

200 – Diane Kendall

250 - Philip WAIN

Congratulations everyone!

This week 531 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 61 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.

Great set of photos today taken by Charlie Fennell which can be found here:

https://www.flickr.com/groups/black-park-parkrun/pool/

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Barbara ALLEN • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Andy TORRANCE • Sue BREE • Laura HAWKINS • Kenneth BROWN • Diane KENDALL • Stephanie MORTIMER • Karen SPROD • Sophie GREATOREX • Melanie Louise RATCLIFFE • Raymond John HOYLE • Andy SMITH • Bhapinder TOOR • Audrey PARSONS • Lynne PATRICK • Martin STEWART • Mairi VODDEN • Anthony VODDEN • Alan HAYES • Yestin LINTON-SMITH • Marie KOUHI • 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 17,140 participants have completed 180,315 parkruns covering a total distance of 901,575 km, including 28,582 new Personal Bests.

 

Through the heat on pacer Saturday!

parkrun #479 – 4th August 2018

Stories from the park

This week’s field of 595 finishers ran with pacers and in spite of the very warm temperatures a fantastic 71 recorded new Personal Bests (12% of the field). Well done everyone and thank you to the lovely pacers.

There were 51 first-timers and 46 different clubs represented, including Shaef Shifters, Barking Road Runners, Cleethorpes and District AC, St Albans Striders, Stourbridge RC, Rock Runners, Iron Coppers and Defence Sports & Recreation. Estelle Axcell from Johannesburg Harriers AC had probably come the furthest… It was lovely to hear so many people say that it was their first time at Black Park and how much they loved the course.

It was lovely to chat to the ladies in their matching orange shirts. They had come together through Couch to 5K and now run all sorts of events together as a group! Their most recent group race had been 10K from the Millennium Stadium, and one member had just completed 100km walk along the south coast! There was excited discussion around where to go for the next race – with various overseas locations being mentioned! Bon voyage and happy running to you all.

Congratulations

We also congratulate our new members to the parkrun milestone clubs:

50 Club – Anaelle STENMAN, Daniel HUNTER, Emma WARBURTON, Peter HILL

100 Club – Adrian WILSON, Chloe BREAGAN

250 Club - Sarah WILSON

It was a double celebration for Chloe Breagan and her Dad Steve Breagan, as Chloe hit the 100 milestone on the same day as he managed his 300th run. They had baked some lovely cupcakes for everyone to celebrate (thank you!)

Sarah Wilson and her family had gone big with the balloons for the fabulous 250 milestone – as you will see in the photos! Thank you to George for the beautiful photo set. There are some lovely group shots and individual photos, as well as the usual run photos. These are on the Flickr group, which can be accessed via the photo link on the Black Park parkrun page or via this link:

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

 

Today’s parkrun was all made possible by 50 volunteers – a big cheer for them:

Barbara ALLEN • Mark LUCAS • David PRIDDY • Fred ASHFORD • Glyn WATKINS • Jenny ZAREMBA • Mary LORD • Michael HILL • John COBB • Alastair REECE • Joe NOLAN • Rose O'NEILL • Sheila O'NEILL • Kathryn SMALES • Chris ZAREMBA • Mike LEIGH • Kenneth BROWN • Bob STANBROOK • Karen ALOE • Steve WELLS • Karen TRUNKFIELD • Karen Anne PATTERSON • Jessica BEISHON • David MCSHANE • Joanne HARRISON • Raymond John HOYLE • Ian SEARS • Suzy GAULTON • Matthew ROBINS • John MILES • Fiona JAMIESON • Suzanne METCALF • Callum FITZSIMONS • Audrey PARSONS • Hilary GAUNA • Mark MOORE • George MARDALL • Nigel WRIGHT • Ken PHILLIPS • Sharon BUNBY • Abigail MORIARTY • Jo SHEPHERD • Bob BERESFORD • Holly PHILLIPS • Chris TAYLOR • Pattie BERESFORD • Caroline QUINN • Marie KOUHI • Diya ASWANI • Antoanela NACOV

Achievements this week

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

  • Alun Jones (VM60-64) of Thames Valley Orienteering Club achieved 85% age grading (of the world record for his age group)
  • James Repper (VM45-49) of Chiltern Harriers achieved 83.4%
  • Fiona Harrington (VW60-64) achieved 78.4%
  • Margaret Mardell (VW70-74) achieved 77.4%

Although the amazing Margaret Moody still holds the course record of 92.5% set back in April 2014.

And 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 17,091 participants have completed 179,784 parkruns covering a total distance of 898,920 km, including 28,521 new Personal Bests.