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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.